"I Don't See the President As An Intellectual at All"
February 20, 2014
The Harvard scholar turned failed Canadian politican on whether intellectuals could ever win at politics
The Oscars are less than two weeks away, and Hollywood has been in the news even more than usual. If this is partly because of the controversy surrounding Woody Allen, it is also the result of the terrific year of cinema that just ended.
Dosvedanie to All That
February 13, 2014
Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place.
Interview: What Kind of Game is Hamid Karzai Playing?
January 30, 2014
This year will mark the withdrawal of the vast majority—and perhaps all—of the American troops in Afghanistan.
Will the Next World War Start in the Middle East?
January 25, 2014
Richard Evans on who caused WWI, the best books to read on it, and whether the modern Middle East will spark the next World War.
Q&A: How Worried Should We Be About Al-Qaeda Taking Over Fallujah?
January 08, 2014
A top middle east expert on just how much sway we have left
Do Readers Give Infographics a Free Pass?
November 22, 2013
Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism
Interview: Richard Dawkins Keeps Making New Enemies
October 28, 2013
Richard Dawkins first became famous for his pioneering work in evolutionary biology, but these days his reputation stems mostly from his no-holds-barred advocacy of atheism. On Twitter, his attacks on religion are blistering and relentless. Sample tweet: “I’m not ‘intolerant’ of your belief in a virgin birth. Please be tolerant of my right to tolerate your belief but call it stupid.” But in his new memoir, An Appetite For Wonder, Dawkins reveals a softer side. The book covers his childhood—including his struggles with a stammer and nasty teachers—and his discovery of the beauty of science.
The New Deal's Debut Wasn't Smooth Sailing, Either
October 24, 2013
Alf Landon has been largely forgotten by history, but conservatives today ought to refresh their memories.
Isaac Chotiner: There are these faceless Republicans on the Hill, this Tea Party Caucus, and we see them saying crazy things in the newspaper. But who are they? I was just wondering how much interaction you had with them when you were in Congress.