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A weekly show hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic), Matt Thompson (Executive Editor, The Atlantic), and Alex Wagner (Co-host, CBS This Morning: Saturday; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic). We're living in historic times. Who better than a 160-year-old magazine to help you make sense of them? Each week, The Atlantic's top editors sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next.

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Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
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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, Alex Wagner, and Vann Newkirk to share the story of Kiarra Boulware, a young black woman from Baltimore whose struggles shed a light on how people living only a few miles apart have such disparate health prospects<br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/being-black-in-america-can-be-hazardous-to-your-health/561740/">“Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health”</a> (Olga Khazan, July/August 2018 Issue<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/the-awful-legacy-of-lead/545330/">“The 'Horrifying' Consequence of Lead Poisoning”</a> (Olga Khazan, November 8, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/the-poisoned-generation/527229/">“The Lead-Poisoned Generation in New Orleans”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, May 21, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/05/how-income-affects-the-brain/560318/">“How Income Affects the Brain”</a> (Olga Khazan, May 15, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/05/the-obesity-cure-is-out-of-reach-in-the-heaviest-states/559700/">“The Obesity Cure Is Out of Reach in the Heaviest States”</a> (Olga Khazan, May 7, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/the-trump-administration-finds-that-environmental-racism-is-real/554315/">“Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, February 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/food-swamps/549275/">“Food Swamps Are the New Food Deserts”</a> (Olga Khazan, December 28, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/what-the-crack-baby-panic-reveals-about-the-opioid-epidemic/533763/">“What the 'Crack Baby' Panic Reveals About The Opioid Epidemic”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, July 16, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-fight-for-health-care-is-really-all-about-civil-rights/531855/">“The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, June 27, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/529137/environmental-racism-is-the-new-jim-crow/">“VIDEO: Environmental Racism Is the New Jim Crow”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, June 5, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/when-you-cant-afford-sleep/380128/">“When You Can't Afford Sleep”</a> (Olga Khazan, September 15, 2014)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 15, 2018
The North Korea Summit
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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 letters. Now, they're days away from the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Between Kim's nuclear ambitions and Trump's political pressures, the stakes of this exchange couldn’t be higher. Are we headed toward the world’s most unlikely match? Or its worst diplomatic divorce?<br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/the-threat-to-kim-jong-un-within-north-korea/561950/">“The Threat to Kim Jong Un Within North Korea”</a> (Uri Friedman, June 4, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/so-is-the-north-korea-summit-back-on-or-what/561620/">“So Is the North Korea Summit Back On, or What?”</a> (Uri Friedman, May 31, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/trump-kim-summit-south-korea/561197/">“How South Korea Pulled Trump and Kim Back From the Brink”</a> (Uri Friedman, May 27, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-koreas-president-moon-is-the-man-in-the-very-precarious-middle/2018/05/28/58355b60-6201-11e8-81ca-bb14593acaa6_story.html?utm_term=.b837e8f64343">“South Korea’s President Moon is the man in the (very precarious) middle”</a> (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, <em>Washington Post</em>, May 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/us-forces-korea-chun-yungwoo/560852/">“Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The U.S. May Have to Withdraw Some Troops”</a> (Uri Friedman, May 23, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/trump-doctrine-foreign-policy/556778/">“Trumpism: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick"</a> (Uri Friedman, April 6, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/moon-jae-in-south-korea-north-korea/555338/">“The Man Behind the North Korea Negotiations”</a> (S. Nathan Park, March 12, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 08, 2018
A White House Troll ‘Owning the Libs’
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A new generation of political activists have grown up more interested in provoking outrage from their fellow citizens than in winning them over. Among the most influential exemplars of the genre is Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President Trump. What happens when the trolls run politics? What happens when they run the White House?<br><br><strong>Links<br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/stephen-miller-trump-adviser/561317/">“Trump’s Right-Hand Troll”</a> (McKay Coppins, May 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/05/how-anna-delvey-tricked-new-york.html">“How an Aspiring It-Girl Tricked New York's Party People - and Its Biggest Banks”</a> (Jessica Pressler, <em>New York Magazine</em>, May 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/children-of-blood-and-bone-tomi-adeyemi/554060/">“Review: 'Children of Blood and Bone,' by Tomi Adeyemi”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, April 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daily-stormer-nazi-style-guide_us_5a2ece19e4b0ce3b344492f2">“This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook”</a> (Ashley Feinberg, <em>Huffington Post</em>, December 13, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/9kdvby/stephen-miller-torture-video-iraq">“Watch: Young Stephen Miller jokes “torture is a celebration of life””</a> (Noah Kulwin, <em>Vice</em>, May 30, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/college-republicans-trump/548696/">“The Future of Trumpism Is on Campus”</a> (Elaine Godfrey, January 2, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/09/students-free-speech-campus-protest/539673/">“Is Free Speech Really Challenged on Campus?”</a> (Julian E. Zelizer and Morton Keller, September 15, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/guys-its-time-for-some-troll-theory/521046/">“Trolls Are Winning the Internet, Technologists Say”</a> (Adrienne LaFrance, March 29, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/12/the-first-troll/505844/">“The First Troll”</a> (James Parker, December 2016 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/hungry-hungry-trolls/478548/">“Should We Feed the Trolls?”</a> (Adrienne LaFrance, April 28, 2016)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 01, 2018
Is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Past Solving?
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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 Muslim journalist – join editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and global editor Kathy Gilsinan to grapple with the bleak state of affairs. Yossi Klein Halevi is the author of the new book&nbsp;<a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062844910/letters-to-my-palestinian-neighbor"><em>Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor</em></a>. Wajahat Ali recently <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/559406/settlers-west-bank/">traveled to the West Bank</a> to write <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/a-muslim-among-the-settlers/559145/">“A Muslim Among Israeli Settlers”</a> for the June 2018 issue of <em>The Atlantic</em>. The four discuss how we got here and what paths forward remain.<br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/a-muslim-among-the-settlers/559145/">“A Muslim Among Israeli Settlers”</a> (Wajahat Ali, June 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/559406/settlers-west-bank/">"Settlers in the 'Most Contentious Place on Earth'"</a> (Wajahat Ali, May 10, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/israel-palestine-embassy-legitimacy/560291/">“The Real Dispute Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”</a> (Yossi Klein Halevi, May 14, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/the-atlantic-interview/">Yossi Klein Halevi joined Jeffrey Goldberg on <em>The Atlantic Interview</em></a> (May 1, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/ramadan-jerusalem/560699/">“Jerusalem’s Ramadan Is Different This Year”</a> (Emma Green, May 18, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/israel-jerusalem-embassy-syria-iran/560093/">“The Coming Storm in Israel”</a> (Neri Zilber, May 11, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/iran-israel-syria/560210/">“Iran vs. Israel: Is a Major War Ahead?”</a> (Avi Issacharoff, May 11, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/jerusalem-embassy-gaza/560300/">“Celebration in Jerusalem, Bloodshed in Gaza”</a> (Emma Green, May 14, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 25, 2018
Happy Mueller-versary
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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 team, speculation and anxiety swirl around the inquiry. What do we actually know about the investigation? How much deeper does the iceberg go? And where is it heading next?<strong><br><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/the-lingering-mysteries-of-a-trump-russia-conspiracy/560465/">"The Lingering Mysteries of a Trump-Russia Conspiracy"</a> (Natasha Bertrand, May 16, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/trump-michael-cohen-reimbursement/560573/">"Trump Finally Fesses Up to Reimbursing Michael Cohen"</a> (David A. Graham, May 16, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/what-exactly-is-rudy-giulianis-role/559793/">“What Exactly Is Rudy Giuliani's Role?”</a> (David A. Graham, May 7, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/trump-goes-to-war-with-mueller/559460/">"Trump Goes to War With Mueller"</a> (David A. Graham, May 2, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/muellers-probe-is-more-expansive-than-it-seems/560255/?utm_source=feed">"Mueller's Probe Is Even More Expansive Than It Seems"</a> (Natasha Bertrand, May 14, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/these-are-very-dangerous-questions-for-the-president/559403/">"'These Are Very Dangerous Questions for the President'"</a> (Adam Serwer, May 1, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 18, 2018
Introducing Crazy/Genius: Why Can't Facebook Tell the Truth?
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This week's Radio Atlantic brings you the first episode of our new show <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/crazygenius/">Crazy/Genius</a>, hosted by Atlantic staff writer (and past Radio Atlantic guest) Derek Thompson. In this episode,&nbsp;two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its business model is designed to sell us lies.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 11, 2018
Is Politics Ruining Pop Culture?
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Some Americans who grew up identifying with <em>Roseanne</em> have found themselves alienated by Roseanne Barr’s outspoken devotion to President Trump. Many of Kanye West’s fans revolted after he tweeted out an image of himself wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Pop culture will probably always mirror the divides playing out in society. But when social divides are more massive than they’ve been in generations, does all our entertainment become a litmus test for our political beliefs? <br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/04/bill-cosby-conviction/559028/">“Bill Cosby and the Slow Death of Celebrity Impunity”</a> (Megan Garber, April 26, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/peter-teal/558953/">"The 'Dragon Energy' of Kanye West and Donald Trump"</a> (Vann Newkirk, April 25, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/how-roseanne-divides-the-left/557120/">"How 'Roseanne' Divides the Left"</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, April 4, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/03/roseanne-reboot-review/556316/">“Roseanne vs. the 'Nasty Woman'”</a> (Megan Garber, March 23, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://twitter.com/oranicuhh/status/989550438038097921">Chika Oranika on Twitter</a> (April 26, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAbiZOfbURU">Teddy Bear scene, “Daisy”</a> (<em>The Golden Girls</em>, September 17, 1987)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 04, 2018
Is the Presidency Broken?
