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Why a No-Fly Zone Over Ukraine Could Be—Literally—the Worst Idea Ever

The author and foreign policy critic Robert Wright joins the podcast to debate the pros and cons of a no-fly zone

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“Every Person Is Ready to Die for Our Country”: Five Ukrainians on Life Inside Putin’s War Zone

Ukrainians who live in—or have recently fled from—Kyiv tell Derek what it’s like living in the Ukrainian capital, escaping to Poland, and returning to Kyiv to fight the Russian army

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What Putin Will Do Next and the West’s Unprecedented “Financial War” on Russia

Derek discusses the economic effects of war

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Russia’s Economic Meltdown, Putin’s Big Mistake, and the West’s Financial War Against Vlad and His Cronies

Derek discusses sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe

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How Putin’s War Will End

Derek considers five ways that the war in Ukraine could end with University of Chicago professor Paul Poast

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What Vladimir Putin Wants—and How Russia’s War in Ukraine Could Reshape the World

Derek discusses the impact of the recent attacks

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Four Brilliant Frames for Finding the Next Big Thing, With Venture Capitalist Josh Wolfe

Plus, what’s eating tech stocks in 2022?

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The Great Debate: What’s the Single Most Amazing Sports Statistic in U.S. History?

Derek is joined by Ryen Russillo to settle the debate and name the greatest GOAT across all sports

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What American Media Is Getting Wrong About Canada’s Big Protests

David Frum joins to discuss what’s happening in Ottawa

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The Meaning of Life and the Power of Regret

Derek goes deep with bestselling author Dan Pink on his new book, ‘The Power of Regret’

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Spotify’s Joe Rogan Problem, Facebook’s TikTok Crisis, and Crypto’s Anonymity Conundrum

Plus, reacting to Mark Zuckerberg’s big stock market wipeout

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This Guy Predicted the 2021 Economy. I Asked Him What’s Next.

Derek is joined by Harvard professor Jason Furman to discuss inflation, the Great Resignation, labor shortages, and the Federal Reserve

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One Big Question Each for: Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Tesla, and Meta

Derek is joined by Shira Ovide of The New York Times to discuss the future of big tech

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Should We Cancel Student Debt?

Derek is joined by Jordan Weissmann to discuss the best arguments for and against canceling student loans, as well as their economic and psychological burden

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Crypto Crashing, Pandemic Stocks Plunging: The Story Behind January’s Wild Stock Market

Author Morgan Housel joins to talk Peloton, Bitcoin, and finance myths

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2022 Is Off to a Terrible Start for Democrats

Derek is joined by James Fallows to discuss the filibuster and voting-rights wars

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The Biggest Losers of the Streaming Wars: ESPN, Movie Theaters, Peacock, and More

Do movie theaters have a future? What should Disney do with ESPN? And is anybody watching Peacock? Derek Thompson and media analyst Rich Greenfield discuss the future of TV, movies, and live sports.

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Everybody Was Wrong About Inflation

Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson join to discuss the highest inflation rate in 40 years

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Omicron: Feelings vs. Facts

Derek discusses the rise of the "Vaxxed and Done" movement and reviews the latest omicron data with John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times

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The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

Derek breaks down what could be coming in science and tech over the rest of the decade

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The Four Ways That America Is Polarizing

David Frum joins Derek to talk about rising and falling polarization by race, gender, education, and place—and what it tells us about America’s strange new politics

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The Four Biggest Myths of the U.S. Economy. Plus, Omicron in 100 Seconds.

Derek is joined by Morgan Housel to discuss inflation, the great resignation, and the future of robots

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Elon Musk Is the Person of the Year. Who Is the Person of the Century? 

Plus, why Derek is wrong about remote work and breaking down the strange behavior of tech’s most famous founders

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The Elizabeth Holmes Trial With Rebecca Jarvis of ‘The Dropout’ Podcast

Derek discusses the evidence in the case against the Theranos founder

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Media Report Card! Biden Blues, Omicron Fears, Chris Cuomo, and a Celebrity Profile for the Ages 

Derek is joined by Bryan Curtis to grade the news media on its coverage of recent events

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Work in America Is Broken—Can Remote Work Save Us?

Author Anne Helen Peterson joins Derek to discuss American work culture

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The Future of Democracy, the Media, and the Economy With Andrew Yang

Andrew interviews Derek about the state of the economy, and Derek interviews Andrew about the various plagues of U.S. politics

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The Bad Guys Are Winning

Derek talks to The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum on the decline of democracy and the rise of a new form of authoritarianism in Russia, China, Europe, and the U.S.

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The Omicron Variant: So, How Bad Is It? 

Derek is joined by Dr. Peter Hontez to discuss what we know and don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant

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Buy or Sell Pandemic Trends: Peloton, Movie Theaters, Masks, and More!

Amanda Mull joins the show to discuss which pandemic trends will continue heading into 2022

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We Have to Talk About Inflation

Ben Carlson and Michael Batnick join the show to discuss rising prices, the Great Resignation, and labor shortages

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The Future Is Going to Be Weird As Hell

The New York Times’s Kevin Roose joins the show to walk Derek through the metaverse, crypto, NFTs, and the maybe-BS or maybe-brilliant future of technology