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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

Talking 'Gangsters of Capitalism' with Jonathan Katz

Chris Hayes speaks with award-winning author Jonathan Katz about the life of decorated war hero Smedley Butler, a self-proclaimed "racketeer for capitalism."
Gen. Smedley D. Butler addresses a crowd of 6,000 participants in an antiwar demonstration on Reyburn Plaza in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 1935.
Gen. Smedley D. Butler addresses a crowd of 6,000 participants in an antiwar demonstration on Reyburn Plaza in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, 1935.

Going through the #WITHpod mailbag

Chris Hayes and producers Tiffany Champion and Doni Holloway answer your questions from the #WITHpod mailbag and discuss what's new on the podcast.

#WITHpod & 'Strict Scrutiny' crossover: podcast and transcript

Chris Hayes speaks with "Strict Scrutiny" hosts Kate Shaw, Melissa Murray and Leah Litman about what's ahead for the Supreme Court in 2022.

Reflecting on the unthinkable with Jamie Raskin

Chris Hayes speaks with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D- Md. about navigating an unimaginable convergence of personal and public trauma.
Image: Jamie Raskin
Image: Jamie Raskin

Discussing democracy on a knife's edge with Bart Gellman & Sherrilyn Ifill

Chris Hayes speaks with Bart Gellman, a correspondent for The Atlantic and Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, about the fight for American democracy.

Asking a 'Swole Woman' about fitness with Casey Johnston

Chris Hayes speaks with fitness guru, writer and self-described “Swole Woman” Casey Johnston about rethinking the traditional approach to fitness.
Casey Johnston.
Casey Johnston.

Demystifying NFTs with Kevin Roose

Chris Hayes speaks with New York Times columnist Kevin Roose about NFTs, the latest craze in the cryptocurrency world.
Non-fungible token art.
Non-fungible token art.

Examining what is statistically true with Kareem Carr

Chris Hayes speaks with Harvard Phd student Kareem Carr about the role of biostatistics in our lives and why it’s essential to have a healthy level of skepticism of numbers.
Image: Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
Image: Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

Creating online content for more than a decade with Hank Green

Chris Hayes speaks with wildly popular vlogger, podcaster and author Hank Green about where the internet has been, is and will go in the future.
Hank Green.
Hank Green.

Bringing news inside prisons with Lawrence Bartley

Chris Hayes speaks with News Inside director Lawrence Bartley about distributing his Pulitizer Prize-winning magazine to prisons and jails across the U.S.
Image:  Lawrence Bartley
Image:  Lawrence Bartley

Going behind the scenes of filmmaking with Alex Gibney

Chris Hayes speaks with Oscar award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney about his storied career, creative process and how production has evolved.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney visits the Build Series to discuss his new documentary film \"Citizen K\" on Jan. 13, 2020, in New York.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney visits the Build Series to discuss his new documentary film \"Citizen K\" on Jan. 13, 2020, in New York.