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February 5, 2016

Monday: LIVE show from University of New Hampshire.  Monday Night: Pete, John & Dean LIVE at the Pressroom in Portsmouth. Tuesday: New Hampshire Primary Wednesday: Back to Normal-ish.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Last night’s debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton from New Hampshire was pretty great stuff, and we recapped it with one of our favorites, CNN’s Executive Editor of Politics, Mark Preston.

Eli Sanders joined us next. He is an associate editor of the weekly newspaper “The Stranger” up in Seattle, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the murder of Teresa Butz. Sanders now recounts that case again in the new book, “While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and A Young Man’s Descent into Madness.”

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a documentary premiered about the life and unfortunate death of journalist James Foley. Today, Pete welcomed Brian Oakes, director of “Jim,” which you can catch on HBO this Saturday at 9p EST.

Then, John Fugelsang popped on for 20 minutes to joke around with Pete about politics, last night’s debate and more. Tickets for John and Pete’s Portsmouth, NH show with Dean Obeidallah are still available, so if you are in the region, get some for Pete’s sake. Literally.

Our final guest of the day was a “big get” that has been a long time coming. Political strategist David Axelrod has been called the architect of President Obama’s historic 2008 White House run, and his memoir recounting his life in politics, “Believer,” is now in paperback. We discussed his career, the President, and got his reaction to last night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire.

Have a just okay weekend,

-c.

 

 

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The Bernie/Hill Show

February 4, 2016

Fight Night in New Hampshire! Bern v. Hil! Who has more to lose, heading into Tuesday’s primary?

 

Today on Stand Up!

Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Prize winning journalist, Syracuse University professor, AJAM columnist and author, David Cay Johnston, joined us to discuss tax structure and David previewed an upcoming column on Bernie Sanders.

Senior Fellow and Founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and Washington Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, called in to discuss the Presidential election and Afghanistan.

President Obama gave a stirring, historic (for him) and (most would agree) much needed speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore yesterday. In attendance was SiriusXM Insight’s own Dean Obeidallah, who was cool enough to call in and discuss with Pete the speech as well as the experience.

We’ve talked before on the show about the strength and effect of right-wing media talk show hosts on politicians and listeners alike. To go more in-depth on that subject, Pete spoke with Brian Rosenwald, UPenn Fellow, who wrote a recent CNN piece (co-authored with Michael Smerconish) about just that.

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Please Clap

February 3, 2016

Is it true Bernie Sanders’ Secret Service code name will be “Would You Like A Glass of Water, Sir?”

 

Today on Stand Up!

When he isn’t out on the road with his co-author in support of their tremendous new book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” ABC News correspondent John Donvan is moderating the Intelligence Squared debates…and dropping by Stand Up to tease the upcoming debate. Tonight’s debate is all about man’s quest for longevity, and whether or not that is a good thing.

As the World Health Organization and the CDC continue to monitor and sound the alarm on the Zika virus, we are beginning to hear about it more and more in the news. Uri Friedman is Global Editor at The Atlantic and he joined us today to discuss his recent piece, “A Country Without Babies,” which looks at the virus and its potential to disrupt birthrates in the developing world.

We took a trip to Zeppstown at the end of the show. Commentator, satirist, and podcast host Josh Zepps joined us in studio before hosting The Insight Hour at noon here on channel 121. Pete and Josh got into quite an interesting discussion about the term “regressive left,” what it means and the ways in which it is used. It’s worth checking out on demand.

Oh, and so long Rand Paul. You never had a chance, but you tried.

 

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Trial of the Century

February 2, 2016

Don’t forget: Pete, John Fugelsang, and Dean Obeidallah will be in New Hampshire Monday (2/8) for a day of special broadcasts and a night of comedy, all leading up to the New Hampshire primary the next day!

 

Today on Stand Up!

