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New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access when you join Amazon Music or 1-week early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers "SmartLess" with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely i ...
 
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We come to you from the ranch, where we do some trim tabbing and advanced pretending with Jeff Bridges, a.k.a. “Uncle Jeff.” So grab your shades and throw on a robe… it’s SmartLess, dude. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App: https://wondery.app.link/sm…
 
First, Dana presses South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem on if she supports paid parental leave and state-funded childcare after South Dakota banned all abortions except when the mother's life is at risk. Then, Dana goes one-on-one with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger to discuss former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimon…
 
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), member of the January 6th Select Committee, joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to discuss the committee’s latest hearing and testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson. NBC News legal analyst Danny Cevallos discusses the prospect that former President Trump faces legal liability for his actions before and on January…
 
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) joins Meet the Press NOW to talk about his meeting with President Biden on abortion rights. Kansas City Star’s Katie Bernard, Louisville Courier Journal’s Deborah Yetter discuss the abortion battle in Kansas and Kentucky. Eugene Daniels, Symone Sanders and Sara Fagen join the Meet the Press NOW roundtable. Micha…
 
The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs case was not a surprise; given the draft opinion that was leaked in May, its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey was nearly a certainty. But the effects of the ruling have been rapid and chaotic. In some states, abortions stopped overnight; in others, there’s profound confusion ov…
 
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) talks about Latinos leaving the Democratic Party. Mike Memoli, NBC News correspondent, and Anna Greenberg, Democratic pollster, talk about Democratic criticism of President Biden. Marc Caputo reports on Florida’s temporary injunction on an abortion ban. Maria Teresa Kumar and Doug Heye weigh in on the political fallo…
 
During Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson described former President Donald Trump throwing his lunch at the wall. Primaries in multiple states nationwide including in Colorado, Illinois, and Mississippi are underway, coming days after the reversal of Roe v. Wade. NBC News National Political Correspondent Steve K…
 
The fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe resets the calculus in Washington and in key races across the country. Josh Lederman and Dasha Burns report. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) explains why she signed two letters calling on the White House to do more on abortion. Pete Williams shares the latest in the court battles over state…
 
Rep. Ocasio- Cortez (D-N.Y.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to discuss the Democratic Party’s role in the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark) talks about what the Supreme Court decision means for his state. Rep. Schiff (D-Calif), member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United …
 
When the New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz first heard that the Conservative Political Action Conference, the flagship event of the American conservative movement, was holding a meeting in Hungary, he thought it might be a joke. “A lot of people have worried for a few years now that the Republican Party is becoming more ambivalent about certai…
 
First, Jake goes one-on-one with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on what the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade will mean for her state, whether Biden is doing enough on abortion rights, whether the Senate should lift the filibuster to codify Roe into law, and if Netflix and Disney should pull their businesses from Georgia i…
 
In a ruling for the history books, the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Pete Williams explains how the decision works. Illinois Gov. JB Prtizker (D) discusses the influx of out-of-state women who are seeking an abortion but live in a state where the procedure is banned. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says that her office won’t enforce a …
 
Alan Alda spent his early years in the burlesque theatres where his father, the actor Robert Alda, would perform. Those early years opened his eyes in more ways than one: “I was very aware of the naked women,” he told The New Yorker’s Michael Schulman, “but I was also aware of the comics.” Watching from the wings, Alda grew an appreciation for bein…
 
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says Pres. Biden’s meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is an “absolutely horrible idea.” Eugene Sperling, senior adviser to President Biden, defends the administrations moves on reducing inflation. Dasha Burns discusses Michigan abortion trigger laws in an exclusive interview with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer…
 
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) and law professor Rick Hasen discuss the latest evidence produced from the January 6th Select Committee. Steve Kornacki previews Tuesday night’s primaries and runoffs in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and Washington, DC. Texas public safety officials call the Uvalde shooting an “abject failure.” Tom Winter rep…
 
A survey that started as a student project at Stanford University has become a popular dating and relationship tool on campuses across the country. Its goal is to delve deeper than the superficial information found on a typical dating-app profile, connecting people based on deeply held values rather than looks or sports teams. Most apps, says Liam …
 
