The Assignment with Audie Cornish


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Every Monday on The Assignment, host Audie Cornish explores the animating forces of American politics. It’s not about the horserace, it’s about the larger cultural ideas driving the American electorate. Audie draws on the deep well of CNN reporters, editors, and contributors to examine topics like the nuances of building electoral coalitions, and the role the media plays in modern elections.  Every Thursday, Audie pulls listeners out of their digital echo chambers to hear from the people whose lives intersect with the news cycle, as well as deep conversations with people driving the headlines. From astrology’s modern renaissance to the free speech wars on campus, no topic is off the table.

Episode Date
Why JD Vance is Trump’s VP Pick
Jul 18, 2024
Trump’s Close Call Re-Shapes the Race
Jul 15, 2024
Why We Can’t Look Away From Reality TV
Jul 11, 2024
The Cracks in the Blue Wall
Jul 08, 2024
What It Means to Be Patriotic
Jul 04, 2024
Georgia’s Swing-State Spotlight
Jul 01, 2024
What It’s Like to Be a Diplomat
Jun 27, 2024
The Key to Pennsylvania? Nikki Haley Voters
Jun 24, 2024
A New Generation of Storytellers
Jun 20, 2024
How Popular Is Election Betting?
Jun 17, 2024
Documenting the Golden Age of Hip-Hop
Jun 13, 2024
Steve Bannon is Heading to Prison
Jun 10, 2024
Preparing for a Water Crisis
Jun 06, 2024
What Polls Do (And Don’t) Tell Us
Jun 03, 2024
The Economy’s Bad Vibes
May 30, 2024
Where Trump’s Trials Go Now
May 27, 2024
Should Schools Ban Phones?
May 23, 2024
Corruption or “Just Politics”: Sen Menendez on Trial
May 20, 2024
How Social Media Amplified the Drake-Kendrick Rap Beef
May 16, 2024
How Kamala Harris is Finding Her Voice
May 13, 2024
The Power and Promise of Psychedelics in Therapy
May 09, 2024
How Speaker Mike Johnson Has Survived So Far
May 06, 2024
How Do We Talk About Campus Protests?
May 02, 2024
Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett of Pod Save America
Apr 29, 2024
Does Beyoncé Need Country?
Apr 25, 2024
Why Trump Would Rather Be at The Supreme Court
Apr 22, 2024
Pediatricians on the Frontlines of Gender-Affirming Care
Apr 18, 2024
Why Arizona Matters So Much
Apr 15, 2024
What Would a Second U.S. Civil War Look Like?
Apr 11, 2024
Why Don’t Third Parties Work?
Apr 08, 2024
Is Online Gambling a Public Health Threat?
Apr 04, 2024
“Preachy Females” of the Democratic Party
Apr 01, 2024
The Assignment Presents: All There Is with Ashley Judd
Mar 28, 2024
Why Republicans Stick with Trump
Mar 25, 2024
The Assignment Presents: Chasing Life on IVF
Mar 21, 2024
What It's Like to Cover a Presidential Candidate Up-Close
Mar 18, 2024
Kara Swisher’s Big Tech Burn Book
Mar 14, 2024
Katie Britt, IVF, and the Fight for Women's Votes
Mar 11, 2024
Counting Votes, Facing Threats: What It's Like to Run an Election
Mar 07, 2024
A Week of Political High Drama, with Kasie Hunt
Mar 04, 2024
Polyamory Is Having a Moment
Feb 29, 2024
Biden, Trump, and the Border Crisis
Feb 26, 2024
Jake Tapper on American Political Scandal
Feb 22, 2024
Where Does Fani Willis Go From Here?
Feb 19, 2024
Gen Z In the Workplace: Rethinking Business Etiquette
Feb 15, 2024
Mitch McConnell’s Critics Grow Louder
Feb 12, 2024
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce: Cultural Supernova
Feb 08, 2024
Clyburn on Power and Compromise
Feb 05, 2024
Roy Wood Jr. on The Daily Show and the Future of Comedy
Feb 01, 2024
What is Nikki Haley Doing in South Carolina? With Eva McKend
Jan 29, 2024
Healing Political Divisions in the Pews
Jan 25, 2024
The “Dangerous Undercurrent” in American Politics
Jan 22, 2024
"Am I Doing This Right?" How To Be a Parent Today
Jan 18, 2024
If Trump's the Nominee, Who's his Veep?
Jan 15, 2024
The Backlash Against DEI
Jan 11, 2024
Biden's Re-Election Argument, with Phil Mattingly
Jan 08, 2024
Gen Z Is Challenging How We Think About Work
Jan 04, 2024
The Year Ahead in Politics with David Chalian
Jan 02, 2024
The Assignment Presents: All There Is
Dec 28, 2023
The Assignment Presents: The Axe Files
Dec 26, 2023
We’re Taking Your Assignments: Drug Shortages and Ageism
Dec 21, 2023
CNN Political Briefing: Are Young Voters Tuning Out 2024?
