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Planet America

All Episodes 2013 - 2018

  • 2018-12-21T18:00:00+11:00s at 2018-12-21T18:00:00+11:00 on ABC News 24
  • 2012-02-10T10:00:00Z
  • 40 mins
  • 5 days, 8 hours, 40 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.

200 episodes

Special 1 Americans and Guns

  • 2013-04-26T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As politicians in the United States grapple with the issue of gun control, Planet America examines America's long-term love affair with firearms.

Special 2 Planet America Special

  • 2015-11-08T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

One year out from the US Presidential Election, hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello will bring you an intelligent, pointed and often irreverent examination of American politics and the race to the White House in 2016.

Special 3 First Stop Iowa

  • 2016-01-22T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Ahead of Planet America's series return, John Barron looks at how the US Presidential candidates are chosen, how the Primaries system works & why Iowa is the first stop in deciding who will face off for the Presidency.

Special 4 Planet America Special: 21 Feb 2016

  • 2016-02-21T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Chas and John look at the latest results from the crucial South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary and the Democrats caucus in Nevada.

Special 5 Planet America Special: 28 Feb 2016

  • 2016-02-28T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Chas and John look at the latest results from the crucial South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary.

Special 6 Trump Tape

  • 2016-10-14T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

At the special time of Sunday, coverage of the trump tapes.

Special 7 Hilary's Emails

  • 2016-10-30T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Sunday special covering Hilary's emails servers and what the FBI's investigation is all about.

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2012-02-10T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton and former NSW premier Bob Carr as they analyse America's presidential election process.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2012-02-17T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to US Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger and former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2012-02-24T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to MIT economist Jon Gruber and former Washington BBC correspondent Nick Bryant, while Julia Baird spoke to New York Times columnist David Brooks.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2012-03-02T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to Republican strategist Ford O'Connell, Brendon O'Connor from the United States Studies Centre and US economist and author Woody Brock.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2012-03-09T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to former Mitt Romney advisor Steve Lombardo, social media expert Andrew Kaczynski from BuzzFeed and James Fallows from The Atlantic Monthly.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2012-03-16T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to former Newt Gingrich aide Scot Faulkner, Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos and Labor MP and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.

1x08 Episode 8

  • 2012-03-30T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to pollster and Republican strategist Ed Goeas, YouTube video producer Hugh Atkin and Senior Lecturer at the United States Studies Centre Dr Harry Melkonian.

1x09 Episode 9

  • 2012-04-06T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to Republican new media guru and former Rick Perry adviser Liz Mair, CNBC chief political reporter John Harwood and former BBC Washington correspondent Nick Bryant.

1x10 Episode 10

  • 2012-04-13T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to evangelical pastor Dr Richard Land, Professor Quin Monson from Brigham Young University, founding fathers expert and Pulitzer Prize winner Professor Jack Rakove, former ABC Washington correspondent Michael Gleeson and former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski.

1x11 Episode 11

  • 2012-04-20T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, Bill Schneider, Associate Professor of Law at Loyola University, Justin Levitt, and Michael Fullilove from the Lowy Institute.

1x12 Episode 12

  • 2012-04-27T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to former US secretary of commerce Mickey Kantor, former Newt Gingrich staffer Scot Faulkner, Tom Switzer from the United States Studies Centre and author Ed Blakely.

1x13 Episode 13

  • 2012-05-04T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and Michael Rowland speak to Salon writer Glenn Greenwald, Nicole Hemmer from the US Studies Centre at Sydney University and former NSW Liberal Leader and Australian soldier Peter Collins.

1x14 Episode 14

  • 2012-05-11T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to US Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, election analyst Sean Trende, Julian Sanchez from the Cato Institute and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.

1x15 Episode 15

  • 2012-05-18T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, Washington DC journalist Annie Groer and best-selling author and political commentator Jim Hightower.

1x16 Episode 16

  • 2012-05-25T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to Bill Clinton's former labour secretary Robert Reich, journalist and author Joe McGinniss and Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ken Mayer.

1x17 Episode 17

  • 2012-06-01T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to Norman Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute, Thomas Mann from the Brookings Institution, Democrat presidential candidate John Wolfe and former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski.

1x18 Episode 18

  • 2012-06-08T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to ABC News North America correspondent Craig McMurtrie, author of The Real Romney Michael Kranish and former Washington Post White House correspondent Michael Fletcher.

1x19 Episode 19

  • 2012-06-15T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to Associate Professor Caroline Heldman from Occidental College in New Orleans, blogger Conor Friedersdorf from The Atlantic Monthly and politics lecturer Dr David Smith from the US Studies Centre at Sydney University.

