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  • Leonard Nimoy
    Leonard Nimoy
    Episode 24
    2/14/08
    9.5
    Tonight, Stephen welcomes actor, director and photographer Leonard Nimoy, author of The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy. Also, Stephen talks with Washington Post sports writer and author of Living On the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember, John Feinstein, about the Roger Clemons steroid allegations.
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew Young
    Episode 10
    1/22/08
    9.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes civil rights activist and former United Nations ambassador, Andrew Young. Also, Stephen talks with Malcolm Gladwell about the usefulness of IQ tests.
  • Charles Nesson
    Charles Nesson
    Episode 12
    1/24/08
    9.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Harvard law professor Charles Nesson, who want to make online poker legal again.

    Also Stephen talks with Mother Jones columnist Debra Dickerson about Bill Clinton's tactics regarding race.
  • Rep. Patrick Murphy
    Rep. Patrick Murphy
    Episode 51
    4/17/08
    9.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Pennsylvania Congressman Rep. Patrick Murphy.
  • Rick Reilly
    Episode 116
    9/16/08
    9.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes sportswriter, ESPN Magazine columnist and founder of Nothing But Nets, Rick Reilly. Also Stephen talks with consumer advocate Tyson Slocum about the current financial crisis.
  • Richard Freeman
    Richard Freeman
    Episode 1
    1/7/08
    9.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes professor of economics at Harvard and author of America Works: Critical Thoughts on the Exceptional U.S. Labor Market, Richard Freeman. Also Stephen talks with the editor for The New Republic, Andrew Sullivan.
  • Philip Zimbardo
    Philip Zimbardo
    Episode 21
    2/11/08
    9.2
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. Also, Stephen talks with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, author of Ending Aging: The Rejuvination Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging In Our Lifetime.
  • Jacob Weisberg
    Jacob Weisberg
    Episode 17
    2/4/08
    9.2
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Slate editor in chief Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy.

    Also, Stephen talks with Tony Campolo, author of Red Letter Christians, about the Chrisitian right's influence on politics.
  • David Paterson
    Episode 114
    9/5/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes New York's Governor David Paterson.
  • Jason Riley
    Episode 88
    7/15/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, Jason Riley. Also, Stephen talks with Julia Sweig, author of Friendly Fire about the rise of Venezuela and other South American nations rise out of poverty.
  • Rush
    Episode 89
    7/16/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes rock group Rush and perform one of their old hits Tom Sawyer from the album Moving Pictures.
  • Tad Devine
    Tad Devine
    Episode 19
    2/6/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Democratic strategist Tad Devine. Also Stephen talks with the senior editor of The National Review Richard Brookhiser about whether the Republicans will vote for John McCain.
  • Bing West
    Episode 106
    8/14/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes combat journalist and author of The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq, Bing West.
  • A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
    It's Stephen's first Christmas special. Joining the festivities will be Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson and John Legend.
  • R.E.M.
    R.E.M.
    Episode 42
    4/2/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes classic American rock band R.E.M. to talk about their new album, "Accelerate".
  • Peter Gomes
    Episode 115
    9/15/08
    9.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes religion professor at Harvard and author of The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News, Peter Gomes.
  • Matt Taibbi
    Matt Taibbi
    Episode 3
    1/9/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political reporter and author of Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire, Matt Taibbi.

    Also Stephen talks with former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
  • Robin Wright
    Robin Wright
    Episode 47
    4/10/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist (specializing in the Middle East) and author of Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, Robin Wright.
  • Will Smith
    Will Smith
    Episode 84
    6/24/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes rapper, actor and star of Hancock, Will Smith. Also, Stephen talks on the phone with biologist Dr. Jason Bond about naming a spider after Stephen.
  • Geraldo Rivera
    Geraldo Rivera
    Episode 33
    3/11/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S., Geraldo Rivera.
  • Alex Ross
    Alex Ross
    Episode 14
    1/29/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes music critic Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.`

    Also Stephen talks with Marvel Comics Editor-in-chief Joe Quesada about the new Captain America, Stephen's run for President in the Marvel U and the upcoming Secret Invasion storyline.

