Stephen Colbert, the satirist and television host set to take over David Letterman’s late-night program, looked out a porthole of the U.S.S. Intrepid last night, in silence, taking in the lapping water and lights of the piers. It seemed to me an utterly reasonable response after he’d hosted a gala for StoryCorps focusing on its Military Voices Initiative.
At the gala, Colbert navigated through excerpts of seven stories, accompanied by photographs of the narrators or animations. There was the national guardsman who bonded with a shy boy in Baghdad by playing rock, paper, scissors; the corporal whose face was burned by a bomb in Afghanistan; the veteran who, by chance, met a nurse who had cared for his dying son in Iraq.
I could have used a few minutes in front of a porthole. Instead, I got to interrupt Colbert’s contemplative stance for a one-on-one moment.
“I’m so grateful to be reminded of how important it is to know how other people suffer,” Colbert said. “We want to be happy all the time. But happiness is not as good as being loved and loving. And these are loving experiences. People need human connection.”
Did he have any advice for drawing out these kinds of stories — a way of asking a question? “I’ve got a lot more to learn from the people in these booths who are just talking to each other in honest ways,” Colbert said. “What I do is construct. What they do is really true.”
So go listen.
EPISODE NUMBER: 11008 (October 9, 2014)
GUESTS: Robert Plant
SEGMENTS: Intro | Columbus Day Under Attack | Raining vs. Sprinkling | “Republicans Are People Too” | Robert Plant | Sign Off – “lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar”
WEB EXCLUSIVE: “Little Maggie”
SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Navy patterned tie
VIDEOS: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tonight’s episode was a personal dream come true for me. As a lifelong fan of Led Zeppelin and a super fan of The Colbert Report, two of my passions converged. Robert Plant was absolutely fantastic. Stephen seemed to enjoy that one-of-kind rock ‘n roll energy that Plant provided. It was an excellently funny interview and a phenomenal performance by a true rock legend. In 1975, Plant stood on the balcony of a hotel on the Sunset Strip in LA and declared, “I am a golden god!” Who could argue with that?!
EPISODE NUMBER: 11007 (October 8, 2014)
GUESTS: Carol Burnett
SEGMENTS: Intro – 10/8/14 |John Boehner vs. America’s Anti-Gay Marriage Crusaders | Naming the War Against ISIS | Carol Burnett | Sign-Off: Ear Tug
SUIT REPORT: Grey Pinstripe | White Shirt | Royal Blue Spotted Tie
VIDEOS: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
EPISODE NUMBER: 11006 (October 7, 2014)
GUESTS: Leon Wieseltier
SEGMENTS: Ebolapalooza | Better Know a District – Illinois’ 8th – Tammy Duckworth | Cheating Death – Pandemic Health | Leon Wieseltier | Sign Off – Cigarette
SUIT REPORT: Navy suit | White Shirt | Red, white, & blue striped tie
VIDEOS: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
EPISODE NUMBER: 11005 (October 6, 2014)
GUESTS: James McPherson | Allison Orr Larsen
SEGMENTS: Intro-10/6/14 | Victory for Gay Marriage & the Rise of Amicus Briefs | Victory for Gay Marriage & the Rise of Amicus Briefs – Allison Orr Larsen | A Rare Correction – No Ebola Outbreak in the U.S. | James M. McPherson
SUIT REPORT: Dark Grey Suit | White Shirt | Black and Purple Striped Tie
VIDEOS: Monday, October 6, 2014
Hello, Colbert News Hub! I don’t know about you, but I badly need my Late Night fix this week. We’ve got loads of depressing news to deal with – panic over Ebola, ISIS torturing and killing hostages, creepy and confusing news from North Korea as people theorize over the disappearance of Kim Jong Un. But on the positive, there are talks between North and South Korea (we don’t know what about), and Kim Jong Un is at least out of sight (maybe in a cheese coma somewhere). And, Cheerios put out an adorable ad telling the story of a gay couple and their adopted daughter. It airs in Canada. “Stephen” will hate it.
Stephen’s guests this week are two authors, an actress, and a musician. Jon’s are an author, a pundit, the former Secretary of Defense, and an actor. Let us know which stories you hope to see covered this week, and which guests you’re most looking forward to!