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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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A Special Announcement

December 3rd, 2021


Things have been a bit quiet around these parts lately, huh? After a few months bringing you some of our best feature investigations read aloud, in partnership with Audm, we’re going through some behind-the-scenes …

Today It’s Critical Race Theory. 200 Years Ago It Was Abolitionist Literature.

October 29th, 2021


We bet you’ve heard one phrase more and more this year than ever before: Critical Race Theory. It’s an obsession on Fox News, and it’s the topic, …

Are These Black Leaders on the Cusp of a New National Movement?

October 21st, 2021


With everything going on these days—we’ll spare you the list of existential crises we’re currently living through—now seems like the perfect time to …

The Nightmare of Getting an Abortion in the South

October 9th, 2021


A week ago, thousands of people turned out for Women's March rallies across the country, galvanized by Texas' recent six-week abortion ban and the …

Ammon Bundy Is Running to Be Idaho’s Next Governor

September 16th, 2021


Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer has been following Ammon Bundy for years. He's the guy you'll remember who became a kind of folk hero on the …

How Flint Closed the Gap Between Black and White Suffering Under COVID

September 1st, 2021


As the Delta variant upended hope of returning to normal this summer, Mother Jones reporter Edwin Rios published a deeply reported story on Flint, Michigan, recounting how residents of this predominantly Black city have …

The Afghan Refugee Crisis Has Only Just Begun

August 18th, 2021


Towards the end of 2020, Mother Jones’s editorial director Ian Gordon wrote a deeply reported story about how then-President Donald Trump took a broken asylum system and turned it into a machine of unchecked …

The Metamorphosis of Kyrsten Sinema

August 4th, 2021


Every time you read the news lately, there she is: in conversations about bipartisanship, the infrastructure deal, the filibuster, even the fate of Joe Biden's presidency itself. But who is Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona? …

CNN’s Jake Tapper Says the Media Must Confront Republicans’ Big Lie

July 28th, 2021


Jake Tapper has drawn a line: no “Big Lie” proponents on-air. The CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent won’t book Republican politicians …

Escape From the Billionaire Meme Mogul

July 21st, 2021


Sergey Grishin is a well-connected, billionaire mogul. Last August, he made headlines when he sold his lavish estate to Prince Harry and Meghan …

Everything You're Getting Wrong About the Culture Wars

July 7th, 2021


Everywhere you turned in the aftermath of the 2020 election, someone was arguing a hard line on cultural issues as an explanation for the outcome. …

Garry Trudeau on Lampooning Trump and Other Lessons from 5 Decades of Doonesbury

July 2nd, 2021


For five decades, Garry Trudeau has been writing what is one of the most important—and entertaining—comic strips in American history: Doonesbury. He started the strip in October, 1970 as a student at Yale. With its …

Can America’s Problems Be Fixed By a President Who Loves Jon Meacham?

June 23rd, 2021


Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who has spent the last two decades pounding out bestselling accounts of American presidents such …

A Special Summer Announcement from the Podcast Team

June 9th, 2021


After three years of weekly episodes—that’s 181 shows, if you’re counting—the Mother Jones Podcast team has decided to switch things up for the next couple of months, as we, like you, emerge from a year that has thrown …

The Insurrection Was a Giant Recruitment Exercise for Extremists

June 2nd, 2021


The deadly insurrection at the US Capitol wasn’t the start of something, nor was it the end. What happened on January 6 had been planned for weeks, …

Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold

May 26th, 2021


As we approach the five-month anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, the Republican Party has made one thing clear: They want to forget all about …

Leaked Video: How a Dark Money Group Is Trying to Rig Our Elections

May 19th, 2021


The right-wing dark money group Heritage Action for America claims to be the mastermind behind the recent fire hose of state-level voter suppression laws, a new Mother Jones scoop reveals. Mother Jones voting rights …