    Jon Stewart stops by to help Stephen in his feud with Conan O'Brien as to who made Mike Huckabee.moreless
  • Maria Bartiromo
    Episode 118
    9/18/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo.
  • Muhammad Yunus
    Muhammad Yunus
    Episode 4
    1/10/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the Nobel Prize wining founder of the Grameen Bank and author of Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, Muhammad Yunus.
  • Gregory Rodriguez
    Gregory Rodriguez
    Episode 30
    3/5/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes L.A. Times columnist and author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, Gregory Rodriguez. Also, Stephen talks with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich about the upcoming fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
  • Dan Esty
    Episode 87
    7/14/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the head of Yale's Center for Business & the Environment, Dan Esty. Also Stephen talks with Lama Surya Das about whether Barack Obama should become a Tibetan Buddhist.
  • John Legend
    John Legend
    Episode 31
    3/6/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes musician John Legend.
  • Bob Lutz
    Episode 117
    9/17/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the vice chairman of GM, Bob Lutz.
  • Michelle Obama
    Michelle Obama
    Episode 49
    4/15/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the wife of Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Michelle Obama.
  • Jorge Ramos
    Episode 103
    8/11/08
    9.0
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the anchor for Univision News and author of The Gift of Time: Letters from a Father, Jorge Ramos.
  • Jennifer Hooper McCarty
    5/13/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the co-author of What Really Sank the Titanic: New Forensic Discoveries, Jennifer McCarty.
  • Bob Dole
    Bob Dole
    Episode 18
    2/5/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former Senator Bob Dole Also, Stephen talks with Angelo Falcon, President of the National Institute for Latino Politics, about the candidates courting the Latino vote.
  • Tony Snow
    Tony Snow
    Episode 26
    2/27/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.
  • Mark Moffett
    Mark Moffett
    Episode 20
    2/7/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes naturalist Mark Moffett, author of Face to Face with Frogs. Also, Presidental candiate and former Arkansas Governaor Mike Huckabee stops by to discuss, and play air hockey with Stephen, about which state he hopes to win next.
  • Madeleine Albright
    Madeleine Albright
    Episode 45
    4/8/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former Clinton Secretary of State and author of Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership, Madeleine Albright.
  • Deborah Tannen
    Deborah Tannen
    Episode 7
    1/16/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Deborah Tannen, author of You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Also, Stephen talks with syndicated columnist Bernard Epstein.
  • Jeff Gore
    Jeff Gore
    Episode 46
    4/9/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the founder of Citizens for Retiring the Penny, Jeff Gore.
  • Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
    Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
    Episode 64
    5/12/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the co-author of You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
  • Anne Lamott
    Anne Lamott
    Episode 57
    4/29/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political activist and author of Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott.
  • Arianna Huffington
    Arianna Huffington
    Episode 63
    5/8/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the editor in chief of the Huffington Post and author of Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe, Arianna Huffington. Also, Stephen talks with astronaut Garrett Reisman, currently onboard the International Space Station.
  • Jesse Ventura
    Jesse Ventura
    Episode 44
    4/7/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former pro wrestler and Governor of Minnesota and author of Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!, Jesse Ventura. Also, Stephen talks with Trevor Paglen about the supposed shoulder patches worn by black ops members.
  • George McGovern
    George McGovern
    Episode 32
    3/10/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former Presidential candidate and South Dakota Senator George McGovern.
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Episode 112
    9/3/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also, Stephen talks with Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, about why she endorsed Barack Obama.
  • Gary Rosen
    Gary Rosen
    Episode 2
    1/8/08
    8.9
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the editor for Commentary magazine, Gary Rosen.
  • Stephen Colbert's Sport Report
    1/23/08
    8.8
    Stephen presents the head of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Marie Wood, with a check from the profits of the Wrist Strong Bracelets. Then Stephen welcomes base jumper Jeb Corliss. Finally, Stephen welcomes extreme skier Andrew McLean, who is featured in the documentary Steep.
