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July 8, 2020
Over nearly five decades, Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco has built a reputation as one of the nation's highest-profile rehab centers and prison diversion programs. It's earned a cult-like following among judges, politicians, and celebrities, including Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, Jane Fonda, and Clint Eastwood. But Delancey it has been subject to little oversight or scrutiny. On this episode of the Mother Jones Podcast, senior reporter Julia Lurie investigates an eccentric program with a number of long-standing practices that are rarely discussed in public. Participants work long hours with no pay, get not mental health services, are forbid from using psychiatric medications, and undergo rituals that some describe as psychological torture. Many Delancey alums credit the program's tough-love approach with saving their lives. But for others, it led to their unraveling.
July 1, 2020
You might recognize Diane Guerrero for her roles in big TV shows like Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, and Doom Patrol. Off-screen, Guerrero has used her very public platforms to engage in activism and political causes. On Instagram, on Twitter, and in two books, Guerrero brings her deep knowledge and adept campaigning skills to the fight for immigration, voting rights, and racial justice reform. Mother Jones immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri recently interviewed Guerrero for a live conversation that was streamed across Mother Jones’ social media platforms. Today’s podcast is an edited version of that conversation. Echavarri and Guerrero dig into their personal experience with racism in the Latinx community, the horrors of ICE detention, the current Black Lives Matter movement, and why the whiteness of the entertainment industry, on-screen and off, is such an urgent problem.
June 24, 2020
Trump kicked off his reelection with spectacular fabrications. He can't, and won't, stop.
June 17, 2020
Fixes in the margins will only do so much. America needs to totally reimagine how it polices its citizens.
June 10, 2020
Our 2019 interview with the acclaimed author on how to be "anti-racist" finds even deeper resonance as protests extend across the country.
June 3, 2020
The brutal deaths of Black people are often the drumbeat of American life. But the noise is now deafening. We take you to protests across the country.
May 27, 2020
There are clues in art and history about the deeply human need to honor the victims and how to mourn in unison.
May 20, 2020
Workers on the coronavirus frontlines need more than our good wishes. They need urgent reform.
May 13, 2020
A wide-ranging interview about protecting our democracy during the pandemic—and beyond.
May 6, 2020
Thinking like a science and data journalist in your everyday life has never been more important.
April 29, 2020
Deflecting blame. Downplaying threats. Magical thinking. The first 100 days of COVID-19 in the United States.
April 22, 2020
They called her the Lying Doctor. Her coronavirus presentation to ICE detainees ended in terror. Here’s what happened, in the words of women who were there.
April 15, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Adam Schiff provide an urgent roadmap for how to check presidential power in a pandemic.
April 8, 2020
In the "valley of the telescopes," remote education is a disaster. Learning from home is hard enough, but try doing it where wifi is illegal.
April 1, 2020
James West, our producer, tested positive for COVID-19. Here's what he's learned about recovery, immunity, and his hope to join the fight for a cure.
March 25, 2020
On the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a dire shortage of supplies and a deadly surplus of bad information.
March 18, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is devastating the hospitality industry. Millions of Americans are in lockdown. Events are being cancelled. The day before the release of this podcast episode, New York City's restaurants and bars have been forced to stop sit-down service. In the midst of a crisis, the worst thing that could happen to the restaurant industry has happened. This week, we talked to restaurant owners in the Chinatown in Flushing, Queens. This is a thriving immigrant community, and food-lover’s paradise, that has been turned upside down by COVID-19. For restauranteurs already operating on slim profit margins, staying open during the shutdown was already near-impossible. The question is whether they’ll be able to reopen at all. Also on the show: you share with us your stories about stepping up to help others through the crisis, and they are seriously inspirational. Tune in for all sorts of strategies, big and small, for giving your community a helping hand.
March 13, 2020
They’ve fled chaos before enduring harsh conditions inside US immigration detention. But the migrants who make it through to this side of the border face continuing struggles just to get by.
March 11, 2020
Our reporter Stephanie Mencimer is enduring self-quarantine after reporting on CPAC, the year's biggest conservative conference. She helps us trace the evolution of right-wing coronavirus denialism as the crisis unfolds.
March 6, 2020
The iconic novelist sat down with Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery for a live recording of the Mother Jones Podcast.
March 4, 2020
The knockdown, drag-out fight for delegates, explained.
February 28, 2020
Representative Pramila Jayapal has been busy fighting Trump, championing Bernie Sanders, and preparing for an all-out war over health care. She's just getting started.
February 26, 2020
Inside the Trump rallies that serve as offline nerve centers for the QAnon movement.
February 19, 2020
Her children were dead before she understood she’d stabbed them. Does she belong in prison? An investigation into a devastating but under-reported condition called postpartum psychosis.
