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Plain English with Derek Thompson

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Longtime Atlantic tech, culture and political writer Derek Thompson cuts through all the noise surrounding the big questions and headlines that matter to you in his new podcast Plain English. Hear Derek and guests engage the news with clear viewpoints and memorable takeaways. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Friday, and if you've got a topic you want discussed, shoot us an email at! You can also find us on tiktok at


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Latest Episodes

Twenty years ago, higher education was one of the most trusted institutions in America. Today, confidence in higher ed is falling among every demographic: young and old, men and women, Republicans and Democrats, those who didn't finish high school an... more

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Since the 1970s, the General Social Survey has asked thousands of Americans the same question: “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days—would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?” In the past few decade... more

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We're in the midst of a great affordability crisis. It's not just the inflation crisis. It's a greater cost crisis of the last few decades. Everything that matters most in life—health care, housing, education—is getting more and more expensive. Why? ... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 1.4k ratings
  • A Poor man’s Dennis Miller

    If your day is lacking a white man explaining why he’s so right about everything while all the words he’s saying are wrong, then this is the podcast for you

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • I am definitely not 13 years old heheheh😅

    This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to because it points out the obvious and stuff no one ever listens to. It is a great podcast to listen to. Thanks so much keep it up

    Apple Podcasts
    That’s so weaksauce
    United Statesa month ago
  • Economy

    Enjoy the show tremendously. The economy podcast though I think misses the mark somewhat. The service industry was greatly impacted due to Covid and then further by those establishments that survived with smaller staffs. Many did the quick math and figured out the free hand out was better for them than working at their current wages. Those that stayed were impacted and burnt out. Coupled with that once inflation hit after these free handouts were given out, those that were in the workforce had t... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Great show, stick to the format

    Derek was one of my favorite writers for years even before this show started and so far I love the depth of his interviews. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Your typical Left leaning Networking Show

    You’ll be shocked to find another podcast for The Atlantic magazine type readers that “investigates” what’s really happening in our own country. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago

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