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I’ve done sports radio fairly regularly over the past several years, and a small handful of television appearances on regional cable. But this CNN gig was a different thing entirely. One thing I didn’t fully appreciate is how labor-intensive all of this is. Morning shows are intended to give the appearance of spontaneity — and to some extent, because of the fast, almost caffeinated pace, they are. But there is also an enormous amount of due diligence involved. Between the anchors and the guest and especially the producers, there are probably 100 minutes of preparation for every minute of live television that you see.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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