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Better Know a Guest: May 31st – June 3rd (Inaugural Edition)

Hello… Hubsters? Hubbles? The Hub? My HUmBle friends of the HUmBle host?—

Welcome back, Sailor Stephen—and welcome to our new COLBERT NEWS HUB blog, freshly launched post-Memorial Day . While we can never replace our beloved No Fact Zone, I think we will find our own special path as the blog develops, and most important, that we can continue to supply you with the latest Colbert news and a space for discussing our favorite comedy host.

“Better Know a Guest” is of course very similar to the Fantasy Colbert League, but there will be some differences. No regular “fracts” for one, unless some really unusual tidbit pops up. It will generally be shorter, and I’m going to take official websites, twitter links, trailers, and book links and list them together after a brief bio. Plus, since Stephen’s fans tend to love Jon (as Stephen himself does), there will also be a section at the end of the weekly post called “And Now, Let’s Check In With Our Good Friend, Jon Stewart,” which will list his guests with a link or two. But things are in a state of transformation and flux right now, so if there’s anything  about our guests that I’m not including and that you’d like to see, just let me know! I’m eager to have this section evolve. 

This is a short week, and it opens with a guest whose recent visit was postponed. For him, I’m using the same bio I wrote for the FCL. I think it makes a bittersweet transition from the old to the new. 

Tuesday, 5/31: James B. Stewart

James B. StewartOh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” That quote from Sir Walter Scott inspired the title of Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart’s latest book, Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff. As a former lawyer, Stewart starts from the premise that our judicial system depends upon truthful testimony in order to function properly, and then explores some of the most notorious lies of recent years that ultimately led to the downfall of the rich and powerful. The figures under consideration include baseball player Barry Bonds, who fibbed about steroid use; White House advisor “Scooter” Libby, who took the brunt of the punishment for “outing” Valerie Plame as a CIA agent; and Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme devastated thousands of people and institutions. The book has garnered quite a bit of attention, and Stewart recently discussed it on Charlie Rose and NPR, and also answered questions on The New Yorker‘s “Book Bench” blog.

In addition to being a staff writer at The New Yorker, creator of the magazine SmartMoney, and Bloomberg professor of business journalism at Columbia University, Stewart has written numerous bestselling books. They include: DisneyWar, a look at internecine fighting in the “Mouse House”; Den of Thieves, about the junk-bond traders who helped wreck the American economy; Blood Sport: The President and his adversaries, on President Clinton; Heart of a Soldier, which told the tale of one man who perished on 9/11; and Blind Eye, a true-crime study of a murderous doctor.

Fract: While this guest is, obviously, not the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor with a very similar name, James B. Stewart did use a Jimmy Stewart reference (and perhaps his most famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life) as the starting point for one of his Wall Street Journal site about home ownership.

Wednesday, 6/1: Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Robert Kennedy Jr.Both Caroline Kennedy, with her delicious poetry reading, and her cousin Tim Shriver have appeared on the Report in just the past three months—as did Jeff Greenfield with his Kennedy-themed alternatve history novel. Now, here comes yet another family member from “America’s greatest dynasty” as Robert Kennedy, Jr., third son of the slain senator and presidential candidate, returns to the show. He visited in 2006 to chat about the contested Bush/Gore election; this time,the noted environmental lawyer is involved with a new documentary.  The Last Mountain: A Fight for Our Future examines coal mining in Appalachia and “mountain top removal.” This destructive method of extracting the coal involves dynamiting off a mountain top, which many experts believe pollutes the water and air around the blast and contributes to a variety of serious illnesses suffered by people exposed to the contaminants.

Just like Stephen: Irish Catholic Robert Kennedy, Jr. also comes from a family of 11 children. (And like Evie, he attended the University of Virginia, but as a student in the law school. His did his undergraduate degree Kennedy-style, at Harvard, with a stint at the London School of Economics.)
See the trailer 
Visit the film’s official website 
Visit Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s official website  
And read all about it on: Buy Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Thursday, 6/2:  Salman Khan

Salman KhanDo you want to learn new things—but without paying thousands in tuition? Now, as long as you have a computer, you can! Salman Khan runs Khan Academy, an online not-for-profit “school” with video tutorials, principally focusing on math and science. The New-Orleans born son of Bengali parents, Khan holds a whopping three degrees from MIT (in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science) and he first created his lessons for family members. After they were a success on YouTube, he left his job on Wall Street , where he was a hedge fund manager, and devoted himself to his virtual academy. Khan intends to expand its offerings to History and English. He has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” as well as other media, and here, at the TED Conference, he discusses his ideas for “reinventing education.” Judy Woodruff also interviewed him for PBS, calling Khan an “education revolutionary.” And Bill Gates really admires him.

Don’t confuse him with: The Bollywood singer/dancer/movie star of the same name.   

Visit Khan Academy’s Official Website
Like the Khan Academy of Facebook
Follow him on Twitter

“And Now, Let’s Check In With Our Good Friend, Jon Stewart”

Tuesday, 5/31: JIMMY FALLON!

HEY—he’s STEPHEN’S BFF, so why is he on TDS? Well, probably promoting his new book, Thank You Notes, written with the staff of his show.  (And published by Grand Central, which also publishes Jon and Stephen.) And, LOVE Jon’s tweet about the visit: “Jimmy Fallon is our guest. Finally a chance to see him on TV late at night!”

