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November 6, 2020

Squeaker

Stories of people grappling with this endless presidential election.

Wren McDonald

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Prologue

Host Ira Glass talks with Georgia Democrats who went out to “cure” ballots in a state with some of the closest results in the country. (6 minutes)

Virginia

Reporter Mike Giglio follows a group of militia members as they prepare to heed President Trump’s call and watch polling locations for signs of trouble on Election Day. (15 minutes)

Louisiana

Ben Calhoun talks to a man in ICE detention in Louisiana about how he and people around him are following the election. But right as the results are coming in, the man’s case takes a serious turn. (15 minutes)

Detroit

Emanuele Berry talks to Khalilah, who got involved as a poll watcher this year and ended up inside a national news story. (7 minutes)

Miami

Nadia Reiman talks to Ninotchka and Marco in Florida. The mother and son immigrated from Venezuela, and while they live and work together, they feel very differently about American politics. (4 minutes)

Massachusetts

During an election in which it feels like the very existence of our democracy hangs in the balance, producer Sean Cole and someone very close to him have been dealing with their own immediate existential questions.

Song:

“This Land is Your Land” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings