Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
Has the Ukrainian counteroffensive begun?
America’s top general says Ukraine is ready to roll as both sides contest whether a large scale offensive has begun. Defense policy expert Kori Schake helps us peer through the fog of war. Then, actor and director Steve Buscemi joins to discuss his film The Listener, which takes a look at America’s mental health crisis through the eyes and ears of one helpline volunteer. Plus, who cares for the caregivers? Author Emily Kenway joins to discuss the hidden costs to those looking after our loved ones. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Blinken welcomes Finland to NATO
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Finland today to welcome NATO’s newest member and launch a message across its 832-mile Russian border: Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine has been a strategic failure, greatly diminishing Russia’s power and influence. Blinken calls Finland’s entry into NATO a sea-change. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto tells Bianna about his meeting with Blinken. Also on today's show: José Carlos Zamora, son of jailed Guatemalan journalist; chef and humanitarian activist José Andrés; Lin-Manuel Miranda (from the archives) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
What is the future of NATO?
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Ukraine will eventually become a member of the alliance, but some member nations are questioning the timing. Meanwhile, Sweden’s NATO membership is also uncertain, as group member Turkey has voiced objections to it. Joining the show to discuss is former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt. Also on today's show: Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa; North Carolina Democratic leader Anderson Clayton To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
US debt ceiling deal's impact on climate
Lawmakers in the United States are racing to get a key debt ceiling bill through both chambers of Congress and signed into law. The Treasury Department says June 5th is the day they would no longer be able to pay the nation’s bills. On today’s show we dig into one key element of the deal – climate policy. Environmentalists are warning that this deal could have significant ramifications for the climate because it fast-tracks a controversial gas pipeline in West Virginia. Climate expert Michael Gerrard joins us to break this down. Also on today's show: Candace Rondeaux, Director, Future Frontlines; Isabel Kershner, NY Times Correspondent in Jerusalem and Author, "The Land of Hope and Fear"; writer/filmmaker Nida Manzoor To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
As drones hit Moscow buildings in a rare attack in the heart of Russia, the Kremlin is placing the blame squarely on Kyiv. But Ukraine denies any direct involvement. It’s a dramatic escalation that makes clear Putin’s war is coming closer to home and now puts Russian civilians at risk. US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith discusses this pivotal point in the war and how it is being viewed by Western allies. Also on today's show: Former candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams; author Héctor Tobar; musician Peter One To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Amanpour update for May 29, 2023
There is no new episode of the Amanpour showcast. If you haven’t already, please check out CNN’s other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Behind the historic deal to save the Colorado River
In the western US a landmark deal to protect one of the country's most important waterways has finally been reached. The Colorado River serves more than 40 million Americans across multiple states, but it’s drying up at an alarming rate. Drought, overuse, and climate change are largely to blame. In the new deal, the lower basin states, Nevada, California and Arizona, will temporarily cut their water usage. In exchange, they’ll get over a billion dollars’ worth of federal grants. It’s a significant reduction, about 13% of their total demand. But experts are already warning that it’s not a long-term fix. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon joins Bianna to discuss how his upper basin state should also see the benefits of the deal. Also on today's show: South Carolina Senate Republican Penry Gustafson; national security analyst and journalist Peter Bergen; Kahn Academy founder/CEO Sal Khan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
The promise, opportunities and threats of AI
As we enter an uncharted era of artificial intelligence, Christiane takes a look at the risk of a creation turning on its creator. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is calling for an international regulator, much like the nuclear watchdog, to prevent a catastrophe endangering our existence. The real-world impact of this technology, which is still in its infancy, is already being felt. Like the fake AI image of an explosion at the Pentagon, which caused a selloff on the stock market this week. But it’s also driving scientific breakthroughs, like the paralyzed man who just took his first steps in a decade, thanks in part to AI technology. Alondra Nelson was acting director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the architect of the Biden administration’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights. Christiane asked her about the threats, opportunities, and the global moves to regulate AI. Also on today's show: Actor Oscar Isaac and Prodcuer Jeremy O. Harris; Dr. Daniel Grossman, Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, UCSF & Medical Sociologist Katrina Kimport To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
What to make of the Republican presidential hopefuls
The race for the Republican nomination for US president is expanding. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is throwing his hat in the ring, as has long been expected. Donald Trump is still dominating the field and he’s already spent millions attacking DeSantis. Trey Grayson is a former Kentucky Republican Secretary of State and was also the head of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He’s now a practicing attorney and tells Christiane what this field of presidential hopefuls tells us about the Republican Party and its priorities. Also on today's show: Reality Winner, former enlisted US Air Force member and NSA translator who made headlines in 2017 after being arrested on charges of leaking classified information to the media. Now, her story is told in the new HBO film Reality directed by Tina Satter. Reality is now on supervised release in Corpus Christi, Texas. She joins Christiane along with Tina to discuss the new film. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Exclusive: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Greece has come a long way since it stood on the brink of bankruptcy a decade ago. After years of painful austerity measures, tax hikes, pension cuts, and huge bailout checks, its post-pandemic economy is now outpacing the eurozone average. And despite a spying scandal, rising inflation and a tragic train crash that killed 57 people, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ center-right party tapped into underlying optimism, especially among young voters, to win a convincing victory on Sunday. He joins Christiane for his first interview after his party’s election win. Also on today's show: Rachel Reeves, UK Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor of Exchequer; Rich Lowry, Editor-In-Chief, National Review To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
The grinding battle for Bakhmut
