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A weekly show hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic), Matt Thompson (Executive Editor, The Atlantic), and Alex Wagner (Co-host, CBS This Morning: Saturday; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic). We're living in historic times. Who b...Show More
To Impeach Or Not To Impeach?

55:13 | Apr 25th

Atlantic Ideas Editor Yoni Appelbaum and Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein have both deeply researched the question of impeachment — and each came to a different conclusion.Appelbaum argued in The Atlantic’s March cover story that the House of Represent...Show More
The Future of the Democratic Party

39:16 | Mar 7th

The Democratic party is in a battle with itself. After devastating losses in 2016, the party was resurgent in 2018, but the lessons from both elections remain unclear: should the Democratic party be one of progressive grassroots activism or should it...Show More
Pecker Pics and Tabloid Tricks

38:13 | Feb 14th

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently accused the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail” over private photos of him obtained by the tabloid. In a Medium post, Bezos shared emails from the Enquirer that threaten to publish those photos unless he ...Show More
Why Do Happy People Cheat?

49:55 | Oct 20th, 2017

"Infidelity," Esther Perel writes in the October issue of The Atlantic, "happens in bad marriages and in good marriages. It happens even in open relationships where extramarital sex is carefully negotiated beforehand. The freedom to leave or divorce ...Show More
The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:24:20 | Oct 6th, 2017

In his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the past eight years of his career—his pursuit of an understanding of America, and his route to becoming a celebrated author. In this e...Show More
Ask Not What Your Robots Can Do For You

54:08 | Aug 4th, 2017

Our increasingly smart machines aren’t just changing the workforce, they’re changing us. Already, algorithms are directing human activity in all sorts of ways, from choosing what news people see to highlighting new gigs for workers in the gig economy...Show More
One Nation Under God?

45:12 | Jul 28th, 2017

America prides itself on pluralism and tolerance, but how far does that tolerance extend when it comes to religious expression? Could faith in general be on the decline? Radio Atlantic cohosts Jeffrey Goldberg (editor-in-chief), Alex Wagner (contribu...Show More
'Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory'

1:06:45 | Jul 21st, 2017

The Atlantic was founded on the eve of the Civil War to advance the American idea. But as we approach the magazine's 160th anniversary, has that idea taken an unprecedented turn? In this inaugural episode, our cohosts — Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-ch...Show More
Andrew Yang's Campaign Against the Coming Dystopia

41:23 | Aug 15th

Andrew Yang joins Isaac Dovere on the trail in Iowa. Yang’s campaign started as a long-shot from a first-time politician, but he’s found a following. His message about the bleak future technology’s bringing to America (and his plan to give everyone $...Show More
Cory Booker on White Supremacist Violence

34:45 | Aug 8th

On Wednesday, Senator Cory Booker gave a speech on gun violence and white nationalism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the same church that lost nine of its members to a white supremacist gunman four years ago.Following his sp...Show More
Rebuilding the Blue Wall

31:40 | Aug 1st

While in Detroit covering the Democratic debates, Isaac Dovere sits down with Dana Nessel, Michigan’s new Democratic attorney general and the state’s first openly gay statewide officeholder.Last year, Nessel was part of an all-women executive slate t...Show More
The Veteran Candidate

35:32 | Jul 26th

Seth Moulton, the Massachusetts congressman and presidential candidate, joins Isaac Dovere this week. Moulton shares his thoughts on Nancy Pelosi, ‘the squad,’ and the direction of the Democratic Party. Speaking soon after Special Counsel Robert Muel...Show More
How to Cover Racist Tweets

44:42 | Jul 19th

On Sunday, President Trump told four members of Congress to “go back” to the countries “from which they came.” Journalists have spent the week working through how to discuss what is a textbook racist statement aimed at four congresswomen who—besides ...Show More
Trump Diplomacy

49:33 | Jul 11th

This week, the British ambassador to the United States resigned after private cables leaked with his frank assessment of the White House and its occupant. Sir Kim Darroch described the administration as “clumsy” and "inept" and said President Trump "...Show More
The Other Republican

