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

  • November 29, 2013

    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

  • November 6, 2013

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • July 31, 2013

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

  • 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

  • July 12, 2013 | Blog

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