Fishing Piers

March 2, 2015

There’s a good chance you either spent the weekend watching House of Cards, or you spent it arguing with your friends over the color of The Dress.


Today of StandUP!


In the first hour, Dr. Aaron Carroll took time away from being Dir. of Health Policy at Indiana University, contributor to NYT’s “The Upshot,” vlogger for Healthcare Triage on YouTube, blogger at The Incidental Economist and co-author of several books debunking popular health-related myths and legends to join the show and talk with Pete about the Supreme Court’s hearing of King v. Burwell and also new research on peanut allergies. He would return later in the show to talk Obamacare with Eric Segall.

Hour two kicked off with a visit from ubiquitous British media personality and current editor-at-large at, Piers Morgan. It was Piers’ first time on StandUP, so he and Pete covered all their common ground, from the cable news landscape to gun control to how Americans view the rest of the world and vice versa.

Then, we were joined by Shadi Hamid, Fellow for US Relations with the Islamic World Project at the Center for Middle East Policy for the Brookings Institution and author of the recent book, “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.” Shadi and Pete spent some time on ISIS, Libya, and Syrian instability.

Constitutional Law Professor at Georgia State University and author of, “Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Judges,” Eric Segall joined us from the University of Pennsylvania where he will debate Jonathan Adler about King v. Burwell this evening. Pete and Eric talked SCOTUS and took that Dr. Aaron Carroll call I mentioned earlier.

Ali Velshi was our last guest of the day and the host of “Real Money” on Al-Jazeera America and the co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of “How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now.” Ali and Pete talked about America’s infrastructure nightmare and the what’s looming on Russia’s horizon after the apparent assassination of Boris Nemtsov, chief opposition voice to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going go wander the earth, like Kane from “Kung Fu.”





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Live Long and Prosper

February 27, 2015

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away today. He was 83 years old. His final tweet, from 02/22/15, reads: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” Well put, and thank you for the memories.


Today on StandUP!


Friday was great, right out of the gate! Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) called in to talk with Pete about the Congressional battle to make sure the Dept. of Homeland Security stays funded. Pete also took the opportunity to get advice on raising succesful, strong daughters from the Senator, seeing as she is the first elected female Senator from the State of Michigan, it seems like a good source.

In the second hour, author of “The End of Men” and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin joined us to discuss her article in this month’s issue about the scandal hunters that feast on the skeletons in the Clinton Family closet, “Among the Hillary Haters.”

Hour three got a little crowded so let’s just lay it out there:

What a great show, and a great week. If you still listen to the show on Indie 102, that’s great. But why not ALSO check us out on Insight 121? I mean, it’s JUST the main channel we broadcast from…no big whoop.


Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to rewatch Citizenfour and lose any remaining hope or faith I had in humanity and people in power. :( Oh, and tomorrow’s my birthday. :)





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February 26, 2015



Today on StandUP!


Alfred’s on his honeymoon and Melanie’s at CPAC! with Margaret Hoover which means this baby bird is learning to fly, and today’s show didn’t just fly…it SOARED.

Executive Director, CNN Politics, Mark Preston, joined us in the first hour to tell us on a Thursday what everyone will be saying about CPAC on Monday. Pete and Mark also discussed the possible Homeland Security shutdown and a little 2016 Campaign wrangling.

In the second hour, former Reagan advisor, Treasury official and author of multiple books including his the most recent, “The Benefit and the Burden,” Bruce Bartlett joined us to talk about his experience speaking before Congress about budgets and inflation.

Then, we were joined for the first time, but surely not the last, by former Asst. U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney for the DOJ, Laura Coates. We discussed her career and her experience in the District of Columbia, where marijuana has just been legalized for personal growth and private home consumption.

We kicked off the third hour by checking in with the SiriusXM Insight crew down in Washington D.C. covering the Conservative Political Action Conference. (That’s what all those CPAC!s up top stood for) First we talked to Margaret Hoover, the political strategist, author and host of Get It Right, weekdays at noon East. Then, she passed the mic over to John Fugelsang, comic, personality and prolific Twitter star as well as host of Tell Me Everything, weekdays from 2-5 EST.

We stayed in D.C. one more time to finish the show, this time talking via phone with Will Sommer. He’s a reporter at Washington City Paper, and he’s been covering the journey towards marijuana legalization in the District.


Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to go out and get married so I can go on a honeymoon, too! That’s a good reason to enter a lifetime arrangement with someone, right? Free stuff and travel plans?





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Ka Huaka`i Maika`i

February 25, 2015

For the next two weeks, this will be an Alfred-free show. He’s on his honeymoon.


Today on StandUP!


Our first guest today is the co-host of Wharton Sports Business Show, Tuesdays at 4pm East on Business Radio channel 111 as well as Faculty Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, Kenneth Shropshire. Pete and Ken discussed how social issues affect the business of sports.  Kenneth’s new book is “Sport Matters: Leadership, Power and the Quest for Respect in Sports.”

In the second hour, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, Todd Zwillich, joined us to cover the ongoing battle to fund/shut down the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Then, Aaron David Miller joined us to talk some more about ISIS, Israel and the ongoing effort to separate Iran from its nuclear ambitions. Mr. Miller is currently the VP for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have and Doesn’t Want Another Great President.” 

We spent our final hour of today’s show in the presence of greatness. He is a professional money manager, founder of the Big Picture Blog at, columnist for Bloomberg View, and author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.” I speak, of course, of Barry Ritholtz and today he took us into the minimum wage battle being fought in McDonald’s and Wal-Marts across America.


Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to Hasselback a bunch of potatoes.





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