Dan Savage has dished out love and sex advice in his syndicated Savage Love column for over 25 years. He’s blunt, hilarious and empathetic– and not just in his writing! Dan joins us to discuss working at Ann Landers’ desk, being “monogamish” and the sex questions he gets asked the most. He also recalls what it was like to come of age during the AIDS epidemic. Plus, two words that I never expected to hear on the podcast.

Brian and I pay a visit to Disney’s studios in Burbank, California to talk with the inimitable director of Selma and 13th about everything from A Wrinkle In Time to her relationship with Oprah. We also discuss #OscarsSoWhite, criminal justice and the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll. Plus, how Ava made the leap from publicizing movies to directing them.

Social media is supposed to help us connect with one another and reduce loneliness, but what if the opposite is true? Psychologist Jean Twenge just wrote a piece in The Atlantic asking, “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” She joins us to discuss the costs and consequences of endless screen time. Twenge is an expert on what she calls “iGen,” those born between 1995 and 2012. She explains the pros and cons of an all-digital world and breaks down the research on smartphones and mental health. Plus, the surprising benefits of boredom.

To mark our podcast’s first anniversary, Brian and I return to Washington, D.C.—this time, to interview New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. There we find lawmakers on the Capitol steps with a megaphone, leading an impromptu rally on health care. After interviewing folks in the crowd, we sit down with Senator Booker to talk about the future of the Affordable Care Act, criminal justice reform, the documentary that captured his biggest failure, and living in Newark’s most dangerous neighborhoods.  Plus, what it was like growing up African-American in Harrington Park, as one of “four raisins in a tub of sweet vanilla ice cream.”

Guest host John Molner (aka my husband) and I welcome Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz for a discussion about the psychology of leadership and his views on President Trump’s mental health. We also talk about why many mental health professionals won’t publicly comment on the psyche of public figures. Plus, Dr. Sulkowicz explains his unexpected path from practicing psychiatry and psychoanalysis to advising CEOs and corporate boards.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu knows that race is hard to talk about, but he thinks it’s important to do it anyway. In fact, he recently put himself on the map with a powerful speech backing the removal of Confederate monuments in his city. Mayor Landrieu sits down with us at the Aspen Ideas Festival to delve into the history and context behind his now-famous remarks. We also discuss climate change in the Big Easy, the role of cities in the Trump era, and why Mayor Landrieu still wishes he could be a Broadway star.