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Politics Podcast: Celebrity Candidates Are Here To Stay

Celebrity politicians aren’t going away just because former President Trump is out of office. Caitlyn Jenner says she’s deciding whether to run against Gavin Newsom in California’s gubernatorial recall election this fall. And Matthew McConaughey leads incumbent Greg Abbott in a hypothetical matchup for Texas governor, according to a recent poll. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight politics podcast, the crew talks about the appeal of celebrity candidates and what it tells us about our politics.

They also discuss reparations for slavery after a Democratic proposal in the House to study the issue advanced out of committee for the first time since it was introduced in Congress in 1989.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Perry Bacon Jr. was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Alex Samuels was a politics reporter at FiveThirtyEight.

Micah Cohen is FiveThirtyEight’s former managing editor.