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Katie Couric is back on the mic with a new season of intimate, urgent and unexpected conversations – this time with a new twist. Along with her signature in-depth one-on-one interviews, she’ll be joined by a number of special guest-hosts for a series of “Katie Plus One” episodes. Together they’ll get to know some of the world’s most interesting and influential people and explore the big ideas percolating in the zeitgeist--but with a focus on slowing down, diving deep, and connecting with each other, a reprieve from a culture obsessed with hot takes and surface-level small talk. Tune in every Thursday and join Katie Couric and her guests for a conversation that feels like a warm hug and a seat at the table.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 4.3K Ratings

Katie Couric is back on the mic with a new season of intimate, urgent and unexpected conversations – this time with a new twist. Along with her signature in-depth one-on-one interviews, she’ll be joined by a number of special guest-hosts for a series of “Katie Plus One” episodes. Together they’ll get to know some of the world’s most interesting and influential people and explore the big ideas percolating in the zeitgeist--but with a focus on slowing down, diving deep, and connecting with each other, a reprieve from a culture obsessed with hot takes and surface-level small talk. Tune in every Thursday and join Katie Couric and her guests for a conversation that feels like a warm hug and a seat at the table.

    How to Save Democracy with Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America

    How to Save Democracy with Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America

    Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, co-hosts of Pod Save America and founders of Crooked Media, remember when politics felt hopeful. Their latest venture, after working for Obama, starting Crooked Media, and launching a slew of great ventures and podcasts, is a user's guide to American government: Democracy or Else: How to Save America in 10 Easy Steps. They are some of the most informed, level-headed, and hilarious political voices around, and their book is the antidote to feeling stressed out, beat down, and powerless over politics. You certainly don’t have to be a political junky to appreciate that!
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    • 59 min
    For Love and Life: No Ordinary Campaign

    For Love and Life: No Ordinary Campaign

    Seven years ago, Brian Wallch was diagnosed with ALS at just 37 years old. He and his wife, Sandra, found out on the day they brought their second daughter home from the hospital. Instead of passively accepting this new reality, the two decided to spearhead a patient driven movement. For Love and Life: No Ordinary Campaign is a new documentary on Amazon Prime, executive produced by Katie, that chronicles their love story, their demand to accelerate the rate of research, and their efforts to change legislation. Today on the podcast, we have a conversation with Brian, Sandra, Jeff MacGregor and Tim Rummel--two of the film's producers, and director Chris Burke. It is an episode you won't want to miss!
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    • 35 min
    Getting a Little MeSsy with Christina Applegate and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

    Getting a Little MeSsy with Christina Applegate and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

    Christina Applegate and Jamie-Lynn Sigler have been stars for decades–who can forget their turns in Anchorman and The Sopranos respectively?--but they share a sisterhood with each other: they’ve both been diagnosed with MS. Their podcast MeSsy is all about supporting each other and listeners through whatever curveballs life throws their way, and Katie was delighted to sit down on the interviewee side of the desk to discuss her activism around raising awareness for cancer–and also have some fun. From moving moments at Stand Up to Cancer benefits to stripper names and that one word everyone misuses this interview will have you in stitches.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Your Brain on Music, with Renee Fleming and Francis Collins

    Your Brain on Music, with Renee Fleming and Francis Collins

    You know Renée Fleming as one of the most famous and beloved sopranos in history. You may not know that Renée struggled mightily with stage fright for most of her career. Her experiences sparked a passionate interest in brain science, and she found a kindred spirit in Dr Francis Collins, former NIH director and fellow musician. This unlikely duo is working together to bring attention and much needed funding to the healing power of sound for ailments ranging from Alzheimer’s to chronic pain. A world with less pharmaceutical intervention and more singing, dancing, and community? We’re in.
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    • 44 min
    A Sociopath Explains Sociopathy

    A Sociopath Explains Sociopathy

    Patric Gagne is a sociopath–as are 5% of the population generally. Growing up, she reports she “mostly felt nothing.” When she was diagnosed in her early adulthood, she finally understood why she experienced life so differently than those around her. She got her PhD in Psychology and wrote her memoir, Sociopath to demystify disorders like psychopathy and sociopathy. 
     
    Gagne doesn’t hold back, sharing with us what it feels like to be a sociopath and what neurotypical people so often get wrong about these disorders. It's not every day we get to hear about sociopathy from someone who lives it, so settle in for an extended episode and a conversation like no other.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Living in an Age of Grievance with Frank Bruni

    Living in an Age of Grievance with Frank Bruni

    Katie sat down with eminent journalist Frank Bruni in this spirited live conversation hosted by Temple Emanu-el’s Streicker Cultural Center earlier this month. While their jumping off point was Frank’s new book, The Age of Grievance, Katie and Frank covered a lot of ground: the current climate on college campuses, political violence, and the corrosive nature of cancel culture. Frank centers today’s events in a longer historical context that lends a surprising note of optimism.
     
    Calling our current moment an “Age of Grievance” may seem almost too polite, given the coarsening of public discourse and the curated, angry echo chambers many of us find ourselves in. But Bruni wants us to remember that grievance used to be a constructive American virtue. Grievance gave us the Revolutionary War (the word grievance appears in the first amendment after all!) and many civil rights movements. These high points in our history can still guide us today.
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    • 48 min

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4.4 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

oakboundbooks ,

Katie Couric has an unfortunate “co-host”

Although I find Katie Couric’s cheerful air at times bordering on insincere and somewhat disingenuous the most egregious aspect of this podcast must be identified as the insufferably pretentious-for-nothing self-identified “co-host” who adds nothing that an AI-generated drone couldn’t contribute while imposing his Google search-derived know how on such matters as transgender political benchmarks on listeners with a shameless absence of humility, as though an authority on each and every topic covered, simply wretched programming. Otherwise I find her as most Americans do a comforting anchoring presence capable of steering conversations away from overly incendiary or circuitous terrain towards a positive stance, albeit always predictably shallow in terms of insightfulness and appreciation for deep understories, seemingly lost or willfully ignored by the seasoned broadcaster.

Tracy in St. Louis ,

Great podcast

Katie your daughter was absolutely right when she said “This was an amazing conversation.” Thank you for this podcast on disordered eating - much appreciated. And thank you for continuing to do amazing work on your podcast.

kaprn ,

Learned So Much

The podcast about disordered eating was phenomenal. Everyone should listen. As a school nurse for 22 years I could see every thing you were discussing. Mandated heights and weights were so anxiety provoking for many of the students. They were done privately unlike when I was in school. It was always a good teaching moment about health and differences in bodies but I knew I never had enough time with the students. My heart aches for the suffering so many people go through.

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