Blackness as the Second PersonMeara Sharma interviews Claudia Rankine
The National Book Award finalist on chronicling everyday racism, the violence inherent in language, and the continuum from Rodney King to Michael Brown.
Humane EndeavorGrace Bello interviews Atul Gawande
The surgeon and public health journalist on the gaps in healthcare policy, the sharp elbows of politics, and dignity in end-of-life care.
Salvaged CrossingsLauren K. Alleyne interviews Gaiutra Bahadur
Unearthing the stories of “coolie women”—early-twentieth-century indentured laborers shipped from India to work on sugar plantations across the colonial world.
Violently WroughtKaitlyn Greenidge interviews Marlon James
The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings on Bob Marley, writing terror explicitly, and why sloppiness serves good storytelling.
Verses of Love and WarYaffa Fredrick interviews Eliza Griswold
The writer on the faces of violence in conflict zones, and why poetry offers a form of liberation that journalism cannot.
The Arc of PossibilityJason Q. Ng interviews Evan Osnos
The longtime Beijing correspondent on the roots of dissent in Hong Kong, China’s “Me” generation, and the precarious expansion of Chinese civil society.
We Wear the MaskGrace Bello interviews Jess Row
The writer on coming of age in dichotomous Baltimore and being warned against writing about race.
Hippocratic BloatGrace Bello interviews Shannon Brownlee and Dr. Vikas Saini
American Empires: A journalist and a cardiologist discuss healthcare gone haywire and how Americans are medicating themselves to death.
Divine AcquisitionMeara Sharma interviews Anthony Pinn
American Empires: The scholar of African-American religion on black megachurches and the marketability of the American Dream.
Pull Back to RevealHenry Peck interviews Ben Wizner
American Empires: The privacy advocate and legal advisor to Edward Snowden on today’s surveillance empire.
Back to SchoolNika Knight interviews Diane Ravitch
The former assistant secretary of education grapples with the school-reform movement and the systemic issues that plague American education.
How Does It End?David Burr Gerrard interviews Scott Cheshire
The debut novelist and former Jehovah’s Witness on being a child preacher, leaving the church, and the safety of a good book.
A Tripartite DramaMaurice Chammah interviews Lawrence Wright
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer mines the ongoing resonance of the Camp David Accords, on stage and on the page.
Fiery AppetitesDwyer Murphy interviews Merritt Tierce
The novelist and reproductive rights advocate on motherhood, sex, and the sensuality of restaurant life.
Grays in the Emerald CityHenry Peck interviews Elliott Colla
As Iraq faces a new crisis, the novel Baghdad Central explores the freighted “moment of ambiguity” a decade earlier.
Night VisionGeoff Mak interviews Karen Russell
The acclaimed novelist on the secrets, dreams, and myths that fuel her storytelling.
Documenting ProximityAditi Sriram interviews Anjan Sundaram
A mathematician destined for a plum job in finance drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo.
Felt Not KnownMeara Sharma interviews Evie Wyld
The novelist on mythic creatures, horror stories, and sensory maladies.
Lyrical ImpulseNaima Coster interviews Stacey D'Erasmo
The author on crafting new sounds, creating female characters, and portraying sex in literature.
How Do You Know?Jonathan Lee interviews Zia Haider Rahman
The Bangladeshi-British writer on news versus novels, swapping rural poverty for Wall Street, and “the power of story on the human mind.”
Small RebellionsMichelle Chen interviews Grace Lee Boggs
The civil rights icon on Detroit, the limits of protest organizing, and what she’s learned over seven decades of activism.
To Zion and BackIsmail Khalidi interviews Max Blumenthal
The journalist on the rise of Israeli extremism.
Combing the EdgesWendy Lee interviews Anjali Singh
The editorial director of Other Press on cultivating politically important literature, seeking new voices, and race and class in publishing.
Servings of Small ChangeMeara Sharma interviews Jane Black and Brent Cunningham
The food writers on building a food movement that transcends class lines.
Going Through CustomsHillary Brenhouse interviews Cristina Ibarra
The Chicana filmmaker on documenting a debutante ball in honor of George Washington’s birthday in Laredo, Texas, and adopting the Mexican-American border as her “muse.”
Talking Clean and Acting DirtyKatherine Rowland interviews Robert Bullard
The “father of environmental justice” on the politics of protection and vulnerability.
Notes for the StageAditi Sriram interviews Ayad Akhtar
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright on his relationship to Jewish artists, “the simple sense of being human,” and experiencing his work for the first time along with its audience.
This Little Light of OursKiese Laymon in conversation with Stanley Nelson
The Freedom Summer director on Mississippi and the role of music in civil rights.
Myth Is a Theorem About the Nature of RealityMatthew Spellberg interviews Robert Bringhurst
The scholar on the vivid tradition of Haida poetry.
The Thirty-Year PlanDani McClain interviews Sujatha Jesudason
The sociologist on turning the focus of the reproductive rights movement from abortion to love, sex, family, and community.