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  • stuckinthepatch
    Jumped the Shark
    I used to like this podcast but now it completely blows. Complete waste of time.
  • clareclarehealy
    Best podcast ever
    Love the mix of statistical analysis and commentary. All the speakers are excellent. Only suggestion for improvement would be if Perry were a regular. He has great points and as a bonus sounds like Richard splett from veep. Oct 2021 update: no clare, Perry, Nate, Micah- I’m out. I tried, but it’s strayed too far from the personality and data mindedness the show used to have.
  • Chilly999999
    Still listening for now but more
    disappointing lately agreed. It was great to hear Adam Schiff on the podcast. I’ve often wondered why there have not been not more episodes focusing on the real danger that our democracy is in. You’ve all been remiss here. With the Big Lie and what trumpian people are doing at the local level with election officials and boards, the alarms are flashing bright red as they’ve been for years since trump entered the scene. Also, obviously Biden is focused on sequencing messaging and policies as he needs some wins with these two bills to regain favorability. He can’t be blamed for republicans who refuse vaccination due to their own party’s purposeful disinformation and confusion/chaos they’ve been sewing. Most Americans pay little attention as we all know, which might be our democracy’s undoing. Also, with the slimmest of margins of power, none of this is easy to fix. Sure hope we do and sure hope you all speak out more on this. Just disappointing as other informative, high-ranking podcasts showcase these dynamics more.
  • olivecat
    The format works . The host knows his subject matter well. The depth of most discussions and or interviews , is superb and stimulating , so thank you
  • Vicky the Archivist
    Disappointed that you let Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) spout all that partisan crap-o-la with only the weakest interlocution by Galen. How about asking Schiff how he feels about the Russia investigation pointing to the Democrats and not Trump? How about his affair with that Chinese agent in Calif?
  • Konigsforst
    Lost something
    Finally had to unsubscribe. I just can’t stay engaged with the hosts anymore. It feels like the podcast is going out of its way to be as unentertaining as possible. It needs a sense of playfulness / spontaneity again.
  • HattMopkins
    Not as good as before
    The show has really become dry and hard to listen to now that Clare and Perry are no longer on the show. Even Nate barely makes an apparent anymore. It’s a shame because this show used to be one of my favorites but it’s really gone downhill since ABC let their top personalities go. Not sure how much longer I’ll listen
  • HopefullHarry
    Trending Downward
    I use to listen to this podcast rather religiously. I think the departure of Clare Malone began a series of structural experiments that weren’t needed and quite frankly have contributed to a less enjoyable product. The content has also ventured into the absurd at times and looses me. The bones of the show are still great but wish they could get back to what made them great, which I think was dissecting the news and broader politics through polling data.
  • RJPlumer
    Clare is the best!
    One of my favorite political podcast. Insightful and thought out. Clare Malone is my favorite. Keep up the great work. Update: Now with no Clare Malone I’m extremely disappointed. Unless Clare is mention in episode notes I’ll be skipping over this one unfortunately. Update 10/5/21: Unless the headline reads “The Return of Clare Malone!” I’m skipping over this and heading to Pod Save America.
  • Jhnsnami
    Had to unsubscribe
    Galen is good but without Claire, Nate Silver or Micah it’s hard to listen to the discussion. A few weeks ago one of the women said it’s mostly women of color who seek abortions. I would love to see where she got those stats.
  • J1BJKD
    I have to one star again
    Latest show has a “crime data analyst “—hack! He completely ignores the idea that policing low level crimes might just possibly have an effect on the murder mileu. Right after he congratulates himself for being impartial. Fix it Nate.
  • Hfhdjskdjdj
    i miss clare. please return
    Getting Harder and Harder to Like
    I still like listening to Nate (usually) and sometimes to Galen, but the other commentators are interchangeable and personality free. I really miss Clare Malone. She was not a statistics wonk or a Great Expert in a vertiginously narrow policy field, but she had personality and a regular-person perspective that is now almost totally absent. Every personnel change at 538 Politics since Harry’s departure has made the show drier and less interesting. And the typical hour is really too long.
  • hdvhsns suysbask s
    “Writ large”
    Please, for the love of God, stop using the phrase “writ large”. Every episode it is uttered at least once.
  • matty1390
    Going Downhill
    I used to really like this podcast but unfortunately the crew has changed a lot in the past year and the new hosts are not nearly as interesting. Clare Malone, Perry Bacon Jr and Micah Cohen were far more engaging and entertaining then Nathanial or Amelia or whoever else they choose to feature. ABC made a mistake canning Clare and letting Perry walk away. I’m a loyal listener and so I’ll keep on it hoping they find a new formula that works. But the current formula is definitely not going to be able to survive.
  • zbg24
    Bring back Clare
    Always listened to every episode, but I’m done unless ABC rehires Clare Malone. She was the smartest person on the podcast.
  • podcast 1355322
    What a disappointing season
    This was my go-to podcast for political analysis for four years, it used to be so great. Unfortunately, the quality of the podcast took a nose dive after the 2020 election. Is Nate Silver even the host anymore? They booted Clare Malone, lost Perry and Harry to other outlets, and now Nate doesn’t even bother to show up. It’s probably time for them to retire the podcast and focus on the website and election models.
  • Need Glasses 21
    9/11 Era political consensus
    This was pretty shoddy work. People trying examine the historical context were, by their own admission, in elementary school when 9/11 happened. What they found wasn’t horrible. But this was only 20 years ago, not the Civil War. There are plenty of thoughtful people who were adults and professional political journalists at the time who could lend perspective.
    Getting tedious
    First Harry left. Then Clare was pushed out. Now Nate is busy playing poker. The podcast has lost its luster. I used to look forward listening at my desk, now it’s become hard to get through an episode.
  • stephen nyc
    Diluting Your Brand
    Please stop diluting your brand with these grad student discussions. Stick with number-based analysis, which we can’t get very easily elsewhere. I assume ABC is pushing you to expand your audience. However, doing what other sites already do and do better is not the way to go.
  • MommyB34
    Fell off a cliff
    This podcast used to be relaxing and an interesting listen. With being said it’s just not the same.
  • eagerly awaits
    You cancelled Ms Malone
    Or did she want to leave? Maybe a handwriting on the wall kind of thing. Either way, as another reviewer wrote, pretending any womanly voice will replace Clare is insulting to listeners, to Clare and to women. Perry Bacon Jr replaced Clare. He didn’t have seniority. Speaks for itself.
  • Moishy Knaw
    A great podcast with zero credibility
    It really depends what kind of podcast you are looking for. If you are looking for a podcast that is really engaging, has great hosts, guests, and is full of politics, this is for you. With that being said, 538 as a company has literally no credibility as far as polling, and you have to take everything you hear with mountain of salt. So enjoy this podcast but don’t take anything they say seriously and remember that 538 was wrong on literally every prediction in 2016 and 2020.
  • sheimpy425
    We miss Clare!
    Breaking news: Nate Silver discovers a basic theory of epidemiology! Honestly, this podcast has gone down the drain with both Perry and Clare gone. Maybe Nate should just go to poker full time.
  • mc d-ren
    Where’s Nate
    The dialogue here is too precious. This show has become weak on facts and stats and strong on maybe this and maybe that…… It feels strange and anecdotal. Maybe it’s me I just am losing interest.
  • nixfinity
    A classic case where the hosts talk a lot but aren’t saying anything beyond their obsession with the sounds of their own voices. There are so many better podcasts covering politics that provide interesting insight and information. They should have shut this one down in January following the inauguration. Time to unsubscribe and delete from my library
    July 15 show
    Thank you for the show with the guest from Bright Watch. Galen is a well informed host who sticks to facts. That episode is one of your best.
  • banana_rock
    I miss Clare Malone and Perry Bacon Jr.
    This is still an entertaining and informative podcast, with compelling data driven insight. However, Clare was really fun, and Perry provided perspective that is rarely found in these type of programs.
  • Yuhreka
    Where’s the NYC Mayoral analysis?
    I’m surprised that you guys haven’t put out an episode focused on the analysis of the NYC election. With all the candidates and possible strategies for the city’s first ranked choice voting, seems like that’d be in your wheelhouse. By the way, I really enjoy your podcast and listened to every episode during the last 2 presidential elections. Deducting 1 star because I too miss Clare.
  • DinkMeeker
    It’s good!
