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U OK, UK?

June 24, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We voted to leave the European Union, then immediately regretted it.

Dr. Aaron Carroll joined Pete in-studio for the entire show today, since he’s in town to see Hamilton. Normally, Dr. Carroll hides out at Indiana University as a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.  Read Dr. Carroll’s writings at the New York Times, and buy his books.

CNN Executive Editor of Politics, Mark Preston joined us in hour one to help break the news of the day on the UK and EU madness and the AMERICAN politics of the week. Catch Mark’s new show, “Politics Inside Out” on POTUS 124 Saturdays at 9am East.

Journalist, documentary filmmaker and SiriusXM host, Perri Peltz, joined Pete to preview the Aspen Ideas Festival, where both Pete and Perri will be broadcasting their shows from next week.

Then, the very fun and funny comic Tom Segura joined us in-studio to hack apart Brexit, Donald Trump’s trip to Scotland, Florida and fatherhood.

Before we closed the show and the week out with Dr. Aaron Carroll, Pete spent a few minutes discussing the UK’s Brexit vote with Hugh Evans of Global Citizen. Hugh shared his concerns over the vote, and its potential consequences.

Ok! Well! Have a great weekend! When we speak to you next, it will be from Aspen, Colorado! Stay safe.

 

-c.

 

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Pawnographic Material

June 23, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We pawned our hockey card collection so we could pay off our cellular data plans, then:

Phillip Bump covers politics for The Fix blog at the Washington Post, and he joined us this morning to cover everything from the Presidential Election to the gun control battle in the House of Representatives.

Bill Ayres founded Why Hunger in 1975 along with musician Harry Chapin, and ever since he’s been devoted to ending hunger amongst America’s neediest communities. For the last several years Pete, and SiriusXM at large, have joined Bill in that fight, taking part in charity auctions and hosting benefits for the organization. Mr. Ayres joined in hour two to discuss Why Hunger’s latest projects.

At the start of hour three, we got firsthand insight into the Democrat sit-in on Capitol Hill, as Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) joined us on the phone. Democrats in the House of Representatives decided to act out and stand up, in an effort to push House Republicans to move the needle on gun control, and Rep. Huffman gave us the Democrats side of the story.

Finally, Les and Seth Gold from the TruTV series “Hardcore Pawn” joined us in-studio to discuss the show, entering its tenth season, and the nature of the pawn business.

 

 

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Going Ape

June 22, 2016

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So far Congressional Dems have staged both a filibuster AND a sit-in to try and move the needle on gun control.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Daily Beast columnist, David Cay Johnston, joined to discuss his latest columns and the continuing Donald Trump traveling sideshow.

Speaking of Trump…Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of some of the best books in the sins of the financial industry, Matt Taibbi, joined us at the top of hour two to discuss the campaign trail, but also the time he almost bought an APE.

SNL alumni and star of the new Cameron Crowe produced Showtime series, Roadies, Finesse Mitchell, stopped by to talk about the comic’s life on the road, politics and the bonkers SNL 40th Anniversary party.

Finally, we checked in with SiriusXM POTUS channel 124 host and White House Correspondent, Jared Rizzi, who had the mildly unfortunate honor of attending Donald Trump’s speech this morning in SoHo NYC.

 

 

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$1.3 Million Reasons to Quit

June 21, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We learned Donald Trump’s campaign has less available cash than Ben Carson’s, and then:

Daily Beast EIC and regular CNN contributor, John Avlon, joined us for his near-weekly look at politics thru the lens of the Daily Beast. We looked at Trump’s financials, the Senate vote against gun regulations and Democratic reaction.

The Supreme Court had an interesting monday, with a decision on the boundaries of police using evidence obtained in unlawful searches. Dahlia Lithwick joined us from Slate.com, where she walks the SCOTUS beat. Pete and Dahlia talked about the Supreme Court decision and Justice Sotomayor’s fiery dissenting opinion.

Finally, we were joined by Eric Bates, Editor of The New Republic. After a shift in ownership and refocused direction, the 100 year old bastion of liberal ideals uses the July/August issue to look at why modern Democrats are finding it hard to come together in this Presidential election year.

-c.

 

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Kid Power

June 20, 2016

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We talked about Donald Trump’s supermodel weekend, and then:

CNN’s Chief Business correspondent, Christine Romans, joined us to recap the past week in headlines and give up-to-the-minute confirmation of Corey Lewandowki’s ouster from atop Trump Tower.

The very funny and talented Natasha Leggero joined Pete again, with 100% less video chat, to talk about marriage, family, comedy and the upcoming second season of Comedy Central’s “Another Period.”

Caryl Stern is the President and CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF, and she came on the show this morning to introduce us to the Kid Power initiative: Purchase a UNICEF Kid Power wristband at any Target store, put it on, and go for a walk! With every step, you get closer to securing nutritious food for a deserving child somewhere in the world. It’s a great way to teach children charity while getting them active.

