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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Society & Culture

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Overview

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.

242 Episodes

Rep. Ro Khanna on the Israel-Gaza Conflict, Big Tech, Culture Politics, and More!

Larry is joined by U.S. Representative from California’s 17th congressional district Ro Khanna and they begin their conversation by discussing the protest movement happening on college campuses around the U.S. and the principal factors contributing to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. They then pivot to the congressional misconceptions surrounding TikTok before examining the viability of progressive capitalism and the role of AI in modern industry (20:22). After the break Larry and Ro try to make sense of Donald Trump’s popularity, break down the immigration issue, and talk about the most important qualities in leadership (36:46). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Rep. Ro Khanna Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

Bakari Sellers on ‘The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now’

Larry is joined by attorney, political commentator, and host of "The Bakari Sellers Podcast" Bakari Sellers to discuss his new book ‘The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now’. They begin their conversation by discussing the importance of relatability in politics and examining the level of this quality within Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Next, Bakari breaks down the personal and sociological reasons he decided to write his book and how he hopes it can re-engage readers, particularly African-American ones, to be more active in local and national politics (15:38). After the break, Larry and Bakari talk about what today’s youth can learn from traumas and grassroots movements of the past, the value of celebrity in activism, and some of the biggest issues concerning black voters heading into the 2024 election (29:12). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Bakari Sellers Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

Tiffany Cross on ‘ACross Generations’ and ‘Native Land Pod’

Larry is joined by journalist and author Tiffany Cross and they begin their conversation by discussing the racial obstacles Tiffany faced during her time at MSNBC and how her passion for storytelling developed . They then dive into her new podcast ‘‘ACross Generations with Tiffany Cross’, and talk about how the show touches on, and attempts to bridge the gap between, the psychological motivations between different age groups in our society (17:55). This leads to some deep examinations on the keys to personal success, the importance of maintaining healthy dynamics within all facets of life, and the value of giving versus receiving gifts (30:20). After the break, Tiffany shares a personal story of interviewing her mom for the ‘ACross’ pod and explains the biggest existential issues stunting black relationships today (47:01). Larry and Tiffany end the pod by shining a light on Tiffany’s new political podcast ‘Native Land Pod’ and debating the viability of African-American Trump voters (1:06:05). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Tiffany Cross Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2024

Ed Zwick on ‘Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood’

Larry is joined by Oscar and Emmy Award-Winning filmmaker and producer Ed Zwick to discuss his new memoir ‘Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood’. They begin by examining the state of the film industry against other forms of modern media and reflect on the importance of the movie-going experience in the 1970’s and 80’s. Next, Ed expounds on some of the remarkable moments he experienced working with geniuses like Woody Allen, Matthew Broderick, and Denzel Washington, and on legendary projects like ‘Special Bulletin’, ‘Glory’, and ‘Thirtysomething’ (12:40). After the break Ed offers tools to young creatives on dealing with fame, overcoming career lulls, and the finished script (45:37). Larry and Ed end the pod by talking about their favorite parts of filmmaking and the effect of streaming culture on Hollywood (54:46). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ed Zwick Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2024

It’s a Listener Mailbag Episode!

Today, Larry reaches deep into the ‘Black on the Air’ Facebook, Twitter/X, and Instagram mailbags to answer some questions from some of you! Throughout the Q&A he weighs in on a myriad of burning topics including Donald Trump (11:30), the JFK assassination (24:18), ‘Cowboy Carter' (41:31), Louis Gossett Jr.(52:56), much, much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 March 2024

Taylor Lorenz on ‘Power User’

Larry is joined by journalist Taylor Lorenz to discuss the latest technology buzz, the state of internet culture, and her new podcast on Vox Media focusing on these subjects called 'Power User’. They begin their conversation by breaking down the recent congressional moves to ban TikTok and analyzing whether or not our representatives are correct to be concerned about its effect on young users. Next, they dive into the world of Elon Musk and X/Twitter, and shine a light on the platform’s influence on the lucrative right wing digital movement (20:11). After the break, Taylor talks about her personal ties to social media before sharing her takes on independent citizen journalism and online disinformation (36:10). Larry and Taylor end the pod with deep thoughts on the future of AI and Neuralink (51:56). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Taylor Lorenz Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2024

Taylor Lorenz on ‘Power User'

Larry is joined by journalist Taylor Lorenz to discuss the latest technology buzz, the state of internet culture, and her brand new podcast on Vox Media focusing on those subjects 'Power User’. They begin their conversation by breaking down the recent congressional moves to ban TikTok and analyzing whether or not our representatives are correct to be concerned about its effect on young users. Next they dive into the world of Elon Musk and X/Twitter, and shine a light on the platform’s influence on the lucrative right wing digital movement (20:11). After the break, Taylor talks about her personal ties to social media before sharing her takes on independent citizen journalism and online disinformation (36:10). Larry and Taylor end the pod with deep thoughts on the future of AI and Neuralink (51:56). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Taylor Lorenz Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2024

Antonia Hylton on ‘Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum’

Larry is joined by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Antonia Hylton to talk about her latest book ‘Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum’. They begin their conversation by talking about what inspired Antonia to write about the Crownsville mental health facility and the tribulations surrounding black mental health in the early part of the 20th century. Next, Antonia details her personal connection to the book's subject via the tragic story of her dad’s cousin Maynard who struggled with schizophrenia and Larry reads a powerful passage from ‘Madness’ that leads to a discussion about residual effects of terror tactics used by racists during the Jim Crow era (22:08). After the break they shine a light on how Crownsville evolved over time to become an integrated and valuable resource for the local black community until it's closure in the early 2000’s (40:52). Antonia ends the pod by offering accessible ways to propagate positive mental health accessibility and acceptability in working class societies going forward (56:57). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Antonia Hylton Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2024

Andrew Roberts on ‘The Creator’

Larry is joined by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated VFX supervisor Andrew Roberts to discuss his work on the movie ‘The Creator’ currently streaming on Hulu. They begin their conversation by breaking down the movie’s plot, examining Andrew’s creative approach to VFX, and detailing his collaboration process with director Gareth Edwards and production designer James Clyne. Next, Andrew talks about the biggest challenges he faced during the making of ‘The Creator’ and his favorite moments from the film (22:57). After the break, Larry asks Andrew about how he got started in digital effects as a career and what legendary movies inspired him to dive into the realm (39:19). They end the pod by debating the effects of AI on the futures of both filmmaking and humanity (52:05). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Andrew Roberts Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2024

Cord Jefferson on ‘American Fiction’

Larry is joined by Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writer and director Cord Jefferson to discuss his newest film ‘American Fiction’. They begin their conversation by reminiscing about their time together on ‘The Nightly Show’ and marvel at the amazing journey that Cord's career has taken up to this moment. They then shift to ‘American Fiction’ and discuss the myriads of genres the movie attempts to encompass and how its main character Monk, played by Jeffrey Wright, reflects the real limitations put on Black writers in Hollywood (5:10). This leads to a discussion on the process of adapting a screenplay from an original book, in this case ‘Erasure’ by Percival Everett, and how Cord used his journalism "superpower" to navigate his transition from TV to cinema storytelling (13:38). After the break, Cord talks about the diverse reactions he’s received from people who have seen ‘American Fiction’ and shares an educational showbiz story passed along by legendary actress and member of the film's cast, Leslie Uggams (41:22). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Cord Jefferson Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Additional Production: Kyle Williams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2024

David Hemingson on ‘The Holdovers’

Larry is joined by Academy Award-nominated writer and producer David Hemingson to discuss his latest film ‘The Holdovers’. They begin the conversation by discussing the creative layers within the movie’s story structure and David’s working process with director Alexander Payne. They then dive into the deeply personal inspirations for each of the film’s main characters and how the talents of stars Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, and D’aVine Joy Randolph were essential their development (22:13). After the break, Larry and David shine a light on the technical aspects of ‘The Holdovers’ and speak on its myriad of '70s cinematic influences (44:59). David ends the pod by sharing some advice for aspiring storytellers and examining the role of comedy in all of his projects (55:26). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: David Hemingson Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 February 2024

Rob Reiner on 'Who Killed JFK?'

Larry is joined by legendary filmmaker and actor Rob Reiner to discuss his 10-part podcast series titled ‘Who Killed JFK?’ currently available at iHeart and co-hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Rob begins by recalling when he first heard about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and talking about how the ultra-famous murder mystery has continued to pique his interest throughout his lifetime. They then break down all of major suspects and motives within the conspiracy before debating Lee Harvey Oswald’s level of involvement (9:17). After the break, Rob and Larry dive into how the crime was covered up, share their individual theories on the matter, and ponder if the truth about JFK’s assassination will ever be revealed to the public (41:02). Larry ends the pod by giving big flowers to Rob’s father, comedy great Carl Reiner (56:30). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Rob Reiner Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 January 2024

Tina Nguyen on 'The MAGA Diaries: My Surreal Journey Into the Heart of the Alt-Right and How I Got Out.'

