Magic + Loss

Virginia Heffernan
Keep up with Virginia’s political and cultural writing — and stay tuned for the next podcast.
Created 25 Jan 2021
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  • Talk Trash to Me
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    Talk to Dre Baldwin in this premiere episode. The NFL is cracking down on it. Donald Trump can’t stop doing it. And it’s the whole reason for the first rule of social media: “Never read the comments.”...
  • The Alarming Rise of Peter Thiel, Tech Mogul and Political Provocateur
    22 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 13 1
    A few years ago, on a podcast called “This Is Actually Happening,” a penitent white supremacist recalled a formative childhood experience. One night his mother asked him: “You enjoying your burger?” S...
  • When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?
    15 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 2
    I LIKE A get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping. The idea came up like this: Plastic straws were in the moral firing line, and if they were banne...
  • The Day After 9/11
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 9 1
    FOR 18 YEARS, I’ve believed that only immediate mourners—and those who came close to losing their own lives—should be allowed to talk about 9/11. This conviction started with good intentions. I wanted...
  • It's all happening
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 2
    At last, a preview! Lordy I love this show. We have the cleverest most eccentric guests on the airwaves and I hope you’ll tune in Sept. 23! Click below to hear the preview.
  • Why Vladimir Putin can’t keep Alexei Navalny down
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 7 1
    (Wiki photo) Alexei Navalny is considered the man Vladimir Putin fears and despises more than anyone on Earth. Quite an honor. What’s really unusual about Navalny, a formidable dissident, anti-corrupt...
  • Tom Cotton never needed airtime
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 3
    To those who stake an argument about liberal media bias on the premise that reporters were too woke and afraid to cover the compelling "lab leak hypothesis": 1. They did cover it. 2. It wasn't that co...
  • How to stop worrying that CRT will corrupt your kids
    24 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 8 1
    In 1925, John W. Butler, a legislator in Tennessee, told reporters that years earlier he’d “read in the papers that boys and girls were coming home from school and telling their fathers and mothers th...
  • Crypto trading just got safer, and that’s too bad
    08 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    Cryptocurrency ATMs in Hong Kong. Ethereum’s changes to its blockchain add stability to crypto trading, at the expense of its decentralized and unregulated origins. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press ) Some...
  • The must-see, must-listen Jan. 6 hearings
    30 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 11 1
    “Let that sink in” is among the most persistent refrains on political Twitter. Jolts have hit American brains too fast and too furious over the past five years, what with political upheaval and the pa...
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