Special Relationship: Election 2016 - Is It Really So Strange?

Just ahead of Election Day, Celeste and John put the truly bizarre 2016 U.S. presidential cycle into context, with the help of distinguished podcasters from both sides of the pond.

First up: Ken Rudin, the award-winning National Public Radio and ABC News veteran best known as "The Political Junkie" and the host of a podcast by that name. Rudin draws on decades of news coverage and analysis to unpack the breathtaking electoral brawl between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Next, weighing in from the U.K.: Dan Snow, aka "The History Guy." Snow, who hosts BBC programs on his favorite subject and takes listeners on far-flung adventures via his "History Hit" podcast, contrasts the oddities of the current American presidential campaign with legendary tales of Parliament, the papacy and beyond.

Our theme music is composed by Breakmaster Cylinder.

Our producer is Alan Haburchak.

Special Relationship, from The Economist and Mic

Special Relationship is a podcast collaboration that examines the US presidential election from the characteristic perspectives of two leading news organizations. Hosted by The Economist’s John Prideaux and Mic’s Celeste Katz, Special Relationship grapples with the major themes and issues in a campaign that has been anything but predictable. Each episode is a conversation, fusing deep dives into specific themes with broader perspectives provided by global and historical comparisons from both sides of the pond. It’s a unique transatlantic partnership between two distinctive voices. It’s a special relationship.

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