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Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

Author: Chris Hayes, MSNBC & NBCNews THINK

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Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening?

This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers who are also trying to get to the bottom of them join Chris to break it all down and help him get a better night’s rest. “Why is this Happening?” is presented by MSNBC and NBCNews Think.
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What was it like to be in the room for some of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration? Samantha Power started as an outsider, a war correspondent who became a voice of moral witness about the failings of the American government. That voice earned her a job in the cabinet of President Barack Obama, helping shape the foreign policy she was once a harsh critic of. Both as a member of the National Security Council, and later as Ambassador to the UN, she had the challenge of addressing her own criticisms within the confines of the job. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author joins to give a rare glimpse into the experience of navigating those halls of power.RELATED READING:The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power"A Problem From Hell" by Samantha PowerLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you know when it’s time to ask for help? For former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the moment came just as his political star was rising. October of 2018, in the final stages of what looked like a successful mayoral bid, and while part of conversations about potential 2020 contenders, Kander stepped back. “After 11 years of trying to outrun depression and PTSD symptoms, I have finally concluded that it’s faster than me,” he wrote. “That I have to stop running, turn around, and confront it.” Now, nearly a year later, he joins to talk about what brought him to that point. He walks through his deployment and the lasting impact of living in mortal danger, how he used running for office as a coping mechanism, and the life changing power of therapy.  WARNING: This episode discusses suicidal ideation.National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255RELATED:Veterans Community ProjectVA Mental Health ResourcesOutside the Wire by Jason KanderLet America Vote Jason Kander’s Campaign Ad for Background ChecksLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Trump administration wants to legalize transgender discrimination in the workplace. This week’s conversation breaks down how we reached this point. From the ways our social system constructs and uses gender, to the law and its limitations, to the political struggles within the LGBTQ community, Chase Strangio discusses many of the complex factors at play in the fight for transgender rights. A lawyer at the ACLU and a trans man himself, Strangio has been at the epicenter of the extremely high stakes battle for transgender people to receive equaity and recognition. Right now, he is part of the legal team preparing to challenge the Trump administration before the Supreme Court, representing a woman fired for being trans.RELATED READING: Sexing the Body By Anne Fausto-Sterling Trump's fight to make transgender discrimination legal may make all sex discrimination legal again by Chase StrangioYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: “Futureface” with Alex WagnerThe Personal is Political with Brittney CooperRethinking Identity with Kwame Anthony AppiahLIVE WITHpod:https://festival.texastribune.org/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is it so expensive to go to college? Going to a four-year university and getting a bachelor’s degree is considered the most direct path to the middle class. At the same time, families in the middle class are forced to take extreme and desperate measures to pay for soaring school fees. It’s a broken system that’s taken its toll – we now have more college debt in this country than auto loan or credit card debt. So why is the barrier into the middle class so inaccessible? Caitlin Zaloom, author of "Indebted", tells the stories of families struggling with the financial pressures that come with trying to fund a college education. In this episode, she discusses the psychic toll of this fundamental paradox, both for those who go to college and those who don’t.RELATED READING:Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost by Caitlin ZaloomLower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan CottomTwilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Chris HayesYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:Thick Descriptions with Tressie McMillan Cottom (Feb 6)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What does it mean to apply for asylum? This is the story of one man, Luis Mancheno, and the events that unfolded in his home country of Ecuador that led him to seek refuge in the United States. His journey is heartbreaking and harrowing and powerful – and best heard in his own words.  RELATED:“Refugee, Immigrant and Citizen” (The New York Times, 2017)Follow Luis Mancheno hereLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Law professor Katie Porter never considered running for office. She worked under then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and had Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a professor and mentor, but the idea of holding office herself was never even on the drawing board. That all changed election night 2016. Two years later Katie Porter flips California’s 45th district, delivering a Democratic victory that helped fuel the blue wave of 2018. Now the freshman Congresswoman is known for her signature ability to grill witnesses in congressional hearings. Let’s put it this way - it takes a LOT for a hearing to produce a viral video and yet, Rep. Porter has had her fair share. Hear her talk about the moment she decided to run, how she is using her office to stand up to special interests, and what convinced her to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry.RELATED:WATCH Rep. Porter Calls out Equifax CEOWATCH Rep. Porter questions CFPB Director on what an APR isYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:From Red to Blue with Rep. Max Rose (July 25)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Migration is central to the human experience. For as long as we’ve been around, people have been moving from one place to another. Though it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B, the inequality between those places could be as great as they’ve ever been. We’re now on the front edge of a climate crisis, launching the greatest period of human migration that will ever have happened on the planet. The backdrop of this great migration, however, is a political landscape marred by virulent reactionary movements against immigrants. So how do you reconcile this vitriol with the impending climate refugee crisis? Suketu Mehta immigrated to this country as a teenager. Now, he’s written a manifesto about his vision of America and what it means for the country to be welcoming to the stranger. It’s a book he says he felt compelled to write after seeing how Donald Trump stands as a threat to that vision.RELATED READING:This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto Maximum City Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week the Governor of Puerto Rico resigned after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in two weeks of sustained protest. Leaked inappropriate texts between Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and his inner circle provided the spark, but corruption and deeper frustrations on the U.S territory kindled the fury of citizens into mass mobilization. This week journalist Julio Ricardo Varela explains the political history and dynamics of Puerto Rico and what pushed people to take to the streets and demand a change in leadership. RELATED READING“Politicians think Puerto Ricans are dumb. But we know the debt crisis is their doing” by Julio Ricardo Varela  "At Puerto Rico protests, Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny joined the 'Rick renuncia' fight. Here's why." by Julio Ricardo VarelaYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Destruction in Puerto Rico with Naomi Klein (June 19, 2018) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gov. Jay Inslee is running a presidential campaign unlike any other. The Washington governor is basing his run on the fundamental organizing premise that the climate crisis is more important than anything else. It’s a unique strategy that comes at a time when more and more people are recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis. But while climate is moving up on the list of issues voters care about, Gov. Inslee is making the case that it’s not just ‘an issue – it’s ‘the issue’. RELATED READINGApollo’s Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy by Gov. Jay Inslee Freedom’s Forge by Arthur HermanDecision MakersYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE The Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace-Wells (March 5) The Wicked Problem of Climate Change with Andrew Revkin (Aug 14, 2018)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you build a movement? How do you connect people across race and religion and identity in order to create a united coalition? This is the work of Rev. Dr. William Barber II, one of the best and most important political voices in America right now. He has dedicated his life to the fight against systemic racism and poverty, and is known for his ability to organize diverse coalitions around every manner of social justice issues. He’s an incredible figure in movement building politics, particularly in the South, who is doing the tireless work of stitching together a multiracial democracy.RELATED READINGThe Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William Barber IIRevive Us Again by Rev. Dr. William Barber IIRepairers of the BreachPoor People's CampaignREPORT: The Souls of Poor FolkYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKEOrganizing in Trump Country with George Goehl (Jan 8)Building a Progressive Majority with Dorian Warren (March 19)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (111)