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) defends his caller Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign. Mike Schmidt, Ali Vitali, Vaughn Hillyard discuss the political fallout from the January 6th committee hearings. Ali Arouzi reports from Ukraine after 3 Americans went missing. Shaq Brewster talks about Juneteenth celebrations.…
 
In this episode from the Institute’s Vault, we have an excerpt from a two day symposium--“Hannah Arendt Right Now”--which explored the philosopher’s impact on the 21st Century. The 2006 event was held on the hundredth anniversary of Arendt’s birth. In this session, Azar Nafisi and Ladan Boroumand talk about how Arendt’s work on totalitarianism help…
 
First, as the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol enters its third week of hearings, committee member Rep. Adam Schiff tells Dana Bash that this week's hearings will reveal how pressure campaigns "directed against state and local elections officials put their lives in danger." Next, Rep. Fred Upton joins to disc…
 
In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, member of the January 6th Select Committee Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) discusses the latest on the investigation and hearings. Former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers joins exclusively to discuss the economy and where it is headed. Peter Alexander, Brendan Buck, María Teresa Kumar and Betsy Woodru…
 
President Biden told the Associated Press that “people are really, really down.” Chuck speaks with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) about how the Biden White House could reverse the country’s malaise. Former Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor says the Russia-Ukraine war could stretch another year. Susan Page, Maria Teresa Kumar and Michael Steele…
 
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has shown himself uniquely skilled at attracting attention beyond the borders of his home state. Just this month, DeSantis blocked state funds for the Tampa Bay Rays stadium after players voiced support for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. He’s also continuing a fight to punish the Disney …
 
The January 6th Committee held its third hearing, focused on the disagreement between former President Trump and former Vice President Pence. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) talks about possible reforms that Congress could make for future elections. Josh Dawsey reports that communications between the White House and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Cour…
 
The Federal Reserve raises its benchmark interest rate and gas prices hit historic highs. Chuck speaks with Stephanie Ruhle, CNBC’s Kayla Tausche and former Department of Labor Chief Economist, Betsey Stevenson talk whether the Biden Administration can take to prevent a recession. Daniel Yergin, energy expert and S&P Global Vice Chairman, explains …
 
Michael R. Jackson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “A Strange Loop” features a Black queer writer named Usher, who works as an usher, struggling to write a musical about a Black queer writer. Jackson’s work tackles the terror of the blank page alongside the terrors of the dating scene, and it speaks in frank and heartbreaking terms about …
 
Facing a primary challenge, Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) defends his vote to impeach former President Trump. Steve Kornacki says two incumbent Republicans facing Trump-backed challengers in South Carolina will have to win over more than half of the vote to avoid a runoff. Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Democratic strategist Juanita Tolliver …
 
Ian Frazier, who has chronicled American life for The New Yorker for more than forty years, travelled to a house in Fort Collins, Colorado, where three roommates build, fly, and race drones. Jordan Temkin, Zachry Thayer, and Travis McIntyre were among the early professional drone racers in the sport, piloting the tiny devices through complex course…
 
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shares the latest on gun regulation negotiations. Guad Venegas speaks with Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sam Brown. Stephanie Ruhle says interest rate hikes will come more quickly as recession fears grow. Jonathan Allen reports from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as Republican voters sour on Liz Cheney.…
 
In this episode from the Institute’s Vault, we have an excerpt from a two day symposium--“Hannah Arendt Right Now”--which explored the philosopher’s impact on the 21st Century. The 2006 event was held on the hundredth anniversary of Arendt’s birth. In this session, Kanan Makiya discusses Arendt’s influence on his thinking with Jonathan Schell. Maki…
 
First, Dana asks Congressman Jamie Raskin if the January 6th select committee can prove Donald Trump knew he lost the 2020 election while he publicly claimed victory. After, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Dana to answer why she went on Twitter to ask GOP members of Congress if they petitioned Trump for a pardon. Then, Dana sits down with Repub…
 
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), member of the January 6th Select Committee, joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to discuss the House investigation and the first hearing. Filmmaker and committee witness Nick Quested discusses his role in the first hearing and what he saw at the Capitol last year. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) reacts to the investig…
 
After the January 6th committee’s first hearing, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) talks about the Congressional reaction to new evidence that was presented. CNBC’s Bob Pisani shared analysis for future interest rate hikes after another report of high inflation. Ali Vitali, Pete Williams, Jake Sherman and Jeh Johnson discussed the fallout after new Ja…
 
Twenty years ago, Regina Spektor was yet another aspiring musician in New York, lugging around a backpack full of self-produced CDs, and playing at little clubs in the East Village—anywhere that had a piano. But anonymity in Spektor’s case didn’t last long. She toured with the Strokes in 2003, and once she had a record deal, her ambitions grew outs…
 
Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) discusses the January 6th investigation. Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) says he would like to be a part of gun regulation negotiations. Yamiche Alcindor, Sahil Kapur and Betsy Woodruff Swan preview the Jan. 6th hearings. Kara Swisher is over Elon Musk's "dank memes."By NBC News
 
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) talks about gun reform. Dasha Burns interviews Gisele Fetterman. Ian Bremmer talks down concerns over the Summit of the Americas. Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News Washington correspondent, Matt Gorman, Republican strategist, and Navin Nayak, president of CAP Action Fund, join the Meet the Press NOW roundtable after shooting vi…
 
Matthew McConaughey makes an impassioned appearance at the White House press room. Symone Sanders, Stephen Hayes and Leigh Ann Caldwell join the Meet the Press NOW roundtable to discuss the inaction over gun regulation legislation. Ryan J. Reilly reports on Proud Boys who have been charged with seditious conspiracy.…
 
Masha Gessen is reporting for The New Yorker on the war in Ukraine, which is now in its fourth month. They checked in with David Remnick from Kyiv, which seems almost normal, with “hipsters in cafés” and people riding electric scooters. But the scooters, Gessen noted, are popular because prices have skyrocketed and gasoline is unaffordable. All the…
 
Meet the Press NOW premieres. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) talks to Chuck about the state of gun reform regulations. Dasha Burns reports from Pennsylvania on the latest in Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman’s recovery. Natasha Korecki discusses the conundrum facing candidates who may want former President Trump’s endorsement, but not the cha…
 
In this episode from the Institute’s Vault, we have an excerpt from a two day symposium--“Hannah Arendt Right Now”--which explored the philosopher’s impact on the 21st Century. The 2006 event was held on the hundredth anniversary of Arendt’s birth. In the opening session, Jonathan Schell and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl discuss Arendt’s thoughts on the n…
 
Our Surprise Guest(s) this week are the dynamic duo: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “The Hall & Oates of film & television” make us a few table-side Caesar salads and tell us their true Hollywood stories. After all, the ladies love a coupl’a cartoonists doodling away in the studio. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, bing…
 
First, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tells Jake the Senate is "closer than ever before" to passing new gun legislation but cautions, "Let's see if we land it." Next, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says the Biden administration is "committed" to reining in inflation and will "stick with it until we do." Then, former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman…
 
On this special edition of Meet the Press, interviews with former ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, Ian Bremmer, author of a new book, “The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World,” and a political discussion with Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher and Bernie Sanders adviser Faiz Shakir.…
 
While working on his Ph.D., the historian Eric Cervini (whose book “The Deviant’s War” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) noticed the lack of popular histories on L.G.B.T.Q. issues. Researchers were publishing plenty of papers, but they were mostly in peer-reviewed journals and other academic outlets. His attempts to change that—first with his …
 
Roger Angell, who died last week, at the age of 101, was inducted in 2014 into the Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishment as a baseball writer. But in a career at The New Yorker that goes back to the Second World War, he wrote on practically every subject under the sun; he also served as fiction editor, taking the …
 
First, Dana interviews Uvalde State Sen. Roland Gutierrez about law enforcement waiting over an hour to breach the classroom at Robb Elementary School, whether the delay may have cost lives, and Gutierrez confronting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to push for a special session to raise the minimum age of gun ownership from 18 to 21. Next, Dana interviews D…
 
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