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the late show with stephen colbert is next. >> thanks for watching. the news continues stream g on captioning sponsored by cbs >> eight republican state legislators have asked to pull coca-cola products from their offices at the georgia state capitol. in a letter obtained by the "atlanta journal-constitution," the removal request is tied to recent comments from the company about the state's elections bill. >> a group of georgia house republicans is cancelling coca-cola. they're saying pepsi is okay. >> hi, i'm bill shasta, owner of shasta soft drinks. you may remember us from the bottom of your uncle's cooler. as we here at shasta watched the troubling events unfold in georgia, we just want to remind everyone, we here at shasta have absolutely no conscience, but we dodo have a cocola. shasta is down with whatever.
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restrict voting? none of our business. child miners? you know, put some hair on their chest. cockfighting? they're all chicken nuggets eventually. that actor who sent texts making it sound like he's into cannibal sex? nothing better for washing down a human thumb than the refreshing taste of shasta. those squares at pepsi aren't going to be cool with that. so to everyone who is mad at coca-cola, consider making shasta your protest beverage of choice. because when you're ready to turn your back on your fellow man, vote for shasta! if georgia lets you. >> announcer: it's "a late show with stephen colbert." tonight: plus stephen welcomes ronan farrow and brandi carlile featuring jon batiste and stay human. and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater office building in new york city, it's stephen colbert! >> stephen: hey,.
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welcome to "a late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. are you cold? this is freezing in here. i'm holding on to this like a life raft. oh, my gosh. i hope you're warm and toasty everywhere you are out there, america. after a year of this pandemic, this nation is finally starting to feel a little bit better, thanks to the widespread availability of vaccines. side effects may include tears, hugs, and sexy snaps. hello, ladies! i'm halfway to immune! and, yes, i'm that pale all over. laugh yeah. i'm immortal, halfway to being immortal at this point. one more shot, bullets can't stop me. so let's find out the way the vaccine is changing the scene in our new recurring segment: the vac-sine." ♪ shot, shot, shot, shot! ♪ ♪ shot, shot, shot, shot! ♪
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♪ shot, shot, shot, shot! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ( laughter ) >> stephen: longer! stall! why the can-can, you ask? i asked that myself. the answer-- public domain. ( laughter ) that's the answer to most things, really. when joe biden was running, he promised 100 million shots in 100 days, but we've blown past that barrier, baby! the u.s. is now administering about three million doses per day, on average. this administration is delivering pricks in arms! as opposed to the last administration, which delivered armed pricks. in fact, at the rate we're going, the u.s.a. will reach 75% vaccination in three months, ahead of every other country. in your face, number two chile! next we're coming for your casuela nogada-- a delicious
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blend of vegetables and walnut sauce that i definitely knew about before googling "chilean cuisine" this morning, thank you. gracias. the vaccine rollout is going so well that this afternoon, president biden announced instead of the original deadline of may 1, every adult in the united states will be eligible to be vaccinated by april 19. way to go, joe! getting it done early-- although, supporters of the previous president are quick to point out that he was able to finish his entire presidency a whole four years before his original goal. today, president biden visited a vaccination site at a seminary in alexandria, virginia. and pops joe did not waste any time laying on some confusing charm. >> just don't ask me to play the piano or the organ. i can't. ( laughter ) as my father would say, i have no talent at all. my dad used to play the saxophone, had a band when he was in high school. he'd look at me and say, "joey, i don't know where you came from."
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he'd say, "you have two left feet, you can't dance, you can't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow." and then he'd say, "you have no lip to play a reed instrument, but, you know." so i had to become president. i didn't have anything else to do. ( laughter ). >> stephen: i moon this with respect and admiration-- i don't know if he knows where he is right now. "tell you, my pops used to say,' joey get yourself a nice saxophone. somebody will be with you in your old age. make sure it has tennis shoes on two of its feet. make them left. who smells toast? '" ( laughter ) anyway, a wise lesson to all the parents out there: if you tell your kids they have no talent, one day they could be president. if you support their dreams for a moment, they could end up getting a useless degree in theatre arts and then have to settle for hosting a show on cbs. this accelerated vaccine schedule is revving up here in the big apple, too, because today, in new york city,
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covid-19 vaccine eligibility was expanded to anyone age 16 and over. new yorkers can prove they're 16 by showing either a driver's license or a d.m. from matt gaetz. but there are still plenty of people acting covid irresponsible. for instance, yesterday, the texas rangers played their home opener in front of a crowd of 38,000 people. i gotta say, it kind of looks fun, but even the rangers' own general manager acknowledged the danger, saying, "having a lot of people that close together does kind of go maybe against some of the recommendations," adding, "i think it's a one-time event." well, sure, so no problem. ( as father ) "how could you be pregnant? we agreed that not using birth control was a one-time event! and i bunted!" ( laughter ) for those keeping score, the rangers lost 6-2. so you can understand why the fans were so excited. they only have 80 more chances this season to see the rangers lose at home.
