A number of women — including you, as the interim replacement for Charlie Rose on PBS — have taken over positions of men who were fired over sexual-abuse accusations. Are you surprised at the number of men in media who have been implicated? Of course I’m surprised, especially when it’s people you know and you’ve worked with, and then this kind of thing comes to light. But on the other hand, the patriarchy has dominated for thousands of years, and people see it as their God-given right. It’s not just sexual harassment or abuse or all the other sexual issues — it’s everything. According to the I.M.F., when women are equally represented in all aspects of economy and business, it can cause national G.D.P.s to rise rapidly. In the United States, having equal numbers of women in the work force would raise America’s G.D.P. by five percentage points. In India, by 27 percentage points. If people can’t be persuaded to see a woman’s right to control her own body as a moral issue, it’s most definitely an economic one.

There has been some hand-wringing about the fired men: that a mass of male talent is departing the industry. Do you agree? That pisses me off. These talented men are suppressing talented women! You cannot put a figure on the number of young women who have been squelched or run out of Dodge because they haven’t been able to tolerate it.

What was it like studying how other cultures deal with sex for “Sex and Love Around the World” while there’s this crisis back in the United States? I set out to talk to people about their sense of empowerment, of agency over their own bodies, feelings, futures, marriages, their ability to be free in their own society, how much control they have over their sexuality. It just so happens that it dovetailed with this evidence that many people in the West have less control over that than we would like to imagine.