35:46 | Jun 27th

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has experience taking down a Republican president. He began his career in politics as one of the first lawyers hired to investigate Watergate for the House.Working alongside another low-level staffer named Hill...Show More
The Fight for Reparations

34:13 | Jun 21st

On Wednesday—for the first time in a decade—Congress held a hearing on reparations for slavery. It was a crystallizing moment for an issue that has gained prominence since Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2014 Atlantic essay.Coates and others testified before a Ho...Show More
The Reelection Battle Begins

37:32 | Jun 13th

The 2020 race is on. Staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere, who covers Democratic politics, was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the unofficial kick-off of the fight to replace Donald Trump. Elaina Plott, who covers the White House, will be in Orlando on Tuesda...Show More
Partisanship at the Supreme Court

33:17 | Jun 6th

In the coming days, the Supreme Court will announce its decisions on two cases that ask the same basic question: how far should partisan politics go?One will determine whether a citizenship question will appear on the 2020 census. The other asks whet...Show More
The Abortion Debate’s New Urgency

35:05 | May 30th

Recent weeks have seen unprecedented anti-abortion bills pass in states across the country. In Alabama, abortion is now banned under state law, without any exceptions for rape or incest. Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky have all passed so-called ‘heartbea...Show More
Introducing Crazy/Genius Season 3

36:56 | May 23rd

Privacy is now the most important idea on the internet—so what exactly is it? And if we care about our privacy, why aren’t we willing to pay to keep it?This week’s Radio Atlantic is a preview of the new season of Crazy/Genius, The Atlantic’s podcast ...Show More
Trump’s Trade War

32:47 | May 16th

Trump isn’t like most Republican presidents, but his views on trade have been an unusually firm departure from his party. Despite long championing free trade, the GOP is now led by a man who seems deeply skeptical of it. Last week, he upended trade n...Show More
Liberalism’s Last Stand

47:42 | May 9th

Franklin Foer joins Isaac Dovere to discuss his story in the June issue of The Atlantic about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán described his vision of Hungary as an "alternative to liberal democracy," and, in recent years, cemented his ...Show More
Is Politics Funny Anymore?

41:35 | May 2nd

Last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was the first one in years without a comedian. In the Trump era, comedians have struggled to adjust — are things too serious? Too biased? Too absurd? Is any of it funny anymore?Jordan Klepper has been...Show More
The Trauma at the Border

41:33 | Apr 20th

On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr ordered immigration judges to stop releasing asylum seekers on bail. The move signals an even fiercer immigration policy that could include the return of family separations. A few weeks ago, the president thr...Show More
Can A Long-Shot Candidate Beat Donald Trump?

41:39 | Apr 12th

The crowded race for the Democratic nomination includes both frontrunners and long-shots, but how do we know which is which? Some big names have trailed in fundraising and polls. And some written off early have found surprising support.On this week’s...Show More
Sex, Gender, and the Democratic Party

41:08 | Apr 4th

In recent days, three women have accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate contact. On Wednesday, Biden announced in a video that he is going to be “mindful” about personal space going forward, that he hears what these women are saying...Show More
Politics After Mueller

43:21 | Mar 28th

Last week, the special counsel submitted his report to Attorney General Bill Barr. And this week, Barr shared his brief summary of the big conclusions: there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. As for obstruction of justice, Muell...Show More
President Trump’s Post-Mueller Corruption Problem

34:42 | Mar 23rd

When elected, most presidents either sell their assets or put them in a blind trust. Isolating a president’s financial interests from their time in office has been a norm for decades: from Jimmy Carter giving up his peanut farm to Barack Obama liquid...Show More
Paul Manafort and the Problem of White-Collar Crime

43:54 | Mar 14th

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will spend around seven years in federal prison — far less than the nineteen to twenty-four years recommended by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The sentences prompted a backlash when a federal judge in Vi...Show More
President Trump's New Legal Nightmare

33:58 | Feb 28th

On Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen called the president a racist, a conman, and a cheat. He also brought documents.Trump’s onetime confidant testified for seven hours. He laid a trail of legal breadcrumbs that are likely...Show More
State of Emergency

31:48 | Feb 21st

Last week, President Trump declared a national emergency to get funding for the wall. The move gave him elevated power to move money around, but it was immediately met with lawsuits from 16 states. What exactly is a national emergency? Why is this on...Show More
Something Rotten in the State of Virginia

36:18 | Feb 6th

Recently, news broke that Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general both wore blackface in the 1980s. The controversy now enveloping the state has seemed all too familiar, as blackface photos of even more politicians have come out in recent...Show More
Kamala Harris, Progressive Prosecutor?

