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The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion

*** Named a best podcast of 2021 by Time, Vulture, Esquire and The Atlantic. *** Each Tuesday and Friday, Ezra Klein invites you... more

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Episodes

How Do We Face Loss With Dignity?

In his latest work, “The Last White Man,” the award-winning writer Mohsin Hamid imagines a world that is very like... more

12 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Three Sentences That Could Change the World — and Your Life

Today’s show is built around three simple sentences: “Future people count. There could be a lot of them. And we... more

09 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Gender Is Complicated for All of Us. Let’s Talk About It.

It’s hard to think of anything changing more quickly in our society right now than our understanding of gender. There’s... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
The Argument: Who Can Write About What?

Today we're bringing you an episode from our friends at The Argument, about cultural appropriation in creative work. In recent... more

02 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Best Of: Ruth Ozeki’s Enchanted Relationship to Minds and Possessions

Today we're taking a short break and re-releasing one of our favorite episodes from 2022, a conversation with the novelist... more

29 Jul 2022 · 58 minutes
The Mid-Century Media Theorists Who Saw What Was Coming

“At the very heart of democracy is a contradiction that cannot be resolved, one that has affected free societies from... more

26 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
A Top Mental Health Expert on Where America Went Wrong

There’s a paradox that sits at the center of our mental health conversation in America. On the one hand, our... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Why Housing Is So Expensive — Particularly in Blue States

America is experiencing a housing crisis — or, more accurately, multiple housing crises. A massive housing shortage in major cities... more

19 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
A Weird, Wonderful Conversation With Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the great living science fiction writers and one of the most astute observers of... more

15 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
First Person: To Fight for Ukraine’s Freedom, He Went Back Into the Closet

Today, we're bringing you an episode from the recently launched New York Times Opinion podcast, “First Person,” hosted by Lulu... more

12 Jul 2022 · 38 minutes
Michelle Goldberg Grapples With Feminism After Roe

“It’s true: We’re in trouble,” writes Michelle Goldberg of the modern feminist movement. “One thing backlashes do is transform a... more

08 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Liberals Need a Clearer Vision of the Constitution. Here’s What It Could Look Like.

For decades now, the conservative legal movement has been on a mission to remake this nation’s laws from the bench.... more

05 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
A Guide to the Supreme Court's Rightward Shift

In the past few weeks alone, the Supreme Court has delivered a firestorm of conservative legal victories. States now have... more

01 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
The Supreme Court Went Off the Rails Long Before Dobbs

On Friday, a Supreme Court majority voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. On Sunday, we released an episode with Dahlia... more

28 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just About Abortion. It’s About Power.

On Friday, a Supreme Court majority voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Nearly all abortions are already banned in at... more

26 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Case for Prosecuting Trump

The Jan. 6 hearings have made it clear that Donald Trump led a concerted, monthslong effort to overturn a democratic... more

24 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Two Years Later, We Still Don’t Understand Long Covid. Why?

Depending on the data you look at, between 10 and 40 percent of people who get Covid will still have... more

21 Jun 2022 · 57 minutes
The End of 'The Everything Bubble'

This week, the S&P 500 entered what analysts refer to as a bear market. The index has plunged around 22... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Is Climate Change a Reason to Avoid Having Children? and Other Listener Questions Answered

It’s that time of year, when we invite listeners to send in questions, and I answer them on the air.... more

14 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Socialism Is Supposed to Be a Working-Class Movement. Why Isn’t It?

American socialists today find themselves in a tenuous position. Over the past decade, the left has become a powerful force... more

10 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Thomas Piketty’s Case For ‘Participatory Socialism’

The French economist Thomas Piketty is arguably the world’s greatest chronicler of economic inequality. For decades now, he has collected... more

07 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
A Conservative's View on Democrats' Biggest Weakness

“There is definitely a contest for the future of the center right,” says Reihan Salam, the president of the Manhattan... more

03 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Sex, Abortion and Feminism, as Seen From the Right

For decades, the conservative position on abortion has been simple: Appoint justices who will overturn Roe V. Wade. That aspiration... more

31 May 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Best Of: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Fight Over U.S. History

What does it mean to reckon with the violence, the tragedy, and the numerous contradictions of America? That is the... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
A Conversation With Ada Limón, in Six Poems

​​“One of the biggest things about poetry is that it holds all of humanity,” the poet Ada Limón tells me.... more

24 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Ethics of Abortion

When Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization leaked a few weeks ago, it signaled... more

20 May 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Anne Applebaum on What Liberals Misunderstand About Authoritarianism

The experience of reading Hannah Arendt’s 1951 classic “The Origins of Totalitarianism” in the year 2022 is a disorienting one.... more

17 May 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
What Does the ‘Post-Liberal Right’ Actually Want?

“It begun to dawn on many conservatives that in spite of apparent electoral victories that have occurred regularly since the... more

