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    Chaos in Pakistan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 55:04

    Pakistani police say nearly a thousand people have been arrested in Punjab province this week, while across the country mass protests have descended into violent clashes. The spark that lit the fire was the arrest of the country's former prime minister and cricket star Imran Khan. Furious Khan supporters are taking to the streets, bringing to a head the year-long political standoff with the country's powerful military, since Khan was ousted as leader last April. All this amid a major economic crisis, rising terrorism, and less than a year after devastating floods engulfed the country. How does Pakistan emerge from these interlocking crises? Christiane discusses with the country's former ambassador in Washington, Husain Haqqani.  Also on today's show: Lady Anne Glenconner, Author, “Whatever Next?”; U trade representative Katherine Tai To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Implications of the Trump abuse verdict

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 54:45

    It took a jury just a few hours to reach a unanimous verdict, but the effects could last decades. E. Jean Carroll has been awarded $5 million – but even more importantly for her, and for all other victims, a jury believed her case that former President Trump sexually abused and defamed her more than 25 years ago.  Rebecca Traister is writer-at-large for New York Magazine, the outlet that first broke the E. Jean Carroll story. She joins Christianne to discuss the implications of the verdict.  Also on today's show: Harun Armagan, Former spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, and Bilge Yılmaz, Deputy Chairman, IYI Party; Ashlee Vance, Author, “When the Heavens Went on Sale” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Countering Putin's propaganda

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 54:38

    Victory Day in Russia has long been one of the most important dates in President Putin's calendar – a chance to show off the Kremlin's military might while commemorating the day the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. But this year is drastically different. Under tight security, no fly past, and with only one tank to spare in Moscow, a parade designed to exude strength instead exposed the strain the war in Ukraine is taking. Our first guest is putting all his efforts into countering Putin's propaganda. Ilya Ponomarev was once a member of the Russian state Duma, and now he's running TV channel February Morning, which is aimed at Russians inside Russia. He's even taken up arms against his own country in Ukraine. He joins the show to discuss.  Also on today's show: climate activist Elisabeth Stern & human rights lawyer Jessica Simor; former Google VP and engineering fellow Geoggrey Hinton To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Managing expectations for a Ukraine counteroffensive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 54:50

    For more than a year, Ukraine has defied predictions with its resistance, but senior leaders – including the country's defense minister – are now trying to manage expectations for a much-anticipated counteroffensive. The key, of course, is support from nations like the US, but there is a sense the NATO alliance is calling for visible results before providing more weapons. Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is a longstanding friend of President Biden and has just traveled to close to the frontlines in Ukraine. He joins the show from Kyiv.  Also on today's show: Ali Vaez, Director of Iran Project, International Crisis Group; Gretchen Morgenson, Co-author, “These Are the Plunderers” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    World Food Programme Exec Dir. Cindy McCain

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 55:02

    In Sudan there's still no lasting ceasefire, as the warring parties refuse to put down arms. After nearly four weeks, the violence is having a devastating effect on the country, with hundreds killed and thousands fleeing their homes in search of safety. Those left behind or forced into refugee camps are in dire need of shelter, medicine, clean water, and of course food. The UN World Food Programme is urgently working to get the Sudanese people fed, but it's dangerous work. Three staff members have been killed in the fighting, which forced a temporary suspension of operations. At the helm of the WFP during this tense time is Cindy McCain, the former ambassador and widow of Senator John McCain. She's just one month into the job, and the challenges go way beyond Sudan. She joins the show from Nairobi.  Also on today's show: Historian Simon Schama & New York Times London Bureau Chief Mark Landler discuss the UK's feelings about a new king and the future of the monarchy itself; Oklahoma State House Republican Toni Hasenbeck To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Americans held hostage

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 55:06

    It's an unofficial "hostage week" in Washington DC, with activities being held to call attention to Americans wrongfully detained in foreign prisons. A driving force behind this week's events is the James W. Foley Foundation, which fights to free the wrongfully detained and to protect journalists around the world. The foundation was launched by Diane Foley, mother of James, who was publicly and horrifically executed by ISIS nearly a decade ago. Christiane speaks with Diane Foley about channeling her grief into action.  Also on today's show: Actors Laura Linney & Jessica Hecht; US Senate Independent Angus King To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

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    Did Ukraine try to take out Putin?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 55:00

