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Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN's premier nightly news program AC360.
249 Episodes
The Postal Service Inspector General is reviewing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s controversial policy changes and his compliance with federal ethics rules. DeJoy made some disruptive changes like eliminating overtime and slowing some mail delivery. Democrats are accusing DeJoy of trying to disrupt mail-in-voting in the November election, which he has denied. President Trump has also said he’s holding up funding for the USPS because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in-voting. Jena Griswold is the Secretary State of Colorado and is in charge of overseeing the state’s elections. She joins AC360 to react to the Postal Service IG review and says Trump is “trying to undermine the safest way to vote during a pandemic and enforce Americans to choose between risking their lives and casting a ballot.” Plus, President Trump was asked if he had an issue with a strong woman of color being in the presidential race. His answer: “No. None whatsoever, as you now.” Despite his answer, the President has given the opposite impression when he’s interacted with strong women of color. Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta is a Biden supporter and she tells Anderson Cooper this President is a “disgrace to our country and it’s only getting worse.”   Airdate: August 14, 2020   Guests: Jena Griswold Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
During a press briefing President Trump refused to refute a false birther story about Senator Kamala Harris saying he “will take a look.” Harris was born in California and is the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says, “It’s wrong. It’s not true. She’s an American citizen.” Plus, collegiate and professional sports organizations are trying to navigate how to play safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, says there will be fans in the stands when his team takes the field next month. Damien Williams is a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl Champions. He has opted out of the season because his mother has cancer and he’s concerned he might expose her to the virus if he plays. He tells Anderson Cooper he just wants to spend time with his mom and be there for her. Airdate: August 13, 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance a day after Biden chose the California Democrat to be his running mate. In Harris’s speech, she went after President Trump criticizing his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic saying the U.S. leads the world with five millionCovid-19 cases “because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.” Congresswoman Karen Bass, also a Democrat from California, is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She joins AC360 to discuss how excited she is for Senator Harris and hopes that excitement will be felt throughout the country. Plus, the White House released new safety recommendations for schools which encourages mask use but doesn’t require it. Dr. Tom Frieden is the former Director of the CDC, and he tells Anderson Cooper any community can open schools but only a community that does these two things can keep them open: control Covid-19 so it’s not spreading and adapt in the schools.   Airdate: August 12, 2020   Guests:  Rep. Karen Bass Dr. Tom Frieden
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made history by picking California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris will be the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. “I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden said.  Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Eleanor Holmes Norton join AC360 to reflect on the historic day and explain why they think Harris was the best choice. Plus, Vladimir Putin says Russia approved the “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine. Kirill Dmitriev is the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is financing the vaccine research. He tells Anderson Cooper safety and efficiency is at the core of the vaccine and they’ve already received 1 billion preorders but they haven’t entered phase three trials yet. Airdate: August 11, 2020 Guests: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Kirill Dmitriev
A new report says there’s been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the U.S. in just the last four weeks. President Trump says he thinks children are immune for the most part and “they don’t catch it easily.” Dr. Sean O’Leary is the Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, which helped produce the report. He tells Anderson Cooper it’s not fair to say the deadly virus is completely benign in children. Plus, leaders from college football’s “Power Five” conferences are reportedly discussing the possibility of postponing the upcoming season that’s slated to start in a few weeks because of coronavirus concerns. Bob Costas, Hall of Fame broadcaster and CNN Contributor, joins AC360 to discuss the future of college football and how it could affect both athletes and fans. Airdate: August 10, 2020 Guests:  Dr. Sean O’Leary Bob Costas
As the U.S coronavirus death toll tops 161,000, President Trump lays out potential executive actions if Congress doesn't reach agreement on a Covid-19 relief package. Also, an emotional plea from a teacher to her state's governor. Ellen Gurrola says "I'm a teacher and I'm scared." She talks with Anderson about her concerns and what the Minnesota Governor told her. Plus, a 8 year-old-boy is being called the “miracle” survivor. Jorden Hutchins suffered from multi-system inflammatory syndrome. He was put on a ventilator, then his kidneys stopped working and he was on dialysis. And that's not all, he also had two strokes that caused some paralysis and heart surgery.  He and his mom talk with Anderson Cooper about what they wish parents know about the disease.   Airdate: August 7, 2020   Guests: Ellen Gurrola Jorden and  Beverly Hutchins
As nearly 158,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, President Trump continues to suggest the virus will “go away.” But, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci says “I don’t think we’re going to eradicate this from the planet.” Dr. Richard Besser, the former Acting CDC Director under President Obama, joins AC360 to react to President Trump’s comments and says if there’s not leadership from the top at the federal level as we start to reopen schools, we’re going to see disease spread in out of control ways. Plus, a 29-year-old man is being called the “miracle” survivor. 29-year-old Chris Rogan spent 132 days in the hospital battling Covid-19. Doctors didn’t expect him to make it but he defied the odds and beat the virus. He tells Anderson Cooper he wishes people would take the virus seriously and he never thought he’d get this sick. Airdate: August 5, 2020
