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: Katie Couric and the Difficulties of Dialogue in These Times | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 31)
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).
Rank #4: 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 #5: Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)
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).
Rank #6: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)
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).
Rank #7: Gabrielle Union Doesn’t Hold Back | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 39)
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).
Rank #8: Live From the Now Hear This Festival With Robin Thede of ‘The Rundown’ (Ep. 14)
Larry Wilmore riffs on Trump, disaster porn, fake news, and how to decipher what’s actually true (0:01) before he’s joined by Robin Thede, host of ‘The Rundown’ in a 'Nightly Show' reunion (13:00). They discuss Robin’s early experiences with racism, the emergence of black women in comedy (30:00), their favorite moments from 'The Nightly Show,' and Robin’s tweets (41:00). Later, Larry and Robin take questions from the audience (65:00).
Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Madeleine Albright on Fighting Fascism (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 59)
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Larry Wilmore for a live conversation about the history of fascism and why it still presents a threat to our democracy. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Madeleine Albright
Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Authenticity in Politicians, and What Young Voters Want with Jason Kander | Black On The Air (Ep.48)
Larry Wilmore sits down with Kansas City politician Jason Kander to talk the ongoing war in Afghanistan (3:00), authenticity in politicians (22:15), what the word "progressive" means nowadays, and his decision to run for mayor in Kansas City (35:30).
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: NBA Stories and Listener Questions With Roy Hibbert | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 35)
Larry Wilmore chats with former NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert and The Ringer’s Tommy Alter about the NBA (1:00) before reading and responding to listener questions that range from politics to hypothetical dinners with Martin Luther King Jr. to advice about making television (30:09).
Rank #20: 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).