1. Bo Knows Climate

    November 30, 2015 by MelStar1

    Today is Bo Jackson’s birthday. Celebrate by watching the unbelievably good ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on his life and career.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Back from the looooooong holiday weekend, and rarin’ to go, Pete welcomed back Dr. Aaron Carroll to talk antibiotics and trade Thanksgiving stories. Dr. Carroll is the Director of Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University, as well as a contributor to The Incidental Economist as well as New York Times’ Upshot blog.

    CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-host of “Early Start” every weekday at 4am EST, Christine Romans joined us to wrap up the weekend in retail sales, explain the history of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and go inside Bill Gates’ newly announced climate initiative and partnership. Christine’s book on financial responsibility would make a great stocking stuffer for the newly minted millennial adult in your life.

    In hour three, Robin Wright, joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center, joined us to take a look at the current state of Middle East politics, focusing on the ongoing and increasingly complicated war in Syria.

    Finally, we took at look at the UN Climate Summit that began today in Paris, France. Joining us to explain just what the 150 world leaders and 40,000 international delegates hope to accomplish was David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and former Under Secretary of Energy and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I know I have some leftover leftover stuffing around here somewhere…






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  2. T-Day-Minus One

    November 25, 2015 by MelStar1

    You can prep and mix a simple dressing today and bag it, then all you need to do tomorrow is let it come to room temp and bake it while the turkey rests. No clams, eggs or raw meats, obviously.


    Thanks to Rick Ungar for filling in for Pete today. He had great discussions with POLITICO’s Ben Schreckinger on Donald Trump; Joshua Katz of TerrorView.com on national security and Syria; and Daily Beast columnist and author Jonathan Alter on the politics of the Middle East.


    Remember to visit SiriusXM.com/WhyHunger and find out how you can help us help those in need. Tomorrow and Friday will be best-of’s hand picked by Alfred Schulz. Check out the schedule below:


    Thursday 11/26 (Best of Comedy special)

    9:00 Lisa Lampanelli (comedian)
    9:35 Ron White (comedian/presidential candidate)
    10:00 Todd Glass (comedian)
    10:35 Bill Bellamy (comedian/tv host)
    11:00 Marc Maron (comedian/host of WTF)
    11:35 Larry Wilmore (comedian/host of the Nightly Show)


    Friday 11/27 (Best of 2015)

    9:00 Peter Singer (philosopher)
    9:35 Dr. Ruth Westheimer (sex therapist)
    10:00 Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon (directors of Best of Enemies)
    10:35 Dan Rather (former CBS news anchor)
    11:00 Col. Chris Hadfield (Canadian astronaut)
    11:35 Jeff Daniels (Actor)


    See you Monday! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!




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  3. T-Day-Minus 2

    November 24, 2015 by MelStar1

    You can make Thanksgiving Day easier by whipping up things like cranberry sauce, dips, spreads, spiced nuts or pies today.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us for a few minutes to give an explainer on the flurry of media activity surrounding Daily Beast executive editor Noah Schactman’s public disapproval of Donald Trump.

    Lavinia Limon is the President and CEO of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and she joined Pete this morning to discuss the plight of refugees in Syria and the process by which they can gain asylum here in the United States.

    Pulitzer prize winning journalist, author, and Al Jazeera America columnist, David Cay Johnston joined us to further discuss Donald Trump’s recent media maneuvers, plus his general expert knowledge on all the ways big corporations stick it to the little man.

    Finally, we sent Pete off to a Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket with the help of David Frum, the former assistant to President George W. Bush, New York Times bestselling author, and senior editor at The Atlantic. They don’t agree on much, but the conversation is worth it.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to listen only to the Vince Guaraldi Trio from now until January.







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  4. T-Day-Minus 3

    November 23, 2015 by MelStar1

    Move your turkey from the freezer to the fridge no later than today, unless your Thanksgiving celebration revolves around the abject disappointment of having to throw away a half-thawed meal.


