Real Time with Bill Maher
Season 7

s07e01 / February 20, 2009

21st Feb '09 - 3:00am
February 20, 2009 Summary

Guests: Financial Times editor Chrystia Freeland, journalist Tina Brown, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); via satellite, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), journalist Brigitte Gabriel

Topics: The economy, President Obama's first month in office

229 have watched this episode

s07e02 / February 27, 2009

28th Feb '09 - 3:00am
February 27, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actor Alan Cumming, political satirist and journalist P. J. O'Rourke, Mayor Gavin Newsom (D-San Francisco); via satellite, political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, author Robin Wright

Topics: Obama's speech, Bobby Jindal, marijuana, home ownership, Iraq, Afghanistan and troops, future of the Rep. party, Vatican and indulgences

229 have watched this episode

s07e03 / March 06, 2009

7th Mar '09 - 3:00am
March 06, 2009 Summary

Guests: Businessman T. Boone Pickens; Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark); news anchor Erin Burnett; author Peter Singer

Topics: The economy, green energy, charity and philanthropy, socialism

229 have watched this episode

s07e04 / March 13, 2009

14th Mar '09 - 2:00am
March 13, 2009 Summary

Guests: Comedian Sarah Silverman, professor Michael Eric Dyson, author Andrew Breitbart, columnist Steven Pearlstein

Topics: State of the Rep. party, racism in America, the Teachers' Union, stem cell research

229 have watched this episode

s07e05 / March 20, 2009

21st Mar '09 - 2:00am
March 20, 2009 Summary

Guests: Fmr. Sec. of State Madeleine Albright, television host Keith Olbermann, actress Kerry Washington, senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin

Topics: AIG bonuses, the crisis, Teenage pregnancy in America, Glenn Beck, right-wing power

229 have watched this episode

s07e06 / March 27, 2009

28th Mar '09 - 2:00am
March 27, 2009 Summary

Bill interviews former Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley. Panelists are artist Mos Def and author Salman Rushdie. Special guest is contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author Christopher Hitchens.

229 have watched this episode

s07e07 / April 03, 2009

4th Apr '09 - 2:00am
April 03, 2009 Summary

Guests: Joe the Plumber, Journalist David Frum, comedian Carol Leifer, writer Reihan Salam, reporter Sam Donaldson

Topics: 2009 G-20 London summit, tax cut, health care, Carbon tax, nuclear energy

229 have watched this episode

s07e08 / April 10, 2009

11th Apr '09 - 2:00am
April 10, 2009 Summary

Guests: Filmmaker Ron Howard and novelist Gore Vidal

Topics: Bill conducts one-on-one interviews

229 have watched this episode

s07e09 / April 24, 2009

25th Apr '09 - 2:00am
April 24, 2009 Summary

Guests: Ex-gov. Howard Dean (D-VT), comedian Dana Gould, writer Randy Cohen, author Bethany McLean, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer

Topics: Obama's first 100 days, torture memos, economy,balloon control, environment and global warming, children's health

229 have watched this episode

s07e10 / May 01, 2009

2nd May '09 - 2:00am
May 01, 2009 Summary

Guests: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), journalist Fareed Zakaria, NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel, former FDA chief David Kessler

Topics: 2009 swine flu outbreak, state of the Republican Party, terrorism, Souter's resignation, Arlen Specter's party switch, Israel

229 have watched this episode

s07e11 / May 08, 2009

9th May '09 - 2:00am
May 08, 2009 Summary

Guests: Democratic consultant James Carville, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, author Naomi Klein, journalist Matt Taibbi, author Reza Aslan

Topics: Tax evasion by big companies, torture, Pakistan & Taliban, US military handing out bibles, gay marriage

229 have watched this episode

s07e12 / May 15, 2009

16th May '09 - 2:00am
May 15, 2009 Summary

Guests: Creator of The Wire David Simon, economist Elizabeth Warren, conservative commentator Amy Holmes, National Review's Richard Brookhiser, columnist Dan Savage

Topics: Torture, climate change, gay marriage, War on Drugs

229 have watched this episode

s07e13 / May 22, 2009

23rd May '09 - 2:00am
May 22, 2009 Summary

Guests: Nobel Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, M.I.T. economist Simon Johnson, and rapper M.I.A.

Topics: Global economic crisis, the progress of the Obama administration, Dick Cheney, religion in the United States

229 have watched this episode

s07e14 / May 29, 2009

30th May '09 - 2:00am
May 29, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actor Hill Harper, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, former House Representative Heather Wilson, documentarian Michael Pollan

Topics: State of the Republican Party, torture and Guantanamo Bay, North Korea's nuclear weapons threat, nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and California Supreme Court's decision regarding California's Proposition 8

229 have watched this episode

s07e15 / June 05, 2009

6th Jun '09 - 2:00am
June 05, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actor and comedian D. L. Hughley, Council of Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, novelist Paula Froelich, journalist Jeremy Scahill, Fortune editor Matt Miller

Topics: Obama's visit to the Middle East, terrorism, abortion debate and the cuddle of Dr. George Tiller, gay marriage, health care reform in the United States

229 have watched this episode

s07e16 / June 12, 2009

13th Jun '09 - 2:00am
June 12, 2009 Summary

Guests: CNN host Larry King, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, former White House Homeland Security advisor Frances Townsend, NAACP President Ben Jealous, humorist P. J. O'Rourke

Topics: 2009 digital television transition, Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, racism, affirmative action, nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, terrorism, car culture in the United States, socialism

229 have watched this episode

s07e17 / June 19, 2009

20th Jun '09 - 2:00am
June 19, 2009 Summary

Guests: Commentator Paul Begala, BBC reporter Katty Kay, blogger Meghan McCain, columnist Joel Stein, writer Hooman Maj

Topics: Iranian presidential election, 2009, health care reform, David Letterman joke controversy, sexuality and infidelity in politics, 2009 imprisonment of US journalists by North Korea

229 have watched this episode

s07e18 / June 26, 2009

27th Jun '09 - 2:00am
June 26, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actress Cameron Diaz, director Oliver Stone, actor Billy Bob Thornton

Topics: Bill conducts one-on-one interviews

229 have watched this episode

s07e19 / July 17, 2009

18th Jul '09 - 2:00am
July 17, 2009 Summary

Guests: Joe Scarborough, actor Jason Alexander, actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT), Markos Moulitsas.

