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The Wedge Issue of Republicans’ Dreams

How “reopen the schools” became Democrats’ biggest political headache.


Episode Notes

Most kids in the country aren’t back to school in any way we’d recognize as normal. Republicans have noticed. Now, they’re launching a few trial balloons this year to see if “reopen the schools” can become their next winning campaign slogan.

Guest: Edward-Isaac Dovere, staff writer at the Atlantic. Read his story “Democrats Are Failing the Schools Test.” Dovere is the author of the forthcoming book, Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Carmel Delshad, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz.


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  • Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.