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The Mother Jones Podcast

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Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump's Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We're hoping to make your week more informed with the stories that really matter, told by us, the folks you trust for smart, fearless reporting.

© Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress

Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump's Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We're hoping to make your week more informed with the stories that really matter, told by us, the folks you trust for smart, fearless reporting.

© Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress
89hr 1min
Thumbnail for "Many Restaurants May Never Re-Open After Coronavirus".
Many Restaurants May Never Re-Open After Coronavirus
Thumbnail for "A Special Announcement".
...about the future of our show.
Thumbnail for "Today It’s Critical Race Theory. 200 Years Ago It Was Abolitionist Literature.".
The common denominator? Fear of Black liberation.
Thumbnail for "Are These Black Leaders on the Cusp of a New National Movement?".
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and mayoral candidate India Walton talk Black radical politics with Mother Jones reporter and columnist Nathalie Baptiste.
Thumbnail for "The Nightmare of Getting an Abortion in the South".
From 2019: While people worry about a world in which abortion access is no longer protected, the women of Mississippi are already living it.
Thumbnail for "Ammon Bundy Is Running to Be Idaho’s Next Governor".
Armed standoffs with the government, "Uber militias," and folkloric celebrity. Is Bundy as dangerous as ever?
Thumbnail for "How Flint Closed the Gap Between Black and White Suffering Under COVID".
Flint’s water crisis wound up being a crash course in how residents have learned to band together in a catastrophe.
Thumbnail for "The Afghan Refugee Crisis Has Only Just Begun".
Refugees escaping the Taliban will encounter a broken American system—cruel and politicized to the point of collapse.
Thumbnail for "The Metamorphosis of Kyrsten Sinema".
Her evolution from radical activist to Senate obstructionist is the stuff political fairy tale—and nightmare.
Thumbnail for "CNN’s Jake Tapper Says the Media Must Confront Republicans’ Big Lie".
“It’s no less a lie than saying that the moon landing was faked.”
Thumbnail for "Escape From the Billionaire Meme Mogul".
Women in multiple countries have been living in fear of Sergey Grishin. Now they’re fighting back.
Thumbnail for "Everything You're Getting Wrong About the Culture Wars".
A plea to shake us free from this mind-numbing rhetorical stalemate.
Thumbnail for "Garry Trudeau on Lampooning Trump and Other Lessons from 5 Decades of Doonesbury".
“It would have been cartoon malpractice not to have a go at him.”
Thumbnail for "Can America’s Problems Be Fixed By a President Who Loves Jon Meacham?".
How a pop historian shaped the soul of Biden’s presidency.
Thumbnail for "A Special Summer Announcement from the Podcast Team".
A note from our host, Jamilah King
Thumbnail for "The Insurrection Was a Giant Recruitment Exercise for Extremists".
In part two of our series on the deadly January 6 attack, we look back, so we can move forward.
Thumbnail for "Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold".
We’re going deep on the insurrection, charting the rise and fall of a recently radicalized COVID truther-turned-MAGA-fanatic.
Thumbnail for "Leaked Video: How a Dark Money Group Is Trying to Rig Our Elections".
A Mother Jones exclusive reveals Heritage Action for America bragging about drafting voter suppression legislation in eight battleground states.
Thumbnail for "“We’re Torn Apart”: Inside India’s Worsening COVID Nightmare".
Travel bans are separating desperate families, as the fight to unleash vaccine technology around the world intensifies.
Thumbnail for "“Queen Sugar” Author Natalie Baszile: Black Farmers Can Help Save the Planet".
The author curates a new collection of essays that gets to the heart of Black people’s connection to the land.
Thumbnail for "The Black Farmer Movement Battling History to Return to the Land".
After a century of disposition, Black farmers are drawing on generations of struggle to reclaim their agricultural heritage.
Thumbnail for "The Oscar-Nominated Writers of Judas and the Black Messiah Make History".
The Lucas Brothers go deep on comedy, philosophy, and the Black Panther leader’s legacy.
