The Stakes

Hosted by Kai Wright

A show about what it takes to create change.

  • Denial at the Trump Hotel

    Sep 18, 2019
    Climate change skeptics are finding it harder to deny the Earth is warming. So what's their plan now?
  • White Like Me

    Sep 3, 2019
    One family’s generational journey into whiteness, and the shifting roles white identity politics have played in American elections.
  • A History of Persuasion: Part 3

    Aug 13, 2019
    Silicon Valley’s “millionaire maker” is a behavioral scientist who harnessed the power of persuasion in a booming tech industry. But it might not be too big to rein in.
  • A History of Persuasion: Part 2

    Aug 8, 2019
    Ted Kaczynski had been a boy genius. James McConnell’s ideas about psychology sparked almost as much anxiety as Facebook does today. Here’s how their paths crossed.
  • A History of Persuasion: Part 1

    Jul 30, 2019
    A once-famous psychologist... and how the Unabomber tried to kill him. It's the first episode in our three-part series examining the science of persuasion, technology, and its backlash.
  • The Invention of 'Sexual Harassment'

    Jul 16, 2019
    A group of women in upstate New York forced a new idea into the mainstream at the end of the 1970s. Their story offers a playbook for social change--and its limitations.
  • Editing Thomas Jefferson

    Jul 2, 2019
    The nation's founders didn't want to deal with American society's fundamental contradictions. So they just wrote around it.
  • We’re Here. We’re Fluid. Get Used To It.

    Jun 4, 2019
    For Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, an intergenerational queer conversation with a gender fluid, pansexual 21-year-old who takes us through her online and IRL world.