1. Holiday Road

    December 23, 2015 by MelStar1

    What’s your personal Best of 2015 List look like?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Cay Johnston took us inside his latest piece for Al Jazeera on the wimpiness of the new American political landscape.

    President of the Volusia County Teachers Organization, Andrew Spar, is in town with his family for Christmas and, being an old friend of Pete’s and the show, we couldn’t help but invite them all on for a fun hour of talk ranging from a teacher’s duty to the politics of education to solar powered pool heaters.

    Next, Dr. Mark Publicker joined the show again (but with Pete for the first time) to spread information and hope about the perils of opioid addiction. Having worked in addiction medicine for the last 30 years, Dr. Publicker has spent time on the frontlines of America’s battle against heroin addiction in the wilds and suburbs of northern New England. It’s a rough topic, but one that affects so, so many of us in one way or another.

    Finally, as our last kind act of 2015, we let Dean Obeidallah on the show to discuss his latest writings at the Daily Beast and to wrap up his groundbreaking year as host of the Dean Obeidallah Show here on SiriusXM Insight 121, where he is the first Muslim-American national talk radio host.


    We are off for the holiday, but stay tuned for the Best of 2015 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, featuring some of our best and most engrossing celebrity interviews. Then, come back next week as, each day, Pete looks back at the best theme weeks from the last year.


    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy and Healthy New Year to each and every one of you. We wouldn’t be here, doing this, without your support and listenership, and we are thankful for that. Let’s meet up again in 2016 and do it all over again.







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  2. Ali & Bruce & Ali & Pete

    December 22, 2015 by MelStar1

    What’s the best present you remember getting as a child?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Just because this whole week *feels* like the last day of school before winter break doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of fun, meaningful, and smart conversation.

    Ali Velshi hosts “On Target” every weeknight for Al Jazeera America, and he joins us from time to time to talk money, world events and whatever else is in the headlines. A stranger to no subject, today Ali and Pete stayed on the topic of Muslims in America and how they’ve been treated by presidential candidates and by the media at large.

    This week, the Associated Press continued its year-long look at America’s infrastructure with a sobering piece on just how vulnerable the national power grid is to malicious electronic attacks. There’s no better person to help us understand and develop this topic more than Bruce Schneier, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, board member at the EFF and author of the great newsletter over at SchneierBlog.

    It’s been awhile, and he’s a busy, busy man, but Ali Soufan finally rejoined Pete in Studio 21 for another hour of real, substantial analysis of the war on terror. In his book, “The Black Banners: the Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda,” Soufan introduced us to the terror groups, government agencies and tactics that begat the war on terror. Today, as CEO of The Soufan Group, Ali continues the work he started as special agent to the FBI in educating nations and corporations alike on intelligence and security. Here, Pete asks Ali Soufan to weigh in on Hillary Clinton’s remark that Donald Trump’s tough talk on Muslims is being used by ISIS as a recruiting tool, for which she’s been repeatedly rebuked:




    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to hang my stockings with care. (They’re silk and very expensive.)





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  3. Oh, biscuits

    December 21, 2015 by MelStar1

    Lindsey Graham, we hardly knew ye.


    Today on Stand Up!

    It’s a short week and we’re short staffed, but that has never stopped us before…so let’s go!

    Pete shared a HuffPo Live panel with Jamil Smith and has been dying to introduce his smart, relevant take on race and social issues to the Stand Up audience. Jamil is Senior Editor at The New Republic and host of “Intersection,” a podcast focused on race, gender and identity.

    Next, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans joined us to fill up our tanks full of knowledge on sinking oil prices and buy us two tickets for the post-mortem breakdown of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” total box office domination.

    Believe it or not, there was a Democratic Debate this past weekend, not that the DNC minds if you didn’t watch. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley continued to fight back the rising tide of Hillary Clinton, and today we grabbed two of our favorites to go over the dirty debate details: MSNBC contributor and author Joy-Ann Reid and Rolling Stone contributing editor and author Matt Taibbi.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to make a list and check it twice.





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  4. The Morning After Chill

    December 16, 2015 by MelStar1

    Are debates an effective tool for swaying voters anymore or has it all just become another show to watch?


    Today on Stand Up!

    We talked education and school reform with Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at NYU and author of 2013’s “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.”

