Podcast

I Have to Ask

As Slate’s resident interrogator, Isaac Chotiner has tangled with Newt Gingrich and gotten personal with novelist Jonathan Franzen. Now he brings his pointed and smart interview style to “I Have to Ask.”

Episodes

  • Nate Cohn

    Nov 08 2018

    Nate Cohn covers polls and elections at the Upshot at The New York Times. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the meaning of Tuesday’s election results, whether Democrats should feel hopeful about the Midwest, and what the numbers tell us about Trump’s odds of being re-elected in 2020.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...more

  • Slow Burn Live

    Nov 02 2018

    Leon Nayfakh and Andrew Parsons, the men behind Slate’s Slow Burn podcast, sit down with Isaac Chotiner to explain why they decided to take a deep dive into the Clinton scandals, the mechanics of creating a narrative podcast, and what it was like to interview Juanita Broaddrick.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...more

  • Zeynep Tufekci

    Oct 26 2018

    Zeynep Tufekci is an author and an expert on social media and fake news. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why the business model of the different social media giants is so dangerous, what Mark Zuckerberg refuses to do to fix the fake news problem, and why rightwing news is proliferating on Facebook. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.Learn more about your ...more

  • Lynsey Addario

    Oct 19 2018

    Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer whose work is collected in the new book Of Love And War. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss life in Afghanistan before 9/11, her abduction in Libya, and why journalists rely on the American government to speak up for press freedom. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more about your ad choices. Visi...more

  • Coral Davenport

    Oct 12 2018

    Coral Davenport covers energy and the environment for The New York Times. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how we should read the U.N.’s terrifying new report on global warming, what other countries are doing to prevent the impending crisis, and the changing rhetoric of those opposed to taking action against climate change. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Pl...more

  • Nate Silver

    Oct 05 2018

    Nate Silver is the editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what effect the Kavanaugh controversy has had on the 2018 elections, the odds that Trump gets re-elected in 2020, and the political choices facing the Democratic Party.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi...more

  • Jason Zengerle

    Sep 28 2018

    Jason Zengerle is a political correspondent for GQ Magazine and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where last month he published a piece entitled “How the Trump Administration is Remaking the Courts.” Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior economics correspondent, sits in for Isaac Chotiner this week.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more about you...more

  • Jonathan Haidt

    Sep 21 2018

    Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist whose new book is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether young people are losing faith in the First Amendment, why he thinks identity politics is polluting our political conversation, and the best way to understand the rise of Trump.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via...more

  • Shane Bauer

    Sep 14 2018

    Shane Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones whose new book is  American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his four months as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana, and what he learned about the American system of justice.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.Learn more about ...more

  • Dara Lind

    Sep 07 2018

    Dara Lind covers immigration for Vox. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why it remains so difficult to unite certain children with their parents, the possible fate of the DACA program if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, and how the Democrats plan to challenge Trump on immigration in 2020.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more about your ad choices...more

  • Re-Air: Maggie Haberman

    Aug 31 2018

    This Interview originally aired on May 1th, 2018.Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and an analyst at CNN. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why Trump fears the Michael Cohen investigation, reporting in the age of Twitter, and whether the White House beat is changing Trump—or the people covering him. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Anand Giridharadas

    Aug 24 2018

    Anand Giridharadas is the author of the new book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how the titans of Wall Street and Silicon Valley use their charitable contributions and political activism to entrench their own wealth, and exacerbate inequality.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more abo...more

  • Michelle Goldberg

    Aug 17 2018

    Michelle Goldberg is an op-ed columnist at the New York Times. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether liberals are too optimistic about the possibility of Trump being removed from office, what recent primaries tell us about the future of the Democratic Party, and whether her newspaper should hire pro-Trump columnists.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google ...more

  • David Kirkpatrick

    Aug 10 2018

    David D. Kirkpatrick is an international correspondent for the New York Times and the author of the new book Into the Hands of the Soldiers. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how Egypt’s uprising against dictatorship went awry, the Obama administration’s role in undermining the Arab Spring, and what the future holds for the Middle East.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitc...more

