The FRONTLINE Interviews:

The Choice 2020

Our Sources. On the Record. At Your Fingertips.

To produce The Choice 2020, FRONTLINE conducted 47 interviews totaling more than 100 hours with some of the people closest to Donald Trump and Joe Biden. We’re publishing this entire original archive, plus selected interviews from previous films, as part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project. Now you can hear what we heard and see how we used it in the making of The Choice. You can also explore and share stories, subjects and voices that didn’t make it into the film. Read here about how we chose our interview subjects and, with the help of each of them, overcame challenges of conducting dozens of interviews during a pandemic.

Interviews

Margaret Aitken
Fmr. Biden Press Secretary

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Yamiche Alcindor
White House Correspondent, PBS Newshour

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Ken Auletta
Journalist, The New Yorker

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Matt Bai
Author, All the Truth is Out

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James Baker
Fmr. Mayor, Wilmington

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Peter Baker
White House Correspondent, The New York Times

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Dan Balz
Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

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Steve Bannon
First interview with the Former Trump adviser

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Andrea Bernstein
Author, American Oligarchs

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Jill Biden
Wife of Joe Biden

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Gwenda Blair
Author, The Trumps

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Antony Blinken
Biden Campaign Adviser

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John Bolton
Fmr. National Security Adviser

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Carol Moseley Braun
D-Illinois

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Jim Clyburn
D-South Carolina

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Jelani Cobb
Writer, The New Yorker

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Jim Dowd
Public Relations Director, The Apprentice

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Marc Fisher
Co-author, Trump Revealed

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Rudy Giuliani
Trump Attorney

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David A. Graham
Political Writer, The Atlantic

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Don Graves
Fmr. Biden Policy Director

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Christina Greer
Author, Black Ethnics

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Gary Hart
D-Colorado

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Nikki Haskell
Trump Friend

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John Hendrickson
Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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Valerie Jarrett
Fmr. Obama Adviser

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Jim Jordan
R-Ohio

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Ted Kaufman
D-Delaware, Fmr. Biden Adviser

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Michael Kruse
Senior Writer, Politico

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Jeanne Marie Laskas
Correspondent, GQ

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Mark Leibovich
National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine

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Steven Levingston
Book Editor, The Washington Post

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Corey Lewandowski
Fmr. Trump Campaign Manager

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Wesley Lowery
Author, They Can't Kill Us All

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Omarosa Manigault
Contestant, The Apprentice

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David Marcus
Cousin of Roy Cohn

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Jane Mayer
Chief Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

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Sandy McIntosh
Trump Classmate

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Peggy Noonan
Political Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

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Jack O'Donnell
Author, Trumped!

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Evan Osnos
Journalist, The New Yorker

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Valerie Biden Owens
Fmr. Biden Campaign Manager

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James Poniewozik
Television Critic and Author

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Barbara Res
Fmr. VP, Trump Organization

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Chris Ruddy
Trump Friend and Adviser

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Yusef Salaam
Central Park Five Defendant

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Anthony Scaramucci
Fmr. White House Communications Director

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Tony Schwartz
Co-Author, Trump: The Art of the Deal

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Bobby Scott
D-Virginia

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Fred Sears
Biden Friend

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Bakari Sellers
Political Analyst, CNN

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Cliff Sims
Author, Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House

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Richard 'Mouse' Smith
Biden Friend

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Roger Stone
Fmr. Trump Adviser

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Louise Sunshine
Fmr. Trump Adviser

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Mary Trump
Author, Too Much and Never Enough

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Curtis Wilkie
Journalist, The New Yorker

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Angela Wright
Clarence Thomas Accuser

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Surya Yalamanchili
Contestant, The Apprentice

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Jason Zengerle
Political Journalist, The New York Times Magazine

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Interviews for this film were conducted by Michael Kirk, Jim Gilmore, Gabrielle Schonder, and Mike Wiser of the Kirk Documentary Group and edited for the web by Phil Bennett and Lauren Prestileo. The Transparency Project is produced by Phil Bennett and Lauren Prestileo.

 

Design and build for The Choice 2020 by Dan Nolan and Anthony DeLorenzo with assistance from Kimberly Patch. Video editing by Kenzie Audette. Copy editing by Julie Wolf. Additional assistance from Dale Cohen, Miles Alvord, Olivia DelVecchio, Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress, Lila Hassan, Shantal Riley, Patrice Taddonio, Zoe Todd, and Jennifer Wehunt.

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