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On Point

By WBUR

Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Episodes

What To Know About The First Executive Orders Of The Biden Administration

President Joe Biden signs 17 executive orders in his first hours in office. We dig into what they say, where Biden might succeed and what policies will meet resistance. Barbara Perry, Kimberly Atkins and Matt Viser join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/01/2147m 25s

How Joe Biden's Catholic Faith Informs His Politics

President Joe Biden carries a rosary in his pocket and attends Mass regularly. How does his faith inform his politics? And where does Biden's Catholicism land in the spectrum of American Catholic belief? Massimo Faggioli and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/01/2147m 26s

How This Photojournalist Captured Barack Obama's Favorite Election 2008 Photo

On election night 2008, photojournalist Matt Mendelsohn went to the Lincoln Memorial and took a picture of the people gathered there -- the quiet moment the photograph captures is almost impossible to imagine now, given the nation’s current politics. Mendelsohn’s photograph eventually came into the hands of Congressman John Lewis, who gave a copy of it to President Obama as an inauguration present. The picture hung outside Obama’s White House office for the next eight years. In this radio diary, Mendelsohn tells us how this photo came to be.
19/01/217m 43s

Inside The Last-Minute Policy Shifts Of The Trump Administration

In its final days of power, the Trump administration is making last minute policy changes on the environment, foreign policy and national security. How will these moves influence the first weeks of the Biden administration? Karen DeYoung and Leon Panetta join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/01/2147m 14s

Radio Diary: How One Cafe Maintains Community Amid LA's COVID Surge

Los Angeles is experiencing a devastating coronavirus surge. On Saturday, LA County became the first county to reach 1 million cases since the start of the pandemic.  The pandemic is having an economic impact, too. On Monday's show, we turn back to Sean Knibb, owner of Knibb Design interiors and Flowerboy Project, a cafe and flower shop in Venice, California. Knibb says the cafe has become a comforting community hub, even as the coronavirus spreads, touching his employees lives, his family’s life and the neighborhood itself.
18/01/215m 12s

In LA, 10 People Test Positive For COVID-19 Every Minute. What's Behind The Surge?

Los Angeles county is one of the hottest COVID hotspots in the U.S. right now. Every minute, on average, 10 more people test positive. Can Los Angeles get control of the surge? Dr. Elaine Batchlor and Anne Rimoin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/01/2147m 11s

Mailbag: Your Voicemails On Insurrection, Impeachment And Democracy

Listener voices drive On Point. We get many voicemails, emails and social media messages with thoughts, concerns and questions. Today, as a pod exclusive, we share some of your messages about insurrection and impeachment. Got a comment, question or thought for us? Call our voicemail line at 617-353-0683. We look forward to hearing from you! 
15/01/215m 10s

Voter Roundtable: Americans Talk Across Political Divides

We bring back guests from our voter roundtable series to hear how they're thinking through insurrection and impeachment. Can Americans talk with each other across political divides?  Lucas Johnson, Lupe Harpster, Mike Richards, Bella D’Alacio, Daniele Anderson, Vadim Ostrovsky and Matt Powell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/01/2146m 55s

The Racist Roots Of The Capitol Insurrection

America's racist roots were on display as pro-Trump extremists paraded the confederate flag in the Capitol on Jan. 6th. We discuss race, racism and the role it played in last week's attack on the Capitol. Keisha Blain, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Jemar Tisby join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/01/2147m 10s

How To Quell A Domestic Insurgency

Pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol, attacked police and called for the Vice President's execution. Now, national security experts see an even bigger danger. Are we facing domestic insurgency? And if we are, how can we heal as a nation?  Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Frank Figliuzzi and David Kilcullen join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
13/01/2147m 35s

Insurrection And Its Aftermath: What Should Accountability Look Like?

House Democrats introduce an article of impeachment. What should accountability look like in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol? Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Olivia Troye and Kate Shaw join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
12/01/2147m 22s

Online Extremists And Law Enforcement: Lessons From The Capitol Hill Insurrection

Right-wing extremists plotted their Capitol insurrection openly on social media. So, what are they saying they'll do next? And this time, will law enforcement pay attention? David Ignatius, Alexandra Levine, and Daniel J. Jones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/01/2147m 32s

Making Sense Of The Week: Pro-Trump Riot At Capitol, Democrats Win Senate

Republican Mitch McConnell sends a warning to party rebels. Rioters attack the Capitol. Democrats win the Senate. We make sense of a historic week. Jack Beatty, Rose Scott and Heather Cox Richardson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/01/2147m 21s

As Calls For Trump's Removal Increase, What Happens Next?

Calls grow for the president's removal, from top Democrats and at least one Republican. In a special edition of On Point, we make sense of chaos and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. How can we restore the health of our democracy? Stephen Henderson, David Blight and Jason Stanley join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/01/2147m 25s

Chaos At The Capitol: Insurrection And What It Means For America

Yesterday, a mob descended on the United States Capitol. The world witnessed the consequences of rhetoric that subverts the truth and incites violence. We discuss what yesterday’s chaos means for our democracy. Matt Fuller, Jennifer Horn, Timothy Snyder, Rep. Raul Ruiz and Kwame Rose join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/01/2147m 11s

'Stay Above It': Ex-Defense Secretary Hagel's Call To Protect The Nation

As President Trump continues his efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, Hagel joins On Point senior editor Dorey Scheimer for an extended conversation on the presidency, military and how to strengthen American democracy. "You cannot allow yourself to be degraded in any way by partisanship and politics," Hagel says, speaking directly to military members. "You’ve got to stay above it all. Because you’re better than that."
06/01/2126m 2s

Former Defense Secretary William Cohen On How Trump's Push To Overturn The Election Threatens Democracy

President Donald Trump is attempting to subvert the will of the voters and overturn his election loss. But is he considering using the military to do so? We have an extended conversation with former defense secretary William Cohen about the presidency, military and how to strengthen American democracy. William Cohen joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/01/2147m 6s

Vaccine Mistrust And How To Overcome It

The pandemic could end in 2021, if enough Americans get vaccinated. But many don't want to. We take a look at what's driving that fear, and what it will take to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Dr. Georges Benjamin, Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
05/01/2147m 34s

The Racial History Of Georgia's Runoff Elections

The winners in Georgia’s runoff election will tilt the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. So, what is a runoff election anyway and why don’t all states do it? Experts say it’s all rooted in racism and just another way to disenfranchise. We take a look. Paula Reid, Jack Beatty, Adrienne Jones and Cal Jillson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/01/2147m 34s

On Point's Year In Radio Diaries

Across 2020, we heard your stories: from health care workers to an unemployed mom to a journalist who was tear-gassed. Meghna Chakrabarti listens back to some favorite radio diaries.
01/01/2147m 24s

The Trap Of Meritocracy

What has become of the common good? Political theorist Michael Sandel traces how meritocracy went from a satiric idea in the 1950s to a bedrock of American culture – and what we might have lost in its ascendance.
31/12/2046m 36s

How To Embrace The Uncertainty Of A Pandemic

We talk with entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan about how we can best survive -- and even embrace -- the chaos of a pandemic.
30/12/2047m 19s

Confronting Misconceptions Around Race With Michelle Singletary

Over her decades-long career, racism has never been far from journalist Michelle Singletary’s experience in the newsroom. Now, she’s confronting misconceptions around race. Michelle Singletary joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/12/2046m 39s

'Our Malady': Historian Timothy Snyder On America's Health Care Problem

In December 2019, historian Tim Snyder got so sick he almost died. Snyder says his hospital experience taught him about the powerful relationship between health and liberty in the United States. Timothy Snyder joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/12/2047m 2s

The Rare, Elusive Spirit Bears Of British Columbia

Kermode bears, also known as spirit bears, are incredibly elusive. They live only in one section of British Columbia’s central coast, and a new study indicates the gene that turns their fur white is even rarer than previously thought. We talk to two researchers from the study about the quest to protect and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest. Christina Service and Doug Neasloss join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/12/2047m 34s

Pod Extra: Your Stories of Kindness

Today, we wanted to share a small gift — an On Point holiday present, if you will. Last week, we explored the mutual benefit of kindness: how being kind to others not only helps the recipient of that, but also the giver. And when we reached out to you for your stories of kindness, so many of you had something to share. Take a listen to these stories of kindness that celebrate how good humanity can be when we want to.
24/12/2010m 9s

Pandemic, Protests And Politics: Year In Review

In a year defined by the pandemic, protests and politics, we look back on 2020 with journalists from around the country. Rose Scott, Stephen Henderson, Jackie Fortiér and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/12/2047m 19s

What Environmentalists Think Of Biden's Climate Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has named his new environment team. But what can they realistically achieve -- and are they ambitious enough? Evan Weber, Lisa DeVille and Shalanda Baker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/12/2047m 24s

Congress, COVID And Poverty In America

Congress passed an economic relief deal. Will it measure up to needs? We discuss how politics caused a massive surge in American poverty. James Sullivan and Rev. William Barber join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/12/2047m 25s

The 'Covidization' Of Science

It’s been a landmark year for science. How did the science community do it — and at what cost? Ed Yong and Jennifer Doudna join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
21/12/2046m 54s

President-Elect Biden Says America Is Back. Is That True?

President-elect Joe Biden says ‘America first’ is history. But is the U.S. as world leader history, too? We discuss Biden's foreign policy team and America's place on the world stage. Peter Beinart, Shaun Breslin and Kimberly Atkins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/12/2047m 15s

Radio Diary: The Kindness Of A Phone Call

Allyson Cook is a 23. She’s a grad student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. And since the pandemic began, she’s been volunteering for something called the Get Connected program at the Northwood long-term care facility.  "This was an opportunity for volunteers to reach out to seniors … just asking if they were interested or not," Allyson says. Among those 80 seniors, Ally met a woman who was 60 years her senior. Charlotte Rose Burns is 83, and the duo quickly became friends, talking on the phone often. Then one day, they decided to meet. In today's radio diary, hear the story of the kindness of a phone call.
17/12/205m 40s

The Mutual Benefits Of Kindness

Christine Sheil's mother suffered from dementia. To be closer to her mom, Christine volunteered to play music in her mother's assisted living facility. But it was Christine who also needed support. So she kept volunteering. We explore the science behind the mutual benefits of kindness. Christine Sheil and Nancy Sin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/12/2047m 26s

What Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez Wants His Party To Know About Latino Voters

Republicans made inroads among Latinos this election – the same voters that Democrats also believe are key to the future of their party. We talk with Democrat Vicente Gonzalez about the lessons he says his party needs to learn. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez and Rep. Raul Ruiz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/12/2046m 59s

From Patient Care To Vaccine Distribution: The Ethical Dilemmas Of The Pandemic

The pandemic has been rife with ethical dilemmas: from patient care to vaccine distribution nationwide. We discuss how to think through the ethical implications of COVID-19. Yolonda Wilson and Akilah Jefferson Shah join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/12/2047m 23s

'Did I Do The Right Thing?': An ER Doctor On Ethics Of The Pandemic

Amal Mattu is an emergency physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He’s been an emergency physician for more than 25 years. And in those 25 years, he says the ER has consistently delivered ethical, potentially life-or-death challenges. Then the pandemic happened. In this radio diary, we discuss the ethical complications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
15/12/203m 27s

The Electoral College Vote, And What Happens Next

Dec. 14 marks the day electors from 50 states meet to certify election results. The states have already certified their votes. But key Republicans are still filing lawsuits to overturn the result. We discuss the democracy stress test and what happens next. Bertrall Ross and Jason Stanley join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/12/2047m 11s

Radio Diary: Navajo Nation's Coronavirus Surge

Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation, speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti about the current coronavirus wave in Navajo Nation and why it's much more dire than the first COVID outbreak this spring.
11/12/205m 30s

Biden's Health Care Team: How Will They Tackle The Pandemic?

