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The Dangerous World of Larry Charles
Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) talks about traveling the world in search of humor in the most unusual,unexpected and deadliest placesfor his new Netflix seriesLarry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy. He talks about meeting former child soldiers who perform standup in a cemetery in Liberia,the "Jon Stewart" of Iraq who has a price on his head,and the imprisoned terrorist who wanted to show Larry the lighter side of ISIS. Larry also tells stories about working on the early seasons of Seinfeld,why Kramer was his favorite character to write for,and what he says Seinfeld has in common with Superman. He shares how Larry David used to fight with audiences in comedy clubs,why David threw a fit when NBC wanted to move Seinfeld to the most coveted time slot in television,and what it’s like to direct Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. We discuss how Borat and Bruno exposed racist and authoritarian leanings in the US and abroad lo...
Governor Chris Christie Gets the Last Word
Former NJ Governor Chris Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-busting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. He recalls how his friendship with Donald Trump beganand the nasty details of the infamous Charles Kushner case that would later come back to haunt him. He talks about why he passed on running for President in 2012, Hurricane Sandy and that notorious Obama hug (which he says wasn’t really a hug),and how the Romney campaign used it as a scapegoat for their own candidate’s shortcomings. Christiereveals that he even had to convince his own son that he had nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge closureand in the end it boiled down to stupid people doing stupid things. I ask him if he thinks the Trump-Russia collusion may turn out to be a similar situation,he says he could tell General Mike Flynn was trouble from day one, he talks about his f...
Madeleine Albright Warns That Fascism Is Making a Comeback
Madeleine Albright fled fascists during her childhood and faced them down as Secretary of State, and today she comes on the podcast to warn that fascism is once again on the rise. She shares how her own refugee experience during World War II and the Cold War shaped her worldview and recalls her meetings with with authoritarian strongmen like Kim Jong-il,Slobodan Milošević, and Vladimir Putin. She reveals that most fascists come into office through democratic elections or a constitutional transfer of powers, not a bloody coup, and in her experience, dictators can be surprisingly normal and polite despite their monstrous cruelty. She discusses the upcoming summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump,says Putin plays a poor hand well and Trump plays a good hand poorly, and calls out Donald Trump as "the least democratic President in American history." Order Madeleine Albright's book Fascism: A Warningon Amazon and follow her on twitter at @madeleine. Today's episode was sponsored by BetterHelp.com.
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