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The Ticket: Politics from The Atlantic

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Join Atlantic political correspondent Isaac Dovere on the road each week as he reports from around the country on the politics, policies, and personalities that are defining this crucial moment in American history. Each week brings you an intimate and surprising conversation with the names you know … read more

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October 22nd, 2021


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How To Build A Happy Life: A new podcast from The Atlantic

October 14th, 2021


Hello Ticket listeners. We'd like to introduce you to a new show, How to Build a Happy Life.

In this series, host Arthur Brooks digs into research and …

Introducing: The Experiment

February 5th, 2021


A new podcast from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios, The Experiment, tells stories from our unfinished country. On the first episode, host Julia …

Biden: The Candidate for the Trump Moment

January 22nd, 2021


Isaac Dovere reflects on the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the path through an election year like no other, and what the momentous changes of …

John Bresnahan Helps Us Understand What The Hell Just Happened

January 8th, 2021


John Bresnahan has covered Congress for decades, recently as Politico’s Capitol Hill bureau chief and now as co-founder of Punchbowl News. He …

Jim Clyburn

December 17th, 2020


The House majority whip from South Carolina gave Joe Biden the key endorsement of his candidacy. What does the civil rights veteran want to see from …

Gabe Sterling

December 4th, 2020


As conspiracy theories about the Georgia vote count have escalated into threats, a state election official rebuked President Trump and blamed him for …

Ed Yong

November 20th, 2020


A quarter-million Americans have now died of COVID-19. The spread of the virus is as bad as it’s ever been. And it’s almost certainly going to get much worse. But with the president abdicating responsibility and …

Abigail Spanberger

November 13th, 2020


The Virginia Congresswoman shares her concerns over President Trump’s post-election actions and what she considers the lessons of 2020 for her fellow Democrats.

Before coming to Congress as part of the Democratic wave in …

Brian Stelter

October 29th, 2020


Between the pandemic and President Trump, election night this year will be unlike any other. As usual, television news networks are the narrators of our democracy, but what will they do if the president claims an …

Tony Schwartz

October 23rd, 2020


The man who wrote The Art of the Deal reflects on Donald Trump, his presidency, and what the coming weeks could bring. 

Schwartz says Trump’s “primary …

Hillary Clinton

October 9th, 2020


The former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee discusses President Trump, the pandemic, and election disinformation.

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Barton Gellman

September 30th, 2020


With the election only weeks away, President Trump is down in the polls, sowing doubt about the integrity of the vote, and refusing to commit to a …

Howie Hawkins

September 17th, 2020


In 2016, the Green Party won more votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin than Donald Trump’s margins for victory. As a result, many Democrats …

Mandela Barnes

September 3rd, 2020


Elected at 31, Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor is a young Black progressive and the face of a new Democratic party in the Midwest. With the nation’s attention on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Barnes joins …

Chad Mayes

August 21st, 2020


Only a few years ago, Chad Mayes was the Republican leader in the California Assembly. Now, he’s out of the party. Ahead of next week’s Republican convention, he joins Isaac Dovere to discuss the state of the GOP, …

Susan Rice

August 8th, 2020


Susan Rice, the former U.N. Ambassador and National Security Advisor for the Obama administration, is considered a leading candidate to become Joe Biden's running mate. She joins to discuss statehood for DC, racism and …

Donna Shalala

July 24th, 2020


Florida congresswoman Donna Shalala was one of many first-time candidates in 2018. But unlike other freshman Democrats that flipped a district, she’d already had a decades-long career in public life. At age 77, she …

Doug Jones

July 10th, 2020


The Alabama senator discusses the coronavirus outbreak in the South, new efforts to grapple with its Confederate legacy, and his hopes that this time of crisis leads to systemic change.

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Carly Fiorina

June 25th, 2020


The 2016 Republican presidential candidate announces her intention to vote for Joe Biden, and the concerns about the country that led to her decision.

