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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Doris Kearns Goodwin knows her presidents. As America’s leading presidential historian, she’s written five critically acclaimed and best-selling presidential biographies. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is revered by the likes of Steven Spielberg and President Obama. In this election week bonus episode, she joined us to help parse Donald Trump’s upset victory.

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Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of the website FiveThirtyEight, is America’s favorite statistician. His website is required reading for anyone obsessing over U.S. elections. He joined Brian and me to talk about polling methods, Comeygate and why post-election gridlock is a very safe bet.

 

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Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) is the only woman in America with her own late-night television show. “It’s really liberating,” she told us. “I don’t find it scary at all.” She discusses the outrage she summons in order to do her job, how her three young kids prevent her from overthinking things, and her dozen years as a correspondent for The Daily Show. Plus, she swears she wasn’t a class clown growing up.

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