Thumbnail for "Derek Chauvin Is Guilty. The Fight for Real Justice Is Far From Over.".
A historic moment for police accountability, and what happens next.
Thumbnail for "How America's Super-Rich Tax Evaders Are Hurting Everyone".
Inequality in the US has grown to absurd and immoral levels. Can understanding the psychology of the ultra-wealthy help claw back cash and restore sanity?
Thumbnail for "The Hidden Influence of Lady Bird Johnson".
A new book and podcast about Lady Bird Johnson reveal the first lady's role as a powerful political operator and influential player in the Johnson White House.
Thumbnail for "Hope and Fear: The Dangerous New COVID Phase, Explained".
Warnings of "impending doom" in the ongoing war between vaccines and variants.
Thumbnail for "Stop the COVID Shaming!".
A conversation with Dr. Deeba Ashraf about the harmful public health impacts of shame.
Thumbnail for "A Post-Trump Guide to Stopping the Lies and Healing Our Politics".
Law professor and author Cass Sunstein discusses his new book about combatting falsehoods.
Thumbnail for "What Happened in Jackson, Mississippi, Was a Catastrophe—and a Warning Sign".
The climate crisis is coming for everyone.
Thumbnail for "All Hail Pop Queen Selena, Who Showed Us How to Belong".
What the megastar's legacy taught a generation about living in America today.
Thumbnail for "Stacey Abrams Is Hellbent on Stopping the GOP's "Jim Crow 2.0"".
Why the most comprehensive voting rights bill since 1965 needs more than just a majority to pass.
Thumbnail for "Roxane Gay Says Cancel Culture Does Not Exist".
Roxane Gay shares her thoughts on cultural criticism, writing for social change, and house shopping on HGTV
Thumbnail for "The Vaccine Rollout Is Racist. We Can Do Something About That.".
All your questions about this week's flurry of pandemic news, answered by our newsroom experts.
Thumbnail for "Biden Can't Make Trump's Immigration Cruelty Vanish Overnight".
But a flurry of executive orders and a big new bill are putting reform at the heart of his agenda.
Thumbnail for "What the Hell Is “Truth and Reconciliation”, Anyway?".
Historical examples of national healing reveal a hard road for life after Trump.
Thumbnail for "Impeachment Trial Day One: The Damning Case Against Donald Trump".
His betrayal of the nation was profound and existential. There must be a full reckoning.
Thumbnail for "Biden Confronts Our Climate Crisis Head On".
The new president has the most ambitious climate plan in US history. Will it be enough to save the planet?
Thumbnail for "Dr. Seema Yasmin Grew Up Believing Conspiracies. Now She Fights Them.".
The author and epidemiologist discusses the “make or break” imperative to fight pandemic disinformation.
Thumbnail for "The Post-Trump Era Is Here: Inside Joe Biden's Historic Inauguration".
Pomp, police, and former presidents: The Mother Jones team takes you ringside for Biden's swearing-in, and assesses the historical echoes, from “American carnage” to “love and healing”.
Thumbnail for "Twice Impeached: Trump’s Name Will Live Forever in Shame and Infamy".
The historically bipartisan vote in the House will endure in the lead paragraph of Trump's political obituary.
Thumbnail for "Trump's Terror Tactics and America's History of Racist Violence".
Shocking, not surprising: The Capitol Siege was the logical and predictable result of a strategy to unleash the forces of white supremacist extremism.
Thumbnail for "I Watched the Capitol Siege Begin. I Was Threatened For Being a Reporter.".
"This is a the first time I felt directly threatened for being a reporter." MoJo reporter Matt Cohen on covering the Capitol riot up-close.
Thumbnail for "BREAKING: Goodbye, Mitch. Democrats Win the Senate.".
Reporter Ari Berman breaks down the Senate Majority Leader's legacy, and what Biden can achieve now that Democrats control the chamber.
Thumbnail for "Trump Won't Stop Lying, Extorting, and Cheating, Even If It Kills the GOP".
MoJo's David Corn on how Republicans are enabling Trump's attempt to shatter democracy.
