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The Assignment with Audie Cornish

English, News, 3 seasons, 87 episodes, 1 day 16 hours 29 minutes
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Fiery Twitter threads and endless news notifications never capture the full story. Each week on The Assignment, host Audie Cornish pulls listeners out of their digital echo chambers to hear from the people who live the headlines. From the sex work economy to the battle over what’s taught in classrooms, no topic is off the table. Listen to The Assignment every Thursday. 
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Where Does Fani Willis Go From Here?

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis pushed back hard after having her personal life dragged into the spotlight. Lawyers for Donald Trump are trying to dismiss her from the Georgia election subversion case she brought against the former president. They argued that she and Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor she hired to lead the case, engaged in an improper romantic relationship which financially benefitted her. Audie chats with journalist George Chidi about the hearing and what’s next for Willis. Chidi is a politics and democracy reporter for The Guardian, based in Atlanta. Chidi himself was subpoenaed in this case after exposing the Republican fake electors plot. Chidi was in the courtroom for Willis’s testimony, and he paints an audio courtroom sketch of this jaw-dropping moment. George Chidi is co-host of the podcast King Slime: The Prosecution of Young Thug and YSL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/202427 minutes 35 seconds
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Gen Z In the Workplace: Rethinking Business Etiquette

The landscape of workplace etiquette has undergone a seismic shift in the wake of the pandemic. Gen Z entered the workforce and influenced already evolving social norms, from the dilemma of camera on or off, to the choice between calling or texting, and the blurred lines between what constitutes professional attire. Audie talks with Kate Zabriskie, the founder of Business Training Works, about the change in modern workplace norms.  We're diving deeper into the ever-evolving landscape of workplace etiquette, especially with Gen Z stepping into the forefront. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the workforce, we want to hear from you. Share your thoughts or questions. Text or send a voice memo to: 202-854-8802.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/202424 minutes 43 seconds
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Mitch McConnell’s Critics Grow Louder

Mitch McConnell is facing open criticism about his leadership among some in the Senate GOP, and that criticism is being egged on by Donald Trump. All comes after bitter disputes over immigration legislation and Ukraine aid. Audie talks with CNN Congressional Correspondents Manu Raju and Lauren Fox about this moment of peril for the longest-serving Senatorial party leader in US history. Read all of Manu and Lauren’s reporting here: ‘McConnell’s GOP critics grow louder as party descends into feud over Ukraine and immigration’ Also mentioned in this episode: House Mouse, Senate Mouse Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/202429 minutes 55 seconds
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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce: Cultural Supernova

There is no bigger cultural story right now than the romance between NFL superstar Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. The reaction to their relationship has been so extreme that parody is almost indiscernible from reality. It’s a potent mix of celebrity culture, sports, and extreme politics.  Audie brings together Cari Champion and Anne Helen Petersen, to dissect why all of this is happening. Why have Travis and Taylor generated a supernova of fans, haters, and overwhelming scrutiny?  Cari Champion is the host of the podcast Naked with Cari Champion and former anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter.  Anne Helen Petersen is the author of Culture Study on Substack, and the host of the Culture Study podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/202436 minutes 24 seconds
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Clyburn on Power and Compromise

“We know Joe. But most importantly, Joe knows us." Congressman James Clyburn spoke those all-important words four years ago while giving his crucial endorsement to Joe Biden in his home state of South Carolina. With Biden now in the White House, Clyburn wields the power to spur lots of change, including an alteration to the Democratic party’s primary calendar, placing South Carolina at the head of the line. Audie sat down with Clyburn to learn how he thinks about power, what Biden needs to do to protect his, and how someone who’s been in his office since 1993 makes decisions about the future. Leave us a voicemail: (202) 854-8802. Send us an email: [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/02/202428 minutes 56 seconds
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Roy Wood Jr. on The Daily Show and the Future of Comedy

Jon Stewart is returning to The Daily Show, putting the spotlight back on this influential institution of political comedy. Today, Audie talks with a breakout star of the show’s very recent past, comedian Roy Wood Jr. He pulls back the curtain on his time at The Daily Show, schools us on the economics of entertainment for a creative, ambitious, working parent, and dives into whether comedians should fudge facts to get to a higher truth.  Find out if Roy is on tour near you.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/202428 minutes 33 seconds
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What is Nikki Haley Doing in South Carolina? With Eva McKend

