The Issue Is Podcast: A debate on government's role during the pandemic with Hasan Piker, Michael Knowles

Hasan Piker is a progressive, formerly of The Young Turks, Michaels Knowles is a conservative, a host at The Daily Wire. Both frequent guests of The Issue Is, they face off for the first time, debating the role of government assistance, the issue of masks, the deployment of federal law enforcement in Portland, the 2020 race, and much more.

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 The Issue Is is a weekly show that airs on FOX 11 Friday nights at 10:30 PM and on several stations throughout California. We take on discussions and debates with top newsmakers about the most controversial and interesting issues impacting the state, hosted by FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson. For showtimes and more information, go to

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The Issue Is Podcast contains the audio from the broadcast and often includes extended interviews of the guests we have on the show.  The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Audioboom.

Host Elex Michaelson also co-anchors FOX 11 News weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Christine Devine. He co-hosts the "FOX 11 Special Report" with Dr. Drew Pinsky weeknights at 7 p.m.