Could a slaveholder also be an advocate for equality for all? That is the riddle left behind by one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Jon Meacham join Walter Isaacson to discuss Jefferson's monuments and whether or not they should come down.
Lemn Sissay has been described as a literary luminary. He is a poet, author, playwright and Chancellor of Manchester University here in the U.K. His new book "My Name is Why" is a brutally honest account of growing up and going on a journey that is the very embodiment of systemic racism in Britain. He joins Christiane to discuss.
The hard work of social change falls largely to young people, leading marches and organizing resistance all across the world. Christiane is joined by two such leaders, from two generations, united in their demand for equal justice: 19-year-old Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Occupied by Israel since 1967, the West Bank has been the sticking point in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians for decades.The UN and the international community have long called for a two-state solution -- which would see the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Diana Buttu, a former legal advisor to the Palestinian side, joins Christiane from Ramallah.
Melania Trump is First Lady to one of the most divisive presidents in American history. But she remains a mysterious figure. In her new book "The Art of Her Deal," Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mary Jordan sets out to uncover the real Melania, and the picture she paints is one of a political power broker who holds serious sway in the White House. She joins Christiane to discuss.
DJ Patil has written a report on necessary preparations for this next wave of COVID-19. Patil was America’s first Chief Data Scientist under President Obama. Currently head of technology for a healthcare company, he is taking unpaid leave to help California fight the pandemic. He tells Hari Sreenivasan how data science can help the U.S. mitigate the pandemic.
"A serious violation of international law" is how U.N. chief Antonio Guterres is describing Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. But after three close elections, a corruption scandal, and a forced "unity government," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to cement his legacy. Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who was also Israel's peace negotiator, discusses.
Some 45 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March. What might a successful economic recovery plan look like? Glenn Hubbard believes he has an answer. He was President George W. Bush's economic adviser and is now a professor of finance and economics at Columbia University Business School. He explains bipartisan solutions to the current crisis.
Were yesterday's primaries a harbinger of things to come in November’s mail-in ballot Presidential election? Interesting trends are already apparent: Progressive Democrats in New York and Kentucky have the advantage against party establishment figures. Mark McKinnon, host of "The Circus," and Faiz Shakir, former campaign manager for Bernie Sanders, analyze yesterday's events.
After a brief respite from carbon emissions under lockdown, the numbers are rising again as the economic engine switches back on. Recent polls show two-thirds of Americans, as well as majorities in Europe and many other parts of the world, consider climate a key election issue. Will our leaders step up? Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, joins Christiane to discuss.
Artist Kadir Nelson is behind some of the defining images of these times, including the New Yorker's June cover and Rolling Stone's July cover. He joins Christiane to explain his inspiration and reflect on racial justice in the U.S.
Norm Stamper was a cop for 34 years and spent six of them as Seattle’s police chief. Stamper resigned over his handling of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests -- after he authorized the use of tear gas. Stamper has been a vocal advocate of police reform ever since. He tells Michel Martin how he became aware of what he calls the "dark side" of police culture and how to fix the problem.
Clifford Stott is an expert in the psychology of crowds. He has spent his career studying protests and is advising the government in the United Kingdom on how to reduce the risk of civil unrest in the wake of the pandemic. He joins Christiane to discuss.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's tell-all memoir, "The Room Where It Happened," hits shelves today. Once the dust settles, what will this country's relationship with the rest of the world look like? To answer that question, Christiane speaks with another person who sat in "The Room Where it Happened" during a different presidency.
The International Monetary Fund is preparing to release an updated assessment of the world economy later this week. IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva joins Christiane for an exclusive interview.
Why did Attorney General William Barr fire Geoffrey Berman, the top prosecutor at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office? Berman was appointed after President Trump fired his predecessor in 2017, but now his office is investigating some of the President's allies--including his lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. Former federal prosecutor Anne Milgram joins Christiane to discuss.
Reverend William Barber is Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign, which this weekend conducted its own march on Washington, calling for economic justice: a virtual march, with more than two million participants. Reverend Barber joins Christiane from Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss racial and economic justice.
With little access to affordable housing, the majority of poor Americans spend more than half of their incomes on keeping a roof over their heads. Many end up on the street. "The Eviction Lab" at Princeton University proposes remedies that are in turn the key to economic mobility. Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond talks with Michel Martin about our broken system.
Lonnie Bunch is the first African American and the first historian to oversee the Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum complex – and before taking on that role last year, he led the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Bunch speaks with Walter Isaacson about curating a response to this historic uprising.
Today, America commemorates Juneteenth. On this day in 1865 Union soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas to tell the slaves the Civil War was over and they were free. This year, the day is particularly meaningful, as America protests racial injustice. To reflect on past, present and future, Christiane speaks with distinguished historian Eric Foner and renowned professor and author Carol Anderson.