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Opinion: The Phoenix Suns Are Old School, and I Like It
"Like three point. Shots i understand. We all have to evolve and adapt but the phoenix suns are a little old school built through the draft. Lot of mid range. They they played almost all the games. Everybody's kinda got a define role. Their big dozen shoot threes. Their point guard chris. Paul is not a shooting point guard. Like i'd like phoenix. They feel like when you play. They feel like twelve years ago and allah lot of times. We talked position. Let's basketball but i like positions. I like guys to know what they do. That's what i see when i see phoenix. What do you see. The sons agree with you. Know i own assay reach out to james jones. He was not rookie in indiana back in the day so think we told him well and you know how to structure with monty williams being the oldest school players who kind of the dna like those two guys right. You know You know when we came up to your point. Twelve fifteen years ago. It was all about people being specialists in certain positions and certain things. And that's how you knew night in and night out which you get from certain guys right right now. The game has changed. So much was position as basketball. You don't know what you're gonna get so you don't. You don't know what you're going to get. You're gonna get a lot of inconsistencies in different things like that. So it's a good thing to see kind of old school basketball. I mean they obviously still should the three a lot. That's obviously something more of the new generation. But you know. I really love watched love watching them play because you know everybody brings it. Every night. they played really really hard. And i think that when you play hard you know good thing happened
Boston Celtics Trade Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City Thunder
"And an NBA trade of note Today, Kimber walkers sent From Boston to a okay. See with the number one pick for Al Horford. Moses Brown in a second round pick. Okay, see, taking the remainder of Walker's exorbitant
Celtics Send Kemba Walker, 16th Pick to Thunder for Horford
"Report. A big trade in the NBA. The Boston Celtics are trading Kemba Walker and this year's number 16 overall draft pick and a 2025 2nd round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package that includes Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 2nd round pick. Okay. See now has three first round picks in this year's
Grandal's Single in 10th Gives White Sox 8-7 Win Over Rays
"The white Sox have won a series matchup of AL division leaders but it took extra innings to accomplish it the white Sox pulled out an eight seven win over the rays behind yes money growing dollars game ending single in the tenth Jose Abreu hit his twelfth Homer of the season for the white Sox who squandered a seven to lead before winning for the tenth time in their last thirteen games Ranbir worked a scoreless tenth to get the win yeah they D. as in Mike Zunino homered for the rays Tampa Bay took the series opener before dropping the next two I'm Dave very
AG Merrick Garland Saying What Vladimir Putin Wants Him to Say
"To an unclassified summary of the March intelligence assessment, the two most lethal elements of the domestic violence extremist threat. Are racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists and militia violent extremists. In the FBI's view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated, violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race. That's the top domestic threat. White supremacists. Is it a threat? Absolutely. That's the top threat. Not Chinese propaganda and infiltrating our universities. Not homegrown terrorists with Al Qaeda or radical of Islamism. Ideology is not to that. Now that's not the top threat. The top threat is a mass outbreak of white supremacist groups around the nation. Do you have any evidence? Actually back that up? You don't find it odd the same thing. Putin wants him to say he's saying because Putin himself has recognized that their street chaos in the United States because of inflamed racial divisions, done primarily by American liberals. Demands of murderous strongman. He's giving lectures on how is this Is this real? Lectures on street safety in the United States. Is this a bad joke?
