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The Atlantic has long been known as an ideas-driven magazine. Now we’re bringing that same ethos to audio. Like the magazine, the show will “road test” the big ideas that both drive the news and shape our culture. Through conversations—and sometimes sharp debates—with the most insightful thinkers and writers on topics of the day, Radio Atlantic will complicate overly simplistic views. It will cut through the noise with clarifying, personal narratives. It will, hopefully, help listeners make up their own mind about certain ideas.
The national conversation right now can be chaotic, reckless, and stuck. Radio Atlantic aims to bring some order to our thinking—and encourage listeners to be purposeful about how they unstick their mind.

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The Atlantic has long been known as an ideas-driven magazine. Now we’re bringing that same ethos to audio. Like the magazine, the show will “road test” the big ideas that both drive the news and shape our culture. Through conversations—and sometimes sharp debates—with the most insightful thinkers and writers on topics of the day, Radio Atlantic will complicate overly simplistic views. It will cut through the noise with clarifying, personal narratives. It will, hopefully, help listeners make up their own mind about certain ideas.
The national conversation right now can be chaotic, reckless, and stuck. Radio Atlantic aims to bring some order to our thinking—and encourage listeners to be purposeful about how they unstick their mind.

    Money Can Buy You Everything, Except Maybe a Birkin Bag

    Money Can Buy You Everything, Except Maybe a Birkin Bag

    Is having a Birkin bag ... a right? Earlier this year, two California residents filed a class-action lawsuit against the French luxury design company Hermès. Their grievance was that although they could afford a coveted Birkin bag made by the company, they could not buy one.
    We talk to Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull about the lawsuit and the current state of the luxury market. What do we actually want from luxury these days? Is there even such a thing anymore as a rare luxury good? And what handbag is Amanda carrying?
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    • 25 min
    During the Eclipse, Don't Just Look Up

    During the Eclipse, Don't Just Look Up

    Where were you for the 2017 total eclipse? Where will you be this year? And where will you be for the next one in 2045? Hanna talks to Atlantic staff writer Marina Koren about the eclipse as a peculiar event: a beautiful if not slightly unsettling moment that is also a strange marker of time.
    And we hear from retired astrophysicist Fred Espenak who's seen more than 20 total eclipses in his life and wonders which eclipse might end up being his last.
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    • 19 min
    Do Trump Supporters Mind When He Mocks Biden’s Stutter?

    Do Trump Supporters Mind When He Mocks Biden’s Stutter?

    Atlantic political reporter John Hendrickson has had a stutter since he was a kid. Recently he heard Donald Trump make fun of Joe Biden’s stutter, and he noticed that the audience laughed.
    Hendrickson’s working theory has been that disability is apolitical, and he wondered what Trump supporters actually feel about him making fun of people with disabilities. We go to a Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio and poll the crowd. 
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    • 26 min
    The Smartphone Kids Are Not All Right

    The Smartphone Kids Are Not All Right

    Hanna talks to her child Jacob about the thing they've argued the most about: being on their phone.
    Then, Hanna sits down with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. In his new book, The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness, Haidt argues there is a direct tie between the wide distribution of smartphones and a rise in depression, anxiety, and loneliness among young people.
    After which, Hanna asks Jacob: Did I ruin your life?
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    • 29 min
    Inside a Hospital’s Abortion Committee

    Inside a Hospital’s Abortion Committee

    Sarah Osmundson knows how to talk about abortion. She’s learned over the course of her career as a maternal-fetal medicine doctor that some patients are comfortable with the option, and others would never consider it. 

    Osmundson is a physician in Tennessee, a state with one of the strictest abortion bans in the country following the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs decision. The procedure is illegal at any stage of pregnancy, with limited exceptions to protect the life and health of the mother. 

    But which cases meet those exceptions? The risks and outcomes of pregnancy aren’t easy to predict, especially for the types of patients Osmundson treats. After Dobbs, her hospital—and others around the country—formed what’s informally known as an “abortion committee” to decide if a patient meets the state’s exceptions. In this episode, Osmundson brings us the rare view inside these deliberations.

    Further Reading:
    “Their States Banned Abortion. Doctors Now Say They Can’t Give Women Potentially Lifesaving Care” by Kavitha Surana

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    • 24 min
    The Sound of Cruelty

    The Sound of Cruelty

    We talk to Oscar-nominated sound designer Johnnie Burn about how he created the soundscape of horrors for The Zone of Interest. Burn explains how he collected real sounds from the streets of Europe and mixed them into a soundscape of cruelty happening just out of view. We also do a close analysis of key scenes from the film. "You can shut your eyes, but you can't shut your ears," Burn says.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

profroguerouge ,

Good, but some blind spots

An entire show on grocery prices that doesn’t talk in depth about the centralization of food stores, food deserts, poverty, or Big Ag. There’s a lot of these episodes that seem willfully blind. This show needs to work on its blind spots.

Former editor ,

Why has “like” become such a ubiquitous part of conversation?

I enjoy this podcast but could not get through the barcode episode because Saahil Desai must have said “like” a hundred times during the first half of the show. Turned it off and switched to “Stuff You Should Know.”

LT-SM ,

Open end?

I found the article on the origin and impact if the barcode interesting and trivial. The big problem I had was in listening to the narrator. It sounded like every sentence was a question or a begging for affirmation? When did it become normal to end every statement as a question? It’s so annoying that I had to stop listening to the podcast and read the transcript instead? Someone please teach these kids how to speak with confidence? Thank you?

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