Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

65 EpisodesProduced by The Ringer & Larry Wilmore

Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.

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Being a Generalist Versus a Specialist With David Epstein | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

April 11th, 2019


Larry Wilmore speaks with author David Epstein about his forthcoming book 'Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.' They talk about …

The Writers Guild of America Fight With Travon Free | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

April 1st, 2019


Larry Wilmore is joined by comedian Travon Free to talk about the negotiations going on between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents (0:00), diversity in television writing (26:00), and the …

Bill Simmons on LeBron’s Legacy, Mental Illness in the NBA, and ‘Leaving Neverland’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

March 7th, 2019


HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons joins to talk about LeBron on the Lakers (1:42), loneliness in the NBA (29:05), and how the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ is going to affect Michael Jackson’s legacy (45:40).


Breaking Down the Jussie Smollett Case With Van Lathan | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 60)

February 21st, 2019


TMZ’s Van Lathan joins Larry Wilmore to talk about the latest developments in the Jussie Smollett case, including his initial story (23:05), his …

Madeleine Albright on Fighting Fascism (Live) | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 59)

February 8th, 2019


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Larry Wilmore for a live conversation about the history of fascism and why it still presents a threat to our democracy.

Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Madeleine Albright

Jason Rezaian on Life After Imprisonment in Iran | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 58)

February 2nd, 2019


Larry Wilmore is joined by Jason Rezaian, the former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief who was held hostage in Iran for 544 days, from 2014 to 2016. They talk about Rezaian’s experience growing up in America as an …

How Pete Holmes Turned His Life Into Comedy With ‘Crashing’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 57)

January 24th, 2019


Larry Wilmore sits down with comedian Pete Holmes to talk about reactions to Louis C.K. doing stand up again (24:18), growing up in an evangelical …

Wrapping up 2018 With Tommy Alter | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 56)

December 20th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with Tommy Alter to talk about the year in politics and news, including Steph Curry claiming that the moon landing was faked …

Tracee Ellis Ross Wants to Show Up for Something Bigger Than Herself | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 55)

November 9th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with Tracee Ellis Ross to talk about campaigning for candidates (6:03), working together on ‘Blackish’ (20:14), how she stays …

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Looks to the Presidents of the Past to Understand the Politics of Today | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 54)

October 26th, 2018


Larry Wilmore chats in front of a live audience with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about the history of American politics and the legacy of American …

Gender and Privilege With ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 53)

October 11th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with Jill Soloway, creator of ‘Transparent’ and 'I Love Dick,’ to discuss gender, privilege, and Jill’s nonbinary gender …

Nancy Pelosi Says “Trump Is Trying to Break the #MeToo Movement” | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 52)

October 2nd, 2018


Larry Wilmore is joined for a live show at the Texas Tribune Festival by former speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi to discuss everything from the Kavanaugh hearings, to President Trump’s undermining of the middle class, …

Cosby, Kavanaugh and Black Republicans, Oh My | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 51)

September 27th, 2018


Larry Wilmore answers listener questions about Bill Cosby’s sentencing, the Kavanaugh fiasco and the deal with black Republicans, how the new-look Lakers will fare this season, and more.

Eric Holder on the Chaos Inside the White House and the Importance of November | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 50)

September 13th, 2018


Larry Wilmore discusses who may win the next presidential race (1:00) before sitting down with former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss …

GOP Strategist Rick Wilson on How Republicans Got Here | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 49)

August 23rd, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with Republican strategist Rick Wilson to discuss the current state of the Republican Party, how “everything Trump touches dies,” and what's next for our country.

