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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air & The Ringer

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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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 ‘Fences’ (29:30), how he prepared for his role as Johnnie Cochran in ‘American Crime Story’ (57:45), his role in ‘Isle of Dogs’ (1:16:00), and why he won’t be collaborating with wife Angela Bassett anytime soon (1:20:10).

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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, Larry chats with Vox cofounder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein about journalistic standards and how politics have differed in the Bush, Obama, and Trump eras (25:00).

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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 reparations.

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The Mailbag Episode (Ep. 17)

Oct 13th, 201737:08

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 actions.

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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).

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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).

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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.'

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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).

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

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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 upcoming midterm elections.

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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.

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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 the larger political picture, including gerrymandering (28:00).

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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.

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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).

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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 legacies of LeBron James and other athletes (56:00).

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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 American (12:54).

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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 photography, and more.

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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). Also, Roy discusses what Kobe Bryant told him about making it on the Lakers (22:11). More from The Ringer:The King Has Landed: Making Sense of LeBron James in Purple and GoldWinners and Losers of LeBron’s Lakers DecisionBreak the Boogie Glass In Case of EmergencyCheck out all of our NBA coverage here.

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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 episode was recorded prior to Anthony Kennedy announcing his decision to retire.

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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 immigration (10:00).

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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' rooms (15:00).

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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 acclaimed FX show (10:00)

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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).

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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 journalist in our current climate (30:45), and the Twitterization of politics (40:14).

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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 elections (50:53), and standing up to President Donald Trump (71:08).

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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).

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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 about making television (30:09).

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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, ‘Somebody Feed Phil’; and how he created the hit television sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (19:00).

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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).

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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 is doing to teens, and why it’s hard to have a dialogue in a divisive political environment (16:00).

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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 breakout roles in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Westworld,’ and ‘Annihilation.’ They also discuss the time she hung out with Paul McCartney and her involvement in the Time's Up movement (22:49).

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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 country.

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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 corruption of our most valued institutions.

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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 the secretly evil dad in Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' (48:00).

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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).

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Dan Rather Keeps It 100 (Ep. 23)

Dec 7th, 20171:25:18

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 state of our country, patriotism, and how our country has recovered from similarly divisive times in the past. They also take questions from the audience (12:00).

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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.

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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 Diggs to discuss how he went from working with underprivileged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area to starring on Broadway in 'Hamilton' (20:00).

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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 on President Trump (15:00).

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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).

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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 him.

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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 administration.

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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'Black on the Air' Teaser

May 9th, 20171:03

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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