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Kristof and WuDunn on Challenges in Rural America

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and writer and former Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Sheryl WuDunn, spouses and co-authors of Tightrope: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope  (Knopf, January 14, 2020), share what they came to under



The Final Debate Before Iowa

Karine Jean-Pierre, chief public affairs officer of MoveOn, political activist and analyst and the author of Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America (Hanover Square Press, 2019), offers a recap and analysis of the Des Moine



Impeachment Managers Named

Live coverage of Speaker Pelosi’s press conference announcing the impeachment managers, then Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls, and co-author



The Disunited States

F.H. Buckley, George Mason School of Law professor and the author of American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup (Encounter Books, 2020), offers a modest proposal to split the country into two smaller pieces.  



SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Bridgegate

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Bridgegate. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, breaks down the legal issues at hand. Plus: WNYC reporter Matt Katz, who was in the room for the Bridgegate arguments - reports from DC on



Bucking Palace Norms

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, stunned fans by announcing their decision to split from the royal family. Elizabeth Holmes, fashion journalist and author of the forthcoming book HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style  (Celadon



Australia on Fire

Since September over 24 million acres of Australia have caught fire, in one of the worst natural disasters of its kind in the country’s history. Umair Irfan talks about the environmental and human costs of the fire, its connection to climate change, and



No Impeachment Witnesses Means, No Drama

Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about why the most riveting civic event of the decade -- President Trump's impeachment trial -- may not find an audience. 



The Most Checked-Out Book Of All Time at the NYPL

The classic children's book The Snowy Day is the most checked out book in The New York Public Library’s 125-year history. Anthony Marx, president and CEO of the New York Public Library, and Lynn Lobash, assistant director of readers services at the New Y



A Never-Trumper's 2020 Book for Democrats

Rick Wilson, former Republican political strategist, political commentator and the author of Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves (Crown, 2020), argues the 2020 presidential election is the Democrats