1. Back at It

    August 31, 2015 by MelStar1

    Wes Craven and Oliver Sacks were two men whose careers were entirely dependent on examinations of the dark, unknown corners of our minds. Rest in Peace, both.


    Today on StandUP!

    We said HELLO! to an Alfred fresh from vacation as we started to say goodbye to Summer as we know it. Fall may not begin until late September, but we all know Summer ends at Labor Day. Or more pointedly, Summer ends when Summer Fridays end in the office.

    Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us for the first time in what has felt like months. Dr. Carroll is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University, as well as author of several highly informational books and host of Healthcare Triage on the Youtubes. Today, Pete wanted to talk to Aaron about hydration, especially the ubiquitous and mythical guideline of “8 glasses of water per day” for better health.

    In hour two, we spoke with Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the State University of New York – College of Cortland. The author of 14 books, including “The Politics of Gun Control” and “Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights,” Mr. Spitzer is the man to turn to for info on gun regulations across state and national borders.

    The last hour of today’s show was a mixed bag of topics. Wes Craven’s passing spurred a discussion of best horror films, but also a discussion on how we watch what we watch. The modern age has allowed us to move beyond the coaxial cable and find entertainment with new services and companies. So, we wondered, have you cut the cable and, if so, have you found what you were looking for? Most of you have, it seemed.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to pick up some camping supplies.





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  2. Late Summer Blues

    August 28, 2015 by MelStar1

    60 years since Emmett Till’s murder set the spark that would ignite the civil rights movement in America.


    Today on StandUP!

    Alfred’s back on Monday, so the pressure was on us today to finish the week without incident:

    Doron Levin has been covering the automobile industry since 1984 for outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Detroit Free Press. Starting tomorrow he can add SiriusXM to that list, as he begins his new series, “In the Driver’s Seat,” right here on Insight channel 121. Doron joined Pete in-studio to talk the future of cars and his show’s first guest, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.

    It’s been awhile since we checked in with education historian, author and NYU Research Professor of Education, Diane Ravitch, so we thought we’d ask the former Asst. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush to preview the big issues in the classroom and the teacher’s lounge as we head into another school year.

    Then, we polished off the week like a bottle of fine Kentucky bourbon with a wrapup roundtable of the week’s events with a talented crew of talking heads. VICE and Daily Beast journalist Michael Moynihan, comedian and political commentator Barry Weintraub, and SiriusXM host and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to enjoy these last warm rays of summer sun, because I’ve already begun to feel the chill of autumn in the bible-black predawn.





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  3. Almost There

    August 27, 2015 by MelStar1
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    Even Sea Monkeys love StandUP! from listener Kevin Krooss


    Today on StandUP!

    Amy Goodman joined us to discuss the media’s handling of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated Democracy Now! program, Goodman has a well-informed anti-corporate take on things like this.

    – With the arrest and guilty plea of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, we’ve been thinking about the nature of pedophilia and what makes a person sexually attracted to children. Surprisingly or not, there is little good research or writing on the matter. Dr. Fred Berlin joined us from Johns Hopkins University, where he is Director of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, to discuss all that and more.

    – Where is New Orleans and her people ten years after Hurricane Katrina? Have the citizens returned and rebuilt their communities or have developers reshaped the Cresent City in their own image? The President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans joined us to talk life in the Big Easy after Katrina left town and the builders moved in.

    Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and he’d like to be your next President…for about an hour. Lessig is in the final stretch of a campaign aiming to raise $1 million by Labor Day. If that goal is met, he will announce his candidacy for President, with the sole platform of passing the Citizens Equality Act of 2017.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to decide if a hot dog is a sandwich.




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  4. Tramps Like Us

    August 26, 2015 by MelStar1

    “Born to Run” came out 40 years ago, so it’s just about old enough to get all reflective on the splendor of youth & life’s decay into adulthood and listen to “Born to Run” in the garage.


    Today on StandUP!

    Big Wednesday show this week:

    Jessica Lahey is an educator who contributes to The Atlantic, writes the “Parent-Teacher Conference” column for the New York Times, and authored the new book, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.” Pete asked her about her book, and the best ways a parent can support their child while also letting them make their own mistakes, learning in the process.

