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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Titan Tragedy

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

The Ringer

Society & Culture

4.83.5K Ratings

🗓️ 24 June 2023

⏱️ 54 minutes

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Larry is joined by writer, producer, and fellow podcaster Michael Reiss to discuss the recent Titan submersible tragedy that occurred during a deep-sea exploration of the Titanic shipwreck. They begin by discussing some of the comedy projects they’ve worked on together and why Mike started regularly going on exciting travel adventures. Mike then details his reaction to the tragedy, the subsequent media attention, and his experiences while exploring the sunken RMS Titanic (9:33). After the break they talk about some of the misconceptions about OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, examine the general negativity toward billionaire adventurers, and shine a light on how TV shows can sometimes predict world events (37:20). Mike ends the pod by sharing his favorite ‘Simpsons’ moment and praise for Larry’s brother Marc Wilmore (46:26). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest Michael Reiss Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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All right, everybody. Welcome back. This is Larry Wilmore. You're listening to Black on the Air.


So much stuff going on in the world right now. The thing that has been, you know,


right in the forefront has been this tragedy of the people in the submersible that went down to the Titanic.


We've all been, you know, it's a horrible pun, but you know, holding our breath, you know,


trying to, you know, see what's going on. And, you know, we find out that they all,


it seems like they all kind of perish pretty quickly, I guess, maybe as it was descending.


It's really just a sad situation. There's a lot of like people chatting about it and talking about it.


Some of the jokes out there I found to be really distasteful.


And I'm all for gallows humor, but you know, we didn't know what was going on with the people.


There was an 19 year old kid, you know, some of that I found in bad taste.


But, you know, as someone who engages in a lot of gallows humor, I get where it's coming from.


But other than the jokes, there's also been, and this is what it surprised me to spend a lot of,


like, attacks on the people that have gone down, which I don't get it all.


I've always been, maybe it's me, I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.


I've always been an admirer of adventurous type of people and that type of thing.


And I don't know if we're in a cultural class war these days, who knows?


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