    Then, PJ O’Rourke phoned in from the chilly climes of New England where the former Rolling Stone and current Daily Beast columnist poked a stick in the eye of modern politics and politicians, Republican, Democrat or Trump. You can read his collected works in the new book, “Thrown Under the Omnibus,” out now.

    In hour three, we were joined in studio for some post-debate wrap-up courtesy of Mediaite’s Joe Concha and Internet Action Force EIC, John DeVore. There was a lot to talk about, and not just Pete’s hangover. Although, who could blame him after all the fearmongering that took place on that stage in Las Vegas.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to leave this place and go far, far away.






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  5. Debate This!

    December 15, 2015 by MelStar1

    Just a few hours away from the Republican Debate on CNN…but even more importantly, Insight Late Night: Cocktail Party after the Debate! 11pm EST on SiriusXM Insight 121!


    Today on Stand Up!


    New York Times bestselling author and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi joined Pete in hour one to preview the the big shindig, which he will attend.


    Next, Dr. Robert W. Sussman, physical anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, joined us for a discussion on the science of race and racism. He is the author of 2014’s “The Myth of Race: The Troublesome Persistence of An Unscientific Idea”. 


    Mark Preston, Executive Editor, CNN Politics discusses this week in the Capitol and what to expect next week. He joined us from Las Vegas to preview CNN’s GOP Debate.


    Finally, Rebecca Vallas, Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, joined us to discuss a new CAP report showing nearly 1 in 2 kids in the US have a parent with a criminal record.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to call out sick tomorrow.






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  6. Santa’s Cane

    December 11, 2015 by MelStar1

    Ever wonder where the candy cane comes from? Me neither, but without them mall santas would have nothing hand out.

    Today on Stand Up!

    It’s a big thing for office buildings and houses to achieve a “green building” status and Pete spoke with US Green Building Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi about the history of the certification, the process of the LEED Standard and his new book “Greenthink: How Profit Can Save the Planet.”

    It’s hard not to notice the groundswell of support Donald Trump has drawn from the more nationalistic, race-focused elements of American society, whether he wants it or not. Gideon Resnick wrote about white supremacist support for Trump at the Daily Beast, and took Pete deep inside the subject.

    Finally, we spent another hour with the great actor and friend, Peter Coyote. His years studying Buddhism and his adventures through life have given Peter a keen perspective on current events and the human condition. Plus, he’s just so darn fun to talk to.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to talk to my christmas tree like it was my pet.






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  7. Pete on HLN today Discussing Trump

    December 10, 2015 by adminpete

  8. Advent-ageous

    by MelStar1

    Only 15 days until Christmas. Here’s a brief history of the advent calendar, which is only cool for people who barely enjoy chocolate.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Syracuse professor and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Cay Johnston, joined Pete to talk about a new Pew Research study on the dissolution of the Middle Class in America.

    Wajahat Ali is an award-winning playwright and Nat’l Correspondent at al Jazeera America, and he has a recent piece in the New York Times on a post-shooting process colloquially called “The Muslim Drill” that Pete wanted to discuss.

    Dahlia Lithwick does some fine writing on the Supreme Court over at Slate and Pete loves all of it. Today, they discussed her latest work on the Supreme Court’s impending decision on a case that could upset the role of affirmative action in the college admissions process.

    Finally, Pete spent a segment with Michael Mann, climate scientist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines,” became an important chapter in the recent history of the climate change debate.

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




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  9. Bears

    December 9, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Birthday, Dick Butkus!


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pete got the scoop on the Iowa Caucus from Mark Nolte, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group. It is actually far more informative than any segment about Iowa has a right being.

    We spent hour two discussing the current state of Muslim affairs in America, and by that I mean the damage done on a daily basis by Donald Trump. SiriusXM Insight host Dean Obeidallah and comedian and actress Maysoon Zayid joined Pete for a deep and spirited look at why Islam continues to divide non-Muslim Americans.

    Then, Andrew Bacevich joined us to discuss military affairs in the Middle East. Andrew is a former teacher at West Point and former Army colonel who served in the Vietnam War. His most recent book is “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.”

    Finally, we took a call from Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large for The Atlantic, for whom he is putting on “Unfinished Business: The Atlantic LGBT Summit,” tomorrow in Washington, D.C.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to weigh the pros and cons of Frank Sinatra’s life and career.





