September 16th, 2020

CNN Audio and iHeartRadio Launch New Political-Explainer Podcast, “Election 101”

CNN Audio and iHeartRadio today announce Election 101 – a new co-produced podcast that demystifies the American political system while offering a unique perspective on the inner workings of the electoral process.

Hosted by CNN correspondent Kristen Holmes, Election 101 answers questions that are weighing heavy on the minds of Americans as we approach this unprecedented Presidential election. Each episode of this 10-part series serves as an explainer for listeners who may be overwhelmed by our current political environment, while offering a “back-to-basics” narrative that explains the stakes and consequences of our long-standing institutions and how they play into American elections, including: the two-party system, mail-in voting, voter security, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, political conventions, and campaign finance.

Election 101 also explores other crucial issues that will inform the 2020 election season, including Medicare for All, climate change, student debt, gun control, immigration, income inequality, trade deals and the Supreme Court.

Whether you’re a political novice or longtime expert, Election 101 will bring something new and vital to the collective understanding of the US election process.

The first episode is now available across CNN Audio and iHeartRadio digital platforms, on mobile devices via the CNN and iHeartRadio apps and everywhere podcasts are heard. Subsequent episodes will be released every Wednesday and are distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.

About CNN Audio
CNN Audio is the exclusive producer of audio content and podcasts for CNN Worldwide, creating listening experiences that are relevant, informative, and highly engaging for audiences to dig deeper in topical news and original enterprise storytelling. Find all CNN Audio content at

About iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit for more company information.


Press Contacts

Garrett Cowan (CNN Audio)

Jenn Powers (iHeartMedia)