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  • Will tech decide the election?

    Will tech decide the election?

    Freddy talks to political technologist Eric Wilson about the role technology and media will play in the 2024 election. They cover the differences in strategy between the Democrats and the Republicans, why television is still the best medium for reaching voters, and the role of social media influencers. 

  • A Donald Trump debate

    A Donald Trump debate

    In this special episode of Americano, The Spectator‘s UK editor Fraser Nelson explores Trump’s candidacy with political commentator Deroy Murdock, and The Spectator‘s economics editor Kate Andrews.  They debate the influence of his rhetoric on American politics. How important is language? Will his achievements as president be enough to secure his re-election? Does personality Trump…

  • Are pollsters underestimating Joe Biden?

    Are pollsters underestimating Joe Biden?

    Freddy Gray speaks to James Kanagasooriam, chief research officer at Focal Data, about the state of the polls. They discuss why vaccines have become a polarizing topic for this election; why bookmakers might be underestimating Joe Biden and the importance of the cost of living.

  • Christopher Caldwell on human rights versus democracy

    Christopher Caldwell on human rights versus democracy

    Freddy speaks to Christopher Caldwell, journalist and author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties, about the human rights movement. Can America’s influence be considered imperial? Is how we think of human rights outdated? And, what does the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2011 intervention in Libya tell us about the state of…

  • Slavoj Žižek on whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the US

    Slavoj Žižek on whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the US

    Freddy speaks to philosopher Slavoj Žižek ahead of what we understand will be Julian Assange’s final court appeal against extradition back to the US. The WikiLeaks founder has been wanted by the US authorities after he leaked tens of thousands of highly sensitive documents. On the podcast they discuss the parallels between Assange and Navalny,…

  • What happened to the Democratic Party?

    Freddy Gray speaks to author Joshua Green who wrote The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Struggle for a New American Politics. On the podcast they discuss the three rebels in the book; how they influenced Joe Biden in office; and whether the Democratic Party has given up “finance-centered” liberalism.

  • Which way will the swing states go?

    Which way will the swing states go?

    Freddy Gray speaks to JL Partners Director Scarlett Maguire about the swing states which could decide the 2024 election. 

  • How bad is the border crisis?

    How bad is the border crisis?

    Freddy is joined by Todd Bensman, fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and author of Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in US History. They discuss how to solve what is perhaps the issue of our time, why meaningful reform doesn’t seem to happen on immigration, and the extent of Biden’s physical…

  • Is 2024 a ‘flip election?’

    Is 2024 a ‘flip election?’

    Freddy Gray is joined by pollster and writer Patrick Ruffini. They talk about why the strengthening economy isn’t improving Biden’s numbers, and the other factors that will influence the 2024 election.

  • Can Trump ever get a fair trial?

    Can Trump ever get a fair trial?

    Last month Donald Trump was ordered to pay more than $83 million to E. Jean Carroll, the writer who accused him of sexual assault. Freddy speaks to Spectator columnist Lionel Shriver about some of the oddities of this case against the former president. 

  • Does the Biden administration have a plan with Iran?

    Does the Biden administration have a plan with Iran?

    Freddy Gray is joined in the office by Mike Baker a former CIA operations officer, CEO of the global intelligence and security firm Portman Square Group and host of the popular news podcast The President’s Daily Brief. 

  • Could Taylor Swift swing the election?

    Could Taylor Swift swing the election?

    Freddy Gray sits down with host and producer of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast Galen Druke to discuss whether a Taylor Swift endorsement could sway the general election.

  • Will Jon Stewart still be funny?

    Will Jon Stewart still be funny?

    Freddy speaks to Jonathan Askonas, assistant professor of politics at the Catholic University of America about Jon Stewart’s return to TV, and what role, albeit inadvertent, he played in Tucker’s media success.

  • What went wrong with Ron?

    What went wrong with Ron?