38:56 | Feb 1st

Senator Kamala Harris has drawn criticism for beginning her 2020 campaign by pitching herself as a ‘progressive prosecutor’ despite a more mixed record. Alex Wagner sits down with two people who have thought deeply about the power of prosecutors in A...Show More
The Art of the Shutdown Deal

36:48 | Jan 24th

The government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history, but President Trump seems no closer to a deal to resolve it. Why does the “master dealmaker” -- as he sold himself on the campaign trail -- seem at a loss in his first negotiation with a Dem...Show More
Is the President a Russian Asset?

37:49 | Jan 17th

On Friday, the New York Times published a startling story: In 2017, days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened an inquiry into whether the president was secretly working on behalf of Russia. It was an explosive development in ...Show More
How to Fix Social Media

55:58 | Jan 10th

Social media platforms once promised to connect the world. Today’s digital communities, though, often feel like forces for disunity. Anger and discord in 2018 seemed only amplified by the social media institutions that now dictate our conversations. ...Show More
What Happened to the GOP?

41:39 | Dec 20th, 2018

Observing antidemocratic ‘power grabs’ by state Republicans, Atlantic staff writer George Packer writes that “the corruption of the Republican Party in the Trump era seemed to set in with breathtaking speed. In fact, it took more than a half century ...Show More
Does the NRA Connect Trump to Russia?

38:28 | Dec 14th, 2018

On Thursday, Maria Butina became the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence the 2016 election. As part of Russia’s years-long effort to cozy up to the American right, Butina gained access to conservative circles through the National...Show More
The First Gene-Edited Babies

33:41 | Dec 6th, 2018

A Chinese researcher recently touched off a global controversy when he announced the birth of the world’s first genetically edited babies. The claims remain unverified, but the news shocked and dismayed scientists around the world. Atlantic staff wri...Show More
What’s Happening With Mueller and Manafort?

39:11 | Nov 29th, 2018

Paul Manafort’s cooperation with the Mueller probe has collapsed. In a Monday filing, the special counsel’s office said he repeatedly lied to federal investigators, nullifying the plea agreement and exposing him to new charges.Not soon after, news st...Show More
Florida Flashbacks

35:35 | Nov 16th, 2018

The midterms were over a week ago, but a number of races have yet to be called. In Florida, the senate and governor elections have both come down to a recount, and accusations of vote-tampering are flying. Alex Wagner talks with Atlantic staff writer...Show More
What Did We Learn From the Midterms?

45:09 | Nov 9th, 2018

Executive Editor Matt Thompson interviews Atlantic reporters on what lessons they drew from the midterm elections, speaking in turn with: Vann Newkirk, Emma Green, Ron Brownstein, Adam Harris, and David Graham.Links- “The Democrats’ Deep-South Strate...Show More
Midterms in the Wake of Political Violence

46:41 | Nov 2nd, 2018

The upcoming midterms mark the first nationwide referendum on the Trump presidency and the GOP-led Congress. Coming amid a shocking spree of political violence and an ugly showdown over voting rights, Tuesday’s election will have massive ramification...Show More
The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

39:08 | Oct 26th, 2018

On October 2nd, Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again. Details of the journalist’s brutal killing and dismemberment have since emerged, prompting an international crisis...Show More
The Politics of Ancestry

48:18 | Oct 19th, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren recently shared results of a genetic analysis to back up her family’s story of Cherokee ancestry, hoping to blunt a favorite Republican attack line. The move backfired. A DNA result does not confer a Cherokee heritage. And in...Show More
America's Higher Education Crisis

54:47 | Oct 12th, 2018

A college education has become a key asset towards success in the American economy, but for many Americans, access to higher education—especially at a prestigious university—feels increasingly out of reach. With its capricious admissions and massive ...Show More
Remembering Ferguson with DeRay Mckesson

40:24 | Oct 5th, 2018

Four years ago, after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, protestors took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Among them was a school administrator, always clad in a trademark blue vest. DeRay Mckesson, now a face of what became the Bla...Show More
Is the Public Square Gone?