    – In hour two, Matt Taibbi joined us once again, as if by magic, from the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. Pete knows Matt has been following Donald Trump’s campaign with hawk-like acuity, so who better to discuss the tipping point between fun-to-watch and hard-to-tolerate, when it comes to Trump?

    – Wildfires continue to ravage the Western U.S., and since none of us know anything about wildfires that wasn’t gleaned from the 1998 action film “Firestorm,” starring NFL great Howie Long, we turned to the experts. Stephen Pyne is a fire historian and professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University whose new book, “Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America,” comes out next month.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the coolest, smartest people I have ever met, and it’s awesome that his show Star Talk is on the Insight channel. What’s even more awesome is that Star Talk has been nominated for an Emmy, so we had Neil back on the show today to talk about science education, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, and going for an EGOT.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go celebrate #NationalDogDay by loitering at several local dog parks.





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  5. 99

    August 25, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy birthday, National Parks Service!


    Today on StandUP!

    We touched all the bases today. A home run show:

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us to recap a summer of political spectacle and intrigue. Will Joe Biden run? Is Trump’s core following made up of nativist wingnuts?

    Ari Berman is a contributing writer at The Nation Magazine whose sought to highlight the history and clashes involved in securing (and maintaining) voting rights for Americans. Pick up “Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” wherever fine books are sold.

    Josh Keating writes about international affairs for Slate.com, which is likely the only place you’ll see him referred to as Joshua. Today, he and Pete went back and forth and over and under the Iran Nuclear Deal and debated which is a bigger threat to America: a strong China or an economically weak China?

    We spent the last hour with Georgia State University Con-Law professor and long time friend of the show, Eric Segall. Somehow, we ended up talking about naked ladies in Times Square for awhile before segueing to Eric’s recent piece for Daily Beast on what he sees as glaring gender bias baked into ALL modern religion.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to pick a national park and plan a vacation.





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  6. Pompeiian Circumstance

    August 24, 2015 by MelStar1

    On this day in 79 A.D,. Mt.Vesuvius blew it’s stack, blanketing the people of Pompeii in death and ash.


    Today on StandUP!

    Unlike the citizens of Pompeii, we were back live and ready to blanket your ears with the ash of knowledge…or something. I think I mixed up my metaphors, there.

    Ryan Nerz is Fusion TV’s Cannibis Correspondent and host of “The Cannibusiness Report,” which is airing a special tonight at 10p EDT focusing on Colorado in the almost nine months since marijuana’s been legal. For more, check out Ryan’s recent book, “Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed.”

    Next, we were joined by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, family therapist and lecturer. Stephanie co-authored “The Learning Habit: A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life,” and this morning she joined us to discuss a new study examining the relationship between family stress and a child’s load of homework each night.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1000 points immediately after the opening bell, and while it has since regained most of that lost ground, we decided to check in with Barry Ritholtz for a smart, measured take on the wobble in the global markets: the causes, the likely rebounds, and whether or not investors should be worried. Barry Ritholtz is a columnist at Bloomberg View, founder of the Big Picture Blog at Ritholtz.com and author of “Bailout Nation.”

    Finally, we spoke again with Scott Cowen, President Emeritus of Tulane university in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina struck just as then-President Cowen was welcoming a class of incoming freshmen to a school year that would only begin after five months of displacement, rebuilding and struggle. Now, ten years later, Scott and Pete talked about how New Orleans overcame Katrina’s man-made disaster and the ways in which the city is still recovering.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to call my agent and find out why I wasn’t booked on Colbert’s first week at CBS.




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  7. Aloha

    August 21, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Anniversary, Hawaii! You became a state August 21, 1959! You did it!


    Today on StandUP!

    On his second day back from vacation, Pete showed he is back in full stride. We opened with your calls, some great audio and a lot of talk about “anchor babies” and the ramifications of government employees using official e-mail addresses for online dating services.

    Then, the executive editor of CNN Politics, Mark Preston, joined Pete for the first time in weeks to cover the top stories in the political world and to point out to Pete the similarities between what Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders mean to their respective parties.

