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Scott Galloway on Why the Internet Is a Mess, Why the News Is So Angry, and Why American Men Are ‘Adrift’

Plus, discussing the upside of crypto and the dark side of the metaverse

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Is the Federal Reserve Making a Huge Mistake?

Derek and Jason Furman discuss U.S. interest rate policy, the state of the U.S. economy, and the global fallout of U.S. monetary policy

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Why America Has a Crisis of Masculinity

‘Of Boys and Men’ author Richard Reeves talks male voting habits, educational success, and what the future of masculinity looks like

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Why the Voice Inside Your Head Can Sound Like a Jerk

Psychologist Ethan Kross joins the show to explain his work on emotion regulation, his book ‘Chatter’ on the science of negative self-talk, why the ability to have an inner monologue can be a kind of superpower, and how to harness it

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The Housing Recession Is Coming

Derek and Mark Zandi break down the state of the housing market, the prospect of a correction, and how China’s extremely bizarre year is affecting the U.S. economy

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Bill Gates on Progress and the Battle Between Climate Change and Innovation

The 2022 Goalkeepers Report is out, and Bill Gates joins ‘Plain English’ to discuss its findings. Plus, the "best news in the world," why genetics is the most exciting domain in all of science, and more.

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How Ukraine’s New Offensive Could Win the War Against Russia

Paul Poast of the University of Chicago returns to the podcast to break down Ukraine’s extraordinary counteroffensive

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The U.K. Is in Trouble: Economic Crises, Energy Shocks, and the Queen’s Death

The Economist’s Duncan Weldon joins Derek to discuss the economic and political state of the United Kingdom

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America’s National Teacher Shortage: Looming Crisis or Media Myth?

Derek and Heather Schwartz discuss why the "teacher shortage" narrative may be overblown

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Nate Silver on Why This Midterm Election Could Be the Weirdest in Decades

The FiveThiryEight founder joins to discuss Joe Biden’s rising approval rating and how that could effect the upcoming election

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The Messy Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness

The Atlantic’s Jerusalem Demsas joins Derek to discuss the student loan forgiveness debate and weigh the positives and negatives of President Biden’s controversial new policy

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Burning Questions on Media: Streaming’s Summer of Hell, Movie Theater Woes, and More

Matt Belloni joins to discuss the latest in the entertainment business

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What’s the Secret of Success in America? This Economist Has Answers.

Derek delves into the viability of the American dream in our current economy

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Why Does It Seem Like Everybody Hates Everything?

Chuck Klosterman joins to discuss fandom culture and how it has affected politics

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Donald Trump vs. the FBI: Everything We Know About the Investigation So Far

Author, CNN analyst, and former government official Juliette Kayyem joins the show to separate fact from speculation and discuss the multitude of ways this saga could end

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A New Way to Think About Racism in America

Derek is joined by Heather McGhee to discuss ‘The Sum of Us’ and why many laws today that might not seem explicitly racist still sustain racial inequality

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Carbon Removal Might Be the World’s Most Important Technology. How Does It Work?

Derek is joined by Giana Amador to explain the different carbon removal technologies and why some people think this advancement won’t ever work

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Curiosity Corner: Monkeypox Myths, Millennial Facts, and Overpopulation Fears

In the latest edition of "Curiosity Corner," Derek breaks down the myths around how monkeypox spreads, the affordability crisis for millenials, and more

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Is Old Music Killing New Music?

Ted Gioia joins to discuss the power of nostalgia in pop culture

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How the Democrats’ New Climate Bill Could Change the World

Derek heads a conversation with Robinson Meyer about the Democrats’ new climate deal and what it would mean on a global scale

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GDP Fell Again. So, Are We in a Recession?

Derek is joined by economics professor Austan Goolsbee to talk about the latest GDP report, America’s plummeting productivity, and more

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Crypto Crash, Part II: Packy McCormick Debates the Future of Web3

The writer joins Derek to discuss digital currency

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Crypto Crash Part 1: Debating the Case Against Crypto

In the first of two-part series about the crypto crash, Derek is joined by financial journalist turned venture capitalist Molly Wood to give her case against cryptocurrency

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Why It Seems Like So Many Countries Are Falling Apart

Political scientist Ian Bremmer joins Derek to discuss the many crises taking place around the world, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prime minister exits in the U.K. and Italy, wildfires in Europe, economic collapses in Turkey and El Salvador, and more

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The World Is on Fire. Here’s a Realistic Plan to Save Humanity.

David Wallace-Wells joins to discuss climate change and Europe’s wildfires

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Three Ways the Elon Musk–Twitter Showdown Could End

Law professor Brian Quinn joins to discuss what’s next for the social media platform

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Burning Questions About the Future of Media: Netflix vs. Disney, TikTok vs. Everyone, and the Metaverse

Lucas Shaw and Matthew Ball join to talk streaming wars, social media, and the future of movie theaters

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Musk Meltdown: Elon’s Breakup With Twitter Is Going to Be Very Messy

Derek shares his thoughts on the billionaire’s attempt to terminate his bid to take over the social media site

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The Biggest Economic Question of the Moment: Is This Peak Inflation?

Noah Smith joins to discuss why retail and oil prices are falling and what it means for the U.S. economy

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Why Are the Police So Bad at Solving Murders?

Derek and Jeff Asher talk about seven possible explanations for this alarming trend before settling on one explanation that may be the most important

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Abortion Pills Are a Game Changer, Plus Our Next Big Culture War

Derek is joined by New York Times journalist Margot Sanger-Katz to explain the basics of abortion pills and how they’ll change the abortion debate forever

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Five Reasons Everybody Is Wrong About a U.S. Recession—Including Me

Derek is joined by Bloomberg economic columnist Conor Sen to explain why he believes the economy isn’t nearly as troubled as the headlines suggest