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Down and Out in Indiana

March 31, 2015

The Eiffel Tower opened to the public on this day in 1889. The scale model replica you have on your bookcase was opened to mild disappointment in 1989, the year your aunt got divorced and went to France to “find herself.”

 

Today on StandUP!

 

There was much discussion and open phones throughout the entire show on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act currently driving people crazy from Muncie to Evansville. Some thoughtful, some without much thought at all, but all worth a listen.

There is another installment of the great, informative debate series “Intelligence Squared” happening this evening in Manhattan and it’s all about whether President Obama, or any President, exceeds his Constitutional authority when he wages war on a foreign entity without the support of Congress. We were given a tease of the proceedings by Intelligence Squared moderator and ABC News correspondent John Donvan.

Next, we went inside some of the past and recent history of the Supreme Court with Ian Millhiser, Senior Constitution Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress and author of the new book, “Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.”

We closed out the “having a guest” portion of the program today with another visit into the dank, rotten, neglected corner of Pete’s yard his children call “The Realm of Loss and Death” but Pete calls a “garden.” Our guide across this horticultural River Styx was the Garden Editor for WTOP Newsradio in Washington D.C. and host of the nationally syndicated (including here on NPR Now 122) home gardening show “You Bet Your Garden,” Mike McGrath.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to NOT bake cakes for gay couples, but only because I can’t bake well and don’t own a bakery.

 

-c.

 

 

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Listener of the Day

March 30, 2015

President Ronald Reagan was shot March 30, 1981 by John Hinckley, Jr. Press secretary James Brady, also shot that day, would work for the creation of new restrictions and controls aimed at preventing such violence from happening again. In November 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law.

 

Today on StandUP!

Indiana University professor and author Dr. Aaron Carroll has a new piece up at the NYT’s Upshot today, and the meat of it is all about red meat. For years, an overconsumption of food items like red meat have been labeled as the leading contributing factor for America’s declining physical health, but recent studies show that no single nutrient should be to blame for such things.

Next, we spoke to the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal, Parker J. Palmer, about the ideas found in his latest book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.” If there is one thing most Americans can agree on, it’s probably how divisive and harsh the political world seems to be these days, and Mr. Palmer talked with Pete about ways to solve that.

Our last guest of the day was stand-up comic, former Chelsea Lately writer, and author Sarah Colonna. Sarah stopped by to talk up her new book, “Has Anyone Seen My Pants?” and talked with Pete about everything from life in comedy, life as a woman in Hollywood, and life as the fiancee of an NFL player.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to solve the mysterious deaths of several Listeners of the Day.

 

-c.

 

 

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Nuked Week

March 27, 2015

I just got back from a “work” lunch with my “boss” where we had “food” and a couple of “alcohol drinks,” so let’s be brief.

 

Today on StandUP!

CNN Executive Editor of Politics, Mark Preston, stoically weathered my Lindsey Graham impression before telling Pete all about the chance that upstart Democrat Martin O’Malley could challenge Hillary Clinton for their party’s Presidential nod.

We spent the second hour with Dean Obeidallah, who not only writes good writings for Daily Beast but hosts his own Saturday morning show right here on Insight 121. Today, Dean wanted to share with us the story of a Georgia man who planted a bomb with the intention of misleading authorities that it was detonated by Muslims, all as an act of “Patriotism.”

…And we concluded Nuclear Weapons Week with a bit of a radio roundtable with two well educated experts on the subject. Scott Sagan is the S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and author of “Moving Targets: Nuclear Strategy and National Security.” Ward Wilson is Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project and author of “5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons.” Pete Dominick is the 100 lb. rat who interviewed them about the state of nuclear weapons in the modern, foreign-policy driven world.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to make plans for the weekend.

 

-c.

 

 

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Beating Swords into Plowshares

March 26, 2015

On March 26, 1997, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found dead inside their compound in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Not every believer committed suicide that day, and some former Heaven’s Gaters still maintain a website about the group.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

First up, we welcomed Senior Fellow at Demos, former Wall Street exec and journalist with bylines in the New York Times, Fortune, The Nation and more…Nomi Prins. Pete and Nomi talked about the world of finance and how closely bankers are actually plugged into the politics of Washington, D.C.

Next, Ritu Sharma visited us for one final preview of her Women’s History Month special airing this Saturday at 5p East here in Insight 121. Ritu is the author of “Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.”

Then, we said hello to actress and director Regina King. Promoting her new ABC series “American Crime,” Regina and Pete also had a great discussion on the changing state of roles for minority actors and actresses in Hollywood.

Our last guest of the day was the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, whose recent article in the New Yorker, “Break-In at Y-12,” about Catholic anti-nuke protesters breaking into one of America’s most secure and important Uranium storage facilities was my impetus for suggesting Nuclear Weapons as a theme week. Eric is also the author of “Command and Control,” and the culture-shifting “Fast Food Nation.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to pretend that my alma mater didn’t suffer one of the most heartbreaking defeats in recent memory. 

 

-c.

 

 

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