Amanpour: Scott Jennings, Alec MacGillis, Tim Robbins and Esperanza Spalding
Scott Jennings, former aide to Mitch McConnell, and Alec MacGillis, author of "The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell," join Christiane Amanpour to dig down into the rise of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his relationship to President Trump and his approach to the impeachment trial. Tim Robbins, the award-winning actor and director, talks about directing his new play "The New Colossus," that pays homage to all the immigrants and refugees over the years that have set sale for America in search of a better life. He reflects on his iconic roles in "Mystic River" and "Shawshank Redemption" and how he channels his advocacy through his art. Our Walter Isaacson sits down with Esperanza Spalding, the two-time award-winning Grammy musician to explain how she's pushing the boundaries of jazz and using music to heal the soul in her latest album, "12 Little Spells."
Amanpour: Anne Milgram, Tom Steyer and David Strathairn
Anne Milgram, former New Jersey Attorney General, joins Christiane Amanpour to break down the legal arguments so far to come out of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Our Michel Martin sits down with Tom Steyer, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate long-shot, to talk about his bid to be the next commander-in-chief. As world leaders mark the 7th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Actor David Strathairn discusses his new role in play "Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski," that explores not only the depravity of the Holocaust but the bravery of those who resisted.
Amanpour: Danny Weiss, Jonathan Burks, João Doria and Reginald Dwayne Betts
Danny Weiss, former chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Jonathan Burks, former chief of staff to House Speaker Paul Ryan, join Christiane Amanpour to give their impeachment analysis from both sides of the aisle. As Democrats and Republicans are lay out their opening arguments for and against the impeachment of President Trump they unpack why communication is not working between the two parties. João Doria, the Governor of São Paulo, speaks from the World Economic Forum in Davos where climate is the key theme. He discusses the climate crisis as well as President Bolsonaro's leadership in Brazil. Our Michel Martin sits down with poet Reginald Dwayne Betts to talk about his new book "Felon" which highlights the power of words when behind bars.
Amanpour: Joseph Stiglitz, Noah Feldman, John P. Carlin
Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, joins Christiane Amanpour from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to explain why President Trump is misleading the public with the metrics he is using to measure the growth of the U.S. economy. He also lays out the case for listening to climate change scientists and creating a green economy that will lead way to the boom it is yet to see. Noah Feldman, constitutional scholar, unpacks the case for impeachment against Trump and how the Senate, led by majority leader Mitch McConnell, are likely going to conduct their partisan trial. Our Hari Sreenivasen sat down with John P. Carlin, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, to discuss the ever-rising threat cybercrime poses to democracies around the world.
Amanpour: Evelyn Farkas, Dimitri Simes, Steve Inskeep and Sarah Hurwitz
Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, and Dimitri Simes, CEO and President of The Center for the National Interest, join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the start of Trump's impeachment trial in the senate as the President readies himself for the World Economic Forum in Davos. Simes and Farkas dig down into U.S. relations with Russia and the rest of the world. Steve Inskeep, NPR host, discusses his new book "Imperfect Union," that tells the story of America's first political power couple, John and Jessie Fremont. In 1856 John was the first ever Republican nominee for president and the campaign was dominated by immigration, race, and political demagoguery. Inskeep reflects on the parallels with today's politics. Sarah Hurwitz, White House speechwriter for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, has turned her focus from politics to Judaism in her book "Here All Along." She sits down with Our Michel Martin to explain why she thinks the Jewish faith, that she was born into, can help us in these divisive times.