'The Daily Show' recap: 4/11/13

By Tori Kronz,
The Republican Party, the NCAA and Edie Falco

The April 11, 2013 episode of The Daily Show focused on the Republican Party’s outreach to minorities, the NCAA’s policies and an interview with Edie Falco.

The episode began with Jon Stewart talking about Senator Rand Paul (R – Kentucky) speaking at Howard University, a historically Black college. The whole speech, at least based on Stewart’s presentation of it, was mildly insulting and pretty condescending. The idea that Paul was trying to push was that the Republican Party has been a part of a number of advances for the Black community, Republicans founded the NAACP and freed the slaves. Jon Stewart points out that all that these actions were a long time ago. Paul also says that a lot of the racist laws our country has had were put in place by Democrats. Stewart’s response was that all those Democrats became Republicans after the Civil Rights era.

Stewart finished the segment by talking to Larry Wilmore, Senior Black Correspondent. Wilmore talked about why the Black community is not responsive to the Republican Party by comparing it to romantic or sexual relationships. The Republican party is trying to get them back, but how can the Black community trust that they have changed when they will not admit they did anything wrong in the first place.

The second segment was Aasif Mandvi talking about the NCAA’s policy. Mandvi talked to one student who had his eligibility to wrestle stripped because he released a song under his own name. The NCAA does not allow student athletes to profit under their own names. Mandvi uses the usual methods to show how ridiculous this policy is. This student only gets 10 percent of his tuition paid and has not even broken even on the song. Mandvi also spoke to a former UCLA basketball player, Ed O’Bannon. He believes that the student athletes should be paid since the NCAA makes billions of dollars and it is the students who do the work. O’Bannon is currently suing the NCAA for using his likeness in one of their games without compensating him.

The guest for this episode was Edie Falco from the Sopranos and Nurse Jackie. They talked about how the next season will be different because Nurse Jackie has gotten off of the pills. They also discussed how Falco switched from her defining role in the Sopranos to her defining role in Nurse Jackie.

The interview was alright, but the rest of the episode was great. It has been awhile since the correspondents have been on and I really enjoyed it.

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