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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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CHICAGO! We have a date, we have guests, and we have a SPECIAL PRESALE CODE! Join us Tuesday, November 12th at the House of Blues Chicago with special guests Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ibram X. Kendi.Presale starts Friday, October 18 at 10am ct and goes until Sunday, October 20 at 10pm ct. Presale code -- withpodRemaining tickets will be released Monday October 21st at 10am central. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
*Listen for details on how to win tickets to our Los Angeles live show!*Salman Rushdie is a most singular figure. He’s authored 19 books, accrued countless awards, and spent about a decade in hiding after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for his death. Needless to say, Chris Hayes jumped at the chance to have a conversation with Salman Rushdie about his life and the ways his particular experiences shape his worldview. In one hour, they manage to cover the political climate in India and the US, the opioid epidemic, belonging, reality television, immigration, his newest novel “Quichotte”, and more. Did we mention he’s a knight? RELATED READING:Quichotte by Salman RushdieThe Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieMidnight's Children by Salman Rushdie Buy tickets to our October 21st Los Angeles live show here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You’ve likely heard of redlining - the practice of systematizing discrimination based on where you live. You’ve probably even heard us talk about the ways its legacy continues to impact the upward mobility of communities of color. But do you know what happened next? In the wake of urban uprisings in the late 1960s, politicians pushed to end redlining, to lift people up out of poverty and improve their lives by making homeownership attainable. But that’s not what happened. Instead, bad policy and the private market worked together to create a machine that churned out new ways to exploit black homeowners. It’s what Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor describes as predatory inclusion in her new book, “Race for Profit”. In it, she describes the ways in which policy, race, and institutional forces came together to reinscribe segregation.Come see Chris Hayes in Los Angeles October 21st with special guests Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad! Get tickets here.RELATED READING:Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Thick by Tressie McMillan CottomSay Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe YOUT MIGHT ALSO LIKE:Thick Descriptions with Tressie McMillan CottomOur Real Estate Obsession with Giorgio AngeliniLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is conservatism in the era of Trump? During the 2016 primaries, Senator Ted Cruz argued that he alone was the true conservative candidate, consistently attacking Donald Trump as a big government liberal. So what does Sen. Cruz make of the conservatives that rejected him and went on to put Trump in the White House? At The 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, Chris Hayes and Sen. Cruz sat down in The Paramount Theatre in the first stop of the #WITHpod fall tour to talk about all things conservatism. Chris challenged the Texas Senator on foreign policy, climate change, impeachment, and the unfolding Ukraine scandal.Join us October 21st in Los Angeles with special guests Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad. Get your tickets here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get your tickets today! Listen for details on how to get EXCLUSIVE presale access to tickets for our WITHpod Live event in Los Angeles happening Monday, October 21st with special guests Adam Mckay and Omar El Akkad.Presale is from 10am-10pm pacific time TODAY, September 26th - you can access the website here.Regular sale starts Friday, September 27th at 10am pacific time.And don't forget to come see us in Austin this SATURDAY September 28th at the Texas Tribune Festival for our live WITHpod with Sen. Ted Cruz. You can get details for that, and any other tour announcements, on our website.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in some of the ugliest corners of the Internet. His goal: find out how trolls and  alt-right propagandists were able to so effectively turn social media platforms into a vehicle for taking their fringe opinions into the mainstream. Unable to talk to the gate keepers of the Internet, Marantz went to the gate crashers. What he found is a clear guide to a sort of underground information economy that has a reach every bit as far as the mainstream media. This conversation breaks down the key factors that make up this toxic part of the current information environment, helping to better understand the political moment we’re in.RELATED READING:Antisocial by Andrew MarantzThe Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism by Andrew MarantzYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:Blocking Big Tech with Kashmir Hill (February 19)Who Broke the Internet? with Tim Wu (May 29, 2018)The Information Crisis with David Roberts (Dec 4, 2018)Find out more about the Texas Tribune FestivalLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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Angela Baker

I know this isnt the place, but you never see all your tweets sooo..what would it take for you, Rachel, Lawrence and Brian to report on something other than trump, the impeachment etc? not one of you reported on the assualt weapons ban hearings where El Paso victims testified..not a peep..not even a 2min segment. we tune to MSNBC to see THE NEWS..not JUST THE TRUMP NEWS..how hard could it be for you all to spend a few minutes on OTHER news.

Oct 18th
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#Royalebleu

I like this show.

Oct 17th
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#Royalebleu

Good listen

Oct 15th
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Phillip Seeberg

I was never a Cruz fan, but now I am. Very wide body of knowledge.

Oct 10th
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Tatyana Noyb

And it's driven by capitalism. EPIC ending :)

Oct 9th
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Tatyana Noyb

Oh nice to be able to remember the name once having heard here. Congratulations on the new podcast with crooked media, Abdul!

Oct 8th
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Tatyana Noyb

minute 39. Brave brave... I wanted to propose a national broadcast of Bill Nye vs. Ted Cruz, had a hunch to Google it and... I guess it's been going on for years... So in spirit with being unoriginal ill just quote John Oliver, but I promise to listen to the end. "I do not like that man,Ted Cruz. I do not like him in the news. I do not like what he just said..."

Oct 2nd
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Amelia Schuler

Interesting conversation. I appreciate both Chris Hayes and Sen. Ted Cruz for having it in the first place. I understand better how the Senator views the political world which informs his positions. while I admire his passion and the way in which he strives to act from a place of reason, the conversation revealed that, like all people, he is not immune to emotional impulses. Perhaps most frustrating is that despite his intelligence and the political power vested in him by his constituents, he is more interested in winning the debate than doing the hard thing: solving problems. This, by the way, is true both ways in varying degrees. He is deliberate about characterizing Climate Change advocates as religious in their fervor, and that all conceivable solutions must be socialistic in nature. This is only partially correct. There are conservative remedies to this problem, too. He doesn't begin to entertain them because he doesn't want to concede that the opposing side may be right that we ought to do something. If we Americans cannot agree that the problem exists, we cannot begin to talk about solutions without half the country walking away from the table. With regard to the impeachment inquiry, he, like many Republican politicians, either can not or will not separate the professed desire of some Democrats to impeach Pres.Trump from the actions of the president. It matters not what the leanings and moral rectitude are of the investigators, whistleblowers, dissenters, and all the rest. He, of all people surely understand, that the evidence must be allowed to speak for itself. Whenever he does this, he is playing at politics.

Oct 1st
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Stephanie Arango

Donald Trump 20/20. He's the best president we have ever had in my lifetime and I'm 68 years old.

Sep 26th
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Stephanie Arango

please let's not talk about the left-wing and how they want to kill babies use their brains and parts for whatever their needs are. How they are sex trafficking children across the world let's not talk about the far left let's not talk about antifa and their violence against the right-wing or conservative people you people are out of your freaking mind I'm sorry even watched or listened to this I'm not going to do it anymore I'm done

Sep 26th
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Stephanie Arango

the clintons have been heavily involved in sex trafficking and other sexual things the public officials shouldn't even be involved in why are you making light of it

Sep 26th
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Stephanie Arango

So it's OK that Biden blackmaled Ukraine government to get what he wanted right it's okay we'll just sweep that under the carpet not look at it

Sep 26th
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Tatyana Noyb

Live Ted cruise... I don't think I can lol

Sep 25th
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Klintorious

Podcast for extremely partisan and hysterical Trump-haters

Sep 9th
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Pedro Saltares

the woman electrified me she's adorable and Ausome

Aug 26th
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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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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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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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Robert Meixner

Great conversation!

Jul 18th
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