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We're living in historic times. The Atlantic is here to help you make sense of them. Each week, Atlantic editors and writers sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next.

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We're living in historic times. The Atlantic is here to help you make sense of them. Each week, Atlantic editors and writers sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next.

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Enjoyed the Andrew Yang episode.

iTunes Ratings

1197 Ratings
Average Ratings
865
157
66
49
60

Need new theme music

By Jayoque - Sep 19 2019
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Great podcast, lousy theme music. Ditch the dirge!

A podcast worth subscribing to

By Cestjini - Aug 17 2019
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Enjoyed the Andrew Yang episode.

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We're living in historic times. The Atlantic is here to help you make sense of them. Each week, Atlantic editors and writers sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next.

Rank #1: The Great Recession, One Decade Later

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In December 2007, the U.S. marked the beginning of its longest recession since World War II. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency born in the ashes of the nation's economic downturn, is under new leadership that promises big changes. Meanwhile, a tax plan speeding through Congress could have far-reaching effects on the economy, well beyond taxes. On paper, the U.S. economy looks robust. But for whom, and for how long?

This week, Annie Lowrey and Alana Semuels join our hosts to look at what's happened in the decade since the Great Recession, and what's happening now. What lessons have we learned from the crisis? And which are we doomed to repeat?

Links:

- "The Never-Ending Foreclosure" (Alana Semuels, December 1, 2017)

- "The Great Recession Is Still With Us" (Annie Lowrey, December 1, 2017)

- “The GOP Targets America’s Most Loved and Hated Tax Break” (Alana Semuels, November 2, 2017)

- “The U.S. Isn’t Prepared for the Next Recession” (Annie Lowrey, October 31, 2017)

- “Mick Mulvaney Is Pretending Everything's Totally Normal at Work” (Gillian B. White, November 28, 2017)

- “Could a Tax Fix the Gig Economy?” (Alana Semuels, November 6, 2017)

- “Trump Says His Tax Plan Won't Benefit the Rich—He's Exactly Wrong” (Annie Lowrey, September 29, 2017)

- "Could a Memo by Christina Romer Have Saved the Economy?" (John Hudson, February 22, 2012)

- “The Fight Over the CFPB Reveals the Broken State of American Politics” (David A. Graham, November 28, 2017)

- "The Shadow of the Stimulus" (Ross Douthat, February 1, 2009)

- "Return of the Shopping Avenger" (Jeffrey Goldberg, December 1, 2009)

- The Half Has Never Been Told  (Edward Baptist)

- The Unwinding (George Packer)

- "The Nutshell Studies" (Katie Mingle, 99 Percent Invisible)

- "The Reason This 'Racist Soap Dispenser' Doesn't Work on Black Skin" (Max Plenke, Mic.com, September 9, 2015)

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Dec 01 2017

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Rank #2: The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore

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In December, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest after President Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria. As the last "adult in the room" at the White House, critics worried his departure would loosen the president’s behavior even further. Days after the news broke though, Christmas and the government shutdown pushed Mattis’ resignation into the background. 

Now, nine months later, he’s beginning to speak publicly again. For the latest issue of the magazine, Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg had a series of conversations with Mattis following his resignation. He re-joins Radio Atlantic with host Edward-Isaac Dovere.

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Aug 29 2019

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Rank #3: Is the Presidency Broken?

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“We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy,” writes John Dickerson in his May cover story in The Atlantic. “No one man—or woman—can possibly represent the varied, competing interests of 327 million citizens.” Have we heaped so much upon the president that the job has become impossible? Is Trump testing the office in valuable ways? And if the presidency is broken, how do we fix it?

Links

- "The Hardest Job in the World" (John Dickerson, May 2018 Issue)

- “Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides” (Elaina Plott and Robinson Meyer, April 3, 2018)

- "Letter to Joseph Hooker from Lincoln, January 26, 1863" (Library of Congress)

- Educated (Tara Westover, 2018)

- Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It (Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik, 2018)

- Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders, 2017)

- “There’s Something Funny About Tiffany Haddish” (Caity Weaver, GQ, March 26, 2018)

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Apr 27 2018

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Rank #4: The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates

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In his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the past eight years of his career—his pursuit of an understanding of America, and his route to becoming a celebrated author. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, our cohosts Matt, Jeff, and Alex each conduct an interview with Ta-Nehisi about what he's found.

This is a longer episode than our usual, so if you'd like to skip around, here are the three segments, for easy fast-forwarding:

[00:00] Matt's interview, focused on the questions that infused Ta-Nehisi's early writing at The Atlantic, and the answers that he's found

[32:46] Jeff's interview, focused on the two administrations Ta-Nehisi has chronicled, and his political outlook

[59:52] Alex's interview, focused on Ta-Nehisi's community, family, and life

Links:

- The Mis-Education of the Negro(Carter G. Woodson, 1933)

- “Black People, Culture and Poverty” (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- "The Math on Black Out-of-Wedlock Births" (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- “The Radical Critique of Obama” (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- “On Jewish Racism” (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- “Still More…” (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?” (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2012)

- "The End of White America?" (Hua Hsu, 2009)

- "The Issues: Race" (Hua Hsu & Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2009)

- “A Plea for Straight Talk Between the Races” (Benjamin Mays, 1960)

- "The First White President" (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2017)

- "This Is What European Diplomats Really Think About Donald Trump" (Alberto Nardelli, Buzzfeed, 2017)

- "Donald Trump's Race Wars" (Jonathan Chait, 2017)

- "Tyranny of the Minority" (Michelle Goldberg, 2017)

- Elizabeth Kolbert's author archive (The New Yorker)

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Oct 06 2017

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Rank #5: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlottesville's Aftermath

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After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses shocked Republicans and Democrats alike. Did this represent a major breakpoint in American politics? Why have Confederate symbols and ideas suddenly returned to the public sphere, not to mention HBO? And how should Americans comprehend the relationship between these extremist currents and the Trump administration? Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum explore these questions with Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson.

For links and other show notes, go here.

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Aug 17 2017

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Rank #6: Is Democracy Dying?

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With authoritarianism and populism on the rise around the world, The Atlantic examines the fate of democracy in its October issue. Anne Applebaum writes that Poland shows how quickly things can fall apart and Jeffrey Rosen writes that the state of American politics is one Founder’s worst nightmare. They join Jeffrey Goldberg and Alex Wagner to discuss this precarious moment in history.

Links

- “Is Democracy Dying?” (October 2018 Issue)

- “America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare” (Jeffrey Rosen, October 2018)

- “A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come” (Anne Applebaum, October 2018)

- “The Threat of Tribalism” (Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, October 2018)

- “Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore” (Yoni Appelbaum, October 2018)

- “Twitter’s Flawed Solution to Political Polarization” (Christopher A. Bail, New York Times, September 8, 2018)

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Sep 14 2018

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Rank #7: Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind

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When did the reality-based community start losing to reality show celebrity? Why are "alternative facts" and fake news suddenly ubiquitous features of the landscape? The spread of American magical thinking isn't, in fact, sudden, argues Kurt Andersen in the September 2017 Atlantic. It was rooted in the very origins of the nation, and started to blossom in the '60s. Andersen explores how these forces made their way to the White House in conversation with our Radio Atlantic cohosts, Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson.

For links and other show notes, go here

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Aug 11 2017

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Rank #8: Is the President a Russian Asset?

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On Friday, the New York Times published a startling story: In 2017, days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened an inquiry into whether the president was secretly working on behalf of Russia. It was an explosive development in an already major story.

Since this news came out, it’s informed how we see two other very big new stories: On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Trump has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to conceal details of his conversations with Vladimir Putin. And on Monday, the Times reported that Trump had discussed withdrawing the United States from NATO.

Trump claims he has been tougher on Russia “than any other President,” while also proposing that “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.” Over the years, people have speculated about Trump’s ties to Russia. But this week’s news raises the question very clearly: Is the President of the United States a Russian asset?

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Jan 17 2019

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Rank #9: Trumpocracy

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“Trump gambled that Americans resent each other’s differences more than they cherish their shared democracy. So far that gamble has paid off,” writes David Frum in his new book Trumpocracy.

Along with The Atlantic's Global Editor Kathy Gilsinan, David joins to explain how President Trump has undermined our most important institutions. What does democracy around the world look like when the leader of the free world is less interested in it himself?

Links

- Trumpocracy (David Frum, 2018)

- “Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'” (Jeffrey Goldberg, April 2, 2018)

- “The Risks to Freedom in Hungary” (David Frum, April 5, 2018)

- “How to Build an Autocracy” (David Frum, March 2017 Issue)

- “Freedom Fights for Survival in Hungary” (David Frum, April 10, 2017)

- “An Exit From Trumpocracy” (David Frum, January 18, 2018)

- “Americans Can't Afford to Grow Used to This” (David Frum, January 9, 2018)

- “Tracking the appearances of “rosy-fingered Dawn” in The Odyssey” (Jason Kottke, kottke.org, April 3, 2018)

- “Strategies of Attainment” (C. Lee Shea, War on the Rocks, April 1, 2018)

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Apr 06 2018

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Rank #10: Trump’s Worst Day

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Matt and Gillian discuss Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea with Franklin Foer and David A. Graham. Was Tuesday a turning point for the Trump administration?

