The Stakes

Hosted by Kai Wright

A show about what it takes to create change.

  • 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.
  • To Be Young, Conscious and Rap

    May 21, 2019
    Hip hop schooled a generation to be unapologetically black and proud, until commercialism changed the rap game.
  • Giving Birth While Black

    May 7, 2019
    Black women and their babies are dying at shockingly high rates during and after child birth. One big reason is the implicit bias of doctors. So what do we do about it?