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DNC, Day 3: Sax Man

July 27, 2016

After Bill Clinton finished humanizing his wife to millions of strangers, we welcomed:

US Air Force vet and current politics writer over at Salon.com, Sean Illing.

Boston Globe columnist and author of “American Maelstrom,” all about the 1968 Presidential Election, Michael Cohen.

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) stopped in the morning after his rousing, Trump smashing speech in front of the Democratic faithful.

Molly Ball, staff writer at The Atlantic, dropped off two cents worth of insight and analysis of Bill Clinton’s speech last night.

Democratic strategist and daughter of the House Minority Leader, Christine Pelosi shared her thoughts on Donald Trump and the political forecast for the Fall.

And, hey would you look at that! The great Matt Welch, editor-at-large for Reason Magazine, spent the last two hours of the show using big words for little (read: no) pay.

 

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DNC, Day 2: Bernie or Butts

July 26, 2016

While you were busy re-watching Michelle Obama’s speech, here’s what you missed:

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, fresh from a breakout speech at the Democratic Convention, made the mistake of walking past the SiriusXM Insight radio booth. Pete was quizzed on Happy Days, and Alfred received grooming and life advice from a sitting US Senator.

In the second hour, we visited once again with Majority Report host, Sam Seder. Joining Sam is former MSNBS and current The Atlantic talent, Alex Wagner. Pete, Sam and Alex covered last night’s speeches, the Bernie or Bust movement and indulged Pete’s fanboy-ish love of First Lady, Michelle Obama.

In hour three, Dan Rather joined Pete for a deep dive on politics and journalism. Mr. Rather’s been covering the conventions for the Radio Andy channel, lending a strong air of legitimacy to everyone near him on radio row. Then, in the bottom half of the hour, Pete talked cheesesteaks with the heir and owner of Philly’s cheesesteak royal family, Frank Olivieri, Jr. of Pat’s King of Steaks.

 

 

 

 

 

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DNC, Day 1: Debbie Down

July 25, 2016

9 Reasons To Listen to catch up on today’s #SUPD:

 

Replays tonight at 10p East, or catch it onDemand RIGHT NOW!

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The Hangover

July 22, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We struggled to pick up the pieces of our lives after such a huge, love-filled and really just tremendous Republican National Convention. Believe me.

Economics and Global Affairs journo, Ali Velshi, talked with Pete about the current state of things in American/Global politics but more importantly shared tales from his great vacation to Peru and Galapagos. Today was all about healing and distraction from the RNC.

Speaking of global affairs, Middle East adviser and current VP for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Int’l Center for Scholars, Aaron David Miller, gave us an insider’s eye view of foreign affairs decision-making in the White House.

The Nation contributing writer, Ari Berman, took a look at the state of play in the Republican Party and the obstacles that stand in the way of the Democrats keeping Donald Trump from the White House.

…and Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent at the New York Times, read us in on the 28 newly released pages from the 9/11 Commission Report and what effect, if any, this could have on the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia, on whom those pages are most revealing.

Then, we just had good old plain fun unburdening some truths and revealing some guilty pleasures.

See you Tuesday in Philly for the DNC.

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RNC Day 4: It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now

July 21, 2016

Today from #RNCinCLE

The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons took apart Ted Cruz’s convention drama bomb, Donald Trump’s position on Putin and NATO, and gave us a look at what’s happening to Turkey.

Nick Gillespie, EIC of Reason.com and Reason TV, taught us that it’s easy to find common ground with a Libertarian, and compared Matt Welch’s head to the Easter Island statues.

Sam Stein of Huffington Post dropped by to reflect on the last three days of convention madness, capped off by Ted Cruz and his delegate-maddening non-endorsement of Donald Trump.

Hour three was a real all-star free for all, featuring:

Daily Beast EIC, John Avlon.

CNN Contributor, Maria Cardona.

CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans

VICE journalist Michael Moynihan

IAVA Founder, Paul Rieckhoff

and CNN Exec. Editor, Politics/Birthday Boy, Mark Preston

Make sure you buy snacks, beer and enough potable water to last through an Apocalypse, because Donalt Trump is speaking tonight.