Donald Trump is leading in the polls for South Carolina GOP primary, by a lot. But it’s also Nikki Haley’s home state and she refuses to go quietly, ramping up her attacks on Trump even as most of her fellow Republicans call on her to drop out. Eva McKend is national political correspondent for CNN and she checks in with a view from the ground. What did you think of this episode? Send us your feedback and assignments. Leave a message at (202) 854-8802 or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/01/202421 minutes 18 seconds
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Healing Political Divisions in the Pews

During these divisive times, political fault lines are everywhere – including among members of the same church. So for people who live, work, and worship in divided spaces, what have they learned about how to communicate with people they love but don’t seem to understand?   Audie sits down with Pastor Rich Villodas of New Life Fellowship in Queens. They talk about “God, Politics, and the Church,” what division – and listening – looks like, why criticisms of candidate and party feel so personal, and why he’s welcoming people – no matter who they’re voting for – in 2024.   Pastor Villodas is the author of several books, including: Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/01/202429 minutes 22 seconds
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The “Dangerous Undercurrent” in American Politics

“There is a dangerous undercurrent dragging Americans who wade into the political waters out toward the extreme.” Oliver Darcy wrote these words after 66% of Iowa Republicans said they did not think Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election in a CNN entrance poll on caucus night. Darcy tells Audie Cornish why he thinks the mainstream media has a duty to shine a light on the “propaganda machine supporting Trump.” Sign up for CNN's Reliable Sources newsletter Oliver’s column, A dangerous undercurrent is pulling Americans toward the political extreme. The media is turning a blind eye to it Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/01/202422 minutes 44 seconds
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"Am I Doing This Right?" How To Be a Parent Today

If you google the word “parenting” today, headlines include TikTok trends, celebrity mom secrets, and heated debates on parenting methodologies. Parenting is done privately and judged publicly. Audie talks with The Washington Post’s outgoing “On Parenting” Deputy Editor Amy Joyce. She gives Audie her views on the evolving landscape of parenting shaped by mommy blogs, fleeting parenting fads, and the overarching question that echoes in the minds of many caregivers: "Am I doing this right?"  Read Amy’s final column: The 5 absolute truths I’ve learned in 10 years as a parenting editor  We want to talk more about the issues that affect parents and kids. So we want to invite you — kids and parents alike — to weigh in with your ideas and questions, and the people you’d like to hear from. Text or send a voice memo to: 202-854-8802.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/202423 minutes 5 seconds
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If Trump's the Nominee, Who's his Veep?

If the poll numbers are to be believed, Donald Trump’s march to the GOP nomination will be hard to stop. And that has lots of political observers pondering who he would choose as a running mate. CNN contributor Alyssa Farah Griffin worked in Trump’s White House and she shares first-hand knowledge of the characters vying for vice presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/202433 minutes 27 seconds
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The Backlash Against DEI

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs are facing a backlash, mostly from conservative commentators. This backlash came into sharp relief after Claudine Gay resigned as president of Harvard University. Some of her critics claimed it as a victory against the “DEI regime.” Audie talks to Celeste Headlee, a journalist and the founder of Headway DEI, about how this discourse is affecting those trying to continue their DEI work in corporations and organizations across the country.   Celeste is the author of several books, including: Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism—and How to Do It.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/202429 minutes 53 seconds
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Biden's Re-Election Argument, with Phil Mattingly

"Today, we’re here to answer the most important of questions. Is democracy still America’s sacred cause?” President Biden said these words on Friday while kicking off his re-election campaign near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The location was steeped in Revolutionary War history and continued Biden’s theme of speaking in locations that signify turning points for American democracy. Phil Mattingly was CNN’s Chief White House correspondent at the Biden White House before moving to the anchor’s desk at CNN This Morning. He and Audie talk about the many layers of President Biden’s re-election strategy. Leave us your feedback or assignments: (202) 854-8802 or email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/202426 minutes 41 seconds
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Gen Z Is Challenging How We Think About Work