Larry is joined by writer Tina Nguyen and they begin their conversation by discussing Tina’s journalistic journey and what it was like working for Tucker Carlson. From Tucker’s disdain for her high school principal to firing her, Tina gives an insight on what Tucker the person is like (2:34). They then discuss why MAGA hasn’t embraced Ron DeSantis, differences between MAGA and conservatism, and how MAGA can be so brilliant, yet so weak-minded. They also discuss what the Convention of States is (34:03). Finally, they end the pod by predicting whether Donald Trump will win the 2024 nomination, and talking about who the intellectuals involved in the movement are (40:43). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Tina Nguyen Producer: Kyle Williams Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

Reginald Hudlin on ‘Candy Cane Lane’

Larry starts the pod with a replay of a lovely conversation with his daughter Lauren Wilmore on the history and impact of the classic song ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. He’s then joined by legendary director and producer Reggie Hudlin to discuss his new holiday film ‘Candy Cane Lane’ streaming on Amazon Prime and give flowers to its star Eddie Murphy (17:23). They then examine the process of casting a great movie, societies post-pandemic movie-going habits, and the state of the cinema industry (43:16). Finally, Larry and Reggie end the pod by talking about the challenges within storytelling for adults and the art of being a creative executive before sharing their lists of favorite Christmas specials (56:02). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Reginald Hudlin Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 December 2023

Donie O'Sullivan on ‘Waiting for JFK: Reporting From the Fringe’

Larry is joined by journalist Donie O’Sullivan to discuss his new CNN documentary—‘Waiting for JFK: Reporting From the Fringe’—that aired on ‘The Whole Story With Anderson Cooper.’ They begin their conversation talking about how Donie was inspired to create a one-hour special on the fringe conspiracy group that formed in Texas who believe JFK and JFK Jr. are alive and descend from Jesus Christ, and, additionally, that JFK Jr. is Donald Trump (4:50). They discuss similar conspiracy theories that have formed, such as QAnon and its connection to disenchantment and the exploitation of peoples’ losses (22:38). Finally, they end the pod by returning to the JFK conspiracy, discussing how Donie got kicked off of X, and breaking down Donie’s experiences at Trump rallies and with conspiracists in the field (60:57). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Donie O’Sullivan Producer: Olivia Crerie Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 December 2023

Remembering Norman Lear

Larry pays tribute to friend and comedic legend Norman Lear by revisiting the very first ‘Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air’ episode, which features an in-depth interview with the iconic producer. Throughout the conversation they discuss Norman’s early days before his television career, the cultural impact of ‘All in the Family,’ and much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Norman Lear Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 December 2023

David Brooks on ‘How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen’

Larry is joined by writer David Brooks in front of a live audience at Live Talks L.A. to discuss his new book ‘How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen.’ They begin their conversation by discussing his personal journey and the life lessons that inspired him to write the book. They then dive into the lack of social relationships in modern society and the importance of leading with trust and positivity in everyday interactions (8:54). This leads to discussions about the obstacles that keep people from understanding each other, the instinctively biological aspects of seeing others deeply, and their thoughts on antisemitism (29:14). They end the pod by taking questions from the audience (51:19). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: David Brooks Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2023

Kevin Smith and Matt Campbell on the Denver Film Festival

Larry is joined by Denver Film’s Kevin Smith (CEO) and Matt Campbell (Artistic Director) in front of a live audience at the 2023 Denver Film Festival. They begin their conversation with a brief history of Denver Film, a look at the curation process for the festival, and their thoughts on the state of the movie industry after the pandemic. Next, Larry, Kevin, and Matt focus on the proliferation of amazing indie and international films on the DFF schedule, give advice to aspiring filmmakers, and highlight the films that have had the biggest impact on their lives (25:59). They end the pod by taking questions from some of the attendees (46:03). Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Kevin Smith and Matt Campbell Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 November 2023

Errol Morris on ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’

Larry is joined by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris to discuss his new Apple TV+ documentary ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’ based on the memoir of the same by spy novelist John le Carre. They begin by talking about the origins of the project and how his current promotional tour is inspiring Morris to analyze his famous interview style. This leads to a discussion on the difference between interviewing and interrogating, the importance of active listening when engaging an audience, and how documentarians have to face the struggle between memory, truth, and reality when their trying to tell their stories (4:17). Next, they dive into the personal philosophy of the movie’s subject, the meaning behind the film's title, and Morris’s favorite parts of le Carre's original book (30:25). They end the pod by shining a light on the historic lessons Errol learned while making the film, the moral compass of it's subject, and modern society’s inability to accept the brutal truths of history (38:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Errol Morris Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 November 2023

Viet Thanh Nguyen on ‘A Man of Two Faces’

Larry is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen to discuss his new memoir ‘A Man of Two Faces’. They begin their conversation by talking about why he wrote the book, how it juxtaposes his family’s experiences as Vietnamese refugees in the 1970’s to his current views on American colonialism, and the tenuous relationship between memory and trauma. Next, they dissect the distinctions between the words “immigrant” and “refugee” while examining Viet’s connections to African-American culture and classic literature (19:34). After they break, they shine a light on the misinformation within Hollywood cinema about Southeast Asian culture and explore the factors that have minimized the general perception of France’s role in the conflict historically (31:52). Viet ends the pod by sharing his definition of the American dream and paying tribute to the personal influence and memory of his beloved mother (40:05). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Viet Thanh Nguyen Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 October 2023

Wendy Zukerman on ‘Science Vs.’

Larry is joined by science journalist Wendy Zukerman to discuss her podcast ‘Science Vs.’. They begin their conversation by discussing the inspiration and motivations behind creating a science program that searches to use delight and humor to teach people about the world around them. Next, they dive into the ongoing debate about climate change in both Australia and the U.S, and how the global pandemic has shaped society's relationship with mental health (12:16). After the break, they pit science vs. spirituality and take a look at the obstacles that arise when attempting to combat conspiracy theories and myths with facts (38:25). Finally, Wendy and Larry go through the ‘Science Vs.’ catalog and discuss the important lessons that were learned from some of the show’s most intriguing episodes (52:22). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Wendy Zukerman Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 October 2023

Dave Weigel on Semafor, Politics, and More

Larry is joined by journalist Dave Weigel and they begin their conversation by discussing Weigel’s career, beginning with his time as an editor for the Washington Post on through to his current role as politics writer at Semafor. They then examine the power of Donald Trump’s cult of personality and all the ways it’s shaping the modern GOP (9:46). Next they tackle the confusing narratives coming out of the war in Ukraine and how America’s attitudes toward it are being shaped by hot button cultural issues (34:11). After the break, Larry and Dave break down the individual lanes Vivek Ramaswamy and Robert Kennedy Jr. have created for themselves in the current presidential race (52:40). They end the pod by breaking down the differences between common sense and conspiracy theories while offering tips on how to find reliable sources in today’s media landscape (1:03:56). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Dave Weigel Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 October 2023

Michael Harriot on ‘Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America’

Larry is joined by author, journalist, and cultural critic Michael Harriot to discuss his new book ‘Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America’. They begin their conversation by exploring Michael’s incredibly thorough research style and educational roots. They then dive into how historical facts get replaced by false narratives over time and the motivations behind the western imperialists’ contributions to some of these myths (9:09). Larry and Michael then examine the factors that allow certain civilizations to dominate others and talk about the unique aspects of early American slave trade versus similar human trafficking scenarios in other parts of the world (16:33). After the break, they shine a light on Christianity’s role in the rise of white supremacy, slavery, and the colonization of America (34:15). Michael ends the pod by revealing his thoughts on the biggest obstacles facing truthful historical storytelling and the state of modern white supremacy (53:23). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Michael Harriot Producers: Chris Sutton and Mike Wargon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 September 2023

Yvonne Orji on ‘Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams’

Larry is joined by actress, comedienne, and author Yvonne Orji to talk about her memoir ‘Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams’ which was recently released on paperback. They begin their conversation by reminiscing about their time together developing the hit HBO series ‘Insecure’, shining a light on the art of collaboration, and examining the importance of developing a servant’s mentality when betting on yourself and your career. Next, Yvonne shares her experiences auditioning for the role of Molly on ‘Insecure’, managing her devout Christian faith in the chaotic world of show business, and the inspiration that drove her to write her book (19:09). After the break, Larry and Yvonne dive into what it was like growing up as a Nigerian-born immigrant, the support she received from her father, and the challenges she faced after ‘Insecure’ had stopped production (43:31). They end the pod with Yvonne’s best advice from the book and some life lessons from Larry on making distinctions rather than definitions when applying creativity to your craft (55:17). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Yvonne Orji Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 September 2023

Noel King on ‘Today, Explained: Blame Capitalism’

Larry is joined by journalist and co-host of the ‘Today, Explained’ podcast Noel King to discuss the show’s new special series ‘Blame Capitalism’. They begin by talking about how the project came together, the political divisions within economic philosophy, and the right-wing’s ideological shift towards authoritarianism. Next, they debate America’s changing views on democracy and capitalism throughout the generations while shining a light on the beginnings of the Tea Party movement (15:49). This leads into an examination of the shareholder mentality in today’s marketplace, modern society’s relationship to unions, and the continual rise in the price of property and education (24:25). Noel ends the pod by breaking down the future of capitalism, what she learned while producing the special series, and the social impact of Vivek Ramaswamy’s presidential run (45:27). Host: Larry Wimore Guest: Noel King Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 September 2023

Kara Swisher on ‘Pivot’ and ‘On With Kara Swisher’

Larry is joined by journalist Kara Swisher to discuss her podcasts ‘Pivot’ and ‘On With Kara Swisher’. They begin their conversation by talking about the importance of betting on yourself when making career choices. Next, they examine the relationship between Elon Musk’s mental health and his tech empire while also shining light on the current state of tech giants Meta and Google (10:24). After the break, Larry and Kara dive into how the Iphone has changed society and debate the effects of AI on public transportation and the entertainment industry (31:12). Kara ends the pod by sharing what types of tech she thinks will still be around in a decade (55:40). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Kara Swisher Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 August 2023

Brian Raftery on ‘Do We Get to Win This Time?’