Finally, we caught up with Dean Obeidallah to discuss his brand new daily show, following Stand Up! every day at noon East here on Insight 121. Essentially, it’s Dean’s great weekend show, just one hour shorter, and five days a week. Wait, really that makes it 3 hours longer, just spread out more. Oh boy, now my brain hurts. I’d better lay my head down on this desk for a bit.

-c.

 

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ObamaBot 5000

June 17, 2016

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After we smashed the notion that President Obama wasn’t a Manchurian Candidate-type automaton programmed to smash America into a million little Muslim pieces…

CNN Executive Editor of Politics, Mark Preston, joined us to wrap up the week in politics and election madness.

In hour two, Mic News’ Editorial Director, Slade Sohmer, joined us to discuss the horrific shooting in Orlando and to add insight into its impact on the LGBTQ community. Slade is a political knowledge-bomb and always a great guest.

Hour three kicked off with a discussion about the future of technology and society with author and co-founder of WIRED magazine, Kevin Kelly. His new book, “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future,” is blowing minds and making smart people across the nation nod in agreement.

Finally, we discussed the odd quirks of our nation’s HIIPA laws with NYU professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, Arthur Caplan. For the uninitiated (i.e. me until this segment), HIIPA is a law passed to protect an individual’s privacy when it comes to medical records and information. This gets sticky when friends and loved ones and life partners who are not directly related to the patient (in a way that certain state deems legally agreeable) are barred from any information or access. Rough stuff.

Have a great weekend. Talk to you Monday.

 

-c.

 

 

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Cleveland, you’re on the air.

June 16, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We picked up a few of @KingsThings.

That’s right, TV and radio legend, the suspendered-one himself, the great Larry King joined us in-studio in the first hour. We learned a few things about Larry’s life, his career, his relationship with Muhammad Ali and his thoughts on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of whom he knows in equal measure.

 

Hour two brought the return of Peter Kiernan, former Senior Partner at Goldman Sachs who left it all in 2000. Now a New York Times bestselling author, Peter and Pete enjoy sparring on the hot issues facing the world, which is primarily, especially now, terrorism, global politics, finance and big industry. Plus, some calls from you smart so and so’s.

Imogen Lloyd Webber is a broadcaster, People NOW royal family correspondent, and Senior Editor at Broadway.com (and she certainly knows a few things about theater…) but she is now the author of a the helpful new book, “The Intelligent Conversationalist: 31 Cheat Sheets That Will Show You How to Talk to Anyone About Anything, Anytime.”

We finished today’s show with a replay of the great conversation Pete had last week with food writer, Michael Pollan, on the tenth anniversary of his influential “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

 

 

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Orlando, Orlando

June 15, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

First, we empathized with the terrible week the people of Orlando, Florida have been put through.

Then, we brought nuance to the conversation surrounding Islam, faith, radicalism and terror that’s sprung up since last weekend’s shooting. For that, we relied on Brookings Institution Senior Fellow for Middle East Policy and author of “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World,” Shadi Hamid.

Next, we got our facts straight about the role of the media, politics and marathon running with CNN reporter and anchor, Tom Foreman.

Comic and actress Judy Gold joined us at the end of hour two. If you haven’t seen her on stage or listened to her podcast, you’ve likely seen her on FX’s “Louie” or “Broad City” on Comedy Central. Judy is currently performing in “Taming of the Shrew” here in NYC for the Shakespeare in the Park series.

Finally today, we spent hour three getting a Libertarian perspective on the political issues that have sprung up around the Orlando shooting with editor-in-chief-turned-editor-at-large of Reason Magazine, Matt Welch. Pete and Matt unpacked the Libertarian view of the Second Amendment, plus Gary Johnson’s candidacy and so much more. Definitely grab it on-demand.

-c.

 

 

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AR-15

June 14, 2016

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We both focused on and tried to take our minds off of the shooting in Orlando.

Georgia St. University ConLaw professor and great friend to Pete and everyone here at the show, Eric Segall, joined us in the first hour to look once more at the legal battle over the right to own, and the right to restrict, firearm possession and purchase.

Hour two brought us two great comics and one full hour of great and fun conversation. Kyle Grooms has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Inside Amy Schumer and more. Joe Matarese appeared on Letterman, Chelsea Lately and hosts his own podcast. Both men are always touring around, and PLEASE check them out when they come to your town. So good.

Finally, we spent an hour with the great Barry Ritholtz. BloombergView columnist, money manager, author and brains behind the Big Picture Blog, Barry brings a fresh, wise perspective to many issues, today it just happened to be America’s love affair with guns and assigning blame after mass shootings.

 

-c.

 

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The Day After

June 13, 2016

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We took some time to think about…and talk about, the horrific shooting at Orlando, FL gay club Pulse over the weekend. Joining us in that discussion:

Dr. Aaron Carroll, Director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and a contributor to New York Times’ Upshot. Dr. Carroll unpack some of the math behind gun violence and the push prohibiting physicians from asking their patients about gun ownership.

Dean Obeidallah, comic, Daily Beast and CNN Contributor and SiriusXM Insight host, who discussed the tragedy from a Muslim perspective and previewed a one-hour special on the Orlando shooting he hosted immediately following our show, at 12 noon.