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Jumaane Williams

June 13th, 2020


The second-highest elected official in New York City is a progressive activist who’s worked to change policing for years. He thinks this moment could …

Nan Whaley

May 29th, 2020


The mayor of Dayton, Ohio, on how badly America's cities need a bailout—and how painful the impact could be if they don't get one.

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Bill Cassidy

May 15th, 2020


Senator (and doctor) Bill Cassidy discusses the coronavirus response, vaccines, and how states like his own Louisiana hope to reopen.

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Phil Murphy

May 1st, 2020


The governor of one of the hardest-hit states discusses the coronavirus response, how he thinks about reopening New Jersey, and his conversations with President Trump. (In fact, the president called him during taping.)

Andrew Yang

April 27th, 2020


The former presidential candidate discusses universal basic income, coronavirus-linked bigotry against Asian Americans, and how the pandemic has accelerated the automation trends he's long worried about.

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Stacey Abrams

April 24th, 2020


Georgia politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams discusses elections in a pandemic, vice presidential aspirations, and Star Trek.

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Voter Suppression By Pandemic

April 11th, 2020


Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund discusses Wisconsin’s election debacle and how the coronavirus has become a new tool of voter …

‘The Woman From Michigan’

April 3rd, 2020


Governor Gretchen Whitmer joins to discuss Michigan’s coronavirus response and her relationship with President Trump. Elected in the state’s 2018 …

Risking Exposure in Congress

March 28th, 2020


Grace Meng represents New York in Congress. Her Queens district is at the center of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, where its hospitals face an ‘apocalyptic’ situation. She spent the day flying to and from Washington to …

Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Pandemic Response

March 25th, 2020


Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked everyone to stay home. He's issued PSA videos, with his mini donkey and mini horse, and from his jacuzzi, urging …

The Coronavirus Response, with Senator Sherrod Brown

March 20th, 2020


Senator Sherrod Brown discusses the Trump administration's response to the pandemic and what he thinks Congress needs to do now. The progressive Ohio senator believes that, as Americans rely on expanded social insurance …

This Isn’t Trump’s Katrina (Except When It Is)

March 13th, 2020


Vann Newkirk joins Isaac Dovere to discuss Floodlines—the new Atlantic podcast about Hurricane Katrina—and what lessons the disaster response in 2005 has for the coronavirus crisis in 2020.

(After their conversation, …

Beating Donald Trump, with David Plouffe

March 6th, 2020


The campaign manager behind Obama’s 2008 election breaks down the state of the Democratic party. What do Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each need to do to win the nomination? And for an election Plouffe says has probably …

South Carolina, with Jennifer Palmieri

February 29th, 2020


Former Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri discusses the South Carolina primary, how 2020 is different than 2016, and how sexism still shapes American …

The Unlearned Lessons of 2016, with Katy Tur

February 21st, 2020


As Democrats slugged it out in Nevada this week, the president undermined the Justice Department in Washington. News anchor Katy Tur—and everyone …

A Historic Vote on Equal Rights, and Hopes for Gun Control

February 14th, 2020


On Thursday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton presided over debate on a bill to advance the Equal Rights Amendment. After the bill passed, she sat down in her office with Isaac Dovere to discuss the historic ERA vote and …

The New Hampshire Primary, with Chris Pappas

February 7th, 2020


After the chaos of Iowa, New Hampshire is set to deliver the first clear results of the 2020 presidential race. And on the show to preview the first …

The Iowa Caucuses, with J.D. Scholten

January 30th, 2020


Isaac Dovere previews the Iowa caucuses with congressional candidate J.D. Scholten. A former baseball player running to represent the state’s most …

The Ticket: Politics from The Atlantic

January 28th, 2020


On Thursday, Radio Atlantic is becoming The Ticket: Politics from The Atlantic.

