Politics Speakers

Our political author speakers dissect today’s big stories. These journalists, correspondents, historians, and politicians thoughtfully explore present-day issues and what’s to come on the world's stage.

Richard A. Clarke

America’s first czar of cybersecurity and counter-terrorism, and author of The Fifth Domain.

Anand Giridharadas

Bestselling author of Winners Take All and The Persuaders and a top on-air political analyst for MSNBC

Eric Holder

Former U.S. attorney general and esteemed civil rights leader

Sarah McBride

Delaware State Senator, LGBTQ activist, and National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

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Omar El Akkad

Award-winning journalist and author of the debut novel American War

Robert Baer

Portrayed by George Clooney in the Academy Award-winning film Syriana, expert on American intelligence and the War on Terror

Matt Bai

National political columnist for Yahoo News and author of All the Truth is Out

Shane Bauer

Investigative reporter and author of American Prison

Rosa Brooks

American law professor and author of Tangled Up in Blue

Alisyn Camerota

Author, journalist, and anchor of the CNN morning news program New Day.

Francisco Cantú

Author of the bestselling memoir The Line Becomes a River and former US Border Patrol Agent

Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of Between the World and Me and The Water Dancer

Steve Coll

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, New Yorker staff writer, and author of Ghost Wars and Directorate S

John Dean

Legal expert and author of the New York Times-bestselling The Nixon Defense

June Eric-Udorie

Feminist activist, Editor of Can We All Be Feminists? and DEI Programme Manager for Flexa

Franklin Foer

National correspondent for The Atlantic, New America Foundation fellow, and former editor of The New Republic

Joshua Green

Political journalist and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Devil’s Bargain

Shane Harris

Investigative journalist and author of The Watchers

Patrick Radden Keefe

New Yorker staff writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Say Nothing and Empire of Pain

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist

Fredrik Logevall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embers of War and Vietnam War historian

Megha Majumdar

Former Editor in Chief at Catapult and author of A Burning

Amy McGrath

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and founder of Honor Bound, Inc.

Eduardo Porter

Economics reporter at The New York Times and author of American Poison

Ahmed Rashid

Journalist and author of Descent into Chaos and Pakistan on the Brink

Marjane Satrapi

Academy Award-nominated director, cartoonist, and author of Persepolis