Verdi, Dante and Dahlia Lithwick

A conversation with Slate’s Supreme Court reporter about her new book, Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America In Episode 5 of my poscast, “Why Now?”, I talk to legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick about her new book, Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America (Penguin/Random House, 2022). In an episode that … More Verdi, Dante and Dahlia Lithwick

Why Now? Episode 3: Black and White Together

In the last episode, we discussed the aspirations and limitations of the 19th-century Black freedom movement; this week, Black and white Progressives imagine a twentieth century without racism. My guest is Victoria W. Wolcott, professor of history at the State University of New York at Buffalo and author of  Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long … More Why Now? Episode 3: Black and White Together

Why Now? Episode 2: The First Family of Abolition

A conversation with historian Kerri Greenidge about her new book, “The Grimkés: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family” In Episode 2 of “Why Now?” Kerri Greenidge talks to us about her new book, The Grimkés: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family (Liveright, 2022.) The Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, … More Why Now? Episode 2: The First Family of Abolition

Why Now? Episode 1: Pulling Back the Curtain on Political Campaigns

A conversation with sociologist Daniel Laurison about his new book, “Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us” In this debut episode of “Why Now?” I interview Daniel Laurison, Associate Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College, who studies the connections between economic inequality, racial inequality, and … More Why Now? Episode 1: Pulling Back the Curtain on Political Campaigns

Here’s the Deal, Folks: A New Year’s Announcement

Slightly less than a year ago, my Substack, Political Junkie launched with a post about the Democratic presidential primary campaign. That post described the experience of politics from a campaign volunteer’s perspective. It was written in the first person plural because this newsletter was one of the ways that the editorial board of Public Seminar, a weekly digital magazine … More Here’s the Deal, Folks: A New Year’s Announcement

On men who would no longer be Democratic candidates if they were women

  Joe and Pete, I am looking at you. If Biden were a woman, even a woman with a stellar record (which Biden’s is not), he would already be gone given how garbled everything comes out. Pete’s style isn’t garbled, but he says absolutely nothing: Moderator: “What do you think about (this issue)?” Pete: “That … More On men who would no longer be Democratic candidates if they were women