The Experiment

Hosted by Julia Longoria

The Experiment: stories from an unfinished country. A new series from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios.

  • What Makes a Murderer?

    Apr 29, 2021
    A widely criticized legal principle disproportionately puts youth of color and women behind bars. But is it the only way to hold police accountable when they kill?
  • How RBG Became ‘Notorious’

    Apr 22, 2021
    In her fight for women’s rights, the then–ACLU lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg did something unexpected: She argued on behalf of men.
  • The Problem With America’s National Parks

    Apr 15, 2021
    The story of our national parks, sometimes called “America’s best idea,” leaves out a very big group of people. The Ojibwe writer David Treuer is trying to change that.
  • The Crime of Refusing Vaccination

    Mar 25, 2021
    Where do our rights over our own bodies end and our duties to others begin? An answer lies in the story of a 1905 Supreme Court case about government-mandated vaccines.
  • The Volunteer

    Mar 18, 2021
    Yusuf Ahmed Nur volunteered to counsel a man on death row. He never intended to witness the execution.
  • Inventing ‘Hispanic’

    Mar 11, 2021
    How did a hugely diverse group of people in the United States get lumped together? The answer involves Chicanos, the census, and Celia Cruz.
  • Lost Cause

    Mar 4, 2021
    What does it take to overcome one of the oldest disinformation campaigns in American history?