The Mother Jones Podcast

The Mother Jones Podcast

The Mother Jones Podcast

CATEGORY: News
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.
  1. December 03, 2021
    2 min
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    A Special Announcement
    Things have been a bit quiet around these parts lately, huh? After a few months bringing you some of our best feature investigations read aloud, in partnership with Audm, we’re going through some behind-the-sce…
  2. October 29, 2021
    14 min
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    Today It’s Critical Race Theory. 200 Years Ago It Was Abolitionist Literature.
    We bet you’ve heard one phrase more and more this year than ever before: Critical Race Theory. It’s an obsession on Fox News, and it’s the topic, along with anti-mask protests, raging at school board hearings a…
  3. October 21, 2021
    55 min
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    Are These Black Leaders on the Cusp of a New National Movement?
    With everything going on these days—we’ll spare you the list of existential crises we’re currently living through—now seems like the perfect time to hear from two leaders who have a revolutionary vision of what…
  4. October 09, 2021
    23 min
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    The Nightmare of Getting an Abortion in the South
    A week ago, thousands of people turned out for Women's March rallies across the country, galvanized by Texas' recent six-week abortion ban and the very real fear that Roe v. Wade could soon be overturned, as ch…
  5. September 16, 2021
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    Ammon Bundy Is Running to Be Idaho’s Next Governor
    Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer has been following Ammon Bundy for years. He's the guy you'll remember who became a kind of folk hero on the far-right after he joined his father, rancher Cliven Bundy,…
  6. September 01, 2021
    39 min
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    How Flint Closed the Gap Between Black and White Suffering Under COVID
    As the Delta variant upended hope of returning to normal this summer, Mother Jones reporter Edwin Rios published a deeply reported story on Flint, Michigan, recounting how residents of this predominantly Black…
  7. August 18, 2021
    52 min
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    The Afghan Refugee Crisis Has Only Just Begun
    Towards the end of 2020, Mother Jones’s editorial director Ian Gordon wrote a deeply reported story about how then-President Donald Trump took a broken asylum system and turned it into a machine of unchecked cr…
  8. August 04, 2021
    50 min
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    The Metamorphosis of Kyrsten Sinema
    Every time you read the news lately, there she is: in conversations about bipartisanship, the infrastructure deal, the filibuster, even the fate of Joe Biden's presidency itself. But who is Kyrsten Sinema of A…
  9. July 28, 2021
    41 min
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    CNN’s Jake Tapper Says the Media Must Confront Republicans’ Big Lie
    Jake Tapper has drawn a line: no “Big Lie” proponents on-air. The CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent won’t book Republican politicians touting the conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential electio…
  10. July 21, 2021
    56 min
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    Escape From the Billionaire Meme Mogul
    Sergey Grishin is a well-connected, billionaire mogul. Last August, he made headlines when he sold his lavish estate to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Grishin’s multiple US-based businesses include a social me…
  11. July 07, 2021
    31 min
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    Everything You're Getting Wrong About the Culture Wars
    Everywhere you turned in the aftermath of the 2020 election, someone was arguing a hard line on cultural issues as an explanation for the outcome. The point was made by different commentators of at least outwar…
  12. July 02, 2021
    28 min
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    Garry Trudeau on Lampooning Trump and Other Lessons from 5 Decades of Doonesbury
    For five decades, Garry Trudeau has been writing what is one of the most important—and entertaining—comic strips in American history: Doonesbury. He started the strip in October, 1970 as a student at Yale. With…
  13. June 23, 2021
    26 min
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    Can America’s Problems Be Fixed By a President Who Loves Jon Meacham?
    Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who has spent the last two decades pounding out bestselling accounts of American presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and George H.W. Bush. In…
  14. June 09, 2021
    6 min
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    A Special Summer Announcement from the Podcast Team
    After three years of weekly episodes—that’s 181 shows, if you’re counting—the Mother Jones Podcast team has decided to switch things up for the next couple of months, as we, like you, emerge from a year that ha…
  15. June 02, 2021
    28 min
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    The Insurrection Was a Giant Recruitment Exercise for Extremists
    The deadly insurrection at the US Capitol wasn’t the start of something, nor was it the end. What happened on January 6 had been planned for weeks, and the ideology behind it, brewing for years. That day’s chao…
  16. May 26, 2021
    32 min
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    Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold
    As we approach the five-month anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, the Republican Party has made one thing clear: They want to forget all about it—holding Trump and his big lie closer than ever.In the Hou…
  17. May 19, 2021
    19 min
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    Leaked Video: How a Dark Money Group Is Trying to Rig Our Elections
    The right-wing dark money group Heritage Action for America claims to be the mastermind behind the recent fire hose of state-level voter suppression laws, a new Mother Jones scoop reveals. Mother Jones voting r…
  18. May 12, 2021
    24 min
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    “We’re Torn Apart”: Inside India’s Worsening COVID Nightmare
    A Mother Jones investigation has found that hundreds of visa workers are stuck in India with no way to get back to their families in the United States. India is the in the midst of a shocking COVID-19 crisis. H…
  19. May 05, 2021
    26 min
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    “Queen Sugar” Author Natalie Baszile: Black Farmers Can Help Save the Planet
    Natalie Baszile knew she was onto something when she got the call from Oprah’s people. A novelist and food justice activist, Baszile had been working for years on a semi-autobiographical novel about a Los Angel…
  20. April 28, 2021
    26 min
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    The Black Farmer Movement Battling History to Return to the Land
    Agriculture was once a major source of wealth among the Black middle class in America. But over the course of a century, Black-owned farmland, and the corresponding wealth, has diminished almost to the point of…

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