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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

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Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Suzanne Nossel

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Suzanne Nossel

    For the next couple of weeks on Deep Background, we’re bringing you a special series exploring questions of liberty, equality, and freedom of speech, To kick off our series, Suzanne Nossel, the CEO of Pen America and author of the book Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, explains why she thinks that the drive towards equality is not at odds with protections for free speech. 
    Plus, in his Playback column, Noah discusses Trump’s decision to send federal officers to Portland, Oregon.
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    • 34 min
    SPECIAL: Turning Fact into Fiction with Roxane Gay

    SPECIAL: Turning Fact into Fiction with Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay, the best-selling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger and the co-host of the podcast Hear to Slay, discusses her new short story "String Theory."  
    You can listen to "String Theory" on the Chronicles of Now podcast.
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    • 22 min
    A Commitment to Justice

    A Commitment to Justice

    Debo Adegbile, who twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court, discusses John Lewis’ legacy.
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    • 33 min
    Is Coronavirus the End of Cities?

    Is Coronavirus the End of Cities?

    Jennifer Bradley, the Founding Director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute, discusses how the coronavirus has changed cities, in some ways for the better. Plus, in his Playback column, Noah gives his take on the Supreme Court's decision on Trump's tax records.
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    • 36 min
    The Coronavirus is Mutating

    The Coronavirus is Mutating

    Neville Sanjana, a geneticist at the New York Genome Center and New York University, discusses his research into a coronavirus mutation that may be helping the virus spread faster. Plus, Noah discusses the Supreme Court ruling on robocalls.
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    • 35 min
    Vaccines and New Treatments for COVID-19

    Vaccines and New Treatments for COVID-19

    Dr. Saad Omer, the director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, brings us up to speed on the latest coronavirus research. Plus, Noah analyzes the Supreme Court DACA ruling.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
441 Ratings

441 Ratings

RBL DC ,

Outstanding podcast

This is one of my go-to’s when I want to understand an issue more deeply and hear from experts - some known, some less so. Noah is brilliant and asks great and incisive questions, but is generous and empathetic to his guests even when challenging them. One of my bookmarked podcasts.

fauxmenco ,

Excellent podcast

Great reporting on the pandemic. I appreciate the thoughtful questions and recasting that helps outsiders, like me, access specialized content.

ECBF ,

If you listen to one podcast make it this one.

Superb. Not in its thoroughness as it’s not a book but in its revelation of the golden nuggets of information that lead us to the beginning of true understanding of complex issues. A diamond in the rough.

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