Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.

Episodes

Live From the Now Hear This Festival With Robin Thede of ‘The Rundown’ (Ep. 14)  

Larry Wilmore riffs on Trump, disaster porn, fake news, and how to decipher what’s actually true (0:01) before he’s joined by Robin Thede, host of ‘The Rundown’ in a 'Nightly Show' reunion (13:00). They discuss Robin’s early experiences with racism, the emergence of black women in comedy (30:00), their favorite moments from 'The Nightly Show,' and Robin’s tweets (41:00). Later, Larry and Robin take questions from the audience (65:00).

Pod Save America’s Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau Reflect on Crafting Political Messages With President Obama (Ep. 13)  

Larry Wilmore weighs in on immigration, DACA, and pursuing the American Dream (0:01) before sitting down with with Crooked Media founders and 'Pod Save America' hosts Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett to discuss their time as speechwriters for President Obama as well as the 2016 election and DACA (9:15).

The Fight for Equality With Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of ‘The Young Turks’ (Ep. 12)  

Larry Wilmore touches on the recent flooding in Houston and the problem with using language like "an act of God" in regard to extreme weather (0:30). Later, Larry sits down with Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of ‘The Young Turks’ to discuss wealth inequality and the government’s role in creating opportunity (10:00), political messaging, as well as Trump and the current political landscape (41:00).

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Charlottesville, Racism, and Athlete Activism (Ep. 11)  

Larry Wilmore weighs in on the horrible situation in Charlottesville (1:30), the president’s refusal to condemn racism (6:25), and the problematic history behind Confederate symbols (11:15). Then, Larry sits down with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to discuss how we can learn from the past to combat racism (18:30), the backlash against black athletes’ activism (24:40), coach John Wooden’s advocacy for civil rights (37:00), and the current NBA’s style of play (41:00).

Bill Maher on Political Correctness, the Power of an Apology, and What the Democratic Party Should Do Next  (Ep. 10)  

Larry Wilmore considers new nicknames for President Trump and responds to the recent uproar over HBO’s ‘Confederate,’ a forthcoming show that imagines what would have happened had the South won the Civil War (1:00). Then Larry sits down with political comedian Bill Maher to discuss the left and the right’s approach to political strategy, the importance of free speech, millennials (11:00) and the danger of President Trump (31:00).

Issa Rae on the ‘Hoe Phase’ and Finding Her Voice (Ep. 10)  

Larry Wilmore riffs on the Anthony Scaramucci firing, Lavar Ball’s antics and Trump’s continued lying (1:00) before being joined by Issa Rae to discuss her rise from school plays, to a web series, to her hit show, ‘Insecure,’ on HBO (16:00). She and Larry also discuss working together on the early phases of ‘Insecure’ and how cheating is perceived differently for men and women (40:00).



Malcolm Gladwell on Pioneers, Tokens, and ‘The Satire Paradox’ (Ep. 9)  

Larry Wilmore kicks off this week’s show with a few responses from Twitter and his thoughts on Michael Vick’s recent advice for Colin Kaepernick and the ongoing attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (1:00). Later Larry chats with Malcolm Gladwell about the concept of pioneers and tokens within the world of sports and debates Malcolm’s stances on Satire and Golf (14:00).

Senator Al Franken and Comedy's Relationship to Politics (Ep. 8)  

Larry Wilmore discusses Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr., and the “nothing burger” that is the current administration (1:00). Later, Larry sits down with current U.S senator and former 'SNL' cast member Al Franken to discuss comedy, politics, and comedy's relationship to politics (10:00).

The Complexities of Celebrating the Fourth of July, and Bassem Youssef on the Power of Satire for Social Change (Ep. 7)  

Larry Wilmore unpacks some of the complexities of celebrating the Fourth of July in the black community (1:00). He also touches on the increasing difference between "the right" and "the left" on the issue of immigration and prosperity (7:00), before sitting down with Bassem Youssef (often referred to as "the Jon Stewart of Egypt") to discuss his influential rise to fame through satire and the dangers of doing political comedy under an authoritarian regime (13:00).

The Situation in North Korea, Patriotism vs. Criticism, and Kumail Nanjiani on Arranged Marriages and ‘The Big Sick’ (Ep. 6)  

Larry Wilmore discusses North Korea and the recent death of Otto Warmbier as well as the criticism he’s received over comments he made about Warmbier last year (0:30). He also checks in on the Cosby trial, the Philando Castile video, and the portrayal of President Trump in ‘Julius Caesar’ (7:00). Then Larry sits down with comedian Kumail Nanjiani to discuss arranged marriages versus "love marriages" and his new film, ‘The Big Sick’ (16:30).

Let’s Stop Giving Propaganda a Platform, and ESPN’s Cari Champion on Women and Politics in Sports and Broadcasting (Ep. 5)  

Larry Wilmore touches on the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia (0:30) before speaking out against television interviews that irresponsibly give voice to propaganda by interviewing subjects like Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin (3:30). Later, Larry sits down with ESPN’s Cari Champion to discuss her thoughts on NBA superteams, women in sports and broadcasting, and why she chose to ask Floyd Mayweather Jr. about his history with domestic violence (11:00).

The N-Word, a Formula for Detecting Bullshit, and Charlamagne Tha God on ‘Black Privilege’ (Ep. 4)  

Larry Wilmore discusses Seinfeld’s awkward moment with Kesha on the red carpet, the Bill Cosby trial, Larry's personal formula for detecting bullshit, and Bill Maher’s recent use of the N-word (1:00). Later, Larry talks to Charlamagne tha God about growing up in rural South Carolina and how it shaped his worldview (20:00), Kanye West’s impact on black culture (35:30), and setting yourself up for success (48:00).

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)  

Larry answers tweets and catches up on some of Trump’s latest antics, from giving the Pope a set of books by Martin Luther King Jr. to the Melania hand-holding gaf (0:30). Then Larry is joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the concept of "sounding black" (18:00), why astrophysics is his calling (24:00) and the science of cute toys (48:00).

Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)  

Larry Wilmore reacts to Bill Cosby’s first public interview in two years before breaking down Trump’s 3 degrees of lying (1:20). Later he chats with Senator Bernie Sanders about the state of the Democratic Party and increasing political divide and polarization happening in America (14:00).

Trump’s Casual Lying and Norman Lear on Creating Socially Impactful Television (Ep. 1)  

Larry Wilmore kicks off the inaugural episode of 'Black on the Air' by riffing on the firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump’s casual relationship with the truth. Then he sits down with legendary television producer Norman Lear to discuss Lear’s string of socially impactful television shows, what he learned fighting in World War II, and how he created "the lovable bigot" Archie Bunker on 'All in the Family.'

'Black on the Air' Teaser  

Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.

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