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Aug 12, 2020

Natalie Alford, a singer songwriter out of Chicago, started to feel sick in the spring. Now four months later, she's still sick. As a part of our conversation about the how health care in this country is going to have to change post-pandemic, I thought a one-on-one with someone hit with debilitating and longterm...


Aug 10, 2020

Often when we discuss health care reform, we're talking about issues of accessibility and affordability. It is assumed American medicine is great, top notch. The only problem is how expensive it is and how broken the insurance networks are. But patients with pain, headaches, chronic illness are too often not only not...


Aug 3, 2020

Do we and should we have free speech or not? Why can't anyone agree on that? Bosnian-born writer Elvis Bego joins Jessa to discuss how free speech went from being a leftist issue to a conservative talking point, the dangerous sentimentality of America, and why a media saturated with one demographic -- class-based, not...


Jul 20, 2020

BU Professor Ashley Mears details the leisure of the wealthy in her new book, Very Important People, but also the men and "girls" who live in their periphery. Examining the nightlife of the moneyed, from the ecstatic destruction of wealth to the exclusive locales they circulate around, we discuss the gender of money...


Jul 13, 2020

With all the media struggles lately, a conversation has emerged: should the journalist strive to be an objective observer, or should they be the moral arbiter? Who better to come on to help Jessa figure this out than JoAnn Wypijewski, who has been covering media moral panics for years? Author of the new collection of...