The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 8

Nina Totenberg

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Jan 19, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Nina Totenberg
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes National Public Radio's legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg!

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  • Stephen travels all the way to the Bronx for an interview.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from spying to the 17th congressional district of New York.

    Stephen starts off the show by introducing a new segment, "Who's Attacking Me Now?" It seems Stephen is being criticized for his report from last week about teaching kids about the need for bear hunting. Stephen goes on to play a recording from a call he made to the humane society. This somehow brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "Public-See," the opposite of privacy. Stephen thinks the average American doesn't care about privacy. Stephen suggests opening up to the government's demands for phone and email records.

    Back from commercial, Stephen gets into tenth congressional district to be chosen, the 17th district of New York. Stephen goes there to interview Congressman Eliot Engel. They discussed the district, Iraq, the US/Mexico border, and then Stephen combed the congressman's mustache.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Nina Totenberg. They talk primarily about the Supreme Court.

    This was another fairly average episode. The "Better Know A District" segment is losing its appeal in my opinion. The interviews aren't as goofy as I seem to remember them.moreless

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    • Stephen: Just because your bat **** crazy, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be on the Supreme Court in my book.

    • Nina Totenberg: There are people who only know me from the shower.

    • Stephen: Let me introduce you to tonight's Word: Public-See. As in what don't you want the public to see? These new investigative tools are crucial to the war on terror, and the civil liberties crowd who are complaining are the same hippies who used to want to let it all hang out. But I guess now that they're being forced to let it all hang out, (get it all yanked out) well suddenly they don't want to. Well according to no less of an authority than Samuel Alito there's no constitutional right to personal privacy. (Only personal guns) And your typical American doesn't even give a damn about privacy. (Especially not Brangelina's) Most of us will gladly give out our name and phone number to get a Petco discount card. (Give me liberty or give me 10% off)

      Revealing information about ourselves is the new national pastime. (More stats than baseball) The bloggers who complain that the government knows too much have no problem publishing every mundane detail about their humdrum lives. (1/19/06: I just got 10% off at Petco) Everyone wants to be on a reality show like Big Brother or The Real World. (Stephen hasn't watched TV in six years) We're fascinated by seeing people like us doing things that people like us might do. (Eating pig entrails for cash) By sharing our information with the government in a way we're sharing in our own reality shows. (Text 10457 to vote your neighbor into Gitmo)

      Why shouldn't everything be known about you? You have to identify yourself to your neighbors if you're a sex offender. Well I say why not register everyone? Shouldn't law abiding citizens be held to at least as high a standard as sex offenders? I'll let you think about that one for a minute. Consider this: (This) it has been said that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Does it not stand to reason that we might put an end to stone throwing if we all lived in glass houses? (Note to self: buy stock in Windex) I think so. So let's open up America, let's share, with the government and with each other because sharing is caring. (It's true because it rhymes) Let's open closet doors, turn on the wiretaps, and throw open the windows. We will all be better for it if we just allow everything about our lives to be publicized, except for Social Security, that has got to be privatized.

      And that's the word.

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