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Politics, policy and a side of pop culture: Major Garrett serves up a balanced diet of serious discussion, humor and food...for thought.

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Politics, policy and a side of pop culture: Major Garrett serves up a balanced diet of serious discussion, humor and food...for thought.

    The Greatest: Filmmaker Ken Burns on his New Documentary, "Muhammad Ali"

    The Greatest: Filmmaker Ken Burns on his New Documentary, "Muhammad Ali"

    Documentarian Ken Burns is Major's guest this week to discuss his new film, "Muhammad Ali," a 4-part series premiering on PBS this Sunday. The documentary chronicles Ali's life from birth to death and his impact on the sports world, politics and civil rights. "It's about politics, it's about war, it's about sex, it's about faith, it's about religion, it's about Islam, it's about all these things and all these things that we're dealing with today,” Burns said. Join us for an illuminating conversation with one legend about another.

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    Retired General David Petraeus on 20 years of War in Afghanistan

    Retired General David Petraeus on 20 years of War in Afghanistan

    Retired Army General David Petraeus, who served as commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and CIA director, reflects on America’s longest war and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. What went right in Afghanistan? What went wrong? And could the chaotic and deadly US exit have been avoided. Join us.

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    A Conversation on Climate Change: CBS News' Jeff Berardelli and Ben Tracy

    A Conversation on Climate Change: CBS News' Jeff Berardelli and Ben Tracy

    This week, Major talks with CBS News senior national & environmental correspondent Ben Tracy and CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli to discuss the effects of climate change on our planet and way of life. Tracy and Berardelli talk about the rapid change in atmospheric conditions over the last hundred years, and potential solutions to help slow Earth's rate of warming. For context, this episode was recorded on August 25th, 2021.

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    Oscar-Nominated Director Lucy Walker on "Bring Your Own Brigade"

    Oscar-Nominated Director Lucy Walker on "Bring Your Own Brigade"

    Two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker joins Major to discuss her latest documentary, "Bring Your Own Brigade." The film captures the horror and heroism of the deadliest week of wildfires in California history and explores the causes of what she calls a "global fire crisis". Walker also talks about why the latest California fires have been so hard to put out.

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    The Afghanistan Papers: Journalist Craig Whitlock

    The Afghanistan Papers: Journalist Craig Whitlock

    This week, Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock joins Major to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and Whitlock's reporting on the Afghanistan Papers, a collection of more than 2,000 pages of documents and interviews with U.S. officials on the truth behind the U.S. presence in the country. The main takeaway from the Afghanistan Papers, Whitlock said, was that government officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations publicly said that U.S. military forces "were making progress, that victory was around the corner,” in the fight against the Taliban, but that those same officials, “were very pessimistic about where things were going”. Whitlock added that the U.S. position now is to seek permission from the Taliban for Americans and other Afghans to safely leave the country they now control. He said the risks of hostage taking or the shoot-down of a departing American-led evacuation flight are real. This episode was recorded on August 19th, 2021.

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    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the Delta Variant and COVID Disinformation

    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the Delta Variant and COVID Disinformation

    This week, Major is joined by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Murthy said “it’s just a matter of time,” before COVID-19 booster shots are required, that full FDA approval of the vaccines is coming “very soon” and that the U.S. is not testing enough for the virus to fully understand how the Delta variant is spreading in communities. Plus, Murthy talks about the rampant spread of COVID disinformation and how kids can safely return to in-person learning this fall. This episode was recorded on August 11th, 2021.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
458 Ratings

458 Ratings

Ohio Vick ,

General feedback & influenced me

Major, I throughly enjoy this podcast along with your Debrief podcast. The Take Out influenced me to listen to audio books just as Capital Dames by Cooke Roberts, America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray - Laura Komie, & just completed First Principles by Thomas Ricks. It’s so important to understand how America was formed, history of challenges, & ideas to move forward. Thank you for prompting me to expand my knowledge. Keep up the good work & Take Care!

hannah1018 ,

A little one-sided

The Larry Hogan episode was the first I’ve ever listened to. Larry seems like a good guy and I can’t fault him for giving his honest answers! But the questions and follow-ups turned the conversation into just bashing Trump and the state of the Republican Party for an hour. And that’s fine, but it’s just the same old, same old.

From browsing through the guests, it seems like the podcast has mainly liberal and anti-Trump conservative guests. If you have on more pro-Trump/mainstream Republican figures, it would actually be an interesting conversation to hear that side and their arguments. Instead, it’s just hating on Republicans with no one to represent a counterargument. And then everyone wonders why so many people still support Trump. Try talking to more of those people in a kind and open-minded way and it might help to understand their perspective.

Attypop ,

Post Covid Travel

What an interesting & informative podcast about post COVID travel.

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