A couple of days ago we interviewed David Brooks after his appearance on Forum. A day later, we corralled Lewis Lapham, an equally esteemed public intellectual, albeit from a different part of the political spectrum, after his Forum interview.

We asked Lapham, the founder of Lapham’s Quarterly and formerly the longtime editor of Harper’s Magazine, some of the same political questions — about liberal disillusionment with President Obama, and the culpability of Nancy Pelosi for last year’s Democratic collapse.

And here’s the David Brooks interview again. It’s interesting, both men made surprising comments on different issues: Brooks said he’d rather have seen a single-payer health care system enacted than the one we ended up with; and Lapham said that recent events in Wisconsin could be seen as a “positive.”

Video: Lewis Lapham on Obama, Pelosi, and Pension Reform 25 March,2011Jon Brooks


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 EconomyBeat.org, 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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