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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 Attack on the Capitol with Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The Attack on the Capitol with Ta-Nehisi Coates

    One day after the attack on the Capitol, Chris Hayes and author Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down to process what we witnessed as a nation and what it reveals about the fragility of American democracy.

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    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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    Family, Legacy, and Bourbon with Wright Thompson

    Family, Legacy, and Bourbon with Wright Thompson

    What can bourbon teach us about legacy, nostalgia, and consumer trends? Pappy Van Winkle is some of the most coveted bourbon in the world, but it took three generations of labor and loss to reach this pinnacle. Author Wright Thompson spent years with the third generation Van Winkle, who brought the family business back from the brink, studying the careful craftsmanship and rich history that goes into every barrel they produce. With a drink so inextricably tied to a distinct time and place, Wright found an opportunity to interrogate the mythology of the South, the seduction of nostalgia, and what it means to make things that last.

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    Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last by Wright Thompson

    Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler

    • 57 min
    The Foxconn Con with Josh Dzieza

    The Foxconn Con with Josh Dzieza

    In June 2018 Donald Trump posed with then Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou at a ground breaking ceremony for the new Foxconn facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. Touted as “the eighth wonder of the world” by the president, the multi-billion dollar deal was supposed to produce a 20-million-square-foot manufacturing complex, thousands of jobs, and the beginning of a new well-paying manufacturing sector in the American Midwest. Over two years later, almost none of that has happened. Instead of thousands of new jobs and a promising facility, Wisconsin looks to have been left holding the bag on a deal that was over promised and under delivered. This week, investigations editor and feature writer at The Verge, Josh Dzieza, joins to talk about what happened with the Wisconsin-Foxconn deal and why its promise was doomed to fail.

    The Eighth Wonder of the World by Josh Dzieza 

    Foxconn tells Wisconsin it never promised to build an LCD factory by Josh Dzieza

    • 35 min
    No Regrets with Rep. Max Rose

    No Regrets with Rep. Max Rose

    Congressman Max Rose says he has no regrets. Elected in the 2018 blue wave, he flipped New York’s conservative-leaning 11th district, which includes all of Staten Island and a corner of Brooklyn. Now, two years later, he’s one of the frontline Democrats who lost their reelection left wondering what went wrong. In our continuing dissection of the 2020 election, we sat (back) down with Rep. Rose to get a candid perspective on what pundits are getting wrong and what, if anything, he’d do differently. 




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    How Red is Texas with Abby Livingston (Nov 17, 2020)

    • 52 min
    The Democratic Coalition After 2020 with David Shor

    The Democratic Coalition After 2020 with David Shor

    What were the shifts in the 2020 election? Why was the polling so off? How did the coalitions change? As the dust settles, and we can dive into official numbers, a clearer picture is forming of what actually happened during this election cycle. David Shor is a political data scientist who works to help elect Democrats. This week, David joins to look at the data and help answer some of the outstanding questions about the 2020 election. As well as layout the trends that have led to this political moment and the landscape going forward.   

    • 54 min
    Your Local Disinformation with Davey Alba

    Your Local Disinformation with Davey Alba

    The local newspaper is dying. Across the country, newsrooms are either shuttering completely or struggling through massive staff layoffs. It's becoming increasingly clear that in the void left by trusted local reporting, misinformation is taking root. A sweeping investigation by the New York Times uncovered a conservative pay-for-play network that disguises itself as unbiased local coverage. The enterprise includes 1300 sites spanning all 50 states, and with familiar web layouts and innocuous titles like Wichita Standard or Illinois Valley Times, you may have come across one and been none the wiser. New York Times reporter Davey Alba is one of the journalists who broke the story and joins to explain what tipped her off, who is behind it all, and the role social media plays in this moment.

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    As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place by Davey Alba and Jack Nicas

    Here Are the Hundreds of Sites in a Pay-to-Play Local News Network

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    Dozens of new websites appear to be Michigan local news outlets, but with political bent by Carol Thompson

    • 48 min

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