Rank #1: Bill Simmons Talks Politics, Conspiracies, and Legacies | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 47)
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
Rank #2: A Conversation About the Conservative Movement and Politics With Ben Shapiro | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Jun 13 2019
Rank #3: Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Combatting Trump and Climate Change | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 37)
Larry Wilmore weighs in on Kanye West's politics and NFL players taking a knee (1:00). Then, he sits down with Washington Governor Jay Inslee to talk about his mission to decarbonize the world (19:48), what Democrats should do in the 2018 midterm elections (50:53), and standing up to President Donald Trump (71:08).
Apr 26 2018
Rank #4: Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)
May 18 2017
Rank #5: Edward Norton on the 20-Year Journey to Making 'Motherless Brooklyn' | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Nov 14 2019
Rank #6: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)
May 25 2017
Rank #7: Bill Simmons on LeBron’s Legacy, Mental Illness in the NBA, and ‘Leaving Neverland’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Mar 07 2019
Rank #8: Breaking Down the Jussie Smollett Case With Van Lathan | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 60)
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
Rank #9: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Understanding Racial Disparity (Ep. 18)
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
Rank #10: Love and Relationships in the Digital Age with Joanna Coles of Hearst Magazines | Larry Wilmore (Ep.36)
Larry Wilmore weighs in on the Starbucks incident in Philly (1:00). Later, Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst Magazines, stops by to share her insights about life and relationships in the digital age (10:00).
Apr 19 2018
Rank #11: Susan Rice on the Obama Years | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
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
Rank #12: Jemele Hill on the Places Where Sports and Politics Collide | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
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
Rank #13: Bill Maher on Political Correctness, the Power of an Apology, and What the Democratic Party Should Do Next (Ep. 10)
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
Rank #14: GOP Strategist Rick Wilson on How Republicans Got Here | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 49)
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
Rank #15: Eric Holder on the Chaos Inside the White House and the Importance of November | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 50)
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
Rank #16: Stories From ‘Get Out,’ ‘The West Wing,’ and ‘The Post’ With Bradley Whitford (Ep. 27)
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
Rank #17: Malcolm Gladwell on 'Talking to Strangers' (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Sep 19 2019
Rank #18: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Charlottesville, Racism, and Athlete Activism (Ep. 11)
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
Rank #19: Malcolm Gladwell on Pioneers, Tokens, and ‘The Satire Paradox’ (Ep. 9)
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
Rank #20: The N-Word, a Formula for Detecting Bullshit, and Charlamagne Tha God on ‘Black Privilege’ (Ep. 4)
Jun 08 2017