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u.s. politics | Jan 30th, 2017

Kal Penn Raises Half a Million (and Counting) in Just Two Days for Syrian Refugees

Since being the target of a xenophobic Twitter comment, speaker Kal Penn has crowdsourced more than half a million dollars in support of Syrian refugees. The actor and former Obama staffer sought to raise $1500, but eclipsed the quarter-million mark in 24 hours—and the donations are still pouring... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Jan 18th, 2017

Letters from the Big Top: Matt Taibbi’s New Book, Insane Clown President

In Insane Clown President, author and Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi delivers a scathing record of the 2016 presidential election, both a postmortem and vital look ahead as the new guard moves in.  Previously, Taibbi turned his unforgiving eye on the American wealth gap in The Divide (2014),... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Nov 10th, 2016

Trump Won. What’s Next? Lavin Speakers Help Us Understand the Election

Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to unexpected success—baffling pollsters across the world and driving people of all political persuasions to seek out expert opinion. What does a Trump victory mean for international relations and global health? How will it alter world and domestic... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 12th, 2016

Caution Inside the Clinton Campaign: Mark Leibovich’s NYT Mag Cover Story

Mark Leibovich—one of our sharpest political analysts—has released another fresh and unmistakable look at the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton (or HRC). Titled, “I’m the Last Thing Standing Between You and the Apocalypse”—an actual quotation from Clinton!—this New York... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 11th, 2016

We Yearn for More Nuanced Conversations: Rich Benjamin Responds to the 2nd Debate

With the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton now behind us, we turn to expert commentators to understand the cultural and political fallout to come. In a Lavin exclusive, Searching for Whitopia author and TED Speaker Rich Benjamin shares his thoughts on the... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 27th, 2016

Debate Central: Ibbitson, Heffernan, & Leibovich Weigh in After Round One

Last night saw Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trade verbal blows in the first of three Presidential debates as the world looked on. Who hit harder on key policy points? Who swayed the undecided vote?   The Lavin Agency’s whip-smart political speakers know what yesterday’s debate signifies for... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016

Molly Crabapple and Jay Z Team Up in New NYT “War on Drugs” Video

Molly Crabapple, stunning visual artist and author of Drawing Blood, has illustrated a short film for Jay Z, and it’s on the front page of The New York Times’ website. It’s called “A History of the War on Drugs,” and in it, Jay and Crabapple decry the policies brought about by the war on drugs,... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016

When Donald Meets Hillary: James Fallows’ Pre-Debate Atlantic Cover Story

  “This presidential debate will be the most extreme contrast that we’ve ever had,” says Atlantic columnist James Fallows. “Right brain versus left brain, gut versus any part of the brain at all, instinct versus experience, and of course, at the most primal level, woman versus man.” The stage is... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 15th, 2016