The Experiment

Hosted by Julia Longoria

The Experiment, a show about people navigating our country's contradictions.

  • The Unwritten Rules of Black TV

    Sep 16, 2021
    The short, uneven history of Black representation on television—from Julia to The Cosby Show to today’s “renaissance.”  
  • What 9/11 Did to One Family

    Sep 9, 2021
    Grief, conspiracy theories, and a family’s search for meaning in the two decades since the attacks.
  • Can America See Gymnasts for More Than Their Medals?

    Aug 12, 2021
    USA Gymnastics has been undergoing a reckoning over widespread abuse. The Atlantic's Emma Green asks former gymnast Rachael Denhollander whether the sport can shake off that grim legacy.
  • Why Can’t We Just Forget the Alamo?

    Aug 5, 2021
    The Texan writer Bryan Burrough set out to debunk the myth of the Alamo, only to find himself igniting a fierce ideological battle over the state's founding legend.
  • The Myth of the ‘Student Athlete’

    Jul 29, 2021
    The NCAA was created to protect students, so why have some student athletes gone hungry while their schools have earned millions? 
  • The Hate-Crime Conundrum

    Jul 22, 2021
    After 50 years of hate-crime legislation in the U.S., hate-motivated violence is once again on the rise. So where did we go wrong?
  • The Great Seed Panic of 2020

    Jul 15, 2021
    Last summer, home deliveries of unsolicited Chinese seeds sent Americans into a panic. Writer Chris Heath has discovered an explanation that many, including the USDA, don’t believe.
  • America Has a Drinking Problem

    Jul 8, 2021
    Alcohol has been humanity’s social lubricant since 10,000 B.C., but its use as a coping mechanism is distinctly American.