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Watch videos and listen to podcasts about key issues in the 2020 election explained by Brookings experts.

Voter Vitals Videos

Watch Brookings scholars and other experts explain the issues shaping the 2020 election. For more information, read all the Voter Vitals.
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What are charter schools and do they deliver?

Jon Valant explains the controversies around charter schools and why it’s difficult to reach consensus on their efficiency.

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How can government make housing more affordable?

Jenny Schuetz explains the current housing affordability crisis and how the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are proposing to fix it.

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What to do about climate change and why?

Samantha Gross discusses effective policies to combat climate change given the widespread dependence on fossil fuels in the American and global economies.

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Who are the rich and how might we tax them more?

David Wessel presents the pros and cons of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

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What to consider when proposing a wealth tax

Bill Gale explains the limitations of a wealth tax and shares other options for curbing income inequality.
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The pros of a wealth tax

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman explain how a wealth tax could reduce the concentration of wealth and political influence amongst the ultra-rich in the United States.

Ask an Expert

Listen to Brookings experts answer podcast listeners’ questions about the 2020 election. Have a question for an expert? Send it to BCP@brookings.edu and we may answer your question in a Brookings podcast episode.
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The Iowa caucus

Elaine Kamarck explains both the structural differences between primaries and caucuses and why the Iowa caucus is traditionally so important.
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The Senate filibuster

Molly Reynolds explains the origin of the Senate filibuster, how it became a tool for obstruction, and the arguments for reforming or eliminating it.
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Risks of Facebook and data mining

Chris Meserole describes the variety of ways personal Facebook data is used and some of the potential reforms to regulate Facebook and similar platforms.
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Free college and student loan debt

Mike Hansen provides an overview of the proposals to make college more affordable and what effect they may have on the U.S. economy.

Brookings Podcasts

Listen to podcast episodes on the candidates and issues shaping the 2020 election.
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February 7, 2020

24 hours in New Hampshire

Brookings Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck and podcast producer Chris McKenna discuss the New Hampshire primary, and share their interviews with key players in the Granite State.
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January 10, 2020

What America’s slow-growing population means for immigration, the Electoral College, and more

William Frey discusses the latest Census data on U.S. population change, and what they mean for immigration, the Electoral College, and more. Also, Molly Reynolds on what’s happening in Congress.
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November 15, 2019

The biggest health care issues of the 2020 election

In this episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, health policy experts discuss the presidential candidates’ health proposals, and also look at what to do about surprise medical billing.
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October 18, 2019

Policy 2020, your guide to the presidential election

David Wessel interviews Elaine Kamarck and Stuart Butler about the new Policy 2020 project and resource at Brookings. Policy 2020 empowers voters with fact-based, data-driven, non-partisan information to better understand the policy matters discussed by candidates running for office in 2020.
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August 30, 2019

Will foreign aid matter in the 2020 election?

Will foreign assistance and foreign policy matter to voters in the 2020 elections? At the 16th Annual Brookings-Blum Roundtable, Merrell Tuck-Primdahl hosts a discussion with E.J. Dionne, Jr., Liz Schrayer, and former US Rep. Charlie Dent.
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August 2, 2019

Where do the Democratic candidates stand on trade?

David Wessel and David Dollar lay out the trade policies of the Democratic candidates running for president.
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August 2, 2019

Protecting American elections from foreign interference

Darrell West, the vice president and director of Governance Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, addresses cybersecurity and election interference.
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July 5, 2019

What does the debate over school segregation reveal about the Democratic primary field?

Brookings Fellow Jon Valant explains how the debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and former VP Joe Biden showcases divisions within the Democratic Party, and explores federal policy options to improve school integration that don’t involve forced busing.
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January 18, 2019

How America’s presidential primaries work and what to expect in 2020

Elaine Kamarck talks with Brookings Institution Press Director Bill Finan about the third edition of her book, “Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates.” Also, meet Alina Polyakova.

Elections 101

Brookings experts explain the nuts and bolts of campaigns and elections.
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How do convention delegates work?

Elaine Kamarck explains how delegates are chosen and the difference between pledged and unpledged delegates.
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Do campaign ground games matter?

John Hudak describes what makes a campaign ground game effective and how it can help a presidential candidate win the election.
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Should you believe the polls?

E.J. Dionne explains recent trends in polling and what to look out for in a poll to determine its accuracy.