President-elect Joe Biden announced his health care team this week. We check out their credentials and ask if they’re up to the task of pushing back the pandemic and pushing forward health care in America. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. Rajesh Gandhi join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/12/2047m 24s

Pod Extra: Sadiqa Reynolds On Policing, Breonna Taylor And More

On today's show, we spoke with the student journalists who discovered State Police had used a training manual with quotations from Adolf Hitler. In this web exclusive, Meghna Chakrabarti follows up with Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, for an extended interview about policing, racism and what this reporting says about America.
10/12/2014m 15s

In Kentucky, Student Journalists Uncover Nazi Imagery In Police Training

In Kentucky, a high school newspaper uncovered a disturbing story. For years, the State Police had used a training manual celebrating quotations from Adolf Hitler. Today, the student journalists share the whole story with us. Satchel Walton, Cooper Walton and Sadiqa Reynolds join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/12/2047m 23s

Radio Diary: A Family's Lessons From Australia's Coronavirus Lockdown

Not that long ago, Megan Bates, Craig Bates, their two sons and the rest of Melbourne, Australia emerged from one of the longest, most restrictive COVID-19 lockdowns anywhere in the world. In this radio diary, we hear from Megan and Craig about their experiences in lockdown, and why it was worth it.
09/12/209m 19s

How Australia Beat COVID-19

"We need[ed] to sacrifice in the short-term to gain the long-term back -- and to gain our lives. And it worked.” That's how the Australians beat back the COVID pandemic to just a few cases across the entire country. We discuss how Australia did it, and lessons for the U.S. Dina Rosendorff and Jim Mangia join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/12/2047m 21s

Section 230: Big Tech's Legal Shield, And The Future Of The Internet

Section 230 protects internet companies from liability for publishing offensive material. Now, there's a move to do something to change section 230. How would it change the internet? Emma Llansó joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/12/2047m 30s

Canceling Student Loan Debt: Is It Possible?

There's energy and pushback over a big Democratic policy proposal: forgiving student loan debt. We discuss the debate over student loan forgiveness. Naomi Zewde and Beth Akers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/12/2046m 52s

Can Biden's Economic Team Reverse The Pandemic Economy?

President-Elect Joe Biden has named his new economic team. What do they need to do to help Americans, and are they the team to accomplish it? Rana Foroohar, Michelle Singletary and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
04/12/2047m 8s

Why Scholar Loretta Ross Is 'Calling In' Callout Culture

Loretta Ross is a Black feminist, activist and scholar. One of her biggest concerns now? The pervasiveness of callout culture. We hear why Professor Ross wants to call people in instead of calling people out. Loretta Ross and Alicia Garza join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
03/12/2046m 55s

Radio Diary: A Doctor's Mission To End COVID-19 Racial Health Inequities

At the start of the pandemic, Dr. Ala Stanford started hearing from her Black friends that they were not able to get coronavirus tests. She decided to change that by founding the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. Listen to hear more about how Dr. Stanford is tackling racial health inequity amid the pandemic.
02/12/205m 11s

Race, Health And The Pandemic With Dr. David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher grew up in the segregated south. He went on to serve as the 16th U.S. surgeon general and director of the CDC. We talk to him about race, health and the pandemic. Dr. David Satcher joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/12/2046m 50s

Radio Diary: On The Frontlines

The U.S. health care system relies on tens of thousands of workers -- nurses, doctors, lab technicians, porters, food service workers, sanitation workers and many more. But in the midst of the pandemic, what is it about health care that’s keeping them there? We talk with two health care workers about the support they need and their experiences on the frontlines of the pandemic.
01/12/208m 43s

Nurses Share Stories From The Coronavirus Surge

Nine months. 13 million cases. More than 260,000 deaths. How are health care workers doing? We talk with nurses about what they've seen, and how they've endured. Juan Anchondo, Mary Jo Kelly and Ellen Arigorat join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/12/2047m 1s

The Education Crisis Facing Homeless Students

The dawn of 2020 saw a record number of American children experiencing homelessness. For many of those million-plus children, school was the most reliable place in their life. So what happens when education goes remote? Barbara Duffield, Kerri Tobin and Melissa Douglas join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
30/11/2047m 26s

'Spymasters' Author Chris Whipple On Presidential Transition, Future Of The CIA

Journalist Chris Whipple speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti about the challenging road ahead for President-elect Joe Biden, restoring the CIA and his new book "The Spymasters."
27/11/2047m 19s

In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy

What we can learn from Dwight Eisenhower's life and leadership. Susan Eisenhower and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/11/2046m 55s

Presidential Transition: What We Know About Biden's Cabinet Picks

We take a look at who Biden has picked to lead, and what the choices say about the administration that's taking shape. Tyler Pager, Aisha C. Mills and Martha Kumar join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/11/2047m 26s

The Problem With Polling — And How To Fix It

Election 2020 again proved there's a problem with polling. But when it comes to understanding the electorate, are there any better options? We discuss the problems with polling, and how to fix it. Natalie Jackson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/11/2047m 31s

How Right-Wing Media Fuels The Political Divide

Matthew Sheffield started his career as a conservative blogger. He says many Americans don’t understand how powerful right-wing media really is -- or how damaging it is to American democracy. Now, he says he wants to free people from it. Matthew Sheffield, Nicole Hemmer and Eliana Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
23/11/2047m 35s

Radio Diary: 'On Eagle's Wings'

Earlier this month, Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect. Biden will be the second Catholic president in the nation’s history, and he referenced his Catholic faith by invoking a particular hymn. The hymn draws from Psalm 91 in the Bible. But it was composed by Father Jan Michael Joncas, a priest, artist-in-residence and research fellow in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. We speak with Father Joncas about the story behind 'On Eagle's Wings.'
20/11/207m 25s

What To Expect From The Final Days Of The Trump Presidency

President Trump has fired several top level members of his administration in the past couple of weeks. So what else can we expect from the president in his remaining days in office? Jack Beatty, Suzanne Spaulding and Kori Schake join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/11/2047m 55s

'Where Forest Meets The Sea': The Uncertain Future Of The Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is one of the largest intact temperate rainforests left in the world. And as a national forest, the land serves many purposes. Now, the Trump administration wants to open up half the forest to logging and development. We'll discuss the complex story of a forest's future. Joel Jackson and John Schoen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/11/2047m 35s

From Testing To Distribution: The Logistics Behind COVID-19 Vaccines

Early data shows that two COVID-19 vaccines are over 90% effective. So what’s next? Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Julie Swann and William Schaffner join Meghna Chakrabarti to explain the vaccine’s journey from testing to public distribution.
18/11/2047m 34s

Why Voters Are Rejecting The War On Drugs

Wherever the war on drugs was on the ballot this year, the war on drugs lost. In some states, voters approved measures to legalize recreational or medical marijuana. Beau Kilmer, Kassandra Frederique and Haven Wheelock join Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the drug-related ballot measures that passed on Election Day and the shift in American drug policy.
17/11/2047m 28s

'Protect Each Other': A Doctor's Message From The Coronavirus Surge

South Dakota family doctor Tom Dean knows his community well -- he's been in practice there for 42 years. And he's seen a lot in that time. But nothing like COVID. We get a South Dakota family physician's message for his patients, his community and his state. Dr. Tom Dean, Jackie Hendry and Nick Wendell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/11/2047m 30s

Radio Diary: A New American Citizen — And A New Son

Ahmed Al-Zubaidi of Beaverton, Oregon joined us back in late September. Ahmed was born in Iraq, and he became a U.S. citizen just days before first coming on On Point. Since joining us in September, Ahmed has kept a close eye on the presidential election -- and welcomed a new son on Election Day itself.
13/11/206m 50s

Week In The News: Divisions Deepen Over Presidential Transition

Much of the GOP in Washington is torn on whether to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect. What are the consequences for the country? Meghna Chakrabarti looks at a week of presidential transition and Republican intransigence with Timothy Naftali, Tim Alberta and Jack Beatty.
13/11/2047m 35s

What The 'Strongmen' Of History Reveal About Modern Politics

Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat studies authoritarian regimes, like Italy under Mussolini. Can a democracy pry itself out of a strongman's grip? Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Brendan Nyhan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/11/2047m 13s

The On Point Coronavirus Task Force

This year, we've talked to some of the top scientists and doctors in the country about the pandemic. We pull them back together for a meeting of our own task force to hear their advice for the Biden team. Angie Rasmussen, Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Michael Mina and Dr. Ali Khan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/11/2047m 35s

The Global View Of Election 2020

"I believe at our best, America’s a beacon for the globe." So declared President-elect Joe Biden. But what does the world really think of the American example now? Does the international community see the U.S. as the leader it once was? Simon Kuper and Patrick Gathara join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
10/11/2047m 30s

Radio Diary: The Civic Duty Of A Poll Worker

Elizabeth Saunders served five years in the U.S. Navy. And last Tuesday, she served her country again, by being a poll worker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this radio diary, we hear about Elizabeth's experience as a poll worker during a tumultuous election.
09/11/205m 0s

After 2020: The Election's Long-Term Impact On Democracy

Election 2020 has a winner. So what did we learn? We look at the long-term impact of the 2020 presidential election, and what America can do to heal. Danielle Allen, Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson and Michael Kruse join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/11/2047m 30s

Week In The News: Where The Race For The White House Stands

The race for the presidency presses on, as Trump doubles down on baseless claims about election fraud. We sort through this historic week, and look ahead at what’s to come. Ron Suskind, Jack Beatty and Beverly Gage join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
06/11/2047m 6s

A Look At The Court Battles Of The 2020 Presidential Election

On Sunday, President Donald Trump made clear what he planned to do following the end of voting. Court battles have marked this entire election season. We look at the latest litigation around the 2020 presidential election. Bertrall Ross, Paula Reid and Jeannie Suk Gersen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/11/2047m 16s

What We Know About Election 2020 Results

The day after election day. What tallies are known? Where are votes still being counted? We discuss the latest in the race for the White House and Senate and what's next in this historic moment for the United States. Luis Carrasco, Luis Hernandez, Rose Scott, Jack Beatty and Stephen Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
04/11/2047m 23s

Pod Extra: San Francisco Mayor On Her City's Coronavirus Response

San Francisco is the second densest city in the country. It also has the lowest coronavirus death rate compared to any other major city in the United States, according to San Francisco Mayor London Breed. On Point producer Dorey Scheimer speaks with Mayor Breed about the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
03/11/2022m 8s

What To Expect From The Coronavirus Pandemic's Next Phase

Regardless of election outcomes, one thing is certain: the coronavirus pandemic is surging. We talk about what to expect in the pandemic's next phase. Ed Yong and Catherine Hill join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/11/2047m 32s

Pod Extra: Sen. Chris Murphy On The Race For The Senate

In this podcast extra, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy joins producer Dorey Scheimer to talk election 2020 and the race for the Senate.
02/11/2010m 3s

What To Know About Key Senate Races, From Maine To Georgia

The White House isn't the only thing on the ballot. Also at stake: control of the United States Senate, from Georgia to Maine. We discuss close Senate races and the impact they'll have on national governance. Anthony Brooks, Gavin Jackson, Brianne Pfannenstiel and Tia Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/11/2047m 27s

