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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.

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Jeffrey Toobin and the Breakneck Speed of Breaking News (Ep. 26)

1:00:34 | Jan 11th, 2018

Larry Wilmore chats with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin about The Trump Presidency, the impact of his twitter account, keeping up with the pace of the news and what CNN’s role in today’s political climate is.

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

1:11:12 | Jul 20th, 2017

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 Mal...Show More

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Looks to the Presidents of the Past to Understand the Politics of Today | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 54)

1:21:44 | Oct 26th, 2018

Larry Wilmore chats in front of a live audience with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about the history of American politics and the legacy of American presidents like Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Courtney B. Vance on Working With Legends | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 34)

1:20:27 | Apr 4th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination (0:35). Then, he sits down with actor Courtney B. Vance to discuss his star-studded debut in the original Broadway run of August Wilson’s...Show More

Ezra Klein and the Need for Explanatory Journalism (Ep. 24)

1:18:20 | Dec 21st, 2017

Larry Wilmore weighs in on the Republican tax bill, Omarosa Manigault’s White House departure, and the disagreement between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West (1:00) before Bill Simmons drops in to argue about the Lakers with Larry (14:00). Later, Larr...Show More

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Understanding Racial Disparity (Ep. 18)

1:08:36 | Oct 19th, 2017

Larry Wilmore chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his breakout success, peoples' disconnect in understanding racial disparity, the current state of race relations in the post-Obama era, and the continued case for reparatio...Show More

The Mailbag Episode (Ep. 17)

37:08 | Oct 13th, 2017

Larry Wilmore opens the mailbag and responds to listener questions, weighing in on topics including Jemele Hill’s recent suspension by ESPN, athlete protests and the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the Harvey Weinstein situation, and President Trump’s recent...Show More

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

1:11:54 | Sep 7th, 2017

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 Oba...Show More

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

1:05:29 | Jun 8th, 2017

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 g...Show More

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

55:11 | May 11th, 2017

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 dis...Show More

Madeleine Albright on Fighting Fascism (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 59)

1:26:53 | Feb 8th

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Larry Wilmore for a live conversation about the history of fascism and why it still presents a threat to our democracy. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Madeleine Albright

Jason Rezaian on Life After Imprisonment in Iran | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 58)

1:08:06 | Feb 2nd

Larry Wilmore is joined by Jason Rezaian, the former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief who was held hostage in Iran for 544 days, from 2014 to 2016. They talk about Rezaian’s experience growing up in America as an Iranian (14:11), being imprisoned ...Show More

How Pete Holmes Turned His Life Into Comedy With ‘Crashing’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 57)

1:20:04 | Jan 24th

Larry Wilmore sits down with comedian Pete Holmes to talk about reactions to Louis C.K. doing stand up again (24:18), growing up in an evangelical church (29:55), and his inspirations for his TV show ‘Crashing’ (53:39). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: P...Show More

Wrapping up 2018 With Tommy Alter | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 56)

58:10 | Dec 20th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with Tommy Alter to talk about the year in politics and news, including Steph Curry claiming that the moon landing was faked (4:38), Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth (16:40), who will be the Democratic nominee for pr...Show More

Tracee Ellis Ross Wants to Show Up for Something Bigger Than Herself | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 55)

1:10:20 | Nov 9th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with Tracee Ellis Ross to talk about campaigning for candidates (6:03), working together on ‘Blackish’ (20:14), how she stays grounded in Hollywood (43:40), and the #MeToo movement (51:17).

Gender and Privilege With ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 53)

1:10:17 | Oct 11th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with Jill Soloway, creator of ‘Transparent’ and 'I Love Dick,’ to discuss gender, privilege, and Jill’s nonbinary gender identity.

Nancy Pelosi Says “Trump Is Trying to Break the #MeToo Movement” | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 52)

1:06:18 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Larry Wilmore is joined for a live show at the Texas Tribune Festival by former speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi to discuss everything from the Kavanaugh hearings, to President Trump’s undermining of the middle class, to the importance of the upcomi...Show More

Cosby, Kavanaugh and Black Republicans, Oh My | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 51)

43:18 | Sep 27th, 2018

Larry Wilmore answers listener questions about Bill Cosby’s sentencing, the Kavanaugh fiasco and the deal with black Republicans, how the new-look Lakers will fare this season, and more.

Eric Holder on the Chaos Inside the White House and the Importance of November | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 50)

1:24:13 | Sep 13th, 2018

Larry Wilmore discusses who may win the next presidential race (1:00) before sitting down with former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss the chaotic inner workings of the White House and President Donald Trump's administration as well as th...Show More

GOP Strategist Rick Wilson on How Republicans Got Here | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 49)

59:39 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with Republican strategist Rick Wilson to discuss the current state of the Republican Party, how “everything Trump touches dies,” and what's next for our country.

