The Gray Area with Sean Illing

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 May 12, 2023

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The latest version of this podcast is "The Gray Area" with Sean Illing. I love the thoughtful and intelligent ways that Sean and his guests go deeply into the big questions of how humans in society function. Important conversations!

 Aug 16, 2021

 Feb 28, 2021
podcast went to crap after Ezra left

 Sep 17, 2020


The Gray Area with Sean Illing takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a guest to explore a question or topic that matters. From the the state of democracy, to the struggle with depression and anxiety, to the nature of identity in the digital age, each episode looks for nuance and honesty in the most important conversations of our time. New episodes drop every Monday.

Episode Date
Life is hard. Can philosophy help?
Apr 08, 2024
The American dream is a pyramid scheme
Apr 01, 2024
The chaplain who doesn't believe in God
Mar 25, 2024
Can a friend be our most significant other?
Mar 18, 2024
The power of climate fiction
Mar 11, 2024
The denial of death
Mar 04, 2024
A brief history of extinction panics
Feb 26, 2024
The new(ish) world order
Feb 19, 2024
The free-market century is over
Feb 12, 2024
Music and mysticism
Feb 05, 2024
The case for banning...millionaires?
Jan 29, 2024
The joy of uncertainty
Jan 22, 2024
A pro-worker work ethic
Jan 15, 2024
How psychedelics can reinvent learning
Jan 08, 2024
Seeing ourselves through the darkness
Dec 26, 2023
Living Mindfully
Dec 18, 2023
Taking anarchism seriously
Dec 11, 2023
3,000 years of The Iliad
Dec 04, 2023
Late-stage liberalism
Nov 27, 2023
The case against free will
Nov 20, 2023
A Jew and a Muslim get honest about Israel and Gaza
Nov 13, 2023
How to keep panic from attacking
Nov 06, 2023
We Are What We Watch
Oct 30, 2023
Werner Herzog’s ecstatic truth
Oct 23, 2023
The lessons of Sam Bankman-Fried
Oct 16, 2023
Is America getting meaner?
Oct 02, 2023
Naomi Klein on her doppelganger (and yours)
Sep 25, 2023
Should we press pause on AI?
Sep 18, 2023
Democracy’s existential crisis
Sep 11, 2023
Conservative socialism?
Aug 28, 2023
The benefits of utopian thinking
Aug 21, 2023
What Clarence Thomas really thinks
Aug 14, 2023
The new crisis of masculinity
Aug 07, 2023
How we all became a brand
Jul 31, 2023
The therapeutic potential of MDMA
Jul 24, 2023
Is the journey to self-discovery pointless?
Jul 17, 2023
Parenting through the climate crisis
Jul 10, 2023
Seeing ourselves through darkness
Jun 29, 2023
Best of: A new philosophy of love
Jun 26, 2023
The future of tribalism
Jun 22, 2023
When you can't separate art from artist
Jun 15, 2023
The case for not killing yourself
Jun 12, 2023
What comes after Black Lives Matter?
Jun 08, 2023
Clickbait’s destructive legacy
Jun 05, 2023
Simone Weil’s radical philosophy of love and attention
Jun 01, 2023
Peter Singer on his ethical legacy
May 25, 2023
Why the poor in America stay poor
May 22, 2023
The spiritual roots of our strange relationship to work
May 18, 2023
Mysteries of the mind
May 15, 2023
Why we can’t just blame capitalism for everything
May 11, 2023
Being human in the age of AI
May 08, 2023
A philosopher's psychedelic encounter with reality
May 04, 2023
The project of Socratic love with Agnes Callard
May 01, 2023
The chemistry of connection
Apr 27, 2023
What a slow civil war looks like
Apr 24, 2023
How to listen
Apr 20, 2023
Why we can't give up on persuasion
Apr 17, 2023
Rep. Katie Porter's working-class politics
Apr 13, 2023
The climate apocalypse will be televised
Apr 10, 2023
A philosopher takes on religious life
Apr 06, 2023
Your brain isn't so private anymore
Apr 03, 2023
Brian Stelter thinks the news has a reliability problem
Mar 30, 2023
How corporations got all your data
Mar 27, 2023
The case for failure
Mar 16, 2023
Poetry as religion
Mar 13, 2023
Revisiting the American Dream
Mar 09, 2023
The cost of saving pandas
Mar 06, 2023
Breaking our family patterns
Mar 02, 2023
For Black horror fans, fact is scarier than fiction
Feb 27, 2023
Taking Nietzsche seriously
Feb 23, 2023
The dark history of Silicon Valley
Feb 16, 2023
The value of being a "hater"
Feb 13, 2023
Behind the blue wall
Feb 09, 2023
Best of: Imagine a future with no police
Feb 06, 2023
Is America broken?
Feb 02, 2023
The creator of Fargo is done with good guys vs. bad guys
Jan 30, 2023
Revisiting the "father of capitalism"
Jan 26, 2023
Can effective altruism be redeemed?
Jan 23, 2023
The roots of homelessness
Jan 19, 2023
Can race be transcended?
Jan 12, 2023
Is ethical AI possible?
Jan 09, 2023
What do we owe animals?
Jan 05, 2023
Best of: America's philosophy, with Cornel West
Dec 22, 2022
Best of: The necessity — and danger — of free speech
Dec 19, 2022
The church of celebrity
Dec 15, 2022
Men and boys are struggling. Should we care?
Dec 12, 2022
The power of attention in a world of distraction
Dec 08, 2022
A veteran reporter on how to fix the news
Dec 05, 2022
The end of social media
Dec 01, 2022
If society is making us sick, how can we heal?
Nov 28, 2022
The free-market century is over
Nov 21, 2022
Your identity is a story you tell yourself
Nov 17, 2022
James Carville unpacks the midterms
Nov 14, 2022
Why are billionaires prepping for the apocalypse?
Nov 10, 2022
Today's Republicans were made in the 1990s
Nov 07, 2022
Yuval Noah Harari thinks humans are unstoppable
Nov 03, 2022
Dying with dignity
Oct 31, 2022
Finding hope in a world on the brink
Oct 27, 2022
The new American Reconstruction
Oct 24, 2022
Is America losing its religion?
Oct 20, 2022
How we got to January 6th
Oct 17, 2022
Neil deGrasse Tyson gets political
Oct 13, 2022
Introducing The Gray Area
Oct 11, 2022
Best of: Why America's obsession with rights is wrong
Oct 06, 2022
A GOP insider on why the party went Trump
Oct 03, 2022
How do we fix the harm we cause?
Sep 29, 2022
A new philosophy of love
Sep 26, 2022
The politics of 'Yellowstone'
Sep 23, 2022
How society sexualizes us
Sep 22, 2022
The Parent Trap
Sep 19, 2022
40 Acres: Reaching reconciliation
Sep 15, 2022
40 Acres: The old Jim Crow
Sep 12, 2022
40 Acres: $14 trillion and no mules
Sep 08, 2022
40 Acres: The original promise
Sep 01, 2022
What Clarence Thomas really thinks
Aug 29, 2022
Even Better: Don't call it a budget
Aug 25, 2022
The quest for authenticity
Aug 22, 2022
Even Better: Setting your boundaries
Aug 18, 2022
Your gut instinct is usually wrong
Aug 15, 2022
Even Better: Workplace equality 2.0
Aug 11, 2022
Why we're still postmodern (whatever that means)
Aug 08, 2022
Even Better: Activism when you don't know where to start
Aug 04, 2022
The Supreme Court's power grab
Aug 01, 2022
How middlemen took over the economy
Jul 28, 2022
The necessity — and danger — of free speech
Jul 25, 2022
Hacking coral sex to save the reefs
Jul 21, 2022
The price of keeping secrets
Jul 18, 2022
Does China control Hollywood?
Jul 14, 2022
Steve Bannon is still at war
Jul 11, 2022
The Fortress of Solitude saw it all coming
Jun 30, 2022
The Philosophers: Stoic revival
Jun 27, 2022
Station Eleven's creator on the end of the world
Jun 23, 2022
The racist origins of fat phobia
Jun 16, 2022
The fight for Ukraine — and democracy
Jun 13, 2022
The war on trans people
Jun 09, 2022
Michael Ian Black on being a better man
Jun 06, 2022
Carmen Maria Machado's haunted feminine
Jun 02, 2022
The rise and fall of America's monuments
May 26, 2022
The Philosophers: America's philosophy, with Cornel West
May 23, 2022
Why accidents aren't accidental
May 19, 2022
Rethinking the "end of history"
May 16, 2022
Anita Hill finally gets even
May 12, 2022
Elites have captured identity politics
May 09, 2022
The moral dangers of dirty work
May 05, 2022
Did the sexual revolution go wrong?
May 02, 2022
Who decides how to conserve nature?
Apr 28, 2022
The Philosophers: Loneliness and totalitarianism
Apr 25, 2022
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 4: The future of Europe
Apr 21, 2022
Michael Lewis on why Americans distrust experts
Apr 18, 2022
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 3: The nuclear threat
Apr 14, 2022
The case for regret
Apr 11, 2022
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 2: Sanctions
Apr 07, 2022
The spirituality of parenting
Apr 04, 2022
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 1: Why did Putin go to war?
Mar 31, 2022
The Philosophers: Resisting despair
Mar 28, 2022
What happened to American conservatism?
Mar 24, 2022
The limits of forgiveness
Mar 21, 2022
The madness behind The Method
Mar 17, 2022
David Cross is disappointed in you guys
Mar 14, 2022
Author Kiley Reid on why we read novels
Mar 10, 2022
The conversation about guns we're not having
Mar 07, 2022
Why does middle school suck?
Mar 03, 2022
Russia's war with Ukraine — and reality
Feb 28, 2022
Robert Glasper on why Black Radio is back
Feb 24, 2022
Could we lose delicious foods forever?
Feb 17, 2022
What Don't Look Up is really about
Feb 14, 2022
Democracy in crisis, part 2: The two-party problem
Feb 10, 2022
Why we can't pay attention anymore
Feb 07, 2022
Democracy in crisis, part 1: Ross Douthat isn't too worried
Feb 03, 2022
Pod Save the Democrats
Jan 31, 2022
A Yellowjackets creator spills his guts
Jan 27, 2022
A scientist's case for "woo-woo"
Jan 24, 2022
Imagine a future with no police
Jan 20, 2022
Novelist Lauren Groff on the other Matrix
Jan 13, 2022
Are we living in a simulation?