As the 2020 voting begins, this show will relaunch with a new name and …

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

January 24th, 2020


The new mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, won all fifty of Chicago’s wards in a landslide last year. A lawyer with experience in government …

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Show-Business Politics

January 16th, 2020


The governator discusses the Republican party, his commitment to the environment, and the Democratic candidates (his review: "such bad actors").

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"He Doesn't Understand War"

January 9th, 2020


Ruben Gallego says President Trump doesn’t understand war, but the situation with Iran could soon escalate to one. Gallego is a progressive …

Will the Trump Presidential Library Have an Impeachment Section?

December 20th, 2019


On the day President Trump is impeached, Isaac Dovere visits the Nixon Library with Tom Steyer. The billionaire presidential candidate has spent two …

Why Impeachment Is Different This Time Around

December 13th, 2019


Steve Chabot, a House Republican who helped lead his party's impeachment fight against Bill Clinton, explains why he’s unconvinced by the Democrats’ case against Trump.

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Britain Votes (Again)

December 5th, 2019


Donald Trump wasn’t the only election surprise of 2016. Three months before he won the presidency, the United Kingdom also shocked observers by voting to leave the European Union. Ever since, Brexit has dominated …

Is Russia Winning the Impeachment Hearings?

November 22nd, 2019


During an impeachment hearing this week, President Trump's former top Russia adviser accused Republicans of peddling Russian propaganda.

Anne …

How to Stop A Civil War

November 14th, 2019


The special December issue of The Atlantic focuses on a single theme: “How to Stop a Civil War.” Two contributors to the issue, Harvard professor Danielle Allen and staff writer Adam Serwer, join Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey …

Virginia Hates Tyrants

November 7th, 2019


Senator Tim Kaine discusses Democrats' historic win in Virginia and what it means for 2020.

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President Pete?

October 31st, 2019


Mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses his unlikely presidential run.

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Reporting in ‘Forgotten America’

October 24th, 2019


James Fallows spent decades covering national politics for The Atlantic. For the last four years though, he’s traveled the parts of America typically …

Sanders vs. Warren?

October 18th, 2019


The fourth Democratic debate this week highlighted Elizabeth Warren’s new front-runner status. It also marked the return to public events for Bernie …

How ISIS Returns

October 11th, 2019


Staff writer Mike Giglio has been reporting on ISIS since before Americans knew what to call it. He documents his five years in the region for a new book, Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate.

He joins …

Understanding the Whistle-Blower

October 3rd, 2019


As a CIA officer detailed to the White House, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin is one of the few people to have done the same work as the whistle-blower.

She joins Isaac Dovere to discuss that experience, how it led her to …

Amy Klobuchar, Live at The Atlantic Festival

September 26th, 2019


As impeachment news comes in by the minute, The Atlantic hosts its annual festival in our nation’s capital. Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar joins Isaac Dovere on stage for a live taping of …

Steve Bullock's Longshot Case

September 19th, 2019


The Montana governor talks about his presidential campaign, his personal connection to the gun control debate, and why running his home state has …

The Heir

September 12th, 2019


Begun with a gold-rush brothel in the Yukon, the Trump empire has long been passed down through generations. Donald Trump inherited a business from …

On the Road with Beto

September 6th, 2019


This week, Beto O'Rourke took a bus out of New York. Not a campaign bus, just a regular old bus. Isaac Dovere joined for the trip and they talked …

The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore

August 29th, 2019


In December, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest after President Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria. As the last …

Recession Politics

August 23rd, 2019


This week showed increasing signs that a recession could be on the horizon. Manufacturing is shrinking. Job growth is slowing. The markets are …

Andrew Yang's Campaign Against the Coming Dystopia

August 15th, 2019


Andrew Yang joins Isaac Dovere on the trail in Iowa. Yang’s campaign started as a long-shot from a first-time politician, but he’s found a following. …

Cory Booker on White Supremacist Violence

August 8th, 2019


On Wednesday, Senator Cory Booker gave a speech on gun violence and white nationalism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the …

Rebuilding the Blue Wall

August 1st, 2019


While in Detroit covering the Democratic debates, Isaac Dovere sits down with Dana Nessel, Michigan’s new Democratic attorney general and the state’s …

The Veteran Candidate

July 26th, 2019


Seth Moulton, the Massachusetts congressman and presidential candidate, joins Isaac Dovere this week. Moulton shares his thoughts on Nancy Pelosi, …

How to Cover Racist Tweets

July 19th, 2019


On Sunday, President Trump told four members of Congress to “go back” to the countries “from which they came.”

