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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Beauty. Politics. Inequality. Gender. Money. Familiar themes endlessly discussed. But are we hearing every essential voice? Rhetorical question, because the answer is obviously no.

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses sexual abuse and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.


With David Folkenflik

Allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly have been circulating for decades. Why did it take a TV documentary to get people to pay attention?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A South Carolina ministry’s Christian-only foster care policy is the latest flashpoint in the debate over religious freedom and government social services. We’ll take it up.

Guests

Laura Meckler, Washington Post reporter. (@laurameckler)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Teachers on strike, this time in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district. We’ll hear the debate on both sides.

Guests

Howard Blume, education reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (@howardblume)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Debt, uncertain work, unrealistic expectations — are millennials turning into the burnout generation?

Guests

Anne Helen Petersen, senior culture writer for BuzzFeed News. (@annehelen)

With David Folkenflik

The government shutdown drags on, President Trump digs in deeper on the border wall and new Russia revelations. The roundtable dives in.

Guests

David Nakamura, White House reporter for the Washington Post. (@DavidNakamura)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

There is growing chaos at the southern border, as some officials say the Trump administration’s focus on deterrence at the border has left them unable to handle and properly house thousands of families. We’ll get a reality check on the ground.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

More athletes are refusing to be exploited, from high school, to college, to the pros. It’ll be a big trend in 2019, and we’ll dive in.

Guests

Kevin Blackistone, ESPN panelist and professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sports columnist at the Washington Post. (@ProfBlackistone)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump makes his case for a crisis at the southern border. We’ll examine his prime-time address to the nation and the extent of his executive powers.

Guests

Eliana Johnson, White House reporter for Politico. (@elianayjohnson)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Dorothy Butler Gilliam was the first black woman reporter at the Washington Post. She shares her story and her quest to make the media look more like America.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The government shutdown drags on. We’ll examine if there’s a deal on the horizon, and check in with real people affected by the shutdown.

With David Folkenflik

“Nobody knows anything,” the late William Goldman famously wrote about the alchemy of success in Hollywood. Now comes Jennifer Traig to make much the same case about parenting.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The EPA wants to roll back regulations of mercury emissions from coal plants. But there are serious health risks if that happens.

Guests

Umair Irfan, reporter who covers climate change, energy, and the environment for Vox. Contributor to the public radio program “Science Friday.” (@umairfan)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Democrats take over the majority in the House. We’ll examine their game plan for the government shutdown, Mueller investigation and big policy proposals.

Guests

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg Politics. (@sahilkapur)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Beauty and diet companies are rebranding themselves as wellness companies. But does layering on a dose of inner peace make a difference if the goal is still weight loss or better skin?

Guests

Angelica LaVito, Consumer health reporter for CNBC.com. (@angelicalavito)

This hour originally aired on Oct. 31, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

“Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter joins us to talk about how she uses fabric to bring life to African-American stories on the big screen.

This hour originally aired on Oct. 2, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

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

This hour originally aired on Oct. 24, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Harrowing stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. It’s rampant and in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. We’ll take a deep dive into The New York Times investigation.

This hour originally aired on Oct. 5, 2018.

With David Folkenflik

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper on her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

This hour originally aired on Sept. 19, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

Guest

Ethan Hawke, actor, writer, director. He’s the writer, director and producer of the new film “Blaze,” a biopic of country musician Blaze Foley.

This hour originally aired on Oct. 16, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career.

This hour originally aired on Oct. 9, 2018.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

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.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Blinded by the lights. Car headlights, that is. They’re getting brighter and becoming a danger on the road.

Guests

Mark Phelan, auto critic and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. (@mark_phelan)

With David Folkenflik

Defense Secretary James Mattis to retire at the end of February. President Trump decides to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, and an announcement on Afghanistan may come, too. The president puts down a marker — on the wall.

Guests

Pierre Thomas, chief justice correspondent for ABC News. (@PierreTABC)

Update: During this hour with food critic Soleil Ho, at 11:30 a.m. ET, we took a call from someone who identified himself as “Dominic” from “Aspen, Colorado.” He unexpectedly made racist comments about African-American restaurant patrons. He also claimed to be “a vice president of a chain of restaurants called Chart House.”

Host Meghna Chakrabarti condemned those remarks and addressed the issue several times in the remainder of the hour.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The joy of a no-gift Christmas. Don’t blame the Grinch. Real people are pushing back against presents and advocating for new traditions.

Guests

Joe Pinsker, staff writer at The Atlantic covering families, parenting and education. (@jpinsk)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Singer, rapper, activist Tunde Olaniran is bringing his Flint, Michigan, sound to the national stage.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Monty Python’s Eric Idle is still “Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life.” He’s out with a “sortabiography” and joins us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The largest Protestant denomination in the United States is apologizing for its dark history of racism.

Read the Report on Slavery and Racism in the History of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

With David Folkenflik

Freedom of the press. Reporters face jail, violence or worse — how can they be safe? And how can the truth get out? We’ll speak with journalists who have been in the arena.

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