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Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening?



This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers who are also trying to get to the bottom of them join Chris to break it all down and help him get a better night’s rest. “Why is this Happening?” is presented by MSNBC and NBCNews Think.

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Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening?



This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers who are also trying to get to the bottom of them join Chris to break it all down and help him get a better night’s rest. “Why is this Happening?” is presented by MSNBC and NBCNews Think.

    The Gettable Voter with Jon Favreau

    The Gettable Voter with Jon Favreau

    Democrats can beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Another four years of a Trump White House is not a foregone conclusion. With nine months to go before the general election, there’s a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty hanging over many of us about the future of the American republic. Amidst this fear, Democratic voters are deciding which candidate is best suited to run against the President. But a lot of the fights over who that person could be are actually fights over how to build a coalition of voters big enough to beat Donald Trump in the electoral college. In envisioning how to build that coalition, you have to look at the margins. If the solid-blue, never-Trump contingency make up the reliable core of the voting bloc, then the folks on the margins are key to solving the puzzle of 2020. Former Obama speechwriter and Crooked Media co-founder Jon Favreau spent time talking with members of this crucial group in four battleground states for the second season of his podcast, "The Wilderness". He joins to discuss what a winning coalition could look like.

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    The Wilderness

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    Organizing in Trump Country with George Goehl

    Building a Progressive Majority Dorian Warren

    • 52 min
    The Frontlines of Addiction with Beth Macy

    The Frontlines of Addiction with Beth Macy

    This is an intimate portrait of what addiction looks like in America. From the board rooms of pharmaceutical companies to the living rooms across America, Beth Macy traces the path of devastation wrought by opioids. Her latest book, “Dopesick” gives life to the urgency of the epidemic, illustrating just how woefully insufficient the national response has been to the scale of the crisis. She lays out the often-insurmountable barriers that stand between someone suffering and the treatment they need, and why stigma may be the biggest obstacle of them all.

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    Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

    Dying to Be Free by Jason Cherkis

    In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids by Travis Rieder

    My friend and I both took heroin. He overdosed. Why was I charged with his death? By Morgan Godvin

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    Dying of Whiteness with Jonathan Metzl

    • 56 min
    Why We’re Polarized with Ezra Klein

    Why We’re Polarized with Ezra Klein

    The title says it all on this one, folks. What is it about the American political system that cultivated this deeply dysfunctional and polarized climate? Last year, we had Ezra Klein on the show to assess how bad things were in the Trump era (conclusion: not great). Now, Klein is back to discuss his new book "Why We're Polarized" which provides a systematic look at the deep structural defects in American democracy that are manifesting themselves in two coalitions that are increasingly at each other's throats. 

    Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein

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    White Identity Politics with Michael Tesler

    The Information Crisis with David Roberts

    How Bad Is It? with Ezra Klein

    • 1 hr 7 min
    INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

    INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

    Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight.

    Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who covered the campaign in her early years with NBC.

    • 31 min
    The Uneven Playing Field with Howard Bryant

    The Uneven Playing Field with Howard Bryant

    Professional sports are never more than an inch away from the deepest core of what's happening in America. They are an amazing crucible of politics and culture that manage to reflect the issues we are working through as a country. And because these spaces are so integrated, particularly in football and basketball, racial politics quickly come to the foreground. This is the intersection ESPN writer Howard Bryant examines in his new book "Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field". In it, he explores what it means to be black in an industry hostile to blackness. Why isn't Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL, why do football games have military flyovers, and when do opinions become dangerous? What is happening with the Houston Astros cheating scandal? And why should non-sports fans care about what happens to players with multi-million-dollar contracts? Howard Bryant has the answers.

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    Twilight of the Elites by Chris Hayes

    • 57 min
    Trump and Evangelicals with Mark Galli

    Trump and Evangelicals with Mark Galli

    Why do white evangelical Christians support President Trump? They delivered him 81% of their votes on election day and consistently give him higher favorability ratings than any other voting bloc. As former Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli puts it, white evangelicals elected Trump to be their champion. So these were the exact people Galli hoped were listening when he published a stunning op-ed titled “Trump Should Be Removed from Office”. It was a daring departure for the signature publication of white evangelicals and the piece immediately attracted huge amounts of attention. For Galli, the President had crossed a line and he felt it was time his community reckoned with that fact. But will they?

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    Trump Should Be Removed from Office by Mark Galli

    The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

    • 58 min

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I realized tonight that this really is my favorite podcast. I often feel a bit of trepidation when I see the description, wondering if I’m interested enough in the topic for an in-depth look. But the conversations are always riveting and I end up being really captivated by subjects that it never occurred to me I’d enjoy learning about.

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Seeking Asylum with Luis Mancheno

This story will stay with me for a long time. I applaud Luis Mancheno for everything he has done with his relatively young life. His courage to share his story and to dedicate his life to supporting asylum seekers escaping from the most brutal of social conditions is nothing short or heroic. I also applaud Chris Hayes for his kind heart and great mind that helps guide listeners to connect with their most compassionate and humane selves. Beautiful work.

BCRockstar ,

Should be required listening!

I have learned so much from these podcasts. I enjoy them even more than his nightly show on MSNBC. Two stand-out episodes were on Climate (hair-raising), Prisons (yes, yes) and Immigration, the latter of which broadened my perspective and ramped-up my aresenal for future debates with the small-minded - which is a good thing. Mehta was funny and thoughtful and I have ordered his manifesto. Everyone should listen to these three episodes at a minimum. The only downside is that I keep missing my exits while listening in the car.

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