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Politics Podcast: Will Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Work?

Tuesday is election day in California as Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall, only the fourth gubernatorial recall election in U.S. history. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew checks in on the recall and other upcoming races and discusses how former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of one particular candidate is shaping the Wyoming primary. They also talk about surveys on Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social policy and climate change bill and whether they are a good or bad use of polling. Later in the show, FiveThirtyEight senior writers Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux come on to talk about President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate, how Americans feel about vaccine mandates in general, how effective they are and whether Biden’s is legal.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Sarah Frostenson is FiveThirtyEight’s former politics editor.

Nathaniel Rakich is a senior editor and senior elections analyst at FiveThirtyEight.

Maggie Koerth was a senior reporter for FiveThirtyEight.

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is a senior editor and senior reporter for FiveThirtyEight.