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Why Is This Happening?

Every week on the podcast Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night. How do we make sense of this unprecedented moment in world history?

Previous Episodes

623d ago

Contextualizing the lockdown of Kashmir with Hafsa Kanjwal

Chris Hayes speaks with Hafsa Kanjwal, a Kashmiri Muslim woman and assistant professor at Lafayette College, about the complex history of Kashmir.
Image: Indian security personnel walk on a street in Srinagar on Aug. 9, 2019.
Image: Indian security personnel walk on a street in Srinagar on Aug. 9, 2019.
628d ago

Telling the climate story with Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad

Live in Los Angeles, Chris Hayes speaks with Adam McKay and Omar El Akkad about using art and pop culture to convey the urgency of the climate crisis.
Image: Climate Change protest
Image: Climate Change protest
639d ago

Exploring belonging and unbelonging with Salman Rushdi

Chris Hayes speaks with author Salmon Rushdie about the political climate in India and the U.S., belonging, immigration and his newest novel “Quichotte."
Image: Salman Rushdie in Cheltenham, England, in 2015.
Image: Salman Rushdie in Cheltenham, England, in 2015.
654d ago

Undermining black homeownership with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Chris Hayes speaks with scholar, activist and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about housing discrimination and her new book, “Race for Profit.”
Activists march against the proposed Magic City Innovation District in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami on June 20, 2019. Critics say the proposed 17-acre mixed-use development would exacerbate gentrification and force out longtime residents of the neighborhood.
Activists march against the proposed Magic City Innovation District in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami on June 20, 2019. Critics say the proposed 17-acre mixed-use development would exacerbate gentrification and force out longtime residents of the neighborhood.
660d ago

Defining conservatism in the Trump era with Sen. Ted Cruz

Live at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, Chris Hayes speaks with Sen. Ted Cruz about all things conservatism.
Image: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with Chris Hayes during a panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2019.
Image: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with Chris Hayes during a panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2019.
671d ago

Protecting trans rights with Chase Strangio

Chris Hayes speaks with Chase Strangio, a trans man and lawyer at the ACLU, about many of the complex factors at play in the fight for transgender rights.
Image: Gavin Grimm
Image: Gavin Grimm
671d ago

The education of an idealist with Samantha Power

Chris Hayes speaks with former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power about her role shaping helping shape foreign policy she once criticized.
United Nations
United Nations
683d ago

Facing trauma and PTSD with Jason Kander

Chris Hayes speaks with former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander about the impact of living in mortal danger and the life changing power of therapy.
Image: Jason Kander
Image: Jason Kander
696d ago

Inside the fight to obtain college at any cost with Caitlin Zaloom

Chris Hayes speaks with NYU professor Caitlin Zaloom, author of "Indebted," about the financial pressures that come with trying to fund a college education.
Image: college graduation
Image: college graduation
698d ago

Receiving asylum, and helping today's asylum seekers with Luis Mancheno

Chris Hayes speaks with legal aid attorney Luis Mancheno about his time seeking asylum in the U.S. as an LGBT person and helping others now.
Image: Honduran asylum seekers sent back to Mexico from the U.S. under Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) pass the time at a makeshift encampment in Matamoros
Image: Honduran asylum seekers sent back to Mexico from the U.S. under Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) pass the time at a makeshift encampment in Matamoros
710d ago

Holding Washington accountable with Rep. Katie Porter

Chris Hayes speaks with freshmen Rep. Katie Porter about the moment she decided to run, how she's standing up to special interests and why she's in favor of an impeachment inquiry.
Image: Katie Porter speaks to supporters at the University of California, Irvine, at an early voting event on Oct. 30, 2019.
Image: Katie Porter speaks to supporters at the University of California, Irvine, at an early voting event on Oct. 30, 2019.