    Today on Stand Up!

    In the first hour, we recapped the weekend’s biggest, craziest statements from Donald Trump and other presidential contenders, taking your calls along the way.

    Then, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans joined us to go over the GIGANTIC Pfizer-Allergan merger, other top business stories, and some Thanksgiving prep.

    Next, Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us once again from Indianapolis, where he writes his blog, The Incidental Economist, his New York Times’ Upshot contributions and serves as Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. Oh, and maybe a book or three. Today, we brought up some controversial ideas about everything from GMOs to turkey-induced sleepiness.

    In hour three, Pete welcomed back New York Times bestselling author and former Senior Partner at Goldman Sachs, Peter Kiernan. Pete and Peter spent a bulk of their time together contemplating Syria and ISIS, joined for a brief bit by SiriusXM Insight 121 host Dean Obeidallah.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to work on my Thanksgiving Day plate strategy.






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  5. Dude, You’re Gettin’ Adele.

    November 20, 2015 by MelStar1

    Adele’s new album “25” is out today, but it won’t be on any streaming services to give a better chance to break sales records. Good For Her? – or – Who Even Cares?


    Today on Stand Up!

    The race for POTUS gets crazier every day, so it’s a good thing the Executive Editor CNN Politics, Mark Preston, joins us almost weekly to help separate the noise from the real stories. Mark Preston talked about all the things the GOP candidates have said this week, and what’s happening in the Beltway.

    SiriusXM is partnering with the great organization WhyHunger for this year’s Hungerthon. For the last few weeks we have welcomed some of the folks who, with WhyHunger’s help, make a difference in the lives of so many Americans in need. Today, we looked at the role race plays in all of this with Beatriz Beckford and Dennis Derryck of the Corbin Hill Food Project and Simran Noor, Director of Policy & Strategy at the Center for Social Inclusion.

    Then, we attended the graduation of College Week! Robert Kelchen, Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University, gave us a bit of background on student loans, student debt and the problems that occur when college is over and the money hasn’t started rolling in.

    Finally, we welcomed back Brandon Bryant, the former US Air Force Sergeant and drone pilot-turned-whistleblower who is highlighted in the new documentary on America’s drone war, “Drone.” Joining Brandon was the director of the film, Tonje Hessen Schei. It was a frank, honest and fairly condemning discussion of a practice that most American’s remain ambivalent about.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go have myself a weekend.







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  6. God, or Not

    November 19, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Birthday, Dick Cavett!


    Today on Stand Up!

    Hemant Mehta is the co-founder and editor of FriendlyAtheist.com and appears on YouTube as the Friendly Atheist. He and Pete connected online and today they continued their discussion on atheism, faith and social interaction.

    Switching gears, and adding 2 tbsp of religion, we spoke once again with The New Republic’s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig about the ongoing debate over accepting Syrian refugees into the United States following the terror attacks in Paris, France last Friday.

    And College Week finished its two year degree with honors as Shanna Smith Jaggars, Asst. Director of the Community College Research Center and Teacher’s College at Columbia University. It was a great discussion on the experience and effectiveness of a community college education, featuring many of your calls.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a concert to go to.





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  7. Learn-a-Thon

    November 18, 2015 by MelStar1

    Jonestown went down today in 1978.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Well, it was another one of those patented, world famous, chock full learn-a-thon kind of shows, so buckle up:

    Louie Psihoyos is the founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society and documentary filmmaker whose 2009 expose of the whaling industry in Japan, “The Cove,” won an Academy Award. Today, he shared with us his new effort, “Racing Extinction,” premiering December 2nd @ 9pm on Discovery Channel.

    Shana Gadarian is Asst. Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She joined us to discuss her recent Washington Post piece, “How Sensationalist TV Stories on Terrorism Make Americans More Hawkish.”

