Today is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday and still we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.
Today on Stand Up!
What a week for non-Trump related political news! The Pope! China-US Environmental Stuff! Boehner!
Mark Preston, CNN’s executive editor of Politics, joined us in the back half of hour one, as he usually does. Today, Mark helped us make sense of the news that House Speaker John Boehner would not just cede the speakership, but resign his Congressional seat at the end of the month, and only one day after orchestrating an historic speech by Pope Francis to both houses of Congress.
Then, Tyson Slocum, Director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen, joined us to get a little depth on the Volkswagen scandal but mainly to discuss the groundbreaking cap-and-trade program China seeks to put into place, a major step forward environmentally for the Communist power.
I don’t know if you’ve been noticing but for the last month or two we’ve been trying to end the week with a roundhouse kick to the teeth in the form of a roundtable/panel discussion. Today, we talked religion, faith, the Pope and political hot button issues with:
Stand up comic Cory Kahaney, who you may have seen on Letterman, Craig Ferguson, or Last Comic Standing. Her album, “TV Clean,” is available on iTunes.
Matt Taibbi is well known to fans of Stand Up for his numerous great articles and books exposing corruption and bad practices among the world’s leading financial institutions. Taibbi is back writing good things for Rolling Stone, and just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Ted Alexandro is about five shades more politcally plugged-in and outspoken than other stand-up comics, and that’s fine by us. Check out his album “I Did It” on iTunes or his hilarious webseries “Teachers Lounge,” available at Thundershorts.com.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to fall into a Wikipedia Rabbit Hole on the Hamilton-Burr duel.
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