1. Guinness

    September 30, 2015 by MelStar1

    On this day in 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit Ireland, and the first Pope to get headbutted in an Irish pub brawl, I think.


    Today on Stand Up!

    NBC News contributor, award winning columnist and author, Jonathan Alter, has a new weekly series on SiriusXM Radio Andy 102 in which he and his children, Tommy and Charlotte, haggle over the issues of the week as only a media and politically plugged in family can. They all joined us today in-studio to talk about that and much more.

    Actor and comic Paul Reiser joined Pete to discuss his new Amazon series, “Red Oaks,” then actor Tim Daly stopped by to talk about his charitable aims and season two of CBS drama, “Madam Secretary.”

    We spent the final hour with the former tech entrepreneur and public company CEO who is now managing partner of Tangent Capital and author of “Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World’s Best-Performing Portfolios,” Bob Rice. We discussed brick-laying robots, self-driving trucks and how to break free from old economic models in a changing global economy.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to buy some buckets.






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  2. Tamper-Proof

    September 29, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today in 1982 began a string of poisonings all traced back to bottles of Tylenol laced with cyanide. They remain unsolved.


    Today on Stand Up!

    John Avlon is the editor-in-chief of Daily Beast and a regular contributor on CNN. Today, John joined us in his semi-regular slot to talk John Boehner, the GOP and the Taliban’s reclamation of an Afghan city.

    “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World,” traces the lives, differences and similarities between the first two women to serve on the Supreme Court. Author Linda Hirshman joined us to talk about putting their stories to paper.

    Ever since last week’s New York Times story about the American soldiers ordered to look the other way when faced with instances of sexual abuse of young Afghan boys at the hands of older Afghan men, we’ve been working on ways to bring the story to you and flesh it out more. Today, Pete welcomed the American civilian investigator who authored a report touching on the issue in 2009 and subsequent book “Crossing the Wire,” about her experience, AnnaMaria Cardinalli. Then, Pete spoke about the cultural system the creates accepted pedophilia and the bureaucratic war machine that operates under willful ignorance of it with Assoc. Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security, Christine Fair. 

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go build an ark.




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  3. Life on Mars

    September 28, 2015 by MelStar1

    NASA scientists say that, unlike California, there is water on Mars.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Lisa Ling, journalist and former co-host of ABC’s “The View,” told Pete all about the second season of her CNN series, “This Is Life,” chronicling the lives and subcultures that make up the American Experience.

    CNN’s chief business correspondent, Christine Romans, gave us the low down growing legal issues for Volkswagen following last week’s big, BIG recall, and also looked at Shell Oil’s decision to suspend the search for drill-able resources in the arctic waters off Alaska.

    Healthcare Triage host, author and Indiana University professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Aaron Carroll, joined us to deconstruct Donald Trump’s healthcare industry proposal and other health news of the week.

    Finally, former Daily Show writer and current very funny comic, JR Havlan, spent an hour giving us a feel of what it’s like to create a show like The Daily Show and what new host Trevor Noah could be in for during his first few weeks.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to window shop all the new Halloween candy.





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  4. Green Light

    September 25, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday and still we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.


    Today on Stand Up!

    What a week for non-Trump related political news! The Pope! China-US Environmental Stuff! Boehner!

    Mark Preston, CNN’s executive editor of Politics, joined us in the back half of hour one, as he usually does. Today, Mark helped us make sense of the news that House Speaker John Boehner would not just cede the speakership, but resign his Congressional seat at the end of the month, and only one day after orchestrating an historic speech by Pope Francis to both houses of Congress.

    Then, Tyson Slocum, Director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen, joined us to get a little depth on the Volkswagen scandal but mainly to discuss the groundbreaking cap-and-trade program China seeks to put into place, a major step forward environmentally for the Communist power.