1x20 Episode 20

  • 2012-06-22T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to political scientist from the University of Colorado Scott Adler, journalist and academic from the Arizona State University Steve Doig, and Professor of US Politics at Stanford University Gary Segura.

1x21 Episode 21

  • 2012-06-29T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to ABC News North America correspondent Jane Cowan, Professor Sara Rosenbaum from George Washington University, Republican political strategist Ford O'Connell and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.

1x22 Episode 22

  • 2012-07-06T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to George Mason University Professor of Economics Lawrence White, Professor of Sociology Bruce Western from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and journalist and author James Fallows.

1x23 Episode 23

  • 2012-07-13T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to author of Capitol Punishment Jack Abramoff, US-Mexico border issues expert Josh Trevino from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and former BBC Washington correspondent Nick Bryant.

1x24 Episode 24

  • 2012-07-20T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to former Obama healthcare adviser Professor Jon Gruber, Politics PA editor Keegan Gibson, and author of The Unfair Trade Michael Casey.

1x25 Episode 25

  • 2012-07-27T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to former Mayor of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy, author of American Stories, Michael Brissenden, and Dr Nicole Hemmer from the United States Studies Centre.

1x26 Episode 26

  • 2012-08-03T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas Licciardello and John Barron speak to former Palin adviser Boris Epshteyn, Better Markets CEO Dennis Kelleher, and The Spectator Australia editor Tom Switzer.

1x27 Episode 27

  • 2012-08-10T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to NASA Program Executive for Solar System Exploration Dave Lavery, Professor Anatol Lieven from the War Studies Department of King's College London and David Weisbrot from the United States Studies Centre.

1x28 Episode 28

  • 2012-08-17T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello speak to Republican strategist Liz Mair, Democratic adviser Mark Levine, former director of national intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair and editor of The Drum online Chip Rolley.

1x29 Episode 29

  • 2012-08-24T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, Chas Licciardello and John Barron invite expert analysis from Bill Schneider, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore and chief executive of the United States Studies Centre Geoffrey Garrett to dissect the bipartisan posturing in the lead up to the US election.

1x30 Episode 30

  • 2012-08-31T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello cover the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida, talking to Republican strategist Ford O'Connel, former Chairman of the California Republican Party Ron Nehring, and Hawker Britton's Michael Gleeson.

1x31 Episode 31

  • 2012-09-07T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello cover the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, talk to a couple of leading Democrat strategists, plus the Global Mail’s Mike Seccombe.

1x32 Episode 32

  • 2012-09-14T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello talk to one of the key figures in the Bush administration about how president Romney might do things differently.

1x33 Episode 33

  • 2012-09-21T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello discuss Mitt Romney's worst week in the campaign and talk about the key state in the election, Ohio.

1x34 Episode 34

  • 2012-09-28T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello preview the first Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

1x35 Episode 35

  • 2012-10-05T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

This week, John Barron is in Washington for the presidential debate. He talks to the Democrat candidate who ran against George Bush Snr. in 1988, Michael Dukakis.

1x36 Episode 36

  • 2012-10-12T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

This week, a wrap of the Biden vs Ryan debate, and whether evangelicals will vote for Romney.

1x37 Episode 37

  • 2012-10-19T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

In this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello wrap up the second presidential debate and take a look at negative campaign advertising.

1x38 Episode 38

  • 2012-10-26T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

The US presidential race is still too close to call and in this episode, John Barron and Chas Licciardello look at why.

1x39 Episode 39

  • 2012-11-02T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

With less than a week to go until the US presidential election, John Barron and Chas Licciardello take a look at the key state of Ohio.

1x40 Episode 40

  • 2012-11-09T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

After a huge week in the US, tonight's episode of Planet America has a complete wrap of the election results and the issues that decided it.

1x41 Episode 41

  • 2012-11-16T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

On tonight's episode of Planet America, the sudden resignation of CIA head David Petraeus, and the boys talk about the fiscal cliff.

1x42 Episode 42

  • 2012-11-23T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, John Barron and Chas Licciardello talk turkeys and pumpkin pie, and also look at the foreign policy issues facing US president Barack Obama.

1x43 Episode 43

  • 2012-11-30T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

On this episode of Planet America, John Barron and Chas Licciardello talk turkeys and pumpkin pie, and also look at the foreign policy issues facing US president Barack Obama.