Thumbnail for "2020 Needs Its Own History Book. Here’s Our First Draft.".
Trump, turmoil, and 2020: The MoJo podcast team replays the year's defining moments.
Thumbnail for "“He Won’t Get Played:” Biden’s Biographer on Lessons from the Obama White House".
Is Biden’s optimism toward bipartisanship a sign of naivety? Or is it exactly what the country needs?
Thumbnail for "Prayer and Politics: On the Campaign Trail in Georgia with Raphael Warnock".
We take you along for the ride as Democrats barnstorm Georgia in the last few weeks before the pivotal runoff elections.
Thumbnail for "Georgia’s Runoff Races Are Usually Disasters for Dems. This Time Is Different.".
Organizing against voter suppression and high turnout in November are giving Democrats hope.
Thumbnail for "Will Biden Finally Fix America's Crippling Student Debt Crisis?".
The President-elect is promising a renewed urgency, as pressure mounts.
Thumbnail for "The Safest Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving, According to Science".
Our guide to enjoying a holiday season like no other, while keeping your family safe.
Thumbnail for "Surge Shock: Top Coronavirus Experts Share Fixes for Our Broken System".
As cases multiply nationwide, scientists and big thinkers help map a path towards a pandemic-proof America.
Thumbnail for "Biden Won. Now He Needs to Save the Planet. ".
To combat the most damaging long term impact of Trump’s legacy, Biden must go big—and quickly.
Thumbnail for "Live Podcast Special: How Biden Banished Trump".
Our instant analysis of Biden's big win and Trump's continued threats to a peaceful transition.
Thumbnail for "No Clear Outcome. No Clear Rejection of Trump. Now We Wait.".
Live Election Special: Trump defied expectations. Can Biden maintain his narrow lead? We bring you essential next-day analysis.
Thumbnail for "Staying Sane During America's Coming Constitutional Firestorm".
Bonus Episode: Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland on holding the president accountable, whether he wins or loses.
Thumbnail for "Live Special: How to Survive Election Night (and Beyond)".
Eight MoJo reporters team up for a livestream event to tackle all the big issues facing voters during this final week of the campaign.
Thumbnail for "How Biden Can Pull Off the Once-Unthinkable: Win Arizona".
Democrats can flip the battleground state only if they don't take its fired-up Latinx activists for granted.
Thumbnail for "Trump, Guns, and 2020: One Hunting Family Tackles America's Biggest Debates".
Arguing about politics with your family? You’re not alone.
Thumbnail for "Trump’s Biggest Florida Influencer: A Cuban YouTuber with a Pet Monkey".
Recent Cuban immigrants to Florida have swung dramatically towards Trump. Alex Otaola is one of them.
Thumbnail for "Trump's Trashy Debate Performance Proved Biden's Point: This Choice Is Stark".
A night of sound and fury, signifying Trumpian nihilism.
Thumbnail for "After RBG: Our Fight for Democracy Just Got More Desperate".
Trump was already trashing the Constitution to stay in power. Now he can remake the Supreme Court for a generation.
Thumbnail for "CNN's Brian Stelter: Inside the Toxic Trump-Fox Feedback Loop".
The codependency between Trump and Fox is more dangerous than you think.
Thumbnail for "Young. Black. Gay. Heading to Congress. Meet the Ascendant Mondaire Jones.".
The Democratic candidate says he triumphed in a competitive New York primary by building "the best team a billion dollars cannot buy."
Thumbnail for "QAnon Is Infecting Congress. How the Wild Conspiracy Theory Went Mainstream.".
Trump and other Republicans’ new embrace of the conspiracy follows unprecedented growth in unexpected quarters.
Thumbnail for "Progressive Prosecutors Are Frontline Fighters in the New Culture War".
Changing the system from the inside: the national movement to make prosecutorial power accountable.
Thumbnail for "The Biggest Night of Kamala Harris's Life".
The senator from California has always been a barrier-breaker. Now, history is in her sights.