Dec 19, 2023
Why More Black Moms Are Choosing Home Births
Dec 14, 2023
How to Cover Politics with Tara Palmeri
Dec 12, 2023
Ken Burns on History, Truth, and Storytelling
Dec 07, 2023
Can the Biden/Harris Coalition Hold?
Dec 05, 2023
The Creative Path to Climate Solutions
Nov 30, 2023
Trump’s Second Term Plans
Nov 28, 2023
What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?
Nov 23, 2023
Can Anyone Beat Trump?
Nov 20, 2023
Meet The Students Challenging Book Bans
Nov 16, 2023
China’s Disinformation Campaign Against Americans
Nov 14, 2023
The Army's Recruitment Challenge
Nov 09, 2023
Should Biden Bow Out? Axelrod Weighs In
Nov 07, 2023
How Ordinary People Exposed January 6th
Nov 02, 2023
Why Trump’s Ex-Lawyers are Flipping
Oct 31, 2023
The Serious Business of Romance Novels
Oct 26, 2023
How The Young Guns Lost the GOP
Oct 24, 2023
What It's Like to Evacuate in Gaza
Oct 19, 2023
How Americans Feel About Israel
Oct 17, 2023
Roxane Gay Reflects on 10 Years of Opinions
Oct 12, 2023
Does Fact-Checking Work?
Oct 10, 2023
A New Assignment: Diving into Politics
Oct 05, 2023
An Epic Translation for a Modern Audience
Sep 28, 2023
The Free Speech Wars on Campus
Sep 21, 2023
Greek Life Gone Viral
Sep 14, 2023
We’re Taking Your Assignments: Money, Marijuana, and Montana
Sep 07, 2023
Hollywood’s Hot Strike Summer
Aug 31, 2023
The Fight Against Digital Hate
Aug 24, 2023
Fighting Fires on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Aug 17, 2023
Sex and Sensibilities: Let’s Talk About Puriteens
Aug 10, 2023
The Assignment presents The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Aug 03, 2023
The Assignment presents Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta
Jul 27, 2023
TikTok Is Changing Music, One Song at a Time
Jul 20, 2023
Courting Controversy: Inside the Supreme Court
Jul 13, 2023
Larry Wilmore: A Candid Conversation on Television, Culture, and Creativity
Jul 06, 2023
Meet the New Homeschoolers
Jun 29, 2023
After Roe: Navigating the Legal Landscape of New Abortion Laws
Jun 22, 2023
Gratuitous Gratuity? The Truth About Tipping
Jun 15, 2023
Wired for Trouble: Kara Swisher on Big Tech
Jun 08, 2023
Flying This Summer? Pack Your Patience
Jun 01, 2023
What’s Your Sign? Astrology's Modern Renaissance
May 25, 2023
Navigating Misinformation at the Border
May 18, 2023
The Rise and Fall of “Woke” with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
May 11, 2023
AI in the time of Loneliness
May 04, 2023
Yes, We're All Being Spied On
Apr 27, 2023
Clickbait Fashion Is Taking Over Your Feed
Apr 20, 2023
Louder Than Guns
Apr 13, 2023
Holding Space for Therapy Speak
Apr 06, 2023
Run, Hide, Fight
Mar 30, 2023
Yes, This Economy Is Confusing
Mar 23, 2023
The Assignment Returns March 23rd
Mar 16, 2023
The Assignment presents Story of the Week
Mar 09, 2023
The Assignment presents Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta
Mar 02, 2023
Politics, But Make It Puppets
Feb 23, 2023
The New State of Unions
Feb 16, 2023
Kicking the Football Habit
Feb 09, 2023
Life After the Traffic Stop
Feb 02, 2023
‘I’m kind of lazy.’ Why We Aren’t Going Back to the Movies
Jan 26, 2023
The Prince and the Press
Jan 19, 2023
The Long Arc of Long Covid
Jan 12, 2023
New Year, New Assignments
Jan 05, 2023
The Assignment presents All There Is with Anderson Cooper
Dec 29, 2022
Journalism on the Ropes
Dec 22, 2022
When the Chanting Stops
Dec 15, 2022
Pediatricians Caught in a Political Crossfire
Dec 08, 2022
My Bread and Butter: The OnlyFans Economy
Dec 01, 2022
Trauma, Trauma Everywhere
Nov 23, 2022
Meet The Parents Taking Over School Boards
Nov 17, 2022
Introducing: The Assignment
Nov 04, 2022