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Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes, MSNBC & NBCNews THINK


Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening? This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers wh...Show More

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The Information Crisis with David Roberts

53:27 | Dec 4th, 2018

How can you be sure that the things you know are true… are actually true? We have access to more information than any humans in history but we can't process it on our own. In fact, almost all of what we know comes from others. We come to rely on peop...Show More

Organizing in Trump Country with George Goehl

57:28 | Jan 8th

How can Democrats win in deep red America? During the midterms, momentum behind progressive candidates in red states garnered national attention – Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. These were no overnight...Show More

The #WITHpod Mailbag

27:28 | Jan 1st

You asked, Chris answered! In our inaugural mailbag episode, we talk about the organizing power of county fairs, why members of Congress contradict each other on Yemen, whether there’s any hope for the Internet, and more. Can you guess which WITHpod ...Show More

Revisiting The Rule of Law in the Era of Trump with Kate Shaw

45:56 | Dec 25th, 2018

Listen for a couple of WITHpod announcements! Since his first day in office, Donald Trump has been testing the boundaries of the law on multiple fronts. From his open hostility towards the investigation into his campaign’s involvement with a foreign...Show More

America’s (Bad) Reputation with Fmr. Secretary of State John Kerry

57:33 | Dec 18th, 2018

Will America’s reputation survive President Trump? A common trend underlying President Trump’s policy decisions is to undo whatever President Obama accomplished. For former Secretary of State John Kerry, that means watching years of his hard-earned a...Show More

Politics and Violence with Joanne B. Freeman

1:07:09 | Dec 11th, 2018

Imagine what would happen if your Senator was beaten bloody on the Senate floor. Or if your Congressperson pulled a gun on a member of the opposition party. Our current political climate is ugly but that kind of violence would be unfathomable today. ...Show More

Live: A New Hope with Ta-Nehisi Coates

1:03:06 | Nov 27th, 2018

In our first ever live edition of WITHpod, Chris interviews one of the most important non-fiction writers in America - Ta-Nehisi Coates. His books and essays drive national conversations about issues like systemic racism, blackness, white privilege, ...Show More

History and Scandal with Rachel Maddow

50:51 | Nov 20th, 2018

Listen to Rachel Maddow talk about her new podcast, what it’s like to be covering the news in this political moment, how we can use history to make sense of current events, and why are you even still reading this description – it’s Rachel and Chris! ...Show More

Slavery’s Enduring Political Legacy with Maya Sen and Matthew Blackwell

58:41 | Nov 13th, 2018

What can soil tell us about election results? After every election, analysts pore over piles of data in order to better understand political trends. But what if a better place to search for answers is the ground beneath our feet? More specifically, w...Show More

The Trump Scheme to Rig the Census with Dale Ho

58:52 | Nov 6th, 2018

In many cases the Trump Administration isn’t shy when it comes to undermining the Constitution of the United States. But while fights over things like the Muslim ban or ending birthright citizenship play out in public, there are other massive Constit...Show More

BONUS: Midterm Watch with Daniel Nichanian

17:38 | Nov 1st, 2018

It’s a bonus mini-episode of #WITHpod! Daniel Nichanian joins Chris to talk about what he has his eyes on ahead of election day. Read his much more extensive list at Whatsontheballot.com and find out what’s happening in your state.

White Identity Politics with Michael Tesler

52:54 | Oct 30th, 2018

Just one week left until the midterms and race and identity politics are playing a major role in the messaging of both parties. For Republicans, it comes in the shape of fear-mongering about the threat imposed by anyone ‘other’, a play ripped directl...Show More

Medicare for All with Abdul El-Sayed

52:48 | Oct 23rd, 2018

What would it mean to have Medicare for All? The issue of healthcare emerged as a key campaign fight in the coming midterm elections, with ads and debate questions centered on coverage of pre-existing conditions. While Republicans dig deeper into a f...Show More

Voter Suppression Past and Present with Carol Anderson

52:02 | Oct 16th, 2018

Why are Republicans so obsessed with voter fraud? Study after study finds no evidence of any large-scale voter fraud in the country, yet we keep hearing about necessary changes to voting systems in order to combat this major threat to democracy. Here...Show More

The Myths of the Ruling Class with Anand Giridharadas

49:06 | Oct 9th, 2018

Will a ride-sharing app battle religious intolerance? Can a billionaire combat illiteracy by sending laptops to underfunded communities? Would a bank’s involvement in one of the largest financial crises in American history be forgotten if they donate...Show More

Women, Rage, and Power with Rebecca Traister

1:01:42 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Women are pissed. After the election of Donald Trump, the sustained fury of American women has been one of the defining features of his political backlash. From the immediate outpouring of rage in the Women’s Marches to the reckoning of the #MeToo mo...Show More

Social Infrastructure Week with Eric Klinenberg

59:10 | Sep 25th, 2018

Can a library save your life? Could public parks help address crime and addiction in your neighborhood? Think about libraries and churches and crowded subway trains – they’re shared spaces that can push all types of people together, playing a crucial...Show More

Investigating the President with Nick Akerman

53:36 | Sep 18th, 2018

It’s time we talked about Watergate. The crime, the greed, the paranoia and the investigation; how does one of the most significant criminal conspiracies in the history of the American republic help to inform us about what’s unfolding with Robert Mue...Show More

The Left Wing of the Democratic Party with Sean McElwee

54:35 | Sep 11th, 2018

Can the Democratic Party keep up with the new left? The left-most wing of the party is growing and expanding, pushing platforms like Medicare for all, free college, and abolishing ICE. Though this group is the minority, the space they’re creating is ...Show More

