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 brings his pointed and smart interview style to “I Have to Ask.”

Society & Culture
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Nate Cohn
42 min
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Slow Burn Live
21 min
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Zeynep Tufekci
37 min
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Lynsey Addario
35 min
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Coral Davenport
29 min
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Nate Silver
35 min
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Jason Zengerle
31 min
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Jonathan Haidt
34 min
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Shane Bauer
31 min
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Dara Lind
35 min
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Re-Air: Maggie Haberman
30 min
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Anand Giridharadas
34 min
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Michelle Goldberg
32 min
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David Kirkpatrick
31 min
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Martha Nussbaum
30 min
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Ottessa Moshfegh
33 min
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Annie Lowrey
32 min
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Chris Hayes
23 min
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Porochista Khakpour
41 min
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Quinta Jurecic
24 min
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James Wood
32 min
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Anthony Bourdain: A Previously Unaired Conversa...
23 min
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Judd Apatow (Re-Air)
43 min
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Harry Enten
26 min
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Re-Air: Ta-Nehisi Coates
37 min
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Cecilia Muñoz
27 min
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Maggie Haberman
29 min
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Michelle Dean
29 min
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Amy Chozick
29 min
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Adam Davidson
32 min
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Barbara Ehrenreich
21 min
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Parul Sehgal
27 min
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Ross Douthat
48 min
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Judd Apatow
Isaac Chotiner talks with Judd Apatow
43 min
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David Corn and Michael Isikoff
31 min
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Josh Barro
35 min
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Benjamin Wittes
37 min
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Chuck Klosterman
52 min
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Steven Pinker
The author of ‘Enlightenment Now’ thinks the world is getting better—but we refuse to acknowledge it.
30 min
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Katie Roiphe
38 min
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Wesley Morris
36 min
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Jia Tolentino
27 min
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David Frum
29 min
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Margaret Sullivan
The Washington Post media critic grades a turbulent year of media coverage.
25 min
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times film critic on watching movies in the post-Weinstein age.
38 min
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Mark Lilla (Re-air)
The author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics has a recipe to save Democrats.
39 min
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Bill Kristol
The conservative writer and editor examines his own past, and where the Republican Party went awry.
34 min
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Stephen Kotkin
The Stalin biographer on the secret to understanding the mind of an autocrat.
32 min
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Lawrence O'Donnell
The MSNBC host and author on how the 1968 election changed American politics forever.
33 min
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Laura Kipnis
The author and essayist on the importance of teaching women to fight back.
29 min
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Jelani Cobb
The New Yorker writer on why Trumpism will survive Trump.
16 min
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Rebecca Traister
The journalist on sexual misconduct stories, and the coming backlash to them.
30 min
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
The author tries to make sense of Trump’s America, and his place in it.
37 min
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Ron Chernow
The author of ‘Alexander Hamilton’ and ‘Grant’ on what biographies teach us about powerful men.
28 min
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Jennifer Egan
The author of ‘Manhattan Beach’ on what technology is doing to our brains and why she hates memoirs.
30 min
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Gabriel Sherman
The biographer of Roger Ailes on how Fox News has changed, and why Rupert Murdoch “loathes” Trump
33 min
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Jodi Kantor
The New York Times reporter goes behind-the- scenes of her Harvey Weinstein stories.
22 min
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Masha Gessen
The Russia expert on how Putin’s regime operates, and what people don’t understand about autocrats.
34 min
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David Remnick (Part 2)
The editor of ‘The New Yorker’ on what ails the NFL and whether the New Yorker could go web-only.
42 min
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David Remnick (Part 1)
The editor of ‘The New Yorker’ on Hillary hatred and the problem with Obama cashing in on Wall Street.
28 min
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Ayobami Adebayo
The author of 'Stay With Me' on using fiction to fight gender norms.
26 min
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Amna Nawaz
The ABC News anchor reveals her reporting on white nationalists, and what can be learned from talking to extremists.
23 min
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Claire Messud
The author of 'The Burning Girl' on how Elena Ferrante opened up more space for writing novels about women.
26 min
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Mark Lilla
The author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics has a recipe to save Democrats.
40 min
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Orhan Pamuk
The author of ‘The Red-Haired Woman’ on writing and living through Turkish history.
26 min
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Glenn Greenwald
Gleen Greenwald on why Trump is less unprecedented in American history than we’d like to believe.
49 min
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Robert Wright
The author of Why Buddhism is True thinks mindfulness can be a weapon against Trumpism.
27 min
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Olivia Nuzzi
New York’s Washington correspondent on how White House staffers really view Donald Trump.
25 min
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Zoë Heller
The novelist and essayist on criticizing Hillary Clinton and becoming friends with writers you savage.
27 min
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Lydia Polgreen
The HuffPost Editor-in-chief on the problems with media snark, and the challenge of covering Trump.
29 min
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Matthew Heineman
The director of ‘City of Ghosts’ on filming the heroes combating ISIS, and investigating drug cartels.
21 min
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Maggie Haberman
Maggie Haberman on covering Trump, The New York Times’ Clinton coverage, and why this White House leaks to the press.
31 min
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Ben Rhodes
The Obama foreign policy adviser on evaluating Obama’s eight years in office and understanding Trump’s pettiness.
59 min
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Raúl Grijalva
The Arizona Congressman on the coming battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.
24 min
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George Saunders
The author of ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ on summoning the ghost of past presidents, & writing about our current one.
33 min
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Delia Ephron
The best-selling humorist on writing comedy in the age of Trump, and why dating apps are ruining romance.
25 min
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Congressman Tom Cole
The Republican Congressman on life in Trump’s Washington and how Fox News has changed the Republican Party.
25 min
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Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker
The Washington Post political reporter on scheduling life around President Trump’s tweetstorms.
28 min
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Pankaj Mishra
The author of Age of Anger on why modern society is ill-equipped to handle populist rage.
43 min
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Jonathan Chait
The New York writer on how the Republican Party’s past explains the election of an American demagogue.
32 min
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Pamela Paul
The new Times book review editor on the future of criticism and what our books say about us.
29 min
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David Grann
The New Yorker’s David Grann on the future of longform journalism and reporting unsolved murders
32 min
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Ethan Sherwood Strauss
ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss on working the Warriors beat, Steph Curry, and “sticking to sports” in the age of Trump.
34 min
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Andrew Sullivan
New York Magazine writer Andrew Sullivan on the decay of conservatism and why he expected Trump’s victory.
49 min
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Elif Batuman
Isaac Chotiner speaks with author and New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman about what inspired her new novel The Idiot
30 min
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Chris Hayes
Isaac Chotiner speaks with Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes about his new book A Colony in a Nation.
41 min
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Senator Chuck Schumer
Senator Schumer finds himself in a political climate unlike anything he has witnessed in his 38 years in Washington.
18 min
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Coming Soon: I Have to Ask
Introducing Slate's newest podcast I Have to Ask with Isaac Chotiner
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