Politics, policy and a side of pop culture: Major Garrett serves up a balanced diet of serious discussion, humor and food...for thought.
Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Jon Meacham
Author and historian Jon Meacham joins Major this week to discuss former President Trump, Meacham's work writing numerous presidential biographies, and how history will look back upon 2020. Meacham argues former President Trump helped ignite some of the divisions in the Republican Party, and talks about Mr. Trump's self-made comparisons to Andrew Jackson. Meacham and Garrett also discuss Mr. Trump's ban from most social media platforms, the ongoing strife within the Republican party, and Meacham's work for President Biden.
Bipartisan Immigration Reform with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
As the Biden administration grapples with the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent unaccompanied children from being held in U.S. Border Patrol for long periods of time, and to require DHS and federal partners to establish plans for possible migrant surges. Cuellar and Katko also talk about bipartisanship, and at-times the lack of in Congress and the verdict of the Derrick Chauvin murder trial. This episode was recorded on April 21, 2021.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Change
This week, Major is joined by author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her book on climate change, The Sixth Extinction. Kolbert also recently released another book, Under A White Sky, in February. Kolbert discusses her writing on the climate crisis, and what steps need to be taken as a country and as humans to reign in carbon emissions and slow the gradual warming of Earth. She also discusses the impact of human pollution on our seas, and the damaging long-term effects this pollution will have on our food supply and marine ecosystems. This episode was recorded on April 14th, 2021.
Comedy During COVID: Comedian Roy Wood Jr.
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show and Comedy Central joins Major this week to talk about the future of stand-up comedy post-COVID, and what Roy has been doing to keep his creative process going while he has been at home. Wood talks about finding humor during these trying times, the intersection between race and comedy, and he explains how he views comedy as a "bizarro form of journalism". This episode was recorded on April 7th, 2021.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial and Voting Rights
NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson joins Major and The Takeout this week to discuss the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the recent voting legislation passed in Georgia, and NCAA athlete compensation. Johnson also discusses the origins of the NAACP, and how its mission has incorporated more groups since its founding, and Johnson's thoughts on filibuster reform. This episode was recorded on March 31st, 2021.
Journalist Ron Brownstein on his new book "Rock Me on the Water"
This week, Major chats with journalist and author Ron Brownstein whose new book "Rock Me on the Water" looks at early 1970s pop culture in Los Angeles and how it transformed music, movies, tv and politics. Brownstein argues LA reached its creative peak in 1974 and from it flowed not only the defining work of the era, but a preview of political debate in America. Join us!
Good quality job
I like the way that Mr Garret handle the interviews. And I got a concern about other topic that nobody is talking about. Unfortunately many people dead and still dying as a result of the pandemia and what happens to all the properties of the deceased people like checking account properties and others belong to the pases if the surrogate court is not open and the family have to dealing with all the unfinished businesses of the deceased. I hope you can show son light in this cuz I don’t know nobody is talking about. I know is a sensitive situation but the families of the deceased have to facing anyway soon or later. Thanks in advance and keep doing a great job guys specially Mr Garret.
New listener to podcast
I appreciate Norah mentioning Major Garret’s podcasts ( Take Out & Debrief) last week on the CBS evening news. I’m enjoying the in depth reporting. Best wishes to Mr Garret & his crew for future podcasts. Take care & stay safe!
David Becker interview
This is a great episode. Underscores the ridiculous nature of Trump’s claims better than anything else I’ve heard.