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.

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.

In his role as the beleaguered Mike McLintock on HBO’s Veep, Matt Walsh is often the butt of the joke. In real life, however, Matt is revered— in the world of improv comedy, at least. He’s one of the founding members the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy institution. Matt joins us to discuss improv vs. stand-up, what makes Julia Louis-Dreyfus so great to work with, and the advice he’d give to Sean Spicer.

Brian takes the wheel this week and sits down with Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a leading military strategist. For decades, Allison has advised defense secretaries and presidents on both sides of the political aisle. Now he’s out with a new book that examines whether America and China are destined to go to war. He and Brian delve into the challenges associated with China’s rising power, the diplomatic implications of the Paris Climate Accord, and why the U.S. seems caught in a slow-motion Cuban Missile Crisis with North Korea.

When Sheila Nevins started her career in the 1960s, she didn’t know women could be bosses. After all, she’d only ever worked for male supervisors. Now, at 78, she’s the president of HBO Documentary Films. Sheila joins us for an unflinching conversation about everything from her painful childhood memories to her plastic surgery. Plus, we discuss what makes a great documentary and listen to celebrities read excerpts from Sheila’s new book.

Christie Todd Whitman was New Jersey’s first female governor, but she didn’t grow up thinking that she’d like to run for office. She joins us to discuss her path to public service, why she left as George W. Bush’s EPA Administrator, and shared her assessment of New Jersey’s current Governor Christie. Plus, she talks about the state of her party, and the country, under President Donald Trump.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored the most points of any NBA player in history, and basketball isn’t the only arena where he’s found success. At 70, he’s a best-selling author, an award-winning cancer research advocate, and a prolific cultural commentator who isn’t afraid to speak out on controversial political and social issues. Kareem joined me on the podcast to talk about being black and Muslim in America, surviving cancer, and watching the game of basketball change since his own heyday. Plus, he explains what was so special about his friend and mentor John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who is the subject of his latest book.