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In the Indo-Pacific, the striped and spiny lionfish are kept under control by natural predators. But in the Atlantic, where they are considered an invasive species, the voracious lionfish have been wreaking havoc in reef ecosystems. Now they have a new predator: humans. The staff writer D. T. Max talks with one of the most passionate lionfish hunters diving today. Plus, the writer and comedian Andy Borowitz talks with David Remnick about his latest book, “Profiles of Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber.” And we’ll meet Mark Elias, an attorney on a mission to prevent voter suppression. His firm is behind two major cases before the Supreme Court in its upcoming term.
Andy Borowitz on Our Age of Ignorance
The writer and comedian talks with David Remnick about “the intellectual deterioration” of American politics, the subject of his latest book.
Lionfish: The Joy of the Hunt
Lionfish are beautiful, invasive, and destructive. Because they are difficult to trap or trawl, divers are hunting them underwater with spears.
Will Voter Suppression Become the Law?
The attorney Mark Elias is working on two critical Supreme Court cases challenging voter suppression. He talks with The New Yorker’s Sue Halpern.
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