    Russia is claiming that Ukraine attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin in a targeted drone attack on the Kremlin. This comes as Ukraine's defense minister says preparations for its long-awaited counteroffensive are almost complete. General Sir Richard Shirreff, NATO's former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Europe joins Christiane in London following a recent trip to Ukraine.    Also on today's show: Correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddou; author Sathnam Sanghera To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Is artificial intelligence a threat or a breakthrough?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 54:57

    After ‘The Godfather' of artificial intelligence sounds the alarm about his own dangerous creation, Christiane asks senior A.I. researcher Connor Leahy, and also the head of Cyber Policy at Stanford University Marietje Schaake, if they think A.I. is a major threat to humanity, or a world saving breakthrough.Also on today's show: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins to talk about his ode to mother nature in his new project, and Walter Isaacson asks Buzzfeed News co-founder Ben Smith where the billion-dollar race to go viral went wrong.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    What next in Sudan conflict?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 54:59

    In Sudan, witnesses report that a sixth ceasefire is being broken by explosions and gunfire. More than 500 people have been killed in the conflict as it enters its third week, including at least two US citizens. With many looking to the United States and Saudi Arabia to help bring the two warring generals to the negotiating table, Alex Rondos, former EU Envoy to the Horn of Africa, talks to Christiane about the extremely high stakes.  Also on today's show: US Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens; South Carolina State Senator Penry Gustafson; American Library Association President Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Dr. Fauci on Covid's past, present and future

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 54:33

    Three years after a strange killer disease swept the globe, the world has begun to move on from Covid. But the impact of the virus is staggering to contemplate. Official estimates say the virus killed over one million here in the US, and seven million worldwide. That is an underestimate, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci; the real death toll could be as high as 20 million. Christiane meets with him in New York, where he has received the prestigious Calderone Prize from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.    Also on today's show: Jemima Khan, screenwriter, "What's Love Got to Do With It"; Emily Witt, staff writer, The New Yorker To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Major newspapers join forces to support Evan Gershkovich

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2023 55:12

    America's largest newspapers - The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times - are dedicating their pages to the Journal's Evan Gershkovich as he spends his fourth week behind bars in a Russian prison, facing trumped-up charge of espionage. The papers are running a full-page letter in their print editions, where they write: "As editors and publishers of some of America's largest news organizations, we are united in calling for his immediate release. Reporting is not a crime." His arrest is one of the latest flashpoints in a world where autocratic leaders increasingly feel free to lock up anybody who can be used as a political pawn - anyone they perceive as a threat to their rule. Christiane sat down with The Wall Street Journal's Editor-in-chief Emma Tucker to discuss what she's doing to help bring Evan home.  Also on today's show: Yusra Ghannouchi, daughter of jailed Tunisian activist Rached Ghannouchi; Jacob Bogage, Business Reporter, The Washington Post To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    GOP presidential hopefuls list continues to grow

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 55:09

    Former Arkansas Governor today became the latest to enter the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, joining Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and others. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu could be next, and he joins Christiane to discuss.  Also on today's show: As tributes pour in for Harry Belafonte, who died yesterday at 96, Christiane shares her last interview with him, when his autobiography had been published to great acclaim: My Song, A Memoir of Art, Race and Defiance. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 55:29

    “As long as it takes” – a phrase President Biden often repeats about Ukraine, but behind closed doors there are reports the administration is concerned about what can be accomplished in any spring offensive. Meanwhile the Russians keep hammering away, with news today of a missile striking a museum in Kharkiv, killing two and injuring several more. President Zelensky said today “the terrorist country is doing everything to destroy Ukraine completely.” Ukraine's Foreign Minister joins the show from Kyiv.  Also on today's show: Justin J. Pearson & Gloria Johnson, two of the "Tennessee Three"; Adm. William McRaven (Ret.); Harry Belafonte (from the archives) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Escape from Sudan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 55:14

    Governments across the world are desperately trying to get trapped foreign nationals out of Sudan, as the devastating violence engulfing the country enters its tenth day. More than 400 people have been killed, and with multiple broken ceasefires, there's no end in sight to the conflict. As former US special envoy for the Sahel region of Africa, J. Peter Pham knows Sudan well and joins the show to discuss.  Also on today's show: Evan Osnos, author, “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now”; Anton Troianovski, Moscow Bureau Chief, The New York Times; Dr. Ivanka Nebor, ENT doctor and founder of INgenius; plastic surgeon Dr. Grigoriy Mashkevich To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    How close is China to invading Taiwan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2023 54:59

