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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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

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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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You rock, keep up the great work on your podcast.

Miss you

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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Latest release on Mar 19, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Bill Simmons Talks Politics, Conspiracies, and Legacies | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 47)

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Larry Wilmore sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss a wide range of topics including the legacy of black sitcoms (5:00), the JFK and moon landing conspiracy theories (19:00), President Trump’s behavior, and *the long-term legacies of LeBron James and other athletes (56:00).

Aug 09 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: A Mailbag With Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson on Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry and ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Bill Simmons to answer some mailbag questions, including why Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race (5:47) and what he wishes he had known when he started writing (31:44). Then, Larry sits down with the executive vice president of programming and production at AMC, Pete Aronson, to talk about how he got his start in the industry (39:46), and Larry tells the story of why he got let go from ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ (1:24:36).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guests: Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson

Dec 05 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #3: A Conversation About the Conservative Movement and Politics With Ben Shapiro | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore sits down with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to talk about how he got his start in politics, the creation of the Moral Majority, and the division between religion and government.


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Ben Shapiro

Jun 13 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #4: Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)

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Larry Wilmore reacts to Bill Cosby’s first public interview in two years before breaking down Trump’s 3 degrees of lying (1:20). Later he chats with Senator Bernie Sanders about the state of the Democratic Party and increasing political divide and polarization happening in America (14:00).

May 18 2017

49mins

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Rank #5: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)

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Larry answers tweets and catches up on some of Trump’s latest antics, from giving the Pope a set of books by Martin Luther King Jr. to the Melania hand-holding gaf (0:30). Then Larry is joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the concept of "sounding black" (18:00), why astrophysics is his calling (24:00) and the science of cute toys (48:00).

May 25 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: Bill Simmons on LeBron’s Legacy, Mental Illness in the NBA, and ‘Leaving Neverland’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons joins to talk about LeBron on the Lakers (1:42), loneliness in the NBA (29:05), and how the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ is going to affect Michael Jackson’s legacy (45:40).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Bill Simmons

Mar 07 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Breaking Down the Jussie Smollett Case With Van Lathan | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 60)

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TMZ’s Van Lathan joins Larry Wilmore to talk about the latest developments in the Jussie Smollett case, including his initial story (23:05), his possible motivations for allegedly lying about the incident (44:45), and the consequences of reporting a false attack (53:54).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Van Lathan

Feb 21 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #8: Jake Tapper on Idealizing Our Political Past and Improving Our Political Future | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 38)

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Larry Wilmore weighs in on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and President Donald Trump’s latest antics (1:00). Then, he is joined by CNN's chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper to dive deep into political history (12:37), the role of a journalist in our current climate (30:45), and the Twitterization of politics (40:14).

May 10 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #9: Gabrielle Union Doesn’t Hold Back | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 39)

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Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events including the Yanny-versus-Laurel debate (1:00) before chatting with actress Gabrielle Union about everything from returning to the big screen to personal stories from her book and the #MeToo movement (11:30).

May 17 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Understanding Racial Disparity (Ep. 18)

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Larry Wilmore chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his breakout success, peoples' disconnect in understanding racial disparity, the current state of race relations in the post-Obama era, and the continued case for reparations.

Oct 19 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: Malcolm Nance on 'The Plot to Betray America' | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry weighs in on the impeachment hearings and the latest Democratic presidential debate (1:00) before sitting down with author and intelligence expert Malcolm Nance to talk about his new book, 'The Plot to Betray America' (19:35). They talk about sparring with Milo Yiannopoulos on Bill Maher (23:56), how Nance got his start in codebreaking (34:40), and how Trump became an unwitting asset for Russia (55:42).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Malcolm Nance

Nov 21 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #12: Bill Maher on Political Correctness, the Power of an Apology, and What the Democratic Party Should Do Next (Ep. 10)

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Larry Wilmore considers new nicknames for President Trump and responds to the recent uproar over HBO’s ‘Confederate,’ a forthcoming show that imagines what would have happened had the South won the Civil War (1:00). Then Larry sits down with political comedian Bill Maher to discuss the left and the right’s approach to political strategy, the importance of free speech, millennials (11:00) and the danger of President Trump (31:00).