1x44 Episode 44

  • 2012-12-07T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

It's a very Planet America Christmas! In the final episode for 2012, Chas and John speak to author and former banker Das, plus the ABC's Craig McMurtrie, Peter Hartcher from SMH and Aron Pilhofer from the New York Times.

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2013-01-22T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-02-01T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-02-08T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-02-15T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-02-22T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-03-01T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-03-08T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-03-15T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-03-22T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-03-29T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-04-05T07:00:00Z — 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

  • 2013-04-12T07:30:00Z — 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

  • 2013-04-19T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

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

2x14 Episode 14

  • 2013-04-26T07:30:00Z — 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

  • 2013-05-03T07:30:00Z — 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

  • 2013-05-10T07:30:00Z — 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

  • 2013-05-17T07:30:00Z — 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

  • 2013-05-24T07:30:00Z — 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.

3x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2016-01-29T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x02 Episode 2

  • 2016-02-05T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x03 Episode 3

  • 2016-02-12T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x04 Episode 4

  • 2016-02-19T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x05 Episode 5

  • 2016-02-26T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x06 Episode 6

  • 2016-03-04T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x07 Episode 7

  • 2016-03-11T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x08 Episode 8

  • 2016-03-18T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Time Magazine's Jay Newton-Small, Helen Andrews from the CIS and the US Studies Centre's Harry Melkonian join Chas and John in the fake Oval Office to chew over the results of Mega Tuesday.

3x09 Episode 9

  • 2016-03-25T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x10 Episode 10

  • 2016-04-01T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x11 Episode 11

  • 2016-04-08T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Is Ted Cruz firming as a viable candidate to snatch the Republican presidential nomination? Planet America speaks to the Cruz campaign's national spokesman. And Chip Rolley and Verity Firth drop into the Faux-val Office.

3x12 Episode 12

  • 2016-04-15T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

One-time Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo discusses his lack of support for Trump, and in the fake Oval Office, US Studies Centre CEO Prof Simon Jackman & Zoe Daniel tells us about the New York state of mind.

3x13 Episode 13

  • 2016-04-22T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x14 Episode 14

  • 2016-04-29T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans decide which two candidates will face off for the U.S. Presidency in November, John Barron & Chas Licciardello present an intelligent & often irreverent examination of U.S. politics & the race to the White House.

3x15 Episode 15

  • 2016-05-06T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Marco Rubio's campaign manager Alex Conant, former advisor on health care to the Obama administration, Dr Lesley Russell and LGBTI lobbyist Dr Christopher Neff join Planet America this week.

3x16 Episode 16

  • 2016-05-13T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Fmr Democrat advisor Bruce Wolpe and the US Studies Centre's Tom Switzer join John Barron and Chas Licciardello in the Planet America fake oval office with guest, former advisor to Ben Carson, Ying Ma.

3x17 Episode 17

  • 2016-05-20T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Joining John Barron & Chas Licciardello this week are special guests Democrat adviser Mo Elleithee, Kerry Chikarovski & James Cahill as they discuss Donald Trump's lock on the Presidential nomination & Hillary's pesky emails!

3x18 Episode 18

  • 2016-05-27T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Trump campaigner Ann Stone and Anti-Trump campaigner Liz Mair join former White House press officer Barbara Heineback in the Planet America Fake Oval office this week to talk all that's new in the US Presidential race.

3x19 Episode 19

  • 2016-06-03T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Candidates, campaign insiders, top reporters & pundits join the ABC's John Barron & Charlie Pickering. Essential viewing for political junkies or those just trying to work out what's going on in the US Election.

3x20 Episode 20

  • 2016-06-10T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Ron Reagan Junior tells John Barron and Charlie Pickering why he is a Bernie Sanders supporter and what he really thinks of Donald Trump in this week's episode of Planet America.

3x21 Episode 21

  • 2016-06-17T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

The man responsible for the famous Dean Scream, former presidential candidate Howard Dean joins John Barron and Charlie Pickering in the Faux-val Office this week for Planet America.

3x22 Episode 22

  • 2016-06-24T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Trump backer Richard Grenell is our guest in the Faux-val Office this week where we talk about Hillary Clinton's email scandal and plenty more. Don't miss Planet America.

3x23 Episode 23

  • 2016-07-01T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Will he or won't he? We ask Republican Presidential candidate Jim Gilmore whether he'd consider becoming Donald Trump's Vice Presidential nominee. That and plenty more on this week's Planet America.

3x24 Episode 24

  • 2016-07-08T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Vice Presidential talk, the anti-Trump movement refusing to give up and bye bye Bernie, this week on Planet America with John Barron, Chas Licciardello and special guests in the fake oval office.

