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Mike Myers’ Anxiety-Ridden Expression

September 2, 2015

Wow. Can’t believe it’s been ten years since Kanye told us about George Bush.

 

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Eric Holthaus does some great writing for Slate.com on weather and climate, which makes sense because he’s a meteorologist. Today, he talked with Pete about President Obama’s trip to Alaska and the at times conflicting policies regarding the environment that have marked his administration.

Next, we spoke with staff writer at The New Republic, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, on all matters regarding faith and religion, from Donald Trump’s love of the bible to the Pope visit and the history of evangelicals’ relationship with the GOP.

Michigan’s Republican Governor has said he will comply with President Obama’s climate plan, which is kind of a big deal in the “make-him-fail-at-all-costs” era of Republican politicking. For insight, we spoke with Huffington Post energy and environment editor, Kate Sheppard.

Sasha Abramsky has joined us in the past in his role as journalist, contributor for The Nation and Senior Fellow at DEMOS. Today, however, Pete wanted to talk to him about his new memoir, “The House of Twenty Thousand Books,” filled with recollections of his grandparents and their library masquerading as a house.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to not finish Infinite Jest for the third time.

 

-c.

 

 

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First Labor

September 1, 2015

An act of Congress made September 1st, 1894 the first Labor Day observed as a National holiday.

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In between guests today, we talked a bit about the President’s climate change inspired trip to Alaska, knowing the right time to let your child have a cell phone and, weirdly and out of nowhere, the movie Devil’s Advocate. As for those guests:

Brian Beutler is Senior Editor at The New Republic, and his new piece, “The Rehabilitationists,” is about the group of libertarian leaning legal scholars whose ideas find a willing audience in Supreme Court Justices.

Then, we spoke with POLITICO Magazine senior staff writer and editor-at-large for The Agenda, Michael Grunwald. Michael is no fan of excessive Hurricane Katrina anniversary reporting, so instead he took a hard look at the mistakes, miscalculations and other dirty deeds of the Army Corps of Engineers, before and since Hurricane Katrina.

Finally, we spoke with Norman Solomon, the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, co-founder of RootsAction.org and author of 2005’s “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Today, however, we focused Norman’s insight on the Bernie Sanders campaign, specifically the Vermont Senator’s foreign policy, or lack thereof.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to do what every New Yorker dreads and find a post office.

-c.

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Back at It

August 31, 2015

Wes Craven and Oliver Sacks were two men whose careers were entirely dependent on examinations of the dark, unknown corners of our minds. Rest in Peace, both.

 

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We said HELLO! to an Alfred fresh from vacation as we started to say goodbye to Summer as we know it. Fall may not begin until late September, but we all know Summer ends at Labor Day. Or more pointedly, Summer ends when Summer Fridays end in the office.

Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us for the first time in what has felt like months. Dr. Carroll is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University, as well as author of several highly informational books and host of Healthcare Triage on the Youtubes. Today, Pete wanted to talk to Aaron about hydration, especially the ubiquitous and mythical guideline of “8 glasses of water per day” for better health.

In hour two, we spoke with Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the State University of New York – College of Cortland. The author of 14 books, including “The Politics of Gun Control” and “Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights,” Mr. Spitzer is the man to turn to for info on gun regulations across state and national borders.

The last hour of today’s show was a mixed bag of topics. Wes Craven’s passing spurred a discussion of best horror films, but also a discussion on how we watch what we watch. The modern age has allowed us to move beyond the coaxial cable and find entertainment with new services and companies. So, we wondered, have you cut the cable and, if so, have you found what you were looking for? Most of you have, it seemed.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to pick up some camping supplies.

 

-c.

 

 

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Late Summer Blues

August 28, 2015

60 years since Emmett Till’s murder set the spark that would ignite the civil rights movement in America.

 

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Alfred’s back on Monday, so the pressure was on us today to finish the week without incident:

Doron Levin has been covering the automobile industry since 1984 for outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Detroit Free Press. Starting tomorrow he can add SiriusXM to that list, as he begins his new series, “In the Driver’s Seat,” right here on Insight channel 121. Doron joined Pete in-studio to talk the future of cars and his show’s first guest, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.

It’s been awhile since we checked in with education historian, author and NYU Research Professor of Education, Diane Ravitch, so we thought we’d ask the former Asst. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush to preview the big issues in the classroom and the teacher’s lounge as we head into another school year.

Then, we polished off the week like a bottle of fine Kentucky bourbon with a wrapup roundtable of the week’s events with a talented crew of talking heads. VICE and Daily Beast journalist Michael Moynihan, comedian and political commentator Barry Weintraub, and SiriusXM host and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to enjoy these last warm rays of summer sun, because I’ve already begun to feel the chill of autumn in the bible-black predawn.

 

-c.

 

 

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