We’ve all seen the headlines: Gen Z is “lazy.” “Entitled.” They’re constantly asking for raises, and they complain too much. But are these things really a “problem”? This week, Audie chats with two Gen Z’ers with some #thoughts on how we think about work: DeAndre Brown, TikTok creator and founder of Gen XL Consulting, and Maia Ervin, Chief Impact Officer at the Gen Z consulting company JUV. Then, Audie brings their thoughts to the researcher who literally wrote the book on generations, Jean Twenge. Call and leave us your assignments: (202) 854-8802 or email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/202430 minutes 10 seconds
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The Year Ahead in Politics with David Chalian

As the political winds intensify, CNN Political Director David Chalian is here to answer the burning questions of this election year: why don’t Republican candidates take off the gloves and attack former president Trump? Can President Biden and his allies amplify good economic news? And what will the U.S. Supreme Court do when it takes up its central role in determining Donald Trump’s political future? Make sure to follow David’s podcast, the CNN Political Briefing. He releases a new episode every Friday. Call and leave us feedback and your Assignments: (202) 854-8802. We love hearing from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/01/202424 minutes 16 seconds
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The Assignment Presents: All There Is

We want to learn more about you! Please tell us a bit about yourself by participating in a brief survey at cnn.com/audie -- and thank you! ---- Today we're bringing you an episode of All There Is with Anderson Cooper, a podcast about the people we lose, the people left behind, and how we can live on – with loss and with love. The Assignment team is taking a short holiday break. We'll be back with new episodes next week. - Katie Talman was grieving an unimaginable loss when she left a message for Anderson Cooper, one of more than a thousand voicemails he received from podcast listeners. Anderson called Katie back at her home in Texas and she agreed to share her story. When Katie was 23 weeks pregnant, her daughter Everly died. “Nothing could have prepared me to deliver a stillborn baby,” Katie says. The grief over her daughter’s death, the silence in the delivery room, the inability of some in her life to understand or even acknowledge the depth of her pain - Katie and Everly’s story is
28/12/202332 minutes 51 seconds
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The Assignment Presents: The Axe Files

We want to learn more about you! Please tell us a bit about yourself by participating in a brief survey at cnn.com/audie -- and thank you! ---- Today, we present an episode of David Axelrod's CNN podcast, The Axe Files. Lifelong Republican Bill Gates was working as a lawyer and serving on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona’s most populous county when the 2020 election upended his life. Maricopa County became a hub of the Stop the Steal movement, and Bill, who defended the safety and legitimacy of the election, became a top target. Bill joined David to talk about navigating vicious attacks from those within his own party, the toll it took on his mental health and that of his family, and his hopes for the future of the Republican Party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/12/202342 minutes 20 seconds
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We’re Taking Your Assignments: Drug Shortages and Ageism

We want to learn more about you! Please tell us a bit about yourself by participating in a brief survey at cnn.com/audie -- and thank you! ---- How does ageism impact all of us? What is causing the chemotherapy drug shortage?  These questions come from you, our listeners, who call in week after week with ideas for our next assignment. This week Audie speaks with CNN Health reporter Jacqueline Howard and Gerontologist Dr. Tracey Gendron about the future of ongoing pharmaceutical drug shortages and the impact ageism could have on the 2024 presidential election.   If you have an assignment you’d like us to look into, leave us a voicemail at 202-854-8802 and you might just hear your voice on an upcoming episode!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/202324 minutes 27 seconds
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CNN Political Briefing: Are Young Voters Tuning Out 2024?

Today, we're sharing the latest episode of CNN Political Briefing with David Chalian: What will it take to win the youth vote in 2024? John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, recently led a survey of voters between the ages of 18 and 29. He discovered that fewer of them are planning on voting this time than in the last election cycle. CNN Political Director David Chalian talks to him about other surprising finds, and how this year’s candidates might persuade young people. Harvard Youth Poll, Fall 2023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/202327 minutes 53 seconds
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Why More Black Moms Are Choosing Home Births

We want to learn more about you! Please tell us a bit about yourself by participating in a brief survey at cnn.com/audie -- and thank you! ---- Black women are three times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related causes.  CNN anchor Abby Phillip wanted to know why maternal mortality rates for Black women remaining stubbornly high – and who are the people trying to change that.  She joins Audie to talk about her newest report, where she goes to Los Angeles to meet mothers who are opting out of traditional hospital births, and the communities, midwives, doulas, and nurses working to make them feel heard and supported.  “Homebirth Journey: Saving Black Moms” will premiere on The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper on Sunday, December 17 at 9 pm ET/PT.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/202329 minutes 53 seconds
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How to Cover Politics with Tara Palmeri