13 May 2022 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
Sway: 'Fear and Panic Are Bedfellows' in Ukraine

Today we're bringing you an episode from our friends at Sway about the war in Ukraine and the challenges of... more

10 May 2022 · 42 minutes
Donald Trump Didn’t Hijack the G.O.P. He Understood It.

Right now, Republicans of all stripes — Ron DeSantis, J.D. Vance, Mike Pence, Glenn Youngkin — are trying to figure... more

06 May 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The Argument: Why the G.O.P. Can't Stop Saying 'Gay'

Today we're bringing you an episode from our friends at The Argument about Florida's “Don't Say Gay” bill and the... more

03 May 2022 · 39 minutes
Elon Musk Might Break Twitter. Maybe That's a Good Thing.

If Elon Musk’s bid to purchase Twitter comes to fruition, the world’s richest person will own one of its most... more

29 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Putin May Not Like How He’s Changed Europe

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has transformed Europe within a matter of weeks. A continent once fractured by the refugee... more

26 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Emily St. John Mandel on Time Travel, Parenting and the Apocalypse

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel was published in 2014. That book imagined the world after a pandemic had... more

22 Apr 2022 · 59 minutes
Can Democrats Turn Their 2022 Around?

With the midterms just over six months away, the electoral prospects for Democrats are looking bleak. President Biden’s approval rating... more

19 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Best Of: This Conversation Will Change How You Think About Trauma

“Trauma is much more than a story about something that happened long ago,” writes Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. “The... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
A Ukrainian Philosopher on What Putin Never Understood About Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is only getting more brutal: We’ve seen the bodies of civilians strewn in the streets in... more

12 Apr 2022 · 47 minutes
Fiona Hill on Whether Ukraine Can Win — and What Happens if Russia Loses

The Russia-Ukraine war has changed considerably in recent weeks. Vladimir Putin is no longer talking explicitly about regime change in... more

08 Apr 2022 · 47 minutes
The Most Thorough Case Against Crypto I've Heard

The hype around cryptocurrencies has reached a fever pitch. There are Super Bowl ads for crypto companies featuring celebrities like... more

05 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Sanctioning Russia Is a Form of War. We Need to Treat It Like One.

The Russian political scientist Ilya Matveev recently described the impact of the West’s sanctions on his country as “30 years... more

01 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
I Keep Hoping Larry Summers Is Wrong. What if He’s Not?

“There is a chance that macroeconomic stimulus on a scale closer to World War II levels than normal recession levels... more

29 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Margaret Atwood on Stories, Deception and the Bible

A good rule of thumb is that whatever Margaret Atwood is worried about now is likely what the rest of... more

25 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
How Energy Markets Are Shaping Putin’s Invasion — and the World

Nearly every dimension of the Ukraine-Russia conflict has been shaped by energy markets. Russia’s oil and gas exports have long been... more

22 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
A Realist Take on How the Russia-Ukraine War Could End

As we enter the fourth week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many of the possible pathways this conflict could take... more

18 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Timothy Snyder on the Myths That Blinded the West to Putin’s Plans

“Americans and Europeans were guided through the new century by a tale about ‘the end of history,’ by what I... more

15 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Masha Gessen on Putin’s 'Profoundly Anti-Modern’ Worldview

For Western audiences, the past few weeks have been a torrent of information about what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine.... more

11 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Fiona Hill on the War Putin Is Really Fighting

Vladimir Putin was looking for a swift invasion that would halt Ukraine’s drift toward the West, reveal NATO’s fractures and... more

08 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
Fareed Zakaria Has a Better Way to Handle Russia — and China

“Russia’s utterly unprovoked, unjustifiable, immoral invasion of Ukraine would seem to mark the end of an era,” writes Fareed Zakaria,... more

04 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Can the West Stop Russia by Strangling its Economy?

There’s the Russia-Ukraine war that’s easy to follow in the news right now. We can watch Russian bombs falling on... more

01 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
A Philosophy of Games That Is Really a Philosophy of Life

When we play Monopoly or basketball, we know we are playing a game. The stakes are low. The rules are... more

25 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Best Of: Stop. Breathe. We Can’t Keep Working Like This.

We were promised, with the internet, a productivity revolution. We were told that we’d get more done, in less time,... more

22 Feb 2022 · 54 minutes
A Critique of Government That Liberals Need to Hear

Government is a bureaucratic, slow-moving institution. It’s too easily captured by special interests. It’s often incapable of acting at the... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Relationships Are Hard. This Unusual Parenting Theory Can Help.

This is one of those episodes I feel I need to sell. Because on one level, it’s about an unusual... more

15 Feb 2022 · 1 hour,
It's Not Your Fault You Can't Pay Attention. Here's Why.

“The sensation of being alive in the early 21st century consisted of the sense that our ability to pay attention... more

11 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
What the Heck Is Going on With the U.S. Economy?

