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New Episode Features Interviews With Al Gore, Rep. Dan Crenshaw And More


NEW YORK – February 22, 2019  – With 16 states filing a lawsuit against President Trump's national emergency declaration on the southern border, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH crisscrosses the nation with a new episode, titled “States of Emergency,” on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon track the battle over a border wall while examining other emergencies facing the nation – including gun violence, opioids and climate change – that people across the political spectrum believe should get a spotlight. Meanwhile, the show follows the latest twists and turns of the legal threats facing the president. 

After heading to the border, THE CIRCUS sits down in Texas with freshman Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw. The program also travels to a New Hampshire opioid treatment facility with Republican Governor Chris Sununu, talks climate change with former Vice President Al Gore and discusses gun violence with David Hogg, a survivor of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida one year ago. 

As Democrats in Congress introduce a resolution to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, THE CIRCUS goes behind the scenes with the ACLU as it heads to court over the Trump administration's immigration policies. 

THE CIRCUS features John Heilemann, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Game Change and Double Down and National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, noted campaign strategist Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner, an Emmy®-nominated television journalist, author, national correspondent for CBS News and contributing editor at The AtlanticTHE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right for SHOWTIME. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Ted Bourne and Tom Johnson serve as executive producers. To learn more about THE CIRCUS, go to: and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join the conversation using #TheCircus.

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