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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.

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.




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...


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!


Inside the New CBS Sitcom United States of Al: Chuck Lorre, Gen. David Petraeus and More

Major speaks with legendary writer, director, and producer Chuck Lorre, former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker, ret. U.S. Army General David Petraeus, and co-creators Maria Ferrari and David Goetsch about the new CBS sitcom, United States of Al. The show focuses on a U.S. Marine returning home from war and his Afghan interpreter making a new life in America. Major and the group talk about the real-life experiences that drive the humor and plot of United States of Al, and how the creative...


Age of the Variants: Dr. Michael Osterholm on COVID-19

A year after COVID-19 hit the United States, shutdowns began, and on the eve of Joe Biden signing the American Rescue Plan, Major spoke with epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm about the state of COVID-19 in the United States. Osterholm approved of the new CDC guidance on opening nursing home to visitors and for vaccinated Americans, but said that the U.S. could be facing a whole new ballgame as new COVID variants appear around the country. If these variants prove to be more transmissible,...


Former DHS Chief Chad Wolf on Jan. 6 and Biden's Immigration Policy

This week, Major interviewed former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Wolf said that U.S. Capitol Police initially rejected help from the Department of Homeland Security during the assault on the Capitol on January 6. He added that he offered to send DHS law enforcement backup just after 2 p.m. that day, after a violent mob of Trump supporters had begun to infiltrate the Capitol. That initial offer was rebuffed by Capitol Police, Wolf said. Wolf and Garrett also discussed the Biden...


The Future of the GOP with Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)

This week, Major speaks with freshman Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI), one of the few House Republicans to vote in favor of President Trump's second impeachment. Meijer said that he has faced death threats since his vote earlier in the year, and that the Republican Party will face "challenges" if it continues to align itself with former President Trump. Meijer says that he will likely not support the COVID-19 relief bill being proposed by the Biden administration, and that the GOP must...


COVID-19 Relief with Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers

This week, host Major Garrett discusses the Biden administration's plans for COVID-19 relief with a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Jared Bernstein. Bernstein says the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan "is calibrated to be of the magnitude to finally deal this COVID-19 virus the blow that hasn't occurred yet," and that the plan would create an "inclusive" economic recovery. Major and Bernstein also discuss the inequality that has been created by the...


Climbing Out of the QAnon Rabbit Hole: An Interview with a Former Believer

Jitarth Jadeja, a former QAnon supporter who fell into the Q conspiracy/cult in 2016 and 2017, opens up about his experience of joining- and exiting- what he calls the worst two years of his life. Jadeja also talks about his dad, who joined QAnon and still is a fervent believer, and the family dynamic now that Jitarth is actively trying to save those who have fallen into the QAnon movement. Plus, Jadeja talks about what it was like when he realized the lies he bought into and formed his life...


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on QAnon and the GOP

This week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined host Major to discuss COVID-19 relief negotiations proceeding in Congress, whether Schiff has his eyes on becoming the next California Attorney General, and the second impeachment of Donald Trump. Schiff and Garrett also discussed the role of the conspiracy theory QAnon in the Republican Party and controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). This episode was recorded on Thursday, February 4th, 2021.


Former V.P. Nominee Joe Lieberman

Former vice presidential nominee and senator Joe Lieberman joins Major to discuss coronavirus, the new Biden administration, whether the filibuster should stay or go and his biodefense initiative. Lieberman says the senate should pursue an impeachment trial of former President Trump and ought to censure him if they don't convict. Stay for the Takeout Outtake Especial and learn Lieberman's favorite movie, music and book. Join us!


Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) on Joe Biden's Inauguration

This week, progressive Democrat Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who was in the House chamber balcony on January 6th, describes her harrowing experience during the Capitol siege. Jayapal was unable to attend the inauguration because she was finishing her quarantine after contracting coronavirus. She suspects she caught the virus while in lockdown with unmasked Republican House members on January 6th. This episode was recorded on January 21st, 2021.


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on His Vote to Impeach President Trump

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined host Major Garrett the morning after he voted, along with House Democrats and nine other House Republicans, to impeach President Trump for "incitement of insurrection". Kinzinger explained what it was like to be inside the U.S. Capitol as insurrectionists stormed inside, saying that he brought a gun to the Hill on Jan. 6th just in case that exact situation arose. He also explained the reasoning behind his historic vote, and spoke about how the Trump legacy...


Election Law Expert David Becker on the Pro-Trump Insurrection

This week, CBS News election law expert David Becker joins the show to address the storming and desecration of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on January 6th. Becker said that the violence on the Hill this week "flows from the creation of an alternate reality," by President Trump. He also discusses the lack of evidence the Trump campaign presented on election fraud as it pertains to the 2020 presidential election. This episode was recorded on January 7th, 2021.


D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

This week, Major is joined by Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. Racine said that his level of anxiety is "high" due to potential protests on Jan. 6th by pro-Trump protesters in Washington, adding that President Trump has encouraged hateful and violent behavior since taking office. Racine and Major also discussed police reform steps that have and should be taken in Washington, D.C. and other cities to stop violence against Black Americans. This episode was recorded on December...


Christmas Special with Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio

In a special Christmas episode, Major interviews Armando Varricchio, the Italian Ambassador to the United States. They discuss the COVID-19 experience in Italy, the decline in Italian holiday tourism and the Italian government's reaction to the 2020 presidential election. This episode was recorded on December 10th, 2020.


Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) on Congressional COVID Negotiations

This week, Major hosted a conversation led by the Economic Club of Minnesota between Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN) about negotiations on Capitol Hill for COVID-19 relief, the National Defense Authorization Act, and efforts to avoid a last-minute government shutdown. Senator Klobuchar said that she is hopeful that COVID relief will be passed by Congress this weekend or early next week. Rep. Emmer refused to call Joe Biden as President-elect, days after the...


Businessman and Philanthropist David Rubenstein

This week, Major is joined by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein to talk about the 2020 election results, Donald Trump's impact on American politics, Rubenstein's "patriotic philanthropy," and the future of music and art in Washington, D.C. Rubenstein, who is Chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, says that he hopes to get in-person events back at the Kennedy Center by mid-2021. The two also talk about what the American workforce and workplace will look like...


Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, joins Major to talk about the pandemic and the incoming Biden administration. Fauci says he has not spoken with Vice President-elect Joe Biden but has talked with his incoming chief of staff and will meet with members of the transition team today. Fauci said British regulators "really rushed through...approval" of the Pfizer vaccine instead of scrutinizing trial data closely. Fauci worries there could be "a surge...