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The Future of Democracy, the Media, and the Economy With Andrew Yang

Andrew interviews Derek about the state of the economy, and Derek interviews Andrew about the various plagues of U.S. politics

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The Bad Guys Are Winning

Derek talks to The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum on the decline of democracy and the rise of a new form of authoritarianism in Russia, China, Europe, and the U.S.

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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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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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We Have to Talk About Inflation

Ben Carlson and Michael Batnick join the show to discuss rising prices, the Great Resignation, and labor shortages

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The Future Is Going to Be Weird As Hell

The New York Times’s Kevin Roose joins the show to walk Derek through the metaverse, crypto, NFTs, and the maybe-BS or maybe-brilliant future of technology

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Introducing ‘Plain English with Derek Thompson’

Longtime Atlantic writer Derek Thompson breaks down your weekly headlines in his new podcast, ‘Plain English’