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How Jane Mayer exposed Eric Schneiderman, Bush’s torture program, and the Kochs


June 04, 2018 06:00

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On May 7, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow published a story in the New Yorker
detailing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged history of
sexually and psychologically terrorizing the women he dated. Hours later,
Schneiderman stepped down. Schneiderman was only Mayer’s most recent
investigation. Over the course of her career, she’s exposed America’s torture
programs, the Koch brothers’ takeover of Republican Party politics, the role
the reclusive Mercer family had in funding Donald Trump’s rise, the real story
of what happened between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, and more. She’s among
the greatest investigative reporters of her generation, and I’ve always
wondered how she breaks so many huge stories on such a vast range of topics.
And so, in this podcast, I asked her. The result is a conversation that not
only helps make sense of the moment we’re living in — from #MeToo to how the
Kochs tamed the Trump administration to why Gina Haspel is our CIA director —
but also acts as a primer on the art and practice of investigative reporting.
Enjoy! Recommended books: Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul
Pierson The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald Invisible Hands:
The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal by Kim Phillips-Fein Read more
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