Episode 34: When Is It Time To Leave Your Bully Church? Pastor Al Descheneau Part Two - burst 01
"Essentially what happened was i was in. I have this phrase that i keep using which is not in the bible some no and so the whenever someone would come to me and they'd come be with a brilliant idea that was against the bible. I would say no. That's not what the bible says. No and so. I pretty jumpings go. Forgive people when you're not supposed to come to worship service and church if you're having forgiven someone if you know someone's against you go deal with them and then you come to church again things like that and it people starting to a little bit rankled and so the there was a couple of women that started hate my guts because the people that were coming in the new people that were coming in that the things that were happening in the church they were losing control of what was happening in the church because now there were some new people that were coming to new ideas were forming. I the the the board getting excited about the future. And changing himself in so they started getting upset and so they launched a an attack against me accusing me of everything under the sun and
Rays Ace Glasnow Has Elbow Tear, No Surgery for Now
"The rates charged to the AL east title has taken a severe hit following a serious injury to Tyler Glasnow an MRI showed glass no had a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and also a flexor strain putting the remainder of his season in doubt Glasson said he won't have surgery for now but he missed the rest of the season and at least most of the next if you elect to have Tommy John surgery glass that was tied for the most arts in the majors with fourteen he's also five in two with a two point six six ERA striking out one hundred twenty three in eighty eight innings I'm Dave Ferrie
Marking the 5th Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Shooting
"Closed in a county will disappear. Memorials are planned for today in Orlando. It's the fifth anniversary of the pulse nightclub shooting at the time. It was the deadliest in American history. Amanda Alvie are recording gunshots on her phone surveillance video showing clubgoers at pulse puddle together in the dark in the bathroom. Police say the gunman Omar Mateen, 29, years old and a 911 call shortly after the shooting, began, swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic state, Abu Bakar al Baghdadi, and said the recent US killing of it ISIS leader triggered the shooting after a three hour standoff. Police shot to death Martine A total of 49
Ultimate Summer Pasta Salad Recipe
"Is my recipe for penny pasta with corn shrimp and avocado. So you're going to take one and a half cups of penny pasta. Penne pasta works really well with this. You know pasta. There's lots of different shapes. Obviously but penny works really well with this one pound of fresh shrimp cleaned one half of an avocado one cup of fresh corn. No if you can't get fresh frozen we'll do but fresh is available now so check it out. And if you're anywhere near pennsylvania check out our delicious fresh pennsylvania corn three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil one fresh lemon one clip of garlic parsley taste. So just about a small handful of fresh parsley. You're going to chop that up now. This ingredient is optional. A quarter cup of dry white wine. Salt to taste peppered its haste You're going to boil the water for the pasta when the water comes to a rolling boil at the pasta and cook it according to the directions on the box. I always tell everyone when you're buying dry pasta. Usually the the company that makes it knows exactly how many minutes that pasta should cook to be al dente. Of course you have to taste because not everyone's Electric ranges or gas ranges. Or whatever you using to cook this on are all the same so you know even though it gives you a time to cook the pasta. Make sure you taste the pasta before you take it out of the water but the pasta should be al dente. Cut the avocado into small cubes and place it in a dish. Of course you're going to appeal the avocado and take out the nut in the middle. Then you're going to cut it into small cubes. Place it in the dish. The lemon juice is squeezed. That on top of the avocado does not get brown. You're going to set that aside. Clean the shrimp plays two tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan and Heat that then. You're going to place in the shrimp that has been puled in clean and saute for one minute. I'd in the white wine saute that for about four minutes you know not too long because shrimp can get rubbery and until all the liquid has just about evaporated. You're going to remove that from the heat and set that aside. Drain your pasta. By this time. The pasta should be done. Drain the pasta. Well at the pasta into the saute pan with shrimp ad in the avocado cubes. The fresh corn another tablespoon of olive oil. And you're going to toss and serve this immediately while it's still warm
The Center's Ben Bennett on the Beauty Brand Incubator Space
"I'm fascinated by the beauty brand incubator space. And you know it's something that you know you heard about your murmurings about but until you're actually in the industry. I don't think you really understand the nuts and bolts of it and i think it's so surprising you know what i if i was someone. Layperson wasn't in the industry to hear that like a j air. Unilever gap is hiring an outside agency to do all of us for them so for you. You know when you were getting these calls and getting approached. She know develop brand new brands. And have say at these major conglomerates. What was that like for you. I mean it kind of takes the veil off a bit about what companies are really doing themselves and what they are right. Yeah i think if you're not in the industry it is it is surprising. You know if If you were if we had you know executives from laurie al or or unilever here you know on our on our in our conversation today. I think they would tell you that they know what they do. Well and they know what they don't do well and incubating a new brand or developing a new brand is is challenging. You know it some when you think about the machine of large. Cpt accompany at the the processes and the the strategy that is put into to globalizing a brand and really And turning it into a household brand. It's a different dna then Then the kind of young scrappy risk you have to take to to try something new and the willingness to to be
