Next Question with Katie Couric


Katie Couric is back on the mic with a new season of intimate, urgent and unexpected conversations – this time with a new twist. Along with her signature in-depth one-on-one interviews, she’ll be joined by a number of special guest-hosts for a series of “Katie Plus One” episodes. Together they’ll get to know some of the world’s most interesting and influential people and explore the big ideas percolating in the zeitgeist--but with a focus on slowing down, diving deep, and connecting with each other, a reprieve from a culture obsessed with hot takes and surface-level small talk. Tune in every Thursday and join Katie Couric and her guests for a conversation that feels like a warm hug and a seat at the table.

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Our Editor's Take

Next Question with Katie Couric is not the kind of podcast that avoids the tough stuff. Katie Couric is a TV news icon, and her podcasting career is many seasons strong. But in the fall of 2016, she debuted Next Question with a sharpened focus. Each episode examines one big topic and explains it thoroughly. Though she has been called "America's Sweetheart," Couric is not here to ask about fluff.

Couric has always retained her famous girl-next-door personality. Even when delivering brutal news, she is warm and relatable. It's what made so many folks trust her so completely. It also accounts for her longevity in the industry. She's broadcast folksy-but-essential journalism across all three major American TV networks since 1989.

Of course, Couric can still land the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture for the show. But when her audience needs to learn more about a serious subject, the newswoman in her comes out. Next Question began airing just before the pandemic. No doubt the editorial calendar was already full. But the show's pivot was swift. Couric didn't hesitate to refocus most episodes on how to live with COVID-19. And when the news came down in June 2022 that Roe v. Wade's fall was imminent? She announced a special six-part miniseries called Abortion: The Body Politic.

At this point in her career, it's clear there's no holding back for Katie Couric. And as she tries to make the world make a little more sense, her status as America's Sweetheart remains well intact.

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Kara Swisher, the “Internet age's cranky Cassandra,” on her memoir, Burn Book” A Tech Love Story
Feb 27 2024
Kara Swisher, the “Internet age's cranky Cassandra,” on her memoir, Burn Book” A Tech Love Story
Kara Swisher, Official Next Question plus one and dogged chronicler of the good, bad, and the ugly of the tech world (and the “adult toddlers” that so often populate it), has really seen it all. She made tech her beat at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal before most journalists took any notice of the fledgling “nerdy” industry. From there, Kara fearlessly reported on a new generation of tech entrepreneurs who would change the world as we know it. Her journalism breaks news and starts conversations, and her bubble-bursting, down-to-earth approach to those who often get handled with kid gloves is perhaps one of her most enduring traits.   Some call her approach “mean,” and the title of her much-anticipated memoir, Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, plays on this reputation as a reporter who minces no words and is not afraid to ask the hard questions. Kara chronicles the history of how tech came to dominate our lives, and with more potentially life changing tech on the horizon with things like AI, she certainly has some dire warnings. But Kara also has plenty of optimism to share, along with hot takes on everything from Gavin Newsom’s suits to where she derives her confidence (and the bone she has to pick with the question “How are you so confident?”). Nothing is off limits in this funny, insightful, profound conversation. See for privacy information.
How Roe v Wade Fell and What Comes Next with Jodi Kantor
Jan 18 2024
How Roe v Wade Fell and What Comes Next with Jodi Kantor
Since long before Roe v Wade enshrined a federal right to choose in 1973, abortion has been one of the most contentious issues in American life. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe with their decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, marking  a new peak in the political energy and emotion surrounding abortion. Katie’s guest today, New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor (who won a Pulitzer for her Me Too reporting), has been behind some of the most exhaustively sourced and in-depth reporting on just how Dobbs unfolded.    As Jodi tells us, in many ways, SCOTUS’ Dobb’s decision was shocking. The case started as a long-shot ban on abortions after 15-weeks in Mississippi. But a series of events made it one of the most monumental in American history: an even more controversial case from Texas coming along at the same time, Justice Ginsberg’s death, and an unprecedented leak of the decision in Dobbs that some feel affected Justices’ ability to deliberate fully. It’s easy to imagine this going differently if even one of those things changed.   Roe’s reversal could be interpreted as the triumphant fruition of 50 years of conservative efforts or as an issue that could swing voters to liberal candidates; there’s evidence for both. Entering an election year, the transparency Jodi brings to one of our most hallowed institutions–one that may face serious tests this year–is unmissable.See for privacy information.