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The Male Advantage In Online Dating

46:46 | Aug 11th, 2017

A man books six dates in one night. The women find out. What's going on with modern dating?

In 'Women Rowing North,' A Guide To Growing Old With Joy, Gratitude, Wisdom

47:00 | Feb 1st

Mary Pipher, a 71-year-old psychologist, has a message for women of her generation: "Happiness is a choice and a set of skills." She lays out the road map with host Jane Clayson.

Week In The News: Trump And National Security, Stone Pleads Not Guilty, Cold Weather Continues

47:17 | Feb 1st

Trump rebukes his intelligence chiefs over Iran — and then denies discord. The U.S. suspends its nuclear arms deal with Russia. A deadly polar vortex. Julie Mason, Caitlin Huey-Burns and Jack Beatty join Jane Clayson.

'Inheritance': When DNA Genealogy Shakes Our Identity, Foundation To The Core

46:50 | Jan 31st

A big meditation on the meaning of ancestry and family. Dani Shapiro, author of the celebrated new book "Inheritance," joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Howard Schultz, And Independents Vs. Centrists In America: They're Not The Same

46:59 | Jan 31st

Former Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz prepares a 2020 run as an independent. Others have tried before him. Are any of them really independents, or just partisans in disguise? David Frum, Lee Drutman and Neera Tanden join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Political Upheaval, U.S. Sanctions In Venezuela As Juan Guaidó Asserts Authority

46:56 | Jan 30th

Understanding the crisis in Venezuela. A fight for power, new U.S. sanctions and a catastrophe for the nation’s poor. Joshua Goodman, Shannon O'Neil and Francisco Toro join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Withstanding This Week's Polar Vortex, The Coldest Temperatures In At Least 20 Years

47:03 | Jan 30th

A polar vortex blasts the Midwest with the coldest weather seen in a generation. Amy Butler, Tom Skilling and Rick Garnett join Meghna Chakrabarti. Also, national parks and the shutdown, with David Smith and John Garder.

Emily Bernard's 'Black Is The Body' Examines 'Violent Encounter' Of U.S. Race Relations

47:02 | Jan 29th

African-American writer Emily Bernard was stabbed by a white man. She tells the story of how it transformed her in the new memoir, "Black is the Body." Bernard joins Meghna Chakrabarti. Also, Dr. David Williams and Manny Williams discusses advances [...Show More

Huawei And The Race For 5G, The Latest Generation Of Cellphone Communication

47:03 | Jan 29th

5G, the next generation of high-speed wireless, could change everything about mobile computing. But there are also national security concerns. We’ll explore what 5G actually is. Klint Finley, Jessica Rosenworcel and Philippe Le Corre join Meghna [......Show More

Drone Disruption: Civilians Are Shutting Down Airports With Their Unmanned Aircraft

47:02 | Jan 28th

Another airport is shut down after an apparent drone sighting. We’ll unpack drone disruption and what to do about it. Captain Larry Rooney, Alan Levin, John Halinski and Adam Lisberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Shutdown Is Over — For Now. The U.S. Economy Is Still Feeling Its Effects

46:50 | Jan 28th

The president has endorsed a bipartisan deal to temporarily end the government shutdown. Still, federal employees are feeling the effects and more uncertainty is on the horizon. We’ll look at the political and economic storylines. Ginger Gibson, [......Show More

A 'Magic Box' To Analyze DNA: The Next Evolution In Crime Fighting?

47:04 | Jan 25th

A new DNA machine could help solve crimes more quickly and more easily. It's also a new frontier without much in the way of rules. Fred Harran, David Kaye and Lisa Holder join David Folkenflik.

Week In The News: Shutdown Week 5, 2020 Presidential Candidates, Lincoln Memorial Video

46:56 | Jan 25th

Roger Stone indicted. Another missed paycheck for federal workers, and another week of missing federal services. The 2020 Democratic field grows. Sen. Michael Bennet, Sahil Kapur, Darlene Superville and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

What If The Way We Think About Freedom And Equality Is All Wrong?

47:13 | Jan 24th

Are freedom and equality always at odds? Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson makes the case that we're thinking about this wrong, and lays out how to have more of both. She joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Rams And Patriots Are Headed To The Super Bowl. The NFL Is Facing Backlash

46:44 | Jan 24th

A blown no-call by officials cost the Saints a chance to go to the Super Bowl. We’ll look at the NFL under fire, again. Jason Gay, Mike Jones and Kristian Garic join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Ellie Kemper's Journey From An Ordinary Midwest Childhood To Hollywood

46:44 | Dec 28th, 2018

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper discusses her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," with David Folkenflik.

Year In The News: Mueller Investigation, Kavanaugh Hearings, Parkland Shooting And More

46:47 | Dec 28th, 2018

We look back at a big year in the news. The top stories and where they’re heading next. Catherine Rampell, Jeff Pegues and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

Actor-Writer-Director Ethan Hawke, In What Might Be His Biggest Year Yet

47:36 | Dec 27th, 2018

Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. He speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Identity, Acceptance Permeate Nicole Chung’s New Memoir Of Adoption

46:28 | Dec 27th, 2018

When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn’t look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells Meghna Chakrabarti about her complicated story of transracial adoption and her new memoir.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Opens Up About His NASCAR Career And Concussion Concerns

47:09 | Dec 26th, 2018

NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up to Meghna Chakrabarti about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career. We also hear from Michael Collins, who's treated Earnhardt Jr. for concussions since 2012.

In 'These Truths,' Historian Jill Lepore Asks If America Has Lived Up To Its Ideals

46:27 | Dec 26th, 2018

American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding. Jill Lepore speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.

'Free Solo' With Death-Defying Rock Climber Alex Honnold

46:52 | Dec 25th, 2018

No ropes. No carabiners. No cams. Nothing but his hands and feet. Meghna Chakrabarti talks with rock climbing superstar Alex Honnold about his record breaking 3,000-foot, free-solo climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan.

In Conversation With RuPaul, America's Most Famous Drag Queen

47:32 | Dec 25th, 2018

RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tells Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.

It's Not Just You — Headlight Pollution On The Road Is Real

47:05 | Dec 24th, 2018

Blinded by the lights. Car headlights, that is. They’re getting brighter and becoming a danger on the road. Mark Phelan and John Bullough join Meghna Chakrabarti.

U.S. Foreign Policy Survey: Mattis Out, Syria Troops Ordered Out, Afghanistan In Flux

47:17 | Dec 24th, 2018

The state of U.S. foreign policy now, after Trump orders troops out of Syria, readies to cut forces in Afghanistan and his defense secretary calls it quits. Leo Shane III, Derek Chollet and Adm. James A. Winnefeld join Meghna Chakrabarti.

On Leave: College Wellness, Mental Health And Not Returning To Campus

46:58 | Nov 27th, 2018

Your college student came home for Thanksgiving and didn’t go back to campus. We’ll look at when college students come home to stay. William Stixrud, Rainesford Stauffer and Dr. Marcia Morris join Jane Clayson.

Pelosi's Bid For Speaker, GM Announces Cuts, Clash At Border

47:15 | Nov 27th, 2018

Nancy Pelosi's fight to for the speaker's gavel. GM's planned cuts to workforce and factories. Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Year In Books: Taking A Look At The Top Titles Of 2018

46:48 | Nov 26th, 2018

The best reads of 2018. Amanda Nelson, Clay Smith and Danny Caine share their picks with David Folkenflik.

Week Ahead: National Climate Assessment, EU Summit And Brexit, Caravan At The Border

46:49 | Nov 26th, 2018

Paula Reid, Michael Crowley and Yamiche Alcindor crack open their notebooks to sketch out what’s ahead in the coming week with David Folkenflik.

Oscar Winner Tom Hanks Shares His Secret To Success — And Love For The Typewriter

46:31 | Nov 23rd, 2018

David Folkenflik talks with actor Tom Hanks on his career, his book and his love affair with the typewriter.

