Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mike Shinoda, Glenn Greenwald topline ‘Real Time,’ Friday, June 20

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mike Shinoda, Glenn Greenwald topline ‘Real Time,’ Friday, June 20

TV Picks: This Friday sees Bill Maher on HBO.  Last week’s episode was a fun ride as he finished up the show with commentary on occasional “Real Time” guest Maureen Dowd’s not-so-excellent adventure with edible marijuana in Colorado.

“Maureen [Dowd] …you finally decided to do pot and you didn’t ask me to help with it?” asked Bill Maher, as he lays out why Colorado has to be extra vigilant in their stewardship as the first state to legalize pot for all.

On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher cautioned the state of Colorado about how to use marijuana safely and effectively, since “after all, we’re pretending it’s medicine, aren’t we?”  “Now that the people of Colorado have legalized pot for everybody,” said Maher, “and not just long time sufferers of…well, whatever it is that I have… they must realize that they are the Jackie Robinson of marijuana legislation!”

“You guys have to get this right,” he urged the people of Colorado, “or else you’ll ruin it for everybody, so embrace it. Be the Jackie Robinson of pot.”

Maher underscored his segment with some harsh words for the pot sellers, “Stop selling pot products that look like children’s candy!”

Real Time with Bill Maher continues its 12th season Friday, June 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.

This week sees journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is the top-of-show interview guest. Atlantic’s national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that 15,000-word cover story “The Case For Reparations” that argues that social, economic and political injustices against black people have compounded over the years, and even after slavery and segregation have ended, and that the conditions leave many black communities on an uneven playing field today. To even out that playing field, Coates argues, they need reparations from the government.

Musician Mike Shinoda is the mid-show interview guest. According to an interview with rdio.com, he thinks music has lost it’s edge:

“We’ve been around long enough that music trends have gone away from us and come back. And right now, they’re away. Rock music has gone in this direction that’s like indie pop jingles. It’s like songs that could be on Nick Jr. and the Disney Channel. I can’t see myself writing music like that. I don’t want to follow that trend. Forget it!”

The roundtable guests are journalist Glenn Greenwald, veterans’ affairs advocate Paul Rieckhoff and political consultant Kristen Soltis Anderson.

Bill Maher is no slacker.  Along with all his notable pot accolades, he headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in nine solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), “Victory Begins at Home,” “Be More Cynical,” “The Golden Goose Special” and “Stuff That Struck Me Funny,” and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials “30 Seconds Over Washington” and “Comic Relief VI™.” Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show “VICE,” which recently concluded its second season on HBO and returns in 2015.

Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.

His last book, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass,” was published in November 2011 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Maher’s 2006 book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” also made the New York Times list, as well as bestseller lists across the country. He is also author of the books “When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect” and the novel “True Story.” Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.

HBO has renewed REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER for a 13th season of 35 editions, to begin in Jan. 2015.

Other HBO playdates: June 22 (1:00 p.m.), 23 (4:10 a.m.), 24 (7:00 p.m.) and 25 (11:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 21 (10:00 a.m.), 23 (8:00 p.m.) and 24 (10:00 p.m.)