The media is sick of Donald Trump. That’s not surprising because everybody is sick of Donald Trump. Everybody’s sick of this entire election to be honest, but let’s stay on target. After almost a full year of playing Trump’s nauseatingly obvious game of drumming up free press for himself by screaming whatever passes for a thought into the nearest microphone, you get the sense that people just aren’t into it anymore. And nowhere was that clearer than Monday night, when both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert unloaded on Trump’s “birtherism” lies with both barrels.
Colbert was first out of the gates, with a scathing takedown of perhaps the most obvious lie in Trump’s long, ugly career. Trump’s angle in this particular lie was to essentially gaslight all of America, claiming that we had it all wrong, and he was the hero who brought the birther movement to a close instead of its rotted, fetid heart. Colbert, usually a pretty gentile presence, looked fit to be tied: “We’re not crazy, we were there! We all saw you do it! Even the people who support you saw you do it — it’s why they support you!”
Shortly thereafter, it was Seth Meyers’ turn. Perhaps nobody on the late night talk circuit, barring John Oliver and Samantha Bee, has been as hard on Trump as Meyers, and he was in rare form. Meyers’ “Closer Look” segments have been as thoughtful and well-researched as Jon Stewart’s were in his prime, and this is as good as they’ve been.
(Did you notice they both used the same “Fuck you, exclamation point” joke? What’s that about?)
After Jimmy Fallon was universally and rightfully dragged for bringing Trump on for a game of flip cup or whatever Fallon’s thing is these days, other shows are clearly seeing the opportunity to be the adults in the room, and they’re using it. While other reporters, from Matt Lauer to most of Fox News, have been criticized for giving Trump an easy pass, Colbert, Meyers and their ilk are doing something that society has often leaned on comedians to do when nobody else will: Tell the truth.
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.