Authenticity in Politicians, and What Young Voters Want with Jason Kander | Black On The Air (Ep.48)

August 17th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with Kansas City politician Jason Kander to talk the ongoing war in Afghanistan (3:00), authenticity in politicians (22:15), …

Bill Simmons Talks Politics, Conspiracies, and Legacies | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 47)

August 9th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss a wide range of topics including the legacy of black sitcoms (5:00), the JFK and moon landing conspiracy theories (19:00), President Trump’s …

Ibtihaj Muhammad’s Unlikely American Dream | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 46)

July 19th, 2018


Larry Wilmore talks about Trump’s meeting with Putin (1:00) before sitting down to chat with Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad about her decision to wear a hijab in competition and the racial and religious prejudices she …

Travon Free Tells His Story | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 45)

July 12th, 2018


Larry Wilmore is joined by comedy writer Travon Free to discuss his life and career, from playing Division I basketball to his stand-up and comedy writing that led him to a job at 'The Daily Show' and from his sexuality …

Roy Hibbert on LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and the New Lakers | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 44)

July 3rd, 2018


Larry Wilmore, former NBA player Roy Hibbert, and Tommy Alter talk about what it’s like being a Lakers fan right now (1:43), what LeBron’s leadership style will bring to the team (9:46), and how the latest trades affect …

Mike Pesca Debates the Greatest Sports What-Ifs | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 43)

June 28th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before Mike Pesca joins to discuss politics (15:00) and the famous what-ifs of sports history …

Senator Tim Kaine on President Trump’s Failures on Immigration | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 42)

June 21st, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (0:30) before chatting with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine about the executive order President Trump just signed regarding the separation of families at the border as part of a …

Nell Scovell and Breaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 41)

June 7th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on President Trump disinviting the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House (1:00). Then he chats with comedy writer and producer Nell Scovell about her experience as a woman in …

Reliving the Greatest Moments of 'The Americans' With Executive Producer Joel Fields | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 40)

May 31st, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on the cancellation of 'Roseanne' and other current events (1:00) before sitting down with Joel Fields, executive producer of ‘The Americans,’ to discuss the series finale and celebrate the …

Gabrielle Union Doesn’t Hold Back | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 39)

May 17th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events including the Yanny-versus-Laurel debate (1:00) before chatting with actress Gabrielle Union about everything from returning to the big screen to personal stories from her book …

Jake Tapper on Idealizing Our Political Past and Improving Our Political Future | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 38)

May 10th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction and President Donald Trump’s latest antics (1:00). Then, he is joined by CNN's …

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Combatting Trump and Climate Change | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air (Ep. 37)

April 26th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on Kanye West's politics and NFL players taking a knee (1:00). Then, he sits down with Washington Governor Jay Inslee to talk …

Love and Relationships in the Digital Age with Joanna Coles of Hearst Magazines | Larry Wilmore (Ep.36)

April 19th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on the Starbucks incident in Philly (1:00). Later, Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst Magazines, stops by to share …

NBA Stories and Listener Questions With Roy Hibbert | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 35)

April 12th, 2018


Larry Wilmore chats with former NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert and The Ringer’s Tommy Alter about the NBA (1:00) before reading and responding to listener …

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Courtney B. Vance on Working With Legends | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 34)

April 4th, 2018


Larry Wilmore weighs in on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination (0:35). Then, he sits down with actor Courtney B. Vance to discuss his star-studded debut in the original …

Eating Well and Making Hit TV Shows With 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Creator Phil Rosenthal | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 33)

March 15th, 2018


Larry Wilmore chats with his daughter, Lauren Wilmore, about Pi Day, the shrug emoji, and intricacies of language (1:00). Later, he sits down over lunch with renowned TV producer Phil Rosenthal to discuss his love of …

Forest Whitaker Displays His Range as an Actor and Philanthropist | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 32)

March 8th, 2018


Larry WIlmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before Larry sits down with academy award winning actor Forest Whitaker about the challenges of …

Katie Couric and the Difficulties of Dialogue in These Times | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 31)

February 22nd, 2018


Larry Wilmore touches on the Parkland high school shooting, our culture of gun violence, and Laura Ingraham’s comments about LeBron James (1:00). …

Tessa Thompson Is What the Future of Sci-Fi Looks Like | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 30)

February 15th, 2018


Emmy Award–winning writer Travon Free joins to discuss 'Black Panther,' the Obama portraits, and the sexual harassment allegations against gold …

‘Moneyball’ author Michael Lewis on How to Get Invited to Steve Bannon’s House and More | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 29)

