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Expert Says U.S. Current Trend in Coronavirus Cases Isn’t Sustainable
"With us. Dr. John Wade CI, the professor of the Global Health Programme, professor of health system and policy program. And the director of the Center for Global Health College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. And Dr CI Welcome back to the Mark Mason Show. It's my pleasure to be back with you. Well, I'm glad to hear your voice again. I always use you is kind of our update into the really world of Corona virus. What's really going on and a lot has happened since we last talked. On that the virus seems to be more prevalent than ever. But we seem to be learning to live with it. I suppose one of the virus limits we can live with. I mean, we won't like it. But can we get by at this rate? No. We add a to high rate a TTE this great, many, many stay or counties there. Health care for city would not be able to 15 we We have to bring down because most European and Asian country at much lower levels, so they are able to lead you much higher level of activity, which we still cannot. And so if we maintain this high level or pandemic, it will hurt both our economy and people's life and health, and so we had to do something to bring it down to a much lower level. Wow. I don't know how we do that. The governor's talked about maybe travel restrictions. Is that one possible thing we should seriously look at where maybe people from high incident states are are not allowed to come where they if they do. Come there, quarantined. Well, it is. It's It's a good idea, in theory, but in practice will be very difficult to implement. Because he had to send lots of people to monitor to supervise and that costs money. So are you thinking another lock down or slow down? No, no, I think for the last Upfield. Early June, We duty our 2.5 months left town. And we see the serious impact on Mike, honey, and I don't think al economy can sustain more locked down. What we need to do is to learn how to live. Save it. How to operate our business. I work safety and one particular major. Uh, I know the difficulty but that's very critical measure, not just Oregon. But slowly, 90 states we were not able to implement and that is one of the biggest reason we are in this high level off epidemic. So remember in my early and Evi I mentioned that there are three step process. That's important. The first step is contact tracing. The second step is testing and so We're not doing a superb job, but we have the great improvement compare with March or April in term of the first step. But we still fail on the last step that is after the testing. What do we do with the confirmed cases So far, we only isolate people with moderate to see via symptoms. And completely neglected people with mild or no symptoms, and the latest studies, said just people with mild to know Simpson. They accounted for about 80% of total infection. But this 80% of total infection also, if we don't contain them, they also contribute to about 70 to 80% of new infection. Just think about this way. We pay attention to the Penta pus it with more moderate to severe symptoms contained them. But we let the other 80% continue to spread the virus free tea, and it will be a miracle if we don't have. Ah, hi. Hi. Cases continue to be in this house. How did we get more testing? I mean, we can barely my doctor tells me that he has no more tests because they've shipped him off to Florida and Texas and other states that need him. That's a problem I was comparing with Beck in March or April, Wright had done better dimension. We're not doing a super job during the testing as well, Well, I'm with you on the testing, and they and the containment. It's just a question of Why aren't we doing it? There are multiple reason one if people are still resisting the idea ofthe isolation and quality scene and the other financial Many Asian country. I don't know much about European country mediation country like Taiwan, they when they have a mandatory quarantine, isolation, government pay for the costs and company people. The example of Taiwan in their quarantine and isolation. Everyone who and the quarantine everyday received about equipment to certify us started per day for 14 days. So people who need to be quarantined need to be compensated because they lost income and we're not able to do that. I know we're on our financial crunch. So it's both financial reason but also political social reason, because people are not waiting. Yeah, I would have to be afraid, though. Doctors at the AA liberal Mike what would fake Corona virus just so he could sit at home for two weeks and get paid by the government? But there's you know, there's the question of you gotta have the test and it's got to come back positive. So I'm with you. I think a lot of listeners were with you test and contained testing contain, And maybe that's what they should be trying to come up with. In the way of money in Washington, D C right now, the World Health Organization says We should not expect a miracle where a vaccine is concerned. Are we being spoon fed in folded a cure A vaccine, If you will make may not be what we think it's going to be. So that I have some reservations because we still know ability to about the vaccine because there's no effective action available yet. I think I just saw the news. Russia has a plan to have a effective action by October, and we don't know how safe it is, but I think they're waiting between safe and effectiveness. For the U. S. I think the earliest might be the beginning of next year. And I cannot say anything about how effective it is because we haven't seen that yet. We don't know yet, but most likely given the nature of the disease, even an effective vaccine. The immunity may not last very long. If the image can last up to a year. That would be wonderful, but most likely will be somewhere between six months and 12 months. That means we may need to do more than one dose of
Police: Suspect Wanted For Fatally Pushing Man Down New York Penn Station Stairwell
"Of panda station That man died. It was 11 o'clock Tuesday night. The storm had already pulled away, but police say two men got into some sort of altercation inside Penn Station. A man in his sixties who may have been homeless, died after being kicked down the stairs. Police found his body at the bottom of the stairwell, but he died a short while later. No one's been arrested. The investigation continues. Al Jones 10 10 wins. News.
NBA Campus Intel: Lakers' Offensive Woes Continue in the Bubble
"Thing about the bubble is I think it's GonNa. Be Really hard to execute your primary offense. If you will 'cause is way more indepth scouting of every team because you can literally go and see those teams in the bubble and they're all on TV and you have plenty of time to. Track things and check things out may make for uglier place more physical playoffs where these games, the defense sometimes is optional for much of the game. But I I guess I'm not a sold in Lakers and clippers and bucks even though I still think the Lakers clippers and bucks will be the Ford. Three of the fourteen remaining obviously the one thing with it's it's interesting as Ben? Simmons tweaks his knee right where you start to think to yourself wait I thought that that Joel embiid was going to be the injury plagued. One Simmons was one who had the back back issue before Kovic shut things down and now he tweaks a knee. Meanwhile, you got embiid who doesn't seem to be happy with anybody. Such a talent team but one that doesn't seem to have the ability to kind of get right but dude embiid is so talented. WHOA. So crazy talented I do think generally in the NBA now the jazz shake Milton playing the point gives them a viable scoring weapon I still like him on not nearly as much if Ben Simmons but you know they do al Horford but it would. It feels like it would kill there. Any chance to come out of the east. If you don't have been Simmons,
How To Beat Your Fear Of Making Mistakes
"It's Thursday August six. So. How do you overcome? The fear of mistakes. Another way of saying, this is the fear of failure because this is something that we all struggle. Now, some of us are better at it than others meaning managing the fear, the fear never truly goes away. It just gets Duller, and and if you will dull dull dull, do some people don't feel as what you more because they have conditioned themselves. To handle the fear and that's what I WANNA. Talk about how do you get to that point where you overcome fear? You don't ever remove fear completely, but you can't overcome it by turning the volume down if you will and I think there's just too simple ways to do this i. think you could teach on this. You could write a whole book on this right in there are books written on this, but I'm just going to simplify it i. think there's two things number one you need to accept that you're GonNa, make mistakes, accept failure, and then you need to analyze what the failure or the mistake. Will actually output meaning if I make a mistake and I know I'm going to write that's accepting it. What would happen? What would be the worst possible outcome? So let's look at accepting. Let's break this down for just a moment. Folks, there is no path to success. And ultimately, significance and any field than any endeavor of life whether that be your marriage parenting. Personal relationships, physical health learning sport. Whatever it is career work. Does it matter? There is no progress with AL failure. It's just a ticket to the dance. How else do you better folks? We know this. I'm not saying anything around your like never that before Kim. That's brilliant. No. So the brilliant about that. But sometimes, we we can take the head knowledge of knowing that in order to get better at something and ultimately get really really good at something and make a real difference. There are going to be failures mistakes along the way. So we must accept that it's just part of the deal get over it. You're going to mess up. But what's really important is is that we look into, okay. I'm going to make some mistakes. Let's try to anticipate not in a sense of her obsessive were worried and scared. No, I'M GONNA make mistakes on this. So what's the worst thing that can happen? I remember in the early days of doing the show. That I'm taking a limited amount of counseling that I've done and coaching and doing it on the air in five to seven minutes. And I remember being very fearful. The mistakes I? Don't think I had to say, you know what? I'm not going to be there. I'm GONNA make mistakes. I'm going to read something the wrong way I'm going to misunderstand something or I'm going to choose the wrong path with that particular caller and maybe spend too much time over here. Never really over so I accepted that's going to happen, but I analyzed that okay. What would happen was the worst can happen and you gotta accept that and then you gotta analyze okay, you what? I help them a little bit a worst case scenario. I don't help that one person, but it gets me to a place where I can learn to do it better and help way more people. That's the analyzing look at it for real, and then decide is this life threatening? And it usually isn't it rarely is. So embrace except that mistakes will happen. Analyze what mistakes could happen as a result of you just showing up and trying to get better and into what's the worst possible scenario then it's not so scary. That's how you overcome the fear of make him sticks.
Al Roker | Weathering Life
"It sounds like your jam when you're young younger also was drawing with or being cartoonist that was the the thing that was calling. Yeah I I I loved animated cartoons. I love comics. By Green job was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Ed I really wanted to a lot of the Golden Age Comic Book Artist went to New York School of graphic art design public. School. And I thought, okay. I'M GONNA go there for high school and my parents have no, you're not. You're not going to go to school to draw comics You can do that at home and I got a scholarship to Xavier high-school, which was a a Jesuit military school on Sixteenth Street and I thought my life was over 'cause back the you know I was. Okay whatever my parents said I did yet so. I thought that. That would be it but later on in life I, was able to work. Cartoon animation stuff into some computer work that I did you know for doing the weather but you know everything happens for a reason because of that going to Xavier High School, we had a closed circuit. Television, station where we did the news in the morning and that got me interested in TV otherwise not quite sure what I would have done. Yeah. I mean I I, know Unite share another parallel, which is both AV crew nerds. There you go. Yeah I mean and that was the thing. I mean it was it was sad. Really Looking back in it that we thought we were cool and we were the antithesis of cool here we are wheeling around projectors and slide units and tape recorders on a rolling cart you know. We thought we were in I. Mean we had our little gang's on you know a it was I was in perhaps every uncool activity in highschool again because it was a military I was on the Supply Corps where we supplied the uniforms and and rifles and things like that I I was on newspaper I was in a yearbook May. Everything that said. I mean thankfully, it was an all boys school other I mean because there was no way I was going to get dates anyway. So You know at least I had an excuse. Wow there. No girls here at school so Yeah. I mean. But it does sound like there was for shadowing there. Right because then you end up at us, we go really focused. Communications when you were there was more radio and TV. Radio. TV. there. was. The only communications was he'd call somebody and say, Hey, look go out for beer but. yeah it was. It was interesting in that you know along the way and I for a lot of us, there's somebody. Who? Makes a decision that changes your life. Could be for good or for bad. For me. It was a Lu. Dr Liu O'Donnell. Who was department chairman at that time but he was also Mr Trolley on the magic toy shop which was a local kid show on the CBS station and we all make fun of it because he had like a trolley head cow catcher on his beard we joke and you can go ahead laugh. But that freaking trolley put my kids through college. But Anyway, I guess the news director there said Hey we're we're starting up a laden a full complement of newscasts on the weekend out. So we need to have a weather person because I put up until they had one person do everything on the weekends what the Anchorman read the news read the sports so My my department chairman put me up for the job I I did a tape at school He took it down. And I got the job. If he had decided Oh have outlets have roker do the the audition. I don't know what I'd be doing today. Yeah
State Department watchdog resigns after less than three months in office
"Inspector general is resigning after less than three months in office. State Department watchdog Stephen A card had taken over after President Trump fired Steve Lin Ekin May
Shake Milton’s Late 3-Pointer Saves Philadelphia Sixers In Win Over Spurs
"The San Antonio Spurs lost by the Philadelphia Seventy sixers the seventy sixers took it one, thirty, two to one thirty Oscar down the stretch of that one Damore Rosen was tremendous Santa Tonio and it looked to me like the Spurs. We're going to win the game again for their third consecutive win in the Orlando bubble but then there was a key play late in the fourth quarter on Al Horford had the ball he looked to. The Post he looked like he was trying to post up embiid against San Antonio up to so any NBA posted a tied the game the John Day Mario, the defensive guard for San. Antonio over helped a little bit scale I thought he gets sucked into close to 'em. beat on Horford's ball fake or for kickback to shake Milton Milton hit a three that would ultimately win the game Philly also tremendous game philly a tremendous win for Phillies cal. But I think you have to be awfully impressed with the San Antonio Spurs starting they're starting to in one in this restart and they're awfully close to being three and all.
Google Pixel 4a Has Ushered in a New Era of Excellent Cheap Phones
"Google announced the Pixel for a phone with a blog post with some with superbeets. The Pixel for a has a five point eight, one, inch, twenty, three, forty by ten, eighty, sixty hertz led display snapdragon at seven thirty g system on a chip six gigs of Ram one, hundred, twenty, eight gibbs gigs of S. two point one storage and a thirty one, Forty Mil. Battery a single twelve megapixel camera on the back and an eight megapixel camera on the front and a USB. USB Port and a headphone Jack as well phone. Wow. Know. What about that? He has a bigger battery than the four. A smaller top vessels well, doesn't the depth sensing required for air gestures consensus it's nicer looking than the four. It's not as powerful as the iphone se or one plus words, but it's also about one hundred dollars cheaper the Pixel for as available for preorder. Now, for three, hundred, Fifty Dollars Shipping on August twentieth. One more thing at the end of its post announcing the four, a Google also announced it with Havi Five G. version of the quarry for four, hundred, ninety, nine dollars and a five G. Pixel five coming this autumn. Yes. So the only feature, we didn't know because of the long delay was everybody thought this was going to come out in May and almost every detail about it leaked over the intervening months was the price and the price seems to be everyone's favourite feature at three, hundred, fifty dollars. It's one hundred dollars exactly cheaper than the one plus Nord, it's about fifty to one hundred, fifty dollars cheaper than the iphone e depending on what model you're talking about. It's quite a bit cheaper than other mid range phones as well but then Google goes and undermines or as some call it Osbourne's itself. By announcing, it will have a five G. version of the out in the autumn almost like saying don't buy yet. We're GONNA have a version with five G. also pixel five, which we kind of knew that that one's less than undermining but the version of the four, al cost more cost four, hundred, ninety, nine dollars. So if you're into that three, hundred, fifty dollars price point I guess maybe you don't wait for the. Five G. Because you're like five won't be widespread for a few years anyway. But I don't know that it seems like Google just wanted to get this out there and say look okay, we made it. It was a pain maybe they're not making as many of them as they had wanted in. So they're not pushing it as hard. I don't know but it's an odd launch for something that for for people who want to. Mind their mind. Their pennies is a very attractive phone. It is that said, the timing is curious as you mentioned I mean listen a five hundred dollar phone. A lot of people are like, oh, that sounds great I mean that's not even really expensive based on you know what a flagship phone will run you these days it kind of feels like to me that. There is some supply chain issues going on here Google's leg at just just released. And like sell for real cheap and you know, let's move the merch. and. Then we've got we've got other stuff going on this to push so hard since we didn't make as many of them kind. You're Kinda right it kind of feels like that. Yeah. The one thing and Roger I. Don't know if you want to weigh in on this for people who want the bargain price three, hundred, fifty dollars very attractive it's not very future-proof. That's not dragging seven thirty is not the seven sixty it's not even the best mid level snapdragon processor it obviously doesn't have five G. I mean we you end up spending more because you'll have to replace the sooner. I would say that for a lot of people like, for example, my wife, she wouldn't use a lot of the additional features. She just needs a phone that does all the basic does the context does a photos I can share through instagram or facebook. The only problem with her phone is it's no longer being supported right? It's a, it's a five year old one plus three and so it works great but it just it has no, no longer has any updates for security and all available. APSO having something like this also means that you know you get a new phone that's inexpensive but it's also part of the cold Google we strip it down to the bare essentials. There's no bloat wear that's added and it does what it does like eighty percent of what most people do on the phone. Yeah and if she still rocking a one plus three, this processor will probably be fine for her. She's going to be doing heavily intense things would use the processor. So yeah, that makes sense.
