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Inside the Hive by Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

News, Society & Culture, Technology

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Overview

Each week, Vanity Fair special correspondent Brian Stelter examines the powerful forces driving today’s news and politics. Through incisive conversations with newsmakers, journalists, politicians, and Vanity Fair’s own experts, Stelter reveals the story behind the story. Share your thoughts via our Listener Survey here: https://selfserve.decipherinc.com/survey/selfserve/222b/75187?pin=1&uBRANDLINK=5&uCHANNELLINK=2 For more from Inside the Hive, visit vanityfair.com/podcast/inside-the-hive

376 Episodes

Trump on Trial: The "Big Whoa" Moment (So Far)

As the Trump hush money trial heads toward closing arguments, CNN's chief legal correspondent Paula Reid tells host Brian Stelter about the biggest surprises thus far and previews the range of possible outcomes from the jury. Reid also shares an inside look at day-to-day television news coverage of the trial.

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

Why Black Twitter Isn’t Fleeing Elon Musk’s X

From ‘Scandal’ to social justice, Black Twitter has dominated digital discourse, a phenomenon Prentice Penny explores in his new Hulu docuseries, “Black Twitter: A People's History,” based on Jason Parham's 2021 feature for Wired. Penny and Parham, along with J Wortham of the New York Times Magazine, join host Brian Stelter to discuss Black Twitter's cultural impact, and its future.

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

'We Got Locked in the Bathroom' by Secret Service: Notes from the Trump Trial

Host Brian Stelter examines the media circus surrounding Donald Trump's hush money trial with Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York magazine, and Vanity Fair staff writer Dan Adler. They discuss what it's like to cover the criminal trial today while it seemingly feels like 2016 and why it's essential for journalists in the courtroom to shout every detail and talk about every aspect. They also reflect on the personalities in the room amid the controlled environment and what's to come, as the trial hasn't even touched on the alleged crime yet.

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

“You Can’t Believe This Happened”: A “Surreal” Trial and Tabloid Tales of Donald Trump

On this week’s Inside the Hive with Brian Stelter, Vanity Fair writer Dan Adler and Hollywood Reporter special correspondent Lachlan Cartwright examine Donald Trump’s sordid relationship with David Pecker, the former National Enquirer executive at the center of the ex-president’s criminal hush money trial in Manhattan. Adler and Cartwight, both reporting from inside the courtroom, describe the “surreal” dynamics of this week's proceedings, and reveal how the back-scratching world of tabloid media ended up creating a monster. “You can’t believe this happened. You can’t believe it’s being litigated,” says Adler. “It all still is sort of like, a decade later, a little bit hard to process.”

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

25 Years After Columbine: Why The Massacre Was a Turning Point for America

Host Brian Stelter checks in with Vanity Fair’s Dan Adler, who describes the strange scene at Donald Trump’s hush money trial. Then Stelter speaks with “Columbine” author Dave Cullen about the 25th anniversary of the Colorado school shooting. Cullen discusses what changed, and what didn't, about American culture, police practices and gun laws. He also reflects on his personal connection with the families intricately linked through an unending American tragedy.

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

From WIRED Politics Lab: How Election Deniers Are Weaponizing Tech To Disrupt November

This is a preview episode of WIRED Politics Lab. Election deniers are mobilizing their supporters and rolling out new tech to disrupt the November election. These groups are already organizing on hyperlocal levels, and learning to monitor polling places, target election officials, and challenge voter rolls. And though their work was once fringe, its become mainstreamed in the Republican Party. Today, we focus on what these groups are doing, and what this means for voters and the election workers already facing threats and harassment.Listen to the full episode of WIRED Politics Lab here. Be sure to subscribe to the WIRED Politics Lab newsletter here.

Transcribed - Published: 13 April 2024

The Caitlin Clark Effect

Host Brian Stelter speaks with ESPN women's basketball reporter Alexa Philippou and Vanity Fair contributing editor Tom Kludt about a sport seemingly at an inflection point and surging in interest at both the college and pro levels. The group discusses stars who have helped drive enthusiasm for the game, including Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and coach Dawn Staley. They also reflect on challenges inside women's basketball and women's sports more broadly, particularly how record viewership still hasn't led to pay parity.

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Trump's Truth Social Is a Meme Stock—So What Happens Next?