3x25 Episode 25

  • 2016-07-15T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Vice Presidential talk, the anti-Trump movement refusing to give up and bye bye Bernie, this week on Planet America with John Barron, Chas Licciardello and special guests in the fake oval office.

3x26 Episode 26

  • 2016-07-22T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America brings you a special take on the US Democratic Party Convention where Hillary Clinton is likely to be endorsed as the official candidate for the post of President of the United States of America.

3x27 Episode 27

  • 2016-07-29T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America dissects Trump's week from hell with panellists Amelia Lester and Chris Neff in the fake oval office and special guest, trade policy expert Dan Griswold.

3x28 Episode 28

  • 2016-08-05T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Can Trump out-trump himself? Probably. Former New Orleans Recovery Czar Ed Blakely and Time Magazine's Jay Newton-Small join John Barron and Chas Licciardello in the fake oval office this week on Planet America.

3x29 Episode 29

  • 2016-08-12T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

This week on Planet America we speak to the author of 'Trump Nation' Tim O'Brien and Chas and John are joined in the Faux-val Office by Dr Meredith Burgmann and Dr David Smith.

3x30 Episode 30

  • 2016-08-19T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America looks at Trump's pitch to minority voters, the corruption claims dogging the Clinton Foundation and how the polls are tightening in some key battleground states.

3x31 Episode 31

  • 2016-08-26T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Hillary? The Donald? Who will become the 45th President of the United States of America? Planet America will be there all the way, bringing you the very latest from the race to the White House.

3x32 Episode 32

  • 2016-09-02T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Former Democrat advisor Bruce Wolpe and former White House press officer Barbara Heineback join Chas and John in the Faux-val office for another episode of Planet America.

3x33 Episode 33

  • 2016-09-09T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Democratic communications advisor Jim Manley discusses Hillary Clinton's health; Dr Gorana Grgic from the US Studies Centre and Dr Matt Killingsworth from the University of Tasmania join John & Chas in the faux-val office.

3x34 Episode 34

  • 2016-09-16T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As Hillary and Donald prepare for the First Presidential Debate on Tuesday, John Barron and Chas Licciardello discuss Birtherism, terrorism and general idiotism this week on Planet America.

3x35 Episode 35

  • 2016-09-23T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America unpicks the first presidential debate with former Democrat presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, Republican strategist Ford O'Connell and former Obama volunteer Dr Meredith Burgmann.

3x36 Episode 36

  • 2016-09-30T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Our very own Faux-val fill-in Charlie Pickering joins us from New York and the Republican strategist who said "No" to Donald Trump, Liz Mair. Join John Barron and Chas Licciardello for more Planet than you can bear.

3x37 Episode 37

  • 2016-10-07T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Sex, lies & videotape this week on Planet America as John Barron & Chas Licciardello are joined by Kerry Chikarovski & Dr Chris Neff to examine the fallout from a turbulent week including the Second Presidential Debate.

3x38 Episode 38

  • 2016-10-14T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

It's rigged! Tonight we read the entrails of the third & final presidential debate. John Barron and Chas Licciardello are joined in the Faux-val Office by Chip Rolley & Brendon O'Connor with Republican strategist Whit Ayers.

3x39 Episode 39

  • 2016-10-21T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

This week Planet America talks Obamacare, Wikileaks and whether it's possible for Trump to claw back the lead from Clinton. With guests Dr Lesley Russell, Helen Andrews and Dr Robert Jones in the faux-val office.

3x40 Episode 40

  • 2016-10-28T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Just days out from the main event we look at the tightening polls & ask whether the FBI or Wikileaks can cobble Hillary's slight lead even further? With special guests David Frum, Boris Epshteyn, Amelia Lester & Bruce Wolpe.

3x41 Episode 41

  • 2016-11-04T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

A jam packed episode to mark an epic week. Trump supporter James Lacy, data-cruncher Professor Simon Jackman, Token Texan Chip Rolley and Recovering Politician Kerry Chikarovski join John and Chas in the faux-val office.

3x42 Episode 42

  • 2016-11-11T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

After the polls close and the 538 Electoral College votes have been allocated, Chas and John take a look back at the week in which the USA voted for their 45th President.

2017x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2017-01-20T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

This special edition looks back at 8 years of the Obama presidency, from the rise of the 1st African American president to his victories and defeats. Join John Barron & Chas Licciardello for a look at Barack Obamas legacy.

