To mark our podcast’s first anniversary, Brian and I return to Washington, D.C.—this time, to interview New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. There we find lawmakers on the Capitol steps with a megaphone, leading an impromptu rally on health care. After interviewing folks in the crowd, we sit down with Senator Booker to talk about the future of the Affordable Care Act, criminal justice reform, the documentary that captured his biggest failure, and living in Newark’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Plus, what it was like growing up African-American in Harrington Park, as one of “four raisins in a tub of sweet vanilla ice cream.”
On Thursday, July 28, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. The two discuss the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s nomination and her potential for success as a president.
After her husband died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In) thought she would never experience true joy again. Nearly two years later, she is out with a new book, Option B, that delves into how she proved herself wrong— and how others can build resilience in the face of trauma, too. Sandberg wrote Option B with her friend Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and Wharton professor. They both joined me onstage at the 92Y in Manhattan to discuss insights from the book, including how to support grieving children, dating after loss, and the “three P’s” that can hinder recovery.
Katie and Brian head to the Capitol, to talk with Senator Al Franken about the current political campaign, the issues that are top on his mind, and the legacy and lessons of the late Senator Paul Wellstone. Along the way they also hear from constituents with a lot on their minds, especially relating to recent gun violence.
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.
Bob Woodward and Tina Brown are two living legends in the world of journalism. As an investigative journalist at The Washington Post, Woodward, alongside reporter Carl Bernstein, helped break the Watergate scandal that eventually sunk Richard Nixon. Tina Brown’s career has been no less storied. She’s edited Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, created The Daily Beast and written the best-selling book, The Diana Chronicles.
They chat with Katie and Brian about this historic election cycle, if we’re living in a post-factual political landscape, and if news outlets have been balanced when covering Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Brian and I pay a visit to Disney’s studios in Burbank, California to talk with the inimitable director of Selma and 13th about everything from A Wrinkle In Time to her relationship with Oprah. We also discuss #OscarsSoWhite, criminal justice and the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll. Plus, how Ava made the leap from publicizing movies to directing them.
I spoke with Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, about the administration’s first 100 days. When I asked Conway about the investigation into Michael Flynn’s failure to disclose payments from Russia, Conway told me, “It’s not for me to comment on personnel or active investigations in the Congress.”
I sat down with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in Washington, D.C., to talk about the new health care bill, immigration and President Trump’s Twitter habit.
I talked with Sen. Mo Brooks (R- Ala.) about his opposition to the proposed new healthcare bill – which would replace the current Affordable Care Act – being put forth for a vote by Republican leadership on March 23, 2017.
“The last few days have been really, really sad for me, because we’ve seen this powder keg develop over time,”
Rep. Gwen Moore told me when I traveled to Milwaukee after violent protests erupted in the city following the recent shooting death of an African-American man who, according to police, was armed. Watch our complete interview.
I sat down with Edmond Jordan, the attorney for the family of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was fatally shot after a confrontation with police officers outside a Baton Rouge, La., convenience store. Video of Sterling’s altercation — which took place early on Tuesday — was captured by a bystander and circulated widely online, sparking outrage and protests.