Today on Stand Up!
Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, joined us for a sobering update on the Zika virus. As you likely know, funding into researching, curing and preventing Zika is the rook in Congress’ latest chess match. What you may not know is that the mosquitoes that carry Zika are poised to make their presence known in America, starting with the Gulf Coast.
In the second hour, we were joined in-studio by an actor whose work plays all day every day across several cable channels: Sam Waterston. Pete and Sam discussed his films like The Killing Field and Oppenheimer, getting recognized on the street for his role in Law & Order, the state of American politics, and his great turn in the Netflix series, “Grace & Frankie,” co-starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen. It was just great.
Then, Rebecca Vallas joined us from the Center for American Progress, where she directs the Poverty to Prosperity program and co-hosts Talk Poverty Radio. Pete and Rebecca discussed the unfair stereotypes that beset the working poor in this country.
In hour three, Pete spoke with Particia Duff, activist and founder of The Common Good, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that wants to inspire average citizens to take a greater role in policymaking and politics. The Common Good is holding a forum tomorrow here in NYC, check it out if you can!
Finally, we had a great moment on the show, welcoming longtime listener Jerry from Arkansas, AKA Doughboy, to the show. Pete and Jerry have sparred over the phone for years, and it was great delight to meet him and his wife in person. You probably know this, but this show has great, smart fans.
We’re on break until Tuesday, so don’t forget about us. See you at the cookout!
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