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Is an Upset Brewing in Iowa?

Sen. Joni Ernst appears to be in a battle for her political life.


Episode Notes

Iowa is home to less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. So why is this year’s Senate race the second most expensive in U.S. history? Democrats hope to use all that cash to unseat a Republican star in a state that Donald Trump won handily in 2016.

Guest: Andrew Batt, senior producer at Iowa PBS.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.