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Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

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Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes


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.



  • The Problem with Political Hobbyism with Eitan Hersh
    Has online activism and doomscrolling through twitter turned politics into just a hobby for people? At what point is it just a way to spend time rather than affect meaningful... Read more
    Published on: 2020-11-24
  • How Red is Texas with Abby Livingston
    Are Republicans losing their grip on Texas? Election night saw Democrats largely unable to build on the gains made in 2018 when an insurgent Beto O’Rourke ran a grassroots senate... Read more
    Published on: 2020-11-17
  • Introducing: Do No Harm
    As a bonus for Why Is This Happening? listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of “Do No Harm”, a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News and Wondery. “Do... Read more
    Published on: 2020-11-10
  • What We Got Wrong with Zeynep Tufekci
    The U.S. just surpassed 10 million confirmed cases of coronavirus as infection rates spike across the country. If you look at the charts tracking the reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,... Read more
    Published on: 2020-11-10
  • Donate Now with Michael Whitney
    What is the deal with all those fundraising emails? The ones with increasingly dramatic subject lines and maybe a dash of emotional manipulation – they’re everywhere, but do they work?... Read more
    Published on: 2020-11-03
  • Understanding the “Latino Vote” with Chuck Rocha
    Why is Donald Trump doing better with Latino voters in 2020 than he was in 2016? The central tension in even asking that question is – who exactly are Latino... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-27
  • America's Isolation with Samantha Power
    What does the world think of us right now? Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says it isn’t surprising that our standing in the world has dropped, but... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-20
  • Avoiding Election Disaster with Edward Foley
    We are just weeks away from an unprecedented election day. In order to vote safely during the pandemic, more people than ever are voting by mail or early in person,... Read more
    Published on: 2020-10-13