Journalists have spent the week …

Trump Diplomacy

July 11th, 2019


This week, the British ambassador to the United States resigned after private cables leaked with his frank assessment of the White House and its …

The Other Republican

June 27th, 2019


Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has experience taking down a Republican president. He began his career in politics as one of the first …

The Fight for Reparations

June 21st, 2019


On Wednesday—for the first time in a decade—Congress held a hearing on reparations for slavery. It was a crystallizing moment for an issue that has gained prominence since Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2014 Atlantic essay.

Coates …

The Reelection Battle Begins

June 13th, 2019


The 2020 race is on. Staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere, who covers Democratic politics, was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the unofficial kick-off of the …

Partisanship at the Supreme Court

June 6th, 2019


In the coming days, the Supreme Court will announce its decisions on two cases that ask the same basic question: how far should partisan politics go?

The Abortion Debate’s New Urgency

May 30th, 2019


Recent weeks have seen unprecedented anti-abortion bills pass in states across the country. In Alabama, abortion is now banned under state law, …

Introducing Crazy/Genius Season 3

May 23rd, 2019


Privacy is now the most important idea on the internet—so what exactly is it? And if we care about our privacy, why aren’t we willing to pay to keep it?

This week’s Radio Atlantic is a preview of the new season of …

Trump’s Trade War

May 16th, 2019


Trump isn’t like most Republican presidents, but his views on trade have been an unusually firm departure from his party. Despite long championing free trade, the GOP is now led by a man who seems deeply skeptical of …

Liberalism’s Last Stand

May 9th, 2019


Franklin Foer joins Isaac Dovere to discuss his story in the June issue of The Atlantic about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán described his vision of Hungary as an "alternative to liberal democracy," and, …

Is Politics Funny Anymore?

May 2nd, 2019


Last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was the first one in years without a comedian. In the Trump era, comedians have struggled to adjust — are things too serious? Too biased? Too absurd? Is any of it funny …

To Impeach Or Not To Impeach?

April 25th, 2019


Atlantic Ideas Editor Yoni Appelbaum and Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein have both deeply researched the question of impeachment — and each came to a different conclusion.

Appelbaum argued in The Atlantic’s March cover …

The Trauma at the Border

April 20th, 2019


On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr ordered immigration judges to stop releasing asylum seekers on bail. The move signals an even fiercer …

Can A Long-Shot Candidate Beat Donald Trump?

April 12th, 2019


The crowded race for the Democratic nomination includes both frontrunners and long-shots, but how do we know which is which? Some big names have …

Sex, Gender, and the Democratic Party

April 4th, 2019


In recent days, three women have accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate contact. On Wednesday, Biden announced in a video that he …

Politics After Mueller

March 28th, 2019


Last week, the special counsel submitted his report to Attorney General Bill Barr. And this week, Barr shared his brief summary of the big …

President Trump’s Post-Mueller Corruption Problem

March 23rd, 2019


When elected, most presidents either sell their assets or put them in a blind trust. Isolating a president’s financial interests from their time in …

Paul Manafort and the Problem of White-Collar Crime

March 14th, 2019


Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will spend around seven years in federal prison — far less than the nineteen to twenty-four years …

The Future of the Democratic Party

March 7th, 2019


The Democratic party is in a battle with itself. After devastating losses in 2016, the party was resurgent in 2018, but the lessons from both …

President Trump's New Legal Nightmare

February 28th, 2019


On Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen called the president a racist, a conman, and a cheat. He also brought documents.

