1. Kaep-tain America

    August 31, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on #SUPD

    Sports on Earth and Bloomberg Politics writer, Will Leitch, framed the Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest in a historical context, leaning on the past actions (and inactions) of athletes like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and OJ Simpson.

    Then, Pete spoke with Erick Erickson, founding editor of The Resurgent and former editor-in-chief of Redstate.com. It’s been awhile since Erick’s been on the show and a lot has changed on the right side of the aisle. The two talked Donald Trump and the alt-right community. Erickson is a fan of neither.

    Finally, we spent the third hour gazing into the future of American travel and industry with tech entrepreneur and alternative investment expert Bob Rice. What makes Bob’s segments so great is that he puts our focus on the topics everyone else will be talking about a year from now, so we get to feel smart when self-driving cars, 3D printing and wearable tech come up at parties. We aren’t smart though, are we? No, not smart at all.



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  2. Clowning Around, By Which We Mean Murder

    August 30, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on #SUPD

    MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid joined Pete to talk Colin Kaepernick’s protest, Anthony Weiner’s latest indignity and the presidential election, now just 70 days away.

    Then, Pete had a thoughtful and at time somber conversation with Georgia State University law professor Eric Segall about two of the most inescapable aspects of human existence: loss and grief.

    In hour three, we welcomed stand-up comic Chuck Booms and Emmy Award-winning journalist David Shuster to shoot the breeze with Pete on the topics of the week, young as it is. At times, it got as heated as a Tijuana parking lot. You should definitely check it out onDemand.

    Oh, and throughout today’s show we kept you updated on the freaky clown situation in Greenville, SC.




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  3. Zoobabay

    August 29, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, gave Pete the CFR take on the conflict in Syria, Russia, Donald Trump and…the MTV VMAs?

    In an open phones segment, we wondered about black voter support for Donald Trump, and you responded with gusto.

    Then, Dr. Aaron Carroll joined us once again for our regular look into the world of healthcare and health-myths. Dr. Carroll is Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University, as well as an award winning YouTube star, an author and a contributor to New York Times’ Upshot blog.

    Finally, we spoke with FusionTV host and special correspondent Alicia Menendez about her experience as a pregnant woman living in the midst of Zika and Zika-fear laden south Florida.

    Oh, then we all had a hearty laugh at Donald Trump’s dislike of mosquitos.



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  4. Mark & Bruce & Bill & Rich

    August 26, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on SUPD:

    CNN’s executive editor, Politics Mark Preston wrapped up the week in politics and explained Irish-Catholic devotion to JFK.

    Comedian Bruce Bruce made us realize a few things about cat owners.

    Comic and former MTV VJ Bill Bellamy taught us how to look and smell good.

    and National Review editor Rich Lowry helped Pete sum up the Week In Trump, with a detour into the world of Alt-Right politics.




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  5. Rather Good

    August 25, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    NYU Journalism Professor and author of the PressThink.or blog, Jay Rosen, helped us figure out how the media should be handling Donald Trump.

    Then, we got an informed take on race and the election and White America’s role in both from anti-racist activist and author, Tim Wise.

    We closed the show out with an hour-long visit with DAN RATHER. nbd. whatevs.




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  6. Sidecar Racers

    August 24, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    To help preview the National Parks special Pete is hosting tomorrow night @ 6 East on SiriusXM Insight 121, Pete spent some time with Ted Roosevelt V, businessman and environmentalist, who as President Teddy Roosevelt’s great-great-grandson is helping celebrate the National Parks Service’s Centennial and calling attention to the need for land preservation in our parks and beyond.

    Monday was influential culture/gossip/media site Gawker’s last day in operation, the rest of its sister site’s having been sold to Univision at auction. To help Pete figure out Gawker’s place in new media history and how it came to such an end, we asked Death & Taxes editor-in-chief, Brian Abrams, to join us. Brain is author of “Gawker: An Oral History.”

    “Car Matchmaker” returns for a third season on the Esquire Channel and host Spike Feresten joined us in-studio for a third visit. We talked everything from Pete’s skepticism concerning motorcycle sidecars to the kinds of assumptions it is safe/not safe to draw about certain luxury car owners to Tesla Motor Company’s future in a busy electric-car world.

    Finally, we dialed the international calling code for Iraq and spoke with retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who is currently in Irbil reporting for The National Interest and others. Pete and Daniel discussed the current situation in Iraq and Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis, then we took your calls.



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  7. Biden Our Time

    August 23, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    Daily Beast editor-in-chief, John Avlon, helped us figure out what the heck the media should do with an increasingly fractured and distant-from-reality Trump campaign.

    Economics and global affairs journo, Ali Velshi, discussed his role in all this election chaos, as he often finds himself as the economic fact-checker on cable news panels with Trump surrogates.

    One thing that is terrible and a real anchor on producer Chris’ life is student loan debt. Pete talked to Slate.com’s Jordan Weissmann about the current slate of programs meant to ease the pressure of student loan debt and those on display by your Presidential candidates.

    Finally, we checked in with Steve Clemons, Washington DC Editor-at-Large at The Atlantic, about Vice President Joe Biden and his closely held beliefs and history with foreign policy and more: The Biden Doctrine.





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  8. Says Me That’s Who

    August 18, 2016 by MelStar1

    While we patiently awaited the salvo of no holds barred politics from the new-look Trump campaign…

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and Daily Beast columnist, David Cay Johnston, joined us to discuss his new book, “The Making of Donald Trump,” about the Republican Presidential nominee’s rise in the real estate and casino business.

    Robin Wright joined us to discuss the Khan family, the Middle East and her latest book, “The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are.” Wright is a Middle East expert and Joint Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

    Then, Pete was joined by Salon.com’s Sean Illing to discuss his article on the media’s handling of natural disasters during a busy news cycle. Specifically, the small proportion of coverage devoted to the California wildfires and disastrous flooding in Louisiana during a news cycle dominate by the Presidential election and the Olympics in Rio.

    Finally, Pete spoke once more with retired US Army Lt. General Daniel Bolger. Now teaching at NC State, Bolger wrote the great and sadly overlooked 2014 book, “Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.”





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  9. Breit Start

    August 17, 2016 by MelStar1

    When we weren’t busy discussing the loss of pundit John McLaughlin or staring off into the middle distance thinking about the Trump/Breitbart mind meld, Pete welcomed:

    Columbia University economist and Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, to discuss his many great books, from “The Great Divide” to his current work, “The Euro,” all about the instability of the European Union.

    Then, Pete discussed President Obama’s announcement that 15 Gitmo detainees with be transferred from the Cuba-based prison to the United Arab Emirates with retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who from 2005 to 2007 served as chief prosecutor for the terrorism trials held at the Guantanamo Bay facility.

    And we also took a look at cannabis, which is making its way onto the ballot in a whole mess of states in the form of various ballot measures. Liz Essley Whyte wrote about this for the Center for Public Integrity in a piece called “High Profits Fertilize Five New Marijuana Ballot Measures.”




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  10. 228 Years

    August 16, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    He’s a former Reagan adviser and George HW Bush Treasury official whose latest New York Times article on Donald Trump’s misguided tax policies brings him to us today. He’s Bruce Bartlett!

    Our next guest wrote hosts the Politics and Reality podcast, but mainly serves as a writing fellow at The Nation Institute and contributor to The Nation magazine. He’s Joshua Holland, and today we talked about his recent writing on the wealth gap between typical American white and black families.

    Yesterday, Comedy Central swiftly and decisively put an end to Larry Wilmore’s Colbert-replacing project, The Nightly Show. For a glimpse into the hows and whys of this decision and a look at the late night TV landscape, Pete was joined by Bill Carter, SiriusXM Insight host, CNN Contributor, and author of two seminal documents on the late night talk business, “The Late Shift” and “The War for Late Night.”




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  11. A Quick Dip

    August 15, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    Dr. Aaron Carroll, director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, author of several myth busting books and regular contributor to the New York Times’ Upshot blog, joined Pete for his regular Monday visit and to shed some light on the link between lead poisoning and inclinations toward violence.

    Then, CNN’s Christine Romans joined us from uptown, bringing with her some talk of The Olympics, media scandals, and the ongoing Presidential election.

    Finally, we spent hour three in the company of the very talented, very fun and funny Nancy Giles. She’s an Emmy Award-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and she and Pete shared a panel on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, AM Joy. Together, we wiled away the hour discussing Donald Trump, race in America and took your many calls.

    Make sure to check out the video of Pete taking a dunk in his pool, over on the Facebook page.





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  12. Back Again!

    August 12, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    • CNN’s Exec. Editor of Politics, Mark Preston, helped Pete decode the wild week of Trumpian politics and what could possibly motivate Paul Ryan to continue his support of Donald Trump.
    • Georgia State ConLaw professor Eric Segall gave some background and insight into North Carolina’s voter disenfranchising ID laws, and the state of the Supreme Court 6 months after the death of Justice Scalia.
    • Retired Baltimore cop turned activist and law enforcement reform advocate, Michael A. Wood, Jr., joined us once again. This time, he and Pete looked at the DOJ report on the BPD from Michael’s perspective as a cop in that Baltimore system.
    • Finally, historian and sex researched, Alice Dreger, gave us a fresh, progressive take on not just how we view sexuality, but how younger generations can, and do, as well.

    It’s too damn hot.



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  13. Guess Who’s Back?

    August 11, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    Pete rejoins the show, broadcasting from Nantucket Island: America’s Elite Playground. Joining Pete:

    Court TV founder and best-selling author, Steven Brill, shares his cover story at The Atlantic, “Is America Any Safer?” It’s been nearly 15 years since 9/11, so…are we any safer now than we were then?

    Economics and global affairs journalist, Ali Velshi, joined us to go over the respective economic plans of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, plus a look at the markets and your money.

    Daily Beast senior editor, CNN contributor and EIC of The Interpreter, Michael Weiss, has a new piece at the Beast on the instability in Ukraine. He and Pete discussed that, ISIS and more.

    CNN Legal Analyst and former US Attorner, Laura Coates, helped sort through the many sad truths revealed by the Dept. of Justice in a new report on the Baltimore Police Department. All along the way, taking your calls.

    Gold medals for everyone!




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  14. Imagine Inventing Gunpowder

    August 8, 2016 by MelStar1

    Today on Stand Up!

    Josh Zepps continued his residency whilst Pete relaxed under that cool New England sun. Joining Josh:

    James A. Roberts, Baylor University marketing professor and author of the 2015 book, “Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?”

    Former CIA intelligence officer and daily intelligence briefer for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, David Priess, discussed the daily breifings that Presidents, President Elects, and even Presidential candidates recieve, as recounted in his recent book, “The President’s Book of Secrets.”

    Washington Post’s Dan Zak quelled our Nuclear fears with his new piece, “Nervous About Nukes Again? Here’s What You Need to Know About The Button. (There Is No Button).”

    Founder of Newsbusters and editor of political/media/tech webzine Praxis, Matthew Sheffield, took a look inside the Conservative media echo chamber and found the echo wasn’t as loud as it looks.

    Historian and novelist Jack Kelly enlightened me to the origin of gunpowder.

    and Cambridge University personality psychologist, Brian R. Little, asked us to take a look at ourselves via his book, “Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being,” now out in paperback.




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