The Issue Is
FOX’s Elex Michaelson hosts debates and conversations with newsmakers about political and controversial issues impacting California and the nation.
S05:E30 - Dr. Erica Pan, Lis Smith
As cases rise, Dr. Erica Pan provides answers on Monkeypox. Then, Democratic strategist Lis Smith talks about her new book and her legendary career.
S05:E29 - Rep. Adam Schiff, State Senator Bob Hertzberg
Rep. Adam Schiff returns to discuss the latest hearings of the House Jan. 6 Committee. State Senator Bob Hertzberg celebrates CA's new gun safety law.
S05:E28 - Gov. Gavin Newsom
"The Issue Is" hits the road for a series of exclusive interviews with CA Governor Gavin Newsom as he makes a high-profile visit to Washington, DC.
S05:E27 - Gloria Allred, Larry Elder
A debate like you've never seen before: Attorney Gloria Allred and Radio Host Larry Elder take on abortion, Gov. Newsom, January 6th, and more.
S05:E26 - Gloria Allred, Eric Early, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Rep. Adam Schiff
As the debate over abortion rights heats up, "The Issue Is" welcomes Gloria Allred, Eric Early, and California's First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
S05:E25 - AG Rob Bonta, Jodi Hicks, Jonathan Keller, Areva Martin, Brian Goldsmith
As SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade, "The Issue Is" welcomes CA AG Rob Bonta, PPActionCA's Jodi Hicks, CA Family Council's Jonathan Keller, and more.
S05:E24 - Gov. Gavin Newsom, James Gallagher, Rep. Pete Aguilar, John Myers
Inflation and the Insurrection take center stage as "The Issue Is" welcomes Gov. Newsom, State Assemblyman Gallagher, Rep. Aguilar, and John Myers.
S05:E23 - Gov. Gavin Newsom, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff
"The Issue Is" welcomes what may be its highest-profile lineup: Governor Gavin Newsom, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.
S05:E22 - Rick Caruso, Chesa Boudin, Robert Rivas
The CA Primary just days away, Elex welcomes LA Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, embattled SF DA Chesa Boudin, and State Assemblyman Robert Rivas.
S05:E21 - Karen Bass, Malia Cohen, Marc Levine
As primary day nears, Elex is joined by candidates Karen Bass (LA Mayor), Malia Cohen (CA Controller), and Marc Levine (CA Insurance Commissioner).
S05:E20 - Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns, Eric Early
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns pull back the curtain on election 2020 and year one of the Biden Presidency. Eric Early makes his case for CA AG.
S05:E19 - Bob Costas
Legendary sportscaster Bob Costas drops by "The Issue Is" to talk The Lakers, Dodgers, Olympics, Tom Brady, and everything sport.
S05:E18 - Gloria Allred, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rochelle Walensky
On our 4th Anniversary, and with abortion, COVID, and Ukraine in the news, Elex is joined by Gloria Allred, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rochelle Walensky.
S05:E17 - Bill Melugin, Lanhee Chen, LA Times Festival of Books
Bill Melugin breaks down the crisis at the Border, Lanhee Chen talks his campaign for CA Controller, and Elex heads to the LA Times Festival of Books.
S05:E16 - Gov. Jerry Brown, Sec. Jennifer Granholm
It's Earth Week and "The Issue Is" is going green. Elex is joined by former CA Governor Jerry Brown, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and more.
S05:E15 - Michael Shellenberger, Tal Kopan, Joe Davis
Big questions this week: Is Sen. Dianne Feinstein mentally fit to serve? Is Gov. Gavin Newsom unbeatable? Or, could homelessness derail his plans?
S05:E14 - Matthew Friend, Bob Hertzberg, James Gallagher
From Howard Stern to Ted Cruz, comedian Matt Friend shows off his hilarious impressions. Then, after another mass shooting, the gun debate heats up.
S05:E13 - Matt Belloni, Nathan Hochman, Justice Patricia Guerrero
More fallout after Will Smith's Oscar slap from a reporter in the room. Also, a GOP candidate for California AG and CA's newest Supreme Court Justice.
S05:E12 - Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Alexei Koseff, Elizabeth Wagmeister
Gas prices surging. Interest in The Oscars plummeting. Elex is joined by Kevin Kiley, Alexei Koseff, and Elizabeth Wagmeister to discuss fixing both.
S05:E11 - Mayor Eric Garcetti
Outgoing L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti gets behind the wheel to take "The Issue Is" on a journey through the city he's led for nearly nine years.
S05:E10 - Rep. Karen Bass
This week on “The Issue Is:” an extensive one-on-one with Rep. Karen Bass, the six-term Congresswoman now making a run to become the next Mayor of LA.
S05:E09 - Nate Mook, Rick Caruso, Charlie Beck
World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook on his work in Ukraine, Rick Caruso is endorsed by Fmr LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and what's the State of the Union?
S05:E08 - Adam Schiff; Alex Padilla; Andrew Whitworth; Pete Buttigieg
A historic week, Elex Michaelson is joined by Rep. Adam Schiff, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rams star Andrew Whitworth, and Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg.
S05:E07 - Rick Caruso, Mayor Eric Garcetti
Elex Michaelson sits down with outgoing L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as the man looking to replace him, billionaire developer Rick Caruso.
S05:E06 - The Super Bowl Comes to L.A.
Are you ready for some football? This week, “The Issue Is” leaves the politics behind, focusing instead on everything Super Bowl 56.
S05:E05 - Rep. Barbara Lee, Steve Mason
This week on "The Issue Is": Tensions mount in Ukraine, the debate rages over SCOTUS picks, LA prepares for the Super Bowl, and how to fix The Oscars.
S05:E04 - Ethan Bearman, Michael Knowles, Arash Markazi
This week on "The Issue Is": The debate over student vax mandates, grading Pres. Biden's 1st year in office, and the NFC Championship game divides CA.
S05:E03 - Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, D.A. Anne Marie Schubert
Two first-time, history-making guests join "The Issue Is": Second Gentleman of the United States Doug Emhoff and Sacramento D.A. Anne Marie Schubert.
S05:E02 - Dr. Mark Ghaly, Sec. Pete Buttigieg, Christopher Kennedy
Surging Omicron. Rising inflation. Supply Chain Issues. Universal Healthcare. No parole for RFK's killer. It’s been a busy week in CA politics.
S05:E01 - LARRY ELDER, ALEX THOMPSON
Radio host Larry Elder joins Elex Michaelson to discuss his decision not to run for CA Governor again in 2022, his new PAC, and his political future.