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The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors past and present who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexua...Show More
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Episode 6: The New, Old White Supremacist Movement

37:19 | Jun 6th, 2017

At the height of the election season last September, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.”  The comments spread like wildfire, and the next day, Clinton walked them back.  Yet the sentiment that a new movement of...Show More
Episode 1: Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?

33:59 | May 9th, 2017

The city of Olathe, Kansas, has been shaken since February when a man gunned down two Indian immigrants in a bar there. Witnesses say the shooter yelled,  “Go back to your country!” It was the first hate-crime killing after the 2016 presidential elec...Show More
Welcome to 'The Stakes'

29:30 | Apr 23rd

From host Kai Wright and the team that brought you The United States of Anxiety, a new show about what's not working about our society, how we can do better and why we have to. In episode one, we investigate one of the longest-running public health e...Show More
Episode 11: Kirsten Gillibrand's Path to Power

24:11 | Nov 15th, 2018

The junior senator from New York has quickly developed a reputation as a political firebrand - one who's willing to challenge men who abuse their power, even when they're among her closest allies. Think Al Franken and Bill Clinton. Over the past deca...Show More
Episode 10: ¡Sí Se Puede!

25:56 | Nov 9th, 2018

Before “Yes we can!”, there was “¡Sí se puede!” – the workers’ rallying cry coined by lifelong activist Dolores Huerta. In this episode, Huerta (now 88) is interviewed by her daughter Juana about the role gender played in her work and family life. Pl...Show More
Episode 9: What Does the Right Kind of Woman Sound Like?

29:02 | Nov 5th, 2018

Shrill, strident, bossy. These are the misogynistic slurs women often face when they run for elected office. In this episode, we meet Rena Cook, a voice coach in Oklahoma who’s training progressive, female candidates on how to subvert our inbuilt bia...Show More
Episode 8: The Right Kind of Woman

34:56 | Oct 31st, 2018

Women running for office are often forced to play by different rules. We look at two candidates: Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Mikie Sherrill in suburban New Jersey. Both are Democrats fighting their way into Republican territory, but in very differen...Show More
Episode 7: The Women of Texas's Secret Resistance

22:01 | Oct 25th, 2018

Rural Texas has a reputation as solid Republican territory, but hidden within those large swathes of red are small, individual flecks of blue. In this episode, we bring you the story of a group of progressive, Texan women who are organizing — in secr...Show More
Episode 6: Ida B. Wells

27:28 | Oct 18th, 2018

Journalist and activist Ida B. Wells is in some ways a forgotten figure, overlooked even in black civil rights history. But her reporting on lynchings across the South was unwavering in its mission: calling America out on racial injustice. And, why b...Show More
Women in the Senate

05:22 | Oct 11th, 2018

When we began this season of The United States of Anxiety, we wanted to get an up-close view of the role gender plays in politics. One of the indicators of that struggle are the numbers. First, we looked to Congress: (Clarisa Diaz, WNYC) As you c...Show More
Episode 5: The Original Nasty Woman

32:32 | Oct 10th, 2018

Jeannette Rankin had a belief: That women were essential to the health of our democracy. She became the first woman elected to Congress over a century ago. Now, Kathleen Williams is vying to follow in her footsteps. Plus, what if we filled all 435 se...Show More
Episode 4: The 'Indoor Man' and His Playmates

31:32 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Playboy was never just about the pictures or the articles. The magazine helped create a men's liberation movement, founded on the notion that men could have anything they wanted. From Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein, Hugh Hefner's concept of the "in...Show More
Episode 3: The Pedestal

27:16 | Sep 25th, 2018

Paula Casey is on a mission. She wants to erect a statue in Memphis dedicated to those who fought for a woman’s right to vote more than a century ago. The problem: There’s a Confederate monument in the way. And… meet the woman who vowed to shut down ...Show More
Episode 2: We've Been Here Before

18:45 | Sep 18th, 2018

When Barbara Mikulski arrived in the Senate, all the podiums were built for men… and so was Washington's power structure. So she changed it. In this episode, Mikulski and three of her female Senate colleagues look back at Anita Hill's testimony and t...Show More
Episode 1: The Dream Was Not Mine

36:23 | Sep 17th, 2018

Jennifer Willoughby was in an abusive marriage. Saily Avelenda was unhappy with her congressman, who'd held office for over two decades without facing a serious contender. They didn’t know they were about to topple two political giants. Plus, want to...Show More
The United States of Anxiety Season Three: There's an Election Coming

03:15 | Sep 14th, 2018

Women gained the right to vote nearly a century ago. Yet, power is still concentrated in the hands of men. In a year that’s seen a surge of female candidates, the question at the heart of the 2018 midterms is: Who is our democracy for?
The US of Anxiety Wants to Hear from You

04:28 | Aug 9th, 2018

A record number of women are running for office this primary season, which means there's a groundswell of energy around targeting female voters with campaign ads. For our next season of the United States of Anxiety, we’re focusing on power and gender...Show More
Introducing ‘Caught’: Our New Podcast