Well, we were hoping to start the show off with a visit from Cuba Gooding Jr., here to promote the new FX series, “The People v. OJ Simpson.” Due to whatever-the-heck-happened, that *didn’t* happen.

To be honest, the show didn’t suffer for it. Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine, stuck around long past his scheduled segment and helped us unpack the Iowa Caucus results, and it was a real fun time. Matt also shared stories and lessons from the trip to Cuba from which he and a select group from Reason just returned.

After we were done learning what makes a modern Libertarian intellectual magazine editor tick, we welcomed Pete’s old friend, comedian Dave Siegel, to the show. Dave just wrote a funny little thing for Time Out magazine, matching up Presidential candidates with their Simpsons-verse analog. For instance: Chris Christie is a Mayor Quimby but Donald Trump is a Montgomery Burns.

I’m just glad we don’t have to talk about Iowa anymore, for the time being.

 

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Caucus THIS!

February 1, 2016

I haven’t heard this much crazy talk in Iowa since Field of Dreams.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research there, Dr. Aaron Carroll popped in to discuss healthcare and wellness. Pete and Aaron also discussed the meteoric rise in concern over the Zika virus, which has spread quickly through Africa and now South America. Dr. Carroll will address the virus on the next installment of his wildly popular YouTube series, Healthcare Triage.

CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans, joined us for her weekly hit on the headlines from the business world. Today’s discussion moved from China to oil woes to Apple 25% stock dive.

Next, SiriusXM POTUS Channel 124 host, Tim Farley, joined Pete from the campaign trail in Iowa, where voters are preparing to spend an evening caucusing for their favorite candidates. We relied on Tim to give us the feeling on the ground as the first major event of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle gets underway.

Shadi Hamid is Senior Fellow for the Brookings Institution’s Middle East Policy. Today he joined us to discuss Egypt five years after the Arab Spring. It’s a different world, for sure, but how much better is it for  the people of Egypt, and the World?

Finally, we returned to Iowa for the last segment. Mark Nolte is President of the Iowa City Area Development Group, and Pete spoke with him about the caucus process and what the media blitz has been like for residents, as a swarm of vote-hungry candidates descend upon the serene corn-dotted plains of Iowa.

Today is the start of Black History Month, and it is also the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

 

-c.

 

 

 

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Cruz in for a Brusin’

January 29, 2016

How many more of these debates do we have to watch? YIKES, it’s painful to watch these guys slowly realize they aren’t The One.

 

Today on Stand UP!

 

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of YWCA, joined Pete to talk about her organization’s effort to empower women, and eradicate racism.

Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) doesn’t agree with Pete on many core issues, but there is one issue they are in lock step over, and that is campaign finance reform. Today, he shared with Pete his latest work on smashing Citizens United and creating a better political system.

In the third hour, we took a look back at last night’s Trump-free Republican debate, first with former Congressman Trey Radel, then with Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi!

 

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Challengers

January 28, 2016

What do you remember about the Challenger explosion? I was in school, and I remember it being pitched as a flight that put us on the cusp of a new era of space travel and education. I also remember being devastated.

 

Today on Stand Up!

New York Magazine contributing editor and author of 2010’s “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” Lisa Miller joined us to go over her current cover story for New York, “How Intelligent Do You Have to Be to Raise a Child?”

Rebecca Vallas, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, joined us to go a little further into President Obama’s executive order barring juvenile inmates of federal penitentiaries from begin kept in solitary confinement.

Peter Kiernan was a Senior Partner at Goldman Sachs, leaving in 2000 and becoming philanthropist and a bestselling author, focusing on America’s place in the global economy, and therefore global power. Today, he and Pete talked politics, economics and the relationship between Iran, ISIS and oil.

Michael Mann is a climate scientist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, but you likely know him as author of the influential climate-centric book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.” He and Pete covered the state of climate denial amongst the GOP, and methane’s quickening effect on the change of our planet’s climate.

At the end of the show, we took time to remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger and one of the greatest tragedies to befall the US Space Program.

