Rachel Maddow is the world's most unlikely cable news talk-show host. She doesn't watch TV. She's young (35). And she is openly gay—an industry first. But her combination of hipster vibe and wicked smarts has taken the country by storm.
At a recent fundraising event, Mother Jones Editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein spoke with Maddow about closeted intelligence, the cocktail she'd fix for Lincoln, and why she's optimistic about the future.