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GOP strategist Mike Murphy caught the political bug early: he began his career as a college student making radio ads out of his dorm room for a long-shot congressional race. He’s gone on to specialize in winning statewide campaigns for governor and Senate. He’s been the lead strategist for many major Republican figures, including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney. He also had a role in the 2016 campaign season. “I ran the Jeb Bush super PAC,” he explains, “which gives me the unique credential of having blown, oh, over 95 million dollars and not winning.” Mike joined us to discuss his vocal criticism of Donald Trump, the media’s role in modern politics and why he’s a hopeless romantic when it comes to presidential races.

This episode is brought to you by Sock Club, Aspen Ideas to Go podcast, Hello Fresh, and Omaha Steaks.


Keep Up with Katie

Yahoo! Videos

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Terrance Coffie spent years in jail before he decided to turn his life around. With the help of The Doe Fund, and the ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ program, Coffie graduated from the prestigious New York University, and is now pursuing his master’s degree.

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Alan Gross, an American contractor held captive by the Fidel Castro regime for five years, was released in 2014 when President Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba. Gross stopped by Yahoo News to talk about the death of the former Cuban leader and said Castro’s legacy is “brutality.” He also compared President-elect Donald Trump to Castro, saying, “He’s off his rocker. He’s a megalomaniac of the same ilk as Fidel Castro, only he’s not as well read.”

Social Media Highlights

YouTube Videos

FED UP — Official Trailer

What if everything you think you knew about food is wrong? Once you know the truth about your food, you’ll be Fed Up.

How Music Is Helping Those With Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Katie Couric interviews Michael Rossato Bennet, the writer, director and producer of Alive Inside, a new documentary that focuses on how music helps with Dementia and Alzheimer.

Podcasts

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Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden is either a human rights hero or a traitor, depending on who you ask. I sat down for a rare face-to-face interview with Snowden in Moscow, Russia. We discussed whether his disclosures to journalists harmed U.S. national security, how he pays his rent, and why he doesn’t have any regrets.

Head to yahoo.com/katiecouric to see the interview in video form.

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Larry Wilmore has worn many comedic hats, from writer and show creator (The Bernie Mac Show) to late-night host (The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore). He joined us to process the election results, pay tribute to Gwen Ifill and share highlights from his over 25 years in television.

This episode is sponsored by Sock Club, Aspen Institute, Omaha Steaks, and Casper Mattresses.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin knows her presidents. As America’s leading presidential historian, she’s written five critically acclaimed and best-selling presidential biographies. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is revered by the likes of Steven Spielberg and President Obama. In this election week bonus episode, she joined us to help parse Donald Trump’s upset victory.

This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com

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Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of the website FiveThirtyEight, is America’s favorite statistician. His website is required reading for anyone obsessing over U.S. elections. He joined Brian and me to talk about polling methods, Comeygate and why post-election gridlock is a very safe bet.

 

This episode is brought to you by Warby Parker and Omaha Steaks.

A Little Something Extra

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Katie Couric brings her warmth, wit, and wisdom to Unqualified this week. She and Anna delve into gender politics issues in journalism and Hollywood, and discuss Katie’s work on a thought-provoking new documentary about gender identity. The conversation gets even more personal when Anna, Katie, and Sim discuss their experiences with internet trolls and cyber bullying. And you might be surprised about what Katie thinks are dating dealbreakers! The gang also plays a game called “Rapper or Politician?” and Katie teaches Anna a “valley girl” cheer (as well as correct Hebrew pronunciation).

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In one of the biggest drama buys for CBS this season, the network has given a put pilot commitment to a character-based procedural from writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman’s new company Secret Hideout is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Photo credit to Andrew Eccles.

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NatGeo announced that the channel and National Geographic Studios will partner with Katie Couric Media to produce a two-hour documentary with the working title “Gender Revolution,” an in-depth look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity.  The doc will premiere on the National Geographic Channel globally in 171 countries and 45 languages, timed to the January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine. (Photo credit Andrew Eccles)

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Early on when Katie Couric was hosting the Today show, she was married to a lawyer named Jay Monahan. They had two daughters together. In 1998, Jay died of colon cancer, and Katie suddenly became a single parent.