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Planet America

Season 2 2013

  • 2013-01-22T07:00:00+00:00 on ABC News 24
  • 40 mins
  • 12 hours, 0 mins
  • Australia
  • Comedy, News

First screened in the lead-up to the 2012 US Presidential Election, The Chaser's Chas Licciardello teams up with ABC News Radio's John Barron to follow and analyse the race to the White House. Later series covered general American politics, the 2016 Primaries and 2016 Presidential Election, before becoming a regular programme covering all aspects of US politics and administration.

18 episodes

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2013-01-22T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

A special edition of Planet America with John Barron and Chas Licciardello. They discuss US President Barack Obama's inauguration with Brendan O'Connor and Sarah James.

2x02 Episode 2

  • 2013-02-01T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

Planet America is back for 2013. On tonight's episode, Republican Tom Tancredo says neither party wants to fix immigration, and Nate Silver on polls and poker.

2x03 Episode 3

  • 2013-02-08T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

In this episode, gun violence claims the life of America's most famous sniper and the US drone program faces renewed scrutiny.

2x04 Episode 4

  • 2013-02-15T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

In this episode, former presidential speechwriter James Fallows on the State of the Union and Barack Obama's second term agenda.

2x05 Episode 5

  • 2013-02-22T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

On this week's episode of Planet America, an anti-gun lawyer who's also anti-gun control laws, and the inability of the states to reach a deal on deficit reduction.

2x06 Episode 6

  • 2013-03-01T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

This week, Barack Obama's internet advertising guru Andrew Bleeker on how the web helped win the White House and Chas and John attempt to explain the sequester using a plate of french fries.

2x07 Episode 7

  • 2013-03-08T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

In this episode, calls for a halt to drilling for new gas wells in the US as new research casts doubt over its environmental benefits, and Senator Rand Paul filibusters the confirmation of John Brennan as the next head of the CIA.

2x08 Episode 8

  • 2013-03-15T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, we preview Barack Obama’s first trip to Israel as US president and ten years on from the Iraq War.

2x09 Episode 9

  • 2013-03-22T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

The Chaser's Chas Licciardello and the ABC's John Barron set out to discover the real America – its politics and its people – with US and Australian experts coming along for the ride!

2x10 Episode 10

  • 2013-03-29T07:00:00+00:00 — 40 mins

In this episode of Planet America, we take a look at the gay marriage case before the US Supreme Court, and discuss religion in America ahead of Easter.

2x11 Episode 11

  • 2013-04-05T08:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On Planet America, what the 2012 presidential campaign revealed about the state of the news media and the BBC's Nick Bryant talks immigration reform.

2x12 Episode 12

  • 2013-04-12T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, Chas and John talk to a former FBI agent who went undercover in American Neo-Nazi gangs and they take a look at the limits on presidential power.

2x13 Episode 13

  • 2013-04-19T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On Planet America, Chas and John speak to the former presidential counter-terrorism adviser, Richard Clarke.

2x14 Episode 14

  • 2013-04-26T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, the lessons learnt from the Boston bombings and the view from America’s police about gun laws.

2x15 Episode 15

  • 2013-05-03T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, John Barron is joined by political scientist and expert number cruncher Simon Jackman and we meet the Las Vegas man heading the push to have a mountain named after Ronald Reagan.

2x16 Episode 16

  • 2013-05-10T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

A look at the influence of lobbyists over American politics; from healthcare to gun control, who really pulls the strings?

2x17 Episode 17

  • 2013-05-17T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on whether Hillary is running in 2016 and former Labor Senator Stephen Loosley joins John and Chas at the roundish table.

2x18 Episode 18

  • 2013-05-24T08:30:00+01:00 — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, Professor Ed Blakely on the recovery effort following the Oklahoma tornado and Barack Obama’s Chief Digital Strategist Joe Rospars.