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

A student serves up desert to classmates during lunch at the People for People Charter School, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Philadelphia.
April 5, 2013 | Q&A

Joel Berg of the Coalition Against Hunger explains what it means to be “food insecure” and how we can fight hunger in America. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 | Q&A

We talk with the filmmakers of Shift Change about the value of American worker cooperatives and what other workplaces can learn from them. Continue reading

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March 22, 2013 | Q&A

Economist Simon Johnson says implementation of the act’s reforms is “painfully slow” and that our financial system remains at risk. Continue reading

Copenhagen, Demark: City Hall Square seen from the City Hall clocktower at night; Photo Credit: Bill Ebbesen; Courtesy of Wikicommons
March 19, 2013 | Q&A

Author Alex Steffen explains the technology and design innovations that could “transform our cities into low-carbon engines of prosperity.” Continue reading

An unidentified man talks on a phone outside the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. In Albany, the budget process is often compared to the old Soviet Politburo - but, some say, more secretive and more in the red. Despite a reform bill that passed two years ago, legislative leaders still craft budget bills behind closed doors and send them out for a quick vote. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
March 14, 2013 | Q&A
Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller updates us on what's on the horizon in terms of government transparency and open data.
February 15, 2013 | Q&A
Government watchdog Michael Smallberg discusses the cozy relationship between SEC regulators and the financial players they’re supposed to police.
February 6, 2013 | Q&A
A Justice Department memo reveals the administration's legal case for drone strikes targeting American citizens. Legal expert Vicki Divoll dissects their argument.
An unmanned US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night, Jan. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
February 1, 2013 | Q&A

Are U.S. drone strikes consistent with the idea of “just wars”? A military and political scholar breaks the question down. Continue reading

January 4, 2013 | Q&A

Annie Leonard, director of The Story of Stuff, says reusable water bottles and canvas shopping bags are not enough. Continue reading

December 27, 2012 | Q&A

From “Romnesia” to “Right to Work,” linguist Geoffrey Nunberg decodes political buzzwords of 2012, including his pick for Word of the Year. Continue reading

President Franklin D. Roosevelt shown at the White House, in Washington with an imposing battery of microphones lined up in front of him as he broadcast to the nation. January 1935. (AP Photo)
December 19, 2012 | Q&A
Victor Pickard answers our questions about the (almost) golden age of the FCC when progressive commissioners tried to make commercial media more attentive to public interests.
December 13, 2012 | Q&A
Yael Lehmann of Philadelphia's Food Trust explains how rates were reduced in one of America's poorest cities.
Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps discusses the upcoming FCC vote to relax media consolidation laws with Bill Moyers. (photo credit: Dale Robbins)
December 4, 2012 | Q&A

Bill Moyers speaks with former FCC commissioner Michael Copps about the effect a new FCC proposal could have on our news and our democracy. Continue reading

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. November 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
December 3, 2012 | Q&A

Free Press’ CEO talks with Bill about the campaign to stop the FCC from relaxing rules limiting media cross-ownership in cities. Continue reading

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November 30, 2012 | Q&A

Ai-jen Poo describes her efforts to provide basic protections for nannies, housekeepers, home health aides, and others whose work “makes all other work possible.” Continue reading

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