Isaac Chotiner
Isaac Chotiner is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he is the principal contributor to Q. & A., a series of interviews with public figures in politics, media, books, business, technology, and more. Before joining The New Yorker, Chotiner was a staff writer at Slate and the host of the podcast “I Have to Ask.” He has written for The New Yorker, the Times, The Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Chotiner worked at The Washington Monthly before joining The New Republic, in 2006, as a reporter-researcher. He went on to run the magazine’s online books section and later became a senior editor.
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Q. & A.
Reconsidering the History of the Chinese Communist Party
On the centenary of the C.C.P., a scholar examines the roots of Xi Jinping’s authoritarianism.
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 22, 2021
Q. & A.
The Spyware Tool Tracking Dissidents Around the World
Stephanie Kirchgaessner discusses the Pegasus Project, a series of articles investigating the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 20, 2021
Q. & A.
Robin DiAngelo Wants White Progressives to Look Inward
The author of “White Fragility” discusses her new book, “Nice Racism.”
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 14, 2021
Q. & A.
Redefining Populism
A political philosopher offers a new way of looking at Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Jair Bolsonaro, and other right-wing leaders.
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 9, 2021
Q. & A.
Jalen Rose on the N.B.A. Playoffs
The sports commentator and former pro basketball player discusses a difficult season and the state of the game.
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 1, 2021
Q. & A.
The Collapse of American Identity
In a new book, the journalist George Packer argues that the country is divided into four warring factions.
By Isaac ChotinerJune 29, 2021
Q. & A.
Can Congress Insure Fair Elections?
The legal scholar Rick Hasen discusses the dangers of election subversion and voter suppression.
By Isaac ChotinerJune 24, 2021
Q. & A.
The Politics of Supreme Court Retirements
Amid calls for Justice Stephen Breyer to step down, the legal scholar Noah Feldman considers politics, partisanship, and the Court.
By Isaac ChotinerJune 22, 2021
Q. & A.
The Trump Administration’s Extraordinary Leak Investigations
A Times reporter on the news that Democrats’ and reporters’ phone data were seized by the Justice Department.
By Isaac ChotinerJune 16, 2021
Q. & A.
Why the Marriage-Equality Movement Succeeded
The author of “The Engagement” discusses the activists, politicians, and judicial figures who found themselves at the forefront of the battle over same-sex marriage.
By Isaac ChotinerJune 10, 2021
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