John Dickerson

John Dickerson is a CBS senior national correspondent and Chief Political Analyst. He is also a Contributing Writer to The Atlantic and is co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • 04/22/2023: Long Tail Interviews on Prime Time

    We cover the latest on Prime Time every day, but we also conduct a number of interviews that last beyond the move to fish wrap(*). Here are some interviews from the first four days of this week:
    1. Why the fighting in Sudan matters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ffhTXOsAQ
    2. Evan Gershkovich’s friend explains his condition in a Russian jail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0XMyEKtHIU
    3. What it was like to be part of the longest running show on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NbhvpR7_1o
    4. A Dominion lawyer explains why they settled their suit with Fox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsOCwjWchc
    5. What is at issue with Clarence Thomas’ financial disclosure history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czPr1EeeNeA
    6. Why new mNRA technology might be a big new development in fighting cancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyvEJT0dTSE
    7. A new study shows that black patients have better outcomes when they see black doctors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFYqi1X6C1Q
    8. What the Fox settlement means for election law and the future influence of misinformation in coming elections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0AfsULjnUA
    9. What went right and wrong with the SpaceX launch. https://youtu.be/fhgbqEEhT50
    10. New Species found in that giant patch of garbage in the ocean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBdEDZ6lfiI
    11. How to understand the challenge in front of Kevin McCarthy with the debt ceiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbKMpgpucMM
    Here’s how you can find the show: Either click here or use this URL: https://johndickerson.com/blog/how-to-watch-john-dickerson-on-prime-time/
    * Today’s news, tomorro’w fish wrap.
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  • 01/08/2024: How he drinks his coffee

    A small pleasure: one of my children and I are working together at the dining room table. We’re both writing. It’s hard for both of us, but we’re typing, so we’re both on the right road. I realize after a bit that I am witness to his writing tics. I have them. Lots of them. […]
  • 01/04/2024: A piece on the personal quality of restraint from 2015 that never ran

    I wrote it for Slate and was just reminded of it. This is a very rough draft. I wish it had run: On a recent Saturday, I listened to the audiobook of The Marshmallow Test while doing chores. In the famous experiment, children were given a choice between candy they could eat immediately, and a larger reward […]
  • 12/07/2023: Is enforced loyalty a good recipe for achievement?

    You: What is the historical record of operations founded on loyalty where the person to whom everyone must show loyalty has a record of almost no reciprocal loyalty? ChatGPT: The historical record of operations or regimes founded on loyalty to a central figure who does not reciprocate that loyalty is marked by instability and often, […]
  • 12/05/2023: I asked Chat GPT to offer guidance to lawmakers offering their endorsement

    You: Pretend I am a lawmaker and I have taken an oath to defend the constitution, how should I decide whether to endorse a candidate for president who will take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. ChatGPT: In your role as a lawmaker who has taken an oath to defend the Constitution, […]
  • 12/05/2023: Hello! I see you sent me a text message!

    Hello! I see you’ve sent me a text! Is it urgent? If so, please call me. If not, please send me an email, that way I won’t think that in this world of constant interruption where we must have our guard double ready against mindless incursions, that you value my time so cheaply and yours […]
  • 12/02/2023: Discovering the photography of Saul Leiter

    Social media is a scourge, obviously. But I have been trying to respond to the negative effects of social media (cortisol-driving, attention-shredding, ego poking) with long-looking. Long-looking is the practice of spending a lot longer on an idea, piece of art, song, etc. than you normally would so that it give up additional meanings. If […]
  • 11/13/2023: What good is criticism

    I like this idea of criticism. (Colors are from my note taking).  It’s from an essay by Morgan Meis that can be found here. “Criticism does not stand outside the work of art, but stands alongside, maybe even inside, the work of art, participating in the work in order to further express and tease out […]
  • 11/03/2023: Thoughts on covering Donald Trump

  • 11/03/2023: Ray Bradbury punk rock graduation.

    Ray Bradbury was so poor growing up that in order to dress up for his graduation he had to wear his uncle’s suit. His uncle had died recently. The suite was the one he wore when he died. His uncle was shot. The suit still had the bullet hole in it. I learned that from […]