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Discussions and debates with top newsmakers about the most controversial and interesting issues impacting California, hosted by FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson and airing on several TV stations across the state.

The Issue Is


    • Oct 23, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    220: Andrew Yang, Ana Kasparian and Steve Hilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 21:23


    Andrew Yang joins The Issue Is to discuss his new "Forward" Party, universal basic income and his political future. Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks and Steve Hilton of FOX News debate vaccine mandates.


    219: Rep. Adam Schiff and Arash Markazi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 36:49

    Rep. Schiff joins The Issue Is to discuss his new book and the Jan. 6 commission. Arash Markazi joins Elex to discuss Jon Gruden's resignation from the Raiders.

    218: Katie Porter, Brian Tyler Cohen, Michael Knowles, Denis McDonough

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 36:17

    In this week's The Issue Is, Rep. Katie Porter discusses the Orange County oil spill. Brian Tyler Cohen and Michael Knowles debate vaccine mandates and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Denis McDonough stops by to chat with Elex.

    217: Gavin Newsom, Oct. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 19:50

    This week Elex goes one-on-one with Gov. Gavin Newsom to discuss life after the recall election. 

    217: Glorida Allred, Paxton Smith and Dave Rubin

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 15:07


    Glorida Allred and Paxton Smith join the show to discuss abortion rights. Dave Rubin also stops by to discuss Larry Elder and California's vaccine mandates.


    216: Dolores Huerta

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 35:03

    Elex speaks with longtime activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta ask she discusses her work with Cesar Chavez and RFK.

    215: Larry Elder, Areva Martin, Brian Goldsmith and John Kobylt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 29:37


    Larry Elder stops by to discuss the recall outcome and his plans for 2022. Elex is also joined by Areva Martin, Brian Goldsmith and John Kobylt as they discuss the recall race and the state of California GOP.


    214: Larry Elder and John Myers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 28:41


    Elex speaks with Larry Elder on his case against Governor Gavin Newsom. John Myers of the LA Times stops by to discuss recent polling and the state of the gubernatorial race.


    213: Lisa Bloom, Dan Schnur and Jessica Patterson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 24:05


    Progressive attorney Lisa Bloom, Professor Dan Schnur and California GOP Chair Jessica Patterson join Elex for our first in-person studio panel since March 2020 to discuss recall politics, campaign strategy and the Texas abortion law.


    212: Tomi Lahren vs. Ethan Bearman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 38:40

    Tomi Lahren and Ethan Bearman debate over Afghanistan, the California recall and vaccine mandates.

    211: FOX 11 Special Report: Larry Elder

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 23:17


    Larry Elder joined Elex Michaelson and Marla Tellez on FOX 11's special report as the gubernatorial candidate weighed in key issues.


    210: Gavin Newsom, Dan Schnur, Gustavo Arellano, Susan Shelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 29:33

    This week, Elex is joined by Governor Gavin Newsom, who discusses his recall strategy and his agenda for the year ahead. Dan Schnur, Gustavo Arrellano of LA Times and OC Register's Susan Shelley join The Issue Is to discuss the state of the recall race.

    209: Pulse of the People: Sen. Alex Padilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 55:23

    Senator Alex Padilla joins FOX to answer Californians' questions.

    208: Caitlyn Jenner, Bob Shrum, Mike Murphy, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 26:26


    This week on The Issue Is, Elex speaks with Caitlyn Jenner on homelessness and the rising spread of the delta variant. Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Republican strategist Mike Murphy both discuss the state of the recall race. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters discuss the child tax credit.


    207: Recall Debate: Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on important issues facing Californians

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 92:52

    Candidates eyeing to take over Gavin Newsom's seat as Governor of California faced off in their first gubernatorial debate Wednesday night. 

    206: Former Congressman Doug Ose

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 16:10

    Former Rep. Doug Ose (R) discusses his run for governor, mask mandates, school choice and combatting homelessness.