  • Ingrid Newkirk
    Ingrid Newkirk
    Episode 27
    2/28/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the president and co-founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk. Also, Stephen talks with the senior editor for The National Review magazine Richard Brookhiser about the influence the late William F. Buckley Jr had on conservatism and political talk shows
  • Richard Thompson Ford
    2/13/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes law professor Richard Thompson Ford, author of The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse. Stephen welcomes back his writers. (And Kevin Bacon, Tiki Barber & Mr. Met) Also, Stephen talks with entomological gastronomist David Gracer about if we should eat bug. Stephen's Fallback Position Stephen goes to the Hayden Planetarium and talks with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson about becoming an astrophysicist.moreless
  • Jon Paskowitz
    Jon Paskowitz
    Episode 71
    6/2/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes professional surfer and co-producer of the movie Surf Wise, Jon Paskowitz.
  • George Johnson
    George Johnson
    Episode 62
    5/7/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes science writer and author of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, George Johnson.

    Also, Stephen talks with artist and SJSU professor Hasan Elahi about his being on the terrorism watch list. He created a webiste http://www.trackingtransience.net that tracks his location and every purchase he makes purportedly in order to "aid the government in tracking him".moreless
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr
    2/26/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes literary critic and author of Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Grover Norquist
    Grover Norquist
    Episode 66
    5/14/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the president of Americans for Tax Reform and author of Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, Grover Norquist. Also, Stephen talks with actress Laura Dern, star of the upcoming HBO movie Recount.
  • Sen. Jim Webb
    Episode 91
    7/21/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Virginia Senator and author of A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America, Senator Jim Webb.
  • Andrew Young
    Episode 144
    11/5/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes civil rights activist Andrew Young.
  • Mike Huckabee
    Episode 108
    8/27/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.
  • Jane Mayer
    Episode 104
    8/12/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, Jane Mayer. Also, Stephen talks with Olympic Gold Medalist and founder of Team Darfur, Joey Cheek.
  • Nas
    Episode 93
    7/23/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes rapper Nas who is representing www.colorofchange.org and their petition to FOX to stop racist bias in news.
  • Margaret Spellings
    Episode 92
    7/22/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
  • Dick Meyer
    Episode 105
    8/13/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes social critic and author of Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium, Dick Meyer.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    Episode 85
    6/25/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Also, Stephen talks with architecture critic and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, Paul Goldberger.
  • George Will
    George Will
    Episode 72
    6/3/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political commentator and author of One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation, George Will.
  • Bob Woodward
    Episode 147
    11/12/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008, Bob Woodward.
  • Jonathan Alter
    Episode 137
    10/23/08
    8.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes senior editor for Newsweek, Jonathan Alter.
  • Andrew Napolitano
    Andrew Napolitano
    Episode 16
    1/31/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of A Nation of Sheep. Also, Stephen talks with Tim Hartford, author of The Logic of Life about making decisions based on logic.
  • Samantha Power
    Samantha Power
    Episode 36
    3/17/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, Samantha Power.
  • Ron Paul
    Episode 113
    9/4/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Texas Representative and former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Also, Stephen talks to blogger Adam Brickley about his efforts to get Sarah Palin chosen for Vice President.
  • Buzz Aldrin
    Episode 98
    7/31/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Also, Stephen talks with Slate.com columnist Brendan Koerner about making good environmental purchasing decisions.
  • Rep. Robert Wexler
    Episode 86
    6/26/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Florida Representative and co-author of Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress, Robert Wexler.
  • John McWhorter
    Episode 110
    8/29/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political commentator and author of All about the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America, John McWhorter. Also, Stephen talks with former Denver Bronco Terrell Davis about how Barack Obama did during his speech.
  • 7/30/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes legendary musical act Crosby, Stills & Nash.
  • Rachel Maddow
    Episode 145
    11/6/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the host of The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel Maddow.
  • Joseph Stiglitz
    Episode 131
    10/14/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Nobel Prize wined economist and co-author of The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict,, Joseph Stiglitz.
  • Mitch Albom
    Mitch Albom
    Episode 54
    4/23/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes radio host and author of For One More Day, Mitch Albom.
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill
    5/28/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.
  • Alan Rabinowitz
    Alan Rabinowitz
    Episode 76
    6/10/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes wildlife scientist and author of Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed, Alan Rabinowitz.
  • Maria Shriver
    Maria Shriver
    Episode 55
    4/24/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist, California's First Lady and author of Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question, Little Book. Answers Within, Maria Shriver.
