The Experiment

Hosted by Julia Longoria

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

  • 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.
  • Dr. Ruth on Hot Vax Summer

    Jun 24, 2021
    After the pandemic, how do we learn to get close to one another again? We ask the renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer.
  • Life, Liberty, and Drugs

    Jun 17, 2021
    The Columbia professor Carl Hart believes that we can use drugs safely, and that doing so is our American right.
  • The Ashes on the Lawn

    Jun 10, 2021
    The tragedy of the AIDS epidemic forced activists to battle their own grief and navigate extreme measures in order to effect lasting change.
  • One Woman’s Quest for an Orgasm

    May 27, 2021
    On an intimate journey for her own sexual pleasure, Katharine Smyth found herself navigating  a female-orgasm industrial complex long defined by myths about women’s bodies.
  • How the Evangelical World Turned on Itself

    May 20, 2021
    Christian rapper Lecrae found his faith in a culture where evangelicalism and politics were tightly tied. When he couldn’t live with that anymore, the consequences were devastating.
  • How The Evangelical Machine Got Made

    May 13, 2021
    White evangelicals have become the most powerful voting bloc in America, one church mailing list at a time. But is the cost of political victory too high?