With more than 156,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, President Trump says the death toll “is what it is.” David Hart lost his husband, Dr. Joseph Costa, to the deadly virus. They were married for 28 years and Dr. Costa had been on the frontlines fighting Covid-19 before it took his life. Hart joins AC360 to share memories of his late husband and says he’s blessed for every second he was able to be with Joe. Plus, after weeks of attacking mail-in-voting, President Trump is now encouraging voters in Florida to vote by mail saying their election system is “safe and secure.” Just a day earlier, Trump threatened to sue Nevada after the state approved a plan to mail ballots to all registered voters. In a tweet, the President accused Nevada Democrats of orchestrating an “illegal late night coup” that makes it impossible for Republicans to win the swing state. Democratic Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak tells Anderson Cooper his priority is making sure voters “have every legitimate legal option to vote.”  Airdate: August 4, 2020
President Trump criticized White House Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx in a tweet after she said the pandemic is “extraordinary widespread” in the U.S. Trump said he thinks “we’re doing very well.” California was one of the first states to shut down and was relatively successful at containing the virus but since the state re-opened, it has overtaken New York for the most Covid-19 cases. Dr. Desmond Carson is an Emergency Medicine Physician in California and he tells Anderson Cooper “people are selfish and self-centered. Just wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.” Plus, Georgia’s largest school district has reported around 260 employees have either tested positive for coronavirus or have been exposed. Many parents are grappling with the decision whether or not to send their children back to school. Becky Stone, Director of Schools for Alcoa City Schools, in Tennessee and Brian Woods, Superintendent of Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas join AC360 to discuss the difficulties they’re facing and what they’re doing to keep the students and staff as safe as possible.  Airdate: August 3, 2020
Florida just recorded the highest daily coronavirus death toll for the fourth straight day but President Trump says he thinks “we’ve done really well in Florida.” Dr. Aileen Marty is an Infectious Disease Expert at Florida International University in Palm Beach County, one of the hardest hit counties. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says the reality is “absolutely heartbreaking” and they’ve had many children die. Plus, as the world waits for a an effective Covid-19 vaccine, there are some promising therapeutics that have been helpful. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper if he was a betting man, he would bet 95% on drugs and 50% on vaccines as being the most effective way to handle this disease. Airdate: July 31, 2020
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced all lawmakers and staff members will be required to wear face coverings in the House chamber. Pelosi announced the new rule after GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, who frequently refused to wear a mask, announced he tested positive for Covid-19. Speaker Pelosi joins AC360 to discuss the testing difficulties going on throughout the country and gives an update on the stimulus bill that is still being negotiated. Plus, a day after Attorney General William Barr told Congress he doesn’t believe there’s systemic racism in police departments, Writer, Producer, Director and Actor Tyler Perry tells Anderson Cooper he still gets pulled over by the police “because I’m in a nice car in a neighborhood that they don’t even know that I live in until they realize it’s me.” He adds he thinks his greatest gift he’s been given is he’s been able to live on both sides of the wealth gap. Airdate: July 29, 2020
During a coronavirus press briefing President Trump questioned why his approval rating wasn’t as high as White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci. He also promoted unproven hydroxycholoroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 despite the FDA, Dr. Fauci and other doctors saying it’s not an effective treatment. Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has been leading his state through the pandemic and has clashed with the President about testing. He joins AC360 to react to Trump’s recent messaging and gives an update on Maryland’s testing situation. Plus, 21 NFL players have tested positive for coronavirus since reporting to training camps and many players have already opted out of the season because of health concerns. Dr. Myron Rolle is currently a neurosurgery resident and also played in the NFL. He tells Anderson Cooper he doesn’t think it’s safe to return to sports right now and says if the NFL wants to be part of the community, they need to look what’s happening and put the safety of players and their families first. Airdate: July 28, 2020
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stood outside the White House two months ago declaring his state’s victory against the deadly coronavirus. Less than 10 weeks later, Florida has surpassed New York’s total count for Covid-19 cases, with at least 432,747. Democratic Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wrote a letter to DeSantis blaming him for the “unconstrained growth” of Covid-19. Mayor Gelber joins AC360 to explain why he called the governor’s response “unprepared” and “failed.” Plus, Congressman John Lewis lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman James Clyburn tells Anderson Cooper about his friendship with Lewis dating back to the 1960s. Airdate: July 27, 2020
The U.S. is on track for topping 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths for the 4th straight day. In the last week President Trump canceled the Republican National Convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida, encouraged Americans to wear masks and changed his tone on the severity of the deadly virus. White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx said California, Florida, Arizona and Texas seem to be plateauing after weeks of surging cases and deaths. Dr. Joseph Donnelly is an emergency room physician in El Paso, Texas and has been treating Covid-19 patients throughout the pandemic. He joins AC360 to describe his experiences and says this virus is nothing like the flu. Plus, the CDC recently released new guidance to help schools reopen in the fall. Trump said he would be “comfortable” with his son and grandchildren returning to school for in-person learning. Arne Duncan, former Education Secretary for the Obama administration tells AC360 if we “had a White House that led, had a national plan, we wouldn’t be jeopardizing our children’s chance to go back to school in the next couple weeks.”   Airdate: July 24, 2020   Guests:  Dr. Joseph Donnelly Arne Duncan