  • Paul Begala
    Episode 122
    9/29/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political commentator and author of Third Term: Why George W. Bush (Hearts) John McCain, Paul Begala.
  • Garrett Reisman
    Episode 94
    7/24/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes astronaut Garrett Reisman. Also Stephen talks with journalist and religion reporter for the New York Times, Laurie Good Goodstein, about the schism in the Anglican Church over whether to ordain openly gay priests.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders
    4/21/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Also, Stephen talks with Father James Martin, author of My Life With the Saints, about the Pope's recent visit.
  • Feist
    Feist
    Episode 56
    4/28/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes singer/songwriter Feist.
  • Nate Silver
    Episode 127
    10/7/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the owner of political website fivethirtyeight.com, Nate Silver.
  • Carl Hiaasen
    Carl Hiaasen
    Episode 60
    5/5/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport, Carl Hiaasen.

    Korean pop sensation Rain also makes a guest appearance in a pre-taped sketch/dance-off, featured after the show.

  • Junot Diaz
    Junot Diaz
    Episode 81
    6/18/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz. Also, Stephen talks with the president of the Hindu Temple Socity of North America Ameriica, Dr. Uma Mysorekar about Barack Obama becoming a Hindu.
  • Richard Brookhiser
    Episode 109
    8/28/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes biographer, historian and author of George Washington on Leadership, Richard Brookhiser.
  • Shashi Tharoor
    Shashi Tharoor
    Episode 28
    3/3/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the former UN undersecretary general for communications and public information, and author of The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: The Emerging 21st Century Power, Shashi Tharoor. Also, Stephen talks with the conductor for the New York Philharmonic, Maestro Lorin Maazel about their recent concert in North Korea.moreless
  • Lisa Randall
    Lisa Randall
    Episode 22
    2/12/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes theoretical physicist from Harvard Lisa Randall, author of Warped Passages: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. Also, Stepehn talks with New York Governor Eliot Spitzer about his being a super-delegate for Hillary Clinton. Later, he talks with Washington D.C. Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is a super-delagate for Barack Obaman.moreless
  • Noah Feldman
    Noah Feldman
    Episode 58
    4/30/08
    8.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes law professor at Harvard University and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Noah Feldman.
  • Frans de Waal
    Frans de Waal
    Episode 15
    1/30/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes primatologist Frans de Waal, author of Our Inner Ape. Also, Stephen talks with author Carl Hiaason about what's wrong with Florida.
  • Kathleen Parker
    Episode 130
    10/13/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker. Also, Stephen talks with contributing editor for Vanity Fair Bethany McLean about computers causing the problems with the economy.
  • David Sirota
    David Sirota
    Episode 70
    5/29/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, David Sirota. Also, Stephen talks with Democratic strategist Tad Devine about the problems with the delegates in Michigan and Flordia.
  • Dickson Despommier
    Dickson Despommier
    Episode 78
    6/12/08
    8.6
    Tonight, Stephen welcomes Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University, Dickson Despommier.

    Also, Stephen talks with former Green Party Vice Presidental candidate and Native American activist Winona LaDuke about the candidates courting the Native American vote.
  • David Simon
    Episode 140
    10/29/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the creator of HBO's The Wire and Generation Kill, David Simon.
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    Episode 83
    6/23/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes political satirist and author of This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, Barbara Ehrenreich.
  • Richard Haass
    Episode 159
    12/10/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.
  • Indecision 2008: Election Night
    11/4/08
    8.6
    Live election night coverage.
  • David Levy
    David Levy
    Episode 8
    1/17/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the president of the International Computer Games Association and author of Love & Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationsjips, David Levy. Also, Estaban Colberto interviews CNN anchor Lou Dobbs regarding the war on the middle class.
  • Jonathan Zittrain
    Jonathan Zittrain
    Episode 80
    6/17/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Security and author of The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It, Jonathan Zittrain. Also, Stephen talks with Neal Katyal, lawyer for one of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay about his client and others being released.
  • Kevin Costner
    Episode 101
    8/6/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes actor/director and star of Swing Vote, Kevin Costner. Aslo, Stephen talks with Jason Bond about the spider named after Stephen.
  • Elizabeth Edwards
    Episode 90
    7/17/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the wife of former Presidential candidate John Edwards and author of Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers, Elizabeth Edwards.
