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TIME Senior Correspondent Charlotte Alter hosts candid conversations with the people who shape the world, about the forces that shape them. Tune in each Thursday to meet TIME's Person of the Week.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 144 Ratings

TIME Senior Correspondent Charlotte Alter hosts candid conversations with the people who shape the world, about the forces that shape them. Tune in each Thursday to meet TIME's Person of the Week.

    Christiane Amanpour • Reporting From The Front Lines

    Christiane Amanpour • Reporting From The Front Lines

    Distinguished, award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour is known for her fearless reporting from some of the world's most volatile regions. CNN's chief international anchor of the network's flagship global affairs program, "Amanpour," Christiane joins host Charlotte Alter this week to reflect on her experiences as a war reporter over the past four decades and share what concerns her most about the current state of global affairs. In discussing the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza and the ongoing war in Ukraine, Amanpour shares insight into how today’s global crises compare to past conflicts that she's reported on from the ground. She outlines the formidable challenges journalists face while reporting from conflict zones, and underlines the importance of allowing reporters to serve as the eyes and ears for the world – and the responsibility the international community has in supporting and sustaining that work. Tune in for an expert and nuanced look at complexities of modern journalism and the intricacies of the geopolitical order.

    • 30 min
    Gillian Anderson • Recreating Reality

    Gillian Anderson • Recreating Reality

    Gillian Anderson, the illustrious actor renowned for her iconic role as Dana Scully in "The X-Files," joins host Charlotte Alter this week on the show. Gillian reflects on the profound impact of portraying such a pivotal character so early in her career and unpacks the "Dana Scully effect," which empowered a generation of women to pursue careers in science and technology. She shares scenes from her bicultural upbringing, moving between the UK and America, and her transformative punk phase during her college years in Chicago. Anderson also offers insight into British politics and the Royal Family, drawn from her portrayals of Margaret Thatcher in "The Crown" and Emily Maitlis in the new Netflix film "Scoop." The discussion turns to Anderson's unexpected journey into activism around sexual wellness and women’s health, spurred in part by her role as Jean Milburn in "Sex Education.” Tune in for a deep dive into the life and career of a truly remarkable artist. • You can watch "Scoop" on Netflix starting 4/5.

    • 29 min
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. • Presenting The Past

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. • Presenting The Past

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a renowned historian, author, scholar, filmmaker, and is the Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. This week, Gates joins host Charlotte Alter and reflects on his formative years in the working-class mill town of Piedmont, West Virginia, his early education during the pivotal era of school desegregation, and his experiences watching the civil rights movement unfold in America. The pair delve into the power of genealogy, as Gates shares insights from his groundbreaking series "Finding Your Roots," and discusses how uncovering family histories can provide profound understanding of American heritage, individual identity, and the interconnectedness of all people beneath the surface of skin color. In discussing Gates’ latest book, “The Black Box: Writing The Race,” the pair unpack the significance of "checking boxes” in today’s shifting landscape of racial discourse and cultural identity, the history and future of affirmative action, and how the backlash to America’s first Black presidency has impacted how Gates teaches African American studies. Tune in for a deeply informative look into the narratives that shape our understanding of race, history, and ourselves.

    • 34 min
    David Axelrod • Winning Strategy

    David Axelrod • Winning Strategy

    David Axelrod is a preeminent political strategist and the mastermind behind some of the most successful political campaigns in American history. This week, David sits down with host Charlotte Alter and shares his journey from his childhood in New York City to the halls of the Obama White House, with more than a few stops in Chicago along the way. David reflects on his early political awakenings, the unmatched education he received at The Chicago Tribune, and what ultimately drove him from journalism to political strategy. Axelrod also shares unique insight into the evolving landscape of American politics, the 2024 presidential race, the transformative impact of social media on political campaigning, and what it will take to secure victory in November’s election. Tune in for a conversation that reveals the mind and soul of a political strategist who has been at the heart of American democracy for decades.

    • 34 min
    Kate Cox • The Legal Fight for Care

    Kate Cox • The Legal Fight for Care

    Kate Cox, a Texas mother of two, was thrilled to find out she was pregnant with her third child last year. But the dream of expanding her family quickly turned into a nightmare when Cox and her husband were told that their fetus had an anomaly called Trisomy 18 that, in their case, was fatal. In December 2023, Cox asked a Texas court to temporarily block the state's abortion ban so she could receive urgent medical care, becoming the first pregnant woman to sue for the right to terminate her pregnancy since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. Kate Cox recently attended the State of the Union as a guest of the Bidens’ and, on this week’s episode, sits down with Charlotte Alter to share her story. Tune in for an intimate and moving conversation about the grim realities that pregnant people face in post-Roe America.

    • 32 min
    Jennifer Lame • On The Cutting Edge

    Jennifer Lame • On The Cutting Edge

    Jennifer Lame is a remarkably talented film editor, whose keen eye and unique storytelling abilities have contributed to some of the most iconic films of our time. From her early days as an apprentice to Sidney Lumet to her celebrated work with writers and directors like Noah Baumbach, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler and Ari Aster, Jennifer shares her incredible journey to the top of the film industry with host Charlotte Alter on this week’s show. Jennifer takes us behind-the-scenes of sculpting some of "Oppenheimer's" most monumental moments, and recounts the moment she learned that she was nominated for her first Academy Award. Lame opens up about how a childhood fascination with Alfred Hitchcock and afternoons spent in video stores sparked her passion for film, and why movie theater popcorn is an essential part of the cinematic experience. Tune in for an inspiring look into the art of filmmaking with someone who shapes the movies that move and enchant us all.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Quelle03 ,

Details matter

Why does The NY Times keep saying Derek Chauvin pressed his knees on George Floyd’s neck for “nearly 8 minutes” when the time was greater than 8 minutes and closer to nearly 9 minutes. It’s frustrating and harkens back to NY Times misreporting of black issues and racist tones in its publications.

Only nuisance, otherwise love this program and others from this outlet.

kristin_moto ,

Great content, interesting conversations

I’m a diehard podcast consumer and this has become one of my favorites. Love the host and the fact that she allows her guests to speak freely and doesn’t interrupt them. Thoughtful and interesting content. Not stuck on just one topic, but weaves interestingly through politics and culture. Funny, quirky rapid fire questions at the end of the interviews make me chortle.

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Great questions, great questioner

I like the mix of guests, and the way Charlotte throws in little questions that give you a peek into who they are as people. Can’t wait to meet the next Person of the Week!

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