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The most interesting conversations in American life now happen in private. This show is bringing them out of the closet. Stories no one else is telling and conversations with the most fascinating people in the country, every week from former New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist Bari Weiss.

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The most interesting conversations in American life now happen in private. This show is bringing them out of the closet. Stories no one else is telling and conversations with the most fascinating people in the country, every week from former New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist Bari Weiss.

    The Holy Anarchy of Fun

    The Holy Anarchy of Fun

    No writer stokes more consistent envy among Common Sense editors than Walter Kirn. Two of his essays from last year—The B******t and The Power and the Silence—got our vote for the best of 2021. But we never miss anything he writes.

    You might know Kirn’s name from his novels, including “Up in the Air” and “Blood Will Out.” We hope you’ll love his debut piece for us as much as we do.
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    • 16 min
    Power and Politics with Mike Pompeo

    Power and Politics with Mike Pompeo

    With everything going on here at home you can be forgiven for not focusing on what’s going on in Mariupol or Hong Kong.

    But what’s going on in those faraway places has a profound impact on us. For evidence of that truth, look no further than Wuhan. Or at the current price of gas.

    The point is that there is little distinction between domestic and foreign politics. If you are the world’s superpower—and at least for now we still appear to be—they are profoundly connected.

    That’s the case former CIA head and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes in my conversation with him today.  In this wide-ranging and frank conversation, Pompeo answers my questions about China, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iran. But also: the stop the steal movement, the future of the GOP and whether or not he’s running for president.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    America After Roe: A Roundtable

    America After Roe: A Roundtable

    Few decisions could inspire so much anger and sadness in one group of Americans—and so much joy and relief in another—than last week’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Depending on where you sit, the Court just rolled back women’s rights by 50 years, or corrected an egregious instance of judicial overreach.

    Today, a deep and honest conversation about the Dobbs decision with two women–both mothers–who represent the pro-choice and pro-life sides of this debate.

    Katherine Mangu-Ward is the editor in chief of Reason Magazine. Bethany Mandel is the editor of the children’s series “Heroes of Liberty.”

    Joining them is the head of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, who the LA Times called the nation’s most influential legal commentator.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Is Crypto Over? A Debate!

    Is Crypto Over? A Debate!

    If you watched the Super Bowl this year, it was hard not to notice that cryptocurrency had fully arrived. Even Larry David was hawking crypto. 

    But over the past several weeks, the crypto markets, like other markets, have been melting down. Some coins have completely imploded. Some crypto banks have shut their digital doors, refusing to give customers access to their money. And companies like Coinbase are laying off workers. Crypto winter has arrived.

    Today: a debate. Is crypto really the future of money? And is this blip just a normal hiccup in an otherwise exciting, transformational technological advancement? Or was crypto always more hype than reality? 

    Anthony Pompliano is a crypto believer. He’s an entrepreneur and investor and a former lead at Facebook. He's also the host of the Pomp podcast and the writer of a crypto newsletter called Off the Chain.

    Michael Green is a major crypto skeptic. He has been an investor for more than 30 years. He recently joined Simplify, where he's introducing new innovations in ETFs. He's previously, among other jobs, been at Thiel Macro, where he managed the personal capital of Peter Thiel.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    TGIF! Inflation, Drag Queens & DA's

    TGIF! Inflation, Drag Queens & DA's

    If you read Common Sense, you know that the best day of the week is Friday, when Nellie Bowles delivers us all the news from the week that was.

    This Friday, we bring you an Honestly special: TGIF! This time built just for your ears and brought to you by America’s favorite lesbians: Nellie and dear friend of the pod, Katie Herzog.Featuring: drag queens, inflation, prosecutors who just won't prosecute.
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    • 39 min
    The Case for American Seriousness

    The Case for American Seriousness

    We live in a culture that is driven by nay-saying. In one corner, people insist that the individual stands no chance against structural and systemic maladies. From the other, people say that we are in inexorable decline as a civilization and that decadence is everywhere we turn. Both wind up arguing against risk-taking, against the possibility of creating new things and new worlds.

    How can we recover the adventurous, optimistic, forward-thinking, risk-taking attitude that has made America the most innovative country in the history of the world?

    Today, the venture capitalist (and former journalist) Katherine Boyle explains how. She makes the powerful case that that spirit of building is very much alive in America—just not in the places that we once assumed we’d find it.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

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Sincere and honest journalism

Barry Weiss presents a podcast that analyzes the issues with integrity looking at both sides of any debate. She has used her expert journalism skills and calm demeanor to create a wonderfully refreshing news podcast. Highly recommended!

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Bari and I are probably slightly opposite in most things. But, it’s amazing to me how two opposites can apply reason the same way and come up with a pretty standard set of values. This podcast proves that the far radical left is just that: left radical. The vast majority of democrats and republicans agree on most reasonable issues. We need to get radicalism out of this country and especially out of being in charge. Bari, terrific podcast each time. Thank you.

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Love The Honestly Podcast!!❤️❤️

This podcast is one of my favorites! I love Bari!! She has great insight and picks the best guests and spot-on topics. She gives a voice to reason in a culture where it feels like reason and variety of opinion is thrown out the window. She highlights many view points and always makes me think. I truly love the episode with Caitlin Flanagan, WOW!❤️❤️ I also love the way she enhances her episodes with audio and music.🎶 Thank you Bari!!

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