1. Cruz in for a Brusin’

    January 29, 2016 by MelStar1

    How many more of these debates do we have to watch? YIKES, it’s painful to watch these guys slowly realize they aren’t The One.


    Today on Stand UP!


    Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of YWCA, joined Pete to talk about her organization’s effort to empower women, and eradicate racism.

    Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) doesn’t agree with Pete on many core issues, but there is one issue they are in lock step over, and that is campaign finance reform. Today, he shared with Pete his latest work on smashing Citizens United and creating a better political system.

    In the third hour, we took a look back at last night’s Trump-free Republican debate, first with former Congressman Trey Radel, then with Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi!






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  2. Challengers

    January 28, 2016 by MelStar1

    What do you remember about the Challenger explosion? I was in school, and I remember it being pitched as a flight that put us on the cusp of a new era of space travel and education. I also remember being devastated.


    Today on Stand Up!

    New York Magazine contributing editor and author of 2010’s “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” Lisa Miller joined us to go over her current cover story for New York, “How Intelligent Do You Have to Be to Raise a Child?”

    Rebecca Vallas, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, joined us to go a little further into President Obama’s executive order barring juvenile inmates of federal penitentiaries from begin kept in solitary confinement.

    Peter Kiernan was a Senior Partner at Goldman Sachs, leaving in 2000 and becoming philanthropist and a bestselling author, focusing on America’s place in the global economy, and therefore global power. Today, he and Pete talked politics, economics and the relationship between Iran, ISIS and oil.

    Michael Mann is a climate scientist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, but you likely know him as author of the influential climate-centric book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.” He and Pete covered the state of climate denial amongst the GOP, and methane’s quickening effect on the change of our planet’s climate.

    At the end of the show, we took time to remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger and one of the greatest tragedies to befall the US Space Program.




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  3. Debatable

    January 27, 2016 by MelStar1

    Now that Donald is out of tomorrow’s GOP debate, I guess that means nobody will mention his name or talk about him, not even once.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Detroit Free Press columnist, Nancy Kaffer, joined us during our Detroit broadcast to talk about the water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan. Today, she returned to give us an update as we tried to figure out what’s next for the families of Flint.

    The Renewal Project and Renewal Awards help honor grassroots organizations that make a difference communities across America. Pete was joined by Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media’s Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships to discuss this project. Since he is also a regular contributor to National Journal and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Pete and Ron also covered the Presidential campaign, including Donald Trump and more.

    We spent our third hour today with activist, journalist and Daily Beast editor-at-large, Goldie Taylor. Goldie’s been on the show a whole bunch, but today was the first time she and Pete were together in-studio and it was great. They covered a broad range of issues affecting people of color, women, and Americans in general, all distilled through Goldie’s unique and fearless lens.

    Tickets for the Portsmouth, NH Electoral College tour stop are on sale now. Info for the Duke University show will be available in the coming weeks.




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  4. Go, Fish.

    January 26, 2016 by MelStar1

    So long, Abe Vigoda. 


    Today on Stand Up!


    Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us in hour one to set up the Iowa Caucus, and discuss the appeal of candidate/outsiders/leaders like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

    Next, we discussed the rise and slow death of the suburbs with senior editor of The Week magazine and founder and editor of the baseball newsletter, “The Slurve,” Michael Brendan Dougherty.

    Then, LOST and Lord of the Rings star, Dominic Monaghan, stopped in-studio to talk with Pete about the new season of his Travel Channel series, “Wild Things,” which looks too awesome for it’s own good. A bit insect-heavy, though.

    Finally, Pete got his chance to talk to National Review editor Rich Lowry, mastermind behind the stalwart conservative publication’s coordinated frontal assault on the candidacy of Donald Trump. Pete and Rich rarely agree on the big issues, but on the issue of Donald Trump being wholly NOT what America needs, they are of one voice.





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  5. Post-Jonas

    January 25, 2016 by MelStar1

    What’s the point of naming snowstorms, anyway?


    Today on Stand Up!


    If you spent your weekend holed up seeking shelter from nature’s frozen fury, you may have seen news reports of the hot new disease making waves across the world, Zika. Indiana University Prof. of Pediatrics, health policy expert, author and host of YouTube hit series, Healthcare Triage, Dr. Aaron Carroll, laid out the facts behind Zika, the current places on Earth seeing the most cases, and the chances of it becoming a problem among American populations.

    Next, we checked in with CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-host of the cable newser’s “Early Start” program, Christine Romans. Pete and Christine talked about the ways winter storms, or any large scale weather event, can hurt local and national economies.

    Hour three today was dedicated to a great, eye-opening new book from one of our most respected guests. Usually, John Donvan is previewing the next Intelligence Squared debate for us, or talking journalistic ethics, but today he joined us with his co-author and colleague, award-winning ABC News and Nightline journalist and producer Caren Zucker, to discuss their book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.” Instead of being a clinical look at a less-than-well-understood disorder, the story of autism is told through stories about the people who live with it in their own lives. Pete loves it, and he promises you will as well.