Coronavirus Surge: What It Means For Health Care Workers

For many health care workers, a new coronavirus spike means they’ve barely had a moment to step back from the first wave of cases this spring. The memories of that “first wave” are still fresh and raw. In this segment, we hear from Emma Rome, ER nurse, about what the current coronavirus surge means for health care workers.
30/10/206m 12s

Week In The News: Election Latest, Coronavirus, Supreme Court And More

Campaigns make their last stand. The Supreme Court weighs in on ballot deadlines. Coronavirus numbers skyrocket. We make sense of the week's news. Molly Ball, Molly Beck, Richard Hasen and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/10/2047m 20s

America's Authoritarian Threat

The United States has fought against authoritarian governments. Does that mean it can't happen here? Matthew MacWilliams and Larry Bartels join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
29/10/2047m 23s

What's On The Minds Of North Carolina Voters

Both campaigns agree -- the road to the White House runs through the Tar Heel state. In our final voter roundtable, we hear from voters in North Carolina. VonGretchen Pough, Bill Poole, Brandon Beavers and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/10/2047m 24s

Faces Of The Coronavirus Economy

On today's show, we were joined by our favorite finance experts Michelle Singletary and Rana Foroohar to check in on our country’s economy, seven months into the pandemic. And whenever we talk to those two, we’re reminded that the struggles of the COVID economy aren’t just about the numbers. It’s also about the lived experiences. In this segment, we hear two stories about the economic impact of the pandemic.
27/10/208m 36s

The State Of The Economy, 7 Months Into The Pandemic

How is our economy doing seven months into the pandemic? And with winter on its way, are we prepared to handle the slew of challenges that will come with it? We talk about the state of our economy. Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/10/2047m 1s

Extended Cut: A Look Inside A Russian Disinformation Campaign

On Point's Dorey Scheimer speaks with Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs about Russian disinformation campaigns, mistakes made by the media, and why democracies are particularly vulnerable to election interference.    
26/10/2031m 34s

Anatomy Of An Election Disinformation Campaign

The anatomy of a disinformation campaign. How does a bad faith post get mistaken for the truth? We talk about how the tentacles of disinformation reach into millions of homes. Nina Jankowicz and Secretary Frank LaRose join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/10/2047m 30s

Radio Diary: In Troubled Times, Finding Peace In A Simple Routine

David Pettee used to take regular morning walks around Fresh Pond Reservoir in Cambridge, Massachusetts. David had cancer, and the walks brought him hope and peace. David died on September 13th. Today, in remembrance, we invite you to listen again.
23/10/207m 8s

Week In The News: Final Campaign Stretch As COVID-19 Infections Climb

Days before the end of voting — COVID infections are climbing. What are the campaigns focusing on, and what does that tell us about their vision for the future? Jack Beatty, Julie Rovner and Lisa Lerer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/10/2047m 6s

Faces Of The 'Shecession'

865,000. That's the number of women pushed out of the workforce last month. It’s a consistent downward trajectory for women in this pandemic. We heard from women all around the country, many of them struggling and all of them grappling with what this 'shecession' means for their future.
22/10/2013m 10s

'Shecession': The Pandemic's Impact On Women In The Workforce

The 'shecession.' More women are losing their jobs than men. What's the long-term impact on families? C. Nicole Mason and Alicia Modestino join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/10/2047m 18s

Voter Roundtable: Voices Of Americans Hit Hard By COVID-19

On this week's voter roundtable, we hear from people affected by COVID-19. How do they feel about President Trump’s response to the pandemic? David Dahlstrom, Denise Carr and Lupe Harpster join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/10/2047m 26s

Safeguarding The Electoral Vote

Worried about voting integrity -- or what happens after your ballot is cast? We discuss what we know about the integrity of the votes cast by America's 538 electors. Barton Gellman, Jason Harrow and Bertrall Ross join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/10/2047m 24s

Election 2020's Voter Suppression Reality

Voting is one of the most essential rights of any democratic citizen. We take a look at the various forms of voter suppression we see across the country, and discuss how it's affecting American democracy ahead of the November presidential election. Theodore Johnson, Harmeet Dhillon and Joshua Douglas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/10/2047m 30s

Radio Diary: A Georgia Voter Recounts Her Early Voting Experience

Everlean Rutherford arrived at her early polling location in Cobb County, Georgia at around 10 in the morning. She didn't leave until it was her turn to cast her vote — almost 10 hours later.
16/10/204m 42s

Week In The News: Barrett Confirmation Hearing, Early Voting

This week, a split screen on the future of American democracy. From early voting to Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings, we make sense of the week's news. Jack Beatty, Stephen Henderson and Meg Kinnard join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/10/2047m 17s

How Political Violence Threatens U.S. Elections

The Department of Homeland Security says white nationalism is a major domestic terrorism threat. Is that, coupled with distrust in the electoral system, a recipe for political violence in November? Mary B. McCord, Devin Burghart and Eric K. Ward join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/10/2046m 58s

Florida Voters On The 2020 Election

We check in with voters from the sunshine state about the issues that matter to them as they weigh their options before the election. Laura Herbek, Mike Richards and Robin Reshard join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/10/2047m 24s

Radio Diary: JFK, Nixon And The 1960 Presidential Election

With the help of two historians, we take a look back at the 1960 presidential race between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon.
14/10/208m 30s

Radio Diary: The CIA's Former Counterterrorism Chief Remembers The Lead Up To 9/11

Cofer Black, the CIA's counterterrorism chief from 1999 to 2002, talks about the months leading up to 9/11, and the Bush administration's failure to act on an 'unprecedented' amount of intelligence warning of Al-Qaida's domestic threat.
13/10/2016m 21s

What The President Knew — And Why He Didn't Act

Why is it that sometimes Presidents know that there is a danger to the wellbeing of Americans, and still do nothing? We talk with people who were in the room in 2001 and 2020. Chris Whipple and Olivia Troye join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/10/2047m 12s

What Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination Means For Women's Rights

Ahead of her confirmation hearing on Monday, we'll talk about Amy Coney Barrett's record on women's rights — and where the definition of feminism diverges for some women. Erika Bachiochi and Fatima Goss-Graves join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/10/2047m 19s

Week In The News: The President's Coronavirus Diagnosis

We'll look at how the President's diagnosis — and his cavalier response — has tinged almost everything that happened this week. Paula Reid, Kimberly Atkins and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/10/2047m 23s

Radio Diary: A Beloved Grandmother's Gift Of A Better Life

Cozy Etta Bryant weathered breast cancer and decades of racism before passing away from COVID-19 this year. Her granddaughter remembers her life and legacy.
08/10/206m 5s

Confronting Misconceptions Around Race With Michelle Singletary

Over her decades-long career, racism has never been far from journalist Michelle Singletary’s experience in the newsroom. Now, she’s confronting misconceptions around race. Michelle Singletary joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/10/2047m 17s

What Young Voters Want From Their First Ballot

Every Wednesday, we’ve been listening to voters across the country. This week: younger voters, who are casting their ballots for the first time. What are their hopes and dreams for the country they’ll inherit? Garion Frankel, Bella D'Alacio and Jacob Cuenca join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/10/2047m 15s

Radio Diary: Inside Artist Lloyd Williams' River Bank Art Gallery

You’re walking along a river bank in an American city. All of a sudden, you bump into … an art gallery. Artist Lloyd Williams has set up a small outdoor gallery next to the Charles River in Boston.
07/10/206m 8s

Radio Diary: Teaching Students Remotely, Checking Up In Person

Steven Gupton teaches health science at the James E. Shepard IB Magnet Middle school in Durham, North Carolina. Students still aren’t back in the classroom, and some of his students weren’t showing up for their remote classes. So, last week, Steven decided to visit his students at their homes to make sure they’re doing OK.
06/10/204m 56s

Rethinking Education For The Pandemic Age

Millions of kids are learning remotely. A big change. Is it also an opportunity? Hilary Hughes, Stephanie Renee Jones and Chandra Hampson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/10/2047m 11s

'People Rolled Their Eyes': A Look Inside The White House Pandemic Response

Mixed signals and information from the White House. Uncertainty around the truth of the president's health. A former adviser to the White House COVID-19 taskforce discusses her own time in the Trump White House, and what President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis means for the United States. Olivia Troye joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/10/2013m 53s

Coronavirus Reaches The White House

President Trump's positive coronavirus diagnosis throws the country into another cycle of uncertainty. We talk about how to understand this moment, and what to expect next. Paula Reid, Olivia Troye and Michael Mina join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/10/2047m 4s

The Pandemic's Impact On Love And Relationships

The pandemic has taken a toll on all aspects of life, including romantic relationships. We’ll dig into what’s keeping couples together or breaking them apart. Ashley Fetters and Dr. Lexx Brown-James join Jane Clayson.
02/10/2047m 18s

Week In The News: Trump And Coronavirus, Presidential Debate, Supreme Court

America witnesses a presidential debate like no other. The Supreme Court nominee tours Capitol Hill. And thousands more jobs are lost due to the pandemic. We review the week’s news. Nancy Cordes, Jack Beatty and Karen Tumulty join Jane Clayson.
02/10/2046m 34s

An Announcement From On Point

We've got some big news! Starting October 5, On Point will be reimagined into a single hour of highly produced, narrative radio.
01/10/202m 19s

What President Trump's Taxes Reveal

What’s revealed in President Trump’s tax records – about the man, his businesses and tax code itself. Adam Davidson, Dan Alexander and Dorothy Brown join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/10/2047m 20s

A Look At The Global Impact Of Coronavirus

More than 1 million dead around the world due to the coronavirus. We look at where the pandemic is headed in major nations such as India and Brazil. Terrence McCoy, Dr. Adeola Oyenubi and Jean Dreze join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/10/2047m 27s

1st Trump-Biden Presidential Debate: A Recap

President Trump and Joe Biden faced off in the first general election debate Tuesday. The candidates fielded questions on the pandemic, race and violence in the U.S., and more. We tally up the night's wins and losses. McKay Coppins, Jane Coaston and Nick Castele join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/09/2047m 18s

Voter Roundtable: Politically Divided Family Talks Election 2020

It’s the latest in our series of voter roundtables – and this time we talk with a politically divided family in suburban Atlanta. Kelly Feyock, Chloe Feyock, Paige Feyock and Sophia Feyock join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/09/2047m 34s

In 'Big Friendship,' Best Friends Share How To Stay Close For The Long Haul

The best friends behind the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend.” Their new book details what it takes to maintain long distance friendships. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/09/2046m 43s

Power, Propaganda And What Justice Might Look Like For Breonna Taylor

A Kentucky state police report contradicts the Kentucky Attorney General, and police bodycam footage shows officers potentially violating investigation procedures. New details are forcing more questions about power, propaganda and what justice might look like for Breonna Taylor. Errin Haines, Keisha Blain and Darcy Costello join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/09/2047m 20s

6 Months, 200,000 Deaths: Taking Stock Of The Pandemic In The U.S.

We're six months and more than 200,000 deaths into the coronavirus pandemic. We check in with an epidemiologist and a virologist about the latest on COVID-19. Tara Smith and Angie Rasmussen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/09/2047m 13s

What To Know About The Future Of The Supreme Court

President Trump is moving swiftly to replace Justice Ginsburg. We take a close look at how his nominee Amy Coney Barrett will push the court rightward and what it means for the future of the country. Amy Howe, Kate Shaw and Jonathan Adler join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/09/2047m 32s

In 'Mr. 80 Percent,' An Intimate Portrayal Of Surviving Prostate Cancer

The story of a Boston Globe reporter who decided to document his life with prostate cancer via a new – and very personal – podcast. Mark Shanahan, Dr. Mark Pomerantz and Tom Farrington join Anthony Brooks.
25/09/2047m 1s

Week In The News: RBG, Supreme Court, Breonna Taylor

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and the grand jury decision about Breonna Taylor’s killing shaped this week – and might shape years to come. Kimberly Atkins, John Harris and David Savage join Anthony Brooks.
25/09/2046m 47s

For This Small Business Owner, A TikTok Ban Could Pack A Big Impact

Kelita Butler didn’t know what TikTok would do for her cosmetics business when she made an account in May. But by the time President Trump threatened to ban the app in the U.S., she couldn’t imagine life without it.
24/09/204m 9s

From Mail-In Voting To The Ballot Box: Tackling Questions About Election Security

Election Day is fewer than six weeks away. But concerns around the election persist: Will it be safe to vote in person? How will states execute a variety of voting methods? Can we have faith in the legitimacy of the election results? We tackle those issues and more. Jena Griswold, Kim Wyman and Bertrall Ross join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/2047m 6s

What A TikTok Deal Means For The Global Internet

Who owns TikTok? And what does that mean for you? We untangle the money and politics behind the fight to control the global social media giant. Louise Matsakis and Samm Sacks join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/2047m 4s

Political Scholar Norm Ornstein On What's At Stake In 2020

“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional.” Norm Ornstein wrote that back in 2012. Eight years later, does Ornstein think there’s any way for the U.S. to regain institutional and political stability? We ask him. Norm Ornstein and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/09/2047m 15s

Voter Roundtable: New U.S. Citizens Share Their Election Plans

In this week's voter roundtable, we talk with newly naturalized U.S. citizens. How do they feel as they prepare to vote for president for the first time? Ahmed Al-Zubaidi, Fabiola Landeros, Violeta Cruz Perez and Vadym Ostrovsky join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/09/2047m 12s

What To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Development

We talk about where we are in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and what we know about the criteria for making a vaccine public. Andrew Joseph, Natalie Dean and Dr. Eric Topol join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/09/2047m 12s

How RBG's Death Could Impact Key Senate Races

Power is up for grabs in the Senate this November and a Supreme Court vacancy is only escalating the stakes of key races. We talk about how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death could have an impact on races in Maine, North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona. Anthony Brooks, Steve Mistler, Dan Shea and Seung Min Kim join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/09/2047m 1s

What The Political Response To RBG's Death Reveals About America

We discuss the political response to Ginsburg’s death, and what it reveals about the fragility of U.S. institutions. How is American democracy being tested now? Anne Applebaum and Stephen Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/09/2046m 56s

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her work in the 1970s proved that the Constitution prohibits gender discrimination and that equality between the sexes ought to be an affirmative American right. We talk with women in law today about how Ginsburg changed the nation. Nancy Gertner, Kathleen Peratis, Barbara McQuade and Laura Brill join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/09/2047m 27s

Pandemic Semester: A Conversation With Student Journalists, Leaders

We talk to campus leaders around the country about a challenging semester for college students. 
18/09/2047m 7s

Week In The News: Wildfires, Hurricane Sally, Bahrain, Barr And More

Wildfires rage in the West, as Hurricane Sally slams the Gulf Coast. We take that up and more in our week in review. Anita Kumar, Sewell Chan and Lisa DesJardins join Jane Clayson.
18/09/2046m 38s

Radio Diary: When The Unemployment Benefits Never Come

Millions of Americans still haven’t yet received their benefits after being laid off during the pandemic. Denise Mines is one of them. First thing she did after being furloughed: followed all of the steps to get her unemployment benefits. Should have been pretty easy, right?
17/09/205m 56s

In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy

What we can learn from Dwight Eisenhower's life and leadership. Susan Eisenhower and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/09/2046m 49s

Pandemic Unemployment: What Happens When Benefits Never Arrive?

Six months after the pandemic caused a historic number of Americans to lose their jobs, millions still haven’t gotten their unemployment benefits. We take a look at why. Clio Chang and Pamela Herd join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/09/2046m 54s

Rethinking Gender With Mathematician Eugenia Cheng

A mathematician turns gender into a math problem. We hear how math can help us rethink ingrained conceptions of gender. Eugenia Cheng joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/09/2048m 44s

Election Roundtable: What Military Veterans Want In A President

We talk with a roundtable of military veterans about the presidential election. What qualities are most essential in a commander in chief? What role does -- and what role should -- the U.S. military play in protecting American democracy?
16/09/2046m 53s

The Trap Of Meritocracy

What has become of the common good? Political theorist Michael Sandel traces how meritocracy went from a satiric idea in the 1950s to a bedrock of American culture – and what we might have lost in its ascendance.
15/09/2047m 11s

Lessons Of The Pacific Northwest Wildfires

The West Coast is facing some of the worst wildfires in its history. We take a look at the role of forest management in helping control these fires. Monica Samayoa, John Bailey and Gov. Jay Inslee join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/09/2047m 26s

Economist Emily Oster On How We Can All Make Better Pandemic Decisions

From sending our kids back to school to flying on an airplane, we talk about how to make informed decisions during a pandemic. Emily Oster joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/09/2047m 28s

The Media's Role In Calling An Election

As we look forward to potentially unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots in November, should we be preparing for an election night that drags on longer than normal? Noah Oppenheim and Margaret Sullivan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/09/2047m 16s

'14 Miles': A Look At The U.S.-Mexico Border, And The Lives Defined By It

We look at a 14-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. What does a border mean in an interconnected world? DW Gibson, Nicole Ramos, Serge Dedina and Stan Rodriguez join Anthony Brooks.
11/09/2047m 30s

Week In The News: Woodward Book, West Coast Wildfires, Coronavirus Updates

The 2020 campaign heats up. The Senate takes up a pared down COVID-19 relief bill. And evidence that the president knew the threat of the coronavirus in February. All that and more in our week in review. Jack Beatty, Monica Alba and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.
11/09/2047m 27s

Survival Of The Kindest: Can Our Better Nature Help Build A Better World?

We discuss the lessons of the classic novel “Lord of the Flies.” Should humans be living by the notion of survival of the fittest — or survival of the kindest? Rutger Bregman and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/09/2047m 30s

America's Reckoning With Racism: The History Already Made In 2020

A rebroadcast of our conversation with legendary civil rights activist Bob Moses and historian Taylor Branch on the history that’s being made in 2020.
10/09/2047m 31s

How To Embrace The Uncertainty Of A Pandemic

We talk with entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan about how we can best survive -- and even embrace -- the chaos of a pandemic.
09/09/2047m 31s

Election Roundtable: Where Wisconsin Voters Stand

Next in our voter roundtable: Wisconsin. What do voters in Wisconsin want from elected officials? How are the recent events in Kenosha affecting their vote? Randy Schmidt, Cassi Mennenoh and Alexis Arnold join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/09/2047m 30s

'Our Malady': Historian Timothy Snyder On America's Health Care Problem

In December 2019, historian Tim Snyder got so sick he almost died. Snyder says his hospital experience taught him about the powerful relationship between health and liberty in the United States. Timothy Snyder joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/09/2047m 30s

The Threat To U.S. Elections

Russia is attempting to interfere with the presidential election yet again. What’s Moscow doing this time? Jack Delaney, Miles Taylor and Nina Jankowicz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/09/2047m 17s

James Baldwin's Lessons for America

We look back on the life and work of the great American writer and thinker James Baldwin. Eddie Glaude, Jr. joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/09/2047m 31s

Sergeant Heather Taylor On Ethics And Inequality In Policing

Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor joins us to talk about being a Black woman in law enforcement, the violence she’s experienced in her own life, and how that’s shaped her views and hopes for her career and country. Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor joined Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/09/2047m 14s

A Conversation With Jane Goodall

60 years ago, Jane Goodall first began her close observations of Tanzania’s chimpanzees. Equipped with simple binoculars, a notebook and patience, she transformed the way the world understood primates and wildlife. She joins us to look back on her legacy, and discuss the urgent challenges around climate and conservation. Jane Goodall joins Anthony Brooks.
04/09/2047m 22s

Should The Electoral College Exist?

The electoral college has been a fixture of American democracy -- and criticism -- since the nation’s founding. We’ll explain why it endures. Alex Keyssar, Tara Ross and Jack Beatty join Anthony Brooks.
04/09/2046m 44s

What To Know About College Reopening In A Pandemic

College students across the country are returning to campuses for the first time since the pandemic hit. But some campuses closed almost as soon as they opened. We look at how the decisions are being made to reopen higher ed. Andy Thomason, Holden Thorp and Caroline Anders join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/09/2046m 44s

The History And Future Of Sports Activism

Sports teams and athletes around the country held strikes last week to stand up against racial injustice. We talk about this moment in sports activism, and its history and future. Howard Bryant, Amira Rose Davis and Etan Thomas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/09/2047m 19s

Rethinking America's 'Deficit Myth' With Economist Stephanie Kelton

Fiscal policy in a pandemic. We discuss why COVID-19 is giving a bigger voice to economists with very different ways of looking at the deficit. Stephanie Kelton, Joseph Stiglitz and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/09/2047m 35s

Election Roundtable: What Democratic Voters Want From Biden

We talk with more voters. This time, Democrats. Some are all in on Joe Biden. Others will be holding their noses at the ballot box. What do Democratic voters want for -- and from -- their candidate? Rodrigo Gomez-Carlin, Melissa Brant and Andrea McCoy join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/09/2047m 11s

What We Learned — And What We Didn't — From Hurricane Katrina

It’s been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated our country. And while many of us remember the storm as an acute moment in history, a new book is making a case that the lead-up to Katrina made its impacts inevitable. We talk about the structural issues that affected our recovery from Katrina, and what more needs to be done. Sarah Broom, Andy Horowitz and Jarvis DeBerry join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/09/2047m 31s

What's The Connection Between Civilian Militias And The Police?

Across the country this summer, we’ve seen vigilante militants incite violence at protests for racial justice. We talk to a former FBI agent who went undercover with right-wing militants in the 1990s about the groups' overlap with law enforcement. Michael German, Jonathan Levinson and LaFleur Stephens-Dougan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/09/2047m 14s

Could Rapid Testing Help Life Return To Normal?

An announcement from the White House could expand rapid COVID-19 testing significantly as President Trump boasts about U.S. testing capacity. Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina joins Meghna Chakrabarti to lay out the testing failures so far, and discuss how rapid tests could help get our lives back to normal in the pandemic.
31/08/2047m 25s

After Conventions, Natural Disasters And More Protests, Checking In Across The Country

We’ll drop down in several different cities around the country with our reporters’ roundtable for an update on protests and the pandemic, and to see how the after effects of the political conventions are playing out across America. LaToya Dennis, Luis Carrasco, Molly Peterson and Rose Scott join Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/08/2047m 25s

Tracing The Path Of The Modern GOP, From Reagan To Trump

Wall Street Journal editor Gerald Seib has been a fly on the wall of the Republican Party over the past 40 years. He joins us to unspool the history that led up to President Trump’s election in 2016, and chart the course of the GOP into the future. Gerald Seib, Oren Cass and Mindy Finn join Jane Clayson.
28/08/2046m 51s

Week In The News: The RNC, Hurricane Laura, Protests In Wisconsin

President Trump defies the Hatch Act at the Republican Convention. The Gulf Coast is slammed by one of the most powerful storms in decades. And a police shooting in Wisconsin rocks communities across the country. All that and more in our weekly news roundup. Jane Coaston, Mary Bruce and Paula Reid join Jane Clayson.
28/08/2047m 25s

How Mayors Are Handling The Crises Facing Their Cities

We’ll talk to the mayor of Kansas City and others about the challenges to running their cities now. Protests, coronavirus, unemployment — we’ll discuss the way forward at the local level. Quinton Lucas and David Holt join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/08/2047m 35s

They Voted For Trump In 2016. Will They Do It Again In 2020?

