The Des Moines Register's 'Three Tickets' podcast is back. Binge now!
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We've got less than 2 weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses — and there's still a lot that can happen between now and Feb. 3. Luckily, the Des Moines Register has a podcast to tell you all about what's happening in 2020 and the history of this influential quadrennial event.
Meet "Three Tickets." It's the Register's podcast about the caucuses. You might already be familiar with the series — the Register released 10 episodes in 2015 about how the caucuses work and how the various people and places in Iowa that make them work.
In honor of a historic field of 2020 candidates storming Iowa, we're releasing a new episode in the series and we've remastered episodes of the original podcast with updates, context and better sound quality. This time around, Robin Opsahl, a political reporter with the Register, will be guiding you through the craziness and spectacle of the Iowa caucus.
If you want a taste, there's a new trailer for the podcast, which you can find on SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to subscribe to the "Three Tickets" feed..
Here's what you should know about each episode before diving in:
- Episode 1: “The Essence of Iowa” is brand-new for the 2020 caucus cycle. We talk to reporters and Iowans about what it's like to live in Iowa during a caucus year. It's a strange and wonderful kind of chaos.
- Episode 2: “Origins” describes how the caucuses came to be — focusing on the 1976 Democratic contest that put Jimmy Carter on the road to the White House.
- Episode 3: “Process and Controversy” breaks down how the caucuses work.
- Episode 4: “The Candidates” explores the Iowa caucus experience from the candidates’ perspectives.
- Episode 5: “The Activists” features Iowans with incredible stories of how their involvement with the caucuses led to unforgettable encounters.
- Episode 6: “The Journalists” reveals why national political reporters love covering politics in Iowa.
- Episode 7: “Being There” explores the importance of grassroots, person-to-person campaigning.
- Episode 8: “Caucuses Economics” checks in with Iowans who have turned Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses into a business opportunity.
- Episode 9: "Native Iowans" reflects on the career of Iowa U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and his unsuccessful 1992 run for President.
- Episode 10: “Evangelicals and the Caucuses” analyzes the major influence social and Christian conservatives have wielded in Republican caucus campaigns.
- Episode 11: “Change and Continuity” follows one political operative’s experience in three campaigns.
And don't forget to browse our special online extras, too.
Robin Opsahl covers political trends for the Register. Reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8051. Support reporters who follow your government by becoming a subscriber. Sign up at DesMoinesRegister.com/Deal.