In 'The Hate U Give,' A Portrait Of Police Violence, Code-Switching And More

46:54 | Nov 23rd, 2018

A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That's the storyline of the new film "The Hate U Give." The director George Tillman Jr. and young activists Kaia Hines, Alycia Moaton and Demitrius Doward tell David Folkenflik [...]

Violinist Lucia Micarelli Does It All — Touring, Recording, Acting And More

47:29 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Author James Hansen On 'First Man' Neil Armstrong, As Apollo 11 Hits The Big Screen

47:17 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The new movie “First Man” puts the Apollo 11 moon landing on the big screen. But what was Neil Armstrong, the man who took that giant leap, really like? NASA historian and Armstrong biographer James Hansen, Alissa Wilkinson and Maria Lane join [...]

The Science Of Gratitude: How Being Thankful Makes Us Happier

47:02 | Nov 21st, 2018

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll look at the science of gratitude and the evidence that it really does improve our lives. David DeSteno joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

International Roundtable: Brexit, Khashoggi And Saudi Arabia, APEC Summit

47:10 | Nov 21st, 2018

Our global roundtable returns, with the top news you need to know from around the world. Rob Watson, David Herszenhorn and Ishaan Tharoor join Meghna Chakrabarti.

U.S. Plan To Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty Sparks Talk Of Arms Race

48:44 | Oct 24th, 2018

President Trump threatens to withdraw from a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, and hints at another arms race with Russia and China. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Anton Troianovski, Joe Cirincione and Evelyn Farkas.

Pregnancy Discrimination Can Lead To Miscarriages And More, New York Times Reports

48:45 | Oct 24th, 2018

Harrowing stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. It's rampant and in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Natalie Kitroeff and Joan Williams.

Race And Self-Protection In America: RJ Young's Memoir On Black Gun Ownership

48:15 | Oct 23rd, 2018

African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a "literal arms race ... ramped up by racialized fear." He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Future Of Health Care — As Laid Out By Democrats, Republicans Ahead Of Midterms

48:38 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Health care is dominating midterm messaging. But Democrats and Republicans are offering two starkly different visions. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks to Jo Mannies, Jonathan Cohn and Reid Epstein about what's resonating with voters and why.

In Conversation With RuPaul, America's Most Famous Drag Queen

49:03 | Oct 22nd, 2018

RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tell Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.

Election Security Across The States As Voters Prepare To Hit The Polls

48:20 | Oct 22nd, 2018

With the midterms on deck is there a security plan in place to protect your vote against foreign interference? Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Tim Starks, Eric Rosenbach and Marian Schneider.

In 'The Hate U Give,' A Portrait Of Police Violence, Code-Switching And More

47:30 | Oct 19th, 2018

A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That's the storyline of the new film "The Hate U Give." The director George Tillman Jr. and young activists Kaia Hines, Alycia Moaton and Demitrius Doward tell David Folkenflik stories.

Week In The News: Latest On Saudi Saga, Midterm Battles And More

47:02 | Oct 19th, 2018

Secrets, lies, truths and U.S.-Saudi relations. Gloves come off in midterm battles. Elizabeth Warren's DNA. Margaret Talev, Fernando Pizarro and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

Author James Hansen On 'First Man' Neil Armstrong, As Apollo 11 Hits The Big Screen

47:51 | Oct 18th, 2018

The new movie "First Man" puts the Apollo 11 moon landing on the big screen. But what was Neil Armstrong, the man who took that giant leap, really like? Meghna Chakrabarti asks NASA historian and Armstrong biographer, James Hansen.

Transparency And Drug Prices: Will The New U.S. Mandate On TV Ads Drive Costs Down?

47:53 | Oct 18th, 2018

The Trump Administration wants pharma companies to list drug prices on ads for all prescriptions paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Could it drive down costs? Sarah Karlin-Smith, Gail Wilensky, David Mitchell and Dr. Michael Ybarra join Meghna Chakra...Show More

Sears, The Changing American Marketplace And Retail Disruption

47:36 | Oct 17th, 2018

Sears once changed the American marketplace. Now, it's filed for bankruptcy. Sarah Halzack, Vicki Howard and Louis Hyman join Meghna Chakrabarti to look at the retail industry's latest disruption.

Harvard Admissions Trial Underway With Affirmative Action, Diversity Under Scrutiny

47:45 | Oct 17th, 2018

Affirmative Action is on trial. Harvard goes to court to defend itself against charges it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Max Larkin, Peter Wood and Nicole Gon Ochi look at the debate with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Opens Up About His NASCAR Career And Concussion Concerns

47:44 | Oct 16th, 2018

NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up to Meghna Chakrabarti about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career. We also hear from Michael Collins, who's treated Earnhardt Jr. for concussions since 2012.

U.S.-Saudi Relations Strain As Trump Promises Action Over Missing Journalist

47:34 | Oct 16th, 2018

President Trump vows severe punishment and sends Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman as the rift grows over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. David Kirkpatrick, Steven A. Cook and Bernard Haykel join ...Show More

On U.S. Foreign Policy: Should America Be Doing Less In World Affairs?

47:18 | Oct 15th, 2018

Stephen Walt on U.S. foreign policy failures. He says it all traces back to what Walt calls a "liberal hegemony" and the idea that the U.S. can spread democracy without accountability. Walt tells Meghna Chakrabarti it's time for a more restrained app...Show More

Week Ahead: Michael Aftermath, Midterms, Mattis, Saudi Relations

47:28 | Oct 15th, 2018

Ayesha Rascoe, Naftali Bendavid and Adam Smith join Meghna Chakrabarti and open their notebooks to look ahead to the week's news at home and abroad.

The Fight Over Voting Rights And Voter Suppression Ahead Of Midterms

48:13 | Oct 12th, 2018

Some lawmakers seek to prevent many people from voting ahead of this fall's midterms. Those efforts don't show up in polls, but could affect the results. David Folkenflik speaks with Wendy Weiser, Dale Ho and Rep. Ruben Gallego.

Week In The News: Kavanaugh, Haley, Hurricane Michael And More

47:44 | Oct 12th, 2018

Justice Kavanaugh takes his seat on the Supreme Court. Nikki Haley heads for the exits. Hurricane Michael threatens lives. Alexis Simendinger, Toluse Olorunnipa and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

'The Corrosion Of Conservatism': Max Boot On Why He Left The GOP

48:09 | Oct 11th, 2018

Conservative luminary Max Boot explains to Meghna Chakrabarti why he left the Republican Party and is urging people to vote against the modern GOP.

Searching For A Cure For Cancer, With Nobel Prize Winner James Allison

48:46 | Oct 11th, 2018

James Allison won the Nobel Prize for his landmark work on the immune system and cancer treatment. Meghna Chakrabarti talks with him and Dr. Monica Bertagnolli on where we are in the search for a cure.

Identity, Acceptance Permeate Nicole Chung's New Memoir Of Adoption

48:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn't look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells Meghna Chakrabarti about her complicated story of transracial adoption and her new memoir.

What Nikki Haley's Resignation Means For The U.S. And The World

48:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

Ambassador Nikki Haley will step down at the end of the year. Meghna Chakrabarti looks at her record at the United Nations, what's next for her and who's next to represent America at the U.N with Colum Lynch, Eliana Johnson and Adm. James Stavridis.

'Free Solo' With Death-Defying Rock Climber Alex Honnold

48:27 | Oct 9th, 2018

No ropes. No carabiners. No cams. Nothing but his hands and feet. We'll talk with rock climbing superstar Alex Honnold about his record breaking 3,000-foot, free-solo climb of Yosemite's El Capitan.

Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change, U.N. Report Says

48:32 | Oct 9th, 2018

The report says the targets set by the Paris climate accord aren't enough to stop massive ecosystem change in the next 50 years. We'll look at what can be done.

Pennsylvania's Adventures In Redistricting And How They Could Impact Midterms

48:41 | Oct 8th, 2018

Reporting from WHYY in Philadelphia, Meghna Chakrabarti and her guests Lindsay Lazarski and Terry Madonna will discuss redistricting in Pennsylvania ahead of the midterms.

