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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.

How Democrats Won in the White-Hot Heart of the Republican Right

How Democrats Won in the White-Hot Heart of the Republican Right How Democrats Won in the White-Hot Heart of the Republican Right

Gustavo Arellano on Orange County, L.A. Kauffman on protest, and Andrew Delbanco on the history of fugitive slaves.

Nov 21, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

‘Chasing an Elusive Centrism Is Ridiculous’

‘Chasing an Elusive Centrism Is Ridiculous’ ‘Chasing an Elusive Centrism Is Ridiculous’

Frank Rich on politics, Erwin Chemerinsky on Matt Whitaker, and Laura Carlsen on the migrant caravan.

Nov 15, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

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A Blue Wave for Progressives and Women—With Some Heartbreakers A Blue Wave for Progressives and Women—With Some Heartbreakers

John Nichols and Joan Walsh on the Midterms, plus Andy Robinson on Brazil.

Nov 8, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

Vote sign in Wisconsin

Can Women Voters Turn America Blue? Can Women Voters Turn America Blue?

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Joan Walsh, and Cecile Richards on women voters, Ari Berman on vote suppression, and Gary Younge on the Midwest.

Nov 1, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

Trump National Space Council

We Have a Problem With White Men: They Support Trump We Have a Problem With White Men: They Support Trump

Kai Wright on misogyny and racism, Jill Lepore on Trump’s place in history, and Michael Kazin on Hubert Humphrey.

Oct 25, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

Can Progressive Momentum Transform the Democratic Party?

Can Progressive Momentum Transform the Democratic Party? Can Progressive Momentum Transform the Democratic Party?

Jeff Cohen, plus Sasha Abramsky on Arizona and Joan Walsh on Georgia.

Oct 18, 2018 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

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Donald Trump Is a Criminal Tax Cheat Donald Trump Is a Criminal Tax Cheat

David Cay Johnston on the financial crimes of President Trump.

Oct 12, 2018 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Rebecca Traister: The Politics of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister: The Politics of Women’s Anger Rebecca Traister: The Politics of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister on women’s activism—before and after the Kavanaugh hearings.

Oct 12, 2018 / Audio / Jon Wiener

Activists march in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh

Women’s Anger—and Kavanaugh’s Rage Women’s Anger—and Kavanaugh’s Rage

Rebecca Traister, plus David Cay Johnston on Trump’s tax crimes and John Nichols on impeaching Kavanaugh.

Oct 11, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

These Senators Need to Be Told: Do Not Vote for Kavanaugh

These Senators Need to Be Told: Do Not Vote for Kavanaugh These Senators Need to Be Told: Do Not Vote for Kavanaugh

Joan Walsh on the confirmation hearings, D.D. Guttenplan on a new radical majority, and Michelle Chen on the Fight for $15.

Oct 4, 2018 / Audio / Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener

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