Q&A

Q&A features interviews with writers, economists, social scientists, activists and other big thinkers with important perspectives on issues affecting our democracy.

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November 29, 2013 | Q&A

Carol McDaid, who fought for equality between mental health care and other medical treatments, talks about how this month’s final ruling could affect health care and gun violence. Continue reading

In this July 12, 2013, file photo, abortion rights supporters rally on the floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)
November 6, 2013 | Activism

The state’s restrictive abortion law went into effect on Friday. Merritt Tierce, executive director of Texas Equal Access Fund, talks about how women in Texas are faring. Continue reading

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September 6, 2013 | Blog

A devastating drought played a significant role in sparking Syria’s civil war. Is it a harbinger of future climate change-related conflicts? Continue reading

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August 30, 2013 | Activism

Organizer Illai Kenney talks about the challenges that younger activists face in being heard in the modern civil rights movement, and the burdens and benefits of being young and black in America. Continue reading

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August 29, 2013 | Blog

The Sunlight Foundation’s Lisa Rosenberg offers some practical remedies to the culture of corruption and greed in Washington depicted in Mark Leibovich’s recent book. Continue reading

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 40th annual meeting, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Chicago. Bush defended new achievement standards for students around the nation while calling for an expansion of school-choice initiatives in states. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
August 15, 2013 | Blog

Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat, attended ALEC’s conference to learn about the organization responsible for so many of her state laws. Continue reading

Wendell-Potter
August 13, 2013 | Blog

Health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter exposes efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets near Emmett, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 31, 2013 | Blog

An environment specialist explains how a bipartisan bill to control toxic substances actually makes the “weakest law on the books” even weaker. Continue reading

A field worker empties a bucket of vidalia onions into a waiting truck in Lyons, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File )
July 19, 2013 | Blog

Migrant farmworkers are among the most marginalized people in the country. Will they be helped by the proposed immigration bill? Continue reading

George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
July 12, 2013 | Blog

We asked Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert to critique the barrage of coverage. Continue reading

Marjorie Hill, second left, CEO of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, address the Women for Paid Sick Days rally on the steps of New York's City Hall last summer. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 5, 2013 | Q&A

The CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women talks about challenges and opportunities for states to crucially improve the economic security of their residents. Continue reading

In a Tuesday, June 5, 2012 photo, Lt. Sam Greenaway, right, looks at side scan sonar data along with survey tech Dvid Moehl, left, aboard the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration research ship Ferdinand R. Hassler in Norfolk, Va. The federal research vessel that will help update nautical charts on the East Coast will be commissioned Friday June 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
May 18, 2013 | Q&A

The director of the Center for Science and Democracy says scientific research is a core part of our democracy that is under threat from corporations and sequestration cuts. Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, the Center’s director, explains how industry manipulates and undermines scientific research, and the challenges scientists face in the digital age. Continue reading

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April 26, 2013 | Q&A

Robert Greenwald’s new film “War on Whistleblowers” tells the story of four Americans who each paid a heavy price for exposing abuses of power. Continue reading

Anonymous supporters wearing Guy Fawkes masks pause for fellow protesters and members of the media to film and photograph them with a banner as they take part in a protest march along Whitehall to Britain's Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. The protest was held on November 5, to coincide with the failed 1605 gunpowder plot to blow up the House of Lords. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
April 25, 2013 | Q&A
Professor Gabriella Coleman answers our questions about Anonymous, hackers, civil disobedience and the future of protest in cyberspace.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Chamber. (AP Photo/Kalim A. Bhatti)
April 23, 2013 | Eye on ALEC

Several recent reports on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, reveal more about the funding of the meetings between state legislators and corporate lobbyists — and what’s on the agenda. Continue reading

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