The 2008 Election
Josh Lieb is the former Producer and Show Runner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His credits include stints as Executive Producer of NewsRadio and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He won 7 Prime Time Emmys as a producer and writer for The Daily Show. In 2009, he published a young adult novel, I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, which was a New York Times Bestseller.
Lieb was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from Harvard, where he was an editor of The Lampoon, the college humor magazine. After graduation, he found work writing for Twisted Puppet Theater, The Jon Stewart Show, and NewsRadio. He subsequently worked as a producer or consultant on shows including The Simpsons, Drawn Together, Sirens, Nikki, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Lieb's tenure at The Daily Show lasted from 2006 to 2010, during which he also served as Executive Producer of “The Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” and as co-editor and co-author of Earth: The Book.
In 2013, he wrote and directed a series of comedic shorts to raise money and awareness for the charity Water.Org. Stars featured in the shorts included Matt Damon, Jessica Biel, Sir Richard Branson, and Bono.
Penguin/ Random House released Lieb's second novel, Ratscalibur, in 2015.
In October 2016, NBCUniversal announced an exclusive writing deal with Lieb.
Josh Lieb: The war seems like an obvious choice. I . . . I . . . In this country, I . . . and actually in the world, I don’t see how there can be any other real issue until it’s resolved. You know, until we’ve won, or until the war is over, that’s our only issue. There are . . . how best to win; how best to, you know, not just for us but for the world, you know. But what do we have to do? That’s . . . because people are dying every day because of this. I think there are . . . Second to that I’d say education in . . . in . . . in a way for a similar reason because . . . And it’s not going . . . That’s not gonna be the second most important thing, but . . . but every day people are kind of dying because of our school system too. That’s one of the things that aggravates me is everybody always talks about and complains about the problems with our school system. And you know we do this and that, but nothing ever changes. And nothing changes into sort of . . . Right now, kids are in crappy schools, and nothing is gonna, you know . . . that’s not gonna change. And . . . and that’s . . . That’s like, as crazy as it is, I actually . . . I feel like let’s just do school __________ . . . Let’s do something for like a mother who wants to send her kid to a good Catholic school. You know let’s just let her do it right now until something better comes along. Just . . . It’s just so frustrating to me to think of all the kids in the shitty schools right now. Yeah. But the war, that’s gotta be it.Hopefully the war will be over by 2008, you know? And we’ll be able to concentrate on other things.
Recorded on: 9/4/07
The war is the most obvious issue, says Lieb.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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