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    Jeffrey Epstein’s Bodyguard on His Former Boss’s Lifestyle, Cruelty, and SuicideFormer UFC fighter Igor Zinoviev went everywhere with Epstein. In his first interview, he says he thinks Epstein had help ending his life.
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    A Former U.S. Attorney on Where Epstein’s Legal Cases Will Go After His DeathFormer U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade on the expected end of Epstein’s criminal case, and how more info on his alleged sex trafficking might emerge.
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    A Puerto Rican Journalist Who Helped Expose Corrupt Governor on What Comes NextLuis Valentín, who helped expose corruption in the Rosselló administration, discusses structural problems and the government’s need to rebuild trust.
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    Jeffrey Lord Isn’t on CNN Anymore, But He Still Loves TrumpThe erstwhile cable-news fixture talks about the reason for his firing, and whether he disagrees with anything the president has done.
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    Author James Patterson on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Unbelievable’ CrimesThe best-selling novelist wrote a book about Epstein in 2016. People are finally paying attention.
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    Talking to a Geriatrician About Age and the 2020 RaceElderhood author Louise Aronson on how ageism affects candidates like Biden and Sanders, and how the primary reflects the new realities of aging.
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    Two MLK Scholars Discuss Explosive, Disputed FBI Files on the Civil-Rights IconDavid Garrow makes the case that Martin Luther King Jr. may have encouraged a sexual assault. Michael Honey — and many others — are unconvinced.
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    DNC Chair Tom Perez on the Debates: ‘We Don’t Want to Talk About Hand Size’The chief Democrat on the debate rules, what he thinks about his critics, and why you should stop worrying about a brokered convention.
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    Governor Steve Bullock on Being Excluded From the Democrats’ First Debate“When you look at that stage, it’s disappointing that it’s missing someone who has had success in a Trump state.”
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    ‘Any Opportunity to Put the Shiv In’: Michael Wolff on Trump Under SiegeThe author has written another book full of explosive revelations — and has once again drawn some critics.
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    Elaine May Interviews Kenneth LonerganOr tries to, anyway: “For some reason the server I’m using keeps scrambling my incoming emails.”
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    Talking to China Expert James McGregor About Trump’s Haphazard Trade WarAn American author and China specialist discusses how Beijing views the trade war as an opportunity, while Trump is alienating possible allies.
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    Talking With Author Jared Cohen About History’s Best ‘Accidental Presidents’Taking stock of the vice-presidents who rose to the nation’s top job, from the disastrous Andrew Johnson to the surprisingly successful Harry Truman.
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    Talking to the Law Student With a Novel Theory About Amazon’s PowerShaoul Sussman thinks the company may be breaking antitrust laws in a subtle but damaging way.
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    There’s a 49 Percent Chance the World As We Know It Will End by 2050Jared Diamond’s new book addresses itself to a world in crisis, and tries to lift some lessons for what do about it from the distant past.
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    Daniel Okrent on the Very Familiar Immigration Panic 100 Years AgoIn his new book The Guarded Gate, he looks at a 30-year campaign — aided by elite social scientists — to keep minorities out of America.
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    Eric Swalwell on Running As the ‘Guns and Russia’ CandidateThe 2020 candidate on why Robert Mueller should testify, Twitter fights, and still having $100,000 in student debt.
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    Cory Booker on Progressive Purity Tests, His Work With Jared Kushner, and More“I end up talking about love — which maybe doesn’t sound like a normal presidential campaign. That’s fine. People should know who I am.”
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    Daniel Dale on Whether President Trump Believes His Own LiesThe Toronto Star journalist, who’s been carefully documenting Trump’s mistruths, thinks reporters should be more aggressive about calling him out.
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    A Medieval Expert on the Symbolism of Notre-Dame and His Hope for Its FutureProfessor Nicholas Paul says losing the “collective effort” that went into the cathedral is a tragedy, but rebuilding is part of its history.
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    A Brexit Expert on Just How Badly Things are Going in the U.K.Ian Dunt says that “most people — Remain or Leave — are united on the idea that the government is screwing the whole thing up.”
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    A Long Talk With John HickenlooperThe former Colorado governor on marijuana legalization, getting vetted to be Hillary Clinton’s VP in 2016, and what he learned from Kurt Vonnegut.
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    Alex Gibney on Why Elizabeth Holmes Would Have Believed Her Own Lies“There was a lot of cognitive dissonance going on. I think she knew that the machine had problems. But there was a kind of willful denial.”
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    A Sociology Professor on the Long History of Elites Gaming College AdmissionsJoseph Soares says that standardized tests were never really about meritocracy.
