Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

Serial Episode 12: What We Don't Know

The final installment of the acclaimed podcast managed to deliver a satisfying ending, even if it left listeners with more questions than it answered.

The Apex of CIA Hypocrisy

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were "never given the chance to mount a defense" of torture.

Rape and the Rush to Pass Judgment

When a discrete case arises, some people should support the accuser, others the accused, and most people need not reach any conclusion until the facts emerge, if ever.

Applying 'Broken Windows' to the Police

In poorer neighborhoods, overly aggressive officers are too often a source of community anxiety. Their misbehavior contributes to disorder.

A Conversation About Ferguson

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter ponder policing in the aftermath of Mike Brown's death and the failure to indict his killer.