1. Macabre & Pacabre

    October 30, 2015 by MelStar1

    What are you doing for Halloween?


    Today on Stand Up!

    In early celebration of Pete’s 40th Birthday and you, the devoted listener, we decided to throw a humdinger of a show, for once.

    Calling Dan Rather a veteran newsman is perhaps the understatement of the century, and why he was on our show we have no idea. We were not worthy, but we were very much pleased to have Mr. Rather on the show to talk about the new film “Truth,” detailing the journalism scandal that ended his career at CBS News.

    Next, we were joined once again by the journalist and writer whose career spans the golden ages of National Lampoon, Rolling Stone and the Atlantic. PJ O’Rourke’s new collection of writings, “Thrown Under the Omnibus.”

    Finally, we dug a shallow grave and buried Macabre Week with the help of University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Department Chair, Justin McDaniel. Today’s topic of discussion? Something we’ll all be soon enough: GHOSTS.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get my Beetlejuice costume back from Michael Keaton.




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  2. Macabre & Robbers

    October 29, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today is the 3 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

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    Macabre Week claimed it’s fourth victim in Harold Schechter, Professor of American Literature and Culture at Queens City College of New York, who freaked us the hell out with talk of our nation’s serial killers.

    Then, Pete had a the great opportunity to spend some time with legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear, whose new memoir, “Even THIS I Get To Experience,” is out now.

    Bullying is still a problem for America’s youth, maybe even more so in the digital age. While most of us are very much aware of that fact, not many of us know what to do about it. That’s where Ross Ellis comes in. This is National Bullying Prevention Month and Ross is the founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying and Love Our Children USA.

    Last night was the trainwreck-ish GOP Debate on CNBC, and to wrap it all up in style we welcomed back to the show the editor-in-chief of Internet Action Force, John Devore. Joining him was the former host of Politics Powered By Twitter on the POTUS channel and current Editorial Director of News over at Mic.com, Slade Sohmer. It was VERY fun and VERY funny.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am celebrating the one week anniversary of not having a bathroom.





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  3. Corn on Macabre

    October 28, 2015 by MelStar1

    Do you expect to hear definitive Economic policies from the candidates in tonight’s GOP debate on CNBC?


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    It’s no secret that law enforcement is a tremendous revenue generator for municipalities, but what effect does it have on those who find themselves on the bad end of a summons? Rebecca Vallas, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, joined us to discuss that and more in the first hour.

    You know Anthony Bourdain from his bestselling memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” or from his Travel Channel shows, or maybe his new CNN show. Today, we talked with the opinionated and adventurous eater about his new graphic novel, a tale of blood, crime and sushi, out now on DC Comics’ great Vertigo imprint.

    Then, we joined the funeral procession of Macabre Week on its march toward doom.with a healthy discussion of the one thing that drives some people away from the unknown while causing others to run headlong into the fray: FEAR. Margee Kerr took us on a guided tour of her work in the area of FEAR as a sociologist and author of the new book, “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to bury an enemy alive in my wine cellar. What could go wrong?





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  4. Ty Macabre

    October 27, 2015 by MelStar1

    Lou Reed moved on two years ago today. His last words were, “Metal Machine Music is my best album.”


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    Actress and comic Wendi McLendon-Covey joined us to talk “The Goldbergs” and the supernatural!

    Then, we continued to discuss the now viral video of a South Carolina policeman forcefully removing a student from a classroom with Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia and this week’s host of the Insight Hour at noon, Laura Coates.

    There’s another Intelligence Squared debate this evening, on whether or not we should raise the gas tax in order to fund infrastructure projects. Moderator and one of our favorite veteran journalists, John Donvan, joined us to flesh out the different sides.

    Finally, we used the power of our minds to move day two of Macabre Week into focus. Joining us today for a discussion on ESP and mental telepathy was Johns Hopkins University MD and author of the 2008 book “The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena,” Diane Hennacy Powell.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go home and wait for a man to hopefully give me my sink back.






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  5. My Cob, So Macabre!

    October 26, 2015 by MelStar1

    After passing through both houses of Congress, President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law on this day in 2001. The Worst!


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    It’s the start of Macabre Week here at Stand Up With Pete Dominick, but first:

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Al-Jazeera America contributor and author of several books on the gap in privilege between corporate America and the rest of us, David Cay Johnston, joined us to try and figure out the Ben Carson Surge, Ben Carson’s words and Ben Carson’s appeal.

    CNN’s chief business correspondent and co-host of “Early Start” on the cable news stalwart, Christine Romans, joined us to talk the week’s money and business news, but we ended up talking Star Wars and parenting, per usual.

    Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to Macabre Week: All week we’ll be looking at the darker side of humanity, in preparation for the return of our dark saviour himself, the eternal Cthulhu, this Halloween night!

    Former Boston University asst. professor of Religion and author of 2007’s “The Occult Mind: Magic In Theory and Practice,” Christopher Lehrich, told us about the roots of all things occult, tracing the major eras and players, like Aleister Crowley, of the mystic and sometimes dangerous world of the Occult.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get home and talk myself out of talking myself out of going to the gym.





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    October 21, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Back to the Future Day to all the major brands and news outlets!


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    Well, they may have never saved the clock tower, but Marty and ol’ Doc Brown saved us from bad radio today, and for that we are ever thankful.

    Josh Smith has spent the last three years covering Afghanistan for Stars and Stripes and today he joined us to talk about the American military effort in Afghanistan, the recent fighting in Kunduz, and the difficulties inherent in being an embedded reporter.

    Then, , the internist and addictionologist MD who’s the host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew On Call,” Dr. Drew Pinsky joined us for a talk on his profession, his career and the history and current state of addiction and recovery in America. Afterwards, we took your calls and experiences on drug abuse and alcoholism.

    In the third hour, Goldie Taylor joined us for a discussion on police brutality and race, plus her perspective on addiction as well. Goldie is an activist and journalist who is currently an editor-at-large for Daily Beast.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to beat up everyone who calls this a hoverboard.





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  7. Force It

    October 20, 2015 by MelStar1

    Bela Lugosi was born in Hungary on this day in 1882. Alas, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”


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    Indiana University professor of Pediatrics and co-author of several great and informational books on health-myths, Dr. Aaron Carroll, joined us in the back half of hour one to talk the health news of the day and, on this day in particular, the travails of a parent whose child isn’t so into that night’s homework.

    Canada voted out the Conservative majority and ushered in the Liberals in nationwide Parliamentary elections yesterday. To get a local’s perspective on the election results, we welcomed back Allison Dore, Toronto-based comic and co-host of “The Ward and Al Show,” on SiriusXM Canada Talks, channel 167.

    Then, we were joined by actor Jeff Daniels, making the rounds to promote the new Danny Boyle directed/Aaron Sorkin penned film about the life of Steve Jobs. We also talked family, Hollywood longevity, and Michael Fassbender’s good looks.

    At the end of the show, we spent a half-hour with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, whose new EP “Selfless” is out now and whose performance in FX’s “American Crime Story: the People vs. OJ Simpson,” you can catch soon. He and Pete talked Cosby’s legacy, the audience for his music and we were treated to a performance of one of his poems.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to keep watching the Star Wars trailer until December 17.





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  8. Blame Canada

    October 19, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today is election day in Canada, and their Thanksgiving was last week! What a country!


    Today on Stand Up!

    Last week, Pete kind of got into it with former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on the topic of climate change. To get to the bottom of Coburn’s claims and views, Pete asked climate scientist, Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and author of “The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars,” Michael Mann.

    CNN’s chief business correspondent and co-host of “Early Start” every morning, Christine Romans, who gave us the scoop on Disney’s big BIG investment into the Star Wars franchise and whether Wall Street has given up being excited about Wal-Mart.

    Former Washington Post education and social policy reporter Dale Rusakoff took us inside her new book, “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools,” about the Newark, New Jersey’s failing attempt to resuscitate its broken school system with $200 million in philanthropic donations.

    Washington Post’s current Capital Citizen columnist, Clinton Yates, was in town so he dropped in to talk the week in race, like the recently discovered system by which Georgetown shop owners were keeping tabs on minority shoppers.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to find a new joke construct.





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  9. Engagement

    October 16, 2015 by MelStar1

    Do you still engage with social media the way you did two years ago? Or is it “over?”


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    CNN’s Mark Preston had a banner week, helping pull off the Democratic Candidates’ Debate in Las Vegas. The cable network’s Politics Executive Editor joined us to dish on the debate and wrap up the week in politics.

    With news this week from President Obama that the U.S. will keep a ground force of 5.5k troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, Pete decided it’d be a good time to check in with Boston University professor emeritus, former Army Colonel and author of “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” Andrew Bacevich.

    In the third hour we wrapped up the week in news and politics with a great panel of guests who really gave Pete, and Bernie Sanders, a hard time. Jehmu Greene is a Fox News analyst, co-founder of Define America and CEO of Waka Waka, as well as a former adviser to the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign. John DeVore is the writer and once-upon-a-time host here at SiriusXM who currently serves as editor-in-chief for humor website, Internet Action Force. Neither of the panelists have any patience for Bernie Sanders supporters, and it turned out (via your calls) that Bernie Sanders supporters have no patience for them.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get ready for tomorrow’s edition of Sit Down with Alfred & Chris




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  10. Goals

    October 15, 2015 by MelStar1

    Gretzky scored number 1,851 on this day in 1989. Nobody will ever beat that.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Former Senator from Oklahoma, Tom Coburn, joined Pete in hour one to talk about what’s wrong with the Republican Party and his involvement with the call for a Convention of States.