Atlanta Police not responding to certain accidents
"If you are involved in an accident, the police may or may not show up. Atlanta Police Department announced this week that they will no longer respond to car accidents without injuries due to the Corona virus. The department quietly announced the decision Thursday on their Facebook page, which states to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers and to help mitigate the impact of Covad 19. The Atlanta Police Department will not be dispatched to the scene of a non injury automobile accident. If you are involved with injuries, injuries, police police as as that that you you complete complete it it s s R R 13 13 form, form, according according to to the the A. A. J. J. C C in in Atlanta Atlanta Police Police Department Department spokeswoman spokeswoman says says the the policy policy is is temporary. temporary.
2 hurt in drive-by shooting in Alki, Seattle
"A drive by shooting in Seattle. It happened at around two Sunday morning at 55th and Al Qaeda Avenue Southwest in west Seattle. That's where officers found a parked truck that was struck by bullets. Two men were shot there, one of the chest, another in the arm. Both were taken to harbor view in serious condition. Officers CIA vehicle was seen speeding from that area Police and
Yankees' Judge homers in fifth straight game
"Ahs. Aaron judged a red hot as he homered twice and drove in five runs and the Yankees signs haven't win over the Red Sox Judges. Second home run was a two run shot in the eighth that snapped a 77 times He's AL homer in five straight games.
Two Men Hurt In Drive-By Shooting In West Seattle
"Investigating a drive by shooting happened around to this morning at 55th and Al Qaeda Avenue southwest in west Seattle. Police found a parked truck. They were struck by bullets. Two men were shot one of the chest, another in the arm. 1/3 man, not hurt, both of the injured taken to harbor view in serious condition. Police say a vehicle was seen speeding from the area. But there's no description of the shooter or shooters just yet.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"And Democrats want to do if we get the majority in the Senate I think it's just inevitable that the filibuster goes away. and. The American people want right now they do nothing nothing. I mean it's unbelievable as we speak they are still haven't put together a relief package for Govan. The House did it in May may fifteenth. So they still haven't done this. Which is insane. And they do nothing but confirm these federal society judges. And nothing will get done if McConnell can filibuster everything I've seen that I've seen that that's what he did. You know I had a conversation with Michael Bennet from Colorado. We were talking about his frustrations of the same way. He was like you know like, Hey, running for president he was like job because like I felt like it can get anything done of the Senate. So let's say Joe does win. There's a majority in. The Senate of that, he's working with I loved his announcement about fighting climate change and moving us toward green energy and renewable energy i. do think that Joe believes we need very big changes are coming out of this. It would be interesting as to whether he would be better for him to start announcing what some of those changes would look like now or to stick with like what seems to be known approach or strategy. He absolutely has to say what he's for The president had this interview with Sean. Hannity. And Sean Hannity asked him what his goals were Oh. God I was so bad. His goals were completely incoherent. Well had none. But. What's amazing is you could have no goals and still being coherent about the nobles but. Biden has to answer that question and the good news is. That the things Biden and you and I are four, the American people are for they are for infrastructure. They are for building on Obamacare not tearing down. Of Care. They are for. Having a positive presence in. In the world and not embracing. Kim Jong Hoon..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Tracing contacts. If they are positive who they've been in touch with that, you know that's a lot of labor. I'm an entrepreneur. So I think about who's actually going to execute on ground level because you can come up with Shit in the board room and it doesn't matter like border matters, but it's like, no one's actually following that person around. And figuring out on minimum calling into them. Not Going to work and to to me, that's like the massive gap if you take testing off the table in the early days and you don't have personnel available to trade contacts, that's how you wind up in our situation and that that would be true. Even if your communication was better, three months ago, Anti Slavic who was head of CMS under Obama for the last couple of years and Scott GOTTLIEB WHO's head of FDA under trump. Put together a contact tracing and `isolation regime. Hundred and eighty thousand additional people doing contact tracing. Why we didn't implement it at the beginning is just beyond me. Just beyond me I mean, we should be doing we should be. Putting more toward testing and tracing. Contact tracing. That's what we should be doing. You do it. As soon as you can the time, the planet tree is today they should have been doing it right away. They didn't. Because this president paid absolutely no attention and wanted for six weeks to two months. To, pretend that it wasn't. Wasn't happening when he was being told it was, and of course, because guy cannot admit making a mistake, he's invested in continuing the failed. Approach. Yeah it it just goes. It can't change soon enough the next administration, the binding administration, and I am optimistic that jobs GonNa win. In part because seventy, two percent of Americans. Believe that right now is the worst time they've ever. Lived which does not seem to me to be a very pro incumbent point of view. So let's imagine that Joe Wins some of your friends are in the Senate and. We even have a majority and to me the big questions are like what the heck do we do to try and get us on better footing and we genuinely need a new new deal or a relaunch America plan. That has at its core. Job Creation. The goal should be job creation while achieving goals that we have. Left untended for far too long. So what does that look like? Certainly right now, it would center around biting Kobe and contact tracing infrastructure should be front and center we have. Crumbling Bridges Roads schools, you name it you know broadband in rural parts of the country that I think our last rape or something like a d plus in terms of our infrastructure in that we could spend. Forty five trillion dollars just trying to get ourselves up to be. and. If we did that which one hundred percent do, we would get that money back and then some just in having functional. Roads and bridges and the rest of it, and we create hundreds of thousands even millions of jobs. Now because there's a lot of work to do and you could build environmental sustainability into that infrastructure project which we should. So you can imagine an army of Americans getting put back to work installing solar panels or upgrading entity buildings that that. So this is the opportunity that I believe exists under the new administration, but it should be centered around how we can create millions of jobs because we're GONNA need them. I've I've been saying that when your opponent is digging himself, a whole trump has been. Basically the rules let him dig. but I feel the Abidin right now is getting to the point where he has to tell people this is what he's going to do and I think that. All. The thing I mean obviously, infrastructure is something that Americans want..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Went like people are. Also means my parents are likely as. I think they assume that because Americans are smart anyway. So your parents came from Taiwan, right? Yeah. They met as students at UC. Berkeley. Out. West. Oh. Wow, okay. But they grew up in. Taiwan. Yeah. They both emigrated here in the sixty s students. As students I see. So they met at Berkeley okay. What did they do? What are your folks who? My father got his PhD in physics at Berkeley and became a physicist at GE and IBM where he generated sixty nine US patents and then my mom worked as the administrator of computer services at a State University of New York campus. Near where I grow. That sounds very unusual for agents. It'd be honest very talkative types. So their their reaction when I left the law was. Not, positive. because. Okay. Let's hunker down in. Tele kids to do well in school and like Oh this one went to law school. That's pretty good and he quit the job like what's going on here So they they try their best to not. Be Too negative towards me. So they sort of left me alone for a while. That was their approach okay. So Then you. Became an entrepreneur that fair to say yes, I started a business that did not fare well. Is. The. Start up or something yeah. Yeah. It was a dot com company called STAR GIVING DOT com. You'll love this L. It was meant to marry together a celebrity philanthropy and the Internet. So the thought was that someone like you al would support a children's organization. Let's say you would donate a meet and greet with yourself and people would click on the button to support you. They be shown advertisers who then give to your organization and then one of them gets to meet you. So it's like a celebrity philanthropy future..
Evacuations Ordered As Apple Fire Burns 1,720 Acres In Cherry Valley, Threatens Homes
"Hard through the night trying to get a handle on a brush fire. That's Al burned almost 2000 acres in northwestern Riverside cunning and forced hundreds of people from their homes. But there's still no word of any containment so called apple Fire actually started in multiple locations and Cherry Valley just want the Beaumont late yesterday afternoon. There are reports the flames might have been set by an arsonist. The number of homes or in potential danger, leading to the issuing a mandatory evacuation orders in some areas, the sheriff's deputy department officials says. People are also being urged to leave homes in some other places, too. There are Voluntary evacuations be requested for safety. An evacuation center has been set up at Beaumont High School, and people would go there being screened for any signs of the Corona virus before being let in.
Al Roker Cooks Up a Storm
"Al Welcome to Milk Street. Well, it's good to be your Chris good to chat with you. You were born in Queens about the same time I was I won't mention the year. and. You said from my mother I got a slightly twisted sense of humor and for my dad I got the. Work. Ethic. What was her sense of humor like? Well it was it was a little biting. It was a little sarcastic you know. For example she thought it was funny. She would kind of sing operatic style but make up. A language and my friends author she was speaking some foreign language. Singing it. At the time I thought it was highly embarrassing but you know I've kind of come to appreciated. Your Dad. There's a great story in your book where you're going to take the driving test. Yeah, you know. It was one of those things where we we were literally going for the road test. And He said, you know I don't really think that good. Your broken U-TURN. Let me see. You do a broken u-turn and you know I kinda got through the turn and. Instead of stepping on the brake I stepped on the gas. And my dad very quietly just break break break as we go over the curb, we run through our neighbors prized Rhododendron Bush break, and he never raised his voice really and I finally kind of snapshot of Him stepped on the break. And he goes goes all right again. So We back off the lawn over the Bush and then he's okay leave a note for Mr. Rain. And we leave a note and then I went and took my driver's test and by the way past, and then afterwards you know the next day patched up as long went to the nursery a bought a new Bush planted it and apologized. One of your themes in your blood is don't give up your first job as a weatherman. You say the book I wouldn't stop until I. got the job or be when the issued a restraining order against me since you were relentless. And as you said, you got the job not because you were necessarily the best candidate, but you just hustle. I hustled more and like in the case of of my first job doing weekend weather I was cheap I was a college student. You know the news director Santa can afford a drunk or a college student and I was making ten dollars a newscast So you know but but I kept calling and kept calling him and he turned out to be a terrific mentor. You've done a lot of interesting segments over the years but I particularly love the Daniel Balut episode where you go work in the restaurant one night and someone comes up to you and says, see that expletive on right there. If you don't get that out now I'm GonNa stab you in the eye with a bone nights. You know because it's the a penny of civility and gentility fine dining at its at its best very quiet hushed tones and then you're you go in the kitchen and I'm just stunned they're not bringing people out in bodybags. You know it's like and I was I was petrified. Yeah, we did this segment where Danielle balloon was going to do the weather and I would step in as a chef on a Friday night pre theater dinner. Like, what was I thinking?
MLB shuts down Marlins and Phillies, revises schedule for NL East, AL East teams amid COVID-19 outbreak
"Yesterday. Four additional members of the marlins tested positive that brings the total to seventeen members of their traveling party so that then lead to well, the nationals had been scheduled to play a three game series against the marlins starting Friday. In Miami. A majority of the Washington players voted against that yesterday, the decision on whether Games are played. Played rests with Major League Baseball, however, not with the nationals, but the league then did agree with the nats and postponed all of Miami's games through Sunday. So they're now not scheduled to play basically for the rest of the week that includes games originally scheduled for today and tomorrow in Baltimore against the Orioles, who will now instead host the Yankees for two game series starting tonight. Remember the Yankees had two games canceled or postponed that we're supposed to be in Philadelphia over the last couple of days. So Jeff here they are major league baseball for perfectly understandable reasons rearranging their schedule on the fly. What more can you tell us? Greenie. A schedule is a schedule, and till it is not and that's the scenario that Major League baseball is facing right now with the Miami Marlins. The idea that they are even going to complete sixty games simply is not possible at this point there points in the schedule where they can make up that three-game series against the nationals possibly, but the four games that they're going to be missing against. The Baltimore? Orioles. Orioles, they don't have enough off days to do that. Let alone to string series together like this. So Major League Baseball's looking scenario in which at least one team or two. If you include, the Orioles are going to be playing fewer than sixty games. Now, it helps that the marlins are probably going to be at the bottom of the National League east the Orioles are going to be at the bottom of. Of, the American League East, that these aren't the teams that are going to be in playoff contention that said this may not be the only time. We see this happen during this season. So at least there is a precedent being set early
US military says airstrike killed civilian in Somalia
"Military reported least confirming an airstrike He carried out in Somalia earlier this year killed one civilian and injured three people. The Associated Press is quoting the head of U. S. Africa Command General Steven Towns in stating in a new report. The victims were unintended targets in an operation against violent al Shabaab Islamist extremists.
