Episodes

  • Bill Gates joins Anderson to talk about the latest Covid headlines. His foundation has donated billions of dollars to the cause of global health and fighting infectious disease, including development of Moderna's mRNA vaccine technology. Plus, Democratic Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff talks with Anderson about former President Trump, the 2020 election, and battle over democracy at the DOJ during his presidency. And, Keeping Them Honest, Randi Kaye finds and confronts a Florida doctor who experts say is the ultimate super-spreader of Covid misinformation.

     

    Airdate: August 4, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Bill Gates

    Rep. Adam Schiff

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  • New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a "hostile" work environment for women, a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James said. The findings of her civil review into the harassment allegations have created a political firestorm around the scandal-plagued governor. A panel of New York political insiders weigh in on the findings and defiance from Cuomo.  Plus, a fourth police officer who was on duty at the January 6th Capitol riots has died by suicide. The DC Metropolitan police says Officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10. Colorado Democratic Congressman Jason Crow, who witnessed the insurrection first-hand, has a message for the officers who served that day.

     

    Airdate: August 3, 2021 

      

    Guests: 

    Maggie Haberman

    Christine Quinn

    Maya Wiley

    Rep. Jason Crow

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  • Former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins Anderson to talk about the latest with Covid, vaccines and the Delta variant surge. The White House is saying tonight it tried but could not find a legal justification for extending the federal eviction moratorium but said it isn't giving up. Several progressive members of Congress have been camped out on the steps of the Capitol since Friday, trying to bring attention to the problem. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, talks with Anderson about the millions who could lose their homes. Plus, CNN's Matt Rivers talks with the widow of Haiti's slain president and she shares what she experienced that horrible night.

    Airdate: August 2, 2021

    Guests:

    Dr. Jerome Adams

    Sen. Chris Murphy

    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

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  • An internal Center for Disease Control and Prevention document revealed the Covid-19 Delta variant appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chicken pox. President Joe Biden said the U.S. will “in all probability” see more restrictions due to the rise in cases. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director for the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it will “get worse for lots of unvaccinated individuals” as schools open, especially in the South. Plus, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to prevent mask mandates in schools. Dr. Aileen Marty is an infectious disease expert at Florida International University. She joins AC360 to discuss DeSantis’s decision and says the situation in Florida is “grave” and is getting worse day-by-day.

    Airdate: July 30, 2021

    Guests:

    Dr. Peter Hotez

    Dr. Aileen Marty

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  • President Joe Biden announced new measures to boost vaccinations including requiring that all federal workers “attest to their vaccination status.” He added “anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work, test one or two times a week to see if they've acquired Covid, socially distance, and generally will not be allowed to travel for work.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy tells Anderson Cooper he hopes that other institutions will “look at the steps the President took” and he hopes “this movement continues to grow.” Plus, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plan to meet with the President to discuss the path forward on voting rights legislation. Former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke is currently participating in a four-day “Moral March for Democracy” to put pressure on the Biden administration to advance the bill. The Texas Democrat joins AC360 to discuss what passing federal voting rights legislation could mean for the country.

     

    Airdate: July 29, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Vivek Murthy

    Sharon Stone

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  • After months of encouraging employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, companies like Google, Facebook and Netflix are starting to take a harder line and roll out mandates. President Joe Biden said “we still have a lot of people not vaccinated” and “the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper the reason cases are going up is because unvaccinated people are spreading the virus to other unvaccinated people. Plus, Simone Biles dropped out of the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition to focus on her well-being. Apolo Ohno won eight Olympic medals in short track speed skating. He joins AC360 to discuss the pressure that comes with being an Olympic athlete and says we should support athletes when they “need it most.”

     

    Airdate: July 28, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta

    Apolo Ohno

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  • Four officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6 testified on Capitol Hill today about their mental health and lingering wounds with one saying “January 6 still isn’t over for me.” The four officers who testified told members of the Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack about the brutality they experienced that day. Becky Anderson is a psychologist and the clinical director of the DC Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program. She’s counseled Officer Fanone and many others in the wake of the Capitol riot. She tells Anderson Cooper the officers were exhausted after the traumatic stress from 2020 and the Capitol insurrection. Plus, President Joe Biden will announce a requirement that all federal employees and contractors be vaccinated against Covid-19 or get regular testing done. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins AC360 to discuss whether he thinks other companies and businesses will follow Biden’s lead.

    Airdate: July 27, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Becky Anderson

    Dr. Jerome Adams

     

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  • House Republicans attempted to pass a resolution that would make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seat Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks to the January 6 select committee but it was tabled 218-197. Pelosi refused to seat two of McCarthy’s picks which led the House GOP leader to pull all five of his selections. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is one of Pelosi’s picks who will serve on the committee. He joins AC360 to discuss the back-and-forth between Pelosi and McCarthy and says this is “just more of the same effort at distraction.” Plus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all state employees and health care workers will be required to provide proof of vaccination or get regular testing. All city workers in New York City will be required to get vaccinated or tested for Covid-19 once a week by September 13. Dr. Tom Frieden is the former CDC director. He tells Anderson Cooper the more people who get the vaccine, “the safer we’ll be.”

     

    Airdate: July 26, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Rep. Adam Schiff

    Dr. Tom Frieden

     

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  • Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey called out “the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in Covid-19 cases in her state. Ivey told reporters “folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” Alabama is the least vaccinated state in the country with roughly only 33.9% of residents fully vaccinated. Former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins AC360 to discuss the rise in cases and says if people want bars and restaurants to stay open and be able to go out into communities without your mask, “then you’ve got to do your part and get vaccinated.” Plus, former President Donald Trump is returning to Arizona where he’s expected to claim, yet again, the Arizona audit will be the first domino in showing fraud in a string of states that Biden narrowly won. Maggie Haberman is the Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and has covered Trump for years. She tells Anderson Cooper the former President’s advisers aren’t happy with his focus on these Arizona efforts and they think it's “counterproductive.”

     

    Airdate: July 23, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Jerome Adams

    Maggie Haberman

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  • CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky urged unvaccinated Americans to take the Delta variant seriously and said “this virus has no incentive to let up, and it remains in search of the next vulnerable person to infect.” President Biden didn’t rule out a change in mask guidance as he stressed the pandemic is among the unvaccinated. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent tells Anderson Cooper that if the mask issue “wasn’t so politicized,” I think the answer would be that if you’re vaccinated and inside around unvaccinated people, you should “probably put a mask on.” Plus, NFL Network Host Rich Eisen joins AC360 to discuss his reaction when he found out he tested positive for Covid-19, despite being vaccinated.

     

    Airdate: July 22, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Leana Wen

    Rich Eisen

     

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  • President Joe Biden addressed the rising number of Covid-19 cases and said “we have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten the vaccine. It’s that basic, that simple” during an exclusive town hall. CNN Medical Analyst and emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen joins AC360 to discuss the surge of cases in unvaccinated Americans and Biden’s plea for Americans to get vaccinated. Plus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy chose for the House select committee created to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash tells Anderson Cooper Pelosi did “what she knew was right.”



    Airdate: July 21, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Leana Wen

    Dana Bash

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  • Just moments after landing back on Earth, Jeff Bezos said the experience of flying to space was “amazing” and “more profound for me than I expected.” The Amazon and Blue Origins founder talks to Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview about his trip to the edge of space and reveals whether or not his expectations were met. Plus, Bezos announced he planned to award $100 million each to CNN Contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés. Both Jones and Andrés join AC360 to discuss what they plan to do with the money.



    Airdate: July 20, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Jeff Bezos

    Van Jones

    José Andrés

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  • The surge of Covid-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has led to a 66% jump in average daily cases from last week. Deaths have also increased by 13% from just a week ago. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said 99.5% of deaths are among the unvaccinated. He tells Anderson Cooper “you should take measures if you’re unvaccinated, like masking, distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings.” Plus, Amazon founder and current executive chair Jeff Bezos is getting ready to take a supersonic joyride to the edge of space. He’ll be flying aboard New Shepard, a suborbital capsule and rocket system built by his space company Blue Origin. Sirisha Bandla is the vice president of government affairs and research operations at Virgin Galactic and flew with Richard Branson aboard his space craft earlier this month. She joins AC360 to discuss her experience in space and what Bezos and his crew can expect during their trip tomorrow

    Airdate: July 19, 2021

    Guests:

    Dr. Vivek Murthy

    Sirisha Bandla

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  • Covid-19 cases are rising in all 50 states as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads and health officials say it’s clear that unvaccinated people are both driving the increase in new cases and are most at risk. The CDC director warned this “is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Dr. Craig Spencer is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and treated coronavirus patients in New York at the height of the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper if you are “fully vaccinated, the likelihood that I will see you in the emergency room as a Covid patient is near zero.” Plus, a federal judge in Texas ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and blocked new applicants. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins AC360 to discuss the ruling.

