Magazine : Archives : 4th Quarter 1999

Nader speaks out

Ralph Nader is a moving target who, true to legend, often works long hours, seven days a week. But once you have him cornered, trepidation over interviewing this icon of serious matters—one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century, pronounced Time magazine—quickly fades. He is easygoing and unassuming, and patient, given his breadth and depth of understanding how much of our society functions. After all, his efforts have been instrumental in pressuring lawmakers to create agencies and pass legislation that have saved countless lives; today legions of citizen groups leverage his energy.The interview was conducted in the portion...