Tom Engelhardt is the moderator of Tom Dispatch, a website billed as an "antidote to the mainstream media." He spent three decades as a book editor, and is the author of The Last Days of Publishing and The End of Victory Culture.
Engelhardt spoke with Mother Jones about the future of publishing, Sotomayor’s abortion views, and why he doesn’t identify as a progressive.
David Corn is Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones. Kevin Drum is a political blogger based in California. Together, they cover national news and politics from coast to coast. Multimedia Editor Laura McClure spoke with Corn and Drum about Obama's pick of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, the latest on Prop 8, and this week's torture news.
Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones. Known for his keen political insight, wonky charts, and Friday catblogging, Drum was recently named one of the 25 most influential liberals in US media by Forbes.com. Multimedia Editor Laura McClure spoke with Drum about gay marriage, Obama and Cheney's torture faceoff, and why listeners shouldn't blog on topics they don't care about.
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill). A frequent writer on economic justice issues, his feature in the May/June 2009 issue of Mother Jones explains just how the boss absconded with your benefits.
Feature film director Chris Eyre has been giving a voice to contemporary Native American people ever since his 1998 indie hit Smoke Signals. Director Ric Burns has built his career on documentary films about innovators like Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams.
Khaled Hosseini's fortunes have risen as his native Afghanistan's have sunk. His debut novel The Kite Runner sold 6 million copies and was turned into a feature film. His second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is also headed to the silver screen.
Three years ago, writer David Plotz decided to read the entire Bible. His experiences were chronicled in Slate, and inspired the recently-released tome Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.
MoJo's Jen Phillips spoke with Plotz about irreverent Judaism, animal sacrifices, and why the Good Book is so bloody.
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.