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The Superb Owl of Shows

January 30, 2015

50 years ago today, Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest in Great Britain amid great ceremony. Churchill’s body was displayed in Westminster Hall for three days before it made a final journey up the Thames in the Havengore, a boat typically used for hydrographic survey (a.k.a mapping the ocean). 350 million people tuned in to a live broadcast, and thousands upon thousands came out in person to pay final respects to the man who, as Prime Minister, saw that England survived the Blitz and would exit World War II a victor.

 

 

Today on StandUP!

 

It was a packed show and it kicked off with Kevin Costner. Promoting his new film examining race and family, Kevin and Pete talked about the process of making “Black or White” in a changing Hollywood system and their own experiences with family. Then, Pete told Kevin Costner the story about that time Kevin Costner texted Pete, completing the circle of life. “Black or White” opens this weekend.

Comedian and Actor Eric Andre joined us in-studio to promote his new series “Man Seeking Woman” on FXX. Pete and Eric go way back in the New York comedy scene and it was a fun conversation about culture, race, Florida, fame, dickpics and drugs.

Then we were joined by CNN Politics Executive Editor, Mark Preston to discuss music, comedy and Presidential hopefuls & also-rans.

Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon and National Review’s Will Cain joined us for their regular round of political discussion and disagreement. They talked about Mitt Romney’s decision to NOT run for President and the political oddsmakers who make a living off such speculation.

Closing out the week, we checked in with the hosts of two weekend shows on SiriusXM Insight 121. The Center for American Progress’ Rebecca Vallas is the host of Talk Poverty Radio, Saturdays at noon EST, and this weekend she’ll be covering the various ways people are seemingly punished simply for being poor. Dean Obeidallah is the host of the 10am EST show that bears his name. Tomorrow, he welcomes Congressman from Minnesota, Keith Ellison.

 

What are you guys doing this weekend? If you aren’t busy Sunday night, I was thinking of having a painting party and maybe de-pilling some sweaters if you want to come over.

 

-c.

 

 

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Black or White and Read All Over

January 29, 2015

How do you sleep at night? No, not how CAN you sleep at night, but how DO you? Pajamas? Nude? Eight blankets? Just a sheet? white noise machine? Utter darkness? That’s what we were obsessed with…

 

Today on StandUP!

 

Our first guest of the show was the current VP for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former adviser on the Middle East to several Secretaries of State, Aaron David Miller. Pete asked Aaron to give us an update on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and discuss the currently tenuous relationship Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has with the West.

Next, we welcomed comic, writer and director Mike Binder to discuss his new film dealing with race relations and families, “Black or White.” Mike and Pete also discussed the process of making the film and the reaction from audiences and critics. “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner, who also produced the film and will be on StandUP! in the first hour tomorrow.

Then, we spoke with freelance journalist and author of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen,” Laura Kasinof. Laura gave us, in the words of one caller, an “intel report” on daily life and politics in Yemen. It really helped paint a more complete picture of a nation that has been at the forefront of the war on terror for the last decade, while remaining out of the headlines.

Our final guest of the day is the owner of the domain Ritholtz.com as well as author of that site’s “Big Picture Blog,” author of “Bailout Nation,” and contributor at Bloomberg View, Barry Ritholtz. Pete asked Barry to swing on by and explain why, and even if, quarterly earnings reports matter to folks like you and I, and also what it means every time the Federal Reserve has something to say.

 

I haven’t finalized my Super Bowl plans yet, but I know that, whatever I do, it will involve hot sauce and butter.

 

-c.

 

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Challengers and Kings

January 28, 2015

NASA space shuttle Challenger exploded after launch on this day in 1986. One of the crew was Concord, New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, part of the Teacher In Space project, beating more than 11,000 applicants to be the first civilian in space.

 

Today on StandUP!

 

Our first guest is the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, Samuel R. Gross. Samuel is also the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, and he joined us today to talk about the record number of exonerated prisoners in the United States last year.

Next, we caught up with British historian and author of “Gulf Charities and Islamic Philanthropy in the Age of Terror and Beyond,” Robert Lacey. Robert last joined us for our theme week on the Middle East, and we asked him back today to discuss the Saudi Royal Family, it’s history and lines of succession.

Our final guest of the day was Ritu Sharma, principal at Sharma Solutions and former president and founder of Women Thrive. Ritu joined us to talk about her ongoing work for the rights of women and children worldwide, as well as to bring us up to speed on various women’s issues.

I can’t believe January is almost over. I can’t believe the Super Bowl is this weekend. I can’t believe I’m 36 years old, unmarried with no children and no…wait, on second thought, I can absoultely believe that.

 

-c.

 

 

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The Day After Yesterday

January 27, 2015

Wow! What  a storm! Now, grab a broom and help clear off Pete’s solar panels…

 

Today on StandUP!

 

It must be really difficult for anyone in any other part of the country to care about the snowstorm that just hit the Northeast, so let’s not dawdle and get right to our first guest, Constitutional Law Professor at Georgia State University, Eric Segall. The US is one of but a few Western/developed nations that still allows a death penalty for crime and today Eric highlighted the difficult and tricky issues that come along with that, from executing the mentally challenged to the secretive chemical ingredients that create a lethal injection.

Next, Lawrence Lessig joined Pete to discuss the seedy underbelly of campaign finance and explain why it’s important to change the way things are done. All this is especially timely in light of the news that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, plan to spend roughly 889 MILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 campaign season.

Our final guest of the day was former Army Colonel and professor emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich. Pete and Col. Bacevich talked military re-deployment and it led into a great, great discussion with you about the nature of Freedom and whether it is a good thing to honor our soldiers as heroes, even in a conflict we find to be unjust.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go home and finish writing an angry letter to Mother Nature for not destroying the infrastucture of America’s largest city with several feet of heavy, frozen water.

 

-c.

 

 

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