    I don’t know if you’ve been noticing but for the last month or two we’ve been trying to end the week with a roundhouse kick to the teeth in the form of a roundtable/panel discussion. Today, we talked religion, faith, the Pope and political hot button issues with:

    Stand up comic Cory Kahaney, who you may have seen on Letterman, Craig Ferguson, or Last Comic Standing. Her album, “TV Clean,” is available on iTunes.

    Matt Taibbi is well known to fans of Stand Up for his numerous great articles and books exposing corruption and bad practices among the world’s leading financial institutions. Taibbi is back writing good things for Rolling Stone, and just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election.

    Ted Alexandro is about five shades more politcally plugged-in and outspoken than other stand-up comics, and that’s fine by us. Check out his album “I Did It” on iTunes or his hilarious webseries “Teachers Lounge,” available at Thundershorts.com.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to fall into a Wikipedia Rabbit Hole on the Hamilton-Burr duel.





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  5. <3 Man

    September 24, 2015 by MelStar1

    Phil Hartman would have been 67 today. :(


    Today on Stand Up!

    Slate’s Joshua Keating joined us to talk about the busy week of foreign affairs-style business happening in and around New York over the next week. From the Pope’s visit to the UN General Assembly to important meetings between President Obama and Chinese President XI Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

    Joy-Ann Reid has filled in for Pete before and this week she has been hosting the noon hour all this week here on SiriusXM Insight 121. Today, Joy-Ann joined Pete to talk about her amazing new book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide.”

    Our last guest of the day came to us from Vox.com. Vox does a great job of breaking down current global news and events into basic facts and understandable nuggets, but in a smart way and also so much more. Dylan Matthews has a new piece for Vox called, “The Case Against Equality of Opportunity.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to add pumpkin spice to everything so I can hate everything.




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  6. Now Batting, Catcher, Number 8, Yogi Berra. Berra.

    September 23, 2015 by MelStar1

    “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra


    Today on StandUP!

    Waking up to hear that Yogi Berra had died was a real rotten way to start the first day of Fall, but at least he lived a long life full of love, baseball and kindness.

    Speaking of Fall, the host of NPR’s “You Bet Your Garden,” Mike McGrath joined us for his quarterly segment of updates and reminders on the best ways to care for our lawns, homes and gardens. While you’re out raking leaves, check out Mike’s show weekends on NPRNow SiriusXM 122 or check listings with your local NPR affiliate.

    Later in the show, we were joined by Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” about her new book focusing on our creative instincts and the ways fear can impede us from achieving great t hings. Pick up “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” wherever fine books are sold.

    Finally, since Pope Francis is in the middle of his headlining East Coast Fall 2015 Tour, we decided to take a different tack and look at the millions upon millions of dollars propping that’s been propping up the Vatican for centuries. Best-selling author and journalist Gerald Posner joined us to discuss his book, “God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to patiently sit through Pumpkin Spice Latte season for the arrival of Eggnog Latte Season.





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  7. Coming To America

    September 22, 2015 by MelStar1

    Yom Kippur begins tonight at sunset. Atone!


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pope Francis hopped a flight from Havana, Cuba up to Washington, D.C. today, symbolically beginning the U.S. leg of his New World tour 2015. For insight, we called up Lino Rulli, host of “The Catholic Guy” on SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel, channel 129. Lino was IN Cuba for Pope Francis’ historic visit, and will go into greater detail on his show, today and every weekday at 5pm East.

    At the top of hour two, we were joined by CEO of the Global Poverty Project and co-founder of the Global Citizen Festival, which takes place this weekend here in New York City, Hugh C. Evans. The festival aims to raise awareness of extreme poverty worldwide, with hopes towards its quick end. You can check out performances from Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Beyonce’ and more, live from Central Park, beginning Saturday at 3pm East on MSNBC and SiriusXM 118.

    Then, we spent some time with actor Randall Park, whose ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” begins it’s second season this evening at 8:30p East. Pete and Randall spoke about growing up in a household not unlike the one depicted on his show, and the challenge of finding quality roles for Asian-American actors and actresses.

