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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.
    Progressive Dems Win Big in Primaries: John Nichols; plus Yanis Varoufakis on Trump and Europe, and Arthur Goldhammer on Paris in May '6823 May 2018
    40:36
  2. 2.
    From Gaza to Jerusalem: Amy Wilentz; Plus Rachel Kushner on 'The Mars Room' and Patricia Williams on lynching16 May 2018
    38:28
  3. 3.
    Trump has No Plan B on Iran—Except War: Michael Klare, plus D.D. Guttenplan on Texas and Eric Foner on Columbia ‘689 May 2018
    42:07
  4. 4.
    Trump’s Financial Crimes Are More Likely to Bring Him Down than Russiagate: David Cay Johnston on Trump, plus Bruce Cumings on Korea and Elizabeth Drew on Comey2 May 2018
    42:41
  5. 5.
    James Comey’s Self-Justification Is Just ‘Not Good Enough’—Jonathan Freedland, plus Lawrence Wright on Trump and Texas and Margaret Atwood on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale'25 April 2018
    42:21
  6. 6.
    The Trump Reelection Scenario: Thomas Frank; plus Adam Hochschild on Guns and Gary Younge’s Return to Muncie18 April 2018
    40:12
  7. 7.
    Barbara Ehrenreich: What’s Wrong with ‘Wellness’; plus David Cole on Trump and Mueller, and Katha Pollitt on Stormy and Melania11 April 2018
    40:58
  8. 8.
    A Russia Strategy for Progressives: Katrina vanden Heuvel; plus Mark Hertsgaard on cellphone safety, and Stephanie Schriock on Emily’s List4 April 2018
    38:27
  1. 9.
    How Trump Radicalized the Parkland Kids in Their Fight Against Guns: George Zornick, plus Micah Sifrey on Facebook and Sue Halpern on Trump vs. Libraries29 March 2018
    39:27
  2. 10.
    Hey, Democrats Are Actually Running to Win! Joan Walsh on the Democrats’ new strategy, Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, and Anna Deavere Smith on the school-to-prison pipeline.21 March 2018
    41:15
  3. 11.
    Robert Reich: Trump vs. the Common Good—plus Katha Pollitt on Russiagate Skeptics, and Remembering the My Lai Massacre14 March 2018
    39:01
  4. 12.
    Chris Hayes: What Trump Means When He Says He’s “Strong on Crime” plus Gary Younge on Kids and Guns and Michael Walzer on Foreign Policy for the Left7 March 2018
    43:15
  5. 13.
    How the Parkland Kids Are Beating the Gun Industry: George Zornick, plus Jane McAlevey on Unions and Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Jared, and Don Jr .28 February 2018
    42:15
  6. 14.
    It's Time to Break Up Amazon—Stacy Mitchell; plus Bryce Covert on low wage workers and Bob Dreyfuss on the Russiagate indictments21 February 2018
    41:57
  7. 15.
    Elizabeth Warren on Monopoly Power: George Zornick reports; plus David Dayen on Warren Buffett and Katha Pollitt on Trump and women14 February 2018
    39:38
  8. 16.
    Is it ‘Treason’ Not to Clap for the President? Joan Walsh, plus Nomi Prins on Financial Deregulation and Ann Jones on Norwegians7 February 2018
    40:05
  9. 17.
    The Trouble with Teleprompter Trump's State of the Union: Harold Meyerson; plus Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth on Phony Forensics31 January 2018
    38:51
  10. 18.
    Women Show How to Run—And Win—Against Trump’s GOP: John Nichols, plus Alfred McCoy on Fortress America and the Rev. William Barber on White Nationalism24 January 2018
    47:26
  11. 19.
    How Trump Brought Feminism Back With a Vengeance: Katha Pollitt; plus Bob Dreyfuss on Russiagate and David Bromwich on Trump’s Ruling Passions17 January 2018
    41:35
  12. 20.
    Oprah for President? John Nichols; plus Harold Meyerson on Trump vs. California and Father Greg Boyle on Working with Ex-Gang Members10 January 2018
    43:29
  13. 21.
    Fred Trump and the KKK of the 1920s: Linda Gordon, plus Nancy MacLean on the Roots of the Radical Right3 January 2018
    36:41
  14. 22.
    From Bill O’Reilly to Al Franken: Katha Pollitt on #MeToo in 2017; plus John Nichols on The Resistance in 2017 and Howell Raines on Alabama's Amazing Year27 December 2017
    39:14
  15. 23.
    “Whiteness Is All They’ve Got”: Gary Younge on Trump’s Working Class Supporters; Plus D.D. Guttenplan on Jackson, Miss., and Amy Wilentz on Ivana20 December 2017
    36:48
  16. 24.
