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Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump's Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We're hoping to … read more

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Searing 9/11 Stories from the Day that Changed Everything

September 11th, 2019


On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a new book recasts one of America's darkest days in strikingly personal terms by weaving together survival stories in minute-by-minute detail. National …

“Our President Is Unstable”: A Senator Tears into Trump's Reckless Racism

September 4th, 2019


Late last year, Senator Jeff Merkley was one of the first national politicians to blow the whistle on the Trump administration's detention of …

Rapsody’s Newest Album Is a Rapturous Celebration of Black Womanhood

August 28th, 2019


Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody joins host Jamilah King to discuss art, politics, and what keeps her going in these turbulent political times. Her …

A Radical Idea for Reclaiming Our Toxic Reality

August 21st, 2019


Science journalist Ziya Tong joins Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn to explain how, despite the many wonders of the human brain, we suffer from "scale blindness", a dangerous state that hardwires us to melt in …

Epstein, QAnon, and the Conspiracist in Chief

August 14th, 2019


Just hours after financier Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent death by suicide, President Donald Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory alleging the Clinton …

El Paso’s Nightmare Is America’s New Normal

August 7th, 2019


In the wake of twin shooting tragedies that killed 31 people last weekend, Mother Jones takes you to El Paso, Texas. Host Jamilah King speaks to MoJo immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri, who spent time at a …

Trump Killed the Era of Great American Diplomacy

July 31st, 2019


Longtime US diplomat Richard Holbrooke was many things: Ambassador to Germany, Assistant Secretary of State, the man who resolved the intractable war …

Gun-Safety Activist Shannon Watts on How to Fight Like a Mom and Beat the NRA

July 24th, 2019


On today's show, Shannon Watts discusses her meteoric rise from stay-at-home mom to the NRA's worst nightmare, with Mother Jones’ editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery, during a taped live event at the Commonwealth Club in San …

Critic Emily Nussbaum Says You Should Never Feel Shame for Loving that TV Show

July 17th, 2019


On today’s show, we interview one of our favorite writers and thinkers, Emily Nussbaum, the Pulitzer prize-winning TV critic for the New Yorker. …

An Unaccompanied Minor's Online Detective Work Is Giving Hope to Others

July 10th, 2019


Coming of age inside America's immigration nightmare: As a 17-year-old, Carlos fled Honduras with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States. He …

"Intentional Cruelty": AOC Tells Us What She Saw Inside a Migrant Detention Center

July 3rd, 2019


Exclusive interview: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has used social media and a cunning instinct for politics and publicity to build a …

Tennessee Is Accelerating Executions. I Went to See Why.

July 3rd, 2019


On this week’s episode, we take you deep inside the system that sustains the world’s harshest punishment. Mother Jones reporter Nathalie Baptiste travels to Tennessee where a death row inmate was recently put to death, …

Betrayal. Torture. Escape. An American ISIS Wife’s Exclusive Tell-All.

June 26th, 2019


The finale of "Behind the Lines": An American woman says she was tortured by ISIS, survived the US-led assault on Raqqa, escaped the Islamic State, …

Inside an ISIS Prison

June 19th, 2019


Beneath a crumbling soccer stadium in Raqqa, in northeast Syria, is a maze of narrow corridors and underground cells where ISIS once held its prisoners. In this installment of our “Behind the Lines” podcast series, …

My Secret Journey to the War America Can't Escape

June 12th, 2019


Introducing "Behind the Lines", a Mother Jones Podcast series featuring senior reporter Shane Bauer’s exclusive, on-the-ground reporting in Syria. A year in the making, this series contains never-before-heard audio from …

Happy Pride. Here’s What We’re Fighting For.

June 5th, 2019


Happy Pride Month! This week marks the start of annual celebrations for the LGBTQ community in what has been a turbulent year in the fight for …

The Only State Lawmaker Who Lives on the Border

May 29th, 2019


There are 7,383 state legislators in the United States, and many of them, it seems, want to do something about the border. But there’s only one state lawmaker who actually lives there. Poncho Nevarez can’t just see …

Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back

May 22nd, 2019


The key to covering the 2020 election? More women. From the #MeToo movement to the fight for workplace equality to the dystopian abortion bills popping up around the country, male supremacy is plainly on the agenda in …

Julián Castro's Anti-Trump Border Battle

May 15th, 2019


Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro spoke with Mother Jones for this exclusive interview at one of his favorite restaurants in San Antonio. …

Trump Is Rigging the Census

May 8th, 2019


The US census is conducted every 10 years and determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated, how much representation …

Want Access? Pay Your Way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

May 1st, 2019


This week, we take a hard look at the strange, swampy saga of President Donald Trump and a Florida spa entrepreneur.

Li “Cindy” Yang is the former owner of the Jupiter, Florida, massage parlor where New England Patriots …

Doug Jones Explains How to Win in the South

April 24th, 2019


In a nail-biting Alabama special election in 2017 to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Doug Jones made history when he narrowly won against former state Supreme Court justice Roy …

The Mueller Report Is the Opposite of an Exoneration

April 18th, 2019


The long-awaited report by special counsel Robert Mueller confirms what we already knew: that Donald Trump and his campaign privately interacted with Russia while Putin’s regime was preparing—and then carrying out—an …

Columbine Changed Everything

April 17th, 2019


The blitz of media coverage for this week’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine attack has once again put the perpetrators center stage. But school …

How One Border Town Beat Extremist Vigilantes

April 10th, 2019


When gun-toting militants set up shop, this Arizona community got fed up and came together. Arivaca is a town of just 700 residents and sits 11 miles north of the Mexico border in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert. …

Mayor Pete’s Plan to Beat Trump

April 3rd, 2019


Can an openly gay war-veteran millennial become president in 2020?

This week’s guest is presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of …

Donald Trump Should Probably Stop Dancing in the Street

March 27th, 2019


We all craved a clear resolution after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr over the weekend. No such …

Mueller Is Done. Trump Is About To Go Nuclear.

March 22nd, 2019


A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal and submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William …

How Tech Giants Gave the NZ Shooter More Firepower

March 20th, 2019


Last Friday, at least 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. While the perpetrator’s exact path to radicalization is still unknown, one thing has become increasingly clear: This was an attack …

Now Is the Time to Freak Out

March 13th, 2019


Our guest today is David Wallace Wells, a deputy editor at New York Magazine, and author of a vividly distressing new book about the all-encompassing perils of climate change, called The Uninhabitable Earth. With every …

The Real Border Crisis Trump’s Not Talking About

March 6th, 2019


This week, we take a deeper look at what’s happening at the border. You'll go inside a Tijuana shelter where teenaged migrants—young boys and girls—are being held. They’re stuck, caught in legal limbo due to President …

Rehabs Are Targeting and Trapping Opioid Users

February 27th, 2019


On today's show, we hear the results of a nine-month investigation into how rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid users into a deadly cycle. …

How to Finally Reboot the Oscars

February 20th, 2019


Oscar buzz isn’t what it used to be. In recent years, the Academy Awards have been criticized—and rightfully so—for its lack of diversity and …

So Many Candidates. Who Can Beat Trump?

February 13th, 2019


As each new Democratic party candidate declares a bid for the presidency—and there have been a lot—there's a new surge of hand-wringing, speculation, …

The Maddening Fight for 6-Year-Old Moira Ermentrout

February 6th, 2019


Moira Ermentrout was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was born. The six-year-old's list of medical problems is long and complex: she can't …

Everyone Hates the State of the Union Address

January 30th, 2019


The State of the Union address: What exactly is the point? On the one hand, Pelosi's Shutdown Smackdown put Trump in a corner by threatening to deny …

Breaking News Edition: Why Roger Stone's Arrest Should Scare Don Jr.

January 25th, 2019


A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: On Friday morning, the FBI arrested Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation …

The Painful Reality of Surviving Trump’s Shutdown

January 23rd, 2019


Surviving the shutdown: Today, Mother Jones listeners who are employed by the federal government share their wrenching stories of trying to make ends meet as the longest government shutdown in US history grinds on into …

Mr. President, Have You Ever Worked for Russia?

