With Trump blacklisting Chinese technology companies, will a new Iron Curtain split the digital world in two? Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss, technology journalists and podcast hosts, join Nick to explain why this is such an integral crossroads for Silicon Valley, in which technology could trap us in a terrifying surveillance state, or allow us to upload our thoughts and live forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?
In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee, for killing his three daughters in an arson fire. As numerous investigations and news articles have uncovered, he likely didn’t commit the crime. Academy Award-winning director Ed Zwick joins Nick to talk about his new film, Trial by Fire, and explain how broken death row is, after over a hundred people have been exonerated post-death for crimes they didn’t commit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why is America So Violent?
Gun laws in America have barely changed despite hundreds of mass shootings in America over the past decade. Yet when a gunman opened fire in a mosque in New Zealand, the country’s leaders banned assault rifles less than a week later. Shannon Watts, founder of Mom’s Demand Action, joins Nick to explain why America is so obsessed with guns and violence, why the NRA is so vulnerable right now, and how a grassroots movement is trying to change how easy it is to get an assault rifle in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Is America Too Bigoted for Pete Buttigieg?
Mayor Pete speaks seven languages, is deeply religious, fought in Afghanistan, and is smarter than Donald Trump in every way imaginable, but is America evolved enough to elect a gay president? Tina Nguyen, The Hive’s resident 2020 expert, joins Nick to explain why Elizabeth Warren is amazing, but might be too boring, how Beto O’Rourke ruined his bid with the worst announcement video in history, and why Joe Biden could be the Jeb Bush of the 2020 Democratic field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The “Homeless Billionaire” Predicts Humanity Is Toast
Is America broken beyond repair? Nicolas Berggruen, the “homeless billionaire” who now runs his own think tank, joins Nick to discuss why we’re losing to China, how gene-editing could create a new species that destroys humanity, and why that may not be such a bad thing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit