For the advanced political sect who scour every news source with two blaring televisions and a stream of Twitter political chat, The New Republic offers supplementary coverage through the lens of identity. The talk is serious, in-depth, and smart. Each episode is like a free master class in whatever the subject happens to be: black lives in Flint, Michigan, political fear-mongering, and the intricacies of Hillary's race are all topics of recent episodes. Intersection takes effort on the listener's end -- maybe not your end-of-the-day commute podcast -- but it will stimulate neurons, inspire curiosity, and blur traditional binaries.
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