At the Aspen Ideas Festival,  I sat down with New York Times columnists Tom Friedman and David Brooks – two of the smartest people I know. We discussed being a journalist in today’s political climate, our deep political divide and how to maintain optimism, what books they are currently reading and more! Watch the panel here.

 

One of the things Congress must do in the next two months is pass legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates air traffic in the United States, and is operating under a law that expires Sept. 30. A bill that would privatize the air-traffic-control system has been introduced in the House; the Senate is considering a different version. Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who famously piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009, has some serious concerns about how these bills would affect access to air travel and the safety of aviation. He recently spoke with me about the FAA and more. Read our conversation here.

Guest host John Molner (aka my husband) and I welcome Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz for a discussion about the psychology of leadership and his views on President Trump’s mental health. We also talk about why many mental health professionals won’t publicly comment on the psyche of public figures. Plus, Dr. Sulkowicz explains his unexpected path from practicing psychiatry and psychoanalysis to advising CEOs and corporate boards.

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.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu knows that race is hard to talk about, but he thinks it’s important to do it anyway. In fact, he recently put himself on the map with a powerful speech backing the removal of Confederate monuments in his city. Mayor Landrieu sits down with us at the Aspen Ideas Festival to delve into the history and context behind his now-famous remarks. We also discuss climate change in the Big Easy, the role of cities in the Trump era, and why Mayor Landrieu still wishes he could be a Broadway star.