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Radio Atlantic
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.
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1
Pecker Pics and Tabloid Tricks
Jeffrey Toobin helps Alex Wagner make sense of the National Enquirer: its strange history, its devotion to Donald Trump, and why it’s at war with the world’s richest man.
36 min
2
Something Rotten in the State of Virginia
Staff writers Adam Serwer and Vann Newkirk join Alex Wagner to discuss news that Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general both wore blackface.
34 min
3
Kamala Harris, Progressive Prosecutor?
In the era of criminal justice reform and Black Lives Matter, can a former prosecutor win the Democratic nomination?
36 min
4
The Art of the Shutdown Deal
Reporter Maggie Haberman joins Alex Wagner to explain how President Trump’s business career shows he’s no master negotiator and predicted the current shutdown mess.
34 min
5
Is the President a Russian Asset?
Staff writer Franklin Foer joins Alex Wagner to make sense of the new questions about President Trump’s relationship with Russia.
36 min
6
How to Fix Social Media
Alexis Madrigal joins Matt Thompson to solve the ills of the modern internet.
53 min
7
What Happened to the GOP?
George Packer argues that the Republican Party has chosen power over democracy, and that its corruption began decades ago.
39 min
8
Does the NRA Connect Trump to Russia?
Alex Wagner talks with reporters Natasha Bertrand and Mike Spies about Maria Butina, the NRA, and whether Russia used the gun lobby to influence American politics.
35 min
9
The First Gene-Edited Babies
A scientist has claimed he used the revolutionary CRISPR gene technology on human embryos, igniting a global controversy.
30 min
10
What’s Happening With Mueller and Manafort?
Alex Wagner discusses new developments in the Mueller probe with reporter Natasha Bertrand and former White House aide Ron Klain.
36 min
11
Florida Flashbacks
With votes being retallied in the Sunshine State, Mark McKinnon and Jeremy Bash look back on their time in the 2000 Bush and Gore campaigns.
33 min
12
What Did We Learn From the Midterms?
Five takeaways from Tuesday’s elections, as interpreted by five Atlantic journalists.
43 min
13
Midterms in the Wake of Political Violence
Executive Editor Matt Thompson discusses the upcoming midterms with two reporters in the field: Emma Green in Pennsylvania and Adam Serwer in Texas.
44 min
14
The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg sits down with Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt to discuss Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman, and the future of Saudi Arabia.
37 min
15
The Politics of Ancestry
Executive Editor Matt Thompson and Staff Writer Sarah Zhang join Cherokee writer and organizer Rebecca Nagle to discuss DNA tests, Elizabeth Warren, and how we define heritage.
46 min
16
America's Higher Education Crisis
As a new affirmative action lawsuit heads to federal court, Alia Wong and Adam Harris join Matt Thompson and Gillian White to discuss the challenges in American higher education.
52 min
17
Remembering Ferguson with DeRay Mckesson
The activist sits down with Matt Thompson and Gillian White at The Atlantic Festival.
37 min
18
Is the Public Square Gone?
With the speed and volume of news these days—not to mention the myriad business and technological pressures—how does the media serve its role as the fourth estate?
55 min
19
The Reputations and Reckonings of #MeToo
Alex Wagner, Megan Garber, and Gillian B. White join Matt Thompson to discuss Kavanaugh, Moonves, and the #MeToo movement one year in.
45 min
20
Is Democracy Dying?
Jeffrey Rosen and Anne Applebaum—scholars of America’s past and Europe’s present—discuss our precarious moment in history and what could come next.
43 min
21
How Much Longer Can Football Last?
The inside view of America’s two swampiest reality shows: politics and football.
42 min
22
The Endless Devastation of Hurricane Season
A year after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, we finally know: the hurricane season of 2017 was one of the deadliest in North America in a century. What have we learned in the aftermath?
53 min
23
Trump’s Worst Day
What does the guilt of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen mean for President Trump?
44 min
24
When Does Hollywood’s Diversity Become Real Rep...