Aug 10 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #13: GOP Strategist Rick Wilson on How Republicans Got Here | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 49)

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Larry Wilmore sits down with Republican strategist Rick Wilson to discuss the current state of the Republican Party, how “everything Trump touches dies,” and what's next for our country.

Aug 23 2018

59mins

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Rank #14: Eric Holder on the Chaos Inside the White House and the Importance of November | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 50)

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Larry Wilmore discusses who may win the next presidential race (1:00) before sitting down with former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss the chaotic inner workings of the White House and President Donald Trump's administration as well as the larger political picture, including gerrymandering (28:00).

Sep 13 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #15: Stories From ‘Get Out,’ ‘The West Wing,’ and ‘The Post’ With Bradley Whitford (Ep. 27)

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Larry Wilmore chats with veteran actor Bradley Whitford about working with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on 'The West Wing' (3:00), why it’s hard to be an actor and an activist, rehearsing in secret with Meryl Streep on 'The Post' (31:00), and playing the secretly evil dad in Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' (48:00).

Jan 18 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #16: Malcolm Gladwell on Pioneers, Tokens, and ‘The Satire Paradox’ (Ep. 9)

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Larry Wilmore kicks off this week’s show with a few responses from Twitter and his thoughts on Michael Vick’s recent advice for Colin Kaepernick and the ongoing attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (1:00). Later Larry chats with Malcolm Gladwell about the concept of pioneers and tokens within the world of sports and debates Malcolm’s stances on Satire and Golf (14:00).

Jul 20 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: David Frum’s Theory of ‘Trumpocracy’ | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 28)

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From ‘Live Talks Los Angeles,’ Larry Wilmore sits down with neoconservative David Frum to discuss President Trump and the current political climate in America. They discuss the psychology behind President Trump’s behavior, his ideology, and his corruption of our most valued institutions.

Feb 03 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #18: Katie Couric and the Difficulties of Dialogue in These Times | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 31)

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Larry Wilmore touches on the Parkland high school shooting, our culture of gun violence, and Laura Ingraham’s comments about LeBron James (1:00). Later, he sits down with Katie Couric to discuss the qualities necessary for journalism, what technology is doing to teens, and why it’s hard to have a dialogue in a divisive political environment (16:00).

Feb 22 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: The N-Word, a Formula for Detecting Bullshit, and Charlamagne Tha God on ‘Black Privilege’ (Ep. 4)

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Larry Wilmore discusses Seinfeld’s awkward moment with Kesha on the red carpet, the Bill Cosby trial, Larry's personal formula for detecting bullshit, and Bill Maher’s recent use of the N-word (1:00). Later, Larry talks to Charlamagne tha God about growing up in rural South Carolina and how it shaped his worldview (20:00), Kanye West’s impact on black culture (35:30), and setting yourself up for success (48:00).

Jun 08 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Charlottesville, Racism, and Athlete Activism (Ep. 11)

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Larry Wilmore weighs in on the horrible situation in Charlottesville (1:30), the president’s refusal to condemn racism (6:25), and the problematic history behind Confederate symbols (11:15). Then, Larry sits down with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to discuss how we can learn from the past to combat racism (18:30), the backlash against black athletes’ activism (24:40), coach John Wooden’s advocacy for civil rights (37:00), and the current NBA’s style of play (41:00).

Aug 16 2017

53mins

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Life During the Coronavirus, and a Conversation With Conor Dougherty About the Complexities of the Housing Crisis | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry weighs in on how the coronavirus has affected day-to-day life and Trump's handling of the pandemic (1:00). Then he sits down with New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty to talk about his new book, on the housing crisis in the Bay Area (13:52), and how gentrification creates unlikely alliances (51:59).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Conor Dougherty


Check out 'Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America' here.