“We’re Torn Apart”: Inside India’s Worsening COVID Nightmare

May 12th, 2021


A Mother Jones investigation has found that hundreds of visa workers are stuck in India with no way to get back to their families in the United States. India is the in the midst of a shocking COVID-19 crisis. Health …

“Queen Sugar” Author Natalie Baszile: Black Farmers Can Help Save the Planet

May 5th, 2021


Natalie Baszile knew she was onto something when she got the call from Oprah’s people. A novelist and food justice activist, Baszile had been working for years on a semi-autobiographical novel about a Los Angeles-based …

The Black Farmer Movement Battling History to Return to the Land

April 28th, 2021


Agriculture was once a major source of wealth among the Black middle class in America. But over the course of a century, Black-owned farmland, and …

The Oscar-Nominated Writers of Judas and the Black Messiah Make History

April 24th, 2021


Judas and the Black Messiah, a ground-breaking film about the life of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, has been hailed as one of the best films of the year. The film is up for five Oscars, including Best Picture. It’s …

Derek Chauvin Is Guilty. The Fight for Real Justice Is Far From Over.

April 21st, 2021


Late Tuesday afternoon, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin delivered its verdict: guilty on all three counts in the killing of George Floyd. The …

How America's Super-Rich Tax Evaders Are Hurting Everyone

April 14th, 2021


Money. You’re probably thinking a lot about it these days. From a global pandemic that’s tanked the global economy, to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill, to workers once again trying (and failing) to …

The Hidden Influence of Lady Bird Johnson

April 7th, 2021


Lady Bird Johnson always fit the mold of a certain old-fashioned, stereotypical presidential wife: self-effacing, devoted to her generally unfaithful …

Hope and Fear: The Dangerous New COVID Phase, Explained

March 31st, 2021


Earlier this week, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky went off-script during a news conference to issue an emotional warning: a fourth coronavirus …

Stop the COVID Shaming!

March 26th, 2021


For many people who contract the coronavirus, shame is an underreported side-effect. Its symptoms are intense bewilderment about the cause of infection, reluctance to engage with healthcare systems, and discomfort …

A Post-Trump Guide to Stopping the Lies and Healing Our Politics

March 25th, 2021


Cass Sunstein is a public intellectual and provocateur—and he has been pondering a timely issue: public lying. A longtime Harvard law professor and an expert on behavioral economics, Sunstein has written a slew of …

What Happened in Jackson, Mississippi, Was a Catastrophe—and a Warning Sign

March 24th, 2021


Boiling water to drink and bathe. Collecting rainwater to flush toilets. Using bottled water distributed by the National Guard to take care of basic …

All Hail Pop Queen Selena, Who Showed Us How to Belong

March 17th, 2021


Anything for Selena is more than a podcast about the iconic 1990s superstar Selena Quintanilla. It’s a nine-part series about belonging itself. Journalist Maria Garcia documents her own journey as she discovers what it …

Stacey Abrams Is Hellbent on Stopping the GOP's "Jim Crow 2.0"

March 10th, 2021


Stacey Abrams has a name for the series of bills that just passed the Georgia state legislature: “Jim Crow in a suit and tie.” Abrams joins the Mother Jones Podcast to explain why your right to vote is once again under …

Roxane Gay Says Cancel Culture Does Not Exist

March 5th, 2021


Roxane Gay is one of the most prolific and versatile writers of our generation. She’s written a best-selling collection of essays (Bad Feminist), a …

The Vaccine Rollout Is Racist. We Can Do Something About That.

March 3rd, 2021


A new coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson has been approved. A new coronavirus variant in New York City has been identified—and is spreading. New data shows structural and racial disparities in who is …

Biden Can't Make Trump's Immigration Cruelty Vanish Overnight

February 24th, 2021


Overflowing ICE detention centers. Families separated at the border. A multi-billion-dollar border wall. Over the course of his four-year presidency, …

What the Hell Is “Truth and Reconciliation”, Anyway?

