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

Shimon Prokupecz

Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN senior crime and justice correspondent Shimon Prokupecz. Over the last 8 months Prokupecz has been covering one story more than any other: the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. There remain unanswered questions about the shooting and the police response to it, questions Prokupecz has been working tirelessly to answer. They discuss the fight for truth in Uvalde, covering mass shootings across America, and Prokupecz's career at CNN.
00:31:20 1/25/2023

Past Episodes

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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane about Kevin McCarthy's dramatic battle to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. McLaughlin and MacFarlane discuss the five long days of McCarthy's nightmare-turned-triumph, what it was like covering the drama on the House floor, what's next for the new Congress, and the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.
00:30:53 1/10/2023
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's data guru, who will be manning the "Big Board" once again for the 2022 midterm elections. They discuss what to expect from the most consequential election since the last one and how Kornacki prepares for his marathon coverage. They also talk his podcast, "The Revolution With Steve Kornacki," which examines how the 1994 midterms paved the way for our current political climate.
00:31:57 11/8/2022
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, about the state of gun violence and gun control in the country. They discuss his new gig at CNN, what's going on at the NRA, and what the media gets wrong when it covers firearms.
00:38:54 11/2/2022
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with New York Times writer-at-large Jim Rutenberg about the vast media empire of Rupert Murdoch. Rutenberg is the co-author of an extensive Times investigation into the Murdoch family that was published in 2019. That report was turned into a documentary - "The Murdochs: Empire of Influence" - for which Rutenberg served as consulting producer and is now airing Sundays at 9 p.m. on CNN. McLaughlin and Rutenberg discuss the future of the Murdoch empire, how the family handles the profit and controversy machine that is Fox News, and how the documentary came to life.
00:34:30 10/18/2022
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Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Margaret Sullivan, the veteran journalist who, until August, served as media columnist for the Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she was the public editor of the New York Times and before that the top editor of the Buffalo News. McLaughlin and Sullivan discuss how media covers threats to democracy, the power of Fox News, CNN's new path, and drama plaguing major outlets like the Post and the Times. Sullivan is out with a new book in October, "Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life", chronicling her 42 years in the newspaper business.
00:37:37 10/10/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Cody Keenan, chief speechwriter to President Barack Obama during his second term in office, about his new book. "Grace: President Obama And Ten Days In The Battle For America" recounts 10 days in 2015, a shocking period of tragedy and progress that started with the horrific mass shooting at a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina and ended with the Supreme Court upholding marriage equality and much of the Affordable Care Act. McLaughlin and Keenan discuss writing for Obama, how the former president reacted to the rise of Trump, and what he thinks of Biden's approach to the opposition.
00:29:29 10/3/2022
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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
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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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