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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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Now might be a good time to get acquainted with impeachment. In fact, we here at #WITHpod believe everyone should listen to an hour-long conversation with a person who is not only familiar with the history of impeachment but who also has granular expertise in that area of law. Heck, how great would it be if that constitutional law scholar once clerked on the Supreme Court and has firsthand experience working in a White House administration! Well luckily for us, Chris Hayes knows such a person. Because he lives with her. And is married to her. That’s right y’all, Kate Shaw is back and we have no chill about it. Listen to Professor Shaw weigh in on where we are in this moment, the history, the law, the legal theory, the practice, and much more.RELATED READING:Impeach by Neal KatyalThe Impeachers by Brenda WineappleYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:The Rule of Law in the Era of Trump with Kate ShawImpeaching a President with Brenda WineappleStrict Scrutiny
How did Iraqi soldiers wrestle Mosul back from the grip of ISIS fighters? In the summer of 2014, at the height of their expansion, the terror group managed to take one of Iraq's largest cities in a matter of days. Two years later, it took the Iraqi army nine months to win it back. War correspondent James Verini thought his summer assignment to Iraq would be a short one. Instead, he stayed embedded with soldiers as they engaged in the brutal and bloody street by street combat that ultimately liberated Mosul. This conversation is both a gripping look into the heart of that battle as well as a crucial guide to the events that led to it. For an understanding of what is happening in Iraq today and how life there is permeated with the legacy of the American invasion 16 years ago, you need to know about the Battle of Mosul.RELATED READINGThey Will Have to Die Now by James VeriniYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKEThe Middle East with Dexter Filkins (May 15, 2018)
In our third stop of the Fall tour, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the architect behind The 1619 Project, and Ibram Kendi, author of “How To Be an Antiracist”, join Chris Hayes to examine the 400 year legacy of slavery in America. Together they examine the sinister discrepancy between the history of this nation as it *was* and the history of this nation as we are taught it, and discuss what that history then demands from us in this moment.New York City - listen for important details about our December 8th show! We have a new guest and details for how to win free tickets!RELATED READING:The 1619 ProjectHow to Be an AntiracistStamped from the BeginningBlack Reconstruction in AmericaThe Warmth of Other SunsThe South SideYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:School Segregation in 2018 with Nikole Hannah-Jones (July 31, 2018)
What came before the #MeToo movement? Acclaimed author Linda Hirshman's new book "Reckoning" traces 50 years of brave women, crucial court battles, and social awakenings that preceded the movement we're witnessing today. This conversation illustrates in vivid detail the decades of struggle to hold those in power accountable, and introduces you to the women who worked tirelessly to make that happen.RELATED READINGReckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Linda HirshmanIntercourse by Andrea DworkinDeconstructing Clarence ThomasYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:Women, Rage, and Power with Rebecca Traister (Oct 2, 2018)Get tickets to our New York Live show with special guest Tony Kushner!
It's our New York City live show announcement! Listen for our special guest reveal and information about presale ticket access!Presale begins 10am Wednesday November 6th and goes until 10pm Thursday November 7th.Click here to get your tickets now!
Yeah, we’re going there. In one of our mailbag episodes, Chris Hayes joked about doing an hourlong meditation on mortality. Surprisingly, more than a few of you spoke up in favor of the idea, and one of our #WITHpod listeners suggested checking out a book called “This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom” by philosopher Martin Hägglund. In his book, Hägglund takes on some of the most fundamental questions we face if, in fact, this one life is all we have. Say there’s no afterlife - what does it then mean to mourn, to love, and to be a human on this planet? What do we owe each other and what do we owe ourselves? So this week, we look at one of the biggest and scariest and, depending how you look at it, most beautiful questions yet: what if this is it?RELATED READING:This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin HägglundHey Chicago! Grab the last few standing room only tickets for our November 12th event with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ibram X. Kendi! Find tickets here.
Y'all - this is a good one. Trust us. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you reflect, it'll inspire...it might even give you that special WITHpod brand of existential crisis. Our second stop of the fall tour brought Chris Hayes to the stunning Theatre at the Ace Hotel with screenwriter and director Adam Mckay along with debut novelist Omar El Akkad. The question at hand - how can we use art and pop culture to properly convey the urgency of the climate crisis? How can storytelling break through the noise and get to the beating heart of the collective struggle our planet is in? And how will future generations think about the way we are meeting this moment? Like we said, maybe a teensy existential crisis. But we promise, you'll laugh a lot too.>> CHICAGO! We're releasing general admission standing only tickets for our Live WITHpod November 12th with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ibram X. Kendi. Buy tickets here!RELATED:American War by Omar El AkkadThe Great HackThe Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-WellsSapiens by Yuval Noah HarariYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:The Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace-Wells (March 5)
Over the past few months communication coming in and out of Kashmir, the highly contested land between India and Pakistan, has been increasingly difficult. The Indian government lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken steps to blackout the region in to order to once and for all place Kashmir under Indian control. The move has been roundly condemned by international groups, and serves as another dire warning of ostensibly liberal democracies engaging in authoritarian and illiberal behavior. This week, Hafsa Kanjwal, a Kashmiri Muslim woman and assistant professor at Lafayette college, talks about the complex history of Kashmir and the current lockdown the region now faces.
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.
*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 RushdieBuy tickets to our October 21st Los Angeles live show here!
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 TaylorThick by Tressie McMillan CottomSay Nothing by Patrick Radden KeefeYOUT MIGHT ALSO LIKE:Thick Descriptions with Tressie McMillan CottomOur Real Estate Obsession with Giorgio Angelini
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.
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.
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 Festival
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 Power
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 VoteJason Kander’s Campaign Ad for Background Checks
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-SterlingTrump'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/
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)
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 here
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)
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Nov 29th
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JRoss Levine