    205: Hugh Hewitt, Kevin Kiley, Buffy Wicks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 30:30


    Hugh Hewitt announces an Aug. 4 Recall Debate that is being co-hosted by FOX 11 and the Nixon Library. California Assembly Members Kevin Kiley and Buffy Wicks also join The Issue Is this week.


    204: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 21:51

    US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona joins the Issue Is to discuss the future of masking, schools and California.

    203: Gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 23:25


    Elex Michaelson sits down with Larry Elder on his run for governor.


    202: Victor Glover, Marty Walsh, Mark Takano, Gavin Newsom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 19:21

    Elex spoke with astronaut Victor Glover on his time on the International Space Station. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Rep. Mark Takano also stopped by to discuss child tax credit and the state's infrastructure. Elex also spoke with Gov. Gavin Newsom on his efforts to clean up California.

    201: Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Josh Harder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 17:07

    This week, Sen. Padilla stops by to discuss immigration, infrastructure and ending the filibuster. Rep. Harder discusses increasing pay for federal firefighters.

    200: Michael Knowles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 19:45

    Michael Knowles also stops by The Issue Is to discuss his new book "Speechless," cancel cuture and former President Donald Trump's legacy.

    199: Congresswoman Barbara Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 16:27

    Rep. Lee speaks with Elex on Vice President Kamala Harris' El Paso trip, Derek Chauvin sentencing and Juneteenth.

    198: Kevin Faulconer, Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 31:12

    Elex sits down with former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on his run for Governor. Politico's Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White joins the show to discuss Gov. Newsom's rollercoaster week and the recall challengers.

    197: Anthony Rendon, Pete Buttigieg, Edward-Isaac Dovere

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 21:27

    California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon stops by to discuss budget negotiations and the recall election. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg chats with Elex on the ongoing infrastructure talks and vaccine incentives and Edward-Issac Dovere discusses his new book.

    196: Caitlyn Jenner talks run for governor, her voting record, Kim Kardashian, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 37:13

    Friday, in her first TV interview with a California journalist since launching her bid for Governor, Caitlyn Jenner sat down with FOX 11's Elex Michaelson for an extensive conversation on The Issue Is. The sit-down comes roughly six weeks after the Olympian, reality TV star, and transgender activist announced plans to challenge Governor Gavin Newsom in his impending recall election. Among the many topics Jenner and Michaelson discussed, were Jenner's qualifications for office, the state's growing homeless crisis, education policy, her 2020 voting record, and Jenner's longtime friendship with the state's former Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    195: Rep. Karen Bass, Mira Sorvino, Miguel Santiago and Ady Barkan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 26:17


    This week, Elex hosts a loaded guestlist including Rep. Karen Bass, actress Mira Sorvino, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago and activist Ady Barkan.


    194: Secretary Pete Buttigieg and former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 32:47

    This week on The Issue Is, Elex Michaelson welcomes two former small-town Mayors, both elected in their 20's, who now, in their 30's, have recently accepted new roles on the state and national stages. Pete Buttigieg served as Mayor South Bend, Indiana from 2012 through 2020. After unsuccessfully seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020, Buttigieg would ultimately be appointed President Joe Biden's Secretary of Transportation. Michael Tubbs was elected Mayor of Stockton, California at age 26. An early proponent of a Guaranteed Income, or Universal Basic Income, Tubbs was recently appointed Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity for California Governor Gavin Newsom.

    193: Gov. Newsom on the state budget, reopening California

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 25:22

    This week, prior to announcing his $268B California budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom made stops across the Golden state, touting various aspects of his spending plan, from expanding access to education and health care, to combating homelessness and issuing tax rebates to some 78% of the Californians. On Tuesday, while promoting a $1.5B proposal aimed at clean-up and beautification, Newsom spoke with FOX 11's Elex Michaelson for The Issue Is, the two talking budget surpluses, recall politics, and the state's planned economic reopening on June 15, among many other subjects. Following Newsom, Michaelson is also joined this week by John Myers, the Sacramento Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times, and Laurel Rosenhall of CalMatters, to break down the Governor's proposed budget and his chances of defeating a recall later this year.

