Carl Kasell, NRP newsman and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! straight man, is dead at 84

Carl Kasell, the longtime NPR morning newscaster who found a second career at the NPR comedic news quiz Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, died on Tuesday. He was 84, and his wife, Mary Ann Foster, gave the cause as complications of Alzheimer’s disease, which Kassel discovered he had in 2012.

Kasell was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, and he was interested in radio from a young age. His drama teacher at Goldsboro High School, future TV star Andy Griffith, urged him to pursue theater, but Kasell worked part time at a radio station during high school, then helped start the college station at the University of North Carolina. After he returned from World War II, Kasell dropped disc-jockeying for the world of news radio at WAVA-FM in Arlington, Virginia, where he gave Katie Couric her first broadcasting job. He started part-time at NPR in 1975, joined full-time in 1977, and he read the news on All Things Considered and Morning Edition until he retired in 2009.

In 1998, Kasell started his improbable second career in comedy, joining the fledgling NPR call-in news quiz Wait Wait as judge and scorekeeper — and since the show had no budget, it’s prize: Kasell’s voice on the winning callers’ answering machines. Here’s one example, and you can find more at NPR.

“Carl has always been the heart of this show,” Wait Wait host Peter Sagal told The New York Times. At first, “we needed him because he was NPR in the same way that Walter Cronkite was TV news,” he said, but then “we found out that Carl is very hysterically funny.” Frequent guest Paula Poundstone posted an homage for Kasell on Tuesday.

A tribute to Carl Kasell.

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James Comey tells Stephen Colbert he doesn’t think Trump can successfully kill the Russia investigation

Stephen Colbert started off his interview with former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday’s Late Show by jokingly asking for his loyalty, as President Trump allegedly did, and Comey stared him down for a minute. Colbert lightened things up by pouring them paper cups of pinot noir, like Comey drank on the plane ride back to Washington after Trump fired him last year.

Comey explained his comparison of Trump and his entourage to a mafia family. “If you felt like you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised that you got whacked?” Colbert asked. Comey laughed and said no, “because that would be a crazy thing to do — why would you fire the FBI director who’s leading the Russia investigation?” “Because you’re leading the Russia investigation,” Colbert said. “I don’t know if you’ve dealt with mob bosses before, but they don’t like to be investigated.” Comey told Colbert that yes, he does know classified things about the Russia investigation, but he can’t talk about them. “Drink some more wine,” Colbert joked.

When Colbert asked Comey how he felt about Trump tweeting mean things about him, Comey joked that he’s “like a breakup he can’t get over. … I’m out there living my best life. He wakes up in the morning and tweets at me.” He said he wasn’t “trying to make fun” or light of Trump with his one paragraph describing Trump’s hair, skin, and hands, he was just “trying to observe and report,” like an author.

Colbert had some tough questions about Comey’s decisions on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, then asked if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation ends if Trump fires Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? “I think most likely it goes on. I think you would need to fire everyone in the Justice …read more

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Starbucks to temporarily close 8,000 locations across America to ‘conduct racial-bias education’

Hold on to your lattes: Starbucks is going to close some 8,000 stores across the United States on May 29th in order to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores,” the company announced Tuesday. Approximately 175,000 Starbucks employees will receive the training, and it will be incorporated into the training for new hires as well.

The decision follows a Philadelphia store manager calling the police on two black men last week for “trespassing” while they were waiting in the Starbucks for a business meeting. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told Good Morning America on Monday that the company would be “look[ing] more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again.” Executive chairman and founder Howard Schultz said in Tuesday’s statement: “The company’s founding values are based on humanity and inclusion. We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer.”

Read the company’s entire announcement below.

JUST IN: Starbucks to close more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. on May 29 “to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.”

— ABC News (@ABC) April 17, 2018

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Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel do a happy two-step on Sean Hannity’s Michael Cohen unmasking

President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, “was in court today, desperately trying to keep his very small client list private,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday’s Kimmel Live. He had three clients — Trump, for whom he paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair; Elliot Broidy, for whom Cohen paid a Playboy model $1.6 million after impregnating her during an extramarital affair; and mystery Client No. 3. “And shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity of Fox News,” Kimmel said.

“Besides the implications that are raised, it’s a big deal because Sean Hannity’s been, like, the chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team,” Kimmel said, and “he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team. If this is the biggest witch hunt in history, as they say it is, we’re running out of spots on the broomstick.”

Stephen Colbert let CNN unmask Hannity — “you’ve earned this,” he said on The Late Show. But he wasn’t afraid to celebrate. “Jon Stewart, after the show I’m going to come over and we’re just gonna spoon,” he said. “This is crazy! Cohen only has two other clients, and all he does for them is pay off mistresses. Which raises the obvious question: Who did Sean Hannity have sex with?” He had a suggestion, but didn’t linger on it.

“How did Fox News let him go on the air with this massive conflict of interest?” Colbert asked. “Did he not tell them, or did he tell them and they just ignored it? I’m going to go with the first one, because I know Sean Hannity, and delivering factual information is not his strong suit.” He had a brief but lovely moment of seeing Hannity’s frail humanity, …read more

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