Host Brian Stelter speaks with journalist Scott Nover about how Donald Trump, in the midst of legal and financial turmoil, just got a huge lifeline by way of Truth Social. No, the social media network for the MAGA crowd isn’t suddenly a raging success. But through a “meme stock media merger,” as Nover recently described it for Vanity Fair, the presumptive GOP nominee netted billions this week—at least on paper. Questions remain, though, as to how and when Trump can actually take this money out of the market?

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

Delay, Delay, Delay: Will Trump Ever Be Held Accountable?

Host Brian Stelter examines the many criminal charges against Donald Trump with Bess Levin, a politics correspondent at Vanity Fair, and Vanity Fair staff writer Dan Adler. They discuss the details of the four indictments, including whether the tone of the Manhattan "hush money" case featuring the contents of a 2016 Access Hollywood tape will come across as an embarrassing, scandalous tabloid story for the former president or a technical, financial case. They also reflect on Trump's decades-long go-to legal strategy of invoking delay tactics and avoiding legal repercussions and what that could mean for the 2024 election and beyond.

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Polls Schmolls: Dan Pfieffer, Former Obama Advisor, on Why the Election Is a “Coin Flip”

How reliable are political polls in an era when almost no one answers the phone? Pod Save America co-host Dan Pfeiffer tells Brian Stelter that he takes polls "seriously," if not literally, and says Democrats dismiss the data at their own peril. "We are living on the knife's edge," Pfeiffer says, with Donald Trump showing the "slightest of leads right now" over Joe Biden. Pfeiffer explains why he'd rather be the Biden campaign than the Trump campaign and gives tips about how to digest media coverage of the presidential campaign.

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

“Donald Trump Is the Leader of a Global Fascist Movement”: One Democratic Senator’s Warning

Host Brian Stelter talks with Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz about the challenge of getting anything accomplished in Congress amid GOP dysfunction and Donald Trump’s demands, with a bipartisan border-security being the latest casualty. Schatz doesn’t mince words about Trump’s “fascist” tendencies, warns that democracy can be overthrown under a legalistic veneer, and chides the news media for failing to meet the moment.

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

“This Is a Freedom Issue” Texas IVF Patient Brings Lawsuit Over Abortion Bans

This week’s Inside the Hive explores the recent IVF ruling in Alabama and the very personal fight for reproductive rights in America. Host Brian Stelter talks with Amanda Zurawski, who is suing the state of Texas after being denied an abortion, about nearly dying during her difficult family planning journey. He also speaks with Washington Post reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell about Republicans’ complicated relationship with IVF that has involved a lot of misunderstanding of both the science and the political consequences of the ruling.

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

"They Knew Better,” Says Kara Swisher: Why Big Tech Turns a Blind Eye to Trump’s Depravity

On this week’s episode of Inside the Hive, host Brian Stelter talks to Kara Swisher, the crusading tech journalist, ahead of her forthcoming release, Burn Book, a no-holes-barred accounting of the tech titans who are wresting more and more control over the American economy—and attention span. They discuss the absurd antics of Elon Musk, the follies of Mark Zuckerberg’s privacy policies, and why the industry is in dire need of more capital “A” adults. “They don't feel like they have any responsibility for the things they say and the impact it has in the real world,” she tells Stelter. “And that’s always been a pressing issue for me as 2016 dawned, when you could see the implications of it.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

Can Joe Biden Win Over TikTok?

Host Brian Stelter explores how Joe Biden’s campaign is embracing TikTok with Makena Kelly, a senior writer at Wired, and Harry Sisson, an NYU junior and TikTok political commentator. They discuss how politicians can effectively harness the platform and how the 81-year-old president's team is hoping Dark Brandon can help sway Gen Z voters.

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Why Tim Cook Is Putting AI in the Backseat With the Apple Vision Pro

Host Brian Stelter chats with special Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton about the Apple Vision Pro, which hit shelves last week, as well as his sit-down with CEO Tim Cook at the company headquarters. They discuss how the long-awaited product is the future of spatial computing, why Cook isn't betting so big on AI, and whether augmented reality can really enhance the human experience in the years to come.

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

Wayne LaPierre Finally Takes the Fall. Will the NRA Survive Without Him?