 

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RNC Day 3: A Friend of the Devil

July 20, 2016

Today from #RNCinCLE

Alexis Levinson, National Review’s Sr. Political Reporter, reflects on night two of the Republican National Convention.

Matt Welch, Reason Magazine editor-at-large, showed his continued dedication to the Stand Up with Pete Dominick brand by sitting in again for the final two hours of the show, offering some keen insight.

Armstrong Williams, SiriusXM Urban View host, joined the show to discuss Trump, identity and Dr. Ben Carson’s speech last night.

Former assistant to Pres. George W. Bush  and current Senior Editor at The Atlantic, David Frum, discussed Trump’s wild ascendence, Roger Ailes’ harrassment allegations and more.

Former SC state representative and frequent CNN guest, Bakari Sellers, discussed the racial politics of the 2016 election and shared memories of his friend, Pastor and SC State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was among those killed in Charleston, SC just over a year ago.

Tomorrow: We count the dead and mourn those who survive after RNC Night Three’s ritual demon summoning. All Hail Cthulhu the Eternal!!

 

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RNC Day 2: Never Gonna Give You Up

July 19, 2016

Today at #RNCinCLE

Margaret Hoover, Republican Strategist and CNN Contributor, joined us in hour one and again in hour two, along with…

Alex Wagner, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and former MSNBC host. Alex also stuck around to catch up with…

James Fallows, The Atlantic’s National Correspondent and author of the recent book, “China Airborne.”

By then, it was already hour three, and we welcomed Washington Post Opinion writer and contributor at MSNBC, Jonathan Capehart. Also joining the panel was fellow SiriusXM host, over on Progress channel 127, Michelangelo Signorile.

Finally, we ended the second day of live broadcasts from the politically charged circus that is the Republican National Convention with basically a dream segment for Pete: a sit-down interview with Tom Ashbrook. Even casual listeners of the show have heard Pete mention Ashbrook’s NPR show, On Point, and know just how big a moment this was for Pete *and* the show. The two apathy fighters discussed politics, the convention, and the role journalism can play in our lives.

Tomorrow: We’ll recap whatever pale horror unfolds upon the stage tonight.

 

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RNC Day 1: Checkpoint Charles In Charge

July 18, 2016

Roll Call!

Todd Zwillich, Washington Correspondent for WNYC’s The Takeaway.

Christine Romans, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-host of “Early Start.”

Tim Farley, host of SiriusXM POTUS 124’s “Morning Briefing.”

Jonathan Alter, former senior editor at Newsweek and host of “Alter Family Politics” on SiriusXM Radio Andy Channel 102.

Mark McKinnon, former adviser to President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain and co-creator, co-exec. producer and co-host of the Showtime series, “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.”

Brian Stelter, media critic and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources”

Plus, Matt Welch, editor-at-large of Reason Magazine, sat in on the show’s last two hours.

Oh, and Dan Rather dropped by and dropped a few jokes, and jaws.

 

 

 

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Poll: Did We Mention Donald Trump?

July 15, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We mourned the loss of life in Nice, France, kept calm and carried on…

CNN Executive Editor of Politics and SiriusXM POTUS weekend host, Mark Preston, gave a preview of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland while he was IN Cleveland.

And, for a more historical preview of political conventions in general, we turned to our favorite historian and author, Kenneth C. Davis. His new book, “In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents and Five Black Lives,” is due out this September.

Then, for perspective on terrorism in Europe and the truck attack in France, we looked toward former FBI Special Agent and current CEO of his own eponymous international security firm, Ali Soufan. Ali helped us understand one of our most basic questions about these attacks: Why France?

For our final our on this somewhat somber, confused summer friday, we turned to two of our favorite guests: Author and Senior Editor at Broadway.com, Imogen Lloyd Webber and Managing Editor of Video at Mic News, Slade Sohmer. In the span of an hour, we looked at Donald Trump’s VP pick, the attack in France, police violence against blacks, and Brexit aftermath. But, trust me, it wasn’t nearly as stuffy as it reads, far from it :)

See you Monday, LIVE from radio row at the RNC!

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Ok, We DEFINITELY mentioned Trump today.