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  6. Trump In Review

    January 22, 2016 by MelStar1

    What is your go to, heart-of-winter, make me warm NOW comfort food?


    Today on Stand Up!


    It looks like the old-conservative base is beginning to mount a final defense against Donald Trump, culminating with National Review’s editors and contributors letting loose thousands of words on why The Donald is not fit for office. Discussing that with us, plus the upcoming Iowa Caucus and much more, was our old pal Mark Preston. Mark is Executive Editor, CNN Politics and probably happy to be missing out on the DC Blizzard of ’16 while covering things in Iowa.

    Next, Pete reconnected with Heather McGhee, president of think tank Demos and Demos Action, its advocacy wing. Pete and Heather discussed the Democratic side of the race, which is beginning to heat up as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both seek to fashion images of themselves as THE alternative to mainstream politics and the cure for what ails America, while seeking minority and middle class support.

    Maybe you have been lucky enough to miss out on the Sarah Palin headlines this week, but most of us were not. On the day she announced her support of Donald Trump for President, her son track was charged in a domestic violence incident. Later, Palin stooped far to insinuate her son’s behavior was the result of the stress of his military service. To counter that argument and bring truth to the issue, Pete spent a few minutes with Matt Miller, Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

    For the third of you caught up in some truly nasty and possibly historic winter weather this weekend, good luck. As for the rest of you, enjoy your weekend. See you Monday.






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  7. Washington Cartel

    January 21, 2016 by MelStar1

    What’s the least electable thing about Ted Cruz?


    Today on Stand Up!

    I can only hope that you love when we have Bob Rice on the show as much as we do. His insight into the world of technology, emerging markets and industry is second to none, and he always leaves us dreaming of a brighter, shinier future. Bob Rice is managing partner at Tangent Capital and author of the bestselling “Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World’s Best-Performing Portfolios.”

    Dr. Drew Pinsky joined Pete once again to discuss health, wellness and his career. Dr. Drew, of course, is an Internist, Addictionologist MD, host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call,” and bestselling author and radio host. He and Pete covered everything from adult coloring books to Big Pharma sponsorships.

    Finally, we spent some time with Georgia State University Constitutional Law professor, Eric Segall. Pete and Eric covered the upcoming Supreme Court docket and how those decisions could affect important issues like abortion and immigration for years to come.






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  8. Palin-drone’d

    January 20, 2016 by MelStar1

    Does Sarah Palin’s support for Donald Trump affect this Presidential race in ANY way whatsoever?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Throughout the show, we discussed Sarah Palin’s Trumpdorsement and her lasting place in America’s political landscape. Elsewhere:

    Brooke Burke Charvet is a model/actress/mother/wife, and she joined Pete in hour one to discuss all of those things, but mostly light bladder leakage, for which she is a preventative product spokesperson.

    – Pete and Jim Wallis first met at the Aspen Ideas Festival several years ago, and we’ve been happily following the Sojourners President and Founder’s writings on life, faith and society ever since. Today, he and Pete talked about white privilege.

    Our last guest was the DC-based attorney and founder & president of Reneo Consulting, LLC, Scott D. Gilbert.  Mr. Gilbert worked with Cuban and U.S. officials to secure the release of American aid worker Alan Gross last year, and now his client Amir Hekmati has been released from 3.5 years in in prison thanks to similar work between the U.S. and Iran.

    Remember, tomorrow at noon EST is the SiriusXM Insight 1-Year Anniversary Special, where Pete, Dean Obeidallah and John Fugelsang will share their thoughts and memories on the first year of your favorite channel!






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  9. Privileged

    January 19, 2016 by MelStar1

    Is White Privilege: A) Real? B) Something that affects you?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN contributor, John Avlon, joined Pete to catch up on the top stories from over the weekend. John also helped start the discussion on white privilege that became a recurring topic throughout today’s show.

    Next, Pete was joined by Washington Post columnist and noted political commentator and author, Dana Milbank, who talked with Pete about the cases before the Supreme Court this term, Donald Trump’s exuberant racist-seeming tendencies, and more about privilege.

    We were supposed to have Ali Velshi on last week, but then we thought…why not wait until he’s farther away? Like, say, Switzerland? So, today we were pleased to, by the power of technology, bring you host of Al Jazeera America’s On Target and co-author of the book “How to Speak Money,” Ali Velshi. Pete and Ali talked about the current state of things at AJAM (not good) and his new hi-tech way of connecting to the show (very good).

    Finally, before a great conversation with you guys about white privilege and race in America, Pete sat down with actress Rashida Jones about her life and her new show, the very funny (like seriously laugh-out-loud funny) cop-show spoof “Angie Tribeca,” airing on TBS.







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  10. Let’s Dance

    January 15, 2016 by MelStar1

    Who won the debate last night? Ted Cruz, New Yorkers or Bernie Sanders?


    Before we skate off into the three day weekend, Pete welcomed:


    Executive Editor, CNN Politics, Mark Preston, who took us on the campaign trail with tales of Democrats and Republicans on the hunt for delegates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    In the second hour, we wrapped up last night’s Republican Debate, televised on Fox Business Network, with the help of Reason Magazine editor-in-chief, Matt Welch, and editorial director at Mic.com and former SiriusXM POTUS host, Slade Sohmer. One of our better post-mortems, IMHO.

    Our last guest of the day was Katherine Zoepf, fellow at the New America Foundation, journalist and author of “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World.”

    Remember, Monday is the observation of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be back Tuesday to make with the learning and the fun.





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  11. Thursdays, huh?

    January 14, 2016 by MelStar1

    Alan Rickman left us today, and so did Snape and Hans Gruber and Marvin the Paranoid Android and Alexander Dane and Metatron.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig is a staff writer over at The New Republic, where she generally writes on issues where faith and politics and culture intersect. Today, however, she brought to mind the notion of public sector unions, as highlighted in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which has gone to oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

    We’ve all been following the escape, recapture and celebrity crossings of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, but the details, politics and circumstances may escape most of what we see on the TV news. To that end, Pete welcomed back former Chief of International Operations at the DEA, Michael Vigil.

    Next, Pete said hello! to Aaron David Miller, former adviser on the Middle East to both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State and current VP for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. We got Aaron’s take on Iran’s capture, and subsequent release, of 10 US military personnel in that region. Aaron David Miller’s recent book is “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have and Doesn’t Want Another Great President” and his son just wrote a piece for Newsweek on quitting smoking with the use of psychedelics.

    Today’s show closed out with a closer look at what’s happening up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding ranch land in remote Oregon. We turned to author and journalist Linda Tirado, who traveled to the militia standoff, reporting for The Daily Beast. Linda authored 2014’s “Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap Nation.”




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  12. Barry and Teddy

    January 13, 2016 by MelStar1

    State of the Union: Good? or GREAT!


    Today on Stand Up!


    In hour one, we recapped the State of the Union a bit, talked other headlines and gave you an encore of Pete’s interview with Michael Ian Black from last week. Guess what? STILL hilarious.

    Hour two brought more discussion of President Obama’s final State of the Union, this time with MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid and Michael Moynihan from Daily Beast and VICE.

    Next, John Donvan, ABC News correspondent and moderator for the US outlet of the Intelligence Squared debate series, joined us to preview the next debate, on the topic of allowing Syrian refugees safe harbor in the United States. John also co-authored a new book, “In A Different Key: the Story of Autism,” available for pre-order now.

    We closed the day out with a visit from Geoffrey Cowan, bestselling author and Annenburg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California. Geoffrey’s latest book, “Let the People Rule: Teddy Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary,” is fun, informative and out now.






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  13. Detroit Rising

    January 12, 2016 by MelStar1

    Hitsville, U.S.A! Where should Stand Up with Pete Dominick go next?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pete and Alfred hit Detroit for 24 hours of fun and excitement at the North American International Auto Show! Broadcasting from Central Kitchen + Bar in the beating heart of downtown Detroit, Pete welcomed:

    – Detroit journalist and current staff writer at Bridge for The Center of Michigan, Bill McGraw.

    Matt Cullen, President and CEO of Rock Ventures, helping Dan Gilbert oversee his wide portfolio of companies as well as the ongoing rebuilding, revitalization and reinvestment in the city of Detroit.

    – Author, journalist, and Detroit booster and philanthropist Mitch Albom, whose books, including “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven,” have sold over 35 million copies.

    – Director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center, Addell Austin Anderson.

    – Businessman, Basketball Hall of Fame member and Mayor of Detroit from 2009 to 2013, through the heart of the city’s financial crisis, Dave Bing.

    – Dennis Archer Jr., President and CEO of Ignition Media Group, partner in the Central Kitchen + Bar and board member of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Joining Dennis via phone was Univ. of Michigan basketball legend and ABC Sports/ESPN commentator, Jalen Rose.





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  14. Starman

    January 11, 2016 by MelStar1

    Favorite David Bowie songs in the comments. Go.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Packed show today, as Pete broadcasts from Michigan, on his way to Detroit for the auto show and tomorrow’s special broadcast from Central Kitchen + Bar in Downtown.

    Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, Dr. Aaron Carroll joined Pete for the first time in 2016, helping us figure out the new FDA nutrition guidelines, and other healthcare related issues of the day.

    Next, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-anchor of the cable newser’s Early Start program, Christine Romans joined us to talk the big money issues of the week, including ongoing market trepidation over China’s economy.

    Former G.W. Bush speechwriter and current Senior Editor at The Atlantic, David Frum, called in to discuss with Pete his cover story in this month’s issue, “The Great Republican Revolt.”

    The, we spoke with another respected author and political writer. Richard Rhodes has written 25 books, among them “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and “Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb.” A perfect guest to call on when we want to know more about North Korea’s attempts to join the ranks of nuclear armed nations.

    Finally, Pete wanted to take another look at the water crisis in Flint, Michigan but from the perspective of local journalists who have been covering the topic for awhile. Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press spoke to us about Flint’s issues, and also gave Pete a primer on how to approach the topic of Detroit’s downfall and rebirth in tomorrow’s live show.





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