We’re talking to voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump in 2016. Four years later, they explain the issues they care about, what they think of the job President Trump has done, and how they’ll vote this time around. Cheryl Johnson, Matt Powell and Tommy Stallings join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/08/2047m 31s

Samantha Bee On Satirizing A Political System In Crisis

Does a nation in the midst of an historic pandemic and deep political division still need satire? We'll ask veteran satirist Samantha Bee, who joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/08/2046m 47s

Vice President Mike Pence: What Do We Know About The President's Right-Hand Man?

We’ll look at Vice President Mike Pence – his record as VP, and his role in the Trump re-election campaign. Michael D'Antonio joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/08/2047m 13s

The President Versus The Post Office

Postmaster general Louis DeJoy has maintained under oath that his changes to the U.S. Postal Service have nothing to do with President Trump’s reelection. We talk about why it’s still significant that the president is going after a public institution, and the state of our democracy. Lisa Rein and Susan Stokes join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/08/2047m 36s

The GOP Won't Introduce A New Party Platform For 2020. So What Does It Stand For?

The GOP will not roll out a new party platform ahead of the 2020 presidential race, instead opting to declare fealty to President Trump’s agenda. So, what does the Republican Party stand for now? Tim Alberta joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/08/2047m 31s

From Interference Abroad To Repression At Home: Examining Vladimir Putin's Power Plays

Last week, a Senate committee outlined the Trump 2016 campaign's ties to Russia, and a Russian opposition leader was hospitalized in a potential poisoning. We'll talk Vladimir Putin's strategy of power. Masha Gessen and Mark Mazzetti join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/08/2047m 46s

Ahead Of The Republican Convention, Anticipating President Trump's Pitch For A Second Term

Today marks day one of the Republican National Convention; what can we expect from President Trump as he makes his case for a second term? Philip Rucker, Steve Harrison, Julia Terruso and Matt Mackowiak join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/08/2047m 22s

Columnist E.J. Dionne On How To Unite The Democratic Party

Columnist E.J. Dionne has called on progressives and moderates in the Democratic party to unite under what he calls a banner of decency, dignity and democracy. Does he think that’s happened? E.J. Dionne and Charlene Carruthers join Jane Clayson.
21/08/2047m 0s

Week In The News: DNC, Colleges And Coronavirus, USPS And More

A historic Democratic convention. Furor over the postal service. And universities thrown off course by COVID-19. It’s our weekly news roundup. Karen Travers, Elizabeth Landers and Laura Barrón-López join Jane Clayson.
21/08/2047m 20s

Portrait Of An Outbreak: How Coronavirus Spread In The Prince George's County Jail

The Prince George’s County jail in Maryland allegedly puts people with COVID-19 into cells dirty with body fluids. Staff throw supplies through the door. Many people at the jail haven’t been convicted. In fact, they haven’t even had their trials yet. So now, they’re taking the jail to court. Alfonso Diantignac, Katie Chamblee-Ryan, Aisha Braveboy and Marguerite Lanaux join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/08/2047m 35s

Joe Biden, The Candidate: A History Of A Long And Winding Political Career

Joe Biden is officially the Democratic party’s presidential nominee. We look back at Biden’s political career, from his election to the senate at age 29, to his first run for president, and beyond. Phil Freedman, Steven Levingston, Jack Beatty and Jennifer Senior join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/08/2046m 57s

Election 2020: America's Foreign Policy Future

Foreign policy is in the Democratic platform, but it’s not a big talking point at the party convention. Maybe it should be. We talk with global analysts about why any plan to rebuild the U.S. internally might also rely on restoring the nation’s position internationally. Stephen Walt and Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/08/2047m 23s

A Look At The Possible Advisors Of A Biden Presidency

Who are the team of advisors and confidants that would influence a Biden presidency? We talk about the rising Democratic luminaries in the foreground, and the lobbyists hovering in the background. Aisha C. Mills, Robert Kuttner, Rep. Jim Clyburn and Sen. Cory Booker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/08/2047m 27s

100 Years Later: The Complicated History Of The Women's Suffrage Movement

We look back at the last century of voting and examine how women and women of color have impacted our politics. Errin Haines, Lisa Tetrault and Adele Logan Alexander join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/08/2047m 40s

DNC, Day Two: A Look At The Democratic Party Platform

Day two of the Democratic National Convention. We examine the party’s platform in detail. From ideas on controlling the pandemic to resuscitating the economy, what’s the Democratic vision for America? And is it achievable? Kimberly Atkins, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Brad DeLong and Rep. Ro Khanna join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/08/2046m 59s

Is An Eviction Crisis On The Horizon?

The federal eviction moratorium has expired, yet a staggering number of Americans still can’t make rent during the pandemic. Without a safety net, are renters barreling toward an eviction crisis? Emily Benfer, Josephine Lee, Latisha Gonzalez and Tiana Caldwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/08/2047m 19s

What To Expect From The Political Conventions Of A Pandemic

The media and political conventions have long had a symbiotic relationship, with the RNC and DNC offering era-defining TV moments like Goldwater at the Cow Palace, and Obama’s star-making speech in 2004. This year it will all be on screens, with no uproarious applause. We talk about why that matters. David Folkenflik, Bakari Sellers and Dan Rather join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/08/2047m 9s

Is Trump's GOP The Party Of The 'Forgotten' American — Or The Super-Rich?

President Trump ran for office promising to represent the “forgotten American.” Has that happened? Political scientist Jacob Hacker says the opposite has taken place, that under President Trump, the GOP has become the party of plutocrats. We’ll see how he makes that case. Jacob Hacker and Jack Beatty join Jane Clayson.
14/08/2047m 2s

Week In The News: Biden-Harris Ticket, Stimulus Stalled, COVID-19 Latest

Kamala Harris on the Democratic presidential ticket. Congress stalled over stimulus package negotiations. All that and more in our weekly news roundup. Molly Ball, Monica Alba and Jack Beatty join Jane Clayson.
14/08/2047m 21s

The Pandemic's Impact On Love And Relationships

The pandemic has taken a toll on all aspects of life, including romantic relationships. We’ll dig into what’s keeping couples together or breaking them apart. Ashley Fetters and Dr. Lexx Brown-James join Jane Clayson.
13/08/2047m 13s

Biden VP Pick: What To Know About Kamala Harris

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Senator Kamala Harris this election season. We talk about Biden’s vice presidential pick. Sharon Wright Austin, Anthony Brooks, Angela Peoples and Joel Payne join Jane Clayson.
13/08/2047m 31s

Online Treatments, Virtual Check-Ins: Dealing With Addiction In A Pandemic

We look at addiction and substance abuse during the coronavirus pandemic and the resources available to those who are suffering. Dr. Lipi Roy, Dr. Joseph Lee and MJ Gottlieb join Jane Clayson.
12/08/2047m 3s

The Need For Innovation, Especially In A Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has jump-started America’s innovation engine as companies, institutions and entrepreneurs step up to the challenge. Scott Cohen, Fiona Murray and John Kao join Jane Clayson.
12/08/2046m 53s

Comedian Patton Oswalt On Parenting, Loss And Keeping Humor Alive

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt joins us for a chat about parenting, loss, his many projects and keeping humor alive through a pandemic. Patton Oswalt joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/08/2046m 28s

Is The Virtual Workplace Here To Stay?

Working from home has become the norm for some these last few months, but will it endure after the pandemic? We explore the future of the virtual workplace. Cal Newport and Nicholas Bloom join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/08/2046m 28s

George The Poet's Genre-Bending Call For Change

George Mpanga, better known as George the Poet, is a 29-year-old British spoken word artist. His new podcast is a genre-defying mix of music, poetry, storytelling, and personal narrative. We talk to him about his art, his push for social change and this moment now. George the Poet joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/08/2046m 54s

Coronavirus Economy: Using 'Big Data' To Track The Economic Impact Of The Pandemic

Small businesses are struggling. But what communities are hardest hit? Award-winning economist Raj Chetty shares his surprising findings and insight. Raj Chetty and Sean Knibb join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/08/2047m 5s

The Uncertain Science Of Election Polling

With the presidential election less than three months away, people are fixated on polls. Biden’s up, Trump is down – but is that really true? We discuss America's polling obsession. Elliott Morris, Nathan Gonzales, Celinda Lake and Jack Beatty join Anthony Brooks.
07/08/2045m 52s

Week In The News: Beirut Explosion, Stimulus Struggles, Progressive Primary Wins

Congress tussles over a stimulus package with a deadline looming. A massive, deadly explosion in Beirut. It’s all in our week in review. Seung Min Kim, Margaret Talev and Kat Stafford join Anthony Brooks.
07/08/2047m 4s

The Hosts Of 'Teenager Therapy' Want To Help You Feel Less Alone

Three hosts of the breakout podcast “Teenager Therapy” give us a peek into their world with a discussion about the pandemic and the state of the nation. Gael Aitor, Mark Hugo and Isaac Hurtado join Anthony Brooks.
06/08/2046m 42s

What Big Wins For Progressives Say About The Future Of The Democratic Party

While the Biden wing of the Democratic party bets on centrism, progressives keep scoring wins. We take a look at a party marching in two directions toward November. Kimberly Atkins, Cori Bush, Paul Begala and Rep. Rashida Tlaib join Anthony Brooks.
06/08/2046m 56s

Should The Electoral College Exist?

The electoral college has been a fixture of American democracy -- and criticism -- since the nation’s founding. We’ll explain why it endures. Alex Keyssar, Tara Ross and Jack Beatty join Anthony Brooks.
05/08/2047m 15s

Lessons From The Global Coronavirus Surge

COVID-19 is surging all over the globe again – even in countries that seemed to achieve the “new normal.” We discuss the current state of the pandemic. Bill Hanage, Luis Hernandez and Sylvia Poggioli join Anthony Brooks.
05/08/2046m 41s

QAnon: A Look Inside The Online Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories have always woven their way through American history. But with the internet, and the emergence of QAnon, they’ve run wild. Adrienne LaFrance, Joseph Uscinski and Jane Lytvynenko join Anthony Brooks.
04/08/2047m 29s

School Reopening: Educators On Their Hopes, Concerns For The School Year

Online, in-person, hybrid -- we can’t go back to school without teachers. We talk with educators about the tradeoffs they’re making this school year. Meira Levinson, Chris Guerrieri, Katy Eagle, Siriana Abboud and Quentin Washington join Anthony Brooks.
04/08/2047m 22s

How The Pandemic Is Changing The Way We Experience Art

We talk the arts during the pandemic. What gives art meaning? Is it the shared experience of taking it in? What impact does physical distancing have on our consumption and appreciation of art, both performance and visual?Helen Molesworth, Melinda Lopez and Richard Nelson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/08/2046m 30s

Cities That Heal: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Urban Design

In the age of coronavirus, can we design cities that heal? We talk with an architect and urban planner about how better urban design could improve human health. Matt Murphy and Ken Greenberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/08/2046m 12s

Inside The Fraught Return Of Pro Sports Amid The Pandemic

Some professional sports are back, but the fans in the stands aren’t. We’ll look at how the games are being played, and if the seasons can continue. Jason Gay, Jessica Mendoza, Bill Littlefield and Ben Golliver join Jane Clayson.
31/07/2046m 53s