  • Martha Nussbaum

    Aug 03 2018

    Martha Nussbaum is a moral philosopher and the author of The Monarchy of Fear. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how anger took over American politics, whether we underestimate the value of getting mad, and why she thinks civility and bipartisanship can still save us.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....more

  • Ottessa Moshfegh

    Jul 27 2018

    Ottessa Moshfegh is a writer whose new novel is ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation.’ She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why she doesn’t like New York City, why writing about the female body makes people uncomfortable, and why she has had it with the politicization of art. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google PlayLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...more

  • Annie Lowrey

    Jul 20 2018

    Annie Lowrey is the author of ‘Give People Money’ and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how a universal basic income could help American workers, whether we should be skeptical of an idea loved by Silicon Valley titans, and how to create a welfare state that is less vulnerable to political attacks. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, ...more

  • Chris Hayes

    Jul 13 2018

    Chris Hayes is the host of ‘All In with Chris Hayes’ on MSNBC and the podcast ‘Why is This Happening?’ He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Trump’s crucial insight into GOP voters, how the Trump presidency is changing the left, and what the civility debate tells us about the media. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...more

  • Porochista Khakpour

    Jul 06 2018

    Porochista Khakpour is a novelist and the author of Sick: A Memoir. She talks with Isaac Chotiner about how she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, why people who suffer from Lyme are often ignored or disbelieved, and how Americans still don’t understand how to communicate with people suffering from serious illnesses. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Listen to I Have to Ask via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play" Learn more a...more

  • Quinta Jurecic

    Jun 27 2018

    Quinta Jurecic is the managing editor of the website Lawfare. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what Anthony Kennedy’s retirement means for abortion rights, what John Roberts’s travel ban decision signaled about his views of the Trump administration, and the future of a Supreme Court that had already stopped checking Trump.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • James Wood

    Jun 22 2018

    James Wood is The New Yorker’s chief literary critic, and the author of the new novel Upstate. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the complicated legacies of Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe, whether a critical eye is helpful in fiction writing, and the complications involved in reading the novels of very bad men. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Anthony Bourdain: A Previously Unaired Conversation from 2017

    Jun 15 2018

    Anthony Bourdain—the late chef and author—talks about his mistakes, the #MeToo movement, and Harvey Weinstein.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Judd Apatow (Re-Air)

    Jun 08 2018

    Judd Apatow is a comedian, writer, director, and producer. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new documentary on the life of Garry Shandling, which comedians are actually “normal” people, and having your friends accused of bad behavior in the age of #MeToo.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPodLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Harry Enten

    Jun 01 2018

    Harry Enten is a polling expert and a political writer at CNN. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss California’s crucial importance to the 2018 election, where Trump is and isn’t politically vulnerable, and whether pollsters have corrected the mistakes they made in 2016. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Re-Air: Ta-Nehisi Coates

    May 25 2018

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, and now, We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the costs of writing off your fellow citizens as “deplorable,” why he chose writing over activism, and how Trump is both uniquely dangerous and a predictable consequence of American racism. This interview was first published November 8, 2017.Podcast Production by Audrey Dilling.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Learn mo...more

  • Cecilia Muñoz

    May 18 2018

    Cecilia Muñoz was the director of the White House Policy Council Under Barack Obama, and an expert on immigration policy. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to talk about the mechanics of the Trump administration’s war on immigrants, the future of the Dreamers, and the campaign to abolish I.C.E. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Maggie Haberman

    May 11 2018

    Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and an analyst at CNN. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why Trump fears the Michael Cohen investigation, reporting in the age of Twitter, and whether the White House beat is changing Trump—or the people covering him. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Michelle Dean

    May 04 2018

    Michelle Dean is the author of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how a group of 20th century intellectuals—including Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Hannah Arendt, and Nora Ephron—changed the way we think about women in public life, and what they can tell us about today’s debates over feminism.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Amy Chozick