    We finished our show today with a little spirituality and remembrance with Kelly Carlin, whose new memoir, “A Carlin Home Companion,” recounts the lighter, darker and very dark times growing up with Supernova comedy-talent George Carlin for a father. Then, we took your calls on changes of heart on faith and religion.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to find out if the Pope is Catholic or not.





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  8. Got That Going For Me

    September 21, 2015 by MelStar1

    Stephen King and Bill Murray have the same birthday, and that day is today.


    Today on StandUP!

    What a busy, busy Monday:

    Actor Colin Hanks dropped in to tell us about his new CBS series Life in Pieces but also his great new documentary on the world famous (defunct) record chain, Tower Records.

    Dr. Aaron Carroll used to poop his pants a lot…like, a LOT. Blame ulcerative colitis for that, but don’t blame the author, NY Times Upshot contributor and Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics for coming on the program to tell us about the new Times piece he’s written on that experience.

    I love Al Roker, we all do. The Today Show weatherman and occasional author has a new book out documenting the hurricane that destroyed Galveston, TX in 1900. “The Storm of the Century…” is out now. Here’s Al with his thoughts on the eventual return of Brian Williams.


    And finally, in preparation for his totally, actually LIVE concert from Radio City Music Hall, comedian Brian Regan joined us and reminded my how unfunny I am.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go crap my pants.




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  9. Are You Experienced?

    September 18, 2015 by MelStar1

    Imagine the albums Jimi Hendrix would have made if he hadn’t died on this day in 1970.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Craig Stevens is the current VP of independent public affairs firm DCI Group, but he helped get GW Bush into office and worked the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. Today, he spoke with Pete about the state of the GOP election field, post CNN debate.

    By now, we should all be familiar with the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas school student arrested for bringing a clock he had made into school. Pete caught up with Randy R. Potts, contributing editor to The Daily Beast, who spent a day with Ahmed following his arrest and amid the media storm and meteoric rise to front page news.

    There’s a new investigative series at Huffington Post called “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker,” exploring Johnson & Johnson’s culpability in bringing a dangerous pharmaceutical to market. Pete spoke with best-selling author and award winning journalist Steven Brill about  bringing this story to press.

    We love Constitutional Law professor Eric Segall, and you do to, so why not end the week on a high not and bring the Georgia State University professor on the show to further post-op the CNN debate and whatever else in the legal world is sending him out to the guesthouse in anger?

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to buy a cassette of humorous outgoing answering machine messages.





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  10. Occupy the Shining City

    September 17, 2015 by MelStar1

    In 2011, Occupy Wall Street began its two month occupation of Zuccotti Park in New York City.


    Today on Stand UP!

    Well, last night CNN threw a GOP Mixer, and this morning we all had a hangover.

    NYU Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, Arthur Caplan, joined us once again. Today, we discussed California senate bill approving of physician assisted suicide and the bioethical issues taken up in last night’s debate.

    Continuing on the debate theme, we welcomed back David Cay Johnston in hour two. The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author helped us fact check the economic policies that came up during the CNN debate.

    Hour three was real fun, and I strongly suggest you seek it out on-demand or catch the replay. Matt Welch, the editor-in-chief of Reason magazine and comic and host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” Ophira Eisenberg, joined us for a rousing hour of debate recap, wild speculation and terrible jokes.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to step into a sunshine daydream.





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  11. Pilgrim’s Progress

    September 16, 2015 by MelStar1

    On this day in 1620, the Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower, and I’m sorry, but they’ve got to go. They brought over some bad people, and they have to go. England is laughing at us.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Toure bounced back from the MSNBC shake-up and landed on two good feet at VICE, where he’s writing excellent columns. Today, Pete and Toure discussed one of his most recent, on whether prisons create criminals.

