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Really, Why???

I was so excited saagar enjeti when I saw on Twitter you had a podcast, I truly value and appreciate your insight. It is a voice needed in this time and for all that will come. Then the bribe for a five star review... Disappointing that you would use a tactic that crappy games and Amazon third party sellers use to get five stars. At least the games give you in game currency for dishonest bribed for five star rating 🙄. Truly thought better of you. It is not the questions relevance or opportunity to convey an important counter/agreeable point that is of importance as expected with a genuine informative podcast. Earn your five star rating with your response.

Great podcast

I have a question. Given the events happening in Washington, I'm curious to know what you think the Republican Party is going to look like moving forward?. I actually don't buy the fact Trump faced severe political damage yesterday. Most people I talked to didn't find it even a big deal. My mother was laughing at the dude in the Viking hat - almost had an appearance of a prank. Goes without saying that the country is becoming more unhealthy. Seems like the media continues to make it worse, even with the coverage lots of folks HATE the double standard in media coverage of one set of protestors vs the other. Prescriptions, thoughts?

Great Listen

Hey Marshall and Saagar, Love the pod. I started listening after Saagar was on Rogan and very pleased that I did. My question is: Will you guys have an episode completely devoted to Biden’s Cabinet Picks? I would love to get your in-depth analysis on these picks. How are they going to structure policy?

Epstein and Maxwell

How come we haven’t seen the perp walk or any proof that Ghislane Maxwell is really in prison? Thank you for following this story Saagar! Ps why can’t the average person visit Antarctica?


Love the pod! I really enjoy listening to y’all give your opinions. You have great guests with interesting points of view. Can you please make a case for; wanting to get anything done in DC. It just seems like the things that are the easiest to do aren’t good for most everybody and the hardest stuff never gets out the gates. Please convince me why I would be better off not rooting for gridlock.

Love your show!

Great show, I always enjoy listening. Just a random question for you... I know you have said that a 3rd party could never work - is there anyway we could force the democrat and republican parties to combine (since they seem to work for the same people anyway) leaving room for a people’s party?

15 minimum wage and "forgotten" regions

I'm what the Brits call a Red Tory so am on board with the vast majority of your agenda. One area of dissonance, though, is your (seemingly) unqualified support for a national $15 min wage. I have my doubts: I'm in a region (interior CA) whose only remaining competitive economic advantage (only a slight exaggeration) against the coast is lower wages. From here, the proposal naturally seems like yet another policy designed with only the needs/interests of the urban population centers in mind that will have horrible unintended (or possibly intended) consequences for those of us out in the colonies. Is there really reason to think that the outcome of yet another top-down one-size-fits-all policy imposition designed to meet the needs/preferences of those in the power centers will have better results for the "forgotten" regions than other regulatory regimes (policies raising energy prices, environmental impositions, water "sharing" policies, unregulated immigration, subsidized infrastructure and tax breaks for powerful regions, etc.) have had?

Matt Stoller

In the interview with Matt Stoller there was much conversation around presidential power. My question is Why the focus presidential power? In a time of divided power why not focus on Congressional power and responsibility?

Huge fan

Huge fan of the show! I am a socialist but your show is very thoughtful and engages with the actual beliefs of the left better than most liberal shows. I am trying to better understand where right wingers are coming from and I think the show gives me a better understanding. Can y'all please have Robert Putnam on to discuss his book The Upswing and the trends of alienation and the decline of social trust? I think this is a huge issue that explains a lot of our country's problems but is never covered by the mainstream media.

Enjoying the show but..

Enjoying the show but happened to Ep. 80? I wanted to go back and listen to some again and it’s not available.

Temperate and compelling new voices...

Insightful, open minded and ahead of the curve, this podcast with Saagar and Marshall offers unique perspective on America and our problems/opportunities from across the political spectrum. Question for you both, are you aware of the 4th Turning and have you considered having Neil Howe on the cast? What do you think about the historical parallels between where we are now to other times in American history?

Fabulous Podcast!

That's it. Thats the review! You're fabulous. I admire your ability to have both sides of the political divide represented in an educational and respectful way. Thanks for the interview w/ Andrew Sullivan. Great show!

Well done

Well done to the interviewers - really enjoy this pod, the thoughtful questions, courage to ask real discussion, respectful tone, and variety of guests!

Iran Nuclear Deal Q

Hey guys I love the show! With recent tensions with Iran I was wondering if you could talk about your opions of the Iran Nuclear Deal and if it's something the US should be apart of. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

Great show!