    Apr 27 2018

    Amy Chozick is the author of Chasing Hillary, a memoir about her experience covering the Clinton campaign for the New York Times. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how the press and the Clinton campaign exacerbated one another’s worst instincts, whether the media has learned from the 2016 debacle, and what really drives Hillary Clinton.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Adam Davidson

    Apr 20 2018

    Adam Davidson is a staff writer at The New Yorker who has been examining the president’s tangled business dealings. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why people misunderstand Trump’s business skills, the real threat the Michael Cohen raid poses to Donald Trump, and whether we have reached the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Barbara Ehrenreich

    Apr 13 2018

    Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why Americans thinks “mindfulness” will make them happy, whether smoking bans are a form of condescension towards the working-class, and the problems with Oprah’s very real ideology. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f...more

  • Parul Sehgal

    Apr 06 2018

    Parul Sehgal is a book critic at the New York Times. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the daily life of a book reviewer, looking hard at the novels of very bad men, and the current state of cultural criticism. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ross Douthat

    Mar 30 2018

    Ross Douthat is an op-ed columnist at the New York Times, and the author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what the pope and the president have in common, whether liberals are declaring too much commentary “beyond the pale,” and whether the Times should hire a pro-Trump columnist.  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...more

  • Judd Apatow

    Mar 23 2018

    Judd Apatow is a comedian, writer, director, and producer. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new documentary on the life of Garry Shandling, which comedians are actually “normal” people, and having your friends accused of bad behavior in the age of #MeToo. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPodLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • David Corn and Michael Isikoff

    Mar 15 2018

    David Corn and Michael Isikoff are the authors of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.  In a wide-ranging conversation with Isaac Chotiner, they discuss what new details of Trump's trip to a Vegas nightclub can tell us about the Steele dossier, the history of Trump’s Putin crush, and why reporting on the Russia scandal is such a minefield. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more ab...more

  • Josh Barro

    Mar 09 2018

    Josh Barro is a senior editor at Business Insider, as well as contributor to MSNBC, and the host of KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center podcast.  In a wide-ranging conversation with Isaac Chotiner, they discuss how Trump uses comedy to sugarcoat his cruelty, how to think about the president’s intelligence, and why centrism has been on such a political losing streak.    Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Please fill out the Slate podcast survey ...more

  • Benjamin Wittes

    Mar 02 2018

    Benjamin Wittes is a writer and national security expert, and the editor-in-chief of Lawfare. In a wide-ranging conversation with Isaac Chotiner, he discusses how to read the tea leaves of the Mueller investigation, why people are too critical of James Comey, and why even the Trump administration hasn’t changed his (positive) opinion of the national security state.   Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at...more

  • Chuck Klosterman

    Feb 23 2018

    Chuck Klosterman is a writer and essayist. In a wide-ranging conversation with Isaac Chotiner, he discusses the costs of politicizing pop culture, the roots of Trump’s shamelessness, and why music is such a subjective art form.   Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurveyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Steven Pinker

    Feb 16 2018

    Steven Pinker is the author of the new book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why he thinks life is improving despite the worldwide rise of demagogues, what Trump tells us about America’s relationship to Enlightenment ideals, and whether global warming and nuclear weapons should call into question our notion of progress.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more ab...more

  • Katie Roiphe

    Feb 08 2018

    Katie Roiphe is a writer and essayist. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss her controversial Harper’s essay on #MeToo, why she thinks the movement has gone too far, and whether people who speak out against feminism are really at risk of being “silenced.”  Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Wesley Morris

    Feb 02 2018

    Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large at The New York Times.  He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how social media is changing criticism, his complicated feelings about artists who behave deplorably, and why ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is the most overrated movie of the year.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jia Tolentino

    Jan 26 2018

    Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker.  She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the backlash to the #MeToo movement, generational differences between feminists, and the importance of viewing each woman’s story on its own terms. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • David Frum

