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This week, we’re beginning a four-part retrospective on the rise and fall of Japan’s most successful postwar opposition party: The Democratic Party of Japan, or DPJ. This week: how did two veterans of the tumultuous politics of the early 1990s come together to found this scrappy little party, and what forces led to the DPJ becoming the largest of J…
 
This week, the DPJ's good fortune--in the form of the hilariously politically inept Prime Minister Mori Yoshihiro--turns to disaster, as he is replaced by the charismatic Koizumi Junichiro. Facing a revived LDP, the DPJ will turn to one of the most singular (and divisive) figures in modern Japanese politics: Ozawa Ichiro. Show notes here.…
 
Seth takes a closer look at progressives in Congress pushing forward with a transformative $3.5 trillion spending plan that would invest heavily in climate infrastructure amid historic wildfires, droughts and flooding. Then, Bill Burr talks about recording his comedy album Live from Madison Square Garden, speaks his mind about Mr. Potato Head and d…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Republicans coming up with increasingly insane arguments against Biden’s vaccine requirements and other COVID measures after several polls show that they are widely popular. Then, Amy Adams talks about learning the Applebee's TikTok dance, working with Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever on the Dear Evan Hansen film and Disencha…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the biggest scandal and mystery in current politics: What happened to Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s balls? Then, the cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller) and co-creator Dan Goor join Seth to celebrate the series …
 
This week, we're beginning a four-part retrospective on the rise and fall of Japan's most successful postwar opposition party: The Democratic Party of Japan, or DPJ. This week: how did two veterans of the tumultuous politics of the early 1990s come together to found this scrappy little party, and what forces led to the DPJ becoming the largest of J…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Trumpism losing badly in California when Governor Gavin Newsom easily beat back a GOP-led recall effort. Then, B. J. Novak talks about The Premise, shares his opinion about short movies vs. short films and discusses his experience working with Ed Asner. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Priva…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the Republican response to President Biden’s new vaccine requirements and Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre rant at a 9/11 memorial dinner. Then, Machine Gun Kelly talks about smashing his guitar during his 2021 VMAs performance, his friendship with Pete Davidson and his new graphic novel Machine Gun Kelly's Hotel Diablo. See Priv…
 
This week, we’re talking about one of the last attempts to save the Tokugawa shogunate: the Tenpo Reforms of the 1840s, and their chief architect, the hard-partying Mizuno Tadakuni. What did he see as the most pressing problems Japan faced? How did he try to solve them? And how did this final attempt to salvage Tokugawa rule fail so badly? https://…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the Biden administration ousting several Trump holdovers from military academy boards, while Trump claims Confederate General Robert E. Lee would have won the war in Afghanistan. Then, Paula Pell talks about working at a mall when she was younger and her dog’s adorable overbite. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/pr…
 
This week, we're talking about one of the last attempts to save the Tokugawa shogunate: the Tenpo Reforms of the 1840s, and their chief architect, the hard-partying Mizuno Tadakuni. What did he see as the most pressing problems Japan faced? How did he try to solve them? And how did this final attempt to salvage Tokugawa rule fail so badly? Show not…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Republicans standing in the way of urgently needed action against climate change while also staging a brazen attack on Roe v. Wade. Then, Selena Gomez reveals what prompted her to join the "Only Murders in the Building" cast, gushes over working with castmates Steve Martin and Martin Short and describes her experience at…
 
Amber Ruffin focuses a minute of fury on the Texas heartbeat bill becoming law, making it illegal to get an abortion at six weeks or later. Then, John Mulaney tells Seth about his eventful year. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
This week, we’re taking a closer look at the unequal treaty system of the 1800s by exploring one of its crappier (!) consequences: a diplomatic incident over cholera quarantines and extraterritorial laws surrounding a small German freighter called the Hesperia. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/historyofjapan/Episode_404__mixdown.mp3 Sources Johnst…
 
On today's episode of our books podcast, Late Night's Sarah Jenks-Daly speaks with Cecily Strong, whose new memoir This Will All Be Over Soon is available now. She also talks to award-winning writer and editor Raakhee Mirchandani. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the FDA warning people not to take livestock de-wormer as GOP politicians continue to oppose mask and vaccine mandates. Hannah Einbinder talks about her role in Hacks, having her chops busted by Jean Smart and supporting herself at the start of her stand-up career. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Cali…
 
This week, we’re discussing Japan’s reckoning with its wartime past through the lens of the nation’s self-appointed conscience: the historian Ienaga Saburo, who spent 30 years locked in legal battles with the government over what could and could not be included in history textbooks. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/historyofjapan/Episode_403_mixdo…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the Republicans who supported Trump’s deal with the Taliban to withdraw shamelessly piling on and trying to erase history. Then, Michael Keaton talks about his horse-riding hobby and the time he accidentally emailed Bradley Cooper when ordering a saddle. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Priv…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the crowd at a Trump rally booing COVID-19 vaccines before the FDA finally granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Then, Patton Oswalt talks about hitting the road again to tour, shares photos from him in a school Dungeons and Dragons club and fencing club and his wife Meredith Salenger joins him to talk about their…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Republicans like Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump lying about masks and trying to rewrite history when it comes to their negligent handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Then, Cecily Strong talks about moving to upstate New York during the pandemic and her dramatic interactions with nature. See Privacy Policy at https://art1…
 
