Jill Lepore

Harvard University / New Yorker magazine

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Is  Monday's presidential debate  at Hofstra University really a debate at all? Jill Lepore is a professor of history at Harvard and a staff writer for the  New Yorker .

A short history of arguing about politics

Is Monday's presidential debate at Hofstra University really a debate at all? Jill Lepore is a professor of history at Harvard and a staff writer for the New Yorker .

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