Klintorious

Podcast for extremely partisan and hysterical Trump-haters

Sep 9th
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Idont Likeripoffs

Klintorious Thanks for letting me know! I'll give a listen!

Sep 9th
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Pedro Saltares

the woman electrified me she's adorable and Ausome

Aug 26th
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보스턴피플

Pedro Saltares wow,adorable woman

Aug 27th
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Alan Lambert

She's brilliant. Maybe a future Speaker or Senator or Governor of California. Or another option CFPB chair.

Aug 22nd
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Rita Moore

Alan Lambert 👍👍

Aug 22nd
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Tatyana Noyb

It was nice to see Nicole on all in oddly without Chris:)

Aug 17th
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Tatyana Noyb

Love the slow intro of who Katie is completely missing that the audience of WITH, likely most like me, know who Katie is, where she's from, how she sounds and even how she looks. 2016. :) well, regardless, THANK YOU, CHRIS, i do not know what magic you know to find the time. Your podcasts enriched my life significantly..

Aug 14th
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Cooper Scott

Tatyana Noyb Wow, I also want to try it! :D

Aug 14th
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Corey Chapman

I am not a fan of social media, nor am I one to leave comments but I have just heard the best explanation against the Trump presidency, stated in the monologue 8/8/2019 on All In with Cris Hayes. Hat's off to all of those involved with the creation of that commentary!

Aug 9th
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Samuel Anderson

Corey Chapman Ok

Aug 9th
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Robert Meixner

Great conversation!

Jul 18th
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Archie Smith

Robert Meixner !!!! like it!

Jul 19th
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D. Quinn

Her story is powerful!

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

D. Quinn yes, really encouraging!

Jul 17th
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Benjamin Wick

Chris's breathing in this ep is distracting. I don't usually hear it.

Jul 2nd
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Nicole Anderson-Cobb

Hilarious, disturbing and necessary!!! What a great convo...#laughedthroughmyrears #Wearef***** Keep up the GREAT work CH!!!---N

May 5th
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Carol Stevenson

Maybe you'd like to stop telling us to "think about that for a second". We're intelligent beings, we don't need to be told what to think about, especially when we've opted in to listening to this topic.

Mar 26th
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S MF

REFRESHING AND GRATIFYING SHOW. LOVED SA BEFORE, BUT NOW I'M GUSHING.

Mar 5th
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Hazel Goodwin

I enjoyed hearing you and this U.S. government-experienced lawyer, to whom you are married, talk about Trump and the Rule of law and why they have stumbled since refusing help from his predecessor. I particularly enjoyed her perspective and observations on their differences in presidential transition and startup. Kate gave a really good explanation of the different out-of'-the-gate organization outcomes and effectiveness by comparing one knowledgeable in government processes, responsibilities and the law (Obama administration), to one which refuses transition assistance and has only small business legal and no government experience or knowledge of govt processes, procedures or separation of powers responsibilities, etc. (Trump). She made clear how the Trump "team" refused transition help resulting them stumbling in mass disarray from the minute they took over until the present day.

Mar 4th
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veronica stumpff

Trump has to do nothing but tweet hate and lies. That's it. The rest will follow. Trying to label trump with a political affiliation is silly. I'm going out on a limb. Trump is Trump's party. He will sway towards whichever works, Period!! Diagnosing a wing nut is like nailing jello to a tree.

Mar 3rd
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Ryan B

I am white, but use a wheelchair. Half the time I am second guessed when I report symptoms

Feb 24th
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Stuart Learmont

excellent

Feb 21st
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EconProfessor

Just finished listening to this at Discount Tires (getting my 5k miles free rotation and balancing) near Fort Worth, TX; I look up and only one of the dozen or so people waiting for their cars isn't hunched over looking at their phone. Am I any better? I mean, I'm actually listening to a podcast on how to reduce screen time... sigh

Feb 19th
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Jung-Hoon Ser

I was totally ignorant of the hidden paws of Free trade. Thank you very much!!

Feb 17th
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Jung-Hoon Ser

Very interesting talk. Thanks.

Feb 6th
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grodhagen

Kerry is so much more qualified than W was, and it's yet another failure of American media that this side of John Kerry did not come through in the campaign, just the goddamn horserace crap that media always does. Similarly, Al Gore was the better man, but the GOP mobilizes stupidity and bombast as virtues. And add onto that, Hillary Clinton compared to Trump!

Feb 5th
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