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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.



  • Educating the Internet with Natalie Wynn
    You might think that nothing good happens on the Internet anymore. It's just an algorithmically driven continuous feed of rage, disinformation, and subterfuge. Natalie Wynn, known for her YouTube channel... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-22
  • Fighting Back the Virus with Andy Slavitt
    Here in the United States, things are closer to normal than they have been in a long time. Businesses have reopened, gatherings have started to resume, and COVID cases and... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-15
  • Energy and Evolution with Herman Pontzer
    How does the human body take in and use energy? It is a simple question, but one that we still do not have a definitive answer to. This week Associate... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-08
  • How the Word is Passed with Clint Smith
    What we call history isn't a fixed thing; it's a narrative, contested and fought over, changing over time. Right now, the United States is in the midst of a massive historical... Read more
    Published on: 2021-06-01
  • Treating Trans Youth with Dr. Izzy Lowell
    What is gender-affirming health care? Around the country, there’s a Republican campaign to legislate and regulate the lives of trans youth. The most destructive of these efforts would bar trans... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-25
  • A More Violent America with Patrick Sharkey
    What causes violent crime rates to rise? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that 2020 was the deadliest year in American history but what you may not know is... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-18
  • A Life in China with Te-Ping Chen
    We largely hear about China in the news through the lens of what the Chinese government is doing, but it is a country with billions of people and a history... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-11
  • The Premonition with Michael Lewis
    Back in 2019, a panel of health experts declared that of every country in the whole world, the United States was the most prepared for handling a pandemic. So what... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-04