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The December 12, 2012 episode of The Daily Show discusses the war on Christmas, the end of the world and the guest is Mayor Cory Booker.
The episode begins with Jon Stewart’s sarcastic apology for the show’s coverage of the war on Christmas. Stewart shows some clips of the conservative news talking about the war on Christmas and how it is Christians being bullied. The clips end with an atheist saying that everyone should fight for all religious views and religions should be treated equally. Stewart than as a Christmas Carol-esque dream about how that would happen with the ghosts of Christmas past (Jason Jones), alternate Christmas past (Samantha Bee) and alternate Christmas futures (Jessica Williams). Stewart gets teased for being Jewish in the first part. Then in the alternate all the kids want to participate in Hanukkah. In the final part, Stewart is shown to be the president and on a champion football team. However, he is an inch shorter and learns from this that he likes being a Jew at Christmas.
The second segment is about the end of the world. According to many, 12/12/12 is supposed to be the start of whatever will end to the end of the world on 12/21/12 as predicted by the Mayans. Stewart mocks this and asks what could possibly be happening that would end the end of the world. He then shows a clip of a reporter saying that North Korea has launched a rocket. This leads to a few jokes about staged rallies and Bruce Willis taking out the asteroid that no one noticed until it was really close to Earth.
The guest for this episode was the Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker. He is well-known as the superhero mayor who saved a woman from a burning building and shoveling an elderly man’s driveway. This is a really interesting interview and Booker has some really great and uplifting views on government programs. For example, he tells Stewart about how providing transitional housing to the homeless has saved government hospitals at least a million dollars in their medical care. Programs that prevent recidivism also save the government a lot of money since they do not have to pay for those individuals to be in jail again. What Booker talks about is not just about saving the state money, though he does a good job of taking it back to that since that is what it takes to convince some of the more fiscally conservative voters. He also talks about the group benefit of making sure a child gets a good education so everyone can benefit from that adult’s expertise in biology or some other field. It was a great interview.
The rest of the episode was kind of boring, but this interview was awesome.