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The Colbert Report

Season 4 Episode 40

Michael Reynolds

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Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Mar 31, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Tonight Stephen welcomes eco architect Michael Reynolds, subject of the documentary Garbage Warrior. Also Stephen talks with professor of English and journalism and author of Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America, Eric Alterman.

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      • Stephen: We have a really big show tonight...(whispers) but it's a little bit sensitive so call it husky. This is the Colbert Report!

      • Stephen: Is Obama too liberal? Wait a second, I'm still trying to decide whether he is black enough.

      • Stephen: Sorry monks. Next time, get re-incarnated in America.

      • (Discussing "Why We're Liberals" with guest author)
        Stephen Colbert:Why? What's the big deal?
        Eric Alterman: To be a liberal, Stephen, just means to believe in the truth. You don't take orders from God. You don't take orders from the fatherland.
        Stephen Colbert: But God is truth. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the light."
        Eric Alterman: Jesus was a liberal. There he is right next to Willie Nelson. (referring to book's cover)
        Stephen Colbert: Jesus was a liberal. Albert Einstein was a liberal. Abraham Lincoln was a liberal. He's a republican.
        Eric Alterman: Yeah, there used to be liberal republicans before you and Iwere born.
        Stephen Colbert: Why would you admit you were a liberal? I mean, isn't that a dark secret to let everybody know these days? It's a stain to call somebody a liberal.
        Eric Alterman: These days it takes some bravery...Even people who are liberals are afraid to call themselves liberals.
        Stephen Colbert: You say, 20% of Americans identify as liberals but 60% agree with liberal ideas...doesn't that mean that 40% of them are liars?
        Eric Alterman: It means that most people who call themselves moderates are actually liberals but they're afraid or confused about using the term...My hope with this book is to give liberals, what I call, intellectual vitamins so that they beef up a little bit and don't take this lying down...Liberalism is about truth and truth is complicated.

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      • Space 1999: By referencing this BBC scifi show from the early 70's Colbert is alluding to the fact that Stephen Reynold's interior decorating resembles cheesy over- the-top scifi sets from the 70's.

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