Audie talks with journalist and podcaster Tara Palmeri about the tactics, frustrations, and the purpose of political journalism. The stops on Palmeri’s career journey prepared her well for this moment. She covered Brexit for Politico Europe, she was White House correspondent at ABC News, and early in her career, she learned all about former president Trump when she worked for his favorite place to appear in print, Page Six of the New York Post. Today, Palmeri is senior political correspondent at Puck News and she’s the host of one of our favorite podcasts, “Somebody’s Gotta Win,” a collaboration between Puck and The Ringer. We’d love to hear from you. Call and leave us your Assignments: ‪(202) 854-8802‬ or write to [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202328 minutes 48 seconds
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Ken Burns on History, Truth, and Storytelling

Ken Burns has been called “America’s Storyteller.” Audie spoke with him live on stage about his process, and about trying to get to the truth of a subject, especially in a political and cultural climate that actively challenges the very idea of truth. Their conversation was part of The Connecticut Forum's season of live, unscripted conversations among renowned experts and celebrities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/202333 minutes 24 seconds
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Can the Biden/Harris Coalition Hold?

The Obama/Biden ticket’s historic victory in 2008 was the result of massive turnout from Black voters, young voters, and college-educated Americans. Audie talks with Ashley Allison, a CNN commentator and former National Coalitions Director for Biden-Harris 2020 campaign, about the challenge Democrats face holding that coalition together. Call and leave us your Assignments: (202) 854-8802 or email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/202333 minutes 43 seconds
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The Creative Path to Climate Solutions

The 28th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP28, begins this week. As global leaders convene to address the urgent challenges of our planet's changing climate, two creative minds join Audie to explore how we process the climate crisis. She explores how these creators infuse hope into their narratives, envisioning a world where art and storytelling inspire action and solutions.  For all of CNN’s COP28 coverage, go to cnn.com/RoadToCop  GUESTS  Sam Alfred is a video game designer from Cape Town, South Africa, who created Terra Nil, a mobile strategy game that challenges players to transform desolate landscapes into flourishing ecosystems.   Sequoia Nagamatsu is an author and professor. His book "How High We Go in the Dark," explores a future shaped by environmental crisis and generational resilience.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/202325 minutes 34 seconds
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Trump’s Second Term Plans

Mass deportations, a weaponized justice department, purges of civil servants: these are among the plans that former President Trump and his allies are making for a second term in the White House. CNN national correspondent Kristen Holmes has been traveling to Trump’s rallies and she has an analysis of what’s in the works for MAGA 2.0. Call and leave us your Assignments: (202) 854-8802 or email [email protected].  Reporting from Kristen Holmes: Trump’s radical second-term agenda would wield executive power in unprecedented ways  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/202328 minutes 30 seconds
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What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?

The number of Americans who would say that they’re “extremely proud to be American” is at a record low, according to a recent Gallup poll. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given widespread political divisiveness across the country. Today – in time for Thanksgiving – Audie sits down with writer, comedian, and activist Baratunde Thurston to talk about what it means to be patriotic in an age of growing disillusionment. And more importantly — why does it matter?   Baratunde Thurston is the host and executive producer of the PBS television series America Outdoors, creator and host of How To Citizen, and a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. His comedic memoir, How To Be Black, is a New York Times best-seller.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/202336 minutes 24 seconds
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Can Anyone Beat Trump?

New polling shows that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has moved into second place in New Hampshire, behind Donald Trump. Haley's momentum hasn’t gone unnoticed by the anti-Trump fundraisers looking for a horse to back. Audie talks with CNN Political Commentator Kevin Madden about the state of the race, and what Haley needs to do to maintain her momentum. Madden has worked on several Republican campaigns, including Mitt Romney’s 2012 bid for the White House.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/202326 minutes 55 seconds
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Meet The Students Challenging Book Bans

We are revisiting the public school culture wars – this time, from the perspective of students. What have we learned from the kids who are fighting against book bans? How has the war over books sparked a backlash to the so-called parents’ rights movement?   We call up two busy teen activists – Da’Taeveyon Daniels in Texas and Eliza Lane in Florida – to find out. And CNN correspondent Elle Reeve, who covers how extremism percolates into everyday life, puts the board room debates over what kids should and shouldn’t read into a national context.   To hear from the perspective of two concerned parents, check out our very first episode “Meet The Parents Taking Over School Boards,”which we released one year ago today.  Thank you for calling in with your assignments for us at (202) 854-8802. And thank you for listening.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/202332 minutes 23 seconds
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China’s Disinformation Campaign Against Americans

Ahead of President Biden's meeting with Chinese President Xi, CNN spoke to Americans who are being hounded and harassed by the Chinese government's brazen online disinformation campaign. Correspondent Donie O’Sullivan reported the story and joins Audie to walk through the lengths Beijing will go to silence online critics, even those on US soil.  Donie O’Sullivan is a CNN Correspondent. Read his full story here.   And we’d love to hear from you! What do you want us to cover? Call and leave us your Assignments: (202) 854-8802. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/202319 minutes 26 seconds
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The Army's Recruitment Challenge

Last year the Army missed its recruitment goal; it had 65,000 spots to fill and came in 10,000 short. Audie talks with a former recruiter about what he saw as some of the challenges the Army faces when it comes to recruitment, including cultural shifts around everything from marijuana use to mental health. And we hear from Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth about how the Army is responding to recruitment shortfalls.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/202332 minutes 11 seconds
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Should Biden Bow Out? Axelrod Weighs In

New polling shows President Biden trailing Donald Trump in key battleground states, and that has many Democrats worried about his re-election prospects. Can anything be done to turn the numbers around? Or should the President bow out? Audie talks with CNN Senior Political Commentator and longtime Obama advisor David Axelrod who’s said that the President must decide whether it’s wise to run given the political headwinds he’s facing.  David Axelrod is the host of CNN’s The Axe Files. Download it wherever you get your podcasts.  And we’d love to hear from you! What do you want us to cover? Call and leave us your Assignments: (202) 854-8802  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/202325 minutes 46 seconds
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How Ordinary People Exposed January 6th

Dive into the world of online detectives tracking down January 6th insurrectionists. How did a dedicated community of digital sleuths help the FBI bring thousands to justice? Audie sits down with Ryan Reilly, the author of "Sedition Hunters: How January 6th Broke the Justice System," for a journey through the realm of modern digital investigations. Call us with your Assignments: ‪(202) 854-8802‬. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/202329 minutes 34 seconds
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Why Trump’s Ex-Lawyers are Flipping

Lawyers who represented former President Donald Trump face a tough choice: cooperate with prosecutors or face the wrath of the MAGA movement. CNN’s senior reporter of crime and justice Katelyn Polantz is here to break down the different factions of Trump associates and their perilous paths ahead. What’s to become of "The Kraken," "The Pound Sand Club," and... Mark Meadows? Call and leave us your political Assignments: (202) 854-8802. Polantz: Mark Meadows walks tightrope, complying with Trump prosecutors while maintaining GOP influence    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/202324 minutes 50 seconds
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The Serious Business of Romance Novels

Book sales — in general — are down, but one genre is bucking that trend: romance. Romance novel sales surged a whopping 52% in 2022. So what’s behind the popularity? How did romance become the reigning champion among fiction genres in America? To find out we talk with Leah Koch and Bea Hodges-Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice, a single-genre bookstore focused on romance novels.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
26/10/202324 minutes 12 seconds
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How The Young Guns Lost the GOP

More than a decade ago, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor pitched themselves as the future of the Republican Party. They even gave themselves a nickname: The Young Guns. Now those dreams are dashed, The Young Guns are scattered to the wind, and House Republicans are rudderless, unable to elect a Speaker ten months into their majority. How did we get here? S.E. Cupp, a conservative political commentator for CNN, breaks down what happened to the Young Guns – and why being called “the future of the party” is really a curse. Video: They were the future of the GOP. Then MAGA came.<a href="mailto:?subject=CNN%20content%20share&amp;body=Check%20out%20this%20video%3A%0Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2Fvideos%2Fopinions%2F2023%2F10%2F13%2Frepublican-party-maga-young-guns-contd-orig-af.cnn" data-type="ema
24/10/202326 minutes 33 seconds
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What It's Like to Evacuate in Gaza