Host Brian Stelter talks with Will Van Sant, a staff writer for The Trace, a nonpartisan newsroom covering guns, about whether the National Rifle Association can recover after the NRA corruption trial and the resignation of CEO Wayne LaPierre over lavish spending. They discuss the damning evidence against LaPierre, who he is as a calculating grifter and stoker of culture wars, and if the NRA and LaPierre's downfall ultimately even matters at this point when it comes to gun control measures.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

From In the Dark: The Runaway Princesses

The wives and daughters of Dubai’s ruler live in unbelievable luxury. So why do the women in Sheikh Mohammed’s family keep trying to run away? The New Yorker staff writer Heidi Blake joins In the Dark’s Madeleine Baran to tell the story of the royal women who risked everything to flee the brutality of one of the world’s most powerful men. In four episodes, drawing on thousands of pages of secret correspondence and never-before-heard audio recordings, “The Runaway Princesses” takes listeners behind palace walls, revealing a story of astonishing courage and cruelty. “The Runaway Princesses” is a four-part narrative series from In the Dark and The New Yorker. To keep listening, follow In the Dark wherever you get your podcasts.

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

What E. Jean Carroll's Case Says About Trump's Other Legal Hurdles

Host Brian Stelter talks with NPR’s Andrea Bernstein, who has been in the courtroom for E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case against Donald Trump, along with Vanity Fair special correspondent Molly Jong-Fast. They discuss Trump using the backdrop of these legal proceedings to portray the system as rigged against him—a running grievance on the campaign trail—and how is public outbursts and continued attacks on Carroll could be a preview for the criminal trials to come.

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

“People Respond to Trump Like He's Taylor Swift”: Next Stop, New Hampshire

Host Brian Stelter checks in with veteran political reporter and CNN anchor Kasie Hunt fresh off her reporting trip to Iowa, where Donald Trump trounced Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, and on to New Hampshire, the next stop in a GOP race that already feels all but settled. They consider whether Nikki Haley can blunt the frontrunner’s momentum, how Trump’s celebrity status is his superpower with the Republican base, and what this unusual primary cycle portends for a likely Trump-Biden rematch in November.

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

Are Democrats the Party of Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders?

Inside the Hive host Brian Stelter explores the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party with Joshua Green, Bloomberg national correspondent and author of The Rebels. Green, who in his last book charted the right-wing populism of the Trump era, is now studying to the other side of the aisle, where popular figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped lead an economic "backlash" to the 2008 financial crisis that pulled the party leftward.

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

Are You Ready for an Election Year? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Host Brian Stelter talks with Michael Calderone, editor of Vanity Fair's The Hive, and Vanity Fair executive editor Claire Howorth about the defining issues of the 2024 election, including what's to come in the GOP primary, liberal fantasies and panic, and what's driving Trump ideology now. To an extent, the media has been preparing for how to cover Donald Trump in 2024 for almost a decade. The team discusses what the news media has learned, the forceful objectivity that has tripped up news organizations in covering the former president, and how to overcome voter political fatigue.

Transcribed - Published: 4 January 2024

From The New Yorker: How Henry Kissinger Conquered Washington

Henry Kissinger, who died this year, at the age of a hundred, served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations as national-security adviser and Secretary of State; for a period, he was both at the same time. Kissinger fled Nazi Germany as a teen-ager, and went on to advise a dozen U.S. Presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Joe Biden. He opened up relations between the U.S. and China with Richard Nixon, pursued détente with the Soviet Union, and made decisions that led to death and destruction across Southeast Asia and beyond. Earlier this year, he travelled to Beijing to meet President Xi Jinping in an attempt to massage U.S.-China relations. “There are not that many hundred-year-olds who insist upon their own relevance and actually are relevant,” the New Yorker staff writer Susan B. Glasser says. Glasser calls Kissinger “the paradigmatic Washington figure,” and says that despite Kissinger’s history of destructive foreign-policy decisions, the American national-security establishment had a “collective addiction” to his thinking. How did Kissinger shape U.S. foreign policy, and what enabled him to remain a central political player in Washington long after he left office? The New Yorker staff writers Jane Mayer and Evan Osnos join Glasser to weigh in on The Political Scene.

