Ben Eisler

Nicholas Schmidle, fellow at the New America Foundation and author of To Live Or To Perish Forever, argues that if Al-Qaeda decides to throw its weight around in the selection process for the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Obama's Af-Pak strategy will be put to the test. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Chait/Wilkinson: What's The Problem With Income Inequality? Scheiber: How Obama Can Capitalize On The Latest Jobs Report Johnson: Should Geithner Have Told Regulators To F*ck Off?

In his latest "TRB From Washington" column, TNR senior editor Jonathan Chait rips apart a paper on income inequality by the Cato Institute's Will Wilkinson. Chait and Wilkinson settle their differences face-to-face in this TNRtv special. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Scheiber: How Obama Can Capitalize On The Latest Jobs Report Johnson: Should Geithner Have Told Regulators To F*ck Off? Sherman: Is China Finally Sticking It To North Korea?

Changing The Tune

One recent Friday evening, in a darkened, wood-paneled Baltimore concert hall, audience members rose up in their seats, yelling, clapping, and singing--in the middle of a classical music performance. To be fair, this wasn't exactly "classical music." It sounded like Rachmaninoff and sometimes Bach, but the pianist, Gabriela Montero, wasn't playing from a book or memory; she was creating music on the spot. Improvisation has historically been considered heresy by the classical music establishment.

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Changing The Tune

One recent Friday evening, in a darkened, wood-paneled Baltimore concert hall, audience members rose up in their seats, yelling, clapping, and singing--in the middle of a classical music performance. To be fair, this wasn't exactly "classical music." It sounded like Rachmaninoff and sometimes Bach, but the pianist, Gabriela Montero, wasn't playing from a book or memory; she was creating music on the spot. Improvisation has historically been considered heresy by the classical music establishment.

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Simon Johnson, professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and co-founder of BaselineScenario.com, offers support for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's expletive-laden outburst against financial regulators, arguing that their selfish opposition to Obama's plan is putting us all at risk. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Sherman: Is China Finally Sticking It To North Korea? Johnson: How To Deal With Thieving Mortgage Lenders Eisler: When Lawmaking Gets Bloody

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Vice Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and the former North Korea policy coordinator under President Clinton, defends the strategy Beijing has recently adopted towards Pyongyang. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Eisler: When Lawmaking Gets Bloody Scheiber: Why The Press Corp Is Wrong On Health Reform Johnson: Why Another Six Billion's Going To The Automobile Industry

To explain why you can't trust Republicans on health care reform, TNR senior editor Jonathan Cohn hosts a special TNRtv health care edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Halevi: How to Stop Iran--"It's Now or Never" Johnson: Is Obama Finally Governing the Banks? Scheiber: Why Inflation Fear-Mongerers Don't Scare Me  

In her last TNRtv spot before heading off to Africa for two years, TNR associate editor Eve Fairbanks gives a musical farewell to TNR and tribute to the dysfunctional glory of the GOP.

Hypnotized

TNR's Ben Eisler investigates a disturbing Wall Street fad in an exclusive video report. For the high quality video, click here.

TNR's Ben Eisler interviews senior editor Noam Scheiber about his cover story in this issue on Sarah Palin. Scheiber gives the "story behind the story"--his adventures in Wasilla, gems that didn't make it into the piece, and how he found the key to understanding Alaska's governor. Update by Noam Scheiber: I used an unfortunate phrase in this interview--"how needy these people are"--which I'd like to apologize for and retract. I didn't mean to suggest that the people who spoke with me were filling some emotional need.

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