The Stakes

Hosted by Kai Wright

A show about what it takes to create change.

  • The Next Debt Crisis That No One's Talking About

    Oct 29, 2019
    An ambitious young immigrant is scammed into a buying a used car he can’t afford. But selling people unaffordable loans is big business and more consumers than ever can’t pay them back.
  • 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.