Bill Browder used to be Russia’s largest foreign investor. Then, in 2005, he was blacklisted by the Russian government and kicked out of the country. Now he’s one of Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics. He joins us to explain what went wrong, including how his own lawyer ended up dead in a Russian prison. Plus, Browder unpacks the perils and opportunities of a closer U.S. relationship with Russia and offers a chilling assessment of Putin.
Actor Alec Baldwin has delighted millions of viewers playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, but it wasn’t so long ago that he tried to say goodbye to public life entirely. He joins us for a frank discussion about the arc of his career, his personal challenges with tabloid journalism, and the political tensions within his own family. Plus, he dishes on his favorite Jack Donaghy lines from 30 Rock and why no one is more thrilling to work with than Tom Cruise.
No reporter cut through the media din of the 2016 presidential election quite like David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post. Remember the infamous Access Hollywood tape? That was one of Fahrenthold’s scoops, as were his exhaustive stories on Donald Trump’s questionable charitable activities. He joins us to discuss becoming an overnight sensation after 16 years on the job, getting called a “nasty guy” in a phone call with Donald Trump, and how he thinks journalists should cover Trump’s presidency. Plus, how he uses a mix of social media crowdsourcing and old-fashioned gumshoe reporting to break his stories.
Brian and I went to the White House to sit down with Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama. Not only is Jarrett a guiding voice in the Obama administration, but she has also been friends with the President and First Lady since they were an engaged couple in Chicago in the early 1990s. Jarrett discussed managing her work and friendship with the President, her emotions since the election and why she has hope for the Affordable Care Act’s future. Plus, Brian spoke with White House visitors from across the country.
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Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden is either a human rights hero or a traitor, depending on who you ask. I sat down for a rare face-to-face interview with Snowden in Moscow, Russia. We discussed whether his disclosures to journalists harmed U.S. national security, how he pays his rent, and why he doesn’t have any regrets.
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GOP strategist Mike Murphy caught the political bug early: he began his career as a college student making radio ads out of his dorm room for a long-shot congressional race. He’s gone on to specialize in winning statewide campaigns for governor and Senate. He’s been the lead strategist for many major Republican figures, including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney. He also had a role in the 2016 campaign season. “I ran the Jeb Bush super PAC,” he explains, “which gives me the unique credential of having blown, oh, over 95 million dollars and not winning.” Mike joined us to discuss his vocal criticism of Donald Trump, the media’s role in modern politics and why he’s a hopeless romantic when it comes to presidential races.
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Larry Wilmore has worn many comedic hats, from writer and show creator (The Bernie Mac Show) to late-night host (The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore). He joined us to process the election results, pay tribute to Gwen Ifill and share highlights from his over 25 years in television.
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