Week In The News: Coronavirus Updates, Stimulus Plan, Funeral Of John Lewis

The U.S. COVID death toll rises above 150,000. Congress debates another round of stimulus funding. Congressman John Lewis is laid to rest. It’s all in our week in review. Julie Pace, Betsy Woodruff Swan and Hayes Brown join Jane Clayson.
31/07/2047m 21s

Sergeant Heather Taylor On Ethics And Inequality In Policing

Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor joins Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about being a Black woman in law enforcement, the violence she’s experienced in her own life, and how that’s shaped her views and hopes for her career and country.
30/07/2046m 46s

Coronavirus Economy: What We Know About The GOP Stimulus Package

$600 unemployment checks are about to stop. Congressional Republicans have put forward a stimulus plan. We’ll dig into the details. Claudia Sahm, Kenneth Rogoff and Heather Caygle join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/07/2047m 12s

James Baldwin's Lessons For America

We look back at the life and work of the great American writer and thinker James Baldwin. Eddie Glaude joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/07/2047m 37s

Unpacking The Legality Of The Federal Crackdown In Portland

We discuss the federal presence in Portland, Oregon, as questions rise about the legality of DHS actions. What’s legal, what’s still unsettled, and who gets to decide? Jeh Johnson and Barbara McQuade join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/07/2047m 43s

What It Takes To Develop A COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine development is complicated. We break down the process from testing to distribution, and bring you the latest on the leading contenders for a COVID-19 vaccine. Caroline Chen, Florian Krammer and Dr. Stanley Perlman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/07/2047m 34s

This 'War Game' Maps Out What Happens If The President Contests The Election

Did the president mean it when he told Fox News recently he might not accept the election results in November? What might happen if the results of the presidential election are contested? Former government officials from both parties held a “war game” to think through the consequences. We hear what they discovered. Rosa Brooks, Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/07/2047m 23s

Being A Working Mom Is Hard. The Pandemic Made It Even Harder.

We know that mothers are often disproportionately responsible for housework and childcare. And that’s even more challenging if you’re working. Now, the pandemic has made parents working from home and children attending online classes the new norm. So how has it affected the lives working moms? Jessica Calarco and Dani McClain join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/07/2047m 22s

How To Make Classrooms Safe For Learning In A Pandemic

From new ventilation systems to Plexiglass barriers, we’ll talk with a public health professor and “healthy building” expert on what changes can make our school buildings ready for kids to go back into the classroom. Joseph Allen and Luvelle Brown join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/07/2047m 28s

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. On His Friend And Fellow Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

We sat down with contemporaries of the late Rep. John Lewis, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who spoke about his close friendship with Lewis, their work together as student organizers, and much more. Read a transcript of the conversation and listen along.
24/07/2012m 30s

Is Trump's GOP The Party Of The "Forgotten" American — Or Of The Super Rich?

The rise of Donald Trump on the political stage is the culmination of a seemingly inconvenient electoral coupling: big money interests and a more extreme right-wing populace of blue collar voters. Does the GOP represent “forgotten” Americans? Or does it represent the superrich? Jacob Hacker and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/07/2047m 35s

Week In The News: Feds Deployed In Chicago, Coronavirus Spikes, John Lewis' Passing

It’s our weekly news roundup. The president orders Federal law enforcement to Chicago and changes his mind on mask-wearing, Washington orders China’s Houston consulate shut, and civil rights icon John Lewis' passing. Plus, the latest on the pandemic and the 2020 election. Luis Carrasco, Anie Karni, and Susan Page join Jane Clayson.
24/07/2047m 35s

How The Pandemic And Trump's Efforts To Exclude Undocumented Immigrants Could Complicate The 2020 Census

On Tuesday, President Trump signed a memorandum that calls to restrict undocumented immigrants from counting towards House representation. But the power to make that decision, the Constitution says, belongs to Congress. So what impact will his demand have? Hansi Lo Wang and Thomas Saenz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/07/2047m 36s

Unidentified Federal Officers Are Scooping Up Protesters In Portland. Are Other Cities Next?

Unidentified federal law enforcement officers are scooping up protesters in Portland and detaining them in unmarked vehicles. They were sent to quell protests, but many say their presence is only fanning the flames. We'll discuss the legality of a president using federal force in U.S. cities, and what it means for our democracy. Timothy Snyder and Ryan Haas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/07/2047m 35s

The Rare, Elusive Spirit Bears Of British Columbia

Kermode bears, also known as spirit bears, are incredibly elusive. They live only in one section of British Columbia’s central coast, and a new study indicates the gene that turns their fur white is even rarer than previously thought. We’ll talk to two researchers from the study about the quest to protect and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest. Christina Service and Doug Neasloss join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/07/2047m 36s

Can Schools Open Safely During A Pandemic? Looking Abroad For Answers

School districts across the US are struggling with how – even if – to open this fall. But schools in many countries overseas have already opened. We’ll look to see what lessons we can learn to help with our own school reopenings. Emmi Sarvikivi, Ronit Calderon-Margalit, Brandon Guthrie, Simon Denyer, Emiliana Vegas and Gretchen Vogel join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/07/2047m 37s

Could Baby Bonds Help Reduce Wealth Inequality In America?

At the birth of this nation, Thomas Paine called for government baby bonds — savings bonds for every child born. The idea has been given a fresh coat of paint and is being proposed as a low cost government program to tackle the vast inequality in today’s America. Darrick Hamilton, Wendy Jones, Oren Cass and Sen. Cory Booker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/07/2047m 35s

Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism Is On The Rise. Did The Warning Signs Evade Us?

In 2009, a DHS report predicted that the recession coupled with the nation’s first Black president could give rise to a surge in right-wing domestic terrorism. Political backlash ensued, and the intelligence unit disbanded. Now, over a decade later, the report’s author is still ringing alarm bells. We share his story. Daryl Johnson, Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor and Rep. Norma Torres join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/07/2047m 35s

Remembering Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader And 'The Conscience Of Congress'

We look back on the life of John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman who dedicated himself to the fight for racial equality. From his emergence on the national stage during the March on Washington in 1963 to his decades as a symbol of moral authority on Capitol Hill, we remember the man and his legacy of public service. Rep. James Clyburn, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Errin Haines and Bernard Lafayette join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/07/2047m 34s

'Good Trouble': A New Generation Of Activists On John Lewis' Indelible Legacy

The legacy of John Lewis — the tireless civil rights leader and longtime representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer — won't die with him, at least not if the next generation of civil rights leaders activists has anything to say about it. We speak to some of them about Lewis' mantra of causing "good trouble," and what that means to them. Kwame Rose, Rose Scott, Dawn Porter and Andrew Aydin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/07/2047m 36s

A Conversation With Jane Goodall

60 years ago, Jane Goodall first began her close observations of Tanzania’s chimpanzees. Equipped with simple binoculars, a notebook and patience, she transformed the way the world understood primates and wildlife. She joins us to look back on her legacy, and discuss the urgent challenges around climate and conservation. Jane Goodall joins Anthony Brooks.
17/07/2047m 7s

Week In The News: Coronavirus Surge, Primary Elections, Biden's Climate Plan

We review the week’s news with our panel of great journalists. Joe Biden lays out plans on climate and infrastructure. The president slams Biden, saying he wants to “abolish the suburbs and the American way of life.” Plus, the debate over how to best reopen schools, and the latest grim news on the coronavirus pandemic. Lisa DesJardins, Jane Coaston and Sewell Chan join Anthony Brooks.
17/07/2047m 35s

After Serving Prison Time, This Former Alabama Governor Makes A Case For Reform

In 2012, former Alabama governor Don Siegelman went to jail for five years. He says his prosecution was driven by a politicized justice system. And he's now making the case for why American democracy could be at stake without criminal justice reform. Don Siegelman and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/07/2047m 20s

Sociologist Michael Sierra-Arévalo On Why Police Expect Danger And How It Drives Brutality

Sociologist Michael Sierra-Arévalo spent 1,000 hours with police officers in the field. Ride-alongs, high speed chases, patrols. He says they’re taught to expect danger at every moment on the job. And that expectation is a major driver of police brutality. Michael Sierra-Arévalo and Daniel Hahn join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/07/2047m 13s

America's Reckoning With Racism: The History Already Made In 2020

In 1964, Bob Moses recruited young people from across the U.S. for Mississippi’s Freedom Summer. More than 50 years later, what does he make of activism in American streets? Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Bob Moses and Taylor Branch about this moment in American history.
15/07/2047m 23s

Back To School: What Can Parents, Teachers And Kids Expect This Fall?

There’s a sense of panic about going back to school. We push past simplistic debate and take a close look at the actual decisions families and educators are making around the country. Dana Goldstein, Chris Guerrieri, Jessyca Mathews, Angela Orange and Guadalupe Guerrero join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/07/2047m 15s

In 'Big Friendship,' Best Friends Share How To Stay Close For The Long Haul

The best friends behind the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend.” Their new book details what it takes to maintain long distance friendships. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/07/2047m 40s

SCOTUS: A Recap Of A Surprising Supreme Court Term And Look Ahead To Fall

The Supreme Court has surprised both the left and right with rulings on abortion, presidential power, LGBTQ rights and more. Is Chief Justice John Roberts showing that this court can rise above partisanship? We recap the biggest cases of this term and look ahead to the fall. Joan Biskupic, Lawrence Lessig, Stephen Henderson and Lori Windham join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/07/2046m 55s

Survival Of The Kindest: Can Our Better Nature Help Us Build A Better World?

We discuss the lessons of the classic novel “Lord of the Flies.” Should humans be living by the notion of survival of the fittest — or survival of the kindest? Rutger Bregman and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/07/2047m 25s

Economic Roundtable: Checking In On The Economy As COVID-19 Surges

Our favorite finance experts are back. We get an update from Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary on how the economy is handling reopening — and re-closing — because of COVID-19. Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/07/2047m 32s

The Origins Of The Extremist 'Boogaloo' Movement

Libertarian extremists known as the boogaloo bois are now linked with at least two murders. We look at the origins of the movement. Cassie Miller, Kathleen Belew and Justin Hansford join Anthony Brooks.
10/07/2047m 3s

Week In The News: COVID-19 Surge, Student Visa Rule, SCOTUS Decision

The weekly news roundup is here. We discuss the COVID-19 surge, the presidential push to reopen schools, the limit to student visas and more. Betsy Woodruff Swan, Jack Beatty, Verónica Zaragovia and Kat Stafford join Anthony Brooks.
10/07/2047m 31s

Coronavirus Economy: Are Big Banks On The Verge Of Financial Crisis?