Trump’s onetime confidant testified for seven hours. He laid a trail of …

State of Emergency

February 21st, 2019


Last week, President Trump declared a national emergency to get funding for the wall. The move gave him elevated power to move money around, but it …

Pecker Pics and Tabloid Tricks

February 14th, 2019


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently accused the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail” over private photos of him obtained by the tabloid. In …

Something Rotten in the State of Virginia

February 6th, 2019


Recently, news broke that Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general both wore blackface in the 1980s. The controversy now enveloping the state has seemed all too familiar, as blackface photos of even more …

Kamala Harris, Progressive Prosecutor?

February 1st, 2019


Senator Kamala Harris has drawn criticism for beginning her 2020 campaign by pitching herself as a ‘progressive prosecutor’ despite a more mixed record.

Alex Wagner sits down with two people who have thought deeply …

The Art of the Shutdown Deal

January 24th, 2019


The government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history, but President Trump seems no closer to a deal to resolve it. Why does the “master …

Is the President a Russian Asset?

January 17th, 2019


On Friday, the New York Times published a startling story: In 2017, days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened an inquiry …

How to Fix Social Media

January 10th, 2019


Social media platforms once promised to connect the world. Today’s digital communities, though, often feel like forces for disunity. Anger and discord in 2018 seemed only amplified by the social media institutions that …

What Happened to the GOP?

December 20th, 2018


Observing antidemocratic ‘power grabs’ by state Republicans, Atlantic staff writer George Packer writes that “the corruption of the Republican Party …

Does the NRA Connect Trump to Russia?

December 14th, 2018


On Thursday, Maria Butina became the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence the 2016 election. As part of Russia’s years-long …

The First Gene-Edited Babies

December 6th, 2018


A Chinese researcher recently touched off a global controversy when he announced the birth of the world’s first genetically edited babies. The claims remain unverified, but the news shocked and dismayed scientists …

What’s Happening With Mueller and Manafort?

November 29th, 2018


Paul Manafort’s cooperation with the Mueller probe has collapsed. In a Monday filing, the special counsel’s office said he repeatedly lied to federal …

Florida Flashbacks

November 16th, 2018


The midterms were over a week ago, but a number of races have yet to be called. In Florida, the senate and governor elections have both come down to a recount, and accusations of vote-tampering are flying.

Alex Wagner …

What Did We Learn From the Midterms?

November 9th, 2018


Executive Editor Matt Thompson interviews Atlantic reporters on what lessons they drew from the midterm elections, speaking in turn with: Vann …

Midterms in the Wake of Political Violence

November 2nd, 2018


The upcoming midterms mark the first nationwide referendum on the Trump presidency and the GOP-led Congress. Coming amid a shocking spree of …

The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

October 26th, 2018


On October 2nd, Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again. Details of …

The Politics of Ancestry

October 19th, 2018


Senator Elizabeth Warren recently shared results of a genetic analysis to back up her family’s story of Cherokee ancestry, hoping to blunt a favorite …

America's Higher Education Crisis

October 12th, 2018


A college education has become a key asset towards success in the American economy, but for many Americans, access to higher education—especially at …

Remembering Ferguson with DeRay Mckesson

October 5th, 2018


Four years ago, after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, protestors took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Among them was a school …

Is the Public Square Gone?

September 28th, 2018


After a news week that’s felt more like a news month, Matt Thompson sits down with two experienced editors to ask how people manage to make and consume news in today’s environment. Adrienne LaFrance is the editor of …

The Reputations and Reckonings of #MeToo

September 21st, 2018


As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces assault allegations, the #MeToo movement reaches its first anniversary. Beyond a potential hearing …

Is Democracy Dying?

