The Ezra Klein Show

Ezra Klein brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. Want to know how Mark Zuckerberg intends to govern Facebook? What Barack Obama regrets in Obamacare? The dangers Yuval Harari sees in our future? What Michael Pollan learned on psychedelics? The lessons Bryan Stevenson learned freeing the wrongly convicted on death row? The way N.K. Jemisin imagines new worlds? This is the podcast for you. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.


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Melinda Gates (live!) on stopping climate change, ending malaria, and the problems money can’t solve

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Matt Bruenig’s case for single-payer health care

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Can Raj Chetty save the American dream?

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Astra Taylor will change how you think about democracy

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Introducing Land of the Giants

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Is big tech addictive? Nir Eyal and I debate.

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Generation Climate Change

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Is the media amplifying Trump’s racism? (with Whitney Phillips)

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Rutger Bregman’s utopias, and mine

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How white identity politics won the Republican civil war

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George Will makes the conservative case against democracy

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What deliberative democracy can, and can’t, do (with Jane Mansbridge)

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Rod Dreher on America’s post-Christian culture war [CORRECTED]

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White threat in a browning America (Jennifer Richeson re-air)

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Behind the panic in white, Christian America

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An enlightening, frustrating conversation on liberalism (with Adam Gopnik)

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The cognitive cost of poverty (with Sendhil Mullainathan)

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Failing towards Utopia

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Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)

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Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo (Live!)

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This changed how I think about love (with Alison Gopnik)

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The plan behind Elizabeth Warren’s plans

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Michael Lewis reads my mind

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How Mitch McConnell convinced Michael Bennet to run for president

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How the brains of master meditators change

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Why good people are easily corrupted (with Lawrence Lessig)

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The art of attention (with Jenny Odell)

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Matt Yglesias and Jenny Schuetz solve the housing crisis

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What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)

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Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously

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The purpose of political violence

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Ask Ezra Anything 3: Endgame

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The disillusionment of David Brooks

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Emily Oster schools me on parenthood

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Lessons from Vox’s first 5 years

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Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle

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How social democrats won Europe — then lost it

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In defense of white-backlash politics

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Identity, nationalism, and fatherhood

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An ex-libertarian’s quest to rebuild the center right

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How whiteness distorts our democracy, with Eddie Glaude Jr.

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Pete Buttigieg’s theory of political change

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Meet the policy architect behind the Green New Deal

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The somewhat fractured state of American conservatism

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American politics after Christianity, with Ross Douthat

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Why Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president on climate change

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ICYMI: Julia Galef

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The roots of extremism, with Deeyah Khan

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ICYMI: Paul Krugman

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Pop music can make you smarter

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Life after climate change, with David Wallace-Wells

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Pramila Jayapal thinks we can get to Medicare-for-All fast

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Noah Rothman on the "unjustice" of social justice politics

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Why should we care about deficits?

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Anniversary special: Rachel Maddow

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Andrew Sullivan and I work out our differences

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The core contradiction of American politics

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Leftists vs. liberals, with Elizabeth Bruenig

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The world according to Ralph Nader

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This conversation will change how you understand misogyny

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Ending the age of animal cruelty, with Bruce Friedrich

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Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersection of poverty and stress

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Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is irrational

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Sean Decatur doesn’t see a free speech crisis on campus

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Cal Newport has an answer for digital burnout

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Eric Holder’s plan to save democracy

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Anil Dash on the biases of tech

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Jill Lepore on America’s two revolutions

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Best of: N.K. Jemisin

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Best-of: Bryan Stevenson

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Kara Swisher interviews me on the Future of Journalism (Live!)

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TED’s Chris Anderson on the lessons of listening

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Rep. Katie Porter on how capitalism is failing

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How Hasan Minhaj is reinventing political comedy

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Adam Serwer on white political correctness

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Will Storr on why you are not yourself

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How to be a better carnivore

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Peter Beinart on anti-Semitism in America and illiberalism in Israel

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Where Jonathan Haidt thinks the American mind went wrong

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The Impact: Deportation without representation

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Molly Ball on Nancy Pelosi’s future and Paul Ryan’s failure

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Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls the media

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Ask Ezra Anything

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Presidents in crisis with Slow Burn’s Leon Neyfakh

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Sandy Darity has a plan to close the wealth gap

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How identity politics elected Donald Trump

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Rep. Mark Sanford on losing the Republican Party to Donald Trump

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Doris Kearns Goodwin (live!) on how great presidents are made

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What Nate Silver's learned about forecasting elections

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Jay Rosen is pessimistic about the media. So am I.

