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China’s Spy Balloon Is Down. Cold War 2.0 Risks Are Rising.

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Unreformed With Josie Duffy Rice

Bakari and Josie also discuss the concept of police reform vs. prison reform

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Econ Megapod: The Debt Ceiling Is Dumb, and the Inflation “Crisis” Might Be Over

New York Times economics reporter Jeanna Smialek and economist Jason Furman join to discuss the debt-ceiling showdown that’s enveloping Washington, fears of the U.S. government running up the tab, and more

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James Forman Jr. and the Legacy of SNCC

Bakari and James Forman Jr. discuss police reform and the dumbing down of America

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The Killing of Tyre Nichols

Van and Rachel react to the body-cam footage in the death of Tyre Nichols and discuss the danger of the SCORPION unit

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The Meaning of Justice for Tyre Nichols With Van Turner Jr.

Bakari talks to the president of the NAACP’s Memphis branch and chairman of the Shelby County Commission about where we go from here

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S.E. Cupp and Breaking Away From Trumpism

Bakari and S.E. Cupp discuss George Santos, the 2024 election, and where Democrats are going wrong

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Uncomfortably Conversing With Emmanuel Acho

Van and Rachel also react to Ron DeSantis claiming AP African American studies "lacks educational value"

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America Isn’t Ready for the Weight-Loss-Drug Revolution That’s Coming

Derek and Susan Z. Yanovski talk about the stakes of anti-obesity medication, why diet and exercise don’t work for so many people, and how these weight-loss drugs could help American health care

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The Chaos of Politics With Charlie Pierce

Bakari talks to Charlie about his journey from forest ranger to journalist, Merrick Garland and the investigation of President Biden, and the chaos to expect from House Republicans and the 2024 election

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Martin Luther King Jr., the Revolutionary With Dr. Peniel Joseph

Plus, Ed Reed goes off on Bethune-Cookman University and HBCUs, and the LAPD faces scrutiny for the death of an unarmed Black man

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More on ESPN and Damar Hamlin, Plus the Excruciating Victory of Kevin McCarthy

Bryan and David discuss news about the Bills safety’s health and the speaker of the House election

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The Collapse of FTX and the Economy of 2023 With Greg Zuckerman

Bakari and Greg also take a look ahead at the 2023 economy and the future of Tesla

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The Humiliation of Kevin McCarthy With Jonathan Martin

Bakari and Jonathan also talk about the dilemma facing democrats in 2024 and five political predictions for the new year

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The 2023 Economy FAQ: Is Recession Inevitable? Will Housing Crash? Can Tech Recover?

Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson joins to discuss the topsy-turvy 2022 economy and this year’s markets

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Trump’s Taxes, Plus Aaron Rupar: Banned by Elon Musk

Van and Rachel react to the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns before welcoming journalist Aaron Rupar to discuss having his Twitter account suspended and the future of the platform

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Prosecuting a President, and the Life of P-22

What happens next after the House January 6 committee approved criminal referrals for Donald Trump? And Beth Pratt returns to discuss the passing of the world’s most famous mountain lion.

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The Tory Lanez Trial, and Did Gunna Snitch? Plus, Concern for the Famous Mountain Lion.

Plus, conservationist Beth Pratt joins to discuss P-22

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A Republican Recap of the Midterms and Looking Ahead With Scott Jennings

Plus, Jennings discusses working with Karl Rove in the George W. Bush White House and his current role as founding partner of RunSwitch Public Relations

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ChatGPT, Obesity Drugs, Exoplanet Images, and Medical Miracles: The Most Amazing Breakthroughs of 2022

Derek talks to economist and writer Eli Dourado about the most exciting scientific and technological discoveries of the year

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Brittney Griner Released From Russia, and Van Jones Apologizes

Plus, Van and Rachel discuss the internet’s claiming Kenya Barris has an obsession

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Bomani Jones on Brittney Griner’s Release From Prison, the Current Voice of Professional Athletes, and What the Deion Sanders Move Means for College Recruiting

Plus, the guys discuss what it’s like to play overseas

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Dana Milbank Discusses ‘The Destructionists’

Bakari Sellers is joined by author and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank to discuss his NYT best-selling book ‘The Destructionists,’ the political narrative coming out of Georgia, and the 2024 primary outlook of the GOP vs. Trump

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Georgia Runoff Election Special With Fredrick Hicks

Hicks examines why the race is so tight, Warnock’s presidential prospects and Georgia’s potential primary state

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Jackson State and the Deion Discourse, Plus the War for “Woke”

Plus, Natalie Nunn of ‘Baddies West’ calls in for a quick chat about exploitation and a discussion of the collection of slave memorabilia

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Who’s Afraid of a Four-Day Work Week?

Juliet Schor talks about how work and the economy might be reorganized in her vision of a four-day work week

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Can Herschel Walker Run to the U.S. Senate? Plus, Epic Twitter Threads and the Power of the List.

Bryan and David discuss the runoff election in Georgia

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Crossing the Streams of Politics and Culture With John Heilemann

Bakari and John discuss how the 2016 election changed the world, what Herschel Walker’s candidacy means for the state of politics, and Joe Biden’s 2024 re-election prospects

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‘South Side’ With Diallo Riddle and Kanye Loves Hitler

Van and Rachel also discuss LeBron James’s comments about the non-coverage of the Jerry Jones controversy

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Why the Bad Guys—in China, Russia, Iran, and the U.S.—Are Having a Terrible Winter

A year ago, the rise of authoritarianism across the world was ascendant. But at this very moment, the opposite narrative seems like it might just be the most important story in the world.

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Why America Is Suffering a “Friendship Recession”

Derek talks with economist Bryce Ward about the causes and consequences of the rise of alone time in America

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Gabrielle Union on ‘The Inspection’ and Empowering Your Children

Also, Van and Rachel discuss Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets and Black Hebrew Israelites showing up in support, before reacting to the tragedy at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs

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Herbert Over Mahomes, Anyone? Wrapping Up the NFL With Damien Woody, CFB Playoff Scenarios, Plus the FTX Collapse With WSJ’s Greg Zuckerman 

Russillo gives out his five takeaways from NFL Week 11 before talking with two-time Super Bowl champion Damien Woody about Zach Wilson’s terrible game in the Jets’ loss to the Patriots, Chargers-Chiefs, the new top tier of NFL pass rushers, and more

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The FTX Crypto Scandal Explainer Dictionary

How did Sam Bankman-Fried become the most disgraced figure in finance? What factors led to the FTX implosion? And how does this story involve Larry David, Tom Brady, and Anthony Scaramucci? Here’s what you need to know.

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If China Invades Taiwan, Is It World War III?

Today’s episode is about China’s turn toward authoritarianism—and why it might be one of the most important stories in the world