Jan 10, 2022
Rep. Jamie Raskin on living through the unthinkable, twice
Jan 06, 2022
Best of: Why fascism in America isn't going away
Jan 03, 2022
Best of: Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of slavery
Dec 30, 2021
Best of: We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Dec 27, 2021
Chris Bosh on winning (and losing everything)
Dec 23, 2021
The cult of toughness
Dec 20, 2021
Is ethical investing a scam?
Dec 16, 2021
The good life is painful
Dec 13, 2021
The father of environmental justice
Dec 09, 2021
Jill Lepore on Elon Musk's imaginary world
Dec 06, 2021
E.O. Wilson's plan to save the world
Dec 02, 2021
Workers of the world, stay home!
Nov 29, 2021
How progressives get back in the game
Nov 22, 2021
The highs and lows of the "creator economy"
Nov 18, 2021
Why Chris Hayes thinks we're all famous now
Nov 15, 2021
The stories soul food tells
Nov 11, 2021
The paradox of American freedom
Nov 08, 2021
Nonbinary parenthood
Nov 04, 2021
John McWhorter, the anti-antiracist
Nov 01, 2021
The overwhelming, invisible work of elder care
Oct 28, 2021
How Big Tech benefits from the disinformation panic
Oct 25, 2021
Fannie Lou Hamer and the meaning of freedom
Oct 21, 2021
What the internet took from us
Oct 18, 2021
Trapped inside with Susanna Clarke's Piranesi
Oct 14, 2021
Bryan Stevenson on the legacy of enslavement
Oct 07, 2021
What's your status?
Oct 04, 2021
Is there a hack for enlightenment?
Sep 30, 2021
Fighting a world on fire with fire
Sep 27, 2021
Revolutionary Love
Sep 23, 2021
How to make meaning out of suffering
Sep 20, 2021
Ken Burns's latest on The Greatest
Sep 16, 2021
The road from 9/11 to Donald Trump
Sep 13, 2021
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America after 9/11
Sep 09, 2021
Why America's obsession with rights is wrong
Sep 02, 2021
The news is by — and for — rich, white liberals
Aug 30, 2021
Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of slavery
Aug 26, 2021
Was the cruelty the point?
Aug 23, 2021
How seashells shaped the world — and predict our future
Aug 19, 2021
Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters
Aug 16, 2021
Robert Reich wants you to take on the system
Aug 12, 2021
Marty Baron on the future of news
Aug 09, 2021
The death of cool
Aug 05, 2021
We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Aug 02, 2021
Philadelphia's progressive prosecutor
Jul 29, 2021
Fareed Zakaria on the fate of democracy
Jul 26, 2021
Jane Goodall on the power of hope
Jul 22, 2021
Why we love drugs
Jul 19, 2021
The rugged majesty of revision
Jul 15, 2021
How to forgive
Jul 12, 2021
What makes a great conversation?
Jul 08, 2021
Introducing: Now & Then
Jul 01, 2021
The science of dating
Jun 24, 2021
Honoring Juneteenth with Ibram X. Kendi
Jun 17, 2021
Digital dictatorship
Jun 10, 2021
The man who proposed reparations in the 1860s
Jun 03, 2021
What pandemic recovery should look like
May 27, 2021
The gift of getting old
May 20, 2021
Freedom, and what it means to have a body
May 13, 2021
Why are we so worried about Satan?
May 06, 2021
How to be wrong less often
Apr 29, 2021
The complicated history of wildlife conservation
Apr 22, 2021
How to replace everything in the industrialized world
Apr 15, 2021
Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain
Apr 08, 2021
Who is the real George Soros?
Apr 01, 2021
Introducing Unexplainable
Mar 27, 2021
The border, explained by someone who knows it intimately
Mar 25, 2021
"Wintering," wisdom, and weathering life's darkest times
Mar 18, 2021
Reframing America's race problem
Mar 11, 2021
Who owns the Western?
Mar 04, 2021
A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants
Feb 25, 2021
Uncovering the history of psychedelics in Christianity
Feb 18, 2021
Biden's immigration architect on racism, reform, and the Obama legacy
Feb 11, 2021
The Capitol Siege and American Revolution
Feb 04, 2021
Why fascism in Post-Trump America isn't going away
Jan 28, 2021
The Joe Biden experience
Jan 25, 2021
What it means to be a "good" rich person
Jan 21, 2021
Peter Kafka and Kevin Roose on big tech's power and responsibility
Jan 18, 2021
Sam Sanders and Olivia Nuzzi on President Trump’s last days
Jan 14, 2021
Best of: We don’t just feel emotions. We make them.
Jan 07, 2021
Best of: Ending the age of animal cruelty, with Bruce Friedrich
Jan 04, 2021
Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
Dec 31, 2020
Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
Dec 28, 2020
Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
Dec 24, 2020
What I’ve learned, and what comes next.
Dec 21, 2020
Best of: An inspiring conversation about democracy with Danielle Allen
Dec 17, 2020
Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
Dec 14, 2020
Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersection of poverty and stress
Dec 10, 2020
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
Dec 07, 2020
Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is irrational
Dec 03, 2020
The most important book I've read this year
Nov 30, 2020
Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think about love
Nov 26, 2020
Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness epidemic
Nov 23, 2020
What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
Nov 19, 2020
Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the 2020 election
Nov 16, 2020
The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
Nov 12, 2020
The Joe Biden experience
Nov 07, 2020
Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Nov 05, 2020
Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, and the future of democracy
Nov 02, 2020
Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
Oct 29, 2020
Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health care plans
Oct 26, 2020
Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.
