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After her husband died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In) thought she would never experience true joy again. Nearly two years later, she is out with a new book, Option B, that delves into how she proved herself wrong— and how others can build resilience in the face of trauma, too. Sandberg wrote Option B with her friend Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and Wharton professor. They both join Katie onstage at 92Y (92Y.org) in Manhattan to discuss insights from the book, including how to support grieving children, dating after loss, and the "three P's" that can hinder recovery. This episode is brought to you by Texture (www.texture.com/KATIE) and Audible (www.audible.com/couric).
It's been a big season for women in politics - both in fictional worlds and real ones. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) talks about playing the fictional president Selina Meyer and Rebecca Traister (All the Single Ladies) digs into the moment and meaning of Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination. Plus, Katie takes a field trip to Times Square to find out what a woman nominee, and potential president, means to everyday Americans.This episode is sponsored by Close5, The Great Courses, and Stamps.com.
This year was a wild ride — so Katie and Brian are reviewing the biggest people, biggest moments, and biggest trends in a two-episode 2018 extravaganza. In this first part, they start off with Jia Tolentino (The New Yorker) and Ira Madison (Keep It) to rehash the year in pop culture, from Ariana Grande stardom to the royal wedding. Then, Dan Savage (Savage Lovecast) and Sarah McBride (Human Rights Campaign) discuss some of the big strides in the LGBTQ community, as well as continuing challenges to the rights of LGBTQ people. Finally, Jamelle Bouie (Slate, CBS News) and Maria Hinojosa (Latino USA) tackle the year in race. Buckle up — we’ve got a lot to talk about! This episode is sponsored by Little Passports (www.littlepassports.com/KATIE), ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), Prudential (www.prudential.com/stateofus), and Boll & Branch (www.bollandbranch.com code: KATIE).
There might not be singing, dancing, or mutants in Hugh Jackman’s latest movie, but it’s a big hit with Katie and Brian. Hugh stars as Gary Hart in “The Front Runner,” about the Democratic senator from Colorado who seemed destined to become his party’s presidential nominee in 1988. But an alleged extramarital dalliance — and the media’s newfound interest in a candidate’s personal affairs — led to Hart’s downfall and changed political journalism forever. Hugh talks with Katie and Brian about the movie, and joining the conversation are Matt Bai and Jay Carson, who co-wrote the screenplay. This episode is sponsored by Prudential (www.prudential.com/stateofus), Little Passports (www.littlepassports.com/KATIE), ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), and Thrive Market (www.thrivemarket.com/katiecouric).
Martha Stewart has dominated all things domestic for nearly 35 years. But what about the woman behind the empire? Last year, Katie and Brian talked with Martha over some apple-cranberry crisp, and in honor of Thanksgiving, we're revisiting that conversation. Martha recalls what it was like growing up in New Jersey as one of six kids, getting her first book deal, serving time in prison and what it was like to work on a TV show with Donald Trump. Plus, she discusses her slow-cooker cookbook and her collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Nothing is off-limits. It's a good thing.
At the height of Journey’s success, frontman Steve Perry walked away from the band and his life as a rockstar in search of a quieter existence. Now, 30 years later, he’s back with the solo album Traces. Katie caught up with Steve about what he’s been doing on his very, very long vacation, why his journey with Journey had to end, and the late-in-life love whose death inspired the new album. Plus, the story behind the lyrics of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey’s smash hit that went on to be the most downloaded song of the twentieth century. This episode is sponsored by ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), WomenInGovernment.org, Prudential (www.prudential.com/stateofus), and Green Chef (www.GreenChef.us/katiecouric).
