Sep 16

Better Know a Guest: September 15 – 18, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hello, Colbert News Hub! Anna here, your new Better-Know-a-Guest-er. I’ve been lurking around the site for about a month now, and it’s been fun to watch the Colbert Report with more knowledge about who these interviewees are. I do too much research on the news anyway (usually just to procrastinate doing laundry, or my actual job), and I figured it’s time to put that habit to some use. So hi.

This week in America, we’re seeing continued confusion over the ISIS situation. As disgusting stories of torture and beheading continue to come out, the Obama administration has declared war, sort of, promising increased airstrikes but not wanting to exactly call it a war or to exactly call it Syria. Meanwhile, today (Sunday) in Iowa, Senator Tom Harkin is about to hold his final Iowa Steak Fry after 37 years. The event will be headlined by Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are
expected to sort-of-but-not-officially campaign. In stupid news, the week saw members of the Palin family get into a fistfight at something called a “snowmobile party”, the return of crazy South Carolina congressman Mark Sanford with an epic Facebook rant about his ex-wife, and an Olive Garden investor complaining in a 294-page Powerpoint presentation that the company serves too many bread sticks, too much salad, expensive take out bags, and not enough salt in its pasta water.

Stephen’s guests this week are an actress/showrunner, a young Metal band, an actor, and a filmmaker; Jon hosts a documentarian, two actors, and (as of Sunday) a mystery guest.

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Sep 09

Better Know a Guest: September 8 – 11, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters!  Here’s to hoping all your weekends were fantastic, and that we’ll have an enjoyable week of shows ahead of us.  As an announcement, due to extra work for my senior year of undergrad (senior thesis, anyone?), I unfortunately have to give up the BKAG posts to keep up with academic assignments.  If anyone is interested in taking up the posts, get in touch with Katt at [email protected]  The Hub staff are very busy, and would appreciate the addition of a new staff member.

Based on one of the guests this week, I’m expecting a discussion of pressing international issues (particularly unrest in Ukraine, the ebola crisis in West Africa, a conflict that broke out in South Sudan over the weekend between rebels and the government, and more).  Of course, we’ve had some interesting news in the US as well, including the stalling of immigration policy reform, new developments in the Michael Brown case, the mysterious crash of an American couple’s plane near Jamaica, request for the Supreme Court to consider state’s rights to outlaw gay marriage, and an American anti-federalist group that is sending a message of complaint to Washington via horseback.  As always, let us know what you hope our hosts will discuss in this week’s round of shows!

Stephen’s guests this week are two actors, an author, and an American diplomat.
Jon’s guests this week are a US Senator, a UN official, and an author.

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Sep 03

Better Know a Guest: September 1 – 4, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! Hopefully all of you had great weekends (like a lot of readers I’m sure, it was my first weekend back at college).  This weekend has certainly been eventful, and Jon and Stephen sure have a lot to choose from when deciding what to cover.  I’m guessing that we’ll see some coverage of the events at the US Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, more news about ISIS and Iraq, even more drama between the EU and Russia, among other news stories that break throughout the week.  As always, let us know what you hope to hear about in the comments below, as well as any other remarks you may have!

Stephen’s guests this week are an actor and two authors.
Jon’s guests this week are an author, a filmmaker, and a musician.

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Aug 27

Better Know a Guest: August 25 – 28, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! Hopefully you all enjoyed the two-week break from the show and post-Emmy triumph (for me, it means moving back into college for senior year!) It definitely looks like the hosts will have a lot to talk about this first week back.  I suspect we’ll be hearing more about Israel and Gaza, the incidents surrounding the death of Michael Brown and the unrest in Ferguson, the execution of James Foley by ISIS, and continuing drama in the Crimean Peninsula.  Of course, if there’s anything you’d like to see addressed on the show, what guests you’re most excited to hear from this week, and more, let us know in the comments below!

Stephen’s guests this week include two actors, an author, and an artist. Jon’s guests this week include an author and a comedian. Let’s get this short Emmy week started!

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Aug 05

Better Know a Guest: August 4 – 7, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! I hope you are all excited for a new week of shows! It looks like we’ll be seeing more about Gaza and Israel it continues to dominate the news, especially after the failure of the 72-hour cease-fire.  I hope we also see some coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the recent earthquake in China, developments in the GOP plan to sue President Obama, US immigration policy, and more. As always, let us know what you think about the guests for this week, what topics you hope are highlighted this week, and more!

Stephen’s guests this week are two politicians, a director, an actor, and an entrepreneur.
Jon’s guests this week are an actress, an author, a band, and a director.

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Jul 29

Better Know a Guest: July 28 – 31, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week


Hey there Hubsters! With another week of shows on the way, it’s time for this week’s “Better Know a Guest”!  Even though our favorite shows go on break every weekend, everyone knows that the news never does.  Based on some of the guests, it looks like we’ll hear about education policy, the controversy surrounding Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, and child immigrants.  Of course, there’s a lot more time on the show than just the interviews, so let us know what events you hope will be covered, as well as your favorite guests, in the comments below!

Stephen’s guests this week include a musician, a band, an actor, and a news reporter.
Jon’s guests this week are an author, a news reporter, and two actresses.

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Jul 22

Better Know a Guest: July 21 – 24, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! A new week of shows is just around the corner, so that means it’s time for your regularly-scheduled “Better Know a Guest”!  As we come back from the weekend, there have a been a few big news stories that might get some coverage this week, particularly the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in the Ukraine, continuing conflict in the Gaza Strip, the ongoing debate over the deportation of young undocumented immigrants, and more.  As always, let us know in the comments below what news you hope to hear about, the guests you’re most interested in, and any suggestions for this post!

Stephen’s admirable opponents at the interview desk this week are a journalist, a politician, a film director, a film writer, and a businessman.  Jon’s guests this week are two journalists, an actor, and a director.

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Jul 15

Better Know a Guest: July 14 – 17, 2014

Better Know a Guest Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! After a long (and eventful) two week-break, fake news is back this Monday!  So much has happened since the last shows, including a Supreme Court ruling allowing family-owned corporations to deny healthcare options to employees because of religious beliefs, the Israeli military strikes on Gaza, the latest revelations of the FBI’s ethnic profiling of Muslim Americans, the World Cup Final, the end of a Facebook experiment which manipulate the emotions of users, and more.  As always, let us know what you think about the guests, their projects, topics you hope they cover for the week, and anything else you might want to add in the comments below!

Stephen’s guests this week are two radio hosts, an internet pioneer, and an animal rights lawyer.
Jon’s guests this week are a political commentator for Slate, a comedian, and an actress.

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