Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross on this day in 1881.
Today on StandUP!
At the top of the show, we ran diagnostics on David Letterman’s final outing as host of The Late Show. Like most good finales, it left us with a full heart, a teary eye and a smile. Although…there are still a few things that linger…
Our first guest of the day was Barbara Ortiz Howard, founder of Women On 20s, the grassroots organization leading the call for some gender diversity on U.S. currency. It may seem like a foolish idea to you right up until the moment you ask yourself, “why not?” and “why am I searching for a valid reason to defend the status quo?” and “why can’t I find any good reason not to have at least ONE dang woman on a dang gum twenty dollar bill?”
Yesterday, after the show, Pete made his way downtown and backstage at the New York Ideas Festival, the last big precursor to The Atlantic and Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival in late June/early July. Pete brought back a great talks with The Today Show’s Willie Geist and Atlantic’s editor-in-chief and president, James Bennett.
Then, the president of advocacy group Public Citizen, Robert Weissman, joined Pete to go in-depth on the recent ruling AGAINST 5 major, major banks in the LIBOR scandal and inside the idea of free public education paid for with a Wall Street tax.
Lastly, we continued Criminal Justice Week, this time talking Mass Incarceration with former New York City ADA and current Senior Counsel in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, Lauren-Brooke Eisen. Here, Eisen talks about the dramatic rise in America’s rate of incarceration since 1990:
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to fill out this internship application for the Letterman show.