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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.

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Anatol Lieven Reports From Ukraine, Plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti Anatol Lieven Reports From Ukraine, Plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, life during wartime in Kyiv and fighting gangs in Port-Au-Prince.

Apr 27, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Climate Change Student Protest

Rebecca Solnit on Climate Action, Plus John Nichols on Abortion Politics Rebecca Solnit on Climate Action, Plus John Nichols on Abortion Politics

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast: why it’s not to late to slow global warming, and how Democrats can win in 2024.

Apr 20, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Former US president Donald Trump appears in a Manhattan court during his arraignment on April 4, 2023, in New York City.

Elie Mystal, Joan Walsh, and Chris Lehmann on Trump and His 34 Felonies Elie Mystal, Joan Walsh, and Chris Lehmann on Trump and His 34 Felonies

On this episode of Start Making Sense, we feature highlights of The Nation’s roundtable on Trump’s arraignment, plus the story of SOLA, the School of Leadership Afghanistan.

Apr 13, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Chicago mayoral candidate and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson

John Nichols on Progressive Victories and Chris Lehmann on Trump’s Indictment John Nichols on Progressive Victories and Chris Lehmann on Trump’s Indictment

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast: How abortion wins elections, and how 34 felonies may not change anybody’s mind about Trump.

Apr 6, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Low-Paid Workers Strike and Win in LA and Minor League Baseball Players Get Organized

Low-Paid Workers Strike and Win in LA and Minor League Baseball Players Get Organized Low-Paid Workers Strike and Win in LA and Minor League Baseball Players Get Organized

On this edition of the Start Making Sense podcast, Harold Meyerson talks about the LA school workers’ victory, and Kelley Candaele and Peter Drier report on the new Minor League Ba...

Mar 30, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Katha Pollitt on Women in 2023, Plus Christian Appy on Protest in 1969

Katha Pollitt on Women in 2023, Plus Christian Appy on Protest in 1969 Katha Pollitt on Women in 2023, Plus Christian Appy on Protest in 1969

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, we review the bad news–and the good news–about American women. We’ll also talk about the Vietnam Moratorium protests.

Mar 23, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

John Nichols on the Failing Banks and Failing Regulations; Plus Gregg Gonsalves on Masks and Covid

John Nichols on the Failing Banks and Failing Regulations; Plus Gregg Gonsalves on Masks and Covid John Nichols on the Failing Banks and Failing Regulations; Plus Gregg Gonsalves on Masks and Covid

On this episode of Start Making Sense, we highlight the senators who warned of the need for greater bank regulation and we review the evidence that masks work to prevent COVID...

Mar 16, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's book

Ron DeSantis Says, “The Left Made Me Do It”; Plus Our Oscar Preview With John Powers Ron DeSantis Says, “The Left Made Me Do It”; Plus Our Oscar Preview With John Powers

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Chris Lehmann talks about the DeSantis book, and John Powers complains about the Academy Awards.

Mar 9, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

Israeli security forces detain a protester

Saree Makdisi on Israelis and Palestinians and Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Battle Over Black Studies Saree Makdisi on Israelis and Palestinians and Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Battle Over Black Studies

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, we examine Netanhayu’s policies and provocations, and the fight over the future of Black Studies.

Mar 2, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

John Nichols on the Most Important Election Before 2024, Plus Gregg Gonsalves on the End of the Covid Emergency

John Nichols on the Most Important Election Before 2024, Plus Gregg Gonsalves on the End of the Covid Emergency John Nichols on the Most Important Election Before 2024, Plus Gregg Gonsalves on the End of the Covid Emergency

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, we talk about this week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court primary, and Joe Biden’s public health disaster.

Feb 23, 2023 / Audio / Jon Wiener and Start Making Sense

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