8/31/2020, Underreported: Hosted by Nicholas Lemann

Bethany McLean: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants

Bethany McLean: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants

In 2008, the U.S. Treasury put Fannie and Freddie into a life-support state known as “conservatorship” to prevent their failure—and worldwide economic chaos. The two companies, which were always controversial, have become a battleground. Today, Fannie and Freddie are profitable again but still in conservatorship. Their profits are being redirected toward reducing the federal deficit,… more

8/24/2020, Underreported Hosted by Nicholas Lemann

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian and

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian and "The Cosmopolites"

From the Underreported dispatch archives: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian travels the globe to meet these willing and unwitting "cosmopolites," or citizens of the world, who inhabit a new, borderless realm where things can go very well, or very badly. The story of twenty-first-century citizenship is bigger than millionaires seeking their next passport. This episode was recorded on October… more

8/17/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part Two

'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part Two

Journalism is in crisis. The heart of the crisis isn't what most people think it is—the bitter struggle between Donald Trump and news organizations. The heart of the crisis is economic. Quite rapidly in the twenty-first century, newspapers, traditionally the major generators of original journalism, have gone into a downward spiral that has resulted in… more

7/27/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part One

'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part One

There was a time, and it wasn't that long ago when newspapers could easily have a 30% profit margin. Places like car dealers and grocery stores were able to get their message out. But then, the internet happened and kicked the legs out from under the entire business model. Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan… more

4/20/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'The Call' with Krithika Varagur | Part Two

'The Call' with Krithika Varagur | Part Two

The second part of our interview with Krithika Varagur. In her new book, "The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project," Varagur traverses three continents to tell the story of the Saudi religious campaign from Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kosovo. She finds Saudi money in all kinds of places, from universities to political parties to extremist… more

4/13/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

"The Call" with Krithika Varagur | Part One

Krithika Varagur's new book, "The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project," chronicles the House of Saud’s vast project to systematically transform the Muslim world in its own image by spreading abroad Wahhabism, its brand of ultraconservative Islam. Using billions of dollars, thousands of personnel, and institutions both governmental and unofficial, "Saudi money" is both… more

2/18/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

"Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink" with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

On the frontlines of the battle for democracy in China. Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink represents a rare example of deep historical, cultural, and political context produced on deadline about a major ongoing news event. Drawing on a rich store of knowledge and wisdom, and writing with literary power as well as analytic rigor, Jeffrey Wasserstrom… more

1/13/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'State of War' with William Wheeler

'State of War' with William Wheeler

The Story of MS-13 and Its American Roots. State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence makes vividly clear why Salvadorans are fleeing their country, and why Trump’s harsh immigration and asylum policies may only empower the gangs more. Writer and "Detours" podcast host William Wheeler discusses the process of reporting his new… more

12/2/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'The Curse of Bigness' with Tim Wu

'The Curse of Bigness' with Tim Wu

Host Nicholas Lemann sits down with Columbia University law professor Tim Wu to discuss the politics of Louis Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt as antitrust has reemerged this year as a major issue in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.            

10/30/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'New Kings of the World' with Fatima Bhutto | Part Two

'New Kings of the World' with Fatima Bhutto | Part Two

Part two of Nick's conversation with acclaimed Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto. Her most recent book, New Kings of the World, examines the new arbiters of mass culture ―India’s Bollywood films, Turkey's soap operas, or dizi, and South Korea's pop music. Published with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.