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How to watch or listen to Thursday’s Biden–Trump debate

Election 2024 Debate Fact Focus
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In this combination of photos, President Joe Biden speaks on Aug. 10, 2023, in Salt Lake City, from left, former President Donald Trump speaks on July 8, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo, File)

The first 2024 presidential debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will take place at 9 p.m. on Thursday in Atlanta.

This debate is the first one held between a sitting and former president, where a host of topics are sure to be discussed — potentially including the candidates’ stances on immigration, reproductive rights, climate change and even Trump’s felony conviction.

Earlier this year, Biden said that he would not participate in debates sponsored by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has been hosting debates between candidates since the ‘80s. Instead, the Biden campaign made the proposal that media organizations should organize debates. In 2022, members in the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to leave the CPD.

Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will not be in attendance; he did not qualify for a slot on Thursday’s debate.

The debate will not feature an audience, and there will be no opening statements by either candidate. During the 90-minute debate, while one candidate is talking, the other’s microphone will be muted.

Where to listen

The debate will air on VPM News (88.9 Richmond, 89.1 FM Heathsville, 90.1 FM Chase City) beginning at 9 p.m. It will also be streaming live on our website or wherever you listen to VPM News live.

NPR will feature a live blog with commentary starting around 5 p.m., along with post-debate coverage and analysis to follow the debate's conclusion.

Where to watch

The debate will be simulcast on VPM PBS (find your local channel here) from CNN, where CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper will serve as moderators.

It will also be available on our livestream, CNN's YouTube, DirecTV and select streaming services.


This is the earliest a debate has been scheduled in a presidential election year. A second one will take place in September, hosted by ABC News.

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