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February 26, 2015

CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!CPAC!

 

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?

 

-c.

 

 

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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 Ritholtz.com, 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.

 

-c.

 

 

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Ungar Pangs

February 24, 2015

I don’t know about you guys, but here in The Big Snapple you cannot walk five feet without running into some goofus in one of those expensive, trendy, and possibly cruel Canada Goose jackets. Thanks, Obama. And winter. And fashion.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. host and Forbes contributor Rick Ungar filled in for Pete today, but Pete is back tomorrow so don’t get too comfy.

Our first guest is special correspondent for Daily Beast and editor of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas,” Michael Tomasky. Michael has been covering the comings and going of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and he joined us today to discuss just that.

In the second hour, Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project joined us to discuss recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports claiming that marijuana may be far safer than previously thought, compared to alcohol and other recreational drugs.

Then Zack Beauchamp joined us from Vox.com to discuss Islamic State and his new piece, “ISIS is Losing.”

In our final segment of the day, we took a deeper look at the gender wage gap situation. Sabrina Schaeffer is Exec. Director of the Independent Women’s Forum and co-author of “Liberty is No War on Women,” and in her eyes the gender wage gap is not nearly as bad as made out by special interest groups. Conversely, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill),” David Cay Johnston believes that the gender wage gap and gender discrimination are as prevalent now than they ever have been.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go outside and judge people for their choice in high-end winterwear.

 

-c.

 

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A Hari Situation

February 23, 2015

70 years ago today photographer Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press took one of the most iconic photos of World War II, if not the 20th Century as a whole.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

After a little bit of Oscarworthy Oscars Wrapup, we moved onto more important things and in the second hour we talked about the gender wage gap in America with co-host of CNN’s “Early Start,” Christine Romans. Actress Patricia Arquette brought it up during her acceptance speech, and if there is one aspect of the Academy Awards worth discussing, this was it.

Also in the second hour, Pete sat down with Johann Hari, author of the new book, “Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” Pete and Johann discussed the policy and law enforcement failures of the war on drugs and just how closely race and cultural domination is ingrained in its history. Listen as Johann tells Pete the story of America’s first Commissioner of the Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger.

 

Our last guest of the day was Graeme Wood, political science lecturer at Yale University and contributing editor at The Atlantic. Wood’s cover story in this month’s issue, “What ISIS Really Wants,” has been hotly debated and highly discussed in the last week. Today Graeme joined us to share his thoughts on the sinister deeds and perceived goals of the highly militarized terror group.

 

Programming Note: Pete’s out tomorrow, Rick Ungar filling in. Pete’s back Wednesday. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. 

 

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to photoshop myself into wire photos from the Oscars.

 

-c.

 

 

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