Thumbnail for ""We Know How to Lead." Rep. Barbara Lee on Kamala Harris and the Unifying Power of Black Women".
Bonus: The longtime lawmaker and progressive powerhouse says "enough is enough". Black women belong at the top.
Thumbnail for "I'm a New Dad Freaking Out About Pandemic Day Care. So I Called the Expert.".
Emily Oster has become a pop-oracle for all things kids, COVID, and how to survive parenting in 2020.
Thumbnail for "An Unhinged President Declares War on Protesters. (No, Not Trump.)".
The inside story of Mayday 1971 and the largest mass arrest in US history.
Thumbnail for "Samantha Bee: What Using the C-Word Taught Me About Trump-Era Comedy".
The TV star talks about beating the late-night boys' club, surviving 2020, and her teenage crime spree.
Thumbnail for "Debbie Harry on Blondie, Bowie, and Bees".
The Blondie frontwoman talked to David Corn about her superstardom, creative process, #MeToo, and philosophy about environmental activism.
Thumbnail for "John Leguizamo on Trump, Dirty Jokes, and Whitewashing Latinx History".
“It’s not a spectator sport anymore, being an American,” the actor says. “You have to throw your hat into the ring.”
Thumbnail for "Screaming and Christmas Trees: A Beloved Rehab's Dark Side".
An investigation into an eccentric self-help group with celebrity devotees and zero oversight.
Thumbnail for ""Our Job Is to Unlearn All That Shit": Actor Diane Guerrero Reckons With Whiteness in Hollywood and Beyond".
The "Orange Is the New Black" star shares how her own forced family separation during childhood drove her to demand a better future.
Thumbnail for "Lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. How Much More Can America Take, Mr. President?".
Trump kicked off his reelection with spectacular fabrications. He can't, and won't, stop.
Thumbnail for "Defunding the Police Is Only the Beginning".
Fixes in the margins will only do so much. America needs to totally reimagine how it polices its citizens.
Thumbnail for ""Bigotry Is a Lethal Weapon": Ibram X. Kendi's Guide to Fighting Racism".
"Bigotry Is a Lethal Weapon": Ibram X. Kendi's Guide to Fighting Racism
Thumbnail for "This Summer Will Be Long, Violent, and Necessary".
This Summer Will Be Long, Violent, and Necessary
Thumbnail for "The Unprecedented Challenge of Grieving 100,000 Americans".
The Unprecedented Challenge of Grieving 100,000 Americans
Thumbnail for "Celebrate Pandemic Workers. Then Fight Like Hell for Their Rights.".
Celebrate Pandemic Workers. Then Fight Like Hell for Their Rights.
Thumbnail for "Exclusive: Stacey Abrams on Trump's Existential Threat to Voting".
Exclusive: Stacey Abrams on Trump's Existential Threat to Voting
Thumbnail for "Fight Trump with Science. Fight Trump with Data. Fight Trump with Facts.".
Fight Trump with Science. Fight Trump with Data. Fight Trump with Facts.
Thumbnail for "Trump's 100 Days of Deadly Coronavirus Denial".
Trump's 100 Days of Deadly Coronavirus Denial
Thumbnail for "ICE Detainees Got Pepper-Sprayed After Demanding Coronavirus Help".
ICE Detainees Got Pepper-Sprayed After Demanding Coronavirus Help
Thumbnail for "Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiffs' Urgent Plans to Investigate Trump’s Coronavirus Disaster".
Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiffs' Urgent Plans to Investigate Trump’s Coronavirus Disaster
Thumbnail for "Online Learning During the Pandemic Is Extra Tough Where Wifi Is Illegal".
Online Learning During the Pandemic Is Extra Tough Where Wifi Is Illegal
Thumbnail for "I Beat COVID-19. But I Can’t Donate My Blood for Research Because I’m Gay.".
I Beat COVID-19. But I Can’t Donate My Blood for Research Because I’m Gay.
Thumbnail for "Doctors on the Pandemic Frontlines Speak Out".
Doctors on the Pandemic Frontlines Speak Out
Thumbnail for "Surviving Trump’s Border Crossing is Just the Beginning. Here’s What Happens Next.".
Surviving Trump’s Border Crossing is Just the Beginning. Here’s What Happens Next.
Thumbnail for "I’m Self-Quarantined for Coronavirus After Attending Trump's Big GOP Love-in".
I’m Self-Quarantined for Coronavirus After Attending Trump's Big GOP Love-in
Thumbnail for "Sci-Fi Genius William Gibson's Trump-Free Alternate Reality".
Sci-Fi Genius William Gibson's Trump-Free Alternate Reality
Thumbnail for "Super Tuesday Special: Biden's Big Night. Bernie's Long Fight.".
Super Tuesday Special: Biden's Big Night. Bernie's Long Fight.
Thumbnail for "Pramila Jayapal on Bernie's Historic Candidacy and Trump's Toxic Presidency".
Pramila Jayapal on Bernie's Historic Candidacy and Trump's Toxic Presidency
Thumbnail for "How the QAnon Conspiracy is Adapting to Help Trump in 2020".
How the QAnon Conspiracy is Adapting to Help Trump in 2020
Thumbnail for "She Killed Her 3 Kids. Does She Belong in Prison?".
She Killed Her 3 Kids. Does She Belong in Prison?
Thumbnail for "How Bernie Sanders Won New Hampshire".
How Bernie Sanders Won New Hampshire
Thumbnail for "What the Iowa Caucus Data Debacle Means".
What the Iowa Caucus Data Debacle Means
Thumbnail for "Trump Is Going to Get Off Scot-free. Or Is He?".
Trump Is Going to Get Off Scot-free. Or Is He?
Thumbnail for "Van Jones: Liberals Can Work With Trump to Make America Better".
Van Jones: Liberals Can Work With Trump to Make America Better
Thumbnail for "Trump Is an "Existential" Threat: Ilana Glazer, Eric Holder, and 2020".
Trump Is an "Existential" Threat: Ilana Glazer, Eric Holder, and 2020
Thumbnail for "My Brother Fled Australia's Climate-Fueled Inferno: "It Was a War Zone"".
My Brother Fled Australia's Climate-Fueled Inferno: "It Was a War Zone"
Thumbnail for "The Political Fight that Will Shape 2020—and Beyond".
The Political Fight that Will Shape 2020—and Beyond
Thumbnail for "How to Burst Your Reality Bubble and Embrace Lasting Solutions".
How to Burst Your Reality Bubble and Embrace Lasting Solutions
Thumbnail for "Trump's Name Will Be Stained By Impeachment Forever".
Trump's Name Will Be Stained By Impeachment Forever
Thumbnail for "They Made a Killing on the Mortgage Crisis. Now They Run Trump's America.".
They Made a Killing on the Mortgage Crisis. Now They Run Trump's America.
Thumbnail for "We've Never Seen a Primary Season Quite Like This".
We've Never Seen a Primary Season Quite Like This
Thumbnail for "Trump's Stealth Attack on Skilled Migration".
Trump's Stealth Attack on Skilled Migration
Thumbnail for "Trump Is Winning the Border Wars. For Now.".
Trump Is Winning the Border Wars. For Now.
Thumbnail for "The Republican Conspiracy Frenzy Can Only Protect Trump for So Long".
The Republican Conspiracy Frenzy Can Only Protect Trump for So Long
Thumbnail for "A Fearless Pop Superstar Navigates Hong Kong’s Violent Stand-Off".
A Fearless Pop Superstar Navigates Hong Kong’s Violent Stand-Off
Thumbnail for "We Got 8 Presidential Candidates to Confront the World's Biggest Threat".
We Got 8 Presidential Candidates to Confront the World's Biggest Threat
Thumbnail for "Ronan Farrow on How NBC Almost Derailed #MeToo Before It Began".
Ronan Farrow on How NBC Almost Derailed #MeToo Before It Began
Thumbnail for "Inside the US Marshals' Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire".
Inside the US Marshals' Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire
Thumbnail for "Trump's Reckless Gift to ISIS".
