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Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air Live, with Michael Lewis

Listen to the podcast of Larry Wilmore's "Black on the Air," featuring guest Michael Lewis, which was recorded at a program of The Commonwealth Club's Inforum. (Link takes you to another site.)

Larry Wilmore’s podcast “Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air” debuted in May and features Wilmore’s candid thoughts on the most pressing issues of the week and his interviews with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports and beyond. This live conversation will feature author Michael Lewis and will likely delve deeply into the wide range of subjects Wilmore and Lewis like to cover. Other recent guests on Wilmore's show include U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Cecile Richards, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae and Gretchen Carlson.

Wilmore is an Emmy winner and has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years as a television producer, writer, actor and comedian. Best known as host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” he has helped to launch some of today’s most beloved comedies, including both “Black-ish” and “Insecure.” Wilmore has also been a writer for “In Living Color,” “The PJs,” “The Office” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” In 2002, he earned an Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series for his work as creator, writer and executive producer of “The Bernie Mac Show.” Wilmore also earned a Peabody for the show. In April 2016, Wilmore hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

Lewis has published many New York Times best-selling books on various subjects. His most recent works are Flash BoysThe Big Short and Boomerang, narratives set during the global financial crisis. The Blind Side, published in 2006, tells the story of Michael Oher, a poor, illiterate African-American kid living on the streets of Memphis whose life is transformed after he is adopted by a white, Evangelical family. Prior to The Blind Side, Lewis wrote Moneyball, a book ostensibly about baseball but also about the way markets value people. Both of these books, as well as The Big Short, were turned into movies and nominated for Academy Awards. His other works include The New New Thing, about Silicon Valley during the Internet boom; Coach, about the transformative powers of his own high school baseball coach; Losers, about the 1996 presidential campaign; and Liar’s Poker, a Wall Street story based in part on his own experience working as a bond salesman for Salomon Brothers. He is widely published in online and print outlets and has created various film, documentary and radio pieces. 


Wilmore photo by Peter Yang/Comedy Central

This program is sold out; no tickets will be sold at the door. 

February 3, 2018

Live Stream
United States

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Larry Wilmore

Host, “Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air”—Moderator

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Michael Lewis

Best-Selling Author, The Undoing Project, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side; Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Columnist, Bloomberg View


4 p.m. check-in
5 p.m. program