President Trump held another coronavirus briefing without the nation’s top doctors. He declared “cases remain low and very stable” as the U.S. nears 4 million cases and deaths have topped 142,000 people. California was one of the first states to shut down and seemed to have the virus under control, but after a resurgence, it has surpassed New York with the most coronavirus cases in the country. Dr. Barbara Ferrer is the Los Angeles County Public Health Director and says Covid-19 is set to become one of the leading causes of death in her county. Plus, the President says he will “surge” federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and other American cities even though local leaders are pushing back. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said it would be a “cold day in hell” before he would agree to a “unilateral, uninvited intervention.” He joins AC360 and says he’s disappointed with the President’s response and it seems like a “reality TV approach” to a very serious problem.  Airdate: July 22, 2020
In his first coronavirus briefing in months, President Trump admitted the Covid-19 crisis will probably get worse before it gets better. The President encouraged “everybody” to wear a mask and said “whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact.” Dr. Peter Hotez is the Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University in Texas where cases are spiking in the state and the reopening has been paused. He tells AC360 President Trump lacked empathy and compassion for the Southern states in dire situations and he showed no urgency in making a federal plan. Plus, protesters and federal agents continue to clash in downtown Portland, Oregon as local officials and lawmakers scrutinize the increased federal presence. Mayors of six large cities sent a letter to the administration slamming deployment of federal forces to stop protests. Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is one of those mayors and has been monitoring the protests in his city for weeks. He joins AC360 and says the presence of the federal officers and their actions is what’s making the people of Portland so angry especially when the protests were mostly peaceful.  Airdate: July 21, 2020
President Trump tweets out a photo of himself wearing a mask and says that “it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance” one day after an interview aired where he continued to downplay the impact of coronavirus in the United States. The President also said in that interview, “I don’t agree with the statement if everybody wear a mask everything disappears.”  CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta explains what is behind the President’s change in tone and why daily Coronavirus Task Force briefings are going to return. Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Florida International University infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty discuss what needs to be done to get the pandemic under control in Florida and across the country. Plus, CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes us inside an intensive care unit treating Covid-19 patients in Georgia. Airdate: July 20, 2020
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise throughout the South and Southwest of the U.S., White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the country might need to “reset.” At least 27 states have paused or rolled back their re-openings as the U.S. recently saw the highest daily number of cases, 67,417. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper we are in a very dangerous situation and desperately need guidance.  Plus, the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is showing “promising” safety and immune response results. Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer, joins AC360 to give an update on the trial and thinks the chances of this vaccine working are “pretty good.” Airdate: July 15, 2020
President Trump gave a campaign-like speech in the Rose Garden and offered no plan to help stop the surge of coronavirus cases throughout the country. Meanwhile, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Covid-19 could become as serious as the 1918 flu that killed more than 50 million people. Arizona had to pause its reopening because cases were spiking. Dr. Quinn Snyder is an Emergency Room Physician on the frontline in Arizona fighting the virus. He tells Anderson Cooper he wishes the President and other politicians would let medical professionals and scientists handle the pandemic because “the virus is going to do what it wants to do.” Plus, the President took aim at governors during his rant at the White House saying his administration “made a lot of governors look fantastic.” Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been outspoken about the White House’s handing of the pandemic. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says it’s “troubling and disturbing” to hear remarks like that when there’s so much work to do. Airdate: July 14, 2020
President Trump says he has a very good relationship with White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci despite the White House attempting to discredit the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Dr. Fauci has been increasingly vocal about his concerns over reopening the country while there’s a surge of coronavirus cases in some states. Peter Staley, an AIDS activist and a member of the Covid-19 Working Group of New York, has worked with Dr. Fauci for decades and has been talking to him throughout the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper Dr. Fauci is “deeply frustrated” and just wants to fight the virus and save lives. Plus, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country, announced they will start the school year online only, despite the President and his administration pushing for schools to reopen. Arne Duncan, former Education Secretary in the Obama Administration, joins Anderson Cooper and says superintendents ultimately have the power to make the decisions that are best for their schools, not the governors or the President. Airdate: July 13, 2020
Comments (92)

