Q. & A.
Timely interviews on politics and more.
Does Democracy Need Truth?: A Conversation with the Historian Sophia Rosenfeld
The historian addresses whether it is healthy to debate evolution and global warming, why people distrust experts, and whether public fact-checking is the solution to fake news.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 31, 2019
Cliff Sims Is Proud to Have Served Trump
The former Trump aide writes, in his new book, “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House,” that the President doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 29, 2019
Adam McKay on the Veracity of “Vice”
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker discusses his view of what drove Dick Cheney, whether Hollywood stars are willing to stand up for their beliefs, and how he would make a movie about Trump.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 28, 2019
Looking at Anti-Semitism on the Left and the Right: An Interview with Deborah E. Lipstadt
“They’re the same because they rely on the same stereotypical elements,” Lipstadt says, of anti-Semitism from both sides of the political spectrum. “I know it when I see it.”
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 24, 2019
“Even If He Did Do It, It Wouldn’t Be a Crime”: Rudy Giuliani on President Trump
“I’m a criminal lawyer. I am not an ethicist. And I defend people against unfair criminal charges.”
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 21, 2019
How Journalism Survives: An Interview with Jill Abramson
In her new book, the former executive editor of the New York Times says that she was “determined to capture this moment of wrenching transition” in journalism.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 20, 2019
The Surprisingly Complex Connection Between White Identity Politics and Explicit Racism
The political scientist Ashley Jardina discusses how Donald Trump has unified different groups of white voters around his Presidency.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 19, 2019
Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua
Avi Loeb discusses why we need to consider the possibility that the object was sent by aliens, the dangers of unscientific speculation, and what belief in an advanced extraterrestrial civilization has in common with faith in God.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 16, 2019
How Governments React to Climate Change: An Interview with the Political Theorists Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann
In “Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future,” two theorists look at possible political futures for our warming planet and argue that a more forceful international order is emerging.
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 14, 2019
How the Times Reported the F.B.I. Counterintelligence Investigation Into President Trump: An Interview with the Journalist Adam Goldman
Goldman discusses breaking the story that, days after President Trump fired James Comey, the Bureau opened an investigation into whether the President “had been working on behalf of Russia.”
By Isaac ChotinerJanuary 12, 2019
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