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    • The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    The grassroots progressive movement known as the resistance has had a very good two years. It beat back attempts to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, and it helped defeat a Republican House majority that was enabling President Donald Trump. Neither of those outcomes looked likely when he took office.

    "The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance" is from the January 20, 2019 Op-Ed section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Trump the Vulnerable

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    Now that a new Congress has taken office, the vote count from the 2018 midterms is all but final. It shows that Democrats won the national popular vote in the House races by almost 9 percentage points. That margin is smashing — larger, by comparison, than in any presidential race since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election landslide.

    "Trump the Vulnerable" is from the January 06, 2019 World section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Secret to Winning in 2020

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Young or old? Female or male? White, black or Latino? The first stage of the 2020 presidential campaign — the jockeying stage — is underway, and Democrats are trying to figure out who the ideal candidate is.

    "The Secret to Winning in 2020" is from the December 16, 2018 Op-Ed section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • The Halfhearted Opposition to the Gop’s Health Care Misery

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    The Republican health care bill now sneaking its way through the Senate has a good chance of becoming law, even though it would do miserable damage. And it has a good chance partly because some of the bill’s most influential opponents have not had the courage of their convictions.

    "The Halfhearted Opposition to the Gop’s Health Care Misery" is from the June 12, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • A Letter to President-Elect Trump About Health Care

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
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    It is entirely possible for you to sign a conservative health care bill that lives up to your belief in universal coverage. It’s a bill that you could celebrate as a replacement of Obamacare. But it would be quite different from the bills that congressional Republicans are pushing.

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    • To Fix Schools, Go to the Principal

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Gregory Jones, the principal of Kenwood high school, has learned that when spring finally arrives in Chicago, trouble often arrives with it. He saw it happen again on a warm afternoon last May, when students were lingering outside the school, on the city’s South Side, and a fight broke out.

    "To Fix Schools, Go to the Principal" is from the March 11, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • It's Time to Worry About Health Care in the Senate

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the past two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans.

    "It's Time to Worry About Health Care in the Senate" is from the May 22, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • When CEOs Cared About America

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    The October 1944 edition of Fortune magazine carried an article by a corporate executive that makes for amazing reading today. It was written by William B. Benton — a co-founder of the Benton & Bowles ad agency — and an editor’s note explained that Benton was speaking not just for himself but on behalf of a major corporate lobbying group. The article then laid out a vision for American prosperity after World War II.

    "When CEOs Cared About America" is from the December 02, 2018 Op-Ed section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    On my fourth day in a semi-driverless car, I finally felt comfortable enough to let it stop itself. Before then, I’d allowed the car — a Volvo S90 sedan — to steer around gentle turns, with my hands still on the wheel, and to adjust speed in traffic. By Day 4, I was ready to make a leap into the future.

    "Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One." is from the October 22, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • I’m Not Quoting Enough Women in My Work

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Five years ago, a freelance journalist named Adrienne LaFrance decided to figure out the gender breakdown of the people she was quoting. With help from an MIT researcher, LaFrance analyzed the articles she had written over the previous year, spanning many subjects, in a variety of big-name publications.

    "I’m Not Quoting Enough Women in My Work" is from the May 13, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • The Monopolization of America

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    The popular telling of the Boston Tea Party gets something wrong. The colonists were not responding to a tax increase. They were responding to the Tea Act of 1773, which granted a tea monopoly in the colonies to the well-connected East India Co. Merchants based in the Americas would be shut out of the market.

    "The Monopolization of America" is from the November 25, 2018 Op-Ed section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • When the Rich Said No to Getting Richer

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    A half-century ago, a top automobile executive named George Romney — yes, Mitt’s father — turned down several big annual bonuses. He did so, he told his company’s board, because he believed that no executive should make more than $225,000 a year (which translates into almost $2 million today).

    "When the Rich Said No to Getting Richer" is from the September 04, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Americans Who Saved Health Insurance

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Many Americans look back on the heroic political fights of the past — for suffrage, Social Security, civil rights, Medicare — and wonder why today’s politics never produce inspiring victories. Well, we just witnessed one.

    "The Americans Who Saved Health Insurance" is from the August 01, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • America Is Now an Outlier on Driving Deaths

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 4 mins
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    This week, millions of Americans will climb into their cars to visit family. Unfortunately, they will have to travel on the most dangerous roads in the industrialized world.

    "America Is Now an Outlier on Driving Deaths" is from the November 19, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Myth of Education Skepticism

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
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    In Alabama’s recent special Senate election, the progressive group Priorities USA was looking for ways to lift African-American voter turnout. So Priorities tested several different advertisements, to see which ones made people want to vote.

    "The Myth of Education Skepticism" is from the March 18, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • A Time for Big Economic Ideas

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    The headlines may talk about growth, but we are living in a dark economic era. For most families, income and wealth have stagnated in recent decades, barely keeping pace with inflation. Nearly all the bounty of the economy’s growth has flowed to the affluent.

    "A Time for Big Economic Ideas" is from the April 22, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Letting American Kids Die

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
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    In a Sandy Hook, Connecticut, firehouse in 2012, not long after another school shooting, a group of terrified parents was waiting for news about their children. Connecticut’s governor, Dan Malloy, then walked into the room and quietly told them, “If you haven’t been reunited with your loved one by now, that is not going to happen.” The room convulsed in grief.

    "Letting American Kids Die" is from the February 17, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • How to Fight the New Trumpcare

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
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    Since Donald Trump’s election, a loose coalition of citizens, doctors, nurses, activists and others have rallied together to prevent their fellow Americans from losing health insurance. They won a big victory last month when Congress set aside its efforts to pass a destructive bill. But now the coalition has a new fight.

    "How to Fight the New Trumpcare" is from the October 15, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • The Lawless Presidency

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Democracy isn’t possible without the rule of law — the idea that consistent principles, rather than a ruler’s whims, govern society.

    "The Lawless Presidency" is from the June 05, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Leonhardt and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Yes, Obama’s Presidency Will Endure

    • By: David Leonhardt
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    While Trump will obviously be able to reverse some policies, he will also face obstacles. First, some of Obama’s changes are popular, even if passing them was hard. Look at Obamacare. Republicans promise to repeal it, but have accepted Obama’s terms of the debate: They claim that they won’t take health insurance away. The baseline has been reset.

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