1. Thursdays Are Like Fridays That Haven’t Been Born Yet

    April 30, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today, America’s best college football players will be magically transformed into America’s newest millionaires at the NFL Draft in Chicago.

    Today on StandUP!

    Chrystia Freeland is a writer and journo with Washington Post, Globe and Mail, Financial Times and Thomson-Reuters on her resume, but she is also a member of the House of Commons in Canadian Parliament, which is pretty awesome. Today, Chrystia joined us to talk with Pete about her new piece on globalization for The Atlantic, “The Disintegration of the World.”

    Next, New York Law School professor, Robert Blecker, joined us to continue a discussion he and Pete began after Robert took part in the latest iteration of the Intelligence Squared debates, all about the death penalty. Robert is very much for the death penalty, while Pete (and most of you) are not. Listen to Robert Blecker on the notions of justice and punishment:



    After the break, we continued hour two with SiriusXM host Joe Madison. Tomorrow at 7am, Joe will be airing a special taped in Charleston, SC on racial equality, police brutality, and how to solve the gulf created in America by those two notions. Catch the special tomorrow at 7am and Joe Madison’s show every day on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126 from 6-9am East. Here’s Pete heaping praise on Joe for being bold when it came to making Gary Dell’Abate’s Mike Bloomberg dreams come true at the White House Correspondents Dinner:



    If you haven’t yet heard the promos, there is a new show coming to SiriusXM Insight, starting tonight, and in the last hour we welcomed the hosts of that show onto StandUP! Abby Huntsman and Ari Melber co-host MSNBC’s “The Cycle” weekdays at 3pm East, and now they’ll host the weekly “Let’s Talk with Abby and Ari” each Thursday at 6pm East right here on Insight 121. It seems like our little Insight family grows bigger and bigger each week, and that’s awesome.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go finish what I started.



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  2. A Show About Nothing

    April 29, 2015 by MelStar1

    Hulu just bought streaming rights to the entire series run of Seinfeld at $700k per episode. That’s a lot of muffin tops and soup and cereal and visits to the diner and shoulder pads and mom jeans and white sneakers.


    Today on StandUP!

    We’ve had ex-CIA folks on the show before, but very few have had the career and experience as today’s first guest, Jack Devine. Secret wars in Afghanistan, Argentinian coups, Pablo Escobar’s downfall, and more are all found in his recent memoir, “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story.”

    Jack Devine’s take on marijuana’s march to legalization:


    Though his service ended in the late 90s, Pete asked Jack Devine his thoughts on the Iraq War.


    Next, Pete got the chance to sit down with actress Maria Bello and discuss her career, her life and her new memoir, “Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.” The title is a quote of the reaction Bello’s 12-year-old son had when the actress came out to him several years ago.

    Our last guest traveled the world and discovered what he came to refer to as “blue zones,” regions where life expectancy is above average. Dan Buettner looked at the common threads between the daily diet of these communities, and published the 9 common habits in the New York Times bestselling book, “Blue Zones: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I will take small joy in the sight of a major league baseball game being played to an empty stadium.


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  3. The Wire

    April 28, 2015 by MelStar1

    11 years ago today, Comcast decided it actually didn’t want to buy the Walt Disney Company. Not buying things is like Comcast’s hobby, I guess.


    Today on StandUP!

    John Avlon, CNN contributor and editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast, joined us in the first hour to discuss the civil unrest and municipal response by the city of Baltimore.

    Zack Kopplin has been a science education activist since he was a teenager, which surprisingly was only a few years ago. His work fighting the Louisiana Science Education Act, a backdoor way of allowing the teaching of Creation into public school science curricula, is exemplary AND ongoing.

    It is not possible that you missed the weekend’s unrest in Baltimore, stemming from the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody. What you may not have known is that Baltimore PD has a fairly dubious reputation and history with the city’s black community. Baltimore Sun reporter Mark Puente took us inside his investigative report on the subject, last year’s “Undue Force.”

    Finally, we checked back in Grist.org food writer and author of the succinctly titled “All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier,” Nathanael Johnson. Today, we talked about the California Drought and the ongoing debate on whether or not GMOs are silently killing us all.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to pretend I am still among some of the tallest, oldest living things on the planet.



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  4. 4/27/15 – Dick Cavett is always awesome

    April 27, 2015 by MelStar1

    Hello, there! Alfred here!

    Chris is STILL gone. At this point I don’t even remember what he looks like.

    Pete started off the show with some talk about Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner and the Gold Medalist coming out as transgender.

    Our first guest was active duty Army Lieutenant Colonel, Daniel Davis, who discussed his Democracy Awake campaign which is aiming at getting money out of politics.

