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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

161 Ratings
Average Ratings
103
25
11
6
16

Excellent

By Brutus1072 - Dec 21 2017
Read more
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

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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.”

Rank #1: 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
37 mins
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Rank #2: 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
36 mins
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Rank #3: 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
45 mins
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Rank #4: 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.   
Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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Feb 23 2018
52 mins
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Rank #5: Maggie Haberman

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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.
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May 11 2018
32 mins
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Rank #6: 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
52 mins
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Rank #7: 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
26 mins
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Rank #8: 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
52 mins
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Rank #9: Adam Davidson

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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.
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Apr 20 2018
34 mins
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Rank #10: David Remnick (Part 1)

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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.

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Sep 21 2017
32 mins
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Rank #11: 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
43 mins
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Rank #12: 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
30 mins
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Rank #13: Masha Gessen

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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.

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Oct 05 2017
39 mins
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Rank #14: 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
35 mins
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Rank #15: 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.
Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod
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Jan 19 2018
32 mins
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Rank #16: 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. 
Email: ask@slate.comTwitter: @IHaveToAskPod
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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Aug 24 2018
36 mins
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Rank #17: 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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Jun 15 2018
25 mins
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Rank #18: Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker

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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.

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May 18 2017
31 mins
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Rank #19: Jelani Cobb

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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.

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Nov 22 2017
20 mins
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Rank #20: Jennifer Egan

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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.

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Oct 26 2017
33 mins
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