Interview

"I Don't See the President As An Intellectual at All"
A Q&A with Michael Ignatieff
February 20, 2014

The Harvard scholar turned failed Canadian politican on whether intellectuals could ever win at politics

Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, and the New Liberal Critique of Hollywood
An Oscars interview
February 18, 2014

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

In an exit interview, our ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, and how badly Putin wanted Obama to visit Sochi
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?
Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism
November 22, 2013

Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism

Interview: Richard Dawkins Keeps Making New Enemies
The famed atheist talks about the Pope, fiction, and why Jews win Nobel Prizes
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
But historian Michael Hiltzik says Obama could've learned a few lessons from FDR
October 24, 2013

Alf Landon has been largely forgotten by history, but conservatives today ought to refresh their memories.

Barney Frank Talks Shutdown, Calls an Old Colleague "Weird and Dissociated"
October 08, 2013

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.

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