TBD with Tina Brown

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Tina Brown, the legendary editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast) and best-selling author talks with actors, politicians, journalists, and the newsmakers of tomorrow’s social debates. Discover what to read, what to watch, and how to stay smart in today's fast-moving times.

Episode Date
Preet Bharara: Nothing but the Truth

The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York talks with Tina about why he doesn’t feel sorry for Paul Manafort, why the superrich risk it all and break the law and how to make a mobster flip.

Mar 19, 2019
Hanging Out with Rosamund Pike

The Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actress talks with Tina about portraying two legendary Maries—war correspondent Marie Colvin and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, being a working mum and why she would never move to LA.

Mar 12, 2019
Alyssa Mastromonaco West Wings It

Alyssa Mastromonaco, President Obama’s one-time deputy chief of staff, tells Tina who would win a dance-off between Michelle Obama and Susan Rice, and why Trump’s unexplained Executive Time is bad news for his staff and for America. Plus, an update on her cats.

Mar 08, 2019
Topeka Sam Unshackled

Why are more and more women in the United States being incarcerated? Justice warrior Topeka Sam, who served three years in a federal prison, has vowed that losing freedom should not also mean losing dignity.

Mar 05, 2019
Hillary Clinton's 2020 Vision

In a reflective interview, Hillary Clinton tells Tina Brown: “Even in the last month, we've seen the kind of attacks on the four women running (for president) for all kinds of different things and certain words like 'likable.' There are a lot of men who are really unlikable who get themselves elected to very high positions.”

Feb 26, 2019
David Remnick: Media Prince

The New Yorker has had just five editors in its 94-year history. Editor #5 David Remnick and editor #4 Tina Brown discuss New Yorker stories, journalism’s existential crisis, and the time they thought an Easter parade was a protest march against the magazine.

Feb 19, 2019
Bernard-Henri Lévy on the New World Disorder

Bernard-Henri Lévy, a passionate defender of liberty and democracy, joins Tina to talk about his new book “The Empire and the Five Kings”  and why it’s not too late for the empire in question, America, to recover its “moxie” and fulfill its destiny.

Feb 12, 2019
Vanita Gupta: The Firebrand Who Duels with Trump Over Civil Rights

Vanita Gupta, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is a legal rockstar who ran the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department under President Obama and is now head of the largest and most powerful civil rights group in the country. Gupta talks with Tina about policing police departments, the Department of Justice under Trump, and going into battle for civil rights every day.

Feb 05, 2019
Ted Bundy’s Secret World

Charming law student Ted Bundy became a mythic figure in American crime history, killing more than 30 women in six states in the 1970’s with a gruesome MO that included keeping some of their bodies for days. On the 30th anniversary of Bundy’s execution, Tina talks with Joe Berlinger, director of the new film "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” and the Netflix documentary “Conversations with a Killer” and Stephen Michaud, who taped over 100 hours of death-row conversations with Bundy and describes him as the “most personable sociopath I ever met.”

Jan 28, 2019
Laura Wasser, Hollywood’s top divorce lawyer

When is the best moment to ask for a pre-nup? Why do brides obsess about the dress, flowers and cake instead of checking their state's child custody laws? Laura Wasser's clients have included Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Kim Kardashian and, currently, Jeff Bezos's new passion, Lauren Sanchez and her husband Patrick Whitesell. In this conversation with Tina, Wasser talks about everything a spouse needs to know when it's time to say “I don’t.”

Jan 22, 2019
Gretchen Carlson’s Fierce Stand

The former Fox News anchor fired the opening shot in MeToo when she brought down Fox titan Roger Ailes, and received a $20-million settlement with an apology to boot. Now she’s made a documentary about the women whose MeToo stories are not being told. Carlson, a Stanford and Oxford alum and former Miss America, talks with Tina about escaping two sexual assaults, stripping swimsuits from the Miss America pageant, and how she’s going after McDonald’s for their handling of sexual harassment complaints from employees.