    192: John Cox, Carla Marinucci, Areva Martin and Joel Pollak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 34:20

    This week, Elex sits with California gubernatorial candidate John Cox. After his interview with Cox, an all-star panel of Carla Marinucci, Areva Martin and Joel Pollak join the Issue Is.

    191: Sen. Alex Padilla, Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo, Michael Knowles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 25:36

    This week, Elex speaks with Senator Alex Padilla to hear about the Senator's first 100 days in office. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo discusses GDP growth and being a part of the Biden Cabinet. Michael Knowles also stops by to talk government spending and the California recall election.

    190: The Issue Is: Former Governor Jerry Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 40:26

    Former California Governor Jerry Brown weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner putting her name in the recall election hat, climate change and President Biden.

    189: The Issue Is Podcast: Rep. Barbara Lee and LZ Granderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 19:54

    This week, Elex sits down with Rep. Barbara Lee to discuss reparations, the War in Afghanistan and citizenship for essential workers. LZ Granderson also stops by to chat sports fans returning to the stands.

    188: Dee Dee Myers, Gloria Allred and Elisha Krauss

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 21:00


    This week, Dee Dee Myers discusses California's plans to safely reopen businesses June 15. Gloria Allred and Elisha Krauss debate the recall, vaccine passports and more.


    187: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Carla Marinucci, John Myers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2021 26:39

    This week, Elex caught up with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss vaccine passports and the future of masking. Politico's Carla Marinucci and LA Times' John Myers also stopped by to discuss the effort to recall Gov. Newsom and VP Kamala Harris' return to Oakland.

    186: The Issue Is Podcast: Assemblymember Rob Bonta and sports columnist Bill Plaschke

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 20:16

    This week, Elex speaks with Assemblymember Rob Bonta as the Newsom AG pick discusses fight against Asian hate. LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke chats California's reopening of ballparks.

    185: Randy Economy, Wolfgang Puck and Matthew Friend

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2021 21:28

    In this week's The Issue Is, Randy Economy discusses the push to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, Wolfgang Puck on changes to the restaurant industry and Matthew Friend does his impressions of Dr. Fauci, Former President Donald Trump and Governor Newsom.

    184: Dee Dee Myers and the Meiselas Brothers

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2021 36:07

    Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor to Gov. Newsom, discusses reopening California and the Meiselas Brothers talk about the Meidas Touch and the changing face of media.

    183: Dr. Mark Ghaly, Rep. Karen Bass and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2021 31:21


    FOX 11 Anchor Elex Michaelson speaks with California HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.


    182: Gov. Gavin Newsom, Emily Hoeven, Alexei Koseff and John Myers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 21:08

    This week, Elex is joined by the Gavin Newsom, as well as a panel of political reporters, Emily Hoeven of Cal Matters, Alexei Koseff of the San Francisco Chronicle, and John Myers of the LA Times.

    181: Anthony Rendon, Toni Atkins and Ted Lieu

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2021 20:53

    Speakers of the California Assembly Anthony Rendon and California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins discuss the state's push to reopen schools. Congressman Ted Lieu shares his experience as a House Impeachment manager.

    180: The Issue Is Podcast: Sen. Alex Padilla, Carla Marinucci and Doug Sovern

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2021 20:00

    Sen. Alex Padilla weighs in on the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. Elex also speaks with Politico's Carla Mrinucci and KCBS Radio's Doug Sovern to discuss Gov. Newsom and the fight to reopen schools.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com. 

    179: LB Mayor Robert Garcia, FOX News' Gianno Caldwell and The Young Turks' Ana Kasparian

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 20:07


    FOX 11's Elex Michaelson chats with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia on the city's successful vaccine distribution, Hero Pay and Gov. Newsom. Elex also brings in FOX News' Gianno Caldwell and The Young Turks' Ana Kasparian to debate Congressional COVID-19 relief, former President Trump and possible recall of Gov. Newsom.


    178: The Issue Is: Lisa Bloom and John Kobylt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 28:30


    Elex Michaelson sat (virtually) with attorney Lisa Bloom and radio host John Kobylt to discuss vaccine rollout and Governor Gavin Newsom.


