Comedy Cellar presents "No Laughing Matter"
In partnership with the legendary Comedy Cellar in NYC, iSTANDtv presents, NO LAUGHING MATTER, a companion interview series to THE UNDERGROUND DEBATE SERIES - LIVE AT THE VILLAGE UNDERGROUND. You might be wondering...Comedy Cellar...serious debate...huh? That's what we thought, too, at first. But, somehow, when you have a lively group of folks of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives, in a comedy club, eating, drinking and being merry, and you promise something of substance with today's leading thinkers, doers, journalists and pundits, at a time when, well, let's face it, the world seems to be losing its mind...it all kind of makes sense.
CAUTION: You might actually learn something. Watch at your own risk.
Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter, playwright, staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the NYU School of Law. Wright is best known for his 2006 nonfiction book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."
Mubin Shaikh talks to host Stephen Calabria about his journey from muslim extremist to counter-terrorism expert. Born in Canada, an identity crisis at age 18 set Shaikh on a course of radicalization into extremism. After the 9/11 attacks, he moved to Syria to study Islam, coming to reject extremism as anti Islamic. Returning to Canada, he began working as an undercover counter-terrorism operative for the government. He also trains police, intelligence, military and special forces in counter-terrorism-related subjects.
Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored several books and articles on terrorism and violent extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011).