Laverne Cox is no overnight success. By the time she stepped onto the national stage (and the cover of TIME magazine) in 2014, she’d been dedicating her life to acting for well over a decade. “Being an artist is what informs everything that I do,” she says. Laverne joins us to discuss everything from acting opportunities for trans women, her breakthrough role as Sophia on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and her childhood in Mobile, Alabama. Listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/katie-couric/id1134154895?mt=2&i=1000401752007


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Amy Schumer made a name— and a career— for herself with her unapologetically raunchy brand of stand-up comedy. But being known as “the sex comic” never phased Amy. “That just seemed like a stepping stone,” she says. I stopped by Amy’s apartment to discuss everything that came out of her success in stand-up comedy, including starring roles in movies and on Broadway, her Comedy Central sketch series, and her best-selling memoir. We also discuss the #MeToo movement, body image issues in Hollywood, and the tragedy that sparked Amy’s involvement in gun safety activism.

As the longest-serving black woman in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been a fixture of California’s political scene since the 1970s. In 2017, she unexpectedly became a viral sensation, too. We meet up with Rep. Waters in Los Angeles to talk about “reclaiming her time,” growing up as one of 13 children, and why she doesn’t hesitate to call President Trump racist. Plus, the Congresswoman offers a poetry reading.

Questions about Donald Trump? Maggie Haberman has answers. She began reporting on Trump as a New York tabloid journalist over a decade ago. Now, as a White House correspondent for the New York Times, she’s made a name for herself by filing scoop after scoop about his presidency. She joins us to parse everything from Trump’s Diet Coke consumption to his cabinet relationships. We also discuss the role— and limits— of journalism in holding the president accountable. “lt is not a reporter’s job to hold an impeachment trial,” Maggie says. Plus, this episode kicks off our new series: Wonder Women!

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski share a morning TV news show— and a life. For over a decade, they’ve co-hosted Morning Joe on MSNBC, along with Willie Geist. Soon they’ll take on new titles: husband and wife. Brian and I went to NBC Studios in New York to talk with Mika and Joe about the criticism they’ve faced for their coverage of Donald Trump, the evolution of the GOP, and why they think the 25th Amendment should be invoked. Plus, their account of New Year’s at Mar-a-Lago.

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So excited to share the first trailer for my upcoming series “America Inside Out” on National Geographic Channel!! For the past six months, I’ve traveled throughout the country, talking with all kinds of people about some of the most divisive topics of our time. The six-part series will premiere on April 11th and I can’t wait for you all to watch and come on the journey with me. #AmericaInsideOut  #TCA18

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So excited to share the first trailer for my upcoming series “America Inside Out” on Nat Geo Channel!! For the past six months, I’ve traveled throughout the country, talking with all kinds of people about some of the most divisive topics of our time. The six-part series will premiere on April 11th and I can’t wait for you all to watch and come on the journey with me. #AmericaInsideOut

The holidays are supposed to be a season of joy and cheer, but for some of us, they can be the hardest time of the year. TIME partnered with OptionB.Org, Sheryl Sandberg’s initiative, to commission essays from influential people who have struggled themselves about what has helped them during difficult holiday seasons in the past. In these pieces, as well as at optionb.org/holidays and #OptionBThere, you’ll find actions big and small that you can take to help yourself and others find moments of joy.

It’s hard to believe that the diminutive Holly Hunter could contain as much drive, passion and drama as her producer character Jane Craig does in “Broadcast News.”Think what might happen if Mary Richards ate nails for breakfast and was as “tightly wound” as a Timex…

Katie Couric may be the former longtime co-host of the Today show, but lately she’s been working on some new projects. She cohosts the Katie Couric podcast with Brian Goldsmith (they interviewed Gretchen Carlsonin the latest episode), is executive producing a Lifetime movie about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and she’s working on a six-part National Geographic series. She lives in New York City with her husband, John Molner, and is the mother of daughters in their 20s. Here, she shares how she gets it all done.

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With a thriving downtown, a bustling restaurant scene and world-renowned museums, there’s no doubt Cleveland, Ohio, is experiencing a cultural renaissance. In part two of our Cities Rising series in Cleveland, I stopped by West Side Market, met up with Matthew McConaughey, and more.

DJ Khaled — hip-hop producer, Snapchat guru, author, record label executive and music mogul — is ready for “another one.” With his 10th album, huge summer hits and a new son, Khaled has a lot to be grateful for. I sat down with Khaled to talk about his latest album, Grateful, which comes out on June 23; his collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, as well as his son, Asahd — who is an executive producer on the album, by the way — and how fatherhood changed his life.