This week we’re talking all things substance-related with psychologist and Columbia professor Carl L. Hart. In his new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, he outlines a bold new approach to drug use in America. …


America’s “justice” system is broken. If the events of the last year haven’t cemented that notion in your head yet, our latest episode with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps will.

During our conversation with Alec, he made two dramatic — and accurate — points. First, our justice system is…


This week we’re delving into the shadowy world of white-collar crime with lawyer Jennifer Taub, so we thought it was only fitting to take a quick retrospective on the “most complex” white-collar crime case in FBI history: The Enron Scandal.

Enron was born of two Texas energy companies in 1985…


We often conflate sexual assault and sexual harassment, but they’re quite different things and we should understand the difference. …


According to conventional wisdom, every history textbook in America, and any speech remotely about Abraham Lincoln, America no longer enslaves people. Further, with the passage of the 13th Amendment some seven-score-and-sixteen years ago, we left our history of chattel slavery behind — right?

Well, that’s not quite true. According to…


If you’re living in poverty in America, it almost certainly isn’t your fault. Instead, argues our latest guest Mark Rank, you’re a victim of a system that doesn’t have enough opportunities to go around.

“What we’re doing in this country is basically playing a large-scale version of musical chairs,” he…


As the Israeli-Palestinian raged this week, our latest interview with seasoned peacebuilder Séverine Autesserre gained an urgent new edge it lacked only weeks ago. …


Fracking is a complicated issue in shale-rich communities of the country, which start with American property rights. They are unique almost the entire world over. When America was getting itself going, the Founding Fathers were highly impressed with enlightenment thinker John Locke. Locke had particular ideas about property, which he…


It’s 2021, and America’s oldest political party is busy dismantling the norms and institutions that allowed them to exist in the first place, seemingly at the whim of a down-and-out megalomaniac who cares not a whit for them.

The fact that sentence wasn’t a shock to write and probably isn’t…


We’re back this week with a brand-new season, which means new blog posts to go with it!

For our first episode of Season 14, we take a look at how we came to be in our current cultural, political, and economic situation.

To do this, we turn to Kurt Andersen…

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