For the final installment in the Wonder Women series, Diane von Fürstenberg—the woman behind the iconic fashion line—welcomes us to her company’s Manhattan headquarters for a conversation about her full and colorful life. We discuss her wide-ranging philanthropy, her famous husbands, and how her brand has evolved since she appeared on the cover of Newsweek at age 29. She also tells the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and how she inspired Diane’s determination to be independent. Plus, DVF explains why she believes the most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself: “If you have that, any other relationship is a plus and not a must.”
Laverne Cox is no overnight success. By the time she stepped onto the national stage (and the cover of TIME magazine) in 2014, she’d been dedicating her life to acting for well over a decade. “Being an artist is what informs everything that I do,” she says. Laverne joins us to discuss everything from acting opportunities for trans women, her breakthrough role as Sophia on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and her childhood in Mobile, Alabama. Listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/katie-couric/id1134154895?mt=2&i=1000401752007
Amy Schumer made a name— and a career— for herself with her unapologetically raunchy brand of stand-up comedy. But being known as “the sex comic” never phased Amy. “That just seemed like a stepping stone,” she says. I stopped by Amy’s apartment to discuss everything that came out of her success in stand-up comedy, including starring roles in movies and on Broadway, her Comedy Central sketch series, and her best-selling memoir. We also discuss the #MeToo movement, body image issues in Hollywood, and the tragedy that sparked Amy’s involvement in gun safety activism.
Feminist icon and author Gloria Steinem joined me on Yahoo News to discuss women and the 2016 race, Steinem’s take on the latest Trump news, and the historic moment of a woman – Hillary Clinton – at the top of a major party ticket. Steinem addresses the disparity between Donald Trump’s public statements on women juxtaposed with a woman now running his campaign. Steinem also discusses her memoir, “My Life on the Road,” out in paperback this month.
Kara Swisher is perhaps the most feared—and effective—journalist in tech. She first made a splash covering AOL in the 1990s and she’s continued to scoop Silicon Valley players ever since. In this crossover episode with Kara’s podcast, we discuss the competition between Instagram and Snapchat, and why Facebook executives have been slow to acknowledge the site’s role in the 2016 election. “They don’t want to take responsibility for the fact that their platform was used by a malevolent power to create discord in our country,” Kara says. We also delve into tech addiction in kids, the effect of automation on jobs, and our careers in journalism.
As the longest-serving black woman in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been a fixture of California’s political scene since the 1970s. In 2017, she unexpectedly became a viral sensation, too. We meet up with Rep. Waters in Los Angeles to talk about “reclaiming her time,” growing up as one of 13 children, and why she doesn’t hesitate to call President Trump racist. Plus, the Congresswoman offers a poetry reading.
Questions about Donald Trump? Maggie Haberman has answers. She began reporting on Trump as a New York tabloid journalist over a decade ago. Now, as a White House correspondent for the New York Times, she’s made a name for herself by filing scoop after scoop about his presidency. She joins us to parse everything from Trump’s Diet Coke consumption to his cabinet relationships. We also discuss the role— and limits— of journalism in holding the president accountable. “lt is not a reporter’s job to hold an impeachment trial,” Maggie says. Plus, this episode kicks off our new series: Wonder Women!
I met up with ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot at Midtown Comics in New York City to discuss the new superhero film, feminism, and growing up in Israel.
Drug overdoses kill more people in the U.S. than car accidents and 60% of deaths are caused by pain killers.
The Supreme Court justices have stated their opinions in a case involving Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who was denied a job at an Abercrombie…
Jazz Jennings — an award-winning activist, author, and reality star — has been sharing her experiences as a transgender girl since she was 6 years old. In her latest book, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen,” she tells her story from childhood to the start of her teen years. It’s out now, and Season 2 of her docuseries, “I Am Jazz,” premieres on TLC on June 8.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a 2010 bestseller and now an HBO film, tells the story of a journalist’s search to learn more about the real woman behind HeLa cells, which have been essential to numerous medical breakthroughs. I spoke with author Rebecca Skloot and Rose Byrne, who plays Skloot in the movie.
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.