Phil McGraw welcomes us to his eye-popping Beverly Hills home to chat about his long-running daytime talk show, his pre-TV gigs and Oprah’s role in his success. Plus, he weighs in on America’s opioid crisis, mass shootings, President Trump’s atypical behavior, and the #MeToo movement. But first, Phil and his wife Robin give us a tour of their digs.
The pod heads across the pond to London, where we turn the tables on Graham Norton, Britain’s most popular chat show host. We revisit highlights from his long-running talk show, including the time he told Judi Dench, “You lie like a rug.” Graham also opens up about growing up Protestant in a Catholic stronghold and his total commitment to becoming a comedian and actor as a young man. “I had no plan B,” he says. Plus, we dig into Graham’s views on Brexit and Ireland’s recent landslide vote on abortion.
What is the line between sensitivity and censorship? In today’s episode, we navigate the realm of political correctness, from trigger warnings to safe spaces. New York Times Op-Ed writer Frank Bruni joins to discuss what he sees as the promise and pitfalls of hot-button issues like cultural appropriation and the idea of “checking your privilege.” Plus, listeners call in with their own thoughts on PC culture.
Julianna Margulies has been lighting up the small screen for over two decades, with standout roles on TV shows like ER and The Good Wife. She joins us to discuss everything from the big impact George Clooney had on her career to what she loved about playing Alicia Florrick. She also explains what makes her latest character on AMC’s Dietland such a delicious role. Plus, Julianna opens up about her own experiences with harassment as a young actress.
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.