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Next Question with Katie Couric is back for a new season! From big names to big minds and big hearts, Katie sits down (virtually) with some interesting and exciting people — experts who are helping us get to a post-COVID world (can you even imagine?!), as well as actors, authors, politicians and creatives who are trying to work, parent, and survive, this pandemic year. We’ll talk about the tough moments and the trauma of it all, but we’ll find some levity and joy, too, as we inch toward the light at the end of the tunnel. New episodes every Thursday, same curious Katie.

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On this sponsored episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie sits down with Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, the executive vice president and chief patient officer of the biopharmaceutical company Merck. As a company with a long legacy of research in infectious disease, Merck has been in the thick of the COVID crisis, mobilizing its scientific expertise to help address the pandemic. Katie and Dr. Gerberding talk about the waning months of this historic pandemic, the lingering concerns about vaccinations and variants, COVID’s lasting impact on public health and how we can better prepare for emerging diseases. Merck is a partner of Katie Couric Media. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of the country’s leading anti-racist scholars. And, in fact, everything that Dr. Kendi does — as a professor, an author, a researcher, a podcast host, a human — attempts to reframe how we think about racism and how we fight it. In this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie talks with Dr. Kendi about his prolific anti-racism work, which encompasses his academic leadership and Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, his multiple books, including “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019,” which he co-edited with Keisha N. Blain, the forthcoming online publication he’s launching with the Boston Globe called “The Emancipator,” and his new podcast, “Be Antiracist,” coming out June 9. They also touch upon the solemn anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and how far we have and haven’t come in this year of racial reckoning, as well as why it’s so important to start anti-racist discussions early, and how his devastating 2018 cancer diagnosis propels him. Find out more about Dr. Kendi’s work: Books Podcast: Be Antiracist The Emancipator The Center for Antiracist Research Learn more about your ad-choices at
Stacey Abrams is known for a lot of things — her voting rights work, for flipping Georgia blue in 2020, for not winning the state’s gubernatorial race in 2018. But in addition to her political and advocacy career, she’s also a prolific author. She has written eight unapologetically steamy romance novels, under the pen name Selena Montgomery. And this month, she’s releasing her ninth work of fiction — her first under her own name — a political action thriller called, While Justice Sleeps. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie gets the chance to dive into the writerly side of Stacey Abrams to find out the inspiration for her books, how she builds characters and why she continues to write. But don’t you worry, Katie also asks Stacey to weigh in on the most pressing political issues, from growing concern over voting rights, party divisiveness, and the Supreme Court. This conversation was recorded as part of Stacey Abrams’ book tour, on a virtual stop at Powell Books in Seattle. Thank you to the Powell’s team for providing the audio for this exciting discussion. Learn more about your ad-choices at
“This is never going to be on TV,” says Bowen Yang, reflecting on the now-viral Saturday Night Live sketch where he plays the iceberg that sank the Titanic. “It’s such a big swing.” It turns out, if anyone can knock an unexpected pitch out of the park, it’s the 30-year-old comedian who has quickly risen to fan-favorite in his short time on the show. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie gets the full Bowen picture, digging into his cross-national childhood, understanding what it was like to come out to his parents, going behind the scenes of his SNL audition process and getting the anatomy of some of his favorite sketches. Katie and Bowen also talk about the cult-favorite podcast he co-hosts, “Las Culturistas,” and where the talented and endearing young star goes from here. If you weren’t smitten with Bowen Yang before, you will be after this podcast.  Check out some of the Saturday Night Live sketches mentioned in the episode: Sara Lee The Iceberg on the Sinking of the Titanic Learn more about your ad-choices at
Best-selling author Michael Lewis has a knack for extracting page-turning drama out of otherwise mundane and complicated subjects (hello, bond trading and baseball stats). Several of those books have been so good they’ve been turned into award-winning dramas starring half of Hollywood (hello, “The Big Short” and “Moneyball). And now, Lewis takes a crack at the pandemic realty still unfolding. His new book is called “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story.” In it, Lewis uses the first-hand accounts of three main characters to unravel the government’s gross mismanagement of the COVID response, which lead to nearly 600,000 deaths (among the world’s worst outcomes). On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie and Michael Lewis talk about the CDC’s shocking downfall, the gaping holes in the public health system and the secret group of doctors (the so-called “Wolverines) helping to single handedly patch that system together. We also get to hear from one of those doctors, Dr. Joe DeRisi, a biochemistry professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and co-president of the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This week on Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie sits down with former Secretary of State, former Democratic nominee for president, former First Lady Hillary Clinton. The truly multi-hyphenate (did you know she’s also a podcast host?) advocate and author shares her thoughts on some of the issues that are top of mind right now, from the COVID vaccine and the potential for post-pandemic life, to the spread of disinformation and policing in America. But Katie and Hillary also spend time discussing their personal lives, the many and surprising ways they intersect, and why women continue to struggle for equality both at home and in the workplace. It’s a full and personal discussion that includes one story from early in Hillary’s career that even Katie hadn’t heard before. Learn more about your ad-choices at
