Articles in Interviews

Why This Foreign Policy Expert Thinks Americans Dangerously Misunderstand China

Van Jackson, author of ‘Pacific Power Paradox,’ on how the U.S. pursuit of dominance in the Pacific is making an avoidable conflict with China much more likely.

Why Effective Altruism and “Longtermism” Are Toxic Ideologies

Intellectual historian Émile P. Torres explains how Silicon Valley’s favorite ideas for changing the world for the better actually threaten to make it much, much worse.

Why The Labor Movement Needs to Be More Confrontational and Disruptive Toward Corporate Power

Veteran SEIU organizer Jono Shaffer explains how Justice For Janitors innovated disruptive strategies that put building owners on the defensive.

How To Debunk Sexist Pseudoscience

Cordelia Fine is a psychologist and philosopher of science who has become well-known for criticizing strong claims about “innate” or “hard-wired” sex differences in the brain. Today she explains the kinds of sexist errors that have persisted for centuries.

Mehdi Hasan on How to Argue and Win

Noted for his hard-hitting interviews, MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan explains the art of effective public speaking.

Manifest Destiny in Space

“Astrotopia” author Mary-Jane Rubenstein discusses the dangerous colonial myths about the necessity of conquest and expansion, and how they show up in billionaires’ rhetoric today.

How to Manipulate The Public Into Believing Corporate Lies

Prof. Jennifer Jacquet explains the tactics used to cast doubt about scientific research that threatens corporate profits.

Why is America Awash in Crap?

The fascinating history of cheaply-made consumer goods, from 18th-century jewelry to kitchen gadgets to Beanie Babies, and why Americans keep buying all of this ‘crap.’

How Capitalism Is Killing Our Attention Spans

Johann Hari, author of ‘Stolen Focus,’ discusses the many ways in which tech companies are siphoning our attention for profit.

How Queer History Is Buried

Historian Hugh Ryan, author of “The Women’s House of Detention,” on excavating the stories of LGBTQ+ people from before Stonewall.

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