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Why Bill Gates is worried

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Reihan Salam makes the case against open borders

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Jose Antonio Vargas on living undocumented in Trump’s America

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Rebecca Traister: Women's rage is transforming America

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Patrick Deneen says liberalism has failed. Is he right?

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Francis Fukuyama’s case against identity politics

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Carol Anderson on the myth of American democracy

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Martha C. Nussbaum on how fear deforms our politics

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David French on “The Great White Culture War"

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Your attention is being hijacked. Chris Bailey can help.

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Anand Giridharadas on the elite charade of changing the world

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I build a world with fantasy master N.K. Jemisin

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Reup: Zephyr Teachout vs. Corruption

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Is our economy totally screwed? Andrew Yang and I debate.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson on immigration, creativity, and Anthony Bourdain

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Why online politics gets so extreme so fast

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Taking Trump’s corruption seriously

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The surprising story of how American politics polarized

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The most important idea for understanding American politics in 2018

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What economists and politicians get wrong about trade

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How to disagree better

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Jaron Lanier’s case for deleting social media right now

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The most clarifying conversation I’ve had about Trump and Russia (part 2)

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The Supreme Court vs. Democracy

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Eric Garcetti on the lessons of Los Angeles

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What Ellen Pao saw coming

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The Green Pill

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How Jane Mayer exposed Eric Schneiderman, Bush’s torture program, and the Kochs

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Political power and the racial wealth gap

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Tyler Cowen on the painful end of American complacency

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A mind-expanding conversation with Michael Pollan

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Optimism about America

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The New York Times’s lead Clinton reporter reflects on her coverage

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The age of "mega-identity" politics

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Is American democracy really in decline? A debate.

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Special episode: The Syrian conflict, explained by a UN diplomat who saw it start

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Is modern society making us depressed?

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Carol Anderson on White Rage and Donald Trump

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The Sam Harris Debate

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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s hardest year, and what comes next

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Is Mitch Landrieu the "White, Southern Anti-Trump"?

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A better conversation on guns

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This isn’t Joe Kennedy’s grandfather’s Democratic Party, and he knows it

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Amy Chua on how tribalism is tearing America apart

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How technology brings out the worst in us, with Tristan Harris

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Steven Pinker: enlightenment values made this the best moment in human history

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Why my politics are bad with Bhaskar Sunkara

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How Democracies Die

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How to oppose Trump without becoming more like him

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You will love this conversation with Jaron Lanier, but I can’t describe it

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The most clarifying conversation I’ve had on Trump and Russia

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Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau on Trump’s first year, the GOP’s “rot,” and the left’s failures

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The inside story of Doug Jones’s win in Alabama

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What life is like in North Korea

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"An orgy of serious policy discussion" with Paul Krugman

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The case for impeachment

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What Buddhism got right about the human brain

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Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and Anita Hill’s legacy

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Ai-jen Poo: the future of work isn’t robots. It’s caring humans.

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Evan Osnos on the North Korea crisis, Trump’s mental health, and China's rise

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Why politics needs more conflict, not less

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Why the Weinstein scandal gives Tig Notaro hope about Hollywood

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What happens when human beings take control of their own evolution?

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is not here to comfort you

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How the Republican Party created Donald Trump

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Reihan Salam wants to remake the Republican Party -- again

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David Remnick on journalism in the Trump era and why he hires obsessives

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What Hillary Clinton really thinks

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Dan Rather thought he'd seen it all. But then came President Trump.

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From 4Chan to Charlottesville: where the alt-right came from, and where it's going

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Why prosecutors, not cops, are the keys to criminal justice reform

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Chris Hayes on whether Trump should be removed from office

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Sen. Michael Bennet on why this is a dismal, sociopathic era in Congress

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What’s scary isn’t Trump’s illiberalism but America's acceptance of it

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Julia Galef on how to argue better and change your mind more

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Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, the first psychologist to run a jail

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Eddie Izzard on World War I, cake or death, and marathoning

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Avik Roy and Ezra debate the Senate GOP's health bill

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danah boyd on why fake news is so easy to believe

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Al Franken on learning to be a politician

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Zephyr Teachout on suing Trump, fighting corruption, and breaking monopolies

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Masha Gessen offers a plausible Trump-Russia theory

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Kwame Anthony Appiah on cosmopolitanism

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Yascha Mounk: Is Trump’s incompetence saving us from his illiberalism?

