As the sun sets on 2016, let’s take a look back at some of the fascinating, funny and entertaining people who shaped the conversation, in politics to pop culture and everything in between.
Man’s exploration of outer space is one of the greatest achievements of the 20thcentury. But “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” could never have happened if it weren’t for the women on the ground at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The new film “Hidden Figures” tells the stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked as “human computers” for NASA, and helped put John Glenn into orbit and Neil Armstrong on the moon. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the stars of “Hidden Figures,” stopped by Yahoo News to discuss the film and true story behind it.
I talked to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark about his new effort to fight fake news stories. He’s donating $1 million through his foundation to the Poynter Institute to fund a program in journalistic ethics. He said he’s been in touch with Facebook about the proliferation of fake news and told Couric his goal is to “stand up for the good stuff.”
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.
This episode is sponsored by Sock Club, Aspen Institute, Omaha Steaks, and Casper Mattresses.