    In the second hour, writer, producer and activist Jen Rustemeyer joined us to talk about the 2014 documentary she produced with her husband. “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” takes a hard, factual look at the amount of food wasted by America. From the food service industry to the pantry in your home, food waste is abundant and not likely to end unless we all change not just how we eat, but how we perceive the food we are shopping for. A tall order, but not impossible and likely necessary in our future.

    Next week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and over the next week we will explore just how New Orleans and the surrounding region have returned to Pre-Katrina normalcy and what has been irrevocably changed. Today, Pete welcomed former journalist for the New York Times and author of “Katrina: After the Flood,” Gary Rivlin. We went inside Gary’s detailed account of the people and events that transpired during and after Katrina to find the stories that define both that city, and reveal the bureaucratic failings that could create such an epic disaster.

    Alfred’s out all next week. The bastard.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to figure out what to bring to my sister’s barbecue.





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  8. Last Day of Vacation

    August 19, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy 69th Birthday, Bill Clinton.

    Today on StandUP!

    Dean Obeidallah guest hosted today, with:

    –  Adam Soltani of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, discussing Islamaphobia and the new microtrend of gun stores making themselves Muslim-Free.

    – The Atlantic’s Washington D.C editor-at-large, Steve Clemons, on the Iran Nuclear Deal and a recent panel he hosted with Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader.

    – Attorney Raul Reyes on his recent column for CNN, “Donald Trump’s Clueless Immigration Plan,” and on what would make a viable solution to illegal immigration.

    – Comic Christian Finnegan joined us to promote his Netflix special, the “Dudes Against Violence Against Women” benefit tonight in New York City, and to talk joke theft and plagiarism.

    – SiriusXM Insight host and very, very funny human John Fugelsang sat in for the last half-hour, taking apart the Ashley Madison hack with expert precision.

    Pete is back from vacation tomorrow. Spread the word.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to pray for a continued plague of insects upon Burning Man.


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  9. Dean-o

    August 17, 2015 by MelStar1

    This past weekend I learned that Martha’s Vineyard is mostly skunks.


    Today on StandUP!


    Pete’s still away, but he’ll be back later this week. Today, SiriusXM Insight host, Daily Beast and CNN contributor, Dean Obeidallah sat in the captain’s chair.

    The show kicked off with some hot takes on the latest from the world of Donald Trump, which led us down an immigration spiral.

    In hour two, Dean welcomed attorney Seema Iyer to discuss the death penalty and incarceration, plus we talked to Dr. Sheyna E. Gifford about her role in NASA HI-SEAS, a long term experiment meant to simulate a mission to Mars.

    Then, Dean was joined in-studio by comedian, actress and author Rita Rudner. Her long-running Vegas show over for now, Rita is in town doing a few dates at 54 Below, and today she blew us away with the fact that she doesn’t write down her material, but can recall it nearly perfectly with just a little prompting.

    Dean’s last guest of the day was conservative activist and member of the Conservative Action Project, Suhail Khan. A muslim with years of experience in the Republican machine (including the Bush administration), Khan offered his take on the field of Presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat.

    Don’t forget to check out Dean’s own show, Saturday mornings at 10am here on Insight 121.

    Tomorrow, Joy-Ann Reid joins us as guest host

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to wish and wish and wish I was still on vacation.





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  10. Friday 8/14/15

    August 14, 2015 by MelStar1

    Christopher Hauselt is off again so, I, Alfred Schulz, will half assedly write up a blog post for today’s show.

    It was Josh Zepps last day for filling in for Pete after filling in as host for the whole week. Thanks, mate (he’s Australian)!

    First guest of the show was Middle East expert, Aaron David Miller discussed his interesting piece in Foreign Policy titled, “Give Bibi the Nobel Prize“.

    Then, in light of President Jimmy Carter’s cancer announcement, we looked at his legacy with his biographer, Randall Balmer of Dartmouth.

    Caitlin Flanagan of the Atlantic discussed her article, “That’s Not Funny!” which looks at the PC culture of college campuses.

    We ended the week with a fun roundtable featuring John DeVore who heads Internet Action Force, and writer Bill Schulz who writes the “From the Vault” column for the Sunday New York Times. How the hell were we able to book THE Bill Schulz?! We have some good producers on this show…

    Have a lovely weekend my lovely lovelies!



