Welcome to No Fact Zone’s weekly roundup of ‘Colbert Report’ guests, created in the spirit of the oft-enjoyed Fantasy Colbert League. While we can’t start up the online version of the game again, we can make it so that you can get the information you need about the guests before they come on the show.
Just like you, we want to be it-getters before the interviews start. So we’ve compiled brief bios, issues or events that Stephen might bring up during the interview, and a fun Fract (Freedom Fact) to impress your fellow viewers during the commercial breaks. Read, enjoy, and see if you can anticipate how Stephen might nail each of the following guests!
Editor’s Note: As always, guests are subject to change.
Monday, 6/16: Kenneth R. Miller, R.E.M.
Professor Kenneth Miller, a biologist at Brown University, is a leading proponent of evolution. In his latest book, titled ‘Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul,’ Miller cheerfully examines and exposes the flaws in the arguments for intelligent design. If intelligent design were to be accepted as scientific fact, he states, science and society would both suffer for it. Professor Miller visited Stephen on January 12, 2006.
We received word from the Comedy Central website that a clip of R.E.M.’s performance of ‘Hollow Man’ will be aired tonight, so here’s the FCL Weekly and the episode guide from their visit on April 2, 2008. Editor’s note: I saw them in concert just a few days ago and they put on a fantastic show.
- Fract: Professor Miller is also an NCAA fast-pitch softball umpire.
Tuesday, 6/17: Jonathan Zittrain
Oxfor professor Jonathan Zittrain‘s new book is titled ‘The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It.’ He’s not talking about stopping the Internets, as Stephen will doubtlessly refer to them, but rather how to save the Internet from its own impending doom. Internet users have to figure out how to keep the Internet from spiralling out of control, learning from applications like Wikipedia that have survived and thrived in the online society.
- Fract: Professor Zittrain created the website Chilling Effects, a database of legal threats made to Internet content producers, including restrictions placed by national governments on search engines like Google.
Wednesday, 6/18: Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Junot Diaz
Dr. Uma Mysorekar is a community leader with the Community Understanding for Racial and Ethnic Equality, Inc (CURE) nonprofit corporation. CURE began as a coalition of Blacks, Latinos and Italians in Brooklyn, New York, working towards racial tolerance and reducing ethnic and racial conflict. Dr. Mysorekar is also President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America and has dedicated her time to preserving cultural heritage and planning and managing major Hindu celebrations and events through the Temple.
Author Junot Diaz writes short stories, but his debut novel ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,’ tells a tale of an overweight, socially inept ‘nerd’ named Oscar who writes fantasy fiction and aims to be the next J.R.R. Tolkien. This anti-hero and his stories of his life and family have received glowing reviews. You know how Stephen feels about the Lord of the Rings, so this should be a delightful interview.
- Fract: Miramax owns the rights to a film adaptation of ‘Brief Life’. Here’s hoping!
Thursday, 6/19: Bishop N.T. Wright
Bishop Nicholas Thomas Wright of Durham wants us to take a good look at what we think happens when we die. Is it heaven? Where do we go? His latest book, ‘Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church,’ explores Western religious thinking and confusion about the afterlife. The Bishop has served as Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and has taught the New Testament for two decades at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities.
- Fract: In 2005, on the day that they were first legally recognized in England, Bishop Wright publicly stated his opposition to same-sex civil partnerships.