Reason's Secret Recipe for Nutrient-Rich Coverage of the Trump Era

Combine investigative reporting, interviews & exposes, a brand-new daily podcast, and award-winning videos that get copied by other outfits...


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Austin & Meredith Bragg, Reason

Warning: Our actual recipe for covering politics in the coming year doesn't actually include eggs (cage-free, of course), milk (raw and unpasteurized), poultry (no left or right wings, thank you very much), Fruit Loops, and booze.

Instead, we'll be combining investigative reporting; a commitment to "Free Minds and Free Markets"; in-depth interviews with friends and foes; a brand-spanking-new daily podcast (subscribe for free!); and award-winning videos that inspire other outfits to follow suit (watch this from us in 2013, read this from Rolling Stone in 2014, and then watch this from Vice's Weediquette in 2016).

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The 2016 election was about the weirdest campaign in history, pitting two manifestly unpopular candidates against one another, with neither one being able to win in a convincing fashion. Historically low numbers of Americans identify as Republican and Democrat, and more of us are libertarian than ever before. The coming year will be a hinge point for America, one where reactionaries on the right and left will try to maintain the same policies and mind-sets that have brought us a decade of anemic economic growth, endless war and surveillance, and an inability to define a positive, open-ended future. In such a world, Reason's journalism—print, online, video, and audio—has never been more vital or needed. With your (tax-deductible!) support, we will be whipping up tasty, nutritious feasts for the mind and the body.

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