Week Ahead: Kavanaugh Confirmed, Sworn In — And What Comes Next

48:07 | Oct 8th, 2018

Dick Polman, Paula Reid and Sahil Kapur help Meghna Chakrabarti look ahead to this week's news.

Ellie Kemper's Journey From An Ordinary Midwest Childhood To Hollywood

47:28 | Oct 5th, 2018

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper discusses her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," with David Folkenflik.

Week In The News: Latest On Kavanaugh, Trump's Taxes, New Trade Deal

46:22 | Oct 5th, 2018

The FBI's Kavanaugh file. Trump's taxes. A new trade deal. And an Amazon wage hike. Catherine Rampell, Jackie Kucinich and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

Inside The Current State Of College Drinking Culture

47:35 | Oct 4th, 2018

College drinking culture today. Students Madeleine D'Angelo, Brianna Pickhardt and Jack McCarthy, along with professor Wesley Perkins, talk about their habits and attitudes around alcohol with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Did Brett Kavanaugh Lie Under Oath? The Cases For And Against

47:54 | Oct 4th, 2018

A forensic legal examination of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony. Nathan Robinson, editor of Current Affairs, has a detailed analysis challenging what Kavanaugh said. Meghna Chakrabarti hears him and gets pushback from Anneke E. Green.

What We Really Know — And Don't Know — About Obesity

47:46 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The obesity epidemic is getting worse. But what if presumptions about the causes and consequences of obesity are wrong? Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Michael Hobbes, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford and Dr. Aurora Pryor.

Beto O'Rourke, Ted Cruz And What The Texas Senate Race Means For The Country

47:52 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The Texas Senate race. Democrat Beto O'Rourke may be within striking distance of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Ashley Lopez, Abby Livingston and Brandon Rottinghaus about what the race means for the state and the country.

'How To Stay Alive': Adventurer Bear Grylls Shares His Survival Tips

47:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Globe-trotting adventurer Bear Grylls wants to get you off the couch and awaken your inner wild child. He shares his ultimate survival tips with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Kavanaugh And The Politicization Of The Supreme Court

47:29 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Could the Kavanaugh nomination controversy damage the Supreme Court itself? We'll look at the effect ever-deeper politicization is having on the high court.

Would The U.S. Be Able To Endure Another Financial Crisis?

47:20 | Oct 1st, 2018

Sheila Bair was the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the 2008 financial crisis. She tells Meghna Chakrabarti that American democracy may not be able to withstand another bank bailout.

Week Ahead: Kavanaugh FBI Investigation, NAFTA Deal And More

47:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

Top reporters help us look ahead to the week's news, including what could be a pivotal moment for the Senate and the Supreme Court.

How The Media Is Covering The Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

48:14 | Sep 28th, 2018

The media's coverage of the Kavanaugh nomination and the allegations against him. David Folkenflik speaks with Jane Mayer, Jane Coaston and Kelly McBride.

Week In The News: Kavanaugh And Ford, Trump At The U.N.

48:06 | Sep 28th, 2018

Kavanaugh and Ford under oath. President Trump at the U.N. Our roundtable of Kimberly Atkins, James Hohmann and Jack Beatty joins David Folkenflik.

Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings

49:18 | Sep 28th, 2018

Meghna Chakrabarti hosts a special live broadcast with analysis following the testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. She's joined by David Savage, Mike Allen and Ginger Gibson.

The Future Of The Reading Brain In An Increasingly Digital World

49:14 | Sep 27th, 2018

Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?

The Link Between Online Shopping And Hoarding

49:20 | Sep 27th, 2018

Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.

A Cretaceous Caper In The World Of Fossil Hunting

49:18 | Sep 26th, 2018

A true crime story 70 million years in the making. We'll go inside the perilous and riveting world of fossil hunters.

What Teenagers Think Of The Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh

48:50 | Sep 26th, 2018

Teens and the Kavanaugh hearings. What do they think about how Washington is handling this moment? What lessons are they learning? We'll ask teenagers from around the country.

A Son Of Immigrants Makes The Case For Tighter Immigration Policy

48:41 | Sep 25th, 2018

So why is Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of immigrants calling for tighter restrictions on immigration? We'll ask him.

The Tense Relationship Between The President And Department of Justice

48:23 | Sep 25th, 2018

Turmoil in Washington and Rod Rosenstein after the explosive New York Times report he suggested secretly recording the president. Now what for the Mueller investigation?

What Does The Future Of Tech Hold? AI Crisis Awaits, Former Google China Head Says

48:54 | Sep 24th, 2018

Top Chinese technologist Kai-Fu Lee talks about China, the U.S., the race for dominance in artificial intelligence and how we can survive the AI revolution.

Week Ahead: New Kavanaugh Allegations, Ford To Testify, Rosenstein And Trump

49:08 | Sep 24th, 2018

New sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rod Rosenstein's proposal to tape President Trump. We'll cover it all.

Oscar Winner Tom Hanks Shares His Secret To Success — And Love For The Typewriter

47:52 | Sep 21st, 2018

David Folkenflik talks with actor Tom Hanks on his career, his book and his love affair with the typewriter.

Week In The News: Kavanaugh Accusations, Florence's Destruction, North Korea And More

48:09 | Sep 21st, 2018

Kavanaugh and his accuser. Florence's path of destruction. North Korea talks. David Folkenflik speaks with CBS News' chief White House correspondent Major Garrett for a special edition of the Week in the News.

In 'These Truths,' Historian Jill Lepore Asks If America Has Lived Up To Its Ideals

48:30 | Sep 20th, 2018

American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation's founding.

CBD: What It Does, Who It's For And Where It's Headed

48:57 | Sep 20th, 2018

CBD products are all the rage. What you need to know about the marijuana ingredient that's being used for conditions including insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Julie Nardy and Dr. Kevin Hill speak with Meghna Chakrabarti.

International News: Latest China Tariffs, Syria Conflict, Myanmar And More

48:42 | Sep 19th, 2018

Our global roundtable returns, with the top news you need to know from around the world.

In Memoir, Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His Life As An 'Undocumented Citizen'

48:04 | Sep 18th, 2018

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when outed himself as undocumented. His new memoir is "Dear America." He speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Anita Hill Parallels In The Misconduct Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

48:51 | Sep 18th, 2018

Echoes of Anita Hill as the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward. Meghna Chakrabarti looks at #MeToo, justice and the Supreme Court with Irin Carmon, Mona Charen and Tara Golshan.

Violinist Lucia Micarelli Does It All — Touring, Recording, Acting And More

49:34 | Sep 17th, 2018

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Week Ahead: Florence, Kavanaugh And More

48:37 | Sep 17th, 2018

Meghna Chakrabarti kick-starts the week with the latest news from the hurricane zone from Kevin Wuzzardo. Plus, Emma Dumain, Naftali Bendavid and John Harwood share what they're watching for in the week ahead at home and abroad.

Considering The Future Of The NFL, From Pro Football's Peak To The Present

48:53 | Sep 14th, 2018

Race, politics and patriotism. David Folkenflik is talking about the NFL with superfan and journalist Mark Leibovich. His new book is "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times." We're also joined by Joshua E. Perry and Clarence Hill Jr.

Week In The News: Hurricane Florence, Pence Swears Loyalty, Moonves Out At CBS

48:25 | Sep 14th, 2018

The wrath of Hurricane Florence. Pence says he'd take a lie detector test in a heartbeat. Moonves out at CBS. Jeff Tiberii, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Anita Kumar and Jack Beatty dive in with David Folkenflik.

Nixon White House Counsel John Dean On Presidential Power, Watergate And More

48:30 | Sep 13th, 2018

Former President Richard Nixon's White House counsel John Dean is back in the spotlight with a warning about unchecked presidential power. He's with us.

The 2008 Financial Crisis, 10 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

48:57 | Sep 13th, 2018

It's been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the nightmare of the global financial crisis. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the author of the book "Too Big to Fail," takes us back to those frightening days. Also, Leo Murrieta joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

'Rage Becomes Her': The Current Conversation Around Women's Anger

48:37 | Sep 12th, 2018

The Serena Williams firestorm at the U.S. Open started a conversation about women's anger. Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Soraya Chemaly, author of the new book "Rage Becomes Her."

As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

49:18 | Sep 12th, 2018

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared? Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Greg Postel, Stephen Flynn and Abigail Darlington

Job-Shaming Of 'Cosby Show' Actor At Trader Joe's Renews Dignity Of Work Debate

48:58 | Sep 11th, 2018

The Cosby actor, job-shaming and the dignity of work. The photo that went viral sparked an emotional debate. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Barbara Ehrenreich and Aliya S. King.

Trump Administration Moves To Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children

49:20 | Sep 11th, 2018

The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Alan Gomez and Lee Gelernt.

25 Years Of Magic: The Gathering, And How It's Changed The Gaming World

48:56 | Sep 10th, 2018

Twenty-five years ago, the card game Magic: The Gathering hit store shelves. More than 30 million people are still playing in this fantasy battle world. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Neima Jahromi, Mark Rosewater and Tifa Robles.

What's Coming In This Week's News Cycle

48:34 | Sep 10th, 2018

Reporters Josh Gerstein, Weijia Jiang and Aaron Blake join Meghna Chakrabarti to share what they're working on and watching for in the week ahead in Washington, around the nation and across the world.

'Every Day Is Extra': John Kerry Reflects On Time In Vietnam, Career In Politics And More

48:26 | Sep 7th, 2018

From Vietnam warrior to peace advocate, from defeated presidential candidate to the nation's top diplomat, John Kerry tells his story in a new memoir. He speaks with David Folkenflik.

Week In The News: Trump Administration And 'Crazytown,' Kavanaugh, Tech On Capitol Hill

48:16 | Sep 7th, 2018

Partisanship and Judge Kavanaugh. "Crazytown" and Bob Woodward's new book. Twitter and Facebook executives grilled. Karen Tumulty, Perry Bacon Jr., Jack Beatty and David Folkenflik dig in.

Historian Yuval Harari's 21 Issues Facing The 21st Century

48:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

From hacking to terrorism, and our polarized world, it's going to take a radical rethink of everything to survive this century, says historian and best-selling author Yuval Harari. He's with us.

'The Resistance Inside The Trump Administration': A Constitutional Crisis?

48:29 | Sep 6th, 2018

The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday afternoon from a senior official in the Trump administration who claims to be working with others to thwart the president's agenda. We dig in.

Price-Matching Programs Arrive On College Campuses

48:58 | Sep 5th, 2018

Some colleges say they'll match tuition at rival schools. We'll add up the dollars and costs.

What A New NAFTA Deal Might Mean For The Auto Industry

49:01 | Sep 5th, 2018

The North American car industry is a sum of parts made and assembled in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. A lot is riding on a new NAFTA deal.

Trigger Warnings And Safe Spaces: The Coddling Debate On College Campuses

49:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

Political correctness on college campuses. Are so-called "trigger warnings" and intellectual "safe spaces" creating a generation of students who can't cope? Authors of a new book say "yes." Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt join Meghna Chakrabarti.

This Week In News: Kavanaugh Hearings, McCain's Replacement, Primaries And More

48:50 | Sep 4th, 2018

Top reporters share from their notebooks and help us get ahead of the week's news. Catherine Rampell, Sahil Kapur and Alex Bolton join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Why Are There So Few Black Men Going Into Medicine?

49:04 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Black men make up less than 7 percent of students enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Why?

What Brett Kavanaugh's Past Says About The Possible Future Of The Supreme Court

49:13 | Sep 3rd, 2018

What kind of Supreme Court justice could Brett Kavanaugh be? We'll look deeply into cases he's already ruled on to see where he stands on executive power, abortion and national security.

Breaking Political Norms In The Age Of Trump

48:11 | Aug 31st, 2018

What about all those norms being busted in Washington? Among our guests: two guys named Norm. David Folkenflik speaks with Norman Ornstein, Norman Eisen, Bre Payton and Judi McLean Parks.

Week In The News: Primary Results, Puerto Rico Death Count, John McCain, Don McGahn

48:11 | Aug 31st, 2018

Folkenflik Friday returns with our weekly news roundup — hotly contested primaries, the death count revised in Puerto Rico and more. Kimberly Atkins, Nancy Ancrum and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.

Aretha Franklin And Detroit: Remembering The 'Queen Of Soul' With Her City

49:03 | Aug 30th, 2018

Detroit remembers the Queen of Soul and her relationship with the Motor City. Quinn Klinefelter, Ken Coleman and the Rev. JoAnn Watson join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Electric Scooters, Controversy Roll Out In Cities Across The U.S.

48:46 | Aug 30th, 2018

Electric scooters are the new biggest thing on two wheels. They're popping up in cities across the country, but not without controversy. Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Callum Borchers, Sanjay Dastoor, Adam Stephens and Susan Shaheen.

What Serena Williams' Catsuit Ban Says About Race And Tradition In Tennis

48:49 | Aug 29th, 2018

Serena Williams, that catsuit and testing the lines of tennis traditions. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Caitlin Thompson, Zina Garrison, Katrina Adams and Sarah Jackson.

Global Affairs Roundup: The Week In International News

48:55 | Aug 29th, 2018

All eyes may be on Washington these days, but there's plenty happening out there around the world. Meghna Chakrabarti gets up to speed on the big news abroad with Matthew Karnitschnig, David Rennie and Kathy Gilsinan.

The Dangers Facing Africa's Wild Lion Population

48:14 | Aug 28th, 2018

Africa's remaining wild lions could be wiped out by 2050. Meghna Chakrabarti looks at the reasons for the catastrophic decline and efforts to save them with Sara Evans, Luke Hunter and Paula Kahumbu.

One Year Since Hurricane Harvey, How Is Houston Recovering?

48:52 | Aug 28th, 2018

One year after Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people and caused $125 billion dollars in damage, the nightmare isn't over in Houston. Meghna Chakrabarti touches down with Rev. James Caldwell, Andrew Schneider, Jim Blackburn and Houston Mayor Sylvester Tur...Show More

Why So Many Students Aren't Receiving Loan Forgiveness

48:16 | Aug 27th, 2018

A company called FedLoan services one-third of all federal student debt. But flawed paperwork and botched processing are stopping many students from receiving loan forgiveness they're entitled to.

The Life And Legacy Of John McCain

48:21 | Aug 27th, 2018

Tributes from around the country and the world are pouring in for Sen. John McCain. We'll look at his remarkable life, courage and message for America.

Alex Jones And The Outer Limits Of Free Speech On Social Media

48:46 | Aug 24th, 2018

Adrian Chen, Kate Klonick, Jeff Jarvis and Bill Ogden discuss the big social media platforms silencing Alex Jones and what it means for free speech.

Week In The News: Cohen, Manafort, More Russian Hacking, New EPA Rules

49:09 | Aug 24th, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff, S.V. Dáte, Colleen McCain Nelson and Jack Beatty join the show to discuss convictions in Virginia, guilty pleas in New York, and a White House once more plunged into crisis.

The Link Between Online Shopping And Hoarding

49:21 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.

Prisoners Strike Across The Country To Protest 'Modern-Day Slavery'

49:02 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Prisoners go on a nationwide strike to protest what they call "modern-day slavery." We'll unpack the fury and the facts.

The Role Of The U.S. In Yemen

49:08 | Aug 22nd, 2018

After a reportedly American-made bomb killed dozens of children in Yemen, we'll take a hard look at U.S. interests, actions and responsibilities in Yemen.

Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Reaches Plea Deal; Paul Manafort Guilty On 8 Counts

49:07 | Aug 22nd, 2018

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen strikes a plea deal. We'll get the big picture on what this means for the Mueller investigation and the president. Also, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty of eight charges.

The Future Of The Reading Brain In An Increasingly Digital World

49:15 | Aug 21st, 2018

Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?

