Katie Couric

Katie Couric

United States

Journalism's most insightful interviewer. The biggest names in news, politics, and popular culture. Candid, unscripted conversations that go beyond the soundbites to reveal how we got here and what's really going on. Unexpected. Unconventional. Un-buttoned up.

Episodes

36. Jean Twenge: The Trouble with Smartphones  

Social media is supposed to help us connect with one another and reduce loneliness, but what if the opposite is true? Psychologist Jean Twenge just wrote a piece in The Atlantic asking, “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” She joins Katie and Brian to discuss the costs and consequences of endless screen time. Twenge is an expert on what she calls "iGen," those born between 1995 and 2012. She explains the pros and cons of an all-digital world and breaks down the research on smartphones and mental health. Plus, the surprising benefits of boredom.

35. Sen. Cory Booker: Living His Values  

To mark their podcast's first anniversary, Katie and Brian return to Washington, D.C.—this time, to interview New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. There they find lawmakers on the Capitol steps with a megaphone, leading an impromptu rally on health care. After interviewing folks in the crowd, Katie and Brian sit down with Senator Booker to talk about the future of the Affordable Care Act, criminal justice reform, the documentary that captured his biggest failure, and living in Newark's most dangerous neighborhoods.  Plus, what it was like growing up African-American in Harrington Park, as one of "four raisins in a tub of sweet vanilla ice cream."



34.5 A Workplace AfterPod with Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz  

Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz returns to answer listener questions on how to navigate leadership dilemmas at work. Plus, Katie and her husband John have some questions of their own!

34. Kerry Sulkowicz: Is the President Mentally Fit?  

Katie and guest host John Molner (aka Katie's husband) welcome Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz for a discussion about the psychology of leadership and his views on President Trump's mental health. They also talk about why many mental health professionals won't publicly comment on the psyche of public figures. Plus, Dr. Sulkowicz explains his unexpected path from practicing psychiatry and psychoanalysis to advising CEOs and corporate boards.



33. Mitch Landrieu: Facing History  

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu knows that race is hard to talk about, but he thinks it's important to do it anyway. In fact, he recently put himself on the map with a powerful speech backing the removal of Confederate monuments in his city. Mayor Landrieu sits down with Katie and Brian at the Aspen Ideas Festival to delve into the history and context behind his now-famous remarks. They also discuss climate change in the Big Easy, the role of cities in the Trump era, and why Mayor Landrieu still wishes he could be a Broadway star.

32.5 An AfterPod with Matt Walsh  

It's time for another bonus episode! Katie and Brian ask Veep's Matt Walsh all the questions they didn't get to last week. Find out what Matt considers his big break and who he admires most in comedy. Plus, why he gave up on becoming a therapist– and a squirrel. Yes, a squirrel.

32. Matt Walsh: Behind the Scenes of Veep  

In his role as the beleaguered Mike McLintock on HBO's Veep, Matt Walsh is often the butt of the joke. In real life, however, Matt is revered— in the world of improv comedy, at least. He's one of the founding members the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy institution. Matt joins Katie and Brian to discuss improv vs. stand-up, what makes Julia Louis-Dreyfus so great to work with, and the advice he'd give to Sean Spicer.

31. Graham Allison: War with China?  

Brian takes the wheel this week and sits down with Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a leading military strategist. For decades, Allison has advised defense secretaries and presidents on both sides of the political aisle. Now he's out with a new book that examines whether America and China are destined to go to war. He and Brian delve into the challenges associated with China's rising power, the diplomatic implications of the Paris Climate Accord, and why the U.S. seems caught in a slow-motion Cuban Missile Crisis with North Korea. 

30. Sheila Nevins: TV Trailblazer  

When Sheila Nevins started her career in the 1960s, she didn't know women could be bosses. After all, she'd only ever worked for male supervisors. Now, at 78, she's the president of HBO Documentary Films. Sheila joins Katie and Brian for an unflinching conversation about everything from her painful childhood memories to her plastic surgery. Plus, they discuss what makes a great documentary and listen to celebrities read excerpts from Sheila's new book. This episode is brought to you by Hulu Plus (www.hulu.com), Credo Mobile, Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/kindleforkids), and HAG-SEED by Margaret Atwood.

29.5 What I've Learned: Christie Todd Whitman  

Surprise! Katie and Brian serve up a podcast extra featuring Christie Todd Whitman, the Republican former governor of New Jersey. In this debut bonus segment, Governor Whitman offers some exclusive insights into her life and career, including what her parents taught her and what she sees as her biggest mistake. She delves into everything from her first job, as a candy striper, to her favorite job: being governor. Plus, she shares her top tip for a successful marriage.

29. Christie Todd Whitman: Political and Climate Change  

Christie Todd Whitman was New Jersey's first female governor, but she didn't grow up thinking that she'd like to run for office. She joins Katie and Brian to discuss her path to public service, why she left as George W. Bush’s EPA Administrator, and her assessment of New Jersey’s current Governor Christie. Plus, she talks about the state of her party, and the country, under President Donald Trump. This episode is brought to you by Omaha Steaks (www.omahasteaks.com code: KATIE), Babbel (www.babbel.com/KATIE), and Nudu (www.nudu.com code: KATIE).

28. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: On and Off the Court  

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored the most points of any NBA player in history, and basketball isn't the only arena where he's found success. At 70, he's a best-selling author, an award-winning cancer research advocate, and a prolific cultural commentator who isn't afraid to speak out on controversial political and social issues. Kareem joins Katie to talk about being black and Muslim in America, surviving cancer, and watching the game of basketball change since his own heyday. Plus, he explains what was so special about his friend and mentor John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who is the subject of his latest book. This episode is brought to you by Crane & Canopy (www.craneandcanopy.com/katie code: KATIE), On the Media podcast from WNYC, Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/kindleforkids).

27. Marty Baron: News Maker  

After more than 40 years working in America's top newsrooms, Marty Baron is one of the most respected names in news. As editor of the Washington Post since 2012, he has led his staff to Pulitzers and helped them weather the changes that came when a tech billionaire bought the paper. Marty talks with Katie and Brian about the state of journalism, fake news, and how technology has changed his job. They're also joined by Jessica Lessin, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Information, an innovative news site covering Silicon Valley. This episode is brought to you by Crane & Canopy (www.craneandcanopy.com/katie code: KATIE), Delta Airlines, and Tucker (www.tuckernyc.com/katie).

26. Sheryl Sandberg: Living Option B  

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 the 92Y 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).

25. Ina Garten: At Home With the Barefoot Contessa  

Ina Garten welcomes Katie and Brian to her home on Easter morning for a lesson on slow-cooked scrambled eggs (with truffles!) and a wide-ranging conversation at her kitchen table. Between bites of breakfast, they discuss Ina's views on feminism, other celebrity chefs, and her unlikely path from White House nuclear energy expert to Food Network star. Plus, an unexpected cameo from Jeffrey, Ina's husband of 48 years. This episode is brought to you by Credo Mobile (www.credomobile.com/katiecouric), Crane & Canopy (www.craneandcanopy.com code: KATIE), and Varidesk (www.varidesk.com/podcast).

24. Neil deGrasse Tyson: America's Astrophysicist  

Neil deGrasse Tyson (the host of StarTalk) fell in love with the cosmos at age 9, on a visit to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.  Not only did he fulfill his childhood ambition of becoming an astrophysicist, today he’s the director of the Hayden Planetarium and one of America's most beloved scientific educators. Dr. Tyson joins Katie and Brian to discuss science in the Trump era, the future of space exploration, and why a TV appearance in 1989 changed his life. Plus, he gives a preview of his latest book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. This episode is brought to you by Varidesk (ww.varidesk.com/podcast), Credo Mobile (www.credomobile.com/katiecouric), Toyota Highlander 2, and Delta Airlines.

23. Dan Taberski: Missing Richard Simmons Recap  

Dan Taberski is the host and creator of the hit podcast Missing Richard Simmons. Dan made the six-episode series in an effort to find out what was going on with his friend Richard Simmons, who hasn't been seen in public in over three years. Missing Richard Simmons became the #1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes but now that the show is over, questions still remain. Beyond what's going on with Richard -- physically and mentally -- Dan himself has been under fire for the ethics of his project. In this ad-free bonus episode, Dan joins Katie to talk about his experience of making the podcast, what he decided to leave out of it, and his reaction to the criticism he's faced.

22. Stan Greenberg: Presidential Pollster  

Renowned Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has advised the likes of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela. But he first made a name for himself studying white working class voters. His seminal 1985 report on so-called Reagan Democrats examined why auto workers were abandoning the Democratic Party in Macomb County, Michigan. Greenberg joins Katie and Brian to discuss how the 2016 election gave him déjà vu, why he's been spending time in Macomb again and what he's hearing from Trump supporters there. Plus, a caller in Chicago gets on the line to explain why she went from being a lifelong Democrat to voting for Donald Trump. This episode is brought to you by Toyota Highlander 2 and Ting Mobile.

21. Tony Robbins: Force of Nature  

Tony Robbins has a packed resume: he's a bestselling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned motivational speaker. In addition to being a self-help titan, Robbins has advised presidents and star athletes, and is involved in 31 businesses which he says generate annual sales of $5 billion. He joins Katie and Brian to discuss his difficult childhood, his remarkable career, his new book, and how President Trump's leadership style compares to President Obama's. Plus, he explains why he jumps into a cold pool every morning and demonstrates some "radical explosive breathing" exercises. This episode is brought to you by Crane & Canopy (www.craneandcanopy.com/KATIE), Toyota Highlander 2, and Ting Mobile (www.katie.ting.com).

20. Pod Save America: Crossover Episode (w/ Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor)  

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor are alumni of the Obama administration who recently founded Crooked Media, a progressive media company. They also host the hit political podcast, Pod Save America. For this special crossover episode, Katie speaks with these former White House communications aides about President Trump's troubled relationship with the press, media accountability and how Democrats can translate protests into votes. This episode is brought to you by Credo Mobile (www.credomobile.com/katiecouric), Toyota Highlander 2, and Princess Cruise Lines (www.princess.com/katie).

0:00/0:00
Video player is in betaClose