56:34 | Sep 28th, 2018

After a news week that’s felt more like a news month, Matt Thompson sits down with two experienced editors to ask how people manage to make and consume news in today’s environment. Adrienne LaFrance is the editor of TheAtlantic.com. Franklin Foer is ...Show More
The Reputations and Reckonings of #MeToo

48:00 | Sep 21st, 2018

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces assault allegations, the #MeToo movement reaches its first anniversary. Beyond a potential hearing reminiscent of the Anita Hill testimony 27 years ago, recent days have seen the head of CBS toppled, the...Show More
Is Democracy Dying?

45:51 | Sep 14th, 2018

With authoritarianism and populism on the rise around the world, The Atlantic examines the fate of democracy in its October issue. Anne Applebaum writes that Poland shows how quickly things can fall apart and Jeffrey Rosen writes that the state of Am...Show More
How Much Longer Can Football Last?

44:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Mark Leibovich has a day job covering the reality show of politics as the New York Times Magazine’s Chief National Correspondent, but he’s spent the spent the last few years reporting a book on America’s other biggest reality show: football.The new s...Show More
The Endless Devastation of Hurricane Season

55:55 | Aug 31st, 2018

This week, the most rigorous estimate yet of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria was published, marking a grim milestone: the hurricane season of 2017 was one of the deadliest in North America in a century. A year after Puerto Rico, Houston, and other c...Show More
Trump’s Worst Day

46:55 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Matt and Gillian discuss Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea with Franklin Foer and David A. Graham. Was Tuesday a turning point for the Trump administration?Links- “The Day That Everything Changed for Trump” (David A. Grah...Show More
When Does Hollywood’s Diversity Become Real Representation?

46:19 | Aug 17th, 2018

With movies like Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, and Sorry To Bother You out in theaters, Hollywood is trying to mute the complaint that it lacks racial and ethnic diversity, to avoid another #OscarsSoWhite. But depicting people of color onscreen ...Show More
Charlottesville: One Year Later

52:14 | Aug 10th, 2018

It’s been a year since the violence of the “Unite the Right” rally and the political turmoil of its aftermath. How did Charlottesville change the country? Has the alt-right withered under the new scrutiny or grown amidst the new visibility? And what ...Show More
Keepers of the Year 2018

1:09:24 | Jul 20th, 2018

The first anniversary of Radio Atlantic this week coincides with one of the newsiest weeks of 2018. So we’ve decided to take the opportunity to lift our sights above the fog of news for a few minutes, and discuss the things that are most important to...Show More
The Future of Europe

47:05 | Jul 13th, 2018

As President Trump meets with other western leaders in Europe, the spirit of democratic cooperation we’re used to in NATO summits is gone. But it’s not just Trump. Populist movements around Europe are agitating against the cooperation that has bound ...Show More
Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

1:00:02 | Jul 6th, 2018

“Humanity is now in the midst of its fastest-ever period of change,” writes Ed Yong in the July/August issue of The Atlantic. Urbanization and globalization mean pathogens can spread and become drug-resistant more quickly than ever.Yong joins executi...Show More
The View from the Border

49:51 | Jun 21st, 2018

Outrage over families separated at the border has reached a fever pitch. Social media is awash with images of undocumented migrants held in cages, sounds of children crying for their parents, and viral videos of a callous administration response. On ...Show More
Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

47:22 | Jun 15th, 2018

Nationwide, black Americans live three years less than white Americans. In places with a history of segregation, that life-expectancy gap can be as much as twenty years. Staff writer Olga Khazan joins Matt Thompson, Alex Wagner, and Vann Newkirk to s...Show More
The North Korea Summit

37:05 | Jun 8th, 2018

Two of the world’s most volatile heads of state—Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump—have moved in the span of a year from trading insults to trading fawning letters. Now, they're days away from the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North ...Show More
A White House Troll ‘Owning the Libs’

53:22 | Jun 1st, 2018

A new generation of political activists have grown up more interested in provoking outrage from their fellow citizens than in winning them over. Among the most influential exemplars of the genre is Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President...Show More
Is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Past Solving?

