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The art of the gerrymander


Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind are joined by Vox Senior Politics Correspondent Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) for a dive deep into the newly redrawn 2022 congressional maps. They discuss what makes a fair map, the strategy behind gerrymandering, and what this could mean for the 2022 midterm elections. Plus, a white paper about the Voting Rights Act and Black electoral representation in Congress.


Andrew’s explainer on the redistricting wars

The Supreme Court’s last ruling on partisan gerrymandering

An argument that the 2022 redistricting has featured “an unprecedented attack … on the political power of communities of color”

White Paper: "The Triumph of Tokenism: The Voting Rights Act and the Theory of Black Electoral Success"

“The US Senate considerably dilutes the voting power of African Americans”


Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

Dara Lind (@dlind), Weeds co-host, Vox


Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer

Libby Nelson, editorial adviser

Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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