Here’s Late Night’s website
Buy the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Follow Jimmy on Twitter

Wednesday, 6/1 : Bill Moyers

Jon welcomes the longtime PBS newsman, host of NOW with Bill Moyers” and Bill Moyers Journal. He’s won more than 30 Emmy® Awards—that’s probably more than Jon and Stephen combined! (But I’m not sure about that….) He’s been a TDS guest before, but not since 2008. His newest book, just out last month, is Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, with interviews taken from his series. I hope the conversation does continue…for a long time.

Buy the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Go to the official site of Bill Moyers Journal

Thursday, 6/2: Tim Tebow

Touchdown! Tim Tebow is the Heisman Trophy-winning, record-setting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, who drafted him in 2010 after he distinguished himself playing for the University of Florida’s Gators.  This son of Christian missionaries courted controversy when he appeared in two anti-choice ads during the Super Bowl. His new book, Through My Eyes, is out just this week—published by HarperCollins, owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox. Hmmmm. See the conservative connection?

Buy the book (coauthored with Nathan Whitaker) at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Follow him on Twitter

That’s it for this week folks! Let me know what you think of the new format and which guest you most looking forward to seeing. Cheers!

  1. colbaby
    May 30, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    Karenatasha telling us about this week’s guests? I’m home! Love the format. As someone who watches Jon as religiously as I do Stephen, I really appreciate the addition of TDS’s guests.

    Looking forward to Salmon Khan. I found out about Khan Academy a while ago and was blown away by what it had to offer. It’s quite an achievement. And of course I’m looking forward to Stephen’s BFF appearing on TDS. If there was ever reason to do a toss, this is it. It’s been almost 4 months!!


  2. somuch2kno
    May 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Hey, Karenatasha! Nice transition! Still feeling a little lost in the wilderness, but this feels nicely familiar. Thanks for soldiering on! And for adding the TDS info to the mix. I like the way it acknowledges the wonderful balance and interplay of this full hour of programming.


  3. gratefull
    May 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    *Stands and Claps!* … well done, Karenatasha!


  4. karenatasha
    May 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Thank you,guys! I can’t tell you how much hearing from you all means to me. It makes me very happy.


  5. lockhart43
    May 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    I’m looking forward to Robert Kennedy, Jr. I feel like that’s gonna be a good interview. I also love the addition of the TDS guests. Can’t wait for Jimmy Fallon! Would it be too much to ask for a Toss that night? Or possibly a certain fundit crashing the set of TDS? Pretty please?

    Nicely done, Karenatasha! Man, it’s good to be back.


  6. karenatasha
    May 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Thanks, Lockhart43! It’s good to hear from you again.


  7. May 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Wonderful job! 😀 I can’t wait for the Kennedy interview.


  8. iwaspromisedpancakes
    May 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    This is all excellent and familiar. I was pkyoubuggin on NFZ, but needed a new name. Anyhoo, thanks to Katt and Karenatasha for helping keeping the momentum going.


    • karenatasha
      May 31, 2011 at 3:36 AM

      Thanks, and welcome! Glad to have you here.


  9. susan209
    May 31, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Hi! So good to see everyone’s names and comments once again! I’ve had to change my name in order to register here for some reason (former SW, now Susan209 — and Susan WJ on Colbert Nation — but I’ll straighten it all out and figure out how to keep only one eventually!), but it’s so wonderful to read Karenatasha’s post about the upcoming guests and like Colbaby, I appreciate the Jon news too.
    Thanks so much for helping to keep this all together, Karenatasha! Looking forward to all the guests, but especially to more former-NFZer comments!


    • karenatasha
      May 31, 2011 at 3:35 AM

      Hi, there!

      Great to see you here–and hope to see you live, soon! Thanks for the nice comments and joining us.


  10. anais0509
    May 31, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    This. Is. GREAT! The more I come here, the more I feel comfortable and right at home. And I look forward to more posts as they come along! Good to see you again, fellow Zoners! I was Anais on NFZ, and am still Anais on CN and here (with the difference of having to add numbers to my name before I could join). I love this new feature, and especially with the addition of weekly TDS guests (also being a Jon fan)! Stephen and Jon, PLEASE do a Toss!! That said, I’m looking forward to all the guests, but ESPECIALLY Jimmy Fallon! But how come he’s not coming on Stephen’s show? Maybe not yet…Anyway this looks wonderful, Karenatasha! Thanks for doing this! It makes me very happy!


  11. mariana312
    May 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    I, too, am so happy to see this here! Thanks, Karenatasha! Looking forward to Robert Kennedy Jr., a possible toss, and just seeing Stephen on my TV again.


  12. karenatasha
    May 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Thanks, Anais and Mariana. AND, I have news! Not only will I be writing Wednesday’s episode guide for the RFK Jr visit…I’ve got tickets! So I’m hoping to do a taping ReporT as well as an ep ReporT!


  13. karenatasha
    May 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Oh, too many exclamation points there, I think. But I am excited.


    • mariana312
      May 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      You can never have too many exclamation points if you are writing about a TCR taping. Can’t wait for your reporT!


  14. susan209
    May 31, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    How wonderful, Karenatasha! Have a GREAT time! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


  15. lockhart43
    May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I feel like I have to say this: it was so nice to read all of these comments and feel at home again. 🙂

    @Karenatasha: you mean I get the luxury of reading an episode guide AND a taping reporT all in one? Whoo-hoo!


  16. anais0509
    May 31, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I echo Susan209!


  17. W&M_NU
    June 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    This is great Karenatasha! Thank you for keeping this going.
    I can’t wait for your ReporT.


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