February 17th, 2021


House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin delivered a speech during Trump’s impeachment trial last week in which he made a direct appeal to reality: “Democracy needs a ground to stand upon,” he said. “And that ground is …

Impeachment Trial Day One: The Damning Case Against Donald Trump

February 10th, 2021


Tears on the Senate floor. Shocking footage of the insurrection. A bumbling and widely panned performance by Donald Trump’s legal team. The former president’s second impeachment has now moved to trial, and House …

Biden Confronts Our Climate Crisis Head On

February 3rd, 2021


Stopping climate change is back on the White House agenda. President Biden came into with the most ambitious climate change plans of any administration to date. He not only promised to reverse the Trump administration's …

Dr. Seema Yasmin Grew Up Believing Conspiracies. Now She Fights Them.

January 27th, 2021


Trump is gone. But assessing the wreckage wrought by his lies has only just begun. Emerging, battered, from a year advising the former president, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. …

The Post-Trump Era Is Here: Inside Joe Biden's Historic Inauguration

January 20th, 2021


Today, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Two weeks after an armed mob stormed the Capitol, the new president …

Twice Impeached: Trump’s Name Will Live Forever in Shame and Infamy

January 14th, 2021


Today, President Donald Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice. A majority of the US House of Representatives—including …

Trump's Terror Tactics and America's History of Racist Violence

January 13th, 2021


The January 6 attack on the US Capitol by a mob of extremist Trump supporters was shocking and scary—but not surprising. Incendiary rhetoric and …

I Watched the Capitol Siege Begin. I Was Threatened For Being a Reporter.

January 8th, 2021


On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters surged towards the US Capitol as the Senate was debating certification of Joe Biden’s election win. “No one …

BREAKING: Goodbye, Mitch. Democrats Win the Senate.

January 6th, 2021


NOTE: This episode was recorded just before violence erupted on Capitol Hill when pro-Trump extremists, inflamed by the president, rampaged inside …

Trump Won't Stop Lying, Extorting, and Cheating, Even If It Kills the GOP

January 6th, 2021


Wow. What a start to the year. For those of you hoping high-stakes political drama might be confined to the 2020 presidential election, think again. …

2020 Needs Its Own History Book. Here’s Our First Draft.

December 30th, 2020


A disease, global in reach but intimate in its cruelty. A nation plunged into economic ruin. A president raging and incompetent. Society's unforgiving disparities revealed like never before. What a year to be putting …

“He Won’t Get Played:” Biden’s Biographer on Lessons from the Obama White House

December 23rd, 2020


Joe Biden’s biographer joins the Mother Jones Podcast to tell us about the man behind the public figure. Over his decades in public life, we’ve heard about the tragedies our president elect has experienced: the trauma …

Prayer and Politics: On the Campaign Trail in Georgia with Raphael Warnock

December 16th, 2020


On this week's Mother Jones Podcast, we take you along for the ride as Democrats barnstorm Georgia in the last few weeks before the pivotal runoff …

Georgia’s Runoff Races Are Usually Disasters for Dems. This Time Is Different.

December 9th, 2020


You might be breathing a deep sigh of relief that the 2020 elections are finally over. But spare a thought for our friends in Georgia. Voters there …

Will Biden Finally Fix America's Crippling Student Debt Crisis?

December 2nd, 2020


Young people turned out in record numbers for the 2020 presidential election, and they overwhelmingly backed Joe Biden. Now, the hashtag 

The Safest Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving, According to Science

November 25th, 2020


How are your Thanksgiving plans different this year? You may have heeded the urgent advice to put travel plans on ice, but you’re still trying your …

Biden Won. Now He Needs to Save the Planet.

November 11th, 2020


After a drawn-out vote count, Joe Biden has clinched the presidency. Now he needs to save the planet. As Biden’s supporters celebrate, many are …

Live Podcast Special: How Biden Banished Trump

November 7th, 2020


It’s over! After a nail-biting count that dragged for days in key swing states, Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, with a record-breaking vote count of at least 75 million votes, so far. The 

No Clear Outcome. No Clear Rejection of Trump. Now We Wait.