This week, we’re covering the bizarre history of a hijacking attempt from 1970. What led nine young men to seize control of JAL Flight 351, and why in the hell did they think that, of all places to take the plane, North Korea was the one to pick? https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/historyofjapan/Episode_402_mixdown.mp3 Sources Takazawa, Koji. Destin…
 
Seth takes a closer look at right-wing pundits and politicians engaging in cynical finger-pointing as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan. Then, Brendan Hunt talks about being a new father, Ted Lasso’s slew of Emmy nominations and his life in Amsterdam. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.c…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan as a 20 year foreign policy disaster that American officials from both parties bear responsibility for comes to a tragic end. Then, Dana Bash discusses the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, the attacks on CNN journalist Clarissa Ward and what about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…
 
Seth takes a closer look at a judge greenlighting a series of defamation lawsuits against three Donald Trump allies who lied about the election. Then, Ethan Hawke talks about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Moon Knight, getting a fake ID when he was younger and the inspiration behind his new graphic novel Meadowlark: A Coming-of-Age Crime …
 
Seth takes a closer look at Donald Trump’s refusal to help Rudy Giuliani pay his legal bills and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s recent meltdown. Then, Dr. Fauchberg (Andy Samberg) stops by Late Night to share health updates on a new virus going around called the Frisbee virus. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Noti…
 
Amy Poehler joins Seth to discuss Andrew Cuomo’s resignation from governor of New York and other headlines. Then, Kevin Smith gushes about Seth’s special Lobby Baby, tells the story of his visit to the periodontist and teases his upcoming film Clerks 3. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.c…
 
Seth takes a closer look at damning new evidence of Donald Trump’s plan to overthrow democracy. Then, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard talk about hosting their competition series Family Game Fight! and Bell’s new show Do, Re & Mi. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-i…
 
This week, we’re tackling the history of kamishibai, a form of street theater that was once big business but has since faded into obscurity. Where did it come from, and why–after it was killed off by TV and movies–is it worth remembering today? https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/historyofjapan/Episode_401_mixdown.mp3 Sources Yasuda, Tsuneo “The Paci…
 
On today's episode of our books podcast, Late Night's Sarah Jenks-Daly speaks with Nick McDonell, author of The Council of Animals, and Elizabeth Nyamayaro, author of I Am A Girl from Africa. She is also the head of HeForShe and a special advisor for the United Nations World Food Programme. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Califo…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Marjorie Taylor Greene refusing to say whether she’s been vaccinated and Republicans saying we should learn to live with climate change. Then, Tim Robinson talks about the work that went into his coffin flops sketch, working on a Saturday Night Live sketch that included a bug that could have been detrimental to New York'…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Trump's former inaugural committee chair, Tom Barrack, being accused of illegally using his connections and access to Trump to lobby on behalf of a foreign government. Then, Lorde talks about the biggest difference between New Zealand and New York, fulfilling her childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica and what it was…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Donald Trump and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly having trouble selling tickets for their arena tour. Then, Henry Winkler talks about the importance of the COVID vaccine, working on the Monsters, Inc. continuation Monsters at Work and the time his grandson dressed up as The Fonz. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.co…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the GOP and Fox News freaking out over President Biden’s plan to conduct community outreach to raise awareness about Covid vaccines. Then, Questlove talks about his documentary Summer of Soul about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, Tokyo’s affinity for the 1970s and how YouTube made one of his precious collections obsol…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the governor of Texas threatening to arrest lawmakers who fled the state to block a draconian new voter suppression law designed to keep Republicans in power. Then, Amy Poehler talks to Seth about when they auditioned for Saturday Night Live 20 years ago, gushes over her Making It co-star Nick Offerman and shares her exp…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Conservative Political Action Conference attendees cheering low vaccination rates as COVID cases rise. Then, Scarlett Johansson talks about showing her film Home Alone 3 to her daughter and getting married to Colin Jost during the pandemic. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at …
 
On today's episode of our books podcast, Late Night's Sarah Jenks-Daly speaks with Maggie O'Farrell, award-winning novelist and author of Hamnet. She also talks to two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward to discuss her new monthly book club with Literati. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https…
 
This week, we're covering the transformation of the collapsed LTCB into the revived Shinsei ("New Life") Bank, and the motley cast of American investors and Japanese executives who made this once unthinkable financial future a reality. What led to decades of fiscal tradition being scrapped, and what have the impacts of this choice been? Show notes …
 
Seth takes a closer look at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump supposedly distancing themselves from Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s New York law license getting suspended. Then, Kristen Schaal talks about her favorite Burlington Coat Factory buy, lays out the plot of her show The Mysterious Benedict Society and shares what she learned about Canadians…
 
Seth takes a closer look at a book that reveals shocking new details about the Trump administration's criminally negligent response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, Former President Bill Clinton and James Patterson talk about collaborating on their second book The President’s Daughter, life after presidency and how a fictional book inspired the Unit…
 
Seth takes a closer look at former Vice President Mike Pence being heckled and called a "traitor" at a conservative conference by his own party. Then, comedian Jacqueline Novak talks about the return of her show Get on Your Knees, the time she thought Larry David was in the audience of one of her shows and using memory palaces to help guide her jok…
 
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