Have you listened to The Trail Tapes yet? It's a brand new podcast from NBC News that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 presidential election. Its host, Jake Heller, interviews folks with unusual ties to the candidates every month.
"It's not exactly what you think. We're going to focus on the stories of people with unorthodox relationships to the campaign, so not your typical pundits, not your beltway insiders ... It gives voice to people who don't generally get to have their voice heard in traditional political campaign coverage."
It's first episode focused on John Di Domenico, a Donald Trump impersonator. I'll be honest -- it didn't blow me away. It was mostly about John's life and career, and I was expecting more insight into his relationship with Trump, even if he's never met him personally. But at only seventeen minutes long, it was a quick and pretty entertaining listen.
On its own, episode one probably wouldn't bring me back for more, but I'm envisioning some really fascinating interviews down the road. I'd love to see them chat with honest folks who have nothing to lose or gain from the show -- like Hillary's roommate from her freshman year at Wellesley, or Martin O'Malley's first boss, one of Ben Carson's former patients (bonus if they sued him), or Bernie's third grade teacher.
I know who I'll be voting for in the primary this spring and I highly doubt anything like this podcast could change my mind, but I'd love to hear from those who know the candidates as people, and not as politicians. Also, I'm dying to hear what ten-year-old Bernie Sanders was like.
What excites me about The Trail Tapes is its potential, and that's what I'll be tuning in for next month when the second episode drops.
So tell me, have you listened to it yet? Will you? Who would you love to see interviewed?