2017x02 Episode 2

  • 2017-01-27T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

President Trump is in the White House and at the helm of the world's most powerful nation. John Barron and Chas Liciardello chart the course of the new Presidency and the surprises it might deliver.

2017x03 Episode 3

  • 2017-02-03T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America looks at Donald Trump's phone etiquette, his views on refugees, along with his pick for one of the top jobs in the land the US Supreme Court. Join John Barron, Chas Licciardello & guests for Planet America.

2017x04 Episode 4

  • 2017-02-10T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

It's all about partisanship as President Trump gets through his third week at the White House. Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello dissect the turmoil over the filibuster... and the gridlock in Washington.

2017x05 Episode 5

  • 2017-02-17T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the love-hate relationship between President Donald Trump's administration and the news media.

2017x06 Episode 6

  • 2017-02-24T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine Donald Trump's foreign policy doctrine - what does 'America First' mean for the rest of the world?

2017x07 Episode 7

  • 2017-03-03T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello dissect the fall-out from Donald Trump's inaugural address to Congress ... and delve deep into the President's war on drugs.

2017x08 Episode 8

  • 2017-03-10T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Wiretapping... Wikileaks... the CIA and the Russia connection. Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello dissect a busy week in the White House.

2017x09 Episode 9

  • 2017-03-17T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello delve into the murky world of US crime & punishment. Plus it's another busy week in the White House with travel bans, tax returns and yet more hacking & wiretapping claims.

2017x10 Episode 10

  • 2017-03-24T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Are we seeing Watergate 2.0 unfolding before our eyes? Planet America hosts John Barron & Chas Licciardello talk to Nixon's former White House lawyer, as well as examine the quagmire of America's wars in Afghanistan and Yemen.

2017x11 Episode 11

  • 2017-03-31T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron and Chas Licciardello take a deep dive into American power. Is the War on Coal really over? And Obamacare remains the law of the land - a former White House policy expert explores Trump's epic healthcare fail.

2017x12 Episode 12

  • 2017-04-07T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Things are getting very real for President Donald Trump. Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the President's military options... and delve into America's addiction to opioid drugs.

2017x13 Episode 13

  • 2017-04-14T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

John Barron & Chas Licciardello take a look at the role religion plays in the White House. They examine how a twice-divorced billionaire who boasted of adultery & sexual assault hopes to get through the eye of a needle.

2017x14 Episode 14

  • 2017-04-21T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

North Korea, Syria, Afghanistan- are we 1 tweet away from World War III? Planet America hosts John Barron & Chas Licciardello chat to 2 former US State Department diplomats & examine the budding romance between Trump & China.

2017x15 Episode 15

  • 2017-04-28T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

It's 100 days since President Donald Trump took the oath of office. Hosts John Barron & Chas Licciardello look at his achievements, his failures & get the inside story from one of the President's former advisers.

2017x16 Episode 16

  • 2017-05-05T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello look at the history of American-Australian relations and delve deep with The Washington Post's White House bureau chief.

2017x17 Episode 17

  • 2017-05-12T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello look back at another extraordinary week in the White House and talk to FBI and Trump insiders following the sacking of FBI Director James Comey. #PlanetAmerica

2017x18 Episode 18

  • 2017-05-19T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

What did President Trump tell the Russians? Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the latest drama coming out of the White House and get top-level legal and political perspectives on an incredible week of news. #PlanetAmerica

2017x19 Episode 19

  • 2017-05-26T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

While President Trump struts the global stage on his first overseas trip as leader of the free world, Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello get the inside line from the former US Ambassador to NATO.

2017x20 Episode 20

  • 2017-06-02T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

It's been another big week in Trump Land with heads rolling in the White House & the President's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement. John Barron & Chas Licciardello delve deep on fake news with a leading researcher.

2017x21 Episode 21

  • 2017-06-09T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the fall-out from James Comey's testimony with the Washington Post's Sean Sullivan, and try to solve the mystery of the missing male - all seven million of them.

2017x22 Episode 22

  • 2017-06-16T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Are Senate Republicans heading towards repealing Obamacare while everyone is distracted with Russia and the shooting of a Congressman? John Barron & Chas Licciardello reveal how President Trump is faring in the latest polls.

2017x23 Episode 23

  • 2017-06-23T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As President Trump's approval ratings continue to slide, John Barron & Chas Licciardello talk to a polling expert about whether the opinion polls even matter. They also delve deep into the controversial issues of Immigration.

2017x24 Episode 24

  • 2017-06-30T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Republican plans to repeal & replace Obamacare hang in the balance, President Trump's travel ban gets a boost in the Supreme Court & CNN is left red-faced after retracting a major story. Chas & John examine a tumultuous week.

