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I Have to Ask

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As Slate’s resident interrogator, Isaac Chotiner has tangled with Newt Gingrich and gotten personal with novelist Jonathan Franzen. Now he brings his pointed and smart interview style to “I Have to Ask.”

Customer Reviews


Listened to the Mark Lilla interview. Interviewer couldn’t corral his college dorm room debate style long enough to conduct a thoughtful interview. He was constantly challenging Lila’s thesis in ways the betrayed extreme unwillingness to see the Dem. problem at a higher level of discussion.

His near laser-like focus on Trump’s attitude and capabilities (lack thereof), as well as the extremely negative adjectives used in nearly ever sentence with DT’s name was distracting and betrays a lack of dispassion unbecoming of a serious interviewer. I’m not a trump fan, but give me a break. hammering home the obvious doesn’t add value to any discussion of the larger issues.

Doubt I will listen to another. “sad” ;-)


Maybe allow your guest to speak and give clear answers instead of interrupting with new questions. If I wanted to hear someone speak over someone else I'd watch a press conference with Trump.

Start warming up a replacement host

Chotiner is a cringe-inducing interviewer. He confuses intelligent dialogue with pointless querulousness in nearly every episode—see his recent boorish conversations with Laura Kipnis, David Frum, and Katie Roiphe. He thinks and talks with the clueless liberal arrogance that makes other-constituted liberals like me despair for the future of the left. Great guests, hopelessly immature host.