Brock Holt's Walk-off Single Caps Rangers' Come-From-Behind Win Over Giants
"Brock Holt delivered a game ending single in the bottom of the eleventh to give the Rangers a four three win over the giants Texas trailed in the ninth and tenth innings before hold became a hero to be down and to fight back in and put together some good at bats and you know to to get back into the game late and ended up when it so that's as a big one for us one pitcher Brett Martin wasn't charged with a run while working the last two innings semi long struck out seven over four innings in an impressive major league debut for the giants Jason Fidler Chadwick Tromp hit back to back homers off AL ERA leader Kyle Gibson I'm Dave Ferrie
Manaea, A's Hand D-Backs 19th Straight Road Loss, 4-0
"Arizona absorbed its nineteenth straight road loss and seventh in a row overall a shaman I worked six innings of two hit ball in the athletics for nothing shut out of the Diamondbacks nominee any work today that's for sure you know was really in an easy out truck the whole game and yes Sir certain point I was just kind of you know just just throw it in you know hopefully they don't soften offer they just you know make contact some apartment I extended his scoreless streak to fifteen innings and went ahead on mark and his two run triple in the second inning Jed Lowrie finished with three hits and an RBI as the AL west leaders won for the sixth time in seven games I'm Dave very
Battlefield 2042 Won't Have a Campaign
"The next battlefield is coming. This fall in appears to be bringing plenty of mayhem and event today. Be revealed battlefields. Twenty forty to the latest entry in devices long-running shooter series for the xbox one series x ps four ps five through origin steam and the epic game store among other changes to the formula. The game will introduce new tornadoes that move around the map wing so players can fly around and weapons. That can be customized on the fly in battlefield. Twenty forty to the world on the brink shortages of food energy and clean water led to dozens of failed nations creating the creating the greatest refugee crisis and human history among these non patriot. Our families farmers engineers and even soldiers miss the crisis. The united states and russia draw the world into an all out war. No pass specialists join both sides not fighting for a flag but for the future of the non patriot in this new world and quote twenty forty. Two new maps reflect bleak setup. They included map set in the arctic. Where players fight over oil version of doha besieged by saint saint storms. Like something from mad. Max drive seabed in india filled with the remains of stranded ships and a gleaming south korean metropolis where players have to seize control of a quantum powered. Disinformation hub and quote dynamic. Events appear to be a big focus. One map takes place amid a rocket preparing to launch into into space die. Says the maps have been built with next gen hardware in mind in the biggest change appears to be the sheer number of players in the main mode. All out warfare matches will feature one hundred twenty eight players if you're planning on the s five or xbox series x for older consoles that number will shrink down to a more standard sixty four outside of that mode twenty forty you will also have a squad base mode called hazard zone which stresses will not be a battery al as well as third yet to be announced multiplayer mode. The game won't feature traditional single player campaign when two thousand forty two does launch later this year. Ea says that will act as a live servers. Game with seasonal battle passes both free and paid. They'll push the narrative of the world forward as well as add new features battlefield. Twenty forty two launches on october twenty. Second
Manchin Meets With DC Civil Rights Leaders After Rejecting Voting Bill
"Centrist Senator Mansion will meet with civil rights leaders in D. C. Today meeting with the Reverend Al Sharpton and the head of the National Urban League. They'll discuss mansions opposition to the
Yarbrough Gets Rays 1st Complete Game in 5 Years, Tops Yanks
"Ryan Yarbrough tossed the race first complete game in more than five years leading a nine two rather the Yankees Yarborough hadn't won a start since August two thousand nineteen serving as an opener much of that time he scattered six hits while fanning six with no walks helping the AL east leaders move for a half game ahead of New York Austin meadows homered and drove in five is Tampa Bay improved to ten and three in the Bronx since the start of last season meadows homered three times in the series Gerrit Cole was tagged for five runs over five innings the Yankees have now lost seven of their last ten I'm Dave very
Biden Knowingly Lying and Putting Americans at Risk of International Terrorism
"Huge, huge field. Because having been a former federal agent myself when the president says something, it becomes a national priority. At national priority determines the allocation of resource is so if you happen to be an FBI agent in some counterterrorism section, and you air quotes mistakenly believed that we should be investigating Al Qaeda and Isis, Isis, and now you've been told that you should subordinate that investigation. Two investigations of white supremacist you can't seem to find then you're gonna waste a whole lot of time hardship, while Isis and Al Qaeda are laughing all the way to their next terror attack. This isn't some throwaway line to garner a few extra votes. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the President. United States knowingly lying about the level of threat. Listen, are there white supremacist groups like that could be a threat to the United States? Yes. Is that threat Greater than Al Qaeda and Isis having been a federal agent for 12 years on Lee, if you're a Nimbus, ill. There is no chance that those threats are commensurate one another zero. Why is he saying it? Well, because he's a leftist. Then they lie, but even lying left this usually have to manipulate some statistics to get to where they want to go. They always do that.
