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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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Bill Weld’s episode was inspiring

By yogidon - Jun 28 2019
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The most recent episode featuring Bill Weld inspires hope and shows me reason and decency has not left the Republican Party.

Alex

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Simply superb,Alex is an excellent host, with great insight.

iTunes Ratings

1124 Ratings
Average Ratings
820
147
60
44
53

Bill Weld’s episode was inspiring

By yogidon - Jun 28 2019
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The most recent episode featuring Bill Weld inspires hope and shows me reason and decency has not left the Republican Party.

Alex

By rdm5522 - Mar 29 2019
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Simply superb,Alex is an excellent host, with great insight.
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Radio Atlantic

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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: Cory Booker on White Supremacist Violence

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On Wednesday, Senator Cory Booker gave a speech on gun violence and white nationalism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the same church that lost nine of its members to a white supremacist gunman four years ago.

Following his speech, the presidential hopeful sat down with Isaac Dovere in the pastor's office to discuss his plans for ending gun violence in America and why he believes that "we can't let these conversations devolve into the impotent simplicity of who is or isn't a racist."

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Aug 08 2019
34 mins
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Rank #2: 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?

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"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
46 mins
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Rank #3: 'Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory'

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The Atlantic was founded on the eve of the Civil War to advance the American idea. But as we approach the magazine's 160th anniversary, has that idea taken an unprecedented turn?

In this inaugural episode, our cohosts — Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief; Alex Wagner, contributing editor and CBS anchor; and Matt Thompson, executive editor — explore that question with Atlantic writers David Frum, and Molly Ball. And we present the world premiere of Jon Batiste's Battle Hymn of the Republic, reimagined for the magazine that first published it.

For links and other show notes, visit this page.

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Jul 21 2017
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #4: Rebuilding the Blue Wall

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While in Detroit covering the Democratic debates, Isaac Dovere sits down with Dana Nessel, Michigan’s new Democratic attorney general and the state’s first openly gay statewide officeholder.

Last year, Nessel was part of an all-women executive slate that many said couldn’t win. But every single woman candidate did and Nessel now holds a job that Republican men had controlled for 16 years.

What lessons does Nessel’s victory have for Democrats trying to retake Michigan and other crucial states in the industrial midwest? The candidates on stage in Detroit argued over a choice between appealing to progressives or moderates to win. But is that a false choice? And is Joe Biden the safe bet many voters think he is?

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Aug 01 2019
31 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #6: 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
51 mins
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Rank #7: 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.

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- “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
45 mins
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Rank #8: 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
58 mins
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Rank #9: 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
57 mins
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Rank #10: 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
37 mins
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Rank #11: 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
50 mins
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Rank #12: 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
46 mins
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Rank #13: 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
44 mins
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Rank #14: One Nation Under God?

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America prides itself on pluralism and tolerance, but how far does that tolerance extend when it comes to religious expression? Could faith in general be on the decline?

Radio Atlantic cohosts Jeffrey Goldberg (editor-in-chief), Alex Wagner (contributing editor and CBS anchor), and Matt Thompson (executive editor) explore those questions with Emma Green, who covers religion and politics for The Atlantic.

For links and other show notes, visit this page.

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Jul 28 2017
45 mins
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Rank #15: 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
34 mins
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Rank #16: 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
49 mins
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Rank #17: 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
52 mins
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Rank #18: 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
41 mins
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Rank #19: Will America's Institutions Survive President Trump?

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Eight months into the Trump administration, we're taking stock: What is shaping up to be President Trump's effect on America’s institutions? Will subsequent presidents preserve or disregard the norms he's tossed aside? What are his political allies and opponents learning from his actions?

Jack Goldsmith, author of The Atlantic's October cover story, explores these and many other questions with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Golberg. Then, Matt Thompson and Alex Wagner discuss Trump's impact on the GOP with longtime Republican strategist Mindy Finn and The Atlantic's politics and policy editor, Yoni Appelbaum.

For links and other show notes, go here.

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Sep 15 2017
58 mins
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Rank #20: 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
55 mins
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