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Inequality and Injustice; Comedian Bob Saget; Barbara Ehrenreich Searches for the Truth; Comedian Carol Leifer

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Matt Taibbi talks about the intersection of two troubling trends in America today—growing income inequality and mass incarceration. Bob Saget takes us behind the scenes of “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and of his notoriously profane stand-up act. Barbara Ehrenreich describes her lifelong quest to understand the universe around her. Comedian Carol Leifer talks about writing for shows like “Seinfeld,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Modern Family,” and what she’s learned from 30 years in show business.

Matt Taibbi on Injustice and Inequality

The reporter's new book argues that our current system of justice allows massively destructive fraud by the hyper-wealthy to go unpunished, while it turns poverty itself into a crime.

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Bob Saget, Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

Bob Saget played the sweet, neurotic father on “Full House,” and the wisecracking host of “America's Funniest Home Videos,” but he also has a darker, dirtier side, as fans of the film "The Aristocrats" know.

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Barbara Ehrenreich on Mystical Experiences and the Search for Answers

Barbara Ehrenreich recounts her quest—which began in childhood—to find "the Truth" about the universe and everything else. In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never written or spoken about it to anyone. Until now. In Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for Truth about Everything, she reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all.

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Carol Leifer Tells How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying

For years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club—until comedian Carol Leifer blazed a trail for funny women everywhere. She’s written for and/or performed on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld,” “The Ellen Show,” and “Modern Family.” She tells us about her three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way—and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Her book How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide to life, and offers tips and tricks for getting ahead and finding your way.

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Guest Picks: Bob Saget

Comedian Bob Saget was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how he got into comedy, an incident with a donkey on the set of Full House, and his infamous routine in the film The Aristocrats. He also told us that he's a foodie. Find out what else Bob Saget told us about books, music and meatloaf. 

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Guest Picks: Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her book, Living With a Wild God. She also told us what she's been reading and watching (rock climbing, anyone?) and what her favorite comfort food is...

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