Better Know a Guest: February 18 – 21, 2013

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to ‘Better Know a Guest’, your introduction to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ this week.

It’s been a busy past week out there in the world; the Pope called it quits, space rocks rained down on Russia, an asteroid whizzed by planet Earth, and a Paralympic poster boy goes on went on trial for murder. What will this weeks news bring? I don’t know, but I do know which guests will be stopping by.

Why not take a peak behind the cut and find out who they are!!

** Thank you to our resident dance expert and former BKAG’er Karenatasha for helping out with Lil Buck!!

Monday, February 18th (2013)
Dave Grohl (Repeat)

President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 19th (2013)
Emily Bazelon (Author: “Sticks & Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy”)

In 2009, Bazelon began writing a series of articles for Slate, called ‘Bull – E’, about the growing concern of cyberbullying, and the role social media played in amplifying the effects of bullying. Her focus shifted after writing her first few articles, with the realisation that cyberbullying is ‘changing the nature of teenage bullying’, but that it is still ‘a new incarnation of an old phenomenon’. Spurred on by the realisation that bullying is more complex than originally thought, Bazelon an experienced writer and mother of two, set out to write her first book ‘Sticks and Stones’.

“Emily Bazelon is doing the most honest, hard-hitting investigative work on bullying in America today. Sticks and Stones is a page-turner, combining compelling personal stories, rigorous reporting and practical advice for parents and educators. Read it: It’s essential.” — Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out.

“Thoughtful and moving, incisive and provocative, Sticks and Stones is essential reading for any educator trying to negotiate the minefield of bullying. Packed with valuable advice, the book brings a welcome dose of sanity to an often overheated national discussion.” — Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed.

Born: 1971 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Education: Germantown Friends School | Yale College | Yale Law School
Awards: Michael Kelly Award (Finalist) | Gannett Foundation Online Journalism Award (Finalist)
Published Articles: The Atlantic | O Magazine | Slate | The Washington Post | The New York Times
Television Appearances: The Colbert Report | Talk of the Nation | Today | PBS News Hour

Previous Appearances on ‘The Colbert Report’: The Supreme Court Weighs In on Obamacare | Obamacare & The Broccoli Argument | Affirmative Action Supreme Court Case

Follow: | @EmilyBazelon | Facebook

Wednesday, February 20th (2013)
David Goldhill (Author: “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father–and How We Can Fix It”)

More than two hundred thousand avoidable deaths occur each year due to medical error. In 2007, David Goldhill’s father became one of that number, after dying from infections acquired while in hospital. Despite Medicare taking care of the enormous bill, Goldhill was understandably left heart-broken and angry. Filled with determination, Goldhill set out to understand how world-class technology and personnel could co-exist with such carelessness, and why a business that failed so miserably could be paid in full. Goldhill, a member of ‘The Leapfrog Group’, an employer sponsored organisation dedicated to hospital safety and transparency, steps outside the incremental debates on health care and questions the conventions blinding citizens to the fundamental issues at the centre of the ‘Health Care Debate’.

“David Goldhill is a genius observer of a broken system in need of fresh ideas. His testimony and common-sense ideas are devastatingly important in light of out-of-control medical prices. A must-read for doctors, policy-makers and patients alike. Catastrophic Care is a defining book of our era, and a roadmap for fixing our country’s leading debt driver. You will never see medical care the same way.” — Marty Makary, MD, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare.

“For those who are troubled by both the failures of our healthcare system and the misdirected diagnoses and prescriptions offered by pundits, policy experts, and politicians from across the political spectrum, David Goldhill offers a brilliant and much-needed antidote. By calling out with remarkable clarity the numerous, but now almost invisible incentives and regulations that drive the dysfunction of our current system, Catastrophic Care provides an illuminating framework for understanding the crisis, and then a path to the kinds of reforms that will surely be necessary.” — Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School.

Education: Harvard University | New York University
Employment: President of the Universal Television Group | Chief Executive Officer at Rotor Communications Corporation | President and CEO of the Game Show Network

Follow: @David_Goldhill | Facebook

Thursday, February 21st (2013)
Lil Buck (Dancer: Memphis Jooking)

When Lil Buck’s teacher posted a video of his street dance version of The Dying Swan — a ballet originally performed by Anna Pavlova in 1905—it went viral. Soon, he former unknown was collaborating with Yo Yo Ma, appearing at the Vail Dance Festival as artist-in-residence, working with stars such as Janelle Monae (in her video for “Tightrope”), and traveling around the world. Lil Buck’s form of hip-hop, known as ‘jooking’, comes out of Memphis, with The New York Times calling him “the Baryshnikov” of the style. Smooth and flowing when he dances, his body almost seems boneless; whilst wearing sneakers he also dances “on pointe”.

Born: Charles Riley in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Education: Studied dance in Memphis with Terran Gary | New Ballet Ensemble
Awards: “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine
Dance Company: Founder of New Styles Krew
Television Appearances: 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show | Madonna’s MDNA Tour


And now, let’s check in with our good friend over at ‘The Daily Show’ – Jon Stewart!

Monday, February 18th (2013)
Fawzia Koofi (Repeat)

President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 19th (2013)
Alison Brie (Actress: “Community”)

Alison Brie’s interest in acting came at an early age, her very first role being ‘Toto’ in the children’s classic as The Wizard of Oz. Before becoming an actress, Brie worked as a clown, but soon began her acting career by performing in community theatre shows at the Jewish Community Centre, in Los Feliz. A keen performer, Brie studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a B.A. in Acting, and performed as one of the original cast members in the world premiere of ‘The Peach Blosson Fan’, the inaugural theatre production at Disney’s REDCAT Theatre, in Downtown LA. Since graduating, Brie has worked in all forms of media, including film (‘The Five Year Engagement’}, television (‘Community’ and ‘Mad Men’ and theatre (‘Hamlet’).

Fun Fact: Starring as Annie in ‘Community’, Brie’s own mother was a teacher at a Community College.

Follow: @AlisonBrie | Funny or Die

Wednesday, February 20th (2013)
Helaine Olen (Author: “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry”)

Helaine Olen, a New York based freelance journalist and author, currently maintains the blog ‘Where Life Meets Money’ for Forbes. Her work on personal finance, families, books, feminism, politics and career strategy have been published in ‘The New York Times’, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate and Business Week. Olen is also the co-author ‘Office Mate: The Employee Manual for Finding and Managing Romance on the Job’, written with close friend Stephanie Losee.

Fun Fact: Olen is a fan of 1970s pop music and lover of rummage sales.

Follow: | @HelaineOlen | LinkedIn

Thursday, February 21st (2013)
Steven Brill (Author: “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools”)

Author and journalist Steven Brill, has played a fundamental role in the evolution and future success of journalism in an increasingly online based society. Brill is the founder of Journalism Online, which aims to create a new viable business model for journalism to flourish online, and the Yale Journalism Initiative, which recruits and trains journalists. Brill is also the founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine and Content Magazine. A native of New York, Brill authored “After: How America Confronted the September 12th Era” in 2003, as well as having his journalism pieces published in TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Harper’s.

Fun Fact: Taught advanced journalism at Yale.

That’s it for this weeks guest round-up. Which guests are you most looking forward to this week?

  • Katt

    Jason Yang ‏@jasonyangviolin

    Next up, going on The Colbert Report with @LILBUCKDALEGEND this Thursday!!!

    Could we be treated to a performance? One featuring Stephen perhaps? *fingers crossed*

  • Karenatasha

    Since Yang’s a violinist, my bet is that he’ll be playing “The Dying Swan” for Lil Buck so he can do his signature dance! As for Stephen, I’m hoping that Lil Buck will give him a little lesson, but I think that what he does with his body would be impossible for a non-dancer (and even many dancers) to replicate. It’s amazing–like watching water flow.

  • CN Helper

    Stephen likes Emily Bazelon, and she has been a good guest in the past, so that should be a good show. Also, Lil Buck! There hasn’t been a good dancer on the show in a while.