Interviews: Climate, Culture, Politics

Since 2012, primarily in my reporting for The Nation and for my book, What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other (2015), I’ve interviewed more than a hundred activists, writers, experts, and thinkers at the intersections of climate, culture, and politics. Some of these conversations have been published in magazine form, and they’re some of my favorite work. So why not collect them here in one place?


Bill McKibben and Akaya Windwood on Third Act – The Nation, October 25, 2021

Climate Catastrophe Plus Fascism: A Conversation with Andreas Malm – The Nation, May 25, 2021

How a Climate-Justice Champion Won Office in Rural, Working-Class Maine: An interview with Maine State Senator Chloe MaxminThe Nation, February 16, 2021

Solidarity Now: An experiment in oral history of the present The Baffler, January-February, 2021

No Safe Options: A Conversation with Andreas Malm – Los Angeles Review of Books, January 5, 2021

Alternate Histories: A Conversation with John Nichols about The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party – The Baffler, May 21, 2020

Climate, Commonwealth, and the Green New Deal: A Conversation with Alyssa Battistoni and Jedediah Britton-Purdy – Los Angeles Review of Books, March 25, 2020

‘This Is What Needs to Be Done’: Voices From the Front Lines of a Climate Direct Action Campaign – The Nation, February 7, 2020

Against Climate Barbarism: A Conversation with Naomi Klein – Los Angeles Review of Books, September 30, 2019

Divining Comedy: A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh – The Baffler, September 5, 2019

Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement on Climate Justice, the Green New Deal, and Revolution – The Nation, June 4, 2019

The Boston Climate Trial That Might Have Been: Marla Marcum of Climate Disobedience Center  – CommonWealth, March 28, 2018

Bob Massie Is Putting Climate and Democracy at the Center of the Massachusetts Governor’s Race – The Nation, June 1, 2017

Climate Disobedience in the Time of Trump: ‘Valve Turners’ Ken Ward and Emily Johnston – The Nation, February 13, 2017

Is the Carbon-Divestment Movement Reaching a Tipping Point? Harvard’s Naomi Oreskes and James Anderson – The Nation, April 22, 2015

Looking for ‘Climate Justice’ on Houston’s East Side: Bryan Parras of T.E.J.A.S.  – The Nation, July 25, 2013

The children: Why a generation is putting itself on the line for the climate – Grist, March 6, 2013

Naomi Klein on motherhood, climate justice, and the failures of the environmental movementThe Boston Phoenix, December 14, 2012

Gus Speth: ‘Ultimate insider’ goes radicalGrist, September 17, 2012

Through a green glass, darkly: How climate will reshape American historyGrist, August 28, 2012

‘I withdraw’: An exchange with climate defeatist Paul KingsnorthGrist, April 11, 2012