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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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    • Politics
    • 4.6, 6.4K Ratings

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.

    Policing and Democracy with Brandon del Pozo

    Policing and Democracy with Brandon del Pozo

    As protesters across the country continue to march in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a new scrutiny has been placed on our current policing system. Public sentiment has largely swung in favor of police reform, and many would recognize that the current system is in serious need of fixing, if not broken. So, what should be the role of police in society? Brandon del Pozo has a view from the inside, having started his career in the NYPD and spending 4 years as chief of police in Burlington, Vermont. He joins Chris to talk about the limitations and serious problems within our current system and what reform could look like going forward. 




    Watch this Protest Turn from Peaceful to Violent in 60 Seconds by Brandon del Pozo

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Where We Go Now with Sherrilyn Ifill

    Where We Go Now with Sherrilyn Ifill

    What are you prepared to dismantle? What are you prepared to build? As we witness this nationwide reckoning on racial disparities in America, these are the questions Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, wants us to ask ourselves. In her work, she sees how the strength of each movement is built atop the ones that have come before. It’s slow and painstaking work, but to be a participant in this country means that you must figure out your role in making change. Sherrilyn Ifill joins Chris to discuss the continued push for progress and her dogged work fighting for voting rights.

    • 54 min
    REVISITED: Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba

    REVISITED: Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba

    If you want to understand the conversation around abolishing the police, you should start here. We can’t think of a better time for an encore presentation of this 2019 episode with Mariame Kaba on how to radically rethink our approach to public safety and what it would look like if we got rid of the criminal justice system as we know it.




    What if we just got rid of prisons? The United States is the epicenter of mass incarceration – but exactly what is it we hope to get out of putting people in prisons? And whatever your answer is to that – is it working? It’s worthwhile to stop and interrogate our intentions about incarceration and whether it enacts justice or instead satisfies some urge to punish. Prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba wants us to explore some truly radical notions that force us to inspect those instincts towards punishment. Hear her dismantle what she calls the current "criminal punishment system" and instead employ the ideology of restorative justice.




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    • 58 min
    8 minutes 46 seconds with Trymaine Lee

    8 minutes 46 seconds with Trymaine Lee

    If you listen to anyone about this time of rage and grief and action, make it Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Trymaine Lee. From his origins reporting on police and crime in Philadelphia to his nights covering Ferguson in 2014 to his Emmy Award-winning work on the lasting trauma of the violence in Chicago, Lee offers a raw and insightful perspective on this national moment. 







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    • 54 min
    Abolish the Electoral College with Jesse Wegman

    Abolish the Electoral College with Jesse Wegman

    Who thought the Electoral College was a good idea? In two of the last five presidential elections, the candidate who lost the popular vote still managed to win the White House. So why are we still electing the most powerful position this way and what are the alternatives? Jesse Wegman, author of the new book “Let the People Pick the President”, gives amazing insight into the slapdash construction of the Electoral College. Hear him make the case that the institution we ended up with is divisive and undemocratic and ought to be done away with once and for all.

    Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College by Jesse Wegman

    Intelligence Squared U.S.

    • 54 min
    Being Michael Jordan with David Roth and Joel Anderson

    Being Michael Jordan with David Roth and Joel Anderson

    What is the toll of becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the world? What are the downfalls of that level of fame? This week, we thought we'd try something a little different and discuss one of the most popular pieces of pop culture to come out in the era of physical distancing: ESPN's docuseries on Michael Jordan. "The Last Dance" paints a compelling portrait of the corrosive nature of fame and what's left when you get everything you want. Joel Anderson's article in Slate titled "Michael Jordan Is Exactly Who I Thought He Was" and David Roth's work recapping the series for Vulture both caught Chris' eye, so he brought them on to discuss the life and legacy of #23.




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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.4K Ratings

6.4K Ratings

kaywill1206 ,

Thoughtful and inspiring conversations!

Been following Chris since he was a regular guest on Rachel Maddow’s show. Extremely smart, succinct views on an assortment of relevant topics. Chris’s podcast adds to the important discussions of our day. If you’re not listening you’re missing out in becoming a more informed person. And a quick comment for some of the previous reviews, sometimes things ARE f’d up and it should be said. Chris is never lazy with his language.

PDX mom, always learning ,

Great podcast

Thanks for the great work and for introducing me to some great guests. Loved the interview with Tremaine Lee. Subscribed to his podcast now too. And the episode on abolishing prisons is really eye opening, especially for me as a practicing attorney. I will keep listening and learning and following your guests who are doing great work. I wonder if you would consider having some Black artists as guests to talk about the significance of some of the public art in the US that is and has been so controversial, some of which is coming down in protests and some of which is being fought for. I would love to hear what Titus Kaphar thinks about what he is seeing around the country right now, for example. Keep up the great work Chris!

chocolatecityusa ,

Excellent!

Loving this podcast, Chris. LOVE how you are amplifying voices and perspectives of color. I see you, and am grateful. Keep it up. Your platform matters, never underestimate that. Ever.

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