Jan 14, 2019
Felicity Jones and Nina Totenberg on RBG's Fight

Tina talks with British-born actress Felicity Jones about playing the fearless Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and with NPR’s Nina Totenberg whose expertise almost makes her the tenth the Supreme Court justice. Why was Ginsburg’s husband such a feminist hero in his own right? Did Ginsburg make the right decision in choosing to stay on the court at the age of 85?  Stories about a woman who rules--from the bench.

Jan 08, 2019
Stephen Greenblatt on Why Tyrants Rise

Mad, bad rulers don't rise by accident. Tina talks with Harvard's Stephen Greenblatt, author of the provocative bestseller Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, about the uniformly infantile nature of tyrants, how they manipulate popular ignorance and how they're propelled by multiple enablers who only wake up when it's too  late.

Jan 01, 2019
Allison Janney's Tall Tales

Even if Allison Janney weren’t five-foot-twelve, there are a lot of reasons to look up to her as an actress. In an intimate interview with Tina, Janney talks about how she found her inner evil to play Tonya Harding’s icy mother, what an agent once said to her about the parts she should play, and why she doesn't watch press briefings by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Dec 25, 2018
Margot Robbie, director Josie Rourke and biographer John Guy on the real Mary Queen of Scots

The superb  new film Mary Queen of Scots rehabilitates the image of one of history’s most maligned monarchs. In a multi-part conversation, Tina talks with Margot Robbie, who plays Mary’s cousin and rival Queen Elizabeth I, first-time director Josie Rourke and Cambridge historian John Guy, who wrote the riveting revisionist biography on which the film is based.

Dec 25, 2018
Aaron Sorkin's Big Bet

The verdict is in: Aaron Sorkin’s reimagined To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway is a hit. He talks with Tina about making Atticus Finch woke, what first made Aaron passionate about politics, and why Breitbart News was an unlikely source of inspiration.

Dec 18, 2018
Michael Douglas' Basic Instincts

What would Gordon Gekko make of his fellow New York mogul Donald Trump being president? What’s it like to act your age in Hollywood? The two-time Oscar-winning actor and producer talks with Tina.

Dec 11, 2018
Decoding Kara Swisher

Ever wonder who the smartest person in Silicon Valley is? Can Mark Zuckerberg ever restore faith in Facebook? And why are so many internet billionaires getting into the media business? In a no-holds-barred interview with Tina, the industry's most feared (and loved) journalist, Recode cofounder Kara Swisher, holds forth on the titans of tech and about how she found her place in the world as a gay woman.

Dec 04, 2018
Documaestros Alex Gibney and Blair Foster on Bill, Monica and the #MeToo Era

The great thing about Emmy-winning filmmakers Alex Gibney and Blair Foster’s new six part docuseries The Clinton Affair is that it allows a new generation to savor the incredible gallery of aggrieved accusers, legal  hounds and partisan furies who tore apart the body politic in the '90s. We see them all anew, from mealy-mouthed special prosecutor Ken Starr to treacherous political harridan Linda Tripp to surprising good guy Trent Lott. Most surprising of all is the new perspective of now 45-year-old Monica Lewinsky, liberated from the vengeful hypocrisies of the past. In this interview, Gibney and Foster talk with Tina Brown about what the public never knew about the Starr investigation, how Bill Clinton’s charisma insulated him from the ultimate political punishment, and why opening up about that period of her life may have finally set Monica Lewinsky free.

Nov 27, 2018
Jill Soloway Wants It

Did you know that a synonym for women’s genitalia has its root in the Latin word for “shame”? This is one of many intriguing observations that emerges from Tina Brown’s conversation with Jill Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking series Transparent, that was inspired by Soloway’s own parent, Harry, coming out as transgender. During the Amazon show’s acclaimed run, life and art formed a double helix of awakening in Soloway, who now identifies as genderqueer and nonbinary. That newfound clarity and freedom permeates She Wants It, Soloway’s intimate new memoir about love, identity, family and toppling the patriarchy.

Nov 27, 2018