Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.


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Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.






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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Managing expectations for a Ukraine counteroffensive

For more than a year, Ukraine has defied predictions with its resistance, but senior leaders – including the country’s defense minister – are now trying to manage expectations for a much-anticipated counteroffensive. The key, of course, is support from nations like the US, but there is a sense the NATO alliance is calling for visible results before providing more weapons. Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is a longstanding friend of President Biden and has just traveled to close to the frontlines in Ukraine. He joins the show from Kyiv. Also on today's show: Ali Vaez, Director of Iran Project, International Crisis Group; Gretchen Morgenson, Co-author, “These Are the Plunderers” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


World Food Programme Exec Dir. Cindy McCain

In Sudan there’s still no lasting ceasefire, as the warring parties refuse to put down arms. After nearly four weeks, the violence is having a devastating effect on the country, with hundreds killed and thousands fleeing their homes in search of safety. Those left behind or forced into refugee camps are in dire need of shelter, medicine, clean water, and of course food. The UN World Food Programme is urgently working to get the Sudanese people fed, but it’s dangerous work. Three staff members have been killed in the fighting, which forced a temporary suspension of operations. At the helm of the WFP during this tense time is Cindy McCain, the former ambassador and widow of Senator John McCain. She’s just one month into the job, and the challenges go way beyond Sudan. She joins the show from Nairobi. Also on today's show: Historian Simon Schama & New York Times London Bureau Chief Mark Landler discuss the UK's feelings about a new king and the future of the monarchy itself; Oklahoma State House Republican Toni Hasenbeck To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Americans held hostage

It’s an unofficial "hostage week" in Washington DC, with activities being held to call attention to Americans wrongfully detained in foreign prisons. A driving force behind this week’s events is the James W. Foley Foundation, which fights to free the wrongfully detained and to protect journalists around the world. The foundation was launched by Diane Foley, mother of James, who was publicly and horrifically executed by ISIS nearly a decade ago. Christiane speaks with Diane Foley about channeling her grief into action. Also on today's show: Actors Laura Linney & Jessica Hecht; US Senate Independent Angus King To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Did Ukraine try to take out Putin?

Russia is claiming that Ukraine attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin in a targeted drone attack on the Kremlin. This comes as Ukraine’s defense minister says preparations for its long-awaited counteroffensive are almost complete. General Sir Richard Shirreff, NATO’s former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Europe joins Christiane in London following a recent trip to Ukraine. Also on today's show: Correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddou; author Sathnam Sanghera To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Is artificial intelligence a threat or a breakthrough?

After ‘The Godfather’ of artificial intelligence sounds the alarm about his own dangerous creation, Christiane asks senior A.I. researcher Connor Leahy, and also the head of Cyber Policy at Stanford University Marietje Schaake, if they think A.I. is a major threat to humanity, or a world saving breakthrough. Also on today’s show: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins to talk about his ode to mother nature in his new project, and Walter Isaacson asks Buzzfeed News co-founder Ben Smith where the billion-dollar race to go viral went wrong. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit