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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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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Larry Wilmore weighs in on the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery and why Trump is not right for this moment (1:00). Then, he gets on the line with actress Uzo Aduba to talk about her role in ‘Mrs. America’ as Shirley Chisholm (10:26) and what she learned about the second-wave feminist movement while preparing for the role (36:19). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Uzo Aduba
Larry talks about the new normal that we now find ourselves in and how the coronavirus has impacted his life (1:00). Then, he is joined by celebrity chef David Chang to talk about how the coronavirus has impacted the restaurant business (14:16), why it's so hard to predict what dining out will look like once the pandemic is over (29:48), and how this has changed the way he operates as a restaurateur (41:13). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: David Chang
Larry weighs in on how the international pandemic might impact the presidential race (1:26). Then, he sits down with TV journalist Ed Gordon to talk about what it was like breaking into broadcast television while black (13:38) and his new book 'Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership' (45:13). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ed Gordon
Larry weighs in on how the coronavirus has affected day-to-day life and Trump's handling of the pandemic (1:00). Then he sits down with New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty to talk about his new book, on the housing crisis in the Bay Area (13:52), and how gentrification creates unlikely alliances (51:59). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Conor Dougherty Check out 'Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America' here.
Larry Wilmore is joined by Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer to talk about why Democrats should be taking lessons from Mitt Romney’s 2012 candidacy for president (9:41), what influence Facebook will have in the 2020 election (42:56), and why Democrats need to turn nonvoters into voters in order to beat Trump (53:40). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Dan Pfeiffer Check out Dan’s new book ‘Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again’ here.
Larry weighs in on the Democratic primary race leading up to Super Tuesday as well as the Harvey Weinstein verdict (0:37) before he sits down with Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, the founder and CEO of Village Market ATL, a marketplace that features and supports black entrepreneurs. They talk about why Dr. Hallmon was inspired to create Village Market (5:05) and the importance of entrepreneurship in fostering community (22:17). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon
Larry Wilmore sits down with 'NBC Nightly News' and 'Dateline NBC' anchor Lester Holt to talk about how he got his start in broadcast news (13:00), what he learned about the criminal justice system while embedded in a prison for a piece (30:32), and how he prepares to moderate a presidential debate (56:49). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Lester Holt
Larry sits down with Georgia politician Stacey Abrams to talk about the mess of the Iowa caucuses (22:27), why she still believes that she won the election for governor in Georgia (35:16), and the three ways voter suppression occurs in American elections (48:11). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Stacey Abrams
Larry, a lifelong Lakers fan, takes a moment to reflect on the legacy of basketball legend Kobe Bryant following his untimely death (4:18). Then, Larry gets on the phone with Nina Turner, co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign, to talk about what it’s like to be in Iowa just a few days away from the Iowa caucuses (12:00) and what Sanders is doing to win the black vote (34:41). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Nina Turner
Larry Wilmore sits down with a cofounder of Crooked Media and the host of the podcast ‘The Wilderness,’ Jon Favreau, to talk about his time working as Obama’s head speechwriter (10:52), why the Democratic nominee needs to be a “happy warrior” (34:06), and what he learned from doing focus groups with 2020 voters (40:03). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Jon Favreau
Larry Wilmore is joined by Bill Simmons to answer some mailbag questions, including why Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race (5:47) and what he wishes he had known when he started writing (31:44). Then, Larry sits down with the executive vice president of programming and production at AMC, Pete Aronson, to talk about how he got his start in the industry (39:46), and Larry tells the story of why he got let go from ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ (1:24:36). Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson
Larry weighs in on the impeachment hearings and the latest Democratic presidential debate (1:00) before sitting down with author and intelligence expert Malcolm Nance to talk about his new book, 'The Plot to Betray America' (19:35). They talk about sparring with Milo Yiannopoulos on Bill Maher (23:56), how Nance got his start in codebreaking (34:40), and how Trump became an unwitting asset for Russia (55:42). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Malcolm Nance
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Comments (39)

Angela Howard-Gibbs

when do we get the show about the many ADVANTAGES of Joe Biden?

Jul 19th
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TLS

We've been celebrating Juneteenth in Minneapolis for years. Ijs

Jul 15th
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M Moye

excellent commentary! the soil is rotten! wow!

Jun 3rd
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Klintorious

Larry Wilmore is PAINFULLY unfunny

May 13th
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M Moye

a 5 yr old may be smarter than POTUS? that's cringe worthy!!

May 6th
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Angela Howard-Gibbs

Roland Martin is good!

Apr 10th
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M Moye

how you untrump America if he wins, flip the Senate! With both houses, he will be stuck. He will probably try and find ways around it but we got to flip the senate.

Mar 6th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Such a great episode! Fantastic interview with a topshelf journalist! Can't wait to read to read your book, @Acosta -- keep up the good work!

Jul 6th
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pir8prod

If you don't want to be called the enemy if the people, don't act like the enemy of the people.

Jul 1st
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Dollerhide

BLECH on the Air, amirite??? Eff that grandstanding clown.

Jun 24th
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thebattousi1

I listened to both conversations and found the one on Ben's show to be much more intellectually honest. In this conversation Larry is being to make Ben out to be something he is not and twist the issues discussed into things they are not.

Jun 21st
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OdinUSMC

I wish more people with dissimilar views would sit down and talk with positive intent. Kind of hopeful in a pretty grim political landscape

Jun 18th
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London Rhodes

A fetus may not be a person but it certainly isn’t a meaningless lump of cells.

Jun 18th
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London Rhodes

At one point she rails against the word “choice.” How about people choose to act responsibly? How about people choose to use contraceptives? How about choose adoption? How about choose marriage? How about people choose to respect a future persons right to live?

Jun 18th
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London Rhodes

What a dishonest conversation! You do your position no favors by painting Pro-Lifers as anti-women.

Jun 17th
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E J

It doesn't happen often, but I have to correct Ben. He said the 1st slaves were kidnapped and brought to Americas' shores, but they were actually being sold from African chieftains to the English and the American's VERY LITTLE kidnapping was actually going on.

Jun 17th
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E J

For just once, take stupid Trump out of the equation. Yes, his personality is god-awful, but he does have some good ideas. Everybody has to settle down, for Pete's sake......

Jun 17th
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E J

Geez, I thought this guy was a little more enlightened than this. Space Force:Why wouldn't you want to protect our assets in space?? Geez! Think! As soon as someone has the capacity, yes! They are going to be shooting for the satellites! Do you know why? Because HUMANS always come up with terrible ideas!

Jun 17th
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the beanstalker

Good stuff. I like Ben, don't agree with all he says. I've watched him change his views on stuff so I know he thinks. I think he could revise his views on the flower shop gay wedding issues a bit. Maybe to the point of endorsing other discrimination he does not support cos of his view that this has to do with how you manifest your faith.

Jun 17th
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London Rhodes

As for “Space Force.” Why wouldn’t we want to invest in protecting our vital military and economic assets in space ie. comms satellites etc? Don’t you think other countries are working on this? This just an example of people hating on a thing just because Trump said it.

Jun 17th
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