TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 35

Senator Al Franken on ISIS, Iraq, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign, Edward Snowden, & the History of SNL

Al Franken discusses ISIS, Iraq, the USA Freedom Act, Edward Snowden and Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency in this far reaching uncensored interview, released just after his celebrated Daily Show appearance. The ways that the Koch brothers and Citizens United are damaging the environment, the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq, and the reasons he doesn't want to be president are shared with Harper Simon.


Guest Bio

U.S. Senator Al Franken was born on May 21, 1951, and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard, where he met his wife Franni. They’ve been married for 39 years, and have two grown children, Thomasin and Joe. The couple’s first grandchild, Joe, was born to Thomasin and her husband Brody in May 2013. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan-as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait four times.

First elected to the Senate in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, he currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.


Al Franken discusses ISIS, Iraq, the USA Freedom Act, Edward Snowden and Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency in this far reaching uncensored interview, released just after his celebrated Daily Show appearance. The ways that the Koch brothers and Citizens United are damaging the environment, the ongoing crisis in Syria and Iraq, and the reasons he doesn’t want to be president are shared with Harper Simon. Franken also discusses his SNL history, and stops to remember Tom Davis on this episode of TALK SHOW, direct from Washington D.C.