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Chronicling the Trump Presidency and His Current Legal Challenges With Two Washington Insiders

September 23rd, 2022


Now that he’s no longer in office, there have been a lot of stories coming out about Trump’s presidency. A new book offers a detailed account – more than 650 pages – of the four years of the Trump’s administration, and …

Anti-War Protests In Russia, Anti-Misogyny Protests In Iran During UN Debate Week

September 22nd, 2022


As the UN General Assembly deliberates over a number of issues facing the international community, we look at some recent global events. On today's show, Nahal Toosi, senior correspondent for foreign affairs and …

Sarah Koenig From “Serial” On The Prosecutorial Misconduct Shocker

September 21st, 2022


The incarcerated man at the center of a groundbreaking True Crime podcast has been released from prison, following new details uncovered in part by …

U.S. Surgeon General Decodes Biden’s 'Pandemic Is Over' Remark

September 20th, 2022


The nation's chief medical advisor makes sense of this moment in the trajectory of COVID-19, plus, what's needed to address youth mental health. On today's show, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy talks about why he is …

“Independent” Voters Seeing Country More On The Right Track

September 19th, 2022


With about 8 weeks left before this year's midterm elections, we look at what public opinion polling has to say about the state of the races, and the …

Fake Electors Front and Center

September 16th, 2022


On today's show: CNN national security reporter Zachary Cohen brings updates on investigations into January 6th and the Big Lie.

Nina Totenberg On Sexism Under The Law And Her Friendship with RGB

September 15th, 2022


A legendary Supreme Court reporter's new book describes her relationship with the late Justice Ginsberg, and the common experiences of misogyny that they shared. On today's show, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal correspondent …

Obama And Biden's Different Approaches And Ongoing Partnership

September 14th, 2022


Former president Obama is back out on the campaign trail, stumping for midterm candidates. We look at what he's been up to, and take a closer look at his relationship with President Biden.

On Today's Show: Gabriel …

Underlying Biden’s “Moonshot”: Who Gets Cancer In America?

September 13th, 2022


On the 60th anniversary of JFK's 'moonshot' speech, Joe Biden outlined a similarly aspirational plan to invest in cancer cures and treatment. On today's show, Sarah Owermohle, Washington correspondent at STAT News, and …

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Politics, Art and Mentorship

September 9th, 2022


The famed artist behind Broadway's Hamilton dropped by to talk about his relationship with politics, and the importance of helping the next …

Bannon Indicted, Alleged Victims Were Trump Supporters

September 8th, 2022


With the news today that Steve Bannon has been indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges, we check in on the case against him.

On Today's Show: Devlin Barrett, Washington Post reporter focusing on national …

California’s Coming Gas-Powered Car Ban Sparks Debate Nationwide

September 7th, 2022


What would it mean for climate change if California can phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2035, an ambitious target set recently by state regulators? …

The Puzzling Land of Oz and Other Midterm Updates

September 6th, 2022


Now that primaries have mostly wrapped up, we turn to some congressional and gubernatorial races that are heating up around the country. On today's show, Steven Shepard, senior campaigns and elections editor and chief …

Raising Antiracists: Advice For Parents And Caregivers

September 2nd, 2022


Understanding race and racism is an important step toward helping children make sense of their world, and to try to make it better. On today's show, Ibram X. Kendi, professor in the Humanities and the founding director …

Humanitarian Aid, Refugees, and More Updates From Afghanistan

September 1st, 2022


Over a year since the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, we check in on the Taliban government, the status of Afghan refugees and the US posture toward the region. On today's show, Najib Aminy, reporter and …

Live Shows Are Back. Why Aren’t Live Audiences Back As Much?

August 31st, 2022


With COVID still weighing on people's minds, and inflation on people's wallets, has the allure of staying in kept audiences away from the return of live performances? On today's show, live performers have been back on …

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, And Merrick Garland’s Really Hard Decision

August 30th, 2022


The ball is in the Attorney General's court after the release of an affidavit that outlines why the FBI executed a search warrant for presidential documents held at Trump's residence. On today's show, Katie Benner, …

Bellweather Win For Democrats? Meet Congressman-Elect Pat Ryan

August 29th, 2022


After winning a special election in a purple-ish district, we speak with a Congress-bound freshman about what his win means for Democrats' prospects in the midterms. On today's show, after defeating his Republican …

Why Some On The Left Are Abandoning The Word 'Progressive'

August 26th, 2022


Over time, political labels come into and out of fashion. So between liberal, progressive, socialist, leftist and more, what are Democrats calling …

Your Student Loan Forgiveness Questions Answered

August 25th, 2022


President Biden announced a measure to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers. On today's show, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, national higher education reporter at The Washington Post, explains the …

Meet The Impeachment Lawyer-Turned Congressional Nominee

August 24th, 2022


New York's primaries have wrapped up, and odds are good that Empire State voters will send former impeachment lawyer Dan Goldman to Congress. On …

Today’s Florida Primary: A Battle Over How To Beat DeSantis

August 23rd, 2022


What do today's congressional primaries in the Sunshine State tell us about what the next Congress could look like? On today's show, Lori Rozsa, who …

Why Democracy Tops Inflation As #1 Midterms Issue

August 22nd, 2022


A new poll on voters' midterm priorities lists "threats against democracy" as the top issue, behind things like inflation, and even abortion. On …

Post-Roe, The Rise in Tubal Ligations

August 19th, 2022


There is a rise in the number of Americans seeking tubal sterilizations. Today: Meena Venkataramanan, staff writer at The Washington Post, discusses her reporting on the rise in the number of Americans seeking tubal …

Cheney Speaks, Rudy Testifies

August 18th, 2022


From Liz Cheney's primary loss to Rudy Giuliani's testimony in the Georgia election interference probe to the investigations into former president …

Different Generations On Midterm Election Priorities

August 17th, 2022


This week, our weekly live show is inviting listeners across generations call in with their top political concerns ahead of the midterm elections. …

Reforming the Number One Climate Polluter In Major Cities

August 16th, 2022


In 2019, New York City passed a law aimed at dramatically limiting pollution emitted from buildings. On Today's Show: Pete Sikora, climate and …

The Investigations of Former President Trump

August 15th, 2022


In Louisville, Ky., a detective is expected to plead guilty to "conspiring to mislead a judge" in order to obtain a search warrant for Breonna Taylor’s home. Meanwhile, at Mar-a-Lago, a search warrant for former …

National Issues For Dems In An NYC Congressional Race

August 11th, 2022


We heard a number of national issues come to bear in a primary debate over a congressional race to represent an NYC district. On today's show, Brigid …

Climate Story Of The Week: New Law Makes Going Solar Cheaper

August 10th, 2022


The Inflation Reduction Act promises tax incentives for people to install solar panels on their homes. On today's show, Noah Ginsburg, co-director of …

A Mueller Probe Lawyer Explains The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant

August 9th, 2022


We asked a lawyer who's very familiar with Trump-world to explain what it means that the FBI recovered presidential records from the former president's private residence.

On Today's Show:Andrew Weissmann, professor of …

Texas Buses Asylum-Seekers To NY To Make A Political Point

August 8th, 2022


Some Republican governors are sending migrants to blue states, which are now struggling to provide them with the services and housing they need. On today's show, Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director at the New York …

Kyrsten Sinema Signs On. Kirsten Gillibrand Reacts

August 5th, 2022


After a big week in Congress, we asked our New York State senator for some updates and analysis on the policies on the table, including a landmark …

Should Feminism Empower Women, Or Question Power Itself?

August 4th, 2022


As we continue to cover the ways that SCOTUS's Dobbs decision is changing our social landscape, we discuss the aims of feminism in a post-Roe nation. On today's show, Lux Alptraum, podcaster and the author of Faking It: …

Highlights And Blindspots In The Dems' Climate Deal

August 3rd, 2022


As congress appears poised to vote soon on landmark climate legislation, we take a close look at the bill in question. On today's show, Bill McKibben, environmental activist, founder of Third Act and author of many …

How Today’s Kansas Abortion Referendum Is Built To Confuse

August 2nd, 2022


In Kansas, voters faced a ballot referendum over whether or not to remove abortion rights from the state's constitution. On today's show, Shefali Luthra, health reporter covering the intersection of gender and health …

Here’s What Got Lost In The Compromise With Joe Manchin

August 1st, 2022


Democrats made a deal in the Senate on a number of climate change provisions, as well as some other "Build Back Better" agenda items. On today's show, Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, discusses the …

What Do We Know About DOJ's Jan. 6 Investigation Of Trump?

July 28th, 2022


Now that the January 6th House committee has wrapped up public hearings for the summer, what's the Department of Justice doing to secure …

How Did Nearly-Eradicated Polio Wind Up In Rockland County?

July 27th, 2022


We use the appearance of a case of polio, which had been nearly eradicated in the US, as a lens to explore public health, and the relationship …

Manhattan’s Progressive DA on Navigating Public Backlash

July 26th, 2022


With crime apparently on the rise, Manhattan's progressive district attorney is taking heat for some of his reformist policies. On today's show, …

Are We Entering An Abortion Rights Civil Disobedience Era?

July 25th, 2022


With abortion policy now in the hands of individual states, what shape will abortion rights activism take as statehouses and governors weigh the …

Trump Treated January 6th As A 'Celebratory Occasion'

July 22nd, 2022


At the final public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee, we heard testimony about Trump's behavior and attitude while he knew that the Capitol was under …

Pregnant People, Women, And The Language Of Reproductive Rights

July 21st, 2022


The phrase 'pregnant people' has caused divisions within reproductive rights conversations. On today's show, Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University and the author of Entitled: How Male …

Fighting Right Wing Disinformation In The Spanish Speaking Community

July 20th, 2022


A new company recently purchased eighteen Spanish-language stations that will serve ten of the largest Latinx-populated cities in the country. On …

Climate Story Of The Week: It’s Britain’s Hottest Day Ever

July 19th, 2022


Europe is going through an intense heatwave, and the region's infrastructure isn't enough to keep people cool through it. The U.K. has declared a …

Malcolm Nance: U.S. Extremist Groups Are Merging Into A "Trump Insurgency"

July 18th, 2022


Violent militia groups like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters have coalesced around a number of hateful conspiracy theories, and …

Millennial Rep. Torres On Overcoming Democratic Disillusionment

July 15th, 2022


A progressive congressman gives his analysis of the political landscape as it stands today. On today's show, U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres …

Corporate 'Greenwashing' Goes To Court

July 14th, 2022


An airline that implored climate-conscious fliers to 'fly responsibly" has been taken to court, claiming that the ad campaign misleads the public. On today's show, Sara Kiley Watson, news editor who leads sustainability …

Trump Was Warned He Might Cause A Riot. He Ignored The Warning

July 13th, 2022


Yesterday's hearing covered connections between certain Trump allies and violent extremist groups, as well as warnings about possibly inciting …

What Was Going On In Giuliani's War Room On Jan. 5?

July 12th, 2022


We look ahead to today's January 6th hearing, which will explore whether Trump allies were coordinating with extremist groups ahead of the insurrection. On today's show, Roger Parloff, journalist and senior editor at …

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