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Jon Sopel on Fear and Loathing on the US Campaign Trail

The BBC’s North America editor reveals how the presidential race became a battle for the very soul of the nation

Jon Sopel is one of the BBC’s best known journalists. For four years, as its North America Editor, he stood outside the White House, relaying the ups and downs of Donald Trump’s presidency with his signature wry style. He came to Intelligence Squared to take us behind the scenes of perhaps the most extraordinary election campaign ever in American politics – when a global pandemic threw the country into turmoil and threatened not just the presidency but the very institutions of American democracy itself. Sopel revealed the inside story of how the presidential race became a battle for the very soul of the nation – and what lies ahead with the incoming administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


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Jon Sopel

BBC’s North America Editor


BBC’s North America Editor since 2014. He has worked variously as the corporation’s Paris Correspondent, Chief Political Correspondent, hosted both The Politics Show and Newsnight and is a regular on HARDtalk, as well as a number of Radio 4 programmes.
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Manveen Rana

Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times


Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times. She was previously a broadcaster and reporter for BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and The World at One.

 

Speakers are subject to change.