Podcasts
The Recount Daily Pod
with Reena Ninan
Just like The Recount is the can’t-miss news source on Twitter, The Recount Daily Pod is the morning news source you’ll want to plug into every day. Hosted by journalist Reena Ninan, each episode breaks down important information in politics, tech, business and culture. Ninan interviews journalists who break news and give listeners the crucial context necessary to understand why these stories are important.
About the Host
Reena Ninan is a television journalist who has worked as a White House correspondent, foreign reporter, and news anchor for ABC, CBS, and Fox News. She has reported around the world from India to Israel, Libya to Lebanon. She was the anchor, most recently, of the CBS evening news on Saturday nights. She is the founder of Good Trouble Productions, a media company focused on creating content with purpose.
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News Items Podcast with John Ellis
with John Ellis and Rebecca Darst
Ninety percent of the news out there tells you nothing about where the world is going — ten percent of it tells you everything. Every afternoon on the News Items Podcast with John Ellis, John and Rebecca Darst focus on that ten percent — news that’s interesting, important or both. The podcast is based on John Ellis’ News Items, an email newsletter that goes out to organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, Samsung Next, and the Wall Street Journal. Tune in every Monday through Thursday afternoon to hear decades of journalistic experience packed into 20 or so minutes of insight, plus guest interviews on finance, U.S. politics, foreign affairs, science and technology. Listeners of the News Items Podcast with John Ellis get a special discount on a subscription to the News Items newsletter. Click here to subscribe.
About the Host
John Ellis is the founder and editor of News Items, a daily newsletter that covers "the future coming at you," in global politics, financial markets, advanced technologies and science. He has been in and around the news business for virtually all of his adult life, working for NBC News (as a political analyst), The Boston Globe (as a columnist), Fox News, (as head of the Election Night Decision Desk) and News Corp. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of Yale University (class of 1976) and was the Appleman Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s JFK School of Government (1989-1990). He also was a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (1991-1992) and a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (2002-2004), focusing there on “future threats.” He was awarded The Outstanding Civilian Service Award by the US Army for his work at West Point.
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Rebecca Darst is the editor-in-chief of Investable Universe, a news site and podcast that explores how countries are funding, how funds are investing, how geopolitics are changing and how companies are innovating in energy, infrastructure, property, agriculture and other commodities in the global listed and private markets. A graduate of Columbia University, she spent several years in Denmark as the anchor reporter for Nordic News, a pan-Nordic political and economic newswire produced by the four major Scandinavian news agencies, and as a stringer for multiple global publications. Later, in the U.S., she was a weekly featured guest on CNBC, BNN Canada, Fox Business News, and other print outlets where she provided regular insights on the U.S. equity options market. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis and several pivotal market crises afterward, she was a founding member and Managing Director of the Market Access Desk on the iconic New York Stock Exchange trading floor, and remains a proud NYSE floor community alumna.
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Hell & High Water
with John Heilemann
A ravenous pandemic. A ruinous recession. Protests, riots, racial strife, police brutality. And, of course, Donald Trump. The turmoil and upheaval roiling America in 2020 is the subject of “Hell & High Water with John Heilemann.” Through a series of conversations with the people shaping our culture — in politics, entertainment, business, technology, sports, food and beyond — best-selling author and TV host John Heilemann (“Game Change,” “Double Down,” Showtime's “The Circus”) explores how the country is grappling with this apocalyptic moment and its existential stakes... and attempting to pull through and rise above it.
About the Host
Recount Media co-founder and Executive Editor John Heilemann has covered national affairs — on television and in print, in the United States and abroad — for the past three decades, earning a place as one of America’s most prominent and vital voices at a moment when politics, policy and elections have rarely been more riveting or consequential. Heilemann is a host, executive producer, and creator of “The Circus,” the heralded weekly political documentary series now in its fifth season on Showtime. He is National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears regularly on “Morning Joe,” “The Last Word,” “Deadline: White House” and “The 11th Hour.” During the 2016 election season, Heilemann served as a managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and host of the MSNBC and Bloomberg TV program “With All Due Respect.”
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Battleground
with Amanda Litman and Faiz Shakir
Battleground is a podcast for people who want answers to questions about politics they didn't even realize they should be asking. Faiz Shakir ran Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign and Amanda Litman founded Run for Something, an organization that recruits and trains young progressives to run for state and local offices. But even after spending their entire professional careers working in politics, the hosts of Battleground still have questions about the ways our political system complicates itself — like, “who decides what the cable news narrative will be on a given topic?”, or "if everyone hates political consultants, why do they always run campaigns?" Listen every Thursday, as Amanda and Faiz try to answer questions like these by speaking to (or debating with) some of the most knowledgeable people in politics.
About the Host
Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for local office — since 2017, they’ve identified more than 75,000 young people across the country who want to run and elected nearly 500.

She's also the author of the book, "Run for Something: A Real Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself," and host of "Run for Something: The Podcast" on Dear Media.

Politico named Run for Something (and Amanda) one of the 50 ideas driving politics in 2018. Bloomberg called her one of the people to watch in 2019. She was named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in 2020. Amanda has written for outlets like Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, The Nation, Teen Vogue, CNN.com, MTV.com, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, Crooked Media, and more, and regularly appears on TV to talk all things politics.

Before launching Run for Something, she was the email director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, digital director for Charlie Crist's 2014 Florida gubernatorial campaign, and an email writer for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. She graduated from Northwestern University and lives in Brooklyn.
About the Host
Faiz Shakir served as campaign manager for Bernie Sanders. He managed a campaign that had 1100 people at its peak, raised over $200 million dollars, and generated significant movement on progressive policy discourse in this country.

Prior to working for Bernie Sanders, Shakir was the National Political Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from January 2017 – March 2019. In his role, Shakir developed and implemented strategies to advance the organization’s priorities at the federal and state levels.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Shakir worked as one of the most senior advisers to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. He directed policy and communications work for Senator Reid while also coordinating with Democratic members and staffs, key interest groups, and press to organize issue campaigns. Prior to that, Shakir served as Senior Adviser and Director of Digital Media for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Shakir, a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, also spent seven years at the Center for American Progress, where he served as a Vice President for Communications and was a founding member and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress.org, one of the top political news websites in the United States.
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Just Something About Her
with Jennifer Palmieri
“Just Something About Her with Jennifer Palmieri” is hosted by the former communications director for the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Palmieri explores why — after decades of making steady progress — women find themselves banging up against the same glass ceilings. The show features interviews with powerful women from business, politics, the arts and journalism to learn how they found a way to break through and create their own path to success.
About the Host
Jennifer Palmieri is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Dear Madam President” and “She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World.” She was the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She previously served as the White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama, as well as National Press Secretary for the John Edwards presidential campaign in 2004 and the Democratic Party in 2002. She is a regular on Showtime’s “The Circus” and frequently appears on national television, radio outlets, and lectures throughout the country as a political strategist.
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