13 episodes

Fiery Twitter threads and endless news notifications never capture the full story. Each week on The Assignment, host Audie Cornish pulls listeners out of their digital echo chambers to hear from the people who live the headlines. From the sex work economy to the battle over what’s taught in classrooms, no topic is off the table. Listen to The Assignment every Thursday. 

The Assignment with Audie Cornish CNN

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    • 4.7 • 336 Ratings

Fiery Twitter threads and endless news notifications never capture the full story. Each week on The Assignment, host Audie Cornish pulls listeners out of their digital echo chambers to hear from the people who live the headlines. From the sex work economy to the battle over what’s taught in classrooms, no topic is off the table. Listen to The Assignment every Thursday. 

    Life After the Traffic Stop

    Life After the Traffic Stop

    What is it like to survive a violent police encounter? As the world processes the beating and death of Tyre Nichols, we hear from two men whose encounters with police changed their lives: Leon Ford is an author, speaker, and co-founder of The Hear Foundation. He was shot by Pittsburgh police in 2012 after being pulled over for a traffic stop. And Tim Alexander is a lawyer, politician, and former Detective Captain for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He was “shot at, assaulted, and falsely arrested because of misidentification” by police officers in Newark in May 1985.
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    • 26 min
    ‘I’m kind of lazy.’ Why We Aren’t Going Back to the Movies

    ‘I’m kind of lazy.’ Why We Aren’t Going Back to the Movies

    The pandemic, along with the rise of streaming services, shifted the way we experience movies. Theater ticket sales are still down, and many folks prefer to watch from the comfort of their own home. Is staying home bad for the movies? Will studios simply bombard us with sequels and superhero movies to get us back? We hear from Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List, about the state of cinema and the cultural necessity of going to the movies. And he tries to convince a very reluctant Audie Cornish to go back to the movie theater.  
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    • 22 min
    The Prince and the Press

    The Prince and the Press

    In the last few years, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have traded their broken relationship with the UK press system for the celebrity industrial complex of the US. This week on The Assignment, Audie turns to two insiders from each media ecosystem to discuss how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are using the press to reshape their narrative. We hear from Los Angeles Times culture critic Mary McNamara and Newsweek’s Chief Royal Correspondent Jack Royston.
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    • 22 min
    The Long Arc of Long Covid

    The Long Arc of Long Covid

    Millions of people are now disabled because of a long Covid, leading to what some are calling a “mass disabling event.” In this episode, Audie speaks with Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, who has been diagnosing and treating patients with long Covid, to unpack this new terminology. Audie also hears from Imani Barbarin, a disability advocate, and Alexis Misko, who is struggling with long Covid, about what it means to be disabled in the United States and discusses whether long Covid could change the way we think about disability. 
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    • 27 min
    New Year, New Assignments

    New Year, New Assignments

    Happy New Year! We’re still on our holiday break but wanted to take a moment to reflect and set some new goals. In this episode, Audie listens to your voicemails, feedback, and ideas for future assignments. Thank you for being part of this community, and we can’t wait to keep the conversation going. We are reading all your assignments – so please keep them coming. You can leave us a message in a voicemail at 202-854-8802. Or record a voice memo on your phone and email that to us: theassignmentcnn@gmail.com
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    • 4 min
    The Assignment presents All There Is with Anderson Cooper

    The Assignment presents All There Is with Anderson Cooper

    The Assignment is taking a short, holiday break. We’ll return with new episodes in January. Today, we invite you into a warm, gracious conversation between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Late Show host Stephen Colbert. It’s from Anderson’s podcast All There Is, a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief and finding community. Download the entire season of All There Is wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

LexTerrace! ,

Great Information, Awesome Journalist!

Thank you for keeping us informed on important, useful, inspiring, actionable and need-to-know subject matter. I love seeing you on CNN; your analysis is top notch and praiseworthy. If in your cards, I hope you get your own show sooner vice later. Thanks again, you’re doing an excellent job and service for your community and around the globe!

Chubbymommio ,

Thought-provoking discussions

Love this podcast! I always learn something or get to consider other perspectives.

zachtony77 ,

Thank you for continuing the story.

I am a listener of many different kinds of podcast. Usually it’s true crime of some sort or weird paranormal stories. But I found this from watching CNN and I just want to say thank you for continuing stories that I’m sure many my self included want a little more from stories or stories that haven’t got coverage and one would never think was a story. I will be listening every week.

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