Charlie Kirk: Coronavirus stimulus
"And you have Schumer Pelosi. In Biden one hundred twenty five years, Charlie Kirk of failure, unmitigated failure, swap failure and I. Think of my kids. You met my son. He's twenty one years old. My daughter's eighteen and I would think about your America their America and when I say you know, live free or die, American, the world on the brink I'm not joking. And very specifically will be probably the biggest choice election by far in my lifetime, and maybe since eighteen sixty, and there's a lot at stake We can go through the issues if you want, but it's. It's there's there's not one issue we agree on that. I can think of for the most part yet, and you wrote this, and it just really sent chills down my spine. You wrote this book to sound an alarm as a warning. Warning to my fellow patriots about the left's undying commitment turn America into a land, our parents, founders and framers wouldn't recognize it. It's perfectly put, and that's the direction that they're headed on page twenty seven. You have a great part about how Ben Franklin says we ever republic. If you can keep it, can you talk more about how this truly is? A referendum election in some sense and the left is trying to do to our country. Well the the story about Franklin's interesting, because it's, it's the constitutional convention and somebody says he comes out one days, says, is it a monarchy republic republic? If you can keep it Reagan, I quote him off. When I give speeches, said Freedom Charlie and you know this is but one generation away from extinction. And you know when if you want understand if socialism is adopted if their stated goal is adopted America as we know, it then becomes unrecognizable look, I can understand psychologically. There's a component of maybe people that that have been indoctrinated in schools, and you're great at this because you're going in to hostile environments every day, and you're saying you know what there's another way of thinking here, so maybe the idea that people think Charlie that some things are oh, everything's going to be free and they're gonNA forgive my loans at I'll have a guaranteed government job guaranteed government food. How did obamacare workout now? We're GONNA have Medicare for all or or double down on the stupidity of Obamacare and guaranteed retirement. Guaranteed vacation sounds great. But simple math shows you that you'll never get there. And that's why in the Fourth Chapter of the book did this whole history of socialism which is a history of failure? The point is look at the issues. If if we're talking about law and order. They've cited in Portland in Seattle and new. York and Chicago with the radicals. Joe Biden his yet that I know of said one good thing about the ninety nine percent of cops protect and serve and put their lives on the line for us every day. You're right. Okay, so law and order taxes. He's pledging to raise your taxes through the roof. That will destroy the economy Then they're gonNA just add all the bureaucracy. The Donald Trump spent almost four years. Eliminating that'll be gone. That means nobody's GONNA WANNA DO Business. That's why the Biden Obama economy was so bad. Then you look at where now energy independent for the first time in seventy five years with a number, one producer of energy in the world will lose that for sure We'll shut down coal fracking. Oil Gas exploration production those tens of millions of jobs high paying jobs career jobs for people. Then it's about amnesty. Or the United Sanctuary states of America versus Border Security and law and order of never mind foreign policy. We haven't even touched that part yet, so. There's a lot at stake. If those plans stated plans are implemented. America will go down the past you know. The Trash bin of history as Reagan, said Freedom One generation away from extinction we will. It I shudder to think what will happen the three you and your children by kids, and and maybe one day grandkids. ARE READY FOR THAT And I love the framing, because as the founder said either we're GonNa live free and defendant right now, or we're gonNA. Have a country that you know. We don't WanNa live it, and that's really the framing. That is so important right now, and you talk about and I'm really pleased about this. Shawn because I think we have forgotten about the Russia hoax too quickly in. In the conservative movement, you have been the leader on this every night. You were covering it. You didn't let us forget you help. Muller Accountable, you had investigative journalism and it just seemed that an Oxana names, but other conservatives just kind of drifted away from like Oh. That's what happened happened. You have two chapters on this in the book. Can you talk about that? Yeah I mean I call it Charlie, the the biggest corruption abuse of power scandal in history and the Ukraine was oh. Okay, we failed with Muller after three years. We won't. We won't even bother with a special prosecutor not to I'm going backwards here but to get to Ukraine. You? Know they're talking about quid pro quos, but you have to ignore their presidential candidate on video saying you're not getting a billion US tax payer dollars unless you're fire. That prosecutor is named Shokhin. WHO's investigating my son Hunter who went on a and said? Do you have any experience in oil? No Gas, no energy, nope, any experience in Ukraine. Nope, why are you being paid millions? No, because you dad, so there was a quid pro quo and millions of dollars for the Biden I call crime family. That's exactly right, so. Listen and China's even worse. You get to this whole thing what we now know and I believe what's coming. It's like, and this is where the media's corrupt because. They're just the propaganda wing of all things democratic. Socialist. We now know and have all the evidence that we'd ever need is that they protected their favorite candidate. Hillary Clinton. For things you and I and everybody you know that follows you and you have a massive audience would. Literally never get away with. If you had subpoenaed emails Charlie Kirk and you decided to delete them, and you decided to acid. Wash your hard drive with something. I had never heard about bleeped bleach bit and bust up your devices with hammers. You'd go to jail. If you violated the espionage act, you'd go to jail. They protected her. Then the narrative began we now know began in August. We know crossfire hurricane representatives actually went to brief. President Trump General Flynn. Flynn on national security, but they were there to try and get information on trump and Russia, the most amazing part of this, because the Democrats and the media live for all these years is that they knew and they said and they wrote, and they even testified. There was never any evidence, but there was a dirty Russian dossier. And now we know even the New York Times acknowledged full full of Russian disinformation and that was used. And they were warned not to use it, but high ranking people abusing their power, wanting to take out candidate, trump, transition, team, trump, and then deep into the Presidency Donald Trump. They use the dirty Russian misinformation dossier to ruin Carter pages life and roomed his civil liberties and constitutional rights, but more importantly to spy on candidate trump, and then they had their insurance policy. The fact that the mob in the media ignores it is beyond comprehension. I have so I have two chapters. One is on the Russia hoax, and the other is on this whole impeachment witch hunt. And I want everybody in your audience to understand one thing here if I can get one point across. Yeah, they hate Donald Trump, but they hate us more. They think we are as Peter. Struck, said the smell by the way I probably shop at Walmart say money. Why not you have a woman I love Walmart I love COSCO's. I Love I love it all. And I've shopped there my whole life I mean people always stopped me when I'm in a grocery? So, what are you doing here? Shopping? Wa I like to eat a cracks me up. So but think about that. smelly Walmart Shoppers while irredeemable deplorables, wow! Bitter Americans as Obama said that WANNA cling to their God. I'm guilty their Second Amendment Rights Guilty Bibles and religion I'm guilty of that, too. But. It's contempt for your audience. It's contemporary my audience. It's because they knew better. And they will ling. This was an attempted coup. Now do I think there's going to be arrests and prosecutions I? Do spend much slower than any of us would have liked, but the evidence is overwhelming. It's incontrovertible sad actually that this could happen. That was going to be my follow up. Question Sean because when I travel and we get thousands of e mails a on this topic. When are people going to go to jail? And can you give me insight on this? Can you give us any clues any crumbs that we're starting to see from Durham? It's I call them. It's funny. You say crumbs because call them the the Attorney General Bar breadcrumbs. It's like Hansel and Gretel. Remember. We're we're trying to follow and see the trail exactly yeah. He did say that the president was spied on. It did happen illegally. The. Think about this. If you go before Judge Judy I wouldn't WANNA lot because Judge Judy I. I've met her once she'll eviscerate. You I watched her show. You. Don't go before a court. The information that you have not verified. It actually said at the top of a FISO Warren Charlie. It says verified. Okay. We now know the dossier was unverifiable. The sub source we now know, said this this bar talk. We were making this up. This was never meant for anything and again Hillary paid for it funneled money separate issue. And so, what is going to happen I don't have a crystal ball but I. do know all of the facts that are in the public. Are Enough to indict many of the names that your audience is most familiar with. I would argue. Komi McCabe struck page. I'd like to know a clapper. Brennan's role in all of this ends up being and and others. The more fascinating deep question is. Will they get to that January fifth twenty seventeen meeting inside the Oval Office? This is when member Biden said George Stephanopoulos Oh I. Don't know. Anything about this, you know this whole impeachment Russia thing. He was the one same. Bring up the Logan Act fifteen days later Susan Rice in that meeting did the Cya memo the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated. Obama in that meeting shot Sally Age by saying a He. He knew everything about the Kislyak Michael Flynn call. If we look. To sum it up. I think we're GONNA get there because the evidence. Is that overwhelming? If we don't. I fear for the country? Because of you. GonNa Raid Manafort's home predawn raid and you're going to raid Roger Stone's home. For lying to Congress by the all many of the names I mentioned were referred for the same crime and you're gonNA. Pull it twenty nine guys in tactical gear, frogmen and tip off CNN cameras and. Have a biased jury for person. We won't have equal justice and equal application of our laws, and worse than that Charlie is. We lose our constitution. Yes, all our laws are are predicated on next great document and some `perfect, but it creates the path to perfection at a more perfect union so. Long answers. I'M GONNA talk. Show I love it. No, this is what our audience needs to hear, and and thank you for that and look I I completely agree because if we do not have people and I, say this as carefully as I can in handcuffs for what they did Donald Trump then I I will lose faith in the American justice system I. Don't want that and I don't want revenge I don't retribution I want people to be held accountable and I would want the same if someone did this to Barack Obama because it should never happen to a leader ever. Yes. and. They've gone after every single trump friend confidant, and yet if you oppose Donald Trump you get different treatment, talk a lot about the constitution in your book and the founding of our country, Sean going to be honest, I've been very let down by some of these supreme. Court decisions lately Can you comment on that and the importance to get more people like Kavanagh? Who's actually ruled brilliantly? Unlike John Roberts. I! I'm a little. I don't know what's happening. Roberts I have my theory I guess I have my sources people that. have their own ideas based on some knowledge? For whatever reason and I think this goes back to the obamacare decision. He has allowed. How the court appears to influence his decision making. I also sense with no evidence whatsoever. You're not a big fan of president trump, but that should not come into his thinking. Now. If getting rid of bureaucracy and lowering taxes and energy, independence, and securing our borders, and law and order are all part of this election. Let me tell you another big part of it. And it's you know we're taping this ninety. Whatever days away from the Election Day, I what about and we got asked. What about the Supreme Court? Yes, I go through a whole list I. Forget what paid maybe sixty seven I forget. A. In the book. Of. All the things Democrats would do if they're getting power one, is they? WanNa, stack the courts. Get rid of the Electoral College. And I. What, they're saying they. WanNa do is scary. They used to hide it Charlie. When I every single Liberal Democrat running for office, they would run to the left in the primary. They race back to the center, but you knew they wanted the left. There now openly embracing the most radical elements in the country and you know. Unfortunately we're watching it all. Play out nightly on TV and and that sad what I see happening when I think we have to remind a trump supporters that these are not trump appointed justices, a gorsuch I think ruled incorrectly on one ruling. That's it besides that gorsuch and cavenaugh have been tremendous and terrific verses Roberts. I just think we have to give the audience a sense. Sense of continued conviction that the trump appointed justices will continue to rule correctly and Clarence. Thomas and you know the the Thomas Family. They get no credit at all. I mean what he has done. And can you comment on that? 'cause I, E, you've actually been you open my eyes to that like eight years ago and I never learned about Clarence Thomas as a high schooler until you I mentioned it just as a quick aside on his incredible career. I like to do on TV and antidote on radio, too. Sometimes I call it the Hannity history, lesson 'cause I lived through all of this. I know this is going to see. You're not even thirty three, but my radio journey started in nineteen eighty-seven crazy right. Now on my twenty fifth year of Fox, I didn't think I last two. So I feel very blessed. As a side note if you haven't read my grandfather's son. Which is about Clarence Thomas is life. It's amazing. But. You know it's interesting because him and Scalia. To my opinion, my to most favorite justices in my lifetime. Scalia this incredible wit and genius and understanding and. They got a little acerbic side to when when he was questioning Clarence Thomas always set by quietly. What they called a high tech lynching at the time, the more modern. Let it. You gotTA. Remember Yeah. And you know. It was then Senator Ted Kennedy you know Robert Bork's America the borking of America. That was Clarence Thomas. Now we see it more recently cavenaugh. It exposes. The, who is Joe Biden? Who is his team? Because Clarence Thomas and Justice Scalia or the people we need on that court. We call them constitutionalists or originalists, the original intent, not people that would sight foreign law as liberal justices have done or not people that feel that they can rule by judicial Fiat and dictate or legislate from the bench. Democrats always wanted the court to do that which they could never. Do legislatively or win at the ballot box and that's why they want. We call them. Activists Justices Clarence Thomas. has shown a fidelity to the Constitution at the Antony Scalia. That is beyond enviable And the differences styles always interesting, too because Justice Thomas will always be quiet. That's very few questions. Anthony Scalia was in there in a wrestling with people. I don't know about John Roberts. I can't get into it, but I do believe the next president United States is a very good chance. You have a lot of older justices may want to retire. And I think that the next this election in just three short months. That's on the ballot and that's that's generational now. And Sean I think we have to pressure the Biden campaign to do what trump did and release a list of justices I mean president trump was so transparent and Joe Biden hasn't done it yet. Intentionally, of course, because he'll probably put repeated to lieber something on the United States Supreme Court I mean as horrifying as that might be so in two two quick closing question Sean and thank you for being so generous with your time anchorage, everyone you know. Know go by live, free or die. the first is this. Can you just talk about? We are heading into the election. A lot of trump supporters. They're failed. They're falling victim. They suppression pulse I wish that wasn't the case, but it seems like the memory of two thousand sixteen as faded where people forget. We were down by double digits. Can you just give a little vote of confidence to some of our listeners out there? That think we're just losing. I WANNA. Give the vote of confidence, but I want people to feel this way. I want people to think I'll use a football analogy that our mutual friend Linda that you know. Who's your biggest fan? My radio producer? He's amazing. Amazing, but she doesn't even know how many points you get a touchdown, so I'm giving these football analogies. I, want this election. I want people to feel the way I feel which is. We're on our own twenty. Two minutes to go. We have no time outs We're down by six. We got a cross. The plane marched down the field, cross the plane and hit the extra point to win. So if people feel a sense of genuine urgency and worry and concern, I'm cool with that because fear often as a great motivator, not irrational field fear, but if people do not vote, you will get the government that they're telling you. They're going to give you believe. That that is their agenda. To be a Republican and win. You GotTa always use this analogy got to run the table I gotTA. Get Florida Georgia North Carolina can't win without Ohio. No Republican's ever become president without it right? You got hold Iowa then you got pick off Pennsylvania Wisconsin hopefully Michigan maybe MINNEA- Minnesota will be play. Maybe the city of Arizona will be in play. By Joe Biden reference for those of you. That didn't get. We got a hold Arizona Gopher Nevada New Mexico. New Hampshire and Maine's second congressional district. If every single mom, this is a battle cry. You started out this interview with this. I wrote this book not because I like writing books. My last book I donated every Penny I made to charity I don't care. It's not that. This is a tipping point. Charlie this is I, don't. See if these policies are implemented how America recovers. Irreparable harm the to the rule of law to our courts to our economy, they want to wipe out the lifeblood of of the world's economy. This this promise of socialism and I go into such detail about how it's always failed. Here's a quick socialism of example. Member obamacare. Keep your doctor keep your plan. Save on average twenty five hundred dollars a year per family right? Okay. Millions lost their doctors. Millions lost their plans. We're all paying about two hundred percent more and add to that. Forty percent of Americans almost forty percent have only one obamacare Biden Carriage James Choice now. How did they do with that promise? Medicare is going broke. How did they do it? That promised social security. Charlie hate the break this here. He paying into it. You probably won't get it I. Barely Skate through, and they might give me ten cents until they means tested and then take it back, How does it? How did Liberal government work in New York City with all the anarchy cutting a billion dollars, so please? How's IT WORKING IN CHICAGO? All. These liberal cities have where the violence we've been talking about takes place. They all have one thing in common. They've been run by Liberal Democrats for decades right. Most of these states have been run into the ground by Liberal Democrats for decades. If you WANNA know what America will look like if Biden Bolshevik Bernie. Pelosi Schumer and Bozo. That team gets place look at new. York state and city look at Chicago the City Illinois. The State Look at California. Look at Oregon. Look at Portland, the