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.”
Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” joined me on Yahoo News to talk about the statement he read to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance of “Hamilton” and the reaction it received around the country. The actor said, “I think there’s really no way to take the words we said as controversial. That’s democracy.” Dixon also performed his original song, “We Are.”
I was joined by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to discuss his new book, “Thank You for Being Late,” and the latest on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition to the White House.
I was joined by Richard Cohen, president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to talk about Donald Trump selecting Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist and the rise of the alt-right movement.
I was joined by Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, to talk about why hate speech has intensified across the U.S. since Trump’s election.
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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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.