Oct 22, 2020
What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Oct 19, 2020
Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and the Donald Trump dilemma
Oct 15, 2020
The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Oct 12, 2020
Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the world
Oct 08, 2020
How a climate bill becomes a reality
Oct 05, 2020
The meat we eat affects us all
Oct 02, 2020
A dark, dangerous debate
Sep 30, 2020
A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American democracy
Sep 28, 2020
RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy crisis
Sep 24, 2020
David French and I debate polarization, secession, and the filibuster
Sep 21, 2020
The Matt Yglesias Show
Sep 17, 2020
Race, policing, and the universal yearning for safety
Sep 14, 2020
How to think about coronavirus risk in your life
Sep 10, 2020
Black Republicans, Donald Trump, and America's "George Floyd moment"
Sep 07, 2020
Andrew Yang on UBI, coronavirus, and his next job in politics
Sep 03, 2020
Why the hell did America invade Iraq?
Aug 31, 2020
How to decarbonize America — and create 25 million jobs
Aug 27, 2020
Isabel Wilkerson wants to change how we understand race in America
Aug 24, 2020
What it would take to end child poverty in America
Aug 20, 2020
Hannah Gadsby on comedy, free speech, and living with autism
Aug 17, 2020
What would Keynes do?
Aug 13, 2020
A devastating indictment of the Republican Party
Aug 10, 2020
How inequality and white identity politics feed each other
Aug 06, 2020
Best of: Jia Tolentino on what happens when life is an endless performance
Aug 03, 2020
Dadding out with Mike Birbiglia
Jul 30, 2020
A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering
Jul 27, 2020
The crisis in the news
Jul 23, 2020
Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal
Jul 20, 2020
What a post-Trump Republican Party might look like
Jul 16, 2020
Free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’
Jul 13, 2020
The frightening fragility of America's political institutions
Jul 09, 2020
Can artificial intelligence be emotionally intelligent?
Jul 06, 2020
Danielle Allen on the radicalism of the American revolution — and its lessons for today
Jul 02, 2020
Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect
Jul 01, 2020
Nicholas Carr on deep reading and digital thinking
Jun 29, 2020
Your questions, answered
Jun 25, 2020
Which country has the world's best healthcare system?
Jun 22, 2020
The transformative power of restorative justice
Jun 18, 2020
Ross Douthat and I debate American decadence
Jun 15, 2020
A serious conversation about UFOs
Jun 11, 2020
A former prosecutor's case for prison abolition
Jun 08, 2020
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
Jun 04, 2020
Are humans fundamentally good? (with Rutger Bregman)
Jun 01, 2020
From politician to priest
May 28, 2020
Robert Frank's radical idea
May 25, 2020
Why “essential” workers are treated as disposable
May 21, 2020
"The world’s scariest economist” on coronavirus, innovation, and purpose
May 18, 2020
A mind-bending conversation about quantum mechanics and parallel worlds
May 14, 2020
Why the coronavirus is so deadly for black America
May 11, 2020
Jenny Odell on nature, art, and burnout in quarantine
May 07, 2020
An unusually honest conversation about wielding political power
May 04, 2020
What should the media learn from coronavirus?
Apr 30, 2020
Bill Gates’s vision for life beyond coronavirus
Apr 27, 2020
An epic conversation with Madeline Miller
Apr 23, 2020
The loneliness pandemic/Betraying “essential workers”
Apr 20, 2020
Why Bernie Sanders lost and how progressives can still win
Apr 16, 2020
Scott Gottlieb on how, and when, to end social distancing
Apr 13, 2020
Toby Ord on existential risk, Donald Trump, and thinking in probabilities
Apr 09, 2020
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too
Apr 06, 2020
What social solidarity demands of us in a pandemic
Apr 02, 2020
Coronavirus has pushed US-China relations to their worst point since Mao
Mar 30, 2020
Is the cure worse than the disease?
Mar 26, 2020
An economic crisis like we’ve never seen
Mar 23, 2020
"The virus is more patient than people are"
Mar 19, 2020
A master class in organizing
Mar 16, 2020
Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election
Mar 14, 2020
Dan Pfeiffer on Joe Biden, beating Trump, and saving democracy
Mar 12, 2020
Are you a "political hobbyist?" If so, you're the problem.
Mar 09, 2020
What would a Sanders or Biden presidency look like?
Mar 05, 2020
Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein, feminism, and social change
Mar 02, 2020
Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate
Feb 29, 2020
Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
Feb 27, 2020
Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, class conflict, and collective joy
Feb 24, 2020
What Donald Trump got right about white America
Feb 20, 2020
Ta-Nehisi Coates on my “cold, atheist book”
Feb 17, 2020
If God is dead, then … socialism?
Feb 13, 2020
Tim Urban on humanity’s wild future
Feb 10, 2020
Jill Lepore on what I get wrong
Feb 06, 2020
Is Tom Steyer the solution to our dysfunctional politics?
Feb 03, 2020
Why We're Polarized, with Jamelle Bouie (live!)
Jan 30, 2020
Antisemitism now, antisemitism then
Jan 27, 2020
Book excerpt: A better theory of identity politics
Jan 23, 2020
The war on Muslims (with Mehdi Hasan)
Jan 20, 2020
Post-debate special!
Jan 16, 2020
An “uncomfortable” conversation with Cory Booker
Jan 13, 2020
The conservative mind of Yuval Levin
Jan 09, 2020
How an epidemic begins and ends
Jan 08, 2020
Nathan Robinson’s case for socialism
Jan 06, 2020
How to topple dictators and transform society (with Erica Chenoweth)
Jan 02, 2020
Ask Ezra Anything
Dec 30, 2019
Best of: Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle
Dec 26, 2019
Republicans vs. the planet
Dec 23, 2019
The geoengineering question
Dec 19, 2019
How to solve climate change and make life more awesome
Dec 16, 2019
Paul Krugman on climate, robots, single-payer, and so much more
Dec 12, 2019
The moral philosophy of The Good Place (with Mike Schur and Pamela Hieronymi)
Dec 09, 2019
When doing the right thing makes you a criminal
Dec 05, 2019
Peter Singer on the lives you can save
Dec 02, 2019
Best of: The age of "mega-identity" politics
Nov 28, 2019
Because podcast
Nov 25, 2019
There’s more to life than profit
Nov 21, 2019
Having a bad day? Dave Eggers can help.
Nov 18, 2019
How Whole Foods, yoga, and NPR became the hallmarks of the elite
Nov 14, 2019
How social media makes us antisocial
Nov 11, 2019
ICYMI: Edward Norton’s theory of mind, movies, and power
Nov 08, 2019
Introducing Reset
Nov 08, 2019
What a smarter Trumpism would sound like
Nov 07, 2019
The climate crisis is an oceans crisis
Nov 04, 2019
We live in The Good Place. And we’re screwing it up.
Oct 28, 2019
Neoliberalism and its discontents
Oct 24, 2019
The four words that will decide impeachment
Oct 21, 2019
We don’t just feel emotions. We make them.
Oct 17, 2019
How politics became a war against reality
Oct 14, 2019
The loneliness epidemic
Oct 10, 2019
Ibram X. Kendi wants to redefine racism
Oct 07, 2019
Malcolm Gladwell’s Stranger Things
Oct 03, 2019
An inspiring conversation about democracy
Sep 30, 2019
Samantha Power’s journey from foreign policy critic to UN ambassador
Sep 26, 2019
When meritocracy wins, everybody loses
Sep 23, 2019
Nikole Hannah-Jones on the 1619 project, choosing schools, and Cuba
Sep 19, 2019
Randall Munroe, the genius behind XKCD
Sep 16, 2019
Julián Castro's quiet moral radicalism
Sep 12, 2019
Political animals (with Leah Garcés)
Sep 09, 2019
John McWhorter thinks we're getting racism wrong
Sep 05, 2019
The rocky marriage between libertarians and conservatives
Sep 02, 2019
A mind-bending, reality-warping conversation with John Higgs
Aug 29, 2019
Jia Tolentino on what happens when life is an endless performance
Aug 26, 2019
The original meaning of “identity politics” (with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
Aug 22, 2019
Are bosses dictators? (with Elizabeth Anderson)
Aug 19, 2019
The Constitution is a progressive document
Aug 15, 2019
Matt Bruenig’s case for single-payer health care
Aug 12, 2019
Can Raj Chetty save the American dream?
Aug 08, 2019
Astra Taylor will change how you think about democracy
Aug 05, 2019
Is big tech addictive? Nir Eyal and I debate.
Aug 01, 2019
Generation Climate Change
Jul 29, 2019
Is the media amplifying Trump’s racism? (with Whitney Phillips)
Jul 25, 2019
Rutger Bregman’s utopias, and mine
Jul 22, 2019
How white identity politics won the Republican civil war
Jul 18, 2019
George Will makes the conservative case against democracy
Jul 15, 2019
What deliberative democracy can, and can’t, do (with Jane Mansbridge)
Jul 11, 2019
Rod Dreher on America’s post-Christian culture war [CORRECTED]
Jul 08, 2019
White threat in a browning America (Jennifer Richeson re-air)
Jul 04, 2019
Behind the panic in white, Christian America
Jul 01, 2019
An enlightening, frustrating conversation on liberalism (with Adam Gopnik)
Jun 27, 2019
The cognitive cost of poverty (with Sendhil Mullainathan)
Jun 24, 2019
Failing towards Utopia
Jun 21, 2019
Why liberals and conservatives create such different media (with Danna Young)
Jun 20, 2019
Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo (Live!)
Jun 17, 2019
This changed how I think about love (with Alison Gopnik)
Jun 13, 2019
The plan behind Elizabeth Warren’s plans
Jun 10, 2019
Michael Lewis reads my mind
Jun 06, 2019
How Mitch McConnell convinced Michael Bennet to run for president
Jun 03, 2019
How the brains of master meditators change
May 30, 2019
Why good people are easily corrupted (with Lawrence Lessig)
May 27, 2019
The art of attention (with Jenny Odell)
May 23, 2019
Matt Yglesias and Jenny Schuetz solve the housing crisis
May 20, 2019
What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)
May 16, 2019
Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously
May 13, 2019
The purpose of political violence
May 09, 2019
Ask Ezra Anything 3: Endgame
May 06, 2019
The disillusionment of David Brooks
May 02, 2019
Emily Oster schools me on parenthood
Apr 29, 2019
Lessons from Vox’s first 5 years
Apr 25, 2019
Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle
Apr 22, 2019
How social democrats won Europe — then lost it
Apr 18, 2019
In defense of white-backlash politics
Apr 15, 2019
Identity, nationalism, and fatherhood
Apr 11, 2019
An ex-libertarian’s quest to rebuild the center right
Apr 08, 2019
How whiteness distorts our democracy, with Eddie Glaude Jr.
Apr 04, 2019
Pete Buttigieg’s theory of political change
Apr 01, 2019
Meet the policy architect behind the Green New Deal
Mar 28, 2019
The somewhat fractured state of American conservatism
Mar 25, 2019
American politics after Christianity, with Ross Douthat
Mar 21, 2019
Why Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president on climate change
Mar 18, 2019
ICYMI: Julia Galef
Mar 14, 2019
The roots of extremism, with Deeyah Khan
Mar 11, 2019
ICYMI: Paul Krugman
Mar 07, 2019
Pop music can make you smarter
Mar 06, 2019
Life after climate change, with David Wallace-Wells
Mar 04, 2019
Pramila Jayapal thinks we can get to Medicare-for-All fast
Feb 28, 2019
Noah Rothman on the "unjustice" of social justice politics
Feb 25, 2019
Why should we care about deficits?
Feb 21, 2019
Anniversary special: Rachel Maddow
Feb 18, 2019
Andrew Sullivan and I work out our differences
Feb 14, 2019
The core contradiction of American politics
Feb 11, 2019
Leftists vs. liberals, with Elizabeth Bruenig
Feb 07, 2019
The world according to Ralph Nader
Feb 04, 2019
This conversation will change how you understand misogyny
Jan 31, 2019
Ending the age of animal cruelty, with Bruce Friedrich
Jan 28, 2019
Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersection of poverty and stress
Jan 24, 2019
Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is irrational
Jan 21, 2019
Sean Decatur doesn’t see a free speech crisis on campus
Jan 17, 2019
Cal Newport has an answer for digital burnout
Jan 14, 2019
Eric Holder’s plan to save democracy
Jan 10, 2019
Anil Dash on the biases of tech
Jan 07, 2019
Jill Lepore on America’s two revolutions
Jan 03, 2019
Best of: N.K. Jemisin
Dec 31, 2018
Best-of: Bryan Stevenson
Dec 27, 2018
Kara Swisher interviews me on the Future of Journalism (Live!)
Dec 24, 2018
TED’s Chris Anderson on the lessons of listening
Dec 20, 2018
Rep. Katie Porter on how capitalism is failing
Dec 17, 2018
How Hasan Minhaj is reinventing political comedy
Dec 13, 2018
Adam Serwer on white political correctness
Dec 10, 2018
Will Storr on why you are not yourself
Dec 06, 2018
How to be a better carnivore
Dec 03, 2018
Peter Beinart on anti-Semitism in America and illiberalism in Israel
Nov 29, 2018
Where Jonathan Haidt thinks the American mind went wrong
Nov 26, 2018
The Impact: Deportation without representation
Nov 22, 2018
Molly Ball on Nancy Pelosi’s future and Paul Ryan’s failure
Nov 19, 2018
Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls the media
Nov 15, 2018
Ask Ezra Anything
Nov 12, 2018
Presidents in crisis with Slow Burn’s Leon Neyfakh
Nov 08, 2018
Sandy Darity has a plan to close the wealth gap
Nov 05, 2018
How identity politics elected Donald Trump
Nov 01, 2018
Rep. Mark Sanford on losing the Republican Party to Donald Trump
Oct 29, 2018
Doris Kearns Goodwin (live!) on how great presidents are made
Oct 25, 2018
What Nate Silver's learned about forecasting elections
Oct 22, 2018
Jay Rosen is pessimistic about the media. So am I.
Oct 18, 2018
Why Bill Gates is worried
Oct 15, 2018
Reihan Salam makes the case against open borders
Oct 11, 2018
Jose Antonio Vargas on living undocumented in Trump’s America
Oct 08, 2018
Rebecca Traister: Women's rage is transforming America
Oct 04, 2018
Patrick Deneen says liberalism has failed. Is he right?
Oct 01, 2018
Francis Fukuyama’s case against identity politics
Sep 27, 2018
Carol Anderson on the myth of American democracy
Sep 24, 2018
Martha C. Nussbaum on how fear deforms our politics
Sep 17, 2018
David French on “The Great White Culture War"
Sep 10, 2018
Your attention is being hijacked. Chris Bailey can help.
Sep 04, 2018
Anand Giridharadas on the elite charade of changing the world
Aug 30, 2018
I build a world with fantasy master N.K. Jemisin
Aug 27, 2018
Reup: Zephyr Teachout vs. Corruption
Aug 24, 2018
Is our economy totally screwed? Andrew Yang and I debate.