 

-c.

 

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Debatable

January 27, 2016

Now that Donald is out of tomorrow’s GOP debate, I guess that means nobody will mention his name or talk about him, not even once.

 

Today on Stand Up!

Detroit Free Press columnist, Nancy Kaffer, joined us during our Detroit broadcast to talk about the water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan. Today, she returned to give us an update as we tried to figure out what’s next for the families of Flint.

The Renewal Project and Renewal Awards help honor grassroots organizations that make a difference communities across America. Pete was joined by Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships to discuss this project. Since he is also a regular contributor to National Journal and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pete and Ron also covered the Presidential campaign, including Donald Trump and more.

We spent our third hour today with activist, journalist and Daily Beast editor-at-large, Goldie Taylor. Goldie’s been on the show a whole bunch, but today was the first time she and Pete were together in-studio and it was great. They covered a broad range of issues affecting people of color, women, and Americans in general, all distilled through Goldie’s unique and fearless lens.

Tickets for the Portsmouth, NH Electoral College tour stop are on sale now. Info for the Duke University show will be available in the coming weeks.

-c.

 

 

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Go, Fish.

January 26, 2016

So long, Abe Vigoda. 

 

Today on Stand Up!

 

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us in hour one to set up the Iowa Caucus, and discuss the appeal of candidate/outsiders/leaders like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Next, we discussed the rise and slow death of the suburbs with senior editor of The Week magazine and founder and editor of the baseball newsletter, “The Slurve,” Michael Brendan Dougherty.

Then, LOST and Lord of the Rings star, Dominic Monaghan, stopped in-studio to talk with Pete about the new season of his Travel Channel series, “Wild Things,” which looks too awesome for it’s own good. A bit insect-heavy, though.

Finally, Pete got his chance to talk to National Review editor Rich Lowry, mastermind behind the stalwart conservative publication’s coordinated frontal assault on the candidacy of Donald Trump. Pete and Rich rarely agree on the big issues, but on the issue of Donald Trump being wholly NOT what America needs, they are of one voice.

-c.

 

 

 

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Post-Jonas

January 25, 2016

What’s the point of naming snowstorms, anyway?

 

Today on Stand Up!

 

If you spent your weekend holed up seeking shelter from nature’s frozen fury, you may have seen news reports of the hot new disease making waves across the world, Zika. Indiana University Prof. of Pediatrics, health policy expert, author and host of YouTube hit series, Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Carroll, laid out the facts behind Zika, the current places on Earth seeing the most cases, and the chances of it becoming a problem among American populations.

Next, we checked in with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-host of the cable newser’s “Early Start” program, Christine Romans. Pete and Christine talked about the ways winter storms, or any large scale weather event, can hurt local and national economies.

Hour three today was dedicated to a great, eye-opening new book from one of our most respected guests. Usually, John Donvan is previewing the next Intelligence Squared debate for us, or talking journalistic ethics, but today he joined us with his co-author and colleague, award-winning ABC News and Nightline journalist and producer Caren Zucker, to discuss their book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.” Instead of being a clinical look at a less-than-well-understood disorder, the story of autism is told through stories about the people who live with it in their own lives. Pete loves it, and he promises you will as well.

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Trump In Review

January 22, 2016

What is your go to, heart-of-winter, make me warm NOW comfort food?

 

Today on Stand Up!

 

It looks like the old-conservative base is beginning to mount a final defense against Donald Trump, culminating with National Review’s editors and contributors letting loose thousands of words on why The Donald is not fit for office. Discussing that with us, plus the upcoming Iowa Caucus and much more, was our old pal Mark Preston. Mark is Executive Editor, CNN Politics and probably happy to be missing out on the DC Blizzard of ’16 while covering things in Iowa.

Next, Pete reconnected with Heather McGhee, president of think tank Demos and Demos Action, its advocacy wing. Pete and Heather discussed the Democratic side of the race, which is beginning to heat up as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both seek to fashion images of themselves as THE alternative to mainstream politics and the cure for what ails America, while seeking minority and middle class support.

