🎧 Mitch Landrieu | The Atlantic Interview

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A white southern mayor confronts the history in his city.

"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in his now-famous speech in May of 2017. As Landrieu said those words, city workers a few blocks away uprooted an enormous statue of Robert E. Lee – the last of four Confederate monuments the mayor removed from the city after a years-long process. In a conversation with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, Landrieu discusses the politics of race in the south, his grappling with history as a white southerner, and his own family’s connection to the story of civil rights in America.

I miss the days when I had a seemingly unending backlog of episodes to listen to. Now I just wait with bated breath for them to be released. I love extended interviews on small topics like this one. This does a really good job of taking a look at some of the broader details behind…

🎧 Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic Interview

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The growing prominence of The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates means that he's often asked to comment on matters on which he lacks expertise, but he demurs. In a conversation with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, recorded in front of an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Coates explains why he isn't interested in interviewing Donald Trump, why he cannot use Twitter ever again, and how his complicated feelings about America inflect his writing for Captain America.

As ever, an interesting conversation on The Atlantic Interview.

🎧 Amy Klobuchar | The Atlantic Interview

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Amy Klobuchar, the first woman to be elected U.S. Senator from Minnesota, has been been working faithfully toward little victories in Donald Trump's Washington. Now, she's turned her attention toward that unicorn of lawmakers all over the country--a sensible gun bill that can get around the National Rifle Association. She talks to the Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg about how this time might be different, and why she is taking Donald Trump at his word. They also discuss her tater tot hotdish recipe.

🎧 Caitlin Flanagan | The Atlantic Interview

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Caitlin Flanagan wrote a devastating story about the death of a fraternity pledge at Penn State University for the Atlantic last year, and she has updates on the case for editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg. They discuss why fraternities are still attractive to straight, white, well-off young men on college campuses. Flanagan has also started fighting feminists, with her provocative essays on how some women are turning the #MeToo movement into a racket. She sees some women using the moment to take revenge against individual men while doing nothing to topple the patriarchy. She talks about why millennial women are confused and angry about their sexual encounters. She also says that our fear of toxic masculinity is crowding out an honest look at toxic femininity.

An awesome little interview. I'm going to have to listen to this a second time to unpack pieces. Definitely some ideas here worth working through in more depth.

🎧 Mike Solomonov | The Atlantic Interview

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Israeli chef Mike Solomonov recently won the James Beard Award for outstanding chef. He created the restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia, built a food empire, and expertly hid a drug addiction from everyone in his life. He talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic's editor in chief, about what he felt when his brother was killed, and how the tragedy first fueled and then helped him fight his addiction. Now in a long recovery, he cooks Israeli food as a kind of cultural mission.

A very interesting human story hiding behind a food "celebrity". We definitely need more people like this in our culture helping to diversify interesting things in our lives.

🎧 Mollie Hemingway | The Atlantic Interview

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Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor for the Federalist and Fox News contributor, finds most of the media's histrionics over President Donald Trump to be overblown. While she won't let her kids listen to the president's most vulgar remarks, she's willing to defend his policies and his record, a fact which has cost her some friends. She talks to Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic's editor in chief, about where she finds Trump most effective, and what his successes mean for American politics.

🎧 Tracy Chou | The Atlantic Interview

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The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg revisits a persistent problem in the tech industry: Why is it so difficult for people who aren't white and male? He talks with Tracy Chou, an engineer and long-time veteran of the start-up world whose current work focuses on that problem. She discusses her own experiences with harassment and discrimination, and why those experiences didn't drive her out of tech, as they did for many others.
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🎧 Robert Siegel | The Atlantic Interview

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For thirty years, Robert Siegel has given us the afternoon news. Having started his career in public radio when it was a scrappy enterprise, he's spent the past three decades shaping NPR as host of All Things Considered. He retired this week, at a time when NPR plays a critical role in educating the electorate. Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic’s editor in chief, turns the microphone on Robert Siegel for a change.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Wherein Jeffrey Goldberg right properly suckers Robert Siegel into recording bumpers and intros for his new podcast. Siegel gives an interesting interview the day after he leaves NPR, though I hope that he get's re-interviewed again when he's "old"…

🎧 Eric Garcetti | The Atlantic Interview

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The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks with Mayor Eric Garcetti about what people misunderstand about Los Angeles, whether a mayor could win the presidency, and where he goes to find the best tacos.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. There was an interesting question about the difference between Mexican and Mexican-Americans protesting/marching and Irish-American immigrants celebrating events like St. Patrick's day. While these seem to be drastically different to mainstream Americans now, the primary difference between the two…

🎧 Jonah Goldberg | The Atlantic Interview

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Writer Jonah Goldberg talks with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg about being a conservative without a party in the age of Donald Trump. Jonah says there are many factors contributing to the dysfunction and paralysis in the Republican Party, and that thinkers and leaders on the right may have a very small window to fix these problems before the party disintegrates. Jeffrey and Jonah also discuss the experience of waiting in television green rooms.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Maybe I'm reading to or listening to all the wrong sources because I feel like I'm missing candid and open discussions like this one. Here Jonah Goldberg does an excellent job of discussing many of the unspoken problems within…

🎧 Richard Plepler | The Atlantic Interview

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The chairman and CEO of HBO talks with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg about what shows he should watch next. They also discuss how HBO has tried to develop a healthy company culture within a highly sexualized industry, the high-stakes business of making great TV, and what happened at the end of the Sopranos.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. I feel like the first 5 minutes of the interview were missing. Compared to others in the series, this particular episode was awfully bland. I suspect it's the case that CEOs rarely ever make good interviews because they're generally…

🎧 Jake Tapper | The Atlantic Interview

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The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks with the CNN anchor Jake Tapper about learning from mistakes in journalism, watching the media destroy someone you know, and what President Trump is getting right.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Transcript Some interesting insight on Tapper's sense of fairness here. I appreciate the level of comfort between the two participants here and it's interesting to hear about their personal relationship a bit as context as well. My favorite part…

🎧 Nikole Hannah-Jones | The Atlantic Interview

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Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief, talks about America's unequal education system with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. How much progress has been really made since Brown v. Board of Education in giving black kids access to equal schooling as white kids? Far from enough, Hannah-Jones has found. And she has some concrete—but difficult—ideas for fixing it.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Transcript This may be my favorite interview of the series so far. There's so much to unpack here that the discussion should probably have gone on for a few more hours. The differences in how this issue differ in…

🎧 Masha Gessen | The Atlantic Interview

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Author and activist Masha Gessen’s new book about Russia won the 2017 National Book Award for nonfiction. The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks with Gessen about what Vladimir Putin wants, what Donald Trump’s election means, and how Americans should think about Russia's interference in 2016.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Transcript A stunning interview on Russia and how it relates to world politics. I'm ordering Gessen's book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.