Can The Catholic Church Survive Another Sex Abuse Scandal?

48:44 | Aug 21st, 2018

"We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them," writes Pope Francis. Can his church survive another scandal? If so, how?

The Origin Story Of The Gig Economy

49:04 | Aug 20th, 2018

How the American dream became temporary. We explore the origins of the gig economy, and what these gigs mean for workers now.

What's To Come In The Week Ahead

48:54 | Aug 20th, 2018

We'll kick off the week with a look at what's to come in Washington and around the globe.

D'oh! Discussing All Things Springfield With 'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss

48:40 | Aug 17th, 2018

Three decades of "The Simpsons." We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

Week In The News: Aretha Franklin Dies, John Brennan, Omarosa's Tapes, Catholic Priest Abuse

47:38 | Aug 17th, 2018

Ex-CIA Director's security clearance revoked. Omarosa Manigault-Newman releases tapes. Catholic priest abuse cover-up. Midterm election firsts. Aretha Franklin dies. The news roundtable dives in.

Your New Prescription: Empathy

48:06 | Aug 16th, 2018

Compassion may be the cure. A doctor shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades

48:08 | Aug 16th, 2018

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We're hearing it.

Inspiration Through Procrastination

49:17 | Aug 15th, 2018

From da Vinci to Darwin, how great minds put things off, but changed the world anyway.

'God Save Texas': Contradictions Of The Lone Star State

49:41 | Aug 15th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright turns a keen eye to his home state of Texas. The new book is "God Save Texas."

Meditation In The Mainstream: The Growing Mindfulness Movement

49:05 | Aug 14th, 2018

The founder of modern Western mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn on how to practice mindfulness in everyday life.

Trump, Turkey, Tariffs And The State Of Global Trade

49:10 | Aug 14th, 2018

Washington slaps tariffs on Turkey. The Trump administration's trade fights, using national security as the justification. We'll dig in.

Inside The Stories Of Hate Crime Survivors In America

49:04 | Aug 13th, 2018

American hate. We talk with a human rights lawyer about the powerful stories of hate crime survivors.

Looking Ahead To The Week In News

49:15 | Aug 13th, 2018

Top reporters help you prepare for the week ahead by breaking down the big news stories.

Despite Abundance Of Craft Beer, Wine And Spirits Are Slowly Taking Over

48:56 | Aug 10th, 2018

You might not know it from the craft brew pubs everywhere, but Americans are drinking more wine and spirits — slowly pushing aside beer. We'll find out why.

Week In The News: Mueller, Midterms, Manafort And More

48:24 | Aug 10th, 2018

Mueller. Midterms. Manafort's trial continues. Iran sanctions reimposed, and the trade war with China escalates. Our news roundtable takes it all in.

The Story Of The Democratic Party, As Told By New Podcast 'The Wilderness'

48:19 | Aug 9th, 2018

The way forward for the Democratic Party. Jon Favreau's popular new podcast, "The Wilderness," explores how the Democrats lost their way and how to bounce back.

With PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi Stepping Down, A Look At The Status Of Female CEOs

48:29 | Aug 9th, 2018

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is stepping down. With the number of female CEOs dropping, we'll take a hard look at the glass ceiling to the C-suite.

'Ticker': The History Of The Artificial Heart

48:01 | Aug 8th, 2018

The inside story behind the long quest to build an artificial human heart.

What These Wildfires Say About Climate Change

47:53 | Aug 8th, 2018

We go to California, where the largest wildfire in the state's history rages. As big parts of the West burn, what the fires say about climate change?

20 Years Of 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'

49:25 | Aug 7th, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of the groundbreaking album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

Inside The Iran Sanctions

48:27 | Aug 7th, 2018

Automobiles, gold, steel. The Trump administration reimposes financial sanctions on Iran, with those on oil to come. Where might this hard-line policy lead?

Are Millennials Really So On The Move?

48:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

Millennials by the numbers. Do all those assumptions about their wanderlust and fear of commitment hold up? Are they really so different from everyone else?

This Week In The News: What To Watch For

47:18 | Aug 6th, 2018

Top reporters share what they're watching for in the week ahead in Washington and around the globe.

The Summer Of Documentaries

47:40 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Documentaries are making a splash this summer at the movie box office. From "RBG" to "Three Identical Strangers," we've got your front-row seat.

Week In The News: Manafort Trial, Trade War With China, Fake Facebook Accounts

47:37 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Manafort on trial. Escalating trade war with China. Facebook and fake accounts. The news roundtable dives in.

Another Look At Fat's Bad Rap

47:05 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The Big Mac is turning 50, and fat is still getting a bad rap. But the right mix of high-fat foods might be the ticket to a healthy diet. We'll weigh the evidence and options.

Health Care, And The Price Tag On Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Plan

46:33 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Did a conservative think tank just give Bernie Sanders the evidence for his "Medicare for All" plan? We'll ask them and Sanders.

Why We Need Bees

46:12 | Aug 1st, 2018

What's the buzz? We'll look at the wonders of bees and worries they're at risk of disappearing.

The Facts And Future Of Trump's Economy

47:19 | Aug 1st, 2018

The Trump administration weighs a big tax cut for the rich, with no vote in Congress. We'll add it all up.

A Failure To Solve Black Homicides

47:36 | Jul 31st, 2018

The victims of the vast majority of unsolved murders are African-American. We'll look at roadblocks and efforts to change that.

Trump Labels News Media 'Enemy Of The American People'

47:27 | Jul 31st, 2018

A president like no other has changed the way the media covers the White House. Is it dangerous? Is it fair?

Grades Are In: Evaluating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

47:52 | Jul 30th, 2018

What's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos been up to lately? The correct answer is: plenty. We'll look at the report card.

Previewing This Week In News

46:51 | Jul 30th, 2018

We'll kick off the week with a look at what's to come in Washington and around the globe.

Living And Writing The American South

47:40 | Jul 27th, 2018

Life and culture in the American South. We'll talk with native daughter and author Julia Reed about her new book "South Toward Home."

Week In The News: Trump-Cohen Latest, Reuniting Migrant Families, Heat Wave

47:32 | Jul 27th, 2018

The Trump-Cohen tapes. Deadline to reunite migrant families. A sizzling global heat wave. The roundtable dives in.

Extreme Heat Wave Sweeps The Globe

47:36 | Jul 26th, 2018

A dangerous and deadly heat wave grips the globe. We'll look at where and why it's happening.

Trump's Bailout For Farmers, Amid Ongoing Tariff Talk

47:01 | Jul 26th, 2018

President Trump tweets, "Tariffs are the greatest," but they're hurting farmers, so Trump is bailing them out. What does this tell us about his trade war?

U.S. Colleges: A Front Line For International Spying

47:02 | Jul 25th, 2018

Maria Butina is the latest accused Russian spy to infiltrate an American university. Investigative journalist Daniel Golden, author of "Spy Schools," has the story.

The Age Of The 3D-Printed Gun

46:52 | Jul 25th, 2018

Coming soon — printing your own gun on a 3D printer. Is it the end of gun control?

'Theybies': Letting Children Decide Their Gender

47:52 | Jul 24th, 2018

Is your baby a boy or a girl? Maybe, it's a "theyby." We'll look at raising children without a gender designation.

Endangered Species Act Under Attack

47:43 | Jul 24th, 2018

The Trump administration proposes major changes to endangered species attentions. Critics call it a "death sentence for polar bears."

Memoir 'Cancerland' Illuminates Stories Of Hope, Loss And Life With The Disease

47:27 | Jul 23rd, 2018

An intimate look at cancer from a doctor deep in the trenches. The soulful memoir is called "Cancerland."

The Week Ahead: What To Watch For In Washington And The World

47:31 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they're watching for in the week ahead in Washington and the world.

Bringing People Together With Books, In Cleveland And Beyond

48:08 | Jul 20th, 2018

A novel idea that started in Cleveland to bringing people together through book clubs. It's gone global.