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“We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy,” writes John Dickerson in <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/a-broken-office/556883/">his May cover story in <em>The Atlantic</em></a>. “No one man—or woman—can possibly represent the varied, competing interests of 327 million citizens.” Have we heaped so much upon the president that the job has become impossible? Is Trump testing the office in valuable ways? And if the presidency is broken, how do we fix it?<strong><br><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/a-broken-office/556883/">"The Hardest Job in the World"</a> (John Dickerson, May 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/pruitt-epa/557123/">“Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides”</a> (Elaina Plott and Robinson Meyer, April 3, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.loc.gov/resource/lprbscsm.scsm0601/?sp=1&amp;st=text">"Letter to Joseph Hooker from Lincoln, January 26, 1863"</a> (Library of Congress)<br>- <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/550168/educated-by-tara-westover/9780399590504/"><em>Educated</em></a> (Tara Westover, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549596/meltdown-by-chris-clearfield-and-andras-tilcsik/9780735222632/"><em>Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It</em></a> (Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/231506/lincoln-in-the-bardo-by-george-saunders/9780812985405/"><em>Lincoln in the Bardo</em></a> (George Saunders, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.gq.com/story/tiffany-haddish-profile-2018">“There’s Something Funny About Tiffany Haddish”</a> (Caity Weaver, <em>GQ</em>, March 26, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 27, 2018
The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In
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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&nbsp; now “arguably the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since World War II,” <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/syria-chemical-weapons/558065/">writes Andrew Tabler in <em>The Atlantic</em></a>. “The Syrian Civil War now threatens to morph into the Syria War—a regional conflagration which seems likely to burn for a generation. And civilians are cursed to live it, and die in it, every day.” How did we get here? And what comes next?<strong><br><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/syria-chemical-weapons/558065/">“How Syria Came to This”</a> (Andrew Tabler, April 15, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/syria-trump-intervention-moral-philosophy/557750/">“What If There Is No Ethical Way to Act in Syria Now?”</a> (Sigal Samuel, April 13, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-obama-doctrine/471525/">“The Obama Doctrine”</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, April 2016 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/the-syrian-war-is-many-wars/557990/">“The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars”</a> (Krishnadev Calamur, April 13, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/syrian-refugees/558212/">“Trump's Selective Empathy for Syrian War Victims”</a> (Krishnadev Calamur, April 18, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Poems_of_Max_Ehrmann.html?id=w9c0AAAAMAAJ&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false"><em>The Poems of Max Ehrmann</em></a> (Max Ehrmann, 1906)<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 20, 2018
Becoming White in America
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In her new book <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/248653/futureface-by-alex-wagner/9780812997941/"><em>Futureface</em></a>, 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 American identity.” In the book, Alex explores her own American identity – daughter of a Burmese immigrant mother and a small-town Irish Catholic father – and asks how true the stories we grow up with really are.<br><br>Along with co-hosts Matt and Jeff, Alex is joined by <em>The Atlantic</em>’s deputy politics editor Adam Serwer to discuss the tangled intersections of history, heritage, family, race, and nationality. Is America truly a melting pot? Can nationalism be liberal? And is that stalwart American immigrant story just a history written by the victors? <strong><br><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/248653/futureface-by-alex-wagner/9780812997941/"><em>Futureface</em></a> (Alex Wagner, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-nationalists-delusion/546356/">“The Nationalist's Delusion”</a> (Adam Serwer, November 20, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/america-is-not-a-democracy/550931/">“America Is Not a Democracy”</a> (Yascha Mounk, March 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-identity-liberalism.html">”The End of Identity Liberalism”</a> (Mark Lilla, <em>New York Times</em>, November 18, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/opinion/sunday/liberals-reclaim-nationalism.html">”How Can Liberals Reclaim Nationalism?”</a> (Yascha Mounk, <em>New York Times</em>, March 3, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/opinion/buddhists-violence-tolerance.html?smid=fb-share">“Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?”</a> (Dan Arnold and Alicia Turner, <em>New York Times</em>, March 5, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/opinion/sunday/united-states-census.html">“The Americans Our Government Won’t Count”</a> (Alex Wagner, <em>New York Times</em>, March 30, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/4pmEYHsdEcYufBbmCwyk0e">“Huapango” by José Pablo Moncayo</a> (South West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra, 2007)<br>- <a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Black-White/T-Thomas-Fortune/9780743291040"><em>Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South</em></a> (Timothy Thomas Fortune, 1884)<br>- <a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-1-63149-269-3/"><em>Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History</em></a> (Steven Zipperstein, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 13, 2018
News Update: Who Could Tame Facebook?
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As <em>Atlantic </em>staff writer Robinson Meyer <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-atlantic-exclusive/557489/">recently wrote</a>, Facebook “is currently embroiled in the worst crisis of trust in its 14-year history.” This week, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Congress for the first time. It’s not clear whether Congress will seek to exert more regulatory control over the company, even after revelations that as many as 87 million people unwittingly had their Facebook data given to the political firm Cambridge Analytica, which may have used some of that data to influence the 2016 U.S. election. And the questions senators asked of Zuckerberg suggest <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-power-broker/557711/">they may not yet understand Facebook well enough</a> to regulate it effectively, even if they wanted to.<br><br>In this <em>Radio Atlantic</em> news update, Rob shares what he learned from his <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-atlantic-exclusive/557489/">exclusive interview with Zuckerberg</a>, and from the CEO’s testimony before Congress. We discuss with <em>Atlantic </em>senior editor Gillian White whether Facebook can be regulated, and whether it will.<strong><br><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-atlantic-exclusive/557489/">“Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Resigning”</a> (Robinson Meyer, April 9, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/3-questions-mark-zuckerberg-hasnt-answered/557720/">“The 3 Questions Mark Zuckerberg Hasn’t Answered”</a> (Robinson Meyer, April 10, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/10/facebook-ad-discrimination/505703/">“How Facebook’s Ad Tool Fails to Protect Civil Rights”</a> (Gillian B. White, October 28, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-lets-advertisers-exclude-users-by-race">“Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race”</a> (Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr., <em>ProPublica</em>, October 28, 2016)<br>- Sarah Jeong on <a href="https://twitter.com/sarahjeong/status/984131802477424640">Twitter</a><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/the-most-important-exchange-of-the-zuckerberg-hearing/557795/">“The Most Important Exchange of the Zuckerberg Hearing”</a> (Alexis C. Madrigal, April 11, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/mark-zuckerberg-power-broker/557711/">“Mark Zuckerberg Is Halfway to Scot-Free”</a> (Alexis C. Madrigal, April 11, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/facebook-cambridge-analytica-victims/557648/">“My Facebook Was Breached by Cambridge Analytica. Was Yours?”</a> (Robinson Meyer, April 10, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/can-anyone-unseat-mark-zuckerberg/556247/">“Can Anyone Unseat Mark Zuckerberg?”</a> (Robinson Meyer, March 22, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/the-cambridge-analytica-scandal-in-three-paragraphs/556046/">“The Cambridge Analytica Scandal, in 3 Paragraphs”</a> (Robinson Meyer, March 20, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 13, 2018
Trumpocracy
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“Trump gambled that Americans resent each other’s differences more than they cherish their shared democracy. So far that gamble has paid off,” writes David Frum in <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062796738/trumpocracy">his new book <em>Trumpocracy</em></a>. <br><br>Along with The Atlantic's Global Editor Kathy Gilsinan, David joins to explain how President Trump has undermined our most important institutions. What does democracy around the world look like when the leader of the free world is less interested in it himself?<br><strong><br>Links</strong><br>- <a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AB2VcstT6BzrbpApWhV93etVx_tp62B5">Trumpocracy</a> (David Frum, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/mohammed-bin-salman-iran-israel/557036/">“Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'”</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, April 2, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/hungary-elections-orban/557294/">“The Risks to Freedom in Hungary”</a> (David Frum, April 5, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/">“How to Build an Autocracy”</a> (David Frum, March 2017 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/04/ceu-orban-hungary/521868/">“Freedom Fights for Survival in Hungary”</a> (David Frum, April 10, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/frum-trumpocracy/550685/">“An Exit From Trumpocracy”</a> (David Frum, January 18, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/trump-numb/550064/">“Americans Can't Afford to Grow Used to This”</a> (David Frum, January 9, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://kottke.org/18/04/tracking-the-appearances-of-rosy-fingered-dawn-in-the-odyssey">“Tracking the appearances of “rosy-fingered Dawn” in The Odyssey”</a> (Jason Kottke, kottke.org, April 3, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://warontherocks.com/2018/04/strategies-of-attainment/">“Strategies of Attainment”</a> (C. Lee Shea, War on the Rocks, April 1, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2018
King Remembered
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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 and generous introduction and then thought about myself,” King said modestly, “I wondered who he was talking about.”<br><br>The facsimile of King that America would fashion after his assassination—saintly pacifist, stranger to controversy, beloved by all—might have provoked something well beyond wonder. To create a version of King that America could love, the nation sanded down the reality of the man, his ministry, and his activism. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, Vann Newkirk and Adrienne Green join our hosts, Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson, to discuss the truth of King in the last year of his life and after.<strong><br><br>Links<br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/projects/king/">KING: Full coverage from The Atlantic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy</a><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/how-to-kill-a-revolution/552518/">“The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk, MLK Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/a-dream-deferred/552593/">“The Chasm Between Racial Optimism and Reality”</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, MLK Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/martin-luther-king-hungry-club-forum/552533/">King’s Three Evils</a> (Martin Luther King Jr., May 10, 1967)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/bree-newsome-generation-gap/552554/">“The Civil-Rights Movement’s Generation Gap”</a> (Bree Newsome, MLK Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/1963/08/martin-luther-kings-letter-from-birmingham-jail/274668/">“Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'”</a> (Martin Luther King Jr., August 1, 1963)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/mlk-school-desegregation-report-card/552524/">“How Much Had Schools Really Been Desegregated by 1964?”</a> (Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/martin-luther-king-jr-vietnam/552521/">“Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vietnam War”</a> (Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/generational-differences-in-black-activism/489398/">“Generational Differences in Black Activism”</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, June 30, 2016)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 30, 2018
The Family Unit in a Divided Era
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The family is where the forces that are driving Americans farther apart—political polarization, generational divides, class stratification, Facebook fights—literally hit home. Economic, ideological, and technological shifts pose uncertain consequences for what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “the basic social unit of American life.” And not even a burgeoning industry of experts can tell parents what to do. “Parents are now more anxious than ever about their children,” <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/03/america-new-dr-spock/555311/">writes Paula Fass in <em>The Atlantic</em></a><em>,</em> “while disputes about how to raise children the ‘right’ way to meet a darkening future are a commonplace of child-rearing advice.”<br>On March 20, <em>The Atlantic</em> launched a new section on <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/">the family</a>—looking not just at America, but <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/paying-for-fake-friends-and-family/545060/">around the world</a>; focusing not just on today, but on <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/03/america-new-dr-spock/555311/">yesterday</a> and <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2017/12/the-fourth-r/547583/">tomorrow</a>. In this episode, two of the editors steering this coverage, Rebecca Rosen and Adrienne LaFrance, join our hosts to explore how families are faring amid massive change.<strong><br>Links</strong><ul><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/08/millennials-the-mobile-and-the-stuck/497255/">“Millennials: The Mobile and the Stuck”</a> (Derek Thompson, August 24, 2016)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/babies-everywhere/502757/">“The Perils of 'Sharenting'”</a> (Adrienne LaFrance, October 6, 2016)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/religious-participation-survey/496940/">“It's Hard to Go to Church”</a> (Emma Green, August 23, 2016)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/the-graying-of-rural-america/485159/">“The Graying of Rural America”</a> (Alana Semuels, June 2016)</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2018
Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?
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“Politicians from both parties publicly worship the solemn dignity of entrepreneurship and small businesses. But by the numbers, America has become the land of the big and the home of the consolidated,” <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/10/americas-monopoly-problem/497549/">writes</a> <em>The Atlantic</em>’s Derek Thompson.<br><br>In a time when Americans have lost faith in their institutions, the nation seems to now <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/business/walmart-and-dicks-major-gun-retailers-will-tighten-rules-on-guns-they-sell.html">look to corporations</a> for positive action. Can big business be a force for good or only a force for profit? Does their very size pose a threat? If corporations can be people, can they be good citizens?<br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/learning-to-love-big-business/554096/">“Is Big Business Really That Bad?”</a> (Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind, April 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/10/americas-monopoly-problem/497549/">“America’s Monopoly Problem”</a> (Derek Thompson, October 2016 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/author/adam-winkler/">“'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie”</a> (Adam Winkler, March 5, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/trump-antitrust-barry-lynn/507917/">“How American Business Got So Big”</a> (Gillian B. White, November 18, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/03/amazon-local-retail/554681/">“A Small Town Kept Walmart Out. Now It Faces Amazon.”</a> (Alana Semuels, March 2, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/amazon-offer-pay-quit/553202/">“Why Amazon Pays Some of Its Workers to Quit”</a> (Alana Semuels, February 14, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/amazon-mechanical-turk/551192/">“The Internet Is Enabling a New Kind of Poorly Paid Hell”</a> (Alana Semuels, January 23, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/08/hitchens-talks-to-goldblog-about-cancer-and-god/61072/">“Hitchens Talks to Goldblog About Cancer and God”</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, August 6, 2010)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 16, 2018
If We Could Learn From History
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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 China's president, he dimmed many once-bright hopes that he would speed the nation's path toward a new era of openness and reform. For James Fallows,<em>The Atlantic</em>'s national correspondent, it was a sad vindication of a warning he issued two years ago in the magazine, of <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/12/chinas-great-leap-backward/505817/">“China’s Great Leap Backward.”</a><br><br>As the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches, we review the developments in China, and look back at another warning that proved prescient: Fallows's National Magazine Award-winning essay, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/11/the-fifty-first-state/302612/">"The Fifty-First State?"</a> Fallows joins our hosts, Alex Wagner and Matt Thompson, along with <em>The Atlantic</em>'s global editor Kathy Gilsinan. <strong><br>&nbsp;<br>Links</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/12/chinas-great-leap-backward/505817/">“China’s Great Leap Backward”</a> (James Fallows, December 2016 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/membership/archive/2018/02/xi-jinping-reveals-himself-as-an-autocrat/554342/">“Xi Jinping Reveals Himself As An Autocrat”</a> (James Fallows and Caroline Kitchener, February 26, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/china-xi-jinping-president/554795/">“China Is Not a Garden-Variety Dictatorship”</a> (David Frum, March 5, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/xi-jinping-authoritarianism-china/554375/">“The Myth of a Kinder, Gentler Xi Jinping”</a> (Isaac Stone Fish, February 27, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/china-surveillance/552203/">“China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone”</a> (Anna Mitchell and Larry Diamond, February 2, 2018)<br>- <a href="http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674027541"><em>China's Trapped Transition</em></a> (Minxin Pei, 2006)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/11/the-fifty-first-state/302612/">“The Fifty-First State?”</a> (James Fallows, November 2002 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-obama-doctrine/471525/">“The Obama Doctrine”</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, April 2016 Issue)<br>- <a href="http://player.megaphone.fm/ATL5672025785.mp3">Steve Coll on “The Atlantic Interview”</a> (February 7, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Peace-End-All-Ottoman-Creation/dp/0805088091"><em>A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East</em></a>(David Fromkin, 1989)<br>- <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Strategy-John-Lewis-Gaddis/dp/1594203512/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=&amp;sr="><em>On Grand Strategy</em></a> (John Lewis Gaddis, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Theodore-Dreiser-American-Tragedy-Library/dp/1931082316/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=&amp;sr="><em>An American Tragedy</em></a> (Theodore Dreiser, 1925)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/arts/television/sex-drugs-and-crime-in-the-gritty-drama-babylon-berlin.html">“Babylon Berlin”</a> on Netflix<br>- <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier">“Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier”</a> (Jane Mayer, <em>The New Yorker</em>, March 12, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 09, 2018
Goodbye Black History Month, Hello Black Future
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Moviegoers across America are filling theaters to see, as <em>The Atlantic</em>’s Adam Serwer <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/black-panther-erik-killmonger/553805/">describes it</a>, “a high-tech utopia that is a fictive manifestation of African potential unfettered by slavery and colonialism.” Wakanda, the setting of Marvel’s blockbuster film <em>Black Panther</em>, is suddenly everywhere, which means people the world over are seeing something that’s never had this widespread an audience: Afrofuturism.<br><br>“Blockbusters rarely challenge consensus, and Disney blockbusters even less so,” Vann Newkirk wrote for <em>The Atlantic</em> in <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/the-provocation-and-power-of-black-panther/553226/">an essay</a> about the film. “That’s what makes the final provocation of <em>Black Panther</em> so remarkable and applicable today.” But what is <em>Black Panther’</em>s remarkable provocation, and how does it apply to our world?<br><em><br>Black Panther </em>is only one part of a sudden explosion of Afrofuturism into mainstream American culture, from a new visual concept album by Janelle Monae to <em>Children of Blood and Bone</em>, a forthcoming YA book series by Tomi Adeyemi that has already become part of a seven-figure deal. Adam Serwer and Vann Newkirk join our hosts to talk about what this genre encompasses, and what its newfound popularity means.<br><strong><br>Links <br></strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/black-panther-erik-killmonger/553805/">“The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger”</a> (Adam Serwer, February 21, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/the-provocation-and-power-of-black-panther/553226/">“The Provocation and Power of Black Panther”</a> (Vann Newkirk, February 14, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/what-chadwick-boseman-and-lupita-nyongo-learned-about-wakanda/554474/">“What Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o Learned About Wakanda”</a> (David Sims, February 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/why-fashion-is-key-to-understanding-the-world-of-black-panther/553157/">“Why Fashion Is Key to Understanding the World of Black Panther”</a> (Tanisha C. Ford, February 14, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/we-who-love-america/553991/">“Why I'm Writing Captain America”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, February 28, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/black-panther-and-the-invention-of-africa">“‘Black Panther’ and the Invention of ‘Africa’”</a> (Jelani Cobb, <em>The New Yorker</em>, February 18, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/the-surprising-optimism-of-african-americans-and-latinos/401054/">“The Surprising Optimism of African Americans and Latinos”</a> (Russell Berman, September 4, 2015)<br>- <a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Standing-at-Armageddon/"><em>Standing at Armageddon</em></a> (Nell Irvin Painter)<br>- <a href="https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780765392077"><em>Autonomous</em></a> (Annalee Newitz)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 02, 2018
How Innocence Becomes Irrelevant (No Way Out, Part III)
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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 rejecting the judge’s ruling. Why? Because Spencer did not meet the state’s “Herculean” standard of unassailable proof, such as DNA, that would remove all doubts of his innocence. According to the judge who wrote the opinion denying Spencer a new trial, this standard has kept innocent people in prison without a possibility of getting out.<br><br>In this third and final chapter of “No Way Out,” we reveal more evidence that points to Spencer’s innocence: A new witness who confirms his alibi, new technology that calls into question the testimony of the star eyewitness in his trial, and a full recantation by another key eyewitness against him. We also share a stunning discovery: potential DNA evidence that offers Spencer the thinnest hope of meeting the state’s astronomical burden of proof.<br><br>And yet, none of this may be enough to exonerate Benjamine Spencer. In this episode, we explore why that is, and what it means.<br><br><strong>Links:</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-how-innocence-becomes-irrelevant/554021/">A list of key individuals mentioned in this story</a><strong><br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/no-way-out/546575/">"Can You Prove Your Innocence Without DNA?"</a> (Barbara Bradley Hagerty, January/February 2018 issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/innocence-is-irrelevant/534171/">"Innocence Is Irrelevant"</a> (Emily Yoffe, September 2017 issue)<strong><br></strong><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 23, 2018
Who Killed Jeffrey Young? (No Way Out, Part II)
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In part one of our three-part series <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/projects/no-way-out/">"No Way Out,"</a> Barbara Bradley Hagerty told the story of how Benjamine Spencer was convicted for the murder of Jeffrey Young, and how much of the evidence that led to that conviction has fallen apart under scrutiny. But if Spencer did not kill him, who else could have? And if the evidence does point to another assailant, is that enough to free Spencer?<br><br>In this episode, part two of three, Barbara explores an alternate theory of the crime. She talks with two friends of another man they say boasted about committing it. Their story, coupled with the shoddiness of the evidence that convicted Spencer, was enough to secure a recommendation that Spencer be given a new trial, "on the grounds of actual innocence."<br><br>---<br><br><strong>Key individuals mentioned in this story</strong> (listed in order of appearance):<br><br><strong>From Part I:</strong><ul><li><strong>Benjamine Spencer</strong>, the prisoner, convicted in October 1987, retried and convicted in March 1988, given life in prison</li><li><strong>Jeffrey Young</strong>, the victim, murdered in Dallas in March 1987</li><li><strong>Jay Young</strong>, Jeffrey’s son, the elder of two</li><li><strong>Cheryl Wattley</strong>, Spencer’s current attorney</li><li><strong>Troy Johnson</strong>, a friend of Jeffrey Young’s, who tried calling him the night of his murder</li><li><strong>Harry Young</strong>, Jeffrey’s father, a senior executive in Ross Perot’s company</li><li><strong>Jesus “Jessie” Briseno</strong>, a detective for the Dallas Police Department, the lead investigator on the murder of Jeffrey Young</li><li><strong>Gladys Oliver</strong>, the prosecution’s star eyewitness in the trials of Benjamine Spencer</li><li><strong>Robert Mitchell</strong>, another man convicted a week after Spencer in a separate trial for the same crime, now deceased</li><li><strong>Faith Johnson</strong>, the current district attorney in Dallas</li><li><strong>Frank Jackson</strong>, Spencer’s defense attorney in the original trial</li><li><strong>Andy Beach</strong>, the prosecutor in the trial that sent Spencer to prison</li><li><strong>Alan Ledbetter</strong>, the foreman of the jury that convicted Spencer</li><li><strong>Danny Edwards</strong>, the jailhouse informant who testified in Spencer’s original trials that Spencer had confessed to him</li><li><strong>Debra Spencer</strong>, Benjamine Spencer’s wife at the time of his conviction</li><li><strong>Christi Williams</strong>, the alibi witness who testified in Spencer’s defense at his trials</li><li><strong>Jim McCloskey</strong>, the founder of Centurion Ministries, the group that has aided Spencer's quest for exoneration</li><li><strong>Daryl Parker</strong>, a private investigator who has helped re-examine Spencer’s case and Young’s murder</li><li><strong>Jimmie Cotton</strong>, one of three eyewitnesses for the prosecution in Spencer’s original trials</li><li><strong>Charles Stewart</strong>, another of three eyewitnesses for the prosecution in Spencer’s trials, now deceased</li><li><strong>Sandra Brackens</strong>, a potential witness in Spencer’s defense who was not called to testify at his trials</li></ul><strong>New to Part II:</strong><ul><li><strong>Michael Hubbard</strong>, an alternative suspect in Young's death</li><li><strong>Ferrell Scott</strong>, a childhood friend of Hubbard's</li><li><strong>Kelvin Johnson</strong>, a friend of Hubbard's who claims to have committed robberies with him</li><li><strong>Craig Watkins</strong>, a newly-elected District Attorney interested in reinvestigating claims of innocence&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Judge Rick Magnis</strong>, the judge of Texas' 283rd District</li></ul><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/radio-atlantic/"><em>Subscribe to Radio Atlantic</em></a><em> to hear part three in the “No Way Out” series when it's released.<br></em><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 20, 2018
No Way Out, Part I
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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 and convicted for the attack.<br><br>Spencer was black, 22 years old, and recently married. Young was 33 and white, and his father was a senior executive for Ross Perot, one of the most prominent businessmen in Dallas. No physical evidence connected Spencer to the murder. Instead, he was convicted based on the testimony of three eyewitnesses and a jailhouse informant who claimed Spencer confessed to the crime. Spencer has now been in prison for most of his life.<br><br>From behind bars, Spencer amassed evidence to support his claim of innocence, and secured the assistance of Centurion Ministries, a group that re-examines cases of prisoners like him. Together, they were able to convince a Texas judge of Spencer’s innocence. In investigating this story, not only did we confirm Centurion’s findings, but we’ve gathered new, exculpatory evidence, some of which appears first in this special, three-episode series of <em>Radio Atlantic</em>. <br><br>---<br><br><strong>Key individuals mentioned in this story</strong> (listed in order of appearance):<ul><li><strong>Benjamine Spencer</strong>, the prisoner, convicted in October 1987, retried and convicted in March 1988, given life in prison</li><li><strong>Jeffrey Young</strong>, the victim, murdered in Dallas in March 1987</li><li><strong>Jay Young</strong>, Jeffrey’s son, the elder of two</li><li><strong>Cheryl Wattley</strong>, Spencer’s current attorney</li><li><strong>Troy Johnson</strong>, a friend of Jeffrey Young’s, who tried calling him the night of his murder</li><li><strong>Harry Young</strong>, Jeffrey’s father, a senior executive in Ross Perot’s company</li><li><strong>Jesus “Jessie” Briseno</strong>, a detective for the Dallas Police Department, the lead investigator on the murder of Jeffrey Young</li><li><strong>Gladys Oliver</strong>, the prosecution’s star eyewitness in the trials of Benjamine Spencer</li><li><strong>Robert Mitchell</strong>, another man convicted a week after Spencer in a separate trial for the same crime, now deceased</li><li><strong>Faith Johnson</strong>, the current district attorney in Dallas</li><li><strong>Frank Jackson</strong>, Spencer’s defense attorney in the original trial</li><li><strong>Andy Beach</strong>, the prosecutor in the trial that sent Spencer to prison</li><li><strong>Alan Ledbetter</strong>, the foreman of the jury that convicted Spencer</li><li><strong>Danny Edwards</strong>, the jailhouse informant who testified in Spencer’s original trials that Spencer had confessed to him</li><li><strong>Debra Spencer</strong>, Benjamine Spencer’s wife at the time of his conviction</li><li><strong>Christi Williams</strong>, the alibi witness who testified in Spencer’s defense at his trials</li><li><strong>Jim McCloskey</strong>, the founder of Centurion Ministries, the group that has aided Spencer's quest for exoneration</li><li><strong>Daryl Parker</strong>, a private investigator who has helped re-examine Spencer’s case and Young’s murder</li><li><strong>Jimmie Cotton</strong>, one of three eyewitnesses for the prosecution in Spencer’s original trials</li><li><strong>Charles Stewart</strong>, another of three eyewitnesses for the prosecution in Spencer’s trials, now deceased</li><li><strong>Sandra Brackens</strong>, a potential witness in Spencer’s defense who was not called to testify at his trials</li></ul><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/radio-atlantic/"><em>Subscribe to Radio Atlantic</em></a><em> to hear part two in the “No Way Out” series when it's released.<br></em><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 16, 2018
From 'I, Tonya' to 'Cat Person,' Is 'Based On a True Story' Better?
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Conor Friedersdorf recently <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/how-metoo-can-probe-gray-areas-with-less-backlash/550559/">argued in <em>The Atlantic</em></a> 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 gray areas without the problems of detailing an actual person’s private moments. But does blurring the lines between truth and fiction undermine the messy complexities of the real world? David Sims and Megan Garber join to discuss the spate of recent pop culture that aims to recast reality.<br><strong><br>Links</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/books/review/melania-trump-in-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-short-story.html">“‘The Arrangements’: A Work of Fiction”</a> (Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>, June 28, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.believermag.com/issues/201401/?read=article_marshall">“Remote Control”</a> (Sarah Marshall, <em>The Believer</em>, January 2014 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://splinternews.com/re-examining-monica-marcia-tonya-and-anita-the-scand-1793856264">"Re-Examining Monica, Marcia, Tonya and Anita, the 'Scandalous' Women of the '90s"</a> (Sarah Marshall, <em>Splinter</em>, April 19, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/yas-queen-the-brilliance-of-the-crown/547874/">“<em>The Crown</em>: Netflix's Best Superhero Show”</a> (Sophie Gilbert, December 9, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/how-metoo-can-probe-gray-areas-with-less-backlash/550559/">“How #MeToo Can Probe Gray Areas With Less Backlash”</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, January 18, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/12/cat-person-is-not-an-essay/548111/">“'Cat Person' and the Impulse to Undermine Women's Fiction”</a> (Megan Garber, December 11, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/aziz-ansari-and-the-paradox-of-no/550556/">“Aziz Ansari and the Paradox of ‘No’”</a> (Megan Garber, January 16, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evWiz6WRbCA">“Dinner Discussion”</a> (<em>Saturday Night Live</em>, January 27, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9eHdb2bR9g">“Grease Dilemma”</a> (<em>CollegeHumor</em>, 2011)<br>- <a href="https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781101874370"><em>Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine</em></a> (Joe Hagan, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/one-day-at-a-time-is-a-sitcom-that-is-also-a-civics-lesson/512867/">“<em>One Day at a Time</em>&nbsp;Is a Sitcom That Doubles as a Civics Lesson”</a> (Megan Garber, January 17, 2017)<br>- An <a href="https://twitter.com/stereothesecond/status/922702931857694720?lang=en">epic 200-plus tweet thread</a> on Janet Jackson (October 23, 2017)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 09, 2018
Paul Manafort and How the Swamp Was Made
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“Conventional wisdom suggests that the temptations of Washington, D.C., corrupt all the idealists, naïfs, and ingenues who settle there," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/">Franklin Foer writes</a> in his cover story for the March issue of <em>The Atlantic.</em> "But what if that formulation gets the causation backwards? What if it took an outsider to debase the capital and create the so-called swamp?”<br><br>Before Paul Manafort led the campaign to position Donald Trump as the ultimate Washington outsider, Manafort had built a career on being the consummate D.C. insider. Foer tells the story of Manafort's rise and fall, his stint as a consigliere to oligarchs, and the lines he was willing to cross in lobbying and political consulting. Foer joins Jeff and Matt to describe how Manafort's career is a window into the rise of corruption in America.<br><strong><br>Links<br><br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/">“The Plot Against America”</a> (Franklin Foer, March 2018 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/swamp-trump/551807/">“How the Swamp Drained Trump”</a> (McKay Coppins, January 30, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/dictatorships-double-standards/">“Dictatorships &amp; Double Standards”</a> (Jeane Kirkpatrick, <em>Commentary</em>, November 1, 1979)<br>- <a href="https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780679602613"><em>The Soul of a New Machine</em></a> (Tracy Kidder, 1981)<br>- <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/mackenzie-davis-halt-and-catch-fire-conversation.html">“Mackenzie Davis Answers the Tough Questions”</a> (E. Alex Jung, <em>Vulture</em>, August 14, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143117469"><em>Shop Class as Soulcraft</em></a> (Matthew B. Crawford, 2010)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 02, 2018
Who Gets to be American?
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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 unauthorized immigrants, some of the most contentious aspects of the current debate concern legal immigration: Who should the U.S. allow to be an American? Priscilla Alvarez, an editor on <em>The Atlantic</em>'s politics and policy team, joins hosts Matt and Alex to discuss the debate within Congress, and to review the lessons America's history offers.<br><strong><br>Links</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/americas-brutal-forgotten-history-of-illegal-deportations/517971/">“America’s Forgotten History of Illegal Deportations”</a> (Alex Wagner, March 6, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/diversity-visa-program/544646/">“The Diversity Visa Program Was Created to Help Irish Immigrants”</a> (Priscilla Alvarez, November 1, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/temporary-protected-status-el-salvador-catholic-church/551087/">“'An Assault on the Body of the Church’”</a> (Emma Green, January 22, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/politics/immigrat/beckf.htm">“The Ordeal of Immigration in Wausau”</a> (Roy Beck, April 1994 Issue)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/wausau-wisconsin-southeast-asia-hmong/485291/">“To Be Both Midwestern and Hmong”</a> (Doualy Xaykaothao, June 3, 2016)<br>- <a href="http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/2014/12/07/mentzer-wausau-got-immigration-fears/19969617/">"How Wausau's Immigration Fears Failed to Come True"</a> (Robert Mentzer, <em>Wausau Daily Herald</em>, December 2014)<br>- <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1996/04/29/black-like-them">“Black Like Them”</a> (Malcolm Gladwell, <em>New Yorker</em>, April 29, 1996 Issue)<br>- <a href="http://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=11111622461423"><em>Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s</em></a> (Francisco E. Balderrama)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/why-dont-asians-count/498893/">“Asians in the 2016 Race”</a> (Alex Wagner, September 12, 2016)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 26, 2018
Bricks, Clicks, and the Future of Shopping
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The <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/retail-apocalypse-malls-rebuild/549056/">'retail apocalypse'</a> 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 new directions that could have significant effects. What will shopping look like in the future? How will these changes reverberate throughout the country? <em>Atlantic</em>&nbsp;editor Gillian White joins our hosts to discuss.<br><br>If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go <a href="http://theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey">theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey</a>.<strong><br><br>Links</strong><br><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/future-retail/546119/">“The 4 Reasons Why 2017 Is a Tipping Point for Retail”</a> (Derek Thompson, November 16, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/retail-sales-tax-revenue/527697/">“All the Ways Retail’s Decline Could Hurt America’s Towns”</a> (Alana Semuels, May 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/future-retail-experiences-juice-bars/539751/">“The Future of Retail Is Stores That Aren’t Stores”</a> (Joe Pinsker, September 14, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/retail-apocalypse-malls-rebuild/549056/">“How to Rebuild After the Retail Apocalypse”</a> (Richard Florida, December 23, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-dollar-general-became-rural-americas-store-of-choice-1512401992">“How Dollar General Became Rural America’s Store of Choice”</a> (Sarah Nassauer, <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, December 15, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/248653/futureface-by-alex-wagner/9780812997941/"><em>Futureface</em></a> (Alex Wagner, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://artplusmarketing.com/the-appropriate-weight-of-grief-ff7f597d41ba">“The Appropriate Weight of Grief”</a> (Michael Zadoorian, <em>ART + marketing</em>, May 6, 2016)<br>- <a href="http://www.donmarquis.org/themoth.htm">“The Lesson of the Moth”</a> (Don Marquis)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 19, 2018
The Presidential Fitness Challenge
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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 the office, President Trump has pushed back, declaring himself a “very stable genius” and attacking his critics. <br><br>But no new claims or revelations, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/it-was-an-open-secret/549653/">James Fallows wrote recently for <em>The Atlantic</em></a>, have been more telling than Trump's public behavior. If the stories presented in a book about the president constitute a scandal, Fallows asks, what does it mean that the scandal continues in public view? What dangers are courted by speculating about the president's mental acuity? What steps could be taken to make such speculation unnecessary? Fallows joins our hosts to discuss.<br><br>If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go <a href="http://theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey">theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey</a>.<strong><br><br>Links</strong><br><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/it-was-an-open-secret/549653/">“It's Been an Open Secret All Along”</a> (James Fallows, January 4, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/01/trump-cog-decline/548759/">”Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?”</a> (James Hamblin, January 3, 2018)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/the-case-for-hillary-clinton-and-against-donald-trump/501161/">“The Case for Hillary Clinton and Against Donald Trump”</a> (The Editors, November 2016 Issue) <br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/all/2016/05/the-daily-trump/484064/">“A Time Capsule of the Unpresidential Things Trump Says”</a> (James Fallows, May 23, 2016, to November 20, 2016)<br>- <em>Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President</em> (Justin Frank, 2004)<br>- <a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/02/john-dean-nixon-might-have-survived-if-thered-been-a-fox-news-216207">“John Dean: Nixon ‘Might Have Survived If There’d Been a Fox News’”</a> (Edward-Isaac Dovere,<em> POLITICO Magazine</em>, January 02, 2018)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 12, 2018
How Has America Changed Since 1968?
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As 2018 begins, tensions and tumult in America are high. But before the end of 1968, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/exploring-1968-and-the-making-of-modern-america/549281/">Conor Friedersdorf reminded us</a> in <em>The Atlantic</em>, "Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy would be assassinated; U.S. troops would suffer their deadliest year yet in Vietnam—and massacre scores of civilians at My Lai; Richard Nixon would be elected president; the Khmer Rouge would form in Cambodia; humans would orbit the moon; Olympic medal winners in Mexico City would raise their fists in a black power salute; President Johnson would sign the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Yale University would announce that it intended to admit women; <em>2001: A Space Odyssey</em> would premier; and Led Zeppelin would give their first live performance."<br><br>What does that turbulent year have to tell us in this tumultuous moment? What forgotten history is worth revisiting? And in the past half-century, where has the nation made progress, and where has it struggled? Conor Friedersdorf joins us to discuss these questions with our hosts.<br><br>If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go www.theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey.<br><strong><br>Links<br><br></strong>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/exploring-1968-and-the-making-of-modern-america/549281/">”1968 and the Making of Modern America”</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, January 1, 2018)<br>–&nbsp; <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1932/08/put-your-husband-in-the-kitchen/306135/">”Put Your Husband in the Kitchen”</a> (Helen Keller, 1932 Issue)<br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1968/04/report-washington/307020/">“Report: Washington”</a> (Elizabeth Drew, April 1968 Issue)<br>– <a href="http://news.gallup.com/poll/196610/americans-respect-police-surges.aspx">“Americans' Respect for Police Surges”</a> (<em>Gallup</em>, October 24, 2016)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 05, 2018
Ideas of the Year, 2017 Edition
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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 across <em>The Atlantic</em>'s staff, and to our listeners: What were the ideas of 2017?<br><br>In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss the many different responses to that question we collected, and share their own ideas of the year. Share yours: 202-266-7600. And here's to the year ahead.<br><br>If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey.<br><br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>–<a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-End-of-History-and-the-Last-Man/Francis-Fukuyama/9780743284554"><em>The End of History and the Last Man</em></a> (Francis Fukuyama, 1992)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/09/its-still-not-the-end-of-history-francis-fukuyama/379394/">“It's Still Not the End of History”</a> (Timothy Stanley and Alexander Lee, September 1, 2014)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/this-article-wont-change-your-mind/519093/">“This Article Won’t Change Your Mind”</a> (Julie Beck, March 13, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/the-challenge-of-fighting-mistrust-in-science/531531/">“The Challenge of Fighting Mistrust in Science”</a> (Julie Beck, June 24, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/thanks-to-trump-scientists-are-planning-to-run-for-office/514229/">“Professor Smith Goes to Washington”</a> (Ed Yong, January 25, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-climate-scientist-who-became-a-politician/515328/">“The Climate Scientist Who Became a Politician”</a> (Ed Yong, February 2, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/when-scientists-become-advocates-do-they-lose-credibility/518157/">“Do Scientists Lose Credibility When They Become Political?”</a> (Ed Yong, February 28, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/the-movement-of-metoo/542979/">“The Movement of #MeToo”</a> (Sophie Gilbert, October 16, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-02-13/how-america-lost-faith-expertise">“How America Lost Faith in Expertise”</a> (Tom Nichols, <em>Foreign Affairs</em>, March/April 2017 Issue)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/universal-health-care-polls-obamacare-repeal/516504/">“A Political Opening for Universal Health Care?”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, February 14, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-fight-for-health-care-is-really-all-about-civil-rights/531855/">“The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights”</a> (Vann R. Newkirk II, June 27, 2017)<br>–<a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-republican-lawmaker-who-secretly-created-reddits-women-hating-red-pill">“The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’”</a> (Bonnie Bacarisse, <em>The Daily Beast</em>, April 25, 2017<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 22, 2017
Putin, Russia, and the End of History
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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 <em>Atlantic</em> cover story, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/putins-game/546548/">Julia Ioffe writes</a> that Americans misunderstand the man ruling the former Soviet empire: he’s not a master tactician playing three-dimensional chess, he’s a gambler who won big. <br><br>"Over the past year, Russian hackers have become the stuff of legend in the United States," Julia writes. "But most Russians don’t recognize the Russia portrayed in this story." What do they see that we don't? How does America look right now from their vantage point? And what does Vladimir Putin ultimately want? Julia joins our hosts, along with <em>Atlantic</em> global editor Kathy Gilsinan, to discuss.<br><br>If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go www.theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey.<br><strong><br><br>Links</strong><br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/putins-game/546548/">“What Putin Really Wants”</a> (Julia Ioffe, January/February 2018 Issue)<br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/09/vladimir-putin-action-man/100147/">“Vladimir Putin, Action Man”</a> (Alan Taylor, September 13, 2011)<br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/12/kremlin-doping-scandal-sochi-winter-olympics/547616/">“How the Kremlin Tried to Rig the Olympics, and Failed”</a> (Julia Ioffe, December 6, 2017)<br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/obama-response-russia-election-interference/531486/">“It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective”</a> (Julia Ioffe, June 23, 2017)<br>– <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/putins-inauguration-satire-and-violence">“Putin’s Inauguration: Satire and Violence”</a> (Julia Ioffe, <em>The New Yorker</em>, May 7, 2012)<br>– <a href="http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2009/04/why-do-they-stay.html">"Why Do They Stay?"</a> (Hilzoy, <em>Obsidian Wings</em>, April 10, 2009)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 15, 2017
The Manifest Destiny of Mike Pence
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That Pence is the vice president of the United States is "a loaves-and-fishes miracle," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/gods-plan-for-mike-pence/546569/">writes McKay Coppins</a> in the latest issue of <em>The Atlantic</em>. It's remarkable enough that "an embattled small-state governor with underwater approval ratings, dismal reelection prospects, and a national reputation in tatters" would be chosen as a presidential running mate at all. But unlikelier still is the fact that Pence, known for his devotion to Christ, would become the most prominent character witness for President Donald Trump. <br><br>How did Pence reconcile his deeply held Christian values with his defense of Donald Trump after the revelation of the <em>Access Hollywood</em> recording? Would he support Trump if the presidency were within his own reach? And what do his decisions illuminate about evangelical Christians' attachment to the president? In this conversation, McKay shares what he's learned about Pence from reporting on his stints as governor, radio host, and frat snitch.<br><strong><br>Links<br></strong><br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/gods-plan-for-mike-pence/546569/">“God’s Plan for Mike Pence”</a> (McKay Coppins, January/February 2018 Issue)<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/trump-impeachment/547358/"><br></a>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/trump-impeachment/547358/">“The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping”</a> (Peter Beinart, December 3, 2017)<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/12/kushner-israel-trump/547367/"><br></a>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/12/kushner-israel-trump/547367/">“Jared Kushner Responds (Very Briefly) to Flynn's Plea Deal”</a> (Uri Friedman, December 3, 2017)<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/should-christian-bakers-be-allowed-to-refuse-wedding-cakes-to-gays/284061/">“Should Christian Bakers Be Allowed to Refuse Wedding Cakes to Gays?”</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, February 25, 2014)<br>– <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-gathering-backlash-against-indianas-religious-freedom-law/389162/">“If Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Isn't Discriminatory, Why Change It?”</a> (David A. Graham, March 31, 2015)<br>– <a href="https://walkerart.org/calendar/2017/adios-utopia">Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950</a><br>– <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/governor-superlative?utm_term=.uwwmKrww1#.ny5Lz3mmV">“Terry McAuliffe’s Dead-Serious Advice For Democrats: Have Some Fun!”</a> (Ruby Cramer, <em>BuzzFeed News</em>, December 3, 2017)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 08, 2017
The Great Recession, One Decade Later
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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 leadership that <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/cfpb-mulvaney-trump/546131/">promises big changes</a>. Meanwhile, a tax plan speeding through Congress could have far-reaching effects on the economy, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/health-effects-of-tax-plan/546710/">well beyond taxes</a>. On paper, the U.S. economy looks robust. But for whom, and for how long?<br><br>This week, Annie Lowrey and Alana Semuels join our hosts to look at what's happened in the decade since the Great Recession, and what's happening now. What lessons have we learned from the crisis? And which are we doomed to repeat?<br><br><strong>Links:<br>- </strong><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/the-neverending-foreclosure/547181/">"The Never-Ending Foreclosure"</a> (Alana Semuels, December 1, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/great-recession-still-with-us/547268/">"The Great Recession Is Still With Us"</a> (Annie Lowrey, December 1, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/tax-bill-mortgage-interest-deduction/544847/">“The GOP Targets America’s Most Loved and Hated Tax Break”</a> (Alana Semuels, November 2, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/10/next-recession-prepared/544391/">“The U.S. Isn’t Prepared for the Next Recession”</a> (Annie Lowrey, October 31, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/mulvaney-cfpb/546917/">”Mick Mulvaney Is Pretending Everything's Totally Normal at Work”</a> (Gillian B. White, November 28, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/gig-economy/544895/">“Could a Tax Fix the Gig Economy?”</a> (Alana Semuels, November 6, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/">“Trump Says His Tax Plan Won't Benefit the Rich—He's Exactly Wrong”</a> (Annie Lowrey, September 29, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/02/could-memo-christina-romer-have-saved-economy/331392/">"Could a Memo by Christina Romer Have Saved the Economy?"</a> (John Hudson, February 22, 2012)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-cfpb-and-the-loss-of-faith-in-politics/546833/">“The Fight Over the CFPB Reveals the Broken State of American Politics”</a> (David A. Graham, November 28, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2009/02/the-shadow-of-the-stimulus/55939/">"The Shadow of the Stimulus"</a> (Ross Douthat, February 1, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2009/12/return-of-the-shopping-avenger/30855/">"Return of the Shopping Avenger"</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, December 1, 2009)<br>- <a href="http://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=9780465097685"><em>The Half Has Never Been Told</em></a><em>&nbsp; </em>(Edward Baptist)<br>- <a href="https://us.macmillan.com/theunwinding/georgepacker/9780374534608/"><em>The Unwinding</em></a> (George Packer)<br>- <a href="https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-nutshell-studies/">"The Nutshell Studies"</a> (Katie Mingle, <em>99 Percent Invisible</em>)<br>- <a href="https://mic.com/articles/124899/the-reason-this-racist-soap-dispenser-doesn-t-work-on-black-skin#.MRCAUXm3L">"The Reason This 'Racist Soap Dispenser' Doesn't Work on Black Skin"</a> (Max Plenke, Mic.com, September 9, 2015)<br><em><br></em><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 01, 2017
John Wayne, Donald Trump, and the American Man
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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 image was the product of a complicated relationship with the director John Ford, one that offers different lessons about masculinity and its constraints. As scandals about men and their behavior fill the news, we discuss the legacy of John Wayne and other male screen icons. Our cohosts are joined by <em>Atlantic</em> staff writer Megan Garber and Stephen Metcalf, author of the story <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/john-wayne-john-ford/544113/">"How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon."</a><br><br><strong>Links:&nbsp; </strong><br><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/john-wayne-john-ford/544113/?utm_source=feed"><br></a>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/john-wayne-john-ford/544113/?utm_source=feed">"How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon"</a> (Stephen Metcalf, December 2017 Issue)- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/09/the-head-injury-doctrine/540918/'">"Masculinity Done Well and Poorly"</a> (James Hamblin, September 25, 2017)- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/308135/">"The End of Men"</a> (Hanna Rosin, July/August 2010 Issue)- <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450501/white-nationalists-alt-right-vague-grievances-what-do-they-want">"Angry White Boys"</a> (Kevin D. Williamson, <em>National Review</em>, August 16, 2017) - <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/toxic-masculinity-and-mass-murder/486983/">"Toxic Masculinity and Murder"</a> (James Hamblin, June 16, 2016)- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/09/does-masculinity-need-to-be-reimagined/344099/">"Does Masculinity Need To Be 'Reimagined'?"</a> (Erik Hayden, September 21, 2010)- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/10/how-the-west-was-lost/502850/">"How Hollywood Whitewashed the Old West"</a> (Leah Williams, October 5, 2016)- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/08/hollywood-has-ruined-method-acting/494777/">"Hollywood Has Ruined Method Acting"</a> (Angelica Jade Bastién, August 11, 2016)&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 24, 2017
How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made
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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 biggest website for neo-Nazis. Anglin and his mob of followers have terrorized people around the world, and their influence has been cited by the perpetrators of fatal violence. <br><br>What lessons should be learned from Anglin's radicalization? And what is society's best response to his ideas? Luke O'Brien and Rosie Gray join Jeff and Matt to discuss these questions, and how far-right extremism is evolving.<br><br><strong>Links:</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/">"The Making of an American Nazi"</a> (Luke O'Brien, December 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/brotherhood-of-losers/544158/">"The Lost Boys"</a> (Angela Nagle, December 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/how-2015-fueled-the-rise-of-the-freewheeling-white-nationali?utm_term=.jhoJdPvPm#.dojAZ1r12">"How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt-Movement"</a> (Rosie Gray, <em>BuzzFeed</em>, 12/27/2015)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/behind-the-internets-dark-anti-democracy-movement/516243/">"Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement"</a> (Rosie Gray, 2/10/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/alt-right-charlottesville/536736/">"The Alt-Right's Rebranding Effort Has Failed"</a> (Rosie Gray, 8/13/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/11/remembering-gwen-ifill/508130/">"What Gwen Ifill Knew About Race in America"</a> (Jeffrey Goldberg, 11/18/2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/joan-didion-doesnt-owe-the-world-anything/544011/">"Joan Didion Doesn't Owe the World Anything"</a> (Megan Garber, 10/29/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/">NoSleep Subreddit</a> | <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/nosleepaudio">Podcast</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 17, 2017
The Press and the Election of 2016: One Year Later
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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 success in vilifying the media, it was a success in manipulating it. Trump was a media figure, skilled at drawing attention. And news organizations were unused to being so squarely part of the story.<br><br>What lessons have journalists taken from the 2016 campaign and President Trump’s election? What’s changed since then? And what should change going forward? In this episode of Radio Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance, the editor of TheAtlantic.com, and Yoni Appelbaum, the magazine's politics and policy editor, join Matt and Jeff to look back and look ahead one year after the Trump Era began.<br><br><strong>Links:<br></strong>- "<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/trumps-unwitting-diagnosis-of-american-politics/506738/">How Trump Diagnosed American Politics</a>" (Andy Kroll,&nbsp; Nov 7, 2016)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/zuckerberg-2020/513689/">"Zuckerberg 2020?"</a> (Adrienne LaFrance, Jan 19,&nbsp; 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/11/one-year-ago-today/545327/">'We Thought You'd Like to Look Back on This Post from 1 Year Ago’</a> (Julie Beck, Nov 8, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/the-atlantic-interview/">The Atlantic Interview</a><br>- <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/3lX71wNWCj1P8s0Qa4dVVZ?si=EEti2f37">"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"</a> (as interpreted by Jon Batiste)&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 10, 2017
Khizr Khan on What Patriotism Requires
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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 patriotic to leak a presidential secret? To voice dissent during a national rite? Should a general running the White House be deferred to or defied? <br><br>In this episode, <em>Atlantic</em> journalists Krishnadev Calamur and Sigal Samuel talk with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose stirring speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention touched off a famous feud with the President-to-be, about what sacrifice means to him, and why America is worth it. We also hear from a couple veterans who offer their own perspectives on patriotism and military service.<br><br>To share thoughts, feedback, and questions on the show, leave us a voicemail with your contact info: (202) 266-7600.<br><br><strong>Links:<br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/the-anguish-of-john-kelly/543474/">"The Anguish of John Kelly"</a> (David Graham, 10/19/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/kneeling-for-life-and-liberty-is-patriotic/540942/">"Kneeling for Life and Liberty Is Patriotic"</a> (Conor Friedersdorf, 9/25/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/why-cede-the-flag-to-trump/540930/">"Why Cede the Flag to Donald Trump?"</a> (David Frum, 9/24/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/01/the-tragedy-of-the-american-military/383516/">"The Tragedy of the American Military"</a> (James Fallows, January/February 2015)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2017/07/radio-atlantic-pilot-mine-eyes-have-seen-the-glory/534429/">"Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"</a> (Radio Atlantic, episode one)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/opinion/sunday/somalia-mogadishu-bombing-shabab.html">"My Parents' Country, in the Grip of the Shabab"</a> (<em>The New York Times Sunday Review</em>)<br>- <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXo-qOQNK3E">"Look at Tiny Baby Hank"</a> (Vlogbrothers)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 03, 2017
Reporting on Open Secrets, with Jodi Kantor and Katie Benner
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Allegations of sexual harassment (and more) by powerful men in numerous industries have been leading news reports across America. On-the-record accounts of disturbing behavior are proliferating. Several leaders of prominent companies have been forced out of their positions. Does this represent a lasting shift in attitudes toward scandalous conduct, or will the public's interest in these matters subside? Is this a tipping point, in other words, or a flash point?<br><br>The journalism of Jodi Kantor, Katie Benner, and their colleagues at <em>The New York Times</em> has been a major catalyst for putting this issue at the top of the national agenda. Kantor and her reporting partner Megan Twohey shared a byline on the October 5 investigation revealing <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html">three decades of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein</a>. As a technology reporter based in Silicon Valley, Benner has chronicled <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fkatie-benner">numerous reports of predatory behavior</a> by investors, founders, and other influential figures in the tech industry. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, Kantor and Benner join Alex and Matt to discuss what they've discovered in their reporting, and where they think it will lead.<br><br><strong>Links:</strong> <br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html">"Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades"</a> (Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, <em>The New York Times</em>, 10/5/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/business/harvey-weinstein.html">"How the Harvey Weinstein Story Has Unfolded"</a> (Daniel Victor, <em>The New York Times</em>, 10/18/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.html">"Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment"</a> (Katie Benner, <em>The New York Times</em>, 6/30/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/technology/sofi-chief-executive-toxic-workplace.html">"'It Was a Frat House': Inside the Sex Scandal That Toppled SoFi's C.E.O."</a> (Katie Benner and Nathaniel Popper, <em>The New York Times</em>) | <a href="https://www.sofi.com/blog/responding-to-the-new-york-times/">SoFi's response</a><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/the-harvey-effect-reaches-leon-wieseltier/543897/">“The ‘Harvey Effect’ Takes Down Leon Wieseltier’s Magazine”</a> (Adrienne LaFrance, <em>The Atlantic</em>, 10/24/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-and-the-economics-of-consent/543618/">"Harvey Weinstein and the Economics of Consent"</a> (Brit Marling, <em>The Atlantic</em>, 10/23/2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTMow_7H47Q">"Girl at a Bar"</a> (<em>Saturday Night Live</em>)<br>- <a href="https://gimletmedia.com/startup/"><em>Startup</em></a>, especially seasons <a href="https://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/all/season-2/">two</a> and <a href="https://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/all/season-4/">four</a><br>- <a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/the-burning-girl/"><em>The Burning Girl</em></a> (Claire Messud)<br>- <a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/The-Color-of-Law/"><em>The Color of Law</em></a>(Richard Rothstein)<br>- <a href="http://uncivil.show/"><em>Uncivil</em></a><em><br>- </em><a href="http://podcast.cdsporch.org/seeing-white/"><em>Scene on Radio: Seeing White</em></a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 27, 2017
Why Do Happy People Cheat?
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"Infidelity," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/why-happy-people-cheat/537882/">Esther Perel writes</a> in the October issue of <em>The Atlantic</em>, "happens in bad marriages and in good marriages. It happens even in open relationships where extramarital sex is carefully negotiated beforehand. The freedom to leave or divorce has not made cheating obsolete." Adultery is as ancient as marriage, and as contemporary relationships have evolved, Perel writes, the causes and consequences of infidelity have much to teach us about the nature of commitment.&nbsp; In this conversation, Perel talks with our hosts about some of those lessons, culled from numerous sessions counseling couples as a psychotherapist. <br><br>Perel is the author of <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/web-sampler/9780060753641"><em>Mating in Captivity</em></a>and the host of <a href="http://audible.com/esther">"Where Should We Begin?"</a>—an Audible original series entering its second season on October 24th. Her new book, <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062322586/the-state-of-affairs"><em>The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity</em></a>, is now available in bookstores.<br><br><strong>Links:</strong><br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/why-happy-people-cheat/537882/">"Why Happy People Cheat"</a> (Esther Perel)<br>- <a href="https://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/Ep-1-You-Need-Help-to-Help-Her-Audiobook/B07663NDVJ?ie=UTF8&amp;pf_rd_r=K7KJPNXS16WTVDY651KQ&amp;pf_rd_m=A2ZO8JX97D5MN9&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_i=whereshouldwebegin&amp;pf_rd_p=3294187842&amp;pf_rd_s=center-26">"You Need Help to Help Her"</a> (Esther Perel, "Where Should We Begin?")<br>- <a href="http://snarkmarket.com/2008/2119">"Muto"</a> (Matt Thompson, <em>Snarkmarket</em>)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 20, 2017
Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory
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Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google's parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, hover boards, and stratosphere-surfing balloons. Derek Thompson, staff writer at <em>The Atlantic</em>, spent several days with the staff of X. In this episode, he tells Matt and Alex all about what he found, and what it suggests about the future of technological invention.<br><br>Have thoughts or questions? Leave us a message! (202) 266-7600. Don't forget to leave us your contact info.<br><br><strong>Links:</strong><ul><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/11/x-google-moonshot-factory/540648/">“Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity”</a> (Derek Thompson, 2017)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/google-loon-global-internet/419934/">“The Promise and Peril of Universal Internet”</a> (Dominic Tierney, 2015)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2009/10/the-physics-nobel-and-the-fate-of-bell-labs/28227/">“The Physics Nobel and the Fate of Bell Labs”</a> (Edward Tenner, 2009)</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/us-research-and-development/477435/">“How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?”</a> (Robinson Meyer, 2016)&nbsp;</li><li><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/07/google-glass/372292/">“Google Glass”</a> (William Brennan, 2014)</li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHzojPHyvKE&amp;list=PLAumukunDCqfi1CmaOM20f2jzQtKIP7rt"><em>The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo</em></a> (Brian Jordan Alvarez and collaborators, 2017) — N.b.: Parental discretion is advised.</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 12, 2017
The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates
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In his new book, <em>We Were Eight Years in Power</em>, <em>The Atlantic</em>'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 a celebrated author. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, our cohosts Matt, Jeff, and Alex each conduct an interview with Ta-Nehisi about what he's found.<br><br>This is a longer episode than our usual, so if you'd like to skip around, here are the three segments, for easy fast-forwarding:<br><br>[00:00] Matt's interview, focused on the questions that infused Ta-Nehisi's early writing at <em>The Atlantic</em>, and the answers that he's found<br>[32:46] Jeff's interview, focused on the two administrations Ta-Nehisi has chronicled, and his political outlook<br>[59:52] Alex's interview, focused on Ta-Nehisi's community, family, and life<br><br><strong>Links:<br></strong>- <a href="http://historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/misedne.html"><em>The Mis-Education of the Negro</em></a>(Carter G. Woodson, 1933)<strong><br></strong>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/03/black-people-culture-and-poverty/6860/">“Black People, Culture and Poverty”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/02/the-math-on-black-out-of-wedlock-births/6738/">"The Math on Black Out-of-Wedlock Births"</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/04/the-radical-critique-of-obama/16766/">“The Radical Critique of Obama”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/06/on-jewish-racism/18840/">“On Jewish Racism”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/06/still-more/19060/">“Still More…”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/02/why-do-so-few-blacks-study-the-civil-war/308831/">“Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?”</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2012)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/01/the-end-of-white-america/307208/">"The End of White America?"</a> (Hua Hsu, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/01/the-issues-race/307252/">"The Issues: Race"</a> (Hua Hsu &amp; Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1960/12/a-plea-for-straight-talk-between-the-races/306054/">“A Plea for Straight Talk Between the Races”</a> (Benjamin Mays, 1960)<br>- <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/">"The First White President"</a> (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertonardelli/this-is-why-european-diplomats-think-donald-trump-is?utm_term=.kmgzWzwAj#.mh5KWK9ry">"This Is What European Diplomats Really Think About Donald Trump"</a> (Alberto Nardelli, <em>Buzzfeed</em>, 2017)<br>- <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-is-failing-at-policy-but-winning-his-race-wars.html">"Donald Trump's Race Wars"</a> (Jonathan Chait, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/opinion/trump-electoral-college-minority.html">"Tyranny of the Minority"</a> (Michelle Goldberg, 2017)<br>- <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/elizabeth-kolbert">Elizabeth Kolbert's author archive</a> (<em>The New Yorker</em>)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 06, 2017
Russia! Live with Julia Ioffe and Eliot A. Cohen
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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 of multiple investigations by FBI director Robert Mueller and Congressional intelligence committees. <br><br>In this episode of Radio Atlantic, recorded before a live audience at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, <em>Atlantic</em> staff writer <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/author/julia-ioffe/">Julia Ioffe</a> and contributing editor <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/author/eliot-a-cohen/">Eliot Cohen</a> join hosts Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson for a wide-ranging conversation about what Russia has wrought.<br><strong>We’d like to hear your questions about Russia</strong>: Call us up at (202) 266-7600 and leave us a voicemail. Don't forget to leave your contact info.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-russia-live-with-julia-ioffe-and-eliot-a-cohen/541521/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 29, 2017
What Are Public Schools For?
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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 of American parents—and the history of the nation's public education system—tell a more complicated story. In this episode, <em>The Atlantic</em>'s education editor Alia Wong joins Jeff, Matt, and Alex for a conversation about how we define and measure success in public education.<br><br><strong>We’d like to hear your stories about education</strong>: public, private, school-of-hard-knocks, you name it. Call us up at (202) 266-7600 and leave us a voicemail with your story and your answer to the question, “What is public education for?” Don't forget to leave your contact info.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-what-are-public-schools-for/540771/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 22, 2017
Will America's Institutions Survive President Trump?
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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? What are his political allies and opponents learning from his actions?<br><br>Jack Goldsmith, author of <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/537921/"><em>The Atlantic</em>'s October cover story</a>, explores these and many other questions with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Golberg. Then, Matt Thompson and Alex Wagner discuss Trump's impact on the GOP with longtime Republican strategist Mindy Finn and <em>The Atlantic</em>'s politics and policy editor, Yoni Appelbaum.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/539961/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 15, 2017
A Memo to the Huddled Masses
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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 Atlantic, reporter Jeremy Raff and editor Priscilla Alvarez join Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson to discuss what the suspension of DACA means for those directly affected ... and what it means for America as a whole. <br><br>For links and show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2017/09/radio-atlantic-memo-to-the-huddled-masses/539190/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 08, 2017
News Update: The Questions After Harvey
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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 <em>Atlantic</em> staff writer David Graham about the questions we should be asking now, while Harvey remains in the headlines. As the recovery gets under way, what should we be watching? Plus, a Houston-area resident talks about what she's seen over the last week that she wants to hold on to in the months and years ahead.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 02, 2017
What Game of Thrones Has Taught Us About Politics
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"Winter is coming," they warned us, and the seventh season of <em>Game of Thrones</em> might have proved them right. But no one mentioned that winter in Westeros would coincide with so many troubling events in real-world politics. In this episode, Megan Garber, staff writer for <em>The Atlantic</em>, joins Radio Atlantic cohosts Alex Wagner and Matt Thompson for a conversation about lessons from the show, and other recent pop culture.<br><br>- If you're <strong>not</strong> a <em>Game of Thrones</em> fan, or don't want to be spoiled, worry not: the second segment of our conversation (around the 16:30 mark) turns beyond the show to discuss recent movies, books, and TV shows with political lessons to offer. <br>- If you are a <em>Game of Thrones</em> fan, be forewarned: we discuss spoilers up to and including the final episode of season 7.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-what-game-of-thrones-has-taught-us-about-politics/538656/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 01, 2017
Are Smartphones Harming Our Kids?
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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 who has studied generational behaviors, has found troubling signals that these devices seem to be taking a visible toll on the mental health of post-Millennials. In the September 2017 issue of <em>The Atlantic</em>, Twenge shares her findings in a story adapted from her new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1501151983/theatla05-20/">iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us</a>. <br><br>In this episode, we talk with Twenge about her findings, hear from a few members of the post-Millennial generation about their relationships with their devices, and discuss what the research means for parents.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-are-smartphones-harming-kids/537981/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 25, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlottesville's Aftermath
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After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses shocked Republicans and Democrats alike. Did this represent a major breakpoint in American politics? Why have Confederate symbols and ideas suddenly returned to the public sphere, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/no-confederate/535512/">not to mention HBO</a>? And how should Americans comprehend the relationship between these extremist currents and the Trump administration? Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum explore these questions with Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-ta-nehisi-coates-and-yoni-appelbaum-on-charlottesvilles-aftermath/537288/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 17, 2017
Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind
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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 fact, sudden, argues Kurt Andersen <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/how-america-lost-its-mind/534231/">in the September 2017 <em>Atlantic</em></a>. It was rooted in the very origins of the nation, and started to blossom in the '60s. Andersen explores how these forces made their way to the White House in conversation with our Radio Atlantic cohosts, Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson. <br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-kurt-anderson-on-how-america-lost-its-mind/536532/">go here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 11, 2017
News Update: Mark Bowden on North Korea
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Given <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/north-korea-nuclear/536235/">new revelations about North Korea's nuclear capabilities</a>—and <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/trump-threat-north-korea/536265/">newly harsh rhetoric from President Trump</a>—Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson talk with Mark Bowden, author of The Atlantic's July/August cover story on <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-worst-problem-on-earth/528717/">how to deal with North Korea</a>. In that story, Bowden laid out the four options a U.S. administration has for handling North Korea's nuclear ambitions—trying to prevent its progress, turning the screws on the country's leadership, decapitating its leaders, and accepting that a nuclear North Korea is inevitable—and why all of those options are bad. In this conversation, he talks about how this week's news affects that calculus, and whether any one of those paths has grown more likely.<br><br>This is a bonus episode. In our August 11 episode, our co-host Alex Wagner will rejoin us, and our guest will be Kurt Anderson, the author of our September cover story.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 09, 2017
Ask Not What Your Robots Can Do For You
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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 for workers in the gig economy. What will human life look like as machine learning overtakes more aspects of our society?<br><br>Alexis Madrigal, who covers technology for <em>The Atlantic</em>, shares what he’s learned from his reporting on the past, present, and future of automation with our Radio Atlantic co-hosts, Jeffrey Goldberg (editor-in-chief), Alex Wagner (contributing editor and CBS anchor), and Matt Thompson (executive editor).<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-ask-not-what-your-robots-can-do-for-you/535929/">go here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 04, 2017
One Nation Under God?
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America prides itself on pluralism and tolerance, but how far does that tolerance extend when it comes to religious expression? Could faith in general be on the decline? <br><br>Radio Atlantic cohosts Jeffrey Goldberg (editor-in-chief), Alex Wagner (contributing editor and CBS anchor), and Matt Thompson (executive editor) explore those questions with Emma Green, who covers religion and politics for <em>The Atlantic</em>. <br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-one-nation-under-god/535206/">visit this page</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 28, 2017
'Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory'
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<em>The Atlantic</em> 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? <br><br>In this inaugural episode, our cohosts — Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief; Alex Wagner, contributing editor and CBS anchor; and Matt Thompson, executive editor — explore that question with <em>Atlantic</em> writers David Frum, and Molly Ball. And we present the world premiere of Jon Batiste's Battle Hymn of the Republic, reimagined for the magazine that first published it.<br><br>For links and other show notes, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/press-releases/archive/1857/11/radio-atlantic-pilot-mine-eyes-have-seen-the-glory/534429/?utm_source=megaphone">visit this page</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 21, 2017
Trailer
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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 miss this sneak preview, for a taste of what's to come, including a teaser of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, recorded for The Atlantic by legendary jazz musician Jon Batiste.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 11, 2017