- The Laura Ingraham Show
According to the spring
2006issue of " Talkers magazine", Ingraham's talk show has the fifth largest audience among nationally aired talk show hosts, trailing only Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Laura Schlessinger. [ [http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34 TALKERS magazine - The Top Talk Radio Audiences ] ] Her [http://www.lauraingraham.com/ web site] features online polls, "Read It or Weep" articles of note handpicked by Laura from various websites and blogs, and audio clips available via podcasting.
The show covers primarily
politics, pop culture, and media bias; with topics of interest including race relations, trends in schools, the Middle Eastand the legacy of feminism. The show features several recurring segments, each with a distinct satirical theme.
In June 2008, Ingraham was off the air due to a contract dispute [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/16/AR2008061602835.html Ingraham Speaks Up About Her Silencing on Talk Radio] ] . A number of hosts filled in for her - primarily
Monica Crowley. Ingraham returned to her show on June 30.
The segment called "But... Monkey" takes someone's sound bite and divides the words before "but" (usually something positive or complimentary) from the words that follow (usually something negative or critical) with a screeching
monkeysound. Other variations of the monkey cited include the "Having Said That Monkey" and the "Double But... Monkey." Other segments include "Lie of the Day," during which a sound bite is played of an alleged lie over the Anastaciasong " Why'd You Lie to Me". Another satirical segment is the "Deep Thought of the Day", signaled by the sounds of piano, smooth flowing water, and chirping birds accompanied by someone making an adage-like statement. For example, one "Deep Thought" featured on the show was from Maya Angelouwho said, "Don't let facts get in the way of the truth. You can tell so many facts you never get to the truth."
Other segments include the "Sound Bite of the Week", which allows callers to choose which of several noteworthy sound 'bites' (played before accepting calls) is the most outstanding, good or bad. At the end of the year, a "Sound Bite of the Year" is chosen. The segment "Looking for Leaders" profiles individuals who have made some outstanding contribution to America by example; one segment featured
wrestling championand author Kyle Maynard, born with a rare congenitaldisorder that left him with no elbows or knees. Other lesser-used segments include the "What's He Smokin' Moment of the Day", the "Awkward Pause Moment of the Day", and most recently, the "Black Helicopter".
The segment "Guess the Guest" — in which callers are encouraged to hypothesize as to the identity of a certain guest on selected episodes of Larry King's CNN show by listening to choice sound cuts from the interview — had been played often on Ingraham's radio show until 2005 when for no stated reason, she stopped using the segment. Later, in 2006, the segment was resumed.
The "Clash against Civilizations Update" spotlights a story in which Ingraham believes a person's or group of people's cultural beliefs are infringing upon other peoples' lives. The "Pornification Alert" spotlights a story about a cultural trend (usually involving sex or pornography) which Ingraham believes is pervading American culture in a negative way.
=Major issues featured="The Laura Ingraham Show" discusses a wide variety of issues from a right-wing perspective, summed up by Ingraham as "Politics, the culture, and media bias." Depending on current events, she sometimes discuss other issues in more depth.
Illegal Immigration-- Ingraham frequently advocates "securing the borders" by putting more resources into stopping illegal immigration. She has a segment called "The Illegal Immigration Sob Story" alert, in which she highlights media articles that she believes are gathering emotional sympathy for illegal immigrants who, as she states, are simply breaking the law. Islamic Jihad-- The show frequently raises the topic of radical Islam viewed from the perspective of the U.S. right wingFact|date=July 2008, with Ingraham discussing current events and media reports about the so-called war against terror and what she believes is a growing faction of Islam: jihads. Pro-LifeIssues -- Ingraham is opposed to abortion rights, and often talks about human cloning, embryonic stem-cell researchand abortion, taking a pro-life stance against all three. She was an outspoken advocate against Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 (2006), a ballot measure which she felt was deceptive and which legalized human cloning. Every January 22nd, Ingraham promotes and lauds the marchers participating in the March for Life, which calls for outlawing abortion, and takes place on the same day as the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wadedecision, which legalized abortion in the United States.
The "Pornification" of the culture -- Ingraham frequently highlights sex and pornography on her show. She has criticized people such as
Howard Stern, Hugh Hefner, and others who she claims have pervaded the culture with what she describes as "filth" at the expense of "traditional American values."
During the George W. Bush administration, Laura had been requested along with other prominent conservative talk show hosts to the
White Housefor an unannounced meeting hosted by the President, where he tried to explain and convince them to support his policies such as the war in Iraq, and comprehensive immigration reform proposals. [ [http://themikegallaghershow.info/NewsArticles/NewYorkTimes10_17_06.htm As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support - New York Times ] ]
The show staff consists of producers Tom Elliot, Brad Feldman and Bryan Preston, as well as several other support staff members occasionally referenced by Ingraham. Former staff members include longtime producer Matt Fox and co-producer A.J. Rice.
Ingraham's personal life on the show
Ingraham often calls the show "Reality Radio", and this is evidenced by her and her producers constant jokes, bloopers and Ingraham's occasional lateness on the show. Coming back from Israel, the show opened with Ingraham's producer introducing her on the phone, as she rushed to get into the building, urging her taxi driver to go faster.
Ingraham often talks about her personal life in between commentary on current events. Frequent topics include tales of her
yellow lab, Lucy, and her travel adventures with her producers and interns on the show. She also speaks of her conversion to Catholicism.
Music is an important part of the show. Ingraham usually plays favorite songs going into and coming out of break (her favorite artists include
Frank Sinatraand Elvis Presley). Some commonly played songs are:
Another Saturday Night" - Sam Cooke(typically played on Fridays)
* "Everybody's Talkin'" - Nilsson (played during the "Sound Bite Contest" on Fridays)
Friday I'm in Love" - The Cure(played during the "Sound Bite Contest" on Fridays)
I Don't Like Mondays" - The Boomtown Rats(typically played on Mondays)
* "Island in the Sun" -
Weezer(often played at the end of each hour)
Monday, Monday" - The Mamas & the Papas(typically played on Mondays)
* "Monday Morning" -
Fleetwood Mac(typically played on Mondays)
* "Old Man" -
Neil Young(played during the "Guess the Guest" segment)
Ruby Tuesday" - The Rolling Stones(typically played on Tuesdays)
* "Saturday in the Park" - Chicago (typically played on Fridays)
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" - Elton John(typically played on Fridays)
* "Walk on the Wild Side" -
Lou Reed(played during the "Pornification Alert" segment)
* "Welcome to the Working Week" -
Elvis Costello(typically played on Mondays)
Why'd You Lie to Me" - Anastacia(played during the "Lie of the Day" segment)
Wishing I Was There" - Natalie Imbruglia(often played coming out of break at 25 minutes before each hour)
Each day's playlist is also posted on Laura's homepage, along with recommended albums and songs.
Byron York(the only guest to have his own theme song)
Lauraingraham.com is the official website of the Laura Ingraham Show. It features the Laura365 subscription service, which offers complete shows available for download to one's Ipod or other MP3 player.
* [http://www.lauraingraham.com/ Laura Ingraham Official Web Site] .
* [http://www.nndb.com/people/002/000055834/ Laura Ingraham at NNDB] .
* [http://lauraingraham.com/stationfinder/ Station Guide for the Laura Ingraham Show] .
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