February 8th, 2018


Larry Wilmore sits down for a live interview with ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Big Short’ author Michael Lewis to talk about his inspiration for 'Moneyball,' eating chicken salad sandwiches with Steve Bannon, and his thoughts …

David Frum’s Theory of ‘Trumpocracy’ | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 28)

February 3rd, 2018


From ‘Live Talks Los Angeles,’ Larry Wilmore sits down with neoconservative David Frum to discuss President Trump and the current political climate …

Stories From ‘Get Out,’ ‘The West Wing,’ and ‘The Post’ With Bradley Whitford (Ep. 27)

January 18th, 2018


Larry Wilmore chats with veteran actor Bradley Whitford about working with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on 'The West Wing' (3:00), why it’s hard to be an actor and an activist, rehearsing in secret with Meryl Streep on …

Jeffrey Toobin and the Breakneck Speed of Breaking News (Ep. 26)

January 11th, 2018


Larry Wilmore chats with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin about The Trump Presidency, the impact of his twitter account, keeping up with the …

The Best of Larry Wilmore, With Neil deGrasse Tyson, Issa Rae, and Malcolm Gladwell (Ep. 25)

December 28th, 2017


Larry Wilmore shares his favorite moments from 'Black on the Air' in 2017, including Neil deGrasse Tyson on spirituality (9:00), Issa Rae on “the ho …

Ezra Klein and the Need for Explanatory Journalism (Ep. 24)

December 21st, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on the Republican tax bill, Omarosa Manigault’s White House departure, and the disagreement between Ta-Nehisi Coates and …

Dan Rather Keeps It 100 (Ep. 23)

December 7th, 2017


Larry Wilmore discusses Time magazine’s decision to name “the Silence Breakers” as Person of the Year, as well as the concept of “weaponized outrage” (2:00), before sitting down for a live event with Dan Rather. He and …

Judd Apatow's Unwavering Love of Comedy (Ep. 22)

November 30th, 2017


Larry Wilmore sits down with renowned TV and film producer, writer, and comedian Judd Apatow to discuss each other's heroes and experiences in the world of comedy.

Daveed Diggs on How to Get by Till You Win a Tony Award (Ep. 21)

November 22nd, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on Thanksgiving, Trump’s feud with LaVar Ball, and the rash of sexual assault and harassment allegations throughout Hollywood …

Old Showbiz Stories with Carl Reiner (Ep. 20)

November 9th, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events and the Texas church shooting (1:00). Later, Larry sits down with acclaimed comedian, producer, and director Carl Reiner to discuss his early time in showbiz, his new book ‘Too …

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Harassment With Gretchen Carlson (Ep. 19)

October 26th, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before sitting down with former Fox News television anchor Gretchen Carlson to discuss sexual …

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Understanding Racial Disparity (Ep. 18)

October 19th, 2017


Larry Wilmore chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his breakout success, peoples' disconnect in understanding racial …

The Mailbag Episode (Ep. 17)

October 13th, 2017


Larry Wilmore opens the mailbag and responds to listener questions, weighing in on topics including Jemele Hill’s recent suspension by ESPN, athlete protests and the legacy of Muhammad Ali, the Harvey Weinstein …

Michael Bennett on the Importance of Activism and Being a Historian (Ep. 16)

October 8th, 2017


Larry Wilmore and NFL star Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks discuss the increasing amount of protests and social activism among athletes, the …

The Fight for Reproductive Rights With Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards (Ep. 15)

September 25th, 2017


Larry Wilmore sits down with Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, in front of a live audience at the Texas Tribune Festival to discuss health care, women’s reproductive rights, and how Planned Parenthood is …

Live From the Now Hear This Festival With Robin Thede of ‘The Rundown’ (Ep. 14)

September 12th, 2017


Larry Wilmore riffs on Trump, disaster porn, fake news, and how to decipher what’s actually true (0:01) before he’s joined by Robin Thede, host of ‘The Rundown’ in a 'Nightly Show' reunion (13:00). They discuss Robin’s …

Pod Save America’s Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau Reflect on Crafting Political Messages With President Obama (Ep. 13)

