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Produced by The New Republic and hosted by literary editor Laura Marsh and staff writer Alex Pareene, The Politics of Everything is a podcast about the intersection of culture, politics, and media.

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Produced by The New Republic and hosted by literary editor Laura Marsh and staff writer Alex Pareene, The Politics of Everything is a podcast about the intersection of culture, politics, and media.

    More Reasons to Hate the Dentist

    More Reasons to Hate the Dentist

    Nobody enjoys going to the dentist. But, generally speaking, we don’t question what’s done to us when we’re there. On Episode 33 of The Politics of Everything, Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene speak with Ferris Jabr and Daryl Austin, two journalists who have investigated dental over-treatment and fraud, about whether we should. It’s impossible to say exactly how widespread gratuitous treatment is—and it can even be difficult to know what constitutes necessary treatment. Because of a lack of reliable research into dentistry practices, because the field operates with minimal oversight and regulation, and because of high costs and dwindling insurance reimbursements, there may be a real incentive to “creatively diagnose,” as Jeffrey Camm memorably put it in an article for ADANews, the newspaper of the American Dental Association. In other words: Get a second opinion. Then get a third.
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    • 29 min
    Against Remote Work (Rerun)

    Against Remote Work (Rerun)

    As its boosters have long argued, remote work offers a slew of obvious benefits. Companies save money on rent; employees don’t have to commute; and everyone, without the distractions of the office, can be more efficient. But for decades, telecommuting simply failed to take hold. On Episode 23 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk with the writer Richard Cooke about why that is. And now that the pandemic has changed our habits so drastically, what does our historical reluctance to work from home augur for the post-pandemic future? Later in the show, Katie McDonough, a deputy editor at The New Republic, investigates the fantasy of escaping from work altogether, with a look at the politics of early-retirement advice.
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    • 42 min
    An Herbal Viagra Scam and the Hard Truth About the Dietary Supplement Industry

    An Herbal Viagra Scam and the Hard Truth About the Dietary Supplement Industry

    In the early 2000s, a man named Erb Avore started selling a male sexual enhancement supplement he called Stiff Nights. The pills were amazingly effective—but the list of ingredients failed to mention a key component, and soon the FDA came calling. On Episode 32 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk to the journalist Matt Hongoltz-Hetling about the poorly regulated world of dietary supplements, Avore’s long quest to find an all-natural alternative to Viagra, and how the internet huckster tangled with the law. Hongoltz-Hetling’s article about Stiff Nights, “The Rise and Fall of an Herbal Viagra Scammer,” appeared in the July-August issue of The New Republic.
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    • 27 min
    The Case of the Sick Spies (Rerun)

    The Case of the Sick Spies (Rerun)

    In late 2016, staff at the American Embassy in Havana began hearing strange noises and experiencing odd symptoms: headaches, nausea, dizziness. Had they been targeted by a secret weapon, perhaps deployed by Russia? Or was there some other explanation for the ailments? Hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk to four people who have closely followed Havana syndrome, as it came to be known: Jack Hitt, who covered the story for Vanity Fair in 2019; Tim Weiner, author of The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020; Adam Gaffney, a physician; and Natalie Shure, a columnist for TNR who covers health policy. What was the diplomatic context in which Havana syndrome appeared? Why is the secret weapon theory so attractive? And is there a likelier explanation for the mysterious illness? 

    The show, which originally aired in February 2021, has been updated to account for more recent developments. 
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    • 43 min
    Music for Nothing

    Music for Nothing

    It’s easier than ever to listen to practically the entirety of recorded music. But for musicians, it’s harder than ever to make money. On Episode 31 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk about the economics of the industry with David Turner, who writes the newsletter Penny Fractions, and the English musician Tom Gray, who founded the #BrokenRecord campaign. Did streaming save music, or is it killing it? Should we blame Spotify or the record labels? And what should be done to make the music business more equitable? 
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    • 35 min
    Andrew Yang Takes New York

    Andrew Yang Takes New York

    Andrew Yang—a man who has never held public office, nor even voted in a New York City mayoral election—is currently the frontrunner in the race to be the city’s next mayor. Why is Yang so popular? And what kind of mayor would he be? On Episode 30 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene discuss the unsettling success and national implications of Yang’s campaign with two guests: Annie Lowrey, who profiled Yang in The Atlantic, and Harry Siegel, who’s written about Yang’s candidacy for the New York Daily News. 
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

napsterstreamer ,

recommend for On The Media fans

when I’m out of On The Media episodes, this podcast provides a lot of the same interesting analysis of media/politics, with some quirky stories and tangents thrown in. I love the hosts and hope that TNR continues to invest in podcasts like this.

NYC2021nyc ,

Not recommended

This is my first time writing a review but the what I just heard was so bad I thought I’d share.

I listened to the episode about Andrew Yang’s candidacy for mayor of NYC (where I and apparently the hosts live). It was a bizarre spree of superficial puffery about Yang’s social media- particularly odd given that Yang’s tone-deaf social media posts have been a source of mockery here (i.e taking the A train to the Bronx, visiting an apparently upscale supermarket and calling it a bodega...)The only redeeming quality was the guest Harry Siegel, who unlike the guests, actually knew something about NY and NYC politics. There wasn’t even a discussion of ranked choice voting, which is by far this biggest wild card in the race and makes Yang’s putative lead somewhat dubious.

In sum, this podcast is a waste of time.

loopyforsnoopy ,

Worth having in your regular rotation

This podcast is so great. Not only have a I learned a lot - but it’s exposed me to other great people doing interesting work (it’s how I came to follow Emily Atkin and her newsletter HEATED). A must-listen

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