Russia’s mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed this weekend to have seized control of Bakhmut. The Ukrainian government swiftly denied it, saying their troops still hold some territory, and are fighting to surround Russian forces pinned down there. Russia has thrown wave after wave of mercenaries into the fight for the city, and Ukraine has lost some of its most experienced soldiers. While defenders say morale is high, the grinding battle is taking its toll. Correspondent Nic Robertson meets exhausted and shell-shocked Ukrainian troops near Bakhmut. Also on today's show: Vali Nasr, Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; disability activist Sinéad Burke; Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jerry Brown on how to deal with China
One of the dilemmas facing President Biden and his allies is how to develop a unified response to China's increasing assertiveness. Former Governor Jerry Brown founded the California China Climate Institute at UC Berkeley. He says it's tricky doing business with Beijing, but worries Washington hawks might be going down a dangerous path of no-return. Also on today's show: Kelly Sampson, Director of racial justice at Brady: United Against Gun Violence & former gun industry insider Ryan Busse; historian Evan Thomas To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Center for American Progress President Patrick Gaspard
G7 leaders are gathering in Hiroshima, Japan for a high stakes session and the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will address the summit via video link. He once again is asking the world’s most powerful leaders to support his fight against Russian aggression. South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa is trying to mediate, saying both countries accepted his proposal to host an African peace mission. Patrick Gaspard, president of the Center for American Progress and a former US Ambassador to South Africa, joins the show to discuss. Also on today's show: Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Marie Yovanovitch, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Pursued by paparazzi
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan say they were in a “near-catastrophic car chase” in New York on Thursday night, with a spokesperson for the couple saying that they and Meghan’s mother were pursued by a “ring of highly aggressive paparazzi.” They allege the chase lasted more than two hours, resulting in multiple near-collisions. New York Mayor Eric Adams says the incident was reckless and irresponsible, though questioned the duration of the chase. Correspondent Melissa Bell has the latest. Also on today's show: Mary Ziegler, a leading expert leading expert on the history and politics surrounding women’s reproductive health in America; Ukrainian First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova; author Stephen Vladeck To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
The latest from eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian forces are now using long range “storm shadow” missiles provided by the UK to strike Russian targets, CNN reports, with the use of these weapons coming just one week after the UK announced it had delivered them to Ukraine. It comes at a moment when the war-torn country is under increased pressure: Russia launched a barrage of rockets on Kyiv overnight, an attack Ukrainian officials described as “the maximum number of attacking missiles in the shortest time possible.” Meantime the Russian mercenary company army known as the Wagner group is claiming an American citizen has been killed in the battle for Bakhmut. Correspondent Sam Kiley joins the program with the latest details from eastern Ukraine. Also on today's show: Rob Lee, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program; El Paso, Texas Mayor Oscar Leeser; Ondi Timoner, Filmmaker, “Last Flight Home” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Zelensky's tour of western capitals
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has been on a lightning tour of western capitals, securing almost three billion dollars’ worth of weapons from Germany and promises of dozens of light tanks and armored vehicles from France. Today, Zelensky landed in England, meeting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in the wake of Britain arming Kyiv with long-range cruise missiles. Correspondent Matthew Chance joins the show from London to discuss. Also on today's show: Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira; CNN Correspondent Jomana Karadsheh & Asli Aydintasbas, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
What next after Title 42?
First: Tens of thousands of migrants gather in Northern Mexico, despite Washington declaring that ‘the border is not open’. This comes after controversial immigration rules known as Title 42 came to an end overnight. Joining the show to discuss what this all means is correspondent Rosa Flores. Next: We continue to unpack the expiration of Title 42 and the impact on those entering the US illegally with journalist Caitlin Dickerson, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her extensive reporting on immigration. Also on today's show: US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Native American activist Crystal Echo Hawk; Conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim (from the archives) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Chaos in Pakistan
Pakistani police say nearly a thousand people have been arrested in Punjab province this week, while across the country mass protests have descended into violent clashes. The spark that lit the fire was the arrest of the country’s former prime minister and cricket star Imran Khan. Furious Khan supporters are taking to the streets, bringing to a head the year-long political standoff with the country’s powerful military, since Khan was ousted as leader last April. All this amid a major economic crisis, rising terrorism, and less than a year after devastating floods engulfed the country. How does Pakistan emerge from these interlocking crises? Christiane discusses with the country’s former ambassador in Washington, Husain Haqqani. Also on today's show: Lady Anne Glenconner, Author, “Whatever Next?”; U trade representative Katherine Tai To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Implications of the Trump abuse verdict
It took a jury just a few hours to reach a unanimous verdict, but the effects could last decades. E. Jean Carroll has been awarded $5 million – but even more importantly for her, and for all other victims, a jury believed her case that former President Trump sexually abused and defamed her more than 25 years ago. Rebecca Traister is writer-at-large for New York Magazine, the outlet that first broke the E. Jean Carroll story. She joins Christianne to discuss the implications of the verdict. Also on today's show: Harun Armagan, Former spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party, and Bilge Yılmaz, Deputy Chairman, IYI Party; Ashlee Vance, Author, “When the Heavens Went on Sale” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Countering Putin's propaganda
Victory Day in Russia has long been one of the most important dates in President Putin’s calendar – a chance to show off the Kremlin’s military might while commemorating the day the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. But this year is drastically different. Under tight security, no fly past, and with only one tank to spare in Moscow, a parade designed to exude strength instead exposed the strain the war in Ukraine is taking. Our first guest is putting all his efforts into countering Putin’s propaganda. Ilya Ponomarev was once a member of the Russian state Duma, and now he’s running TV channel February Morning, which is aimed at Russians inside Russia. He’s even taken up arms against his own country in Ukraine. He joins the show to discuss. Also on today's show: climate activist Elisabeth Stern & human rights lawyer Jessica Simor; former Google VP and engineering fellow Geoggrey Hinton To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy