We're living in historic times. The Atlantic is here to help you make sense of them. Each week, contributing editor Alex Wagner (CBS News, Showtime's The Circus) sits 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.
Is Facebook fixable, or is its business model designed to sell us lies?
Is Politics Ruining Pop Culture?
Entertainment has always been political. But what happens when the entertainment we consume feels like a litmus test for our beliefs?
Is the Presidency Broken?
John Dickerson joins Matt, Jeff, and politics writer Elaina Plott to discuss whether the job of the president has become impossible.
The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In
Atlantic editors Matt Thompson and Kathy Gilsinan ask Syria expert Andrew Tabler to explain how the conflict has worn on for years and what the path forward might be.
Becoming White in America
Alex Wagner discusses the American immigrant story (and her new book) with Matt, Jeff, and editor Adam Serwer.
News Update: Who Could Tame Facebook?
After CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony, are U.S. legislators prepared to regulate the social network? Should they?
David Frum joins Matt, Jeff, and Kathy Gilsinan to discuss how American democracy has fared under President Trump.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed, and then America created a version of him that it could love.
The Family Unit in a Divided Era
In a society riven by party, class, and generational divides, do families stand a chance? Rebecca Rosen and Adrienne LaFrance join our hosts.
Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?
With industries concentrating and corporate influence growing, Derek Thompson joins us to debate the promise and perils of big business.
If We Could Learn From History
The power grab in China, the Iraq War fifteen years later, and the art of anticipating history, with James Fallows and Kathy Gilsinan.
Goodbye Black History Month, Hello Black Future
Black Panther, Janelle Monáe, Tomi Adeyemi, and the Afrofuturist explosion, with Adam Serwer and Vann Newkirk
How Innocence Becomes Irrelevant (No Way Out, P...
The story of Benjamine Spencer shows a legal system that prefers naming someone guilty over figuring out who really is.
Who Killed Jeffrey Young? (No Way Out, Part II)
Is Benjamine Spencer innocent of the crime that has kept him in prison most of his life? And if he is, who's guilty?
No Way Out, Part I
Benjamine Spencer has spent most of his life in prison for a heinous crime he may not have committed. Does his guilt or innocence still matter to the justice system?
From 'I, Tonya' to 'Cat Person,' Is 'Based On a...
David Sims and Megan Garber join to discuss recent pop culture aimed at recasting reality.
Paul Manafort and How the Swamp Was Made
Franklin Foer joins to discuss how the indicted Trump campaign manager brought corruption in Washington, D.C., to new lows.
Who Gets to be American?
Three second-generation immigrants—Priscilla Alvarez, Matt Thompson, and Alex Wagner—discuss how America's history with immigration helps explain today's politics.
Bricks, Clicks, and the Future of Shopping
Gillian White joins us to discuss dramatic changes underway in retail and what the industry's troubles mean for the country.
The Presidential Fitness Challenge
What is the nation to do with reports that advisors to the president consider him unfit for office? James Fallows joins our hosts to discuss.
How Has America Changed Since 1968?
Conor Friedersdorf joins us to discuss a year that transformed the nation, and what has and hasn't changed after fifty years.
Ideas of the Year, 2017 Edition
To close out the year, Atlantic journalists tell us the events and insights that defined it.
Putin, Russia, and the End of History
Julia Ioffe joins the show to discuss Vladimir Putin and what Americans misunderstand about Russia.
The Manifest Destiny of Mike Pence
McKay Coppins joins the show to discuss how U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has intertwined his faith with his ambition, and what his rise tells us about American politics today.
The Great Recession, One Decade Later
In December 2007, the U.S. saw the start of its longest recession since World War II. What lessons have we learned in the intervening decade, and which are we doomed to repeat?
John Wayne, Donald Trump, and the American Man
For generations, Hollywood has defined what masculinity means in the U.S. Stephen Metcalf and Megan Garber join our hosts to discuss what lessons our male screen icons have taught us.
How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made
Luke O'Brien and Rosie Gray join our hosts to discuss the radicalization of Andrew Anglin, and how far-right extremism is evolving.
The Press and the Election of 2016: One Year Later
Four Atlantic editors reflect on the anniversary of Donald Trump's election upset, and how it informs their work looking ahead.
Khizr Khan on What Patriotism Requires
On what it means to stand for America, and to sacrifice for it
Reporting on Open Secrets, with Jodi Kantor and...
Allegations of sexual harassment (and more) by powerful men in numerous industries are leading news reports across America. Does this represent a culmination, or a broader culture shift?
Why Do Happy People Cheat?
And what can infidelity teach us about commitment? Jeff, Alex, and Matt talk with Esther Perel, author of "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity," and host of the podcast "Where Should We Begin?"
Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory
Inside the secretive lab where Google's parent company is researching advanced technology
The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates
In three one-on-one interviews, our national correspondent talks about his career, his community, and his country.
Russia! Live with Julia Ioffe and Eliot A. Cohen
What might Vladimir Putin have hoped to achieve by meddling in the election of President Trump … and what did he actually get?
What Are Public Schools For?
Back-to-school season means the revival laments about America's failing public education system. But what is it failing to do?
Will America's Institutions Survive President T...
In his short time as commander in chief, he's broken countless norms. Has he broken the executive branch?
A Memo to the Huddled Masses
Immigrants flock to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream. But is it time for the wake-up call?
News Update: The Questions After Harvey
If history is any guide, the biggest challenges caused by the disaster in Houston will come into focus after the nation's attention turns elsewhere.
What Game of Thrones Has Taught Us About Politics
Lessons from the hit HBO series, and from other recent pop culture and fiction
Are Smartphones Harming Our Kids?
Ten years after the arrival of the iPhone, are mobile devices taking a toll on our children's mental health?
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlott...
Did the president's response to fatal violence touched off by white supremacists mark a major breakpoint in American politics?
Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind
Magical thinking and "alternative facts" have a long, proud history in these United States.
News Update: Mark Bowden on North Korea
Given new revelations about North Korea's nuclear capabilities—and newly harsh rhetoric from President Trump—Jeffrey Goldberg and Matt Thompson talk with Mark Bowden, author of The Atlantic's July/August cover story on how to deal with North Korea.
Ask Not What Your Robots Can Do For You
Our increasingly smart machines aren't just changing the workforce, they're changing us. Alexis Madrigal and our hosts explore how.
One Nation Under God?
How tolerant and pluralistic is America when it comes to religious expression?
'Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory'
The past, present, and future of the American idea, and the world premiere of Jon Batiste's "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Weekly conversations with leading journalists and thinkers to make sense of the history happening all around us