    177: Presidential inauguration with Senator Alex Padilla and Chris Wallace

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 27:43


    This week, the peaceful transfer of power so many feared would not take place, did. At noon on Wednesday, Joe Biden took the oath of office, becoming the 46th President of the United States. It was an inauguration unlike any in modern history, most notably because of the absence of outgoing President Donald Trump, as well as the presence of some 25,000 National Guard troops, deployed to Washington DC over fears of attacks akin to those on January 6. All this in a week when an additional 1.32 million Americans contracted coronavirus, and more than 21,000 lost their lives to the pandemic. To break down this moment in American history, and much more, Elex Michaelson is joined on The Issue Is by Chris Wallace, anchor of FOX News Sunday, and Alex Padilla (D-CA), who this week was sworn in as California's newest Senator.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.


    176: Rep. Eric Swalwell and former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2021 31:57

    FOX 11's Elex Michaelson speaks with former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on the push to recall Gov. Newsom. Rep. Eric Swalwell speaks on the ongoing threat that led to both the impeachment of President Trump and last week's deadly U.S. Capitol riot.

    175: The Issue Is: Rep. Norma Torres and journalist Anna Palmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 23:50

    As pro-Trump supporters overtook the U.S. Capitol, California Congresswoman Norma Torres was trapped inside the House Chamber. Journalist Anna Palmer discusses what's next for President Trump.

    174: Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker, host at FOX Sports 1, speaks about his new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2021 26:31


    This summer, amid racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd, Emmanuel Acho launched "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man", a YouTube series that would go on to spawn a best-selling book of the same name. In the process, Acho, a former NFL linebacker, who co-hosts Speak For Yourself on FOX Sports 1, brought together Americans of various backgrounds, opening the floodgates on a series of frank, honest, viral, and, yes, uncomfortable, conversations about race in America.  This week, Acho joined Elex Michaelson on The Issue Is to discuss the success of, and inspiration behind, Uncomfortable Conversations, communication barriers between White and Black people in America, how to properly approach sensitive racial issues in everyday life, working with Oprah Winfrey, his hopes for 2021, and more.


    173: One-on-one with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2020 21:54

    Following the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, one of the biggest questions in California politics became who Governor Gavin Newsom would select to fill the Senate seat soon-to-be vacated by Vice President-Elect Harris. This week, Newsom put the question to rest, selecting California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla. On the heels of his selection, Padilla joined Elex Michaelson on The Issue Is to react to his appointment, discuss his quarter century in California politics, his family's immigrant story, his policy priorities, resolutions for 2021, his favorite movie, and more.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.

    172: Tomi Lahren and Brian Tyler Cohen, Round 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2020 31:08

    After going head-to-head on The Issue Is this past October, Brian Tyler Cohen and Tomi Lahren are back for Round 2. On the left, Cohen is the progressive host behind the No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen podcast. With more than a million subscribers on YouTube, Cohen's videos have also been viewed some 600,000,000 times. On the right, Lahren is the conservative host of First Thoughts and Final Thoughts on FOX Nation, the FOX News streaming service. Lahren, with more than 1.7 million Twitter followers, is also the author of  Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable. The two join Elex Michaelson on this week's The Issue Is to debate California's coronavirus lockdowns, the effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, claims of voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election, the Georgia Senate runoffs, Hunter Biden, the best Christmas movies, and more.————— The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson is California's only statewide political show. For showtimes and more information, go to TheIssueIsShow.com.

    171: The Issue Is: Congressman Adam Schiff, Michelle Steel, and David Valadao

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2020 20:52


    This week, coronavirus cases continued to surge, congressional relief remained hanging in the balance, court challenges to the Presidential election were halted, and members of Congress were revealed to have been targeted by foreign intelligence. With insight on those stories, and others, Elex Michaelson is joined on The Issue Is by three members of California's House delegation for the upcoming 117th Congress: Adam Schiff (D), Michelle Steel (R), and David Valadao (R).


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