Aug 20, 2018
Chef Marcus Samuelsson on immigration, creativity, and Anthony Bourdain
Aug 13, 2018
Why online politics gets so extreme so fast
Aug 06, 2018
Taking Trump’s corruption seriously
Aug 02, 2018
The surprising story of how American politics polarized
Jul 30, 2018
The most important idea for understanding American politics in 2018
Jul 23, 2018
What economists and politicians get wrong about trade
Jul 19, 2018
How to disagree better
Jul 16, 2018
Jaron Lanier’s case for deleting social media right now
Jul 09, 2018
The most clarifying conversation I’ve had about Trump and Russia (part 2)
Jul 05, 2018
The Supreme Court vs. Democracy
Jul 02, 2018
Eric Garcetti on the lessons of Los Angeles
Jun 25, 2018
What Ellen Pao saw coming
Jun 18, 2018
The Green Pill
Jun 11, 2018
How Jane Mayer exposed Eric Schneiderman, Bush’s torture program, and the Kochs
Jun 04, 2018
Political power and the racial wealth gap
May 28, 2018
Tyler Cowen on the painful end of American complacency
May 21, 2018
A mind-expanding conversation with Michael Pollan
May 14, 2018
Optimism about America
May 07, 2018
The New York Times’s lead Clinton reporter reflects on her coverage
May 03, 2018
The age of "mega-identity" politics
Apr 30, 2018
Is American democracy really in decline? A debate.
Apr 23, 2018
Special episode: The Syrian conflict, explained by a UN diplomat who saw it start
Apr 20, 2018
Is modern society making us depressed?
Apr 16, 2018
Carol Anderson on White Rage and Donald Trump
Apr 12, 2018
The Sam Harris Debate
Apr 09, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s hardest year, and what comes next
Apr 02, 2018
Is Mitch Landrieu the "White, Southern Anti-Trump"?
Mar 26, 2018
Melinda Gates (live!) on stopping climate change, ending malaria, and the problems money can’t solve
Mar 19, 2018
A better conversation on guns
Mar 12, 2018
This isn’t Joe Kennedy’s grandfather’s Democratic Party, and he knows it
Mar 05, 2018
Amy Chua on how tribalism is tearing America apart
Feb 26, 2018
How technology brings out the worst in us, with Tristan Harris
Feb 19, 2018
Steven Pinker: enlightenment values made this the best moment in human history
Feb 12, 2018
Why my politics are bad with Bhaskar Sunkara
Feb 05, 2018
How Democracies Die
Jan 29, 2018
How to oppose Trump without becoming more like him
Jan 22, 2018
You will love this conversation with Jaron Lanier, but I can’t describe it
Jan 15, 2018
The most clarifying conversation I’ve had on Trump and Russia
Jan 08, 2018
Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau on Trump’s first year, the GOP’s “rot,” and the left’s failures
Jan 02, 2018
The inside story of Doug Jones’s win in Alabama
Dec 25, 2017
What life is like in North Korea
Dec 18, 2017
"An orgy of serious policy discussion" with Paul Krugman
Dec 11, 2017
The case for impeachment
Dec 04, 2017
What Buddhism got right about the human brain
Nov 27, 2017
Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and Anita Hill’s legacy
Nov 20, 2017
Ai-jen Poo: the future of work isn’t robots. It’s caring humans.
Nov 13, 2017
Evan Osnos on the North Korea crisis, Trump’s mental health, and China's rise
Nov 06, 2017
Why politics needs more conflict, not less
Oct 30, 2017
Why the Weinstein scandal gives Tig Notaro hope about Hollywood
Oct 23, 2017
What happens when human beings take control of their own evolution?
Oct 16, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates is not here to comfort you
Oct 09, 2017
How the Republican Party created Donald Trump
Oct 02, 2017
Reihan Salam wants to remake the Republican Party -- again
Sep 25, 2017
David Remnick on journalism in the Trump era and why he hires obsessives
Sep 19, 2017
What Hillary Clinton really thinks
Sep 12, 2017
Dan Rather thought he'd seen it all. But then came President Trump.
Sep 05, 2017
From 4Chan to Charlottesville: where the alt-right came from, and where it's going
Aug 29, 2017
Why prosecutors, not cops, are the keys to criminal justice reform
Aug 22, 2017
Chris Hayes on whether Trump should be removed from office
Aug 15, 2017
Sen. Michael Bennet on why this is a dismal, sociopathic era in Congress
Aug 08, 2017
What’s scary isn’t Trump’s illiberalism but America's acceptance of it
Aug 01, 2017
Julia Galef on how to argue better and change your mind more
Jul 25, 2017
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, the first psychologist to run a jail
Jul 18, 2017
Eddie Izzard on World War I, cake or death, and marathoning
Jul 11, 2017
Avik Roy and Ezra debate the Senate GOP's health bill
Jul 03, 2017
danah boyd on why fake news is so easy to believe
Jun 27, 2017
Al Franken on learning to be a politician
Jun 20, 2017
Zephyr Teachout on suing Trump, fighting corruption, and breaking monopolies
Jun 13, 2017
Masha Gessen offers a plausible Trump-Russia theory
Jun 06, 2017
Kwame Anthony Appiah on cosmopolitanism
May 30, 2017
Yascha Mounk: Is Trump’s incompetence saving us from his illiberalism?
