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Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

Chris Hayes, MSNBC & NBCNews THINK
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Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history? Why is this (all) happening? This podcast starts to answer these questions. Writers, experts, and thinkers who are also trying to get to the bottom of them join Chris to break it all down and help him get a better night’s rest. “Why is this Happening?” is presented by MSNBC and NBCNews Think.


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  • Don't you think the 'Conservative vetting process' that now ensures SCOTUS seats that consistently vote their interests unilaterally involves being a conservative Catholic? How can this make up ever reflect the interests of the people who make up the country?

    Sasha Lyn
    2 months ago
  • Why is climate change episode sponsored by Chevron?

    I generally love this podcast and listening to Chris Hayes interview so many brilliant minds about the biggest topics of modern day, but why of all episodes is the one about climate change sponsored by Chevron?? I had to go back to make sure I heard that opening ad correctly. It feels gross listening to a podcast discuss climate change knowing the podcast was supported by one of the largest oil companies in the world. I hope the people behind this podcast think about where they take their money ... more

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  • Professor Snyder interview

    I’m much better informed after listening to this interview.

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    Japan3 months ago
  • Interview with Timothy Snyder

    Professor Snyder is being interviewed a lot right now with good reason. Even if you have heard him on other excellent podcasts you won’t want to miss his conversation with Chris. The discussion is not a repeat of other interviews and deeply moving.

    Apple Podcasts
    another avis reader
    United States3 months ago
  • I really liked this episode, and I understand why you set aside the anti-capitalist argument, but for nuclear power, it really is the elephant in the room. All the documented nuclear power plant failures have been the result of cost saving measures colliding with poor working conditions. I'm fine with nuclear power as a concept, but without significant labor improvements, and regulation that is not sensitive to the needs of capital, it is dangerous. That is true of coal and oil and hydro, too.... more

    Lydia Nickerson
    3 months ago

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