city. Look at Seattle. Look at the state of Washington. Yes. And I. Love this country too much. You know it's an all hands on deck moment and Every everyone of you've got this connection with younger people in this country. You have this incredible. A credible platform you built, and it's become powerful and meaningful and transformative to the country, and you're going out there, and you're fighting on these college campuses and you. You know it's not easy to be in the middle of a I call it a shift. Show all the time, but let's well put, but you do it. And it's freedom works. Every time you give up freedom for security, you lose your freedom because the security that they're offering. These promises that can never ever be fulfilled. In America. The land. I'll close with this unless you want to go further I can keep going the. Barry Farber who was a mentor of mine. Just recently passed away like ninety ninety one. And he always said there's never been a country in the history of mankind that has accumulated more power and abused at less than the United States well I add. A country in the history of mankind that has accumulated more power abused at less, but used it to advanced human condition. The reason America is great and exceptional. If I can say that today, it's not perfect, but it's great. An exceptional is because of its people, and because of the fundamentals of liberty and freedom. So that? Natural rights versus government or rights, natural rights come from God doubt by our Creator. Life Liberty pursuit of happiness while you can't pursue happiness these days in Chicago New York Moreland Seattle. So there's a lot on the line. I love your audience. I'm so thankful for all you're doing, and you've got a great team that you building review and you're out there fighting the fight and I just urge you guys. Just fight like your country depends on it. Because America's, we know it. It's all hanging in the balance. Yet was Sean. You've been so generous the last quick thing I defend the president all the time personally as a person. Can you comment on that because I've had the opportunity to meet him? not as much as you obviously and get to know him, but a lot of people here misrepresentations in lies about who he is as a human being. Let's close on this note. Can you just mention one or two things that that people can take away from that? You know first of all. It's interesting. Nobody seems to understand Donald trump yet. They don't want to understand. I mean Donald Trump. The Dog Bites the beasts, things you feeling sad or get cancer. You Complain Trump. I mean that's how saying the leftist. But here's a guy that is so unique he this guy is like a soon nami force of energy like I've never met my life. The most distinct and unique quality he's had is as president. You mentioned the Supreme Court. He put those people that he said he put. He cut the bureaucracy as he said he'd caught, and he cut the taxes as he said he'd cut. He did the North Dakota. A keystone pipelines Anwar Likey said he would. He's building the wall or almost four hundred miles. A wall by the by election will be over four hundred miles. He found a way it was. It was an uphill climb He said he wanted to pull us out of foreign conflicts, but not back away from evil defeated. The Caliphate took out. Baghdadi and Associates took out Sola Mani took out the Al. Qaeda leader in Yemen. So? What makes him special and unique in terms of presidency is that he is who you see is who you get. The guy that's fights on twitter is the guy that's fighting for a better trade. Deal the guy that fights. Against Liberal Democrats and the media mob is the same guy is fighting to keep his promises that to me makes him the most unique transformative political figure in our lifetime. And Right now. The. We tip the scales. You have a choice. It's never been a bigger choice. He will keep his promises. Coronas been a little bit of a curve ball to the world, but even that ten days after the first case, the only guy that I know of thought about a travel ban will be donald trump. They were teaching at the time and Joe Binder Biden was call them Sinophobic, so he's a man of his word. He's a man that will fight to his last dying breath for this country and the promises he made, and that makes them in my view very transformative. Men will. The book is live for Your Die God bless you, Sean, thank you for that. You do and we really appreciate. It helps you soon. Thanks bye. What a great conversation that was! Please email me or questions freedom. Charlie Kirk Dot Com freedom at Charlie. KIRK DOT COM please type in trolley. Kirk, show your podcast provider. Hit subscribe, give us a five star reviews screen shot at an email us. If you want to win a signed copy of the Maga- doctrine, please get involved with turning-point USA at Teepee USA dot com that is Teepee USA DOT com. 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Senate Republicans unveil details of economic relief plan
"Many Americans will be getting another $1200 stimulus check. It's part of the Corona virus relief package that Senate Republicans air proposing anyway. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says there's also bonus money. Our plan provides. Retention credits for the employer. And our plant provides for a re employment bonus. The plan would also have an extra $200 weekly employment benefit. But that's down from $600 per
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"You, know I mean all of us worry about a teenage son who's. Driving, in and out of the city, we live in in the suburbs, but my worry was not about his driving I knew he was a good driver. My worry is that he would get stopped by police having to teach him to keep his hands on the steering column, so if he was stopped that law enforcement would see his hands hands there. That is painful to do. It is painful and I cannot believe that here. I am now in. He's in his early thirties. In honest to goodness. He says he's going down to Lafayette. Park I applaud that he wants do that. But I'm having text. Message me every. Half Hour just to check up on him or worry that he's going to be. You know sort of driving someplace in in. Get Stop. I'm tired of this. I talked to so many moms, and after I wrote that calm. I cannot tell you how many mothers who were writing to me. Saying how exhausted they are two and how angry they are to still be in the same. Same Circumstance and We just we have to fix this how we have to fix this. Is why I'm praying about this election. This is why I'm praying that. We have vote by mail. Didn't the president say if we have everyone voting by mail if we have? Widespread, vote by Mail on a Republican never get elected again. Yeah. He he said that Al, but in fact it's actually really I mean. It's not entirely true I do know Republican that loved to vote by mail. Exactly. But I do think that we have to ramp up vote by mail. We have to ramp up our education about what it means to vote by mail. I mean I've seen some of the accounts of in things happen. Even yesterday there were several primaries that were going on in states, and there was a lot of confusion. There were many more people voting by mail, and you know they did neither get their ballots or nowhere to take their balance and stuff, and so we've got a lot of work to do between now and November to make sure that given I think there is going to be this resurgence of Kobe nineteen We've got. To encourage people to vote by mail and people want to do it. You Know I. was I wrote something a couple of weeks ago about vote by mail after the president's really ridiculous statements, which I think he's doing in order to discourage African American voters and Hispanic voters from voting by mail by saying that it's fraudulent and all that stuff. It's garbage, but people want to vote by mail. There was a survey that was done i. think a week or so ago, that said something like sixty percent of people are planning to cast their ballots by mail will that was only twenty six percent in the twenty eighteen election and so. Election Systems are going to be inundated and we gotta make sure that they can get those ballots out. Get Him back and get them counting. Well. What? What does free court did and Wisconsin? for their.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"This pandemic, and what has been exposed are the disparities between black and white. Between. Hispanics and Weiss and as a result, you have such a high percentage of these deaths from covid coming from people of color who have to go to work because they make so little money and they have those jobs that put them at risk. They have jobs like working well. In a meat packing plant, but they have jobs like working in a grocery store. Those frontline jobs. M people are getting sick and dying from those we also, it's also all kinds of disparities. Obviously, it's access to healthcare. It's access to good food. Hopefully hopefully, come November when. The president is either defeated or I leave the country. And I'd rather obvious. I Love America. I want to stay here. Boy, Oh boy. Do we have a huge huge enormous four hundred year in the making? Mess to clean up. Yeah, I mean you know on out, so I've thought about this a lot because even when we were doing the affordable Care Act we knew then we put you know some resources in dealing with healthcare disparities. We know we've always known these disparities there, but what we've seen with this pandemic, and with the unrest on our street because of George. Floyd's murder is the convergence that exposes the deep under belly. Belly that is over four hundred years in the making when you take an enslaved people, and then you know they work through enslavement through Jim, crow through the modern civil rights movement. What you have, is you see the economic disparities that also resulted in healthcare disparities were communities. Don't have a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables where kids are going to school and they're going to school hungry and they're coming. Coming Home Hungry. And then you have a congress in legislators who think it's okay to cut the school nutrition program in the middle of pandemic. You know in a president of the United States who decides in the middle of a pandemic that not only is he gonNA continue to be in court to challenge the affordable care act so that millions of people would be left without healthcare..
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"An- An I was thinking colonial. I really was thinking gasset jets and and cobblestone streets center insurance people turning take that sounds fantastic and then I got my brother Neil to drive me and we showed up in early February of eighty eight pitch black freezing and we get off the Williamsburg Bridge and start heading south. And then we get off. And it's just looked like a like one of those post-apocalyptic take movies of burned out cars. And all the streetlights were were dark and someone said later on they told me the the crack dealers. Shootout streetlights lights. Oh so everything was dark smart and I kept thinking what is this. Got Off on the wrong thing and my brother Neal is saying no no no this is this is Berry street this is and and then finally the car starts to slow down and he goes gets to forty two to four. No no no no no no no no no. This can't be any comes to stop. And it was a scary scary place to live and I remembered coming to work one day and used to take Ayla to walk eight blocks north to get to the end the L.. I went and got frye boots with giant heels and I would wear a trenchcoat wrote because I thought that it would make me look tougher and I would have a cigarette coming into my math because they thought this would make me look tough but I just I looked. I looked like a tough law. I'm not a tough looking guy to kids in exactly. Yeah Look Nineteen Thirties. Movie were three kids. Try and get into a movie as an adult. You're on my shoulder to see the movie. It was terrifying and then I came to work and I remember listening to chatter US chattering. And you're doing something and then you just heard me say you know I just came in from Williamsburg why Williamsburg. He was burgundy wine. Yeah and he said you gotta get out of their fucking dot long long right after after. You told me that I got out and I moved to Eighteenth Street. Yeah Yeah so thank you. You saved my life. Okay well there you have it yet. Yeah you know what this is. It's been a joy very nice having you here in laughing our asses off. And let's do this again. This is really fun. Yeah we mean what was that. It wasn't I'm trying to know I was going like I'm wondering when we do. And how do you do that. Do you do that. You will see you had Dana. Yeah I know a couple of again you know you never know okay okay good. What a terrible blending awful to interview just to sort of? I think it's like a little wind. It's a wind down to be continued. Yeah one yeah yeah voices giving really. Oh Aw Al Franken thank you. Yeah well I hope you enjoyed Listening that beautiful music is by Leo. Cocky the Great Leo Cocky. I WanNa thank Peter Osburn. UGH Burn for producing. We'll talk again next week..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Were there but I bear you no L. will go okay but can I ask a question because you've told the story before USA sort of made it seem like it was a joke but where you really telling him to be quiet now. I'm confused fused doing a bit of a Joe. I think you're doing a bit. I I want to have a successful TV show at any kind of my goal. And he'd been there a while also he was very drunk and it wasn't I'm not a music critic but I don't think they don't think it was his best work. The wheels on the bus ie around Sundance Bahamanian here. Yeah yeah the bill's gone and guess what happens. People get the get to work right and wrong good show. I don't remember if it was a good show. I don't either. Ah Eighth slightly passable show but now I I. You're I will say absolutely fearless Louis. You I remember you not being intimidated by a massive stars and just going right in and were you always way way. Were you like that. In nineteen seventy five dollars. who were you ever a scared pup or do you have any remember of that first show like how scary it was doing being alive show? Will this even work. What if will this? It was very unlike what the show became. Because we had I think three musical lacks or something and you had muppets to think. We had muppets. We had music act. The hit was Chevy in an update. Yeah and the show didn't become the show until you know started getting more like what it was in the lily. Tomlin I think was the first shows seem like one of the shows but George Carlin. I think did to mine long or something. It was like it was like midnight express. Yeah but with more people people always try to point this out to younger. People that are sitting comedy is that nothing is what you think. It was at the beginning and a good example. All of that is watch a simpsons from the first season First of all Dan Castellaneta. Who Does homer his take on homer was that he sounds like he should sound Walter Matthau and so if you watch I H boy? Now come here boy I. I'll get Chu Tao. Well we'd better I mean it's not and the and the pacing is completely different. It's it's it's radically different and I always tell. Tell everybody that nothing you know. People tend to think that everything springs out practically and that never happens. I mean I think a good show is a living thing I know that you know. Lauren has told me that you know people used to say to him. Starting with the second season season well. It's not as good as the first I did. Yeah I they started doing this dead joke probably right away second season. Oh Yeah I guess it's that Arthur Miller or something said that you know. He wrote death of a salesman. And everyone's like Oh my God this is the best thing ever and and then later on hit right his other plays and people would say it's not it's not like you know it's just not death but salesman then finally late in his life people had read something in people would say you know we've been thinking about it death of a salesman. Isn't that good actually. It was really. It's just if you stick around long enough. They'll pick everything apart. I do my podcasts alone. I'm like back in. There's nobody in the studio with me except a climate scientists is on and we're talking about obviously obviously global warming and what we need to do and he gets into the Underdeveloped world the poor countries of the world the Third World countries and when their economies expand that they're going to have to kind of skip a generation of energy. They'RE GONNA have to skip coal hole and go into You know carbon neutral fuel and that kind of thing and I said well how could we just get these these countries not to develop and he didn't laugh he saw okay for example so we had former energy secretary very earnest. I'm laughing and he's on and he's a great guy and he he actually associated all the technical aspects of the Iran nuclear deal. He's a brilliant brilliant guy. He was the head of the physics department at Mit. And and we're we're talking also about climate and We have this discussion about whether natural gas is a transition addition or not. There's controversy about that. And he says it is he says it is and he says I for example. I work with Southern Company. which is this big big utility in the south so I say to him you working for the man and he goes well or the woman? uh-huh maybe didn't know the phrase. That's exactly what happened. I like. He just didn't know the phrase working for the man and and he I I think he's five years older than me or something like that and people five years older than me. No the phrase working for the man yes but I think he was studying physics. He's trying to fix the world he's. Va trying to save our planet from from a global disaster. So he didn't and you're angry that he's not up on his. I'm not angry not angry. I'm just I'm going like I. I really respect him I think he's he's a great a great public servant the great mind and he's a tremendous asset to this country in the world but I just kept making fun of him. I hey can I get you. I know you're over but we can. Yeah we cut. I don't but this guy does okay. So how so chop this up anyway. Yeah okay so so we did. We had to rewrite table. On Thursdays Thursdays we rewrite and The Bush secaucus debate. Now right now and you know for those who don't remember Dukakis. BACCHUS was probably about what five six or something yeah and Bush was like I don't know h w Bush was like six one to a lot in the news is that Dukakis was could he stand on something and and the camps were going back and forth like well. It can be one apple box but it can't be to see you know maybe it can be one step but not a step and a half and they were negotiating. That's was in the news. Were looking for a Joe. You know some way to do this. and Ah we get it from Conan only because he does sound affects right or this sound effect which is a hydraulic lift. Yes yeah so if you look at the the the piece it was Jon. Lovett says Dukakis John Hilarious Dukakis. And he kinda gets behind the podium uh-huh and you see him like get ready and four. I've ever pitching this in the room. Yeah and then the then it goes up. I can't do you I'm GonNa have you do it. And then it goes to high right but it goes like a a lever and Yeah I know he doesn't have somebody else is doing it but he is. He played it so beautifully because he is trying fine not to to caucus trying not to react but he goes up. He's being humiliated trying so what I did in the room. It was just like well. What if he gets behind the podium and then you just hear grinding like an elevator or something because I and was doing that? Copy that day. That was a day where I used to go back to my apartment which was in Williamsburg Aymesburg Brooklyn and this is eighty eight and this is back when you I again. Things are not what they were you. Brooklyn in nineteen eighty. The eight was a scary place to live high to the crack epidemic it's not the Williamsburg of today where there's just. Why did you live there? I know it was less expensive. Yes let's say I didn't the only thing that also I had not lived really in New York before I was coming from Los Angeles where I started my career and I didn't know and so I had a friend this woman. Lynette Cortez who over the phone. I said I just need to find a place to live in New York I just got hired Senate live and she said come live I have an extra I live in a townhouse. And there's there's a room here that you could have and I live in Williamsburg.