2017x25 Episode 25

  • 2017-07-07T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the opioid addiction that's gripping the United States and talk to a former Republican Congressman about all things Trump.

2017x26 Episode 26

  • 2017-07-14T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As the Russia scandal gets uncomfortably close to home for President Trump, John Barron & Chas Licciardello debate Trump Jnr's future with a former White House lawyer and examine some risky business in Kansas.

2017x27 Episode 27

  • 2017-07-21T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

President Trump says he would have won the popular vote last year if it hadn't been for voter fraud. Planet America hosts John Barron & Chas Licciardello debate this with election expert David Becker.

2017x28 Episode 28

  • 2017-07-28T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America hosts John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine yet another explosive week in the White House - and delve deep on the age-old addiction that's killing America's poor.

2017x29 Episode 29

  • 2017-08-04T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As President Trump's approval ratings slump to their lowest level, John Barron & Chas Licciardello look at the latest comings & goings at the White House & examine the quest for a new strategy in Afghanistan.

2017x30 Episode 30

  • 2017-08-11T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As President Trump threatens fire & fury from the golf course, John Barron & Chas Licciardello examine whether we really are all doomed. They also delve deep with former US Envoy to North Korea Jay Lefkowitz.

2017x31 Episode 31

  • 2017-08-18T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As Trump comes under fire for his response to the killing of an anti-racism demonstrator, we ask whether the President is pandering to the far right & why he's driving away business leaders, Republicans & even his home team.

2017x32 Episode 32

  • 2017-08-25T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

While Trump has a change of heart on America's longest war, we grill lawyer turned investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald on Trump, whistle-blowers, civil liberties and why he's defending the rights of white supremacists.

2017x33 Episode 33

  • 2017-09-01T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As Texas counts the cost of Hurricane Harvey we examine the strange case of a senator, a doctor & the millions of dollars that could lead to the repeal of Obamacare. Plus the IT worker accused of being the real DNC hacker.

2017x34 Episode 34

  • 2017-09-08T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As America braces for another monster storm, President Trump passes the buck on immigration and makes an unlikely deal with Democrats. John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine another huge week in the White House.

2017x35 Episode 35

  • 2017-09-15T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As more missiles fly over Japan, Planet America talks North Korea with former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson. While President Trump does another deal with Democrats and Hillary reveals all in her new book.

2017x36 Episode 36

  • 2017-09-22T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As 'Rocket Man' denounces a 'deranged' President Trump, John Barron and Chas Licciardello take a deep dive into America's changing relationship with religion and talk all things presidential with Trump supporter Ying Ma.

2017x37 Episode 37

  • 2017-09-29T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

As the President goes to war with the NFL, Planet America gets the inside line from Trump's controversial former strategist Sebastian Gorka. Chas & John also examine the murky world of gerrymandering.

2017x38 Episode 38

  • 2017-10-06T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans reel from yet another mass shooting, Planet America's Chas Licciardello and John Barron examine why the attacks are becoming deadlier and more frequent.

2017x39 Episode 39

  • 2017-10-13T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

After another week of chaos in the White House, Planet America examines the consequences of tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, while President Trump is accused of pushing towards World War III.

2017x40 Episode 40

  • 2017-10-20T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As President Trump comes under fire for his comments about a dead soldier, Planet America examines whether history is repeating itself. Is America really entering a new 'Gilded Age'?

2017x41 Episode 41

  • 2017-10-27T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America's John Barron and Chas Licciardello examine the impact of Russia's online propaganda campaign. Plus we explore Donald Trump's claim that social media won him the presidency.

2017x42 Episode 42

  • 2017-11-03T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As the Trump-Russia probe intensifies, Chas & John examine just how much of a global threat Russia really is. We also take a deep dive into a race in Virginia that's shaping up to be the biggest show in town.

2017x43 Episode 43

  • 2017-11-10T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

A year after Donald Trump's shock election win, Planet America examines whether a Democrat comeback is underway while the President's popularity sinks to record lows.

2017x44 Episode 44

  • 2017-11-17T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Planet America examines another tumultuous week in Trump Land - including the increasingly murky world of Russia-gate and the sexual assault allegations dominating the Republican state of Alabama.

2017x45 Episode 45

  • 2017-11-24T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, President Trump takes a well-earned break from defending an accused sexual predator - and complains about a lack of thanks from shoplifting basketball players.