November 4th, 2020


Exhausted from staying up much too late, we are all trying to figure out what happened now that the final day of voting is over in one of the most …

Staying Sane During America's Coming Constitutional Firestorm

October 30th, 2020


We are days out from what could be the most high-stakes election of our lifetimes. If Trump loses, will he go quietly? Which parts of the …

Live Special: How to Survive Election Night (and Beyond)

October 28th, 2020


On today’s show: Everything you need to know about this infuriating, scary, hopeful, dumb, and exciting final sprint to the polls. Simply surviving …

How Biden Can Pull Off the Once-Unthinkable: Win Arizona

October 21st, 2020


With less than two weeks to go before the election, the Mother Jones Podcast takes you to the major 2020 battleground state of Arizona. Turning it …

Trump, Guns, and 2020: One Hunting Family Tackles America's Biggest Debates

October 14th, 2020


This week’s presidential debate may be canceled, but debates are still roiling around kitchen tables, on social media, and in family iMessage groups. It’s 2020 and opportunities for a fight are everywhere: Maybe you’re …

Trump’s Biggest Florida Influencer: A Cuban YouTuber with a Pet Monkey

October 7th, 2020


Could one Cuban American Youtuber swing the presidential election? Four years ago, social media and the stars who populate its platforms already …

Trump's Trashy Debate Performance Proved Biden's Point: This Choice Is Stark

September 30th, 2020


The first presidential debate of the 2020 election was a night of sound and fury, signifying Trumpian nihilism. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was visibly trying to stay calm and focus on the camera and speak …

After RBG: Our Fight for Democracy Just Got More Desperate

September 23rd, 2020


Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week at 87. President Trump now has the opportunity to remake the court for a generation by replacing R.B.G. with a staunch conservative. On today's show: …

CNN's Brian Stelter: Inside the Toxic Trump-Fox Feedback Loop

September 16th, 2020


It is impossible to tell the story of President Trump's rise to power without understanding his relationship with Fox News. Together they form one of modern America's most defining duos, argues CNN's chief media …

Young. Black. Gay. Heading to Congress. Meet the Ascendant Mondaire Jones.

September 9th, 2020


Mondaire Jones is on the brink of making history. He is in line to become one of the first Black gay men to serve in the US Congress after winning the Democratic primary for New York’s 17th congressional district in …

QAnon Is Infecting Congress. How the Wild Conspiracy Theory Went Mainstream.

September 2nd, 2020


As recently as March, "QAnon" was still a mostly fringe phenomenon. The conspiracy theory, which posits that a vast Democrat-led pedophile racket operates at the heart of the U.S. government, was well known among …

Progressive Prosecutors Are Frontline Fighters in the New Culture War

August 26th, 2020


One reason that the nomination of Kamala Harris is so fascinating is that it comes at a time when we’re completely rethinking criminal justice in the …

The Biggest Night of Kamala Harris's Life

August 19th, 2020


Wednesday night will mark the biggest accomplishment in the already-dazzling career of Senator Kamala Harris, when she takes to the (virtual) stage at the 2020 Democratic National Convention to accept her party’s …

"We Know How to Lead." Rep. Barbara Lee on Kamala Harris and the Unifying Power of Black Women

August 14th, 2020


Representative Barbara Lee is a big fan of fellow Californian Senator Kamala Harris. Last year, she was the first high-profile politician to endorse …

I'm a New Dad Freaking Out About Pandemic Day Care. So I Called the Expert.

August 12th, 2020


With schools and parents around the country facing tough decisions about safety and education, one author and academic has become something of a hero …

An Unhinged President Declares War on Protesters. (No, Not Trump.)