     

    Airdate: July 16, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Craig Spencer

    Jeffrey Toobin

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  • House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy met with former President Donald Trump at his Bedminster golf club just a day after the select committee investigating the Capitol riot said it will hold its first public hearing on July 27. Journalist and author Carl Bernstein joins AC360 to discuss McCarthy’s meeting with Trump and says the Republican party is “beholden to Donald Trump and Trumpism.” Plus, as the Covid-19 Delta variant is spreading, Los Angeles County in California has reinstated its mask mandate for everyone. Andy Slavitt is the former White House Senior Adviser for Covid-19 response. He tells Anderson Cooper we need people who are hesitant to get vaccinated to step back, get the real facts, talk to their doctors or people they trust.

     

    Airdate: July 15, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Carl Bernstein

    Andy Slavitt

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  • CNN has obtained a series of excerpts from the new book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Pulitzer-prize winning journalists for the Washington Post, Carol Leonnig and Phillip Rucker. CNN’s Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel obtained the upcoming book and tells Anderson Cooper the top U.S. military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump. Plus, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed it has temporarily halted all adolescent vaccine outreach for the Covid-19 vaccines and even others not related to the virus. Dr. Michelle Fiscus was the state’s medical director of the vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization. She was fired in a dispute over parental permission for vaccinating children. She joins AC360 to discuss the issue of vaccine hesitancy and says this is “politics getting in the way of public health.”

     

    Airdate: July 14, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Jamie Gangel

    Dr. Michelle Fiscus

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  • President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation during a speech in Philadelphia. Biden called the issue a “test of our time” and said “we are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.” The speech came as Texas House Democrats fled the state and traveled to Washington, D.C. in an effort to halt state Republicans from passing a new restrictive voting law. Beto O’Rourke is a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas. He tells Anderson Cooper the Texas delegation has been able to “galvanize the conscious of this country” and “ get us focused on the issue of voting rights.” Plus, Michael Wollf, author of the new book “Landslide,” joins AC360 to discuss former President Trump’s lies about the election, his relationship with Rudy Giuliani and his post-presidency life at Mar-a-Lago.

     

    Airdate: July 13, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Beto O’Rourke

    Michael Wolff

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  • Texas House Democrats left the state to fly to Washington, D.C. in an effort to block Republicans from passing a restrictive voting law. Chris Turner is a Democratic Texas State Representative and the chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. He was on the flight from Texas to Washington, D.C and tells AC360 their objective is to “kill this bill.” President Joe Biden held a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland and local leaders including law enforcement and elected officials to discuss the summer rise in violent crime as pandemic restrictions loosen. New York Democratic mayoral primary winner Eric Adams was one of the leaders in attendance. Adams joins AC360 to discuss what he heard from the President during the meeting.

     

    Airdate; July 12, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Chris Turner

    Eric Adams

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  • The last thing a country in the middle of another coronavirus surge and battling vaccine disinformation needs is conflicting messages from the government and a vaccine maker about the efficacy of its vaccine past the six-month period. But that's exactly what's occurred the past 24 hours, ending with an apology, sort of, from the company that started it. 
    Expert, pediatrician and the dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor university, Dr. Peter Hotez talks with Anderson about all the confusion.Plus, this weekend on CNN, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite sitcoms from across the decades. The characters you can't stop laughing at, in the situations you can't get enough of. Famed TV sitcom creator Norman Lear joins Anderson to talk about his creative process and his secret to longevity.

     

    Airdate: July 9, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Peter Hotez


    Norman Lear

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  • Days after President Biden spoke of gaining our independence from Covid, Pfizer says it is seeing waning immunity from its coronavirus vaccine and is now picking up efforts to develop a booster dose

    to protect people from the variants. It will seek emergency use authorization from the FDA in August for a booster dose. Dr. Leana Wen joins Anderson to discuss. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in on the fight for voting rights. And President Biden announced today that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31. Jimmy Hatch, a former U.S Navy SEAL, who was wounded in combat in Afghanistan, talks with Anderson about the withdrawal and what he thinks it means.

    Airdate: July 8, 2021

     

    Guests:

    Dr. Leana Wen

    Sen. Bernie Sanders

    Jimmy Hatch

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