She’s Back!

Audio: The Ezra Klein Show 2/9/16

Rachel Maddow is, of course, the host of MSNBC’s top-rated, Emmy-award winning primetime news show and the bestselling author of “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.” But Maddow took a winding path to cable news — a path that included scheming to disrupt skinhead rallies, radical AIDS activism at the height of the plague, a gig as a sidekick on drivetime morning radio, and a stint at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (where she, um, may have temporarily borrowed some very rare books).

In this conversation, Ezra and Rachel talk about that path — and they also cover her favorite graphic novels, the best time to neuter a dog, and why part of Rachel’s process of preparing for her show is to avoid reading op-ed columns.

Sacagawea! We’re 10!

Ten years ago I set out to collect and share all the information I could find online about the lady hosting my new favorite podcast, The Rachel Maddow Show from Air America Radio. Along the way countless fans have pitched in by sending me articles, sharing stories and photos, collecting old audio files and blog posts, helping with the website, hanging out with me in line at book signings, having drinks with me in Rock Hill, and even letting me crash with them in NYC. From the old days of the AAR comment section and TRMS Science Advisory Board to the current #maddow hoard, this has always been a special community and I continue to love being a small part of it. Thank you all for that.

I can only imagine the amount of work that goes into the kind of content-rich production that TRMS continues to be. Over the years, a number of names — and a few faces and/or voices — have made up the supporting cast that “increase the amount of useful information in the world” in a way that never feels like eating your vegetables. Thank you folks for that.

I’ve been doing this long enough now that I’ve turned into an adult with a fan site, which is weird. But no one does more to make it feel less weird than Rachel does. She treats her fans like friends. Thank you, Rachel, for that.

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