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The Breakdown With Chris Hayes

In his articles for The Nation and his commentary for MSNBC, Chris Hayes is one of the best at explanatory journalism. In this weekly podcast, Hayes explains one big idea from the week in the politics, helping listeners make sense of Washington, D.C.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: What Is the True Cost of Gas?

Imagine that the cost you pay at the pump reflected not only the cost of gas without all of the government tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry but also the political, health and environmental costs of drilling for oil.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: How Does Incumbency Affect Elections?

If incumbents are running scared, what does that mean for the phenomenon of the incumbency effect?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: How to Bust the Filibuster

Could the Senate start getting things done, if only legislators didn't have to face filibuster threats? This week on The Breakdown: the history of the filibuster, and how to get rid of it.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Will the Financial Reform Bill Prevent Future Meltdowns?

Obama signed the Frank-Dodd bill into law this week. What does the bill do to reform Wall Street, and will it prevent bailouts? Finance blogger Mike Konczal joins Chris Hayes to tackle these questions on this week's edition of The Breakdown.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: What Is The True Cost Of Gas?

Imagine that the cost you pay at the pump reflected not only the cost of gas without all of the government tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry but also the political, health and environmental costs of drilling for oil.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Do Presidential Speeches Matter?

Ever since his breakthrough keynote at the 2004 DNC, Barack Obama has been defined by his oratory skills. But has his rhetoric really advanced his policy goals? On this week's edition of The Breakdown, Chris Hayes talks to political scientist George C. Edwards III about the impact presidential speeches have on public opinion and political change.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Why Is the NRA So Powerful?

Democrats have repeatedly conceded defeat on gun control issues and now would rather get out of the NRA's way than anger it. Christopher Hayes and Robert Spitzer investigate how the lobby came to hold such sway in Washington.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Is Offshore Drilling Ever Safe?

Is BP unique in its ability to create catastrophe? On this week's The Breakdown, Chris Hayes asks Greenpeace's Kert Davies whether the entire practice of offshore oil drilling is inherently dangerous, regardless of which company runs the rig.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Will Congress Limit Carbon Emissions?

Christopher Hayes asks environmental reporter Kate Sheppard whether it's still possible for this Congress to pass a cap and trade bill.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal, What Are We Waiting For?

Last month, the House of Representatives took steps toward repealing the military's discriminatory DADT policy, pending the results of a Pentagon study on the issue. But what impact could the study have on the repeal of DADT?