    John Donvan is a respected ABC News correspondent whose new book exploring autism comes out in January. He is also the moderator for the US version of the Intelligence Squared debates. Tonight’s debate tackles the economics of central banks.

    We continued College Week with  Andrew Zimbalist, Professor of Economics at Smith College and author of several books on the intersection of economics and amateur athletics. Today’s topic was whether paying collegiate athletes is a good or bad idea?

    Finally,  we took a look at the new documentary, “Drone,” on the US drone war in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Brandon Bryant was a drone pilot in the Air Force and the first public whistleblower on the subject. He’ll be joining us again Friday with the film’s director. “Drone” is in theaters November 20th.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to shoo a cockroach off my pillow.






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  8. Tuesday, November 17th

    November 17, 2015 by MelStar1

    Lorne Michaels, Martin Scorsese and Danny DeVito all have birthdays today. It’s like F/M/K: Short Person Edition.


    Today on Stand UP!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief and proud papa for the second time, John Avlon joined us to cover the big events on the day and the biggest stories published at the Daily Beast.

    Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor Eric Segall gave us all the important facts regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a new abortion access and rights case in the coming term.

    College Week continued with the Senior Vice President and Publisher for the Princeton Review, Rob Franek. Pete and Rob covered the college admissions process and cost.

    Finally, Stephen Walt joined us to discuss ISIS. He is Professor of International Affairs at Harvard and author of several books, the most recent of which is 2005’s “Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy.”


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to make hand turkeys.






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  9. Kevin!

    November 16, 2015 by MelStar1

    Home Alone opened in theaters 25 years ago. To this day, no film has better captured the thrill of child endangerment.


    Today on Stand Up!

    We took your calls and thoughts on the terror attacks in Paris for the first hour. There’s a lot to say, and even more left to be said.

    Then, we welcomed back Dick Cavett for a great discussion in hour two. I am not going to insult him or embarrass you by giving you his curricula vitae. You know who he is, and you know what he’s capable of.

    In hour three, we kicked off College Week, the November installment of our (hopefully) sought after and (never once) award winning week-long deep dives. Today we were joined by Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Penn State and author of 2014’s “The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II.”

    Today’s show closed out with a great first-time visit from actress, director and activist Cynthia Nixon. The “Sex and the City” actress is starring in the new film, “James White,” and directing the new off-broadway play “Steve.”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to make my family disappear.




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  10. These Days

    November 13, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Friday the 13th you scaredy cats.


    Today on Stand Up!

    OpenSecrets.org’s Robert Maguire joined us to track down some of the dark money polluting the waters of the American political system.

    Comedian and diversity engagement specialist, Karith Foster, joined us to talk up her new documentary on changing views of humor, comedy and the responsibilities of comics, “Can We Take A Joke?” She also recounted her harrowing days in the employ of Don Imus.

    Next, founder and chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, joined us to talk about his efforts to bridge gaps in tolerance and knowledge between Muslims and the West. His recent book, “Defining Islamic Statehood: Measuring and Indexing Contemporary Muslim States,” is available now in paperback.

    Then, we were joined by two great folks from WhyHunger, with whom SiriusXM has partnered for the annual hungerthon event. Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau of the Global Movements Program and Elise Goldin of the Street Vendor Project joined us to delve further into how their groups work to reduce hunger and increase the quality of life for financially struggling Americans.

    Finally, we were joined in studio by actor and comic Wayne Federman, who is performing with Sarah Silverman and hosting his own film-centric event this weekend at the New York Comedy Festival. His first, and career comprehensive, comedy album, “The Chronicles of Federman,” is available from AST Records.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to work on my Nico impression.







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  11. Pizza Day

    November 12, 2015 by MelStar1

    The “Stand Up for Veterans” special is available as SiriusXM on-demand, so listen if you haven’t already!



    Today on Stand Up!

    Former Reagan adviser and treasury official Bruce Bartlett joined us to talk about the legacy of Jack Kemp in the Republican Party.

