Yesterday New York Times columnist and NewsHour political analyst David Brooks was on Forum, talking about his new book The Social Animal. (You can read some of the book at

Afterward, the News Fix rapid-response interview team caught up with Brooks in the KQED green room.

After rejecting the fact of he and I having the same last names as an interesting topic of conversation, I decided to ask him what he thought about some liberals’ disenchantment with Barack Obama, whether Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility for last year’s staggering Democratic losses, and whether he’d like to see Obama re-elected.

And, most important, I queried — in incredibly naive fashion, it turns out — whether he sits next to op-ed opposite Paul Krugman at work.

Have a look:

And by the way, while David Brooks was on Forum, somebody really famous called in to identify himself as a fan of his work. Check it out…

A famous guy calls in to Forum[audio:]


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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