Longtime political analyst Norm Ornstein joins us to reflect on the upcoming anniversary of Donald Trump’s election. We discuss the “seeds of Trumpism,” the changing Republican Party and the future of American civic life. Plus, Ornstein opens up about his late son’s struggle with mental illness and his push for mental health policy reform.

Gretchen Carlson may have been fired last year from her job at Fox News, but it hasn’t slowed her down one bit. After filing and settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss at Fox for a reported $20 million, Gretchen has transitioned from journalism to advocacy. She joins us to discuss her new book, the recent bombshell allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her advice for others facing sexual harassment at work. Plus, she recalls what it was like to be crowned Miss America at age 22 and the nerve-racking prank that unexpectedly launched her career in television.

Martha Stewart has dominated all things domestic for nearly 35 years. But what about the woman behind the empire? Brian and I stopped by Martha’s pristine office for a candid conversation over some apple-cranberry crisp. Martha recalls what it was like growing up in New Jersey as one of six kids, getting her first book deal, serving time in prison and what it was like to work on a TV show with Donald Trump. Plus, she discusses her new cookbook and her collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Nothing is off-limits. It’s a good thing.

David Axelrod is a renowned Democratic political strategist, most notably for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. These days, he runs the nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and hosts a hit podcast, The Axe Files, where he interviews major political figures. In this special crossover episode, we turn the tables on “Axe” and get his own story, including his early days in gritty Chicago journalism, his father’s death from suicide, and his family’s efforts on behalf of his daughter, Lauren, who has epilepsy. Plus, we discuss his former client, Hillary Clinton, and the future of the Democratic party.

Dan Savage has dished out love and sex advice in his syndicated Savage Love column for over 25 years. He’s blunt, hilarious and empathetic– and not just in his writing! Dan joins us to discuss working at Ann Landers’ desk, being “monogamish” and the sex questions he gets asked the most. He also recalls what it was like to come of age during the AIDS epidemic. Plus, two words that I never expected to hear on the podcast.

Brian and I pay a visit to Disney’s studios in Burbank, California to talk with the inimitable director of Selma and 13th about everything from A Wrinkle In Time to her relationship with Oprah. We also discuss #OscarsSoWhite, criminal justice and the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll. Plus, how Ava made the leap from publicizing movies to directing them.