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  10. Imagine

    December 8, 2015 by MelStar1

    Here’s a sampling of NYC radio the night John Lennon was killed (via WFMU)


    Today on Stand Up!

    Lest we go at least one full day without mentioning his name, Donald Trump doubled down on the fear-stoking, Islamophobic rhetoric that has propelled him to the top of the charts.* We took your calls on the matter throughout the show.

    Next, the author and satirist Christopher Buckley spent an hour with Pete, discussing his new novel, “The Relic Master,”  focusing on the lucrative business of tracking and procuring religious artifacts in the 16th Century. We also got his take on the current state of the world, as well as his lack of involvement in the recent documentary about his father.

    The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates is hosting the Insight Hour at 12 Noon all this week, and he joined us in hour third hour to talk Trump, race, sports and preview his upcoming guests.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to listen to this on repeat until I know all the words.





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  11. Infamy

    December 7, 2015 by MelStar1

    The attack on Pearl Harbor happened 74 years ago.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Indiana University professor of Pediatrics, health policy expert and noted blogger, Dr. Aaron Carroll, joined us in the first hour to discuss removing the tax on Cadillac health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

    Then, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans, joined to cover the business stories of the week and the usual hijinx items, like exploding “hoverboards.”

    At the top of hour three, we were joined once again by former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Colombia, Laura Coates. Pete and Laura discussed the start of legal proceedings against the Baltimore police officers found liable for the death of Freddy Gray.

    Finally, Pete had the rare and great chance to sit down with actor Jeffrey Tambor, whose career is as varied and rich as the man is kind and talented. His new show, TransParent, just entered a new season on Amazon Prime. Pete and Jeffrey talked about the show, his career and Pete’s stunning resemblance to Paul Giamatti.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to decorate the tree.





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  12. The Dude.

    December 4, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Birthday, Jeff Bridges.


    Today on Stand Up!

    – Dr. Gary Slutkin is the founder and CEO of Cure Violence, using his background as a physician and epidemiologist to treat the plague of gun violence like any other infectious disease.

    Comedian Jim David joined us in studio for the second hour, sharing the very funny viewpoint of a gay man who has basically had enough of the Left and the Right.

    – Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor Eric Segall joined us to talk about the New York Times op-ed he co-authored with Judge Eric Posner about Justice Antonin Scalia

    – Finally we talked to ThinkProgress.org’s Igor Volsky about the tweetstorm he engaged in after the San Bernardino shooting, in which he brought to light all the NRA support received by politicians who like to appear so upset and distraught over gun violence.

    Coming up Monday…the very great actor Jeffrey Tambor.


    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m working on something important.





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  13. Again.

    December 3, 2015 by MelStar1

    Happy Birthday, Illinois! You became a state on this day in 1813.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pete opened the show with your calls and reaction to the mass shooting yesterday in San Bernardino, California.

    Then, in hour two, we spoke once again with veteran ABC News correspondent and moderator of the US installment of the Intelligence Squared debates, John Donvan. The subject of tonight’s IQ2 debate is whether or not the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause allows for or forbids the use of racial preferences in the college admission process.

    In hour three, comedian and actor Wayne Brady joined us once again. Starring on Broadway in “Kinky Boots,” Pete and Wayne discussed race, gender and love in a fun, if all too brief, conversation.

    Finally, we talked once again with Bill Ayres, the one-time radio DJ who founded the WhyHunger organization with Harry Chapin in 1975. SiriusXM is helping WhyHunger meet their 2015 Hungerthon goals, but we need your support. Visit SiriusXM.com/WhyHunger for more information on how to make the season bright for those among us who need it the most.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to read up on which politicians are in the pocket of the NRA.





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  14. Please, Sir.

    December 2, 2015 by MelStar1

    In 1867, New Yorkers waited in a line a mile long to get into a Charles Dickens reading, his first in the city.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Exec. Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Robert Stowe, joined us from Paris, France to talk about the #COP21 Climate Summit, taking place in the City of Light through next week.

    Mark Potok is Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor-in-chief of that organization’s quarterly journal and Hatewatch Blog. Today, we focused Mark’s expertise on the notion of domestic terror, in the wake of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs.

    Finally, we were joined by award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee to discuss his new project, “Chi-Raq,” and the larger issues of police violence and gun violence in the city of Chicago.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to get into the Christmas spirit.




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