Week In The News: Helsinki Summit, Trump Walkbacks, Suspected Russian Spy Jailed

47:52 | Jul 20th, 2018

The Summit crisis. President Trump in his own words. Suspected Russian spy jailed in the U.S. The roundtable dives in.

Racism, Discrimination And Calling The Police On Black People

48:03 | Jul 19th, 2018

Disturbing stories this summer about white people calling the police on black people for cutting the grass or using the swimming pool. What's going on?

With Political Tensions High, How Should Party Candidates Proceed?

48:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

So, here we are. How are political strategists from both parties advising their candidates in this highly charged political moment?

Striking Out: What's Gone Wrong For Baseball?

49:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

Baseball's All-Stars batter up, but America's pastime is striking out in some big ways. We'll cover the bases.

In Midweek News: Trump-Putin Summit, Mueller Probe, Russia-NRA Arrest

47:45 | Jul 18th, 2018

We just can't wait until Friday. Join us for a special midweek edition of the news roundtable.

Reopening The Case Of Emmett Till

47:50 | Jul 17th, 2018

Something in Timothy Tyson's 2017 book "The Blood of Emmett Till" led the Justice Department to reopen its probe into the 1955 lynching.

Election Interference Takes Center Stage At Trump-Putin Press Conference

47:54 | Jul 17th, 2018

In a Monday press conference, Trump did not attempt to push back on Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 election.

Iowa's Poor Water Quality Goes South

48:24 | Jul 16th, 2018

Iowa's water pollution problem is getting worse and the impact is felt all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

High Stakes In Helsinki As Trump And Putin Meet

48:34 | Jul 16th, 2018

The eyes of the world are on Helsinki for the Trump-Putin summit. We're watching, too.

Week In The News: Kavanaugh Nominated, Fiery FBI Agent Hearing, Tension At NATO

46:51 | Jul 13th, 2018

A Supreme Court nominee. Trump at NATO. Daring rescue of the Thai soccer team. The roundtable dives in.

Can Gentrification Be A Good Thing?

47:32 | Jul 13th, 2018

Gentrification, is a dirty word for many people, but there are some upsides when better-off newcomers arrive. Is there a way to make it work for everyone?

The Promise And Mystery Of The Grand Canyon

47:14 | Jul 12th, 2018

Rafting the Grand Canyon is a wondrous adventure, but the first time, 150 years ago, no one knew what the canyon was like.

The Latest Challenges Facing Obamacare

46:43 | Jul 12th, 2018

The Trump administration takes another swipe at Obamacare. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers.

'All The Single Ladies' Living Alone

47:03 | Jul 11th, 2018

Women living alone. The numbers are up and so is their happiness. We'll unpack reasons why and why they're liking it

What To Expect From The NATO Summit

46:49 | Jul 11th, 2018

Uneasy allies on the edge await President Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. We'll look at the high stakes.

How Russia Undermined American Democracy

47:08 | Jul 10th, 2018

The depth of Russian interference in U.S. elections is deeper and darker than you know. A top reporter who has covered it all, reveals the chilling facts.

President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court

46:50 | Jul 10th, 2018

A nominee for the seat of swing voter Anthony Kennedy. We'll unpack President Trump's pick for the next Supreme Court Justice.

Are We There Yet? A History Of The Family Road Trip

47:36 | Jul 9th, 2018

We hit the gas pedal on classic moments of the family road trip. We'll talk with the author of the new book "Don't Make Me Pull Over!"

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

46:43 | Jul 9th, 2018

Top reporters open their notebooks share what they're watching for in the week ahead.

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

48:29 | Jul 6th, 2018

America has a love affair with advice columns. We'll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

Week In The News: Pruitt Resigns, Tariffs In Effect, SCOTUS Front-Runners, North Korea Visit

48:22 | Jul 6th, 2018

Supreme Court job interviews. Parent deportation forms controversy. Leftist wins Mexico's presidency in a landslide. The roundtable takes it all on board.

The Modern, Mixed-Up Music Of Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper

49:14 | Jul 5th, 2018

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

Can You Balance Screen Time And Family Time?

48:38 | Jul 5th, 2018

Family time versus screen time. Anya Kamenetz, NPR's digital reporter and mother of two, says they really can co-exist.

Get Back In The Kitchen With Sam Sifton And Melissa Clark

49:14 | Jul 4th, 2018

Get Back In The Kitchen With Sam Sifton And Melissa Clark

The Fallows Take Us On A Journey Through America

48:23 | Jul 4th, 2018

A 100-thousand mile journey across America in a single prop plane. Writers James and Deborah Fallows found a country busy remaking itself. They join us.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings Astrophysics Down To Earth

49:12 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has cosmic questions about space and time. He'll bring it all down to earth for us.

Elizabeth Vargas On Fighting Through Alcoholism

48:52 | Jul 3rd, 2018

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas joins us for a frank conversation about her battle with alcoholism.

Why Birds Matter In 2018

49:16 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Novelist and birding enthusiast Jonathan Franzen joins us to talk about the beauty, wonder and threats facing the world's birds.

Surge In Foster Children Amid Opioid Crisis

49:05 | Jul 2nd, 2018

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? A surge in foster children. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

Best Summer Books: 2018

47:33 | Jun 29th, 2018

From "The Great Believers" to "Calypso" and more, we've got your hot summer reads.

Week In The News: Capital Gazette Shooting, Trump-Putin Summit, Kennedy Retires

47:10 | Jun 29th, 2018

Trump to Putin: See you in Helsinki. Supreme Court shakeup. Sarah Sanders and civility. Harley Davidson and tariffs. Family reunification deadline. The roundtable takes it all onboard.

Reconciling Faith And Identity In Vicky Beeching's 'Undivided'

47:57 | Jun 28th, 2018

Christian recording artist Vicky Beeching was a poster girl for the evangelical movement. But then she came out as gay. She tells her story.

Supreme Court Term Roundup: Kennedy Retiring, Gerrymandering, Travel Ban And More

47:16 | Jun 28th, 2018

Justice Kennedy retires. We'll look at that and the important cases as we wrap up a big Supreme Court term with top reporters who covered it all.

Two Green Thumbs Up: Digging Into Your Gardening Questions

47:47 | Jun 27th, 2018

The best green thumbs on the planet answer all your gardening questions from the soil on up.

Surveying The Country With Our Citizen Roundtable

47:50 | Jun 27th, 2018

So, how's the country doing, really? We'll check in with a roundtable of voters from around the country.

Mona Charen On How Feminism Fails Us

47:39 | Jun 26th, 2018

Conservative lightning rod Mona Charen joins us to talk Trump, feminism, sex, and civility.

Amid Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Uncovering MS-13

47:16 | Jun 26th, 2018

We look at MS-13, the criminal gang that's become central to the immigration debate.

She Was Ordered To Stay Drug-Free While On Probation. Is It Constitutional?

47:45 | Jun 25th, 2018

If addiction is a disease, should a relapse send you back to jail? A first-in-the nation court case could decide.

Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

47:36 | Jun 25th, 2018

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they're watching for in the week ahead.

The Past, Present And Future Of Classic Rock

49:13 | Jun 22nd, 2018

How can classic rock survive when its stars are aging and dying?

Week In The News: Zero Tolerance At Border, U.S. Leaves U.N. Human Rights Council, Trade Tensions

48:06 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Trump's about-face on family separation. Immigration battle in Congress. Retaliatory tariffs. The roundtable dives in.

Coastal Communities, Watch Out: Sea Level Rise Threatens Your Homes

50:40 | Jun 21st, 2018

Rising seas threaten hundreds of thousands of homes along the U.S. coasts, putting at risk a lot more than real estate.

Stephen Miller: Trump's Advisor Behind Separating Families

50:45 | Jun 21st, 2018

The art of provocation from White House advisor and immigration enforcer Stephen Miller – who's calling the shots on the forced family separations at the border.

Mapping Out Recreational Marijuana

50:59 | Jun 20th, 2018

Recreational pot is legal in many states, now comes the battle over where it can be sold. Cities and towns want their say.

