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Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

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Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening?This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers who are also trying to get to the bottom of them join… read more

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‘Why People Are Acting So Weird’ with Olga Khazan

June 28th, 2022


More incidents of road rage. People are now smoking on the subway. Early 2021 saw the highest number of “unruly passenger” incidents in airline …

“Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s” with Connie Walker

June 21st, 2022


Trigger warning: This episode contains mentions of sexual and physical abuse.
For nearly the past year, Canadian journalist Connie Walker has been working on an investigation into her father's experience at St. …

‘How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics’ with Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

June 14th, 2022


“Identity politics” polarizes discourse about virtually every aspect of contemporary political life. But what exactly is it, and what role does …

A gun industry insider perspective with Ryan Busse

June 7th, 2022


There are more guns than cars in the United States. And studies show that gun sales go up following mass shootings. We had a different episode …

'Liberalism and Its Discontents’ with Francis Fukuyama

May 31st, 2022


Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World survey notes that liberalism has rapidly declined each year for the last 16 years. And its precipitous downturn is more evident now than ever amid waning respect for …

‘A Genetic History of the Americas’ with Jennifer Raff

May 24th, 2022


Who were the first people to migrate to the Americas? When did they arrive, and how? For centuries, those questions have been shrouded in mystery. No …

Unpacking Title 42 with Thomas Saenz

May 17th, 2022


Title 42, a decades old and rarely used public health order used to bar people with medical conditions from entering the country, revived by the …

‘Allow Me to Retort’ with Elie Mystal

May 10th, 2022


“Forced labor is already unconstitutional and what is forced birth other than forcing a woman to labor against her will?” remarked Elie Mystal, a …

‘A Year of Healing and Heartbreak’ with Thomas Fisher

May 3rd, 2022


Recovery from trauma and its emanations is a defining theme of this moment. Dr. Thomas Fisher has certainly seen his share of the effects of mass disruption as an emergency medical physician. He typically has about …

Telling the Climate Story with Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad (2019)

April 26th, 2022


Since Chris was on vacation last week, we’re revisiting one of our favorite WITHpod episodes. The conversation is also timely given the recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which cites …

‘Love Thy Neighbor’ with Collier Meyerson

April 19th, 2022


The Crown Heights Riot took place thirty years ago following a car accident that killed a Black child in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. …

What It's Like to Be Great at Something with Dirk Nowitzki

April 12th, 2022


Seven-foot-tall Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest NBA players in history. Throughout his illustrious and landmark career, he’s redefined the sport through his signature moves, unique mindset and approach. His …

The Future of Energy with Jonah Goldman

March 29th, 2022


Time is running out to reverse the damage done by climate change, according to a report released by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February 2022. Preventing further destruction will be the …

The Future of Friendship with Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

March 22nd, 2022


BFF connections have transformed rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. FaceTime calls, Zoom happy hours, voice memos, group chats and virtual game nights, in many cases, have reworked our in-person interactions of the …

The Future of Innovation with Cathie Wood

March 15th, 2022


What will be the next big thing? We've watched generations of technologies heralded only to then flop, while others were slept on and quietly took …

The Future of Entertainment with Seth Meyers

March 8th, 2022


The ways we consume media have changed tremendously over the last decade. Shows with live audiences, perhaps more than any other type of program, had to pivot virtually almost overnight when the pandemic started. That …

Introducing the inaugural #WITHpod "Future of" miniseries

March 8th, 2022


So what comes next? We've just gone through a once-in-a-century pandemic that disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives. We're in the beginning of an energy transition unlike anything the industrialized world has ever …

‘White Space, Black Hood’ with Sheryll Cashin

March 1st, 2022


Residential segregation and unequal allocation of resources continues to play a profound role in areas of concentrated poverty, and conversely, high …

Treating Trans Youth with Dr. Izzy Lowell (2021)

February 22nd, 2022


Since Chris is on vacation this week, we’re revisiting and providing an update on our episode with Dr. Izzy Lowell, who runs Queer Med, a private clinic that specializes in providing accessible health care to trans …

An Indoor Clean Air Act? with Linsey Marr

February 15th, 2022


Sweeping public health acts for everything from clean water to the control of cholera have revolutionized modern life as we know it. The Clean Air …

Celebrating 200 #WITHpod Episodes!

February 8th, 2022


Join as you help us celebrate our 200th #WITHpod! In our recent Mailbag episode, we asked you all to send over clips sharing why you listen to WITHpod, where you listen and or what’s your favorite ep. We’re so …

The State of the Taliban with Anand Gopal

February 8th, 2022


Since the U.S. withdrew its final troop from Afghanistan last summer, U.S. coverage of the country has also precipitously declined, even as the country faces a dire humanitarian emergency. So we thought it was time to …

‘Gangsters of Capitalism’ with Jonathan Katz

February 1st, 2022


Smedley Butler was one of the most decorated warfighters in history. From an early age, “The Fighting Quaker” played a pivotal role in America’s …

The #WITHpod Mailbag

January 25th, 2022


Time for our mailbag! Join as Chris and producers Tiffany Champion and Doni Holloway answer your questions and talk about what’s new on the pod. …

#WITHpod & Strict Scrutiny Crossover

January 18th, 2022


Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “it’s hard not to have a big year at the Supreme Court.” With that in mind, we thought it would be good …

The Unthinkable with Jamie Raskin

January 11th, 2022


Congressman Jamie Raskin’s life was forever changed on Dec. 31, 2020 when his 25-year-old son Tommy died by suicide. Raskin writes about the loss of …