September 14th, 2018


With authoritarianism and populism on the rise around the world, The Atlantic examines the fate of democracy in its October issue. Anne Applebaum

How Much Longer Can Football Last?

September 7th, 2018


Mark Leibovich has a day job covering the reality show of politics as the New York Times Magazine’s Chief National Correspondent, but he’s spent the …

The Endless Devastation of Hurricane Season

August 31st, 2018


This week, the most rigorous estimate yet of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria was published, marking a grim milestone: the hurricane season of 2017 was one of the deadliest in North America in a century. A year after …

Trump’s Worst Day

August 23rd, 2018


Matt and Gillian discuss Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea with Franklin Foer and David A. Graham. Was Tuesday a turning …

When Does Hollywood’s Diversity Become Real Representation?

August 17th, 2018


With movies like Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, and Sorry To Bother You out in theaters, Hollywood is trying to mute the complaint that it lacks …

Charlottesville: One Year Later

August 10th, 2018


It’s been a year since the violence of the “Unite the Right” rally and the political turmoil of its aftermath. How did Charlottesville change the …

Keepers of the Year 2018

July 20th, 2018


The first anniversary of Radio Atlantic this week coincides with one of the newsiest weeks of 2018. So we’ve decided to take the opportunity to lift our sights above the fog of news for a few minutes, and discuss the …

The Future of Europe

July 13th, 2018


As President Trump meets with other western leaders in Europe, the spirit of democratic cooperation we’re used to in NATO summits is gone. But it’s …

Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

July 6th, 2018


“Humanity is now in the midst of its fastest-ever period of change,” writes Ed Yong in the July/August issue of The Atlantic. Urbanization and …

The View from the Border

June 21st, 2018


Outrage over families separated at the border has reached a fever pitch. Social media is awash with images of undocumented migrants held in cages, sounds of children crying for their parents, and viral videos of a …

Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

June 15th, 2018


Nationwide, black Americans live three years less than white Americans. In places with a history of segregation, that life-expectancy gap can be as much as twenty years. Staff writer Olga Khazan joins Matt Thompson, …

The North Korea Summit

June 8th, 2018


Two of the world’s most volatile heads of state—Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump—have moved in the span of a year from trading insults to trading fawning …

A White House Troll ‘Owning the Libs’

June 1st, 2018


A new generation of political activists have grown up more interested in provoking outrage from their fellow citizens than in winning them over. …

Is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Past Solving?

May 25th, 2018


The decades-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians seems to be at a new low these days. Two American-born writers – an Israeli author and a …

Happy Mueller-versary

May 18th, 2018


Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been the focus of headlines and cable news for a full year now. Despite his seemingly leak-proof …

Introducing Crazy/Genius: Why Can't Facebook Tell the Truth?

May 11th, 2018


This week's Radio Atlantic brings you the first episode of our new show Crazy/Genius, hosted by Atlantic staff writer (and past Radio Atlantic guest) Derek Thompson. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook …

Is Politics Ruining Pop Culture?

May 4th, 2018


Some Americans who grew up identifying with Roseanne have found themselves alienated by Roseanne Barr’s outspoken devotion to President Trump. Many …

Is the Presidency Broken?

April 27th, 2018


“We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy,” writes John Dickerson in his May cover story in The Atlantic. “No one man—or woman—can possibly represent …

The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

April 20th, 2018


Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million dead and millions more displaced, the conflict is  now “arguably the world’s largest …

Becoming White in America

April 13th, 2018


In her new book Futureface, Alex Wagner writes that “immigration raises into relief some of our most basic existential questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? And in that way, it’s inextricably tied to an exploration of …

News Update: Who Could Tame Facebook?