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    Andrew Yang Is More Than a MemeThe Democratic presidential contender may be America’s foremost champion of universal basic income. Oh, and he’s huge on the internet.
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    Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist NowA conversation about the revived debate over reparations, the 2020 Democratic primary, and the power of pop culture to advance progressive change.
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    A Former Fox News Editor on What The New Yorker’s Big Exposé MissedKen LaCorte says his decision not to publish a story about Stormy Daniels’s affair with Trump had nothing to do with partisanship.
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    A Long Talk With Kirsten GillibrandThe New York senator on the NRA, Al Franken, and the line between capitalism and greed.
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    What Does the Radical Left’s Future Look Like?The historian and leftist activist Michael Kazin on the DSA’s best path forward.
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    Shoshana Zuboff Talks Surveillance Capitalism’s Threat to DemocracyThe Harvard Business School professor discusses what she believes is a new mode of capitalism being ushered in by Silicon Valley.
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    A Long Talk With Pete ButtigiegThe Democratic 2020 hopeful on college contemporary Mark Zuckerberg, how sewers are like national security, and Ulysses.
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    ‘Mark Is an Authoritarian’: An Early Facebook Investor on the Company’s SinsTalking with venture capitalist and newfound Silicon Valley doomsayer Roger McNamee.
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    Author Dave Cullen on Finding Hope in Parkland, 20 Years After ColumbineThe writer had PTSD from being the “go-to murder guy”; the Parkland kids were the cure.
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    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Thinks Trump’s Exit Plan Is a Big MistakeA talk with Ryan Crocker, who says the peace talks with the Taliban are a recipe for disaster, and after 17 years, the U.S. should keep on fighting.
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    Former WH Aide Cliff Sims on Trump’s Emotional Life and the Art of Leaking“I’d become someone I didn’t like,” says the Team of Vipers author. “I justified a lot of these things in the moment.”
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    A Long Talk With Julián CastroThe former San Antonio mayor and Obama Cabinet member on why people care if he speaks Spanish and how Trump is like a fastball.
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    BuzzFeed Paid the Teen Making Its Top Quizzes in Free SwagRachel McMahon is a 19-year-old college student in Michigan who learned this week that she was BuzzFeed’s second-highest traffic driver in the world.
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    A Civil Debate With Pot-Legalization Critic Alex BerensonTalking to the author of Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.
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    Ex-Facebook Manager Mark Luckie on Silicon Valley’s ‘Black People Problem’The former Facebook and Twitter employee discusses his blockbuster memo and what Silicon Valley should do to solve its problems with inclusion.
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    Donald Trump Doomed a Football League, But He’d Have Been a Great NFL OwnerAuthor Jeff Pearlman on how Trump’s time as a USFL owner predicted so much of his presidential behavior, including his feud with the NFL.
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    New York City’s Development Czar Alicia Glen Talks Amazon HQ and HousingNew York City deputy mayor Alicia Glen discusses the Amazon HQ deal and why New York is an affordable-housing leader of the “goddamn world.”
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    Tim Wu on How Enforcing Competition Law Could Have Stopped Big TechHis new book argues that it’s time to revive the trustbusting tradition.
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    Wesley Yang on Asian-Americans and the Struggle for RecognitionThe author of The Souls of Yellow Folk says he “knew there was a risk that the book would be straw-manned by its critics. And it has been.”
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    Elaine Pagels on How Devastating Loss Influenced Her Groundbreaking ScholarshipWhy Religion? is her new memoir about personal calamities, revolutionary scholarship, and her own, sort-of faith.
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    Tech’s Biggest Enforcer Talks Facebook, Google, and What She’s LearnedMargrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, talks about fighting back against tech’s largest and most powerful companies.
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    Susan Orlean on the History and Surprisingly Bright Future of LibrariesAlong with book-burning, gender, and the L.A. Public Library, all in her new book The Library Book.
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    Eric Holder on Rod Rosenstein, Working with Uber, and Prosecuting BankersA conversation with the former attorney general about the Russia investigation, his work with Airbnb and Uber, and his plans for 2020
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    Exploring the Secret History of Trump’s WomenTrump and his “Queens,” as Nina Burleigh calls them in her new book, Golden Handcuffs, are a link to a different era.
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    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on the Kavanaugh Fallout and Her Plans for 2020“I feel like all energy is in the Democratic base. It’s a new base that is really just on fire. And I think the Republicans have shown their hand.”
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    The Quick Rise and Even Faster Fall of Groupon, Through the Eyes of Its CEOAndrew Mason tours us through his wild rise and fall.
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