As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza spent eight years in the “room where it happens.” He has the stories — and the pictures— to show for it: from playing cards with POTUS on Air Force One to photographing the Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. No one, with the possible exception of the First Lady, spent more time with Barack Obama during his presidency. Plus, Pete reflects on his formative years outside Washington, including a harrowing, snowy trek on horseback to document the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan.
South bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg told me about his run for DNC Chair.
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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David Axelrod is a renowned Democratic political strategist, most notably for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. These days, he runs the nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and hosts a hit podcast, The Axe Files, where he interviews major political figures. In this special crossover episode, we turn the tables on “Axe” and get his own story, including his early days in gritty Chicago journalism, his father’s death from suicide, and his family’s efforts on behalf of his daughter, Lauren, who has epilepsy. Plus, we discuss his former client, Hillary Clinton, and the future of the Democratic party.
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.
Alan Gross, an American contractor held captive by the Fidel Castro regime for five years, was released in 2014 when President Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba. Gross stopped by Yahoo News to talk about the death of the former Cuban leader and said Castro’s legacy is “brutality.” He also compared President-elect Donald Trump to Castro, saying, “He’s off his rocker. He’s a megalomaniac of the same ilk as Fidel Castro, only he’s not as well read.”
As James introduces his guests on April Fools Day, Katie Couric takes a fall down the stairs.
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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She’s a groundbreaking celebrity in Afghanistan; at the ripe-old age of 6, she’s breaking down boundaries on television and speaking to children there about education, exercise and peace. She just made her silver screen debut and has already met with the country’s first lady.
Terrance Coffie spent years in jail before he decided to turn his life around. With the help of The Doe Fund, and the ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ program, Coffie graduated from the prestigious New York University, and is now pursuing his master’s degree.
I sat down with onetime presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, former Clinton administration senior adviser Richard Socarides, and ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the election results and the upcoming Trump presidency.
In an exclusive interview in Moscow, Edward Snowden told me that former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus — under consideration to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state — disclosed “information that was far more highly classified than I ever did” and yet never “spent a single day in jail.
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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