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u.s. politics | Oct 9th, 2018

Three Causes of Populism, and One Solution: Positive Nationalism

Yascha Mounk recently spoke as part of the Rotman School of Management’s #shiftdisturbers series. Drawing from his book The People vs. Democracy, his fact-packed talk explored the populist phenomenon, with examples from around the world: how it gains power, how it fails people, and the three... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | May 31st, 2018

Mark Leibovich—the Chronicler of Washington Mayhem—Profiles the New White House Press Secretary

Mark Leibovich is the author of This Town, the #1 bestseller that revealed the near-surreal excess, insecurity, and egotism that really runs Washington. In his latest for The New York Times Magazine, the seasoned journalist applies his gift for parsing humanity from the absurd in a profile of Hogan... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Mar 2nd, 2018

“America is Not a Democracy,” says Harvard professor Yascha Mounk in His Upcoming Book. But It’s Not Too Late to Change.

Democracy is in decline in the West, especially among young people. They don’t trust their politicians and they don’t see themselves reflected in policy. Harvard professor Yascha Mounk’s new book The People vs. Democracy (recently excerpted in The Atlantic) explores this alarming phenomenon—and... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Dec 28th, 2017

Fighting Fake Stories with Real Ones: Lavin Signs David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize–Winner and News Director of NewYorker.com

David Rohde has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. But tracking the polarization and propaganda of Trump’s presidency for NewYorker.com has been one of the toughest challenges of his career. On stage, he explains why “original, ethical, fact-based reporting” is more vital than ever.... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Jan 18th, 2017

Letters from the Big Top: Matt Taibbi’s New Book, Insane Clown President

In Insane Clown President, author and Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi delivers a scathing record of the 2016 presidential election, both a postmortem and vital look ahead as the new guard moves in.  Previously, Taibbi turned his unforgiving eye on the American wealth gap in The Divide (2014),... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Nov 10th, 2016

Trump Won. What’s Next? Lavin Speakers Help Us Understand the Election

Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to unexpected success—baffling pollsters across the world and driving people of all political persuasions to seek out expert opinion. What does a Trump victory mean for international relations and global health? How will it alter world and domestic... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 12th, 2016

Caution Inside the Clinton Campaign: Mark Leibovich’s NYT Mag Cover Story

Mark Leibovich—one of our sharpest political analysts—has released another fresh and unmistakable look at the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton (or HRC). Titled, “I’m the Last Thing Standing Between You and the Apocalypse”—an actual quotation from Clinton!—this New York... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016

Molly Crabapple and Jay Z Team Up in New NYT “War on Drugs” Video

Molly Crabapple, stunning visual artist and author of Drawing Blood, has illustrated a short film for Jay Z, and it’s on the front page of The New York Times’ website. It’s called “A History of the War on Drugs,” and in it, Jay and Crabapple decry the policies brought about by the war on drugs,... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016

When Donald Meets Hillary: James Fallows’ Pre-Debate Atlantic Cover Story

  “This presidential debate will be the most extreme contrast that we’ve ever had,” says Atlantic columnist James Fallows. “Right brain versus left brain, gut versus any part of the brain at all, instinct versus experience, and of course, at the most primal level, woman versus man.” The stage is... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016