1. Gorilla Justice

    May 31, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Welcome back to work! We missed you at the cookout, oh, and your toddler fell in a gorilla pit so we shot him. The gorilla, not your kid. 

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, helped take our mind off the ethical dilemma of zoos with a recap of the current state of American politics. Spoiler Alert: It’s ugly, and not even close to being over.

    Next, bestselling author, “This American Life” contributor and NYT Magazine contributing writer, Paul Tough joined us to discuss parenting and his new book, “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.”

    Lastly, but the opposite of leastly (which is possibly not a word), SiriusXM host Karen Hunter joined us in-studio for the duration of the third hour. You can hear Karen Hunter’s show weekdays at 3p East on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126 and then replayed every evening at 7p East here on Insight 121. Karen and Pete have differing views on Donald Trump’s chances with the electorate come November, but they are united on the topic of shooting zoo gorillas.

     

     

     

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  2. Doughboy!

    May 26, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, joined us for a sobering update on the Zika virus. As you likely know, funding into researching, curing and preventing Zika is the rook in Congress’ latest chess match. What you may not know is that the mosquitoes that carry Zika are poised to make their presence known in America, starting with the Gulf Coast.

    In the second hour, we were joined in-studio by an actor whose work plays all day every day across several cable channels: Sam Waterston. Pete and Sam discussed his films like The Killing Field and Oppenheimer, getting recognized on the street for his role in Law & Order, the state of American politics, and his great turn in the Netflix series, “Grace & Frankie,” co-starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen. It was just great.

    Then, Rebecca Vallas joined us from the Center for American Progress, where she directs the Poverty to Prosperity program and co-hosts Talk Poverty Radio. Pete and Rebecca discussed the unfair stereotypes that beset the working poor in this country.

    In hour three, Pete spoke with Particia Duff, activist and founder of The Common Good, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that wants to inspire average citizens to take a greater role in policymaking and politics. The Common Good is holding a forum tomorrow here in NYC, check it out if you can!

    Finally, we had a great moment on the show, welcoming longtime listener Jerry from Arkansas, AKA Doughboy, to the show. Pete and Jerry have sparred over the phone for years, and it was great delight to meet him and his wife in person. You probably know this, but this show has great, smart fans.

    We’re on break until Tuesday, so don’t forget about us. See you at the cookout!

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  3. O’beast

    May 25, 2016 by MelStar1

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    The show opened with fireworks, as Pete got almost at worked up over caller opinions of Donald Trump and the 2008 housing collapse at Elizabeth Warren does at the actual Donald Trump.

    Next, Gayle Lemmon joined us from the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a Senior Fellow. Pete and the best-selling author discussed foreign policy as it stands late in the Obama Era, and what concerns will carry over into a Trump or Clinton administration. Man, typing the words Trump and administration so close together just gave me the willies.

    In hour two, after NJ Transit was done with him, we spent a good deal of time picking the brain of Bob Rice, tech entrepreneur, Wall St. law partner and alt-investment expert. We took another look at that 2008 housing bubble, segueing into more modern talk before ending with a look again at our driver-less future.

    In hour three, we welcomed back comic Aaron Berg, whose new album “Unscripted” comes out this week. Berg is V MUSCLE-Y A++ and it’s kind of fitting because today he played the part of the classic wrestling character: the Heel. From espousing a grudging support of Donald Trump to showing no sympathy for the obese or poor, Berg riled up more than a few callers. We certainly didn’t plan to do so, but if you listened I think you’ll agree it was entertaining and, in the end, a worthwhile discussion.

     

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  4. Crocodile’d In

    May 24, 2016 by MelStar1

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    We were all eaten alive by transplanted African crocodiles, then Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon joined us to take another look at all the fringe elements hanging off Donald Trump’s denim jacket of voter support.

    Then, national correspondent for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, joined us in-studio for the first time. Pete and Jeffrey discussed US foreign policy, in the past, now, and how it could look under the next President. We also took a funny/serious look at the hateful and anti-semitic that has become a fact of life for journalists, especially Jewish or female journalists, online.

    Soledad O’Brien checked in to preview a national screening of her documentary looking at veterans and post-traumatic stress, “The War Comes Home – The New  Battlefront.” O’Brien is CEO of Starfish Media. She’s reported/anchored for: CNN, PBS, HBO, NBC and CBS.

    Hour three was hopelessly devoted to the very smart and very fun Negin Farsad, whose new book, “How to Make White People Laugh,” is out today. A writer, comedian, actor and director, Negin last crossed our airwaves in promotion of the documentary she made with Dean Obeidallah and others, “The Muslims Are Coming.”

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  5. Breaking Twos

    May 23, 2016 by MelStar1

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    We thought a lot about that Arizona newscaster who got caught deucing on a lawn while on out reporting on-location. Then, you unburdened yourselves of similar truths.

    Next, we spoke with Dr. Aaron Carroll, he of the Indiana University Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, about why breakfast isn’t as important as it has been made out to be over the years. You can read it and get angry at today’s New York Times.

    Then, after some headlines and breakfast talk, we welcomed actor/director Mario Van Peebles and his son Mandela, whom Mario just directed in History Channel miniseries reboot of “Roots.” Pete spoke with father and son about issues of race and respect that dot the modern cultural landscape. And, of course, we talked about “Roots,” which you can catch over this upcoming holiday weekend on the channel your local cable provider has dedicated to the History Channel.

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  6. Morley & Me

    May 20, 2016 by MelStar1

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    SiriusXM POTUS 124 “Morning Briefing” host, Tim Farley joined us in the first hour to discuss the week in politics, tension in the Democratic party and the life and career of recently deceased CBS 60 Minutes newsman, Morley Safer.

    Then, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani spent a chuck of hour two and three hanging out with us in-studio as we took your calls on biggest fears and what you keep around to protect yourself from HOME INVASIONS!. Maz’s wrote and stars in a new movie, “Jimmy Vestvood: American Hero,” which is out in limited release. Check it out when it hits your town, and check out the always funny Maz Jobrani when he’s doing shows nearby.

    We ended the week with a visit from veteran newsman (two ‘newsmans’ in one recap, wow) Harry Smith. After a long and esteemed career at CBS, hosting The Early Show and CBS This Morning, Smith hosted A&E Biography before his latest venture, the limited series “Dateline NBC: On Assignment.” Every week, Harry and some of NBC’s top investigative journalists and field teams bring you in-depth stories from around the world. We’re very much looking forward to it.

    Have a great weekend, see you Monday!

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  7. Cheech Their Own

    May 19, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Hour one brought a great, fun conversation with actor and comedian and NATIONAL TREASURE, Cheech Marin. We talked with Cheech about his career in television and movies, his art collection, pot legalization and the new mezcal he’s put on the market, Tres Papalote.

    Next, Pete spoke once again with former CIA operations officer, Douglas Laux, about US foreign policy in the Middle East, life inside the CIA, and the pressure of his former career. Pick up Laux’s memoir on his time penetrating the world’s most notorious terror networks, “Left of Boom,” wherever fine books are sold.

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration uncorked a Big One: comprehensive change to overtime pay rules, which could help level the PAYing field for millions of Americans. To go inside the issue, we spoke with Marianne LeVine, labor reporter for POLITICO. Afterwards, we had a great time hearing your stories and experiences with overtime and work.

     

     

     

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  8. Scheer Talent

    May 18, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Radhika Fox is the director of the Value of Water Coalition and CEO of the US Water Alliance. This morning, she joined Pete to discuss the privatization of water, excessive usage and how California is becoming a litmus test for America’s water-short future.

    Paul Scheer is a very funny actor and comedian who you likely know from the MTV series Human Giant with Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari or maybe his 9,000 other projects like FX’s The League, Party Over Here or Filthy Preppy Teens. He joined us in-studio this morning and it was quite fun listening to Pete and Paul come to terms with the way fatherhood dashes your aspirational automobile dreams.

    Then, ConLaw professor at Georgia State University, Eric Segall, joined us to peek in once again upon the Supreme Court and its eight Justices. Prof. Segall explained how having an even-numbered court can actually prove beneficial to some matters of Constitutional Law.

    Finally, we spoke with Dan P. McAdams, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, about his new piece in The Atlantic, which attempts to take a peek inside the mind of a person like Donald Trump.

     

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  9. Taco Tuesday

    May 17, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN contributor John Avlon joined us to dissect Donald Trump’s lady problems and take a hard look at whether Bernie Sanders’ campaign is doing the Democratic Party a favor or a disservice.

    Then, actor Tom Cavanagh joined us in-studio, where he and Pete strolled down memory lane about the time they hung out in LA way back when. We also discussed his youth in Africa and the secret to a proper Ralph Fiennes impression. Tom’s show, The Flash, on CW is one of the smartest and most fun superhero shows on TV, and it’s second season concludes over the next two weeks.

    Next, comic Doug Stanhope joined us in studio 21, where we took a long, hard look at his life. His new book, “Digging Up Mother: A Love Story,” traces the matriarchal roots of his very unique, dark and honest sense of humor. If you are ever in Bisbee, Arizona well then, you are in Doug Stanhope country, my friend!

    Finally, Noam Dworman, owner of legendary NYC comedy club The Comedy Cellar, gave us a call to discuss the ongoing debate series he’s been hosting this election season. Tonight’s installment, moderated by Colin Quinn and held at The Village Underground, asks the question: Is America in Decline?

     

     

     

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  10. Garfield’s Favorite Day

    May 16, 2016 by MelStar1

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    National Geographic Explorer and Director of Leadership Development for The Children & Nature Network, Juan Martinez, joined Pete to discuss the “Fresh Tracks” program, which aims to introduce children to nature who’ve grown up in a city environment.

    CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and co-anchor of the cable newser’s “Early Start,” Christine Romans, weekdays from 4 to 6am (ET). She joined us this morning to talk Trump/John Miller, Amazon’s big new moves, and other business headlines.

    Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University, Dr. Aaron Carroll, joined us for a look at healthcare and health headlines. For instance: Zika and Brazil, or over the counter pain relievers. All of Aaron’s books are great and you should buy them.

    Finally, actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer joined us in-studio. Pete and Ana discussed her career on SNL, being a woman in show business, Trump/Clinton, and Maria Bamford’s new Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite,” in which Gasteyer has a role.

     

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  11. Friday Meeting

    May 13, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Mark Preston, CNN Executive Editor of Politics, joined us to discuss the importance of and precedent for House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s much covered meeting this week. Also, we discussed the role the media ends up playing in Trump’s success by not holding him to the same standard past candidates have been forced to uphold.

    In the second hour, we were joined by the hosts of The Raw Report, the Friday afternoon wrap-up of comedy news on SiriusXM Raw Dog 99. Andy Fiori, Aaron Hodges, and Jason Shebiro talked with Pete about the nature of comedy, what’s taboo and what goes down on their show every week. Plus, Andy Fiori’s new comedy album is available on iTunes, so you should go buy it. 

    Pete’s been talking all week about the future of solar energy and the American grid, and today he finally got the insight he’s been looking for. Richard Schmalensee is an emeritus professor of Management and Economics at MIT and chair of an MIT study on solar energy’s future. Turns out, the key word to a bright solar future is…STORAGE.

    Finally, we closed out the week with another visit from Kelly Carlin, daughter of late comic George Carlin. Kelly donated her father’s archives, everything from notes and pictures to stolen signs and assorted ephemera, to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. Pete and Kelly discussed her father’s life and work, but also their spirituality and faith.

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  12. Cat Fancy

    May 12, 2016 by MelStar1

    Cats seem meaner and more vicious than dogs, but don’t dogs seem more likely to vote for Donald Trump?

     

    Today on Stand Up!

    Noreen Springstead, Executive Director of Why Hunger, joined us to discuss their ongoing efforts to eradicate hunger in communities here in America and around the world. Also discussed: the Why Hunger Chapin Awards honoring Tom Morello and Kenny Loggins, happening this Monday and hosted by Pete!

    Next, we celebrated Spring and our lawns with Mike McGrath, host of “You Bet Your Garden,” who helped educate Pete on the right way to remove Poison Ivy, composting with worms, and how to tame the feral cats that’ve been harassing his dog. You can catch Mike’s show weekend mornings at 7am on NPR Now, SiriusXM Channel 122.

    Hour three brought another top notch visit from author and MSNBC National Correspondent, Joy Ann Reid. Pete and Joy discussed the mayhem and tribulations of the Republican Party, the tension and anxiety growing amongst Democrats, cats, again…and the subtle racial messaging (positive and negative, both) in politics, from Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

     

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  13. Yellowstone

    May 11, 2016 by MelStar1

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    CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, John King, joined us in the first hour for his take on the Presidential Election and the electoral map. It’s too, too early to be definitive about *anything* but John helped make sure we’ll all be paying attention to the right things.

    Next, Slate Group editor-in-chief, Jacob Weisberg, phoned in to discuss his latest piece with Pete, titled “Why Republicans Who Hate Trump Are Afraid to Say So.” Weisberg is also the author of “Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989” and host of the Trumpcast podcast.

    For today’s final guest, we spoke with David Quammen, contributing writer for National Geographic. For the lastest issue, David did more than just contribrute, he wrote most of the articles in a special issue on Yellowstone National Park. Pete and David discussed the beauty of Yellowstone, its importance as both a wildlife refuge and document of American history, and the experience it provides for all who enter. This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park system.

     

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  14. Trafficking in Fun

    May 10, 2016 by MelStar1

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    Zach Wahls is an activist and author of “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family.” Today he comes to us with a great new Kickstarter that plays off of Donald Trump’s accusation that Hillary Clinton is playing the “Woman Card”: actual Woman Cards, that is…playing cards featuring some of the greatest, most notable American Women.

    Then, Pete spoke with former CIA officer and Special Agent for Homeland Security, Tim Ballard. In his work, he helped track down and catch pedophiles and traffickers of children. Now, as founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, he continues that work, all of which is documented in the new film, “The Abolitionists,” out May 16th.

    What came next? Oh, no big deal, just an interview with one of the greatest news anchors of the 20th Century, a man who is consistently held up as one of the last great, honest and dedicated anchors: Tom Brokaw. Pete and Mr. Brokaw discussed his new memoir, “A Lucky Life Interrupted,” about his life before, during and after being diagnosed with a treatable but incurable blood cancer.

    Finally, we discussed Atty. General Loretta Lynch’s remarks yesterday concerning the Dept. of Justice complaint against the State of North Carolina, all about their fight to keep transgender people out of the public restroom they feel most comfortable using. For that, we turned to Laura Coates, newly minted CNN legal analyst and former Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, which is the section overseeing this complaint.

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