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Bryan Stevenson on why the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth, but justice

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Death, Sex, and Money’s Anna Sale on bringing empathy to politics

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Cory Booker returns, live, to talk trust, Trump, and basic incomes

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VC Bill Gurley on transforming health care

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Elizabeth Warren on what Barack Obama got wrong

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Cal Newport on doing Deep Work and escaping social media

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G. Willow Wilson on religion, comics, and modern myths

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Chris Hayes on the crisis of elites and the politics of order

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Tyler Cowen explains it all

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Molly Ball on whether facts matter in politics

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Denis McDonough on how to run the White House

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Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, labor organizing, and the Supreme Court

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Tim Ferriss on suffering, psychedelics, and spirituality

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Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreats

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Elizabeth Drew covered Watergate. Here's what she thinks of Trump.

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Avik Roy on why conservatives need to embrace diversity

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Kara Swisher gives a master class on reporting and interviewing

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David Miliband explains the global refugee crisis

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Jennifer Lawless on why you — yes, you — should run for office

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JD Vance: the reluctant interpreter of Trumpism

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Keith Ellison: The Democratic National Committee has become the Democratic Presidential Committee, and that needs to end

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Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change

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Sarah Kliff and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

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You Ask, Ezra Answers

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Evelyn Farkas explains the crisis in Syria and the threat of Russia

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Tim Wu's interesting, unusual, fascinating life

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: "There’s not gonna be a happy ending to this story"

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Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on management, rationalism, and the enlightenment

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Award-winning chef José Andrés on cooking, creativity, and learning from the best

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Heather McGhee returns to talk Trump, race, and empathy

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Ron Brownstein: Clinton didn’t lose because of the white working class

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David Frum on the 2016 election, and the long decline of the GOP

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Deborah Tannen on gendered speech, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and you

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Joseph Stiglitz on broken markets, bad trade deals, and basic incomes

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Let's talk about Hillary Clinton's policy ideas, with Jonathan Cohn

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Francis Fukuyama on whether America's democracy is decaying

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Tyler Cowen interviews Ezra Klein about politics, media, and more

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The best conversation I’ve had about the election, with Molly Ball

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HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on running Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid

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Dr. Leana Wen on why the opposite of poverty is health

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Arlie Hochschild on how America feels to Trump supporters

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Stewart Butterfield on creating Slack, learning from games, and finding your online identity

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W. Kamau Bell on the lessons of parenthood, Twitter, and fame

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Malcolm Gladwell on the danger of joining consensus opinions

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Grant Gordon on studying the world's worst conflicts

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Melissa Bell on starting Vox, managing media, and connecting newsrooms

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Atul Gawande on surgery, writing, Obamacare, and indie music

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Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show

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Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin on how the Republican Party lost its way

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Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

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Patrick Brown on plant-meat that bleeds and the science of flavor

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Heather McGhee on what Democrats get wrong about racism

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Jesse Eisenberg on Jewish humor, writing lessons, and interrogating strangers

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Jessica Valenti on honesty, internet trolls, and modern feminism

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Moby on how cheap rent leads to great art

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Secretary of Labor (and maybe VP?) Tom Perez

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Andrew Sullivan on quitting blogging, fearing political correctness, and Donald Trump

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Alice Rivlin, queen of Washington's budget wonks

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Arianna Huffington on sleep, death, and social media

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Robert Reich on supporting Bernie Sanders, dating Hillary Clinton, and fighting inequality

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Bruce Friedrich on how technology will reduce animal suffering

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Ben Thompson on how to make it in media in 2016

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Ben Thompson on how the media business is changing

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Grover Norquist explains what it takes to change American politics

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Neera Tanden on what it's like to work for Hillary Clinton

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David Chang, head of the Momofuku empire

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Cory Booker on the spiritual dimension of politics

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Michael Needham on the Republican Party's crack-up

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Jim Yong Kim on revolutionizing how we treat the world's poor

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Theda Skocpol on how political scientists think differently about politics

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Bill Gates on stopping climate change, building robots, and the best books he's read

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How lobbying works, with super-lobbyist Tony Podesta

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Rachel Maddow on skinhead rallies, AIDS activism, and why she doesn't read op-eds

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