The Colony and the Nation
MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America.
Ben Wittes Digs OutThe editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
Tom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House.
Can We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight.
Why Things Went South in AlabamaJohn Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
Encounters With the Very, Very FamousChuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
Are Bilinguals Really Smarter?Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us.
The Man Who Wrote the Comey MemoHow did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?
The Formation of Stephen MillerThe Trump administration’s wunderkind adviser made his name as a student pundit during the Duke lacrosse scandal.
Observing Obscura DayOn Saturday, May 6, adherents to the Atlas Obscura worldview will venture out to explore oddities near and far. We checked out a funky neon shop in our neighborhood.
Red Feed, Blue Feed With Cass SunsteinThe Harvard professor on his new book, #Republic, which looks at what’s new about American polarization.
The Incredible Lucas BrothersWhy twins should avoid mushrooms and other life lessons from stand-up comedy duo Keith and Kenny Lucas.
The Populists Cannot WinSlate columnist and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk on what we can learn from the rise of populism in Europe.
Moshe Kasher Is Not an ActivistComedy Central’s Problematic is part talk show and part town hall, tilting at a variety of incendiary topics and urging candid discussion. Can it also be funny?
The Road to S-TownHost and producer Brian Reed on finding the podcast’s story and how the town reacted to the spotlight.
Everyone Looks Presidential on Air Force OneJosh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
Jon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
Roger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
What Richard Spencer Learned From Stephen MillerReeves Wiedeman on the Duke lacrosse scandal and the rise of the alt-right.
Chasing the Bauble With Brooke GladstoneThe On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
Clint Watts, Testifier ExtraordinaireThe star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.
Are We Smart Enough to Be a Direct Democracy?Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf asks The Great Questions of Tomorrow in his new book.
What’s in the Bill? With Vox’s Sarah Kliff.The Vox health care writer returns to discuss the AHCA, which passed the House on Thursday.
Sarah Manguso’s Words to Live ByThe author and poet writes aphorisms for modern times in her new book 300 Arguments.
Facing Your Genetic DestinyNew York Times science reporter Gina Kolata looks at a mysterious disease and the diagnosis that almost tore a family apart.
When Did Late Night Stop Being Fun?Comedian Guy Branum on the “controlled fun” of late night, and how Talk Show: The Game Show promises to fix that.
The Clinton Campaign Tell-AllIn Shattered, Jonathan Allen and his co-author, Amie Parnes, detail an organization beset by infighting, fatalism, and a fundamentally weak candidate.
When the ’80s Went ProIn 1987, the big acts got bigger. Hair metal got hairier. Slick pop stars got slicker. And Michael Jackson was Bad as ever.