Weekend Reading is written by Michael Podhorzer and edited by Emily Crockett, with research and editing assistance from Andrea Evans and Thomas Mande, as well as data-wrangling from Alison Collins, Trevor Smith and Spencer Brown (BlueLabs).

About Mike

Michael Podhorzer is the former political director of the AFL-CIO. He founded the Analyst Institute, the Independent Strategic Research Collaborative (ISRC), the Defend Democracy Project, and the Polling Consortium, and helped found America Votes, Working America, For Our Future, and Catalist.

In 2020, Podhorzer played a pivotal organizing role in the effort to prevent Trump from overturning the election results, and his early leadership in evidence-driven politics was documented in the 2013 book The Victory Lab.

He is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

About Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading began in March 2017 as an off-the-record email newsletter to a group of leading election practitioners. On Sundays, Mike would share his insights on election data, political strategy, and how to respond to the ongoing democratic crises in the Trump era. Over the years, the readership grew more than tenfold. Since retiring from the AFL-CIO, he was able to start this public Substack to share his work more broadly.

Podcast Features

Is this Democracy: Mad Poll Disease and the Folly of Popularism — with Michael Podhorzer

The Ezra Klein Show: If Biden Is So Unpopular, Why Do Democrats Keep Winning?

Amicus, with Dahlia Lithwick: Lessons from The Trump Years for SCOTUS (transcript)

Defending Democracy Podcast: Labor, Democracy and Building Power for All

Playbook Deep Dive: The strategist who didn't believe in the red wave - POLITICO

How to Save a Country, with Felicia Wong and Michael Tomasky: “Red Nation, Blue Nation” (with Michael Podhorzer) - Roosevelt Institute

Strategy Session - November 21, 2023

Pod Save America: "Evening Joe." | Crooked Media

That Trippi Show: "How to save democracy", with Mike Podhorzer on Apple Podcasts

Fast Politics, with Molly Jong-Fast: Howard Dean, Felix Salmon & Mike Podhorzer

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Michael Podhorzer on politics, economics, and democratic crises.


Former political director of the AFL-CIO. Senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Founder: Analyst Institute, Research Collaborative (RC), Co-founder: Working America, Catalist. He publishes Weekend Reading. (weekendreading.net)
Editing Michael Podhorzer's "Weekend Reading" Substack. Freelance writer/editor, former staff writer at Vox and Rewire, former senior editor at The American Independent.