Thomas Ricks: Politics, as Seen from Aristotle to Trump The Left - “And so I remembered from college: When you’re facing a problem that seems deeply puzzling, go back to fundamentals, go to first principles. So I took Aristotle’s Politics off my shelf, my old college copy, and reread it in the context of the election of Donald Trump.” Thomas Koenig 1/7/2021
H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World The Center - “And so I think we have to resist the tendency to try to define a new administration’s foreign policy mainly as an opposition to the administration that came before it.” Thomas Koenig 12/30/2020
David Gurfein: Advocating on Behalf of Accused American Service Members The Right - “The UCMJ has some key aspects to it which do not afford military personnel the same degree of presumption of innocence that you’d see in a civilian court.” Asher Ellis 12/30/2020
Bill Vitek: In Pursuit of Better Agriculture (and a Better Society) The Left - “The way we farm and the way we think are connected—that’s our premise.” Olivia Malloy 12/20/2020
Rep.-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux: Why She Ran, and Hope for the Future The Left - “One of the big issues was health care reform; my own parents struggled with the cost of prescription medications, using up all of their discretionary income to pay for my father’s insulin and other medications.” Henri Mattila 12/18/2020
Mayor Justin Elicker: Lessons from New Haven, CT The Left - “It’s clear that so many cities are going through a lot of the same challenges that New Haven is facing right now.” Asher Ellis 12/8/2020
Grant McCracken: Why We Need to Bring Back Honor The Center - “I studied Elizabethan England as a graduate student. It was a society governed by ideas of honor, and I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe some of those ideas could be returned to usefulness.'” Olivia Malloy 12/4/2020
Does Understanding the American Project Begin with William Penn? The Right - “He was the first to negotiate with Native Americans as a Christian, keeping the Christian-Quaker pacifist traditions in his negotiations. He actually regarded the Native Americans as equals…” Olivia Malloy 11/27/2020
Congressman-elect Burgess Owens on Issues to Tackle in Office The Right - “Al Davis used to say, ‘Just win, baby.’ And I tell you that’s what Americans do best. Once we wake up, once we’re engaged, once we know that our culture is at risk, we come together and start communicating. Across-party lines, Democrats and Republicans start to talk, and we rise.” Henri Mattila 11/25/2020
Is the American Economy Significantly Different than Europeans Think? The Center - “Do you realize how strange it is that professionals can move around Europe more freely than they can in the U.S.? And that overall, Alabama has more autonomy over its regulations than France does?”  Mark Hecht 11/24/2020
Rep. Denver Riggleman: Reflecting on His Two Years in D.C. The Center - “And I’ll have to say this: This was the worst job I ever had, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Erich J. Prince 10/30/2020
Interview: Running for Congress as a Communist The Left - “I offer an alternative to liberal-style capitalism or conservative-style capitalism. Both are neoliberal at the end of the day.” Teddy Duncan Jr. 10/20/2020
Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: a Discussion with Merlin Schaeffer The Center - “Policies that try to tackle diversity problems make it always salient in people’s minds. And that can backfire, even if well-meant.” Mark Hecht 10/17/2020
Will Witt: What It Means to Be a Young Conservative The Right - “How can I say I care about what I’m doing if I’m not willing to put myself in situations that might make me uncomfortable?” Henri Mattila 9/13/2020
Interview with Ruud Koopmans: Understanding Muslim Immigration to Europe The Center - “[Historically,] Islamic societies were actually more advanced, more liberal, and more tolerant than Western societies. So, there is nothing intrinsic to Islam that explains these problems.” Mark Hecht 9/9/2020
Interview: Robert Orlando on His Film “Citizen Trump” The Center - “Once the stage is the thing, ideas don’t matter as much as performance.” Gabriel Andrade 8/25/2020
Interview: Rep. Susan Wild on How Congress Can Respond to the Pandemic The Left - “The problem is, though, we can’t rely on volunteerism, donations, and gifts for much longer because—quite frankly—most of these places are getting pretty tapped out.” Erich J. Prince 8/15/2020
Psychologist Dr. Katherine Kinzler: the Role of Speech in Polarized Times The Center - “In polarized times, think of the other person as an individual and not member of the other group.” Kevin Turner 7/25/2020
Interview: Rep. Jody Hice on “Defund the Police” and Big Tech Censorship The Right - “But there is no question that we’ve got some major issues, and free speech is so dependent these days on these big tech companies, so they have to be very careful that free speech is protected. And, of course, there’s a pattern now that shows otherwise…” Erich J. Prince 7/22/2020
Lacy Johnson, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Challenger: Her Record Speaks for Itself The Right - “I was in poverty once, and then I became an entrepreneur. And now I am running for office…This is the greatest country in the world.” Kevin Turner 7/18/2020
Rep. Eric Swalwell: Reflecting on the Impeachment of President Trump The Left - “Maybe there are some lessons learned, so this never happens again.” Kevin Turner 7/16/2020
James Lindsay: How Critical Studies Led to Today’s Turmoil The Center - “This is an attempt at a social, cultural, and political revolution.” Kevin Turner 7/12/2020
Interview with Oliver Strijbis: Swiss Lessons on Identity and National Unity The Center - “Political ideas are too abstract. They are not enough to make people emotional about identity. Swiss identity has a cultural element.” Mark Hecht 7/3/2020
Interview: How David Horowitz Sees 2020 The Right - “Our system in United States is set up in a way that forces us to compromise. The Founders thought the great threat to a democracy is factionalism.” Kevin Turner 6/29/2020
Bo Winegard on Events Taking Place Across Academia: “I Am Terrified” The Center - “I have never been more depressed about the state of truth in the world.” Kevin Turner 6/24/2020
Interview: Elika Ashoori on Her Father’s Ten Year Prison Sentence in Iran The Center - “His interrogators were telling him that we have gangs who could ‘stab your daughter or wife in London.'” Kevin Turner 6/23/2020
Interview: Adrianna San Marco, Student Journalist Fired for Conservative View The Right - “On her ouster from The Daily Orange, the student journalist says: ‘It also affects me as student because all my peers have banded together and tried to cancel me.'” Kevin Turner 6/21/2020
Interview: Curt Jaimungal, Director of “Better Left Unsaid” The Center - “They reject ideas of the extreme, so that’s why there needs to be a delineation between what’s extreme and what’s not extreme.” Kevin Turner 6/16/2020
Interview: Spike Cohen, Libertarian Nominee for Vice President The Right - Listen to our conversation with the candidate to hear how his platform can tackle the greatest problems facing the United States today. Kevin Turner 6/12/2020
Interview: Johann Hari on Mental Health During the Pandemic The Left - “There has been a huge transfer of wealth to the rich and gradual collapse of the middle class. That’s made a lot of people anxious.“ Kevin Turner 6/11/2020
Libertarian Presidential Nominee Jo Jorgensen on the Issues The Right - “The police issue here now is a local issue, and we will let them work it out. If I was a president now, I would say no, we not not need to do something.” Kevin Turner 6/8/2020
Why Trust Prevents Nations from Tearing Themselves Apart The Center - “The last time a leading Danish politician was murdered was 1286. It’s not war with your foreign enemies [that matters]; it’s internally, in political stability.” Mark Hecht 6/5/2020
Leaving Washington D.C. Behind—and a More Wholesome Life The Right - “I think people want to know the story behind things. And I think part of what they’re buying into is the story of our family on our ranch. And so it’s beautiful to be able to share that in some small way.” Kevin Turner 5/27/2020
Speaking with Bo Winegard: from the State of the Academy to the State of Twitter The Center - “My sense is that most people—even people who truly abhor a lot of the stuff that I write—were supportive and were sort of horrified by the decision and by what happened.” Kevin Turner 4/29/2020
Interview: Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones on Endorsing President Trump The Center - “And I have a choice right now: Do I vote for Joe Biden, a white guy who locked black people up? Or do I vote for President Donald Trump, a white guy who happens to be a Republican, who let black people out of jail and gave them a second chance?” Kevin Turner 4/25/2020