    These nerds are boring but I like it.
  • schaney93
    For the love of God time stamp your episodes
    No one wants to listen for 20 mins every episode about why it’s ok and actually electorally prudent the democrats don’t want to do anything with their majorities. Just mark your episodes so I can skip that part.
  • Skunkle Dave
    Waiting for an election
    It’s so much drier and less fun without Clare Malone’s energy. Now more of a passive listen until 2022.
    Post-Election Dumpster Fire
    Loved this all election season and with Clare. Absolute disaster ever since she left. By far the driest political/polling pod in the genre these days, complete with unlimited cringe.
  • BKWcbc
    Slow down Laura
    You speak way too fast.
  • loudes13
    Partisan drivel
    Their bias shows.
  • bbkafi
    Love Galen and Nate
    Love Galen and Nate, plus the theme song reminds me of Fergie’s “My H*mps” like a lot. Great reporting, great soundtrack.
  • Claudz1973
    You’ve turned normcore
    This used to be about dry data-driven analysis. Now it’s about second rate journos who aren’t Nate (where is Nate??) out-woking each other. Back up every statement with data, please, especially the ones you take as sacrosanct. And get out of your Twitter bubble. You have a blind spot as big as the Empire State Building.
  • Mekatzer
    All things being equal, Nate, Clare, Micah, Galen, and Perry are worth a star each. Sure there were great episodes without all 5, but the classic crew was the best crew. Clare was fired, Perry moved on, Nate and Micah are rarely on, so the recent episodes haven’t been super engaging. There’s also not much horse racing going on right now, so I suspect things will go on like this for a while. Of the recent episodes, I’m 0/5 on getting past minute 10.
  • Hobbes714
    Sad to watch the pod’s slow decline
    I started listening along with the crew just before the 2016 election. I’ve kept up with them up until recent months, but it was a long time coming. Maybe it’s because Harry’s gone, maybe it’s because Clare’s gone, maybe it’s because Nate’s not around as much, but the commentary has become predictable and uninteresting. Perhaps the old chemistry forced out interesting takes or conversations. Regardless, one could get the same content reading the replies on a random neolib Twitter account.
  • Lynchpin_Cube
    Not the same without Clare
    If ABC read the reviews on this show they’d know what a huge mistake they made firing Clare. The longer this show falters on without her the more apparent it is that she was holding it together. Galen is doing an admirable job trying to keep things interesting, but without the main person willing to stand up to Nate the more banal the show gets. Oh well.
  • Gary Robbins
    Ugh! Too woke!
    In the June 2021 podcast, the speaker spoke about “Cis Females.” No. There are no “Cis Females,” they are simply “Females.” There are “Trans Women,” who have a XY Chromosome and not a XX Chromosome. Please do not adopt the woke appellation of “Cis.”
  • coffeeteacoffee
    Bring Back Clare
    I still miss Clare. An independent, wry, confident, yet self-questioning voice. Get her back. Could you bring back Clare as a guest? Please.
  • Kleinias
    Mainstream liberal podcast
    Edit: well it was inevitable I suppose, what was once a pretty mainstream liberal podcast which at least made the occasional effort to nod to counter arguments, has now become a more progressive style podcast. The newer hosts are pretty clearly very liberal and they have zero pushback when they delve into extremism. ————————————- 538 is a fairly typical mainstream liberal podcast. Its a lot like Vox media’s podcast except that 538 (while decidedly liberal) isn’t quite as far left on the political spectrum. Where this podcast really suffers is by having only left leaning and liberal voices on and it’s really part of the “bubble” that the podcast itself often talks about. They are in desperate need of having a centrist or (gasp!) conservative regular host to go along with the current liberal panel. I often wonder what the ABC news/538 hosts must think when they have their “town halls” and there audience is clearly and completely a very liberal one. Isn’t that a pretty clear indicator of what kind of podcast they are hosting? Of note, Claire Malone is this podcasts shining star. She has a very convivial personality and her thoughts are often quite nuanced.
  • lrhhrl
    Sadly I am finished.
    This podcast really fell off a cliff. Please Nate, take charge. Get fivethirtyeight back to data. To independent thought. Most of these episodes are left-leaning banter. The episode discussing the views of people abroad was a total waste.