2017x46 Episode 46

  • 2017-12-01T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Tough times at Foggy Bottom. Is the shambles at the State Department exposing the US to a world of trouble? Meanwhile, The White House defends yet more controversial stunts from President Trump.

2017x47 Episode 47

  • 2017-12-08T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As the Russia probe intensifies and Donald Trump creates controversy in the Middle East, Planet America examines the legacy of a gun-toting, racist former president who Trump says he wants to be like.

2017x48 Episode 48

  • 2017-12-15T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Is this the beginning of the end for President Trump? Planet America examines the fall-out from the Republicans' crushing defeat in Alabama and takes a deep dive into the murky world of government surveillance.

2017x49 Episode 49

  • 2017-12-22T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

It's been a seismic year in US politics. In a Christmas Special, Chas & John look back over the thrills & spills, the tweets & the talking points from the first year of Donald Trump's White House administration.

2018x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2018-02-02T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

John and Chas are making Planet America great again with a new extended show and more time to dissect the good, the bad and the ugly. This week: reaction to a very Trumpian State of the Union, plus that controversial memo.

2018x02 Episode 2

  • 2018-02-09T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Should Trump talk to Mueller? Is he headed for impeachment? Chas and John ask Watergate whistleblower John Dean what advice he has for the President. Plus is the death penalty in America on the way out?

2018x03 Episode 3

  • 2018-02-16T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Another week, another mass shooting. Planet America asks one of the FBI's top profilers why schools are so often the target. Also, is Russia up to its old tricks? And why are the knives out again in the Trump White House?

2018x04 Episode 4

  • 2018-02-23T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Pandering to racists while the rich cash in. Was this the most inept and corrupt administration in US history? The forgotten legacy of another US President. Plus a deep dive into Russia's strategy of information warfare.

2018x05 Episode 5

  • 2018-03-02T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Who's afraid of the NRA? What's Jared got to hide? And is President Trump really saving the world? Planet America dissects another roller coaster week in the White House

2018x06 Episode 6

  • 2018-03-09T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As he swaggers towards a full-blown trade war, President Trump agrees to meet 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong-Un. Planet America looks back on another dysfunctional week in the White House as it braces for a battle with a porn star.

2018x07 Episode 7

  • 2018-03-16T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Why does Vladimir Putin have such a hold over Trump? Foreign policy takes centre stage as Planet America tries to make sense of Russia - and braces for yet more turmoil in the Trump White House.

2018x08 Episode 8

  • 2018-03-23T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Another week, another high-profile sacking at the White House. Also, what does history reveal about Trump's chances of winning a second term? And is the President really going to enforce the death penalty for drug-dealers?

2018x09 Episode 10

  • 2018-04-06T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

This week, trading blows with China. Is Trump's trade war just another storm in a tweet cup? Also on the show, why are child brides still legal in America? And is another trusted Trump advisor not so trustworthy after all?

2018x10 Episode 11

  • 2018-04-13T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Crossing red lines and more fire and fury on Twitter. Also, the scandal and the President: a flashback to the Teapot Dome affair. And why do men still earn more than women? Chas takes a deep dive into the gender pay gap.

2018x11 Episode 12

  • 2018-04-20T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Comey attacks Trump, Stormy attacks Cohen and Jordan Peele attacks fake news. Plus the lasting legacy of an inspiring former First Lady and gone to pot - Chas examines the highs and lows of legalised marijuana.

2018x12 Episode 13

  • 2018-04-27T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Will a budding bromance convince Trump to change his tune? Also, Chas takes a deep dive into America's deep debt and examines the new law that's making America's one million sex workers fear for their lives.

2018x13 Episode 14

  • 2018-05-04T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Revelations from Dr Feel Bad about Trump's "astonishingly excellent" health. Lessons from the campaign trail with NBC's Katy Tur. Plus has Rudy Giuliani's bombshell implicated Trump?

2018x14 Episode 15

  • 2018-05-11T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Did Donald Trump's lawyer pay off a porn star with Russian money? Also this week, the real reason Trump pulled out of the Iran deal. And is the US heading closer to war?

2018x15 Episode 16

  • 2018-05-18T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Is President Trump's Nobel Peace Prize in jeopardy? More 'confusion' from Don Junior as the Russia investigation closes in; Chas goes deep on drugs; John gets cosy with Russian journalist & anti-Putin campaigner Masha Gessen.

2018x16 Episode 17

  • 2018-05-25T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

What next for North Korea after President Trump's 'Dear Jong' letter? Chas debunks some myths in the so-called 'war on cops'; John reveals why Mueller may only just be getting started, one year after the investigation began.