America’s Role in the World’s Worst Crisis with Shireen Al-Adeimi

51:01 | Sep 4th, 2018

The people of Yemen are experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, according to the United Nations. They are devastated by a war that the United States supports. Why is the U.S. involved in a conflict that has left an estimated tens of...Show More

Trump, Brexit, and Racial Grievance with Mehdi Hasan

56:47 | Aug 28th, 2018

Donald Trump’s victory wasn’t the only 2016 election result to shock the world. Just months earlier voters in the United Kingdom made history when they opted for Brexit, thereby initiating the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. While the t...Show More

Why Trump's Corruption Matters with Zephyr Teachout

1:05:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

Is President Trump a symptom of a system of corruption, or is he the cause? The nation’s highest office is embroiled in scandal, some so brazen and shameless that it’s almost easy to grow numb to the onslaught of headlines. But corruption is a unique...Show More

The Wicked Problem of Climate Change with Andrew Revkin

58:29 | Aug 14th, 2018

Why is it so hard to focus attention on the climate crisis? We know the damage we’re doing to the climate and we know why we’re doing it. We even know the obstacles to the solution (fossil fuel companies, denialist political parties) and yet it’s sti...Show More

Roe V. Wade's Final Hour? with Nancy Northup

53:15 | Aug 7th, 2018

Are we on the precipice of one of the most destructive social reversals in the country’s history? President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice initiated a heated conversation about the future of Roe v. Wade becaus...Show More

School Segregation in 2018 with Nikole Hannah-Jones

58:49 | Jul 31st, 2018

Why are American schools resegregating? Over 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling forced schools to integrate, the nation is witnessing schools become increasingly segregated. So how did we get to this point? Nikole Hannah-Jones has ...Show More

Our Real Estate Obsession with Giorgio Angelini

50:09 | Jul 24th, 2018

Why do you live where you live? Not just the state or the city but the block you walk down and the door you walk through every day. Having a space to call home is packaged as part of the ‘American Dream’ and it has become a full on real estate obsess...Show More

"Futureface" with Alex Wagner

40:40 | Jul 17th, 2018

Why is everyone taking DNA tests to find out about their heritage? While Americans are fueling an industry selling them a story of global identity, the country’s President is spreading fear and hostility about non-white immigrants. Trump seems to hav...Show More

Ending Mass Incarceration with Larry Krasner

58:35 | Jul 10th, 2018

Have you heard about Larry Krasner? He’s a lefty progressive lawyer in Philadelphia that made his name by defending the underdogs, representing activists and suing police officers. Last year, he was elected as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, meanin...Show More

Fracking Trump Country with Eliza Griswold

47:23 | Jul 3rd, 2018

What does it look like when fracking comes to town? For folks in poor rural areas, parts of Trump Country before we had Trump Country, fracking can mean opportunity, wealth, and autonomy for some, destruction and ruin for others. Journalist Eliza Gri...Show More

How Bad Is It? with Ezra Klein

46:12 | Jun 26th, 2018

Families are being ripped apart at the border, a Republican Congressman retweeted a Nazi sympathizer, and Trump White House officials are being protested with increasing regularity. It is feeling pretty rough out there – so just how bad is it? There ...Show More

Destruction in Puerto Rico with Naomi Klein

40:49 | Jun 19th, 2018

How did Hurricane Maria evolve from a natural disaster into a human catastrophe in Puerto Rico? While the official death count remains at 64, a Harvard study suggests thousands were killed. While the hurricane left its devastating mark on the island,...Show More

Political Tribalism with Amy Chua

43:07 | Jun 12th, 2018

There seems to be a lot of talk about this idea of political tribalism lately. Critiques that groups are increasingly insular not just around politics but about race or religion or any number of identity markers, and that this isolation makes it impo...Show More

Separating Immigrant Families with Lee Gelernt

56:19 | Jun 5th, 2018

The Trump administration is forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents, something they are hoping will deter immigrants from entering the country. It's sparked widespread outrage, protests and lawsuits, with the White House now attempt...Show More

Who Broke the Internet? with Tim Wu

46:15 | May 29th, 2018

From the rise of fake news and the troll farms pumping it out to the harvesting of our Facebook data by groups like Cambridge Analytica, Chris Hayes knows the internet feels pretty crappy these days. In this episode, Hayes examines how something once...Show More

The Rule of Law in the Era of Trump with Kate Shaw

42:09 | May 22nd, 2018

Since his first day in office, Donald Trump has been testing the boundaries of the law on multiple fronts. From his open hostility towards the investigation into his campaign’s involvement with a foreign adversary, to his policy prescriptions by way ...Show More

The Conservative Movement with Corey Robin

38:58 | May 15th, 2018

Is President Donald Trump a conservative? While other contemporary writers and thinkers may be quick to write the President off as an anomaly to the conservative movement, Corey Robin has another theory. He argues that if you trace conservatism back ...Show More

The Middle East with Dexter Filkins

34:38 | May 15th, 2018

What is happening in the Middle East? Chris Hayes sorts through the bewildering number of individual conflicts and key players to get to the heart of what’s unfolding in the Middle East. And, at the heart of it, is one big potentially world-war-start...Show More

The Personal is Political with Brittney Cooper

35:30 | May 15th, 2018

Talking about the politics of identity, particularly in the age of Donald Trump, can feel like you’re walking through a minefield. Whether it’s the President’s immigration policy or two black men arrested in a Starbucks, Chris Hayes argues that all t...Show More

Why IS this happening?

0:51 | May 9th, 2018

This podcast will help answer the BIG questions that keep Chris up at night. In this tumultuous time, the things we see play out on cable news every day are driven by big ideas, themes, and huge arcs of history. So, every week a new expert will help ...Show More