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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 director and producer Lee Daniels to talk about his new movie, 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday.' They talk about why Daniels was drawn to the story of Holiday (9:44), the decision to cast Andra Day, a relative unknown, as Holiday (24:01), and the difficulties that come with telling such a complex story (42:48). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Lee Daniels
Larry is joined by Charles Blow, New York Times op-ed columnist and author of ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,’ to discuss his vision for a new Great Migration of Black Americans back to the South (08:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Charles Blow
On today’s weigh in, Larry takes a moment to remember his brother Marc Wilmore (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by twin comedians, actors, and producers Kenny and Keith Lucas to discuss writing ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ (05:30). They also talk about why the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have overarching leaders like Fred Hampton (31:00), and much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Kenny and Keith Lucas
Larry weighs in on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and President Biden’s leadership. Later, Larry is joined by ESPN’s Stephen A Smith to discuss his new show ‘Stephen A’s World,’ Colin Kaepernick, Hank Aaron, women’s sports, and much more (14:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Stephen A Smith
Larry weighs in on President Biden taking office, and remembers the lives of Larry King and Hank Aaron. Later, Larry is joined by writer Fran Lebowitz to discuss working on ‘Pretend It’s a City’ with Martin Scorsese, growing up in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, and much more (16:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Fran Lebowitz
Sam Pollard on 'MLK/FBI'

Sam Pollard on 'MLK/FBI'

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Larry weighs in on the final days of Trump in office and the art of deception. Later, he is joined by film director Sam Pollard to discuss his latest documentary ‘MLK/FBI,’ the wire tapping of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by the the FBI, and how the tapes could affect King's legacy (22:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Sam Pollard
Larry is joined by former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire to discuss the book ‘Extra Innings: Fred Claire’s Journey to City of Hope and Finding a World Championship Team.’ They talk about Claire’s transition from sports journalist to Dodgers staff member (20:00), working in public relations when Al Campanis said controversial racist remarks on ‘Nightline’ (27:00), battling skin cancer with the help of City of Hope (49:00), and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Fred Claire
On a very special holiday weigh in, Larry is joined by his daughter, Lauren Wilmore, to share how the lyrics of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” have changed over time. Later, Larry is joined by sculptor and former US Air Force test pilot Ed Dwight to discuss his journey to nearly becoming the first black astronaut in the 1960s (16:00), the racism that stopped him from making it to Space, and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Lauren Wilmore and Ed Dwight
Larry is joined by Steve McQueen, director of ‘12 Years a Slave,’ to discuss his latest project, ‘Small Axe,’ the Black British experience, and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Steve McQueen
Larry opens with a weigh in on the importance of language as it pertains to the idea ‘defend the police.’ Later, Larry is joined by Walter Mosley, author of ‘Devil in a Blue Dress,’ to discuss his career as a writer (14:00), teaching with ‘MasterClass’ (34:00), and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Walter Mosley
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.’
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
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Comments (45)

Angel Camacho

I think Larry needs to look at Blow's proposition as an invitation, not a directive. Keep your eyes on the prize...Blow is just offering a pathway!

Feb 23rd
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Salvatore Lucania

Oh look, a nigger.

Feb 2nd
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Leon Hassid

So many commercials wow

Jan 31st
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M Moye

Love the lines...hillary lies like a politician, Trump lies like a crack head!😂

Jan 18th
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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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