Links

- “The Day That Everything Changed for Trump” (David A. Graham, August 22, 2018)

- “Trump’s Victory Was a Disaster for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort” (David A. Graham, August 23, 2018)

- “Blind Confidence Couldn’t Save Paul Manafort” (Franklin Foer, August 21, 2018)

- “The Plot Against America” (Franklin Foer, March 2018 Issue)

- “Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?” (Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine, July 8, 2018)

- “All Eyes on the Presidency” (Adam Serwer, August 22, 2018)

- Corruption in America (Zephyr Teachout, 2016)

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Aug 23 2018

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Rank #11: How Much Longer Can Football Last?

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Mark Leibovich has a day job covering the reality show of politics as the New York Times Magazine’s Chief National Correspondent, but he’s spent the spent the last few years reporting a book on America’s other biggest reality show: football.

The new season begins with Colin Kaepernick the face of Nike, Donald Trump the NFL’s biggest commentator, and America’s most popular sport facing a myriad of problems. How does football survive both CTE and declining ratings? Which is the bigger swamp – Washington, DC, or an NFL owner’s box?

Links

- Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times (Mark Leibovich, 2018)

- “The Absurdist Spectacle of the Nike Boycotts” (Hannah Giorgis, September 5, 2018)

- “Colin Kaepernick, Nike, and the Myth of Good and Bad Companies” (Joshua Hunt, September 5, 2018)

- “Taking a Blowtorch to Debate” (Alex Wagner, September 5, 2018)

- “Trump’s Divisive and Relentless Politicization of the NFL” (Ben Strauss, September 1, 2018)

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Sep 07 2018

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Rank #12: Recession Politics

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This week showed increasing signs that a recession could be on the horizon. Manufacturing is shrinking. Job growth is slowing. The markets are spooked — and now so is the president. But what exactly is happening?

Annie Lowrey joins Isaac Dovere to make sense of the recession news. (What exactly is the yield curve and why does it matter?) They discuss what a downturn would do to the 2020 race. And they explore why many voters don’t feel economically secure despite record growth.

This June marked the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, but also the one decade anniversary of the Great Recession ending. How did that experience remake the political landscape? Have most Americans really recovered? And what would a new recession mean for them?

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Aug 23 2019

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Rank #13: Becoming White in America

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In her new book Futureface, Alex Wagner writes that “immigration raises into relief some of our most basic existential questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? And in that way, it’s inextricably tied to an exploration of American identity.” In the book, Alex explores her own American identity – daughter of a Burmese immigrant mother and a small-town Irish Catholic father – and asks how true the stories we grow up with really are.

Along with co-hosts Matt and Jeff, Alex is joined by The Atlantic’s deputy politics editor Adam Serwer to discuss the tangled intersections of history, heritage, family, race, and nationality. Is America truly a melting pot? Can nationalism be liberal? And is that stalwart American immigrant story just a history written by the victors?

Links

- Futureface (Alex Wagner, 2018)

- “The Nationalist's Delusion” (Adam Serwer, November 20, 2017)

- “America Is Not a Democracy” (Yascha Mounk, March 2018 Issue)

- ”The End of Identity Liberalism” (Mark Lilla, New York Times, November 18, 2016)

- ”How Can Liberals Reclaim Nationalism?” (Yascha Mounk, New York Times, March 3, 2018)

- “Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?” (Dan Arnold and Alicia Turner, New York Times, March 5, 2018)

- “The Americans Our Government Won’t Count” (Alex Wagner, New York Times, March 30, 2018)

- “Huapango” by José Pablo Moncayo (South West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra, 2007)

- Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South (Timothy Thomas Fortune, 1884)

- Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Steven Zipperstein, 2018)

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Apr 13 2018

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Rank #14: President Trump’s Post-Mueller Corruption Problem

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When elected, most presidents either sell their assets or put them in a blind trust. Isolating a president’s financial interests from their time in office has been a norm for decades: from Jimmy Carter giving up his peanut farm to Barack Obama liquidating his assets.

But Donald Trump is not like most presidents. He’s said he won’t divest from his businesses, even though his real estate deals around the world open up countless opportunities for conflicts of interest. His unprecedented decision may violate the “emoluments clause” of the Constitution — a rule that’s existed longer than the American republic, but has never before faced scrutiny in the courts. On Tuesday, a panel of Fourth Circuit judges heard an emoluments case and their decision appears likely to send the fight to Supreme Court.