Thousands of people have already been killed in the Israel-Hamas conflict. And Israel has told residents of northern Gaza to evacuate roughly 20 miles to the south for their own safety. This week Audie talks with CNN’s Yahya Abou-Ghazala as he shares the stories of the people who have been told to flee, and what it’s been like trying to get stories out of Gaza right now.   Read Yahya’s recent stories:   They followed evacuation orders. An Israeli airstrike killed them the next day.  In Gaza, Palestinians have no safe place from Israel’s bombs  Listen to CNN’s daily podcast about the conflict, Tug of War “Israel at War”. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit <a
19/10/202321 minutes 50 seconds
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How Americans Feel About Israel

How do Americans feel about Israel? Broadly, there is deep sympathy for Israel and its response to Hamas in Gaza. But polling shows that among America’s more diverse, younger generation, attitudes toward both Israel and Palestinians are more complicated.   Harry Enten, Senior Data Reporter at CNN, is here to parse the numbers and tease out some conclusions.   Oct. 15 CNN Poll: Americans are deeply sympathetic toward Israelis and see their military response to Hamas attacks as justified   Call and leave us an Assignment: ‪(202) 854-8802‬ To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
17/10/202320 minutes 51 seconds
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Roxane Gay Reflects on 10 Years of Opinions

Writer Roxane Gay comes from a generation of what you might call “very online.” She gained international fame because she had a distinctive voice that stood far from the madding crowd on social media. This week Audie talks with Roxane about her new collection of essays, “Opinions,” how her opinions have changed, what it's like to become famous for sharing them, and how social media changed the way we all think about criticism and professional opinion.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
11/10/202325 minutes 32 seconds
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Does Fact-Checking Work?

The political landscape has never been more confusing, and to some, even overwhelming. How do we determine fact from fiction? What keeps fact-checkers up at night? And what’s a democracy to do when even the professionals aren't believed? Today, we have Daniel Dale, a CNN senior reporter who rose to prominence for fact-checking former President Donald Trump, and Matthew Facciani, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. He studies people who fall victim to misinformation and how to best engage with them in a compassionate way. Call us with your political Assignments: ‪(202) 854-8802‬.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
10/10/202322 minutes 23 seconds
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A New Assignment: Diving into Politics

Big news: The Assignment is expanding to twice a week! Starting October 10th, The Assignment takes on politics. Every Tuesday we will go beyond the horserace — talking with journalists with a sharp understanding of this political moment. This is in addition to our regular Thursday podcast, where we talk with people whose lives intersect with the headlines.  To kick off our weekly political pod, we’ve invited CNN Political Director David Chalian to talk about how he covers this tumultuous political moment, the role of the media as truth tellers, and how he’s revamped his weekly podcast, The CNN Political Briefing, which drops every Friday. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
05/10/202323 minutes 36 seconds
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An Epic Translation for a Modern Audience

How do you take a story everyone thinks they know, and look at it through a new lens? What role – if any – does the identity of the translator play in the retelling of a story? And what is it like telling your own story after spending much of your career interpreting – and being interpreted by – others?  This week, Audie chats with Emily Wilson. Wilson is the translator of Homeric epics like “The Odyssey.” She is a professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a frequent subject of headlines and stories herself. Her translation of The Iliad came out September 26. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
28/09/202327 minutes 42 seconds
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The Free Speech Wars on Campus

Between student protests, controversial speakers, and debates over “safe spaces,” complaints about free speech on campus are louder than ever. How do school leaders respond to these gripes? And how do they balance freedom of expression – and the idea that speech can be violence?  We have two college presidents from the front lines of this debate: Roslyn Clark Artis of Benedict College and Michael Roth of Wesleyan University. Both schools are part of the so-called “Campus Call for Free Expression.” Leave us an Assignment: [email protected] or call (202) 854-8802‬.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit <a href="https://c
21/09/202333 minutes 30 seconds
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Introducing: The Assignment

Fiery Twitter threads and endless news notifications never capture the full story. Each week on The Assignment, host Audie Cornish pulls listeners out of their digital echo chambers to hear from the people who live the headlines. From the sex work economy to the battle over what’s taught in classrooms, no topic is off the table. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
04/11/20221 minute 48 seconds