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The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth Season 7 Episodes

16 Episodes 2022 -

Episode 1

On the Brink

Sun, Mar 6, 2022 30 mins

A report on Russia's invasion of Ukraine includes John Heilemann in neighboring Poland with U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski. Also: Jennifer Palmieri speaks with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki immediately following President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address; Alex Wagner examines the escalating standoff between Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin; and Mark McKinnon looks at the political tensions on Capitol Hill amidst the evolving crisis. The season 7 premiere.

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Episode 2

The Escalation Ladder

Sun, Mar 13, 2022 30 mins

A look at what more the U.S. and its allies can do in Ukraine as the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate. Also: John Heilemann speaks with Estonia Prime Minister Kaja Kallas about fears that Russia President Vladimir Putin could strike a NATO nation next; Mark McKinnon explores President Joe Biden's response with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah); Alex Wagner interviews Ukrainian parliament member Oleksandra Ustinova; and examining the threat Putin now poses to the world.

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Episode 3

The Information War

Sun, Mar 20, 2022 30 mins

A report on Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's address to the U.S. Congress includes reactions from lawmakers. Also: an examination of the information war, including the sophisticated Russian disinformation campaign infiltrating the media; and President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on dissent and free speech inside Russia.

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Episode 4

The Nuclear Option

Sun, Mar 27, 2022 30 mins

An examination of Russia's threats of using nuclear weapons as President Joe Biden travels to Brussels for an emergency NATO summit. Also: Jennifer Palmieri speaks to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby about the U.S. response to Russia President Vladimir Putin's nuclear saber-rattling; John Heilemann games out war simulations with nuclear-weapons expert Zia Mian; and Alex Wagner assesses Putin's motives with former Russia Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev.

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Episode 5

The Home Front

Sun, Apr 3, 2022 30 mins

A look at developments out of the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. Included: Jennifer Palmieri and Mark McKinnon speak with members of the committee after voting to hold two of former President Donald Trump's aides in contempt; Alex Wagner talks with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa about their reporting on the White House call log from the day of the attack; and John Heilemann examines the growing pressure on the Justice Department to investigate Trump's activities.

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Episode 6

There Will Be Blood

Sun, Apr 10, 2022 30 mins

The Circus examines recent Democratic polling woes ahead of the midterms.

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Episode 7

Keystone Chaos

Sun, Apr 17, 2022 30 mins

A report from Pennsylvania on one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races during the final weeks of the primary campaign.

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Episode 8

Tip of the Spear

Sun, Apr 24, 2022 30 mins

A report from Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is signing controversial laws on education, gender and abortion, explores how the Sunshine State has become the central battlefield of a U.S. culture war that includes a conservative effort to strike math textbooks due to "prohibited topics"; the fallout from the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law; and a rapidly escalating feud between Disney and state Republicans.

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Episode 9

Not In Kansas Anymore

Sun, Sep 25, 2022 28 mins

The Circus returns amid the critical midterm election season with voters across the nation energized in unprecedented ways by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. John Heilemann goes behind the scenes with Vice President Kamala Harris; and Jennifer Palmieri and Mark McKinnon are on the ground in Michigan to report on how the end of Roe is impacting one the nation's marquee gubernatorial races.

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Episode 10

Rule of Law

Sun, Oct 2, 2022 28 mins

The Circus examines the myriad legal threats facing former President Donald Trump. Mark McKinnon speaks with journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker, authors of a new book detailing the Trump administration; Jennifer Palmieri sits down with Sarah Matthews, the former White House Deputy Press Secretary who testified before the January 6th Committee; and John Heilemann speaks with legal experts Andrew Weissman and Neal Katyal to discuss Trump's current legal issues.

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Episode 11

State of Denial

Sun, Oct 9, 2022 28 mins

The Circus travels to Arizona, a key battleground in the upcoming midterm elections and the epicenter of election denial. Jennifer Palmieri, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and guest host Tim Miller travel the state, where every top Republican candidate has echoed former President Donald Trump's false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

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Episode 12

Buckeyes and Bulldogs

Sun, Oct 16, 2022 28 mins

The Circus examines the Georgia and Ohio Senate races, where candidates hand-picked by former President Trump square off against Democrats in races that could determine control of the Senate.

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Episode 13

This Land is Greene-Land

Sun, Oct 23, 2022 28 mins

The Circus is on the ground in Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Georgia district, examining her meteoric rise within the Republican party. The team also catches up with her Democratic opponent to discuss his longshot strategy to head off her re-election.

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Episode 14

The Main Event

Sun, Oct 30, 2022 28 mins

The Circus is on the ground in Pennsylvania analyzing the impact of the highly anticipated Senate debate. Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz looks to gain ground while questions swirl about Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's health.

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Episode 15

Here Comes the Flood

Sun, Nov 6, 2022 28 mins

The Circus travels the country as election day draws near, examining a Democratic party on the defensive – even in deep blue states – in the face of sky-high inflation and daunting historical trends.

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Episode 16

Riptides

Sun, Nov 13, 2022 60 mins

The Circus examines a historic midterm election in the season finale.

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