John Oliver, like the rest of us, is having trouble keeping up with Donald Trump’s obscene behavior. However, Trump’s recent attacks on Khzir and Ghazala Khan, Muslim immigrant parents of a fallen Army soldier critical of Trump’s anti-immigrant and Muslim rhetoric, were a new low, even for him.
Since being called out by Khzir Khan at the Democratic National Convention, Trump (1) suggested that Hillary wrote his speech for him (dog you really wanna go there?) (2) implied his wife, Ghazala, was silent during the speech out of deference to her husband because they are Muslim (3) defended himself against Khan’s accusation that he “sacrificed nothing” by promoting his success in business. Trump, speaking to George Stephanopolous on Sunday, juxtaposed his personal sacrifice with the Khan family’s loss of their son to a suicide bombing.
Oliver dug into Trump with an uncommon intensity in the latest “Last Week Tonight,” responding to Trump with a seething rage uncommon to the tone of his show. Oliver was flummoxed at the possibility that “we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities.” This historic mixture of cruelty and incompetence is something Oliver is perplexed that “think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.”
Like most political events, the DNC has plenty of source material and the entire segment is worth viewing, but Oliver’s stirring condemnation of Trump’s behavior begins at the 13:18 mark. Watch Oliver break down the “self-serving half-truths” from the “self-serving half-man” leading the Republican party push for the presidency.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.