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Politics Podcast: Americans, Not Politicians, Will Decide When We Reopen

All but about a dozen states are in some phase of reopening after COVID-19-related shutdowns, and projections of the pandemic’s death toll in the U.S. have correspondingly increased. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses whether an overarching plan is in place for this stage of the crisis — and how Americans are behaving regardless. They also look at the latest data suggesting a competitive race for control of the U.S. Senate and consider a poll showing that American men may be deluding themselves about their role in child-rearing during the pandemic.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

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

Clare Malone is a senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Micah Cohen is FiveThirtyEight’s managing editor.

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