18 episodes

Longtime Atlantic tech, culture and political writer Derek Thompson cuts through all the noise surrounding the big questions and headlines that matter to you in his new podcast Plain English. Hear Derek and guests engage the news with clear viewpoints and memorable takeaways. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Friday. 

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Longtime Atlantic tech, culture and political writer Derek Thompson cuts through all the noise surrounding the big questions and headlines that matter to you in his new podcast Plain English. Hear Derek and guests engage the news with clear viewpoints and memorable takeaways. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Friday. 

    2022 Is Off to a Terrible Start for Democrats

    2022 Is Off to a Terrible Start for Democrats

    Legendary journalist James Fallows joins to discuss the filibuster wars, Democrats’ Voting Rights Act, the political outlook for Joe Biden and the Democrats, and the media’s negativity bias (as exemplified, one might argue, in the headline to this very episode).
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guest: James Fallows
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 43 min
    The Biggest Losers of the Streaming Wars: ESPN, Movie Theaters, Peacock, and More

    The Biggest Losers of the Streaming Wars: ESPN, Movie Theaters, Peacock, and More

    Do movie theaters have a future? What should Disney do with ESPN? And is anybody watching Peacock? Derek’s favorite entertainment-media analyst Rich Greenfield joins the pod to talk about the future of TV, movies, and live sports.
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guest: Rich Greenfield 
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 51 min
    Everybody Was Wrong About Inflation

    Everybody Was Wrong About Inflation

    Okay, almost everybody. The Biden administration was wrong. Many critics of the Biden administration were also wrong. The Federal Reserve was wrong. Investors were wrong. Banks were wrong. And Bitcoin investors weren't exactly right, either. How did everybody miss the most important economic story of the year? Derek breaks down the highest inflation rate in 40 years and welcomes back his economic roundtable guests, the finance podcasters Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson. 
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guests: Michael Batnick & Ben Carlson 
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 45 min
    Omicron: Feelings vs. Facts

    Omicron: Feelings vs. Facts

    Derek talks about the rise of the "Vaxxed and Done" movement before reviewing the latest omicron data with John Burn-Murdoch, data superstar at the Financial Times.
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guest: John Burn-Murdoch 
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 38 min
    The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

    The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

    Let’s kick off the new year with a bit of techno-optimism! After a miserable start to this decade, we can still have a Roaring Twenties. In this episode, ‘Plain English’ presents a tour of the frontier of science and technology with Derek’s favorite innovation writer, the economist Eli Dourado.
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guest: Eli Dourado
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 56 min
    The Four Ways That America Is Polarizing

    The Four Ways That America Is Polarizing

    David Frum joins Derek to talk about rising and falling polarization by race, gender, education, and place—and what it tells us about America's strange new politics.
    Host: Derek Thompson
    Guest: David Frum
    Producer: Devon Manze
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

GodDamnitBears ,

Great pod

First one I’ve bothered sharing in a while…been universally liked and subscribed by everyone I’ve sent it to

TomB985 ,

Truly outstanding

Derek Thompson has a unique way of speaking that’s objective, engaging, and optimistic. Highly recommend this one; I listen to a lot of podcasts and this is consistently my favorite.

jlem481 ,

A show for midwits, by a midwit

If you have a 100 - 120 IQ you’ll love this show

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