Yesterday didn’t start out as a historic day, but boy it sure did end as one. You won’t likely remember the date itself, but you certainly will remember that in late 2014 the US defrosted its relationship with Cuba AND the time SONY pictures capitulated to the demands of North Korea. That’s what we were talking about….
Today on StandUP!
First, turned to Dr. Julia Sweig of the Council of Foreign Relations, where she is a Senior Fellow and Director for Latin American Studies. She filled in a LOT of blanks for us on Cuba/US relations as they stand now, and historically how they got this way. Check out her book, “Cuba: What Everyone Needs To Know.”
One benefit of starting at 9am EAST is that it’s easier for us to book hot shot West Coast guests, who for some reason didn’t like waking up at 3am local time to talk about heavy subjects with a caffeine addled stand-up comic. Go figure…
Bob Baer is one such guest. Being a former CIA operative and an all-around expert on the Middle East, we asked Bob on to talk about the CIA torture report. As a bonus, we got his take on Cuba and the SONY hacks. Baer’s new book, “The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins” is out now and would make a great gift for the Black Ops assassin in your life.
We took a break from the madness of the news cycle to talk to Dr. Lynn Bufka of the American Psychological Association, who spent some time with Pete talking about dealing with family stress during the holidays. For some strange reason, secret drinking and emotionally eating a sleeve of Oreos didn’t come up even once. Go figure x2!
The whole show, Pete wanted to know what issue (Cuba/SONY hack) you thought was the most important, both in the moment and in the scope of history with a capital H. Cuba brings about the end of one of the last great vestiges of the Cold War, while the SONY hack marks a new, openly hostile chapter in cyberwar, weapon of the future!
We closed out show out today with a guest actually IN Cuba. William LeoGrande is a professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C. and the author of “Back Channel to Cuba: the Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana”. Mr. LeoGrande called this a “Nixon goes to China” moment for the Obama administration and the World.
You know, I may have skipped the company holiday party but I just ate about 3lbs of leftovers from the office kitchen. I’d be embarrassed if it weren’t so tasty.