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The United States of Anxiety
The United States of Anxiety is a show about the unfinished business of our history, and its grip on our future. Each week, host Kai Wright invites listeners to gather for intimate conversations and deeply reported stories about the choices we’ve made as a society -- and the new choices we can imagine now. We’re learning from our past, meeting our neighbors, and sharing the joy (and the work!) of living in a plural society. Our inbox is also open for your voice memos—send them to And you can keep up with Kai on Twitter @kai_wright. WNYC Studios is a...
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4.4 stars from 1,433 ratings
I love Kai Wright’s perspective, the engaging stories he chooses, and the eye-opening information from the guests he brings on. This podcast is so unique and Kai’s repeated goal of “making sense of our country’s unfinished history,” is noble and necessary. Please listen and share, this Podcast...Read full review »
Club Muchacha via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/21
Four Hundred Souls
Reading this historical and eye-opening book, I learned about this podcast. I’m most appreciative for the effort of all those participating as I am eager to learn and become more knowledgeable about the past and ongoing struggles of people of color. I am passionate about doing my part to support...Read full review »
kd^ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/06/21
This is one of the best podcasts ever - and I listen to WAY too many! Well researched and superbly well thought out - very impressive and valuable
Vegan jmp via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/29/21
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