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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.

    Maybe You Should Quit Therapy

    Maybe You Should Quit Therapy

    Dr. Richard Friedman has been teaching and seeing patients for more than 35 years. Recently, he wrote about the idea that, if therapy has become less of a targeted intervention and more of a weekly upkeep, it might be time to quit. In this episode, Friedman discusses the benefits of quitting therapy, and why it might be hard for some people to contemplate doing just that.
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    • 30 min
    What If Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate?

    What If Your Best Friend Is Your Soulmate?

    How would life be different if we centered it on our friends? In her new book, The Other Significant Others, Rhaina Cohen visits the extremes of friendship, where pairs describe each other as “soulmates” and make major life decisions in tandem with a friend. We talk to Cohen about the lost history of friendship and why she cringes when couples at the altar describe each other as their “best friend.”

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    • 32 min
    The Rise of Techno-Authoritarianism

    The Rise of Techno-Authoritarianism

    In this week’s episode of Radio Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance, the executive editor of The Atlantic, names and explains the political ideology of the unelected leaders of Silicon Valley. They are “leading an antidemocratic, illiberal movement” she calls: techno-authoritarianism. 

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    • 29 min
    The ‘Coward of Broward’ Re-Examined

    The ‘Coward of Broward’ Re-Examined

    After the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, in 2018, a video circulated showing the school resource officer taking cover behind the wall. He became known as the “Coward of Broward,” and was tried for child neglect. We talk to police reporter Jamie Thompson about what became of him. And what we are leaving out when we reduce school shootings to stories of courage or cowardice. 

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    • 28 min
    Fatigue Can Wreck You (Redux)

    Fatigue Can Wreck You (Redux)

    This episode originally aired August 2023.
    Many people, especially those dealing with long COVID, suffer from fatigue. But not common, everyday tiredness—it’s more like a total body crash that can be triggered by the smallest exertion, something as simple as taking a shower. It’s serious, and yet many doctors have a hard time taking it seriously.
    Ed Yong, a former staff writer at The Atlantic whose reporting on COVID won a Pulitzer Prize, explains how people with fatigue can feel, and what experts actually know about the condition and how to treat it.
    Read Ed's story on fatigue, long COVID, and ME / CFS here: "Fatigue Can Shatter a Person"
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    • 28 min
    The Last Days of the Barcode

    The Last Days of the Barcode

    Editor Saahil Desai walks us through the surprising history of the barcode, from its origins in the grocery business to its role in remaking our consumer habits and appetites. The bar code allowed grocers to stock infinite varieties of everything, which led us to expect infinite varieties and made us the shoppers we are today. Both the grocery shelves, and our inner selves, would be unrecognizable to the grocery magnates of the ‘70’s. 

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    • 30 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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