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The Day After Yesterday

January 27, 2015

Wow! What  a storm! Now, grab a broom and help clear off Pete’s solar panels…

 

Today on StandUP!

 

It must be really difficult for anyone in any other part of the country to care about the snowstorm that just hit the Northeast, so let’s not dawdle and get right to our first guest, Constitutional Law Professor at Georgia State University, Eric Segall. The US is one of but a few Western/developed nations that still allows a death penalty for crime and today Eric highlighted the difficult and tricky issues that come along with that, from executing the mentally challenged to the secretive chemical ingredients that create a lethal injection.

Next, Lawrence Lessig joined Pete to discuss the seedy underbelly of campaign finance and explain why it’s important to change the way things are done. All this is especially timely in light of the news that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, plan to spend roughly 889 MILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 campaign season.

Our final guest of the day was former Army Colonel and professor emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich. Pete and Col. Bacevich talked military re-deployment and it led into a great, great discussion with you about the nature of Freedom and whether it is a good thing to honor our soldiers as heroes, even in a conflict we find to be unjust.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go home and finish writing an angry letter to Mother Nature for not destroying the infrastucture of America’s largest city with several feet of heavy, frozen water.

 

-c.

 

 

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A Blizzard…of KNOWLEDGE!

January 26, 2015

What would you call a massive blizzard affecting the eastern third of your nation? In the digital age, “Snowpacalypse” and “Snowmageddon” have been popular go-tos, and the Weather Channel has taken to naming them (this one is called Juno). Maybe I’m nostalgic for the olden days, because I like the simple, straightforward “Blizzard of 2015.”

 

Today on StandUP!

 

We kicked off the week with some talk of the frozen doom awaiting the liberal media elite huddled in America’s Northeast, then we talked DeflateGate and SNL before segueing to our first guest, former speechwriter for George W. Bush and senior writer at The Atlantic, David Frum. Pete and David talked Sarah Palin, medical marijuana and general GOP-related things.

Next, Christine Romans from CNN’s Early Start joined us to talk about the massive snowstorm crippling the Northeast and what storms like this can do to local and national economies, from temporary food shortages to instances of profiteering.

Indiana University professor, health policy wonk and host of YouTube’s Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Carroll jumped on the line to talk with Pete about the measles outbreak at Disneyland in California. How, in the modern age, could a formerly squashed disease like measles make a roaring comeback? Not surprisingly, the phrase “anti-vaxxer” is part of the answer.

Our last guest of the day was Bruce Bartlett. He’s a former advisor to Ronald Reagan, treasury official under the George H. W. Bush administration, as well as author of “The Benefit and the Burden.” Bruce joined to talk climate change, tax policy, wages and mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.

 

That’s it for today. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the stables, grooming my tauntaun.

 

-c.

 

 

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Letting The Air Out of the Discussion

January 23, 2015

Depression rates take a rise in most Nordic countries come Winter, the so-called “Winter Blues,” with the exception of one: Iceland. In study after study, the Icelandic people have shown no significant rise in cases of depression once Winter sets in. Scientists theorize it may be connected to an extremely fish-heavy diet…ANYWAY…

Today on StandUP!

 

There’s a lot of hard news out there in the world, and perhaps that’s why we started the show with some light discussion of the DeflateGate currently captivating the sports world. Don’t worry, because we soon moved on to our first guest, Executive Editor, CNN Politics, Mark Preston. Pete got the lowdown on the Mitt Romney-Jeb Bush meetup and talked to Mark about his piece on “opposition research.” Check it out!

Our next guest was John Campbell, author of “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink,” senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and  ambassador to Nigeria from 2004-2007. Ambassador Campbell shared his knowledge and expertise on Boko Haram’s actions and motivations in Nigeria and why Americans should be concerned.

Then, we checked in with Rebecca Vallas and Dean Obeidallah for a sneak peek at their respective shows this weekend on Insight 121. On “Talk Poverty Radio,” Rebecca will be tackling the issue of inequality, while Dean will be speaking with Rabia Chaudry, who first brought the case of Adnan Sayed to light, leading to the popular Serial podcast series.

Finally, actor Peter Coyote joined us once again for an hour of enlightened discussion on race, “activism” as a term used by propagandists, and the merits of feeling and experience in artistic creativity. I loved every second of it.

 

Here’s a picture of me, my Pound Puppy and my grandfather from when I was about 8. We called him “Pop” and I’m not sure I ever saw him NOT in a recliner. We talked about this picture a few times on the show today, so study it hard.

 

Absorb every aspect of America in 1986 through this photograph.

 

-c.

 

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Heroes and Legends//Anti-heroes and Tall Tales

January 22, 2015

It was this very week in 1965 that the Frisbee was first introduced by the Wham-O toy company. Before then, folks were just whipping pie tins around all willy-nilly.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

We took at lot of calls today and had a great and lengthy discussion on the novel and film American Sniper, its subject Chris Kyle, the war that serves as its setting, and the men and women who served in that war. Based on your reaction, the nation is still torn on the nature of war and conflict, and if movies like American Sniper can tell a story about the era without being seen as propaganda. Oh, and we found out that Pete is a real “hippy-dippy son of a bitch,” which is nice to know…

Our first guest of the day was GQ magazine contributor and author of the books, “The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL,” Michael J. Mooney. Michael knew Chris Kyle and interviewed him extensively over the years before his death, and today he helped us explore Chris’ life and some of the more mythic stories that surround the man.

Our second guest was climate scientist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, Michael Mann. Pete and Dr. Mann talked about yesterday’s Congressional vote acknowledging the legitimacy of climate change and his most recent book, “The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.

Our third and final guest was former Marine and State Dept. official who resigned his post in Afghanistan over US policy in the region, Matthew Hoh. Matthew has joined Pete many times in the past as senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and today Pete asked him for his unique take on our Chris Kyle/American Sniper discussion, PTSD and US foreign policy in the region in which he served.

 

I was never that great with a frisbee. I didn’t stink, but I definitely was never one of those people doing a between-the-legs trick toss. In my mind, a person who is REALLY great at throwing a frisbee wears short corduroy shorts, no shirt (it’s tucked into their waistband like a butt-cape) and has a thick, full head of hair. Matthew McConaughey, basically.

 

-c.

 

 

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