• Show Notes

Astead Herndon is a national political reporter for The New York Times and the host of a new podcast, “The Run-Up,” which looks ahead to November’s midterm elections, largely through the voice of the voters themselves. Herndon and Preet discuss whether we should trust the polls that show Democrats in a stronger position than previously anticipated heading into the midterms. They also talk about the kinds of voters that the Democrats must persuade in order to keep their majority in Congress and how podcasting is different from print journalism.

Plus, DOJ issues dozens of new subpoenas in a substantial move related to the January 6th investigation. 

In the bonus for CAFE Insiders, Herndon breaks down whether cultural or policy preferences are more motivating for voters. He also discusses the viability of California Governor Gavin Newsom as a potential presidential candidate. To listen, try the membership for just $1 for one month: cafe.com/insider

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Executive Producer: Tamara Sepper; Senior Editorial Producer: Adam Waller; Technical Director: David Tatasciore; Audio Producer: Matthew Billy; Editorial Producers: Noa Azulai, Sam Ozer-Staton.



  • “Justice Dept. Issues 40 Subpoenas in a Week, Expanding Its Jan. 6 Inquiry,” NYT, 9/12/22
  • 18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy


  • Astead Herndon’s Twitter
  • Herndon’s NYT bylines
  • The Run-Up podcast
  • “Behind The New York Times’ New Politics Podcast,” Vanity Fair, 8/30/22
  • “4 Types of Voters We’re Watching in the Midterms,” NYT, 9/7/22
  • “Yes, the Polling Warning Signs Are Flashing Again,” NYT, 9/12/22
  • “This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney’s Secret Twitter Account,” Slate, 10/20/19
  • Text of President Biden’s speech on 9/1/22, The White House
  • Isabel Wilkerson (author of Caste) on Stay Tuned, 8/13/20