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Omicron: Feelings vs. Facts

Derek discusses the rise of the "Vaxxed and Done" movement and reviews the latest omicron data with John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times

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The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

Derek breaks down what could be coming in science and tech over the rest of the decade

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Bakari and Van Lathan Talk Omicron With Dr. Italo Brown

Discussing COVID-19 variants and vaccine mandates

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How the Rise of the Celebrity Instructor Transformed Our Relationship With Fitness

In March 2020, the fitness industry was forced to adapt to the onset of a global pandemic. Nearly two years later, many of the changes are here to stay—for good and for bad.

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Janet Jackson on Michael and Omicron Updates With Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

Van and Rachel discuss the pop singer’s upcoming documentary

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The Four Biggest Myths of the U.S. Economy. Plus, Omicron in 100 Seconds.

Derek is joined by Morgan Housel to discuss inflation, the great resignation, and the future of robots

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Media Report Card! Biden Blues, Omicron Fears, Chris Cuomo, and a Celebrity Profile for the Ages 

Derek is joined by Bryan Curtis to grade the news media on its coverage of recent events

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Work in America Is Broken—Can Remote Work Save Us?

Author Anne Helen Peterson joins Derek to discuss American work culture

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The Omicron Variant: So, How Bad Is It? 

Derek is joined by Dr. Peter Hontez to discuss what we know and don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More

Bryan and David discuss how Dorsey’s exit will affect Facebook and the broader media landscape before reacting to news coverage of the latest major coronavirus variant

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Buy or Sell Pandemic Trends: Peloton, Movie Theaters, Masks, and More!

Amanda Mull joins the show to discuss which pandemic trends will continue heading into 2022

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Dr. Charles Thompson on What It’s Like to Be a Bariatric Surgeon

Bakari and Dr. Thompson also discuss mental health and racism in medicine

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The NBA’s Vaccine Battle, 20 Years of ‘PTI,’ and Billy Crudup

Bill is joined by Bryan Curtis and Derek Thompson to discuss vaccine hesitancy in the NBA, the importance of on-air chemistry in television, and more

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Anthony Bourdain, ‘Roadrunner,’ and the Persistent Burden of Fame

The new documentary on the famed chef is a glimpse into a singular life, but in many ways, it’s a story we’ve become sadly all too familiar with

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Michael Pollan on Changing How We Think About Psychedelics

Plus, Larry’s thoughts on Richard Branson and mask mandates

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The State of COVID in America With Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

The leader of President Biden’s Health Equity Task Force discusses vaccinations, COVID-19 variants, and more with Bakari

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The Long Night of the Soul

A story of facing fear, confronting mortality, and turning to faith

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The Truth About the COVID Vaccines With Jalen Rose and Dr. Italo M. Brown 

Bakari, Jalen and Dr. Brown discuss how COVID has impacted the Black community in Detroit, herd immunity logistics, and more

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The Suggs Game and Bad Lakers Omens With Ryen Russillo

Plus, Rookie of the Year sadness, Eastern Conference sleepers, and post-vaccine life

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The Sports Reporter Who Blew the Lid Off a National Health Scandal

In the new documentary ‘Collective,’ a Romanian journalist shows how covering the world of sports made him one of the most trusted muckrakers in his country. And why his newspaper was the right outlet to expose a shocking cover-up.

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Tiger’s Accident, Watson Trades, and NBA News With Kevin Clark

Plus, Derek Thompson joins to discuss what experts have learned about COVID-19 since the early months of the pandemic, vaccinations, and more

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COVID-19 Vaccine 101 and Inequality in Vaccine Distribution With Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz

Bakari is joined by Dr. Hilton-Buchholz to answer questions about the vaccine, including how it works and whether it will protect against virus mutations

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HBCU Presidents Dr. Wayne Frederick and Dr. David Carlisle on a COVID-19 Vaccine and Health Issues Facing the Black Community

Bakari is joined by Dr. Wayne Frederick and Dr. David Carlisle to talk about what HBCUs are doing to improve the health of the Black community

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How to Win Friends and Actually Enjoy Social Media—or at Least a Twitter Account

Social media can be a home for the worst news and impulses; it’s making us depressed; it distorts reality. But every so often, there is a space—like Jessica Dore’s Twitter account—that can teach us about ourselves, and how we talk to others.

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The State of Mental Health Care in the NBA

Stars like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love speaking out on their personal experiences has helped drive forward the conversation around depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses in the NBA. But experts say there’s still work to be done to abolish stigmas and ensure proper treatment.

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CBD Is Everywhere (Except Your Local Supermarket)

Cannabidiol, a molecule found in cannabis plants, is said to calm anxiety and soothe inflammation. It’s easy to see why hopes for this wellness ingredient are, well, high. But are they too high?

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Woom Yoga, Napercize, and the Rise of Infantilizing Fitness

Workout classes are a place adults go to be cared for—and, increasingly, they’re taking on a deliberate "Mommy and Me" vibe

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The Secrets of Snail Skin Care

From sheet masks to inexpensive lotions to pricey procedures, the beauty world adores mollusk goo. Is this a natural skin care miracle or a feat of marketing?

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Is There Such a Thing As Healthy Sweat?

Shape House, a new wellness chain, claims that its infrared-produced sweat can encourage weight loss and reverse the effects of aging. Can sweat do any of that?

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Why Do We Still Believe in “Bone Broth”?

The wellness trend is a feat of marketing—and our willingness to pay too much for the promise of health

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What We Can Learn From Bathleisure, Instagram’s Hottest Towel Trend

This is a piece about spa photos, and also the aesthetics of wealth

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It’s Time to Start Tracking Our Internet Consumption the Way We Track Our Physical Health

Here’s why Apple or Google should build the app we need