Mar 19 2020

1hr 27mins

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How We Got to This Point in the Democratic Primary With Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer to talk about why Democrats should be taking lessons from Mitt Romney’s 2012 candidacy for president (9:41), what influence Facebook will have in the 2020 election (42:56), and why Democrats need to turn nonvoters into voters in order to beat Trump (53:40).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Dan Pfeiffer


Check out Dan’s new book ‘Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again’ here.

Mar 06 2020

1hr 16mins

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Entrepreneurship, Community, and Black Excellence with Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry weighs in on the Democratic primary race leading up to Super Tuesday as well as the Harvey Weinstein verdict (0:37) before he sits down with Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, the founder and CEO of Village Market ATL, a marketplace that features and supports black entrepreneurs. They talk about why Dr. Hallmon was inspired to create Village Market (5:05) and the importance of entrepreneurship in fostering community (22:17).

Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

Feb 28 2020

46mins

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Lester Holt on Being the Voice of 'Nightly News' | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore sits down with 'NBC Nightly News' and 'Dateline NBC' anchor Lester Holt to talk about how he got his start in broadcast news (13:00), what he learned about the criminal justice system while embedded in a prison for a piece (30:32), and how he prepares to moderate a presidential debate (56:49).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Lester Holt

Feb 21 2020

1hr 14mins

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Stacey Abrams on the Fight for Fair Elections | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry sits down with Georgia politician Stacey Abrams to talk about the mess of the Iowa caucuses (22:27), why she still believes that she won the election for governor in Georgia (35:16), and the three ways voter suppression occurs in American elections (48:11).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Stacey Abrams

Feb 10 2020

1hr 19mins

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Remembering Kobe Bryant, and Nina Turner on the Moment Before the Iowa Caucuses | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry, a lifelong Lakers fan, takes a moment to reflect on the legacy of basketball legend Kobe Bryant following his untimely death (4:18). Then, Larry gets on the phone with Nina Turner, co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign, to talk about what it’s like to be in Iowa just a few days away from the Iowa caucuses (12:00) and what Sanders is doing to win the black vote (34:41).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Nina Turner

Jan 31 2020

49mins

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What the Democrats Need to Do to Win in 2020 With Jon Favreau | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore sits down with a cofounder of Crooked Media and the host of the podcast ‘The Wilderness,’ Jon Favreau, to talk about his time working as Obama’s head speechwriter (10:52), why the Democratic nominee needs to be a “happy warrior” (34:06), and what he learned from doing focus groups with 2020 voters (40:03).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Jon Favreau

Jan 16 2020

1hr 13mins

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A Mailbag With Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson on Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry and ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Bill Simmons to answer some mailbag questions, including why Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race (5:47) and what he wishes he had known when he started writing (31:44). Then, Larry sits down with the executive vice president of programming and production at AMC, Pete Aronson, to talk about how he got his start in the industry (39:46), and Larry tells the story of why he got let go from ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ (1:24:36).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guests: Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson

Dec 05 2019

1hr 44mins

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Malcolm Nance on 'The Plot to Betray America' | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry weighs in on the impeachment hearings and the latest Democratic presidential debate (1:00) before sitting down with author and intelligence expert Malcolm Nance to talk about his new book, 'The Plot to Betray America' (19:35). They talk about sparring with Milo Yiannopoulos on Bill Maher (23:56), how Nance got his start in codebreaking (34:40), and how Trump became an unwitting asset for Russia (55:42).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Malcolm Nance

Nov 21 2019

1hr 21mins

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Edward Norton on the 20-Year Journey to Making 'Motherless Brooklyn' | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Edward Norton to talk about playing a man with Tourette syndrome in his newest film 'Motherless Brooklyn' (9:45), working with the director David Fincher (27:10), and what it's like to both act in and direct a movie (48:37).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Edward Norton

Nov 14 2019

1hr 16mins

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Susan Rice on the Obama Years | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry shares his thoughts on the latest Democratic presidential debate (0:36) before sitting down with former U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice to discuss her White House career under the Clinton and Obama administrations (13:22).

