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4/27/15 – Dick Cavett is always awesome

April 27, 2015

Hello, there! Alfred here!

Chris is STILL gone. At this point I don’t even remember what he looks like.

Pete started off the show with some talk about Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner and the Gold Medalist coming out as transgender.

Our first guest was active duty Army Lieutenant Colonel, Daniel Davis, who discussed his Democracy Awake campaign which is aiming at getting money out of politics.

We then had our weekly business news chat with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans. She talked about the Apple Watch and told listeners best ways to deal with savings and debt.

Then Pete gave us his take on the White House Correspondents Dinner, of which he attended. He had a great conversation with Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia then betrayed the judge with a mean tweet calling him the devil.

The final hour of the show was spent with one of our favorite guests, Dick Cavett. Dick, has a new PBS special  “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam”. He shared great stories about his show and how he covered Vietnam. He is the best.

Chris is back tomorrow. So thanks for nothing!

Peace and love,

Alfred

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4/24/15 – Politics, Poverty, Panel (on Cuba)

April 24, 2015

Hiya, folks! Alfred G. Schulz here!

Christopher is off again today, no idea where he is or what he’s doing, didn’t pay attention when he told me.

On today’s episode of Pete Dominick’s Morning Funtime Jamboree, we started off going through news stories and then got some calls regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership and how it has created a schism within the Democratic Party.

Mark Preston of CNN was the first guest and he and Pete had an interesting conversation on labels and ideology in the context of party politics. Or something like that…

Pete then went back to the TPP issue and took more calls.

We then welcomed Mark R. Rank to the program, he’s the author of “One Nation Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All” and most recently the co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding what Shapes Our Fortunes”. He and Pete talked poverty.

Then it was time to end Cuba Week with our expert panel discussion on the US normalizing relations with Cuba. We had Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Sarah Stephens, and the Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, Frank Calzon. The discussion got a bit heated, but was interesting nonetheless.

Here’s a great blog post on Cuba Week with clips from each segment.

Please don’t criticize my grammar on this. I concede that I’m dumb. Leave the poor guy alone. Enjoy the weekend and hug your neighbor.

I am in love with you,

The Notorious A.L.F.

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4/22/15 – Cuba and Comedians

April 22, 2015

Hey gang! Alfred here!

Chris has gone for the week vacationing in snowy San Francisco! The Windy City, they call it! Or is it, the Big Easy? Either way, I like havin’ fun! I’m filling in and I’m running late for an appointment, so get ready for some half-assed BS!

Cuba Week continued with a conversation with journalist and Cuban American, Soledad O’Brien. She discussed varying views on the Cuban American take of the US normalizing relations with Cuba. Here’s a clip!

We then took some calls about different forms of economic systems. Pretty high brow stuff.

Journalist Mary Anne Weaver told us about her cover story for the New York Times Magazine, titled, “Her Majesty’s Jihadists“. Scary stuff.

Noted comedian, actor and impressionist (I feel like he started the Shatner impression), Kevin Pollak hung out and chatted about his new documentary, “Misery Loves Comedy“, which is a very cool doc on comedians.

We ended the show with some clips of Presidential candidates discussing gay weddings.

I love you all! May God bless you and protect you.

Al-to-the-Fred

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Red Cuba

April 21, 2015

April 21st is the traditionally agreed upon date of the founding of Rome by the brothers Romulus and Remus, who were fathered by the god Mars and raised by a she-wolf. Things were way cooler back before Iphones, I guess.

 

Today on StandUP!

Pete began the show with two simple questions, juxtaposed: what is your favorite comedy film of all time, and do you support the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber? It was a nice way of keeping serious while also clearing the way for our first guest, actor and comedian Nick Kroll. He really liked Top Secret, and his new movie Adult Beginners is out this Friday, in theaters, iTunes and OnDemand.

Georgia State University Constitutional Law Professor Eric Segall called in to give us the low down on some upcoming Supreme Court decisions. Remember, this June is going to be big for decisions. But…BUT!…he also told a great story about his teen years as a messenger in the hustle and bustle of Mad Men-era New York.

And today was Day 2 of Cuba Week, and we transitioned into the revolutionary period of Cuba’s history with staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,Jon Lee Anderson. Mr. Anderson not only spent several years living in Cuba with his family in the late 80s-early 90s, he is in Cuba right now working on a biography of Fidel Castro.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to California.

 

-c.

 

 

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