Maybe you have been lucky enough to miss out on the Sarah Palin headlines this week, but most of us were not. On the day she announced her support of Donald Trump for President, her son track was charged in a domestic violence incident. Later, Palin stooped far to insinuate her son’s behavior was the result of the stress of his military service. To counter that argument and bring truth to the issue, Pete spent a few minutes with Matt Miller, Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

For the third of you caught up in some truly nasty and possibly historic winter weather this weekend, good luck. As for the rest of you, enjoy your weekend. See you Monday.

 

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Washington Cartel

January 21, 2016

What’s the least electable thing about Ted Cruz?

 

Today on Stand Up!

I can only hope that you love when we have Bob Rice on the show as much as we do. His insight into the world of technology, emerging markets and industry is second to none, and he always leaves us dreaming of a brighter, shinier future. Bob Rice is managing partner at Tangent Capital and author of the bestselling “Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World’s Best-Performing Portfolios.”

Dr. Drew Pinsky joined Pete once again to discuss health, wellness and his career. Dr. Drew, of course, is an Internist, Addictionologist MD, host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call,” and bestselling author and radio host. He and Pete covered everything from adult coloring books to Big Pharma sponsorships.

Finally, we spent some time with Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor, Eric Segall. Pete and Eric covered the upcoming Supreme Court docket and how those decisions could affect important issues like abortion and immigration for years to come.

 

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Palin-drone’d

January 20, 2016

Does Sarah Palin’s support for Donald Trump affect this Presidential race in ANY way whatsoever?

 

Today on Stand Up!

Throughout the show, we discussed Sarah Palin’s Trumpdorsement and her lasting place in America’s political landscape. Elsewhere:

Brooke Burke Charvet is a model/actress/mother/wife, and she joined Pete in hour one to discuss all of those things, but mostly light bladder leakage, for which she is a preventative product spokesperson.

– Pete and Jim Wallis first met at the Aspen Ideas Festival several years ago, and we’ve been happily following the Sojourners President and Founder’s writings on life, faith and society ever since. Today, he and Pete talked about white privilege.

Our last guest was the DC-based attorney and founder & president of Reneo Consulting, LLC, Scott D. Gilbert.  Mr. Gilbert worked with Cuban and U.S. officials to secure the release of American aid worker Alan Gross last year, and now his client Amir Hekmati has been released from 3.5 years in in prison thanks to similar work between the U.S. and Iran.

Remember, tomorrow at noon EST is the SiriusXM Insight 1-Year Anniversary Special, where Pete, Dean Obeidallah and John Fugelsang will share their thoughts and memories on the first year of your favorite channel!

 

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Privileged

January 19, 2016

Is White Privilege: A) Real? B) Something that affects you?

 

Today on Stand Up!

Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN contributor, John Avlon, joined Pete to catch up on the top stories from over the weekend. John also helped start the discussion on white privilege that became a recurring topic throughout today’s show.

Next, Pete was joined by Washington Post columnist and noted political commentator and author, Dana Milbank, who talked with Pete about the cases before the Supreme Court this term, Donald Trump’s exuberant racist-seeming tendencies, and more about privilege.

We were supposed to have Ali Velshi on last week, but then we thought…why not wait until he’s farther away? Like, say, Switzerland? So, today we were pleased to, by the power of technology, bring you host of Al Jazeera America’s On Target and co-author of the book “How to Speak Money,” Ali Velshi. Pete and Ali talked about the current state of things at AJAM (not good) and his new hi-tech way of connecting to the show (very good).

Finally, before a great conversation with you guys about white privilege and race in America, Pete sat down with actress Rashida Jones about her life and her new show, the very funny (like seriously laugh-out-loud funny) cop-show spoof “Angie Tribeca,” airing on TBS.

 

 

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