A woman votes on Nov. 8, 2016, in Durham, North Carolina.
A woman votes on Nov. 8, 2016, in Durham, North Carolina. - 
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People love to hate on polls. Since the experts seemingly got the 2016 election so wrong (or did they?), pundits and politicos have been quick to trash polling. But it feels like we've been in a perpetual state of polling the last two years. We couldn't even resist putting one out before this show. We need someone to tell us what to believe, so we called Lynn Vavreck. She's a political science professor at UCLA, columnist at the New York Times and she just put out a book about the 2016 election. We'll hear from her, get Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood's fixations, and share your smart takes on last week's conversation about the price of college. 

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