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February 11, 2016

Another HUGE debate tonight: Will I eat tacos for dinner…again? Full roundtable coverage tomorrow.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Another packed, wild show! With:

NYU Bioethicist and prolific author, including the recent “Ethics in Mental Healthcare: A Reader,” Arthur Caplan on the ethics of providing healthcare to sections of society that need it most and can afford it least.

Jeffrey E. Stern is a Pulitzer Center Fellow for Crisis Reporting and author of the new book, “The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War.” He spoke to us today about that book, his time spent reporting from Afghanistan, and what pulled him into a journalist’s life to begin with.

Adam Glyn and Pete go way back, before Adam worked as a field journalist for TMZ, even. We ribbed him on his employer a little before we praised him for his new game/show, “South of Wilshire.”

Then, Pete welcomed Fergus M. Bordewich to the program to discuss the newest of the seven books he’s authored, “The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.” The well-named historian opened our eyes to amazing facets of the era in which America was founded.

Our last guest today was certainly not the least. Fran Drescher is the actress known to most Americans who lived through the 90s as, “The Nanny.” Currently, she stars in “Happily Divorced” on TV Land and is the voice of “Eunice” in the “Hotel Transylvania” animated films. Today, she joined Pete to discuss the causes she supports with her time, money and effort, namely the Go Red for Women campaign in conjunction with Macy’s and the American Heart Association.

-c.

 

 

 

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (to the White House)

February 10, 2016

After the New Hampshire primary, the stage is set for the dystopian American future we’ve all been waiting for, courtesy of Donald Trump.

 

Today on Stand Up!

We took your calls on the results of last night’s primary in New Hampshire, then:

Daily Beast editor-at-large, Lloyd Grove, took Pete inside the world of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze to find out how the conservative talk mogul’s empire has begun to collapse around him.

Then, Alec Ross performed a public service of futurism and told us all about the industries that will guide the economy of the distant, and not-so-distant future. Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and was Senior Adviser for Innovation to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.

“Deadpool” comes out Friday, based on the popular cult comic about the masked hero with sketchy morals and a comic’s wit and starring Ryan Reynolds in the lead. Comic & Actor TJ Miller co-stars in “Deadpool,” and joined us to discuss the film, comedy and the philosophical underpinnings of absurdity…until he walked out.

 

Finally, Pete spoke with Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post about her recent story for Wonkblog on what happens to small town America when Walmart pulls up stakes and leaves. Walmart is closing 150 stores this year, retreating from communities whose business landscape they’ve irrevocably changed.

 

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Primary Goals

February 9, 2016

Who will win New Hampshire, and what does it mean?

 

Today on Stand Up!

Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, joined Pete in the first hour to discuss today’s New Hampshire primary and whether or not a vulgarian can get elected President of the United States.

Next, Pete welcomed two guests from an organization he loves and loves to support. Breakthrough US works to end violence and discrimination against girls and women by smashing the notion of traditional gender stereotypes. If you believe there are limits to being a woman, you open the door to withholding liberty and opportunity to all women. Ishita Srivastava is Breakthrough’s Deputy Director of Programs, and Lynn Harris is Breakthrough’s VP of Communications.

Then, we spoke with former assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, David Frum, about the GOP Candidate Race and whether or not Marco Rubio will be able to shake off the missteps of his last several days.

Next, Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor, Eric Segall, joined us to continue the discussion on reforming the Supreme Court’s rule of disallowing cameras, effectively keeping some of the most important decisions of the modern age hidden behind a technological wall. Oh, and he had a doctor remove a large insect from his ear last week. No big.

Finally, Pete and Alfred recapped last night’s big comedy show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with SiriusXM Insight host, Dean Obeidallah.

 

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Granite

February 8, 2016

I don’t know how a Super Bowl can be both exciting *and* a total stinker, but that’s what happened…

SO…

SiriusXM Insight 121 has taken the show on the road for a day of broadcasts from the University of New Hampshire, just one day before the New Hampshire Primary. Plus, a comedy show featuring Pete Dominick, John Fugelsang and Dean Obeidallah at The Pressroom in Portsmouth, NH. We’re calling it The Electoral Collage Tour and we hope to see you out there along the way.