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

How Elon Musk Made Himself the Internet’s Main Character in 2023

Host Brian Stelter breaks down Elon Musk’s erratic stewardship of Twitter, now X, with Zoë Schiffer, managing editor of Platformer and author of the forthcoming book, “Extremely Hardcore.” They discuss Musk’s rightward shift and war against the “woke mind virus,” the ramifications of him blowing up Twitter’s verification system, and whether it’s responsible to still post on X as misinformation and toxicity flow.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023

A Dem Strategist Calls Bullshit on Biden Polling Doom

Host Brian Stelter talks with Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg about Joe Biden’s chances in the 2024 general election. Rosenberg’s approach to politics relies heavily on data, and he explains why he’s optimistic for Democrats about 2024. He also tells Stelter why he believes the campaign will be brutal and offers advice to the Biden campaign.

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

Trump Doesn't Fit the Perfect Evangelical Mold. That Works to His Advantage

Host Brian Stelter explores the fracturing of the evangelical church with Tim Alberta, an Atlantic staff writer and author of “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory.” Alberta, the son of an evangelical pastor, charts the church’s rightward trajectory and embrace of Donald Trump, who is seen as a champion in an Us vs. Them political showdown. Stelter and Alberta also discuss how a steady diet of outrage on cable news, talk radio, and social media has helped radicalize the flock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

Monica Lewinsky On Her Plan to Fix the Constitution

Host Brian Stelter talks with Vanity Fair contributing editor Monica Lewinsky about her proposal to add six amendments to the Constitution to help safeguard democracy, such abolishing the electoral college, establishing term limits in Washington, and blocking presidents from pardoning themselves. They’re joined by Georgetown Law Professor Neal Katyal, who addresses the merits of Lewinsky's proposal—and the steep legislative bar to making it a reality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2023

Why UFOs Freak Out the Government

Host Brian Stelter joins author Garrett Graff for a deep dive into the world of unidentified anomalous phenomena and intelligent life elsewhere, the subject of his new book, “UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government’s Search for Alien Life Here—And Out There.” They discuss how we might discover another civilization and what Hollywood gets wrong, the government’s focus on greater transparency of UFO research, and where conspiracies stem from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2023

Dominion’s Fox News Case Was Just the Beginning

Host Brian Stelter speaks with Stephen Shackelford and Davida Brook, two of the lead attorneys in Dominion Voting Systems' lawsuit against Fox. "We have so much work ahead of us," Shackelford says, because even though Fox paid $787.5 million earlier this year to settle the case, Dominion is still suing many other defendants, including Newsmax and Rudy Giuliani. Those cases are "all proceeding towards trial," Brook says. Shackelford says Dominion was "put through hell" by Donald Trump's election lies in 2020 – "hell that continues to this day." Brooks says the ongoing litigation is about "setting the record straight." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 November 2023

Naomi Klein on 'Selective Information' About Israel and Gaza

Host Brian Stelter joins Naomi Klein for a trip into the mirror world, the subject of her unsettling new book, “Doppelganger.” They discuss Klein’s own mirror self—the conspiratorial writer Naomi Wolf—how Steve Bannon shapes political narratives, and the challenges of understanding what’s happening on the ground in Israel and Gaza as an information war plays out alongside the carnage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2023

Exclusive: Mitt Romney Says Trump Is "Such a Whack Job"

The GOP's least favorite party pooper had some choice words after Donald Trump complained about McKay Coppins' new book. Host Brian Stelter explores Mitt Romney's path from Republican standard-bearer to party pariah with Coppins, who interviewed Romney dozens of times for “Romney: A Reckoning.” Coppins discussed Romney’s decision to unburden himself after the January 6 attack; the senator's own complicity in the GOP’s Trumpian trajectory; and fears about the future of democracy. Share your thoughts via our Listener Survey here: https://selfserve.decipherinc.com/survey/selfserve/222b/75187?pin=1&uBRANDLINK=5&uCHANNELLINK=2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 October 2023

Speaker Flop Sweat: Right Wing Media Inflames GOP

Host Brian Stelter breaks down the GOP dysfunction in Congress with Vanity Fair national political reporter Abigail Tracy, who has been covering the speaker fracas from the Capitol, and Brian Rosenwald, the author of “Talk Radio’s America.” They discuss Jim Jordan’s rise from fringe firebrand to the party’s pick, and the toxic synergy between House hardliners and right-wing media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2023