    We then had our weekly business news chat with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans. She talked about the Apple Watch and told listeners best ways to deal with savings and debt.

    Then Pete gave us his take on the White House Correspondents Dinner, of which he attended. He had a great conversation with Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia then betrayed the judge with a mean tweet calling him the devil.

    The final hour of the show was spent with one of our favorite guests, Dick Cavett. Dick, has a new PBS special  “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam”. He shared great stories about his show and how he covered Vietnam. He is the best.

    Chris is back tomorrow. So thanks for nothing!

    Peace and love,


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  5. 4/24/15 – Politics, Poverty, Panel (on Cuba)

    April 24, 2015 by MelStar1

    Hiya, folks! Alfred G. Schulz here!

    Christopher is off again today, no idea where he is or what he’s doing, didn’t pay attention when he told me.

    On today’s episode of Pete Dominick’s Morning Funtime Jamboree, we started off going through news stories and then got some calls regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership and how it has created a schism within the Democratic Party.

    Mark Preston of CNN was the first guest and he and Pete had an interesting conversation on labels and ideology in the context of party politics. Or something like that…

    Pete then went back to the TPP issue and took more calls.

    We then welcomed Mark R. Rank to the program, he’s the author of “One Nation Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All” and most recently the co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding what Shapes Our Fortunes”. He and Pete talked poverty.

    Then it was time to end Cuba Week with our expert panel discussion on the US normalizing relations with Cuba. We had Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Sarah Stephens, and the Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, Frank Calzon. The discussion got a bit heated, but was interesting nonetheless.

    Here’s a great blog post on Cuba Week with clips from each segment.

    Please don’t criticize my grammar on this. I concede that I’m dumb. Leave the poor guy alone. Enjoy the weekend and hug your neighbor.

    I am in love with you,

    The Notorious A.L.F.

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  6. 4/22/15 – Cuba and Comedians

    April 22, 2015 by MelStar1

    Hey gang! Alfred here!

    Chris has gone for the week vacationing in snowy San Francisco! The Windy City, they call it! Or is it, the Big Easy? Either way, I like havin’ fun! I’m filling in and I’m running late for an appointment, so get ready for some half-assed BS!

    Cuba Week continued with a conversation with journalist and Cuban American, Soledad O’Brien. She discussed varying views on the Cuban American take of the US normalizing relations with Cuba. Here’s a clip!

    We then took some calls about different forms of economic systems. Pretty high brow stuff.

    Journalist Mary Anne Weaver told us about her cover story for the New York Times Magazine, titled, “Her Majesty’s Jihadists“. Scary stuff.

    Noted comedian, actor and impressionist (I feel like he started the Shatner impression), Kevin Pollak hung out and chatted about his new documentary, “Misery Loves Comedy“, which is a very cool doc on comedians.

    We ended the show with some clips of Presidential candidates discussing gay weddings.

    I love you all! May God bless you and protect you.


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  7. Red Cuba

    April 21, 2015 by MelStar1

    April 21st is the traditionally agreed upon date of the founding of Rome by the brothers Romulus and Remus, who were fathered by the god Mars and raised by a she-wolf. Things were way cooler back before Iphones, I guess.


    Today on StandUP!

    Pete began the show with two simple questions, juxtaposed: what is your favorite comedy film of all time, and do you support the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber? It was a nice way of keeping serious while also clearing the way for our first guest, actor and comedian Nick Kroll. He really liked Top Secret, and his new movie Adult Beginners is out this Friday, in theaters, iTunes and OnDemand.

    Georgia State University Constitutional Law Professor Eric Segall called in to give us the low down on some upcoming Supreme Court decisions. Remember, this June is going to be big for decisions. But…BUT!…he also told a great story about his teen years as a messenger in the hustle and bustle of Mad Men-era New York.

    And today was Day 2 of Cuba Week, and we transitioned into the revolutionary period of Cuba’s history with staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,Jon Lee Anderson. Mr. Anderson not only spent several years living in Cuba with his family in the late 80s-early 90s, he is in Cuba right now working on a biography of Fidel Castro.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to California.





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  8. Weed-el Castro

    April 20, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy 420 Day to everyone out there who really, REALLY need people know that they are “down.”


    Today on StandUP!

    We celebrated the day and packed a big, fat bowl…of plant-based protein! Ethan Brown is the CEO and Founder of Beyond Meat, an animal protein replacement, and today he shared with Pete his vision for how products like his can change the American diet and even affect our carbon output.

    Next, we spoke with Tina Brown, the founder of Daily Beast and former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Newsweek & more. She joined us today to preview the 6th edition of the Women in the World Summit, happening this week in New York City. Check out the amazing list of speakers and bookmark the livestream. Pete also got Tina Brown’s professional opinion on the scandal that erupted around Rolling Stone magazine’s reporting of an alleged rape at the University of Virginia.


    Next, we spoke with a woman whose life and work are exemplary of why Women in the World Summit exists. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is the director of St. Monica’s Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda. From there, she works to give young women who have seen great tragedy and trauma a chance at a normal life full of opportunity and happiness. She has been recognized as a CNN Hero and as one of Time’s 100 most influential people, and you can check out some of her work at Sisters United.

    Oh, and did we forget to mention that today is the start of Cuba Week? All week long, we will be taking a look at the history, politics and future of the nation that lies only 90 miles south of Florida, but feels half a world away. Our first guest was Professor of History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and author of “Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation and Revolution,” Ada Ferrer. She gave Pete a quick-yet-detailed history of Cuba from the start of the 20 Century until now, including the climate that led to revolution that came to a head in 1959.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to head to the park and sell hacky sacks and frisbees to all the 420 revelers.





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  9. Rogan’s Herros

    April 17, 2015 by MelStar1

    After nearly 4 days on the edge of disaster, the Apollo 13 spacecraft landed safely back on Earth on this day in 1970.


    Today on StandUP!


    This show is always a treat to work on and be a part of and, to me, episodes like this morning’s are prime examples of why.

    The Executive Editor, CNN Politics, Mark Preston, joined us to talk about potential Democratic challengers to Hillary Clinton, a kind of post-mortem to yesterday’s Lincoln Chafee interview.

    Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View contributor and founder of the Big Picture Blog at Ritholtz.com, joined us for the second hour and beyond, talking the world of finance and money and how it affects you, but mainly he interacted with out other guests…

    Comedians Joe Rogan and Ari Shaffir, who popped in and hung out for almost the entire second hour, after having already done three hours on Opie Radio.  The conversation was all over the place from politics to money to South American tribal hallucinogenic rituals. We even brought intern-turned-coworker Tim in to once-and-for-all decide: is he Joe Rogan’s younger body double?

    Next, we welcomed back Jason Johnson, CNN contributor, Politics editor at Source Magazine and Political Science and Communications Professor at Hiram College. Ritholtz was in for part of this segment, too, and we talked money, race and culture.

    The show, and the week, ended with a visit from Aaron Hodges. Longtime listeners remember Aaron as producer of several earlier incarnations of Pete’s show, and today he came by to promote a great special running today and all weekend on Raw Dog, The South Beach Comedy Festival Special. Here’s a taste.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going realize that this is the droid I was looking for.




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  10. Chafee Dish

    April 16, 2015 by MelStar1

    The new Star Wars trailer came out today, in case you were wondering why everyone in your office is so worked up.
    Today on StandUP!

    Our favorite health policy expert and Indiana University professor, Dr. Aaron Carroll called us in the first hour to talk about your health, our health and his latest offering at NYT’s Upshot blog on why cancer survival rates are not the best way to determine medical spending.

    Next, we spent an hour with former Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. Gov. Chafee is in the midst of exploring a run for the White House, and it was great to be able to spend an hour with a potential candidate, getting authentic answers to the exact kind of questions he would face out in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond.

    Then, we grabbed a few minutes with Celeste Headlee, host of Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought” program. 11 Atlanta-area teachers were just found guilty in a wide-reaching cheating scandal involving standardized testing in their schools, and we turned to Celeste for more detail on the case, inlcuding local reaction and history that can sometimes get lost when a story becomes a national headline.

    Our last guest of the day was the award winning entrepreneur and environmental activist, Amy Larkin. Pete and Amy discussed the topic of her recent book, “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy.” It is becoming rapidly obvious that climate change will not just affect the environment, but nearly every facet of industry, agribusiness and geopolitics. That means we need to change the way we not only think, but the way we act, in all three sectors.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to tell Chewie that we’re home.





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  11. Good Space

    April 15, 2015 by MelStar1

    April 15th was Major League Baseball’s opening day in 1947. That’s important.


    Today on StandUP!

    We always love to check in with John Donvan before every new Intelligence Squared debate, and this morning was no exception. Tonight’s debate is on whether or not we should abolish the death penalty, and you can catch a livestream of the proceedings here. When John isn’t moderating debates for Intelligence Squared, he’s doing solid correspondent work for ABC News.

