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).
Rank #2: 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).
Rank #3: Bill Simmons on LeBron’s Legacy, Mental Illness in the NBA, and ‘Leaving Neverland’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Rank #4: 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
Rank #5: Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)
Rank #6: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)
Rank #7: 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).
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: 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).
Rank #10: Being a Generalist Versus a Specialist With David Epstein | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
Larry Wilmore speaks with author David Epstein about his forthcoming book 'Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.' They talk about the merits of being a specialist versus a generalist, the culture around trying to be the "best," and the idea of deliberate amateurs.
Host: Larry Wilmore
Guest: David Epstein
Rank #11: 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).
Rank #12: David Frum’s Theory of ‘Trumpocracy’ | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 28)
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.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: 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).
Rank #15: Jake Tapper on Idealizing Our Political Past and Improving Our Political Future | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 38)
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).
Rank #16: 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).
Rank #17: 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).
Rank #18: ‘Moneyball’ author Michael Lewis on How to Get Invited to Steve Bannon’s House and More | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 29)
Larry Wilmore sits down for a live interview with ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Big Short’ author Michael Lewis to talk about his inspiration for 'Moneyball,' eating chicken salad sandwiches with Steve Bannon, and his thoughts on the current state of the country.
Rank #19: Dan Rather Keeps It 100 (Ep. 23)
Larry Wilmore discusses Time magazine’s decision to name “the Silence Breakers” as Person of the Year, as well as the concept of “weaponized outrage” (2:00), before sitting down for a live event with Dan Rather. He and Rather discuss the current state of our country, patriotism, and how our country has recovered from similarly divisive times in the past. They also take questions from the audience (12:00).