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The Cult of Jen Psaki and the Era of Mass Fame

Bryan and David break down the White House press secretary’s social media presence

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Missing White Woman Syndrome and Eboni K. Williams on Her Dream Job

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the disparities in media coverage for missing people of color before being joined by Eboni K. Williams to discuss the breaking of reality-TV barriers

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Haitian Asylum Seekers, ‘The Matter of Black Lives,’ and the Problem With Moderate Democrats

Bakari is joined by Jelani Cobb to discuss the Haitian asylum seekers at the Texas border and how to turn the Black Lives Matter movement into long-term political power

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Gentrifying Inglewood and the Crisis at the Border

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay break down the 2021 Emmys, the Clippers’ new stadium, and more

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How Does Bob Woodward Do It? Plus: Politico and “Off the Record.”

Bryan and David discuss ‘Peril,’ the newest book from the legendary journalist

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandate and Caroline Mala Corbin on the Texas Abortion Law

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome law professor Caroline Mala Corbin to help break down the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state of Texas, GOP backlash to the vaccine mandate, and more!

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NFL Media Overreactions? Plus, Listener Mail on Newscaster Pronunciations and Overused Headlines.

Bryan and David break down reactions to Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season

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Remembering September 11, Twenty Years Later

What does it mean to say that we’ll never forget?

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Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy Addresses COVID Myths and COVID Facts

Plus, discussion on why mental health can’t be ignored during the pandemic

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“The Falling Man,” 20 Years Later

In an excerpt from his ‘Press Box’ interview with Bryan Curtis, Tom Junod discusses his Esquire story about the image of a man who fell or jumped from the North Tower on September 11, 2001

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James B. Stewart and Tom Junod on Writing About 9/11

The writers join Bryan to reflect on coverage of the attacks

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Covering Hurricane Ida

Bryan and David discuss how footage from Louisiana has circulated in the news

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Azmat Khan and the Latest From Afghanistan

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay welcome investigative journalist Azmat Khan to the podcast to help contextualize the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan

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Rep. Stacey Plaskett on Representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Situation in Afghanistan, and Haiti

Bakari and Rep. Plaskett reflect on the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan, discuss ways to help Haiti after a massive earthquake, and more

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The Fall of Afghanistan With ‘Reign of Terror’ Author Spencer Ackerman 

Bryan and Spencer discuss the 20-year "War on Terror" and react to the Biden administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan

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The Crisis in Afghanistan and Lizzo Responds to the Trolls

Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss the developing situation in Afghanistan, as well as Lizzo’s recent social media message

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The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic With Dr. Ebony Hilton

Bakari is joined by Dr. Ebony Hilton, associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, to talk about the COVID vaccine, face masks, and the Delta variant

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Kent Babb on College Football and His New Book, ‘Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City’

The Washington Post writer joins Bakari to discuss his new book

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What Does Andrew Cuomo’s Resignation Mean for New York Politics?

New York magazine contributor David Freedlander discusses the governor’s sudden fall with Bryan Curtis

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Malcolm Gladwell on His New Book, ‘The Bomber Mafia’

Russillo and Malcolm talk about the U.S. Air Force and its role in World War II, the Air Force’s early technical difficulties, the development of napalm, and more

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Rep. Karen Bass on a Progressive Solution for Crimes and Policing

Bakari is joined by Representative Karen Bass to talk about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, her role as the chair of the House subcommittee on Africa, and the state of various bills in Congress

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Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights With Martin Luther King III and Talkin’ Hip-Hop With Peter Rosenberg

Rachel and Van also discuss Andrew Cuomo’s awkward attempts to defend himself and try to figure out What the Whites Were Thinking

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Backlash to Critical Race Theory and the Steps to Make America Anti-Racist

The author joins Bakari to discuss prejudice around school curriculum

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Space Odyssey, the Billionaire Edition

Space is having a moment, but why?

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The Democratic Party’s Inaction on Voting Rights, With Adam Serwer

Plus, Serwer discusses his new book, ‘The Cruelty Is the Point,’ which examines Donald Trump’s administration

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Welcome to This Is the End Week

In honor of the release of ‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage,’ The Ringer is exploring events that changed the world as we knew it—specifically ones that marked the ends of established eras and triggered the beginnings of then-unknown futures

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Steve Wynn’s Mirage Transformed Las Vegas and the Very Idea of Luxury

Las Vegas was at a crossroads when Wynn’s mega-casino opened in 1989. Its success upped the ante on decadence and changed how Americans pursue pleasure and entertainment on the Strip.

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The Challenges That Minority Business Entrepreneurs Face in the Cannabis Industry, With Amber Littlejohn

Plus, Amber talks about where we stand on the federal legalization of cannabis and the difference between decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana

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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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A Conversation About Economics, Policing, and Race With Morgan Williams Jr.

The NYU postdoctoral fellow joins Bakari to discuss his research on police forces

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CNN’s Elie Honig on Rudy Giuliani and the Differences Between Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s DOJ Departments

Plus, Elie discusses his book ‘Hatchet Man,’ which details Bill Barr’s time as attorney general