    Freddy Gray is joined in New Hampshire by Ben Domenech, Fox News contributor and editor-at-large of The Spectator World. On the podcast they discuss the pro-Trump establishment of the Republican Party; how the Republican cohort have changed since the Obama election and what issues Trump can identify that appeal to voters. 

  • Is New Hampshire a Potemkin primary?

    Is New Hampshire a Potemkin primary?

    For this special Americano podcast, Freddy Gray is in New Hampshire with The Spectator World team, Matt McDonald and Zack Christenson, covering the chilly primaries. Are both Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley’s defeats a foregone conclusion?

  • Is the Republican primary already over?

    Is the Republican primary already over?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Republican strategist Luke Thompson about Trump’s landslide Iowa win; how much Trump’s legal proceedings will interfere with his campaign and who could be his deputy.

  • Is 2024 the ‘regime referendum?’

    Is 2024 the ‘regime referendum?’

    Freddy Gray speaks to Daniel McCarthy, editor of the conservative review Modern Age, about all things Donald Trump. Do his ongoing trials help or hinder his campaign? Do the Democrats want him to be the Republican candidate or not? And is there a bureaucratic “permanent power” that Trump would overthrow if he succeeds?

  • Do Trump’s Republican rivals have any hope?

    Do Trump’s Republican rivals have any hope?

    Freddy Gray is joined by pollster James Johnson, co-founder of JL Partners. They speak about the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and whether Trump’s opponents have any chance of beating him. They also discuss the impact of Trump’s trials, and JL Partners’s viral word cloud which both Biden and Trump have been attempting…

  • Has Claudine Gay wrecked Harvard?

    Has Claudine Gay wrecked Harvard?

    For the first Americano episode of 2024, Freddy Gray is joined by Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, to discuss Claudine Gay’s resignation from Harvard University. On the podcast Freddy and Peter discuss Gay’s accusations of plagiarism; how the row has became wrapped up in racism, and what this means for the…

  • Is America heading towards Civil War?

    Is America heading towards Civil War?

    Freddy Gray speaks to classicist, military historian and author Victor Davis Hanson. In an end of year review, they talk about antisemitism in the US today, the battle between right and left since 2016 and a potential future Trump presidency. 

  • Is net zero leading to economic ruination?

    Is net zero leading to economic ruination?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Robert Bryce who is an author and expert on energy, power and politics. On the podcast, Robert talks about the economic implications of Europe’s net zero targets; why we should push for nuclear energy; and shares the human stories behind electricity.

  • Biden’s Middle East approach – and is he in trouble at home?

    Biden’s Middle East approach – and is he in trouble at home?

    Freddy Gray is reunited with Charles Lipson and Jacob Heilbrunn to debate the impact of Biden’s Middle East policy, and his shaky reputation at home. Is he a Cold War liberal, out of touch with the modern Democratic Party?

  • Who is the new House Speaker?

    Who is the new House Speaker?

    Amber Athey and Daniel McCarthy editor of Modern Age Journal and columnist at The Spectator join the Americano podcast to breakdown the long House speaker battle which has finally culminated in Trumpist Mike Johnson getting selected.  

  • How is Joe Biden handling the Israel-Palestine crisis?

    How is Joe Biden handling the Israel-Palestine crisis?

    This week Freddy speaks to Dennis Ross, former Middle East coordinator under President Clinton and current professor of the practice of diplomacy at Georgetown University. They discuss Biden’s visit to Israel this week, how his policy towards the Middle East borrows from Trump and Obama, and how we can discern between the public posturing and…

  • How are Democrats reacting to the war in Israel?

    How are Democrats reacting to the war in Israel?

    This week Freddy speaks to Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s magazine, about America’s response to the developments in the Middle East. On the podcast they discuss the “Squad” (a section of Democrats who have been making pro-Palestinian noises), how America and Israel’s surveillance system allowed the attack to happen and the importance of the…

  • Have relations thawed between the US and Iran?

    Have relations thawed between the US and Iran?

