I am working on a television series about the revolutions happening in our culture, communities and families for National Geographic that brought me to Charlottesville last weekend. I spent 72 hours with counter-protesters leading up to Saturday’s violent Unite the Right rally. The network asked me to reflect on my experiences. Read my essay here.

As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Pete Souza spent eight years in the “room where it happens.” He has the stories — and the pictures— to show for it: from playing cards with POTUS on Air Force One to photographing the Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. No one, with the possible exception of the First Lady, spent more time with Barack Obama during his presidency. Plus, Pete reflects on his formative years outside Washington, including a harrowing, snowy trek on horseback to document the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Marie Kondo brings her world-renowned tidying expertise to my own closet, where—let’s just say—not everything is “sparking joy.” We discuss Marie’s early (and sometimes overzealous) forays into organizing and why the “KonMari Method” for cleaning up has turned into a global phenomenon. Plus, Marie explains how her young daughters have changed her approach to tidying and divulges the unnecessary object in her home that she refuses to give away.


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With a thriving downtown, a bustling restaurant scene and world-renowned museums, there’s no doubt Cleveland, Ohio, is experiencing a cultural renaissance. In part two of our Cities Rising series in Cleveland, I stopped by West Side Market, met up with Matthew McConaughey, and more.

DJ Khaled — hip-hop producer, Snapchat guru, author, record label executive and music mogul — is ready for “another one.” With his 10th album, huge summer hits and a new son, Khaled has a lot to be grateful for. I sat down with Khaled to talk about his latest album, Grateful, which comes out on June 23; his collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, as well as his son, Asahd — who is an executive producer on the album, by the way — and how fatherhood changed his life.

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Follow along as we learn how to make delicious, healthy dinners with the help of  Sur la Table national chef Joel Gamoran. In this episode, we are joined by Inspiralized’s Ali Maffucci to make a chicken and leek soup with carrot noodles. The dish is ready in under 20 minutes! See more at surlatable.com/fullplate.

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Longtime political analyst Norm Ornstein joins us to reflect on the upcoming anniversary of Donald Trump’s election. We discuss the “seeds of Trumpism,” the changing Republican Party and the future of American civic life. Plus, Ornstein opens up about his late son’s struggle with mental illness and his push for mental health policy reform.

Gretchen Carlson may have been fired last year from her job at Fox News, but it hasn’t slowed her down one bit. After filing and settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss at Fox for a reported $20 million, Gretchen has transitioned from journalism to advocacy. She joins us to discuss her new book, the recent bombshell allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her advice for others facing sexual harassment at work. Plus, she recalls what it was like to be crowned Miss America at age 22 and the nerve-racking prank that unexpectedly launched her career in television.

Martha Stewart has dominated all things domestic for nearly 35 years. But what about the woman behind the empire? Brian and I stopped by Martha’s pristine office for a candid conversation over some apple-cranberry crisp. Martha recalls what it was like growing up in New Jersey as one of six kids, getting her first book deal, serving time in prison and what it was like to work on a TV show with Donald Trump. Plus, she discusses her new cookbook and her collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Nothing is off-limits. It’s a good thing.

David Axelrod is a renowned Democratic political strategist, most notably for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. These days, he runs the nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and hosts a hit podcast, The Axe Files, where he interviews major political figures. In this special crossover episode, we turn the tables on “Axe” and get his own story, including his early days in gritty Chicago journalism, his father’s death from suicide, and his family’s efforts on behalf of his daughter, Lauren, who has epilepsy. Plus, we discuss his former client, Hillary Clinton, and the future of the Democratic party.

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Katie Couric may be the former longtime co-host of the Today show, but lately she’s been working on some new projects. She cohosts the Katie Couric podcast with Brian Goldsmith (they interviewed Gretchen Carlsonin the latest episode), is executive producing a Lifetime movie about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and she’s working on a six-part National Geographic series. She lives in New York City with her husband, John Molner, and is the mother of daughters in their 20s. Here, she shares how she gets it all done.

This fall, Maria Sharapova publishes Unstoppable, the candid, captivating story of her rise to tennis stardom. Join her for a thrilling, insightful conversation about her beginnings in Siberia, her arrival in the US at age 6, her career-defining games and her recent fight to get back on the court.

Award-winning journalist and TV personality Katie Couric will moderate.

“Asking questions has shaped who I am as a journalist and a person. Over the course of my career, I’ve asked thousands of them. Some explore the deepest part of the human condition.”

During a Q&A with Dr. Jill Biden, when the OZY Fest co-host brought up the anguished decision by then-Vice President Joe Biden not to run for president in 2016, an audience member yelled, “2020!” The former second lady and current board chair for the international charity Save the Children was on stage while her husband watched from the audience. When Couric took the question directly to Jill Biden, she deferred to the man sitting a few rows away, stage left.

The Bidens are out talking now, with Joe working on a book and Jill still teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, along with their advocacy work. Will another campaign be next?