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Start Making Sense is The Nation’s flagship weekly podcast, hosted by contributing editor Jon Wiener, featuring the magazine’s writers and editors as well as activists who shape the week in news. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts, for new episodes each Wednesday.

Jonathan Kipp prepares to cast his ballot in the New Hampshire Primary at Londonderry High School on January 23, 2024, in Londonderry

New Hampshire Left And Right, Plus Frantz Fanon Today New Hampshire Left And Right, Plus Frantz Fanon Today

On this episode of Start Making Sense, John Nichols analyzes the first primary of 2024, and Adam Shatz talks about his new book, The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Fra...

Jan 24, 2024 / Audio

Jeffrey Wright in “American Fiction.”

Reasons for Hope From Iowa Republicans, Plus “American Fiction” Reasons for Hope From Iowa Republicans, Plus “American Fiction”

On this episode of Start Making Sense, John Nichols analyzes Monday’s GOP caucus results, and John Powers reviews the new film starring Jeffrey Wright.

Jan 17, 2024 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Biden with Israeli, US flags

Only Joe Biden Can Stop The War in Gaza—Plus “Corporate Bullsh*t” Only Joe Biden Can Stop The War in Gaza—Plus “Corporate Bullsh*t”

On this episode of Start Making Sense, Amy Wilentz analyzes Israeli politics, left, right, and center; and Joan Walsh talks about the lies that defend profits.

Jan 10, 2024 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Bill Gates

Reasons for Hope in 2024; Plus the Bill Gates Problem Reasons for Hope in 2024; Plus the Bill Gates Problem

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, John Nichols previews politics for this year, while Tim Schwab talks about Big Philanthropy.

Jan 4, 2024 / Multimedia / Jon Wiener

A boy searches through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 10, 2023, in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

Katha Pollitt’s End-of-Year Giving List—Plus Bob Dylan’s Christmas Album Katha Pollitt’s End-of-Year Giving List—Plus Bob Dylan’s Christmas Album

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Gaza aid is number one on our list; plus Sean Wilentz explains Dylan’s holiday song selection.

Dec 28, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Cofounder of Moms for Liberty Tiffany Justice speaks ahead of former US Ppresident and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Moms for Liberty Summit in Philadelphia, Pa., 2023.

Feminists, Rape, and Hamas; Plus Moms for Liberty Feminists, Rape, and Hamas; Plus Moms for Liberty

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Katha Pollitt talks about the failures of women’s groups, and Randi Weingarten comments on culture war over the schools.

Dec 21, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Joe Biden in New York on September 20, 2023.

Democrats Are Sleepwalking Toward a Trump Victory; Plus Israel’s Future Democrats Are Sleepwalking Toward a Trump Victory; Plus Israel’s Future

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Harold Meyerson points to polls making it clear that Biden should not run again, and David N. Myers analyzes politics after Neta...

Dec 14, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Randi Weingarten on the Peace Movement in Israel; Gary Younge on ‘Rustin’

Randi Weingarten on the Peace Movement in Israel; Gary Younge on ‘Rustin’ Randi Weingarten on the Peace Movement in Israel; Gary Younge on ‘Rustin’

On this episode of Start Making Sense, the AFT president reports on her recent trip to Israel, and the former Guardian correspondent talks about the organizer of the 1963 March on...

Dec 7, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Israeli left-wing activists hold a demonstration near the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on November 11, 2023, calling for a cease-fire amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas.

D.D. Guttenplan on Ending the War in Gaza and John Powers on “Slow Horses” D.D. Guttenplan on Ending the War in Gaza and John Powers on “Slow Horses”

On this episode of Start Making Sense, The Nation’s editor talks about the peace movement, and our critic reviews the British spy show on TV.

Nov 30, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Israeli left-wing activists hold a demonstration near the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on November 11, 2023, calling for a cease-fire amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas.

Why We Need the Israeli Left More Than Ever Why We Need the Israeli Left More Than Ever

On this episode of Start Making Sense, Dahlia Scheindlin talks about Israel after Netanyahu, and David Kipen reads from California diaries.

Nov 22, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener

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