July 14, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We took an in-depth look at the list of speakers for the Republican National Convention, but then…

Four time World Series champ with the New York Mets and Yankees, Darryl Strawberry joined Pete in-studio to discuss his life and career, and the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series entry, “Doc & Darryl,” which looks at the trouble that befell him and his star-pitcher teammate amid 1980s excess.

Then, Oscar-nom’d and Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker, Irene Taylor Brodsky, joined us to discuss “Open Your Eyes,” her new documentary detailing a family’s journey to find the aid workers and doctors who travel halfway across the globe to perform eye surgery on Nepal’s poor. Irene was joined in-studio by Pakistani rock star and activist, Salman Ahmad, who wrote and performed the theme song to the film.

Finally, we talked to FiveThirtyEight senior editor and Chief Economics writer, Ben Casselman, about the statistics of gun deaths in America.

 

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Did We Mention Trump? I Can’t Remember

July 13, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We took a trip to Cock Lake, but also…

Retired Baltimore police officer Michael Wood, Jr. joined us on the show to discuss his work speaking out against police brutality. Baltimore’s long history with every dark corner of the criminal justice system was famously portrayed on HBO’s The Wire, and Wood’s experiential wisdom is very revealing in our current climate.

James Downie joined us from the Washington Post, where he serves as the Digital Opinions Editor. He wrote a recent piece looking at the Democratic Platform heading into their convention, noting it has swung more liberal than four years ago.

Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel series “Bizarre Foods”, joined Pete to discuss the new season of his show, what he feels is his duty to encourage people to be adventurous and curious about our world, and his long history and recovery from a life of American excess.

Speaking of that excess, our final guest today was the actor Benjamin Bratt. He stars in the just-released film, “The Infiltrator,” where he plays Colombian drug cartel trafficker Roberto Alcaino, a principled man in an evil profession. His cartel and boss, Pablo Escobar, are infiltrated and eventually brought down by Bryan Cranston’s federal agent, Robert Mazur.

 

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We Talked About Trump A Few Times.

July 12, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We caught several Pokemon, but also:

Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN contributor, John Avlon, talked about the week’s politics and whether or not it’s cool to teach your children about the concept of “white privilege” at an early age.

The, Pete spoke with arts & culture reporter at The Observer, Dana Schwartz, about her op-ed in that paper regarding anti-semitism, Donald Trump and his supporters. Fun Fact: The Observer is owned by Jared Kushner, who is both Jewish *and* Donald Trump’s son-in-law!

Next up, we pointed our satellite phone toward the Middle East, dialing up Ben Hubbard in Beirut, Lebanon. Hubbard is a Middle East Correspondent for the New York Times, and he recently authored a great piece on Saudi Arabian politics called, “A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began.” 

Today’s final hour was devoted to your calls on whether we’ve overburdened America’s law enforcers and coverage of Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President.

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We never once mentioned Donald Trump

July 11, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We found out how you felt about cops, but also:

Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us to talk health and healthcare, including cancer prevention. Dr. Carroll is a contributor to New York Times’ Upshot blog, creator of the Healthcare Triage series on YouTube, author of several great books and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University.

We spent hour two with the complex, entertaining and fascinating  Jason Ellis. From Pro Skateboarding to MMA to truck racing, Ellis has don’t just about everything, and through it all he’s been hosting his own show weekday afternoons on SiriusXM Faction Ch. 41. Pete and Jason discussed his life as a father, his newfound sobriety, and shook a few skeletons from his closet.

Finally, Pete discussed civil liberties and law enforcement with Senior Policy Analyst at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, Jay Stanley. Read more of Jay’s writings at that organization’s Free Future blog.

 

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Saddam, Who’s Sane

July 6, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We raised a glass and shared a cool, refreshing summer drink, but also…

Jonathan Capehart, who writes opinions for the Washington Post and speaks opinions for MSNBC, joined Pete to talk about the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Baton Rouge, Louisiana police.

Then, our old friend Barry Ritholtz, money manager who writes at Bloomberg View and his own Big Picture Blog, gave us insight into the realities of Brexit and his own take on the Presidential Election.

Finally, former ADA in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and current co-founder and President of Prosecutor Integrity, Adam Foss, joined Pete to talk once more about reforming the American criminal justice system.

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