    Actress and comic Mary Lynn Rajskub sat in with us for a bit, discussing her career, her family and, oddly, bathing habits. Mary Lynn is on tour now, and you should check her out if she comes your way.

    Lori Wallach is the Director of the Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen and  today she popped on to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership with Pete. The President has spent the last several months making his case for a sweeping trade agreement like TPP, but he is not without his opponents, of which Lori is one.

    Our final guest of the day didn’t see the candidates talk big banks and finance at the Democratic debate because he was at a Steely Dan concert. Even casual listeners of Stand Up! should be instantly thinking to themselves, “Barry Ritholtz?” Yes, the money manager, Big Picture blog founder, author and Bloomberg View contributor joined us in hour three to talk VW and much more.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to take a scrub myself like an elephant at a zoo.




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  11. Jim/Bern/Hil/Marty/Linc

    October 14, 2015 by MelStar1

    Did last night’s debate change your mind about any issue or candidate?


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    Since last night was the first time we got a look at the Democratic Presidential candidates, as they currently stand. We took your calls throughout the show and played several highlights.

    In the first hour, Rolling Stone contributor and whipsmart author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” Matt Taibbi helped dissect the debate w/r/t the Big Banks and Wall Street rhetoric that was flying around.

    In hour three, we pressed the All-Star Panel Discussion Button and went full blast for an hour of debate wrap-up and laughs. Very funny comic and one of our favorite guests, Kathleen Madigan, and editor-in-chief of Reason Magazine, Matt Welch, magically appeared when we pushed the aforementioned All-Star Panel Discussion Button.

    Also on today’s show, and not to get lost in the post-debate comedown, the moderator of the Intelligence Squared debates, John Donvan, let us know about tonight’s installment: a foreign policy dilemma featuring the nature of United States and China’s relationship.

    Cherish these debates, because soon all we’ll have is the cold, dark winter and the hope of primaries come Spring.




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  12. Mass Debate

    October 13, 2015 by MelStar1

    Every time Bernie Sanders clears his throat during the CNN debate, drink.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us to go over any final pre-debate notions.

    Former Minnesota governor, actor, professional wrestler and author Jesse Ventura joined us in hour two to discuss the new edition of his book “American Conspiracies” and all things politics.

    Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor, author and friend of the program, Eric Segall, joined us again to discuss the upcoming schedule of the Supreme Court.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to make a liquor run before Hillary Clinton slays four adult men on national television.


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  13. Discovery

    October 12, 2015 by MelStar1

    It’s Columbus Day. Say something nice about Columbus, Ohio today!


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    Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us to go over the health news of the week and take a look at his most recent pieces for New York Times’ “The Upshot” blog. Dr. Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University as well as an accomplished author.

    Next, CNN’s Christine Romans joined us, as she is wont to do fairly regularly. CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, co-host of the channel’s “Early Start” and author of the recent “Smart Is The New Rich: Money Guide for Millennials,” Christine spoke with Pete about the week’s business and financial headlines.

    Yesterday, authorities in Cleveland, OH announced that two separate investigators found that the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice earlier this year was within the rights and guidelines of his department when he did so.

    To discuss this topic, as well as the widening issue of voting rights in America, we turned to two great experts:

    Tim Wise is an activist against racism and author of many books on the subject, the latest being “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

    Laura Coates is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, whose experience runs the gamut from voting rights to drug trafficking and sexual assault.

    It’s a great discussion worth exploring on-demand.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to slide hard into second base.




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  14. Friday Funday

    October 9, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!


    Republicans in the House of Representatives are having a rough time finding someone to be the new Speaker of the House. We spoke to the host of SiriusXM POTUS’ “Morning Briefing,” Tim Farley, about Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from that process and just how the Congressional GOP will pull themselves out of this tailspin.

    John Kay is a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics and a fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford University. He’s written the new book, “Other People’s Money: The Real Business of Finance,” which is out now. Today, he took Pete inside the pages of his book and the week’s top stories from the financial world.

    The Voting Rights Act seems to be rapidly eroding, and has become an easy talking point for Republican Presidential candidates. Pete talked to Ari Berman, Contributing Writing for The Nation and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” about Alabama, a state at the forefront of the movement to walk back the rights of voters.

    Tom Foreman is an Emmy Award winning journalist, reporter and anchor for CNN and he’s also the author of “My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, A Daughter and a Ridiculous Plan.” He shared stories from the book.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to welcome Mr. Personality himself, Alan Gillette.


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