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The Bellwether: A podcast by Newsday Opinion

Two congressional races, two paths for the country come November, as Republicans Pete King and Lee Zeldin face challenges from Democrats Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon on Long Island.

The Bellwether, a podcast by Newsday Opinion's Mark

The Bellwether, a podcast by Newsday Opinion's Mark Chiusano. Photo Credit: Illustration by Matt Davies

An election season podcast hosted by Mark Chiusano, produced by Newsday Opinion.

Episode 3: Peter King walks into The Dubliner

Peter King is seeking his 14th term in Congress. Episode Three of The Bellwether looks at some of the ups and downs of his long congressional career. From fighting for 9/11 first responders to winning funding for Superstorm Sandy victims on Long Island, King has developed a reputation as someone who would buck his party -- someone who will meet with the other side and hash things out at the DC watering hole, The Dubliner. But do controversial decisions like hearings on Muslim radicalization and rhetoric about the Black Lives Matter movement complicate that reputation?

Episode 2: Year of the woman on Long Island?

In this episode, The Bellwether looks at the gender dynamic in New York's 2nd Congressional District race. Democratic challenger Liuba Grechen Shirley hopes to capitalize on Rep. Pete King's stances on abortion and Brett Kavanaugh. In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Women's March, record numbers of women are running for office. Will Grechen Shirley ride the wave?

Episode 1: Will a blue wave hit Long Island?

Introducing Democratic congressional challengers Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon, who are hoping to take down Republicans Pete King and Lee Zeldin en route to a blue wave in November. (Oct. 5, 2018)