January 16th, 2019


This is how far things have come. Try to imagine this scene taking place in normal times: The president of the United States speaking to reporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House and, just to clarify …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Biggest Fight

January 9th, 2019


WTF is the Green New Deal? Washington D.C. is awash with talk of a polarizing plan to fight climate change, as freshman Democrats like U.S. …

He Was Dying. Then Doctors Tried Some Forgotten Viruses.

January 2nd, 2019


Happy New Year! This week, as the podcast team gears up for a brand new 2019 season, we’re revisiting two of our most talked-about segments from 2018. First up is the rage-inducing inside story of America’s student debt …

Be a Better You: How to Break Political Tribalism

December 26th, 2018


It’s our final episode for 2018. As we take stock of this seemingly never-ending year, big questions abound: How can we rise above the worst impulses …

DeRay Mckesson on How to Turn Outrage into Hope

December 19th, 2018


DeRay Mckesson is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s been an educator, a mayoral candidate, and now, he’s also an author. As 2018 ends and progressive communities continue to resist the Trump …

"Broad City" Star Ilana Glazer Takes Over the Podcast

December 12th, 2018


On this week's show, host Jamilah King hands over interviewing duties to a surprise guest: Co-creator and star of the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Ilana Glazer. This podcast was recorded live in Brooklyn in October by …

David Byrne Rode His Bike to Our Office and Talked About Everything

December 5th, 2018


On this week's show, host Jamilah King interviews the prolific artist, David Byrne about police shootings, Janelle Monáe, stage fright, “True …

Trump Put a Target on Our Backs: Trans Americans Fight Back

November 28th, 2018


This week, trans listeners share candid stories about life under Trump. Sarah McBride, national press secretary for Human Rights Campaign, reveals the whiplash of working for Barack Obama, the most trans-inclusive …

How the Trump-Addicted Media Blew Another Election

November 21st, 2018


Two of the biggest, brightest minds in the media business join us in the studio this week: Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Vox …

Lie, Block, Betray: Trump After the Blue Wave

November 14th, 2018


The midterms aren't over: votes are being counted and recounted in key battleground states. This week, we take you directly to Broward County, Florida, where reporter Pema Levy is staking out the local elections …

Breaking News Edition: Trump Goes Full Mob Boss

November 7th, 2018


It happened: The Attorney General of the United States has been fired. This news came with a giant Trumpian thump Wednesday morning—while votes are still being counted in an election that handed the House back to …

Trump Wakes Up Shaking

November 7th, 2018


On this late-breaking episode: How to understand this historic night as the political makeup of the country is being written in real-time—like, as we …

Trump Ate the GOP. Now He’s Digesting It.

October 31st, 2018


On today's show, our Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn offers his assessment of how the president and his party are mining the worst of America's ancient grievances—on race, religion, and nationalism—for new …

It’s Finally Time to Talk About the Polls

October 24th, 2018


On this week’s show: After 2016, can we really trust the polls? With just two weeks until the midterm elections on November 6, we gather some of the …

Road Trip Through the Battleground States

October 17th, 2018


On this week's show: Buckle up for a Mother Jones road trip to three of the most contentious battleground states in the upcoming November elections—and they’re all in the Southwest. First, Senior Reporter Tim Murphy …

The Argument for Rage

October 10th, 2018


This week: We’re in the home stretch—only 27 days to go until the midterms. As Brett Kavanaugh gets to work, rockstar feminist writer Rebecca …

The Conservative Case for Destroying the GOP

October 3rd, 2018


On this week's episode, Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn chats with Max Boot, the lauded conservative stalwart who now believes the GOP must be destroyed—for good. Boot says that the Trumpian poison cannot be …

Breaking News Edition: Ford’s Bravery, Kavanaugh's Fury

September 28th, 2018


A special episode of the Mother Jones Podcast: All the breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings, explained. First, the gut-wrenching testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who accused …

A Constitutional Crisis Is Just a Tweet Away

September 26th, 2018


On this week's episode, inside the fight for Medicaid expansion at the polls in November. The fate of Obamacare is on the ballot—and now up to voters …

