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The Focus Group

Sarah Longwell has conducted thousands of hours of focus groups all across the country. She and a series of guests take you behind the glass to hear real focus group participants. Unfiltered, uncompromising, unexpected—The Focus Group is a look into what the average voter thinks about politics, policy, and current events.

Full episodes of The Focus Group Podcast are available exclusively to members of Bulwark+.

Full episodes of The Focus Group Podcast are available exclusively to members of Bulwark+.

The Focus Group Episodes

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Dec 3, 2022 · 44 Mins
Midnight Train (Back) to Georgia (with Greg Bluestein)
We’re wrapping up this election cycle in Georgia with voters who voted for Herschel Walker…
Nov 26, 2022 · 55 Mins
Thankful for Swing Voters (with Amy Walter)
The midterms have come and gone, and it turns out many of our focus groups…
Nov 19, 2022 · 49 Mins
Can There Be Another Star in Trump’s Cinematic Universe? (with David Drucker)
Donald Trump announced his 2024 campaign this week. Republican elites would love to move on…
Nov 12, 2022 · 2 Mins
What a Week!
Sarah has a special message for Focus Group fans as we wait for the remaining…
Nov 5, 2022 · 70 Mins
Election Eve Weekend Nerd Spectacular
Instead of a focus group this week, Sarah sits down with four political super-nerds to…
Oct 29, 2022 · 44 Mins
A Little Thuggishness Is Called For (with James Carville)
John Fetterman had a bad night in the Pennsylvania Senate debate, and an even worse…
Oct 22, 2022 · 44 Mins
Arizona: Psychologically Unfun (with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer)
Arizona is ground-zero for the Big Lie about the 2020 election. The Republican nominees for…
Oct 15, 2022 · 50 Mins
Georgia: Ticket-Splitting On Our Mind (with Molly Ball)
Georgia is a closely divided state, but we’re likely to see a lot of ticket…
Oct 8, 2022 · 54 Mins
He Scares the Crap Out of Me (with Holly Otterbein)
The Pennsylvania governor’s race is a bit of a political science experiment: what happens if…
Oct 1, 2022 · 43 Mins
George Washington Wouldn’t Tolerate Furries(with Charlie Sykes)
America’s Dairyland is becoming America’s Election Land. Wisconsin has major races for governor and for…