Fantasy Colbert League: June 21-June 24

So I just saw Toy Story 3 and it is all that I can think about. I remember watching the previous two movies for the first time as a kid, and now I just graduated college and am moving forward – it really hit me. I loved it. I would imagine some of you have seen it too. Consensus? Sorry for this non-Colbert ramble, but Pixar movies are another example of art, like The Colbert Report, that makes me happy. *End Rant*

Monday, June 21: Wes Moore

Wes Moore is the author of the book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which was released in April. The book explores what happened when the author, Wes Moore, discovered that there was another man named Wes Moore from the same area of Maryland, who shared some striking similarities in their lives, but beneath the surface. Moore has lived many careers in one lifetime already. Wes attended Valley Forge Military College and then went on to attend John Hopkins University, followed by Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar studying International Relations. After this education, Moore went to fight in Afghanistan from 2005-2006, and from 2006-2007 was a special assistant to Condoleezza Rice. Currently he works for Citigroup, with a focus in global technology and alternative investments. In addition, Moore serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, and in 2007 was voted one of the Top 30 Leaders Under 30 by Ebony Magazine.

Fract: Maybe you’ve seen him before? Wes Moore delivered an address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a featured speaker.

Tuesday, June 22: Gloria Steinem

You might remember Gloria Steinem’s previous appearance on The Colbert Report. Now, she is coming back for another round with Stephen. Gloria became famous in the 1960’s and 1970’s during the feminist movement, known as the Women’s Liberation Movement, for which she was a leading spokeswoman. She has written such books as Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem and Doing Sixty and Seventy. Her 1969 New York magazine article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” gained her great recognition – she also helped create the magazine too. Graduating from Smith College, Steinem went on to begin working for various print magazines, and also worked covering George McGovern’s 1968 presidential campaign. In the most recent election, she supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries and Barack Obama in the general election. Now Gloria uses her fame to promote her views of social justice which include the right to same-sex marriage and reproductive freedom.

Fract: Late education: Since she moved a lot as a child, Gloria did not attend school regularly until she was 11.

Wednesday, June 23: Tim Westergren

Tim Westergren is the founder of Pandora Radio. Pandora is an online radio, offered free of charge, which attempts to determine the musical interests of its users by tracking the choices they make via an algorithm. This is known as the Music Genome Project. The Music Genome Project was created by Tim and classmate, Will Glaser, while attending Stanford University, where Tim studied computer acoustics and recording technology. The Music Genome Project was eventually patented with other developers. Originally from Minnesota, Tim also creates his own rock and jazz music, citing everything from Bach to Green Day as musical interests. Pandora was originally founded in 2000 and made changes over the years to become the radio station that it is today with a goal of redefining radio. Westergren has also taken part in a Business Innovation Factory summit with the likes of other Colbert guests, Robert Ballard and Dean Kamen.

Follow Tim on Twitter here.

Fract: Another influential person: Westergren was voted one of Time’s 100 Most Influential in 2010.

Thursday, June 24: Michael Specter

Michael Specter is the author of the book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, which was released in October 2009. Since 1998, Michael has been a staff writer at The New Yorker, focusing on science, technology, and public health. In addition, he has written profiles for the magazine on such figures as Lance Armstrong, Sean Combs, Manolo Blahnik, Richard Branson, and the founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk. Graduating from Vassar College, the Sister School of Yale, Michael went to work for The Washington Post and The New York Times before landing at The New Yorker. He recently gave a speech on “the danger of science denial” at TED2010. For his work, Specter has received such honors as the “Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence,” the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Journalism Award, and the Global Health Council’s Annual Excellence in Media Award, which he was honored with twice.

Follow Michael on Twitter here.

Fract: Awards rolling in: Specter already received the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for Denialism from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Enjoy this week’s shows!


  1. Ms Interpreted says:

    I’m looking forward to the return of Ms. Steinem, naturally, but I’m actually really interested in hearing what Wes Moore has to say. I bought his book a few weeks ago and am ashamed to admit I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I think it sounds fascinating and was disappointed when I couldn’t go to his book tour event (darned bookstore scheduled him for the night after Sebasian Junger was there to talk about War — I couldn’t sneak out of work early two nights in a row!). I’m eager to hear what he has to say to Stephen.

  2. How very strange! I assumed they were taking down the colboard for the upgrade when the show was dark, so I didn’t think there would be any shows this week. Obviously that was far too rational!

  3. I’m really looking forward to Michael Specter. I’ve read some of his work, and I thought his TED talk was fantastic – passionate, smart, and important. Still haven’t read Denialism, but it’s on my list.

  4. Gratefull says:

    Years ago, I read Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem. I found it a great and useful read. Would recommend it. It will be fun to see if Mr. C references their last meeting on set though I doubt Ms. Steinem will take Ms. Fonda’s tack … LOL

  5. lockhart43 says:

    In addition to the Gloria Steinem interview (it’s always a fun interview when “Stephen” gets to talk to a feminist), I’m looking forward to Wes Moore. His book sounds really interesting, and it’s awesome that he’s on the board for IAVA.

  6. Looking forward to Gloria Steinem and Michael Specter! Should be good shows this week.

    re: TS3 – I saw the two movies as a kid and just got done with college as well… I cried at the end of the movie, LOL. Pixar has yet to fail me.

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