Behind Trump's Call To Launch A Space Force

50:40 | Jun 20th, 2018

The president's call for a new military command focused on future battles in outer space. We'll look at the new Space Force.

Celebrating Juneteenth: The History Behind The Holiday

50:56 | Jun 19th, 2018

Juneteenth is a holiday most Americans have never heard of but should know about. We'll look at the history and the stories behind the holiday.

Zeroing In On Immigration, Asylum Laws And The Border

50:25 | Jun 19th, 2018

Family separation and stricter asylum laws are "immoral," says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. He joins us as we talk about the situation at the border.

Battling Misinformation And 'Bad Advice' About Science And Your Health

51:06 | Jun 18th, 2018

Science is under attack from quack experts and self-appointed activists, warns a top doctor who has been caught in the crossfires. He makes the case.

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

50:29 | Jun 18th, 2018

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they're working on and watching for in the week ahead.

Kicking Off The World Cup

49:10 | Jun 15th, 2018

The World Cup kicks off in Russia. The U.S. team didn't make the cut but there are plenty of teams to watch and politics to unpack.

Week In The News: History In North Korea, IG Report, New York AG Sues Trump & Family

49:13 | Jun 15th, 2018

Comey and the Clinton email report. Implied verification and North Korea. The Supreme Court and voter registration. The news roundtable weighs in.

D'oh! Discussing All Things Springfield With 'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss

49:56 | Jun 14th, 2018

Three decades of "The Simpsons." We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

Profiting While In Power

49:37 | Jun 14th, 2018

High profits and the Trump presidency. Senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner raked in a lot of money last year while working for the government. What about Trump himself?

The Freedom Of Information And Our Government

49:42 | Jun 13th, 2018

The flow of information to the public in the Age of Trump. What do we know about what the government is doing in our name and with our tax dollars?

Breaking Down The AT&T-Time Warner Decision

49:36 | Jun 13th, 2018

The fate of the AT&T Time Warner deal has been decided. And with it, a message sent to media moguls and beyond.

The Binge-Watching Continues. What's Behind Netflix's Success?

48:43 | Jun 12th, 2018

Netflix now makes more television than any network in history and the hits keep coming. What's the secret sauce?

All Eyes On Historic North Korea Summit

49:20 | Jun 12th, 2018

The historic summit with North Korea comes with high stakes. We'll unpack the best and worst case scenarios.

Our Planet Is Tangled In Plastic

49:21 | Jun 11th, 2018

Plastic or the planet? We need to make a choice, or drown in plastic says National Geographic. We'll dig in.

What's To Come This Week In The News

49:52 | Jun 11th, 2018

Fallout from the G-7. The North Korea summit. The GOP's immigration feud, top reporters open their notebooks and share what to look for in the week ahead.

Miss America's Makeover

50:21 | Jun 8th, 2018

There she is, but no longer in a swimsuit. We'll look at Miss America's makeover and new message.

Going Down Timothy Snyder's 'Road To Unfreedom'

50:16 | Jun 7th, 2018

A top historian's warning on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

After Kate Spade's Death, Widening The Conversation About Women's Mental Health

50:03 | Jun 7th, 2018

Fashion icon Kate Spade's death by suicide has launched a new conversation about women's mental health.

Telemedicine: The Doctor Will See You Now (Via Video Call)

50:35 | Jun 6th, 2018

Telemedicine as the new house call is getting more traction and patients. Is it good medicine?

Sports Betting Takes Off

50:37 | Jun 6th, 2018

After the Supreme Court's green light, Delaware launches sports betting. And bets are on — which states are next?

Diving Into The Ever-Evolving Ad World With Ken Auletta

50:02 | Jun 5th, 2018

From Mad Men to memes, the advertising industry is undergoing epic changes. Bestselling author Ken Auletta shares the inside story.

The View From Canada: G7 Summit, Tariffs And Trade

50:41 | Jun 5th, 2018

Oh, Canada. Trudeau and Trump spar ahead of the big G-7 summit. We'll look at it through the lens of Canada.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Colorado Baker In Cakeshop Case

50:36 | Jun 4th, 2018

SCOTUS ruled Monday in the case of the baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In a 7-2 decision, justices decided in favor of the baker.

The Week Ahead: The Primaries, Congress, North Korea Summit

50:27 | Jun 4th, 2018

Primaries to watch. Congress back to work. Summit reality check. Top reporters open their notebooks and share what to watch for this week.

What It Means To Be 'Middle-Aged'

48:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

So you're middle-aged now, but does that mean you're really a grown-up? Maybe not.

Week In The News: Singapore Summit, Giuliani's PR Ploy, Roseanne Barred

48:44 | Jun 1st, 2018

Reviving the Singapore summit. Giuliani's PR ploy. Roseanne gets the boot. Starbucks closes the doors. The roundtable dives in.

How Dropshipping Is Changing Retail

49:54 | May 31st, 2018

Online retailers are cutting out the middleman – and selling products cheaper than ever. Are you getting what you pay for?

Hurricane Maria Death Toll In Puerto Rico Estimated Thousands Higher Than Initial Reports

49:56 | May 31st, 2018

The government reported 64 dead in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria. But new research says the toll was thousands higher. We look at why — and what now.

Inspiring Stories Of Widowed Fathers In 'The Group'

49:51 | May 30th, 2018

Life lessons from men after the devastating deaths of their wives. Their stories are raw, real, and inspiring.

Migrant Children At The Border

49:46 | May 30th, 2018

Did the U.S. really lose some 1500 migrant children? We'll look at that and the administration's new policy on separating families.

With GPS, Are We 'Never Lost Again'?

49:38 | May 29th, 2018

How we navigate the world, now. The inside story of the Google mapping revolution. Turn left, at the roundabout.

Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

49:45 | May 29th, 2018

Top reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington and around the globe.

The Evolution Of Prom

51:08 | May 25th, 2018

We're going to the prom. The corsages endure, but a lot has changed. Shall we dance?

Week In The News: North Korea Summit Cancelled, FBI Briefing, Gun Safety In Texas

50:34 | May 25th, 2018

North Korea summit canceled. The GOP-only FBI briefing. Gun safety summit in Texas. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Filmmaking In The Trump Era

50:27 | May 24th, 2018

Making movies for the Trump audience. Filmmaker Dallas Sonnier calls it populist entertainment. He joins us.

Tackling The Gender Imbalance In News Media

50:35 | May 24th, 2018

In the way American news business covers the world, why are the expert voices overwhelmingly male?

Retracing An Expedition Through The Great Wild North Of Alaska

50:19 | May 23rd, 2018

An 1899 expedition to Alaska found wild beauty and coming environmental calamity. What about now? Best-selling author Mark Adams retraced the trek to find out.

U.S. Birth Rate Drops To Lowest In Decades

51:00 | May 23rd, 2018

The U.S. birth rate dips to a 30-year low. Shifting attitudes about motherhood is just one of the reasons why. We'll look at what's behind the drop.

How The Top 9.9 Percent Is Leaving The Rest In The Dust

51:09 | May 22nd, 2018

Forget the top one-percenters, it's the top 9.9 percenters who are holding everyone else down. Hear the case.

Behind Trump's Demand For A DOJ Investigation

50:34 | May 22nd, 2018

President Trump demands the Justice Department find out if the FBI spied on his campaign. We'll look at the evidence.

The Biggest 'What-If' Moments In Sports History

50:42 | May 21st, 2018

What if Billie Jean King had lost to Bobby Riggs? We'll imagine that and other what-if moments in sports with Mike Pesca and a roster of all-star writers.

Trump's Push For Prison Reform

50:32 | May 21st, 2018

President Trump pushes for prison reform at a White House summit. Congress takes it up, too. We'll unpack.

Getting Ready For The Royal Wedding

49:18 | May 18th, 2018

As Meghan Markle gets ready to marry the most eligible bachelor in the world, beyond the fairy tale, there's a real life conversation to be had about racism and the culture of celebrity.

