5/29/15 – Politics, Death Penalty, Grodin

May 29, 2015

Captain dum-dum (Chris) is off today so it’s me, Alfred, doin’ today’s blog.

In the beginning of the show we heard from Stand Up’s unofficial ombudsmen and Pete’s brother, Brian Dominick. He chastised Pete for his uninformed take on Apple from yesterday’s show.

Our first guest was the lovely, Mark Preston of CNN. Marky Mark, talked about the election and said it makes for good radio when Pete’s angry. I disagreed…

Heather Beaudoin of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty gave us her take on Nebraska abolishing capital punishment.

We then opened the phones up and took calls about all kinds of stuff. We got a call from Andrew Spar, President of the Volusia Teachers Organization who discussed education policy.

Actor Charles Grodin ended the program. He was great. Catch him at Gotham Comedy Club, Monday 6/1 for Help USA’s “Homelessness Isn’t Funny, But We Are” comedy series benefit.

My love for you is overwhelming,


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Get Busy

May 28, 2015

Peter Berenson’s “The Forgotten Prisoners” was published in UK paper The Observer this day in 1961. It sparked the “Appeal for Amnesty” campaign, and by that July, Amnesty International was founded.


Today on StandUP!

Lisa Gilbert is the Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where she focuses on government transparency, financial reform, civil justice and consumer protection. Today, she spoke with Pete about a letter written to the Securities and Exchange Commission by three former top-level employees urging the commission to force companies to disclose any campaign contributions.

We spent hour two talking with comedian and host os ESPN’s “Over the Ball” podcast, Kevin Flynn, about the growing corruption scandal within FIFA, the soccer world’s governing body. The US Dept. of Justice has arrested top officials on charges of bribery and corruption, and it has greater political ramification than you think, since the next men’s World Cup is set to take place in Russia.

If soccer talk was too pedestrian and boring, our next guest certainly woke you up. Barry Ritholtz is a professional money manager, Bloomberg View columnist and founder of “The Big Picture” blog at Today we talked about the cost of college and the recent writings of another StandUP! favorite, Bruce Bartlett.


Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get busy livin’.





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May 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!


Today on StandUP!

When Pete heard author Gillian Zoe Segal on Jenny Hutt’s SiriusXM Stars show, who knew she’d be a good fit for StandUP! as well. Segal’s new book, “Getting There: A Book of Mentors,” asks some of the most successful names in Business, Art, Entertainment, and Sports about the role mentoring has played in their careers.

Next, we caught up with Joy Behar on her back deck and spent a half-hour laughing as she and Pete went back and forth on issues big and small. Joy is performing at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC June 1st as part of “Homelessness Isn’t Funny, But I Am,” a benefit that also features Regis Philbin, Charles Grodin, Marian Grodin, and Ted Alexandro.

Alex Winter told us there is not a day that goes by where he is not recognized from his role in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which goes to show you just how influential and wide-reaching that movie really is. Today, Winter shared with us his latest documentary, “Deep Web,” all about the anonymous, legally murky parts of the Internet commonly known as the “dark net.” The anonymity of this part of the web can help journalists or survivors of trauma share their stories, but it can also cater to those with more illicit and nefarious goals.  “Deep Web” premieres on ePix this Sunday at 8pm EDT.

We kept the documentary category open and welcomed actress/director/producer Rashida Jones to StandUP. “Hot Girls Wanted” takes a hard look at the pornography industry’s insatiable thirst for young, attractive women and the effects a career in the sex industry has on a 19-year-old. Produced by Rashida Jones and directed by Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus, “Hot Girls Wanted” will be available for streaming on Netflix this Friday.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have paint myself International Orange.





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Back for Summer.

May 26, 2015

Not exactly a “beach book,” but Bram Stoker’s Dracula went on sale May 26, 1897.


Today on StandUP!

Back from the loooooooong weekend and fresh as a daisy, we kicked off Monday’s Tuesday’s show with editor-in-chief of Daily Beast, John Avlon. John and Pete took a look at how the media handles campaigns and elections, and talked up Bernie Sanders’ chance in the Democratic primaries.

Next, we spoke to journalist and author, Chris Hedges, about foreign policy and middle east politics. Hedges won the Pulitzer Prize during his nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent, filing stories from Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. His new book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt,” is out now.

The Intelligence Squared debates are one of our favorite ways to stay informed and on top of the issues, and moderator and newsman John Donvan is a favorite guest of the show when he drops in to preview the night’s motion. Check out the website for information on how to attend or livestream, “Obama’s Iran Deal is Good for America.”

Our last guest of the day is the George Polk Award-winning journalist and author of, “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill),” David Cay Johnston. Pete and @DavidCayJ talked big money and took your calls.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get my summer haircut.




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