HBO’s Friday night “Real Time” salon heats up with a Kennedy who has has gone rogue with a tell-all memoir about how it was growing up with two alcoholic parents in a family that essentially protected the substance abuser and was dubious at best when dealing with mental illness.
Kennedy’s book “A Common Struggle” is inspiring those who help the addicted and their families to speak up in support of his efforts. Back in May of 2006, then Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s youngest child, plowed his car into a Capitol Hill police barricade at three in the morning. He was, by his own admission on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” fueled by Poland Springs water bottles filled with vodka and Bayer aspirin bottles filled with OxyContin.
For the first time, a Kennedy has broken the “family code” and spoken out about alcohol abuse and mental illness within the prominent family. Mental illness has been a Kennedy problem since Joseph Kennedy, the grandfather of Patrick, had his own daughter Rosemary lobotomized and sent away to an asylum just before Jack (JFK) was an American president.
Bill Maher’s other guests include Massachusetts’ native Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy, as the top-of-show interview guest. Moniz appeared after Donald Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Moniz appeared on Colbert to explain that the nuclear deal with Iran:
“The deal’s going through and frankly I think it will stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon,” said Moniz, who was the head of MIT’s physics department before his 2013 appointment as head of the Department of Energy.
“It’s the first time there actually is this requirement to cooperate,” said Moniz, who negotiated the deal this summer with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Colbert asked if 24 days was not enough time for Iran to conceal any nuclear development.
“There have been allusions to throwing drugs down the toilet. It doesn’t work that way, the nuclear material,” Moniz replied,
The roundtable guests are Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO, New America, blogger Andrew Sullivan and musician Rob Thomas.
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 11 (2:00 p.m.), 12 (3:05 a.m.), 13 (4:00 p.m.) and 14 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 9 (1:20 a.m.), 10 (8:00 a.m., 11:30 p.m.), 11 (6:55 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m.) and 13 (10:30 p.m.)
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER is also available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.
Monsters and Critics has hailed Maher as “a singular voice of pragmatic reason in a landscape of polarized pussies,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in ten solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher: Live from D.C.,” “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 returns for its fourth season next year on HBO.