1. $50 Tip

    March 31, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    We talked drug legalization with author and journalist Dan Baum, whose new Harper’s Magazine piece takes a look at making ALL drugs legal fair-game.

    Then, we spent an hour with the very funny, and very complex, Aaron Berg, discussing everything from Black Lives Matter to drug and alcohol abuse to his former life stripping for the women of greater Toronto.

    Finally, Pete took a look at causes and curative solutions to community violence with Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former Chief of Staff to the Dept. of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Thomas Abt.



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  2. The Silo

    March 30, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    • We talked up the Democratic Awakening, happening in Washington, D.C. April 16th-18th with President of Public Citizen, Robert Weissman
    • Slate’s Daniel Engber took us inside the arguments for and against the required labeling of GMO food products, revealing just how blurred the battle line can be.
    • Addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Mark Publicker, talked opioid addiction treatment, in light of President Obama’s remarks and urge for a new perspective on the issue from all sides.
    • Comedian George Lopez talked up his new TV Land series…and apologized to an entire city in Texas.





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  3. Futurist Friday

    March 25, 2016 by MelStar1

    Leave it to Donald Trump to make the National Enquirer relevant again…


    Today on Stand Up!

    Al Jazeera America’s whip-smart anchor and friend of the show, Ali Velshi, joined us once again to discuss oil, the economy and what life is life for disaffected refugees corralled in neighborhoods like Mollenbeek in Brussels, Belgium. Far from an apologist for terrorist sympathies and behavior, Velshi helped point out the ways in which Belgium failed to take advantage of an opportunity to lead a generation of young men *away* from radicalisation.

    Then, Pete’s older brother, Brian Dominick, joined us, remaining for the rest of the show. Whip-smart is a good way to describe Brian, as well. Pete and Brian discussed critiques of capitalism and took your calls. Then, for the final hour of the program, Bob Rice joined the program. Tech entrepreneur, author, CEO, Wall St. law partner, Bob Rice’s got the vital statistics to raise any discourse. As the hour passed, talk shifted to a futurist’s look at the economy of tomorrow. Spoiler Alert: ROBOTS and AI.




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  4. Taste the Rainbow

    March 24, 2016 by MelStar1

    What’s the better candy? SKITTLES. No further questions, your honor.


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    Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow and New York Times’ bestselling author, Gayle Lemmon, joined us to survey the foreign policy landscape post-Brussels and to talk about her book, “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield,” available in paperback April 12th.

    US Army Captain-turned-author Matthew Gallagher joined Pete once more. Author of 2010’s “Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War,” a memoir of his time fighting in Iraq, Gallagher joined us today to promote his new novel, “Youngblood.”

    Following the ISIS attacks in Belgium, we thought it good to check in with one of our most trusted guests in the field of national security and terrorism, Ali Soufan, former FBI Special Agent and CEO of The Soufan Group. Ali is also in the position to shed a certain light of truth, or at least expertise, on a lot of the GOP rhetoric revolving around the ideas of tracking muslim communities or kickstarting new torture programs.

    Today’s show closed out with a call from comedian Jimmy Dore. Host of his own show on Los Angeles station KPFK, Dore will also be hosting the Insight Hour all next week. Catch his book, his Hulu special or his appearances on popular net-based politics show, The Young Turks.




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  5. The Wave

    March 23, 2016 by MelStar1

    Are you less likely to visit Europe after the Paris and Belgium terror attacks, or is your resolve unbowed?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Health policy economist, creator and main writer at The Incidental Economist and contributor to New York Times’ Upshot blog, Austin Frakt stopped by the studio to enlighten us on the intricacies of staying healthy, wealthy and wise.

    Next, Pete spoke with Scott Aukerman, comedy writer and producer behind such sure bets at Comedy Bang! Bang! and Between Two Ferns. Scott was here to talk up his new show, a spoof on basic cable real estate reality shows called Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.

    Then, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, joined us to discuss the ISIS terror attack in Belgium. Clemons was on his way out of Brussels when the attacks occurred, and he relayed his tale, as well as his take on American political response.

    Finally, Pete was joined once again by Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Mason updated us on legal marijuana in Colorado, and legal attempts by neighboring states to control the outward haze of pot products. Then we argued with you guys about pot, and it was fun.




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  6. Belgium

    March 22, 2016 by MelStar1

    What, in your opinion, keeps a nation safest: military offensives, defensive clampdowns and security, strong intelligence operations or active diplomacy?


    Today on Stand Up?

    In the first half of the show, we spoke with two men whom we respect and trust with the news of the day, any and every day: Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and CNN anchor and author Tom Foreman. We asked each man how his company switches gears when breaking news hits the newsroom, here are their answers

    Next, we spoke with David Kilcullen about national security and international terrorism. David is Chairman of Caerus Global Solutions and a Senior Future of War Fellow at New America, as well as author of the new book, “Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State.”

    Today’s show wrapped up with a look at America’s aging, and often neglected, water system. Investigative reporter for USA Today, Alison Young just filed a new piece on the subject, revealing excessive levels of lead in thousands of water systems across all 50 states.




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  7. Cafecito

    March 21, 2016 by MelStar1

    The President is in Cuba, the only place left on the planet your Starbucks gift card has no monetary value.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Charles Duhigg is a best-selling author and pulitzer prize winning journalist for the New York Times whose recent piece, “How Asking 5 Questions Allowed Me to Eat Dinner with My Kids,” piqued Pete’s interest. By looking for the root causes of the things that trouble you, and addressing them, Charles says you can find the time in life for the things we value more than office work.

    Next, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent joined us from CNN’s studios uptown. Christine Romans gave us a preview of today’s Apple press event (new iphones, ipad, watch price drop) as well as a look at President Obama’s trip to Cuba and general election madness. Christine’s books on money are helpful and worth your time (and dime).

    Then, since he’s finally back from vacation, Pete welcomed Georgia State University constitutional law professor Eric Segall back to the show. Pete and Prof. Segall took a look at Merrick Garland, the President’s choice for Supreme Court Justice. In the end, Segall would prefer SCOTUS tried harder to acquit itself of it’s unintentional Harvard/Yale bias, to which Garland would only contribute.

    Finally, we spent the third hour with the always great and insightful Michael Moynihan. Regular guest on SiriusXM Insight and host of VICE News’ “The Business of Life”, Michael and Pete talked politics and America’s changing relationship with Cuba…and also, Benghazi.




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  8. Weak End

    March 18, 2016 by MelStar1

    Man, what a long week. Not as long as Marco Rubio’s week, but still pretty long.


    Today on Stand Up!

    CNN’s executive director of politics, Mark Preston, gave us a good look at the week’s political picture and made us rack our brains trying to think of conservative comedians.

    Nick Penniman is executive director of Issue One. Wendell Potter is a journalist with the Center for Public Integrity. Together, they’ve written the new book, “Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy.” They joined Pete to discuss the NEED to change the way elections are funded.

    We also spoke with Elissa Strauss, journalist who covers parenting for Slate and feminism/culture for Elle Magazine, about breastfeeding! Few topics in parenting elicit the bevy of opinions that breastfeeding does. Today was no different.




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  9. Céad míle fáilte

    March 17, 2016 by MelStar1

    Lindsay Graham is now throwing fundraisers for Ted Cruz, the man he said was so disliked, he could be murdered on the floor of the Senate without retribution or punishment. Truly, the Pride of the Palmetto State.


    Today on Stand Up!


    Our favorite historian, Kenneth C. Davis, gave Pete a 100-level course on Fascism, of which Pete did not know much.

    Former CIA intelligence officer David Priess, whose service ran through both the Clinton and George W. Bush White Houses, shared with Pete history and anecdotes from his new book on Presidential daily intelligence briefings, “The President’s Book of Secrets: the Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s President’s from Kennedy to Obama.”

    SiriusXM Urban View host and walking legend, Joe Madison, joined Pete to discuss Donald Trump’s campaign, supreme court hijinx and Joe’s special on criminal justice with Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ).

    Yesterday, we discussed the political fight over replacing Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, playing some audio from Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). Today, Rep. Butterfield joined us via phone to discuss further what he sees as duplicitous and politically wrong tactics on the part of the Republican led Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Finally, Daily Beast legal affairs columnist Jay Michaelson joined us to discuss his time serving as law clerk for President Obama’s choice for that Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland.

    Oh and here’s that GOOD BRAIN Alfred sniffed out and stitched together.




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  10. SCOTUS Interruptus

    March 16, 2016 by MelStar1

    Merrick Garland, welcome to the news cycle…and maybe the Supreme Court.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Ashley Parker covers politics for the New York Times and her recent, “Covering Donald Trump, and Witnessing the Danger Up Close,” is an eye-opening, if not surprising, look at the wild campaign of politics’ most dangerous real estate developer.

    Jeffrey Goldberg spent hours and hours speaking with President Obama for his new story for The Atlantic, “The Obama Doctrine.” Sprawling in both page and scope, it takes a look at the President’s foreign policy over the last eight years, both in action abroad and as rhetoric at home.

    Few things in Florida have flamed out as much as Marco Rubio’s bid for the Presidency. Like a misfired launch on Cape Canaveral, #Marcomentum came crashing back to earth last night after a third consecutive Tuesday primary drubbing. Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins was in Florida covering the end of the campaign, and gave us his take on Rubio’s missteps and missed opportunities.

    Finally, we took a listen as President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, and then explored whether or not the Senate will actually allow Mr. Garland the chance to sit on America’s highest court. Joining us in the back half was Mike Sacks, who covers the Congressional beat for the National Law Journal.






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  11. Political Schitt’s Creek

    March 15, 2016 by MelStar1

    Every candidate on the bubble has claimed that today is not as important to their political future as the media makes it out to be. Wishful thinking? Or, just another example of MSM Narrative Dysmorphia?


    Today on Stand Up!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, helped us explore the fringe-mainstream world of Donald Trump.

    Correspondent for The Nation, John Nichols, takes us inside the economy of the future, as written in the pages of the new book he’s co-authored with Robert McChesney, “People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.”

    Bestselling author and founder of the Institute for Global Happiness, Neil Pasricha, gave us  the mathmatics on how to create more happiness in our lives in his new book, “The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything.”

    Finally, comedy legend and star of PopTV/CBC show “Schitt’s Creek,” Eugene Levy returned with tales of the Great White North, making television in Hollywood, and of course “Marty.”





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  12. Power/Violence

    March 14, 2016 by MelStar1

    Found this article from Der Spiegel in 2008, about Hitler’s stunning rise in popularity after he became chancellor. At that time, he was favored by only 39% of voters. If you’re drawing parallels, it would suggest the real danger would be electing Trump and then he creates some measure of success for himself to drive up popularity, like invading the Rhineland.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics, author and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, Dr. Aaron Carroll, joined us to discuss health, wellness and the utter feeling of despair created by Donald Trump and an it’s-oh-too-much political season.

    CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Christine Romans, spoke with Pete about Free Trade and the candidates who support/oppose it. She also highlighted a special report up at CNN about Trump University.

    Then, we were gifted with a treat on a gloomy Northeastern Monday. The great actor William H. Macy joined Pete in-studio, and we learned the man is as kind as he is gifted. While he admitted to not being nearly as politically outspoken as he should be, he does have strong opinions about the world and his craft. Here, Macy discusses the way Hollywood glamorizes and profits from excessive violence:




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  13. Gross Old Party

    March 11, 2016 by MelStar1

    It’s cute when each also-ran GOP candidate hands out their official endorsement, as if they dropped out of the race because they were TOO popular and successful.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Pete’s been pretty disgusted by the violence and behavior on display at Donald Trump rallies, which for him came to a head in Fayetteville, NC on Wednesday when an exiting protester was sucker punched by an elderly attendee. What really pushed Pete over the edge, however, was watching Trump supporters joke about the assault, giving tacit approval to such acts.

    In the first segment, and throughout the show, he discussed the intersection of race, politics, violence and culture. First with his college roommate and long-time friend, Curtis, and later with our other guests:

    CNN’s Executive Editor, Politics, Mark Preston gave us his post-mortem on the GOP debate and what the road ahead looks like for the Republican and Democratic candidates heading into next week’s do or die primaries in Ohio, Florida and more.

    Michael Lynch, professor of philosophy and director of the humanities at the University of Connecticut, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that caught our eye, on traditional media’s fade as trusted source of news for the average voter and it’s replacement by Google searches.

    In hour three, we recapped the GOP debate with Democratic strategist Nomiki Konst, comedian Dave Siegel and, oddly, a listener named Cornell. It was great and you should listen on-demand.





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  14. Swingin’ Party

    March 10, 2016 by MelStar1

    Tune in to SXM121 at 11p EST tonight after the GOP Debate for another edition of the Insight Late Night series. We’ll be downing drinks as we choke back heaping helpings of Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Joining us will be Dean Obeidallah, Karen Hunter, Toure, Michelle Collins, Michael Moynihan and Matt Welch.


    Today on Stand Up!

    Georgia Institute of Technology media studies Chair and contributing editor at The Atlantic, Ian Bogost, discussed his latest coverage in The Atlantic on college campus life in the age of open and concealed carry laws.

    Tech marketing entrepreneur, Nancy Kramer, got us on board with the notion that, for the sake of health, hygiene and gender-equality, tampons should be available for free in public restrooms. That is the aim of Free the Tampon organization.


    Comedian Josh Wolf is spending the weekend on-stage at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club, but please keep an eye on his schedule and catch him when he comes within 100 miles of your town. Especially after hearing today’s complicated tales of fatherhood.

    Finally, we wrapped up another Democratic debate with some expert analysis from Reason Magazine editor-in-chief, Matt Welch!




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