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Rogan’s Herros

April 17, 2015

After nearly 4 days on the edge of disaster, the Apollo 13 spacecraft landed safely back on Earth on this day in 1970.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

This show is always a treat to work on and be a part of and, to me, episodes like this morning’s are prime examples of why.

The Executive Editor, CNN Politics, Mark Preston, joined us to talk about potential Democratic challengers to Hillary Clinton, a kind of post-mortem to yesterday’s Lincoln Chafee interview.

Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View contributor and founder of the Big Picture Blog at Ritholtz.com, joined us for the second hour and beyond, talking the world of finance and money and how it affects you, but mainly he interacted with out other guests…

Comedians Joe Rogan and Ari Shaffir, who popped in and hung out for almost the entire second hour, after having already done three hours on Opie Radio.  The conversation was all over the place from politics to money to South American tribal hallucinogenic rituals. We even brought intern-turned-coworker Tim in to once-and-for-all decide: is he Joe Rogan’s younger body double?

Next, we welcomed back Jason Johnson, CNN contributor, Politics editor at Source Magazine and Political Science and Communications Professor at Hiram College. Ritholtz was in for part of this segment, too, and we talked money, race and culture.

The show, and the week, ended with a visit from Aaron Hodges. Longtime listeners remember Aaron as producer of several earlier incarnations of Pete’s show, and today he came by to promote a great special running today and all weekend on Raw Dog, The South Beach Comedy Festival Special. Here’s a taste.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going realize that this is the droid I was looking for.

-c.

 

 

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Chafee Dish

April 16, 2015

The new Star Wars trailer came out today, in case you were wondering why everyone in your office is so worked up.
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Our favorite health policy expert and Indiana University professor, Dr. Aaron Carroll called us in the first hour to talk about your health, our health and his latest offering at NYT’s Upshot blog on why cancer survival rates are not the best way to determine medical spending.

Next, we spent an hour with former Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. Gov. Chafee is in the midst of exploring a run for the White House, and it was great to be able to spend an hour with a potential candidate, getting authentic answers to the exact kind of questions he would face out in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond.

Then, we grabbed a few minutes with Celeste Headlee, host of Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought” program. 11 Atlanta-area teachers were just found guilty in a wide-reaching cheating scandal involving standardized testing in their schools, and we turned to Celeste for more detail on the case, inlcuding local reaction and history that can sometimes get lost when a story becomes a national headline.

Our last guest of the day was the award winning entrepreneur and environmental activist, Amy Larkin. Pete and Amy discussed the topic of her recent book, “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy.” It is becoming rapidly obvious that climate change will not just affect the environment, but nearly every facet of industry, agribusiness and geopolitics. That means we need to change the way we not only think, but the way we act, in all three sectors.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to tell Chewie that we’re home.

 

-c.

 

 

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Good Space

April 15, 2015

April 15th was Major League Baseball’s opening day in 1947. That’s important.

 

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We always love to check in with John Donvan before every new Intelligence Squared debate, and this morning was no exception. Tonight’s debate is on whether or not we should abolish the death penalty, and you can catch a livestream of the proceedings here. When John isn’t moderating debates for Intelligence Squared, he’s doing solid correspondent work for ABC News.

Our next guest was the moral philosopher and author widely considered to be the godfather of the modern animal liberation movement, Peter Singer. Currently an Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Mr. Singer has just written a new book about doing the most that we can do to live a well-meaning, ethical life in the time we have here on Earth. Pick up your copy of “The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically” and try not to leave it in a gym. 

Then, we were joined once again by the actor, activist and former director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn. Pete and Kal always have fun, interesting conversations and, if you ask me, it has a lot to do with Kal’s willingness to talk open and honestly about issues greater than “watch my new show Battle Creek on CBS Sundays at 10,” although you should still totally do that.

Our last guest of the day was for sure the most far out: Chris Hadfield is a retired Commander in the Canadian space program who gained notoriety in 2013 for the entertaining and educational songs and video dispatches he sent during his 5 month stint orbiting Earth. He has published a book of his photography that Pete just loves and his bestselling memoir is now available in paperback. Here’s a clip of Pete and the Cmdr. Hadfield talking about mankind’s future in the stars.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to go home and pretend the Dodgers never left Brooklyn.

 

-c.

 

 

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Pete Dominick: Our American Cousin

April 14, 2015

“Don’t know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap.” – The last line of dialogue from “Our American Cousin” before John Wilkes Booth sprung into action and broke a nation’s heart 150 years ago tonight.

 

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Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us for a hot minute to talk Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio’s back-to-back Presidential campaign announcements and we tried to decide just how important a candidate’s “relatability” is to the American voter.

Next, we were joined for nearly a full hour by Sir Harold Evans, whose 70 years in the service of journalism saw him as the editor of the Sunday Times, The Times, editor-at-large at The Week, and an author both feted by the British Press Awards and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Pete and Sir Harry discussed the state of modern journalism and politics.

Then, we visited with Anna Lappe, Al-Jazeera America columnist and founder of the Real Food Media Project. She told us how the fossil fuels industry uses the same faux-scientific approach to denying climate change as the tobacco industry did to deny the hazards of smoking.

Lastly, Pete wanted an expert guest who could tell us what goes into training law enforcement officers, if and where the weaknesses are in the system, and if there are ways to reform them. That led us to Dr. Maria Haberfeld, Professor of Police Science in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to read the known last words of every deceased American President.

 

-c.

 

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