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May 2, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

Pete came back from vacation all fresh and ready to tackle all kinds of important issues. For instance:

  • Teen birth rates are the lowest they’ve ever been, a surge led by plummeting numbers in the black and latino communities. For more on the issue, we turned to Shanna Cox, Assoc. Director for Science at the Reproductive Health Division of the CDC, who co-authored a new study on the matter.
  • Saturday night was the White House Correspondents Dinner, the last of President Obama’s tenure, and we asked Morehouse College Distinguished Professor and CNN contributor, Marc Lamont Hill, to help us recap the jokes of the night and Larry Wilmore’s performance as emcee.
  • Finally, Pete wanted to revisit a story that broke while he was away: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order giving the right to vote back to over 200,000 of that state’s ex-cons. From non-profit criminal justice and prisoner re-entry organization, Fortune Society, we welcomed back Stanley Richards, who himself re-entered society from incarceration and rose to Fortune Society’s Senior Vice President.

 

 

 

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Josh Zepps in for Pete, Day Five:

April 29, 2016

 

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Josh Zepps in for Pete, Day Four:

April 28, 2016

 

 

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Josh Zepps in for Pete, Day Three:

April 27, 2016

  • From PRI/WNYC current events stalwart The Takeaway (which you can hear on Insight every day at 1p EDT), Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich broke down the primary results from last night, in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pulled further away from frustrated opponents.
  • Andrew Leatherbarrow took us through the book he wrote, “Chernobyl 01:23:40,” detailing the chain of events that led to the nuclear reactor meltdown at Chernobyl thirty years ago this week.
  • An entirely solar-powered aircraft is making a historic, and slow, journey around the world. To discuss the feasibility of solar-powered passenger air travel and the future of air travel as a whole, we were joined by Keith Cowing, editor at NASAWatch.com
  • On the topic of smugness, we talked with Emmett Rensin, essayist and features editor at Vox.com. His piece there is called, “The Smug Style in American Liberalism.” Liberals aren’t the sole contributors to smug pollution in politics, but they certainly have the ability to stand out.
  • Finally, Margot Sanger-Katz shared the small study they’ve compiled over at the New York Times’ Upshot, asking Americans just exactly *when* they think the nation was at its greatest? Donald Trump might not approve.

 

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Josh Zepps in for Pete, Day Two:

April 26, 2016

  • Pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at NYU, Dr. Perri Klass, wrote a piece for the New York Times on whether giving children sips of alcohol results in healthy views on drinking or wild, drunk scalawags out for mischief.
  • Mark Wolynn is director of The Family Constellation Institute, and he joined us to talk about the ways trauma, depression and pain can travel generationally through a family, as explored in his new book, “It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle.”
  • Program Manager of the International Dark Sky Association, John Barentine, enlightened us on the topic of light pollution.
  • Finally, Jonathan Alter joined us to provide a recap of the election season and a preview of today’s primaries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland. Alter is a columnist at The Daily Beast, contributor to NBC News and MSNBC, and author of “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.”

 

 

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Josh Zepps In For Pete, Day One:

April 25, 2016

 

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Bon Voyage, Pete!

April 22, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

CNN executive editor, Politics, Mark Preston, dropped in to get a solar panel sales pitch from Pete and give us his take on this week’s worth of wild election politics.

In hour two, comic and WBAI radio host Katie Halper joined Pete in-studio to wrap up the week. Being a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter, Katie spent most of the hour fending off Pete’s devil’s advocate attacks on the Bern, and leveling some of her own against the mainstream political system.

Finally, we spoke with POTUS 124 host Julie Mason, whose show Press Pool airs weekdays at 3pm East. Julie is hosting an upcoming Town Hall with Nightly Show host, Larry Wilmore. Wilmore also happens to be hosting President Obama’s final White House Press Correspondents Dinner in a few weeks. Catch the special right here on Insight 121 next Friday.

 

Pete’s off on vacation next week, Josh Zepps takes the reins.

-c.

 

 

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#RestInPrince

April 21, 2016

Before you read any further, tell me your favorite Prince song.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Josh Zepps filled in for Pete, who is *somewhere* but I forget:

  • We learned about the impeachement of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff from Johns Hopkins University Professor and Director of its Latin American Studies program, Riordan Roett.
  • Nancy Kaffer joined us from the Detroit Free Press to discuss the first criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Middle East Affaris correspondent for The Economist, Nicolas Pelham, joined us to talk Saudi Arabia/US relations in the context of his new book, “Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East.”
  • Washington Post culture columnist Alyssa Rosenberg told us it was okay to be unhappy with crowded, touristy museum experiences and offered tips on having a better vacation.
  • Finally, we talked addiction with journalist Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction,” is out now.

Pete’s back tomorrow. Goodbye Prince Rogers Nelson.

 

 

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Hill Peaks

April 20, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

 

Hillary and Donald took New York’s closed primary, in a likely tease of the general election faceoff in November.