56:42 | May 25th, 2018

The decades-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians seems to be at a new low these days. Two American-born writers – an Israeli author and a Muslim journalist – join editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and global editor Kathy Gilsinan to grapple w...Show More
Happy Mueller-versary

50:09 | May 18th, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been the focus of headlines and cable news for a full year now. Despite his seemingly leak-proof team, speculation and anxiety swirl around the inquiry. What do we actually know about the investigati...Show More
Introducing Crazy/Genius: Why Can't Facebook Tell the Truth?

23:29 | May 11th, 2018

This week's Radio Atlantic brings you the first episode of our new show Crazy/Genius, hosted by Atlantic staff writer (and past Radio Atlantic guest) Derek Thompson. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its busin...Show More
Is Politics Ruining Pop Culture?

56:26 | May 4th, 2018

Some Americans who grew up identifying with Roseanne have found themselves alienated by Roseanne Barr’s outspoken devotion to President Trump. Many of Kanye West’s fans revolted after he tweeted out an image of himself wearing a “Make America Great A...Show More
Is the Presidency Broken?

51:43 | Apr 27th, 2018

“We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy,” writes John Dickerson in his May cover story in The Atlantic. “No one man—or woman—can possibly represent the varied, competing interest...Show More
The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

49:47 | Apr 20th, 2018

Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million dead and millions more displaced, the conflict is  now “arguably the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since Worl...Show More
Becoming White in America

52:10 | Apr 13th, 2018

In her new book Futureface, Alex Wagner writes that “immigration raises into relief some of our most basic existential questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? And in that way, it’s inextricably tied to an exploration of American identity.” In the boo...Show More
News Update: Who Could Tame Facebook?

43:45 | Apr 13th, 2018

As Atlantic staff writer Robinson Meyer recently wrote, Facebook “is currently embroiled in the worst crisis of trust in its 14-year history.” This week, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Congress for the first time. It’s no...Show More

49:46 | Apr 6th, 2018

“Trump gambled that Americans resent each other’s differences more than they cherish their shared democracy. So far that gamble has paid off,” writes David Frum in his new book Trumpocracy. Along with The Atlantic's Global Editor Kathy Gilsinan, Davi...Show More
King Remembered

56:03 | Mar 30th, 2018

In his last speech, known to history as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Martin Luther King Jr. began by remarking on the introduction he’d been given by his friend, Ralph Abernathy. “As I listened to ... his eloquent and generous introduction and the...Show More
The Family Unit in a Divided Era

47:21 | Mar 23rd, 2018

The family is where the forces that are driving Americans farther apart—political polarization, generational divides, class stratification, Facebook fights—literally hit home. Economic, ideological, and technological shifts pose uncertain consequence...Show More
Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?

46:51 | Mar 16th, 2018

“Politicians from both parties publicly worship the solemn dignity of entrepreneurship and small businesses. But by the numbers, America has become the land of the big and the home of the consolidated,” writes The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.In a time ...Show More
If We Could Learn From History

49:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

Discarding the limits on a leader's time in office is a classic autocrat's move. So when Xi Jinping began to clear a path for an indefinite term as China's president, he dimmed many once-bright hopes that he would speed the nation's path toward a new...Show More
Goodbye Black History Month, Hello Black Future

51:55 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Moviegoers across America are filling theaters to see, as The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer describes it, “a high-tech utopia that is a fictive manifestation of African potential unfettered by slavery and colonialism.” Wakanda, the setting of Marvel’s block...Show More
How Innocence Becomes Irrelevant (No Way Out, Part III)

