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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 plainenglish... more

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On today's episode: the state of American politics and the future of America's economy. Derek discusses a media myth in the aftermath of the failed Trump assassination attempt and reviews three basic truths about Joe Biden's doomed presidential bid. ... more

4 days ago

Skyrocketing rates, shrinking affordability: The U.S. housing market is a mess. It's also a bit of a mystery. Why are prices still sky-high, even though many measures of demand are weak? If the supply of new homes is nearing a historic high, how come... more

11 days ago

Joe Biden's disastrous debate performance has created a crisis for the Democratic Party and a set of interlocking debates about whether the White House—or the White House media—covered up his cognitive decline. The Atlantic’s Mark Leibovich, who firs... more

18 days ago

In the first five decades of the 20th century, the number of serial killers in the U.S. remained at a very low level. But between the 1950s and 1960s, the number of serial killers tripled. Between the 1960s and 1970s, they tripled again. In the 1980s... more

25 days ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 6.2k ratings
  • Breath

    Excellent program .. who knew? I took breathing for granted before this podcast. Your guest was well informed, shared info freely and made sure what he reported was factual. I bought his book.

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    Shauna NI
    United Statesa month ago
  • Meh

    It’s ok. The guy is kind of smarmy and corny. He definitely can’t squat two plates below parallel

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Great and informative podcast

    Smart questions and smart conversations. A great pod that informs and make you a more thoughtful person.

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    United States2 months ago
  • Never miss an episode

    I find myself learning something new from the podcast every week. Across entertainment, tech, sport and politics. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 months ago
  • Diverse, concise, intellectually engaging and thought-provoking commentary on a variety of topics, often connecting to pieces written by the author in the Atlantic, current events, politics, science (where Derek reviews the research directly), history and culture. My favorite podcast.

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    2 months ago

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