Larry is joined by journalist and author Brian Raftery to discuss his new podcast at The Ringer called ‘Do We Get to Win This Time?’ which focuses on Hollywood's depiction of the Vietnam War during the 70's and 80's. They begin by talking about the importance of a great trailer, the excitement of seeing a classic movie on opening night, and how the podcast came together. Next, Brian and Larry share their personal connections to the war in Vietnam before diving into some of the pioneering movies that exposed society to its visceral realities, notably 'The Deer Hunter', 'Apocalypse Now', 'Rambo', and 'Platoon' (9:51). After the break, they dissect the mastery of Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket', ponder if there are any stories left to tell from the Vietnam conflict, and shine a light on John Wayne's influence over the cinematic depictions of the war (32:27). They end the pod by shining a light on their favorite war movies and the way different generations influence each other (1:05:22). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Brian Raftery Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 August 2023

Jake Tapper on ‘All the Demons Are Here: A Thriller’

Larry is joined by journalist, author, and CNN anchor Jake Tapper to discuss his new novel ‘All the Demons are Here: A Thriller’’. They begin their conversation discussing how the book combines fiction with contemporaneous real-life historical moments, particularly the rise Rupert Murdoch's media empire and tabloid culture in the late 1970s. They then dive into the current indictments facing former president Donald Trump, beginning with the most recent one that focuses on the events of January 6th, and take a look at how close Trump came to pulling off the fake elector scheme he’s being charged for (13:59). This leads to a robust conversation about the prevalence of conspiracy theories and modern society’s reverence for them (23:05). After the break, Jake and Larry dissect the classified documents and Stormy Daniels indictments while shining a light on Trump's mindset when he was committing the alleged infractions (35:37). They end the pod by talking about the likelihood of Trump serving time in prison, his political charisma, and his chances of winning re-election (45:37). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Jake Tapper Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 August 2023

Kylie Flanagan on ‘Climate Resilience: How We Keep Each Other Safe, Care for Our Communities, and Fight Back Against Climate Change’

Larry is joined by environmental strategist, educator, and author Kylie Flanagan to discuss her book ‘Climate Resilience: How We Keep Each Other Safe, Care for Our Communities, and Fight Back Against Climate Change’ publishing on August 1st. They begin their conversation by talking about the uniquely personal method Kylie utilized to convey the impact of the global climate crisis in her book and breaking down the definition of “climate resilience”. Next, they dive deep into the obstacles surrounding the global warming dialog, the tangible metrics that can be referenced by folks to tamper their existential anxieties about the planet, and the ways to connect to the burgeoning youth activist movement (14:11). After the break, Larry asks Kylie if the negative effects of climate change can be reversed, how she got involved in environmental justice, and what type of responses she’s already received from the book (24:41). They end the pod by shining a light on how simple action items and powerful storytelling can inspire everyday people to consider climate activism (31:07). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Kylie Flanagan Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 July 2023

Dr. Aomawa Shields on ‘Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe’

Larry is joined by astronomer and actress Aomawa Shields to discuss her new book ‘Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe. They begin their conversation by examining the myriad of intersecting issues and topics presented within the book and the personal journey Aomawa went through that led to its creation. Dr. Shields then details the mental obstacles she overcame to reach her professional goals and talks about the importance of being your own role model (9:14). Next, she shares the important lessons that were learned during her acting class at MIT and the support network she discovered while pursuing her Astronomy and Astrobiology PhD that fostered the discovery of her inner superpower (25:42). After the break Larry and Aomawa tackle the big questions about life on other planets and the vastness of the universe (45:24). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Dr. Aomawa Shields Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 July 2023

Sally Jenkins on ‘The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life’

Larry is joined by award-winning sportswriter and author Sally Jenkins to discuss her new book ‘The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life’. They begin by talking about some of the world-class athletes that inspired her to write the book, how talent was such a small part of each of their successes, and the lessons non-athletes can garner from their stories. This leads to conversation about the importance of practice and honest self evaluation when working to achieve personal goals, using the preparation exercises of icons like Steph Curry, Peyton Manning, and Pat Summit as examples (26:25). After the break Larry and Sally examine the importance of team culture, the obstacles within coaching or directing exceptional talent, and how to utilize failure in a positive way (35:31). They end the pod by shining a light on the individual perseverance and friendship between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, giving flowers to Sally’s legendary sportswriter dad Dan Jenkins, and discussing some of their favorite athletes (50:39). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Sally Jenkins Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 July 2023

Numa Perrier on ‘The Perfect Find’

Larry is joined by actor, producer, and director Numa Perrier to discuss her new film ‘The Perfect Find’ starring Gabrielle Union and currently streaming on Netflix. They begin by describing the premise of the movie, how Numa got involved with the project, and her process preparing to direct Gabrielle. Next, Larry and Numa examine how improv factored into the on-screen performances, what it takes to make a successful romantic comedy, and Perrier’s personal journey through the entertainment industry (10:58). They end the pod by discussing their time working together on ‘Reasonable Doubt’, Numa’s production of ‘The Legend of Black Herman’, and Larry’s philosophical connection to magic (37:16). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Numa Perrier Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 July 2023

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Titan Tragedy

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

Transcribed - Published: 24 June 2023

Larry Wilmore on the Listener Mailbag!