    Freddy Gray is joined by Charlie Gammell, a historian and former diplomat who was on the Iran desk at the foreign office. On the podcast they discuss the new Iran-US deal where six prisoners have been released on either side and $6 billion sent back to Iran. There has been political backlash with the Republicans…

  • Could Hunter Biden be a big problem for the Democrats?

    Could Hunter Biden be a big problem for the Democrats?

    This week Freddy Gray speaks to politics lecturer and writer Damon Linker about the ongoing investigations into Hunter Biden. With Trump facing his own criminal charges, will stories about potential Biden corruption muddy the waters for voters?

  • What does Vivek Ramaswamy stand for?

    What does Vivek Ramaswamy stand for?

    This week Freddy speaks to Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, about Vivek Ramaswamy. What does he stand for? Could he be the ideal candidate for Trump’s vice president? 

  • Why are Democrats winning on abortion?

    Why are Democrats winning on abortion?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Inez Stepman, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute who was last on Americano to discuss the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year. As seen in the November midterms, could this be a winning issue for the Democrats who are gearing up for the general election?

  • Is Donald Trump untouchable?

    Is Donald Trump untouchable?

    Kate Andrews speaks to Freddy Gray and CEO of Truth Social, Devin Nunes in the week that Donald Trump refused to attend the Republican Fox News debates. Instead, the presidential candidate who is leading in the polls was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

  • America’s sub-literate generation

    America’s sub-literate generation

    Only 72 percent of Americans can read to a sixth-grade level. Freddy is joined by Peter W. Wood to talk about how this has happened — and why it is getting worse. What political and cultural factors have diminished the importance of reading and writing in education — and with students already using AI, where…

  • UFOs: is the truth out there?

    UFOs: is the truth out there?

    The US government is apparently hiding a program to capture and reverse-engineer UFOs. At a congressional hearing last month, David Grusch, a former intelligence official who worked with a Pentagon team looking into UFOs, said “non-human” objects had been recovered by the government. Are they finding aliens, or Chinese and Russian drones? What’s behind the…

  • Why does everyone hate the US women’s soccer team?

    Why does everyone hate the US women’s soccer team?

    Freddy Gray sits down with The Spectator’s Washington editor, Amber Athey to discuss the USWNT’s defeat in the World Cup and why some are fed up with their politics.

  • What went wrong for Ron DeSantis?

    What went wrong for Ron DeSantis?

    Freddy is joined this week by Roger Kimball, editor of the New Criterion and Spectator contributing editor and columnist, to talk about the diminishing power of Ron DeSantis. It wasn’t so long ago he looked like a serious challenger that could beat Donald Trump to the Republican nomination. Where did it all go wrong?

  • Why has Trump been indicted… again?

    Why has Trump been indicted… again?

    Freddy Gray sits down with Jacob Heilbrunn to discuss Donald Trump’s latest indictment over January 6. The former president faces seventy-eight charges which, if found guilty, could mean he faces several years in prison. 

  • Does Britain set a bad example for American conservatives?

    Does Britain set a bad example for American conservatives?

    On his recent visit to the UK, Spectator World columnist and Modern Age editor Daniel McCarthy sat down with Freddy to discuss what lessons American Republicans should learn from the doldrums into which the Tory Party has steered itself.

  • Is this the end of Silicon Valley as we know it?

    Is this the end of Silicon Valley as we know it?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Joel Kotkin who is the author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. On the podcast, they discuss the collapse of Silicon Valley. With mass layoffs in the tech sector and a post-pandemic real estate downturn, Kotkin argues the Valley is entering a period of long-term decline…

  • Is Joe Biden in trouble?

    Is Joe Biden in trouble?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Spectator columnist Douglas Murray who wrote in the UK magazine about Joe Biden’s endless gaffes and the incompetence which Douglas argues has spilled into the rest of the party.

  • Will Hunter bring down Joe Biden?

    Will Hunter bring down Joe Biden?