It has been a brutal year. Not only for the loss, heartache and isolation the pandemic has brought, but also the relentless and senseless violence, the mass shootings, and systemic racism at play all over America. Even as Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all accounts, on April 21, 2021, of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, a 16-year-old girl in Ohio was killed by police. “It’s a trauma,” President Biden said of all that had to occur to deliver the guilty verdict and such basic accountability. Which is why, this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric is dedicated to acknowledging the individual traumas and shared trauma of this year and learning how we can begin to heal. We’ll hear from three healing practitioners: Dr. James Gordon of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of “Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing,” Trina Greene Brown of the non-profit organization Parenting for Liberation, and Lisa Woolfork of Black Women Stitch and the Stitch, Please podcast. Learn practical tools for coming into balance, how to parent through racism, and how to claim your own space and center yourself and your soul. Learn more about your ad-choices at
This past (very long) year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been immersed in all things COVID-19, as CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent reporting on the front lines of this novel virus. “All I think about is COVID,” he told Katie, “Viral transmission, how people evaluate risk, social behavior. There’s no part of our society that hasn’t been touched in some way.” But Sanjay is also a neuroscientist and in addition to his on-air work and a daily podcast (Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction), Sanjay has somehow found the time to write a new book called “Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age,” which is out now. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie and Sanjay talk about how to keep the brain healthy with tips you can use right now to protect and improve your brain. But Katie starts the conversation by asking the COVID about the status of the pandemic and if we’re truly out of the woods.  Find out more from this episode Read: Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert M. Sapolsky iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us, by Jean M. Twenge Listen: Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta Learn more about your ad-choices at
The Oscars are on the horizon and though it’s been a strange year for the movie industry, the race for the golden statue is nothing short of historic. Notably, there is not one but two women nominated for best director: Emerald Fennell, for “Promising Young Woman,” starring Carrie Mulligan, and Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand. “Nomadland” was also written by Zhao who based her screenplay on the non-fictional book, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century,” by journalist Jessica Bruder. Frances McDormand’s Fern — a fictionalized amalgam of people in Bruder’s book — is a woman living out of her van, traveling the country working seasonal jobs and meeting a community of like-minded itinerant Americans along the way. On this special bonus episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie gets to go behind the scenes of this extraordinary, beautiful and strangely prescient film in a roundtable discussion with the director Chloé Zhao as well as three producers, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey. Stream “Nomadland” on Hulu. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a writer, speaker and author of two New York Times best-selling books, “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” and her latest, “Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighting Manual.” Luvvie’s books are part memoir, part manifestos that, like Luvvie herself, try to help the rest of us do better — for ourselves and for the people around us. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie gives herself over to Luvvie’s wisdom and learns how to overcome confidence barriers, use fear for good, shed that pleaser instinct, embrace the brag, and loan courage whenever possible. Get your pad and pen, because your Luvvie lesson starts now!  Learn more about the episode: Buy the “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” Buy “Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual” Watch Luvvie’s 2017 Ted Talk, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” Learn more about your ad-choices at
Kathryn Hahn is an absolute scream, as you may have guessed from watching her in the hit Marvel TV show “WandaVision.” Or maybe you first took notice of her comedy chops in early aught blockbusters like “Step Brothers.” Or perhaps, you knew along given her propensity for all-too-relatable characters in indie films like “Private Life.” However you’ve come across Kathryn Hahn, there’s no denying the actor, at 47, has hit her stride. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie digs into Kathryn’s background to find out what makes her comedy’s secret weapon. They talk about her comedy role models, the unfortunate prosthetic pregnancy stage early in her career, and why the parts she’s earning now, at 47, are the best and most exciting of her career. Watch Kathryn on Wandavision on Disney+. Learn more about your ad-choices at
On this special episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie dives into a subject very close to her heart: colon cancer awareness. After Katie’s first husband Jay died 23 years ago, she’s been a fierce advocate for early screening and regular colonoscopies — she even, you might recall, got one on live TV. There’s a reason Katie goes to such lengths: early screening saves lives. In this episode, we first hear from a stage 4 cancer fighter who is living that lesson. Then, Dr. Edith Mitchell of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, helps to answer the question, why are Black people, Black men in particular, so much more likely to get colon cancer and also die from it (hint: it’s systemic). Finally, Katie talks with oncologist Dr. Charlie Fuchs about the state of colon cancer detection and treatment today.  LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EPISODE:  Visit Stand Up To Cancer, Katie’s cancer-fighting non-profit, for reliable resources and institutions. Take the pledge to get screened for colon cancer Read more about some of the health disparities Dr. Mitchell mentioned, here and here. Watch a video on understanding healthcare disparities in colorectal cancer. GUESTS FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE: Donna Otis, CCM, CCE Chief Executive/General Manager of the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, California. Dr. Edith Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director for Diversity Programs and Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, Global Head of Hematology & Oncology, Product Development, Genentech. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Twenty-six years ago, Kate Winslet sat down for her first nationally televised, American interview with none other than Katie Couric when she was co-host of the Today Show. Kate was promoting “Sense and Sensibility” and was a nervous wreck. “I was very self-conscious,” she reminisces with Katie. “I remember being physically and just very self conscious in those days.” Katie, who was pregnant at the time, admits to feeling endeared to the 20-year-old star, “It was one of my favorite interviews,” she tells Kate, “I felt very protective of you because you were so young.” In this new, wide sweeping interview, Katie and Kate reunite to talk about her pandemic life, her new murder mystery series on HBO, the delightful audio book she narrated, the upcoming Avatar films, and the toxic business of Hollywood, from Woody to Harvey, and what has and hasn’t changed.  Find out more about: “The Weirdies,” an Audible Original written by New York Time Bestseller Michael Buckley and narrated by Kate Winslet Mare of Easttown, coming to HBO on April 18, 2021 Learn more about your ad-choices at
Don Lemon is busy! The CNN Tonight anchor has spent the year guiding and framing the public’s understanding of a deadly pandemic, George Floyd’s death, the presidential election, an insurrection. Somehow, amid all of that, he wrote a book, “This is The Fire: What I Say To My Friends About Racism.” On Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie and Don talk about his personal exploration through America’s racist past and becoming the nation’s moral compass as it reckoned with its racist’s present.  To learn more, or purchase a copy of “This is the Fire: What I Say To My Friends About Racism,” go to Little Brown. Learn more about your ad-choices at
On this week’s episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie chats to everyone’s favorite pandemic sauce man, Stanley Tucci. They talk about Stanley’s new travel/food series on CNN called “Searching for Italy,” as well as his new movie, “Supernova,” co-starring Colin Firth. They also talk about Stanley’s upcoming new book (“Taste: My Life Through Food”), the origin story of his foodie obsession, his enviable physique, and how those mixology videos on Instagram started. Learn more about your ad-choices at
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. And, after watching the slow tidal wave of infections, deaths, and fear consume most of Asia and Europe, Americans finally felt COVID’s impact at home. This totally unknown, novel virus took root, upending our lives. On this week’s episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, we recognize this sobering anniversary of a full year with the pandemic. Three Americans intimately involved with COVID-19 — an ER doctor, an epidemiologist, and a patient — share their experiences in those early, panic-stricken days and months of the spring 2020 to find out just how far we’ve come from and just how much we’ve learned about COVID-19, our healthcare system, science, and maybe even ourselves.  Learn more about this week’s guests: Fiona Lowenstein, independent journalist and co-founder of the Body Politic Covid-19 support group.  Dr. Jeremy Faust, emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard medical school faculty and editor in chief of Brief19. Dr. Keri Althoff, associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Related links: Sign up for the Body Politic Covid-19 Support Group here. Body Politic Support Group shop. A guide to assessing the risks of re-opening activities amid the pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at
“You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey,” is the title of the very funny, if completely horrifying, new book by comedian and late-night host Amber Ruffin. The book, which Amber co-wrote with her sister Lacey Lamar, is a collection of essays about all the racist sh*t Lacey has to put up with as a Black woman living and working in Omaha, Nebraska. On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie talks with the sisters about growing up in Omaha, their different trajectories and experiences with racism and how humor can be used to expose and talk about the hard stuff. Katie also explores Amber’s career, her new show (The Amber Ruffin Show, on Peacock) and her incredible ability to skewer the kind of everyday racism she and her siblings have always put up with. And if you haven’t seen it already, go watch Amber make the case for a White History Month.  Click here for more about the book, “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism,” from Grand Central Publishing. Learn more about your ad-choices at
On the first episode of the new season of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie sits down with actor, director, activist Robin Wright who stars in and directs the new movie, Land. Robin plays Edee, a woman experiencing tremendous grief who decides to leave her life in the city to live in a cabin in the wilderness. “It’s about the existence you once knew, that you once lived in will never exist in the same way again,” she says, “and I just thought, wow, that’s something to explore.” And with 2021 already proving to be a standout year for women in film — with more women premiering at Sundance and more female directors nominated for Golden Globes — Robin addresses Hollywood’s glass ceiling and whether the cracks are finally making an impact on the industry. ‘Land’ is playing in select theaters now and will be available on PVOD March 5. Learn more about your ad-choices at
On this bonus episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie shares a timely and important conversation with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. As a Republican leader in a predominantly blue state, Governor Hogan offers a valuable perspective on how to effectively bridge the partisan divide in our increasingly polarized country. In this wide-ranging interview, he talks with Katie about this unprecedented moment in our nation’s history, what it means to be a “common sense conservative,” and why he thinks we’re just at the beginning of a “long and difficult battle for the soul of the Republican party.” Learn more about your ad-choices at
Comments (16)