  • Yo-Yo Ma
    Episode 138
    10/27/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes multiple Grammy Award winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma, promoting his new CD Songs of Joy and Peace.
  • Thomas Friedman
    Episode 152
    11/20/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes economist and author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America, Thomas Friedman. Also, Stephen talks with the Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker.
  • James Kunstler
    James Kunstler
    Episode 59
    5/1/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes social critic and author of World Made by Hand, James Kunstler.
  • Sherman Alexie
    Episode 139
    10/28/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Also Stephen talks with Socialist Party candidate for President, Brian Moore about whether Barack Obama is a socialist or not.
  • Bishop N.T. Wright
    Bishop N.T. Wright
    Episode 82
    6/19/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Bible scholar and author of Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, Bishop N.T. Wright. Also Cookie Monster from Sesame Street stops by when Stephen starts complaining that Cookie no longer eats cookies.
  • Neil Shubin
    Neil Shubin
    Episode 5
    1/14/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes evolutionary biologist and author of Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body, Neil Shubin .
  • Brian Greene
    Brian Greene
    Episode 68
    5/27/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes theoretical physicist and co-founder of the World Science Fair, Brian Greene Also, Stephen talks to the president of the Family Research Council and author of Personal Faith, Public Policy, Tony Perkins.
  • Oliver Stone
    Episode 129
    10/9/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Oliver Stone, director of the movie W. Also, Stephen talks with CNN political commentator David Gergen.
  • Naomi Klein
    Episode 125
    10/2/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein. Also, Stephen talks with Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt about how the candidates match characters from Shakespeare's plays.
  • Laura D'Andrea Tyson
    Episode 111
    9/2/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the former director of the National Economic Council and economic advisor to Barack Obama, Laura D'Andrea Tyson.
  • Thomas Frank
    Episode 102
    8/7/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes contributing editor for Harper's and author of The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, Thomas Frank. Also, Stephen talks to Newsweek Olympic editor Devin Gordon about what China hopes to get out of the games, and the athletes that will emerge from the Olympics.
  • Susan Jacoby
    Susan Jacoby
    Episode 53
    4/22/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman Rushdie
    Episode 73
    6/4/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Salman Rushdie, author of The Enchantress of Florence. Also, Stephen talks with Oklahoma Representative and Libertarian Presidential candidate, Bob Barr.
  • Andrei Cherny
    Andrei Cherny
    Episode 67
    5/15/08
    8.6
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour, Andrei Cherny.
  • Sudhir Venkatesh
    Sudhir Venkatesh
    Episode 35
    3/13/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Columbia University professor and author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes it to the Streets, Sudhir Venkatesh. Also, Stephen talks with Hussein Ibish from the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership about whether Barack Obama is a Muslim or not.
  • Jennifer 8. Lee
    Jennifer 8. Lee
    Episode 29
    3/4/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes New York Times reporter and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, Jennifer 8. Lee. Also, Stephen lets the President of the Catholic League William Donohue express Stephen's outrage over comments made by Rev. John Hagee. Later, Stephen takes a phone call for the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean about who will win the Texas & Ohio primaries.moreless
  • Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
    Episode 13
    1/28/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?. Also, Stephen talks with the writer and director of Persepolis, Marjan Satrapi, about the youth of Iran.
  • Jared Cohen
    Jared Cohen
    Episode 6
    1/15/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Jared Cohen, author of Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travles Among the Youth of the Middle East. Also Stephen talks with Peter Hopkins, co-founder of bigthink.com.
  • Kevin Johnson
    Episode 146
    11/11/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former NBA player and the new Mayor of Sacramento, California, Kevin Johnson. Also Stephen talks with advice columnist Dan Savage over the fallout in California concerning Proposition 8.
  • Michael Phelps
    Episode 160
    12/11/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Olympic gold medalist and co-author of No Limits: The Will to Succeed, Michael Phelps.
  • Joe Scarborough
    Episode 128
    10/8/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough. Also, comedian Gilbert Gottfried calls into Stephen's Atone-Phone.
  • Phil Weiss
    Phil Weiss
    Episode 75
    6/9/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes New York columnist Phil Weiss.