    Jan 19 2018

    David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic, and the author of the new book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the state of democracy after a year of Trump, why the president’s buffoonery doesn’t make him less dangerous, and his own journey from famous neocon to Trump critic. Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Margaret Sullivan

    Jan 12 2018

    Margaret Sullivan is the Washington Post’s media critic. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the problems with Michael Wolff’s new book on the Trump administration, the state of the Post and the New York Times, and how the media should cover the president’s mental health.Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod Podcast production by Max Jacobs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • A.O. Scott

    Jan 04 2018

    A.O. Scott is a film critic at The New York Times. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the year in movies, being a film critic in the age of Rotten Tomatoes, and wrestling with Hollywood in a post-Harvey Weinstein world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mark Lilla (Re-air)

    Dec 28 2017

    Mark Lilla is the author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to debate why Democrats keep losing elections, whether America really used to be more united than it is today, and how much of the Republicans’ recent success is owed to racism.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bill Kristol

    Dec 21 2017

    Bill Kristol is the editor-at- large of The Weekly Standard. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how and why Republicans have rationalized Donald Trump, how he has re-examined his own past in light of Trump’s rise, and just where the Republican Party went awry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Stephen Kotkin

    Dec 14 2017

    Stephen Kotkin is a historian and the author of Stalin: Waiting For Hitler, 1929-1941. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Stalin’s differences from the autocrats of today, what Stalin and Hitler did and didn’t share, and the secret to getting inside the head of a dictator.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Lawrence O'Donnell

    Dec 07 2017

    Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of ‘The Last Word’ on MSNBC, and the author of a new book, Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether JFK’s death really changed his brother, Bobby, how the Democratic Party was permanently transformed by 1968, and why the history of “collusion” in American elections is much older than we think.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Laura Kipnis

    Nov 30 2017

    Laura Kipnis is an author, essayist, and professor at Northwestern University who writes frequently about sexuality and feminism. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the importance of training women to push back against creepy men, whether the current wave of sexual misconduct reckonings count as a movement, and why she still doubts Bill Clinton’s accusers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jelani Cobb

    Nov 22 2017

    Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how the media can prevent the normalization of white nationalism, what Obama did and didn’t get right about our current moment, and why Trumpism is guaranteed to survive Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Rebecca Traister

    Nov 16 2017

    Rebecca Traister is a writer-at- large for New York magazine. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what she has learned reporting on sexual harassment and assault, whether Hillary Clinton should have to answer for her husband’s sins, and the coming societal backlash to women speaking out.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Nov 09 2017

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, and now, We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the costs of writing off your fellow citizens as “deplorable,” why he chose writing over activism, and how Trump is both uniquely dangerous and a predictable consequence of American racism.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ron Chernow

    Nov 02 2017

    Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, and author of Alexander Hamilton and Grant. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why Ulysses S. Grant was an important figure in civil rights history, why Robert E. Lee’s extremism has been papered over, and what it was like to watch his Alexander Hamilton biography became a musical smash.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jennifer Egan

    Oct 26 2017

    Jennifer Egan is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit From The Goon Squad and Manhattan Beach. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what technology might do to fiction-writing, how she crafts her novels, and how her conception of American power has changed since 9/11.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Gabriel Sherman

    Oct 18 2017

    Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, and the biographer of Roger Ailes. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how Fox News has changed since Ailes’ death, whether Trump has “lost a step,” and why Rupert Murdoch secretly “loathes” the president.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jodi Kantor

    Oct 11 2017

    Jodi Kantor is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how she began reporting the Harvey Weinstein story, why so many of his accusers came forward now, and whether the culture of Hollywood is really going to change.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Masha Gessen

    Oct 05 2017

    Masha Gessen is a journalist and activist and the author of the new book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how Putin exercises control over Russia, and why Trump’s chaotic governing style could still lead to autocracy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • David Remnick (Part 2)

    Sep 28 2017

    David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. In the second installment of a two-part interview, he sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how Trump has changed his magazine, whether The New Yorker could ever go web-only, and what’s really killing the NFL.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • David Remnick (Part 1)

    Sep 21 2017

    David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. In the first installment of a two-part interview, he sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether Hillary hatred has gone too far, Ta-Nehisi Coates and writing about race in 2017, and why Obama is cashing in on Wall Street.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ayobami Adebayo

    Sep 14 2017

    The author of Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo, sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what she learned from Margaret Atwood, the pain of writing about Nigeria’s turbulent recent past, and using fiction to challenge the idea that women must have children.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Amna Nawaz

    Sep 07 2017

    ABC’s Emmy-Winning anchor and host of the ‘Uncomfortable’ podcast, Amna Nawaz, sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the life of an embedded reporter in Pakistan, researching the roots of white nationalism, and what we can learn from talking to extremists.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Claire Messud

    Aug 31 2017

    Author Claire Messud sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss her new novel, The Burning Girl, how Elena Ferrante opened up more space for writing about women, how New York City has changed since she wrote The Emperor’s Children, and what it’s like to be married to a literary critic.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Mark Lilla

    Aug 24 2017

    Mark Lilla is the author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to debate why Democrats keep losing elections, whether America really used to be more united than it is today, and how much of the Republicans’ recent success is owed to racism.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Orhan Pamuk

    Aug 17 2017

    Orhan Pamuk is an author and Nobel Prize winner. He sits down with IsaacChotiner to discuss his new novel, The Red-Haired Woman; the cultural scene inTurkey as it undergoes political purges; and how writing fiction functions as anescape from the real world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Glenn Greenwald

    Aug 10 2017

    Glenn Greenwald is one of the co-founding editors of The Intercept. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether America is risking a new cold war with Putin’s Russia, Julian Assange’s complicated personality, and why Trump is less unprecedented in American history than we’d like to believe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Robert Wright

    Aug 03 2017

    Robert Wright is the best-selling author of books such as Nonzero and The Evolution of God. He down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new book, Why Buddhism Is True, what meditation can teach us about how to oppose Trump, and what Buddhist teachings have in common with evolutionary psychology.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Olivia Nuzzi

    Jul 27 2017

    Olivia Nuzzi is the White House correspondent for New York magazine. She joins Isaac Chotiner to discuss what it’s like to be a woman working in Trump’s White House, how West Wing aides really view the president, and what she learned working for Anthony Weiner.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Zoë Heller

    Jul 20 2017

    Zoë Heller is a novelist and essayist. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Trump’s peculiar Americanness, lame defenses of Hillary Clinton, working on Fleet Street, and becoming friend’s with writers whose books you have savaged.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Lydia Polgreen

    Jul 13 2017

    Lydia Polgreen is the editor-in- chief of HuffPost. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss her decision to leave the New York Times, the real reason the media screwed up election coverage, and why diversity in newsrooms is so lacking.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Matthew Heineman

    Jul 06 2017

    Matthew Heineman is an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new movie, ‘City of Ghosts,’ about the journalists resisting ISIS, what he learned interviewing Mark Zuckerberg, and the similarities between extremist groups and drug cartels.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Maggie Haberman

    Jun 28 2017

    Maggie Haberman is White House Correspondent for The New York Times and an analyst for CNN. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the anxiety and stress that come with reporting nonstop news, whether the media was fair to Hillary Clinton, and what people don’t get about the President.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ben Rhodes

    Jun 22 2017

    Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss working in the White House, the threat Russia poses to American democracy, why Trump’s advisers can’t control him, and the successes and failures of the Obama presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Raúl Grijalva

    Jun 15 2017

    Raúl Grijalva is a Democratic Congressman from Arizona’s Third Congressional district. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the unrelenting fear in immigrant communities, the divisions that threaten the Democratic Party, and whether the Trump administration is “unhinged.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • George Saunders