August 5th, 2020


An embattled president. A mass movement. A military used against citizens. We’ve been here before. In Mayday 1971, thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters descended on Washington DC to try to shut down the federal …

Samantha Bee: What Using the C-Word Taught Me About Trump-Era Comedy

July 29th, 2020


Samantha Bee doesn’t think comedy will take Trump down. She calls her craft “impotent beyond belief” in the face of the daily presidential wrecking …

Debbie Harry on Blondie, Bowie, and Bees

July 22nd, 2020


Debbie Harry is an icon, punk rock star, and self-proclaimed spokesperson for bees. As the frontwoman of Blondie, she came up through the avant-garde art scene in 1970s New York, trading artistic inspiration with Andy …

John Leguizamo on Trump, Dirty Jokes, and Whitewashing Latinx History

July 15th, 2020


Actor, activist, author and educator John Leguizamo loves that his comedy makes people feel angry. In his 2018 one-man Broadway show, Latin History …

Screaming and Christmas Trees: A Beloved Rehab's Dark Side

July 8th, 2020


Over nearly five decades, Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco has built a reputation as one of the nation's highest-profile rehab centers and …

"Our Job Is to Unlearn All That Shit": Actor Diane Guerrero Reckons With Whiteness in Hollywood and Beyond

July 1st, 2020


You might recognize Diane Guerrero for her roles in big TV shows like Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, and Doom Patrol. Off-screen, Guerrero …

Lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. How Much More Can America Take, Mr. President?

June 24th, 2020


Donald Trump loves to lie. We know that. But as the editor and chief writer of the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” it’s Glenn Kessler’s job to keep count. Donald Trump has earned over 18,000 Pinocchios from the “Fact …

Defunding the Police Is Only the Beginning

June 17th, 2020


After spending the last decade covering America’s criminal justice system, one thing is clear to activist, journalist and scholar Josie Duffy Rice: a …

"Bigotry Is a Lethal Weapon": Ibram X. Kendi's Guide to Fighting Racism

June 10th, 2020


As national protests extend into a second week, associate producer Molly Swartz surveys the intersection of America’s twin crises, by profiling a …

This Summer Will Be Long, Violent, and Necessary

June 3rd, 2020


George Floyd was confronted by police in Minneapolis and effectively choked to death as an officer knelt down on his neck before a crowd of …

The Unprecedented Challenge of Grieving 100,000 Americans

May 27th, 2020


By the time you listen to this episode, COVID-19 will have likely killed more than 100,000 people in the United States—more Americans than the …

Celebrate Pandemic Workers. Then Fight Like Hell for Their Rights.

May 20th, 2020


Every night, Americans across the country clap and make noise for the essential workers keeping our country afloat. But when the clapping ends, the deadly work continues, sometimes under deadly conditions. The pandemic …

Exclusive: Stacey Abrams on Trump's Existential Threat to Voting

May 13th, 2020


On today’s show, an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, the Democratic powerhouse who launched voting rights initiative Fair Fight after her 2018 loss to now-Gov. …

Fight Trump with Science. Fight Trump with Data. Fight Trump with Facts.

May 6th, 2020


From flattening the curve to pharmaceutical trials, the story of the coronavirus pandemic is a story told using science and statistics. Every day …

Trump's 100 Days of Deadly Coronavirus Denial

April 29th, 2020


It’s been 100 days since the first case of the coronavirus was diagnosed in the United States. And it's been 100 days of the Trump administration denying, deflecting, and shifting blame. What can the first 100 days tell …

ICE Detainees Got Pepper-Sprayed After Demanding Coronavirus Help

April 22nd, 2020


The new coronavirus has brought tensions in detention centers to new extremes, but what happened on March 25 at Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s LaSalle privately run detention center was months of neglect in the …

Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiffs' Urgent Plans to Investigate Trump’s Coronavirus Disaster

April 15th, 2020


On today’s show, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Adam Schiff provide an urgent roadmap for how to check presidential power in a pandemic. Mother Jones Washington DC bureau chief David Corn interviews the top Democrats …

Online Learning During the Pandemic Is Extra Tough Where Wifi Is Illegal

April 8th, 2020


Schools across the country have closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, and classes have moved online. For most students, disruptions to regular …

I Beat COVID-19. But I Can’t Donate My Blood for Research Because I’m Gay.

