Heaven and the Stars

January 8, 2015

Elvis Presley would have been 80 years old today, which sounds young for a person who has been dead so long…



Today on StandUP!

Noted astrophysicist, author,  and host of COSMOS, Neil deGrasse Tyson joined the show to talk with Pete about science education, The Fermi Paradox, and his show Star Talk Radio, which will be joining the lineup of SiriusXM Insight 121 when it launches next Monday!

He’s a longtime Vatican analyst and the author of “The Vatican Diaries:A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church,” and John Thavis joined StandUP to talk just that. We also found out that as yesterday’s terror attack was unfolding, Pope Francis was actually meeting with top Muslim clerics at the Vatican.

Next, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic Steve Clemons joined us on short notice to talk about the politics behind the terror attack on satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. It dovetailed nicely with our open phones segments on how the media has been handling their coverage.

Then, Margaret Burnham from the Law School at Northeastern University joined us to talk all about the Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project, which looks to shed light on racial killings from America’s Jim Crow past.

We finished off today’s show with Robert McFadden. He’s a Senior Vice President of the Soufan Group and a 30 year veteran of the Federal Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Counterintelligence communities. We relied on such a strong resume for some insight into the shootings in Paris.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go home and set fire to the furniture for warmth.




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