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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.

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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United States

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The Ringer

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ken Kwapis on ‘But What I Really Want to Do is Direct’

11/28/2020
Larry is joined by film director Ken Kwapis to talk about his new book ‘But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Lessons from a Life Behind the Camera’ along with plenty of advice for those interested in television and film making. Later, the two discuss what they think needs to be on television right now (62:00) as well as working on ‘The Office.’

Duration:01:11:07

Fareed Zakaria on ‘Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World’

11/21/2020
Larry is joined by Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post columnist and host of CNN’s ‘GPS,’ to discuss his new book, ‘Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World.’ The two also discuss the progress of COVID-19 vaccines, the growing inequality gap in the pandemic, and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Fareed Zakaria

Duration:00:57:47

Cornell Belcher on Joe Biden Winning the 2020 Presidential Election

11/7/2020
Larry is joined by Cornell Belcher, NBC political analyst and president of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategy, to react to the breaking news of Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris winning the 2020 presidential election. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Cornell Belcher

Duration:01:00:00

Nate Silver on Election Polls and Forecasting the 2020 Presidential Election

10/31/2020
Larry is joined by Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, to discuss how election polls are taken. The two also look at some of the key states expected to make an impact on Election Day. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Nate Silver

Duration:01:09:57

Governor Andrew Cuomo on ‘American Crisis’ and Governing in a Pandemic

10/24/2020
Today’s episode is taken from a live conversation between Larry and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for ‘Live Talks Los Angeles’ on October 18. The two discuss Governor Cuomo’s latest book, ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic,’ and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Governor Andrew Cuomo

Duration:01:02:38

Rick Wilson on the Lincoln Project and President Trump's Failing Campaign for Re-Election

10/10/2020
Larry is joined by author and political strategist Rick Wilson to discuss founding the Lincoln Project (6:30), the failures of the Trump administration during this presidential campaign (24:00), Wilson's ideal political party (48:50), and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Rick Wilson

Duration:00:59:43

Ari Berman on Mail-in Ballots and Voter Suppression

10/3/2020
Larry is joined by Mother Jones writer Ari Berman to discuss President Trump's hospitalization due to COVID-19. Later, the two break down voter suppression going into the upcoming presidential election. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ari Berman

Duration:01:06:10

Bakari Sellers on the Breonna Taylor Case and America's Flawed Justice System

9/26/2020
Larry is joined by Bakari Sellers to discuss the grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor (9:53), the flaws in the justice system (26:04), predicting the upcoming presidential election (44:41), and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Bakari Sellers

Duration:01:07:28

Ben Rhodes on ‘Missing America’ and Working Under the Obama Administration

9/12/2020
Larry is joined by former deputy national security adviser and political commentator Ben Rhodes to discuss his latest project ‘Missing America’ (11:00), working under the Obama administration (21:20), and Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election and the Trump administration (33:45). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ben Rhodes

Duration:01:05:45

Brian Stelter on ‘Hoax’ and Fox News’s Influence on President Trump

8/30/2020
Larry is joined by CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter to discuss his new book, ‘Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.’ They also talk about Fox News’s influence on Donald Trump’s presidency. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Brian Stelter

Duration:01:02:14

Erin Brockovich on ‘Superman’s Not Coming’ and the Nation’s Water Crisis

8/22/2020
Larry is joined by environmental activist Erin Brockovich to talk about her latest book, ‘Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It,’ and identifying the signs that your drinking water may be contaminated. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Erin Brockovich

Duration:01:01:06

Isabel Wilkerson on the Caste Systems That We Currently Live In

8/7/2020
Larry is joined by author Isabel Wilkerson to talk about her new book, ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.’ They talk about what it was like to have her book selected for Oprah’s Book Club (7:13), the differences between “class” and “caste” (21:01), and how going to India influenced her book (32:40). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Isabel Wilkerson

Duration:00:50:48

Bill Simmons on the Return of the NBA

7/31/2020
Larry is joined by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss social activism within the NBA bubble (13:21), the history of racism in the league and era-defining players (38:38), and what a championship means in this unorthodox season (41:43). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Bill Simmons

Duration:01:15:49

Al Roker on Broadcasting From Home and What He Has Learned From Over 40 Years in the Industry

7/24/2020
Larry is joined by Al Roker, weather and feature anchor for ‘Today’ and cohost for the third hour of ‘Today,’ to discuss working from home with another TV star in the house (14:19), Roker’s more than 40-year career (23:20), and some of the “Al-truisms” in his latest book, ‘You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success’ (32:47). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Al Roker Check out ‘You Look So Much Better in Person’ here.

Duration:01:07:19

Don Cheadle on Over 30 Years of Acting, Producing, and Activism

7/10/2020
Larry is joined by actor Don Cheadle to discuss his come-up as a Black actor in the ’90s (9:18), the electricity of his most recent project, ‘Black Monday’ (32:50), and how celebrities can most effectively use their platforms for activism (43:10). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Don Cheadle

Duration:00:54:58

Remembering Comedic Legend Carl Reiner, 1922–2020

7/1/2020
Larry reflects on the influence of actor, director, and writer Carl Reiner, who died on Tuesday. Then, we resurface Larry’s interview with Reiner from November 2017, when he reflected on his long career in Hollywood (11:12). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Carl Reiner

Duration:01:00:37

James McBride on Covering Music Legends and the Power of Fiction Writing

6/26/2020
Larry weighs in on the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. Then, author James McBride joins the show to talk about covering music legends like Michael Jackson and James Brown (11:47), why he made the switch from journalism to fiction writing (41:54), and his new book, 'Deacon King Kong' (45:10). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: James McBride Check out 'Deacon King Kong' here.

Duration:01:00:35

Michael Lewis on the Many Risks of a Donald Trump Presidency

6/20/2020
Larry Wilmore is joined by Michael Lewis for a live talk about his new book, 'The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,' and observations he has taken away from this current moment. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Michael Lewis

Duration:00:59:24

Nikole Hannah-Jones on George Floyd and the History of Systemic Racism in America

6/12/2020
Larry weighs in on the movement to defund the police and the killing of Breonna Taylor. Then, he is joined by New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to talk about how the killing of George Floyd was a wake-up call for white Americans (13:06), her work on the 1619 Project for the Times (30:41), and the white-washing of America's history (40:40). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Nikole Hannah-Jones Check out the 1619 Project here.

Duration:00:58:57

Thoughts on George Floyd and the Virus of Racism in America

6/2/2020
Larry gives his thoughts on the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and why racism in America is like a virus that must be rooted out. Host: Larry Wilmore

Duration:00:11:56