As a normie Dem that listens to folks like Matt Yglesias and Scott Galloway on their normal flagships, it’s fun to hear them let their hair down a bit on this podcast! My question: Why hasn’t “re-alignment” politics found an in road in GOP State Legislative primaries? This seems like such a missed opportunity, GOP State Legislators in Red States are no strangers to initiating new public spending on Health Care, Education, Infrastructure etc and it seems like something that by sheer volume would have some success considering that there are over a thousand state legislative districts that Democrats held less than 15 years ago that represent the actual re-alignment. Might be a great opportunity to get young voters participating in Republican primaries too!

New Favorite Political Podcast

I love Marshall and Saagar, but the true strength of this pod comes from their incredible ability to find an endless stream of smart heterodox guests. I don’t always agree with what they say, but the best pods don’t bolster your worldview but challenge it. Listening always makes me reconsider issues and say to myself “I never thought about x that way.” Marshall and Saagar really understand politics and their guests tend to understand certain issues in new and fascinating ways. I’ve suggested this to my family over quarantine(I’m sixteen) and each episode has been a launching point to greater conversation. Keep up the good work guys!

Best podcast ever!

Scott Galloway interview amazing.

Great show

Great show and something I like to listen to for the truth on what is going on and not the media fluff. Question: When will Americans wake up and see the griff that is the federal gov’t? They care about keeping their power, only helping out their large corporate donors and lobbyists, so that they have a soft landing if they leave public office. I’m so frustrated with everyone arguing over the toxic partisan topics that the right and left feed us, instead of coming together and making things better for the middle and working classes. Government was meant to serve us, not us serving them and their corporate friends.

Great podcast!

Very thought-provoking with a large range of guests.

Student Loan Forgiveness Q?

How likely do you think it is that student loan forgiveness plan will pass in the future? Timeline? If student loan forgiveness was enacted what sort of effects do you think it would have?

Going to change history

Hi I’m a long time riser and newfound realigner. I worked closely with Niko House in the 2016 Bernie campaign, but have become more attracted to this brand of conservatism recently. I recently had an interview with WUNC about ticket splitting. It was rusty, but how can you get better at those short segments? As much as I hate them, they are part of getting our message out there.

Can’t stop listening

Been tuning in for a while, every episode is extremely interesting and timely. Question - what was the state of populism or working class politics BEFORE Trump and his 2016 campaign?

Great interview with Anna.

Fantastically thoughtful episode. And it lead me to the Charlie Rose episode with Sir James Goldsmith. Amazingly prescient.

Cultural vs. Economic

Hey guys, I wanted to ask a sort of two-part question that goes to the conversation you had with Anna. In undergrad I had a professor that almost religiously taught from The American Voter (1960) and also the subsequent sequels to it. I have many problems with the conclusion the book comes to, but as to the relevant parts, what is your take on the idea that American voters vote “wrong” based on their individual needs (the assumption being that the lower economic class tends to vote for conservative economic policies when progressive economic policies would be “better” for them). Without getting into a laissez-faire v. Keysnian discussion, isn’t the assumption that people vote solely on the basis of economic policy wrong? The second part of the question ties in to the first I think and it is: why do a lot of people still categorize the US by ideological regions (I.e. the “south”), when it seems that the only material factor that matters is population and culture. Cities like New Orleans, Birmingham, Montgomery, Atlanta, etc, are all overwhelmingly blue, yet they are in the heart of the Deep South. Can we not all agree that the political ideological divide is now an urban v. rural one and not a northern v. Southern one? Thanks, love the show.

This podcast is what you need in your life!!!

I love this show to the moon and back. The ciritcal analysis and unique perspective portrayed by both Saagar and Marshall allow listeners to make their own decisions and formulate original ideas about real world topics. One of my questions is for saagar, how do you feel about the constant accusation from the right that the majority of Universities are very skewed left politically? Do you think these allegations are accurate?

Great show!

Hey I love Rising and The Realignment! You guys are pretty on the ball so I was wondering if there have been any clamoring or rumors about Mark Kelly running for Presidency in 2024 or if there’s real anticipation on his role in the Senate? Also do you think bringing back earmarks will help stop gridlock? Thanks! Keep up the great content! #FREAKONOMICSKILLAS


Based! Can’t thank you all enough.

Great show!

A great show for populists or the progressive left to the populist right, or just anyone millennial or younger who is tired of establishment politics. My question is what are the chances of an initiative like Weinstein’s Unity 2020 or The People’s party actually getting a platform in the next election cycle? Or, I’m doubtful, you see a way of moving the dem or Republican Party to a populist position? Thanks


love the show- i am a leftist who hates woke politics. i find myself agreeing with you guys a lot. my open minded question is: what is your ideal solution to the heath care problem in our country?

Thank you!

Love the show and both of your perspectives. Please keep bringing outside the box guests! With two elections in a row where the polling data is clearly faulty, why is everyone putting so much stock and analysis into exit polls? Wouldn’t you expect those polls to be just as skewed?