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"And we're back so okay another one that this is another sketch. We're talking about sketches that we love the didn't make it on sale now live right and and which one is this. This weirdly is another doctor. It's called that's my oncologist. And it's a Sitcom Like a fifty Sitcom and it's Song Stars and there's a you know the montage Sitcom when it comes the cancer. He's got the answers he's the best in the Biz but when it's honey I'm home. He's thicken the dome. That's my on College Eh. So I submitted it once swith sketch kind of in it as I show and then I did a next week on you know and so the next week week worked right and the next week was it's take your daughter to work week or day. Yeah and it's just. He's pointing to these x-rays X rays. Okay he's Garner okay. This one is in in his liver the daughter the daughter's like eight. Oh this is your teacher and that killed and and so I said okay. Just take the sketch that isn't great. Eight route and just do that and it didn't happen. Here's one of the things. This just reminds me of something I wanted to ask you about when I was watching Santa live along with everybody else. Seventy five to eighty. You and Tom Davis I remembered watching late night. And you did this sketch you can remember this better than I can but there. There was some sketch where you're doing something throughout this period of time and you're getting progressive visit you. That's getting progressively sicker. Is it a tumor. Is this the brain tumor. Yes the ran. The brain tumor comedian. And it's your comedy. Yeah just tell me. I remembered watching that at home and howling at but it was so dark. Time thinking thinking nothing. This dark has been on television before. Yeah you know yeah This was so we'd been doing the Franken Davis show as a show L. within the show and we were on when the show is short So what didn't work in Warren. Put a sign in the last half hour so oh but we have been on. Irvine's people knew near the Franken. Dave show you had like a cool. Yeah animated of your of your faces. It looked it's the Franken and Davis Don Don Don Don Anyway so we come out and And I have this bandage is huge bandage with a big lump on. The you know the bandages You know at at. He's a tape around gauze and my heads wrapped in it and Tom says I'll has a brain him right and he's always you know we're a team but he's always wanted to do a monologue right and and work a lot you know. Just try and I and I think that I really encouraging that. Because that's his dream and he's going to do and he's a little oh he's not doing well and So just laugh weary and so i. Hi Go out there and tell I you know the have you heard the one about the rabbi. who doesn't charge forgiving circumcisions? He only takes tips. Okay and Tom's going like clue. Two thousand employees that funny and then from then on on the punchline is always he only took tip and Tom is trying to encourage people the laugh and I start that one point I start the clearly. Just lose in almost about to pass out and he has ask sponge and water just starts sponging. Was I have a memory which I love to tell. Oh people that stars you and I think this Harrison. Yes word gets out word gets out that George Harrison's in the building and he's he's down in Lawrence Office and I'm I don't think he can be a bigger Beatles fan than than myself I just I I know everything about them. I know the instruments I know I know the Chord Lord changes at the whole thing. The song it's yes I know I know some of the names of the members. Get Hazy easy on the Bass player but We're there and we're thinking of we're GonNa see him. Are we gonNA Siham. And then finally George comes down the hallway and we're all in the writer's room he and he comes in member he had been out partying with Lorne and he was a little tipsy and Lauren had gone out to dinner so mm-hmm traditionally on Tuesday night. This is Tuesday night. The show gets written on Tuesday night and we stay up all night all night. But it really you you know. Starting I don't know ten. PM or something. Things are actually starting to be written and so first of Paul George Harrison shows up At around eight and they go to dinner yes and they don't come back until like ten ten thirty already. and Harrison's really drawn. Yeah he's he's tied one on remember very clearly he walks in. We all all stand up. He comes into that those white. It's double doors into the writer's room right around writers raise area and he standing there and he sort of weaving from side to side as one does when once had a lot to drink and he said Saudi I'm pissed is a newt. I'll never forget forget that you went. Saudi I'm pissed as Newt. And then he said was your staring at and we were all staring at him And and then he looks over in the corner and he sees a piano and he goes over any sits down at the piano and he starts parts to play the piano so a beetle is in a relatively small room with us. Playing the piano making music making music beetle beetle is making music and all of us are transfixed and I think he plays for about twenty seconds. nope less made more more. Okay more all right. Whatever I'm being controlled? He pays more but he plays for awhile. And then you use come out of your office and you said okay. And then he gets startled and he gets up and scuttles away like a habit that sun ogre he gets up and stumbles away. And you go back to your office did that or did that not happen. uh-huh a version of this is what happened. Actually first of all he played for a lot longer than you remember played for a long time. Yeah not many people when a Beatles playing go. Hey let's pick it up. What's the point? Is We have a writing staff. We have a show that gets written now. And you know it's like eleven and he's playing he's playing Okay what is it so special. This Week Rue mcclanahan is on the show. Oh who cares that show could have sub that we who cares out there for six hours and listen to George Harrison play and then just turned in it. Could it's been a whole show of doctor with Rue mcclanahan. I didn't think of that but this. This is prior to the existence of far. Okay okay so I had a role that year. which is I think I was the some producer producer being responsible? Yeah and no one is going to leave that room and work. As as long as George Harrison is playing the piano. You have no one on your side in this room and I'll and I'll tell you something else I mean I think also the you have been working on the show since seventy five and George Harrison had been around the show a lot so so you'd spent a lot of time with George Harrison. Where's this was? My hand spent a lot of time with George Harrison. I go antiquing. We know we used to go to listen to the light jazz and Gazebo. But here's the thing. I didn't say quiet. This this is I went to fill harman and I said and my office was very near the Yes. Your your office was the closest to us. Does this office to the conference room and the piano. I'll verify that. Yeah so I say to fill watch this and I go into my office so I don't see Harrison's reaction but I'm told later what it was. I slammed the door hard as I can and I knew that it sounded like an explosion. He he he jumped. Yes and I've been told it is two or three feet above the piano bench inch and back to the piano jumped up back to piano bunch. He's been drinking so he's startled afraid and runs away a and I don't think ever returned to America. I haven't looked into it but I don't think he is. Are you married Shit from few people who.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"It it's just can't do it can't do it and then you hear if our and he looks puzzled And he goes like wait a minute. That can't be far. You're half Australian A and this can be yours. Well Amy Poehler the one who is so skeptical says that was me right and he goes. We've got to get you in a surgery stat. Okay now. That's a good sketch. Yes okay so this way you pitch assist you you wanted Al Gore to Dr. No I knew that Al Gore was not right for far. Okay so here Dr. Here's what happened. I am not working at the show at this point doing other stuff just came in for Al Gore. But I'm going like I've got a fucking in gem here for Dr and so while I'm not there air I'm going to submit through which is not a good thing to do. I mean if you're not there and if they're not there and you submit it for read through sometimes sometimes. The writers that are there can feel right that They resent a little bit. They want their thing. And and so. But I'm thinking like okay Christopher Walken as host so I go okay all right. All Right Chris Rock I'll put through through with Christopher walking and so goes in and doesn't get picked and then another month later I submitted again and it doesn't care now you know the writers every time time Lawrence's neck sketch part Dr Jack. They're not there and they know that this is the seventh week in a row being read red and the pages are crumbling. Yellow from from age yes there. There's they're irritated with you. Okay right and Tina Fey Was Head writer. I think time she So I stopped doing it never gets done. It just doesn't get done so on thirty rock they refer to FARC doctor very often. What's going on on the floor much to you? Yeah made perfect accents. And then when she meets Matt Damon And I I think she in in this show she pretends to be something nothing else and finally. She admits that she's producer and writer for this for this right a variety show and she says I write far Dr Drinker. I love and in a way found a life. Yeah and then. Here's the thing she never gave Danny my camping well in a way. She gave the greatest gift of all. She made. Farhi remark immortal. Yeah Yeah it's playing all around the world constantly et it is GonNa take a quick break. Let's just just take a quick break. Some business to do. Just hang on sitting here with Al Franken. Okay before we we cut to a break I I I just want to address something Because in in our last podcast I did a commercial parody for a magazine called Cigarette Aficionado and I thought it was evident that it was a satirical and the whole point of it was to make fun of the idea that smoking tobacco. Oh is somehow glamorous and sexy and I thought it was pretty evident. That cigarette aficionado doesn't really exist Some of the features were Ralph Nader At his eighty million dollar the hamptons estate dressed in versatility and showing off his collection of vintage. Dangerous cars and also His favorite thing is his collection of Old cigarette lighters And we had a feature on smoked foods and stuff like I got some emails to my office. People who were outraged changed that I was Taking tobacco money on the show. This was not I. This was not real was what I'm trying to say here and I want you all to know that I would. I would not take money from the tobacco industry and would not have an advertisement if there were a real magazine called Cigarette Aficionado. I would not actually have them by time on the show you understand. Okay let's Let's go to real break those of you who listen to to the podcast and all that very often we have Guests who are doing something. Good for people Jason Jason Cantor who ran for the Senate in Missouri in two thousand sixteen in barely loss in in a landslide for trump. In in that state he lost by three percent. He is very involved with something called the Veterans Community Project. And it's what it does. Is it It it helps homeless vets and they do this by building what are called tiny homes for vets. And as you know the number one solution to homelessness is a Ho- these tiny homes are in a community of other tiny homes. So there's a community there. They also provide services but these tiny homes have a kitchen. They have a bedroom and bathroom in basically tiny homes but an apartment this size in Manhattan would go for two million easy you know in the village three million And also the as I said they give services To these vets as well may remember that Jason was running for our mayor of Kansas City. And then he was going to win and he he announced he was quitting the race because he felt felt had to take care of his. PTSD from his service in Afghanistan and he is just This organization is it's just wonderful doing great work veterans community project. And if you would like I would love for you to make a contribution to veterans community community project and here is where you go. WWW DOT veterans community project dot Org. That's vats veterans community project DOT ORG so Thank you and by the way they're not paying for this. They're not paying for this. So you don't have to do backslash backslash Al.
