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44 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Juneteenth and Critical Race Theory
Author and Activist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Major to discuss the history of Juneteenth, his book How to be an Antiracist, and the political outrage directed at Critical Race Theory. Dr. Kendi also talks about the death of George Floyd and the disproportionate affect of COVID-19 on Black Americans. This episode was recorded on June 14th, 2021.
51 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Bill Bratton on Race and the Future of U.S. Policing
This week, Bill Bratton joins Major to discuss meaningful and effective police reform and his new memoir, The Profession, which focuses on his experiences with race and policing in America. Bratton, who led the New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles police departments, dives into policies that he launched that were effective, and those that caused more harm than he had envisioned. Plus, Bratton talks about his relationship with Rudy Giuliani and how "America's Mayor" went from national personality to conspiracy theory propagator. This episode was recorded on June 1st, 2021.
50 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Cryptocurrency, Housing Shortages & More with CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlessinger
This week, Major is joined by CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlessinger to discuss her new podcast, "Jill on Money" which is set to launch next week. Jill also explains what "meme stocks" are, what the future of cryptocurrency looks like as more and more currencies are launched and endorsed by celebrities, and the state of the U.S. housing market. This episode was recorded on June 2nd, 2021.
51 minutes | May 28, 2021
A Discussion on Israel and Palestine with former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States joins Major to discuss the ongoing cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Oren explains the historical context behind the Israel-Palestine conflict and talks about his participation in securing funding for the "Iron Dome" missile defense system in Israel and his time working in Israeli government. Plus, a conversation about Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, and its goal in attacking Israel.
49 minutes | May 21, 2021
The Future of Space Tourism and Exploration with Bill Harwood
This week, Major is joined by CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood in an "out of this world" conversation on the future of space travel and space tourism. Harwood talks about the impact of Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk on how the U.S. private sector engages with space, and the advances that could be and are possible with a NASA and private sector collaboration. Harwood also talks about potentially colonizing Mars and how NASA has helped advance important data on climate change.
48 minutes | May 14, 2021
Chris Krebs on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and Solar Winds
Chris Krebs, a cybersecurity official in the Trump administration and the last person to be fired by President Trump via Twitter, joins Major to discuss the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that has caused a run on fuel along the East Coast. Krebs argues there should be federal reporting requirements for companies impacted by cyberattacks. Krebs also weighs in on the Solar Winds hack and shares his top picks for TV shows during the pandemic. Believe.
45 minutes | May 7, 2021
Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Jon Meacham
Author and historian Jon Meacham joins Major this week to discuss former President Trump, Meacham's work writing numerous presidential biographies, and how history will look back upon 2020. Meacham argues former President Trump helped ignite some of the divisions in the Republican Party, and talks about Mr. Trump's self-made comparisons to Andrew Jackson. Meacham and Garrett also discuss Mr. Trump's ban from most social media platforms, the ongoing strife within the Republican party, and Meacham's work for President Biden.
49 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Giuliani's Legal Problems and Police Reform with Legal Analyst Rikki Klieman
This week, host Major Garrett is joined by CBS News Legal Analyst Rikki Klieman to talk about the federal search warrant executed on former Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani. Klieman also talks about possible solutions to police reform across America after the Derrick Chauvin murder trial. This episode was recorded on April 28, 2021.
47 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Bipartisan Immigration Reform with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
As the Biden administration grapples with the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent unaccompanied children from being held in U.S. Border Patrol for long periods of time, and to require DHS and federal partners to establish plans for possible migrant surges. Cuellar and Katko also talk about bipartisanship, and at-times the lack of in Congress and the verdict of the Derrick Chauvin murder trial. This episode was recorded on April 21, 2021.
48 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Change
This week, Major is joined by author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her book on climate change, The Sixth Extinction. Kolbert also recently released another book, Under A White Sky, in February. Kolbert discusses her writing on the climate crisis, and what steps need to be taken as a country and as humans to reign in carbon emissions and slow the gradual warming of Earth. She also discusses the impact of human pollution on our seas, and the damaging long-term effects this pollution will have on our food supply and marine ecosystems. This episode was recorded on April 14th, 2021.
50 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Comedy During COVID: Comedian Roy Wood Jr.
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show and Comedy Central joins Major this week to talk about the future of stand-up comedy post-COVID, and what Roy has been doing to keep his creative process going while he has been at home. Wood talks about finding humor during these trying times, the intersection between race and comedy, and he explains how he views comedy as a "bizarro form of journalism". This episode was recorded on April 7th, 2021.