 

Meanwhile…Today on Stand Up!

UNH Political Science professor, Stacy Vandeveer, spoke with Pete all about the Primary and New Hampshire’s unique political history.

John Carroll, UNH Professor of Environmental Conservation, joined us to talk about sustainable living, local food & farming, and climate concerns for New England.

In hour two, we held a friendly discussion between two campus political leaders: Alex Fries of the UNH College Republicans president and co-president of the UNH College Democrats, Doug Marino.

Then, comic and New Hampshire favorite, Juston McKinney stopped by to make the funny with the Pete. Juston will be at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH April 2nd.

Hour three brought another one of our patented, one-of-a-kind, industry-leading roundtable discussions, this time on the opioid addiction epidemic that’s rotting New England from the inside out. Sitting on the panel: UNH-Manchester lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist, Daniel Seichepine; UNH law professor and Director of Health Law and Policy Programs, Lucy Hodder; and FedCap Director of Recovery Services in New Hampshire, Sandi Coyle, whose own recovery from opioid addiction greatly informed the discussion.

Last but not least, Pete welcomed Juston back to talk with local NH businessman Peter Egelston, who as President and co-founder of Smuttynose Brewing Company, has been part of the local landscape for decades.

Don’t take this show for granite!

-c.

 

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Scheduled Programming

February 5, 2016

Monday: LIVE show from University of New Hampshire.  Monday Night: Pete, John & Dean LIVE at the Pressroom in Portsmouth. Tuesday: New Hampshire Primary Wednesday: Back to Normal-ish.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Last night’s debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton from New Hampshire was pretty great stuff, and we recapped it with one of our favorites, CNN’s Executive Editor of Politics, Mark Preston.

Eli Sanders joined us next. He is an associate editor of the weekly newspaper “The Stranger” up in Seattle, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the murder of Teresa Butz. Sanders now recounts that case again in the new book, “While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and A Young Man’s Descent into Madness.”

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a documentary premiered about the life and unfortunate death of journalist James Foley. Today, Pete welcomed Brian Oakes, director of “Jim,” which you can catch on HBO this Saturday at 9p EST.

Then, John Fugelsang popped on for 20 minutes to joke around with Pete about politics, last night’s debate and more. Tickets for John and Pete’s Portsmouth, NH show with Dean Obeidallah are still available, so if you are in the region, get some for Pete’s sake. Literally.

Our final guest of the day was a “big get” that has been a long time coming. Political strategist David Axelrod has been called the architect of President Obama’s historic 2008 White House run, and his memoir recounting his life in politics, “Believer,” is now in paperback. We discussed his career, the President, and got his reaction to last night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire.

Have a just okay weekend,

-c.

 

 

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The Bernie/Hill Show

February 4, 2016

Fight Night in New Hampshire! Bern v. Hil! Who has more to lose, heading into Tuesday’s primary?

 

Today on Stand Up!

Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Prize winning journalist, Syracuse University professor, AJAM columnist and author, David Cay Johnston, joined us to discuss tax structure and David previewed an upcoming column on Bernie Sanders.

Senior Fellow and Founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and Washington Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, called in to discuss the Presidential election and Afghanistan.

President Obama gave a stirring, historic (for him) and (most would agree) much needed speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore yesterday. In attendance was SiriusXM Insight’s own Dean Obeidallah, who was cool enough to call in and discuss with Pete the speech as well as the experience.

We’ve talked before on the show about the strength and effect of right-wing media talk show hosts on politicians and listeners alike. To go more in-depth on that subject, Pete spoke with Brian Rosenwald, UPenn Fellow, who wrote a recent CNN piece (co-authored with Michael Smerconish) about just that.

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Please Clap

February 3, 2016

Is it true Bernie Sanders’ Secret Service code name will be “Would You Like A Glass of Water, Sir?”

 

Today on Stand Up!

When he isn’t out on the road with his co-author in support of their tremendous new book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” ABC News correspondent John Donvan is moderating the Intelligence Squared debates…and dropping by Stand Up to tease the upcoming debate. Tonight’s debate is all about man’s quest for longevity, and whether or not that is a good thing.