    Victory in Alabama: How Doug Jones Won—Howell Raines. Plus Joan Walsh on #MeToo after Al Franken and John Nichols on Net Neutrality13 December 2017
    44:14
  17. 25.
    How the Democrats Can Defeat Roy Moore in Alabama: Howell Raines on Doug Jones, plus Bob Dreyfuss on Russigate and Gary Young on American Nazis6 December 2017
    40:15
  18. 26.
    What Will It Take for the GOP to Pass its Terrible Tax Bill? George Zornick on Senate politics, plus Joan Walsh on sexual harassment in Washington and Rick Perlstein on Republicans against Trump29 November 2017
    39:54
  19. 27.
    The Resistance to Trump, Year One: David Cole; plus Lawrence O’Donnell on 1968 and Steven Hahn on ‘Hillbilly Elegy’21 November 2017
    41:49
  20. 28.
    Can the Democrats Beat Roy Moore in Alabama? Howell Raines; plus Adam Shatz on Trump and the Bomb, and Corey Robin on Trump's Reactionary Mind15 November 2017
    40:49
  21. 29.
    Katrina vanden Heuvel: Russia, Trump, and the Democrats; plus George Zornick on the GOP Tax Bill and Danny Meyer on the Trouble with Tipping8 November 2017
    39:16
  22. 30.
    Michelle Goldberg: Republicans and Trump, After the Indictments; plus Bob Dreyfuss on Mueller at Work, and Tony Schwartz on Trump1 November 2017
    38:35
  23. 31.
    Is Trump Crazy? Would Pence be Worse? Jane Mayer on Pence, and Amy Wilentz on Trump; plus Raj Patel on Cheap Food25 October 2017
    43:57
  24. 32.
    How Much Time Could Women Reclaim If They Didn't Have to Deal With Men’s Bullshit? Joan Walsh on Harvey Weinstein—plus John Nichols on Trump's Generals and Zoë Carpenter on the Future of Food18 October 2017
    42:27
  25. 33.
    Ai Weiwei on Refugees: They Are Part of Us—plus David Dayen on JPMorgan Chase and Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Jared, and Don Jr.11 October 2017
    46:29
  26. 34.
    Say It Again: Donald Trump Did Not Win the Popular Vote—E.J. Dionne; plus Ari Berman on Gerrymandering and Joan Walsh with Hillary4 October 2017
    43:40
  27. 35.
    Trump Is Inviting America Into the Torture Chamber—Sasha Abramsky; Plus, Katha Pollitt and D.D. Guttenplan on Hillary’s Memoir.27 September 2017
    42:20
  28. 36.
    Trump’s Campaign Chief Paul Manafort Faces Indictment—plus Hillary’s Book and Ken Burns’s Vietnam Doc20 September 2017
    41:14
  29. 37.
    Hurricane politics and climate change in the Age of Trump: Mark Hertsgaard and John Nichols; plus Alfred McCoy on Cyberwar with China13 September 2017
    40:15
  30. 38.
    Behind Trump’s Heartless Attack on the Dreamers: John Nichols, plus Elizabeth Holtzman on Robert Mueller and Joan Walsh on Mike Pence6 September 2017
    35:14
  31. 39.
    Houston vs Climate Change: Roane Carey; plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Trump & Arpaio, and Bob Dreyfuss on Seth Rich31 August 2017
    40:34
  32. 40.
    Bannon’s Exit: All Power to Jared? Amy Wilentz & John Nichols; plus Joshua Holland on Russia & Democracy24 August 2017
    37:32
  33. 41.
    White Nationalists in Charlottesville & DC: Eric Foner; plus Bob Dreyfuss on Manafort and Robert Lipsyte on Trump and Golf17 August 2017
    41:10
  34. 42.
    How the Trump Presidency Ends: Frank Rich Compares the President’s Situation to Watergate10 August 2017
    44:10
  35. 43.
    Surviving the Trump Years: Katha Pollitt’s Guide for the Anxious and the Depressed3 August 2017
    43:41
  36. 44.
    Is Trump Desperate Enough to Pardon Himself? Plus Healthcare in the Senate and Happiness in Denmark26 July 2017
    35:31
  37. 45.
    Trump's Attorney & Russian Bankers: Bob Dreyfuss, plus Amy Wilentz on Don Jr. and Suzanne Gordon on the VA19 July 2017
    42:42
  38. 46.
    Al Franken Versus the De-Humorizer—Plus Ari Berman on Voting & Joan Walsh on Trump Jr.12 July 2017
    44:37
  39. 47.
    Naomi Klein: We’re All in Trump’s Reality Show Now—Plus Amy Wilentz on Jared; and Al Franken5 July 2017
    38:26
  40. 48.
