How do you sleep at night? No, not how CAN you sleep at night, but how DO you? Pajamas? Nude? Eight blankets? Just a sheet? white noise machine? Utter darkness? That’s what we were obsessed with…
Today on StandUP!
Our first guest of the show was the current VP for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former adviser on the Middle East to several Secretaries of State, Aaron David Miller. Pete asked Aaron to give us an update on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and discuss the currently tenuous relationship Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has with the West.
Next, we welcomed comic, writer and director Mike Binder to discuss his new film dealing with race relations and families, “Black or White.” Mike and Pete also discussed the process of making the film and the reaction from audiences and critics. “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner, who also produced the film and will be on StandUP! in the first hour tomorrow.
Then, we spoke with freelance journalist and author of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen,” Laura Kasinof. Laura gave us, in the words of one caller, an “intel report” on daily life and politics in Yemen. It really helped paint a more complete picture of a nation that has been at the forefront of the war on terror for the last decade, while remaining out of the headlines.
Our final guest of the day is the owner of the domain Ritholtz.com as well as author of that site’s “Big Picture Blog,” author of “Bailout Nation,” and contributor at Bloomberg View, Barry Ritholtz. Pete asked Barry to swing on by and explain why, and even if, quarterly earnings reports matter to folks like you and I, and also what it means every time the Federal Reserve has something to say.
I haven’t finalized my Super Bowl plans yet, but I know that, whatever I do, it will involve hot sauce and butter.