Authenticity in Politicians, and What Young Voters Want with Jason Kander | Black On The Air (Ep.48)

49:01 | Aug 17th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with Kansas City politician Jason Kander to talk the ongoing war in Afghanistan (3:00), authenticity in politicians (22:15), what the word "progressive" means nowadays, and his decision to run for mayor in Kansas City (35:30).

Bill Simmons Talks Politics, Conspiracies, and Legacies | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 47)

1:18:06 | Aug 9th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss a wide range of topics including the legacy of black sitcoms (5:00), the JFK and moon landing conspiracy theories (19:00), President Trump’s behavior, and *the long-term legaci...Show More

Ibtihaj Muhammad’s Unlikely American Dream | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 46)

1:15:14 | Jul 19th, 2018

Larry Wilmore talks about Trump’s meeting with Putin (1:00) before sitting down to chat with Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad about her decision to wear a hijab in competition and the racial and religious prejudices she has faced as a black Muslim Ame...Show More

Travon Free Tells His Story | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 45)

1:10:19 | Jul 12th, 2018

Larry Wilmore is joined by comedy writer Travon Free to discuss his life and career, from playing Division I basketball to his stand-up and comedy writing that led him to a job at 'The Daily Show' and from his sexuality to his recent experiments with...Show More

Roy Hibbert on LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and the New Lakers | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 44)

55:39 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Larry Wilmore, former NBA player Roy Hibbert, and Tommy Alter talk about what it’s like being a Lakers fan right now (1:43), what LeBron’s leadership style will bring to the team (9:46), and how the latest trades affect the existing team (12:07). Als...Show More

Mike Pesca Debates the Greatest Sports What-Ifs | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 43)

1:08:05 | Jun 28th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before Mike Pesca joins to discuss politics (15:00) and the famous what-ifs of sports history including moments involving Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, and others (30:00). *This episo...Show More

Senator Tim Kaine on President Trump’s Failures on Immigration | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 42)

51:24 | Jun 21st, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (0:30) before chatting with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine about the executive order President Trump just signed regarding the separation of families at the border as part of a larger conversation about immigrati...Show More

Nell Scovell and Breaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 41)

1:02:52 | Jun 7th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on President Trump disinviting the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House (1:00). Then he chats with comedy writer and producer Nell Scovell about her experience as a woman in largely all male writers' room...Show More

Reliving the Greatest Moments of 'The Americans' With Executive Producer Joel Fields | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 40)

1:04:09 | May 31st, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on the cancellation of 'Roseanne' and other current events (1:00) before sitting down with Joel Fields, executive producer of ‘The Americans,’ to discuss the series finale and celebrate the highlights of the critically acclaim...Show More

Gabrielle Union Doesn’t Hold Back | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 39)

1:04:47 | May 17th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events including the Yanny-versus-Laurel debate (1:00) before chatting with actress Gabrielle Union about everything from returning to the big screen to personal stories from her book and the #MeToo movement (11:30)...Show More

Jake Tapper on Idealizing Our Political Past and Improving Our Political Future | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 38)

1:03:43 | May 10th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and President Donald Trump’s latest antics (1:00). Then, he is joined by CNN's chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper to dive deep into political history (12:37), the role of a jou...Show More

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Combatting Trump and Climate Change | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 37)

1:22:34 | Apr 26th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on Kanye West's politics and NFL players taking a knee (1:00). Then, he sits down with Washington Governor Jay Inslee to talk about his mission to decarbonize the world (19:48), what Democrats should do in the 2018 midterm ele...Show More

Love and Relationships in the Digital Age with Joanna Coles of Hearst Magazines | Larry Wilmore (Ep.36)

1:18:56 | Apr 19th, 2018

Larry Wilmore weighs in on the Starbucks incident in Philly (1:00). Later, Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst Magazines, stops by to share her insights about life and relationships in the digital age (10:00).

NBA Stories and Listener Questions With Roy Hibbert | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 35)

1:08:30 | Apr 12th, 2018

Larry Wilmore chats with former NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert and The Ringer’s Tommy Alter about the NBA (1:00) before reading and responding to listener questions that range from politics to hypothetical dinners with Martin Luther King Jr. to advice abou...Show More

Eating Well and Making Hit TV Shows With 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Creator Phil Rosenthal | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 33)

1:17:35 | Mar 15th, 2018

Larry Wilmore chats with his daughter, Lauren Wilmore, about Pi Day, the shrug emoji, and intricacies of language (1:00). Later, he sits down over lunch with renowned TV producer Phil Rosenthal to discuss his love of food and travel; his new Netflix ...Show More

Forest Whitaker Displays His Range as an Actor and Philanthropist | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 32)

1:13:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

Larry WIlmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before Larry sits down with academy award winning actor Forest Whitaker about the challenges of taking on complicated roles like Idi Amin, Desmond Tutu and Zuri in black panther (20:00).