Matt discusses how well movies and shows represent diverse experiences with senior editor Gillian White and culture writer Hannah Giorgis.
43 min
25
Charlottesville: One Year Later
Adam Serwer and Gillian White join Matt and Alex to discuss what’s changed—and what hasn’t—in the year since a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia.
49 min
26
Keepers of the Year 2018
To commemorate the show’s first anniversary, we lift up above the fog of news and discuss what’s most important to remember at this moment.
66 min
27
The Future of Europe
This week’s NATO Summit in Brussels comes as Trump and other leaders express unprecedented levels of doubt about decades of western cooperation.
44 min
28
Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?
A century ago, the 1918 flu pandemic killed five percent of humanity—have we become safer in the hundred years since or actually grown more vulnerable?
57 min
29
The View from the Border
Jeremy Raff and Priscilla Alvarez join to discuss what this week's news means for families separated at the border.
47 min
30
Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your...
Staff writers Olga Khazan and Vann Newkirk join Matt and Alex to discuss how prejudice and poverty shorten African-American lifespans.
45 min
31
The North Korea Summit
Can Trump and Kim cut a deal that works?
35 min
32
A White House Troll ‘Owning the Libs’
What happens when right-wing trolls grow up to run the world?
51 min
33
Is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Past Solving?
Two American-born writers – an Israeli author and a Muslim journalist – grapple with the bleak state of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
55 min
34
Happy Mueller-versary
Staff writers Rosie Gray and David A. Graham join Matt and Alex to discuss the Mueller investigation as it begins its second year.
48 min
35
Introducing Crazy/Genius: Why Can't Facebook Te...
Is Facebook fixable, or is its business model designed to sell us lies?
21 min
36
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?
54 min
37
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.
50 min
38
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.
48 min
39
Becoming White in America
Alex Wagner discusses the American immigrant story (and her new book) with Matt, Jeff, and editor Adam Serwer.
50 min
40
News Update: Who Could Tame Facebook?
After CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony, are U.S. legislators prepared to regulate the social network? Should they?
43 min
41
Trumpocracy
David Frum joins Matt, Jeff, and Kathy Gilsinan to discuss how American democracy has fared under President Trump.
48 min
42
King Remembered
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed, and then America created a version of him that it could love.
54 min
43
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.
45 min
44
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.
45 min
45
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.
48 min
46
Goodbye Black History Month, Hello Black Future
Black Panther, Janelle Monáe, Tomi Adeyemi, and the Afrofuturist explosion, with Adam Serwer and Vann Newkirk
50 min
47
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.
56 min
48
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?
24 min
49
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?
52 min
50
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.
49 min
51
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.
52 min
52
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.
45 min
53
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.
40 min
54
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.
47 min
55
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.
39 min
56
Ideas of the Year, 2017 Edition
To close out the year, Atlantic journalists tell us the events and insights that defined it.
48 min
57
Putin, Russia, and the End of History
Julia Ioffe joins the show to discuss Vladimir Putin and what Americans misunderstand about Russia.
51 min
58
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.
52 min
59
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?
45 min
60
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.
48 min
61
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.
31 min
62
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.
36 min
63
Khizr Khan on What Patriotism Requires
On what it means to stand for America, and to sacrifice for it
56 min
64
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?
46 min
65
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?"
48 min
66
Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory
Inside the secretive lab where Google's parent company is researching advanced technology
48 min
67
The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates
In three one-on-one interviews, our national correspondent talks about his career, his community, and his country.
82 min
68
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?
52 min
69
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?
55 min
70
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?
55 min
71
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?
39 min
72
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.
16 min
73
What Game of Thrones Has Taught Us About Politics
Lessons from the hit HBO series, and from other recent pop culture and fiction
43 min
74
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?
45 min
75
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?
57 min
76
Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind
Magical thinking and "alternative facts" have a long, proud history in these United States.
48 min
77
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.
22 min
78
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.
52 min
79
One Nation Under God?
How tolerant and pluralistic is America when it comes to religious expression?
43 min
80
'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."
65 min
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