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Just Ask the Question is a unique and provocative look at the news in today’s headlines. Playboy White House correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem hosts a conversation with newsmakers across the spectrum, asking the hardest questions and engaging them in deep conversation about issues that matter to all of us. Just Ask the Question is an unedited conversation with those in the public eye who influence life in the United States. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
 
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Rep. Eric Swalwell from CA was briefly a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. During one of the first debates he famously challenged former Vice President Joe Biden to pass the torch of leadership to a younger generation. Here he talks about the country post-impeachment and the challenges facing the country going forward.…
 
Michael Steele is the former Lt. Governor of Maryland, the first African American to hold that post. He's the former chairman of the RNC and a strong anti-trumper in the GOP. "I'm tired of making excuses for dumbass Republicans who voted for Trump," he tells us. In this compelling episode of "Just Ask the Question," Steele tells us what he fears th…
 
Daryl is a Civil Rights activist and keyboard player who's played with everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Chuck Berry. His greatest claim to fame as an African American is meeting with and talking members of the Klu Klux Klan into giving up their robes. He became friends with the Grand Wizard of the KKK in Maryland and then became Godfather to the Gr…
 
A discussion with First Amendment Attorney Ted Boutrous on the problems brought about by the Trump administration. Ted Boutrous was named an “Attorney of the Year” by both the California Lawyer and the San Francisco Recorder. In 2019, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named Mr. Boutrous one of the 100 best lawyers in California for t…
 
Michael Zeldin has served as a TV legal analyst since 1996, covering the OJ Simpson murder trial, Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, Clinton impeachment proceedings, Gore v. Bush court challenges, and the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, he held various senior positions, including: Deputy C…
 
In her new book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man" Mary Trump a psychologist and niece of President Donald Trump tells us all about growing up in the Trump family and how Donald Trump came to be who he is today.
 
Joe Lockhart is a political strategist, a CNN analyst, and former press secretary to Bill Clinton who served during the Clinton impeachment. He is also a former press spokesman for the NFL and has a unique love for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. He joins us on "Just ask the Question" to talk about the tenuous nature of Democracy and the Trum…
 
John Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and international environmental law. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the first United Nations Independent Expert, and from 2015 to 2018, as its first Special Rapporteur, on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable e…
 
What should the GOP look like? Anthony Scaramucci is the former Communications Director of the Donald Trump White House who infamously served for 11 days. He's an outspoken investor, die-hard Catholic and old school Republican who has joined other Republicans in denouncing Donald Trump. He imagines a GOP with a "big tent" strategy and one that help…
 
We're happy to welcome back an old friend to Just Ask the Question. Norm Eisen is the author of "Case for the American People". He served as a counsel for the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment process of President Donald J. Trump in 2020. He is also a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. …
 
What's wrong with Donald Trump? In her new book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man" Mary Trump a psychologist and niece of President Donald Trump tells us all about growing up in the Trump family and how Donald Trump came to be who he is today. Four takeaways from this interview: 1. Donald Trump has pl…
 
Paul Schwartz is a former federal employee and government manager. He's also a columnist and author. He joins us on Just Ask the Question to talk about his latest book: Trump, The Shell Game: The Conning of America. He discusses the problems brought about by the Trump administration and how Trump is deconstructing the federal government.…
 
Michael Zeldin has served as a TV legal analyst since 1996, covering the OJ Simpson murder trial, Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, Clinton impeachment proceedings, Gore v. Bush court challenges, and the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, he held various senior positions, including: Deputy C…
 
Joe Lockhart is a political strategist, a CNN analyst, and former press secretary to Bill Clinton who served during the Clinton impeachment. He is also a former press spokesman for the NFL and has a unique love for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. He joins us on "Just ask the Question" to talk about the tenuous nature of Democracy and the Trum…
 
Dr. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience building and managing large, successful research and development programs. From 1987-2001 he was malaria program director, Naval Medical Research Center, where his team were leaders in subunit malaria vaccine development and sequencing the Plasmodium falciparum genome and published the first studies in th…
 
Michael Zeldin has served as a TV legal analyst since 1996, covering the OJ Simpson murder trial, Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, Clinton impeachment proceedings, Gore v. Bush court challenges, and the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, he held various senior positions, including: Deputy C…
 
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” O’Brien, founder and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, also reports for HBO Real Sports, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD and has authored two books. She has app…
 
Tom Manger is the recently retired former police chief from Montgomery County Maryland, and the past president of the Major Cities Police Chief's Association. During his 42 years in law enforcement he worked with three different presidential administrations. In this special podcast he talks about the need for public discipline for police officers, …
 
Reed Galen is an independent political strategist who has formerly worked for George W Bush, Sen John McCain and Gov Arnold Scharzenneger. He left the Republican Party in 2016 and has spent the last three years dedicated to the political reform movement, creating a better system for all voters. The Lincoln Project is a group of anti-Trump republica…
 
Dokhi Fassihian, RSF USA Executive Director Dokhi Fassihian is the executive director of Reporters Without Borders USA (RSF USA). Before joining RSF, she led the Middle East and North Africa division at Freedom House where she oversaw the organization's regional portfolio. Fassihian also led the Democracy Coalition Project, where she monitored the …
 
After getting to play the role of a real life James Bond, Naveed accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy as a reserve intelligence where he served with the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Innovation Unit. He went on to become an MSNBC Intelligence Analyst, a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Researc…
 
Dena Grayson, MD, PhD is a physician, researcher, and expert on Ebola and other viral pandemic threats. Her biomedical research has focused on the development of new medicines to treat serious diseases including cancer, Ebola, Yellow Fever, and rare genetic diseases, and FDA-approved medicines for high cholesterol and hereditary angioedema. In 2016…
 
Mark Zaid is one of the best known attorneys in Washington, D.C., with a practice focused on national security law, freedom of speech constitutional claims, and government accountability. In 1998 he founded the James Madison Project, an organization dedicated to reducing government secrecy. He represented two of the Whistle Blowers in the Ukrainian…
 
Do the ends justify the means? Alice Stewart is a Christian conservative political activist often seen on CNN. A former television reporter, she worked for governor Mike Huckabee in Arkansas. She is a GOP stalwart who voted for President Donald Trump and believes the United States is a Christian nation. She sat down with us on "Just Ask The Questio…
 
Adam Parkhomenko is a former Field Director of the Democratic party, worked to elect Hillary Clinton and is currently a Democratic Strategist. In this episode of "Just Ask The Question," we talk about Democratic Debates, the Bernie Sanders phenomenon, the follow up to impeachment and the chances of Democrats beating Trump in 2020.…
 
Rep. Eric Swalwell from CA was briefly a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. During one of the first debates he infamously challenged former Vice President Joe Biden about passing the torch of leadership to a younger generation. Here he talks about the country post-impeachment and the challenges facing the country going forward.…
 
Michael Zeldin joins us this week for a recurring segment on the Trump impeachment inquiry. A former federal prosecutor, Zeldin During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, held various senior positions, including: Deputy Chief, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section; Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Offices; and Special Counsel f…
 
Kathy Griffin is an Emmy award winning actress and comedian who recently courted controversy with a photograph of her holding a mask of the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump. Prior to that she also made fun of fellow celebrities (Just ask Jerry Seinfeld) and has gained a strong following for her down to earth humor. We're proud to have…
 
Neil Giraldo is a multiple grammy award winning singer, composer, producer and song writer. His ground breaking work includes the hit "Jessie's Girl" for Rick Derringer, and a 40-year life partnership with Pat Benatar. He has sold 45 million records and in addition has worked with John Waite, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del-…
 
James Carville is an American political commentator, media personality, and lawyer who is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. Nicknamed the Ragin' Cajun, Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful presidential campaign of then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. Carville also worked as a co-host of …
 
Michael Zeldin joins us this week for a recurring segment on the Trump impeachment inquiry. A former federal prosecutor, Zeldin During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, held various senior positions, including: Deputy Chief, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section; Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Offices; and Special Counsel f…
 
In his first long-form interview since taking the Whistleblower case that has led to an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, attorney Mark Zaid confirms there are multiple whistleblowers, says the clients should have to testify, explains why and also explains how the President of The United States is trying to intimidate all whistle blowers. . . …
 
Joe Lockhart is a political strategist, a CNN analyst, and former press secretary to Bill Clinton who served during the Clinton impeachment. He is also a former press spokesman for the NFL and has a unique love for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. He joins us on "Just ask the Question" to talk about the tenuous nature of Democracy and the Trum…
 
Michael Zeldin has served as a TV legal analyst since 1996, covering the OJ Simpson murder trial, Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, Clinton impeachment proceedings, Gore v. Bush court challenges, and the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, he held various senior positions, including: Deputy C…
 
Ted Boutrous is the one of the leading first amendment attorneys in the country and successfully defended Jim Acosta and CNN after the White House revoked Acosta’s press pass. He’s also working with playboy magazine and Brian Karem to retrieve Brian’s press pass after the White House suspended it. Today he talks about the importance of the first am…
 
Brennan Karem is a successful director and Visual Effects artist in Hollywood, who has directed and animated a number of hit music videos for major artists. He is soon to be a father, is the second of three sons born to Brian Karem and his wife Pam. Today he joins us to "Just Ask the Question" of Brian Karem about being a new father.…
 
Owen Smith is a standup comic, television writer and actor who has written for Black-ish, The Arsenio Hall Show and written and acted in Everybody Hates Chris. We ran across each other at the recent LA Press Club awards where he slayed a group of jaded and cynical reporters for a 20 minute comic set of true genius. It's a pleasure to welcome him to…
 
Danica is an American journalist and politician of the Democratic Party. In the 2017 Virginia Elections she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, winning the Democratic primary for the 13th district on June 13, and the general election on November 7. She is the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly…
 
Steve Mittleman and John Debellis are veteran comedians from the 70s who have enjoyed a wide variety of success on the Tonight Show, D.C. Follies, movies and television shows when they aren't busy blaming each other for the downfall of the human race. In a "Just Ask the Question" special they join us to explain why it's all Mittleman's fault.…
 
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