  • Santa fe Jack
    What about Beta O’Rourke? He ran too!
    OMG 😳!! I guess you missed him when naming Democratic Primary candidates because he wasn’t a Mayor or Governor or Senator or anything really…at least, not now. The fact he almost won the Senate is either a testament to his viability or proof of how much Texans hate Ted Cruz (I heard👂a rumor Ted Cruz stole Bob Hope’s nose 👃). I listened to your recent podcasts at least 3X (okay I rewinded it; even I can’t take that much Nate)! I bet Claire would’ve got all of them🤨. I would give you the international “Rick and Morty” salute but I’d get flagged or something. Get it together….and bring back Claire. It seemed a little “cutthroat” the way you guys dropped her like a bad habit but she was too authentic for “where your show is going” (…is what I’m sure the “suits” said) UPDATE A FEW MINUTES LATER: Wow! I thought it was just me, but Claire getting the boot probably doomed this podcast even though I like Galen, Perry, anytime Harry is on, he’s so authentic like Claire. Once Nate finally jumps ship 🚢 it’s over baby. I used to get a little irritated with her voice and the fact she had the biggest 🏀⚽️s of any of them but she grew on me…and she was right and was the vinegar in the “oil and vinegar” salad 🥗. And not everyone can be the vinegar whereas anyone can be the oil. That’s the truth Ruth. BRING BACK CLAIRE before your 4.6 rating drops to a 3.5. Whoever talked you guys into firing Claire should be fired. Was it because of a focus group? How about us, the listeners? Did you ever think of asking us about it? No, you didn’t. Your just following the dollar like everyone else. Oh well…there’s always the NPR Politics Podcast. At least we still have that!
  • Shary1234
    Update: where is Nate?? I’m done when Nate is gone. He is 538! The podcast is not the same without Clare! She has qualities that you apparently are not valuing but do make the show unique. She is funny and witty and brings out the best in all of the group. There are plenty of smart political shows out there to choose from so personalities are quite important!
  • Crose2010
    Clare needs to come back
    This show is not the same without Clare, she carried the show way more than Nate ever did. I think I may unsubscribe after 5 years of listening, makes me sad but the show is so dry & boring now, it just isn’t a fun “must listen” like it used to be.
  • medievalistnycdps
    Not the same without Claire
    It was weirdly and inexplicably my favorite podcast, if found it very comforting for some reason. Its seems in retrospect that this was because of the chemistry between the male hosts and Claire. She was really wonderful and there was humor and good-natured lightness, it just worked. The new women seem very smart and nice but it’s just different without Claire. What could they have been thinking? It’s lost it’s magic, but it’s really weird that it had any magic in the first place; the 538 podcast shouldn’t have ever have been so good but it was, now it’s just sort of what you would expect it to be.
  • Mmmmik643
    I listen every Monday w/o fail (not anymore)
    Updated June 2021 review: Nate never shows up, Perry (the only person I cared to listen to besides Nate) is gone. Galen is doing a great job but with Clare fired and Perry gone it’s just not the same. Clare being fired was an injustice. I still listen, but kind of reluctantly. And I don’t care about polling on fighting animals. Please. At least cover the few races around the country. Updated review: Perry is just so smart, who cares if his voice is a bit breath-y. His analysis is always backed up by solid data. He also has non-obvious and non-facile insights on the politics of the two parties, which I appreciate. Check out his articles on 538 too, which always offer interesting angles and are the ones I mostly read on the site. — Love Perry Bacon Jr. — terrific (and IMO overdue) addition to the Monday podcast, even if we’ll miss Micah.
  • PechorinSPB
    Huge Chemistry Loss Without Clare
    I’ve resisted writing a review for a while. As a long time listener to 538, I wanted to give the opportunity for the team to bounce back from yet another personnel change. However, the time has come for me to say that the listenability of this podcast has declined significantly since Clare was let go. Clare’s contributions rounded out the other contributor’s perfectly. I, of course, appreciate Nate’s opinion; however, I think Clare’s observations helped challenge and refine the discourse to a higher level than we now see without her. I used to never miss an episode. Now I am weeks behind. I don’t think that this will continue to be a must-listen podcast with the current group.
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