In a tweet on Tuesday night, political analyst Amy Walter dubbed the 2018 midterms the “‘choose your own narrative’ election”—meaning that voters on all sides could find cause for celebration or disappointment. Katie and Brian talk with Amy about what the results mean, what we’ve learned about the electorate, and how the elections might shape both parties’ strategies in 2020. Presidential historian Doug Brinkley also joins Katie and Brian to discuss how this week’s election compares to midterms past—and he shares his thoughts on how President Trump will react to the new opposition Congress. Plus, we take your calls! This episode is sponsored by California Closets (www.californiaclosets.com/KATIE), ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), Boll & Branch (www.bollandbranch.com code: KATIE), and Thrive Market (www.thrivemarket.com/KATIECOURIC). Correction: Our guest, Doug Brinkley, misspoke when he said that Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) lost his 2018 election. In fact, Hurd won re-election. Brinkley also characterized Hurd as "Trumpian," but many would not characterize him this way.
The midterm elections are coming up on November 6, 2018, and there are lots of close races to watch at the federal, state, and local levels. Clare Malone from FiveThirtyEight joins Katie and Brian to highlight some of the most interesting contests: Cruz v. O’Rourke for Texas senator, DeSantis v. Gillum for Florida governor, Abrams v. Kemp for Georgia governor, and more. Clare also breaks down how recent events might affect the elections. Then Katie and Brian talk with Michael Lewis—author of The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short—about his newest book, The Fifth Risk. Michael spent months investigating the decay of the federal government under the Trump administration and why that could be dangerous for the country. This episode is sponsored by California Closets (www.californiaclosets.com/KATIE), ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), Thrive Market (www.thrivemarkets.com/katiecouric), Prudential (www.prudential.com/stateofus), and WomenInGovernment.org - COPD Awareness (www.womeningovernment.org).
Over the weekend, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews that the United States has ever seen. On this special episode, Katie and Brian talk with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League — an organization that fights against anti-Semitism and other racially-motivated hate. Jonathan talks about the rise of hate crimes in the U.S., the role of social media and political rhetoric, and what all Americans can do in the wake of this tragedy.
Busy Philipps made her name on TV shows like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, ER, and Cougar Town. But Instagram Stories was the place where Busy really found her own voice — and that might’ve set the stage for her new E! talk show, Busy Tonight, which premieres on Oct. 28. Katie and Brian talk with Busy about why she loves Instagram so much, the moment she thought she was “done” with acting, the political causes that get her fired up, and how she’s still coping with the sexual assault that happened when she was 14. Plus, Katie gives Busy her best advice about hosting a TV talk show. This episode is sponsored by California Closets (www.californiaclosets.com/katie), Bona Floor Cleaners (www.bona.com), Framebridge (www.framebridge.com code: COURIC), and Dailylook (www.dailylook.com/katiecouric code: COURIC).
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo, women in Hollywood formed a coalition, called Time’s Up, to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault. As part of the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Katie talks with two important women in the Time’s Up movement: America Ferrera, one of the actors involved in creating Time’s Up, and Lisa Borders, the incoming president and CEO of the organization. America and Lisa talk about why Time’s Up is so important to them, how recent news has affected the movement, and the ways they are working towards change. This episode is sponsored by California Closets (www.californiaclosets.com/Katie), SweeTango Apples (www.sweetango.com/katie), Simple Contacts (www.simplecontacts.com/KATIE code: KATIE), and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/COURIC).
After the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the already deep political divide in the country seems to have calcified. To try to understand where this rancorous political moment came from — and where it might be going — Katie and Brian talk with two experts. First, they welcome back to the show Rebecca Traister, author of the new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Rebecca explains why she’s so devastated about the new Supreme Court justice, and she reckons with the fact that women have been on both sides of this bitter political debate. Then they turn to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and Harvard Law professor, for a legal perspective. What will happen to the Supreme Court as an institution, and what does that mean for the American people? This episode is sponsored by California Closets (www.californiaclosets.com/KATIE), SweeTango Apples (www.SweeTango.com/katie), Dailylook (www.dailylook.com/katiecouric code: COURIC), and Boll & Branch (www.bollandbranch.com code: KATIE).