Topics: Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings, racism and the Republican Party, clean coal electricity debate, health care reform in the United States, recent sex scandals involving politicians, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, passing of Michael Jackson, drug use in the United States, passing of Walter Cronkite (news broke shortly before tonight's show began), 40th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

228 have watched this episode

s07e20 / July 24, 2009

25th Jul '09 - 2:00am
July 24, 2009 Summary

Guests: Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano (via satellite), Iraq War veteran and California congressional candidate Anthony Woods, Susan Eisenhower, journalist John Heilemann, writer Matt Taibbi

Topics: 2009 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. arrest by Cambridge police, racism and the Republican Party, Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, health care reform, military-industrial complex

228 have watched this episode

s07e21 / July 31, 2009

1st Aug '09 - 2:00am
July 31, 2009 Summary

Guests: Journalist Jeff Sharlet, CNN foreign correspondent Michael Ware, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, economist Niall Ferguson, humorist Joe Queenan

Topics: 2009 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. arrest by Cambridge police, health care reform, current economic crisis, resignation of Sarah Palin as Governor of Alaska

228 have watched this episode

s07e22 / August 07, 2009

8th Aug '09 - 2:00am
August 07, 2009 Summary

Guests: Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, Georgia congressman Jack Kingston, California congressman Darrell Issa, Dr. David Scheiner, President Obama's doctor in Chicago

Topics: Health care, town hall mobs, Sarah Palin's 'passing panel' comments, confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, prescription drugs, children's health, bailouts, criticism of Bill Clinton's role in freeing American journalists.

228 have watched this episode

s07e23 / August 14, 2009

15th Aug '09 - 2:00am
August 14, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actor Ashton Kutcher, fmr. Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command Gen. Anthony Zinni (ret.), journalist and blogger Ross Douthat, comedian Dana Gould (also reporter), actor Brad Pitt

Topics: 'Death panel' claims, healthcare, income inequality, the current state of the Republican party, John Brennan 'ending' the war on terror, town hall discussions, mobs comparing Obama with Hitler, climate change.

228 have watched this episode

s07e24 / August 21, 2009

22nd Aug '09 - 2:00am
August 21, 2009 Summary

Guests: TV host Jay Leno, journalist Chuck Todd, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), author Sam Harris, journalist Jeremy Scahill

Topics: Health care reform, protesters bringingballoons to town halls, lack of information and explanation of issues by the media, controversy over private military contractors like Blackwater, politicization of the terror alert level system in the 2004 presidential election, lack of employers offering vacation and sick leave pays in the United States

228 have watched this episode

s07e25 / August 28, 2009

29th Aug '09 - 2:00am
August 28, 2009 Summary

Guests: Rapper Jay-Z, journalist Bill Moyers

Topics: Bill conducts one-on-one interviews

228 have watched this episode

s07e26 / September 11, 2009

12th Sep '09 - 2:00am
September 11, 2009 Summary

Guests: New York representative Anthony Weiner, comedian Kathy Griffin, author and veterans advocate Paul Rieckhoff, journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke

Topics: Healthcare reform, eighth anniversary of 9/11, response to terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, race and criticism of Barack Obama, the media, global warming skepticism

228 have watched this episode

s07e27 / September 18, 2009

19th Sep '09 - 2:00am
September 18, 2009 Summary

Guests: Actor and comedian David Cross, law professor Annette Gordon-Reed, journalist Jeffrey Toobin, journalist Matthew Continetti, fmr. health insurance executive Wendell Potter

Topics: Health care reform, racism

228 have watched this episode

s07e28 / September 25, 2009

26th Sep '09 - 2:00am
September 25, 2009 Summary

Guests: Filmmaker Michael Moore, fmr. New York governor Eliot Spitzer, economist Paul Krugman, director John Waters

Topics: Capitalism, the economy, the housing market, gay marriage, marijuana reform, terrorism

228 have watched this episode

s07e29 / October 02, 2009

3rd Oct '09 - 2:00am
October 02, 2009 Summary

Guests: Columnist Thomas Friedman, EPA Chief Lisa Jackson, actress Janeane Garofalo, Ohio congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, author Richard Dawkins

Topics: Criticism of Barack Obama, health care reform, the senate, Iran's nuclear capabilities, religion in America, terrorism, Hollywood defending Roman Polanski

228 have watched this episode

s07e30 / October 09, 2009

10th Oct '09 - 2:00am
October 09, 2009 Summary

Guests: Former senator Bill Frist, actor Richard Belzer, professor Cornel West, former senator Lincoln Chafee, comedian Sarah Silverman

Topics: Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Iran, peace, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, the economy and the job market, income inequality.

228 have watched this episode

s07e31 / October 16, 2009

17th Oct '09 - 2:00am
October 16, 2009 Summary

Guests: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) , Actor Alec Baldwin, comedian and actor Garry Shandling, Hardball host Chris Matthews, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley

Topics: Balloon Boy incident, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, health care reform, H1N1 vaccination concerns, ongoing efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, sexual harassment in the military, Rush Limbaugh's failed bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, steroid use in professional sports

228 have watched this episode
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