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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 Ten Year War with Jonathan Cohn
    In “The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage,” journalist Jonathan Cohn writes about the battle over healthcare and takes readers into the impetus for, history... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-21
  • The Electric Vehicle Revolution with Dana Hull
    In President Biden's vision of a greener future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. As fossil fuel usage continues to take a toll on the environment, the need for cleaner transportation... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-14
  • Reforming Sexual Justice with Alexandra Brodsky
    Civil rights attorney and author Alexandra Brodsky has spent her entire career focusing closely on ways institutions can best address sexual harms. Her work is the subject of “Sexual Justice:... Read more
    Published on: 2021-09-07
  • The War on Terror with Spencer Ackerman
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Spencer Ackerman joins to discuss catalysts for the War on Terror, inflection points, recent developments in Kabul, and the role of U.S. hegemony in continued global combat.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-31
  • Introducing: Southlake
    As a bonus for Why Is This Happening? listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of “Southlake,” a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News that takes listeners inside a... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-30
  • Performance in a Pandemic with Ani DiFranco
    Grammy award-winning musician Ani DiFranco joins for an enlightening conversation about her creative process, how she’s pivoted during the pandemic, and what’s enabled her to keep making music after so... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-24
  • Withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Impact of Global Corruption with Sarah Chayes
    Note: This conversation was recorded on July 27th, 2021, before the latest news in Kabul. Recognized around the globe for her research on corruption, Sarah Chayes has seen her fair share... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-17
  • Here, Right Matters with Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
    Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman has seen (and heard) a great deal in his experiences in public service. He became a household name as a key witness in Donald... Read more
    Published on: 2021-08-10