February 12, 2020
Inside the roaring celebration rally.
February 4, 2020
All the latest from the messy, headache-inducing Iowa Caucus count.
January 29, 2020
These next couple of hours and days will determine whether Trump's presidency can survive impeachment intact by making a mockery of accountability.
January 22, 2020
A roadmap for bipartisanship in a bitterly divided time.
January 15, 2020
Ilana Glazer interviews former Attorney General Eric Holder and Mother Jones' Ari Berman about the most foundational American right.
January 8, 2020
Australia's grim warning to the world: our dangerous, climate-altered future is here, right now.
January 1, 2020
The battle over who can and cannot vote will shape the results of this year's elections, and be felt well beyond 2020.
December 25, 2019
Recognizing our hardwired blind spots can help us anticipate complicated threats to come. And there’s science to prove it.
December 19, 2019
For the third time in United States history, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach a president. Here's what's next.
December 18, 2019
People who screwed over American families during the Great Recession of 2008 are in President Donald Trump's orbit, and in his cabinet.
December 11, 2019
All the latest drop-outs, drama, and dirty laundry from the campaign trail.
December 4, 2019
President Trump says he wants skilled immigrants. So why is his administration making it harder for them to stay?
November 27, 2019
We examine the colossal impact of the Trump administration policies that have become the "new normal" at the border.
November 20, 2019
How Trump and his diehard defenders are weaponizing disinformation to intimidate and incriminate impeachment foes.
November 13, 2019
Hong Kong pop superstar-turned activist Denise Ho talks about the deteriorating stand-off between protesters and police, and what's next for the democracy movement.
November 6, 2019
We preview a different kind of TV climate debate. “2020: Race to Save the Planet,” which airs Thursday night on The Weather Channel, produced in partnership with Climate Desk.
October 30, 2019
Ronan Farrow speaks to Mother Jones about his new book, "Catch and Kill," an explosive tell-all about Harvey Weinstein, and how a major news corporation was hell-bent on killing a story that earned a Pulitzer and helped spark a global movement.
October 23, 2019
They’re supposed to safeguard pre-trial detainees. But America’s oldest law enforcement agency is suffering from a massive dereliction of duty.
October 16, 2019
Trump's recklessness gives the green light to a Turkish invasion of Syria and all hell breaks loose.
October 9, 2019
Naomi Klein issues a dire warning: failing to act against the climate crisis will be catastrophic. But it's not too late to fight.
October 2, 2019
A Mother Jones investigation has uncovered new information about a puzzling Trump deal.
September 25, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces historic impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.
September 18, 2019
In "How to Be An Antiracist," author and professor Ibram X. Kendi combines searing autobiography with pointed analysis to show just how deeply racism is woven into our national—and global—fabric.
September 11, 2019
On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a new book recasts one of America's darkest days in strikingly personal terms by weaving together survival stories in minute-by-minute detail.
September 4, 2019
Senator Jeff Merkley was of the first national politicians to blow the whistle on the Trump administration's detention of unaccompanied migrant children on the southern border.
August 28, 2019
Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody joins host Jamilah King to discuss art, politics, and what keeps her going in these turbulent political times.
August 21, 2019
Science journalist Ziya Tong joins Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn to explain how, despite the many wonders of the human brain, we suffer from "scale blindness", a dangerous state that hardwires us to melt in the face of vast global problems. Her new book, "The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World," is about our many in-built inabilities to combat complex issues like climate change—and what we can do to bust out of the powerful systems we take for granted. “I want to start from scratch," Tong tells Corn. "I want to start thinking about things in a way that is a little bit more focused and clear-headed—once you're able to see through the reality bubble, that is.”
August 14, 2019
The Mother Jones Podcast talks to writer Anna Merlan about why sinister conspiracy theories have become even more dangerous and destructive thanks to President Donald Trump.
August 7, 2019
In the wake of twin shooting tragedies that killed 31 people over the weekend, Mother Jones takes you to El Paso.
July 31, 2019
Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery sits down with award-winning journalist George Packer, whose new book, "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century," chronicles the life of an American foreign policy giant.
July 24, 2019
One-on-one with gun control advocate Shannon Watts, on how to fight like a mom, and take on the NRA.
July 17, 2019
An interview with one of our favorite writers and thinkers, the Pulitzer prize-winning TV critic for the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum.
July 10, 2019
We bring you his story of Carlos, who came to America as an unaccompanied minor, and how he turned to Facebook to make a family of his own.
July 3, 2019
Exclusive interview: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to Mother Jones about conditions inside three highly fortified migrant detention facilities.
July 3, 2019
We take you deep inside the system that sustains the world’s harshest punishment.
June 26, 2019
An American woman says she was tortured by ISIS, survived the US-led assault on Raqqa, and escaped the Islamic State. Now she faces a terror trial.