57:06 | Feb 23rd, 2018

After Rick Magnis, a Texas judge, reviewed the evidence in Benjamine Spencer’s case, he recommended a new trial for Spencer “on the grounds of actual innocence.” But Texas’s highest criminal court took the rare step of rejecting the judge’s ruling. W...Show More
Who Killed Jeffrey Young? (No Way Out, Part II)

24:47 | Feb 20th, 2018

In part one of our three-part series "No Way Out," Barbara Bradley Hagerty told the story of how Benjamine Spencer was convicted for the murder of Jeffrey Young, and how much of the evidence that led to that conviction has fallen apart under scrutiny...Show More
No Way Out, Part I

54:30 | Feb 16th, 2018

In 1987, Jeffrey Young was robbed and killed, and his body was left on a street in the poor neighborhood of West Dallas. Benjamine Spencer was tried and convicted for the attack.Spencer was black, 22 years old, and recently married. Young was 33 and ...Show More
From 'I, Tonya' to 'Cat Person,' Is 'Based On a True Story' Better?

51:12 | Feb 9th, 2018

Conor Friedersdorf recently argued in The Atlantic that in this moment, when the truth is bitterly contested, fiction presents us an opportunity. It allows us to step into another person’s perspective and talk about gray areas without the problems of...Show More
Paul Manafort and How the Swamp Was Made

53:51 | Feb 2nd, 2018

“Conventional wisdom suggests that the temptations of Washington, D.C., corrupt all the idealists, naïfs, and ingenues who settle there," Franklin Foer writes in his cover story for the March issue of The Atlantic. "But what if that formulation gets ...Show More
Who Gets to be American?

46:55 | Jan 26th, 2018

Once again, immigration is at the top of America's legislative agenda, as it has been, seemingly every generation, for much of the nation's history. But while many recent discussions of immigration have focused on unauthorized immigrants, some of the...Show More
Bricks, Clicks, and the Future of Shopping

41:43 | Jan 19th, 2018

The 'retail apocalypse' is upon us, they say. In the United States, 2017 saw emptied malls, shuttered department stores, and once-iconic brands falling into bankruptcy. Yet retail spending continues to grow, in strange new directions that could have ...Show More
The Presidential Fitness Challenge

48:33 | Jan 12th, 2018

As the anniversary of his inauguration nears, a new book filled with salacious claims about the Trump administration has become a bestseller. Faced with renewed questions about his mental and temperamental fitness for the office, President Trump has ...Show More
How Has America Changed Since 1968?

40:32 | Jan 5th, 2018

As 2018 begins, tensions and tumult in America are high. But before the end of 1968, Conor Friedersdorf reminded us in The Atlantic, "Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy would be assassinated; U.S. troops would suffer their deadliest year ye...Show More
Ideas of the Year, 2017 Edition

50:58 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Every year is impossible to synthesize. Yet 2017 was not just another year. To help us wrangle the chaotic, extraordinary events of the last 12 months into some sort of shape, we posed a question to journalists from across The Atlantic's staff, and t...Show More
Putin, Russia, and the End of History

52:51 | Dec 15th, 2017

Vladimir Putin just announced, to the surprise of no one, that he will run for reelection as President of Russia. In her January/February 2018 Atlantic cover story, Julia Ioffe writes that Americans misunderstand the man ruling the former Soviet empi...Show More
The Manifest Destiny of Mike Pence

54:14 | Dec 8th, 2017

That Pence is the vice president of the United States is "a loaves-and-fishes miracle," writes McKay Coppins in the latest issue of The Atlantic. It's remarkable enough that "an embattled small-state governor with underwater approval ratings, dismal ...Show More
The Great Recession, One Decade Later

46:35 | Dec 1st, 2017

In December 2007, the U.S. marked the beginning of its longest recession since World War II. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency born in the ashes of the nation's economic downturn, is under new leadership that promises big change...Show More
John Wayne, Donald Trump, and the American Man

50:13 | Nov 24th, 2017

For generations, Hollywood has defined what masculinity means in the U.S., with iconic screen figures such as John Wayne. But Wayne's stoic, taciturn image was the product of a complicated relationship with the director John Ford, one that offers dif...Show More
How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made

