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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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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.

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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The Ringer

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Willie Geist on Hosting ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Sunday Today’

4/17/2021
Larry weighs in on a week filled with gun violence and police brutality, as well as the new Georgia voting law to open the show (02:00). Later, he is joined by Willie Geist, host of ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Sunday Today with Willie Geist,’ to discuss what goes into the interview process, how President Biden is doing in office, and more (20:00). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Willie Geist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:39

Travon Free on ‘Two Distant Strangers,' and Andra Day on ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday'

4/10/2021
Larry is joined by Oscar nominated director Travon Free to discuss filming ‘Two Distant Strangers’ amidst the pandemic, how he got his start in the entertainment industry, and more (01:00). Later, Larry is joined by Oscar nominee and singer Andra Day to discuss portraying Billie Holiday in her first ever acting role with ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ and more (37:00) Host: Larry Wilmore Guests: Travon Free and Andra Day Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:20:49

Soledad O’Brien on ‘Disrupt and Dismantle’

3/27/2021
Larry is joined by journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien to discuss her tv series ‘Disrupt and Dismantle’ (08:00), environmental racism (10:00), the death of local journalism (17:00), and much more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Soledad O’Brien Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:53

Don Lemon on ‘This Is the Fire’ and James Baldwin’s Influence

3/20/2021
Larry weighs in on the Atlanta spa shooting and the recent rise of hate targeted toward Asian people (03:00). Later, Larry is joined by CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss his new book ‘This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism’ (10:00), growing up down south in Baton Rouge as a gay black man (18:00), James Baldwin’s impact on his life (13:00) and more. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Don Lemon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:08:34

Walter Isaacson on the Amazements and Ethics of Gene Editing

3/13/2021
Larry is joined by Walter Isaacson to talk about his new book, ‘The Code Breaker,’ a biography of the genetic scientist and a developer of CRISPR Jennifer Doudna. They talk about the history of genetic science (16:10), how the new mRNA vaccines work (33:43), and the ethical questions that arise when talking about the possibilities of gene editing (51:23). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Walter Isaacson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:13:29

Lee Daniels on Furthering the Legacy of Billie Holiday With 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'

2/27/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:25

Charles Blow on His Black Manifesto of Great Migration Back to the South

2/21/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:06:34

Kenny and Keith Lucas on ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

2/13/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:42

Stephen A Smith on ‘Stephen A’s World,’ Hank Aaron, and More

1/30/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:12:55

Fran Lebowitz on ‘Pretend It’s a City’

1/23/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:24:58

Sam Pollard on 'MLK/FBI'

1/16/2021
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:17:24

Fred Claire on ‘Extra Innings’

1/2/2021
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...

Duration:01:10:00

Ed Dwight on Becoming the First Black Astronaut That Almost Was

12/26/2020
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 Learn more about your ad...

Duration:02:00:35

Director Steve McQueen on Creating ‘Small Axe’

12/19/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:38

Walter Mosley on ‘MasterClass,’ Becoming a Writer, and the Importance of Language

12/5/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:10:23

Ken Kwapis on ‘But What I Really Want to Do is Direct’

11/28/2020
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.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:07

Fareed Zakaria on ‘Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World’

11/21/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:47

Cornell Belcher on Joe Biden Winning the 2020 Presidential Election

11/7/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:00

Nate Silver on Election Polls and Forecasting the 2020 Presidential Election

10/31/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:57

Governor Andrew Cuomo on ‘American Crisis’ and Governing in a Pandemic

10/24/2020
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:38