Half of Americans say they have never met a Muslim. What’s it like to be Muslim in America today? Brian and I take to the stage at South by Southwest for a live podcast taping with guests Wajahat Ali, a New York Times contributing op-ed writer, and Mona Haydar, a Syrian-American rapper and activist. We have a frank conversation about the joys and pressures of being American Muslims, misconceptions about Islam, and how US media coverage plays into all of the above.
The first episode of my National Geographic documentary series, America Inside Out, is out now! To mark the occasion, we welcome Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Bryan could have gone anywhere—he chose to move to Alabama to help confront racial disparities and reform the criminal justice system. On the pod, we discuss Bryan’s childhood experiences with school segregation, the problem with Confederate monuments, and shining a light on one of the darkest chapters in American history: the post-Civil War period of Jim Crow and lynching.
For the final installment in the Wonder Women series, Diane von Fürstenberg—the woman behind the iconic fashion line—welcomes us to her company’s Manhattan headquarters for a conversation about her full and colorful life. We discuss her wide-ranging philanthropy, her famous husbands, and how her brand has evolved since she appeared on the cover of Newsweek at age 29. She also tells the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and how she inspired Diane’s determination to be independent. Plus, DVF explains why she believes the most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself: “If you have that, any other relationship is a plus and not a must.”
Kara Swisher is perhaps the most feared—and effective—journalist in tech. She first made a splash covering AOL in the 1990s and she’s continued to scoop Silicon Valley players ever since. In this crossover episode with Kara’s podcast, we discuss the competition between Instagram and Snapchat, and why Facebook executives have been slow to acknowledge the site’s role in the 2016 election. “They don’t want to take responsibility for the fact that their platform was used by a malevolent power to create discord in our country,” Kara says. We also delve into tech addiction in kids, the effect of automation on jobs, and our careers in journalism.
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