    Our next guest was the moral philosopher and author widely considered to be the godfather of the modern animal liberation movement, Peter Singer. Currently an Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Mr. Singer has just written a new book about doing the most that we can do to live a well-meaning, ethical life in the time we have here on Earth. Pick up your copy of “The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically” and try not to leave it in a gym. 

    Then, we were joined once again by the actor, activist and former director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn. Pete and Kal always have fun, interesting conversations and, if you ask me, it has a lot to do with Kal’s willingness to talk open and honestly about issues greater than “watch my new show Battle Creek on CBS Sundays at 10,” although you should still totally do that.

    Our last guest of the day was for sure the most far out: Chris Hadfield is a retired Commander in the Canadian space program who gained notoriety in 2013 for the entertaining and educational songs and video dispatches he sent during his 5 month stint orbiting Earth. He has published a book of his photography that Pete just loves and his bestselling memoir is now available in paperback. Here’s a clip of Pete and the Cmdr. Hadfield talking about mankind’s future in the stars.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to go home and pretend the Dodgers never left Brooklyn.





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  12. Pete Dominick: Our American Cousin

    April 14, 2015 by MelStar1

    “Don’t know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap.” – The last line of dialogue from “Our American Cousin” before John Wilkes Booth sprung into action and broke a nation’s heart 150 years ago tonight.


    Today on StandUP!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us for a hot minute to talk Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio’s back-to-back Presidential campaign announcements and we tried to decide just how important a candidate’s “relatability” is to the American voter.

    Next, we were joined for nearly a full hour by Sir Harold Evans, whose 70 years in the service of journalism saw him as the editor of the Sunday Times, The Times, editor-at-large at The Week, and an author both feted by the British Press Awards and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Pete and Sir Harry discussed the state of modern journalism and politics.

    Then, we visited with Anna Lappe, Al-Jazeera America columnist and founder of the Real Food Media Project. She told us how the fossil fuels industry uses the same faux-scientific approach to denying climate change as the tobacco industry did to deny the hazards of smoking.

    Lastly, Pete wanted an expert guest who could tell us what goes into training law enforcement officers, if and where the weaknesses are in the system, and if there are ways to reform them. That led us to Dr. Maria Haberfeld, Professor of Police Science in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to read the known last words of every deceased American President.




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  13. My Ship Has Pulled In

    April 13, 2015 by MelStar1

    Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President of the United States yesterday, and this morning Florida Senator Marco Rubio followed suit. America’s Hunger Games have officially begun!


    Today on StandUP!

    First up, we talked all about the Laffer Curve with Bruce Bartlett, former Reagan advisor, Bush 41 Treasury official, columnist and author of the recent, “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform-Why We Need It and What It Will Take.” 

    Next, we were treated to a return visit from actor, director, comedian and author, Bob Saget. His New York Time’s bestselling memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Filthy Comedian,” is out in paperback. Bob thought Pete’s new goatee was ok, but not great.

    After the USS Bob Saget pulled out, another ship pulled into, this time is was the Northwestern from Discovery Channel’s “The Deadliest Catch.” Captain Sig Hansen and crewman Jake Anderson told Pete all he ever wanted to know about crab, the sweet, delicious insect of the sea.

    After THAT ship pulled out of harbor, another ship docked, and this ship was the USS I’m Done With That Lame Ass Metaphor. 

    We closed out today’s show with SiriusXM Progress host and author of the new book, “It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality,” Michelangelo Signorile. Not to say he told us so, but Michelangelo saw the writing on the wall when it comes to the use of religious freedom restoration acts as the next step in denying equality for the LGBT community.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to read my 1001st long, wordymultimedia review of the Apple Watch.




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  14. Ungar // Nuke Week Best Of Friday

    April 9, 2015 by MelStar1

    April 9th is the day Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. 150 years later, the South has not yet risen again.
    Today on StandUP!


    Rick Ungar from SiriusXM POTUS 126’s Steele & Ungar sat in Pete’s chair today while Pete scoured Colonial Williamsburg for a pint of gold. Today Rick welcomed:

    – Former NY Times reporter and author Judith Miller on her new book.

    – National Review’s Rich Lowry on just why the Right loves to paint the President as Anti-Christian.

    Eddie Kurtz, Exec. Dir. of Courage Campaign, which is working to stop Nestle from bottling California groundwater for sale during this drought.

    – Business Insider’s Steve Kovach, who told us whether the Apple Watch is worth our hard earned money. (Spoiler Alert: Eh)


    The show will be back LIVE on Monday, but tune in Friday for the Best of Nuclear Weapons Week, featuring Richard Rhodes, Eric Schlosser and more. Tune in and catch up on what everyone was talking about. (Spoiler Alert: NUKES)


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to catch up on my sleep.




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