  • Dave Levin
    Episode 124
    10/1/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the co-founder of the KIPP Academy, Dave Levin.
  • Jackson Browne
    Episode 119
    9/23/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes singer/songwriter Jackson Browne.
  • Pat Buchanan
    Pat Buchanan
    Episode 74
    6/5/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes conservative political commentator and author of Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, Pat Buchanan
  • Scott McClellan
    Episode 107
    8/26/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, author of What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, Scott McClellan. Also, Stephen talks with former Georgia Representative and Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr about the Libertarian party's "green" efforts.
  • Kenneth Miller
    Kenneth Miller
    Episode 79
    6/16/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen talks with biologist and author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul, Kenneth Miller.
  • Howard Kurtz
    Howard Kurtz
    Episode 34
    3/12/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes media critic and host of CNN's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz.
  • Nathan Gunn
    Nathan Gunn
    Episode 61
    5/6/08
    8.5
    Tonight Stephen welcomes opera singer Nathan Gunn.
  • Eric Roston
    Episode 96
    7/29/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat.
  • Stephen Moore
    Episode 148
    11/13/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes economist and co-author of The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy--If We Let It Happen, Stephen Moore.
  • Jim Cramer
    Episode 126
    10/6/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer.
  • Charlie Kaufman
    Episode 158
    12/9/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Charlie Kaufman, writer and director of Synecdoche, New York. Also, Stephen talks with Kevin Bacon about his roll in Frost/Nixon.
  • Cornel West
    Episode 120
    9/24/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes professor of religion and African American studies at Harvard and author of Hope On a Tightrope, Dr. Cornel West. Also, Stephen talks with New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera about how the Wall Street bailout will save the economy.
  • Van Jones
    Van Jones
    Episode 41
    4/1/08
    8.4
    Stephen discusses the democratic presidential candidates, the economy and promotes Doritos. Stephens gets some welcome news about his portrait. Stephen welcomes the founder and president of Green For All, Van Jones. The topic of discussion is creating more "green" jobs for Americans and how this would benefit our country.
  • Dean Kamen
    Dean Kamen
    Episode 39
    3/20/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Dean Kamen.
  • Mike Farris
    Episode 135
    10/21/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College, Mike Farris.
  • Jeffrey Goldberg
    Episode 154
    12/2/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg.
  • David Carr
    Episode 100
    8/5/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes New York Times columnist and author of The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own, David Carr.
  • David Hajdu
    David Hajdu
    Episode 77
    6/11/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hajdu.
  • Geoffrey Canada
    Episode 157
    12/8/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes social activist and the President/CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Geoffrey Canada.
  • Nicholas Wade
    Episode 156
    12/4/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes science journalst and author of Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of our Ancestors, Nicholas Wade. Also, Stephen talks with former Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, on the looming threat of terrorism coming from Pakistan.moreless
  • Michael Lewis
    Episode 151
    11/19/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the author of Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, Michael Lewis.
  • Andrew Sullivan
    Episode 142
    11/3/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes comservatige blogger for TheAtlantic.com, Andrew Sullivan. Also, Stephen talks with the founder and chief editor of the Cook Political Report, Charlie Cook about the numbers in the election.
  • Tina Brown
    Episode 132
    10/15/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the former editor for Vanity Fair and co-founder of thedailybeast.com, Tina Brown.
  • Clay Shirky
    Clay Shirky
    Episode 43
    4/3/08
    8.4
    Tonight Stephen welcomes telecommunications professor and author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations, Clay Shirky.
  • Michael Reynolds
    Michael Reynolds
    Episode 40
    3/31/08
    8.3
    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.
  • James Taylor
    Episode 123
    9/30/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes singer/songwriter James Taylor.
  • Roland Fryer
    Episode 153
    12/1/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer. Also, Stephen talks with Khaled Hosseini about what needs to be done in Afghanistan.
  • Eric Weiner
    Eric Weiner
    Episode 9
    1/21/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World.

    Also, Stephen talks with Allan Sloan, the senior editor of Fortune magazine, about the possibility of a recession happening.
  • David Frum
    Episode 136
    10/22/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former speechwriter for President Bush and author of Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, David Frum.