Ted Cruz is a nefarious evil man in the mode of Antonin Scalia... someone who uses his great intellect to twist and deform objectivity and reality to satisfy his ideology. This is the very definition of "rationalization", which represents the use of rational sounding rhetoric, and rational sounding arguments to "prove" an objectively irrational conclusion. His arguments in support of AGW Denialism provide painful evidence of this. He invokes straw man arguments, cherry picking, ad hominem, and red herrings to support his position. If his position were rationally justified, these rhetorical techniques would not be required, and he could simply rely on facts based on scientific evidence. Unbridled use of logical fallacies is one of the telltale signs of denialism in any form, and all forms of denialism are hateful and evil. To me, this raises a profound moral & ethical issues. Ted Cruz's rhetorical style and political positions are immoral not because they are conservative, which I could tolerate and respect, but because they are based on lies and deception, rather than on truth and objectivity. I feel fortunate that my political inclinations lean only slightly in the conservative direction, because if I were conservative enough to call myself such, and if I retained the same moral sensibilities that guide my thinking now, I would despise myself as well as fellow members of the conservative movement for our rank duplicity.

Nov 16th
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Rishabh Gupta

I think Dr. Kanjwal does an excellent job at highlighting the human rights violations in the Indian part of Kashmir. And none of that is justified. But I think a lot of the history was current geopolitical factors were overlooked. For example legally Kashmir is a part of India because of the Instrument of accession and yet India got UN involved for mediation on the issue. While it's true that the UN resolution required India to conduct a plebicite, it was conditioned on Pakistan withdrawing it's army from the area (area which it illegally took) as the very first step which Pakistan never did. The issue of terrorism was also pretty conviniently side stepped.

Nov 1st
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Tatyana Noyb

Unexpectedly for a climate change exchange, thoughts as to how we got here and how to interpret things can be both eye opening and "well yeah!" at the same time. That's how this remarkable conversation made me feel in its entirety - with the exception to the shell taco ring ;) - the most reasonable statements brought tears to my eyes. With a sparkle of odd hope in my heart, i purchased American War, and words aren't really enough to thank WITH team and the guests. I'm grateful.

Oct 30th
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Kate Hay

reference to book by "Danielle", what is name of book, full name author?

Oct 27th
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Tatyana Noyb

Thank you, Chris and co, for your consistent pursuit of just information dissemination, yes on so many horrors taking place everywhere. And as such, isn't it time someone covered Ukraine and Russian war on their territory? 13000+ died in the few past years. Quid pro quo circus blocking tragedy in plain sight. Surely you could find experts not like the two clowns on bail but someone credible. Perhaps someone who was jailed by Russia. I challenge you in the kindest of requests. :)

Oct 23rd
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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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