April 13th, 2018


As Atlantic staff writer Robinson Meyer recently wrote, Facebook “is currently embroiled in the worst crisis of trust in its 14-year history.” This …


April 6th, 2018


“Trump gambled that Americans resent each other’s differences more than they cherish their shared democracy. So far that gamble has paid off,” writes …

King Remembered

March 30th, 2018


In his last speech, known to history as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Martin Luther King Jr. began by remarking on the introduction he’d been given by his friend, Ralph Abernathy. “As I listened to ... his eloquent …

The Family Unit in a Divided Era

March 23rd, 2018


The family is where the forces that are driving Americans farther apart—political polarization, generational divides, class stratification, Facebook …

Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?

March 16th, 2018


“Politicians from both parties publicly worship the solemn dignity of entrepreneurship and small businesses. But by the numbers, America has become …

If We Could Learn From History

March 9th, 2018


Discarding the limits on a leader's time in office is a classic autocrat's move. So when Xi Jinping began to clear a path for an indefinite term as …

Goodbye Black History Month, Hello Black Future

March 2nd, 2018


Moviegoers across America are filling theaters to see, as The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer describes it, “a high-tech utopia that is a fictive …

How Innocence Becomes Irrelevant (No Way Out, Part III)

February 23rd, 2018


After Rick Magnis, a Texas judge, reviewed the evidence in Benjamine Spencer’s case, he recommended a new trial for Spencer “on the grounds of actual innocence.” But Texas’s highest criminal court took the rare step of …

Who Killed Jeffrey Young? (No Way Out, Part II)

February 20th, 2018


In part one of our three-part series "No Way Out," Barbara Bradley Hagerty told the story of how Benjamine Spencer was convicted for the murder of …

No Way Out, Part I

February 16th, 2018


In 1987, Jeffrey Young was robbed and killed, and his body was left on a street in the poor neighborhood of West Dallas. Benjamine Spencer was tried …

From 'I, Tonya' to 'Cat Person,' Is 'Based On a True Story' Better?

February 9th, 2018


Conor Friedersdorf recently argued in The Atlantic that in this moment, when the truth is bitterly contested, fiction presents us an opportunity. It allows us to step into another person’s perspective and talk about …

Paul Manafort and How the Swamp Was Made

February 2nd, 2018


“Conventional wisdom suggests that the temptations of Washington, D.C., corrupt all the idealists, naïfs, and ingenues who settle there," Franklin …

Who Gets to be American?

January 26th, 2018


Once again, immigration is at the top of America's legislative agenda, as it has been, seemingly every generation, for much of the nation's history. But while many recent discussions of immigration have focused on …

Bricks, Clicks, and the Future of Shopping

January 19th, 2018


The 'retail apocalypse' is upon us, they say. In the United States, 2017 saw emptied malls, shuttered department stores, and once-iconic brands falling into bankruptcy. Yet retail spending continues to grow, in strange …

The Presidential Fitness Challenge

January 12th, 2018


As the anniversary of his inauguration nears, a new book filled with salacious claims about the Trump administration has become a bestseller. Faced with renewed questions about his mental and temperamental fitness for …

How Has America Changed Since 1968?

January 5th, 2018


As 2018 begins, tensions and tumult in America are high. But before the end of 1968, Conor Friedersdorf reminded us in The Atlantic, "Martin Luther …

Ideas of the Year, 2017 Edition

December 22nd, 2017


Every year is impossible to synthesize. Yet 2017 was not just another year. To help us wrangle the chaotic, extraordinary events of the last 12 months into some sort of shape, we posed a question to journalists from …

Putin, Russia, and the End of History

December 15th, 2017


Vladimir Putin just announced, to the surprise of no one, that he will run for reelection as President of Russia. In her January/February 2018

The Manifest Destiny of Mike Pence

December 8th, 2017


That Pence is the vice president of the United States is "a loaves-and-fishes miracle," writes McKay Coppins in the latest issue of The Atlantic. It's remarkable enough that "an embattled small-state governor with …

The Great Recession, One Decade Later

December 1st, 2017


In December 2007, the U.S. marked the beginning of its longest recession since World War II. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency born in the ashes of the nation's economic downturn, is under new …