April 1st, 2020


What happens inside your body after you recover from COVID-19? What are the chances that survivors will develop immunity? And how should the legions …

Doctors on the Pandemic Frontlines Speak Out

March 25th, 2020


On the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a dire shortage of supplies and a deadly surplus of bad information. Dr. Michael Brumage, the medical director of Cabin Creek Health Systems in West Virginia joins …

Many Restaurants May Never Re-Open After Coronavirus

March 18th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic is devastating the hospitality industry. Millions of Americans are in lockdown. Events are being cancelled. The day before the release of this podcast episode, New York City's restaurants and …

Surviving Trump’s Border Crossing is Just the Beginning. Here’s What Happens Next.

March 13th, 2020


The Trump administration has slammed the door on asylum seekers in the last year, forcing more than 60,000 migrants to wait upwards of a year in Mexican border cities as their cases moved through US immigration court. …

I’m Self-Quarantined for Coronavirus After Attending Trump's Big GOP Love-in

March 11th, 2020


Schools are closing. Workplaces are sending people home. The stock market is going berserk. Conferences and festivals are being cancelled. The …

Sci-Fi Genius William Gibson's Trump-Free Alternate Reality

March 6th, 2020


There are many alternate futures. But what if there were also ... alternate pasts? That's the premise of William Gibson's latest novel, Agency. Gibson is the pioneering science fiction writer who coined the word …

Super Tuesday Special: Biden's Big Night. Bernie's Long Fight.

March 4th, 2020


Our Super Tuesday Mother Jones Podcast special is all about the knock 'em down, drag 'em out battle for the Democratic party! If you're a math nerd, you might be in heaven. But if you thought tonight was going to …

Pramila Jayapal on Bernie's Historic Candidacy and Trump's Toxic Presidency

February 28th, 2020


Pramila Jayapal, the freshman Democratic congresswoman from Washington, dubbed a" rising star in the Democratic caucus” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been fighting for immigrants’ rights since waves of xenophobia …

How the QAnon Conspiracy is Adapting to Help Trump in 2020

February 26th, 2020


Remember "Pizzagate"? That far-right fever dream about Hillary Clinton's allies running a pizza parlor child-sex ring turned out to be a precursor to QAnon, a bizarre and sprawling trove of pro-Trump conspiracy …

She Killed Her 3 Kids. Does She Belong in Prison?

February 19th, 2020


In March 2014, Carol Coronado was a new mother who committed an unthinkable act of violence: She stabbed and killed her three daughters, who were all …

How Bernie Sanders Won New Hampshire

February 12th, 2020


Mother Jones is on the ground in New Hampshire, reporting from the candidates’ after-parties following Sen. Bernie Sanders’ second win in the state’s …

What the Iowa Caucus Data Debacle Means

February 4th, 2020


We're putting the Mother Jones Podcast out early this week to bring you the very latest from the Iowa caucuses. Democratic officials are scrambling …

Trump Is Going to Get Off Scot-free. Or Is He?

January 29th, 2020


President Donald Trump’s lawyers have now concluded his impeachment defense on the floor of the Senate. A verdict—probably acquittal—is nigh. Or is it? In these final days and hours of the Trump impeachment saga, new …

Van Jones: Liberals Can Work With Trump to Make America Better

January 22nd, 2020


America is hopelessly divided. That's what we're told. Look no further than the Senate impeachment trial for evidence: If Republicans work with …

Trump Is an "Existential" Threat: Ilana Glazer, Eric Holder, and 2020

January 15th, 2020


As the 2020 presidential election approaches, efforts to suppress the vote are endemic. In this week’s episode, Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman …

My Brother Fled Australia's Climate-Fueled Inferno: "It Was a War Zone"