Voting Has Never Been Harder—or More Important

September 19th, 2018


On this week’s show: Everything you need to know about the fierce, multi-pronged attack on your vote in November—and how to fight back. Spoiler …

The Viruses That Could Save Us All

September 12th, 2018


On this week's show, a love story wrapped in a medical mystery—with a Cold War twist. Tom Patterson, a psychologist, was dying from a seemingly …

The Mind-Boggling Private Prison Comeback

September 5th, 2018


On this week's episode, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer reports on the surging profits of the private prison industry thanks to Trump. More than two-thirds of all immigration detainees are held by private …

America's Rage-Inducing Student Debt Machine

August 29th, 2018


On this week’s show: How the nation’s flagship loan forgiveness program is failing the very people it’s supposed to help. You'll hear the disturbing firsthand account of how the mismanaged Public Service Loan …

Cohen, Guilty. Manafort, Guilty. Now What?

August 22nd, 2018


Two top Trump-world figures in disgrace. This week, twin legal developments rocked the presidency: Trump's former campaign boss Paul Manafort was …

Parkland Teens Are Throwing Everything at the Midterms

August 15th, 2018


Six months ago, a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, changed the way America talks about guns. Before …

Putin Is Hacking America on Trump's Watch

August 8th, 2018


The midterm elections are in serious danger of being hacked. Why has the White House and its GOP allies in Congress done so little to combat the threat? On this week's episode, reporters Pema Levy and AJ Vicens discuss …

Ben Carson’s War on Fair Housing

August 1st, 2018


During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump asked black voters, "What do you have to lose?" This Illinois town found out. Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy shares the tragic story of how one neglected community got caught up …

#MeToo Heads to Church

July 25th, 2018


As a teen, Emily Joy was abused by a church youth leader. Now, she’s leading a movement to change Evangelical America. MoJo's Becca Andrews tells host Jamilah King how #ChurchToo has opened the floodgates and forced a …

Rev. William Barber Is Fighting Like Hell for Democracy

July 18th, 2018


Tune in for a special, fiery conversation between Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman and The Reverend William Barber. Recorded at a live event in Berkeley, California, they discuss how Barber’s movement has built a …

Can Violent Racists Kick Their Addiction to Hate?

July 11th, 2018


Shane Johnson was born into the Ku Klux Klan—now he works to convince others not to join hate groups. How did he get out? And what can we learn from his story?

Mother Jones senior editor Wes Enzinna shares exclusive …

Who Gets to Make America

July 4th, 2018


A show about immigration, art, and the hidden history of the national anthem. Rapper-turned-director Boots Riley joins host Jamilah King to talk about his debut film, the dystopian comedy, "Sorry to Bother You." At the …

Nightmare at the Border

June 27th, 2018


As the nation reels from the sounds of crying migrant children separated from parents at the border, the Mother Jones Podcast turns to those who are desperately waiting for answers. Texas Tribune investigative reporter …

Dan Pfeiffer Tries to Save America

June 20th, 2018


Dan Pfeiffer, one of the most influential political voices from the Obama White House, has a plan to fight back. In this week's episode, the former …

Strippers, Guns, and Cash: Selling Painkillers in America

June 13th, 2018


The historic nuclear summit. Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn explains why President Trump's Singapore appearance was one of the worst days of …

Torn Apart by Trump's Travel Ban

June 6th, 2018


Extraordinary stories of living in limbo: On this week’s episode, you’ll hear from real Mother Jones readers who have had their lives upended by …

Make America Toxic Again

May 30th, 2018


It's been a year since President Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord. Join host Jamilah King as she speaks with Mother …

Primary Season in America

May 23rd, 2018


Welcome to our first-ever show! Here's what we have in store this week. We start with Senior Reporter Tim Murphy who profiles the candidates ripping …

Coming Soon: The Mother Jones Podcast

May 17th, 2018


Follow the thread. Untangle the news. The Mother Jones Podcast is coming soon, featuring original and independent journalism from our award-winning …

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