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

Kate Bolduan

Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN anchor Kate Bolduan, host of 11 a.m. show "At This Hour." They discuss her extraordinary career and her 15 years at CNN. Bolduan joined the network at 24, and within five years she was named the co-host of "New Day" - making her the youngest morning show host on television. In the years since she has interviewed presidents and reported from war zones. McLaughlin and Bolduan talk about her career and the radical changes happening within CNN.
00:37:43 9/16/2022

Past Episodes

The Interview
Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Jake Adelstein, an American journalist who covered crime in Tokyo for more than a decade. His book "Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan" inspired the hit HBO show starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe. McLaughing and Adelstein discuss the life of a reporter in Tokyo, covering the yakuza, and how the HBO show came together.
00:39:43 9/9/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Axios co-founder and top editor Mike Allen about the $525 million sale of his business to Cox Media. Allen catapulted to fame as the cheerful insider behind Politico Playbook, the early morning newsletter that established itself as a must-read for political obsessives inside the beltway and beyond. After leaving Politico, Allen co-founded Axios in 2017, and the site went from an upstart outlet with a focus on "smart brevity" reporting to a sprawling business seeking to upend the way news is delivered with ventures like Axios Local and an HBO show. Allen and McLaughlin discuss what made Politico and Axios so successful, and what's next for news.
00:26:39 8/29/2022
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with legendary media reporter and New Yorker writer Ken Auletta about his new book on the life, downfall and imprisonment of Harvey Weinstein, "Hollywood Ending." Auletta discusses his 2002 profile that almost exposed the movie mogul, how Hollywood and the media helped him conceal his crimes for so long, the NBC News-Ronan Farrow row, and the eventual reporting and prosecution that brought Harvey Weinstein down.
00:37:19 7/28/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Kate Snow, the Emmy Award-winning journalist who now serves as NBC News Senior National Correspondent and anchor of the Sunday broadcast of Nightly News. Snow spent last Saturday night in Chicago for an extraordinary report in which she and three other NBC correspondents witnessed one night of gun violence in four American cities. The feature, which aired for 14 minutes on Nightly News, tackled the gun violence crisis from the perspective of emergency responders on the front lines. Snow discusses how that report came together over the course of several months, how an NBC crew of dozens worked to turn the segment around in less than 24 hours, and what she learned about the epidemic of gun violence in America while reporting it out.
00:30:29 7/21/2022
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Alex Holder, the British filmmaker behind perhaps the most anticipated political documentary of the year. "Unprecedented," examines the final months of Donald Trump's presidency, featuring shocking footage of the January 6th attack on the Capitol and interviews with Trump and his inner circle. Raw footage from the doc was subpoenaed and cited heavily in the January 6 House select committee hearings. McLaughlin and Holder discuss those hearings, how he gained such incredible access to the Trump White House, and what he learned after spending two years submerged in Trump's world.
00:37:38 7/14/2022
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Andrew McCarthy, Fox News contributor, National Review editor and former federal prosecutor, returns to The Interview to speak with Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin about the bombshell Jan. 6 hearings and whether former President Donald Trump will face criminal charges.
00:39:41 6/30/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks and founder and CEO of the TYT network, for the 20th anniversary of his show. They discuss how media has changed in the last two decades, whether progressives are welcome on cable news, how online platforms like YouTube handle speech, and what he makes of newsroom revolts shaking outlets like the Washington Post.
00:43:48 6/14/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Kellyanne Conway, who served as senior counselor to former President Donald Trump and ran his successful 2016 campaign, about her new memoir, "Here's the Deal." McLaughlin and Conway discuss her time in the Trump administration, leaking and backbiting in his White House, the myth that the 2020 election was stolen, the Jan 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol, and living with George Conway.
00:46:54 5/26/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Mark Esper, who served as secretary of defense under former President Donald Trump and is now out with a new book, 'A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times.' Esper discusses serving during the alarming final months of the Trump presidency and what he fears most about a second Trump term.
00:28:40 5/23/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Kara Swisher, the New York Times writer and host of 'Sway', about Elon Musk's dramatic bid to take over Twitter. Swisher knows Musk better than most: she has been covering Silicon Valley for decades, and has interviewed the billionaire Tesla CEO at length multiple times. McLaughlin called up Swisher on Thursday to discuss the latest twist in Twitter's fate, what's really going through the head of the world's richest man, and what Swisher makes of the seismic changes shaking up the tech and media worlds.
00:21:13 5/16/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Democratic strategist Jess McIntosh about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. McIntosh is a veteran campaign adviser and strategist, with a particular focus on reproductive rights. She served on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and as the communications director for EMILY's List, which works to elect pro-choice candidates. McLaughlin and McIntosh discuss what the decision means for Roe, for abortion in America, and for the upcoming midterms elections. McIntosh also assesses how the media covers abortion.
00:24:42 5/9/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN senior international correspondent Matthew Chance as he prepares to return to Ukraine to cover the Russian invasion. Chance, a veteran war correspondent and one of the few journalists to have interviewed Vladimir Putin, discusses the toll of covering wars like Ukraine, what the next phase of the conflict looks like, how Russian media is spinning its atrocities - and whether the Russian people are buying it.
00:36:12 4/22/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with New York Daily News Police Bureau Chief Rocco Parascandola about the 29-hour manhunt for the Brooklyn subway shooter, what the attack means for crime in New York City, and how crime reporting has changed in his decades on the beat.
00:34:58 4/17/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN anchor Kasie Hunt about her new show on CNN+, making the jump from cable news to streaming, keeping things on track after the ouster of Jeff Zucker, and how covering politics has changed since she was on the bus for Mitt Romney's 2012 election campaign.
00:29:46 4/7/2022

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