September 7th, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on immigration, DACA, and pursuing the American Dream (0:01) before sitting down with with Crooked Media founders and 'Pod Save America' hosts Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett to discuss their time as …

The Fight for Equality With Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of ‘The Young Turks’ (Ep. 12)

August 31st, 2017


Larry Wilmore touches on the recent flooding in Houston and the problem with using language like "an act of God" in regard to extreme weather (0:30). Later, Larry sits down with Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of ‘The …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Charlottesville, Racism, and Athlete Activism (Ep. 11)

August 16th, 2017


Larry Wilmore weighs in on the horrible situation in Charlottesville (1:30), the president’s refusal to condemn racism (6:25), and the problematic …

Bill Maher on Political Correctness, the Power of an Apology, and What the Democratic Party Should Do Next (Ep. 10)

August 10th, 2017


Larry Wilmore considers new nicknames for President Trump and responds to the recent uproar over HBO’s ‘Confederate,’ a forthcoming show that …

Issa Rae on the ‘Hoe Phase’ and Finding Her Voice (Ep. 10)

August 3rd, 2017


Larry Wilmore riffs on the Anthony Scaramucci firing, Lavar Ball’s antics and Trump’s continued lying (1:00) before being joined by Issa Rae to …

Malcolm Gladwell on Pioneers, Tokens, and ‘The Satire Paradox’ (Ep. 9)

July 20th, 2017


Larry Wilmore kicks off this week’s show with a few responses from Twitter and his thoughts on Michael Vick’s recent advice for Colin Kaepernick and …

Senator Al Franken and Comedy's Relationship to Politics (Ep. 8)

July 13th, 2017


Larry Wilmore discusses Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr., and the “nothing burger” that is the current administration (1:00). Later, Larry sits down with current …

The Complexities of Celebrating the Fourth of July, and Bassem Youssef on the Power of Satire for Social Change (Ep. 7)

July 6th, 2017


Larry Wilmore unpacks some of the complexities of celebrating the Fourth of July in the black community (1:00). He also touches on the increasing …

The Situation in North Korea, Patriotism vs. Criticism, and Kumail Nanjiani on Arranged Marriages and ‘The Big Sick’ (Ep. 6)

June 22nd, 2017


Larry Wilmore discusses North Korea and the recent death of Otto Warmbier as well as the criticism he’s received over comments he made about Warmbier last year (0:30). He also checks in on the Cosby trial, the Philando …

Let’s Stop Giving Propaganda a Platform, and ESPN’s Cari Champion on Women and Politics in Sports and Broadcasting (Ep. 5)

June 15th, 2017


Larry Wilmore touches on the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia (0:30) before speaking out against television interviews that irresponsibly give voice to propaganda by interviewing subjects …

The N-Word, a Formula for Detecting Bullshit, and Charlamagne Tha God on ‘Black Privilege’ (Ep. 4)

June 8th, 2017


Larry Wilmore discusses Seinfeld’s awkward moment with Kesha on the red carpet, the Bill Cosby trial, Larry's personal formula for detecting …

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Absence of Curiosity, Sounding Black, and Why Astrophysics Is His Calling (Ep. 3)

May 25th, 2017


Larry answers tweets and catches up on some of Trump’s latest antics, from giving the Pope a set of books by Martin Luther King Jr. to the Melania …

Cosby Resurfaces, Trump’s Three Degrees of Lying, and Bernie Sanders on the Polarization of America (Ep. 2)

May 18th, 2017


Larry Wilmore reacts to Bill Cosby’s first public interview in two years before breaking down Trump’s 3 degrees of lying (1:20). Later he chats with Senator Bernie Sanders about the state of the Democratic Party and …

Trump’s Casual Lying and Norman Lear on Creating Socially Impactful Television (Ep. 1)

May 11th, 2017


Larry Wilmore kicks off the inaugural episode of 'Black on the Air' by riffing on the firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump’s casual relationship with the truth. Then he sits down with legendary …

'Black on the Air' Teaser

May 9th, 2017


Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and …

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