You've successfully subscribed to American Purpose
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to American Purpose
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.
Success! Your newsletter subscriptions is updated.
Newsletter subscriptions update failed.
Success! Your billing info is updated.
Billing info update failed.
Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Charles Lane, host of the American Purpose podcast "Times Like These with Charles Lane," is a Washington Post editorial writer and a weekly columnist. Previously, Lane served as the paper's Supreme Court reporter. He was editor and a senior editor of The New Republic from 1993 to 1999 and a foreign correspondent for Newsweek from 1987 to 1993. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of three books on U.S. history and constitutional law.

Articles and Events

Jon Grinspan on American Political Wildness

Jon Grinspan on American Political Wildness

Americans have a penchant for telling themselves the darkest version of their history. But John Grinspan looks to the wild campaigns of the 1800's to show how the lived drama of the American political experience offers lessons of hope for political participation and civility.

Charles Lane
Jonathan Zimmerman on America's Public Schools and Parents' Rights

Jonathan Zimmerman on America's Public Schools and Parents' Rights

Are modern ideologies infecting how we educate students about history? Education historian Jonathan Zimmerman joins Charles for a discussion on the politics and history of teaching controversial topics in American schools.

Charles Lane
Amanda Ripley on why we're avoiding the news

Amanda Ripley on why we're avoiding the news

New York Times journalist Amanda Ripley discusses the psychology behind why nearly half of Americans no longer want to follow the news — and what we can do about it.

Charles Lane
Kori Schake on Confederate Names and Military Bases

Kori Schake on Confederate Names and Military Bases

AEI's Kori Schake discusses the Jim Crow-era naming of military bases after Confederate leaders and the Congressional Naming Commission's inclusive approach to renaming federal entities.

Charles Lane
Jeh Johnson on public safety

Jeh Johnson on public safety

[https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYX2xPSoGmKq1ymL1dcHz] [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/times-like-these-with-charles-lane/id1625150320?itsct=podcast_box_badge&itscg=30200&ls=1] Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson discusses public safety and border security, and the importance of these issues for political candidates.

Charles Lane
Michael J. Abramowitz on the future of democracy

Michael J. Abramowitz on the future of democracy

[https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYX2xPSoGmKq1ymL1dcHz] [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/times-like-these-with-charles-lane/id1625150320?itsct=podcast_box_badge&itscg=30200&ls=1] Michael Abramowitz joins Charles Lane to reflect on the disappointed expectations for democratic transition after 1989, and our complacent forgetfulness that democracy is something that must be struggled

Charles Lane
Maya MacGuineas on fiscal responsibility

Maya MacGuineas on fiscal responsibility

[https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYX2xPSoGmKq1ymL1dcHz] [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/times-like-these-with-charles-lane/id1625150320?itsct=podcast_box_badge&itscg=30200&ls=1] Is fiscal responsibility coming back into style? Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, joins Charles Lane to discuss how that reversal may yet

Charles Lane
Ruy Teixeira on the American electorate

Ruy Teixeira on the American electorate

[https://open.spotify.com/show/5yYX2xPSoGmKq1ymL1dcHz] [https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/times-like-these-with-charles-lane/id1625150320?itsct=podcast_box_badge&itscg=30200&ls=1] Is the Democratic Party still the party of the White and non-White working class? Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress joins host Charles Lane to assess

Charles Lane