Once considered the “mistake by the lake,” Cleveland is getting the last laugh. After a banner year in 2016 — playing host to the Republican National Convention and winning an NBA championship — the city is beaming with pride, and residents are eager to get the word out about everything the “CLE” has to offer.

While it may be rocking a major confidence boost, Cleveland is still a work in progress. I visited the once booming steel town for our Yahoo News series “Cities Rising: Rebuilding America.” I stopped by the Cleveland Clinic, interviewed Matthew McConaughey about his new film and his work with Cleveland’s John Adams High school, and more!

DJ Khaled — hip-hop producer, Snapchat guru, author, record label executive and music mogul — is ready for “another one.” With his 10th album, huge summer hits and a new son, Khaled has a lot to be grateful for. I sat down with Khaled to talk about his latest album, Grateful, which comes out on June 23; his collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, as well as his son, Asahd — who is an executive producer on the album, by the way — and how fatherhood changed his life.

In his role as the beleaguered Mike McLintock on HBO’s Veep, Matt Walsh is often the butt of the joke. In real life, however, Matt is revered— in the world of improv comedy, at least. He’s one of the founding members the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy institution. Matt joins us to discuss improv vs. stand-up, what makes Julia Louis-Dreyfus so great to work with, and the advice he’d give to Sean Spicer.


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It’s a mass murder story largely forgotten in American history and one that took place less than 100 years ago. In his latest nonfiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” New Yorker writer and bestselling author David Grann investigates the mysterious murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe of Oklahoma in the 1920s. He stopped by Yahoo News to talk about his new book, the mystery behind the murders and the A-listers rumored to be attached to the movie adaptation.

When Nina Riggs, who wrote the Modern Love column “When a Couch Is More Than a Couch,” died in February at age 39, she left behind a literary legacy. Over the course of the final months of her life, Nina, who happens to be the great-great-great-granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, would gather all her thoughts, fears, frustrations and hopes for her young family into “The Bright Hour: A Memoir on Living and Dying.” Her husband,  John Duberstein, joined me on Yahoo News to discuss the book and Nina’s legacy.

“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” has been hailed as one of the most innovative musicals of the decade. The show, inspired by a part of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” came to Broadway in the fall of 2016, and turned the Imperial Theatre into Imperial Russia—with a modern twist.

I sat down with the Tony nominated stars Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele as well as Tony nominated director Rachel Chavkin and creator Dave Malloy.

I went to D.C. to interview former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who now serves as the administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She refused to criticize President Trump’s recent tweets and spoke of a need for more civil discourse when discussing a controversial comment Bill Maher made recently on his HBO show. She also had some advice for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, if he decides to run for president — something she said she’d be open to seeing.

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Follow along as we learn how to make delicious, healthy dinners with the help of  Sur la Table national chef Joel Gamoran. In this episode, we are joined by Inspiralized’s Ali Maffucci to make a chicken and leek soup with carrot noodles. The dish is ready in under 20 minutes! See more at surlatable.com/fullplate.

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Brian takes the wheel this week and sits down with Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a leading military strategist. For decades, Allison has advised defense secretaries and presidents on both sides of the political aisle. Now he’s out with a new book that examines whether America and China are destined to go to war. He and Brian delve into the challenges associated with China’s rising power, the diplomatic implications of the Paris Climate Accord, and why the U.S. seems caught in a slow-motion Cuban Missile Crisis with North Korea.

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.

Christie Todd Whitman was New Jersey’s first female governor, but she didn’t grow up thinking that she’d like to run for office. She joins us to discuss her path to public service, why she left as George W. Bush’s EPA Administrator, and shared her assessment of New Jersey’s current Governor Christie. Plus, she talks about the state of her party, and the country, under President Donald Trump.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored the most points of any NBA player in history, and basketball isn’t the only arena where he’s found success. At 70, he’s a best-selling author, an award-winning cancer research advocate, and a prolific cultural commentator who isn’t afraid to speak out on controversial political and social issues. Kareem joined me on the podcast to talk about being black and Muslim in America, surviving cancer, and watching the game of basketball change since his own heyday. Plus, he explains what was so special about his friend and mentor John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who is the subject of his latest book.

 

A Little Something Extra

Ever wish there was a cooking show devoted to what to do with your leftovers? Joel Gamoran is there for you!

Gamoran is national chef for Sur La Table and star of the new food series, “Scraps,” that’s dedicated to — you guessed it — cooking with food scraps. It debuts this Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 p.m on FYI. The show follows Gamoran on a delicious cross-country road trip as he hosts pop-up dinners, with sustainable chefs and restaurateurs, all featuring food rescued locally.

“It’s hard to hate up close.” ― Dr. Oz

I have spent the last several months immersed in a documentary for National Geographic called “Gender Revolution.” The entire process was life-changing and mind-altering for me and hopefully for others who watch. The impetus for making the film was simple: I screwed up.

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Check out our series “Full Plate!” John and I learn to cook delicious and healthy meals that suit busy lives with the help of our good friend, chef Joel Gamoran.