Journalists In Israel and Gaza Discuss a Reporter’s Role In War

Host Brian Stelter gets firsthand perspective on the Israel-Hamas war, first from Avi Mayer, the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, followed by Mohammed Mhawish, a Palestinian journalist reporting from Gaza City. Both journalists discuss the physical dangers and psychological toll of covering an unfolding tragedy, along with the challenges of combating disinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 October 2023

How RFK Jr's Media Paranoia Shapes His Worldview

With RFK Jr. expected to launch a third-party bid for president, Vanity Fair special correspondent Joe Hagan tells host Brian Stelter about visiting the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port and why he thinks the candidate isn't great for the Kennedy name and legacy. Hagan traces the once-celebrated environmental lawyer’s path down a conspiratorial rabbit hole and describes how Kennedy, despite being a charmless "bully" in person, could be a spoiler in the 2024 campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 October 2023

Bob Menendez Shames Democrats Into Dumping Him

Host Brian Stelter talks with WNYC’s Nancy Solomon and The Messenger’s Dan Merica about the corruption scandal dogging Bob Menendez and how the seemingly teflon senator from New Jersey may finally lose his grip on power. Allegations of gold bars and cash-filled envelopes have led Democrats to call for his resignation, with a 2024 senate race on the horizon. But what if Menendez doesn’t budge? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2023

With Rupert Out, Is a Fox Sale Possible?

On a special episode, host Brian Stelter talks to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman about Rupert Murdoch stepping down as chairman of News Corp and Fox, the 92-year-old media mogul’s legacy, and the future of his sprawling empire. Theories are flying as to why Murdoch officially passed the reins now to his oldest son, Lachlan, including that it might help the family patriarch avoid testifying in another 2020 election case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

With Rupert Murdoch Out, Is a Fox Sale Possible?

On a special episode, host Brian Stelter talks to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman about Rupert Murdoch stepping down as chairman of News Corp and Fox, the 92-year-old media mogul’s legacy, and the future of his sprawling empire. Theories are flying as to why Murdoch officially passed the reins now to his oldest son, Lachlan, including that it might help the family patriarch avoid testifying in another 2020 election case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

The Exquisite Agony of Being Kevin McCarthy

Host Brian Stelter talks to Vanity Fair’s Abigail Tracy and veteran political journalist John Harwood about Kevin McCarthy’s failure to control his House GOP caucus as a government shutdown looms. Bombthrowers like Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Lauren Boebert are “not serious people,” says Harwood, a Polis Distinguished Fellow at Duke University. “They're on television, they have podcasts or whatever,” he adds, “but they're not built to do what politicians have to do to make government work.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2023

Republicans Are Putting Democracy on Life Support

Host Brian Stelter discusses the Republican Party’s anti-democracy trajectory with Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard professors and co-authors of the new book “Tyranny of the Minority.” The pair, who sounded the alarms with their acclaimed 2018 book, “How Democracies Die,” discuss increasing threats ahead of the 2024 election, and which constitutional changes could keep America on the path toward multiracial democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 September 2023

Mitch McConnell's Health Scare and the Future of the GOP

Host Brian Stelter talked to Politico columnist Jonathan Martin about Mitch McConnell refusing to step down despite a couple on-camera, freeze-ups–and how Republican senators (for now, at least) are standing by him. They discuss the 81-year-old Minority Leader’s relationship with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the senate stalwart's response to Trumpism, and how he factors into America’s political gerontocracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2023

If Biden Falters, Dems Have Prepped the Bench

Host Brian Stelter takes the pulse of the Democratic Party with Vanity Fair contributing editors Chris Smith and Jennifer Palmieri. They discuss the party's strong bench and possible scenarios if the president and presumptive 2024 nominee, Joe Biden, were to exit the race before election day—from a governor like JB Pritzker or Gretchen Whitmer getting in the ring to Vice President Kamala Harris moving to the top of the ticket. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2023

How Donald Trump Got the Upper Hand on Fox News

Host Brian Stelter explores Donald Trump’s tangled relationship with Fox News with Sarah Ellison, national enterprise reporter at The Washington Post, and Oliver Darcy, senior media reporter at CNN. Trump’s decision this week to skip the first Republican debate on Fox News only escalates his war with the Murdochs, even as the cable channel’s hosts remain largely in the former president's corner. And given Trump’s commanding lead in the 2024 primary, it’s looking like Fox needs Trump more than he needs them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2023

