You Can Watch Colbert's 'Late Show' Live After The Presidential Debates, Assuming Your Head Doesn't Explode. | Gradient

You can watch Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ live after the presidential debates, assuming your head doesn’t explode.

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At this point, it’s not exactly a hot take to say that Stephen Colbert’s legendarily incisive political wit and acumen has been a little muted by his gig at CBS, but a lot of that old spark has been recaptured in recent weeks. Colbert’s coverage of the political conventions was as sharp and vital as anything he used to do back on The Colbert Report. Laura Benanti’s exquisite Melania Trump impression, Jon Stewart’s fiery return to form and Colbert’s own hijacking of the RNC mic all made for some terrific television and CBS knows a good thing when they see it.

So they’re doubling down, letting Colbert air his Late Show live after the presidential and vice-presidential debates, or what will probably come to be known as America’s Collective Meltdowns. The first presidential debate is slated for September 26, and the first vice-presidential debate will be October 4. There’s another debate scheduled for October 19, assuming we all survive the first one and our heads don’t explode.

This is all assuming that the presidential debates even happen, as Donald Trump is on the record as NOT WANTING TO DO THEM, or only wanting to do them if there’s a moderator he’s down with, and they’re not “opposite NFL games.” Of course, at this point, debating Clinton is probably Trump’s only real chance to regain any momentum in the polls, so he’ll make an appearance, and may God save us all.

No word on whether or not Colbert will bring his old pal Jon Stewart around for another spin behind the news desk, but if we get more excellent segments like the one below, we’re in for a treat. It might be the only thing that makes the debates bearable.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


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.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


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.

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United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


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

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


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.

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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.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


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.

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This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


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.