Jodi Kantor on how she broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

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Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein speaks at National Geographic's Further Front Event at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 19, 2017 in New York City.
Harvey Weinstein speaks at the Lincoln Center on April 19 in New York.

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On this week’s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke with Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter for the New York Times and a contributor to CBS News, who last week broke the Harvey Weinstein story wide open.

Isaac Chotiner is a Slate staff writer.

Kantor and her colleague Megan Twohey first published a massive account of Weinstein’s long history of sexual harassment and assault. She and Rachel Abrams then followed it up this week with more accounts of harassment by Weinstein from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and others. Meanwhile, the New Yorker released a blockbuster story by Ronan Farrow, including the accounts of several women who say they were raped by Weinstein, who has left his company and is likely to face some sort of legal action, unless he stays in Europe, where he has reportedly gone for “sex addiction” therapy.

Below is an edited transcript of the show. In it, we discuss Kantor’s process of reporting the Weinstein story, why a comprehensive account of Weinstein’s behavior hadn’t emerged in the press until now, why so many women eventually came forward, and whether Hollywood is really going to change.

You can find links to every episode here; the entire audio interview is below. Please subscribe to I Have to Ask wherever you get your podcasts.

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