    The United States is increasingly worried about a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command says the US military has done a lot of work in taking lessons learned from Russia's war in Ukraine and applying them to US support of Taiwan. But he's also been warning that the Chinese threat to Taiwan is “closer to us than most think." Joining the show to discuss is Taiwanese-American journalist Brian Hioe.  Also on today's show: Vivian Schiller, Twitter's former Global Chair of News; David Grann, author of The Wager; John Oppermann, Executive Director, Earth Day Initiative To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    The continuing plight of Americans imprisoned in Iran

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 54:51

    Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich went to court in Moscow this week, to request his pre-trial detention be under house arrest, rather than jail. No surprise, he was denied. He's the latest American to be picked up and thrown behind bars by a foreign government – a trend on the rise, according to the James Foley Foundation, and it's breaking families apart. Three Americans detained in Iran are desperate to be freed, so much so, one of them – Siamak Namazi, made the bold decision to call this program from Evin Prison, and plead with President Biden to help free them all. But weeks pass, and there they remain, hostage to the political winds. Siamak's brother Babak has been working tirelessly for years to free him, and so has Tara Tahbaz on behalf of her father, Morad Tahbaz who is also detained there. The two of them spoke to Christiane alongside Jason Rezaian, who was imprisoned in Iran himself, before being released in a 2016 prisoner swap.  Also on today's show: Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, San Francisco Ballet; Laura Trevelyan, former BBC journalist To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Floyd Abrams on the Fox-Dominion settlement

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 54:55

    In a stunning 11th-hour settlement, just as opening arguments were set to start, Fox chose to cut a huge check, rather than face a jury, for knowingly lying about the Dominion Voting machine company and the 2020 US presidential election. Dominion's CEO says it's a big step forward for democracy. But Fox does not have to admit on its air that it defamed Dominion Voting Systems. Floyd Abrams is the doyen of First Amendment law in the US and speaks to Christiane about the impact this will have on America's democracy.  Also on today's show: Hamid Khalafallah, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; screenwriter Anna Winger; journalist Mike Giglio To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Who will prevail in Fox vs. Dominion?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 54:43

    Today Fox News Corporation and Dominion Voting Systems go head-to-head in what is set to be one of the most important media trials in more than a half a century. Few know the inside of Rupert Murdoch's media empire better than veteran British journalist Andrew Neil. He ran Murdoch's Sunday Times in the UK for over a decade and was Executive Chair of his Sky News. He joins Christiane alongside Dean of Columbia School of Journalism Jelani Cobb to explain the impact this case could have on the law, politics and the press.  Also on today's show: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; author Nita Farahany (The Battle for Your Brain) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Exclusive interview: Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahern

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2023 55:39

    25 years ago, the Good Friday agreement ended decades of violence and brought peace to Northern Ireland. The architects of that ground-breaking pact were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US President Bill Clinton and former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. In a historic reunion, Blair, Clinton & Ahern sat down with Christiane for an exclusive interview reflecting on the hard choices they made all those years ago and preserving peace and stability today.  Also on today's show: Author Clint Smith discusses his new book of poetry, Above Ground, which deals with the emotional ups and downs of raising a family in today's modern world. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

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    French court approves retirement age boost

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2023 54:39

    France's highest constitutional court has approved a pension reform plan that has triggered months of anger and discontent. The controversial bill – which will raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 – could be enacted as soon as this weekend, and the new law has already put French President Emmanuel Macron under immense pressure. Nonetheless, he says reform is essential. Demonstrators are already back on the streets to voice their opposition, and correspondent Fred Pleitgen joins the show from the protest.  Also on today's show: New York Times columnist Ezra Klein; George Washington University law professor Catherine J. Ross; Washington Post reporter Shane Harris To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Special Report: Landslides exacerbated by climate change