Joe Sudbay, LGBT activist and frequent fill-in host for Michelangelo Signorile and Ari Rabin Havt over at SiriusXM Progress, who gave us insight to the history of discrimination and violence against the gay community and the layers of devastation can have.

Then, we spent our third hour with TV talk show legend and friend of the show, Dick Cavett. Pete and Dick reflected on the shooting in Orlando, discussed the current state of politics, and shared memories of Muhammad Ali, who made 14 appearances on Cavett’s shows over the years.

 

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Trumpable

June 10, 2016

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CNN Legal Analyst and former US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Laura Coates, joined us to go over all the wrong involved in the Stanford rape case verdict and the upcoming trial-by-judge in the Baltimore PD/Freddie Gray case.

Grover Norquist joined Pete at the top of hour two to discuss the election year, and his tepid support of Donald Trump.  Norquist is President of Americans for Tax Reform, a surprisingly powerful group in DC circles. He’s *also* a great guest, mostly because he and Pete couldn’t be farther away on most issues.

Then, we talked BEES! with Dennis vanEngelsdorp, bee expert, TED Talk veteran, and asst. professor at the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at University of Maryland. Bees are oogy, sure, but they’re also vital to our chain of survival. Love a bee, y’all.

For the final hour of today’s show, we asked one great comic and one great comic and Insight 121 host to join us in-studio and kiss the week goodbye. Jessica Kirson is one of Pete’s oldest NYC comic friends and you’ll be able to catch her in the upcoming Robert DeNiro film, “The Comedian.” John Fugelsang needs no introduction or description, he’s just great plus you already know him because you listen to his show every day at 2p East here in SiriusXM Insight 121.

-c.

 

 

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Is This Still the Clip?

June 9, 2016

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A clip of Gary Johnson waffling on climate science made us question the very fabric of reality. But also…

Carolyn Johnson joined from Washington Post’s Wonkblog, where she’s posted “The Sobering Things Doctors Do When They Die,” comparing end-of-life care for medical professionals with the average folks they care for.

University of San Diego Philosophy professor and author of the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, Matthew Zwolinski, joined Pete to discuss the notion of establishing a “universal guaranteed income” in the US. Once thought of as a *very* fringe idea, it is increasingly brought up as a way to balance income inequality.

We spent the last hour with Dean Obeidallah, the great comic and political mind who manages to poke fun at islamaphobia while confronting it. Dean’s show airs every Saturday at 10am on Insight 121 and there’s no reason you shouldn’t listen. Today, Dean and Pete took a long, hard look at the Sanders campaign’s future now that Hillary couldn’t possibly have MORE momentum.

-c.

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Indeh Rock

June 8, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We couldn’t decide if it was too soon to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s history making rise to the top of the Democratic Party, then we talked about the cable news hosts that make us nuts.

There’s another Intelligence Squared event tonight, happening at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Host of the debate series, veteran ABC News correspondent and good friend of the show, John Donvan, joined us to discuss the topic up for debate tonight: Has the President usurped Congress’ power as granted by the Constitution? Check out the IQ2 website for a list of panelists and livestream info.

Then, actor Ethan Hawke joined Pete in-studio to discuss his latest project, a graphic novel depicting the Apache Wars of America’s Old West. “Indeh” aims to fill in the historical gaps and misrepresentations many of us may have of the Apache people and their role in America’s westward expansion. Joining Ethan was comic artist Greg Ruth, who helped Hawke turn a long-desired project into a truly great and novel reality.

Finally, Pete grabbed some time with CNN host Ashleigh Banfield. The other day on her show, Ashleigh read the entire 12 page letter written by the Stanford rape victim to her attacker. It was an unorthodox, and very powerful, use of cable news media. Pete and Ashleigh talked about her decision, the response, the case itself, and the court system’s failings when it comes to victims of sexual assault.

-c.

 

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Ghostbarkers

June 7, 2016

Today on Stand Up!

We learned that Pete and his dog MAYBE, *kinda* had a run in with a g-g-g-ghost! Also…

Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, joined us to go over the many, many, many reprehensible things Donald Trump has said and done during the last election year, this time as a chorus of criticism rises up from the mainstream Republican ranks.

Author, UC Berkeley professor of Science & Environmental Journalism and frequent NY Times contributor, Michael Pollan, joined us once again to talk about the science, economics and ethics of maintaining a healthy diet. Pollan’s bestselling and worldview-changing book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,” is celebrating ten years in publication this year.

David Frum knows a thing or two about politics, elections and the White House, stemming from his time as assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, the New York Times bestselling author makes his days at The Atlantic, writing about politics of the day. He’s been outspoken in the past about the current state of the Republican Party, and his view always brings interesting color to our conversations on the GOP.

Finally, it’s June and you know what *that* means…SUPREME COURT DECISION SEASON! By the end of this month, our guest Eric Segall posits, we could have some pretty big decisions on immigration, abortion and other key issues. Eric Segall is a professor of Constitutional Law at Georgia State University, and he thinks that if the Justices were split 4-4 on these issues, we would have heard a decision already.

 

 

 

 

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