January 8th, 2020


Australia's wildfire emergency has no end in sight. This is what scientists warned would happen, and now it is: runaway wildfires of unprecedented …

The Political Fight that Will Shape 2020—and Beyond

January 1st, 2020


Happy 2020. Today, we’re bumping an episode from May 2019 back to the top of your feed because it’s about a fight that will come to define so much of …

How to Burst Your Reality Bubble and Embrace Lasting Solutions

December 25th, 2019


On this Christmas Day edition of the Mother Jones Podcast, we replay our August conversation between veteran science journalist Ziya Tong and Mother Jones’ D.C. bureau chief, David Corn. Tong explains exactly …

Trump's Name Will Be Stained By Impeachment Forever

December 19th, 2019


For the third time in American history, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach the president. In this breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast, our Washington DC Bureau Chief David Corn joins host …

They Made a Killing on the Mortgage Crisis. Now They Run Trump's America.

December 18th, 2019


Some of the people who screwed over American families during the Great Recession of 2008 are still around, and they're lurking in the shadows: they're in President Donald Trump's orbit, and in his cabinet. Steve …

We've Never Seen a Primary Season Quite Like This

December 11th, 2019


In just under two months, the first votes will be cast in the Democratic presidential primary. While the epic national drama of impeachment plays out in Washington, candidates are charging through town halls, living …

Trump's Stealth Attack on Skilled Migration

December 4th, 2019


President Donald Trump has said he welcomes "brilliant" skilled immigrants to the United States. In this week's episode, Mother Jones senior data reporter Sinduja Rangarajan investigates the Trump administration's …

Trump Is Winning the Border Wars. For Now.

November 27th, 2019


The Trump administration touts its “Remain in Mexico” policy as resounding success. Critics call it cruel and illegal. What’s unquestionable is that …

The Republican Conspiracy Frenzy Can Only Protect Trump for So Long

November 20th, 2019


On our first big impeachment podcast show, Mother Jones Washington D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn gives you the latest news direct from the hallway …

A Fearless Pop Superstar Navigates Hong Kong’s Violent Stand-Off

November 13th, 2019


Hong Kong resembles a war zone. Twenty-four weeks after millions demonstrated against a Chinese extradition bill, violent clashes between protesters …

We Got 8 Presidential Candidates to Confront the World's Biggest Threat

November 6th, 2019


Climate change is quickly becoming the defining issue of the 2020 presidential election. How the next American president confronts that threat will define where we live, what we eat, and how nations will survive. …

Ronan Farrow on How NBC Almost Derailed #MeToo Before It Began

October 30th, 2019


Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s serial predatory behavior has earned a Pulitzer Prize. But in the months leading up to publication, a …

Inside the US Marshals' Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire

October 23rd, 2019


The US Marshals Service detains tens of thousands of people every day in jails across the United States, and thanks to President Trump’s “zero …

Trump's Reckless Gift to ISIS

October 16th, 2019


President Donald Trump's sudden withdrawal of United States forces from Syria last week has pitted US allies against each other, liberated ISIS prisoners and terrorist detainees, strengthened the positions of Syria and …

Naomi Klein’s Blistering Warning: Fight for Your Lives.

October 9th, 2019


Naomi Klein is a veteran activist and environmentalist, and author of the new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” which argues that the dire urgency of the climate crisis is now a global five-alarm …

Trump's Unexplained $50 Million Loan. Is It Tax Fraud?

October 2nd, 2019


Donald Trump’s massive debts—he owes hundreds of millions of dollars—are the subject of continuous congressional and journalistic scrutiny. But for …

History Comes Knocking for Donald Trump

September 25th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday afternoon announced plans to launch formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. In recent days, a growing number of Democrats have argued that Trump’s efforts to …

I'm Racist. You're Racist. The System Is Racist. Now What?

September 18th, 2019


For most of his life, Ibram X. Kendi admits he was a racist. He’s a black man, raised predominantly in black neighborhoods, and received an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, a historically black …

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 …

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 …

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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