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The Experiment
The Experiment
The Atlantic and WNYC Studios

Each week, we tell the story of what happens when individual people confront deeply held American ideals in their own lives. We're... more

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Episodes

Fighting to Remember Mississippi Burning

In June 1964, at the height of the civil-rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan burned a Black Methodist church to... more

19 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Teenage Life After Genocide

At 19 years old, Aséna Tahir Izgil feels wise beyond her years. She is Uyghur, an ethnic minority persecuted in... more

12 May 2022 · 47 minutes
Judge Judy’s Law

Almost 30 years ago, a fed-up Manhattan-family-court judge named Judith Sheindlin was sitting in her chambers when she got a... more

05 May 2022 · 47 minutes
The Experiment introduces Dead End: A New Jersey Political Murder Mystery

The Experiment introduces WNYC colleague Nancy Solomon's new podcast: Dead End: A New Jersey Political Murder Mystery New Jersey politics is not... more

28 Apr 2022 · 2 minutes
The Resurgence of the Abortion Underground

There’s a common story about abortion in this country, that people have only two options to intentionally end a pregnancy:... more

22 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Should We Return National Parks to Native Americans?

The national-park system has been touted as “America’s best idea.” David Treuer, an Ojibwe historian and the author of The... more

14 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Who Belongs in the Cherokee Nation?

From the time she was a little girl, Marilyn Vann knew she was Black and she was Cherokee. But when... more

07 Apr 2022 · 38 minutes
The Helen Keller Exorcism

The fantasy writer Elsa Sjunneson has been haunted by Helen Keller for nearly her entire life. Elsa is Deafblind, and... more

24 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
An Engineer Tries to Build His Way Out of Tragedy

James Sulzer has always loved building things. As a rehabilitation engineer, he spent years creating devices that he hoped would... more

17 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
One American Family’s Debt to Ukraine

As Putin invaded Ukraine last month, the Atlantic writer Franklin Foer found the Russian leader’s justification for violence uncanny. Putin... more

10 Mar 2022 · 36 minutes
The Experiment
Fighting to Remember Mississippi Burning
The Experiment