With 3 Months to Go, New York Times Introduces Election Podcast The Run-Up

Michael Barbaro hosts.

The New York Times enters a crowded elections podcast field with its own offering called The Run-Up, which will air twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, during this last, three-month leg of the 2016 elections. NYT national political reporter Michael Barbaro is the host.

The plan for, as Barbaro puts it, “this final, delirious phase of the presidential campaign”?

“My colleagues and I will make sense of a campaign that has baffled, shocked and reordered the political world. We’ll also bring you interviews with some of the election’s most influential figures,” he writes.

The first episode, out now, is a 34-minute look into whether this election will turn into a landslide for Hillary Clinton, and what the impact of that would be. Barbaro is joined in this exploration by former House speaker and Trump running mate could-have-been Newt Gingrich, NYT Clinton campaign reporter Amy Chozick, and Upshot writer Nate Cohn.

This podcast is the first to debut since Lisa Tobin made her debut as the Times’ executive producer for audio, a new position the Times picked Tobin to originate in July.