Sidecar Racers

August 24, 2016

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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