John Wayne, Donald Trump, and the American Man

November 24th, 2017


For generations, Hollywood has defined what masculinity means in the U.S., with iconic screen figures such as John Wayne. But Wayne's stoic, taciturn …

How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made

November 17th, 2017


Andrew Anglin spent his formative years flirting with hippie progressivism, then tried his hand at becoming a tribal hunter-gatherer. But he only achieved notoriety after he founded the Daily Stormer, the world's …

The Press and the Election of 2016: One Year Later

November 10th, 2017


It’s a year after Donald Trump's upset election victory. Before and after the 2016 election, President Trump referred to journalists as enemies to himself and to the American people. But his victory wasn’t just a …

Khizr Khan on What Patriotism Requires

November 3rd, 2017


Since the 2016 election heightened America's deep political divides, the mantle of patriotism has become fodder for a bitter tug-of-war. Is it …

Reporting on Open Secrets, with Jodi Kantor and Katie Benner

October 27th, 2017


Allegations of sexual harassment (and more) by powerful men in numerous industries have been leading news reports across America. On-the-record …

Why Do Happy People Cheat?

October 20th, 2017


"Infidelity," Esther Perel writes in the October issue of The Atlantic, "happens in bad marriages and in good marriages. It happens even in open …

Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory

October 12th, 2017


Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google's parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, …

The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 6th, 2017


In his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the past eight years of his career—his pursuit of an understanding of America, and his route to becoming …

Russia! Live with Julia Ioffe and Eliot A. Cohen

September 29th, 2017


According to the U.S. intelligence community, this much is settled fact: Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. But beyond that basic consensus, much remains unknown, the subject …

What Are Public Schools For?

September 22nd, 2017


The idea that public schools are failing is one of the most commonly heard complaints in American society. But what are they failing to do? Surveys …

Will America's Institutions Survive President Trump?

September 15th, 2017


Eight months into the Trump administration, we're taking stock: What is shaping up to be President Trump's effect on America’s institutions? Will subsequent presidents preserve or disregard the norms he's tossed aside? …

A Memo to the Huddled Masses

September 8th, 2017


Immigrants flock to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream. But does the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program mean a wake-up call for millions of undocumented Americans? In this episode of Radio …

News Update: The Questions After Harvey

September 2nd, 2017


If history is any guide, the biggest problems for residents of the Houston area will come into focus only after the nation's attention has already turned elsewhere. In this Radio Atlantic extra, Matt Thompson talks with

What Game of Thrones Has Taught Us About Politics

September 1st, 2017


"Winter is coming," they warned us, and the seventh season of Game of Thrones might have proved them right. But no one mentioned that winter in …

Are Smartphones Harming Our Kids?

August 25th, 2017


It's been ten years since the iPhone came out, and now the first generation to grow up with smartphones is coming of age. Jean Twenge, a psychologist …

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlottesville's Aftermath

August 17th, 2017


After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses …

Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind

August 11th, 2017


When did the reality-based community start losing to reality show celebrity? Why are "alternative facts" and fake news suddenly ubiquitous features of the landscape? The spread of American magical thinking isn't, in …

Ask Not What Your Robots Can Do For You

August 4th, 2017


Our increasingly smart machines aren’t just changing the workforce, they’re changing us. Already, algorithms are directing human activity in all sorts of ways, from choosing what news people see to highlighting new gigs …

One Nation Under God?

July 28th, 2017


America prides itself on pluralism and tolerance, but how far does that tolerance extend when it comes to religious expression? Could faith in …

'Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory'

July 21st, 2017


The Atlantic was founded on the eve of the Civil War to advance the American idea. But as we approach the magazine's 160th anniversary, has that idea taken an unprecedented turn?

In this inaugural episode, our cohosts — …


July 11th, 2017


Coming July 21: A weekly conversation about what's happening in our world, how things got the way they are, and where they're heading next. Don't …

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