What I Wanna Know

Interviews With Fascinating People From Around The World

Mel White

Mel White

"I dislike Trump hugely. But if he is impeached, and we get Pence, then we get a man who knows what a theocracy is and is willing to bet his life on it."   Millions of Americans had visceral reactions to Donald Trump winning the Presidency. But for Mel White and his husband, Gary Nixon, it affected them differently than most. “My husband had a stroke in his right eye when it was announced he was going to be President. That’s how we feel in this family,” says White. For Mel White and Gary Nixon, Trump’s election was more than just a political defeat, more than just disgust at an individual; it was the culmination of their worst fears. Donald Trump had been...

Mel White

"I dislike Trump hugely. But if he is impeached, and we get Pence, then we get a man who knows what a theocracy is and is willing to bet his life on it."   Millions of Americans had visceral reactions to Donald Trump winning the Presidency. But for Mel White and his husband, Gary Nixon, it affected them differently than most. “My husband had a stroke in his right eye when it was announced he was going to be President. That’s how we feel in this family,” says White. For Mel White and Gary Nixon, Trump’s election was more than just a political defeat, more than just disgust at an individual; it was the culmination of their worst fears. Donald Trump had been...

Mel White

"I dislike Trump hugely. But if he is impeached, and we get Pence, then we get a man who knows what a theocracy is and is willing to bet his life on it."   Millions of Americans had visceral reactions to Donald Trump winning the Presidency. But for Mel White and his husband, Gary Nixon, it affected them differently than most. “My husband had a stroke in his right eye when it was announced he was going to be President. That’s how we feel in this family,” says White. For Mel White and Gary Nixon, Trump’s election was more than just a political defeat, more than just disgust at an individual; it was the culmination of their worst fears. Donald Trump had been...

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Mel White

Mel White

"I dislike Trump hugely. But if he is impeached, and we get Pence, then we get a man who knows what a theocracy is and is willing to bet his life on it."   Millions of Americans had visceral reactions to Donald Trump winning the Presidency. But for Mel White and...

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Abby Martin

Abby Martin

"We’ve already had a Clinton in the White House. We know exactly what’s going to happen...This is like House of Cards. Frank Underwood doesn’t work alone, he works with his wife." Who does Abby Martin think she is? She's white. American. She has her own TV show. She's...

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Rob Bell

Rob Bell

"Somebody claiming that I’m somehow dangerous, or I’ve wandered off the path, is just absurd...When you get through the pain of being misunderstood, your wounds begin to heal and then in some way you become dangerous. Because our worst fear that somebody wouldn’t like...

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George Galloway

George Galloway

"I have regrets. Only a fool has no regrets. But on the big political issues I've been consistently right. And those who rule us have been consistently wrong." When you binge watch three documentaries about Saddam Hussein and his sons, you learn a lot. And afterwards...

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Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

"I think some of us feel there are stories that need to be told. That’s who we are and what we do. We just are compelled to do that. It may not make sense or be logical."  Don’t ever call Steve McCurry a one-photo wonder. Yes, his haunting photo, famously known as...

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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings

"No one would watch me on Jeopardy! and say, 'Wow, this guy is smarter than Stephen Hawking because he knows all his state birds.' I think they know it's a different thing." If I get a few answers right on Jeopardy!, I pat myself on the back. Ken Jennings won 74 games...

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Teju Cole

Teju Cole

"Everybody reads, but I read like a maniac. I go deep down inside the text and bind it into my heart so that it has an influence on my own writing. When I write a piece, I am making myself so close to the language that it is super intense and super exhausting."   In...

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Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar

"People truly believed it was impossible for women to play good chess or become a grandmaster. They really were convinced that because no other woman had done it before me it was impossible. But I learned chess quickly and it...

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Andy Gill

Andy Gill

"One of the things that isn't right about music at the moment is that it's often too backward looking and referential. I think people should be looking to invent new things." He's been called the post-punk Hendrix. For like his acid-induced predecessor, the spiky,...

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Abby Martin

Abby Martin

"We’ve already had a Clinton in the White House. We know exactly what’s going to happen...This is like House of Cards. Frank Underwood doesn’t work alone, he works with his wife." Who does Abby Martin think she is? She's white. American. She has her own TV show. She's...

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Rob Bell

Rob Bell

"Somebody claiming that I’m somehow dangerous, or I’ve wandered off the path, is just absurd...When you get through the pain of being misunderstood, your wounds begin to heal and then in some way you become dangerous. Because our worst fear that somebody wouldn’t like...

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George Galloway

George Galloway

"I have regrets. Only a fool has no regrets. But on the big political issues I've been consistently right. And those who rule us have been consistently wrong." When you binge watch three documentaries about Saddam Hussein and his sons, you learn a lot. And afterwards...

read more
Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

"I think some of us feel there are stories that need to be told. That’s who we are and what we do. We just are compelled to do that. It may not make sense or be logical."  Don’t ever call Steve McCurry a one-photo wonder. Yes, his haunting photo, famously known as...

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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings

"No one would watch me on Jeopardy! and say, 'Wow, this guy is smarter than Stephen Hawking because he knows all his state birds.' I think they know it's a different thing." If I get a few answers right on Jeopardy!, I pat myself on the back. Ken Jennings won 74 games...

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Teju Cole

Teju Cole

"Everybody reads, but I read like a maniac. I go deep down inside the text and bind it into my heart so that it has an influence on my own writing. When I write a piece, I am making myself so close to the language that it is super intense and super exhausting."   In...

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Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar

"People truly believed it was impossible for women to play good chess or become a grandmaster. They really were convinced that because no other woman had done it before me it was impossible. But I learned chess quickly and it...

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Andy Gill

Andy Gill

"One of the things that isn't right about music at the moment is that it's often too backward looking and referential. I think people should be looking to invent new things." He's been called the post-punk Hendrix. For like his acid-induced predecessor, the spiky,...

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Oluchi Orlandi

Oluchi Orlandi

  "I'm not doing charity because it looks good on my resume. I want to give people an opportunity to work. That's what the continent needs." Meeting a supermodel is intimidating. But sometimes you just have to tell yourself "we're all African" and go for it. And so,...

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