Katie Couric and the Difficulties of Dialogue in These Times | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 31)

1:16:15 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Larry Wilmore touches on the Parkland high school shooting, our culture of gun violence, and Laura Ingraham’s comments about LeBron James (1:00). Later, he sits down with Katie Couric to discuss the qualities necessary for journalism, what technology...Show More

Tessa Thompson Is What the Future of Sci-Fi Looks Like | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 30)

1:21:31 | Feb 15th, 2018

Emmy Award–winning writer Travon Free joins to discuss 'Black Panther,' the Obama portraits, and the sexual harassment allegations against gold medalist Shaun White (0:30). Later, Larry Wilmore speaks with rising sci-fi star Tessa Thompson about her ...Show More

‘Moneyball’ author Michael Lewis on How to Get Invited to Steve Bannon’s House and More | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 29)

1:03:35 | Feb 8th, 2018

Larry Wilmore sits down for a live interview with ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Big Short’ author Michael Lewis to talk about his inspiration for 'Moneyball,' eating chicken salad sandwiches with Steve Bannon, and his thoughts on the current state of the coun...Show More

David Frum’s Theory of ‘Trumpocracy’ | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 28)

1:20:03 | Feb 3rd, 2018

From ‘Live Talks Los Angeles,’ Larry Wilmore sits down with neoconservative David Frum to discuss President Trump and the current political climate in America. They discuss the psychology behind President Trump’s behavior, his ideology, and his corru...Show More

Stories From ‘Get Out,’ ‘The West Wing,’ and ‘The Post’ With Bradley Whitford (Ep. 27)

1:14:14 | Jan 18th, 2018

Larry Wilmore chats with veteran actor Bradley Whitford about working with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on 'The West Wing' (3:00), why it’s hard to be an actor and an activist, rehearsing in secret with Meryl Streep on 'The Post' (31:00), and playing th...Show More

The Best of Larry Wilmore, With Neil deGrasse Tyson, Issa Rae, and Malcolm Gladwell (Ep. 25)

49:03 | Dec 28th, 2017

Larry Wilmore shares his favorite moments from 'Black on the Air' in 2017, including Neil deGrasse Tyson on spirituality (9:00), Issa Rae on “the ho phase” (24:00), and Malcolm Gladwell defending his stances on satire and golf (35:00).

Dan Rather Keeps It 100 (Ep. 23)

1:25:18 | Dec 7th, 2017

Larry Wilmore discusses Time magazine’s decision to name “the Silence Breakers” as Person of the Year, as well as the concept of “weaponized outrage” (2:00), before sitting down for a live event with Dan Rather. He and Rather discuss the current stat...Show More

Judd Apatow's Unwavering Love of Comedy (Ep. 22)

1:05:33 | Nov 30th, 2017

Larry Wilmore sits down with renowned TV and film producer, writer, and comedian Judd Apatow to discuss each other's heroes and experiences in the world of comedy.

Daveed Diggs on How to Get by Till You Win a Tony Award (Ep. 21)

1:16:43 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Larry Wilmore weighs in on Thanksgiving, Trump’s feud with LaVar Ball, and the rash of sexual assault and harassment allegations throughout Hollywood and politics (1:00). Later he sits down with Tony Award–winning rapper, actor, and singer Daveed Dig...Show More

Old Showbiz Stories with Carl Reiner (Ep. 20)

1:07:39 | Nov 9th, 2017

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events and the Texas church shooting (1:00). Later, Larry sits down with acclaimed comedian, producer, and director Carl Reiner to discuss his early time in showbiz, his new book ‘Too Busy To Die’, and his thoughts ...Show More

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Harassment With Gretchen Carlson (Ep. 19)

1:03:57 | Oct 26th, 2017

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before sitting down with former Fox News television anchor Gretchen Carlson to discuss sexual harassment, the culture that enables it, and effective strategies to combat it (12:00).

Michael Bennett on the Importance of Activism and Being a Historian (Ep. 16)

49:24 | Oct 8th, 2017

Larry Wilmore and NFL star Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks discuss the increasing amount of protests and social activism among athletes, the importance of knowing your history, and what the defensive end would say to President Trump if he met...Show More

The Fight for Reproductive Rights With Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards (Ep. 15)

58:24 | Sep 25th, 2017

Larry Wilmore sits down with Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, in front of a live audience at the Texas Tribune Festival to discuss health care, women’s reproductive rights, and how Planned Parenthood is dealing with the Trump adminis...Show More

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

1:29:39 | Sep 12th, 2017

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, ...Show More

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

1:17:08 | Aug 31st, 2017

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 ineq...Show More

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

57:34 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 t...Show More

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

1:03:56 | Aug 10th, 2017

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 politica...Show More

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

1:07:29 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

52:38 | Jul 13th, 2017

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' cas...Show More

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

1:15:05 | Jul 6th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:17:32 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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 portraya...Show More

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

1:21:24 | Jun 15th, 2017

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 P...Show More

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

1:09:14 | May 25th, 2017

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...Show More

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

54:56 | May 18th, 2017

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 po...Show More

'Black on the Air' Teaser

01:03 | May 9th, 2017

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.