    Joe Concha writes a column for Mediaite and hosts The Daily Wrap for NewsmaxTV, weeknights at 6p East. Today, Joe and Pete spent hour two previewing the heck out of tonight’s Republican debate and trying to figure out why we can’t stop talking about Donald Trump, and if we ever will.

    Pete loves every visit from Laura Coates, but not nearly as much as you guys. The phones light up every time she’s on. Today, the former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia talked with Pete on all manner of issues related to criminal justice, especially the developing story of a young Muslim teen arrested in his Texas high school for bringing a suspicious device to class. The device in question? A clock.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I hear my favorite bar started serving tacos.





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  12. Murder on the Stand Up Express

    September 15, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy 125th Birthday, Agatha Christie!


    Today on Stand Up!


    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon gave us the what’s what on the who’s who in the Presidential Race, plus we highlighted some great pieces floating around the Beast this week.

    Comic Gary Vider is thisclose to glory on America’s Got Talent, but he just needs the votes when they count, so he called in a got the word out. Pete and Gary also talked life as a comedian, his writing process, and the inner workings of a reality competition.

    YouTube has made a lot of people happy and a few people very successful. Bethany Mota is a member of both categories, with millions of fans and subscribers. Fresh from the dancefloor of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Bethany spoke to Pete about the nature of her fame, her beginnings and her ongoing work with UNICEF to raise money and awareness for education worldwide.

    Pope Francis visits America in just a week or so, and to preview his visit and get an understanding of the Papal mission in America, we were joined once again by John Thavis, author of “The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get wrapped up in a good mystery.





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  13. Don’t Know. Don’t Show. Or Just Don’t Care.

    September 14, 2015 by MelStar1

    On this day in 1994 Major League Baseball players went on strike, robbing the Montreal Expos of their best, and eventually last, chance at a World Series title.

    Today on Stand UP!

    The movie “Boyz N Tha Hood” was very impactful for a young Pete Dominick, so it was with much excitement and respect that he interviewed actor Morris Chestnut about that film and his new Fox series, “Rosewood,” premiering later this month.

    Next, we checked back in with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans for the first time in what feels like forever but is likely just the length of August. Christine and Pete gave a little preview into the upcoming CNN debate featuring the Republican Presidential field of candidates. Well, most of them, anyway.

    In hour three, Pete spoke with Senior Editor and Reporter at rising star/hard journalism site The Intercept, Liliana Segura. She brought with her the tale of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, detailed in her latest piece.

    In the phone segments today, we talked to a bunch of you about Faith and Religion, and where our values take a backseat to political interests.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have leftover barbecue at home that I need to make disappear.





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  14. Today

    September 11, 2015 by MelStar1

    14 years.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Mark Preston, Executive Editor of CNN Politics, joined us to reflect on 9/11 and discuss Joe Biden’s powerful and emotional interview with Stephen Colbert on Late Show last night.

    The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed in 2010 to offer assistance to Americans injured or directly affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 or its aftermath. That act is set to expire, and we spoke with Lee Clarke, member of the board of directors for a citizens group lobbying Congress for the act’s extension.

    Then, we grabbed a few minutes with former NY Governor and current GOP Candidate for President, George Pataki. Pete and the governor discussed his candidacy, his stance on key issues, and whether he would support extending the James Zadroga Act. He would.

    Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, joined us for the back half of hour two. Larry’s show has quickly become a go-to here at the show, and he talked with Pete about his life, his career and creating and keeping a diverse creative staff.

    The last hour of today’s show was spent with former Congressman from Florida’s 19th District, Trey Radel. Trey and Pete actually met before he was elected to the House of Representatives, and Trey has always been a good Republican foil for Pete’s ideas, since he is just as passionate as Pete. In 2013, Radel was arrested buying cocaine and it cost him his political career. Today, he and Pete batted around all the major issues, and we talked about the pomp and circumstance freshmen congressmen go through. Here is Trey Radel talking with Pete about his arrest, his life since, and his optimism for the future.


    Have a great weekend. Be nice to everyone you meet today.






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