The Nation is a weekly magazine about politics and culture. It describes itself as "the flagship of the left." The magazine was founded on July 6, 1865. The publication's office is located at 33 Irving Place, New York City.
The Nation exerts a significant influence on America's left-wing movement, setting out themes, arguments and tactical suggestions that often make their way into the left-wing blogosphere and onto the policy agendas of left-wing Democratic officeholders.
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The Nation personnel as of May 2009 were;
- Katrina vanden Heuvel Editor
- Teresa Stack President
- Roane Carey Managing editor (on leave), Mark Sorkin (acting)
- John Palattella Literary editor
- Betsy Reed Executive editor
- Richard Lingeman, Richard Kim Senior editors
- Joan Connell Web editor
- Judith Long Copy chief
- Miriam Markowitz Assistant literary editor
- Dave Baker Copy editor (acting)
- Lisa Vandepaer Copy associate
- Adam Howard Assistant web editor
- Peggy Suttle Assistant to the editor
- Interns: Gabriel Gil Arana, Laura Dean (Washington), Corbin Hiar, Uzma Kolsy, Madeleine Kuhns, Loren Lynch, Cassie Metcalf-Slovo, Keith Newell, Elyssa Pachico, Gabriela Resto-Montero
- Washington editor: Christopher Hayes
- Washington correspondent: John Nichols
- National affairs correspondent: William Greider
- Columnists: Eric Alterman, Alexander Cockburn, Naomi Klein, Katha Pollitt,
Departments: Architecture, Jane Holtz Kay; Corporations, Robert Sherrill; Defense, Michael Klare; Environment, Mark Hertsgaard; Films, Stuart Klawans; Legal Affairs, David Cole; Net Movement, Ari Melber; Peace and Disarmament, Jonathan Schell; Poetry, Peter Gizzi; Sex, JoAnn Wypijewski; Sports, Dave Zirin; United Nations, BarbaraCrossette; Deadline Poet, Calvin Trillin
Contributing editors: Kai Bird, Robert Borosage, Stephen F. Cohen, Marc Cooper, Arthur Danto, Mike Davis, Slavenka Drakulic´, Robert Dreyfuss, Susan Faludi, Thomas Ferguson, Doug Henwood, Max Holland, Michael Moore, Christian Parenti, Richard Pollak, Joel Rogers, Karen Rothmyer, Robert Scheer, Herman Schwartz, Bruce Shapiro, Edward Sorel, Gore Vidal, Jon Wiener, Amy Wilentz, Art Winslow
Editorial board: Deepak Bhargava, Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Richard Falk, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Deborah Meier, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Victor Navasky, Pedro Antonio Noguera, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus Raskin, Kristina Rizga, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, David Weir, Roger Wilkins
Associate publisher, Special projects/website: Peter Rothberg
Associate publisher: Peggy Randall
Nation associate manager: Joliange Wright
Academic liaison: Charles Bittner
Publisher emeritus: Victor Navasky
The Nation has enjoyed a long and deep relationship with the Institute for Policy Studies and its fellows. Marcus Raskin and Roger Wilkins have served for many years on The Nation's editorial board, "helping to guide our reporting", with Barbara Ehrenreich joining more recently. Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation’s publisher and editor, is a member of the IPS board, and IPS fellows and associates have been frequent contributors to The Nation. In 2008 IPS collaborated with The Nation to produce a prescient and award-winning special issue on “The New Inequality” [June 30].
The Nation Cruise 2011
The far-left magazine The Nation sent out a notice in July about a cruise they were planning for later in the year, with "special guests" who represented a good spectrum of the Left, from avowed marxists to communist sympathizers and leftist hanger-ons. Their notice was a follows:
"Dear Friend of The Nation,
"Want to learn how to organize your own flash mob from the expoerts at CodePink? Or hear about Van Jones' transformative "Rebuild the Dream" project from the man himself? Or talk face to face with Jeremy Scahill about his reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia? You can ... on this year's Nation Cruise."
Here are the special guests who will be with us this year:
- Julian Bond - Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP
- Van Jones - Founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, former Green Jobs Adviser in the Obama White House
- Jeremy Scahill - Nation investigative Reporter and Author of "Blackwater"
- Ramona Ripston - Former Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California
- Jessica Valenti - Founder and Executive Editor of Feministing.com
- John Nichols - Nation Washington Correspondent
- Kai Bird - Pulitzer Prize winning author
- Special Muscial Guests Steve Earle and Allison Moorer
"The idea? To exchange ideas on the state of the progressive world. To Give all of us who know, care about, respect, support, publish, write and read The Nation a chance to meet and talk, face-to-face, one-on-one. And to enjoy a much needed vacation with stops in San Juan, St. Maarten and Grand Turk, bringing us back to our workday worlds....."