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

Students from the Progress Village Christian Academy get their first chance to play on a new playground built by volunteers in in Tampa, Fla. September 2011. (Brian Blanco / AP Images for Rebuilding Together)
November 28, 2012 | Q&A
What can we learn about Congress on the playground? Can our representatives work together — or do they need a giant time out?
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
November 9, 2012 | Q&A

Nick Nyhart, CEO of Public Campaign, argues we need to “get the small money in, and the big money out” of our campaign finance system. Continue reading

Bill Ricker, 74, sits at the kitchen table of his trailer home, in Hartford, Maine. Ricker, who has two college degrees, was injured in the late 1980s and hasn't worked since. September 2011. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
October 31, 2012 | Q&A

The Nation‘s Greg Kaufmann describes America’s poverty problem, how it’s being ignored, and what everyone should be doing about it. Continue reading

October 11, 2012 | Q&A

Steve Rendall of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting explains why poverty “doesn’t register with journalists.” Continue reading

Volunteers for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign Carissa Valdez and Vanessa Trujillo as they leave campaign headquarters to register new voters in a heavily Latino neighborhood shopping plaza in Phoenix. June 2012. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 5, 2012 | Q&A

With more Latinos expected to vote this year than ever before, pollster Sylvia Manzano explains what might drive their decisions. Continue reading

Becky Olson votes while her 2-year old daughter Lauren walks underneath the voting booths set up at the Seventh Day Adventist church Tuesday morning in Kuna, Idaho. November 2006. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)
September 25, 2012 | Q&A

Richard Hasen, author of the Election Law Blog, discusses truths and exaggerations on both sides of the voting rights debate. Continue reading

Engraving of Susan B. Anthony, c. 1855
September 21, 2012 | Q&A

How a pro-life political action group appropriated the name of the famous women’s rights leader. Continue reading

Pictured are the three voting booths needed to handle the load for voters in Russell and Grant Townships of Kansas. November 1996. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)
September 6, 2012 | Q&A

Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt offers his take on morality vs. strategy in the voting booth. Continue reading

Photo credit: eatmorechips via flickr
August 29, 2012 | Q&A

The Sunlight Foundation’s Liz Bartolomeo talks about the dark money dealers who hosted Tampa’s velvet rope events. Continue reading

August 24, 2012 | Q&A

Mattea Kramer, author of A People’s Guide to The Federal Budget, analyzes recent budget proposals and the federal budget process itself. Continue reading

About 100 immigrant janitors marched through downtown Houston to protest a local cleaning company accused of withholding paychecks from its employees and not paying them for all hours they worked. June 2006 (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
August 24, 2012 | Q&A

Economist Robert Pollin explains why it’s important not to sacrifice the welfare of workers in tough economic times. Continue reading

Left: Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page, Right: Fort Hood shooter Nadal Hasan, (AP)
August 16, 2012 | Q&A

Scholar and blogger Juan Cole explains how racism plays a factor in how we view terrorist incidents in the U.S. Continue reading

August 7, 2012 | Q&A

In his new late-night show, comedian W. Kamau Bell looks at news, politics and culture through the lens of race. Continue reading

This aerial photo shows the Olympic Stadium and the Orbit during the 2012 Summer Olympics at Olympic Park in London. August 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff J Mitchell, Pool)
August 6, 2012 | Q&A

The Olympics are just one example of how hosting sports events and building stadiums can actually be a losing proposition. Continue reading

Despite a dwindling pool of bugler players, Navy veteran and long-time musician Boyce Fowler, photographed keeps the art of Taps alive by playing at military burials at Fort Harrison, Mont. October 2008. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Lisa Kunkel)
July 27, 2012 | Q&A

Mark Thompson, author of a Time magazine cover story on military suicide, talks about the roots and reasons behind these tragic decisions. Continue reading

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