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The Anti-War Candidate Was Invented in 1968

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How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.

27 Min

Nov 22, 2017

What’s Next for Zimbabwe?

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Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.

21 Min

Nov 20, 2017

At Home With Gilbert Gottfried

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Comedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.

30 Min

Nov 17, 2017

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32 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Elizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit.

22 min
Nov 15, 2017
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There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?

35 min
Nov 14, 2017
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Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser

24 min
Nov 13, 2017
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Private prisons were billed as a way to bring innovation to incarceration, housing more prisoners for less money. They’ve failed.

28 min
Nov 10, 2017
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Loudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”

24 min
Nov 9, 2017
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As president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word 'I.'

24 min
Nov 8, 2017
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If Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary.

24 min
Nov 7, 2017
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A black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.

30 min
Nov 6, 2017
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How do you curate a quagmire?

25 min
Nov 3, 2017
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What’s around the corner from this moment of reckoning?

23 min
Nov 2, 2017
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His views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber.

27 min
Nov 1, 2017
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Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about. PROMO: What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?

23 min
Oct 31, 2017
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It doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids?

22 min
Oct 30, 2017
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How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.

28 min
Oct 28, 2017
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The New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.

24 min
Oct 26, 2017
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These two women hate how we talk about sex.

23 min
Oct 25, 2017
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The oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power.

26 min
Oct 24, 2017
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Why the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs.

30 min
Oct 23, 2017
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What if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.

32 min
Oct 20, 2017
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How bad does a beef have to be for a comedian to refuse to go on WTF With Marc Maron?

27 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Why flags make good symbols but bad historical records.

24 min
Oct 18, 2017
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How long-term probability misleads our short-term observations.

31 min
Oct 17, 2017
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Because the thought-leader/life-hacker/productivity-optimizer trope was ripe for parody.

32 min
Oct 16, 2017
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Is Obamacare bending the cost curve? Would its demise cause more people to die? Sarah Kliff from Vox weighs in.

29 min
Oct 13, 2017
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Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?

28 min
Oct 12, 2017
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Aymann Ismail’s video series takes a look at what it’s like being Muslim in America.

24 min
Oct 11, 2017
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Low tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?

24 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Actor Jason Kravits sings from a lesser-known American songbook—the one he creates, on the spot.

28 min
Oct 6, 2017
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The U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?

24 min
Oct 5, 2017
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How big tech killed innovation and acquired too much information on us.

25 min
Oct 4, 2017
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A retired military man explains why any show of force against North Korea will hurt our allies in the south.

23 min
Oct 3, 2017
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How the world changed the presidency and doomed the office to failure.

27 min
Oct 2, 2017
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Author Masha Gessen on what we get wrong when we try to explain the psychology of mass shooters.

26 min
Sep 28, 2017
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Can the left and right ever agree?

23 min
Sep 27, 2017
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Being a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.

28 min
Sep 26, 2017
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The author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.

27 min
Sep 25, 2017
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A former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.

25 min
Sep 22, 2017
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In 2007, hip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.

26 min
Sep 21, 2017
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If you’ve gone through the trouble to craft a perfect joke about American girth, why dial it back for an American audience?

22 min
Sep 20, 2017
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The credit reporting bureaus don’t care about you. Why should they?

25 min
Sep 19, 2017
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Fraternities protect themselves, but not their members.

28 min
Sep 18, 2017
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Actor Curtis Armstrong on the deeper message within Revenge of the Nerds.

25 min
Sep 15, 2017
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The musician’s latest album offers a serenity prayer for political obsessives.

30 min
Sep 14, 2017
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Author Gretchen Rubin sorts people into four major personality types: Rebel, Obliger, Questioner, and Upholder.

26 min
Sep 13, 2017
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How WWE tropes inform The Chris Gethard Show.

29 min
Sep 12, 2017
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Should you let your kids eat dirt?

28 min
Sep 11, 2017
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The former NFL cornerback says football prepared him to be an actor.

27 min
Sep 8, 2017
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The comedian known as Ms. Pat started doing standup 15 years ago. Her caseworker got her into it.

26 min
Sep 7, 2017
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Natural disaster experts are marveling at the low death toll in southeast Texas. What accounts for it?

27 min
Sep 6, 2017
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From gospel to rock, it’s all about sex.

26 min
Sep 5, 2017
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NPR’s Wade Goodwyn surveys the damage after Harvey.

