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I Have to Ask

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’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.

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The novelist and essayist on criticizing Hillary Clinton and becoming friends with writers you savage.

27 Min

Jul 20, 2017

Lydia Polgreen

I Have to Ask

The HuffPost Editor-in-chief on the problems with media snark, and the challenge of covering Trump.

29 Min

Jul 13, 2017

Matthew Heineman

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The director of ‘City of Ghosts’ on filming the heroes combating ISIS, and investigating drug cartels.

21 Min

Jul 6, 2017

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Podcast
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31 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Maggie Haberman on covering Trump, The New York Times’ Clinton coverage, and why this White House leaks to the press.

59 min
Jun 22, 2017
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The Obama foreign policy adviser on evaluating Obama’s eight years in office and understanding Trump’s pettiness.

24 min
Jun 15, 2017
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The Arizona Congressman on the coming battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.

33 min
Jun 8, 2017
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The author of ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ on summoning the ghost of past presidents, & writing about our current one.

25 min
Jun 1, 2017
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The best-selling humorist on writing comedy in the age of Trump, and why dating apps are ruining romance.

25 min
May 25, 2017
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The Republican Congressman on life in Trump’s Washington and how Fox News has changed the Republican Party.

28 min
May 18, 2017
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The Washington Post political reporter on scheduling life around President Trump’s tweetstorms.

43 min
May 11, 2017
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The author of Age of Anger on why modern society is ill-equipped to handle populist rage.

32 min
May 4, 2017
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The New York writer on how the Republican Party’s past explains the election of an American demagogue.

29 min
Apr 26, 2017
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The new Times book review editor on the future of criticism and what our books say about us.

32 min
Apr 20, 2017
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The New Yorker’s David Grann on the future of longform journalism and reporting unsolved murders

34 min
Apr 13, 2017
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ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss on working the Warriors beat, Steph Curry, and “sticking to sports” in the age of Trump.

49 min
Apr 6, 2017
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New York Magazine writer Andrew Sullivan on the decay of conservatism and why he expected Trump’s victory.

30 min
Mar 30, 2017
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Isaac Chotiner speaks with author and New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman about what inspired her new novel The Idiot

41 min
Mar 23, 2017
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Isaac Chotiner speaks with Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes about his new book A Colony in a Nation.

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