Episode 92

Senate Forecast, Student of Homelessness, Nevada Midterms

Ravi and Rikki start with an overview of where things seem to be heading in Tuesday’s midterm elections, forecasting some key Senate races all over the country. Then the hosts turn to a pressing education crisis hidden in plain sight – rising student homelessness – and discuss its causes and possible solutions. Finally, we sit down with the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston to preview the high-stakes midterm races in the Silver State.


Ravi lays out the spending patterns of both Republicans and Democrats as a number of tight races hinge on whose messaging is resonating with voters.

Rikki sheds light on the worsening student homelessness crisis in New York and nationwide, how the pandemic exacerbated the problem and hindered solutions, and how officials can work towards addressing it now.

Finally, producer Michael sits down with the foremost expert on Nevada politics – the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston – for a wide-ranging conversation on the major races poised to shape a key purple state.

Senate Forecast [3:02]

It’s a dead heat for the Senate (FiveThirtyEight, 11/3)
Senate Control Hinges on Neck-and-Neck Races, Times/Siena Poll Finds (NYT, 10/31)
What more than 1,000 political ads are arguing right before the midterms (Washington Post, 10/25)
Democrats fear the midterm map is slipping away (Washington Post, 10/23)
Everything you need to know about the Senate midterms, candidates, and important races (Fox News, 11/2/22)
Why are America’s 2022 midterms so expensive? (The Economist, 10/28/22)
2022 federal midterm election spending on track to top $9.3 billion (OpenSecrets, 9/26)
Lost Debate Ep 91: Elon’s #FreeBird Twitter, Trouble in the Metaverse, Arizona Midterms (11/2)
Lost Debate Ep 90: Kanye & Antisemitism, Trigger Warnings, Georgia Midterms (10/27)

Student Homelessness  [21:10]

More Than 104,000 New York City Students Were Homeless Last Year (New York Times, 10/26)
NYC sends $12 million to schools serving newcomers (Chalkbeat, 10/31)
The Children in the Shadows: New York City’s Homeless Students (New York Times, 9/9/2020)
Advocates Want More Done For New York City’s Thousands of Homeless Students (The Imprint, 11/9)
1 in 5 Homeless Students Left School Since the Pandemic. Can Funding Help Find Them? (EdWeek, 8/11)
Your guide to understanding affordable housing in New York City (NY1, 10/11)
Can Adams’ citywide affordable housing plan finally tear down the NIMBY wall? (City & State NY, 6/27)
Editorial: Give our homeless students cash? Pilot shows potential (Albuquerque Journal, 11/2)
Lost Debate Ep. 31: Homeless Crisis, Tulsi “Treason,” Teen Vaping, Zucker’s CNN Exit (3/15) 

Nevada Midterms [42:33]

Poll: Sisolak, Cortez Masto narrowly lead GOP opponents in days ahead of election (Nevada Independent, 10/31)
First Latina Senator in Jeopardy Amid Fissures in ‘Hispanic Vote’ (US News, 10/31)
Democrats Worry That What Happens in Nevada Won’t Stay in Nevada (New York Times, 4/1)
Democrats’ Troubles in Nevada Are a Microcosm of Nationwide Headwinds (New York Times, 10/3)
Leading election denier is on the verge of leading Nevada’s election system (Politico, 11/1)
The Democratic Machine in Nevada Might Be Faltering (Vanity Fair, 10/17)