    Jun 08 2017

    George Saunders is a short story writer and essayist who has just written his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what he learned while researching Abraham Lincoln, why spending time with Trump supporters is important for progressive writers, and the necessity of art in a society under siege.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Delia Ephron

    Jun 01 2017

    Delia Ephron is a novelist, humorist, and screenwriter, whose credits include You’ve Got Mail. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what she learned about movies from Tom Hanks, why dating apps are ruining romance, and the challenge of being funny in the age of Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Congressman Tom Cole

    May 26 2017

    Tom Cole is a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District. He speaks with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether Trump’s “ban” is religiously motivated, whether repealing Obamacare will cause 23 million people to lose health insurance, and how Fox News has changed the Republican Party.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker

    May 18 2017

    Ashley Parker is a political reporter at The Washington Post. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what it’s really like to cover this White House, how the President’s staffers manage his personality, and the stresses of waking up to Trump’s tweetstorms.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Pankaj Mishra

    May 11 2017

    Pankaj Mishra sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new book on the roots of populist rage, the problem with critiques of “identity politics,” and whether Western liberal parties can ever win back the white working class.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jonathan Chait

    May 04 2017

    Jonathan Chait is a writer for New York magazine, and the author of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Obama’s surprisingly resilient legacy, why populists have trouble governing, and whether the Democratic Party is destined to move leftward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Pamela Paul

    Apr 27 2017

    Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times book review and the woman who oversees all of the paper’s books coverage. She sat down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what our books say about who we are and why giving someone a book is so fraught with meaning. She also discussed what it’s like to run the Times’ book review, the future of literary criticism, and the debate over pornography addiction.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • David Grann

    Apr 20 2017

    David Grann is universally recognized as one of the masters of longform journalism. Here, The New Yorker writer sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, the difficulty of reporting unsolved murders, and President Trump’s impact on the news media.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ethan Sherwood Strauss

    Apr 13 2017

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss has been covering the Golden State Warriors forseveral years for ESPN, during which time the team became the mostpopular and successful in the NBA. On the eve of the NBA Playoffs, he sat downwith Isaac Chotiner to discuss life on the NBA beat, the strange life of StephCurry, and fans who want ESPN personalities to “stick to sports” in the age of DonaldTrump.And please take our brief survey:  http://www.survey.panoply.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...more

  • Andrew Sullivan

    Apr 06 2017

    Andrew Sullivan has been writing about the menace of Donald Trump over the past year for New York Magazine, warning America about creeping authoritarianism and the danger Trump poses to American democracy. Born in England, Sullivan was for many years known as the most prominent gay conservative in America. He sat down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the rise of illiberalism, the role of racism in American politics, and dealing with Trump-induced depression.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • Elif Batuman

    Mar 30 2017

    Elif Batuman, is an author and staff writer for The New Yorker. She’s the daughter of Turkish immigrants and her first book, The Possessed, was about her experiences with Russian literature and her travels around the world. She sat down with Isaac Chotiner to talk about her work and her new novel, The Idiot.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Chris Hayes

    Mar 23 2017

    Isaac is joined by Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and author of the new book A Colony in a Nation, which argues that there are really two different Americas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Senator Chuck Schumer

    Mar 16 2017

    In the inaugural episode of Slate’s interview podcast, I Have to Ask, host Isaac Chotiner speaks with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer finds himself in a political climate unlike anything he has witnessed in his 38 years in Washington. The Democrats face a minority in both Houses and President Donald Trump has almost completely rebuked the protocols of his office, causing traditional politicians, like Schumer, to think differently about policy making and making their message...more

  • Coming Soon: I Have to Ask

    Mar 03 2017

    As Slate’s resident interrogator, Isaac Chotiner has tangled with Newt Gingrich and gotten personal with novelist Jonathan Franzen.  Now he’s bringing his pointed and smart interview style to the new podcast “I Have to Ask.”  Isaac will talk one-on-one with newsmakers, celebrities, and cultural icons to help us better understand them and our world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices