Orlando Figes on the Politics of Russian History

Historian Orlando Figes speaks with Sasha Weiss about his latest book, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia; the recent prosecutor's office raid on the Memorial Society, a human rights organization working to preserve memories and documentary evidence of Stalin's repression; and the dangers posed by resurgent Stalinism to the accurate telling of Russian history.


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Robert M. Solow on the Economic Crisis

Economist and Nobel laureate Robert M. Solow speaks with Hugh Eakin about the causes of the current crisis, the importance of credit in the functioning of the world financial system, and how new regulation might prevent future disasters.


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Tim Parks on Pinocchio

Novelist Tim Parks speaks with Andrew Palmer about Geoffrey Brock's new English translation of Carlo Collodi's children's classic Pinocchio, and the book's origins in the political and cultural tumult of 1880s Italy.


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David Hare Performs Wall

Playwright David Hare reads his monologue Wall, an exploration of the impact—on both Israelis and Palestinians—of the barrier built to divide Israel from the West Bank.


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Andrew Delbanco on the Universities in Trouble

Andrew Delbanco, director of American Studies at Columbia University, speaks with Michael Shae about the financial crisis facing American higher education.


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Christopher Ricks on John Keats

Christopher Ricks speaks with Giles Harvey about Posthumous Keats, Stanley Plumly's recent biography of John Keats, and about the poet's death and the idealized image that emerged during his "immediate afterlife.


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Helen Epstein on Prison Reform

Helen Epstein talks with Eve Bowen about lawyer Sunny Schwartz's work in the San Francisco county jail system, and her program's potential for transforming the treatment of prisoners nationwide.


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Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan in Crisis

Ahmed Rashid speaks with Hugh Eakin about the continuing conflict between the Pakistani government and the Taliban, the humanitarian crisis in Swat, and the violence that has spread from the border with Afghanistan to within sixty miles of the capital, Islamabad.


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Nicholas Kristof on Darfur

Nicholas Kristof speaks with Sasha Weiss about his experiences reporting in Darfur, the International Criminal Court's indictment of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and what the Obama administration can do to prevent further escalation of the conflict.


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David Cole on Same-Sex Marriage

David Cole talks to Michael Shae about the history of the legal battle over same-sex marriage, the changing demographics that favor nationwide support, and the legal and political tactics advocates and activists might use to ensure a just future for the institution.


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Michael Tomasky on Obama's Strategy
Michael Tomasky speaks with Hugh Eakin about public perception of the President and his policies, the thinking behind the administration's ceding of authority to Congress, and the sheer pace of Obama's Washington.
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Claire Messud Reads "Land Divers"
Novelist and critic Claire Messud, author most recently of the novel The Emperor's Children, reads her new story "Land Divers," from the Review's Summer Fiction issue.
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Roger Cohen in Tehran

Roger Cohen speaks to Hugh Eakin about the protests that followed Iran's June 12 election, the crackdown, and the consequences for the future of the Iranian regime.


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Timothy Snyder on the Holocaust

Timothy Snyder talks to Sasha Weiss about how we can best understand the Holocaust and the mass killings under Stalin as a particularly Eastern European phenomenon.


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Ronald Dworkin on Sotomayor and the Roberts Court

Ronald Dworkin talks to Hugh Eakin about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, the growing conservatism of the Roberts Court, and the myth that judges can decide cases simply by fidelity to the law.


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Adam Hochschild in Eastern Congo

Adam Hochschild talks to Hugh Eakin about the epidemic of violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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Michael Massing on Reinventing the News

Michael Massing talks to Charles Petersen about the rise of blogs and the ascent of online journalism.


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J.M. Coetzee Reads From Summertime

J.M. Coetzee, the novelist and 2003 Nobel laureate, reads from his new novel, Summertime, forthcoming from Viking in December. Excerpts from the novel appeared in our July 16 and August 13 issues.


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Freeman Dyson on Amateur Scientists and the New Age of Wonder

Freeman Dyson talks to Charles Petersen about Richard Holmes's book The Age of Wonder, his own education in chemistry and poetry, and how amateur biotechnology might help solve the problem of global warming.


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Fintan O'Toole on Flann O'Brien
Sasha Weiss speaks with Fintan O'Toole, columnist for the Irish Times, about the genius and misfortune of the great Irish novelist Flann O'Brien.
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