51 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial and Voting Rights
NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson joins Major and The Takeout this week to discuss the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the recent voting legislation passed in Georgia, and NCAA athlete compensation. Johnson also discusses the origins of the NAACP, and how its mission has incorporated more groups since its founding, and Johnson's thoughts on filibuster reform. This episode was recorded on March 31st, 2021.
51 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Journalist Ron Brownstein on his new book "Rock Me on the Water"
This week, Major chats with journalist and author Ron Brownstein whose new book "Rock Me on the Water" looks at early 1970s pop culture in Los Angeles and how it transformed music, movies, tv and politics. Brownstein argues LA reached its creative peak in 1974 and from it flowed not only the defining work of the era, but a preview of political debate in America. Join us!
48 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Inside the New CBS Sitcom 'United States of Al:' Chuck Lorre, Gen. David Petraeus and More!
Major speaks with legendary writer, director, and producer Chuck Lorre, former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Army General David Petraeus, and the series' co-creators Maria Ferrari and David Goetsch about the new CBS sitcom, United States of Al. The show focuses on a U.S. Marine returning home from war and his Afghan translator making a new life in America. Major and the group talk about the real-life experiences that drive the humor and plot of United States of Al, and how the creative process of the show has unfolded. United States of Al is set to debut on April 1st, 2021.
52 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Age of the Variants: Dr. Michael Osterholm on COVID-19
A year after COVID-19 hit the United States, shutdowns began, and on the eve of Joe Biden signing the American Rescue Plan, Major spoke with epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm about the state of COVID-19 in the United States. Osterholm approved of the new CDC guidance on opening nursing home to visitors and for vaccinated Americans, but said that the U.S. could be facing a whole new ballgame as new COVID variants appear around the country. If these variants prove to be more transmissible, Osterholm said that school reopening plans could be in jeopardy. Plus, a conversation on how the U.S. has done with vaccinations. This episode was recorded on March 10th, 2021.
47 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Former DHS Chief Chad Wolf on Jan. 6 and Biden's Immigration Policy
This week, Major interviewed former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Wolf said that U.S. Capitol Police initially rejected help from the Department of Homeland Security during the assault on the Capitol on January 6. He added that he offered to send DHS law enforcement backup just after 2 p.m. that day, after a violent mob of Trump supporters had begun to infiltrate the Capitol. That initial offer was rebuffed by Capitol Police, Wolf said.Wolf and Garrett also discussed the Biden Administration's immigration policies. Wolf criticized the executive orders and actions the Biden administration had taken with regard to immigration, including rolling back some Trump administration policies. "A lot of these actions are actually very, very dangerous. Because what they are doing, taken together, is they are fueling the crisis that we see on the border today," Wolf said. "They're incentivizing vulnerable populations to continue to come to that border."
48 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
The Future of the GOP with Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)
This week, Major speaks with freshman Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI), one of the few House Republicans to vote in favor of President Trump's second impeachment. Meijer said that he has faced death threats since his vote earlier in the year, and that the Republican Party will face "challenges" if it continues to align itself with former President Trump. Meijer says that he will likely not support the COVID-19 relief bill being proposed by the Biden administration, and that the GOP must overcome the "losing trajectory" that it currently finds itself in politically. This episode was recorded on February 24th, 2021.
48 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
COVID-19 Relief with Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
This week, host Major Garrett discusses the Biden administration's plans for COVID-19 relief with a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Jared Bernstein. Bernstein says the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan "is calibrated to be of the magnitude to finally deal this COVID-19 virus the blow that hasn't occurred yet," and that the plan would create an "inclusive" economic recovery. Major and Bernstein also discuss the inequality that has been created by the pandemic, a potential $15 minimum wage, and the best economic policies that can be put in place to help essential workers in these trying times. This episode was recorded on Feb. 18, 2021.
43 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Climbing Out of the QAnon Rabbit Hole: An Interview with a Former Believer
Jitarth Jadeja, a former QAnon supporter who fell into the Q conspiracy/cult in 2016 and 2017, opens up about his experience of joining- and exiting- what he calls the worst two years of his life. Jadeja also talks about his dad, who joined QAnon and still is a fervent believer, and the family dynamic now that Jitarth is actively trying to save those who have fallen into the QAnon movement. Plus, Jadeja talks about what it was like when he realized the lies he bought into and formed his life around were fake.
47 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on QAnon and the GOP
This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined host Major to discuss COVID-19 relief negotiations proceeding in Congress, whether Schiff has his eyes on becoming the next California Attorney General, and the second impeachment of Donald Trump. Schiff and Garrett also discussed the role of the conspiracy theory QAnon in the Republican Party and controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). This episode was recorded on Thursday, February 4th, 2021.
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