    Naomi Klein: Kill the Trump Within—Plus, Health-Care in the Senate and Trump's Travel Ban28 June 2017
    40:45
  41. 49.
    Trumpcare Is the Most Unpopular Legislation in History—Plus, Socialism and Thoreau21 June 2017
    42:36
  42. 50.
    The Case for Impeaching Trump—Plus, Trump’s Tweets and Corbyn’s Triumph14 June 2017
    36:02
  43. 51.
    Norman Lear: Donald Trump Is the Middle Finger of the American Right Hand7 June 2017
    39:08
  44. 52.
    Sasha Abramsky: Trump Is Like a Cornered Animal. Plus: David Cole and Paul Mason31 May 2017
    40:46
  45. 53.
    Donald Trump's Cruel and Unusual Budget—Plus the Supreme Court on Voting and Trump in Saudi Arabia24 May 2017
    35:46
  46. 54.
    Will Trump Even Make It Through One Term? Plus: Montana’s Special Election, and Ivanka's New Book17 May 2017
    38:50
  47. 55.
    Rick Perlstein: What We Didn’t Understand about Trump10 May 2017
    43:05
  48. 56.
    Laura Poitras: The Many Contradictions of Julian Assange3 May 2017
    43:08
  49. 57.
    Margaret Atwood: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in the Age of Trump26 April 2017
    41:36
  50. 58.
    Bill McKibben: This Is Our Last Chance to Save the Planet19 April 2017
    38:07
  51. 59.
    Tom Frank: Would Bernie Have Been Able to Beat Trump? Hell Yes!12 April 2017
    39:05
  52. 60.
    Chris Hayes: Donald Trump Is a Law-and-Order President In the Worst Possible Way5 April 2017
    42:47
  53. 61.
    Chris Hayes: Trump ‘Knew Literally—And I Mean Literally—Nothing About’ His Health-Care Bill29 March 2017
    41:05
  54. 62.
    Jane Mayer on the Reclusive Billionaire Who Made Trump President22 March 2017
    43:45
  55. 63.
    Democrats Need to Understand Why the Rust Belt’s White Workers Still Support Trump15 March 2017
    41:26
  56. 64.
    This Is the Resistance: More Than 5,000 Grassroots Groups Have Sprung Up Since Trump Was Elected8 March 2017
    42:17
  57. 65.
    How the Democrats Can Beat Trump on Tax Reform1 March 2017
    41:41
  58. 66.
    Jane Mayer: Dark Money and Donald Trump22 February 2017
    43:17
  59. 67.
    The West Coast Is Leading the Resistance Against Trump15 February 2017
    40:45
  60. 68.
    Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win8 February 2017
    42:13
  61. 69.
    How Far Outside the Legal Mainstream Is Neil Gorsuch?1 February 2017
    42:24
  62. 70.
    Our ‘Insane Clown President’—and the Women Who Marched Against Him25 January 2017
    38:01
  63. 71.
    We Can’t Just Protest Trump. We Must Defy Him.18 January 2017
    39:15
  64. 72.
    Trump: Vicious, But Vulnerable11 January 2017
    41:37
  65. 73.
    Obama Didn’t Talk Much About Race. Did that Open the Door to Trump?4 January 2017
    41:46
  66. 74.
    Best of the Left in 201623 December 2016
    27:42
  67. 75.
    Robert Reich: Why Republicans Are Wrong about Taxes21 December 2016
    33:05
  68. 76.
    Chris Hayes: How We Got from Obama to Trump14 December 2016
    38:04
  69. 77.
    Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit, and Zack Exley: How Organizing Can Still Win7 December 2016
    41:44
  70. 78.
    Is the Recount Assuring Electoral Integrity, or Wasting Money on a Distraction?30 November 2016
    40:52
  71. 79.
    How to Stop Trump23 November 2016
    37:03
  72. 80.
    Mike Davis: The Real Revolution of 2016 Was Not Trump’s16 November 2016
    44:50
  73. 81.
    Mourn, Resist, Organize: Our Tasks Now9 November 2016
    32:41
  74. 82.
    Donald Trump: The View From the Rustbelt2 November 2016
    40:27
  75. 83.
    The Progressive Candidates Who Are Shaking Up This Election26 October 2016
    39:50
  76. 84.
    Donald Trump’s ‘Horrifying’ Refusal to Accept the Election Results20 October 2016
    43:45
  77. 85.
    Greil Marcus: Maybe Bob Dylan Isn’t a Poet, but He Is One of America’s Greatest Artists19 October 2016
    19:11
  78. 86.
    Donald Trump’s 'Great Respect for Women'12 October 2016
    39:22
  79. 87.
