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One of the best parts of this job is that I get to speak with some amazing people. I first met Jeff Sharlet over a decade ago when I interviewed him for his brilliant book, “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.” The book, and the one that followed, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy are the basis of the Netflix series, “The Family.” They detail the very secretive but omnipresent religious group that somehow straddles the highest levels of DC power.

I immediately became a fan, and devoured his subsequent books and compelling magazine articles for which he travels and informs us about people and movements and attitudes that we need to know about but otherwise wouldn’t.

Jeff has a new book set for release in March, to be titled THE UNDERTOW: Scenes from a Slow Civil War. All I know is the title, so I’ll ask him about it— but I have a feeling it begins with the same question I’d start out with: Election day is four weeks away. Can we, will we survive?