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Political talk without the boring parts, featuring the writers, activists and artists who shape the week in news. Hosted by Jon Wiener and presented by The Nation Magazine.

    “Renters are the sleeping giants of LA politics,” plus the Hidden History of AIDS | Start Making Sense

    “Renters are the sleeping giants of LA politics,” plus the Hidden History of AIDS | Start Making Sense

    A political battle is underway in Los Angeles, where landlords, multi-millionaires, and the police are trying to defeat the leading progressive on the city council. Their key issues are protection for renters and new taxes on mansions.
    Also on this episode of Start Making Sense: A new podcast brings us stories from the early days of HIV & AIDS. It's about how the epidemic decimated poor communities of color and the people who refused to stay out of sight. WNYC's Kai Wright and The Nation's Lizzy Ratner are behind the new show, Blindspot: The Plague in the Shadows.


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    • 37 min
    UFO Mythology with David Halperin | American Prestige

    UFO Mythology with David Halperin | American Prestige

    On this episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek speak with David Halperin, retired professor of Jewish studies at UNC Chapel Hill, about his book Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO. The group looks at the phenomenon of UFO encounters as part of a longer tradition of mythology, examining their relationship to the historical epochs in which they occur, their place in politics and culture, and what ultimately the search for aliens says about our own views of humanity.


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    • 54 min
    From McCarthyism to Citizens United | The Time of Monsters

    From McCarthyism to Citizens United | The Time of Monsters

    The mathematician Chandler Davis, who died in 2002 at age 96, was one of the notable victims of the second Red Scare. In 1960, Davis was sentenced to six months in prison for refusing to answer questions about his membership in the Communist Party. Davis’s lawyers defended him with the innovative legal argument that the First Amendment barred such questioning. While Davis lost in the courts, his legal battles were still an important effort in a larger battle to extend the parameters on political speech. Davis’s story is told in a new book, The Prosecution of Professor Chandler Davis by Steve Batterson. Siobhan Robert’s obituary for Davis ran in The Nation.
    On this episode of The Time of Monsters, I talked to journalist Doug Bell, who knew Chandler Davis, about this book and Davis’s larger place in history. We take up the history of anti-communism and how it has limited free speech, the legal philosophy of Alexander Meiklejohn, and the reactionary Supreme Court's use of the First Amendment to expand corporate power.  


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    • 36 min
    The Gaza War, Pakistan Election, And Venezuela-Guyana Tensions | American Prestige

    The Gaza War, Pakistan Election, And Venezuela-Guyana Tensions | American Prestige

    On this week's news episode of American Prestige: Global military spending reached new heights in 2023 (0:31); an update on Gaza (3:51); a major exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah (12:12); contentioius election results in Pakistan (14:38); reports of the military in disarray in Myanmar (19:08); Indonesia holds a general election (22:36); protests continue in Senegal (25:11); allegations of a massacre in Ethiopia (27:19); Russia might be planning for space nukes (29:58); Venezuela is massing troops on the Guyana border (33:17); and an update on the United States’ military supplemental (36:17).


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    • 39 min
    How Interfaces Shape Our Relationship to Tech w/ Zachary Kaiser | Tech Won't Save Us

    How Interfaces Shape Our Relationship to Tech w/ Zachary Kaiser | Tech Won't Save Us

    On this episode of Tech Won’t Save Us, Zachary Kaiser is on the show with Paris Marx to discuss the power of tech interfaces, why data isn’t an accurate reflection of the world, and why we need to explore democratic decomputerization.
    Zachary Kaiser is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture at Michigan State University. He’s also the author of Interfaces and Us: User Experience Design and the Making of the Computable Subject.


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    The Families that Made Fortunes Selling Opium, plus the News from Haiti | Start Making Sense

    The Families that Made Fortunes Selling Opium, plus the News from Haiti | Start Making Sense

    The blue-blood families that made fortunes in the opium trade: Amitav Ghosh recounts the origins of much of the wealth for the 19th century New England elite on this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast. He wrote the cover story for The Nation's latest print issue. His new book is called Smoke and Ashes.
    Also on this episode: The latest US moves in Haiti are framed in democratic rhetoric but are deeply anti-democratic in their effect. Amy Wilentz is on the podcast to explain. She’s written two books about Haiti, most recently the award-winning Farewell Fred Voodoo.


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 Ratings

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Naomi Klein

There is problem with your view of Taibi. He is a journalist and a muckraker. He tries not to have a political view. He does not support Tucker or Rachel. He is a searcher for the truth with no censorship or bias. You do his very serious work a disservice to paint him with such a broad brush

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walker current head of a misnamed group/young americans for freedom fits right into his MO. we in WI had to suffer through too many years of the walker regime in example right to work. that actually means cutting the strength of unions. that lie title has stuck, my co-worker at a union shop never even knew what that meant! this is what those slime ball walker/gop evil wannabe rulers do, they always come up with a title of what they are, do or are going to do that sounds benign but is actually malignant. HATE Walker and his ilk.

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Content is a 5 but it rates a 2 due to…

The HOST and his sound engineering. There so many pauses and unnecessary stops and starts along with the fact that it sounds like he is either leaning into the mic, or away from the mic all within the same sentence! The inconsistencies make it very difficult to listen to! He also sometimes speaks so fast that he miss pronounces words and proper names such as “Alexandria Ocasio Cortez”! Surely there is someone at the nation who is more suited to the podcast medium!

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