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Lost Debate

Lost Debate is a weekly podcast from The Branch that brings you news, ideas, and arguments from around the political spectrum. We engage in the good-faith discussions that too much of our society and media miss. It's hosted by Ravi Gupta, a former Obama staffer turned school principal.

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Recent Episodes of Lost Debate


Debate Expectations, Fraudulent News, Costly Daycare, State Elections

Debate Expectations, Fraudulent News, Costly Daycare, State Elections

The first presidential debate is around the corner. Ravi takes stock of the ways the Biden and Trump teams have approached debate preparation, explains how both camps have worked to shape the narrative leading up to the debate, and whether the candidates’ performance could impact the state of the election. He then turns to external forces in the election and explores a new piece from Julia Ioffe in Puck, which details Russia’s incompetent and sloppy efforts to influence this election cycle.

Then, Reason producer Justin Zuckerman joins to share his recent reporting on the high cost of d...

Episode 20 June 2024 49m and 16s


Double Haters, Peak Solar, Forced Treatment

Double Haters, Peak Solar, Forced Treatment

President Biden and former President Trump have the highest share of “double haters” in at least three decades, with new data from Pew showing that a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both men. Ravi discusses this after diving into the politics behind Biden’s latest executive action, which will offer new legal projections for undocumented immigrants who are married to or stepchildren of American citizens, and why the turmoil threatening China’s solar industry impacts the world.

Finally, Ravi welcomes Rob Wipond to the show to discuss his new book, ‘Your Consent Is Not Required: The Rise i...

Episode 18 June 2024 55m and 33s


An Israeli and a Gazan

An Israeli and a Gazan

Hunter Biden was convicted on all three counts in his federal gun trial this week. Ravi takes stock of the verdict and President Biden’s response before diving into the secret recordings of Supreme Court Justices Alito and Roberts, the new partnership between OpenAI and Apple, why to pay attention to foreign political interference in Canada, and what’s behind Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s increased unpopularity.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar says civilian casualties are “necessary sacrifices” and a new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal accuses the International Criminal Court of “brazen” anti-Israel bias. Ravi shares his take on bo...

Episode 11 June 2024 1h, 29m and 3s


Verdict Backlash, Biden Border Plan, India and Mexico Elections

Verdict Backlash, Biden Border Plan, India and Mexico Elections

Ravi dives into the news of the day, from the aftermath of the Trump verdict and Biden’s asylum ban at the US-Mexico border to what Mexico’s recent elections say about the rise of authoritarianism in the country. He then gives an update on Amanda Knox’s latest legal challenge and explains why more people should care about the lack of air conditioning in U.S. prisons.

Finally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will keep power for a third term after India’s election results were released this week. Ravi welcomes Princeton professor and India policy expert Ashoka M...

Episode 6 June 2024 1h, 5m and 11s


My MAGA Dad

My MAGA Dad

Ravi recently joined Tell Me About Your Father to discuss how his relationship with his parents has influenced everything from his career to how he approaches people with different opinions. To hear more, follow Tell Me About Your Father wherever you listen to podcasts.

On this episode of Tell Me About Your Father, Matt Phillp talks with former Obama staffer and school principal and current co-host of both the Majority 54 podcast and the Lost Debate podcast, Ravi Gupta, about growing up with a democrat mother and an increasingly right wing father and how the conflict between them o...

Episode 2 June 2024 1h, 6m and 22s


Trump Guilty. What Now?

Trump Guilty. What Now?

Donald Trump has been found guilty on 34 felony counts in his New York hush money criminal trial. Ravi discusses what we know about the breaking news and what could happen next.


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Episode 30 May 2024 9m and 49s


After the Verdict, How to Be Happy, Liberalism in Peril

After the Verdict, How to Be Happy, Liberalism in Peril

Ravi kicks off the show with breaking news, including updates on Donald Trump’s New York hush money trial, ex-OpenAI board member Helen Toner’s tell-all interview about Sam Altman’s short-lived firing, why the Texas elections have seen a wave of pro-school voucher candidates, and the latest drama in New York City’s casino permit fight.

Ravi then welcomes Adam Gopnik, legendary staff writer at The New Yorker, to talk about his book, “All That Happiness Is,” what it truly means to be happy, and the unexpected benefits that can come from learning new skills. They then turn to...

Episode 30 May 2024 54m and 59s


Amanda Knox Changes Her Mind

Amanda Knox Changes Her Mind

Amanda Knox joins Ravi to discuss her riveting piece in The Atlantic, “What If He Actually Did It?” In the article, she writes about her support of Jens Söring, a man who spent 33 years in prison for a double homicide he insists he didn’t commit, and how she began to reexamine her advocacy for his innocence. Ravi and Amanda explore her emotional journey as she reflects on the friendship she developed with Jens, how the parallels between his story and her own influenced her stance, and the process it took to reevaluate her position on his case.

Episode 29 May 2024 45m and 27s


Netanyahu Warrant, City of Yes, More Alito Drama

Netanyahu Warrant, City of Yes, More Alito Drama

Ravi breaks down what you need to know about the second controversial flag spotted outside one of Justice Alito's properties, the leaked OpenAI documents, and why a majority of Americans wrongly believe the U.S. is in a recession.

Mayor Eric Adams wants to make New York City the “City of Yes.” Thesis Driven’s Brad Hargreaves joins Ravi to discuss the mayor’s rezoning proposal, which would roll back regulations that have long hindered housing development. Ravi and Brad also take a look at the current and future state of key influencers on the housing market, from fer...

Episode 23 May 2024 1h, 6m and 7s


Altman, Alito In The Hot Seat, Food Inc.

Altman, Alito In The Hot Seat, Food Inc.

Ravi kicks off the episode with a round-up of breaking news: from the latest in Donald Trump’s New York hush money trial to OpenAI's new model of GPT and the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and his wife.

Then, Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation," joins the show to discuss his new documentary, "Food, Inc. 2." They dive into everything from the consolidation and corporate power in the food industry, the role of government subsidies in supporting factory farms, and the negative impact on small and medium-sized farmers to the need for stronger antitrust en...

Episode 21 May 2024 1h, 16m and 38s

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