Could the U.S. be on the verge of a financial crash? That's what Frank Partnoy considers in a recent article in The Atlantic. He joins us to talk about the possibility of a financial crash and the risks big banks are taking. Frank Partnoy and Rep. Katie Porter join Anthony Brooks.
09/07/2046m 4s

The Evolution And Future Of The American Presidency

How the U.S. presidency became impossible. We talk to John Dickerson of CBS News about why he thinks the job is simply too much for anyone. John Dickerson and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.
09/07/2047m 26s

'14 Miles': A Look At The U.S.-Mexico Border, And The Lives Defined By It

We look at a 14-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. What does a border mean in an interconnected world? DW Gibson, Nicole Ramos, Serge Dedina and Stan Rodriguez join Anthony Brooks.
08/07/2047m 10s

Coronavirus Surge: How States Are Responding To A Spike In Cases

Months into the pandemic, coronavirus cases continue to spike across America. We check in around the country to see how different states are responding to this COVID-19 surge. Luis Carrasco, Dr. Celine Gounder, Dr. Saskia Popescu and Monica Alba join Anthony Brooks.
08/07/2046m 51s

The (Surprisingly) Brief History Of Handwashing

Handwashing can kill the coronavirus. But you may be surprised how short the history of handwashing actually is among humans. Miryam Wahrman, Peter Ward and Emma Robbins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/07/2046m 50s

Grief At A Distance: How Coronavirus Has Changed The Way We Mourn

Mourning the loss of a loved one in the time of coronavirus. We talk about Zoom funerals and bereavement at a distance. Thomas Lynch and Nora McInerny join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/07/2047m 10s

What We Learn From Pandemic Lit

Can pandemic literature serve as a tool to understand this pandemic? Authors Tom Perrotta, Geraldine Brooks and Lawrence Wright tell us what they think. Geraldine Brooks, Tom Perrotta and Lawrence Wright join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/07/2046m 38s

What We Learn From FDR's New Deal

Lessons from the New Deal. It wasn’t one big package wrapped in political consensus. We look at the real, messy process that pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Lizabeth Cohen and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/07/2046m 39s

Astronaut Christina Koch On Her Journey From Space To A Nation In Lockdown

Astronaut Christina Koch spent a record 11 months in space, the longest spaceflight of any woman. She returned to Earth in February and is just completing her NASA-mandated readjustment period. What’s life like when you leave a space station, only to be confined in your own home under lockdown? Christina Koch joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/07/2046m 33s

Looking Back To The 1930s: Lessons From The Great Depression

Looking back to 1930, the year after the start of the Great Depression. What lessons did we learn about how best to move forward with a suffering economy? We look at our current crisis now through the lens of American history. David Kennedy and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/07/2047m 33s

Summer Blockbuster Season Is Here — Minus The Movie Theaters

The summer blockbuster movie season will be a bit different this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Theaters are out, streaming is in, and the drive-in has come back into vogue. We’ll go behind the curtain and help direct you to the best of what the silver screen has to offer in the coming months. Shawn Edwards and Alissa Wilkerson join Anthony Brooks.
02/07/2045m 44s

In The Age Of Trump, Republicans Have Divergent Visions For Their Party

The Republican Party is falling into dangerous traps that could cost the party elections for a generation. At least, that’s the premise of Harvard Professor Thomas Patterson’s new book “Is the Republican Party Destroying Itself?” We’ll talk to him, plus Republicans who have a different vision for the future of the GOP. Thomas Patterson, Tim Miller, Matt Gorman and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.
02/07/2046m 25s

Environmental Regulations Are Under Attack. In A Pandemic, What Does That Mean For Public Health?

The Trump Administration has rolled back, or attempted to roll back, dozens of environmental rules, including regulations on emissions and air quality standards. We’ll touch on some of them and how they likely exacerbate existing health inequality. Gina McCarthy, Kendra Pierre-Louis and Dr. Georges Benjamin join Anthony Brooks.
01/07/2046m 10s

Checking In On The Battle For The Senate

The presidency is not the only election this year. In the Senate, just a few seats could tip the majority from red to blue come November. We’ll check in with competitive races across the country. Jack Beatty, Steve Mistler, Dawn Baumgarten Vaughan, Phillip Bailey, Brianne Pfannenstiel and Caitlyn Kim join Anthony Brooks.
01/07/2046m 42s

The Short List: What We Know About Joe Biden's VP Search

Who will Joe Biden select as his running mate? We assess his short list of candidates. Christopher Devine, Rep. Wendy Brawley, Milton Kent and Steve Phillips join Anthony Brooks.
30/06/2046m 47s

How New Hampshire Got Its Primary And Held On Tight

As N.H. voters head to the polls, we look back at the history of the state's outsized influence in presidential elections and whether it’s time to loosen the Granite State's grasp on primary politics. Lauren Chooljian, Jack Beatty and Megan Messerly join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/02/2047m 12s

In Our Viral World, A Closer Look At Teen's Confrontation With Native American Elder

What really happened between students from a Kentucky Catholic school and a Native American elder? And what does it say about us? Do we dare slow down to think in a world filled with both terrible hot takes and righteous social media outrage? TKTKTK join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/01/1947m 22s

A First Look At The 2020 Presidential Field, Led By Women

At least four women are now running for president in 2020. We’ll look at the field and their prospects. TKTKTK join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/01/1947m 8s

In 'Thick,' Tressie McMillan Cottom Looks At Beauty, Power And Black Womanhood In America

Sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses upending stereotypes of black womanhood with Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/01/1946m 32s

Negotiator George Mitchell On Northern Ireland, The Middle East — And Now The Shutdown

How do you end an intractable impasse? Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell helped do exactly that in Northern Ireland. Mitchell joins Meghna Chakrabarti, along with Gabby Orr, to share advice on ending the shutdown.
21/01/1947m 15s

'Surviving R. Kelly': Documenting Decades Of Abuse From The R&B Singer

Allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly have been circulating for decades. Why did it take a TV documentary to get people to pay attention? Dream Hampton, Renée Graham and Bill Wyman join David Folkenflik.
18/01/1946m 47s

Week In The News: Shutdown Continues, William Barr's Hearing, Brexit Bombs

Blame and pain as the federal shutdown rolls on. "I will not be bullied," says Trump’s pick for attorney general. Brexit implodes. Anita Kumar, Zack Beauchamp, Richard Engel and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
18/01/1946m 39s

Christian Foster Care Reopens Debate On Religious Freedom And Government

A South Carolina ministry's Christian-only foster care policy is the latest flashpoint in the debate over religious freedom and government social services. We’ll take it up. Laura Meckler, Robin Fretwell Wilson and Jedd Medefind join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/01/1947m 7s

After Saudi Teen Granted Aslyum, A Look At Life For Women In The Kingdom

A Saudi teen who fled her allegedly abusive family is granted asylum in Canada. We’ll look at what’s changing and what’s not for women in Saudi Arabia. Sarah Aziza, Yasmine Mohammed and "Laura" join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/01/1947m 1s

LA Teachers On Strike, Calling For More Funding For Classrooms

Teachers on strike, this time in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district. We’ll hear the debate on both sides. Howard Blume, Gloria Martinez, Nick Melvoin and Dale Lee join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/01/1946m 59s

The Fate Of Brexit

The make-or-break vote on the Brexit deal with Britain’s future hanging in the balance. We’ll turn to London for reaction and what's next. John Peet, David Herszenhorn and Amanda Sloat join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/01/1946m 57s

How Tracking And Selling Our Data Became A Business Model

There are new calls for tech companies to stop selling your location to third parties. We’ll look at the economics and perils of "surveillance capitalism." Shoshana Zuboff joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/01/1947m 3s

Sen. Mitch McConnell: The Man In The Middle Of The Government Shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the legislative arsenal to end the  shutdown. So, why isn’t he? We’ll look at why McConnell is sitting this one out. Alec MacGillis and Jasmine Farrier join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/01/1947m 10s

'The Burnout Generation': Millennials And The Mindset Of 'Working All The Time'

Debt, uncertain work, unrealistic expectations – are millennials turning into the burnout generation? Anne Helen Petersen and Tiana Clark join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/01/1946m 59s

2 Years In, The Trump Presidency's Defining Moments And Consequences For The U.S.

Jan. 20, 2019 marks the second anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. By almost any measure, his has been a norm-breaking presidency. We’ll look at defining moments thus far. Adrienne LaFrance, Yara Bayoumy and McKay Coppins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/01/1946m 53s

Rome Exchanged Freedom For Autocracy. Is The U.S. Headed Down That Path?

Is America on the brink? Looking back at the fall of Rome and what it can teach us about America now. Edward Watts joins David Folkenflik.
11/01/1946m 7s

Week In The News: Shutdown Day 21, Border Wall And Manafort's Russia Contacts

The government shutdown drags on, President Trump digs in deeper on the border wall and new Russia revelations. David Nakamura, Natasha Bertrand and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
11/01/1946m 47s

Looking To Cut Clutter From Your Life? Here's Where To Start

Clutter: why we have it, what it does to us and how to climb out from under its heavy burden. Joseph Ferrari and Nicole Anzia join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/01/1946m 58s

There Is A Crisis Along The Southern U.S. Border. It's Not The One The President Describes

There is growing chaos at the southern border, as some officials say the Trump administration’s focus on deterrence at the border has left them unable to handle and properly house thousands of families. John Burnett, Rep. Henry Cuellar and Mary Jo Pitzl join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/01/1947m 24s

Athletes Take On Exploitation, Amateurism, Putting Self-Preservation First

More athletes are refusing to be exploited, from high school, to college, to the pros. It’ll be a big trend in 2019, and we’ll dive in. Kevin Blackistone, Robert Kehoe and Terri Jackson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/01/1947m 4s

Analyzing Presidential Power And Trump's Prime-Time Address On The Border

President Trump makes his case for a crisis at the southern border. We’ll examine his prime-time address to the nation and the extent of his executive powers. Eliana Johnson and Julian Zelizer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/01/1946m 59s

'Trailblazer' Dorothy Butler Gilliam's 'Fight To Make The Media Look More Like America'

Dorothy Butler Gilliam was the first black woman reporter at the Washington Post. She shares her story and her quest to make the media look more like America with Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/01/1947m 19s

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's 70 Percent Tax: The Numbers Behind The Proposal

Radical? Or the right thing to do? We’ll analyze the numbers behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to push the top tax rate to 70 percent. Peter Diamond and Brian Riedl join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/01/1947m 20s

A History Of Western Engagement With Afghanistan -- And Where The U.S. Fits In Now

There’s been blowback following almost every Western engagement with Afghanistan. What are the lessons of history as the U.S. Thomas Barfield and Aaron B. O'Connell considers pulling troops out this time? join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/01/1947m 23s

Where The Government Shutdown Is Hitting Americans The Hardest

The government shutdown drags on. We’ll examine if there’s a deal on the horizon, and check in with real people affected by the shutdown. Julie Burr, Lisa Desjardins, Aaron Payment and Heidi Burakiewicz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/01/1947m 15s

A Closer Look At Traditional Parenting Advice: Do We Really Know What We're Doing?