    Comedian Ron White is throwing his whiskey glass into the ring and joining the race for President of the United States. Seriously, he is, and Pete put him through his paces with the issues.

    Former stand up comic turned writer, Kliph Nesteroff, took us through his new book, “The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy.”

    Annnnd, NASCAR Xfinity Cup driver Cale Conley joined Pete in the last half-hour to talk about his work and support of the IAVA.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to order and consume one whole pizza.






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  12. Eleven Eleven

    November 11, 2015 by MelStar1

    Catch the Stand Up for Veterans special tonight at 6p East on Insight 121.


    Today on Stand Up!

    There was *another* GOP debate last night, hopefully you watched it once you figured out the channel for Fox Business. Also, Pete broadcast from the DC Studios, and you know what that means:

    DC-based guests!

    Mike Sacks, Congressional Correspondent for the National Law Journal, joined us to discuss the debate and top issues of the day, from a legal perspective.

    Then, bestselling author, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and former assistant to George W. Bush, David Frum gave us his take on last night’s debate, the 2016 Presidential Election candidate field and what the Republicans need to *really* do to pull off a White House victory.

    Hour three today was the premiere of the Stand Up for Veterans special, which you can hear tonight at 6pm East on Insight 121, and later at 9pm West for all you Left Coasters. Pete has an honest and thoughtful discussion on the past, present and hopeful future of veterans affairs with the leaders of the nation’s leading veterans advocacy organizations.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to stop using Winnie the Pooh as my style icon.






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  13. Yes We Can Can

    November 10, 2015 by MelStar1

    Rest in Funky Piece, Allen Toussaint


    Today on Stand Up!

    After some lively discussion on the developments this week at University of Missouri and Pete’s triumphant CNN appearance with the guy who thinks Starbucks is anti-Christian, we welcomed Johann Hari back to the show. Hari’s book, “Chasing the Scream,” now available in paperback, traces the history and failings of the war on drugs, making a convincing case for the legalization of all drugs.

    Then, we checked in with John Donvan, ABC News correspondent and moderator of the excellent Intelligence Squared debates here in the U.S. John previewed for Pete this evening’s debate on whether or not United States prosecutors have too much power.

    Next, we were joined in-studio by the very funny actor Rainn Wilson, whose memoir “The Bassoon King,” is freshly available and ready for your eyeballs. The candid actor gave us insight into his faith/spirituality, the cruddy jobs that keep a novice actor in rent money, and a lifetime of dealing with a gigantic head.

    Before we wrapped up and Pete slipped off to Washington D.C. for tomorrow’s show, Josh Zepps popped in to hang out and chat before his stint hosting the Insight Hour at noon. Speaking of tomorrow’s show, don’t forget our Stand Up for Veterans special, airing in the third hour.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to re-watch that clip of Starbucks Guy getting Deeee-stroyed by Pete and Brianna Keilar on CNN.






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  14. Sandwiches

    November 9, 2015 by MelStar1

    For Germans, today commemorates the bitter and the sweet: Kristallnacht and the opening of the Berlin Wall both took place Novemeber 9, fifty-one years apart.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Indiana University professor, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and contributor to the NY Times’ Upshot, Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us to talk health policy and educate us on myths and unfounded opinions.

    Creator of WNYC’s popular food podcast, The Sporkful, and author of 2014’s “Eat More Better,” Dan Pashman joined us to discuss the question at the heart of his New York Comedy Festival debate with John Hodgman and at the very heart of the American Dream: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

    Next, one of the greatest supermodels and iconic faces of all time joined us to discuss her new book on health and beauty. Pick up Christie Brinkley’s “Timeless Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets and Shortcuts to Looking Great,” this week.

    Lastly, we spoke with economist Steven Radelet about his new book, “The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World.” Radelet is a Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown University, Chief Economist at USAID, and former Senior  Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to work on my moves.




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