As the World Health Organization and the CDC continue to monitor and sound the alarm on the Zika virus, we are beginning to hear about it more and more in the news. Uri Friedman is Global Editor at The Atlantic and he joined us today to discuss his recent piece, “A Country Without Babies,” which looks at the virus and its potential to disrupt birthrates in the developing world.

We took a trip to Zeppstown at the end of the show. Commentator, satirist, and podcast host Josh Zepps joined us in studio before hosting The Insight Hour at noon here on channel 121. Pete and Josh got into quite an interesting discussion about the term “regressive left,” what it means and the ways in which it is used. It’s worth checking out on demand.

Oh, and so long Rand Paul. You never had a chance, but you tried.

 

-c.

 

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Trial of the Century

February 2, 2016

Don’t forget: Pete, John Fugelsang, and Dean Obeidallah will be in New Hampshire Monday (2/8) for a day of special broadcasts and a night of comedy, all leading up to the New Hampshire primary the next day!

 

Today on Stand Up!

Well, we were hoping to start the show off with a visit from Cuba Gooding Jr., here to promote the new FX series, “The People v. OJ Simpson.” Due to whatever-the-heck-happened, that *didn’t* happen.

To be honest, the show didn’t suffer for it. Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine, stuck around long past his scheduled segment and helped us unpack the Iowa Caucus results, and it was a real fun time. Matt also shared stories and lessons from the trip to Cuba from which he and a select group from Reason just returned.

After we were done learning what makes a modern Libertarian intellectual magazine editor tick, we welcomed Pete’s old friend, comedian Dave Siegel, to the show. Dave just wrote a funny little thing for Time Out magazine, matching up Presidential candidates with their Simpsons-verse analog. For instance: Chris Christie is a Mayor Quimby but Donald Trump is a Montgomery Burns.

I’m just glad we don’t have to talk about Iowa anymore, for the time being.

 

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Caucus THIS!

February 1, 2016

I haven’t heard this much crazy talk in Iowa since Field of Dreams.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research there, Dr. Aaron Carroll popped in to discuss healthcare and wellness. Pete and Aaron also discussed the meteoric rise in concern over the Zika virus, which has spread quickly through Africa and now South America. Dr. Carroll will address the virus on the next installment of his wildly popular YouTube series, Healthcare Triage.

CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans, joined us for her weekly hit on the headlines from the business world. Today’s discussion moved from China to oil woes to Apple 25% stock dive.

Next, SiriusXM POTUS Channel 124 host, Tim Farley, joined Pete from the campaign trail in Iowa, where voters are preparing to spend an evening caucusing for their favorite candidates. We relied on Tim to give us the feeling on the ground as the first major event of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle gets underway.

Shadi Hamid is Senior Fellow for the Brookings Institution’s Middle East Policy. Today he joined us to discuss Egypt five years after the Arab Spring. It’s a different world, for sure, but how much better is it for  the people of Egypt, and the World?

Finally, we returned to Iowa for the last segment. Mark Nolte is President of the Iowa City Area Development Group, and Pete spoke with him about the caucus process and what the media blitz has been like for residents, as a swarm of vote-hungry candidates descend upon the serene corn-dotted plains of Iowa.

Today is the start of Black History Month, and it is also the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

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Cruz in for a Brusin’

January 29, 2016

How many more of these debates do we have to watch? YIKES, it’s painful to watch these guys slowly realize they aren’t The One.

 

Today on Stand UP!

 

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of YWCA, joined Pete to talk about her organization’s effort to empower women, and eradicate racism.

Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) doesn’t agree with Pete on many core issues, but there is one issue they are in lock step over, and that is campaign finance reform. Today, he shared with Pete his latest work on smashing Citizens United and creating a better political system.

In the third hour, we took a look back at last night’s Trump-free Republican debate, first with former Congressman Trey Radel, then with Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi!

 

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Challengers

January 28, 2016

What do you remember about the Challenger explosion? I was in school, and I remember it being pitched as a flight that put us on the cusp of a new era of space travel and education. I also remember being devastated.

 

Today on Stand Up!

New York Magazine contributing editor and author of 2010’s “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” Lisa Miller joined us to go over her current cover story for New York, “How Intelligent Do You Have to Be to Raise a Child?”

Rebecca Vallas, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, joined us to go a little further into President Obama’s executive order barring juvenile inmates of federal penitentiaries from begin kept in solitary confinement.

Peter Kiernan was a Senior Partner at Goldman Sachs, leaving in 2000 and becoming philanthropist and a bestselling author, focusing on America’s place in the global economy, and therefore global power. Today, he and Pete talked politics, economics and the relationship between Iran, ISIS and oil.

Michael Mann is a climate scientist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, but you likely know him as author of the influential climate-centric book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.” He and Pete covered the state of climate denial amongst the GOP, and methane’s quickening effect on the change of our planet’s climate.

At the end of the show, we took time to remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger and one of the greatest tragedies to befall the US Space Program.

 

-c.

 

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Debatable

January 27, 2016

Now that Donald is out of tomorrow’s GOP debate, I guess that means nobody will mention his name or talk about him, not even once.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Detroit Free Press columnist, Nancy Kaffer, joined us during our Detroit broadcast to talk about the water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan. Today, she returned to give us an update as we tried to figure out what’s next for the families of Flint.

The Renewal Project and Renewal Awards help honor grassroots organizations that make a difference communities across America. Pete was joined by Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships to discuss this project. Since he is also a regular contributor to National Journal and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pete and Ron also covered the Presidential campaign, including Donald Trump and more.

We spent our third hour today with activist, journalist and Daily Beast editor-at-large, Goldie Taylor. Goldie’s been on the show a whole bunch, but today was the first time she and Pete were together in-studio and it was great. They covered a broad range of issues affecting people of color, women, and Americans in general, all distilled through Goldie’s unique and fearless lens.

Tickets for the Portsmouth, NH Electoral College tour stop are on sale now. Info for the Duke University show will be available in the coming weeks.

-c.

 

 

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Go, Fish.

January 26, 2016

So long, Abe Vigoda. 

 

Today on Stand Up!

 

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us in hour one to set up the Iowa Caucus, and discuss the appeal of candidate/outsiders/leaders like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Next, we discussed the rise and slow death of the suburbs with senior editor of The Week magazine and founder and editor of the baseball newsletter, “The Slurve,” Michael Brendan Dougherty.

Then, LOST and Lord of the Rings star, Dominic Monaghan, stopped in-studio to talk with Pete about the new season of his Travel Channel series, “Wild Things,” which looks too awesome for it’s own good. A bit insect-heavy, though.

Finally, Pete got his chance to talk to National Review editor Rich Lowry, mastermind behind the stalwart conservative publication’s coordinated frontal assault on the candidacy of Donald Trump. Pete and Rich rarely agree on the big issues, but on the issue of Donald Trump being wholly NOT what America needs, they are of one voice.

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Post-Jonas

January 25, 2016

What’s the point of naming snowstorms, anyway?

 

Today on Stand Up!

 

If you spent your weekend holed up seeking shelter from nature’s frozen fury, you may have seen news reports of the hot new disease making waves across the world, Zika. Indiana University Prof. of Pediatrics, health policy expert, author and host of YouTube hit series, Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Carroll, laid out the facts behind Zika, the current places on Earth seeing the most cases, and the chances of it becoming a problem among American populations.

Next, we checked in with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-host of the cable newser’s “Early Start” program, Christine Romans. Pete and Christine talked about the ways winter storms, or any large scale weather event, can hurt local and national economies.

Hour three today was dedicated to a great, eye-opening new book from one of our most respected guests. Usually, John Donvan is previewing the next Intelligence Squared debate for us, or talking journalistic ethics, but today he joined us with his co-author and colleague, award-winning ABC News and Nightline journalist and producer Caren Zucker, to discuss their book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.” Instead of being a clinical look at a less-than-well-understood disorder, the story of autism is told through stories about the people who live with it in their own lives. Pete loves it, and he promises you will as well.

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