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Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back

The key to covering the 2020 election? More women. From the #MeToo movement to the fight for workplace equality to the dystopian abortion bills popping up around the country, male supremacy is plainly on the agenda in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. How should the media, particularly women in media, cover such a fraught moment? To help guide us toward an answer, MoJo's Jamilah King recently hosted two live events in New York City that brought together five women journalists of...


Julián Castro's Anti-Trump Border Battle

Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro spoke with Mother Jones for this exclusive interview at one of his favorite restaurants in San Antonio. He told our immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri that he’s still preaching patience—even though he’s recently been polling at around one percent in a very crowded field. This week, we hear from Castro, who remains upbeat and on message, on his top policy priorities: pushing universal health care with Medicare-for-All, addressing climate...


Trump Is Rigging the Census

The US census is conducted every 10 years and determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated, how much representation states receive, and how political districts are drawn. But next year’s could be different: The Trump administration wants to add a question asking for the respondent’s citizenship. Voting rights experts say such a move has the potential to derail the entire census—and shift power to the Republican Party for the next decade—because it will...


Want Access? Pay Your Way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

This week, we take a hard look at the strange, swampy saga of President Donald Trump and a Florida spa entrepreneur. Li “Cindy” Yang is the former owner of the Jupiter, Florida, massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was busted in February for allegedly soliciting prostitution. (She sold this location around 2012, and Kraft has denied the allegations.) Yang landed in the news after the Miami Herald published photos of Yang posing with President Trump and other Republican...


Doug Jones Explains How to Win in the South

In a nail-biting Alabama special election in 2017 to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Doug Jones made history when he narrowly won against former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct, to become the state's first Democrat elected to the US Senate in 25 years. Jones’ improbable victory was celebrated nationally by Democrats because it represented a powerful, rare opportunity—the potential for Democrats to regain a...


The Mueller Report Is the Opposite of an Exoneration

The long-awaited report by special counsel Robert Mueller confirms what we already knew: that Donald Trump and his campaign privately interacted with Russia while Putin’s regime was preparing—and then carrying out—an attack on the 2016 US presidential election. On today's special edition of the show, host Jamilah King talks to Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn about the ways in which Mueller has demonstrated the Trump-Russia scandal is neither a hoax nor a conspiracy theory, and how,...


Columbine Changed Everything

The blitz of media coverage for this week’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine attack has once again put the perpetrators center stage. But school shooters and other would-be attackers have continued to be inspired by the pair who committed suicidal mass murder at their Colorado high school on April 20, 1999— a dynamic known as the “Columbine effect.“ Some have even taken pilgrimage-style trips from as far away as North Carolina and Washington state, to visit Columbine in suburban Denver...


How One Border Town Beat Extremist Vigilantes

When gun-toting militants set up shop, this Arizona community got fed up and came together. Arivaca is a town of just 700 residents and sits 11 miles north of the Mexico border in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert. For about two decades, anti-immigrant vigilante groups have patrolled the region to try to remedy what they perceive as the federal government’s failure to secure the border. On this week's show, host Jamilah King sits down with journalist Eric Reidy and the town's "unofficial...


Mayor Pete’s Plan to Beat Trump

Can an openly gay war-veteran millennial become president in 2020? This week’s guest is presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, vying for a shot in a crowded Democratic field. In front of a sold-out crowd at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Mayor Pete, as he’s known to his constituents, had a candid conversation with Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery, in which he shared his plans to bring the rigor of running a small Rust...


Donald Trump Should Probably Stop Dancing in the Street

We all craved a clear resolution after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr over the weekend. No such luck: We are left untangling what the combination of "no collusion" and "no obstruction" actually means, and the jury's out on obstruction of justice. Nonetheless, Trump has turned the result into an inevitable victory lap, with characteristic Trumpian vengeance. Speaking in the Oval Office on Monday, Trump said he had been victimized by...


Mueller Is Done. Trump Is About To Go Nuclear.