You can find Rice’s new memoir, ‘Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,’ wherever books are sold.


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Susan Rice

Oct 18 2019

1hr 16mins

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Jemele Hill on the Places Where Sports and Politics Collide | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore shares his thoughts on the Trump impeachment inquiry (0:40) before he is joined by Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill to talk about Detroit sports fandom, the difference between being a savant and an enthusiast in sportswriting, athlete behavior on social media, and how Colin Kaepernick created a movement (12:15).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Jemele Hill

Oct 10 2019

1hr 25mins

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George F. Will on the Future of Conservatism After Donald Trump (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by author George F. Will for a live conversation about Will's new book, 'The Conservative Sensibility,' a reflection on American conservatism in 2019.


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: George F. Will

Oct 03 2019

1hr 19mins

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Malcolm Gladwell on 'Talking to Strangers' (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Malcolm Gladwell for a live conversation on Gladwell's new book, 'Talking to Strangers,' about the way that we perceive the people we learn about in the news.


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Malcolm Gladwell

Sep 19 2019

1hr 21mins

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Reactions to the Third Democratic Debate and Ken Burns Takes Us Back in Time | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore gives us his thoughts on the third Democratic presidential primary debate (1:04). Then, he sits down with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to talk about his upcoming documentary ‘Country Music’ (26:41), telling stories about human emotions (57:14), and the moments of history he wants to tackle next (72:40).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Ken Burns

Sep 13 2019

1hr 29mins

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Brian Grazer on Growing Up With Dyslexia, Making Movies, and the Importance of Human Connection | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer to talk about how being dyslexic affects how he sees the world (21:28), the importance of forming human connections while working in Hollywood (37:55), and what he learned from going on Oprah's podcast (56:41).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Brian Grazer


Check out Grazer’s book, ‘Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection,’ here.

Sep 05 2019

1hr 15mins

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Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin on What it Takes to Break Into TV | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by comedy duo Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin to talk about the creation of their two new shows, ‘South Side’ and ‘Sherman’s Showcase.’ They talk about how they got their start in comedy (14:06), moving to Los Angeles after college (37:20), and creating not one, but two shows at the same time (65:38).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guests: Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin

Aug 22 2019

1hr 23mins

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Author Isha Sesay on the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign, Five Years Later | Larry Wilmore Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is first is joined by his daughter, Lauren Wilmore, to talk about her fascination with different languages (1:00). Then he sits down with journalist Isha Sesay to talk about her new book, ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree,’ on the 2014 kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram (25:43). Sesay talks about why she was drawn to the story (35:05), the social media campaign that followed the kidnapping (49:02), and where the girls are now, five years later (64:54).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guests: Lauren Wilmore and Isha Sesay

Aug 15 2019

1hr 20mins

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Robin Thede on Being the Only Black Woman in Late Night and the Creation of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by Robin Thede, the creator of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show,’ to talk about how she got her start in late-night television, hiring an all black women writers room, and what it’s like to create her own sketch show.


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Robin Thede

Aug 08 2019

1hr 11mins

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The Current State of Political Journalism With Former CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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Larry Wilmore is joined by the former chief White House correspondent for CNN, Jessica Yellin, to talk about her debut novel, 'Savage News' (13:36), how she got into political journalism (30:24), "breaking-news fatigue" (39:41), and how journalists should cover Trump (46:34).


Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Jessica Yellin


Check out Yellin’s debut novel, ‘Savage News,’ here.

Jul 18 2019

59mins

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iTunes Ratings

2712 Ratings
Average Ratings
2260
238
62
40
112

Black on the Air

By Sunny Wunder - Feb 01 2020
Read more
You rock, keep up the great work on your podcast.

Miss you

By Zelma Yvette - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Mr. Willmore you are missed.