Week In News: Gaza Violence, North Korea Talks, Trump's Michael Cohen Payment

49:47 | May 18th, 2018

Gaza violence. North Korea talks, maybe? Trump discloses payment to Michael Cohen. The roundtable takes it all up.

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

47:34 | Apr 11th, 2018

America has a love affair with advice columns. We'll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

National Guard Heads To U.S.-Mexico Border

48:10 | Apr 11th, 2018

National Guard troops begin arriving at the US border with Mexico. So, what are they going to do there?

Antidepressants And The Problem Of Withdrawal

48:21 | Apr 10th, 2018

15.5 million Americans have been taking antidepressants for at least five years. So, what happens if they stop?

Syria Chemical Attacks And The World's Next Moves

48:23 | Apr 10th, 2018

The Syrian chemical attacks and the world's next moves. We'll look at the options available to President Trump, the United States and the world.

Bill O'Reilly, Sexual Harassment And Buying Silence

48:03 | Apr 9th, 2018

New revelations about settlements Bill O'Reilly paid a lot of money to keep secret. And the new pressures to sweep out non-disclosure agreements.

'Trump Unbound'

48:18 | Apr 9th, 2018

Troops on the border. Tariff wars. Syria skepticism. President Trump's "America First" agenda has gotten a boost, with some saying that Trump is now "unbound."

It's Senior Thesis Season

46:41 | Apr 6th, 2018

College seniors present the capstone of their academic careers: the senior thesis. We'll dive in with the Class of 2018

Trump Sends Troops To Border, Mueller Probe Turns, Teachers Strike (Week In The News)

47:14 | Apr 6th, 2018

Troops to the US-Mexico border. Teachers on the picket line. First punishment in the Mueller probe. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Connection Between Cellphones And Cancer

47:41 | Apr 5th, 2018

Big Tobacco lied about cigarettes. Is Big Wireless lying about cell phones? We'll look at the cancer-cell phone connection.

EPA's Scott Pruitt Faces Mounting Ethics Controversies

46:33 | Apr 5th, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under the harsh spotlight. We'll unpack the mounting ethics questions and his future in the Trump cabinet.

Vaping Trend Explodes At Schools Across The Country

17:10 | Apr 5th, 2018

While the makers of e-cigarettes tout them as a potentially safer alternative to tobacco products, critics worry the fad may lead to a new generation of nicotine addicts.

Sinclair's Scripted Message To Millions Of Local TV Viewers

47:18 | Apr 4th, 2018

Blowback after Sinclair Media news anchors read fake news messages on the air. We'll look at propaganda, politics, and the free press.

MLK's Final Message, 50 Years After His Death

47:30 | Apr 4th, 2018

Voices from Memphis on Martin Luther King's final message on economic justice and equality.

'2001: A Space Odyssey' 50 Years Later

47:23 | Apr 3rd, 2018

The making of one film's most influential works.

The Uncertain Future Of Self-Driving Cars

46:59 | Apr 3rd, 2018

After two fatalities, is it time to pump the brakes?

Free Range Parenting Gets A Boost In Utah

46:31 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Utah passes a law that lets kids roam without parental supervision. We'll look at the free-range parenting movement.

China's View Of The World

47:15 | Apr 2nd, 2018

What does the world look like when you're sitting in Beijing? From tariffs to North Korea and Trump, what China wants.

Watching 'Roseanne,' Again

47:02 | Mar 30th, 2018

The 90's sitcom "Roseanne" is back with huge ratings and a message from Trump's America.

White House Staff Turnover, Stormy Daniels Speaks, U.S. Census Changes (Week In The News)

46:41 | Mar 30th, 2018

Another White House shakeup, the Stormy Daniels interview. Controversial changes to the US census. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Lesson in 'Elastic Thinking'

47:03 | Mar 29th, 2018

In an era of information overload, can we train our brains to keep up?

Thousands Of Eggs And Embryos Lost, But Few Answers

46:30 | Mar 29th, 2018

A freezer malfunction has led to heartache for hundreds of families. So who's to blame?

Did IBM Push Out Older Workers?

47:13 | Mar 28th, 2018

A team of investigative journalists report IBM ousted older workers in favor of younger ones. We'll unpack the findings.

The Growing Outrage Over The Killing Of Stephon Clark

47:20 | Mar 28th, 2018

Protests and unanswered questions following the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento. What's it going to take to break the cycle?

The Return Of Tiger Woods

47:12 | Mar 27th, 2018

After years of health problems Tiger Woods is back in the game.

Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats

47:19 | Mar 27th, 2018

President Trump gave the order in response to the nerve agent attack earlier this month.

Selfie Culture Is New, But Self-Obsession Is Not

46:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

The Kardashians aren't exclusively to blame for our self-obsessed culture. The rise of narcissism goes way back. We'll take a selfie stick tour though history.

Stormy Daniels Speaks Out

47:16 | Mar 26th, 2018

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks out about her alleged affair with President Trump before he was in office. We're looking at why her 60 Minutes interview matters.

What Comes After The March For Our Lives?

17:09 | Mar 26th, 2018

We talked to David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland massacre, and Lois Beckett, a reporter for The Guardian covering guns, about the next steps after the March For Our Lives in this On Point segment.

'March For Our Lives' Will Press For Change On Guns

47:24 | Mar 23rd, 2018

On the eve of gun violence protests in Washington and around the country, we sit down with student activists.

Trump Lawyer Quits, Fury At Facebook, Uproar Over White House Leaks

46:39 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Our roundtable digs into the week's news, from John Bolton to Cambridge Analytica.

A #MeToo Moment For Low-Wage Workers

46:31 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Far away from Hollywood, we'll look at the #MeToo moment for low wages workers. It's happening.

Do Democrats Have A Nancy Pelosi Problem?

46:19 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Is it time for Nancy Pelosi to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders? Some Democrats are saying "yes."

Trophy-Hunting Ban Lifted For Some Lions, Elephants

46:40 | Mar 21st, 2018

The Trump administration quietly lifts a ban on importing some elephant and lion trophies. We're asking why.

Facebook Poked

46:50 | Mar 21st, 2018

Facebook is under intense scrutiny. Will the government step in? Can you even opt out of the world's dominant social media company?

Life With ALS

46:32 | Mar 20th, 2018

We're talking to neuroscientist-turned-author Lisa Genova about her new book on ALS. Also joining us: Nancy Frates, the mother of Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer Pete Frates.

More Funding, Death Penalty: Trump Unveils Opioid Crisis Plan

47:10 | Mar 20th, 2018

The death penalty for drug dealers and more funding for prevention are both in President Trump's plan to address the opioid crisis. We'll look at the details, and constitutionality, of the measure, announced in New Hampshire on Monday.

'Are Black Men Doomed?'

46:02 | Mar 19th, 2018

A meditation on the crisis faced by black men. They're not the only ones who bear the burden for change.

Trump's Troubled Cabinet

46:33 | Mar 19th, 2018

From accusations of lavish spending to job insecurity, we'll have the latest twists and turns.

A Wrinkle In Time's Message For This Generation's Girls

48:03 | Mar 16th, 2018

From novel to now the big screen, we're unpacking A Wrinkle in Time's message for a new generation of girls.

The 'Chill But Kinda Sad' Rock Of Soccer Mommy

48:18 | Mar 15th, 2018

Indie rock star Soccer Mommy joins us from SXSW.

Diplomatic Row As U.K. Blames Russia For Spy Poisoning

46:49 | Mar 15th, 2018

The U.K. expels 23 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former spy. We'll look at the escalating tensions between Russia and America's closest ally.

Border Walls And Protests Greet Trump On First Visit To California

47:34 | Mar 14th, 2018

President Trump visits California to check out border wall prototypes. We'll take a look at how the immigration debate is playing out in America's most populous state.

Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead At 76

47:21 | Mar 14th, 2018

The famed physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76. We'll talk about how his vision changed the world.

Inspiration Through Procrastination

46:40 | Mar 13th, 2018

From da Vinci to Darwin, how great minds put things off, but changed the world anyway.