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In the new podcast, “The Choice,” from NYT Opinion, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was the first candidate to visit the editorial board for an endorsement interview. He presented his vision of ambitious progress for America. The editorial board challenged him to detail how that vision would be executed, especially given his age, his lukewarm record on bipartisan achievements and the deeply polarized state of the nation. The board pressed Senator Sanders over issues from foreign policy and climate change to antitrust regulation and gun violence, and questions on health policy that went beyond his well-known Medicare for all proposal. Plus: cancel culture, the Twitter world and birthday calls.

Then, tune in to the bonus deliberation episode, below, to hear the board’s reaction to this interview, and for a deep dive into the health care proposals on the table in the 2020 election.

Listen to ‘The Choice” — Bernie Sanders: The Deliberation

In this follow-up episode to the editorial board’s interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, board members react to the senator’s visit and assess his performance. Then, host Katie Kingsbury is joined by board member Jeneen Interlandi for a conversation about Medicare for all, how it got to be so central to the Democratic primary fight in 2020, and how Sanders’s plan stacks up to the other candidate’s health care proposals.

To read the unabridged transcript from the board’s interview with Senator Sanders, click here.

What is ‘The Choice’?

A limited-run, twice daily podcast that brings you inside the Times boardroom with the primary candidates on the job interview of a lifetime. Every weekday leading up to the Iowa caucuses, the Opinion section will release a different Democratic candidate’s private interview with the board, as well as a bonus episode featuring the board’s deliberation and a deep dive into an important aspect of the 2020 race.

Watch the board come to their decision on the Jan. 19 episode of “The Weekly,” available on FX and Hulu, and in these areas outside the U.S.


Meet the Editorial Board

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Credit…Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

The New York Times editorial board is made up of opinion journalists who rely on research, debate and individual expertise to reach a shared view of important issues. The board does not speak for the newsroom or The Times as a whole. Rather, amid the contending individual voices of Times Opinion, it aims to provide a consistent, independent view of the world based on time-tested institutional values.

Click to learn more about the editorial board, its members and their endorsement process.


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“The Choice” from The New York Times Opinion section is produced by At Will Media: Mitch Bluestein, Molly Socha, Ashley Taylor, Rachel Lightner, with help from Meashel Mason. Mixing by Loren Gardner and original music by Allison Leyton-Brown. Executive produced by Will Malnati from At Will Media and Phoebe Lett from The New York Times.