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I Have to Ask

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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.”

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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.”

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By Brutus1072 - Dec 21 2017
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Isaac is a great interviewer.

This newish podcast is wonderful

By itunes-jan-rate - Aug 29 2017
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Hat's off to you. Wonderful new (ish) podcast. Great great interviewer.

iTunes Ratings

166 Ratings
Average Ratings
106
26
11
6
17

Excellent

By Brutus1072 - Dec 21 2017
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Isaac is a great interviewer.

This newish podcast is wonderful

By itunes-jan-rate - Aug 29 2017
Read more
Hat's off to you. Wonderful new (ish) podcast. Great great interviewer.
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I Have to Ask

Latest release on Nov 08, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Anthony Bourdain: A Previously Unaired Conversation from 2017

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Anthony Bourdain—the late chef and author—talks about his mistakes, the #MeToo movement, and Harvey Weinstein.

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Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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Jun 15 2018

25mins

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Rank #2: Chuck Klosterman

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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.   

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Feb 23 2018

52mins

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Rank #3: Maggie Haberman

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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.

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Jun 28 2017

34mins

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Rank #4: Jonathan Haidt

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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.

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Sep 21 2018

37mins

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Rank #5: Chris Hayes

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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.

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Mar 23 2017

45mins

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Rank #6: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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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.

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Nov 09 2017

41mins

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Rank #7: Andrew Sullivan

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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.

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Apr 06 2017

52mins

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Rank #8: Anand Giridharadas

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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. 

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Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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Aug 24 2018

36mins

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Rank #9: Ottessa Moshfegh

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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.

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Jul 27 2018

35mins

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Rank #10: David Frum

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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.

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Jan 19 2018

32mins

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Rank #11: Glenn Greenwald

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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.

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Aug 10 2017

52mins

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Rank #12: Mark Lilla

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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.

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Aug 24 2017

43mins

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Rank #13: George Saunders

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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.

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Jun 08 2017

36mins

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Rank #14: Re-Air: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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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.

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May 25 2018

41mins

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Rank #15: Harry Enten

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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.

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Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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Jun 01 2018

30mins

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Rank #16: Michelle Dean

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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.

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May 04 2018

32mins

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Rank #17: Ross Douthat

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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. 

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Mar 30 2018

51mins

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Rank #18: Jodi Kantor

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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.

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Oct 11 2017

26mins

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Rank #19: Robert Wright

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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.

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Aug 03 2017

30mins

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Rank #20: David Remnick (Part 2)

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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.

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Sep 28 2017

44mins

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