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2023 55:00

    How can the most vulnerable countries protect against climate change if they're drowning in debt? A major international aid agency revealed this week that 93% of the world's worst-affected countries can't afford to safeguard against natural disasters. Some are being forced to slash public spending or invest in fossil fuel industries just to pay back their debts to central banks. Action Aid International says it's high time for a radical overhaul of the way debt is managed to stop the climate crisis spiraling – pointing to IMF and World Bank meetings this week in DC. The impact of our changing climate is all around us – just look at the two apartment buildings that collapsed in a landslide in Mexico this week. Scientists warn that climate change is only making such disasters worse.  Also on today's show: Peter Frankopan, Author, “The Earth Transformed”; Ai Weiwei, artist; Nicola Fox, Head of Science, NASA To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    President Biden visits Northern Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2023 55:17

    In Northern Ireland today, President Biden hailed the power and the possibilities of peace, 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement ended the Troubles. The president's speech noted the very real successes since and the power of smartly deployed US diplomacy. Correspondent Nic Robertson joins the show from Belfast.  Also on today's show: Former CIA Director Leon Panetta; former Deputy Commander, US Pacific Command Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf (Ret.); former adviser to President Barack Obama David Axelrod To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    US House Democrat Katie Porter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2023 55:36

    President Joe Biden flies to Belfast, Northern Ireland tonight for a major celebration: 25 years since the historic Good Friday peace accords and America's vital role in making that happen. Biden's 4 day visit to the island comes as he signals ever louder his intention to definitely run again for president in 2024 – and just as hot button elections issues such as guns, race and a woman's right to choose are at the forefront of the national debate. Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter has become well known in Washington, particularly for her tough questions and trademark whiteboard. Now she's running for Senate and is out with a new book, I Swear: Politics Is Messier Than My Minivan. She joins the show from New York to discuss all this.  Also on today's show: François Heisbourg, Senior Adviser for Europe, Intl. Institute for Strategic Studies & Philippe Étienne, Former French Ambassador to US; Dr. Ricardo Nuila, author, The People's Hospital To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Exclusive: Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2023 54:36

    Amid critical tension in the Middle East, Israel's far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has led thousands of settlers marching through the occupied West Bank to an illegal outpost. The Palestinian president's office immediately condemned it as an “invasion of settler militias,” and it comes as both Israelis and Palestinians are spending some of their holiest days mourning and burying their children after a surge in violence. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh joins the program for an exclusive interview.   Also on today's show: Naomi Long, leader of The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland; author Alexandra Robbins (The Teachers) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    More Middle East mayhem

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2023 49:53

    First: Violence escalates in Israel, Gaza, and now Lebanon. We get the latest on this tense situation from a senior Israeli journalist and a regional expert  Next: Fury as Tennessee Republicans expel two Democratic state representatives. How America's relationship with guns, democracy and race meet in this one moment.  Then: Are Russian troops regaining momentum in the key Ukrainian city of Bahkmut? We have the latest from Kiev.  Plus: The explosive new film taking on the climate emergency. We're joined by the director and star of How to Blow Up a Pipeline. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Is China now the world's key geopolitical player?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2023 49:57

    First: As French President Macron urges China to help bring peace to Ukraine, we ask a foreign policy expert whether China is stepping in as the world's key geopolitical player.  Next: The Biden Administration ramps up its push to bring Evan Gershkovich home from Russia. Journalist and friend Polina Ivanova looks at what the WSJ reporter faces inside an infamous Russian prison.  Then: Correspondent Ben Wedeman reports from the trenches in eastern Ukraine.  Plus: CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic discusses her new book about the Supreme Court, Nine Black Robes.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    What next after Tsai-McCarthy meeting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2023 49:28

    First: Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen meets with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. We're joined by China expert Jessica Chen Weiss.  Then: After the historic arraignment of Donald Trump, what can we expect next? Former Republican Congressman Francis Rooney predicts how it all plays out.  Plus: Police in Israel storm Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque. We have a special report. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Amanpour update for April 3, 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2023 0:25

    There is no new episode of the Amanpour showcast. If you haven't already, please check out CNN's other podcasts and showcasts at To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    The State of New York vs. Donald J. Trump

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2023 55:21

    Former President Donald Trump has been criminally charged by a New York grand jury – words that will be written into the history books. This is new territory for the country, and for now, there are many unanswered questions about how this case will play out. The indictment was filed under seal and charges are not yet public, but sources say Trump faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud. For now, we know that the Manhattan district attorney's office has been investigating the former president in connection with his alleged role in a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump is expected to appear in court Tuesday for his arraignment, and his attorney says he will “absolutely” voluntarily surrender to law enforcement. The eyes of the world will be on the US as this unfolds, with American democracy and rule of law under the microscope. To dig a little deeper, former Southern District of New York prosecutor and Cardozo Law School professor Jessica Roth joins the show.  Also on today's showcast: John Kirby, US National Security Council; Masha Gessen, staff writer, The New Yorker; Debra Lee, author, “I Am Debra Lee: A Memoir” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    A big victory for a small country

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2023 54:53

    The Pacific island of Vanuatu is one step closer to getting the world's highest court to weigh in on the climate crisis for the first time ever. Backed by the United Nations, it's asking the International Court of Justice to clearly lay out how countries must address the warming planet. Few countries are feeling climate change pressure more acutely than Barbados, along with other small island nations that fear being swallowed up by the sea. Prime Minister Mia Mottley has become one of the most well-known world leaders calling for action, clearly communicating what's at stake. She has a kindred spirit in Avinash Persaud, her climate envoy. Together, they are pushing the Bridgetown Initiative – named for their capital city – to help pay for and delay climate change damage in developing countries.  Also on today's show: Matthew Desmond, author, “Poverty, By America”; Gilbert & George To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Biden vs. Netanyahu

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2023 54:07

    President Biden launches his second Democracy Summit today, with in-person and virtual participation by over 100 world leaders. Today's summit comes as Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Biden trade barbs over the right-wing coalition's controversial judicial reforms, with Biden hoping they will be abandoned, and Netanyahu firing back that Israel makes its own choices. For more on this, Christiane speaks with Biden ally Senator Chris Van Hollen.  Also on today's show: Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova; US House Democrat Maxwell Frost To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Yet another mass shooting in the US

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2023 55:02

    It's one day after another mass shooting in America – this time, at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. It raises the same old, yet vital, unanswered questions? How long will this remain the norm? How long before legislators step in to actually save lives, as in so many other democratic nations? Firearms are the leading cause of death among American children and adolescents aged between one and 19 – and in Nashville, three children were among the six slaughtered at their school. Our first guest tonight is himself a survivor of gun violence: at 17, Joseph Sakran survived a bullet wound to the throat. Now he is a trauma surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland, regularly seeing at close quarters the visceral violence that these weapons cause.  Also on today's show: Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel; former tennis star Boris Becker and Alex Gibney, director of "Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Strikes, protests in Israel derail Netanyahu ... for now

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2023 55:05

    A stunning display of resistance in Israel may have stopped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to weaken the judiciary – at least for now. In the face of massive protests and strikes, the prime minister says the proposal is tabled for the moment, but it could be brought up again as soon as a month from now. Whether this will be enough to calm the outcry is yet to be seen, though, as critics both inside and outside the country say the Israeli leader is making a troublesome slide towards democracy. Reporter Hadas Gold joins the show from Jerusalem, followed by former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.  Also on today's show: Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief, The Economist; Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to France; Michael Specter, author, “Higher Animals” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    How much of a threat is TikTok?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2023 55:15

    The tense competition between the US and China boiled over in Congress this week in a hearing over social media app TikTok and how it handles data. Members of Congress repeatedly voiced their concerns over the app's ties to China and its impact on American youth. The Chinese government says US lawmakers who want to ban TikTok are just part of a “xenophobic witch hunt,” while for his part, TikTok CEO Shou Chew defended his company's autonomy and security. Alex Stamos knows all about global online threats, having worked as Facebook's chief security officer, and now running a team at Stanford researching all of this. He joins the show to discuss.   Also on today's show: Mike Chinoy, Author, “Assignment China”; financial journalist William D. Cohan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Daniel Ellsberg on holding governments accountable

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2023 55:09

    The 20th anniversary of the Iraq War this week reminds us of the critical importance of holding governments to account. Whistleblowing plays a crucial role in this pursuit. Daniel Ellsberg is probably the patron saint of modern-day whistleblowers thanks to one giant leap of courage and conscience. Leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, at great personal risk, changed the course of history, and revealed America secretly knew the war was unwinnable. 50 years later, Ellsberg is still deeply committed to peace and transparency, but this month – at almost 92 – he revealed his latest personal battle, after being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He speaks with Christiane from his home in California to discuss his life, this farewell moment, and how to save lives by speaking out.  Also on today's show: Musician Yusuf/Cat Stevens; Eric Schmidt, former CEO & chairman of Google To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Nobel Prize-winning human rights lawyer Oleksandra Matviichuk