robert jackson

Trump hid behind anonymous sources. "I don't want to wouldn't be appropriate." etc. when are his supporters gonna get it that HE is the fake news ?

Aug 14th

LynnNicks 🇬🇧🇺🇸

I love Anderson's show but the podcast sound quality is often very bad. It's either completely panned out to one side or it goes silent for long periods during the show. Please fix this 🙏🙏

Aug 13th

Curtis Miles

05:25 - Anderson... Bruh, you savage 😅

Jul 29th

Roberto Krebbers

"that message didn't come over" the Doctor about young people who think Covid-19 isn't dangerous at all and even hold 'Covid-19' party' 130k or 140k people are dead in the USA ..but the message didn't come over..UNBELIEVABLE..please think and be safe.

Jul 3rd

Roberto Krebbers

I live in the Netherlands and the things Trump is saying is so wrong and dangerous people are dying and Trump is making jokes about the virus ..JOKES!!! with more than 120k dead..sorry but at these times I.m so happy to live in this country and not the USA..UNBELIEVABLE

Jun 24th

Michael Esho

Time to see through 'TRUMP AND HIS COHORTS' ' manipulative, devious, deviant, devisive and destructive 'WHITE SUPREMACY' agenda. As long as the proportion of victims of covid19 is 80%(BLACKS AND BROWN to 20%(WHITES) he cares less, his re-election is paramount! ALL THAT MATTERS IS TRUMP! END OFF!!

Jun 21st

Roberto Krebbers

it is never good when you have to make a statement that you believe black lives matter ...

Jun 7th

Troy Lee Newgent

Your such a fraud and fueling the flame twisting words and straight up lying and misleading people you are trash you really are.

Jun 2nd

Alistair Cornell

Anyone else experiencing this with left speaker only?

May 30th
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Jenny Mummert

I'm so heartbroken to hear these stories. So much devastation now and in the future. I'm actually grateful I am old. Less time to witness the the aftermath of this historic event.

May 7th

Jenny Mummert

Congratulations on becoming a father to a beautiful son, Anderson.

May 2nd

Qin Tommy


Apr 27th

Jenny Mummert

The interview with the young widow brought me to tears. Her situation is replicated thousands of times each day. A very meaningful interview. Thank you, Anderson.

Apr 25th

Jenny Mummert

I'm curious to know if there is anything being done to clean up or regulate the open markets, as in Wuhan, where the sale of live and recently slaughtered animals has likely played a role in the spread of viruses to humans. Such markets are, I believe, common in various areas of the globe, especially Asia. Is humanity forever subject to pandemics like this one because of such markets? Are any countries with such markets doing anything to make them cleaner, safer? Is anything being done in those countries to crack down on the sale of exotic animals in markets...animals who may be carriers of such viruses? These markets have been in existence for thousands of years. What can or would world leaders do to make them safer?

Apr 10th

A M C Casiday

"I'm covered in Jesus' blood" - for when thoughts and prayers aren't quite good enough.

Apr 4th

Ricardo Mota

This plays only on my left ear bud. I've confirmed with music and other podcasts and the problem seems to be with the file uploaded and not hardware or software on my side.

Mar 31st

Philly Burbs

Bloomberg will never win the primary. never. He's a racist & there is lots of videos to prove it. Bloomberg like Trump he will refuse to bow out & help Trump win in 2020.

Feb 14th

Ar Ma Gen Din

holy shit so many commercials, tv programming is frustrating and ineficient

Feb 8th

A M C Casiday

Dershowitz is a really poor media personality. It's like a trope of bullying has come to life. The aggression is fully engaged from the start and he is unable to be challenged without reacting instantly. For that matter, he even interrupts when he agrees a point. So. Very. Tedious.

Jan 29th

Nonya Bizness

no, dershowitz, maladministration and abuse of power are not even ~close~ to "the same thing". everyone knows what abuse of power means, and it has nothing to do with maladministration, which is just plain sucking at your job. being bad at your job, versus ~doing bad~ using the power your job gives you. dersh knows the difference and so does everyone else.

Jan 29th
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