Start Making Sense

By The Nation Magazine

Political talk without the boring parts, featuring the writers, activists and artists who shape the week in news. Hosted by Jon Wiener and presented by The Nation Magazine.

  1. 1.
    Bernie's Big Deal: John Nichols on the budget, plus Francine Prose on Ethel Rosenberg
  2. 2.
    Rethinking global security: Katrina vanden Heuvel; plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti
  3. 3.
    Why We Need the Utopian Imagination: Jeet Heer; plus George Sanchez on LA’s Boyle Heights
  4. 4.
    The Attack on “Critical Race Theory”: Kimberlé Crenshaw; Plus David Talbot and Margaret Talbot on the Sixties
  5. 5.
    It's Time to Mobilize for Voting Rights: John Nichols; plus David Kipen on a new Federal Writers Project
  6. 6.
    It’s Not Just Joe Manchin: Joan Walsh on ‘Moderate’ Democrats, plus Kai Bird on Jimmy Carter
  7. 7.
    What Does Joe Manchin Want? John Nichols on Filibuster Reform, plus Amy Wilentz on Israeli Politics
  8. 8.
    White Politics and Black History in Tulsa: David Perry on the Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration, plus Katha Pollitt on Advice for Men
  1. 9.
    Democrats, Israel, and Palestine: John Nichols, plus Robin D.G. Kelley on "Exterminate All the Brutes"
  2. 10.
    Palestinians' "Second Front': Saree Makdisi, plus Eric Foner on "The Underground Railroad"
  3. 11.
    Palestinian Lives--and Deaths: Rachel Kushner on refugees and Adam Shatz on Edward Said
  4. 12.
    Rapists, Misogynists, Creeps, and their Books: Katha Pollitt on Blake Bailey, plus Louis Menand on Cold War Culture
  5. 13.
    Senator Mazie Hirono: Reform the Filibuster—and the Supreme Court; plus Tim Schwab on Bill Gates and Katha Pollitt on Dr. Seuss
  6. 14.
    The Chauvin Verdicts and the Movement That Made Them Possible: Jody Armour on Minneapolis, plus Mark Hertsgaard on Earth Day
  7. 15.
    Organizing at Amazon: What Went Wrong? Jane McAlevey, plus Amy Wilentz on Hunter Biden
  8. 16.
    The Fight Against Voter Suppression: Dale Ho on Georgia, plus Karen Greenberg on Ending our Forever Wars
  9. 17.
    How Kyrsten Sinema Sold Out: Aída Chávez; plus Joan Walsh: Should Breyer Retire?
  10. 18.
    The Covid Vaccines: Big Pharma Profits while the Global South Waits--Gregg Gonsalves on the Pandemic, plus John Nichols on Ron Johnson
  11. 19.
    How the Democrats can Win in Ohio: Steve Phillips; plus Carol Sobel on Black Lives Matter vs. the LAPD
  12. 20.
    Mike Davis: ‘Beware the light at the end of the covid tunnel’; plus Amy Wilentz on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’
  13. 21.
    Parents in Prison: Chesa Boudin, plus Amy Wilentz on Protest in Haiti
  14. 22.
    The Trumpers Among Us: Katha Pollitt; plus Eric Foner on Will Smith’s series on the 14th Amendment
  15. 23.
    Republicans After Trump: Rick Perlstein on the future of the GOP, plus Alan Minsky on what a true economic recovery should look like
  16. 24.
    How Trump Incited an Insurrection: John Nichols on impeachment, plus Steve Phillips on Turning Texas Blue
  17. 25.
    Prosecute the Insurrectionists—All of Them: Elie Mystal on Storming the Capitol, plus Gary Younge on Obama; and We Remember Rennie Davis
  18. 26.
    Joe Biden vs. Covid-19, Week One: Gregg Gonsalves on the Pandemic, plus John Nichols on Biden’s first week
  19. 27.
    Joe Biden and Us: Joan Walsh; plus Barbara Ransby on Biden and Black America and Gary Younge on Storming the Capitol
  20. 28.
    Trump’s Crime: Incitement of Insurrection—John Nichols on impeachment, plus Astra Taylor on debt and Robert Lipsyte on Trump and golf
  21. 29.
    The Trump Mob that Stormed the Capitol: Joan Walsh and Eric Foner
  22. 30.
    Vaccine Priorities: Politics and Ethics. Gregg Gonsalves on Covid-19, plus John Nichols on politics in 2020
  23. 31.
    White Voters in 2020—and Everybody Else: Joan Walsh on Politics, plus Amy Wilentz on the Trump Kids
  24. 32.
    From Obama to Trump: Eric Foner; plus John Powers on John le Carré
  25. 33.
    Mike Davis: We Need a Commission to Investigate Trump’s Covid Response; plus Amy Wilentz on pardons for the Trump kids
  26. 34.
    How the Dems Can Win in Georgia: Joan Walsh on politics, plus David Cole on the Supreme Court and reapportionment
  27. 35.
    Stacey Abrams: The Fight for Georgia; plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric—and Lara
  28. 36.
    The Covid-19 vaccine: Why does Moderna get to keep all the profits? Gregg Gonsalves on virus politics, plus J. Hoberman on ‘The Chicago 7’
  29. 37.
    Mike Davis: Biden's Big Mistake; plus Jody Armour: Electoral Victories of Black Lives Matter
  30. 38.
    Biden's Successes—and Trump’s: John Nichols and Joan Walsh
  31. 39.
    The Politics of White Men, from Obama to Trump: Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren, plus Sherrod Brown on voting and Eric Foner on disputed elections
  32. 40.
    Mike Davis: Climate Change, Extreme Fires, and White Flight plus Rennie Davis on ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7'
  33. 41.
    Can ‘herd immunity’ lead to ‘re-opening America’? Gregg Gonsalves on Covid-19, plus Allissa Richardson on Black Cell-Phone Videos
  34. 42.
    Trump Gets the Best Medical Care While Working to End Healthcare for Tens of Millions: Amy Wilentz on Covid-19, plus Ari Berman on Voting Rights
  35. 43.
    That Terrible Debate: John Nichols, plus Katha Pollitt on Melania
  36. 44.
    Expand the Court! Elie Mystal on Court Packing, plus Sonia Shah on Climate Disasters
  37. 45.
    Trump Needs Wisconsin to Win, but Biden Is Ahead: John Nichols With Good News from a Swing State, plus David Nasaw on Refugees
  38. 46.
    Chris Hayes: The Catastrophe of Trump; plus Joan Walsh: Politics on TV in 1968
  39. 47.
    Trump in Kenosha: John Nichols; Black Lives Matter in Europe: Gary Younge
  40. 48.
    Rick Perlstein: The Republicans from Reagan to Trump: plus Pramila Jayapal: From Investment Banker to Community Organizer
  41. 49.
    When the LAPD came looking for a BLM activist: Melina Abdullah, plus Katie Porter on Voting by Mail and Jody Armour on Unequal Justice
  42. 50.
    Fighting for Vote By Mail: Pramila Jayapal; plus Tom Frank on Trump, Biden, and ‘Populism’

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