    A Journey into the Heart of Trump Country5 October 2016
    47:49
  80. 88.
    Katha Pollitt: It’s Time to Get Active for Hillary28 September 2016
    44:10
  81. 89.
    Bernie Sanders Speaks: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Building a Revolution21 September 2016
    43:47
  82. 90.
    Oliver Stone: Edward Snowden Has Done Something ‘Quite Amazing’14 September 2016
    45:42
  83. 91.
    White Workers, Trump, and Clinton7 September 2016
    40:17
  84. 92.
    The Green Party’s Jill Stein Wants a Green New Deal31 August 2016
    49:49
  85. 93.
    Why Won’t Obama Grant Edward Snowden Amnesty?24 August 2016
    43:54
  86. 94.
    The Woman Behind Trump17 August 2016
    43:33
  87. 95.
    What Donald Trump Got Very Wrong About Sexual Harassment10 August 2016
    40:43
  88. 96.
    An Hour Without Trump3 August 2016
    1:00:21
  89. 97.
    Will Hillary’s Outreach to Bernie’s Supporters Work?29 July 2016
    42:29
  90. 98.
    Can Trump Win? The Republicans After Cleveland22 July 2016
    46:27
  91. 99.
    Don’t Forget: Someone Loved Philando Castile, Someone Loved Alton Sterling13 July 2016
    41:06
  92. 100.
    Clinton's Email, the FBI, and the Voters6 July 2016
    46:52
  93. 101.
    Brexit’s Unlikely Lessons for Hillary Clinton29 June 2016
    36:49
  94. 102.
     Donald Trump Really Could Ban Muslims From Entering the Country22 June 2016
    43:34
  95. 103.
    Life and Death in Gay Orlando15 June 2016
    43:59
  96. 104.
    What Happened in California?9 June 2016
    1:00:12
  97. 105.
    Does Bernie’s Movement Have a Future?1 June 2016
    38:48
  98. 106.
    Can the Democratic Party Be United?25 May 2016
    42:00
  99. 107.
    Donald Trump Knows the Age of Reagan Is Over. Does Hillary?18 May 2016
    41:35
  100. 108.
     Hillary Clinton Is Donald Trump’s Dream Opponent11 May 2016
    38:10
  101. 109.
    If Donald Trump Loses, Will There Be Violence?4 May 2016
    32:43
  102. 110.
    Could Donald Trump Actually Win Some of Bernie’s Supporters?27 April 2016
    37:42
  103. 111.
    Frank Rich: How Hillary Could Lose to Trump20 April 2016
    40:36
  104. 112.
    Naomi Klein Says Climate Justice Requires Bernie’s Boldness13 April 2016
    41:41
  105. 113.
     Bernie Sanders Has Momentum on His Side6 April 2016
    38:21
  106. 114.
    What Kind of President Would Donald Trump Be?30 March 2016
    46:07
  107. 115.
    Bernie Is Bringing the Reagan Era to an End23 March 2016
    39:52
  108. 116.
    Bernie Isn't Finished16 March 2016
    39:42
  109. 117.
    Bernie on the Move9 March 2016
    45:17
  110. 118.
    Donald Trump, Master of Hate2 March 2016
    41:00
  111. 119.
    Can Anything Stop Donald Trump?24 February 2016
    41:48
  112. 120.
    Who Is Hillary Clinton?17 February 2016
    37:26
  113. 121.
    The Secret to Bernie’s Startling Success10 February 2016
    38:42
  114. 122.
    How Bernie Sanders Went From Trailing by Double Digits to Tying in Iowa3 February 2016
    39:35
  115. 123.
    Frank Rich on Donald Trump; plus Bill McKibben and Anna Deavere Smith27 January 2016
    44:28
  116. 124.
    Katrina vanden Heuvel: Why We've Endorsed Bernie Sanders20 January 2016
    37:45
  117. 125.
    Should Feminists Vote for Clinton?13 January 2016
    40:06
  118. 126.
    Rick Perlstein: Rahm Emanuel Must Go6 January 2016
    43:41
  119. 127.
    The Best of the Left in 201522 December 2015
    38:42
  120. 128.
    Barbara Ehrenreich Explains Why the White Working Class Is Dying—Literally16 December 2015
    32:43
  121. 129.
    ISIS and American Muslims; Republicans and American Guns9 December 2015
    45:01
  122. 130.
    Naomi Klein: The Paris Climate Conference Protests Will Not Be Stopped2 December 2015
    39:27
  123. 131.
    Bernie Sanders’s Socialism; the Future of Football24 November 2015
    40:42
  124. 132.
    The Arab World and ISIS; The New York Times and Bernie Sanders18 November 2015
    37:29

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