Alex Wagner talks to Joshua Matz, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in that case, a Georgetown law professor, and co-author of the January 2017 Atlantic story: ”Why Trump Will Violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause”

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Mar 23 2019

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Rank #15: Andrew Yang's Campaign Against the Coming Dystopia

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Andrew Yang joins Isaac Dovere on the trail in Iowa. Yang’s campaign started as a long-shot from a first-time politician, but he’s found a following. His message about the bleak future technology’s bringing to America (and his plan to give everyone $1000 a month) has led to an enormous online fandom — one that’s actually translating into poll numbers and dollars.

Unlike many more traditional candidates, he’s already qualified for the next Democratic debates. So, what does his campaign say about today’s politics? Is it fatalistic or just realistic? And what does success look like for him?

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Aug 15 2019

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Rank #16: The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

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Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million dead and millions more displaced, the conflict is  now “arguably the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since World War II,” writes Andrew Tabler in The Atlantic. “The Syrian Civil War now threatens to morph into the Syria War—a regional conflagration which seems likely to burn for a generation. And civilians are cursed to live it, and die in it, every day.” How did we get here? And what comes next?

Links

- “How Syria Came to This” (Andrew Tabler, April 15, 2018)

- “What If There Is No Ethical Way to Act in Syria Now?” (Sigal Samuel, April 13, 2018)

- “The Obama Doctrine” (Jeffrey Goldberg, April 2016 Issue)

- “The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars” (Krishnadev Calamur, April 13, 2018)

- “Trump's Selective Empathy for Syrian War Victims” (Krishnadev Calamur, April 18, 2018)

- The Poems of Max Ehrmann (Max Ehrmann, 1906)

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Apr 20 2018

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Rank #17: What Happened to the GOP?

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Observing antidemocratic ‘power grabs’ by state Republicans, Atlantic staff writer George Packer writes that “the corruption of the Republican Party in the Trump era seemed to set in with breathtaking speed. In fact, it took more than a half century to reach the point where faced with a choice between democracy and power, the party chose the latter.”

To understand how the party of Lincoln became the party of Trump, Alex Wagner spoke with Packer on this week’s episode of Radio Atlantic. Listen to hear Packer describe the three ‘insurgencies’ that explain the transformation of the GOP over the last half-century. An ideological revolution that began with Barry Goldwater became a coup for power with Newt Gingrich (A.K.A. “The Man Who Broke Politics”). Afterwards, moderate Republicans became an endangered species, the Tea Party emerged as a major force, and Trump’s brand of corrosive politics became, Packer says, “inevitable.”

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Dec 20 2018

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Rank #18: How to Fix Social Media

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Social media platforms once promised to connect the world. Today’s digital communities, though, often feel like forces for disunity. Anger and discord in 2018 seemed only amplified by the social media institutions that now dictate our conversations. Executive editor Matt Thompson sits down with staff writer Alexis Madrigal to find out how we got to this point and whether we can do anything to solve it.

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Jan 10 2019

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Rank #19: Liberalism’s Last Stand

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Franklin Foer joins Isaac Dovere to discuss his story in the June issue of The Atlantic about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán described his vision of Hungary as an "alternative to liberal democracy," and, in recent years, cemented his power by undermining civil society.

When Orbán’s party won a majority last year, it rewrote parts of the constitution, redrew parliamentary districts, and stacked courts. Foer details how one of the last independent institutions—a university in Budapest founded by George Soros—has fought back on Orbán’s efforts to expel it from Hungary.

These efforts have not been met with condemnation from the Trump administration. To the contrary, when he spoke with Foer, the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary said: "I can tell you, knowing the president for a good 25 or 30 years, that he would love to have the situation that Viktor Orbán has."

Next week, President Trump will welcome Orbán to the White House.

How has Hungary found itself losing its democracy? What does it mean for the future of Europe? And what role does the U.S. have in all of this?

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May 09 2019

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Rank #20: What Are Public Schools For?

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The idea that public schools are failing is one of the most commonly heard complaints in American society. But what are they failing to do? Surveys of American parents—and the history of the nation's public education system—tell a more complicated story. In this episode, The Atlantic's education editor Alia Wong joins Jeff, Matt, and Alex for a conversation about how we define and measure success in public education.

We’d like to hear your stories about education: public, private, school-of-hard-knocks, you name it. Call us up at (202) 266-7600 and leave us a voicemail with your story and your answer to the question, “What is public education for?” Don't forget to leave your contact info.

For links and other show notes, go here.

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Sep 22 2017

57mins

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