12 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

    • News
    • 4.7 • 315 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. 

    ‘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
    Journalism on the Ropes

    Journalism on the Ropes

    The debate among journalists over how to regain the public’s trust is increasingly centered around the idea of objectivity. In this episode, Audie turns the spotlight on herself and the media. She invites journalists to help her reckon with the idea of objectivity: what it is? Does it still work? And, what’s the way forward for both the press and the public? You’ll hear from Jelani Cobb, Dean of Columbia Journalism School; Margaret Sullivan, former media columnist at the Washington Post, and Maggie Haberman, reporter for The New York Times.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

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.

MillieSC ,

THIS is Journalism!

I love Audie Cornish. She’s a world-class journalist and I’ve listened to her for years. What thrills me about her journalism career and this podcast is she’s bringing us interesting topics for which she politely challenges her guests to give honest, genuine answers, rather than being overly concerned with political correctness. She expects honesty, integrity in truth, something she represents as a journalist. Thank you so much Audie. I’m so happy I found this podcast!

Bright Orange Flame ,

Fantastic

Love Audie Cornish. Loved her in NPR and am so glad to find her here. I’ve not been a real podcast listener but I am going to listen to this one. Thoughtful, insightful, informative …thank you for doing what you do.

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