Larry weighs in on the federal indictment of Donald Trump. He then digs into the mailbag and answers some of your listener questions, which involve such wide-ranging topics as the Beatles, the political and entertainment industry landscapes, his favorite comedians, and much more (7:26). Host: Larry Wilmore Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2023

Audie Cornish on ‘The Assignment with Audie Cornish’

Larry is joined by journalist, anchor, and CNN correspondent Audie Cornish to discuss her new podcast ‘The Assignment with Audie Cornish’ and they begin by breaking down the difference between audio and TV fame. They then dive into the art of crafting good interviews, the reasons Audie chose journalism as a career, and her decision to part ways with NPR (11:11). After the break, they talk about the mission of ‘The Assignment’, the state of modern broadcast news, and Donald Trump’s recent town hall event (28:56). Larry and Audie end the pod by examining the future of political activism, her upcoming episode on CNN’s ‘The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper’, and the AI conundrum (1:00:04). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Audie Cornish Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2023

Audie Cornish on ‘The Assignment With Audie Cornish’

Larry is joined by journalist, anchor, and CNN correspondent Audie Cornish to discuss her new podcast ‘The Assignment with Audie Cornish’, and they begin by breaking down the differences between audio and TV fame. They then dive into the art of crafting good interviews, the reasons Audie chose journalism as a career, and her decision to part ways with NPR (11:11). After the break, they talk about the mission of ‘The Assignment’, the state of modern broadcast news, and Donald Trump’s recent town hall event (28:56). Larry and Audie end the pod by examining the future of political activism, her upcoming episode on CNN’s ‘The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper’, and the AI conundrum (1:00:04). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Audie Cornish Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2023

Rainn Wilson on ‘Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss’ and More!

Larry is joined by actor Rainn Wilson and they begin their conversation by reminiscing about their time working together on ‘The Office’. Next, they dive into Rainn’s new Peacock show ‘Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss’, talk about the origins of the project, and detail its search for the definition of happiness within different cultures around the world (8:37). After the break they examine Wilson’s new book ‘Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution’ and explain the thematic connections it draws from in classic TV shows like ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Star Trek’ (34:13). They end the pod by breaking down the importance of sacredness and pondering humanity’s artistic integration with nature (40:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Rainn Wilson Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2023

Marcel Spears on ‘Fat Ham’

Larry is joined by actor and comedian Marcel Spears to talk about the new Broadway play ‘Fat Ham’. They begin their conversation by discussing all of the creative ways it reimagines Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and explore how the play dissects the family dynamic and challenges the misconceptions of masculinity in African-American culture, particularly from a southern point of view (4:42). After the break, Larry and Marcel talk about how humor and food play huge roles in ‘Fat Ham’ before shining a light on the amazing cast, Pulitzer Prize-winning script, and Tony-nominated costume design (30:17). Marcel ends the pod by sharing his future acting goals and what it was like to work with 'Fat Ham' co-star Nikki Crawford, who’s performance earned her a Tony nomination as well (46:01). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Marcel Spears Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2023

Scott Carter on ‘Ye Gods! With Scott Carter’

Larry is joined by producer and playwright Scott Carter to discuss his new podcast ‘Ye Gods! With Scott Carter’. They begin their conversation by talking about why Scott wanted to create the pod and how a near-death asthma attack led to an epiphany that kickstarted his journey into the study and consideration for all religions. Next, they dive into Scott’s path to becoming a television producer, the production methods he developed while working with Bill Maher, and his take on Tucker Carlson (18:12). After the break, Scott explains his own interpretation of God, how it’s positioned within the wide proliferation of religions, and if faith can exist within a world of broad scientific advancements (38:02). They end the pod by pondering if God is necessary to have a moral life and shine a light on the state of religion in America (50:13). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Scott Carter Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2023

Katie Porter on ‘I Swear: Politics is Messier Than My Minivan’

