In this episode, we bring you a conversation with Katherine Mangu-Ward, the editor-in-chief of Reason, the magazine of free minds and free markets. Jennifer K. Thompson asks Katherine about her perspective on political journalism today, the rise of “fake news,” polarization, and the call to regulate speech on social media.

Our guest offers an in-depth look at the state of journalism in the US and shares why she believes that competition, the free exchange of ideas, and human ingenuity will ultimately get us to the truth.

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About our guest:

Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason, the magazine of “free minds and free markets.” A few of her more memorable cover stories include a defense of plastic bags, an argument for why you almost certainly shouldn’t vote, and a welcome to our new robot overlords.

She started as Reason intern in 2000, and has worked at The Weekly Standard and The New York Times.

Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and numerous other publications. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Mangu-Ward is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in philosophy and political science. She lives in Washington, D.C.