Listen to a podcast series from Dartmouth Alumni Relations exploring the presidential election and transition processes with Dartmouth faculty experts and dynamic alumni special guests. Episodes were recorded during the 2020 presidential campaign and the November to January presidential transition period.

Hosted by Mike Mastanduno, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government and former dean of the faculty.


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Episode 7: The Future of Foreign Relations

Join our host, professor and former dean of the faculty Mike Mastanduno, for a conversation with POLITICO Chief Brussels Correspondent David Herszenhorn ‘94 and Professor Daryl Press on the future of U.S. foreign relations and the challenges and opportunities facing the incoming Biden administration. Herszenhorn is a former New York Times Washington and Moscow foreign correspondent and the former director of the Board of Proprietors of The Dartmouth. Inc, America's oldest college newspaper. Professor Press is an expert on international security and nuclear deterrence and Professor Mastanduno's expertise centers on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S.-China relations. Featuring a young alumni perspective from Charlotte Blatt '18.

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Episode 6: The Science of Pandemic Response

Join Georgetown University and Smithsonian Institution professor and scholar Daniel Lucey ’77 MED’81 in conversation with Geisel School of Medicine and Thayer School of Engineering professor Kendall Hoyt for a discussion on the world's response to COVID-19 and pandemics past and future. Lucey is an infectious disease expert and "epidemic chaser," as described in a recent Financial Times article, who has traveled the world to get to the source of diseases like HIV, SARS, and Ebola. Hoyt is an authority on bioterrorism, technology, and vaccine development and is a member of the Global Health Security Initiative at Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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Episode 5: SCOTUS and the Election

Former Obama administration Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal '91 and former Bush administration Solicitor General Gregory Garre '87 join Professor Sonu Bedi for a conversation on the past, present, and future of the Supreme Court. Also featuring Tobi Young '98, 2018-2019 SCOTUS clerk to Neil Gorsuch and former board secretary of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

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Episode 4: Drawing Parallels to the COVID Economy

Former Republican senator and Tuck School of Business senior fellow Judd Gregg HON'89,'06 and Rockefeller Center for Public Policy senior lecturer and fellow Charlie Wheelan '88 examine the lessons learned from the global financial crisis and discuss how the COVID-19 economic recession affected the 2020 presidential race. Featuring a young alumni perspective from Bryan Proctor TU'20.

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Episode 3: Race and Religion in the 2020 Election

Listen in as Dartmouth faculty experts and alumni discuss the roles played by the issues of race and religion in the 2020 presidential election. Featuring the John Phillips Professor in Religion Randall Balmer and faith leader and former Democratic National Convention CEO Leah Daughtry '84.

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Episode 2: Covering Campaigns in the Virtual World

CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper '91 and Professor of Government Brendan Nyhan explore "fake news" and how the media adapted to the new normal of covering the 2020 election and the presidency during a global pandemic. Featuring opinion commentary by Biden-Harris national campaign press secretary Jamal Brown '08.

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Episode 1: Campaigning and Voting During COVID-19

Learn about how the 2020 presidential campaigns adapted to remote campaigning, unprecedented conventions, and mail-in voting with Democratic communications strategist Lis Smith '05 and Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies, Emerita.

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