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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Comments (41)

Kurt Gillon

excellent podcast.

Oct 13th
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Kurt Gillon

Larry, One Saturday night I was having a beer with a homeboy (brother) he brought up Trump and asked me what I thought of him on some issue. Well, he was either supporting Trump or considering. I was unequivocal on my distate and abhorhance for Trump is strictly as a president at the least. Once he is a private citizen (at some point) I will go back to not caring about who he is or what he thinks, that's really it He clearly lacks leadership at the most fundamental basic level is enough for me alone, although there are many other reasons I could give. Anyway, my homeboy understood how I felt, just a fundamental discust for the office of the president, that's my thoughts.

Sep 10th
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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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