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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 and Robin

By mama hart77 - Aug 11 2019
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This made me miss you show even more!!!! Thank you the conversation

You don’t have to agree with Larry to love him!

By webetobey - Jul 13 2019
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I’m a 50 something white Republican mom and I love listening to Larry and his bull... meter.

iTunes Ratings

2442 Ratings
Average Ratings
2045
212
54
33
98

You and Robin

By mama hart77 - Aug 11 2019
Read more
This made me miss you show even more!!!! Thank you the conversation

You don’t have to agree with Larry to love him!

By webetobey - Jul 13 2019
Read more
I’m a 50 something white Republican mom and I love listening to Larry and his bull... meter.
Cover image of Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Updated 9 days ago

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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: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #3: Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Combatting Trump and Climate Change | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 37)

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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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #6: 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
59 mins
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Rank #7: 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
49 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #9: Love and Relationships in the Digital Age with Joanna Coles of Hearst Magazines | Larry Wilmore (Ep.36)

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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
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #11: Trump’s Casual Lying and Norman Lear on Creating Socially Impactful Television (Ep. 1)

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Larry Wilmore kicks off the inaugural episode of 'Black on the Air' by riffing on the firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump’s casual relationship with the truth. Then he sits down with legendary television producer Norman Lear to discuss Lear’s string of socially impactful television shows, what he learned fighting in World War II, and how he created "the lovable bigot" Archie Bunker on 'All in the Family.'
May 11 2017
50 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 24 mins
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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
59 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #16: 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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #18: 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
53 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #20: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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