Trump's Reckless Gift to ISIS
Thumbnail for "Naomi Klein’s Blistering Warning: Fight for Your Lives.".
Naomi Klein’s Blistering Warning: Fight for Your Lives.
Thumbnail for "Trump's Unexplained $50 Million Loan. Is It Tax Fraud?".
Trump's Unexplained $50 Million Loan. Is It Tax Fraud?
Thumbnail for "History Comes Knocking for Donald Trump".
History Comes Knocking for Donald Trump
Thumbnail for "I'm Racist. You're Racist. The System Is Racist. Now What?".
I'm Racist. You're Racist. The System Is Racist. Now What?
Thumbnail for "Searing 9/11 Stories from the Day that Changed Everything".
Searing 9/11 Stories from the Day that Changed Everything
Thumbnail for "“Our President Is Unstable”: A Senator Tears into Trump's Reckless Racism".
“Our President Is Unstable”: A Senator Tears into Trump's Reckless Racism
Thumbnail for "Rapsody’s Newest Album Is a Rapturous Celebration of Black Womanhood".
Rapsody’s Newest Album Is a Rapturous Celebration of Black Womanhood
Thumbnail for "A Radical Idea for Reclaiming Our Toxic Reality".
A Radical Idea for Reclaiming Our Toxic Reality
Thumbnail for "Epstein, QAnon, and the Conspiracist in Chief".
Epstein, QAnon, and the Conspiracist in Chief
Thumbnail for "El Paso’s Nightmare Is America’s New Normal".
El Paso’s Nightmare Is America’s New Normal
Thumbnail for "Trump Killed the Era of Great American Diplomacy".
Trump Killed the Era of Great American Diplomacy
Thumbnail for "Gun-Safety Activist Shannon Watts on How to Fight Like a Mom and Beat the NRA".
Gun-Safety Activist Shannon Watts on How to Fight Like a Mom and Beat the NRA
Thumbnail for "Critic Emily Nussbaum Says You Should Never Feel Shame for Loving that TV Show".
Critic Emily Nussbaum Says You Should Never Feel Shame for Loving that TV Show
Thumbnail for "An Unaccompanied Minor's Online Detective Work Is Giving Hope to Others".
An Unaccompanied Minor's Online Detective Work Is Giving Hope to Others
Thumbnail for ""Intentional Cruelty": AOC Tells Us What She Saw Inside a Migrant Detention Center".
"Intentional Cruelty": AOC Tells Us What She Saw Inside a Migrant Detention Center
Thumbnail for "Tennessee Is Accelerating Executions. I Went to See Why.".
Tennessee Is Accelerating Executions. I Went to See Why.
Thumbnail for "Betrayal. Torture. Escape. An American ISIS Wife’s Exclusive Tell-All.".
Betrayal. Torture. Escape. An American ISIS Wife’s Exclusive Tell-All.
Thumbnail for "Inside an ISIS Prison".
Inside an ISIS Prison
Thumbnail for "My Secret Journey to the War America Can't Escape".
My Secret Journey to the War America Can't Escape
Thumbnail for "Happy Pride. Here’s What We’re Fighting For.".
Happy Pride. Here’s What We’re Fighting For.
Thumbnail for "The Only State Lawmaker Who Lives on the Border".
The Only State Lawmaker Who Lives on the Border
Thumbnail for "Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back".
Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back
Thumbnail for "Julián Castro's Anti-Trump Border Battle".
Julián Castro's Anti-Trump Border Battle
Thumbnail for "Trump Is Rigging the Census".
Trump Is Rigging the Census
Thumbnail for "Want Access? Pay Your Way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.".
Want Access? Pay Your Way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
Thumbnail for "Doug Jones Explains How to Win in the South".
Doug Jones Explains How to Win in the South
Thumbnail for "The Mueller Report Is the Opposite of an Exoneration".
The Mueller Report Is the Opposite of an Exoneration
Thumbnail for "Columbine Changed Everything".
Columbine Changed Everything