Today of StandUP!
In the first hour, Dr. Aaron Carroll took time away from being Dir. of Health Policy at Indiana University, contributor to NYT’s “The Upshot,” vlogger for Healthcare Triage on YouTube, blogger at The Incidental Economist and co-author of several books debunking popular health-related myths and legends to join the show and talk with Pete about the Supreme Court’s hearing of King v. Burwell and also new research on peanut allergies. He would return later in the show to talk Obamacare with Eric Segall.
Hour two kicked off with a visit from ubiquitous British media personality and current editor-at-large at DailyMail.com, Piers Morgan. It was Piers’ first time on StandUP, so he and Pete covered all their common ground, from the cable news landscape to gun control to how Americans view the rest of the world and vice versa.
Then, we were joined by Shadi Hamid, Fellow for US Relations with the Islamic World Project at the Center for Middle East Policy for the Brookings Institution and author of the recent book, “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.” Shadi and Pete spent some time on ISIS, Libya, and Syrian instability.
Constitutional Law Professor at Georgia State University and author of, “Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Judges,” Eric Segall joined us from the University of Pennsylvania where he will debate Jonathan Adler about King v. Burwell this evening. Pete and Eric talked SCOTUS and took that Dr. Aaron Carroll call I mentioned earlier.
Ali Velshi was our last guest of the day and the host of “Real Money” on Al-Jazeera America and the co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of “How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now.” Ali and Pete talked about America’s infrastructure nightmare and the what’s looming on Russia’s horizon after the apparent assassination of Boris Nemtsov, chief opposition voice to Russian President Vladimir Putin.