Russian Opposition Activists Set for Court Amid Crackdown
"Mm hmm. Now in moves that indicator further crack down on any opposition to President Putin. Russia's upper house of parliament has approved a law that bans members of what it deemed extremist organizations. From standing in elections. A new law will, in effect bar many of President Putin's critics from running in legislative elections in September. Let's go to Moscow and speak to our correspondent Steve Rosenberg. Steve tell us who is being talked about here. Who are these so called extremists. We're talking about extremist or terrorist organizations according to changes to the electoral law. So if you look at the official list off terrorist and extremist organizations in Russia, it includes groups such as al Qaida on Isis, so no surprise there. The electoral law is not being amended because of those groups. It is clearly being changed to make it harder for supporters of opposition leader Alexander finally to run for office this autumn in the parliamentary election. Don't forget that a Russian court is considering at the moment whether to label Mr Levine is political political network, an extremist organization. In fact, one federal list in Russia has already labeled it extremist. So if, as expected, the court goes ahead. Designates Alexander won. His network is movement azi extremists that will be used almost
Gaza Strip: The Untold Story Behind the Horror
"We're discussing was in everybody's hot. Palestine throughout ramadan tensions were rising palestinians were being restricted in exiting mustard alexa. The third holiest site muslims. Meanwhile israeli settlers were forcibly removing palestinians from their homes in jarrah in east jerusalem on the twenty seventh nineteen ramadan. The holiest night in the holiest month. Israeli troops storm to mustard alexa third-holiest site for muslims while announcing billions were in frustration. Praying to god in the most vulnerable positions alexa on their worshippers. Were attacked using tear-gas gun quarter rubber-coated bullets and shot grenades since then after seven days of bombardment at least two hundred thirty. Two palestinians have lost their lives including sixty five children. One thousand civilians have been injured. Nine hundred thousand displaced on the israeli side at the time of recording this podcast twelve people including two children have died. Although these rarely government has now declared a ceasefire effective in the early hours of this morning documentation continues undecided. However tensions are already rising again. I mean. we don't even know if sweden is going to be able to join the call today a couple of days ago we had this podcast sheduled witness in and she was a nine and then after a few minutes she disappeared and it was radio silent. We didn't hear back from her and tasanai couldn't sleep a wink that night worrying wondering if she was okay and what happened to a hamdala. The next day received a message that the internet connection had been very bad since the beginning of the israeli aggression and in our own world. She said it was due to the israeli fighter. Jets that kept bombing the signal towers affecting her to a good internet network on top of all this where also witnessing so much injustice from the attack to the media whitewashing and the blanket statement of silence or indifference from the world. does it's just disheartening to say the least in. And if he's a really is media bias. I mean they just kept justifying the attacks by saying hamas attacking rockets masa inside buildings and i kept thinking of the old man in gaza with a placard that read you. Take my water ben. My olive trees destroy my house. Take my job still. My land imprison my father killed. My mother bombard my country stall vessel. Humiliate us all i am to blame. I shot a rock back yet. That really really puts it into context and inter perspective.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"I don't know how many of you heard mitch mcconnell's speech lately after Senate republicans glib himself voted to acquit former president trump. It was quite a speech in which he really took the former president task and they played some excerpts from it on the cable news and sunday shows. But i think it's worth listening to the whole speech To get the full full power of it. And i'm gonna give you the opportunity right now here. Everything that minority leader mcconnell said on saturday after that historic jammer sex was described morrocans citizens attack this capital arm. Everything from hawker six flagpoles cruel slugger from my home state of kentucky goal hunting down the speaker of the house putting a bullet in her head. String up last president. Not saying they did this because they've been fed. Well falsehoods president trump. Ted cruz off ron johnson. Josh hawley lindsey. Graham people have absolutely no control overalls number of freshmen. Sirs none of whom i've ever met personally attacker or carrying out liberally. We person wishers. They would not have stopped. Upon blowing speaker pelosi's brands out lynching my pants on their crude homemade gallows watching his legs twitched violently to life drained out over his body. Now make no mistake. This mob comprised a sizable part of our participation and they would not have been satisfied until ever democrat member in both chambers of this. Our body been tortured and kill and dismember. And what was president. Trump's racks chat and the overall speed up on the resolute desk watching tv scarfing. Scarfing down karma is popcorn and relishing. Every act of violence committed on his behalf. By all accounts he was giddy five year old girl on personal motor now. Oh this was absolutely foreseeable. Everyone recognize the consequences. The wild miss relating. Senator cruz johnson. Hold the others who've been joined by more than one hundred four rebublican nut.
