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Interviewees

Genevieve Ahearne
Genevieve Ahearne
Friend of Barack Obama
Clifford Alexander
Clifford Alexander
Former U.S. Secretary of the Army
Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander
Poet
Devin Allen
Devin Allen
Photographer
Loretta Augustine-Herron
Loretta Augustine-Herron
Community Organizer
David Axelrod
David Axelrod
Political Advisor
Edward Ayers
Edward Ayers
Historian
Joan Baez
Joan Baez
Musician & Activist
Leslie Parks-Bailey
Leslie Parks-Bailey
Gordon Parks' Daughter
Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
Actor & Activist
Maurice Berger
Maurice Berger
Cultural Historian
Mary Frances Berry
Mary Frances Berry
Historian
Joe Biden
Joe Biden
U.S. President, 2021-
Sidney Blumenthal
Sidney Blumenthal
Journalist
Phil Boerner
Phil Boerner
Classmate of Barack Obama
Christopher Bonner
Christopher Bonner
Historian
Carol Moseley Braun
Carol Moseley Braun
U.S Senator
Philip Brookman
Philip Brookman
Curator
David Brooks
David Brooks
Columnist, The New York Times
Bertie Buffett
Bertie Buffett
Warren Buffett's Sister
Doris Buffett
Doris Buffett
Warren Buffett's Sister
Howard Buffett
Howard Buffett
Warren Buffett's Son
Peter Buffett
Peter Buffett
Warren Buffett's Son
Susie Buffett
Susie Buffett
Warren Buffett's Daughter
Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
Investor & Philanthropist
Lonnie Bunch
Lonnie Bunch
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Michael Burlingame
Michael Burlingame
Historian
Joseph Califano
Joseph Califano
Special Assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson
Charlamagne tha God
Charlamagne tha God
Radio Host
Roz Chast
Roz Chast
Cartoonist, The New Yorker
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Activist
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
U.S. President, 1993-2001
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Author & Journalist
Jelani Cobb
Jelani Cobb
Historian & Author
Abigail Cooper
Abigail Cooper
Historian
Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
Journalist
Dorothy Cotton
Dorothy Cotton
Activist
Katie Couric
Katie Couric
Journalist
Adger Cowans
Adger Cowans
Photographer
Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay
Filmmaker
Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson
Author & Professor
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman
Activist
Joella Edwards
Joella Edwards
Classmate of Barack Obama
Justene Hill Edwards
Justene Hill Edwards
Historian
Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
Speechwriter for President Obama
John Fer
John Fer
John McCain's Cellmate
Richard Fernandez
Richard Fernandez
Activist
Mary Lou Finley
Mary Lou Finley
Activist
Nicole Fleetwood
Nicole Fleetwood
Art Historian & Curator
Eric Foner
Eric Foner
Historian
LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Photographer
Bill Gates
Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder & Philanthropist
Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Professor
Nelson George
Nelson George
Writer & Filmmaker
Austan Goolsbee
Austan Goolsbee
Economist & Writer
Sandy Gottesman
Sandy Gottesman
Investor
Kerri Greenidge
Kerri Greenidge
Historian
Steven Hahn
Steven Hahn
Historian
Tom Houck
Tom Houck
Activist
Sherrilyn Ifill
Sherrilyn Ifill
Lawyer
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Author & Activist
Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
Activist & Politician
Kellie Carter Jackson
Kellie Carter Jackson
Historian
Caroline Janney
Caroline Janney
Historian
Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett
Lawyer, Businesswoman, Politician
Broderick Johnson
Broderick Johnson
Chair, My Brother's Keeper
Clarence Jones
Clarence Jones
Civil Rights Attorney
Matthew Karp
Matthew Karp
Historian
Jerry Kellman
Jerry Kellman
Community Organizer
John Kerry
John Kerry
U.S. Politician
Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key
Comedian
Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
Diplomat
Bernard Lafayette
Bernard Lafayette
Activist & Organizer
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Filmmaker
John Lewis
John Lewis
Politician & Civil Rights Activist
Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman
U.S. Politician
Carol Loomis
Carol Loomis
Journalist
Alvin Love
Alvin Love
Pastor
Reggie Love
Reggie Love
Personal Aide
Ken Mack
Ken Mack
Historian
Chandra Manning
Chandra Manning
Historian
David Maraniss
David Maraniss
Author & Journalist
Sam Massell
Sam Massell
Politician & Businessman
Kate Masur
Kate Masur
Historian
Edna Greene Medford
Edna Greene Medford
Historian
Andy McCain
Andy McCain
John McCain's Son
Carol McCain
Carol McCain
John McCain's First Wife
Doug McCain
Doug McCain
John McCain's Son
Jack McCain
Jack McCain
John McCain's Son
Joe McCain
Joe McCain
John McCain's Brother
John McCain
John McCain
U.S. Politician
Sidney McCain
Sidney McCain
John McCain's Daughter
DeRay Mckesson
DeRay Mckesson
Activist
James McPherson
James McPherson
Historian
Judd Miner
Judd Miner
Civil Rights Lawyer
Michele Mitchell
Michele Mitchell
Historian
Khalil Muhammad
Khalil Muhammad
Historian & Professor
Charles Munger
Charles Munger
Investor
Diane Nash
Diane Nash
Activist
Martin Nesbitt
Martin Nesbitt
American Businessman
Michele Norris
Michele Norris
Journalist
James Oakes
James Oakes
Historian
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
U.S. President, 2009-2017
Anthony Peterson
Anthony Peterson
Classmate of Barack Obama
Michal Raz-Russo
Michal Raz-Russo
Curator
David Remnick
David Remnick
Journalist
David Reynolds
David Reynolds
Historian
Betty Rollin
Betty Rollin
Journalist & Author
Paul Roth
Paul Roth
Curator
Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree
Actor
Bobby Rush
Bobby Rush
Politician & Activist
Mark Salter
Mark Salter
John McCain's Senior Advisor
Cleveland Sellers
Cleveland Sellers
Activist
Jamel Shabazz
Jamel Shabazz
Photographer
Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Al Sharpton
Civil Rights Activist
Shirley Sherrod
Shirley Sherrod
Activist
Manisha Sinha
Manisha Sinha
Historian
Mario Sprouse
Mario Sprouse
Musician & Composer
John Stauffer
John Stauffer
Historian
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem
Writer & Activist
Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson
Founder, Equal Justice Initiative
C.T. Vivian
C.T. Vivian
Minister & Activist
Darren Walker
Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Laura Washington
Laura Washington
Journalist
Cornel West
Cornel West
Philosopher & Activist
Edward Widmer
Edward Widmer
Historian
Sean Wilentz
Sean Wilentz
Historian
Jeremiah Wright
Jeremiah Wright
Pastor
Andrew Young
Andrew Young
U.S. Ambassador
Genevieve Young
Genevieve Young
Gordon Parks' Wife
Zariff
Zariff
President Obama's Barber
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