Should we be celebrating a Biden boom? Lamenting inflation and its consequences? Both? We know how to talk about booms, like... more

08 Feb 2022 · 1 hour,
Let’s Talk About How Truly Bizarre Our Supreme Court Is

“Getting race wrong early has led courts to get everything else wrong since,” writes Jamal Greene. But he probably doesn’t... more

04 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Democrats Chase Shiny Objects. Here's How to Build Real Power.

There’s good reason to worry about the future of democracy, and little reason to believe Democrats have a viable plan... more

01 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Learning to Listen to the Voices Only You Hear

The world has gotten louder, even when we’re alone. A day spent in isolation can still mean a day buffeted... more

25 Jan 2022 · 59 minutes
The View From the White House

It’s been a year since Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. And what... more

21 Jan 2022 · 45 minutes
The Pandemic Lessons We Clearly Haven’t Learned

I remember thinking, as Covid ravaged the country in December 2020, that at least the holidays the next year would... more

18 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Chris Hayes on How Biden Can Have a Better 2022

Nothing like a newborn and paternity leave to leave you feeling a bit out of the loop. So for my... more

11 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Best Of: This Conversation Will Change How You Think About Thinking

For decades, our society’s dominant metaphor for the mind has been a computer. A machine that operates the exact same... more

04 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Best Of: Why Sci-Fi Legend Ted Chiang Fears Capitalism, Not A.I.

For years, I’ve kept a list of dream guests for this show. And as long as that list has existed,... more

28 Dec 2021 · 50 minutes
Best Of: Noam Chomsky's Theory of the Good Life

How do you introduce Noam Chomsky? Perhaps you start here: In 1979, The New York Times called him “arguably the... more

21 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Timeless Wisdom for Leading a Life of Love, Friendship and Learning

“Today, we are supercompetent when it comes to efficiency, utility, speed, convenience, and getting ahead in the world; but we... more

14 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Families Are Drowning in Care Costs. Here’s How To Change That.

Every day in the United States, more than 10,000 babies are born and 10,000 people turn 65. But America doesn’t... more

07 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
Predicting the Future Is Possible. ‘Superforecasters’ Know How.

Can we predict the future more accurately? It’s a question we humans have grappled with since the dawn of civilization —... more

03 Dec 2021 · 52 minutes
Best Of: How Blue Cities Became So Outrageously Unaffordable

Joe Biden’s economic agenda is centered on a basic premise: The United States needs to build. To build roads and... more

30 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Why Is Murder Spiking? And Can Cities Address It Without Police?

In 2020 the United States experienced a nearly 30 percent rise in homicides from 2019. That’s the single biggest one-year... more

23 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
The Case Against Loving Your Job

The compulsion to be happy at work “is always a demand for emotional work from the worker,” writes Sarah Jaffe.... more

19 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Are We Witnessing the Mainstreaming of White Power in America?

Over the course of Donald Trump’s presidency, the far-right fringe became a surprisingly visible and influential force in American politics.... more

16 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
It's Time for the Media to Choose: Neutrality or Democracy?

“Making it harder to vote, and harder to understand what the party is really about — these are two parts... more

12 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Two Acclaimed Writers on the Art of Revising Your Life

Many of the most contentious debates right now center on whether we, as individuals — and as a country —... more

09 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Best Of: How Octopuses Upend What We Know About Ourselves

I’ve been on an octopus kick for a little while now. In that, I don’t seem to be alone. Octopuses... more

05 Nov 2021 · 56 minutes
The Life-Altering Differences Between White and Black Debt

Public policy in the United States often overlooks wealth. We tend to design, debate and measure our economic policies with... more

02 Nov 2021 · 58 minutes
Why This Conservative Wants a More Radical Republican Party

“Progressives understand that culture war means discrediting their opponents and weakening or destroying their institutions. Conservatives should approach the culture... more

29 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Long Covid and the Blind Spots of American Medicine

One of the most frightening, least understood aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is what’s come to be known as “long... more

26 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
What Keeping American Democracy Alive Looks Like

In the wake of the “Stop the Steal” campaign, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the wave of... more

22 Oct 2021 · 53 minutes
The Story of America's Founding You Weren’t Taught in School

There are few periods of U.S. history that are as vigorously debated, as emotionally and civically charged as the American... more

19 Oct 2021 · 56 minutes
A Crypto Optimist and a Crypto Skeptic Walk Into a Podcast Studio

I’ve been wanting to explore the world crypto and blockchain technologies could build on the show for a while. In... more

15 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
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“Progressives understand that culture war means discrediting their opponents and weakening or destroying their institutions. Conservatives should approach the culture war with... more