 

Danny DeVito has directed a new short film, “Curmudgeons,” co-starring alongside his daughter Lucy, and they dropped by SiriusXM to promote the work, which is part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Also discussed: Mr. DeVito’s TROLL FOOT photos.

Then, we were joined in-studio by Chris Tsakis & Meredith Ochs, hosts of Freewheelin’ on the Road Dog Trucking channel. Pete, Chris and Meredith dove deep into the lives and politics of The American Trucker, discovering that, like many things in life, first appearances can be deceiving.

Next, Pete took a look back at America’s military role in the Middle East and a look ahead at our inevitable future there as well, with retired Army colonel and professor emeritus of international history at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich. His new book is out now, called “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.”

Finally today, we turned back toward education or, rather, turned *away* from education as we know it with Sir Ken Robinson, whose 2006 Ted Talk on whether or not creativity is destroyed by our current school system has garnered 38 MILLION views. Sir Ken’s new book is “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education.”

 

-c.

 

 

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Primary Goals

April 19, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

 

Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, gave us a peak into the political race, including the recent Sally Kohn piece in the Beast highlighting the tension and Democratic infighting that’s srpung up in recent months.

Next, host of The Agenda (weekday mornings from 6-9 East on Progress 127), Ari Rabin-Havt, joined us to discuss his just-out-today book, “Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics.”

Then, actress and activist Susan Sarandon stopped by to ruffle feathers, reveal her purse contents and promote the very smart, funny new film “The Meddler.”

Finally, former GW Bush assistant and current Senior Editor at The Atlantic, David Frum, joined us once again to talk about the important New York Primary, gerrymandered voting districts and the world’s worst, most despised villain in the time *before* Hitler.

 

-c.

 

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Coop

April 18, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

 

Al Jazeera America host and co-author of “How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now,” Ali Velshi took some time this morning to educate us on OPEC’s failure to agree on a production freeze, and what that means for the global oil economy.

Anderson Cooper has a new memoir, The Rainbow Comes and Goes,” written with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. The two are also the subject of a new HBO documentary, “Nothing Left Unsaid.” Anderson joined us this morning to discuss his relationship with his mother, her life and the disaster always lurking around the next corner.

Next, we were joined by actor Matthew Modine and his daughter, actress Ruby Modine. Matthew wrote and directed a new short film, “Super Sex,” starring Ruby, Ed Asner and others. Pete and the Modines discussed the process of making a short film, family life and eyepatches.

Finally, Johann Hari joined us once again, this time to share stories and lessons he’s learned while travelling the world to promote his book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.”

 

 

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Up the Weekend

April 15, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

 

Former Assistant US Attorney for DC, Laura Coates, joined us to go inside recent reports that found the Chicago Police Department not just doing things they shouldn’t be, but being downright racist about it.

To unpack last night’s Democratic Candidates’ Debate, we welcomed back Nomiki Konst, contributor to The Hill, founder of  The Accountability Project and avowed Bernie Sanders supporter. To temper her reaction, Pete played devil’s advocate, pushing back, and so did you. It was a VERY fun hour. Check it out on-demand.

Finally, before we finished the week STRONG with an open phones segment, Pete welcomed veteran jouranlist and 60 Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl. Her new book, “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting,” is a great Mother’s Day Gift or a fun way to let your parents know they will soon be entering their Final and Ultimate Form, as Grampies.

-c.

 

 

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Zika Yikes

April 14, 2016

 

Today on Stand Up!

We recapped the massive Bernie Sanders rally in NYC for you, and made you hungry for breakfast cereal. Then…

The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus does, indeed, cause birth defects, putting even more pressure on the government to fund and find a safe, reliable vaccine. For information on the potential (and plausible) spread of the mosquito-borne virus throughout South, Central and possibly even North America, we turned to Dr. Peter Hotez, microiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Next, we checked in on the world of education reform and standardized testing with Diane Ravitch. Currently a Research Professor of Education at NYU, Diane is also an education historian, author and former Assistant Secretary of Education.

In the third hour, comedian Jim Florentine joined us to talk up his new comedy special, “I’m Your Savior,” and just basically hang out and talk life, fatherhood and the finer points of an upper decker. For seven years Florentine co-hosted That Metal Show on VH1 when not touring the country’s comedy clubs and theaters.

 

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Vitamin N

April 13, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author, and favorite guest of the show, David Cay Johnston, explained to Pete the historical beginnings of hiding your wealth in offshore accounts, as exposed in the Panama Papers. Johnston’s latest book is “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English to Rob You Blind.”

Joy-Ann Reid returned to the program as well, calling in to talk with Pete about the Presidential Campaign, from perceived flaws in the primary voting process to candidate stance and history on reforming the criminal justice system. Catch Joy on MSNBC or read her book on Obama/Clinton ideologies.

We spent several open segments on the show talking about our favorite outdoor activities when we were children, all in advance of Richard Louv’s appearance on the show. Pete and Richard talked a lot about the value in nurturing a love of nature and the outdoors in our children, as discussed in his new book “Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature Rich Life.”

 

-c.

 

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