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Ways to Connect

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Meet the 66-year-old boomer radical who is calling out prejudice against older Americans. We’ll talk with Ashton Applewhite, author of the new book “This Chair Rocks.”

With David Folkenflik

Illnesses connected to the rubble at ground zero are soaring. We explore why, and what should be done.


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

The United Methodist Church votes to maintain a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage. Is a schism inevitable? We put that to a roundtable of Methodist voices.

Editor’s note: This hour contains language and music that some listeners may find offensive.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Eminem’s “Slim Shady LP” at 20. We look at the legacy of the landmark album that courted as much controversy as record sales.

This hour originally aired on Oct. 31, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Academy Award-winner and “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter joins us to talk about how she uses fabric to bring life to African-American stories on the big screen.

With Anthony Brooks

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of dozens of people accused of soliciting prostitution from women allegedly held in “sexual servitude.” We look at human trafficking in the U.S.

With David Folkenflik

The Oscars are this weekend. We look at this year’s stars, standouts, snark-fests and showdowns with top movie critics. Pass the popcorn.


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With David Folkenflik

The ACLU and 16 states sue Trump over the border wall. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta faces accusations he gave too much deference to a billionaire sex offender. A new election ordered in North Carolina. Our reporters’ roundtable convenes.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Ten billion people on earth by 2050. But what if that prediction is … all wrong? A pair of researchers argues the population is headed for a steep decline, and bring with it a whole new set of challenges.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

California’s governor spiked the state’s high-speed rail project. “Let’s get real,” he said, “it would cost too much and take too long.” Why can’t the U.S. get high-speed rail right?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Southern states now make up the majority of new HIV diagnoses. We look at the political and structural reasons behind the increase, and at solutions.


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Some cities and states have tried implementing universal pre-K. But the idea’s struggled to find a nationwide platform. Could that be changing?


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Award-winning chef and writer Samin Nosrat, on the fundamentals of great food. She wants her Netflix series to change the face of cooking shows.


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With David Folkenflik

You say we have to tackle climate change. Fine. But can you do it without nuclear power? It’s a hot-button issue for environmentalists. And the Green New Deal sidesteps it.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll talk with Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times column “Modern Love.” A lot has changed since it debuted in 2004.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Lip smacking, turning pages and scratching — they’re all part of a phenomenon called ASMR. We look at why millions are captivated by these “brain tingles.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, on why he’s building a presidential run on what he calls “intergenerational justice.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump rallies for his Wall in El Paso, Texas. We’ll hear the nuanced view a city inextricably linked to the southern border.

Guests

Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter for the Texas Tribune. (@nachoaguilar)

With David Folkenflik

Plessy v. Ferguson, the historic Supreme Court decision that endorsed “separate but equal” —which is to say racial segregation. A fresh look at how it came to be and how it echoes today.

With David Folkenflik

The State of the Union? Divided. Virginia politics? Upended. Trump inauguration records? Subpoenaed. Green New Deal? Unveiled. The roundtable unpacks the week that was.

Guests

Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent. (@Yamiche)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The State of the Union. President Trump’s telling, his push and the Democrats’ reply.

“We must choose greatness or gridlock,” President Trump said before the joint session of Congress Tuesday night. “Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.”

Guests

Shawna Thomas, Washington bureau chief for Vice News. (@Shawna)

With Jane Clayson

Regina King, on bringing James Baldwin’s novel to the big screen in her Oscar-nominated performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

The founder of the nonprofit Girls Who Code makes the case for women and girls to fear less, fail more and live bolder.

With Jane Clayson

A 71-year-old psychologist has a message for women of her generation: “Happiness is a choice and a set of skills.” She lays out the road map.

Guest

Mary Pipher, psychologist specializing in women, trauma and the effects of our culture on mental health. Author of several New York Times bestsellers, including “Reviving Ophelia,” “The Shelter of Each Other” and “Another Country.”

Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Former Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz prepares a 2020 run as an independent. Others have tried before him. Are any of them really independents, or just partisans in disguise?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Understanding the crisis in Venezuela. A fight for power, new U.S. sanctions and a catastrophe for the nation’s poor.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

African-American writer Emily Bernard was stabbed by a white man. She tells the story of how it transformed her in the new memoir, “Black is the Body.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

5G, the next generation of high-speed wireless, could change everything about mobile computing. But there are also national security concerns. We’ll explore what 5G actually is and what it will bring.

Guests

Klint Finley, contributing writer for Wired, where he covers telecommunication, net neutrality, software development, privacy. (@klintron)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The president has endorsed a bipartisan deal to temporarily end the government shutdown. Still, federal employees are feeling the effects and more uncertainty is on the horizon. We’ll look at the political and economic storylines.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Another airport is shut down after an apparent drone sighting. We’ll unpack drone disruption and what to do about it.

Guests

Alan Levin, reporter for Bloomberg News covering aviation and drones. (@AlanLevin1)

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