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President Biden comes to power pledging to put his whole soul into uniting America. History was also made, as Vice President Kamala Harris became the first African American, first South Asian, and first woman to ever hold that position. To discuss what this day means and where America goes from here, Christiane speaks with two eminent writers and thinkers on the American experiment.
The pandemic is President Biden’s immediate concern. But his presidency also marks a crucial pivot for America’s overseas alliances. Joining Christiane to assess the future of U.S. foreign policy are former UK diplomat Sir Peter Westmacott and former State Department, Defense Department, and National Security Council official Kori Schake.
Vice President Kamala Harris cracked the penultimate glass ceiling today, marking a historic moment in American politics. There is perhaps no more famous campaigner for women’s rights than Gloria Steinem, who speaks with Michel Martin alongside Farai Chideya, host of the podcast "OurBodyPolitic."
Cedric Richmond is an incoming senior presidential adviser and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Richmond has spent the last decade representing Louisiana in Congress and led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2017 to 2019. He speaks with Walter Isaacson about why he believes it’s crucial the new administration works with colleagues across the aisle.
As he finishes his presidency, President Trump has broken yet another norm: pausing executions during a presidential transition. A frenzy of executions has swept through federal death row, more than any presidency in 100 years. To discuss all this, Christiane speaks with human rights lawyer and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson.
Since the election, Fox News has been losing viewers to more right wing stations like Newsmax and OANN. Shepard Smith strove to be a credible source of hard news at the network for more than 20 years. In 2019, he left and now anchors his own show on CNBC. He joins the show to discuss what role he thinks Fox News has played in muddying the information ecosystem.
President-elect Biden has announced a $1.9 trillion spending package to speed vaccine distribution and provide Americans with immediate financial relief. The plan promises bigger stimulus checks, aid to the unemployed and those facing eviction, and help for small businesses and state and local governments. Christiane discusses the crisis and Biden’s proposed remedies with economist Paul Krugman.
President Trump is expected to issue a flurry of pardons before he leaves office, when he himself will face many legal and financial issues. With his personal brand tarnished by recent events, what do Trump’s future business ventures look like? Christiane discusses this with the president's niece Mary Trump and Andrea Bernstein, whose hit podcast "Trump, Inc." airs its final episode this week.
Jeh Johnson, who served as secretary of homeland security under President Obama, cites specific security failures that permitted pro-Trump extremists to gain access to Capitol Hill with so little resistance on January 6. In 2017, Johnson was tasked with overseeing security for Trump’s inauguration. He speaks with Walter Isaacson about the state of national security pending the Biden inauguration.
Getting vaccines to the developing world has been a top priority with Melinda Gates. She is especially aware of the heavy toll the pandemic is taking on women, whose jobs are twice as vulnerable in this crisis to those of men. She takes up these issues in her book "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World." She joins Walter Isaacson to discuss.
President-elect Biden says that come Wednesday, America will start a new chapter. But the country is facing a homegrown threat in the days leading up to the inauguration. Washington, D.C. is in lockdown as officials warn of the potential for domestic terrorism. Journalist Margaret Sullivan and former FBI agent Ali Soufan discuss online disinformation and domestic terror.
The FBI plays a vital role in protecting the American homeland. Why did the agency abuse its authority to spy on one of the country's greatest civil rights leaders? That question is at the heart of a new documentary titled "MLK/FBI," which examines the Bureau’s ugly obsession with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Director Sam Pollard joins the show on King’s birthday to discuss his film.
With security at an all time high for President-elect Biden’s inauguration next week, the FBI is warning that armed far right protesters could hit cities across all 50 states. ProPublica reporter A. C. Thompson has been tracking far right movements for years. He tells Hari Sreenivasan which groups were at last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol and what to look out for in the future.
Nnamdi Asomugha is a former NFL cornerback who took up acting thirteen years ago. Now he is starring in Amazon’s latest period romance, "Sylvie’s Love," playing an up-and-coming saxophone player who falls in love. Asomugha joins the program to discuss the project and what drew him to it.
The House voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, making him the only president in history to be impeached twice. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not ruled out voting to convict, marking a change in his thinking compared to last year. Christiane discusses all this with Francis Rooney, who served as a Republican congressman until early this year.
Gideon Saar was a previously a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a cabinet secretary in his government, but he has now broken away to form his own political faction, New Hope. He is now the candidate with perhaps the best chance of ousting Netanyahu as prime minister. He joins the program to explain why he is running.
What responsibility does Silicon Valley bear for last week’s Capitol Hill riot? Roger McNamee was an early investor in Facebook and an adviser to Mark Zuckerberg and now has written a damning article for Wired: “Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection.”
The new movie "News of the World" captures a deeply fractured America from an earlier age. It’s the first western from director Paul Greengrass, best known for the Bourne films and "Captain Phillips." The story follows a Civil War veteran -- played by Tom Hanks -- who comes across a young orphan girl and sets out to reunite her with her family. Greengrass joins the show to discuss the film.
Today, Democrats and some Republicans sought for a second time to oust him from office and prevent him from running again. President Trump has been charged with “incitement of insurrection,” and a number of Republicans are crossing the aisle in voting to impeach. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan says the president broke the solemn oath in which he promised to defend the Constitution.
The GOP is doing some major soul searching after last week’s violent insurrection at the Capitol. What's next for a party that has been dominated by Trumpism these past four years? Jeff Flake, who left the Senate in 2018, was one of the few Republicans to speak out against the President. He speaks with Michel Martin about what lies ahead.