The RICO Case That Even Trump’s Closest Cronies Might Flip Over

Host Brian Stelter breaks down the Georgia racketeering charges against Donald Trump with Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Georgia State College of Law, and Anna Bower, a Georgia native covering legal affairs in Fulton County for Lawfare. They discuss how the case brought by District Attorney Fani Willis differs from Trump's three previous indictments, the likelihood of any of the ex-president's 18 co-defendents flipping, the potential for cameras in the courtroom, and if this trial can even get underway before the 2024 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 August 2023

How Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump’s Toxic, Twisted Bromance Nearly Drove the Country Off a Cliff

Host Brian Stelter talks to Rudy Giuliani biographer Andrew Kirtzman and Vanity Fair executive editor Claire Howorth about the epic fall of “America’s Mayor” and his decades-long, symbiotic relationship with Donald Trump. “There's something about Rudy that makes Donald Trump swoon,” says Kirtzman, a veteran political reporter who recalled Giuliani as a “calm, fatherly general” in responding to the Sept. 11 attacks, only to spiral after his failed 2008 presidential bid and sink even lower in the aftermath of the 2020 election. They explore what's next for Giuliani, who may face charges in Georgia and Washington D.C., where he appeared to be co-conspirator #1 in the DOJ's latest indictment of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2023

“Unusually Strong”: A Mueller Prosecutor Says Trump's Indictment #3 Packs a Wallop

Host Brian Stelter breaks down the latest indictment against Donald Trump with Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor, NYU professor, and co-host of MSNBC’s “Prosecuting Donald Trump” podcast. The “variety of sources of evidence” in the DOJ’s election case against Trump is “rock-solid,” says Weissmann, and the forthcoming trial, he adds, should not be viewed through a political lens, but about “whether we are going to adhere to the rule of law.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 August 2023

Can the DeSantis Campaign Pull Out of a Death Spiral?

Host Brian Stelter talks with Marc Caputo, national political reporter at The Messenger, about Ron DeSantis’s early stumbles on the campaign trail, as he trims staff and shifts strategy. The Florida-based reporter breaks down why his state’s twice-elected governor (and Fox-friendly culture warrior) has so far failed to wrest the MAGA mantle from Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 July 2023

'Barbenheimer’ Is What Hollywood — And the World – Needs Right Now

Host Brian Stelter discusses the cultural impact of “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” with Vanity Fair Executive Hollywood Editor Jeff Giles and Senior Vanities Correspondent Delia Cai, along with the state of an industry in disarray as actors join writers on the picket line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 July 2023

The Dangerous Evolution of Marjorie Taylor Greene

The Trump-loving Congresswoman just got booted from the far-right Freedom Caucus, yet is wielding more power than ever on Capitol Hill. Host Brian Stelter talks with author and New York Times staff writer Robert Draper about Greene’s political path, from pushing QAnon conspiracies to working closely with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (and feuding with Lauren Boebert.) “I’ve never seen this level of school-yard taunting and juvenile misbehavior,” Draper said, “that I’ve seen amongst these Republicans.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 July 2023

How a "Whitelash" Took America From Barack Obama to Donald Trump

Host Brian Stelter talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery about the historic challenges of building a multiracial democracy, the focus of his new book, American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and The Cost of Progress. The pair also address how race plays out in the courtroom, on the heels of the Supreme Court striking down affirmative action in college admissions, and in the newsroom, where journalists, at times, struggle to provide clarity and context. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 July 2023

Can Anyone Fix California?

Host Brian Stelter goes deep on the state of California with Vanity Fair special correspondent Joe Hagan, whose feature on California’s crises is stirring debate this week, and Marisa Lagos, a government and politics correspondent for KQED in San Francisco. They discuss the state’s pressing issues, from homelessness to climate change to crime, along with how California’s challenges are perceived by locals and portrayed in the national media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 June 2023

The Jan. 6 Case Against Trump Is "A Shark Beneath the Water"

CBS News's Robert Costa joins Brian Stelter to dig into the existing indictments against the former President — and take a close look at the swirling waters ahead. "What has happened here with January 6," Costa says, "remains a systemic shock to the American system." Costa, who co-authored "Peril" with Bob Woodward, says "witnesses, lawyers to witnesses, people familiar with the investigation" into election interference have said the probe is "moving like a shark beneath the water." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 June 2023

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