Larry is joined by U.S. Representative from California Katie Porter at Live Talks LA to discuss her new book ‘I Swear: Politics is Messier Than My Minivan’. They begin the conversation by discussing Katie’s early days in politics, her commitment to legislative transparency, and how a deep passion for bureaucracy pushed her to run for office. Next, Katie shares the inspiration for the iconic white board, her opinions on big bank machinations, and her aspirations to become a U.S. Senator (19:52). They then talk about Joe Biden’s accomplishments in office, detail the many changes facing Democrats going forward, and touch on some hot button political topics (38:41). Finally, Larry and Katie take questions from the Live Talks LA audience (56:30). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Katie Porter Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2023

Tracy McMillan on ‘UnPrisoned’

Larry is joined by writer Tracy McMillan to discuss the new Onyx Collective show ‘UnPrisoned’, currently streaming on Hulu . They begin by talking about what inspired Tracy to create such a deeply personal show and the journey she and the original script went through to get to the finalized product. They then dive deep into the process of integrating real life traumas into your art and how actors Delroy Lindo and Kerry Washington were able to add their own talents and nuances into her story (9:03). This leads to conversations about the evolution of human attachment in our society, Tracy’s connections to her incarcerated father and subsequent foster families, and how the generational trauma experienced by African-Americans manifests itself culturally (22:55). After the break Tracy breaks down how she became a relationship expert and offers tools on how to take correct actions to achieve emotional and spiritual security (43:43). They end the pod by talking about the pitfalls of abundance avoidance and the ways Tracy was changed by the process of making ‘UnPrisoned’ (1:02:27). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Tracy McMillan Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2023

Tracee Ellis Ross on 'I Am America'

Larry is joined by actress Tracee Ellis Ross and they begin their conversation by sharing what they've learned about themselves and society through the events of the pandemic. Next, Tracee talks about her new podcast 'I Am America', explains why she wanted to start the project, and details some of the amazing individuals and stories featured in the show (18:22). After the break, they dive into their shared love of cinematic storytelling, their individual acting processes, and Tracee's professional chemistry with her 'Black-ish' co-star Anthony Anderson (36:03). Finally, they discuss some of Tracee's most recent roles, her new hair care company Pattern, and the enduring qualities of her iconic mom Diana Ross (51:35). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Tracee Ellis Ross Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2023

Anthony Chin-Quee on 'I Can't Save You: A Memoir'

Larry is joined by writer and former physician Anthony Chin-Quee to discuss his upcoming book 'I Can't Save You: A Memoir' coming out on April 4. They start their conversation by discussing Anthony's process for putting together the memoir and some of the experiences he went through as a Black physician that inspired him to write it. They then dive into the emotional compartmentalization required to be a successful surgeon, Chin-Quee's journey to becoming a doctor, and how the system for testing an individual's specialization highlights racial discrimination within the medical industry (7:19). This leads to a conversation on how trauma is passed down through the family tree and the paths to address and work through it (30:10). After the break, Anthony details his personal struggles with suicidal thoughts, and talks about the metrics and techniques the health community uses to designate the severity of a patient's depression (38:01). Larry and Anthony end the pod by examining Chin-Quee's current relationship with himself and medicine, as well as the hurdles facing Black men in regards to treating mental health (51:29). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Anthony Chin-Quee Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2023

Ike Barinholtz on 'History of the World Part II'

Larry is joined by actor, writer, and comedian Ike Barinholtz to discuss the Hulu series 'History of the World Part II'. They begin their conversation by discussing how the project came together, what it was like working with comedy titan Mel Brooks, and the pioneering aspects of Brooks's legendary movie 'Blazing Saddles". Next, Ike talks about the process of constructing the sketches for 'History' and how the incredibly diverse and talented writers group fomented a harmonious atmosphere of creativity that drove the making of the series (19:26). After the break, Larry and Ike examine their shared love of history, Ike's beginnings in the comedy industry, and Jordan Peele's genius (31:37). They end the pod by talking about Ike's future in comedy, debate their favorite Mel Brooks movies, and imagine an iconic character from one of them they would've liked to play (42:41). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ike Barinholtz Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2023

Theresa Runstedtler on 'Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA'

Larry is joined by professor and writer Theresa Runstedtler to discuss her new book 'Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA'. They begin their conversation by discussing how Dr. Runstedtler's connection to the NBA via the Toronto Raptors dance team and the corporatization she witnessed within that organization during her stint inspired her to research the primary aspects of her book. Next, they examine the history of segregation in professional basketball, how racial context was tied to the emerging style of play within the game, and pioneers like Connie Hawkins who insisted on wage equality for Black players in the league (8:19). They then dive into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's influence on the ABA-NBA merger and the influence of racially biased media coverage on the public’s perception of Black players and the sport’s overall revenue in the '70s (25:15). After the break, they take a look at the ascension of Simon Gourdine, the first Black NBA executive, and talk about the obstacles that hinder Black coaches and executives throughout all of the major American sports leagues (38:27). Larry and Theresa end the pod by discussing how the ‘74 Finals, the emergence of Larry Bird, and the NBA's inclusion of the slam dunk contest spearheaded the marketability of the league into the modern era (42:42). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Theresa Runstedtler Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2023

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on 'Finding Your Roots'

Larry is joined by professor, historian, and host of the PBS series 'Finding Your Roots' Henry Louis Gates Jr.. They begin their conversation by discussing how Henry's upbringing and the parental influence fueled his passion for storytelling and education. Henry then details how the show and the accompanying DNA technology have evolved over the years from exclusively connecting African-Americans to their pre-slavery tribal roots to the highly revered service it is today that helps people from races and regions all over the world connect to their family trees (13:43). Dr. Gates then shares anecdotes about some of his favorite guests and moments from past episodes of "Finding Your Roots" including Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morgan Freeman (24:28). Larry and Henry end the podcast by talking about the show's ability to consistently uncover deep family secrets, Gates' upcoming appearance on 'The Simpsons', and how listeners can explore their own genealogies (52:55). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2023

Mark Whitaker on 'Saying It Loud: 1966 — The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement'

Larry is joined by author, journalist, and media executive Mark Whitaker to discuss his newest book "Saying It Loud: 1966-The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement'. They begin their conversation by talking about why Mark decided to write the book and break down the social and political events that led up to this turbulent year. They then get into the key figures and organizations involved during this time period, notably the SNCC, Stokely Carmichael, John Lewis, and Sammy Young, whose tragic and publicized death at the beginning of 1966 helped spark a consciousness movement that ultimately led to the beginning of the Black Panthers (9:14). Next they dissect the meaning of the term "Black Power" and how the established press distorted its original messaging to foment division within the movement's participants (24:06). After the break they get into the distraction caused by the 60's anti-war movement and the middle classes' feelings towards Black Power (35:08). They end the pod by drawing comparisons between the Black Power era and BLM, and comment on the current lack of leaders like Malcolm X that would be equipped to legitimize and take the modern progressive movement into the future (51:54). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Mark Whitaker Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2023

Mark Whitaker on 'Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement'

Larry is joined by author, journalist, and media executive Mark Whitaker to discuss his newest book, 'Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement'. They begin their conversation by talking about why Mark decided to write the book and break down the social and political events that led up to this turbulent year. They then get into the key figures and organizations involved during this time period, notably the SNCC, Stokely Carmichael, John Lewis, and Sammy Young, whose tragic and publicized death at the beginning of 1966 helped spark a consciousness movement that ultimately led to the beginning of the Black Panthers (9:14). Next they dissect the meaning of the term "Black Power" and how the established press distorted its original messaging to foment division within the movement's participants (24:06). After the break they get into the distraction caused by the '60s anti-war movement and middle-class feelings towards Black Power (35:08). They end the pod by drawing comparisons between the Black Power era and BLM, and comment on the current lack of leaders like Malcolm X that would be equipped to legitimize and take the modern progressive movement into the future (51:54). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Mark Whitaker Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2023

Craig Mazin on 'The Last of Us'

Larry is joined by Emmy Award-winning writer and director Craig Mazin to talk about his newest venture 'The Last of Us' on HBO. They begin their conversation by breaking down the synopsis of both the series and the popular video game it's based on while also touching on Craig's relationship with the two. Next, they discuss the obstacles and advantages of making comedies, the flexibility of comedic actors, and how to create an adaptation of a video game that already has a rabid fanbase intimately familiar with the source material (8:10). Craig then talks about his experiences making a show about a fungal pandemic while living through a viral one and how he was able to express complex emotional themes within the chaos of a zombie infested post-apocalyptic plotline (21:23). This leads into a conversation about humanity's relationship to sickness, its dependence on religion, and the future of shows based on video game franchises (37:19). Craig and Larry end the pod by discussing Mazin's entry into the world of screenwriting, exploring some of the most frequently asked questions by aspiring writers, and assessing the state of the Writer's Guild (47:11). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Craig Mazin Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2023

Jon Lovett on Crooked Media, Politics, and More

Larry is joined by comedian and host of 'Pod Save America' and 'Lovett or Leave It' Jon Lovett. They begin their conversation by discussing the progressive network he co-founded Crooked Media, and the tumultuous political landscape that inspired its genesis. Next, they dive into the nature of the political system and the success of some of its arbiters, notably Barack Obama, and point to the rise of Sarah Palin as the beginning of the Trump era currently dominating right wing ideology (14:48). After the break they talk about Joe Biden's presidential success, how he's being underestimated because of his age, and speculate on his possible Democratic successor (26:42). Next, they debate the desensitization of violence in America in regards to recently circulated videos like the Paul Pelosi incident, the Tyre Nichols footage, and images broadcasted from the war in Ukraine (39:11). Finally, Jon reflects on his time as a political speechwriter and the positive atmosphere of his live shows (48:35). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Jon Lovett Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 January 2023

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