30 min
Sep 1, 2017
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NPR’s Robert Smith wonders whether tech giants like Amazon and Google really need to be reined in.

27 min
Aug 31, 2017
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You can only be gay if you give up love and happiness.

23 min
Aug 30, 2017
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Is there a person underneath all the celebrity angst?

21 min
Aug 29, 2017
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How unchecked development in the Houston suburbs added to the nightmare of Tropical Storm Harvey.

26 min
Aug 28, 2017
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Why journalist Al Letson rushed to protect an agitator at an anti-hate rally in Berkeley over the weekend.

37 min
Aug 25, 2017
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New York Times critic Wesley Morris on the unsettling race play at the center of the Mayweather–McGregor fight.

25 min
Aug 25, 2017
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We don’t know how to talk about sex—or teach it.

29 min
Aug 23, 2017
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But are the antifa in the right?

28 min
Aug 22, 2017
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Amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel asked a Russian scientist to help him dope himself. He wound up working with the man who would expose Russia’s anti-doping fraud.

33 min
Aug 21, 2017
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How does Gladwell justify a character profile, explain a historical oversight, or spice up a story? He hangs a theory on it.

28 min
Aug 18, 2017
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In 1982, synth-pop came in strong, Hall and Oates crossed over into R&B, and Paul McCartney learned about racial harmony.

31 min
Aug 17, 2017
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Author Josh Green on the rumors around Trump’s chief strategist

22 min
Aug 16, 2017
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Moshe Maor on how Trump’s over-the-top policy ideas are actually good politics

24 min
Aug 15, 2017
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Former Boston cop Tom Nolan on why many police unions are angry at the public.

23 min
Aug 14, 2017
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Everything in Congress is behind closed doors.

28 min
Aug 11, 2017
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Tales from the guy who once threw a roulette ball at a pit boss.

32 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Even if Google was right to fire James Damore, why does it insist that employees can still expect freedom of expression at work?

25 min
Aug 9, 2017
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How the greatest knocked out the U.S. Justice Department.

26 min
Aug 8, 2017
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British journalist David Goodhart says there are two kinds of people.

27 min
Aug 7, 2017
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Confidence rules, meek people lose.

31 min
Aug 4, 2017
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A stand-up comic graciously shares her show notes for sports program producers.

27 min
Aug 3, 2017
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Zoe Chace, producer for This American Life, digs up the audio from her 2016 interview with the former White House communications director. His past suggests he’ll bounce right back.

26 min
Aug 2, 2017
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In Walden, a game, players can pick berries, walk in the woods, or spend the rest of their virtual lives in jail for tax evasion.

32 min
Aug 2, 2017
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Scientist Lisa Feldman Barrett says the results are in: Your feelings are a construct.

29 min
Jul 31, 2017
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In the new ESPN podcast documentary A Queen of Sorts, the story of a woman who turned the tables on casinos around the world.

26 min
Jul 28, 2017
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In his new book, the MASH star shares his hope for better communication between scientists and us regular folks

26 min
Jul 27, 2017
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A Smithsonian Channel documentary revisits the media hysteria surrounding the 1970s serial killer known as the Son of Sam.

32 min
Jul 26, 2017
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Joan C. Williams says a third of the country is feeling talked down to. Here’s how to stop it.

27 min
Jul 25, 2017
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Ian Bremmer broke the story of the second Trump-Putin meeting. But are we blowing it out of proportion?

24 min
Jul 24, 2017
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Kevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.

31 min
Jul 21, 2017
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The former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

26 min
Jul 20, 2017
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Comedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper "Stinker Lets Loose."

27 min
Jul 19, 2017
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The Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.

27 min
Jul 18, 2017
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An economist’s diagnosis of our societal torpor.

23 min
Jul 17, 2017
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This is your brain on food.

22 min
Jul 14, 2017
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How a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.

25 min
Jul 13, 2017
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The retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.

26 min
Jul 12, 2017
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Financial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.

25 min
Jul 11, 2017
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How bad are Don Jr.’s emails?

21 min
Jul 10, 2017
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Political scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now

21 min
Jul 7, 2017
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Daniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.

26 min
Jul 6, 2017
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Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.

24 min
Jul 5, 2017
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No, it wasn’t Bridgegate. Or Beachgate.

31 min
Jul 3, 2017
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A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner and one-day-only concert pianist

27 min
Jun 30, 2017
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The hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.

20 min
Jun 29, 2017
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Crime writer Don Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction

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