Matt Taibbi has the distinction of sitting in the chair once occupied by Hunter S. Thompson and P. J. O’Rourke at Rolling Stone Magazine. As contributing editor, Matt continues their tradition of irreverent political commentary and biting humor – with a good measure of street reporting thrown in.

In his new book, The Great Derangement, Matt chronicles his cross-country travels, immersing himself into four subcultures – the Military, Congress, conspiracy theorists, and extreme religion. Matt says that, with distrust of the government at new heights, and cynicism about the media and their role even higher, the country is “flipping out.”

I interviewed Matt in the GRITtv studio today.