Jennifer Traig, a frazzled Ph.D. with two kids and a wicked sense of humor, takes stock of all the parenting advice she’s encountered: the good, bad and really out there. She and Carvell Wallace join David Folkenflik.
04/01/1946m 34s

Week In The News: Government Shutdown, New Congress, Romney, Warren And More

The government shutdown hits the wall. The Democrats flex muscles in the House. Elizabeth Warren explores. Mitt Romney rebukes. Seung Min Kim, Janet Hook and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
04/01/1946m 51s

Trump's EPA Announces Another Revision For Coal Plant Regulations

The EPA wants to roll back regulations of mercury emissions from coal plants. But there are serious health risks if that happens. Umair Irfan, Janet McCabe and Celia Chen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/01/1947m 10s

House Leadership Changing Hands: Democrats' Design, And Republican Response

The Democrats take over the majority in the House. We’ll examine their game plan for the government shutdown, Mueller investigation and big policy proposals. Sahil Kapur, Tracy Sefl and Alex Conant join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/01/1947m 1s

Self-Care And Body Positivity: How Companies Are Rebranding For Wellness

Beauty and diet companies are rebranding themselves as wellness companies. But does layering on a dose of inner peace make a difference if the goal is still weight loss or better skin? Angelica Lavito, Mindy Grossman and Traci Mann join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/01/1947m 15s

Hello, 2019: What Lies Ahead On The National And World Stages In The New Year

Welcome to 2019. We'll talk with some big thinkers about the major political, economic and cultural forces that will shape the New Year. Beverly Gage, Diane Swonk and Ian Lustick join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/01/1946m 48s

From "Black Panther" To "Malcom X," Ruth E. Carter Creates Character Through Costume

"Black Panther" costume designer Ruth E. Carter joins Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about how she uses fabric to bring life to African-American stories on the big screen.
01/01/1947m 37s

Historian Yuval Harari's 21 Issues Facing The 21st Century

From hacking to terrorism, and our polarized world, it’s going to take a radical rethink of everything to survive this century, says historian and best-selling author Yuval Harari. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/01/1947m 15s

'How To Stay Alive': Adventurer Bear Grylls Shares His Survival Tips

Globe-trotting adventurer Bear Grylls wants to get you off the couch and awaken your inner wild child. He shares his ultimate survival tips with Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/12/1846m 59s

Pregnancy Discrimination Can Lead To Miscarriages And More, New York Times Reports

Harrowing stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. It’s rampant and in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Natalie Kitroeff and Joan Williams.
31/12/1847m 32s

Ellie Kemper's Journey From An Ordinary Midwest Childhood To Hollywood

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper discusses her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," with David Folkenflik.
28/12/1846m 44s

Year In The News: Mueller Investigation, Kavanaugh Hearings, Parkland Shooting And More

We look back at a big year in the news. The top stories and where they’re heading next. Catherine Rampell, Jeff Pegues and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
28/12/1846m 47s

Actor-Writer-Director Ethan Hawke, In What Might Be His Biggest Year Yet

Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. He speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/12/1847m 36s

Identity, Acceptance Permeate Nicole Chung’s New Memoir Of Adoption

When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn’t look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells Meghna Chakrabarti about her complicated story of transracial adoption and her new memoir.
27/12/1846m 28s

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Opens Up About His NASCAR Career And Concussion Concerns

NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up to Meghna Chakrabarti about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career. We also hear from Michael Collins, who's treated Earnhardt Jr. for concussions since 2012.
26/12/1847m 9s

In 'These Truths,' Historian Jill Lepore Asks If America Has Lived Up To Its Ideals

American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding. Jill Lepore speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/12/1846m 27s

'Free Solo' With Death-Defying Rock Climber Alex Honnold

No ropes. No carabiners. No cams. Nothing but his hands and feet. Meghna Chakrabarti talks with rock climbing superstar Alex Honnold about his record breaking 3,000-foot, free-solo climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan.
25/12/1846m 52s

In Conversation With RuPaul, America's Most Famous Drag Queen

RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tells Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.
25/12/1847m 32s

It's Not Just You — Headlight Pollution On The Road Is Real

Blinded by the lights. Car headlights, that is. They’re getting brighter and becoming a danger on the road. Mark Phelan and John Bullough join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/12/1847m 5s

U.S. Foreign Policy Survey: Mattis Out, Syria Troops Ordered Out, Afghanistan In Flux

The state of U.S. foreign policy now, after Trump orders troops out of Syria, readies to cut forces in Afghanistan and his defense secretary calls it quits. Leo Shane III, Derek Chollet and Adm. James A. Winnefeld join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/12/1847m 17s

Holiday Parties And Family Gatherings Are Just Ahead. Here's How To Handle Conflict

Conflict resolution expert Priya Parker who works to resolve ethnic strife across the globe and corporate strife in boardrooms takes on the most fraught scenarios: holiday parties and family gatherings. She joins David Folkenflik.
21/12/1846m 46s

Week In The News: Mattis To Retire; Trump, Afghanistan And Syria; Government Spending Bill

Defense Secretary James Mattis to retire at the end of February. President Trump decides to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, and an announcement on Afghanistan may come, too. The president puts down a marker — on the wall. The roundtable on the week that was. Pierre Thomas, Molly Ball and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
21/12/1846m 28s

Soleil Ho Continues Making Mark In Food Journalism As San Francisco Chronicle Critic

The San Francisco Chronicle’s new restaurant critic Soleil Ho is spicing up reviews with a dash of politics. She joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/12/1846m 35s

No-Gift Christmas Advocates Say That's A Wrap On Presents Under The Tree

The joy of a no-gift Christmas. Don’t blame the Grinch. Real people are pushing back against presents and advocating for new traditions. Joe Pinsker and Guinevere Higgins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/12/1847m 2s

Singer-Rapper-Activist Tunde Olaniran Takes Pursuit Of Boldness Beyond Flint

Singer, rapper, activist Tunde Olaniran is bringing his Flint, Michigan, sound to the national stage. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/12/1847m 35s

Who Is Michael Flynn? A Closer Look At Trump's Former National Security Adviser

A judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing for lying to the FBI. We take a look at what happened and track his career from lieutenant general and national security adviser to felon. Marc Fisher and Nicholas Schmidle join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/12/1847m 14s

Inside The Farm Bill: Subsidies For Farmers, Boost For Hemp And More

Congress sends a massive, bipartisan farm bill to the president’s desk that includes subsidies to farmers and legalizes hemp. Catherine Boudreau, Chad Wilson and Caroline Kitchens join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/12/1847m 19s

In His 'Sortabiography,' Monty Python's Eric Idle Reflects On The Meaning Of Life

Monty Python’s Eric Idle is still "Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life." He’s out with a "sortabiography" and joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/12/1847m 17s

Southern Baptist Seminary Documents And Discloses History Of 'Deep Racism'

The largest Protestant denomination in the United States is apologizing for its dark history of racism. Albert Mohler, Lawrence Ware and Curtis Woods join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/12/1847m 5s

Unemployment Down, Wages Stagnant, Retirement Difficult: An Economic Survey

Unemployment is at rock bottom but wages are flat and a skyrocketing number of older Americans can’t afford to retire. We’ll go behind the numbers for answers. Heidi Shierholz, Thomas Geoghegan, Tom Coomer and Alicia Munnell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/12/1846m 48s

'The Guardians And The War On Truth': Journalism In Today's World

Freedom of the press. Reporters face jail, violence or worse — how can they be safe? And how can the truth get out? David Folkenflik speaks with journalists who have been in the arena, Jason Rezaian, Janine di Giovanni and Joel Simon.
14/12/1847m 6s

Week In The News: Trump Meets With Democrats, Cohen's Sentencing, Theresa May And More

Top Democrats go face-to-face with Trump. Prison time for Michael Cohen. Trump's border wall and U.S.-Mexico talks. Vivian Salama, Olivier Knox and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
14/12/1847m 17s

'It's Not Always Enough To Lean In': Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg And The Workplace

Five years ago Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told women to ‘lean in.’ Now, many women, including Michelle Obama, say it just doesn’t work. Katherine Goldstein, Kathleen Gerson and Anna Dapelo-Garcia join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/12/1846m 57s

Arctic Warming Pushes The Region — And Planet — Into Uncharted Territory

Warming in Arctic raises fears of a "rapid unraveling" of the region. Reindeer numbers crash by half. We’ll confront the climate emergency in the Arctic. George Divoky and Karen Frey join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/12/1846m 29s

Stock Market Distress Signal: How Low-Cost Index Funds Are Taking Over

Sounding the alarm on index funds. How their runaway success has reshaped power and accountability in boardrooms and on Wall Street. John Coates, Todd Gormley and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/12/1847m 9s

Upheaval In France: Will Macron's Promise Of Relief Satisfy Protesters?

France rocked by violent demonstrations against a fuel tax hike and economic woes. Will President Macron’s promise of relief be enough? Melissa Bell, Laura Haim and Mark Vail join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/12/1846m 40s

'Maria By Callas': The Legendary Opera Singer's Life In Her Own Words

We talk with the director of a new documentary about the life of Maria Callas, to this day one of the most electrifying singers in opera. Tom Volf, music historian Gregor Benko and Carmen Giannattasio join Jane Clayson.
11/12/1847m 0s

What The Wisconsin Political Power Play Means For American Democracy

The Wisconsin GOP’s lame-duck power grab — what the political slugfest means for democracy. Shawn Johnson and David Leonhardt join Jane Clayson.
11/12/1846m 49s

Uber, Lyft ... And Now Waymo: The Self-Driving Car Service Hits The Road

There’s now an app to hail a self-driving taxi. We’ll look behind the wheel at the technology and safety concerns. Andrew Hawkins, Rob Antoniak, Missy Cummings and Dave Ferguson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/12/1847m 12s

Week Ahead: John Kelly's Departure, Mueller Probe, Kushner And Saudi Arabia

We'll kick off the week with a look at what's to come in Washington and around the globe. Top reporters Ben White, Jennifer Williams and James Hohmann join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/12/1846m 35s

'Inside Robert Mueller's FBI' — And His Russia Investigation — With Biographer Garrett Graff

Inside the mind of Robert Mueller. David Folkenflik unpacks the latest news from the Mueller investigation and explore what makes the special prosecutor tick with his biographer, Garrett Graff.
07/12/1846m 31s

Week In The News: Bush's Funeral, U.S.-China Dealings, N.C. Election Fraud And More

Farewell to Bush 41. U.S.-China trade uncertainty. Power plays in Wisconsin. Potential election fraud in North Carolina — by Republicans. Lisa Falkenberg, Franco Ordoñez and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
07/12/1846m 53s

Colorado's Polka-Dotted Middle Way

Colorado is pushing a lot of boundaries and buttons lately. On fracking, gun law, marijuana, secession. We catch up with Colorado
21/11/1346m 9s

Week In The News: Romney and Ryan and Issac

From Tampa, Mitt’s big night. Paul Ryan’s debut. Isaac’s deep water and the Democrats rev up. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
31/08/1246m 0s

Predator Nation

“Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson on Wall Street now, and the crisis still to be addressed.
23/05/1255m 6s

Week In The News: Health Care, Trayvon Developments, JetBlue

Health care and the high court. A JetBlue freak-out. The Trayvon Martin story grows. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
30/03/1245m 49s

Examining Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum now ties or leads Mitt Romney in national polls. Is he the anti-Romney, the anti-Obama? We’ll look at “Mr. Faith and Family.”
15/02/1247m 36s

Crisis In Syria

The body count surges in Syria. The US closes its embassy. Russia and China have the West fuming over their UN veto. Where is this headed?
07/02/1246m 9s

Back To The Farmland

The dream and reality of living off the land. A novice farmer tells his story.
08/04/1145m 1s

Week In The News

Budget showdown in Washington. A major 9-11 trial is sent to Guantanamo. A full airliner rips open in flight. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
08/04/1146m 29s

Reimagining Malcolm X

A new telling of the life of Malcolm X, from a biographer who’s already gone.
07/04/1144m 37s

Ryan's Plans For Medicare And Medicaid

A new Republican budget plan would mean revolutionary changes for Medicare and Medicaid — for the old and poor and the country’s finances. We’ll look at what’s on the table.
07/04/1123m 59s

Paying For Privacy

Buying back your own privacy. The high cost of keeping your personal information personal.
06/04/1123m 49s

Risking A Government Shutdown

A government shutdown looms as Democrats and Republicans fight over big budget cuts on Capitol Hill. We’ll dive in.
06/04/1145m 19s

Warren Buffett's Investment Dynasty

Scandal, succession, and investment icon Warren Buffet at 80.
05/04/1145m 57s

President Obama's Energy Plan

Every president since Richard Nixon has vowed to get the U.S. off imported oil. We’ll take a tough look at the latest plan — President Obama’s.
05/04/1145m 5s

College Basketball And Money: Should Players Get A Cut?

College basketball’s March Madness makes millions – but not for the players. We’ll tap into the hot debate over sharing the NCAA spoils.
04/04/1123m 33s

The NYT's Anthony Shadid On His Captivity In Libya

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid on being captured by Gadhafi forces and what’s ahead for Libya.
04/04/1144m 48s
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