Discourse in Progress: The Experts Behind the Issues


“Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank, author of the book Pity the Billionaire, joined us for a live chat. Read the full transcript here. Plus, read Frank’s piece on how billionaires are putting capitalism and democracy in chains.  

“How bad are the pharmaceutical companies, and how are they misleading doctors and harming patients? Read the transcript of our live chat as Dr. Ben Goldacre shows us the flaws in our drug-prescription system.  

“What do the Supreme Court hearings of President Obama’s health-care act mean? Questions about the individual mandate?   MIT economist Jonathan Gruber joined us to discuss the true cost of health-care reform in this country. Read the transcript here. To continue the conversation and learn about other author chats in this series (including with Jonathan […]

Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and author of A Long Way Gone, joined us to discuss KONY 2012 and his own experiences. Read the transcript here.  

“Harvard political philosophy professor Michael Sandel talked about his new book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, during a live chat with The Daily Beast. Read the transcript here.  

“How have private companies amassed more power than most states? And what does it mean for the world? David Rothkopf joined us for a discussion on his new book Power Inc. Read the transcript here.  

“Acclaimed political scientist Francis Fukuyama joined us to discuss the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest book, The Origins of Political Order, newly out in paperback. Read his piece on the failure of the Facebook Generation in the Arab Spring and Egypt, where crucial elections will be held Wednesday. Read the transcript below. […]