    This week Freddy is joined by Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, and Charles Lipson, professor of political science at the University of Chicago. They discuss Charles’s recent piece in The Spectator’s US edition where he argues that the walls are closing in on old Joe, in relation to the Hunter Biden story. Is the president’s involvement…

  • Oliver Stone and Fernando Sulichin on whether nuclear can solve the climate crisis

    Oliver Stone and Fernando Sulichin on whether nuclear can solve the climate crisis

    Freddy is joined by a great American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, and a great Argentinian filmmaker, Fernando Sulichin. Their new documentary Nuclear Now proposes nuclear energy as the solution to the climate crisis. On the podcast, they address global concerns about adding nuclear to the energy mix, compare the nuclear policy of Presidents Biden and Trump and discuss…

  • What happened to Kim Darroch?

    What happened to Kim Darroch?

    Freddy Gray is joined by Steve Edginton, video comment editor at the Telegraph and host of the Off Script podcast to discuss curious case of Sir Kim Darroch. A former civil servant has accused the government of an attempt to cover up “crimes” by the former British ambassador to the US, who he claims leaked intelligence to…

  • What is America’s Grand Strategy?

    What is America’s Grand Strategy?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Michael Anton, professor at Hillsdale College and former member of the National Security Council under George W. Bush and Donald Trump. On the podcast Freddy and Michael discuss his speech at the London National Conservatism Conference about Winston Churchill’s Grand Strategy in an American context. 

  • What do Donald Trump’s children want?

    What do Donald Trump’s children want?

    Freddy Gray is joined by filmmaker, Alex Holder who had access to Trump’s inner circle when making the documentary Unprecedented. On the podcast, they discuss Trump’s supporter base, his relationship with his children and why Ivanka is the favorite. 

  • What went wrong with digital media?

    What went wrong with digital media?

    Freddy speaks to Semafor cofounder Ben Smith, formerly of the New York Times, BuzzFeed News and Politico, whose new book Traffic is an origins story for digital media. On the podcast they discuss how a new genre of journalism was birthed from a desire to cause trouble online, whether woke culture spawned from digital media and if…

  • Is Joe Biden a good Catholic?

    Is Joe Biden a good Catholic?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Ed Condon, editor of the Pillar. They discuss Biden’s Catholicism; how it plays out in his politics and whether it will be a big part of his presidential campaign. 

  • Why did Murdoch take so long to settle?

    Why did Murdoch take so long to settle?

    Freddy discusses with Michael Wolff

  • Was Biden’s visit to Belfast gaffe-free?

    Was Biden’s visit to Belfast gaffe-free?

    Lew Lukens, former deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in London, joins Amber Athey

  • Will Donald Trump get a fair trial?

    Will Donald Trump get a fair trial?

    Donald Trump was in court last week where he pleaded not guilty to thirty-four counts of falsifying records. To discuss, Freddy Gray is joined by lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Charles Lipson, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago.

  • What happened on January 6?

    What happened on January 6?

    Freddy speaks to Roger Kimball, editor of the New Criterion and Spectator contributing editor to discuss new footage which has emerged from January 6.

  • Will the real George Santos please stand up?

    Will the real George Santos please stand up?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Shawn McCreesh, a features writer at New York magazine who recently spent time with Republican congressman George Santos.

  • Does race trump merit in America?

    Does race trump merit in America?

    Heather Mac Donald joins Freddy Gray for this week’s Americano. Heather is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of When Race Trumps Merit. On the podcast, Heather breaks down what she describes as a “regressive equity epidemic” in which race overtakes merit in almost all areas of society.

  • What is America doing in Ukraine?

    What is America doing in Ukraine?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Professor John Mearsheimer, the political scientist and international relations scholar, about America’s foreign policy on the war in Ukraine.

  • Should Americans be worried about their debt?

    Should Americans be worried about their debt?

    Freddy Gray talks to the Bloomberg journalist and podcaster Joseph Weisenthal about the likely rise of America’s debt ceiling… once again.

  • Will Mexico help Biden stop illegal immigration?

    Will Mexico help Biden stop illegal immigration?

    President Biden is visiting Mexico this week to meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. Biden is expected to bring up illegal immigration with Obrador, and hopes that he can offer him some way out of what is becoming a spiraling crisis. But is any help coming? Freddy…

  • Could Georgia decide the midterms?

    Could Georgia decide the midterms?

    This week Freddy is joined by Matt McDonald, US managing editor of The Spectator, who is covering the midterms from Georgia. What will the result of the runoff be there and could this decide who takes control of the Senate?

  • What do the midterm results mean for national conservatism?

    What do the midterm results mean for national conservatism?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Yoram Hazony, the author of Conservatism: A Rediscovery, about the midterm results, and what happens next to national conservatism in the United States.

  • Will the Republicans win the midterms?

    Will the Republicans win the midterms?

    Republican strategist Luke Thompson returns to Americano to give Freddy Gray the lowdown on how things are shaping up ahead of the midterm elections in November.

  • Will Biden’s pot pardons pay off?

    Will Biden’s pot pardons pay off?

    This week Freddy speaks to Madeleine Kearns, staff writer at the National Review, about President Joe Biden’s decree that cannabis possession should no longer be a federal crime. Is this a vote winner or will the decision end in disaster?

  • What’s going to happen in the midterms?

    What’s going to happen in the midterms?

    Freddy speaks to journalist and political analyst Sean Trende about what we can expect from the November midterms. Is there a red wave incoming? Or will the Democrats do better than expected?

  • Why aren’t American men working?

    Why aren’t American men working?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Nicholas Eberstadt, author of Men Without Work, about why, despite good employment figures, American men aren’t working in the same way they used to.

  • What next for Liz Cheney?

    What next for Liz Cheney?

    On Tuesday Liz Cheney lost the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s House seat to the Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman. Freddy Gray is joined by the author and journalist James Pogue to discuss the impact of the result.

  • Does the FBI raid guarantee Trump will run?

    Does the FBI raid guarantee Trump will run?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Amber Athey about Monday’s FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, and Donald Trump’s subsequent release of a video that looks suspiciously like a prelude to a campaign in 2024.

  • Is Nancy Pelosi about to cause World War Three?

    Is Nancy Pelosi about to cause World War Three?

    Freddy Gray speaks with Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, ahead of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. They discuss if this is a turning point in US relations with Taiwan, whether we are heading for World War Three, or if Pelosi is calling China’s bluff.

  • Is Henry Kissinger right about Ukraine?

    Is Henry Kissinger right about Ukraine?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Sergey Radchenko a Cold War historian and Wilson E. Schmidt distinguished professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and visiting professor at Cardiff University. They discuss a recent speech by Henry Kissinger who believes that Ukraine should made territorial concessions to…

  • What do the Pennsylvania primaries mean for Donald Trump?

    What do the Pennsylvania primaries mean for Donald Trump?

    Freddy Gray speaks to the Republican strategist Luke Thompson, discussing the nail-biting race between Pennsylvania’s candidates for the US Senate, featuring Trump-backed candidate Dr. Oz.

  • Could Elon Musk save Twitter?

    Could Elon Musk save Twitter?

    Freddy Gray speaks to Kat Rosenfield, the author and UnHerd columnist, about Elon Musk’s proposal to buy a controlling stake in the social media giant. Rosenfield’s latest book, No One Will Miss Her, is published by HarperCollins and is available to buy now.

  • Will Donald Trump be back in the White House in 2025?

    Will Donald Trump be back in the White House in 2025?

    A recent poll showed that if a general election was to be held today between Trump and Biden, the 45th president would be successful in winning back the White House. But what is it, in just over a year, that has led to such a flip? Freddy talks with Trump spokesman Liz Harrington on Trump’s…

  • Should the West offer Putin an ‘off-ramp’?

    Should the West offer Putin an ‘off-ramp’?

    Freddy talks to Anatoly Karlin, author of the Powerful Takes Substack. Speaking from Moscow, Anatoly discloses the extent of support for anti-war protests in Russia and the role of the US in inciting nationalism in Ukraine.

  • Is Facebook in a ‘death spiral’?

    Is Facebook in a ‘death spiral’?

    Freddy Gray talks to Guy Clapperton, the tech journalist and host of the Near-Futurist podcast about the recent collapse in Facebook’s share price, and the social media giant’s prospects long-term.

  • Tucker Carlson: Why should America go to war over Ukraine?

    Tucker Carlson: Why should America go to war over Ukraine?

    On Spectator TV last week Freddy Gray interviewed the Fox News host Tucker Carlson on what role the US should play in the Russia/Ukraine conflict. Here is the full unedited conversation. ‘Western European nations — which I think we at this point can trust to have weapons — should defend themselves. I mean, that’s the…

  • How bad was President Biden’s first year?

    How bad was President Biden’s first year?

    Freddy Gray and Lionel Shriver discuss Joe Biden’s first year at the helm of the United States, and whether he is capable of tackling the challenges poised by Vladimir Putin, rampant inflation and his own capacity for gaffes.

  • Will Hillary Clinton be back for more in 2024?

    Will Hillary Clinton be back for more in 2024?

    Freddy Gray talks to Maureen Callahan of the New York Post about the runners and riders for the 2024 presidential election, including if her prediction of a Trump/Clinton rematch will come true.

  • Will Donald Trump run again?

    Will Donald Trump run again?

    2022 has only just begun but a lot of minds in American politics are already looking towards the next presidential election in 2024. For the Republicans, the big question is: will Donald Trump be their nominee? If he isn’t, who will fill that very large hole? Freddy Gray sits down with the editor of Modern…

  • Has America learnt anything from the Capitol riot?

    Has America learnt anything from the Capitol riot?

    It’s been one year since a large number of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC to try and prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election. There are still many questions surrounding that infamous day. To look for some answers Freddy Gray talks with John Daniel Davidson, a senior editor at the…

  • Americano’s Year in Review — 2021

    Americano’s Year in Review — 2021

    Douglas Murray joins Freddy Gray for a look back at yet another tumultuous year in American politics. They discuss the irreconcilable divide between left and right, the origins of Covid-19, the war in Afghanistan, the fallout from the 2020 election and much more, including the temptations of a bottle of Glenmorangie whiskey.

  • Ian Maxwell: on the treatment of Ghislaine

    Ian Maxwell: on the treatment of Ghislaine

    The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has gripped the world, a woman accused of truly horrendous crimes. But have we as a society thrown out the cardinal rule of innocent until proven guilty? Freddy Gray sits down with her brother Ian Maxwell who believes that her treatment pre-trial has been nothing short of torturous.

  • Will Hunter Biden’s laptop come back to haunt his father?

    Will Hunter Biden’s laptop come back to haunt his father?

    Freddy Gray speaks to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine about her new book Laptop from Hell, which details the bizarre story infamously suppressed on social media platforms during the 2020 presidential election.

  • Will cloud computing create a new economic boom?

    Will cloud computing create a new economic boom?

    Freddy Gray talks to Mark P. Mills, the energy and tech expert at the Manhattan Institute think tank about his new book The Cloud Revolution.

  • Can the University of Austin shake up American education?

    Can the University of Austin shake up American education?

    Freddy Gray talks to Pano Kanelos, the president of the newly announced University of Austin, about what his project is hoping to achieve.

  • Has fame eaten America alive?

    Has fame eaten America alive?

    Freddy Gray talks to Michael Wolff about his latest book Too Famous and looks back at how the quest for fame has affected politics over the last two decades.

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Freddy Gray is deputy editor of The Spectator and the founding editor of The Spectator’s World edition. He was formerly literary editor of the American Conservative.