Larry Wilmore, in the wake of news events the past few weeks, has done his very best work since launching The Nightly Show –
great pieces, provocative discussions, and brave, funny, intensely honest personal reflections and history lessons. (For a sample of these, listen to my report, on cable comedy shows and their reactions to recent news events, on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross website.
) Tonight, reacting to news events in his booking of guests as well, Wilmore welcomes LaBree Newsome, the woman who recently climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse and took down the Confederate flag. On Monday, Wilmore said, “It’s kind of like that old saying: ‘If you want something done, wait around and do nothing until a kickass black woman comes along and does that s**t for you.’” Tonight, he talks to her in person.