For their final episode of the podcast, Kate and Charlie talk about a few stories that have dominated the last year: Facebook and Russia. BuzzFeed News political editor Katherine Miller joins them to break down how central Facebook actually is to our lives and our political decisions. Then, we get an update on the Russia investigation and wonder if 2016 will ever truly end. Take our audience survey at
Trump vs. NFL, Facebook vs. Congress
Charlie and Kate talk to BuzzFeed politics reporter Darren Sands about Trump's culture war with the NFL and how the kneeling debate has transcended its origins as a police brutality protest. Then they're joined by senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz to break down Facebook's awful few weeks in the spotlight over Russian interference. And finally, Kate asks Charlie about the (now-quiet) pro-Trump media and why he's having some problems writing about the trolls.
The 'Rocket Man' And A Late Night TV Health Care Fight
Charlie returns from vacation and Kate gives him a rapid-fire rundown of what he missed (a lot). Then, they're joined by BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod to learn what exactly the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that's floating through Congress would do for Americans...and why Jimmy Kimmel is at the center of the fight. Then, Kate and Charlie talk to BuzzFeed News Deputy World editor Hayes Brown to recap what Trump and the U.N. are doing about the escalating crisis in North Korea.
Deals, Deals, Deals
Kate is joined by BuzzFeed world news editor Hayes Brown, politics reporter Tarini Parti, and foreign affairs reporter John Hudson to talk about DACA dealmaking and Russia’s earnest attempt to make nice with the Trump Administration — starting with a bilateral working group on cybersecurity.
What Actually Happened With DACA And What Comes Next
This week, Kate is joined by BuzzFeed politics editor Katherine Miller and White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo to talk about why the Trump administration is trying to kill a program that helps 800,000 young people, and about what comes next for DREAMer activists, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies.