The Josh Marshall Podcast

Convention Recap Night 1: When They Go Low
Kate and David are joined by New York newswriter Summer Concepcion to debrief the first night of the Democratic convention replete with converted Republicans and keynoted by an affecting Michelle Obama. Listen
Ep. 132: The Tortoise and the Harris
Josh, Kate, and David talk about Joe Biden’s lengthy process to settle on the ultimately most predictable — though historic — vice presidential choice. Listen
Ep. 131: “You Can’t Lose Twice”
Josh, Kate, and David discuss Trump's election-delay threats as well as the fight over unemployment benefits currently engulfing Capitol Hill. Listen
Ep. 130: What’s Up With Trump’s Federal Law Enforcement Crackdown?
Reporter Matt Shuham joins Josh and David to talk about President Trump's new "surge" of law enforcement across the country. Matt helps break down what is behind Trump's campaign-friendly display of "law and order." Listen
Bill Barr
Ep. 129: Reflections on Barr
Josh, Kate and David are joined by Crime Story’s Kary Antholis to discuss how his interview with Attorney General William Barr on themes like implicit bias and race relations in law enforcement a year ago looks today in the context of nationwide civil unrest. Listen
Needle, COVID-19
Ep. 128: Double Trouble: Why This Year’s Flu Vaccine Will Be So Challenging Amid COVID-19
Josh, Kate and David talk about the state of the coronavirus pandemic, as every other developed nation runs circles around us in combating the virus. Kate also shares her recent reporting on the unique challenges health care officials face this year in administering the flu vaccine. Listen
Ep. 127: The Kids Are Not Alright
Josh, Kate, and David discuss the looming deadline of schools reopening and the seeming lack of any cohesive federal plan to make it safe and workable for already overburdened parents. Listen
Ep. 126: Testing 2.0
Josh, Kate, and David discuss the inadequacies of the COVID testing system the administration has touted as their new-and-improved alternative to the federal sites whose funding they are sunsetting. Listen
Ep. 125: Testing, Who Needs It?
Kate and David are joined by investigative reporter Josh Kovensky to discuss the federal government’s decision to quietly let funding lapse for testing in states experiencing huge COVID spikes. Listen
Ep. 124: Escalation From The Anti-Antifa
Josh, Kate, and David are joined by New York reporter Matt Shuham to talk about the ubiquity of flimsy antifa scares and the increasingly violent response they're eliciting. Listen
Ep. 123: The Imaginary War Against Antifa
Josh, Kate and David discuss Trump’s newest conspiracy theory and how small towns across the country are heeding the call to arms. Listen
Ep. 122: Eyewitness Accounts
Josh, Kate, David and New York reporter Matt Shuham discuss what they're seeing, hearing and thinking as protests over the killing of George Floyd continue to blaze through the country. Listen
Ep. 121: 11/3 and 911
Josh, Kate and David analyze President Trump’s scattershot attacks as he struggles to lay a glove on Joe Biden, as well as the Central Park 911 call heard ’round the country. Listen
Ep. 120: Will Americans Ever Embrace Masks?
Josh, Kate, and David discuss a new study that shows masks may be more effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19 than we thought. But will the U.S. ever fully adopt them? Listen
Ep. 119: Behind The Mask
Josh, Kate and David discuss the difficulties of knowing how to behave under the fractured federal response. Listen
Ep. 118: Warriors or Human Sacrifice?
Josh, Kate, and David discuss the President's dubious call to action, as well as state-level reopening fights across the country. Listen
Ep. 117: What The ‘Reopening’ Debate Gets Wrong
Josh, Kate and David talk through the challenges in returning to life as normal in New York and other major American cities, and why “reopening” isn’t anything like business as usual. Listen
Ep. 116: Inside The Complicated Trip Of One Shipment Of Millions Of KN95 Masks
Josh, Kate, and David are joined by TPM investigative reporter Josh Kovensky, who shares his latest exclusive reporting on a shipment of millions of KN95 masks. Then the group talks about the protests that have been popping up and the continued fallout from the Wisconsin election. Listen
Ep. 115: Disenfranchisement and Harmonicas
Josh, Kate, and David talk federal and state mishandling of the pandemic, as well as the small joys we're all using to get through it. Listen
Ep. 114: How Not To Run An Election During A Pandemic
Josh, Kate, and David take a look at the fiasco that unfolded in Wisconsin on Tuesday after state Republicans insisted on holding in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group then talks about how to prepare for the November election. And finally: how to keep your sanity (and physical health)... Listen
Ep. 113: The Peak
Josh, Kate and David talk models, primaries and the administrative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Listen
Ep. 112: Fealty During The Pandemic
Josh, Kate and David analyze the progress of a crisis under Trump, and how states — and even smaller communities — are coping. Listen
Ep. 111: Primaries, Public School and Pandemic
Josh, Kate and David analyze Tuesday's primaries and general life under coronavirus precautions. Listen
Ep. 110: Why You Should Care Where Your Books Come From
To end the week, we're taking a brief break from the news. David, Nicole Lafond and Joe Ragazzo sit down with Andy Hunter, founder of, an online portal to support independent booksellers and authors. Andy talks about providing an alternative to Amazon and why supporting local bookstores is so... Listen
Ep. 109: From the Bunker
Josh, Kate, and David react to Tuesday's primaries and the coronavirus outbreak from remote locations. Listen
Ep. 108: The 2020 Campaign And Coronavirus
Josh, David and Matt Shuham dig into the Super Tuesday results, which delivered a big night to Joe Biden. They also talk about the growing concern over the coronavirus, and how it could impact the campaign as the race continues to heat up. Listen
Ep. 107: 2020’s Grumpy Old Men
Josh, Kate and David are joined by TPM's Executive Editor David Kurtz to talk about the upcoming South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday contests, and why Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are emerging as the most viable candidates. Listen
Ep. 106: What Happens In Vegas Doesn’t Stay In Vegas
Kate, David, and Matt analyze the Democratic horse race just before the Nevada debate and caucus. Listen
Ep. 105: What We Know After New Hampshire
Josh, Kate and David discuss what we know — and the many things we don’t — coming out of the New Hampshire primary. Listen
Ep. 104: What A Week!
Josh, Kate, and David are joined by Tierney Sneed and Josh Kovensky to help us unpack a truly epic week of news. Listen
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