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"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"It makes it tougher. you know. Biden's inaugural address focused significantly at different times on the challenges that we have with systemic racism. And he used the term systemic racism and he talked about bringing everybody together and it was striking to see that on fox and some of these other places. They said he used divisive language. The divisive language was because he talked about race of because from their perspective anything that talks about racial inequities about systemic. Racism is divisive. Because they don't like it and we know from a lot of our public opinion studies where votes were less about economic insecurity directly and had that racial component white working class americans in a lot of cases. Don't like the idea that They may be losing their position in society. Not just losing their jobs. And that's a challenge. Boy a big one. And thank goodness we've gone from a president who openly tried to instigate more racial division divide and talked about people who were racist as of being very fine and A president who's going to do everything he can to try and reduce those tensions and create a different society. That's a huge challenge. It's been there of course since the beginning part of that is your status in society. There's a gag tension in in our society. Were a lot of people who used to feel that being in their community and being someone in their community being good person in that that's where they got their status and Are feeling because of a lot of different things that our society may have nothing to do with race but have to do with just the way we live an economics are making people feel really like they've lost just their status. And i think that's more sociological fact. And but i think it's informing part of this This insecurity and this anger that sometimes finds its way into just ignorant racism. I'm saying something i think is maybe above my pay grade in terms of sociology. But i i think. I'm right and Yeah i did watch a little fox and they did bridal at And did say it was divisive to talk about stem ick racism and talk about white supremacy but those exists. Those are big problem and we just thought the storming of the capital. that was. i mean if you're wearing a camp auschwitz.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
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"Died from the pandemic and reaching out to their families as well That's was an extraordinary thing to do. Yeah i mean. He inherits the white house At time of amazing crisis So many and Ron clean is chief-of-staff sent this memo to the senior staff. Last week saying that they had to deal immediately with four crises. The pandemic itself the economic crisis that followed from it as well as a dealing with the crisis of Racial equity and You know there's so much more that we have to deal with now and just digging out from the mess left by trump the climate crisis that he's now addressed by rejoining the paris accords. And your dear friend ted cruz who has tweeted. That biden cares more for the people of paris than he does for the people of pittsburgh which reflects two things the first is that he's an ignoramus county about paris. The second that the guy who supported taking away all the votes from the people of pittsburgh is now expressing. concern for the people of pittsburgh So we know that there's going to be a whole lot of opposition From republicans to dealing as he would like to with all of these four crises of but he's got to grapple with those as well as the crisis of democracy itself and figuring out how you can govern because there's a governing crisis. Now we know that. Mitch mcconnell the minority leader at this point but With sixty votes needed for the organizing resolution for this hundred seventeenth. Congress is demanding that There'd be guarantee of no change in the filibuster before he will agree to organize and let chuck schumer be the majority leader and set. The agenda says no change to the filibuster. What does he mean. Because it's fifty fifty. There's no chance with mansion was cinema with the that we're going to change the filibuster from fifty. But there's lots of things you can do that. You and i have discussed for years for example Making the republicans come up with forty one votes As opposed to making the majority come up with sixty to stop debate. What is mcconnell mean by. No change I think mcconnell means no change he wants to have the ability to filibuster everything which is of course the tactic that he and the republicans used with barack obama as president that worked like a charm for them in de legitimizing and blocking and getting seats in the house in two thousand and ten and then winning the senate in two thousand and fourteen. And you know you're wait a minute. Here's the thing though what we have. We have the maturity to just go. Oh i see you're demanding that okay match. Now we have the majority no how about making them have forty one votes. In order to continue a filibuster what schumer cannot do is agreed to any rigid demands. By mcconnell. there are as you pointed out. Several people who will oppose ending the filibuster rule eliminating rule twenty two as it exists but not necessarily oppose changing the rule to make it fit more with the whole notion of what filibuster is supposed to be about which is a burden on the minority if they believe strongly about something that they're willing to put themselves on the line to keep the majority from prevailing and as we have talked about many times right now the burdens on the majority the majority has to get sixty votes there and that means sometimes as we saw in the past dragging in and infirm or hospitalized member of the senate to get it to sixty. They did that with Robert byrd a member him being wheeled in yeah and his arm in the air finger sank..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Everybody we have a great one. Today you know for change Norm ornstein not so much for change. We've had norm Quite a bit But he's the perfect man and woman. Well he's the perfect person. How am i doing so far norm. So far the He's he's the perfect person to have on the day. After the inauguration norm is been with the american enterprise institute for several decades. Now i think the the longest surviving member of the american enterprise and suzanne. Norm i am. I am now as of january one and emeritus their meaning. I'm still there but not in the same form and when i say surviving. I don't mean anyone who's been there dead. I just meant not part of a is still. That's that's you know. There are multiple meanings for the word survivor. Okay well you are a survivor. Yes and Certainly joe biden is has not just survived but has attained his goal at. I think at a very good time in our nation's history to have joe biden someone with tremendous Knowledge of the how the federal government works and Someone who is not fdr buddies. Joe biden and joe biden has always tried to be in a arm for his entire career You know i met biden right. After he came to the senate in nineteen seventy three. I was a young academic. And i was writing a book on the senate and i tried to get in to see a number of senators With not an easy thing to do. But i was told i could have fifteen minutes with joe biden and i went into his office and came out and hour and a half later and get a word in and then he said come back tomorrow. I how and you know even back. Then he was remarkably open and candid about the trauma that he had gone through that he almost didn't go into the senate elected at age. Twenty nine and before he got sworn in his wife and Infant daughter killed in this horrific car. Crash is two young sons in the hospital for months thereafter but how he was really sort of pushed by mike mansfield than the majority leader and others. And you know what it meant to go into the senate. I got to know him and i spent a little time with him when he was in. The senate and i was there in meetings. You know maybe six o'clock in the evening or five o'clock when the real business started to get done in the senate and all the socializing that sort of got you into a position where you would have more power and he would just get up and say i'm Catching the train back home. I gotta be with the kids or sometimes it was beau has a soccer match and i'm going back for that so he sacrificed a lot for family. And there's just an enormous level of empathy there. That's the it's real. He's the right person in the right place At the right time for this hour struck with The night before the evening before the inaugural how they did the ceremony to agreed for the four hundred thousand dive kovic. He wasn't president yet. Down trump was still president and it was so stark that trump had been president all this time and had not once done anything like that not only did we see this beautiful and heart wrenching ceremony on the nineteenth but that biden in his inaugural address took a moment of silence. For the four hundred thousand. It's actually probably more like five thousand..
"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
"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..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"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.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"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.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"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.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"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
"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.