June 19, 2019
In this installment of our “Behind the Lines” podcast series, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer tours an abandoned ISIS prison with a former inmate who recounts the atrocities that happened there.
June 12, 2019
From an abandoned ISIS prison to the frontlines of a proxy war fueled by oil, Shane Bauer’s exclusive, on-the-ground reporting in Syria presents America's role in one of the 21st century's bloodiest conflicts.
June 5, 2019
Happy Pride. Let's go to the beach.
May 29, 2019
There are more than 7,000 state legislators in the US, and many of them, it seems, want to do something about the border. But there’s only one state lawmaker who actually lives there.
May 22, 2019
The key to covering the 2020 election? More women.
May 15, 2019
Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro spoke with Mother Jones for an exclusive interview at one of his favorite restaurants in San Antonio. He told our own immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri that he’s still preaching patience—even though he’s recently been polling at around 1 percent in a crowded field.
May 8, 2019
The Trump administration wants to add a question to the US census that asks about a respondent’s citizenship. On this week’s show, host Jamilah King talks about this with the ACLU’s Dale Ho, who recently argued against the government—and this citizenship question—in front of the Supreme Court, and Mother Jones’s voting rights guru Ari Berman.
May 1, 2019
This week, we unravel the mystery around the strange, swampy saga of President Donald Trump and a Florida spa entrepreneur.
April 24, 2019
Alabama Senator Doug Jones talks about what he’s learned since taking office and how the Dems can turn the tide in the South.
April 18, 2019
On today's special edition of the show, host Jamilah King talks to Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn about the ways in which Mueller has demonstrated the Trump-Russia scandal is neither a hoax nor a conspiracy theory, and how, even if Trump has not committed crimes, the president is guilty of many serious misdeeds and transgressions.
April 17, 2019
For this week’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine attack, we ask: What's changed in the last two decades in the way the media covers mass shootings? And what has changed in our resolve to finally do something about this crisis?
April 10, 2019
Today, we look at how one border town banded together to fight hate—and won. Host Jamilah King sits down with journalist Eric Reidy to talk about what went down in Arivaca, Arizona, and how the rest of America can learn from the struggle.
April 3, 2019
Can an openly gay war-veteran millennial become president in 2020? Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, says he knows how to beat Trump.
March 27, 2019
We all craved a clear resolution after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr over the weekend—no such luck. Jamilah King hosts David Corn, Washington, DC, Bureau Chief, and national security and foreign influence reporter, Dan Friedman this week, to help sort things out in the post-Mueller investigation world.
March 22, 2019
A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: Mueller is done. Cue Trump's rage.
March 20, 2019
In a horrific attack crafted by the internet and for the internet, the Christchurch shooter exploited giant tech companies—who have proven themselves unable or unwilling to stop the spread of hate speech on their platforms. Host Jamilah King chats with Mother Jones reporters Ali Breland and Pema Levy about social media platforms and how they operate. And National Affairs Editor, Mark Follman, explains how this kind of extreme violence is fueled.
March 13, 2019
Host Jamilah King chats with David Wallace Wells, the author of a vividly distressing new book about the all-encompassing perils of climate change.
March 6, 2019
This week, we take a deeper look at the real crisis at the border. Host Jamilah King talks to Mother Jones immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri about her most recent dispatches.
February 27, 2019
On today's show, we hear the results of a nine-month Mother Jones investigation into how rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid users into a deadly cycle.
February 20, 2019
Joining host Jamilah King for a hilarious—and blistering—conversation about what the Oscars are getting right and wrong are April Reign, the founder of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and Tre'vell Anderson, the Entertainment and Culture Director at Out Magazine.
February 13, 2019
Whether you like it or not, the 2020 race has already begun. But with so many new candidates, who poses the most serious threat to President Trump’s chance at a second term? Andrea González-Ramírez, Refinery29, and Josh Barro, New York Magazine, join Jamilah King in the studio for this lively political panel.
February 6, 2019
This week, we take a look at one family's fight against America's broken healthcare system—one that’s failing some of the most vulnerable among us.
January 30, 2019
The State of the Union address: What exactly is the point? Host Jamilah King explores this time-honored presidential moment with two guests: James Fallows, staff writer at The Atlantic, and Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History.
January 25, 2019
A special breaking news edition pulls apart Robert Mueller's indictment of Trump's longtime adviser, Roger Stone.
January 23, 2019
Surviving the shutdown: Today, Mother Jones listeners who are employed by the federal government share their wrenching stories of trying to make ends meet as the longest government shutdown in US history grinds into its fifth week.
January 16, 2019
Host Jamilah King is joined by our DC bureau chief David Corn, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, to help you find your way through the confusing, potentially terrifying news about the President and his loyalties.
January 9, 2019
WTF is the Green New Deal? Today, we take a historical look at the polarizing plan, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s depression-era economic jumpstart, and trace how ideas of environmental justice and the green economy have evolved across presidencies.
January 2, 2019
Happy New Year! This week, as the podcast team gears up for a brand new 2019 season, we’re revisiting two of our most talked-about segments from 2018.
December 26, 2018
Moral philosopher and author Kwame Anthony Appiah talks to Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery about how to be a better you.
December 19, 2018
As 2018 ends and progressive communities continue to resist the Trump administration, DeRay Mckesson tells engaging stories from the frontlines of activism.
December 12, 2018
On this week's show, host Jamilah King hands over interviewing duties to a surprise guest: Co-creator and star of the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Ilana Glazer. This podcast was recorded live in Brooklyn in October by Generator Collective, a group Glazer co-founded that, among other civic engagement gigs, gets interesting people in front of crowds to talk about policy and politics. Just a few days after this recording, Glazer closed down another event in the series when the venue, a synagogue in Brooklyn, was vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs in the wake of Pittsburg's Tree of Life massacre. In this episode, Glazer interviews our very own voting rights reporter, Ari Berman, about the dark history and current absurdities of voter suppression in America—and President Lyndon B. Johnson's toilet habits.
December 5, 2018
Mother Jones interviews iconic pop artist David Byrne about Talking Heads, police shootings, Janelle Monáe, stage fright, “True Stories” and fake news.
November 28, 2018
This week, trans listeners share candid, revealing stories about life under Trump.
November 21, 2018
Two of the biggest, brightest minds in the media business join us in the studio this week: Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Vox media critic Carlos Maza. Host Jamilah King leads a lively discussion about Facebook's scandals, its ongoing battle against disinformation, and what the media learned—if anything—from the 2016 presidential campaign.
November 14, 2018
The midterms aren't over. Travel with Mother Jones to the battleground states where votes are still being counted.
November 7, 2018
It happened: The Attorney General of the United States has been fired. This news came with a giant Trumpian thump Wednesday morning—while votes are still being counted in an election that handed the House back to Democrats for the first time in eight years. The implications of Jeff Sessions' ouster could be enormous. President Donald Trump is now installing a loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, and serious questions now hang over the future of the Russia Investigation. D.C. bureau chief David Corn joins Dan Friedman, MoJo's foreign influence and national security reporter, to tackle these questions and give us the very latest on Russia, Robert Mueller, and more.
November 7, 2018
On this late-breaking episode: How to understand this historic night as the political makeup of the country is being written in real-time—like, as we record. Despite some big losses and reports of long lines at the polls, the Democrats had a huge night. D.C. Bureau chief David Corn and reporter Pema Levy join us from Washington to discuss some of the midterm's highest highs and lowest lows. Ari Berman, our resident voting rights expert, and senior reporter Tim Murphy discuss voter suppression, which politicians to watch, and what's next for America. Settle in as host Jamilah King guides you through one of the most exciting political events since that fated night in 2016.
October 31, 2018
On today's show, our Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn offers his assessment of how the president and his party are mining the worst of America's ancient grievances—on race, religion, and nationalism—for new electoral advantages. Also on the show: A few weeks ago, Mother Jones asked you if you’re voting for the first time in the midterm elections. Dozens of readers shared their stories with our team, about your frustration and inspiration at this crazy-important time, and what casting your vote in 2018 means. On today's show, a sampling of those stories, including from a new candidate, a new activist, and a new citizen.
October 24, 2018
On this week’s show: After 2016, can we really trust the polls? With just two weeks until the midterm elections on November 6, we gather some of the biggest brains in the business to round up everything you need to know about numbers, numbers, numbers. Our all-star cast includes MSNBC's National Political Correspondent, Steve Kornacki; FiveThirtyEight's managing editor, Micah Cohen, and HuffPost's polling editor, Ariel Edwards-Levy. We fill you in on what you need to watch for during the minute-by-minute coverage on election night—and the biggest issues driving voters to the ballot box.
October 17, 2018
On this week's show: Buckle up for a Mother Jones road trip to three of the most contentious battleground states in the upcoming November elections—and they’re all in the Southwest. First, Senior Reporter Tim Murphy travels to Arizona to meet activists fighting to mobilize one tribal nation, the Tohono OíOdham, at a time when Native American voting rights are under relentless assault across the country. Next, we head to Nevada where casino workers, cooks, and housekeepers are reinventing the Democratic Party, one sweaty voter registration drive at a time. If successful, can what happens in Vegas be replicated nationwide? And finally, we land in Texas to see if Beto O'Rourke really has what it takes to win. For Democrats, these are all make-or-break races if they want any chance at taking back America on election day.
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