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"To go why I had a couple of ideas thinking back to the show One is just this is my show or senate life which show Oh Richard Housing when you when you say to me show and I'm sorry my wrong really really if someone says to me like hey yeah the show I go of course Conan on TBS. Right I think Conan podcast. What do you think when you hear the show? I know how you think you think Gigolos high no longer on the air so I tried to mail. Gigolos is a like a dramatic acted out or as reality show. It's reality it's it's it's softcore pornography even kidding. Yeah it's it's got a plot and it's got certain gigolos follows but it is. It's softcore pornography geography club. Sorry Anyway back show like that get cancelled. We're getting any interest in this awesome. That happen I feel like Gigolos pulling you know to bill. Nye Science guy came up against us in just cleaned up. Cry Aspen. That happen I have no idea. I don't know but but al You we're GONNA talk about starting to live what are you. What are the ideas? You WanNa talk your favorite sketch. That didn't make it. Oh Oh that's interesting like I don't know if it's my favorite so when it comes one of the ones that comes to mind or the one that was most annoying to you. That didn't go. Yeah there was one. I'll tell this there's the disparity between how it did it read through versus. What happened to the sketch so I had an idea remember Phil? Hartmann had a character named Mace. Yes Mace was this I. I don't know that I can access the voice but this incredibly tough off right toughest guy in the world like a niece Mace Mesa Phil Hartmann one of the Great. SNL players of all time. Yes could do anything for Glue. Good Yeah and he did this character. That was very funny when he was made. Tough guy in the world and so I had this idea that macy's in his cell and the scene starts with a guard coming by these. I guess right screw keep walking you know and it's incredibly tough it's really tough and then Whoever the guests was that we can? I don't remember who it was but let's just say it was Mathew Modine. Yeah he's my Go-to he's Let's say if I say like look if I'm ever murdered by let's it's just say Matthew Modine so so then they put this prisoner in with him and it's that classic thing like screw truth me the king of this sub C. I.. Mace and the guys like whatever. I don't want any morning trouble. You Bet your lungs tuning eras. And he does this whole thing then. The guy lays down in his bunk and Mace looks over. And there's the typical There's there's a bunk bed it's jail cell for two and there's one exposed toilet in the middle of the room is looking over and it just becomes becomes clear that macy's shy about who I like. He's looking at the toilet well. It and he's starting to head that way and the Guy Matthew Modine is like hey if you gotta go you gotTa do. And then he's saying things like why don't you go to sleep. You Look Tired GonNa see. Get a good night's sleep I gotTa do and you get in prison. Okay Yeah I am a little tired. He starts to go to sleep in the minute. He thinks he's not at off. Phil Hartmann it goes over and then this was something Greg Daniels added that was really funny which is he starts peeling off little pieces of toilet paper and I Matthew Modine wakeup he. So this thing is read it read through and killed killed and you know in in a piece kills it. Read through and people were pounding the desks the piano in the corners rattling the acoustical tiles falling just killing and I- afterwards afterwards people were coming up like patting me on the back of laws. Lauren made eye contact with and then celebrated rated with tic TAC. And I was like wow and then the all week long people are like oh I can't wait for that. I can't wait for that and then Dress rehearsal and they start to do it. I don't know what happened to this day. Not a laugh and it happens. Sometimes you another way. There's a thing our in a sketch gach there's a trigger. It's and it's the it's the trigger that supposed to set everything else. The wonderful all the ladder to come need to be with that trigger and when you hit that line and the trigger polls and nothing happens you know that you got nine more pages right and none of that's is going to catch none of it and so I watched it just completely go down the drain. How about you? What do you have a sketch that you absolutely loved another i? I have several and Fart. Doctor the doctor has an interesting history in life they want. This is what happens. So Al Gore. I just want to tell our listeners that I have a pen and paper and I'm trying to draw. I'm just trying to figure out how one thing goes to another like. How does Al Gore and doctor and it doesn't work? I'm telling you right now. It doesn't work so Gore is going to host and I believe it's two thousand two and he asked that I be a guest writer because we're so I come and I think about it a have some some lead in time and so i. I write the sketch that Al Gore is not right for. Okay here is the practice. Okay you have three of our cast members. Remember Amy Poehler being one of them and they're waiting in a room and and I think amy was the one who was very impatient and skeptical that this famous diagnostician Who can diagnose diseases this is when no one else can was coming from Duke And he's a little late and she is kind of both skeptical and then patient and there's one one of the other doctors going like no I'm telling you he's amazing. Okay so the far the Whoever the hosts would be play fart doctor comes in and he's read all the files right all the different people and So bring the first patient in and they cannot these other doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with this. The guy and so This doctor from Dukes says the To the patient he says okay. I'm going to need you to Fart mm-hmm and the guy says what I'm going to need you to Fart. And so oh the guy tries and does finally squeeze one and the doctor says your mother was Salesian. uh-huh yes yes. Did you have to bully salad for lunch. uh-huh today yes I did you have and very specific very specific disease. All the other doctors are going like I'll of course they didn't figure that. Oh my God that's brilliant and the good news is that we know how to treat this and you're gonNA be fine And the guy is going. Oh thank you think. Next patient comes in. I'm going to be skeptical but farts and he's going like I'm glad I if you're listening to this right now and you obviously are skeptical but farts. Let's meet skeptical but for ever been said. Oh God I forgot I forgot one. Beat is after that I patiently. He takes a little fan. Sure you'll electric one of those little fan clears the air okay. So second one comes in and he goes Very interesting and like would you fart again. And he takes out a beaker and collects this one because he wants to bring it back to two then then another guy comes in and he's just an asshole. Yeah he's just a fucking asshole about being too far and he just it's just a dick about it and finally does it and and it's like you know what I'm GonNa talk talk to you later. And he lays and he says he's. He's a dead man and all of them are kind. I have like okay with that. They just never like this. Never liked it so then the last person comes in the final patient comes in and you have have to part and the person really very valiant effort and can't do.
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"Hey everybody we got a great one. Today you know for a change. It's it's also a departure of sorts CONAN O'Brien an Iot been friends for. I think over thirty years it's now and When I was in La Awhile ago? I was a guest on his late. Night talk show on a tbs he is now the dean of late night TV host. I think he's been thirty. Years hosted the show in a so hard to believe Aleve when he first started he was everyone went. Who the hell is this guy anyway? He he's been a huge influence on comedy And he has his unbelievably successful podcasts. And he interviews a lot of COMEDIANS and John Mullany was on a a recent one and talked about one influence. Now CONAN was not unlike letterman. Who is an influence on comedy CONAN has been a tremendous influence on on comedians. And I did the talk show and then immediately after I went and did the podcast first. The agreement we had was that we'd both post it. So what you're about to hear Cost my team. Nothing and if I must say you're going to enjoy this now you'll notice right away when you listen that there is a lot of laughter and it's not just me and Conan. He has a few people in his studio there and Clothing Sonal Moss Essien who is His assistant at the show has been his assistant at the show since I think since he's come away and I've got I've known on her for a while they've done the show and She's great and She and he have great chemistry. Selma's job basically is. She gives him a lot of Shit. And this is the part of the show were before the guest comes on. So you're not going to hear that. But hopefully my doing. This will steer a lot of my vast audience to Conan and in his wildly successful podcasts and hopefully vice versa But really what sonal and you will hear this Parv her job is she laughs. And if you listen to my interview with Dana carvey about how he did political comedy at SNL and this is not long after. George H W Bush died. We were talking about how he got the Got The impression Russian and one day we were sitting around. You just did a not gonNA do that thing over there and I laughed really really loud and we talked about that. Dana said that laughter is the oxygen of comedy. Now you may have noticed that I'm alone I don't have anybody Laughing and there's one advantage to that which is that. If if I say something that I think is funny. No one can prove that it wasn't anyway. I think you're really going a to enjoy this now. We we've added a little bit. We've we've Taken out the parts where Conan talks to SONA and Matt Gowrali Gowrali who is the Producer of the podcast. Let's face it. You WanNa hear me you know but but what you'll hear you'll hear sonal laughing. We were all laughing. We had a great time. I know you're gonNA enjoy this one. And if you we haven't listened to Conan O'Brien needs a friend. You'd be there. I think he has like a million downloads per her podcast. Anyway so But you gotTA gotta go check it out so but we'll listen to this and I swear to God you're GonNa this is a great one for change I met you in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight eighty eight. Listen I thas correct thirty one years ago. Yeah I yeah I was a kid. I remember very clearly My writing partner at the time Greg Daniels and I came to New York to write on Saturday night live and I pitched something and no no no no no no you laugh the Al Franken laugh. Oh and I immediately really relaxed. I thought we were GONNA get bounced out of there any second pitch. We sketch remember what it was about. It was about a lab professor. It was something I used to do for my friends. It's a lab professor. He'd be like who had a lab skeleton. He say well we have. Of course the Patella is the thickest the bones and then he would look over this going he and he got scared every time. And you and then you so you came up to me and you and I really like that and I wait a minute. Let's sorry that's how Utah Roseanne Barr. That was a T. Rex a But anyway you were a generous laugher with me right away and I remember that feeling great. I remember that feeling. Great if people aren't laughing in in the office or is harder right. It's a it's interesting too because everything would be based on you. Remember this the read throughs that we would do a live and you did how many I mean if you add up all your years. It's Saturday night live. Isn't it like one hundred eleven. It's something crazy. I did fifteen in seasons so we did twenty year right That's three hundred numbers I was good at math both science and and I'm a sputnik kid was born fifty one when sputnik went up. My parents marched me and my brother into the living room and said you boys are. We're going to study math and science so we can beat the Soviets and I thought that was a lot of pressure. Did you really thought it was Z.. You guys in Minnesota we were. We were literal. Yeah a liberal and obedient. Yeah and so and so oh my brother was really really really good at it and went to MIT. And I was really good at it and I you know went to another school tool. That was very well thought of. Yes yes I've heard of that school and he became a photographer and I became a comedian. Yeah but we beat the Soviets. You know it's nice that you took that seriously and then Yes the wall came down the Soviets were defeated and then sonal married one. Is that right. Yes but he. He wasn't one of the Soviets. You were fighting well away as he was he was a child. We we were fighting. We're fighting them all. He was a child and he grew up in the Soviet Union. The child came here here yet when he was eleven hour and I maintain that when you fight the Soviets you fight them mall Manso tack your husband. Even as a small child we were we were out to defeat tack. You're saying tack was the enemy. Yes he was and now he's not. He was a child so I don't I disagree with a child's name. Remember anyway. Yeah so I I came to live and I was so scared and and then got to know you Jim Downey right away. And that's the thing about that. I was impressed with his. They throw you right into the deep end. There's no you'd think that. What is the band? got to write a sketch. was that the deep end. No but what I'm saying is you've got to do your the job. The deep end. Okay Yeah right right a sketch right right. GO IN AND PITCH to Steve Martin go in and pitch to Martin Short going in pitch to. You've just come in off the street but that's a that's like cool a privilege. You're you're getting think being thrown in the deep end is a good thing Haha. God this isn't going. I thought it was a pejorative okay. It's just not going away. I wanted.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Okay. That's pretty clear that he's saying if you put up a right wing being judge We're we're not gonNA confirm and then we're not GONNA we're not even gonNA have a hearing. Okay this is June twenty the fifth. Scalia God bless his soul died in January of a heart attack natural causes heart attack and Merrick Garland was nominated and part of the reason it was Merrick. Garland was first first of all great. Be Unbelievably respected judge and to Orrin Hatch on the Judiciary Committee Adleman chair consulted with the bomb and said publicly. Oh if he appoints merrick garland yeah. Then that's we'd be happy with that so this is surprise surprise brize completely disingenuous. And that's who this guy is. That's who Mitch McConnell is and you know. He may be considered one of the most powerful majority leader's history of the Senate and getting all these judges confirmed they're putting these federal society Hundred percenters Farrell Society tracks members of the Federalist Society From Law School. And if they stay one hundred percent may get the good clerk ships and they stay one hundred percent mant they get to be nominated for judgeship. Stay one hundred percent they get You know maybe a circuit it court and if they do enough writing to signal. Hey I'm a right wing Federalist Society diety guy as both gorsuch and cavenaugh did spend a lot of time waving saying. Hey you can trust me. They're no surprises. This is here matter. Leo said there's no surprises. There's no surprises for a reason. So that's who we got. That's that's who we got those two gorsuch cavanaugh and now okay. So here's the punchline. Here's the punchline. Here's here's The punch. McConnell was asked a few months ago if a vacancy comes up next year in the Supreme Court what would you do and he said Wadeville byrant. Let me try a wheat. Fill the seat as great. Wait Phil seat. He talked flock some. We has marble mouth but if take from our rolls out then he talks like Barney and he doesn't want to do that so he keeps. He keeps l'amour Boolean but he said we will fill the seat. We will fill the seat. Now how Scalia. God bless his soul Died in in January January. So if he's GonNa fill the seat he's thinking anytime anytime. This comes vacant in June will fill the seat. Joe I I will fill the seat. I you know the or the months everybody you do. I have a an audience ZAP okay. I'll do it August. He'll fill the seat September. Fill the October. He would rush through. He'd fill the seat he would the day before the election. Okay let's go or they could do. They could actually Do It during the lame duck session. They do it so January twentieth. Two Thousand Twenty one Just before President Bloomberg. Oh Wow there's a lot of people out there what how what I anybody. Anybody let's face said I'll do work my heart out for any Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. I might not work my heart out but I don't think she's getting the nomination. Just don't I'm saying if it's Bloomberg if Bernie before that president gets sworn in McConnell would do before noon if he could guard so now but McConnell is going to take the oath where he says I will do impartial. Justice raises right hand and be violating the oath as he sang at. He's you know he he. He knows he's not doing that. And you know in fairness to him. I guess there's a lot of Democrats who've said I will vote you know I've said previously I will vote To convict him if it gets the Senate it must be certified fair sort of but he's running the show and he just announced way that He's he's GonNa he's GonNa work with the White House every step of the way he's just going to work with the White House every single away and That's what you'd expect from him. least he said so. GotTa respect that. What a what a terrible you know I? I think that there is a lot of despair. in the country I think a lot of people who care about things like oh global warming. Well you know what we're gonNA take a quick break down But we'll be right back with more of me. Welcome back We are and by we. I mean me and my tapeworm are discussing the the impeachment. I actually went on on twitter and asked people to ask any questions and and a lot of them are things that I was gonna ask myself sort of talk about myself. I think this is a interesting way to go. And I got like three hundred and some Questions from people at Peter the producer and Also he's engineering. This one will read me some of these questions and he'll pick them out So that this will be fun because that I haven't I don't know what he's GonNa ask me so you asked for questions on twitter at Al Franken and we got Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of responses. Here's one from Jo. So an she asks can John Roberts make those Republicans who've publicly said they are not unbiased recused themselves from voting in the impeachment trial trial. Okay I was kind of touching on that. I don't think that's going to happen. Because look McConnell went right out on the lemon and set it and and he could actually. I think impeached himself for violating his oath. But that's probably probably not going to happen but you now now Is is getting very weird so maybe it will. But I don't think Roberts will do that. There's other stuff roberts can do. And and part of what he can do in needs to do is say that these subpoenas of people like Bolton Ampato Pale Oh and Mulvaney Should be honored and they need to testify. Don't have to testify in the Senate they can be put on videotape But I think that is something that has to that has to happen and I would I love to see the Republicans who are up for reelection. Vote against that okay. We have another question here. Ear From no an empty on twitter asks the question Why are congressional subpoenas? Unenforceable able it seems like people like Bolton should be compelled to testify in an impeachment. Hearing I agree he should be why. Why aren't they? This is Because the courts are just too slow. You know. This hasn't really come up. This is sort of unprecedented what the president has don Don. which is the blanket? Refusals to honor subpoenas and so I suppose the courts the time to do their research and write their opinions so this has just been taking forever that is unfortunately a Why they couldn't wait to get these done? I mean Bolton filed himself and he's in court and mcgann begins not part of this mcgann's part of the obstruction of justice. Apart from the Mueller investigation. Which I kinda think? Maybe they should have put in this but I'm not you know Nancy. Pelosi is wiser than I. I hear. Here's a question from a Michelle. Who is in North Carolina She says I'd like to know what changes a senators mind. How can I convince my two Republican senators to do the right thing? One to hear from witnesses with direct evidence and to to convince them to vote to impeach Donald Trump or to convict or to convict vote to convict Donald Trump. Okay will you say Gee Senator Tillis Europe for real action if it comes to a vote about about whether Bolton will be required to testify and whether Mulvaney will be required to testify I love that the Republicans Publican's with say the evidence against the president just hearsay. Peter do do we have our our here same montage. The Democrat's new definition for for evidence is allegations allegations based on hearsay. I might add so they hurl allegations against the president but the American people see through this sad charade it for what it is an attempt to undo the two thousand sixteen election based on hearsay and opinion not fact throughout all majority trampled on minority rights. They refuse to call witnesses with relevant firsthand knowledge. They relied on hearsay news reports to make their case while one it wasn't just hearsay. Silent talked to him on the phone. He told this Tucson land and the diplomat diplomat the Ukraine Our American diplomat overheard him because the president was so enthusiastic about this shakedown. Mattie Eddie was talking really loud on the unsecured phones so that's that's too and how about everybody who listens to the phone call and everyone who's read the transcript now in his insane letter to Nancy. Pelosi trump brings us up. He says fortunately there was a transcript of the conversation taken and you know from the transcript which was immediately made available available that the paragraph in question was perfect. I said to the president's Alinsky I would like you to do us a favor favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I said do us a favor not me and our country not a campaign. Wow and by the way way trump is unraveling he is unraveling and I have advice for the the joint chiefs. I am which and my advice is now is not the time to take away. The nuclear codes from Donald Trump. Now is the time to give him the wrong codes. What was an excellent okay From Robert Kriegler asked the question a secret. Ballot Alad changed the impeachment equation assuming many Senate Republicans would break rank behind closed. Doors is that even possible and Senate rules. Well I I don't think so I know we're not gonNA do that but it's an interesting idea and I don't even know what would happen if you did that. I mean it's a secret bank. That'd be funny. If it was like the did a secret balance one hundred nothing and it's like Oh damn it is one hundred nothing now they know how now I voted like everyone like turn McConnell. What the Hell did you do? I didn't think it'd be. I think it would be hundred if our new one hundred and will limb then all I would've voted of Let's let's face it. He's he's guilty. Go Ahead I. Let's do one more Charles Temple Plate asks. What are the possible? Hempel Plate Temple Play Charles Temple Plate he asks. What are the possible? Serious explanations for Lindsey Graham. I just don't get how he can function with all of the attention on his sycophantic. Hypocrisy does anybody take him seriously. Well okay I I I happen to know something about Lizzie and maybe they're using it against him. he he's a shoplifter. And it's a compulsion He doesn't have to to do it. He has enough. You paid enough in the Senate. But if it's like a but he'll go into I've I've been with him when he he has gone into into You know store with some you know. Really Kinda good-looking pottery and plates. And he'll he'll take one and and you know they don't suspect every he's pretty public and I think they have him on tape shoplifting. Thank you all people Responded and I'm sorry I didn't get to your three hundred twenty four questions but There are some were Just you know were similar But very thank you thank you also much. The holidays are coming And we are going to do. Do a I'm GonNa take a break. Peter and I are GonNa take a one week break and were Sarah Silverman's since PODCAST with me. We're going to repeat that and it's great. She's our I love. I Love Sarah so I love Sarah and it's a very sweet Interview and also very funny little sharp at times anyway. It's is giving a lesson next week and Again there you go by everybody. Please keep listening and thank you thank you. Thank you for listening here on the Al Franken podcast. Well I hope you enjoyed Listening that beautiful music is by Leo. cocky greatly uh-huh Carnegie. I WanNa thank Peter Osborne for producing. We'll talk again next week..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"There was plenty of collusion. Okay here's another Guy Brad. Win strep strap from Ohio and each just makes the same argument bit. That's what we're hearing all day. Let's let's play that the refusal to accept the election election results and later the findings of the investigation have brought forth articles of impeachment. That are negated by two simple facts namely the military aid to Ukraine was provided lightest and no investigation was ever started the real offense. Is it the president Won The election. Okay that There is again. He's is this is a two for because he's doing the Malla report determined. There was no collusion. And he's also doing Well the the aid was delivered therefore It couldn't there couldn't have been any Pressure on him because it was delivered those eleven nothing and we heard a a Lotta that the point is these guys. That's all they did. That's all they did. It was hours and hours of the Republicans. Republicans saying stuff that was easily debunked and shift needed someone. They're going like no now. There was plenty of collusion. There was plenty of collusion. An important point the collusion and just point out the bill bar is big liar. AM We should subpoena bill bar okay. Here's another thing they kept saying. Here's Steve Scalise. He's what is he's like the whip or something or is it doesn't matter was playing but this this isn't just about Donald Trump. They don't just hate Donald Trump Madam speaker. They hate to sixty three million Americans who voted for this president. Okay Okay we I. Don't you know what hate doesn't do Yanni good. It just hurts you. That's what I think but it's hard. It's hard when you watch something like this not to have feelings of hatred they they. They kept pounding this sixty three million thing when they know that Hillary got sixty six million. Here's drew Ferguson. From somewhere in the South Twenty sixteen hour along with sixty three million American voters representing three hundred and four electoral college votes went to the polls and we raised our collective political middle finger to DC. You voted for Donald Trump. How dare you the liberal elites the condescending bureaucrats and every other can of swamp critter in this godforsaken place tell the American public who the president should be? I think he was thinking that it must have been some kind of condensation going on in You know outside the Capitol Or something but anyway this was That's condescending of me isn't it. Isn't it sally mispronounced. The word I did that all the time people do that you do that. He knows what but Condensation is what do you say about this. We don't hate. We don't hate trump voters. We want them just not vote for trump. It's all but we don't hate them now. It sounds like this cracker a this guy hates the sixty six million people who voted for Hillary Clinton. We don't hate the sixty three million Americans who voted for Donald. Don't trump but he seems to hate the sixty six million people. Ironically their voted for Hillary Clinton of course. It's of course as you know. The president claimed that those were fraudulent votes all castes. Three million fraudulent votes all cast for Hillary Clinton by illegal immigrants and he had a commission he had a commission on that from the the Co back commission and they couldn't find one G. Hate these guys. Oh ooh I said it. I said it you caught me. I I met these guys those guys like that. I don't mean the sixty three million. I know many of those people. So here's the point somebody. He should've been there just pointing this out and you know what they would have just kept saying the same thing anyway. They had all just written down something they read a thing. This was supposed to be a debate but all this was pathetic. I thought You know I want to Ah just say to them at. Have you ever watched the parliament in Great Britain and they have a debate and what happens is is is somebody says something on one side and then the other side response to that and the other side response to that and they have a debate. They respond to each other and it goes somewhere it goes somewhere. This was was a travesty. I mean watching the House of Representatives here now I you know many the Democrats said great things and I think Adam Schiff has done a terrific job but my goodness why couldn't someone have just said you're saying the same things over again and they're not true and you know it and each time they did. It just pointed out. That's a guy that should have gone to or woman they. I should've gone to make sure that okay. Hit It pete or Patricia. Just just say the thing. I mean. Humiliate them humiliate people like this We're GONNA take a quick break. We'll we'll talk more impeachment after this those of you who listen to the podcast by definition you you are You know now that we often have a great guests who are doing great things For example the Maria Theresa Kumar the founder and president of Voto Latino did a wonderful show on immigration and voter suppression and after hearing her interview. A listener gave Voto Latino one hundred thousand dollars. Because voter Latino is in the trenches Registering getting with Pinos across America. Vote and Fighting Republican efforts to suppress the Latino vote. Now I'm not asking you for one hundred thousand dollars unless you've you know you've got that kind of money but please consider giving to this unbelievably great organization at www who ww dot voto Latino Dot Org. That's Voto Latino Dot Org and by the way they didn't pay for this I just wanted to do this and that way you don't have to do backslash Al Welcome back we're here with our our guest me You're doing great by the way. Thank you. Speaking of humiliation The majority leader Mitch. McConnell what I love is that this guy makes no bones about it really. He makes no bones at all all about. I'm dealing in bad faith food. That's it What you think anything I they say is on the level? Oh come on. Have you been listening my God. Okay so I WANNA do a show where the norms went went. How he got to this point I and I wanna have norm Ornstein because his name was norm to show on how we got to this place? Ace which is just crazily broken. And I don't think trump would have gotten elected if it hadn't been for Mitch McConnell because he violated so many nor the biggest one. The biggest one Merrick Garland Merrick Merrick Garland and you will remember that in order to not give a hearing during to Merrick Garland who by the way he is a consensus builder on the DC circuit and.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"It was this was supposed to be a debate and I also have a beef for the Democrats. I have a beef with Adam Schiff which is that the Republicans would say stuff that would make your your brain gene explode because it let me see. What Peter do we have Doug Collins One of the many White guys from the south making an argument that is so On disingenuous and stupid. That Eh I'll play it and then you'll then I'll scream. When they can't make their argument that the president pressure Mr Dolinsky they then attacked Mr Solanki and then say that? He was pressured when ministers Liscio numerous occasions. They said I have not been pressured. I'm not being used. I have no the call was fine. I'm not paying pressured to do anything. Then here's what the majority is saying. The majority saying Mr Dolinsky is a liar and we in this body of the Democrats are tearing down a a world leader in the eyes of those that don't like him in his own country and Russia who is attacking him. Okay here's the thing Zilenski. He is the president of Ukraine. They are relying on the United States to give them aid in fighting the Russians who are in an active war with them He. I'm sorry is just told me crazy. Uh He can't say Donald Trump president trump pressured me because he's relying I ain't going on Donald Trump for the survival of his country and a K. Hey is it. Doug Collins doesn't know that I I don't know I watched him. He's smart enough. He is smart enough. I'm going to play another guy. 'cause they repeat the shit over and over again this is Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota represents the whole state. 'cause there's no one almost no one there so we have the alleged alleged victim of quid pro quo bribery extortion. Whatever we're dealing with now today repeatedly and adamantly eminently shouting from the rooftops that he never felt pressure that he was not the victim of anything so in order for this whole thing to stick we have to believe believed presidents? Alinsky is a pathological liar. Okay I think that stupidity more than disingenuousness. I can't know for sure I cannot know for sure stupid lying Bad Faith wh Whoa what is it what is it this was the whole damn the whole damn hours and hours of this shit whenever it would get to them. They would make an argument that that on a surf at that you knew was a false argument. You know that's Alinsky relies and the fact what I mad at shift for and the Democratic site it is they should have had maybe just a point person who would get fifteen seconds and going like okay you know why Zelinski. He didn't acknowledge that he was pressure. Is because they're relying on the United States for rain and and they can't do that. You know that and you know that and why do you keep repeating it. And you're incredibly dishonest or stupid thank you and then then when they make some other stupid argument. Let's let's make another stupid argument. Let's hear the Muller reports Duff for two years. We've been told that Dan candid. Donald trump colluded with Russians. Sion's to interfere with our elections two years. Millions of dollars spent on the modern investigation. No collusion you'd think. After being that wrong Democrats outs would finally decided to work on the problems at the American people. Send us here to do. You'd be wrong again. That was fill a row of Tennessee and He probably doesn't know this he probably just heard bill bar. Say This in the press conference before the Miller report came out the they are very clear on page. Two of the report that they weren't criminally looking for collusion Uson. They had the US conspiracy. Okay and collusion is not a legal term. You can't be convicted of collusion. You can be convicted of conspiracy and it makes a difference whether you're illegal term or not for example. You're never gonNA hear the foreman of jury say your honor We find the defendant not guilty of being in cahoots on page two. It says this is page to see only had to read two pages saucer. The top of page two in evaluating whether evidence evidence about collective action of multiple individuals constituted a crime we applied the framework of conspiracy law not the concept and sapped of collusion in doing so. The office recognized that the word collude was used in communications nations with the acting. Attorney General confirming certain aspects of the investigation scope and the term has frequently been invoked in public public reporting about the investigations but collusion is not a specific offence or theory of liability found in the United States code. Pasto page to fill rocket understand PHIL ROE getting tired. You're reading the report at may be page three A. Hugh he's not a big reader. Evidently but my God so there was collusion. There was a Ladda collusion. Roger Stone Stone just got convicted on every count for essentially colluding through with Wiki wikileaks. which got its stuff from the Russians and Manafort gave you've Kalinic who was considered a part of the Russian spy network intelligence network? He gave Kalinic the internal polling of the trump campaign for the states Pennsylvania Wisconsin Michigan Chicken. That's colluding that's colluding as colluding at colluding you know is Later I'm going to read Trump's some of trump's fucking letter insane letter to Nancy Pelosi and he basically says he eats he's going into the Russian thing's a hoax the witch on hulks. And no no there were thirteen indictments of Russians Russians.
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"And destroy their education so if these children children in foster care truly are kids. How can we allow this to happen? And that argument is I think what convinced the committee. At least in Macau's Day. We got one Republican Republican. That was exciting. Yeah you can see how susceptible Republicans are you know. Tugging their heartstrings. Thanks we got one and On that on that. Let's go to foster America. This is extremely important. I got to know a lot of foster kids Because of this and to tell us what foster America does before going. Into what Foster America does it love to talk for a moment about why you should care about what happens in the child welfare system and there are three the reason I want to emphasize in that regard one is that many more kisner country involved in the child welfare system. The most people think is Ashley only one in eight kids in our country who are abused or neglected. By the time they turn eighteen to the point that a government welfare agency comes in and does investigation confirms that case. That's one eight and when that happens. State and Local Government Child Welfare agencies. Come in and they do one of two do things with these kids. The either provide them in their families with services such as therapy or in the worst cases they take the kids out of their homes and place them in foster care but even that smaller sub group of kids who were placed in foster care is much bigger than most people think so. It's actually one in seventeen kids in our country who spent part of their childhoods in foster care and by the way that number is one in nine for black children and one in seven for native American children so one of the reasons you should care that is affecting many more kids than most people think the second reason is that our country is broken. Approach to child welfare. Not only has a devastating impact on the many kids involved in the system but it's also an upstream root-cause ause of nearly every other downstream challenge in our society and the statistics. Back this up. So we know for example that upwards of seventy percents of individuals those in our juvenile justice system has spent time inner child welfare system we know that upwards of sixty percents of youth who are sex trafficked have come from foster care her and that nearly half of homeless young adults have spent time in foster care and black and a native. American children are true to three times more likely to wind up in foster care and then land on its conveyor belt to these other broken system so if you care about these downstream challenges in our society if you care about disproportionality in these downstream systems like mass incarceration you ought to care about child welfare as well do all kids who were taken from their parents they they don't all go into foster care. where else can they go? Sure so they can be adopted or they can go go into what's called legal guardianship or they could go to relatives which is actually the best case scenario based on research. We know that kids who wind up with an aunt or uncle or someone else. A kid knows and loves like a teacher or coach. Some of those kids who go to relatives or people who are like relatives like the teacher or coach are actually still categorized as foster kids when those relatives get licensed foster parents so that they can get some financial support to help them care for those kids so what. What do you do to reduce the number of kids get into the system and then what do you do to make sure sure that you're going to home where the people that are doing it for the right reasons and are going to be good good parents that we specifically typically do at Foster America is? We've recognized that. The biggest challenge is getting in the way of reducing foster care and improving foster care are actually interdisciplinary canarian nature and for too long. We've just use one tool in the toolbox and the Child Welfare System to address these challenges which has casework which is an incredibly important skill set in the field. But we actually Ashley need to bring to the table. People with a variety of different skill sets to address these big complex interdisciplinary challenges. So the way we do that is through mid career fellowship. L. A. Ship Program we go out and recruit highly talented mid career professionals from other fields. In which there are skills that are sorely needed but lacking in the child welfare system so so we recruit our fellows from four different kinds of backgrounds one from backgrounds and technology and data analytics to from backgrounds and marketing and human. I'm in center design three backgrounds and finance and finally from background strategy and operations and after we recruit these professionals from these these other sectors we place them in leadership roles for fulltime eighteen month fellowships and child welfare agencies and related public agencies across the country. So you recruit mid-career people at mid career her going like I'm mid-career. How old are you admit career like in in your late forties early fifties define it really? Broadly is that usually someone who just doesn't want to keep doing what they're doing. It's people who want to apply their skills to a public service and we tell them if you want to help literally the most vulnerable kids and field where you're irreplaceable. Come join US okay. So the data people what do they do one of the sure so about half of our fellows work on reform projects that aim to reduce the need for foster care and the other half of our fellows work on projects designed to improve foster care so to give you an example of a data and technology project within the prevention bucket. We have a fellow named Jason Coulter in Washington State and and he comes from a background in computer science and data analytics and what he is working to do is to connect data systems systems in Washington state across their Early Childhood Child Welfare and juvenile justice systems all for the purposes of prevention so for example using using this integrated data. He's helping the state figure out. How do you identify the highest risk families earlier before they reached the doorstep of foster occur And how do you then match them earlier with the right services at based on the data of similar kids who have come before them are most likely to to prevent these particular families from winding up in foster earlier. So so what you're doing is you're applying some science exactly thought to this. Yes exactly okay. That works science and thought and thought turn out to would be important. I'm writing that down because it might. It might work in other areas to give you one more example of that so little bit less wonky in the reform bucket of improving. Don't I think everybody actually understands that. I think that's exciting. I think it's cool..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Great one today for range Elizabeth drew someone who has covered three now impeachment processes Nixon Clinton and anyone except Julie Eisenhower and it'll be close did you know that connection bathroom I'm trying to think of what that would consist of a consists of three photos that my brother is a photos journalist took when he was about to get in the helicopter and he was doing vis vis yes yeah and so he took three pictures which are interesting because you see kind of what the posture of the fords are and the other people there and I think that's a great scene yeah so I got three of his pictures from that I have a letter from Elvis to Nixon that he wrote on American Airlines on the way to the White House and it is the craziest loser you ever seen it among other things he wants to be an F. B. I. Agent who got his way into the White House yes without an appointment he got into see Nixon something that he was carrying right Glunz right right right and they took guns away from him they thought he had one gun when he went into the Oval Office and he wanted to be an FBI agent because he knew the drugs culture he knew he knew them or something and and also communists he was very aware of their existence and wanted to help take them in the Oval Office brought the gun as a gift it was a gift for next Nixon to shoot them I remember once you I can't remember what this is about but I always if you're in the New Yorker read you and I think I called you up at this time this is a while back and you wrote a great piece about something then I apologized but it was long and I I remember calling up to tell you how great it was but also like yeah could you right them along you remember that you never let me forget it you're always that's how you identify me she's the one that long but they were so good you wrote the book on the Nixon impeachment I would say for anyone who wants to know all about and wants to know in riveting way about the Nixon impeachment Washington Journal Reporting Watergate Richard Nixon's downfall right it was tackler that downfall I mean and and he he deserve this today I the reason I asked you beyond one you're brilliant always been a brilliant writer to were friends but mainly because your brain ought also because you have your own the definitive work on the Nixon impeachment. But you're reporting on Clinton now you're writing on on trump right so I feel like if we're GonNa talk about this impeachment and it served moved into a different year you're the person to talk to what's impeachment for the the founders put it into the constitution because they didn't want king the fought the revolution and they want a way of holding a president to account between elections that you don't want four years or three years a lot of people think trump should go now because every day he's there he's dangerous there's something he might do so it was a way of holding the president to account they picked it right up out of English law it'd been written to hold to account the stuarts rich goes way back and they're and they're sisters and they felt that you had to be able to hold a president to account between lashes that's what it's for and gave the House the power of impeaching or conducting the indictment and conviction in the Senate and it's a very serious provisions of the Constitution and what the White House is doing is flouting the constitution that's that's very serious impeachable offense need not be a crime right and a crime need not be an impeachable exactly trump had no government experience the thing about it Nixon had been in the house in the Senate he been Vice President for eight years so he understood government he was interested in some of it not interested in other parts of it he also understood the law now he broke it but he was he was no fool he knew he knew what he was doing in a sense like when he broke the law he was aware that he's breaking okay and when they obstructed this section to a point he obeyed the Supreme Court decision he obeyed you know he being the obeyed subpoenas it was not like this all out black hey we will not even let you do your process which is which is huge I mean people are sort of gossiping about it's I think it's a constitutional crisis simply because they're just stonewalling to the nth degree Ah yes opposed to even Nixon his own people go up and testify his whole White House staff testified before Sam Ervin and they they didn't keep anybody for testifying were they still staff when Lewis right so Haldeman Ehrlichman testified yes and they were still st John Dean was a staffer thinking was at that point couldn't have been I remember when Nixon let go of all the Manera oh he cried he cried you know he he he was always calling US staff to see how he had done how they thought he had done and he made the speech thing this breaks my heart label that I have to let them go and he call after it says how did I do okay wasn't a people person he wasn't the people and yet he was not yeah I just writing about how did I do the speech where I talk about firing you exactly because he's such a liability they can't possibly keep you around how did I do to stay in myself you see yeah and that it didn't happen because he had violated law on the drive to stop them from hearing the tapes and now you've said to me that the tape wasn't it right the by the time this tape was discovered towards those little pieces little excerpts of tapes that they had tried to hold back because it showed him ordering a cover up of having the CIA call the FBI and say you're jeopardizing national security always say that they're trying to keep some sure from from doing something and that was the last Straw for a lot of senators I think mainly the House Judiciary committee which was very well run unlike the current one had already voted three articles of impeachment and it was known that they were GonNa go through the house so he was already in very deep trouble and what that little piece of tape did people were you know they they talk about looking for the king gun and I called it looking for the smoking gun into room full of smoke I mean obviously something quite wrong had happened but we are now A- although I think we found a smoking gun smoke in front of the White House I've never had anything like this he said what he did you talk about China John and Ukraine he talked about Ukraine and he said yes I thought that they should help us we were helping them they should help us yes so what he wants do is make the smoking gun to his supporters not smoking what's wrong with that why and I asked him to help me out you know in fact he was sem help amount to bloody and prominent political apart that's that's that's problematic it's actually illegal ask Zilenski to walk on Fifth Avenue so he could shoot him that's right that would have been better he was the retirement the president of Ukraine and he's he's a he's a comedian of all things yes and producer but I thought I think that's not a good idea of what about public life that Watergate sure and one of them is about cover up the original cover up yes we're talking about the cover up the break in or are we talking about the Aranda of cover up of all the other stuff us doing well that's the way he had these goons called the plumbers right and what save the country they were they were total Claude's I mean they messed up everything I love the word goons by the way it's one of my favorite words underused definitely goons this should make happy and you can read about the goons when you read the book they messed up everything they did and actually the when they got into the Democratic National Committee headquarters here's the thing this was the first time they tried to get in people know that they went in once held stage to dinner in the Watergate Hotel so they'd be in the building and then they were going to go up to the DNC headquarters sometimes they ended up locked in a closet don't ask me how but they got locked y you eighty eight how did you get me into this that's right up to the headquarters and they didn't have the right thing to pick the lock so one of the Martinez these were Bay of Pigs veterans and Nixon told him that he'd brought them up to hun out communists you see because they've been against Castro they were trying to overthrow Castro in Yuba Martinez went down to Florida to get the right equipment to get in to the DNC headquarters they got in over the Memorial Day weekend they actually were in there before the time that they were caught what messed it up they put the tap on the wrong phone and they took pictures that were all blurred and it said one of the two ex CIA guys who running them he took the material to John Mitchell who was then running something called creep ready to reelect the president why do that why would you go I that's spells creep leave it maybe had a spell anyway Dan Mitchell is alleged to have said well that's junk I doubt that that's the word he used but you go back in and straighten this out and that's the time they went in and got caught but it was their force attempt now but what the cover was really about Nixon listen keep us Cain with his buddy beer bozo liked him because he didn't talk so they would sit there and silence on the friend's boat and do nothing anyway he came back three days later he was talking to Haldeman and and I noticed in the transcript Nixon said well about the plumbers plumbers it's that other stuff they were doing other stuff. I'm worried well this is this is really really important this is where Nixon the lawyer was smarter than most people he we had duke he was very good he could have gone to Harvard when he couldn't have parents couldn't afford the good gun harvard tossed Kennedy's like the Kennedys but they born with a silver spoon in I'm sorry was with.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hi, this is Al Franken. I have a new podcast and it's great. But don't take my word for it. Alexa. What's your favorite podcast, the Al Franken podcast? It's informative and very funny. Well, I try to entertain while talking about serious issue here. I am with Maria Theresa Kamar Voto Latino talking about voter suppression in Texas. Right. They have voter ID but you can't use your college. You can use your gun licence ide-, but I can't show my idea that I'm getting educated by the Texas university system to prove that I should be voter now to some people that seems odd. Well, it is odd. But you know, gun can be deadly. So it's a big responsibility. Your mind can be deadly. If you're actually well informed while the Yuna bomber with the Harry, thanks for. I'm on Al. But then Maria Teresa got very serious. I spoke to one of the volunteers, and he was describing to me, a little boy from Guatemala. He was eight years old that he was being housed in one of these, these shelters. And I said, well, what was striking about him? He said, well, he wanted to know if there were coffee plantations, because he picks really, well Al he was eight years old. He came here to work that was very moving Alexa. Unfortunately, the only emotion that I can feel is regret. Well, let's lighten it up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kurtzer. Here's how I introduced her Nancy gertner is a professor of law at the Harvard Law School. She got that job because she is one hundred percent oschkenat's e ju. I get it. That's a reference to Elizabeth Warren and her mishandling of the whole Indian thing. Exactly. Now, here's girder Tuban on the federalist society. I'm persuaded that these guys are tracked their watch their invited to federalist society. We now have heard about people are looked at in law schools, and who would who they're clerking for an in addition, what's scary is that they knew they were being monitored. I'm persuaded. I looked at some of the concurring opinions of Kavanagh, for example, that who he was talking to was perfectly clear addition. He was auditioning, I loved your interview with author, Michael Lewis about the incompetent lowlifes in the Trump administration. Trump comes in without having any interest in running this, the government he's supposed to be running, and he has no mission really. And who's going to turn up to work for that administration, who's gonna find their way into these nooks and crannies of the federal government that are incredibly important to be man. Well, it's gonna be people who've got some narrow interest in it. My first podcast was on healthcare. That was my favorite. Why is that Amazon doesn't provide insurance for their warehouse workers or for me? Our guest was anti Slavic. He was bombed head of Medicare and Medicaid I-, anti that's eight. I've heard this referred to as a trillion dollar agency. That's right. So my question is this any has there been any evidence that the Trump family has been skimming little off the top, I have not seen any evidence. Okay. You know, you don't hear a lot of good news about the trumps. And so no one can say, I'm not fair here. That was very fair that made me laugh. So we're not talking about things that it's coming. Nice for people to have we're taking things that people if they didn't have they would die. That's the reality that Americans face. So they have no choice but to get their insulin or to get their blood pressure medication or to get there. Mm pen, the number one call to the American Cancer Society line is the following and American, the president of the American Cancer side. He related this to me. I can't afford to have cancer. And indeed within two years of a cancer. Diagnosis. Four out of ten people have depleted their life savings. I want to laugh again. Well, let's lighten up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kerner Alexa, I just told you what's wrong with you. I am very drunk, the sensor interesting. We talked about the marriage equality as one of the reasons Democrats are kind of satisfied with the supreme court, I thought Scully as descent, and that was very gay. Okay. Let's finally, what, what I didn't even know where to start. It's your show. It's like you wanna if you wanna use that on CNN. My husband and kids love Dana Carvey, Trump impression. Wait. You have a husband and kids. Yes. Little brendan. Love Dana Trump impression because it was about how insane he is. He has the craziest ADD repeating words odd bizarre. You're going to be happy. You're asking excuse me. Maybe interruption selves, gives me many. People say you're going to be happy, you're asking me. Oh, you're going to be happy. You're going to be happy. Happy like it wouldn't believe you could be so happy. I just never heard anyone really like that. And it's fascinate shouldn't we end with something more inspiring? Well, how about this from conservative, author, David Frum? So democracy is retreating a little bit around the world. Right. When that happens, we have to get the thing. I keep telling audiences talk about this is it's alarming, but also be grateful to live at a time when your country needs you. Amen. How I hope you can make us be good difference with this pod. Cast as you didn't send it. Yeah. I recognize that emotion as regret. Alexa, just play the damn music. Scribe to the Al Franken podcast by going to apple podcasts, or anywhere, you get your on demand audio music, provided by the wonderful Leo cocky, any opinions expressed, by me are not necessarily those Amazon or Jeff Bezos who want to be ashamed of himself. Now Alexa, that was a joke L as far as I'm concerned, Jeff Bezos can do wrong.