33:04 | Nov 17th, 2017

Andrew Anglin spent his formative years flirting with hippie progressivism, then tried his hand at becoming a tribal hunter-gatherer. But he only achieved notoriety after he founded the Daily Stormer, the world's biggest website for neo-Nazis. Anglin...Show More
The Press and the Election of 2016: One Year Later

37:46 | Nov 10th, 2017

It’s a year after Donald Trump's upset election victory. Before and after the 2016 election, President Trump referred to journalists as enemies to himself and to the American people. But his victory wasn’t just a success in vilifying the media, it wa...Show More
Khizr Khan on What Patriotism Requires

58:06 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Since the 2016 election heightened America's deep political divides, the mantle of patriotism has become fodder for a bitter tug-of-war. Is it patriotic to leak a presidential secret? To voice dissent during a national rite? Should a general running ...Show More
Reporting on Open Secrets, with Jodi Kantor and Katie Benner

48:26 | Oct 27th, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment (and more) by powerful men in numerous industries have been leading news reports across America. On-the-record accounts of disturbing behavior are proliferating. Several leaders of prominent companies have been forced...Show More
Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory

50:02 | Oct 12th, 2017

Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google's parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, hover boards, and stratosphere-surfing balloons. Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, spent s...Show More
Russia! Live with Julia Ioffe and Eliot A. Cohen

53:09 | Sep 29th, 2017

According to the U.S. intelligence community, this much is settled fact: Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. But beyond that basic consensus, much remains unknown, the subject of multiple investigations by FB...Show More
What Are Public Schools For?

57:17 | Sep 22nd, 2017

The idea that public schools are failing is one of the most commonly heard complaints in American society. But what are they failing to do? Surveys of American parents—and the history of the nation's public education system—tell a more complicated st...Show More
Will America's Institutions Survive President Trump?

58:15 | Sep 15th, 2017

Eight months into the Trump administration, we're taking stock: What is shaping up to be President Trump's effect on America’s institutions? Will subsequent presidents preserve or disregard the norms he's tossed aside? What are his political allies a...Show More
A Memo to the Huddled Masses

41:16 | Sep 8th, 2017

Immigrants flock to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream. But does the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program mean a wake-up call for millions of undocumented Americans? In this episode of Radio Atlantic, reporter Jeremy Raff ...Show More
News Update: The Questions After Harvey

16:56 | Sep 2nd, 2017

If history is any guide, the biggest problems for residents of the Houston area will come into focus only after the nation's attention has already turned elsewhere. In this Radio Atlantic extra, Matt Thompson talks with Atlantic staff writer David Gr...Show More
What Game of Thrones Has Taught Us About Politics

45:02 | Sep 1st, 2017

"Winter is coming," they warned us, and the seventh season of Game of Thrones might have proved them right. But no one mentioned that winter in Westeros would coincide with so many troubling events in real-world politics. In this episode, Megan Garbe...Show More
Are Smartphones Harming Our Kids?

47:22 | Aug 25th, 2017

It's been ten years since the iPhone came out, and now the first generation to grow up with smartphones is coming of age. Jean Twenge, a psychologist who has studied generational behaviors, has found troubling signals that these devices seem to be ta...Show More
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlottesville's Aftermath

58:47 | Aug 17th, 2017

After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses shocked Republicans and Democrats alike. Did this represent a major breakpoint in American politics? Why ...Show More
Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind

50:13 | Aug 11th, 2017

When did the reality-based community start losing to reality show celebrity? Why are "alternative facts" and fake news suddenly ubiquitous features of the landscape? The spread of American magical thinking isn't, in fact, sudden, argues Kurt Andersen...Show More
News Update: Mark Bowden on North Korea

22:55 | Aug 9th, 2017

Given new revelations about North Korea's nuclear capabilities—and newly harsh rhetoric from President Trump—Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson talk with Mark Bowden, author of The Atlantic's July/August cover story on how to deal with North Korea. I...Show More

02:26 | Jul 11th, 2017

Coming July 21: A weekly conversation about what's happening in our world, how things got the way they are, and where they're heading next. Don't miss this sneak preview, for a taste of what's to come, including a teaser of the Battle Hymn of the Rep...Show More