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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 1.9K Ratings

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.

    Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Truth About Testosterone

    Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Truth About Testosterone

    Why are men the way they are? Are they naturally more aggressive? And is it fair for transwomen to compete in sports separated by sex? Is it possible to overcome our animal instincts?
    And why has it gotten so hard to ask these questions out loud? To admit that there are any differences between men and women?
    On today’s episode, a deep dive into these subjects and more with Carole Hooven, the author of “‘T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us." The book was named one of the WSJ’s ten best.
    Carole is an evolutionary biologist and lecturer at Harvard, where she focuses on behavioral endocrinology and sex differences. Here, she explains the science of T, the misinformation about sex, and the importance of telling the truth, even if it makes you unpopular.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    A 21st Century Witch Hunt

    A 21st Century Witch Hunt

    Maud Maron is the picture of a passionate progressive. She was a Planned Parenthood escort; a research assistant for a Black Panther leader; a Bernie voter; a public school parent; and, most significantly, a public defender who worked for many years at Legal Aid.
    But fellow progressives, including her colleagues at Legal Aid, now insist that Maud is racist, that she supports segregation, that she is, despite all appearances to the contrary, a modern version of Bull Connor.
    How did this happen? Why is Maron being lied about so flagrantly? And why did she recently decide to sue Legal Aid, the institution to which she dedicated her career?
    You've probably never heard of Maud Maron. But I think you will be shocked by her story -- and inspired by her decision to stand up to a tsunami of lies. 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    You're Being Lied To

    You're Being Lied To

    One year after her resignation from the New York Times, Bari sits down with author (and America's most famous Stoic) Ryan Holiday to talk about how the media broke and who is to blame for breaking it. Holiday knows about fake news: In his 2012 bestseller, “Trust Me, I'm Lying,” he explains how he manipulated the media on behalf of himself and his clients, including Tucker Max and Dov Charney of American Apparel. Holiday is also the author of "Conspiracy," the story of how billionaire Peter Thiel brought down the gossip site Gawker. We discuss the unintended consequences of Thiel's success, the economics of outrage, Stoicism, opening a bookstore during COVID, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Rufo v. French: Should Schools Ban Critical Race Theory?

    Rufo v. French: Should Schools Ban Critical Race Theory?

    All of a sudden, the phrase "Critical Race Theory" seems like it's everywhere. If you are confused by the phrase, or wonder how everyone seems to have an opinion about it, you aren't alone. Despite what some in the mainstream media insist, you do not need a PhD or a law degree to understand this subject. Today, we clear up what it means. We explain why parents across the country are showing up at school board meetings to voice their opposition to it. And we host a debate between Chris Rufo and David French about what the government ought to do about it.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    America's Sex Recession

    America's Sex Recession

    A recent study from the American Medical Association found that one-third of men between the ages of 18 to 24 reported having no sex at all in the previous year — and that was before the COVID lockdowns. Meantime, the marriage rate and the birth rate are both at historic lows.
    What’s at a historic high is online porn. In 2019, more than five billion hours of porn were watched on Pornhub alone. That’s 500 thousand years worth of time.
    My guest today has been at the forefront of this change.
    Meet Aella. She has been doing sex work online and in real life for the past decade and she’s now killing on a platform called OnlyFans, where she charges for her followers for her explicit content. It’s like Substack. Sort of. Whatever preconceptions you have about porn stars I assure you she will challenge them.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Why Winston Marshall Left Mumford & Sons

    Why Winston Marshall Left Mumford & Sons

    For 14 years, Winston Marshall was the banjo player and lead guitarist of the massively successful band Mumford & Sons. Last week, following a viral incident over a tweet, he quit the band: "I could remain and continue to self-censor but it will erode my sense of integrity. Gnaw my conscience. I’ve already felt that beginning." On today's episode, Winston speaks exclusively with Bari about why he chose to walk away from the band he loved.
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Spirit Sprinkles ,

Genuine Honesty

I’ve been a fan of Bari Weiss since I became aware of her. She knows how to cut through the cheap tactics so often utilized in the culture war and ask questions everyone is (or should be) asking; even if I don’t agree with her analysis or point of view (which I often don’t).
I love finding voices I disagree with from people who challenge my biases. Her bravery, intelligence and talent make make her a key figure in helping us navigate truth through the clickbait, disinformation, and outright lies of those who sell their souls for clicks.
As for the podcast, it’s exceptionally well produced and Bari is an excellent interviewer with her ability to ask key questions while maintaining a genuinely curious and empathetic disposition. This may be my new favorite podcast.

KH1986 ,

Thank you Bari!

I wish people (on both sides) would come to appreciate good will and honesty over the confirmation of their own biases. I don’t always agree with the position Bari takes, but she is fair and I’ve never gotten the sense from her that she’s acting to promote a particular narrative— it’s almost like (gasp) she’s a real journalist or something in a world without many of them left. Bari came to my attention when she was one of the few people on the left who actually dared to challenge the narrative in the media around the Covington Catholic debacle. I will always support those who act with integrity and good faith even when I disagree with them and they disagree with each other… this is the whole idea behind an honest and open discourse. I’m glad that the Bari Weiss’s and Matt Taibbi’s of the world are still out there, even if they’ve been pushed out of the mainstream monoculture of modern “journalism”.

AJUC1978 ,

Maud Maron

I listened to this podcast three times because I just can’t understand the increasingly common practice of shaming and ruining the careers of decent honorable people. It’s truly frightening because it seems like it’s getting worse every day. It was so heartbreaking to hear Maud tell her story. She is such a brave person! Thank you for having her on.

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