2018x17 Episode 18

  • 2018-06-01T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Changing the game on gun violence with a radical call to schools. Also, Puerto Rico's forgotten victims, Roseanne's demons and remembering Bobby Kennedy, 50 years after his assassination.

2018x18 Episode 19

  • 2018-06-08T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

From Kim to Kim: President Trump flexes his muscles ahead of Singapore, while celebrity power wins him over. How reporting a crime can get you kicked out of home. The battle triggered by the murder of Bobby Kennedy continues.

2018x19 Episode 20

  • 2018-06-15T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

From ‘madman’ to ‘very honourable’ leader, has Trump has been duped? Also, why Americans have stopped making more Americans and … why Hillary’s still not guilty, and still not president.

2018x20 Episode 21

  • 2018-06-22T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Children separated from their parents, international outrage and a rare back down from the President. Plus a former Republican goes rogue and a trip back in time to the forgotten crisis that lost Bill Clinton an election.

2018x21 Episode 22

  • 2018-06-29T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Republicans smile as Trump gets another go at shifting America's Supreme Court to the right. From cocktail waitress to election victory; the young trailblazer taking on NY. Plus America's troubled relationship with Mexico.

2018x22 Episode 23

  • 2018-07-06T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

President Trump names the date he'll nominate a new judge to the highest court; the legal immigrants the Government is trying to force not to work; and a look back at one of Americas most divisive cases - Roe versus Wade.

2018x23 Episode 26

  • 2018-07-27T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Is the President a traitor? We ask a former US Ambassador to Moscow what he thinks; The sleeper election issue that's turning into a nightmare for Republicans; The Nixon Supreme Court case that could decide Trump's future.

2018x24 Episode 27

  • 2018-08-03T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

The President, the media and Fox News. Also trusted former Trump advisor Manafort on trial. Plus are the Democrats heading for oblivion? Presented by Chas Licciardello and John Barron.

2018x25 Episode 28

  • 2018-08-10T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Is the US heading for a blue wave wipe-out? Also, the Alex Jones conspiracy theories and his spectacular fall from grace. And Chas goes on a fact-finding mission with the President's tweets.

2018x26 Episode 29

  • 2018-08-17T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Chas and John look back at the events of another big week in Trump's America. Omarosa's revelations cripple the White House. Trump's 'improbable' golfing comes under scrutiny. Plus is Russia already targeting the midterms?

2018x27 Episode 30

  • 2018-08-24T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

GUILTY! The Don's former lawyer admits a felony, but says the President told him to do it. Could a toxic red tide in Florida create a blue wave in November? Plus the decades-old story about a President and a witch-hunt.

2018x28 Episode 31

  • 2018-08-31T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

Tirelessly seeking the truth on the state of the United States, Chas Licciardello and John Barron dig through a mountain of facts, graphs and expert opinions to separate the fake news from the reality of Trump's White House.

2018x31 Episode 34

  • 2018-09-21T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

His word against hers; is history coming back to bite Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Also, why is a Democrat now taking the lead in the deep red heart of Texas? And … salacious revelations about the President leave even comedians baffled.

2018x32 Episode 35

  • 2018-09-28T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

She was nervous, he was outraged. Who will be believed?

2018x33 Episode 36

  • 2018-10-05T07:30:00Z — 40 mins

A country divided; how will the Kavanaugh debacle affect the midterms? Also, the accusations against Bill Clinton that just won’t go away. And … will big business be a buzzkill for America’s potheads?

2018x36 Episode 39

  • 2018-10-26T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Ahead of the midterm election, Chas Licciardello and John Barron take the temperature across US as expert and pundits separate fake news from opinions in Trump's America.

2018x37 Episode 40

  • 2018-11-02T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

Just days before America Votes in the midterm election, Chas Licciardello and John Barron dig through a mountain of facts, graphs and expert opinions to separate the facts from the fake news in Trump's America.

2018x38 Episode 41

  • 2018-11-09T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

In a special edition, Chas Licciardello and John Barron wade through the fallout of this week's Midterm Election to determine the mood of America as voters pass judgement on the first two years of the Trump administration.

2018x39 Episode 42

  • 2018-11-16T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

As California burns, the President spars with his European counterparts. Meanwhile, Democrats notch up more midterm victories, while Florida grapples with echoes of Bush v Gore.

2018x40 Episode 43

  • 2018-11-23T07:00:00Z — 40 mins

The President and his war on everything. Meanwhile, is a civil war looming amongst the Democrats? And … as the 2020 presidential campaign gets underway, could a familiar face be the frontrunner?

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