  • Barbara Walters
    Episode 155
    12/3/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist, the host of The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 and author of Audition: A Memoir, Barbara Walters.
  • Malcolm Gladwell
    Episode 149
    11/17/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the author of Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell. Also, Stephen talks with the host of Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw about the important cabinet positions to be filled by Barack Obama.
  • Robert Greenwald
    Episode 133
    10/16/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes producer/director and political activist Robert Greenwald. Also, Stephen talks with the director of the National Museum of American History, Brent Glass about where Stephen's portrait will be hung.
  • Nick Carr
    Episode 121
    9/25/08
    8.3
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Nick Carr, author of The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google. Also Stephen talks with the president of the National Organization for Women's Kim Gandy about why NOW is endorsing Obama/Biden and not Sarah Palin.
  • Dee Dee Myers
    Dee Dee Myers
    Episode 38
    3/19/08
    8.2
    Tonight Stephen welcomes former Clinton White House Press Secretary and author of Why Women Should Rule the World, Dee Dee Myers.
  • Wilco
    Episode 141
    10/30/08
    8.2
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the band Wilco.
  • Toby Keith
    Toby Keith
    Episode 95
    7/28/08
    8.2
    Tonight Stephen welcomes country music superstar Toby Keith and star of Beer for My Horses, plus Keith performs the song of the same name.
  • Wynton Marsalis
    Episode 134
    10/20/08
    8.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes musician and author of Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, Wynton Marsalis. Also, Stephen talks with the editor for Newsweek International, Fareed Zakaria, about the bright side of the economic crisis.
  • Chris Matthews
    Chris Matthews
    Episode 48
    4/14/08
    8.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes the host of Hardball, Chris Matthews. Also, Stephen talks with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter over recently passed anti-gun legislation.
  • Paul Simon
    Episode 150
    11/18/08
    8.1
    Tonight Stephen welcomes singer/songwriter and author of Lyrics: 1964-2008, Paul Simon.
  • Governor Ed Rendell
    Governor Ed Rendell
    Episode 50
    4/16/08
    7.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes Pennsylvania's Governor, Ed Rendell.
  • Carole King
    Carole King
    Episode 37
    3/18/08
    7.8
    Tonight Stephen welcomes legendary singer/songwriter Carole King.
  • Lucas Conley
    Episode 99
    8/4/08
    7.7
    Tonight Stephen welcomes journalist and author of OBD: Obsessive Branding Disorder: The Illusion of Business and the Business of Illusion, Lucas Conley. Also, the band Apples in Stereo perform Can You Feel It to close the show.
  • Recap - Week of 3/31/08
    4/4/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include surprising news about his portrait, an award, a performance by R.E.M., and a new Tek Jansen adventure.
  • Recap - Week of Mar 3
    Recap - Week of Mar 3
    Episode 0307
    3/7/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include a liberty-loving duet with John Legend and saying Hucka-bye. Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include a question about John McCain's balls and a dramatic reunion with some Starbucks coffee.
  • Recap - Week of Mar 10
    Recap - Week of Mar 10
    Episode 0314
    3/14/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include better knowing the drug lobby and a look at a certain New York governor's sex scandal.
  • Recap - Week of Mar 17
    Recap - Week of Mar 17
    Episode 0321
    3/21/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include an announcement about the Pennsylvania primary and a celebration of World Water Day.
  • Recap - Week of April 7
    4/11/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the The Colbert Report include visits from Jesse Ventura and Madeleine Albright, and a challenge to put Rain in his place.
  • Recap - Week of April 14
    4/18/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include visits from Chris Matthews, Michelle Obama, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
  • Recap - Week of April 21
    4/25/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include a special goodbye to stage manager Bobby and a taunt from Rain.
  • Recap - Week of May 12
    Recap - Week of May 12
    Episode 0516
    5/16/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include a clip from the early Colbert days and a Cold War Update.
  • Recap - Week of May 5
    Recap - Week of May 5
    Episode 0509
    5/9/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include a dance-off with Rain, advice from Karl Rove, and a chat with an astronaut in space.
  • Recap - Week of April 28
    5/2/08
    0.0
    Highlights from the world of Stephen and his guests include an examination of electability, a serenade for Donna Brazile and a visit from Feist.
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