Mediaite presents "The Interview", a podcast featuring conversations with the top personalities at the intersection of media and politics. Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks to the broadcasters, reporters, editors and politicians making the headlines.


The Interview

Pete Hegseth

Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Fox News host Pete Hegseth, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an ardent supporter of Donald Trump. They spoke the morning after Hegseth hosted the "Patriot Awards", an event put on by streaming platform Fox Nation. The spirited discussion covered the ceremony, the 2020 election, Covid vaccines and more.
00:14:50 11/19/2021

Past Episodes

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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks to David French, a conservative writer, constitutional lawyer and veteran. He is senior editor at The Dispatch and author of a fresh newsletter for The Atlantic, The Third Rail, which tackles the complex issues that divide the country. French and McLaughlin discuss evangelical support for Trump, whether there is any legal basis for "rigged election" claims, Christian opposition to vaccines, the legality of vaccine mandates, and the future of the Republican Party. French is the author of several books, most recently "Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation."
00:42:44 11/11/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks to Noah Shachtman, the new editor in chief of Rolling Stone, about scoops, his plans for the legendary rock magazine, the future of print, going to gigs again and who's next in music.
00:38:58 10/28/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks to MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin about his incredible career as a foreign correspondent, reporting on war, leaving the field behind for the anchor chair, and the way American media covers conflicts like the one between Israel and Gaza.
00:37:40 10/21/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Fiona Hill, a leading Russia expert who has served under three U.S. presidents, most recently as top adviser to former President Donald Trump. Hill would go on to act as a key witness in Trump's first impeachment. McLaughlin and Hill discuss why she went from protesting in the Women's March to working for Trump, her experience serving in his chaotic White House, and how economic struggles fuel the rise of populism in the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia. Hill's fascinating new book on her life and career, "There is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century," is out now.
00:45:31 10/14/2021
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin talks to Sean Hannity about his 25 years at Fox News, the cable news ratings race, the Covid pandemic and misinformation, the 2020 election and the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
00:47:47 10/7/2021
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin talks to CNN anchor John Avlon about the cable news network, his new digital show on the rise of extremism in the United States, the anti-vaccine movement, and whether the lunatic fringe has won the battle or the war.
00:32:24 9/30/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks to Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary turned Newsmax host, about hosting a cable news show, his time in the Trump White House, 2020 election conspiracy theories, the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, and current press secretary Jen Psaki. Spicer's new book, Radical Nation: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' Dangerous Plan for America, is out Oct. 26.
00:35:06 9/27/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin talks to 60 Minutes+ correspondent Laurie Segall about interviewing tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg, and how social media-fueled conspiracy theories like QAnon are sweeping through the country. Segall went behind the scenes on some of her biggest interviews, including a recent panel with "QAnon casualties" - people who have lost relationships to the conspiracy theory. They also discussed her upcoming memoir "Special Characters" and her media production company Dot Dot Dot, which focuses on the intersection of tech and humanity.
00:45:36 9/16/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks to CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward about her vital reporting on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, what life is like now in the war-ravaged country, and how she deals with the Taliban as a reporter. Ward is the author of "On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist" and host of the upcoming CNN podcast "Tug of War".
00:34:18 9/9/2021
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Juliette Kayyem - a Harvard professor, CNN national security analyst, and former assistant Homeland Security secretary under Obama - about her provocative new piece for The Atlantic proposing that the unvaccinated be barred from domestic flights. We discuss vaccine mandates like the one being rolled out in New York City, criticism of such programs, and what the future of the pandemic will look like.
00:31:50 8/5/2021

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