The Handoff

The Handoff

The love viewers witness between CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo in the handoff between their shows each night is real. Now they’re stepping out from behind the anchor desk for a weekly conversation where nothing is off limits. With no broadcast clock to hold them back, Chris and Don talk politics and get personal.

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November 22, 2021 23 min

Chris and Don leave politics at the door and dish on their favorite Thanksgiving foods, as well as dos and don’ts for a drama-less dinner table. We also get advice from listeners on how to keep the peace during the holiday (Spoiler: the key is more chewing, less talking). 

 

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Chris and Don break down some of the week’s biggest legal matters — from Steve Bannon’s arrest, to the trial in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. They also talk Taylor Swift’s impact on the music industry. Plus, Don reveals a new look, and Chris defends his punctuality.  

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November 11, 2021 29 min

This week, Big Bird and Aaron Rodgers are receiving a lot of heat over the way they discuss vaccinations. Chris and Don break down the backlash, swap relationship woes and weigh in on SNL actor, Cecily’s Strong’s commentary on abortion. Don also shares some of his wedding day worries. 

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November 4, 2021 30 min

Chris and Don discuss the election results, and how Democrats are losing the messaging war over vaccines and Critical Race Theory.  

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October 28, 2021 26 min

Chris and Don discuss revelations from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, and whether social media needs regulation. They also talk about a potential new Halloween tradition and past Halloween costumes. One word: spandex.  

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October 21, 2021 27 min

This week, Chris and Don debate former President Donald Trump’s influence over the GOP and his opinion of Gen. Colin Powell’s legacy. Don also sets the record straight about his middle name and reflects on his new post-pandemic social life.  

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October 14, 2021 25 min

This week, Don and Chris tackle free speech and the controversy over Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special. They also discuss how Democrats may already be jeopardizing their chances in 2024. 

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October 7, 2021 23 min

As Facebook goes under the microscope, Chris and Don discuss the pros and perils of social media. Plus, a sculpture of George Floyd is defaced in New York — just the latest example of contributing to chaos and anger in America. 

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September 30, 2021 20 min

Don and Chris weigh in on star athletes and vaccine hesitancy. They also discuss why going back to the office is important for the future of work and why regulations for social media are long overdue.

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September 23, 2021 24 min

Don and Chris open up about how their mothers have shaped their lives. They discuss the blessings, as well as challenges that come with caring for aging parents. And Chris's mom makes a surprise appearance after celebrating her 90th birthday. 

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September 16, 2021 23 min

Celebrities can have an outsized influence on the way we think. Don and Chris discuss three public figures making headlines lately, on Twitter and at the Met Gala. They also talk about the importance of being able to respectfully disagree with each other. 

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September 9, 2021 22 min

To kick off season two, Chris asks a loaded question: are you happy? Don and Chris discuss managing anxiety, depression, and physical pain over the last few years. They also share personal reflections as we approach the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 

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August 26, 2021 22 min

Chris and Don discuss coexisting with the coronavirus in the long term. From booster shots to conserving water in Florida, the Delta variant is necessitating extra precautions. Will it be like this forever?

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August 19, 2021 17 min

Don and Chris talk about what’s next for Afghanistan and then turn to the home front for the latest on the battle against Covid. Don also catches Chris up on his latest TV obsession: “White Lotus”.

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August 12, 2021 22 min

Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone — this episode’s special guest — is still recovering from January 6th, and not just physically. That day changed everything from his mental health to his political views. He and Don discuss the past 8 months, from the TV classics he’s been watching to what his future might hold.

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August 5, 2021 20 min

President Biden has called voting rights “the single most important” issue in the country. But Don and Chris say he’s not doing enough to protect them. They also discuss the Capitol Hill officers who have tragically died by suicide, the stigmatization of asking for help, and how Chris feels about his eldest daughter going off to college.

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July 29, 2021 21 min

America is divided in a thousand ways. Could taking mental health seriously bring us together? Chris and Don talk about recent testimony from Capitol Police officers about January 6th, right-wing messaging on vaccines, and Olympians as well as the rest of us putting our mental health first.

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July 22, 2021 27 min

Is anyone going to watch the Olympics? Don talks to sports reporter Cari Champion about who and what to look out for at this year’s delayed Games. They discuss how fans, marijuana, and racism have already made the Tokyo Olympics one to remember.

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July 15, 2021 26 min

Chris and Don talk about vaccine hesitancy, concerns about the Delta variant, and Don’s upcoming town hall with President Biden. Plus, they debate billionaires going to space and have a surprising revelation: one of them is a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan.

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July 8, 2021 21 min

Don and Chris reflect on the 4th of July. For Don, the holiday marks the first time he is seeing his entire family in person since the pandemic—including his mother, Katherine Clark, who joins him for this episode. For Chris, the 4th is a day to think not only about independence but also interdependence, and how our connectedness is our greatest strength.

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