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Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.

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    • Society & Culture

Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.

    Isabel Wilkerson on the Caste Systems That We Currently Live In

    Isabel Wilkerson on the Caste Systems That We Currently Live In

    Larry is joined by author Isabel Wilkerson to talk about her new book, ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.’ They talk about what it was like to have her book selected for Oprah’s Book Club (7:13), the differences between “class” and “caste” (21:01), and how going to India influenced her book (32:40).

    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: Isabel Wilkerson

    • 54 min
    Bill Simmons on the Return of the NBA

    Bill Simmons on the Return of the NBA

    Larry is joined by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss social activism within the NBA bubble (13:21), the history of racism in the league and era-defining players (38:38), and what a championship means in this unorthodox season (41:43).

    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: Bill Simmons

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Al Roker on Broadcasting From Home and What He Has Learned From Over 40 Years in the Industry

    Al Roker on Broadcasting From Home and What He Has Learned From Over 40 Years in the Industry

    Larry is joined by Al Roker, weather and feature anchor for ‘Today’ and cohost for the third hour of ‘Today,’ to discuss working from home with another TV star in the house (14:19), Roker’s more than 40-year career (23:20), and some of the “Al-truisms” in his latest book, ‘You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success’ (32:47).
    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: Al Roker
    Check out ‘You Look So Much Better in Person’ here.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Don Cheadle on Over 30 Years of Acting, Producing, and Activism

    Don Cheadle on Over 30 Years of Acting, Producing, and Activism

    Larry is joined by actor Don Cheadle to discuss his come-up as a Black actor in the ’90s (9:18), the electricity of his most recent project, ‘Black Monday’ (32:50), and how celebrities can most effectively use their platforms for activism (43:10).

    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: Don Cheadle

    • 54 min
    Remembering Comedic Legend Carl Reiner, 1922–2020

    Remembering Comedic Legend Carl Reiner, 1922–2020

    Larry reflects on the influence of actor, director, and writer Carl Reiner, who died on Tuesday. Then, we resurface Larry’s interview with Reiner from November 2017, when he reflected on his long career in Hollywood (11:12).

    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: Carl Reiner

    • 1 hr
    James McBride on Covering Music Legends and the Power of Fiction Writing

    James McBride on Covering Music Legends and the Power of Fiction Writing

    Larry weighs in on the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. Then, author James McBride joins the show to talk about covering music legends like Michael Jackson and James Brown (11:47), why he made the switch from journalism to fiction writing (41:54), and his new book, 'Deacon King Kong' (45:10).

    Host: Larry Wilmore
    Guest: James McBride

    Check out 'Deacon King Kong' here.

    • 1 hr

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