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  11. Thursday 8/13/15

    August 13, 2015 by MelStar1

    Chris Hauselt is still on vacation so Alfred is handling the blog for the rest of the week.

    Josh Zepps is still filling in for Pete this week. Our first guest was Brandy Zadronzy of the Daily Beast. She discussed her piece on how our tax dollars are paying for a Scientology inspired treatment for veterans with Gulf War Syndrome.

    Amnesty International voted to recommend prostitution be decriminalized so we talked to former sex worker and current activist Maggie McNeill.

    Mark Williams of the University of Colorado Boulder explained why the Animas River turned Yellow.

    Comedian, Greg Fitzsimmons closed the show being his hilarious self.

    Talk to you tomorrow, you silly gooses!



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  12. Wednesday 8/12/15

    by MelStar1

    Christopher Hauselt is vacationing so your boy, Alfred is running the blog the rest of the week (which explains the tardiness of this…)

    For Wednesday, guest host Josh Zepps talked to Gordon Chang of Forbes about China’s financial issues.

    Jonathan Zimmerman of NYU talked about sex ed, he wrote the book “Too Hot to Handle: a Global History of Sex Education“.

    Tax policy expert, Bruce Bartlett was our obligatory Trump guest. He wrote about the Donald for Ritholtz.com.

    Comedian Negin Farsad joined us in studio as did novelist Don Winslow. His new book is “The Cartel“.

    I want to hug all of you!



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  13. Zepps II

    August 11, 2015 by MelStar1

    50 years after the Watts Riots, race relations have changed. But just how much better have things actually gotten?


    Today on StandUP!

    Josh Zepps continues his week-long residency at guest host, with:

    – POLITICO Deputy Editor, Nirvi Shah, offered info and analysis on Hillary Clinton’s $350 Billion, 10-year affordability plan for college, unveiled by the leading Democratic Presidential candidate just yesterday.

    Daniel Sieberg, head of media outreach over at little-known upstart company Google, spoke with Josh about the notion of unplugging yourself from your devices, taking a “digital diet,” if you will. In fact, that’s the title of Seiberg’s 2011 book on the same subject.

    Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids brought to our attention to the story of a teenager branded forever as a sex offender for sleeping with another teen who had misrepresented her age. It is a story fraught with emotion and it begs a lot of complex thought on a subject most people would rather leave cut-and-dry.

    – Comedian Myq Kaplan can be seen on “America’s Got Talent” next Tuesday during its Radio City run of shows, but today he joined us in the studio to continue the discussion on sex offenses, gender, morality and law. It doesn’t sound funny, but it was. I promise.

    – Lastly, Dr. Mark Publicker from Mercy Recovery Center in Westbrook, Maine joined us to discuss the mechanisms and effects of opiate addiction and to help probe why heroin and opiate pill addiction is currently running wild in his state.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to catch a ferry to Amity Island.






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  14. Zepps Checks In

    August 10, 2015 by MelStar1

    Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” turned 161 yesterday. Alexis Madrigal had some thoughts on Thoreau’s place in history and misfit ideals back in 2010.


    Today on StandUP!

    Josh Zepps will be filling-in for Pete all week. On today’s show:

    Dr. Michael Joyner from the Mayo Clinic joined us to discuss the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in the sports world…the Video Game sports world.

    Ryan Cooper, national correspondent for The Week, took us inside his recent piece, “The Evidence is In: Solitary Confinement is Unconstitutional Torture.”

    Josh Levs wrote a guest piece for TIME about the scant 2 WEEKS of paid parental leave he was granted while working at CNN, especially relevant given Netflix’s recent decision to offer one full year of leave to both mothers and fathers.

    Harry Enten is Senior Political Writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight.com, and today we asked him to break down the pros and cons of a Joe Biden candidacy for President, as well as the lastest from Trump, Carly Fiorina, Hillary and Bernie Sanders.

    – Lastly, we checked in with UCLA grad student in Physics and Astronomy, Laura Vican Haney, for insight into the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), which just saw a UFO of Russian Billionaire cash land with aims to further expand its research capabilities.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to extensively map filming locations from JAWS.





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