Democracy on a Knife’s Edge with Bart Gellman & Sherrilyn Ifill

January 4th, 2022


It’s a special edition of our podcast: our first crossover episode with All In with Chris Hayes, which airs at 8pm weekdays on MSNBC. We’re sharing …

Ask a Swole Woman with Casey Johnston

December 28th, 2021


Fitness guru, writer and self-described “Swole Woman” Casey Johnston has written, “a lot of health content is focused on blowing smoke up you’re a** …

NFTs: WTF? with Kevin Roose

December 21st, 2021


Non Fungible Tokens, known as NFTs, are the hottest craze in the cryptocurrency world. But what are they? With a multibillion-dollar market cap, why …

Statistically True with Kareem Carr

December 14th, 2021


Statistics plays a role in virtually every facet of our lives. And throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard more stats than ever before, whether through …

Not Too Old for TikTok with Hank Green

December 7th, 2021


Hank Green has been on the leading edge of online content creation for more than a decade. He and his brother John created VidCon, the world’s …

Bringing News Inside Prisons with Lawrence Bartley

November 30th, 2021


Lawrence Bartley was just 17-years-old when he was charged and sentenced to 27 years to life following a movie theater shoot-out. Gunfire erupted …

The Art of Filmmaking with Alex Gibney

November 23rd, 2021


Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has more than 100 credits as a producer, director and writer. Throughout his storied career, he’s been the driving force behind titles like “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and …

From Refugee to Congresswoman with Ilhan Omar

November 16th, 2021


Representative Ilhan Omar was just eight years old when her life turned upside down. After an armed compound attack, her family fled Mogadishu, and …

‘The Loneliest Americans’ with Jay Caspian Kang

November 9th, 2021


The Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 lifted a century of restrictions against Asian immigration to the United States. And while not necessarily appreciated at the time, it inaugurated a sea change in American …

Climate, Weather and Trust with Al Roker

November 2nd, 2021


TV weathermen often show up as among the most trusted members of the media and almost no one on earth is as good at it or as well-known as Al Roker. Born to a working-class family in Queens, Roker found his way into TV …

The Race to Become Socialist Mayor of Buffalo with India Walton

October 26th, 2021


39-year-old India Walton found herself thrust into the national spotlight when she defeated four-term incumbent Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in the June …

‘The Invisible Child’ with Andrea Elliott

October 19th, 2021


Life has been anything but easy for 20-year-old Dasani Coates. Named after the bottled water that signaled Brooklyn’s gentrification, her story has …

Inside China's High-Tech Penal Colony with Darren Byler

October 12th, 2021


Since 2017, a high-tech form of colonization has been rapidly growing in Xinjiang, China. As many as 1.5 million Muslim Uyghurs have vanished into …

Who was Marquis de Lafayette? with Mike Duncan

October 5th, 2021


Time for a fun one, America's favorite fighting Frenchman. You may have seen streets, parks, and subway stations that include the name Lafayette, but may not know much about the man other than the show-stopping …

‘Dirty Work’ with Eyal Press

September 28th, 2021


Note: Some listeners may find the sensitive content discussed in this episode disturbing. Who is complicit in some of society’s dirtiest work? If you grill a steak, someone somewhere had to butcher the cow under brutal …

The Ten Year War with Jonathan Cohn

September 21st, 2021


In “The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage,” journalist Jonathan Cohn writes about the battle over healthcare and takes readers into the impetus for, history of, and current state …

The Electric Vehicle Revolution with Dana Hull

September 14th, 2021


In President Biden's vision of a greener future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. As fossil fuel usage continues to take a toll on …

Reforming Sexual Justice with Alexandra Brodsky

September 7th, 2021


Civil rights attorney and author Alexandra Brodsky has spent her entire career focusing closely on ways institutions can best address sexual harms. Her work is the subject of “Sexual Justice: Supporting Victims, …

The War on Terror with Spencer Ackerman

August 31st, 2021


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Spencer Ackerman joins to discuss catalysts for the War on Terror, inflection points, recent developments in Kabul, …

Performance in a Pandemic with Ani DiFranco

August 24th, 2021


Grammy award-winning musician Ani DiFranco joins for an enlightening conversation about her creative process, how she’s pivoted during the pandemic, and what’s enabled her to keep making music after so many years.

Withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Impact of Global Corruption with Sarah Chayes

August 17th, 2021


Note: This conversation was recorded on July 27th, 2021, before the latest news in Kabul. 
Recognized around the globe for her research on corruption, …

The Summer #WITHpod Mailbag

August 3rd, 2021


Producer Tiffany Champion is back with a post-quarantine vibe check on the WITHpod inbox! In this backstage glimpse of the podcast, hear how Chris Hayes prepares for interviews, which recent episode got the biggest …

Locked Out with Justin Fox

July 27th, 2021


Why is the housing market so hot right now? From the pandemic-induced influx of people working remotely to our collective obsession with cruising …

From Activist to Congress with Rep. Cori Bush

July 20th, 2021


From her experience as a single mom trying to figure out how to pay her bills, to her time as a nurse working tirelessly for her patients, to her dedication as an activist marching for accountability in the streets of …

Inside Palestine with Rashid Khalidi

July 13th, 2021


What happens when the bombing stops? The unfortunate reality of American news coverage of Israel and Palestine is that it centers almost entirely on …

"The Line" with Dan Taberski

July 6th, 2021


Dan Taberski is an expert at pulling on threads. His tireless curiosity and impeccable reporting resulted in a run of acclaimed investigative …

Who's Flying the UFOs? with Gideon Lewis-Kraus

June 29th, 2021


Alright, tell it to us straight - what's the deal with UFOs? In recent years, there's been a steady drip of reporting about UFOs that has penetrated …

Educating the Internet with Natalie Wynn

June 22nd, 2021


You might think that nothing good happens on the Internet anymore. It's just an algorithmically driven continuous feed of rage, disinformation, and subterfuge. Natalie Wynn, known for her YouTube channel ContraPoints, …

Fighting Back the Virus with Andy Slavitt

June 15th, 2021


Here in the United States, things are closer to normal than they have been in a long time. Businesses have reopened, gatherings have started to resume, and COVID cases and deaths continue to fall to levels that we have …

Energy and Evolution with Herman Pontzer

June 8th, 2021


How does the human body take in and use energy? It is a simple question, but one that we still do not have a definitive answer to. This week …

How the Word is Passed with Clint Smith

June 1st, 2021


What we call history isn't a fixed thing; it's a narrative, contested and fought over, changing over time. Right now, the United States is in the midst of a massive historical battle over its own narrative, specifically …

Treating Trans Youth with Dr. Izzy Lowell

May 25th, 2021


What is gender-affirming health care? Around the country, there’s a Republican campaign to legislate and regulate the lives of trans youth. The most …

A More Violent America with Patrick Sharkey

May 18th, 2021


What causes violent crime rates to rise? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that 2020 was the deadliest year in American history but what you …

A Life in China with Te-Ping Chen

May 11th, 2021


We largely hear about China in the news through the lens of what the Chinese government is doing, but it is a country with billions of people and a …

The Premonition with Michael Lewis

May 4th, 2021


Back in 2019, a panel of health experts declared that of every country in the whole world, the United States was the most prepared for handling a …

Is Bitcoin for Real? with Joe Weisenthal

April 27th, 2021


How does bitcoin work? Where did it come from, why does it exist, and will it ever be used for everyday purchases? Far from some passing fad, bitcoin has been around for more than a decade now and shows no signs of …

The Whiteness of Wealth with Dorothy A. Brown

April 20th, 2021


Racial hierarchy in America is deeply embedded in big structural institutions. From housing to criminal justice to education, there’s decades of …

The Endurance of Wikipedia with Katherine Maher

April 13th, 2021


Wikipedia is not like a lot of our current internet. It’s not like sites like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that mines its users’ attention and tries to capture it through push notifications and algorithms in order to …

Vaccines: How Do They Work? with Dr. Peter Hotez

April 6th, 2021


What happens in your body after you get a vaccine? The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines feels like the first positive mile marker in the pandemic but …

Who Gets To Say with John McWhorter

March 30th, 2021


Over the past few years a broader conversation around speech has intensified in the United States. It is a conversation about speech, taboo, social justice, power and hierarchy, penalty about what things people can or …

One-Click America with Alec MacGillis

March 23rd, 2021


Amazon puts just about everything you might need one click away and over the last year, people have been turning to the tech giant more than ever. But all that frictionless efficiency comes at huge social costs. In his …

Minimum Wage 101 with Arin Dube

March 16th, 2021


What happens when you raise the minimum wage? The almost decade long push for a federal 15$ minimum wage made new noise in the last few weeks when Democrats tried to include it in the American Relief Act. Although this …

One Year of Plague Living with Michelle Goldberg

March 9th, 2021


We have reached the point where we are hitting anniversary markers in this pandemic. It was just about this time a year ago when all of our lives …

Finding Truth in Doubt with Anna Deavere Smith

March 2nd, 2021


Critically acclaimed playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith crafts groundbreaking art at the intersection of journalism and theater. Her explosive one-woman plays centered on the Los Angeles riots and the Crown …

Powering the Grid with David Roberts

February 23rd, 2021


This conversation starts at Grid Talk 101 (what even is an energy grid) and ends at the fragility of modern life. That can only mean one thing – David Roberts is back. An energy and climate journalist, Roberts explains …

Modi’s “Arrogance of Power” and the Indian Farmers’ Protests with Rana Ayyub

February 16th, 2021


A short while ago, you may have seen posts crossing your social media feeds from celebrities and activists like Rihanna or Greta Thunberg showing support for farmers in India. Right now, one of the world’s largest …

Whose Land with Rebecca Nagle

February 9th, 2021


Roughly 19 million acres of eastern Oklahoma hung in the balance in the summer of 2020. Before the Supreme Court was a case asking a question crucial to Native land rights - does the United States still honor the …

The Filibuster’s Sordid Past and Present with Adam Jentleson

February 2nd, 2021


Come on a journey with us, dear listener, as we learn the little-known origins of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s beloved obstruction tactic. Turns out, we …

13 Executions with Liliana Segura

January 26th, 2021


Content warning: This episode discusses the recent federal executions and details the circumstances of some related crimes, including abuse, assault, …

The End of RealDonaldTrump with Kara Swisher

January 19th, 2021


We have a lot to get to with legendary tech journalist Kara Swisher this week: the deplatforming of President Trump, the conservative obsession with Section 230 (what even is Section 230), why Parler went dark (what …

The Attack on the Capitol with Ta-Nehisi Coates

January 15th, 2021


One day after the attack on the Capitol, Chris Hayes and author Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down to process what we witnessed as a nation and what it …

Family, Legacy, and Bourbon with Wright Thompson

January 5th, 2021


What can bourbon teach us about legacy, nostalgia, and consumer trends? Pappy Van Winkle is some of the most coveted bourbon in the world, but it took three generations of labor and loss to reach this pinnacle. Author …

The Foxconn Con with Josh Dzieza

December 29th, 2020


In June 2018 Donald Trump posed with then Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou at a ground breaking ceremony for the new Foxconn facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. Touted as “the eighth …

No Regrets with Rep. Max Rose

December 22nd, 2020


Congressman Max Rose says he has no regrets. Elected in the 2018 blue wave, he flipped New York’s conservative-leaning 11th district, which includes all of Staten Island and a corner of Brooklyn. Now, two years later, …

The Democratic Coalition After 2020 with David Shor

December 15th, 2020


What were the shifts in the 2020 election? Why was the polling so off? How did the coalitions change? As the dust settles, and we can dive into …

Your Local Disinformation with Davey Alba

December 8th, 2020


The local newspaper is dying. Across the country, newsrooms are either shuttering completely or struggling through massive staff layoffs. It's becoming increasingly clear that in the void left by trusted local …

The Down-Ballot Democrats with Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

December 1st, 2020


What happened to the down-ballot Democrats? Going into election day, Democrats were expecting to pick up seats and expand their control of the House. …

The Problem with Political Hobbyism with Eitan Hersh

November 24th, 2020


Has online activism and doomscrolling through twitter turned politics into just a hobby for people? At what point is it just a way to spend time …

How Red is Texas with Abby Livingston

November 17th, 2020


Are Republicans losing their grip on Texas? Election night saw Democrats largely unable to build on the gains made in 2018 when an insurgent Beto O’Rourke ran a grassroots senate campaign that gained national attention. …

What We Got Wrong with Zeynep Tufekci

November 10th, 2020


The U.S. just surpassed 10 million confirmed cases of coronavirus as infection rates spike across the country. If you look at the charts tracking the reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, it shows the country on …

Donate Now with Michael Whitney

November 3rd, 2020


What is the deal with all those fundraising emails? The ones with increasingly dramatic subject lines and maybe a dash of emotional manipulation – …

Understanding the “Latino Vote” with Chuck Rocha

October 27th, 2020


Why is Donald Trump doing better with Latino voters in 2020 than he was in 2016? The central tension in even asking that question is – who exactly are Latino voters? As campaign veteran Chuck Rocha points out, beneath …

America's Isolation with Samantha Power

October 20th, 2020


What does the world think of us right now? Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says it isn’t surprising that our standing in the world has dropped, but rather just how precipitous those drops have been. This …

Avoiding Election Disaster with Edward Foley

October 13th, 2020


We are just weeks away from an unprecedented election day. In order to vote safely during the pandemic, more people than ever are voting by mail or early in person, and early numbers point to a strong likelihood of …

Money, Democracy, and John Maynard Keynes with Zach Carter

October 6th, 2020


How do we stabilize an economic crisis? Years before we faced the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic crises of the 21st century, the theories of British born economist John Maynard Keynes helped lead the United …

FAQAnon with Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins

September 29th, 2020


Here by popular demand – all your QAnon questions answered with two of the best reporters on the beat. Is QAnon a cult, a religion, a conspiracy …

Necessary Struggle with Barbara Smith

September 22nd, 2020


Barbara Smith has been doing The Work for decades. Born into the era of Jim Crow, Smith joined the civil rights movement as a teenager in the 60s, …

What Bush Left Behind with Robert Draper

September 15th, 2020


Did we learn the right lessons from the Iraq war? Before we can answer that, we must understand why we went into Iraq in the first place. Author and journalist Robert Draper’s new book “To Start a War” chronicles with …

Keeping a Restaurant Alive with Tony Bezsylko

September 8th, 2020


What does it take to keep a restaurant alive in the time of coronavirus? In March, restaurants across the country closed their doors in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. Left behind is an industry that is largely …

America’s Right Turn with Rick Perlstein

September 1st, 2020


How did America’s modern conservative movement come to power? Historian and author Rick Perlstein’s prolific work has traced the arc of modern …

The Invisible Power Struggle with Leah Stokes

August 25th, 2020


Whether it’s refrigerating your food or turning on the lights or connecting to the Internet, having access to power is what makes modern society possible. And yet, you likely have no choice in which company you get your …

REVISITED China's Secret Internment Camps with Rian Thum

August 18th, 2020


Originally Aired April 2019

Did you know there are roughly one million people currently held in internment camps in China? One million people detained against their will, facing no criminal charges, cut off from the …

Caste in America with Isabel Wilkerson

August 11th, 2020


Does the United States have a caste system? In her research on the Jim Crow South, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson …

The Party of Trump with Stuart Stevens

August 4th, 2020


Did Donald Trump hijack the Republican party, or is he the party’s logical conclusion? Having spent decades as a political operative putting …

REVISITED The Information Crisis with David Roberts

July 28th, 2020


How did wearing a mask become a polarizing issue? If you’re paying close attention, the arguments against masks might sound familiar: denying the …

America’s Prophet of Freedom with David Blight

July 21st, 2020


Who should we be building monuments to in America? Few figures have pushed for a truly fair and equal society in this country like Frederick …

So You Want to Run for Office with Luke Hayes

July 14th, 2020


How do you unseat a 16-term member of Congress? Ask Luke Hayes who is fresh off his role as campaign manager for Jamaal Bowman, a middle school …

America on Drugs with Dr. Carl Hart

July 7th, 2020


Dr. Carl Hart wants to challenge the way you think about drugs. As a neuroscientist studying the effects drugs have on the brain, a lot of Dr. Hart's …

Policing and Democracy with Brandon del Pozo

June 30th, 2020


As protesters across the country continue to march in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a new scrutiny has been placed on our current policing …

Where We Go Now with Sherrilyn Ifill

June 23rd, 2020


What are you prepared to dismantle? What are you prepared to build? As we witness this nationwide reckoning on racial disparities in America, these are the questions Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense …

REVISITED: Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba

June 16th, 2020


If you want to understand the conversation around abolishing the police, you should start here. We can’t think of a better time for an encore …

8 minutes 46 seconds with Trymaine Lee

June 9th, 2020


If you listen to anyone about this time of rage and grief and action, make it Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Trymaine Lee. From his origins …

Abolish the Electoral College with Jesse Wegman

June 2nd, 2020


Who thought the Electoral College was a good idea? In two of the last five presidential elections, the candidate who lost the popular vote still …

Being Michael Jordan with David Roth and Joel Anderson

May 26th, 2020


What is the toll of becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the world? What are the downfalls of that level of fame? This week, we thought …

Home From School with Dana Goldstein

May 19th, 2020


What does education look like in the age of the coronavirus? What will it take for schools to reopen? The education system is in uncharted territory, …

The Pandemic Behind Bars with Josie Duffy Rice

May 12th, 2020


How is the pandemic playing out in jails and prisons? Insufficient health care, a lack of protective gear, and the fundamental inability to physically distance have created inescapable outbreaks. Those incarcerated are …

Saving the Economy with Saule Omarova

May 5th, 2020


Are we doing enough to keep the economy alive through this crisis? So far, economic relief efforts have been messy, convoluted, and inequitably …

The Cost of Division with Heather McGhee

April 28th, 2020


Why are African Americans getting hit the hardest by the coronavirus? In part, this public health crisis is shining a light on the ramifications of …

Solidarity in a Disaster with Rebecca Solnit

April 21st, 2020


Something remarkable is happening. While we must be physically isolated, separated from the world and those we love, people are finding creative ways …

Going Viral with Carl Bergstrom

April 14th, 2020


There are still more questions than answers about COVID-19. While the impacts of the virus are felt in every corner of human life, there’s a desire to find a neat and clean explanation for how things got to this point. …

The Last Great Pandemic with John M. Barry

April 7th, 2020


What did we learn from the last great pandemic? You don’t have to dig deep into the 1918 influenza before finding eerie similarities to today – be it the White House downplaying the severity of the virus or the social …

Battling the Darkness with Thomas Burke Jr.

March 31st, 2020


WARNING: This episode discusses violence in war, suicide, depression and drug use.

By the time he was 21-years-old, Thomas Burke Jr. had experienced …

The Fight for Asylum with Bridget Cambria and Tobias Barrington Wolff

March 24th, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, we know that there are marginalized groups that are exposed. Those migrants seeking asylum at the southern border are one of those exposed groups, and face even more danger in part …

REVISITED Breaking Government with Michael Lewis

March 17th, 2020


Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government’s catastrophically inadequate response, and the uncertainty that hangs over us all as a …

The Origins of a Disaster with Adam Higginbotham

March 10th, 2020


In April of 1986 a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the then Soviet Union. The fallout from the accident and the Soviet government’s response compounded into one of the worst manmade …

Exile and Basketball with Enes Kanter

March 3rd, 2020


Enes Kanter is a wanted man in his home country of Turkey. He’s long been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and it’s come at a high cost. At 6′ 10″, Kanter also happens to play for the Boston …

Stacking the Courts with Dahlia Lithwick

February 25th, 2020


The future of our courts will be decided in the 2020 election. While the Trump administration grabs headlines with scandal after scandal, gaffe after gaffe, behind the scenes they are quietly chipping away at their …

Between God and Man with Daniel M. Lavery

February 18th, 2020


"What if you were a man, sort of?" In his new memoir, author Daniel M. Lavery remembers how, in the early days of his transition, he would say it was …

The Gettable Voter with Jon Favreau

February 11th, 2020


Democrats can beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Another four years of a Trump White House is not a foregone conclusion. With nine months to go before the general election, there’s a tremendous amount of fear and …

The Frontlines of Addiction with Beth Macy

February 4th, 2020


This is an intimate portrait of what addiction looks like in America. From the board rooms of pharmaceutical companies to the living rooms across America, Beth Macy traces the path of devastation wrought by opioids. Her …

Why We’re Polarized with Ezra Klein

January 28th, 2020


The title says it all on this one, folks. What is it about the American political system that cultivated this deeply dysfunctional and polarized …

The Uneven Playing Field with Howard Bryant

January 21st, 2020


Professional sports are never more than an inch away from the deepest core of what's happening in America. They are an amazing crucible of politics …

Trump and Evangelicals with Mark Galli

January 14th, 2020


Why do white evangelical Christians support President Trump? They delivered him 81% of their votes on election day and consistently give him higher favorability ratings than any other voting bloc. As former Christianity …

Who Is Reality Winner? with Kerry Howley

January 7th, 2020


In the summer of 2017, a 25-year-old government contractor exposed detailed evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Reality Winner …

What Happened in the UK Election? with Sarah Jaffe

December 31st, 2019


It’s hard not to make comparisons between the political landscapes of the US and the UK. In 2016 when the UK shocked the world with the Brexit vote, …

The #WITHpod Mailbag (2019)

December 24th, 2019


It's that time of year, friends! Come sit by the fire as Chris Hayes and producer Tiffany Champion tackle your questions from the WITHpod mailbag.

As promised, click here for the sketch that inspired the secret santa …

LIVE IN NYC: American Psychodrama with Tony Kushner and Jeremy O. Harris

December 17th, 2019


In the final stop of our Fall tour, we invited playwrights Tony Kushner and Jeremy O. Harris to talk about all things spectacle, storytelling, and …

Understanding the Wealth Tax with Gabriel Zucman

December 10th, 2019


Could a wealth tax help reduce the vast income and wealth inequality in the country? It’s an idea that not only has the backing of two Democratic …

The Meaning of Impeachment with Kate Shaw

December 3rd, 2019


Now might be a good time to get acquainted with impeachment. In fact, we here at #WITHpod believe everyone should listen to an hour-long conversation …

Fighting ISIS with James Verini

November 26th, 2019


How did Iraqi soldiers wrestle Mosul back from the grip of ISIS fighters? In the summer of 2014, at the height of their expansion, the terror group …

LIVE IN CHICAGO: The 400 Year Legacy with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ibram X. Kendi

November 19th, 2019


In our third stop of the Fall tour, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the architect behind The 1619 Project, and Ibram Kendi, author of “How To Be an Antiracist”, …

Reckoning with Linda Hirshman

November 12th, 2019


What came before the #MeToo movement? Acclaimed author Linda Hirshman's new book "Reckoning" traces 50 years of brave women, crucial court battles, and social awakenings that preceded the movement we're witnessing …

EXCLUSIVE WITHpod Live New York Presale

November 6th, 2019


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The Meaning of Life with Martin Hägglund

November 5th, 2019


Yeah, we’re going there. In one of our mailbag episodes, Chris Hayes joked about doing an hourlong meditation on mortality. Surprisingly, more than a few of you spoke up in favor of the idea, and one of our #WITHpod …

LIVE IN LA: Telling the Climate Story with Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad

October 29th, 2019


Y'all - this is a good one. Trust us. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you reflect, it'll might even give you that special WITHpod brand of existential crisis. Our second stop of the fall tour brought Chris …

The Lockdown of Kashmir with Hafsa Kanjwal

October 22nd, 2019


Over the past few months communication coming in and out of Kashmir, the highly contested land between India and Pakistan, has been increasingly …

EXCLUSIVE WITHpod Live Chicago Presale

October 18th, 2019


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Belonging & Unbelonging with Salman Rushdie

October 15th, 2019


Listen for details on how to win tickets to our Los Angeles live show!
Salman Rushdie is a most singular figure. He’s authored 19 books, accrued …

Undermining Black Homeownership with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

October 8th, 2019


You’ve likely heard of redlining - the practice of systematizing discrimination based on where you live. You’ve probably even heard us talk about the ways its legacy continues to impact the upward mobility of …

LIVE: What Happened to Conservatism with Sen. Ted Cruz

October 1st, 2019


What is conservatism in the era of Trump? During the 2016 primaries, Senator Ted Cruz argued that he alone was the true conservative candidate, consistently attacking Donald Trump as a big government liberal. So what …

Exclusive WITHpod Live Los Angeles Presale

September 26th, 2019


Get your tickets today! Listen for details on how to get EXCLUSIVE presale access to tickets for our WITHpod Live event in Los Angeles happening Monday, October 21st with special guests Adam Mckay and Omar El Akkad.

Antisocial Media with Andrew Marantz

September 24th, 2019


Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in some of the ugliest corners of the Internet. His goal: find out how trolls and  alt-right propagandists …

The Education of an Idealist with Samantha Power

September 17th, 2019


What was it like to be in the room for some of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration? Samantha Power started as …

Facing Trauma with Jason Kander

September 10th, 2019


How do you know when it’s time to ask for help? For former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the moment came just as his political star was …

Trans Rights with Chase Strangio

September 3rd, 2019


The Trump administration wants to legalize transgender discrimination in the workplace. This week’s conversation breaks down how we reached this point. From the ways our social system constructs and uses gender, to the …

College at Any Cost with Caitlin Zaloom

August 27th, 2019


Why is it so expensive to go to college? Going to a four-year university and getting a bachelor’s degree is considered the most direct path to the …

Seeking Asylum with Luis Mancheno

August 20th, 2019


What does it mean to apply for asylum? This is the story of one man, Luis Mancheno, and the events that unfolded in his home country of Ecuador that …

Holding Them Accountable with Rep. Katie Porter

August 13th, 2019


Law professor Katie Porter never considered running for office. She worked under then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and had Sen. …

This Land is Our Land with Suketu Mehta

August 6th, 2019


Migration is central to the human experience. For as long as we’ve been around, people have been moving from one place to another. Though it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B, the inequality between …

Fury in Puerto Rico with Julio Ricardo Varela

July 30th, 2019


Last week the Governor of Puerto Rico resigned after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in two weeks of sustained protest. Leaked inappropriate texts between Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and his inner circle …

The Climate Campaign with Gov. Jay Inslee

July 23rd, 2019


Gov. Jay Inslee is running a presidential campaign unlike any other. The Washington governor is basing his run on the fundamental organizing premise that the climate crisis is more important than anything else. It’s a …

Building a Movement with Rev. Dr. William Barber II

July 16th, 2019


How do you build a movement? How do you connect people across race and religion and identity in order to create a united coalition? This is the work of Rev. Dr. William Barber II, one of the best and most important …

The Case for Socialism with Bhaskar Sunkara

July 9th, 2019


Let’s talk about socialism. There’s a marked generational divide in the way people think about that word, what it means, and what it conjures. For …

A History of Concentration Camps with Andrea Pitzer

July 2nd, 2019


There’s been a heated national debate over what to call some of the migrant detention centers along the southern border. Are these facilities deserving of the label "concentration camps"? Andrea Pitzer has a uniquely …

From Red to Blue with Rep. Max Rose

June 25th, 2019


After two years of a Donald Trump presidency, voters turned out in the 2018 midterms to deliver Democrats the House by a historic margin. That freshman class has its fair share of rabble-rousers who are using their …

Impeaching a President with Brenda Wineapple

June 18th, 2019


Got impeachment on the mind? If you do, odds are there are two recent examples of the impeachment process you might be drawing from – Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. But what do you know about the first ever …

Defending Liberalism with Adam Gopnik

June 11th, 2019


Liberalism is the ordering principal of American government, and yet liberalism is embattled.  After the end of the Cold War, it was widely believed …

Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza

June 4th, 2019


“Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.” In July of 2013, Alicia Garza wrote these words in reaction to a jury’s acquittal of George …

The Anniversary #WITHpod Mailbag

May 28th, 2019


We just celebrated our one year #WITHpod anniversary! What!? To mark the occasion, we put together a second mailbag episode with producer Tiffany Champion to answer your questions and reflect on the year. Find out who …

A Family's Lost History During McCarthyism with David Maraniss

May 21st, 2019


An era of paranoia, the pull of radical politics, the way in which an entire society can fall under the sway of a fever, and how that fever …

The Roots of Anti-Semitism with Deborah Lipstadt

May 14th, 2019


On the final day of Passover this year, a gunman walked into a synagogue outside of San Diego, killing one and injuring three more. Exactly six months earlier, a man entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, …

Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton

May 7th, 2019


Should you be worried about the federal deficit? While campaigning, President Trump followed in the footsteps of his conservative predecessors by …

Breaking Government with Michael Lewis

April 30th, 2019


What is the most devastating impact Donald Trump has had on the highest office? His lies and rhetoric and bigotry have all had a poisonous effect on our national discourse. But when it comes to his destruction of norms, …

China's Secret Internment Camps with Rian Thum

April 23rd, 2019


Did you know there are roughly one million people currently held in internment camps in China? One million people detained against their will, facing no criminal charges, cut off from the outside world. This is the …

BONUS: The First Family of Opioids with Patrick Radden Keefe

April 18th, 2019


If you trace the prescription opioid epidemic that is gripping the country to its source, you will find yourself at the feet of the Sackler family. Patrick Radden Keefe is back in a special bonus episode to discuss the …

The Ghosts of a Dirty War with Patrick Radden Keefe

April 16th, 2019


No war can last forever, and when peace comes, those who lived through the horror of violence and hatred have to find a way to live with each other. …

Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba

April 9th, 2019


What if we just got rid of prisons? The United States is the epicenter of mass incarceration – but exactly what is it we hope to get out of putting people in prisons? And whatever your answer is to that – is it working? …

Are We a Democracy? with Astra Taylor

April 2nd, 2019


Is democracy doomed? Actually, let’s take one step back: what came to your mind when you read the word ‘democracy’? It’s one of those words that on first glance seems easy enough to define but can trip you up as you get …

Dying of Whiteness with Jonathan Metzl

March 26th, 2019


Life expectancy in America has gone down three years in a row. You might expect to see a decline in average life expectancy in the aftermath of war or famine – to witness it in an industrialized nation in the middle of …

Building a Progressive Majority with Dorian Warren

March 19th, 2019


There are a whole lot of people running for President. Already, the candidates are beginning their nationwide trek, pitching themselves to the …

Rethinking Identity with Kwame Anthony Appiah

March 12th, 2019


There’s a reason we keep revisiting identity on WITHpod. From Brittney Cooper to Alex Wagner to Michael Tesler to Amy Chua and on, it’s a topic worth circling back to because it’s one of the most fundamental axes of …

The Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace-Wells

March 5th, 2019


Is it too late for us? Scientists have spent decades sounding the alarm on the devastating effects of climate change. And for decades, society decided to do pretty much nothing about it. In fact, over the past 30 years, …

LIVE: The Democratic Response with Stacey Abrams

February 26th, 2019


It’s our second live edition of WITHpod, featuring special guest Stacey Abrams! Just a heads up, this is one of those episodes that'll make you laugh out loud in public. A lot.

If you want to get to the heart of the most …

Blocking Big Tech with Kashmir Hill

February 19th, 2019


How soon after waking up do you check your phone? Do you compulsively refresh your Twitter feed? Can you find your way around without Google Maps? …

Can We Tax the Rich? with Jesse Eisinger

February 12th, 2019


**Listen for details on how to win tickets to our live WITHpod recording with Stacey Abrams!**

Why is it so hard to raise taxes on the rich? From …

Thick Descriptions with Tressie McMillan Cottom

February 5th, 2019


Why do we summarize things into ‘tweet length versions’? It requires the flattening of nuance and personality and information that we need to talk about complicated things. Whether it’s the 280 characters of a tweet or …

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January 30th, 2019


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Back to the Future of Transportation with Aaron Gordon

January 29th, 2019


*We have a new live show on the calendar! Listen for details.*

If you care about battling climate change, then you might want to pay attention to the New York City subway system. We know there’s an urgent need to cut our …

BONUS: The Census Decision with Dale Ho

January 25th, 2019


We have a Census update! When last we left you, Dale Ho was headed to court to argue against the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Now, Dale Ho is back to tell us what the …

Amazon's Wish List with Stacy Mitchell

January 22nd, 2019


What does Amazon want from us? For consumers, Amazon can be a frictionless gateway to find everything from bed frames to dog food, baby clothes to award winning original tv series. There’s nothing quite like it – a …

Trade Wars with Lori Wallach

January 15th, 2019


What was so bad about NAFTA? If you ask the President, it was one of the worst deals ever made. A common 2016 campaign riff was him promising to bring jobs back, get companies to return production to the U.S., and scrap …

Organizing in Trump Country with George Goehl

January 8th, 2019


How can Democrats win in deep red America? During the midterms, momentum behind progressive candidates in red states garnered national attention – Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Stacey Abrams in …

The #WITHpod Mailbag (2018)

January 1st, 2019


You asked, Chris answered! In our inaugural mailbag episode, we talk about the organizing power of county fairs, why members of Congress contradict each other on Yemen, whether there’s any hope for the Internet, and …

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

December 25th, 2018


Listen for a couple of WITHpod announcements!

Since his first day in office, Donald Trump has been testing the boundaries of the law on multiple …

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

December 18th, 2018


Will America’s reputation survive President Trump? A common trend underlying President Trump’s policy decisions is to undo whatever President Obama …

Politics and Violence with Joanne B. Freeman

December 11th, 2018


Imagine what would happen if your Senator was beaten bloody on the Senate floor. Or if your Congressperson pulled a gun on a member of the opposition …

The Information Crisis with David Roberts

December 4th, 2018


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

Live: A New Hope with Ta-Nehisi Coates

November 27th, 2018


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

History and Scandal with Rachel Maddow

November 20th, 2018


Listen to Rachel Maddow talk about her new podcast, what it’s like to be covering the news in this political moment, how we can use history to make …

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

November 13th, 2018


What can soil tell us about election results? After every election, analysts pore over piles of data in order to better understand political trends. …

The Trump Scheme to Rig the Census with Dale Ho

November 6th, 2018


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

BONUS: Midterm Watch with Daniel Nichanian

November 1st, 2018


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

White Identity Politics with Michael Tesler

October 30th, 2018


Just one week left until the midterms and race and identity politics are playing a major role in the messaging of both parties. For Republicans, it …

Medicare for All with Abdul El-Sayed

October 23rd, 2018


What would it mean to have Medicare for All? The issue of healthcare emerged as a key campaign fight in the coming midterm elections, with ads and …

Voter Suppression Past and Present with Carol Anderson

October 16th, 2018


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

The Myths of the Ruling Class with Anand Giridharadas

October 9th, 2018


Will a ride-sharing app battle religious intolerance? Can a billionaire combat illiteracy by sending laptops to underfunded communities? Would a …

Women, Rage, and Power with Rebecca Traister

October 2nd, 2018


Women are pissed. After the election of Donald Trump, the sustained fury of American women has been one of the defining features of his political …

Social Infrastructure Week with Eric Klinenberg

September 25th, 2018


Can a library save your life? Could public parks help address crime and addiction in your neighborhood? Think about libraries and churches and …

Investigating the President with Nick Akerman

September 18th, 2018


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

The Left Wing of the Democratic Party with Sean McElwee

September 11th, 2018


Can the Democratic Party keep up with the new left? The left-most wing of the party is growing and expanding, pushing platforms like Medicare for …

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

September 4th, 2018


The people of Yemen are experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, according to the United Nations. They are devastated by a war that …

Trump, Brexit, and Racial Grievance with Mehdi Hasan

August 28th, 2018


Donald Trump’s victory wasn’t the only 2016 election result to shock the world. Just months earlier voters in the United Kingdom made history when …

Why Trump's Corruption Matters with Zephyr Teachout

August 21st, 2018


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

The Wicked Problem of Climate Change with Andrew Revkin

August 14th, 2018


Why is it so hard to focus attention on the climate crisis? We know the damage we’re doing to the climate and we know why we’re doing it. We even …

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

August 7th, 2018


Are we on the precipice of one of the most destructive social reversals in the country’s history? President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice initiated a heated conversation about …

School Segregation in 2018 with Nikole Hannah-Jones

July 31st, 2018


Why are American schools resegregating? Over 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling forced schools to integrate, the nation is …

Our Real Estate Obsession with Giorgio Angelini

July 24th, 2018


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

"Futureface" with Alex Wagner

July 17th, 2018


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

Ending Mass Incarceration with Larry Krasner

July 10th, 2018


Have you heard about Larry Krasner? He’s a lefty progressive lawyer in Philadelphia that made his name by defending the underdogs, representing …

Fracking Trump Country with Eliza Griswold

July 3rd, 2018


What does it look like when fracking comes to town? For folks in poor rural areas, parts of Trump Country before we had Trump Country, fracking can …

How Bad Is It? with Ezra Klein

June 26th, 2018


Families are being ripped apart at the border, a Republican Congressman retweeted a Nazi sympathizer, and Trump White House officials are being …

Destruction in Puerto Rico with Naomi Klein

June 19th, 2018


How did Hurricane Maria evolve from a natural disaster into a human catastrophe in Puerto Rico? While the official death count remains at 64, a …

Political Tribalism with Amy Chua

June 12th, 2018


There seems to be a lot of talk about this idea of political tribalism lately. Critiques that groups are increasingly insular not just around …

Separating Immigrant Families with Lee Gelernt

June 5th, 2018


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

Who Broke the Internet? with Tim Wu

May 29th, 2018


From the rise of fake news and the troll farms pumping it out to the harvesting of our Facebook data by groups like Cambridge Analytica, Chris Hayes …

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

May 22nd, 2018


Since his first day in office, Donald Trump has been testing the boundaries of the law on multiple fronts. From his open hostility towards the …

The Conservative Movement with Corey Robin

May 15th, 2018


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

The Middle East with Dexter Filkins

May 15th, 2018


What is happening in the Middle East? Chris Hayes sorts through the bewildering number of individual conflicts and key players to get to the heart of …

The Personal is Political with Brittney Cooper

May 15th, 2018


Talking about the politics of identity, particularly in the age of Donald Trump, can feel like you’re walking through a minefield. Whether it’s the …

Why IS this happening?

May 9th, 2018


This podcast will help answer the BIG questions that keep Chris up at night. In this tumultuous time, the things we see play out on cable news every …

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