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2023 54:33

    The United Nations says more than 8,300 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since Russia began its war. This as President Putin and his minister for children's affairs have been slapped with arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court over the forced deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children. To discuss all this and prospects for accountability, Christiane speaks with the head of Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties, which last year was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Also on today's show: Journalist Imara Jones; “Behayshta,” an Afghan girl prevented from going to school; Orzala Nemat, Research Associate, SOAS University of London; Rina Amiri, US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2023 54:41

    The official civilian death toll from Russia's war on Ukraine now stands at 8,317 – but the reality is that number is likely far higher. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken describes the “massive death and destruction” caused by Russian war crimes, as the State Department report on human rights highlights indiscriminate attacks on civilians and credible reports of execution, torture and rape. The International Criminal Court has just issued a warrant for Putin's arrest over the case of forcibly deported Ukrainian children, and their chief prosecutor joins Christiane in London.  Also on today's show: Neda Sharghi, sister of Emad Shargi, American detained in Iran; Sarah McCammon, NPR National Correspondent; John Kirby, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    What to make of the Putin-Xi 'journey of peace'

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 55:00

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping came together in Moscow today in what Beijing is casting as a “journey of peace.” But with Putin intent on crushing Ukraine's democracy and Xi hoping for a new world being made more in Beijing's image, is it more like the rise of the authoritarians? Vladimir Milov is Russia's former deputy minister of energy, and he joins the show alongside former Pentagon official Michael Beckley.  Also on today's show: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Author, “A Stranger in Your Own City”; Melvyn Leffler, Author, “Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Wanted man

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2023 54:40

    First: The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for allegedly deporting Ukrainian children to Russia.  Next: A harrowing look at the Iraq invasion 20 years on through the lens of an acclaimed photographer.  Then: An investigative journalist in Mexico dives into cartels, drugs, immigration and what's behind the epidemic of the disappeared. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    How the Bush era still shapes US foreign policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2023 55:04

    A lightning Russian invasion into a neighboring state sends shockwaves around the world. President Putin blames the west, and in particular the United States, for triggering its attack. The White House scrambles to make the right response. Not Ukraine today, but Georgia in 2008, when then-President George W. Bush was stunned by a Russian attack on one of its neighbors. It proved a learning moment and demonstrates how the Bush era continues to shape American foreign policy. For more on this, Christiane speaks with President Bush's former national security advisor Stephen Hadley, whose new book Hand-Off digs into the top-secret foreign policy memos Bush handed to his successor, President Obama.  Also on today's show: actor F. Murray Abraham; neuroscientist/journalist Stephani Sutherland. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Is US support for Israel shifting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 55:02

    Israel is facing unprecedented internal unrest as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forges ahead with a controversial bill to allow lawmakers a political veto over the Supreme Court, and therefore the independent judiciary. Ever since its founding, Israel has proclaimed itself the sole democracy amid dictatorships and authoritarians. Its strongest allies like the United States have touted that very democracy as a key reason for its steadfast backing, yet even their support may be shifting. To discuss this, Christiane speaks with Efraim Halevy, a former head of Mossad.  Also on today's show: Aaron David Miller, Former U.S. State Dept. Middle East Negotiator; Victor Gao, Director, China National Association of International Studies; Krish Vignarajah, President & CEO, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

    Estonian PM warns: Don't appease Putin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 54:55

    It is painful, it is tough, and it's where Ukraine's future will be determined, says Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky of the brutal fighting in the east of his country. Russians and Ukrainians are essentially locked in a war of attrition, each side rapidly losing troops, something Russia has in much bigger supply. Few actually know the stakes of this fight better than the Baltic states – they are Putin's neighbors and some of Ukraine's staunchest backers. In Estonia, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas's fierce support for Kyiv helped secure her decisive re-election victory last week, and she joins Christiane from Tallinn to sound the alarm against any notion of appeasing Putin.  Also on today's show: Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Univ. of Michigan & James Jacoby, Director/Correspondent, Frontline's “Age of Easy Money”; Adam Gopnik, Author, “The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

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