May 23, 2017
Bryan Stevenson on why the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth, but justice
May 16, 2017
Death, Sex, and Money’s Anna Sale on bringing empathy to politics
May 09, 2017
Cory Booker returns, live, to talk trust, Trump, and basic incomes
May 04, 2017
VC Bill Gurley on transforming health care
May 02, 2017
Elizabeth Warren on what Barack Obama got wrong
Apr 25, 2017
Cal Newport on doing Deep Work and escaping social media
Apr 18, 2017
G. Willow Wilson on religion, comics, and modern myths
Apr 11, 2017
Chris Hayes on the crisis of elites and the politics of order
Apr 04, 2017
Tyler Cowen explains it all
Mar 28, 2017
Molly Ball on whether facts matter in politics
Mar 21, 2017
Denis McDonough on how to run the White House
Mar 14, 2017
Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, labor organizing, and the Supreme Court
Mar 07, 2017
Tim Ferriss on suffering, psychedelics, and spirituality
Mar 02, 2017
Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreats
Feb 28, 2017
Elizabeth Drew covered Watergate. Here's what she thinks of Trump.
Feb 21, 2017
Avik Roy on why conservatives need to embrace diversity
Feb 14, 2017
Kara Swisher gives a master class on reporting and interviewing
Feb 07, 2017
David Miliband explains the global refugee crisis
Feb 02, 2017
Jennifer Lawless on why you — yes, you — should run for office
Jan 31, 2017
JD Vance: the reluctant interpreter of Trumpism
Jan 24, 2017
Keith Ellison: The Democratic National Committee has become the Democratic Presidential Committee, and that needs to end
Jan 17, 2017
Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change
Jan 10, 2017
Sarah Kliff and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
Jan 06, 2017
You Ask, Ezra Answers
Jan 03, 2017
Evelyn Farkas explains the crisis in Syria and the threat of Russia
Dec 27, 2016
Tim Wu's interesting, unusual, fascinating life
Dec 20, 2016
Ta-Nehisi Coates: "There’s not gonna be a happy ending to this story"
Dec 14, 2016
Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on management, rationalism, and the enlightenment
Dec 06, 2016
Award-winning chef José Andrés on cooking, creativity, and learning from the best
Nov 29, 2016
Heather McGhee returns to talk Trump, race, and empathy
Nov 22, 2016
Ron Brownstein: Clinton didn’t lose because of the white working class
Nov 15, 2016
David Frum on the 2016 election, and the long decline of the GOP
Nov 06, 2016
Deborah Tannen on gendered speech, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and you
Nov 01, 2016
Joseph Stiglitz on broken markets, bad trade deals, and basic incomes
Oct 25, 2016
Let's talk about Hillary Clinton's policy ideas, with Jonathan Cohn
Oct 18, 2016
Francis Fukuyama on whether America's democracy is decaying
Oct 11, 2016
Tyler Cowen interviews Ezra Klein about politics, media, and more
Oct 06, 2016
The best conversation I’ve had about the election, with Molly Ball
Oct 04, 2016
HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on running Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid
Sep 27, 2016
Dr. Leana Wen on why the opposite of poverty is health
Sep 20, 2016
Arlie Hochschild on how America feels to Trump supporters
Sep 13, 2016
Stewart Butterfield on creating Slack, learning from games, and finding your online identity
Sep 06, 2016
W. Kamau Bell on the lessons of parenthood, Twitter, and fame
Aug 30, 2016
Malcolm Gladwell on the danger of joining consensus opinions
Aug 23, 2016
Grant Gordon on studying the world's worst conflicts
Aug 16, 2016
Melissa Bell on starting Vox, managing media, and connecting newsrooms
Aug 09, 2016
Atul Gawande on surgery, writing, Obamacare, and indie music
Aug 02, 2016
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show
Jul 26, 2016
Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin on how the Republican Party lost its way
Jul 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
Jul 12, 2016
Patrick Brown on plant-meat that bleeds and the science of flavor
Jul 05, 2016
Heather McGhee on what Democrats get wrong about racism
Jun 28, 2016
Jesse Eisenberg on Jewish humor, writing lessons, and interrogating strangers
Jun 21, 2016
Jessica Valenti on honesty, internet trolls, and modern feminism
Jun 14, 2016
Moby on how cheap rent leads to great art
Jun 07, 2016
Secretary of Labor (and maybe VP?) Tom Perez
May 31, 2016
Andrew Sullivan on quitting blogging, fearing political correctness, and Donald Trump
May 24, 2016
Alice Rivlin, queen of Washington's budget wonks
May 17, 2016
Arianna Huffington on sleep, death, and social media
May 10, 2016
Robert Reich on supporting Bernie Sanders, dating Hillary Clinton, and fighting inequality
May 03, 2016
Bruce Friedrich on how technology will reduce animal suffering
Apr 26, 2016
Ben Thompson on how to make it in media in 2016
Apr 19, 2016
Ben Thompson on how the media business is changing
Apr 19, 2016
Grover Norquist explains what it takes to change American politics
Apr 12, 2016
Neera Tanden on what it's like to work for Hillary Clinton
Apr 05, 2016
David Chang, head of the Momofuku empire
Mar 29, 2016
Cory Booker on the spiritual dimension of politics
Mar 22, 2016
Michael Needham on the Republican Party's crack-up
Mar 15, 2016
Jim Yong Kim on revolutionizing how we treat the world's poor
Mar 08, 2016
Theda Skocpol on how political scientists think differently about politics
Mar 01, 2016
Bill Gates on stopping climate change, building robots, and the best books he's read
Feb 23, 2016
How lobbying works, with super-lobbyist Tony Podesta
Feb 16, 2016
Rachel Maddow on skinhead rallies, AIDS activism, and why she doesn't read op-eds
Feb 09, 2016