29:25 | Mar 20th, 2018

America incarcerates more people than any country in the world. It starts with kids. On any given night, roughly 53,000 young people are in some form of lockup. Nearly 60 percent are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes in our youth. But for th...Show More
For Your Consideration: The New, Old White Supremacist Movement

29:47 | Feb 21st, 2018

At the height of the election season, in September 2016, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.” The comments spread like wildfire – but not by happenstance. It was a striking illustration of how a young, new white...Show More
Episode 13: How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment

18:01 | Oct 10th, 2017

We've got a story from the WNYC newsroom that we really want to share with you. Our WNYC colleagues, Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, in partnership with ProPublica and The New Yorker investigate how President Trump's two eldest children avoided cr...Show More
Episode 12: The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

32:58 | Sep 11th, 2017

President George W. Bush, speaking at a mosque on Sept. 17, 2001: "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace." Donald Trump, campaigning for president on March 9, 2016: "I think Islam hates ...Show More
Video: Living in Between Worlds

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2017

One Brooklyn woman's complicated relationship with the hijab and the experience of living in between worlds.
Help Us Map the Confederate Flag

13:37 | Aug 23rd, 2017

In the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, where a protester was killed by a white supremacist, dozens of monuments to the Confederacy are being taken down. It's an extraordinary moment in American history, and in this episode, we stop to...Show More
Episode 11: America's Fourth: Beyond Pie and BBQs

56:49 | Jul 4th, 2017

This fourth of July, one year after the podcast began, we look back at a culture that’s made us so anxious, but also what holds us together, and where we’re going as a nation. Since nothing seems to bind Americans more together than food, we’re start...Show More
Episode 10: The Drug War

35:19 | Jul 3rd, 2017

As the opioid epidemic continues to increase, we take a look back at the Sixties when the War on Drugs, a federal effort to decrease illegal drug use, was beginning to take shape. It was a decade of intense change in America as political assassinatio...Show More
Episode 9: Nixon's Enemies

25:32 | Jun 23rd, 2017

This week we’re looking at a President Richard M. Nixon, a man obsessed with winning. Whether it was an election or becoming a great leader, he would go to great lengths to ensure his success. But Nixon felt he was surrounded by enemies, so to make s...Show More
Episode 8: These 'Witches' Are Empowering the Next Generation

21:46 | Jun 20th, 2017

In 2016, the campaign promise to “Make America Great Again” highlighted an important cultural shift. It represented the idea that the country needed to return to its “traditions” in order to be prosperous as it was once before. This “return to values...Show More
Episode 7: In Jesus' Name... We Legislate

33:58 | Jun 13th, 2017

There’s been much progress for the LGBTQ community over the past decade: the legal debate over same-sex marriage has been resolved, popular culture has largely embraced gay and lesbian people, and transgender people are gaining legal recognition. But...Show More
“Would you debate gravity?”: climate change in the classroom

27:37 | May 31st, 2017

While reporting on the Birth of Climate Change Denial, an episode for the United States of Anxiety podcast, we asked listeners and science teachers across the country to tell us about the challenges of teaching climate change. Below is some of what t...Show More
Episode 5: How Politics Turns Violent

37:52 | May 30th, 2017

The culture wars of the Boomer generation still shape our politics today. In this episode we look at those culture wars from another vantage point. Instead of focusing on the debates themselves, we ask the question: How do people move from radical po...Show More
Episode 4: Music, McCarthy, and the Sound of Americana

34:21 | May 23rd, 2017

In the 1920s, composer Aaron Copland took off for Paris. His search for a uniquely American classical music resulted in some of the most familiar and patriotic music of the 20th Century — including his famous piece, "Fanfare for the Common Man." WNYC...Show More
Episode 3: America's Allergy to Intellect — Why It Keeps Flaring Up

27:03 | May 16th, 2017

During the last election, when asked his opinion about experts and intellectuals, Trump supporter Fiore Napolitano voiced a fairly common sentiment from his cohort, "I've got more brains in my little thumb." That made us wonder whether hostility to i...Show More
Episode 2: The Birth of Climate Denial

37:23 | May 11th, 2017

Starting with the 1925 Scopes Trial — also known as the "trial of the century" — we look at one of the most controversial topics in our time: the debate over evolution versus a Fundamentalist understanding of the Bible. It started with a substitute t...Show More
VIDEO: What Are You Willing to Fight For?

