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.

Matt Bai

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

Masha Gessen

Russian and U.S. journalist, activist, and author of the National Book Award-winning The Future is History

Fredrik Logevall

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

Chris Whipple

Author of the New York Times bestseller, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

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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

Francisco Cantú

Former US Border Patrol Agent and author of The Line Becomes a River

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 We Were Eight Years in Power

Steve Coll

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, New Yorker staff writer, and author of Private Empire, Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens

John Dean

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

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

Sarah McBride

LGBTQ activist and National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

Ahmed Rashid

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

Robert B. Reich

Former Secretary of Labor, economist, and New York Times-bestselling author