I don’t disagree with much of what this kids says lmao I mean his “alt right” friends are basically right lmao this dude turned back into a snowflake, also nice way to focus on the right here because antics and black nationalists like Farrakhan don’t exist either... but it shouldn’t even be able parties there’s always loose cannons in all camps but you basically are saying all the stuff we have issues with is to blame because of right wing politics not biased at all here

Jan 10th

Catie Adams

Not to mention that porn sites have SUPER violent cartoon / anime porn pop up "commercials".. extra enticing to young men. Horrible and non-consensual imagery, total rape culture. Very troubling. And all for free??? NOTHING IS FREE MAN!

Nov 22nd

Shawn Fehr

Another one sided podcast hosting "professionals" with the same thought process as her. Why talk about an "epidemic" if you won't listen to both sides of the story? garbage!

Nov 19th
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Mandee Moore

Katie just absolutely nailed it! There does, in fact, need to be an entirely separated HR organization, that does not answer to the very company involved; being investigated! There is no way possible, that the very company being questioned, would not be under an umbrella of major bias and fear. Look at the shit show at Fox with Ailes. Those women were fucking terrified! Now all that has come out with NBC, CBS, the cover-ups and mistreatment of these already exploited women. The very way NBC treated, ousted, Ann Curry, allowing Matt Lauer's further ascension as well as his protection, is not only flat ass corrupt, but also an act of intimidation, and a move to silence and prevent women from coming forward. That was an extremely loud way to vocalize their position! If someone as prominent as Ann could be so easily disposed, then who of those underneath her could believe they had any chance of being believed or treated fairly?! How infuriating. The silence culture was, is, everywhere. We must have separate companies, devoted to these claims, free from influence and bias, that will protect women and men coming forward within a plethora of situations! And that is only the beginning.... #RonanFarrow #CatchAndKill #KatieCouric #NextQuestion #NBCMUSTBeHeldAccountcable

Oct 23rd
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Gus PD

this podcast is made from the point of view of a moderately feminist person. I think is biasd and takes into consideration only the esperience of women that does not enjoy it. its like walking into a vegan restaurant and ask if they were asked to eat meat and finding out they did to try to fit in. In the past 3 years I dated 2 women. both told me "I like it rough" when we got intimate. I had seen videos but I had never done anything like it. I could have said no but I did not. was it consensual?

Oct 17th
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since october 2018 Castbox does not show new episodes anymore 😕

Dec 4th
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Kinny Ramoeng

love Katie's singing

May 9th

Drea Griffin

I don't think you needed to question Mona further about Minster Farrakhan. She was absolutely on point that he has been trying to uplift his people who do indeed deserve reparations which mainstream America refuses to address. NOI an offshoot of mainstream Islam that needs to considered in relation to African Americans rather than Muslims orArabs - don't confuse the two

Apr 26th

Sal Posimato

This is a great podcast show. My name is Sal. . I have been a Katie Couric fan since she started on the today show. This podcast is a great show and is very entertaining and we'll performed. This show continues to show the intelligent and talented Katie Couric at her best. Every show she has ever done was terrific and this show is amazing too. This is why Katie Couric is a success.

Apr 25th
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