Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

__

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

  Deborah Lipstadt on how anti-Semites go mainstream

Scapegoats

An Interview with Deborah Lipstadt

__

A leading historian explains how the oldest hatred has captured more and more minds in our polarized era.

Going Viral

How phages can save the world from superbugs

__

Phages are the latest weapon (and may be our last hope) in our fight against superbugs, argues a prominent epidemiologist in her new book The Perfect Predator.

Game of Phones

By Emily de La Bruyere and Nathan Picarsic

__

The race to control 5G standards and hardware is a key part of Chinese geostrategy. Why doesn't America have anything similar in its toolkit?

Best Shot

__

Robert Capa took a series of pictures of the Omaha landings. We spoke to Amanda Vaill about the mysteries around the photos and their creator.

Tragic Sense

How ancient tragedies can save modern politics

__

Charles Edel and Hal Brands' new book explains how Sophocles and Thucydides hold valuable lessons for contemporary politicians.

  Harold bloom featuredHarold Bloom and John Currin on Othello and Iago

Green-Eyed Monster

An Interview with Harold Bloom

__

America's most eminent literary critic explains Iago, Othello, and the nature of their tragedy.

  John Negroponte on Trump and U.S. power

World Leader

An Interview with John Negroponte

__

The legendary statesman talks about U.S. strength after Trump and why pulling out of the Paris Accords was a terrible mistake.

Impostor Syndrome

Hany Farid on How to Fight the Threat of Deepfakes

__

The world's leading expert on digital forensics explains where deepfakes come from and how we can defeat them.

  Madeline Miller on Circe, Aeneas, Homer, and Virgil

Enchantments

An Interview with Madeline Miller

__

The bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles explains how she fell in love with Homer and the world created in the epics.