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Saturday, December 20

Saying goodbye to “The Colbert Report”


Guests: SHARILYN JOHNSON, ANDY GREENWALD, SARAH GRAY

Last night, Stephen Colbert left his show, The Colbert Report after nine years of razor sharp satire and pointed criticism of American politics and the media that covers it. Today, we discuss the legacy of The Colbert Report, and what the future holds for its former host. We’ll be joined by comedy journalist and self-described “fake news fan girl” SHARILYN JOHNSON, who co-authored the book Bears and Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z, as well as ANDY GREENWALD who writes about television for Grantland, and by SARAH GRAY, who covers The Colbert Report for Salon.

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The Pakistani Taliban school attack ; restoring relations with Cuba


Guests: Michael Kugelman, Peter Kornbluh

The brutal attack on a school in Peshwar, Pakistan, that killed over 130 people, mostly students, has been met with outrage worldwide. In claiming responsibility, Pakistan’s Taliban said it was retaliating against the county’s military for their extensive ground operations. Joining us to talk about the situation in Pakistan is MICHAEL KUGELMAN, senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Then, we turn to President Obama’s surprising announcement Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. We will explore the new policy, the secret negotiations leading up to it, and what it means for America and for Cuba with PETER KORNBLUH, who directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, at George Washington University and is the co-author of the new book, Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.

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