05:43 | May 3rd, 2017

From activists in the current resistance movement to a McDonald's worker just trying to survive, get to know Americans fighting for what they believe in and shaping the future of the country's political culture. The United States of Anxiety: Culture ...Show More
Welcome to The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars

05:43 | May 3rd, 2017

The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexu...Show More
Call-In Special: Across the Aisle

58:03 | Nov 22nd, 2016

With The United States of Anxiety, WNYC Studios and The Nation brought forth the ideas and concerns that made up part of the coalition bringing President-elect Donald Trump from his midtown Manhattan But with Hillary Clinton besting the President-ele...Show More
Call-In Special: Culture Shock

58:31 | Nov 21st, 2016

In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain dubbed then-Senator Obama the "biggest celebrity in the world" in a scathing campaign commercial. But after this most recent election, it seemed like America had moved beyond mere fame and instea...Show More
Call-In Special: Pass the Politics

57:43 | Nov 18th, 2016

Whether you prefer dark meat, white meat, Tofurky or just mashed potatoes, most Americans can agree that the 2016 presidential election was contentious. With neither candidate managing to garner 50-percent of the vote and in a world of charged media ...Show More
Call-In Special: An Electoral Industrial Revolution

58:22 | Nov 17th, 2016

About the show: In a Presidential election cycle big on negativity and short on discussion of issues, anxiety is proving to be a dominant theme -- over the economy, national security, and indeed, what it means to be an American in the 21st century. T...Show More
Call-In Special: Where Technology Takes Us

57:59 | Nov 16th, 2016

This election, tweet-storms and email servers were more prominent than stump speeches and policy papers. Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's Note to Self, looks at how technology shaped our politics, and where the tech world might go under President Tru...Show More
Call-In Special: Examining the 'Women's Vote'

57:55 | Nov 15th, 2016

Throughout The United States of Anxiety, Long Island-resident Patty Dwyer acted as a gateway to the perspectives of individuals forming the wave that swept Donald Trump from New York billionaire to President-elect. And with exit polling suggesting th...Show More
Call-In Special: Hopes and Fears for the Next Four Years

55:38 | Nov 14th, 2016

In this election cycle, anxiety emerged as a dominant theme for voters across the political spectrum.  This is where The United States of Anxiety began--documenting the experiences and perspectives which informed voters as they selected their candida...Show More
Episode 9: Where Are We Now?

47:03 | Nov 10th, 2016

So, here we are. The race is over and Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. WNYC Studios and The Nation take the temperature of the country following the unprecedented election of a consummate political outsider. WNYC...Show More
Episode 8: Where Are We Now?

47:03 | Nov 10th, 2016

So, here we are. The race is over and Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. WNYC Studios and The Nation take the temperature of the country following the unprecedented election of a consummate political outsider. WNYC...Show More
Episode 8: What Is This Election Doing to Us?

32:38 | Nov 4th, 2016

This election certainly feels stressful. As Amanda Aronczyk from WNYC's Only Human podcast told us in Episode 7, it's possible to measure the election's effect on us biologically. This bonus episode explains more about the experiment the Only Human t...Show More
Helping Immigrants Put Down Roots

0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Only 17 miles from the Hamptons, Catholic nun Sister Margaret Smyth found a booming Latino immigrant population in need of community. Listen to United States of Anxiety from WNYC and The Nation Magazine:
Episode 7: This Is Your Brain on Politics

41:20 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Stress is a part of everyday life. But in this election filled with bombast, 24-hour news coverage, and October Surprises emerging at nearly every turn, the road to November 8th often appears overwhelming. Join WNYC Studios and The Nation as we explo...Show More
Episode 6: The Kids Are Not Alright

40:16 | Oct 27th, 2016

Gang violence and a drug epidemic might not be the first things one thinks about when they picture the American suburbs, but they have become prominent facts of life for many residents in Suffolk County, Long Island. In fact, the leafy New York subur...Show More
Episode 5: White Like Me

33:33 | Oct 20th, 2016

Once again, race has become a central issue in a presidential campaign. But this time, it's not all about people of color. It's also about white Americans, and what their place is in 21st century America. This week, WNYC Studios and The Nation examin...Show More
Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole

37:30 | Oct 13th, 2016

So how did we get to this point? Where a nominee for a major party has been heard bragging about assaulting women. The United States of Anxiety has been listening carefully to Trump supporters in an effort to understand this election season. This wee...Show More
Episode 3: This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land

31:28 | Oct 6th, 2016

Tom McCarthy, a retired NYPD detective and lifelong Long Island resident, has spent much of his adult life straddling two very different worlds. Each day he would leave the calm of his suburban community to patrol the notorious Queensbridge housing p...Show More
Episode 2: Who Owns the Deed to the American Dream?

27:51 | Sep 29th, 2016

The idea of an idyllic 'suburbia' has been a touchstone along the cultural landscape of America for over 70 years. From Norman Rockwell's 1943 Freedom from Want to the printed pages of Martha Stewart's Living, the trimmed hedges, white picket fences ...Show More
Episode 1: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

29:35 | Sep 22nd, 2016

For many voters, this election is not simply about deciding the next President of the United States, or even setting the landscape of national politics. Instead, it serves as a referendum on what it means to be innately American. Join WNYC Studios an...Show More
Welcome to The United States of Anxiety

09:15 | Sep 19th, 2016

About the show: In a Presidential election cycle big on negativity and short on discussion of issues, anxiety is proving to be a dominant theme -- over the economy, national security, and indeed, what it means to be an American in the 21st century. T...Show More