A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal and submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr. It is not yet clear if Barr will release a summary or any of Mueller’s findings to Congress. Barr said he notified congressional leaders in a letter on Friday evening that he “may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this...


How Tech Giants Gave the NZ Shooter More Firepower

Last Friday, at least 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. While the perpetrator’s exact path to radicalization is still unknown, one thing has become increasingly clear: This was an attack crafted by the internet and for the internet, representing a new level of super-viral violence. The Christchurch shooter exploited an unwitting ally in the form of giant tech companies, who have proven themselves unable or unwilling to stop the spread of hate speech on their...


Now Is the Time to Freak Out

Our guest today is David Wallace Wells, a deputy editor at New York Magazine, and author of a vividly distressing new book about the all-encompassing perils of climate change, called The Uninhabitable Earth. With every full-throated warning, on page after page, Wallace Wells fully embraces the notion that eloquently targeted fear can shake the public into action. He also presents a gripping argument that scientists, and others charged with sounding the alarm, have historically been far too...


The Real Border Crisis Trump’s Not Talking About

This week, we take a deeper look at what’s happening at the border. You'll go inside a Tijuana shelter where teenaged migrants—young boys and girls—are being held. They’re stuck, caught in legal limbo due to President Trump's deterrent policies. Host Jamilah King talks to Mother Jones immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri about her recent reporting trip south of the border.


Rehabs Are Targeting and Trapping Opioid Users

On today's show, we hear the results of a nine-month investigation into how rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid users into a deadly cycle. Mother Jones reporter Julia Lurie tells host Jamilah King about how some users are being wooed aggressively by rehabs and freelance “patient brokers” in an effort to fill beds and collect insurance money. These brokers scour social media and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for new customers. We get a glimpse into a broken system that’s harming, and...


How to Finally Reboot the Oscars

Oscar buzz isn’t what it used to be. In recent years, the Academy Awards have been criticized—and rightfully so—for its lack of diversity and inclusion across members, nominees, and winners. Fraught with a host of issues this year, the spotlight on the night is brighter than ever. Joining host Jamilah King for a hilarious, blistering conversation about what the Oscars are getting right and wrong are April Reign, the founder of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and Tre'vell Anderson, the...


So Many Candidates. Who Can Beat Trump?

As each new Democratic party candidate declares a bid for the presidency—and there have been a lot—there's a new surge of hand-wringing, speculation, and noisy fights over political baggage. Whether you like it or not: the 2020 race has already begun in earnest. But with so many new candidates, is it becoming easier, or harder, to tell who might pose the most serious threat to President Trump’s chance at a second term? Do Democrats want a street brawler, or a unifier? Joining host Jamilah...


The Maddening Fight for 6-Year-Old Moira Ermentrout

Moira Ermentrout was diagnosed with a rare disease when she was born. The six-year-old's list of medical problems is long and complex: she can't breathe on her own, walk, or talk, and she requires at-home assistance 24 hours a day. Factor in doctors appointments, occasional emergency visits, and equipment, the cost of Moira’s care can be crippling on her parents. Moira’s family now faces serious cutbacks to the critical medical care she needs to stay alive—as do thousands of children like...


Everyone Hates the State of the Union Address

The State of the Union address: What exactly is the point? On the one hand, Pelosi's Shutdown Smackdown put Trump in a corner by threatening to deny all that attention and adulation in a stately chamber during a primetime slot. On the other hand, maybe it's time to scrap this extravagant, over-baked format altogether? Host Jamilah King explores this time-honored presidential moment with two guests: James Fallows, staff writer at The Atlantic and former chief speech writer for President Jimmy...


Breaking News Edition: Why Roger Stone's Arrest Should Scare Don Jr.

A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: On Friday morning, the FBI arrested Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone was charged with seven counts that include witness tampering, false statements, and obstruction. So, who is Roger Stone? What was his connection to Wikileaks and the hacking of the DNC during the 2016 campaign? And, most...