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in other baseball news, today, m.l.b. formally announced they were moving the all-star game from georgia to denver. okay, normally people only move to colorado if they're founding a startup they keep calling "uber for weed." obvioiusly called "doober." million-dollar idea. do not steal. the game was moved to protest georgia's new voter suppression laws, which give people less time to request absentee balots, curtails ballot access for voters in urban counties, and makes offering food or water to voters waiting in line a misdemeanor. that's going to make for some interesting jailbreak movies in the future. "all right this is frankie. he's doing life for murder. this is spider, doing hard time for arson. and this is pete. he handed a kit kat to an old lady whose blood sugar was low. and he'd do it again." major league baseball condemned the laws, along with companies like facebook, google, jpmorgan chase, bank of america, apple, microsoft, aflac, coca-cola,
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delta airlines, and home depot. republicans are now boycotting some of these brands. they've dubbed coca-cola woke-a-cola, and they say they're drink pepsi instead. they were going to go with rc cola, until they discovered it stands for "radical communism. the flavor belongs to the proletariat!" leading the charge against these businesses is senate minority leader and guy gleefully not holding the elevator for you, mitch mcconnell. mcconnell threatened punitive legislative action against the protesting corporations, warning that if it continues, it would "invite serious consequences." and to drive the threat home, the c.e.o. of aflac woke up next to a severed duck head. then mcconnell said this: >> my advice to the corporate c.e.o.s of america is to stay out of politics. >> stephen: yes, corporations, mitch mcconnell wants you to stay out of politics, which is why i'm sure any day now, he's going to return "the $4.3 million he's accepted from corporations in the last five years."
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and i'm being told he's not going to do that and he made an additional statement. >> my warning to corporate america is to stay out of politics. i'm not talking about political contributions. ( as mcconnell ) "no, no, i'm just sayin' shushh you're so much prettier when you don't talk. now, spread open that wallet, baby, and give ol' mitch a peek at that bottom line." i'm going to ( bleep ) your wallet. laugh cash isn't the only way mcconnell's being a hypocrite here. back in 2013, he defended the supreme court's "citizens united" ruling that corporations are people thusly. >> the court decision was actually fairly unremarkable. all it really said was under the first amendment, every corporation in america should be free to participate in the political process. >> tephen: i'd call that a self-own, but he's already 100% owned by corporations. vaccines aren't the only thing giving this country a shot in
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the arm, because joe biden is rolling out his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. and even with that kind of dough, it's not going to be easy. america's a fixer-upper. joe is going to have to go full hgtv. thankfully, the midwest is already open concept. and no matter what, it will be better than the previous guy's plan: "love it or list puerto rico." the thing is, fixing our roads might be a bit of a bumpy road. because mcconnell has vowed to do everything he can to block the bill, out of fear it might help someone other than mitch mcconnell. overcoming his filibuster would take 60 votes, so the democrats want to pass infrastructure the same way they passed the stimulus, through a process called "reconciliation," which requires only 51 votes. but to do that, they first had to seek approval from the only individual with the power to interpret senate procedural rules, the shadowy figure known as the senate parliamentarian.
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yes, the all-seeing oracle invested with singular authority over which bill may pass by a simple senate majority, and which bill must burn forever in the fires of mitch mcconnell's recycling bin. and now, let us gaze upon this senate sorcerer supreme, steeped in the ancient arcana of parliamentary soulcraft. behold, the dread visage of elizabeth macdonough! waaahhhhh! are those writhing snakes on her head, or is it just a sensible bob? it's a sensible bob. it's a long bob-- a lob. well, yesterday, macdonough issued her ruling: "the democrats can use reconciliation for their infrastructure bill." hell, yeah! we have a functioning democracy! briefly! in this country, the majority decides! as long as it's okay with a random, unelected appointee with
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a title that sounds like she should be wearing a funny hat. the ruling means the democrats can essentially reopen the budget plan that already passed in february and add new stuff to it. we bought ourselves a little time here. like if the teacher says your paper is due at midnight, but you know she's not going to look at it until tomorrow, so you email her a google doc link, which gives you a few more hours to figure out what steinbeck had to say about the american dream. it turns out the dream was about angry grapes. ( laughter ) so, things seem to be looking up, but there's still a major crisis looming that potentially affects every american. i'm talking, of course, about the nationwide ketchup shortage. oh, my god! a ketchup shortage? what am i supposed to dip my french fries in? and my chicken fingers? and my regular fingers? it's been a tough year! now that i've told you to panic, don't panic.
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because there's plenty of bottles. the problem is that during the pandemic, people have been ordering so much take-out and delivery that restaurants are having a hard time stocking ketchup packets. suddenly, your mom filling the refrigerator butter holder with ketchup packets isn't so crazy. that's your college fund now. no one is safe-- bars, diners, even fast-food giants are pleading for packets. it's gotten so bad that jack in the box was seen in the bus station offering to jack your box for a handful of packets. looks like that guy is going to take him up on it, too. is that jog rogan? who is that? the big-time player here is heinz, which makes up a staggering 70% of the ketchup market and wasn't prepared for the pandemic. but you know what they say: heinz-sight is 20-20. ( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight. i'll be talking to ronan farrow and brandi carlile. but when we come back, "meanwhile!"
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: folks, if you watch this show, you know, i spend most of my time sourcing for you the finest, most topical carbon news steel, carefully forging it at between 780 and 830 degrees, then quenching, kilning, and hand-hammering it into shape and pairing it with a sleek rosewood handle and water-buffalo horn ferrule, before honing the single bevel on a 6,000 grit whetstone, to create for you the fine kiku-ichi yanagi blade that is my monologue. but sometimes, when i'm on the run from my underground ostrich
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so now if you want accurate information, you'll have to contnue looking anywhere other than "yahoo answers." and for those of you who don't know, "yahoo answers" was a forum where the incompetent could ask questions of the uninformed. but now it's gone, and this is a huge loss. now how will people get answers to important actual questions like, "how is babby formed?" for your information, they need to do way instain mother. it was on the news this mroing. you know what? maybe just ask jeeves. quarantine-while, a massive trove of hacked data from more than 500 million facebook users was made accessible on saturday, but facebook assured users that "this is old data that was previously reported on in 2019." quick tip here, facebook: "don't worry, we already leaked this data" is not a great defense. that's like your babysitter going "hey, i didn't lose your kids. i never knew where they were
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to begin with." quarantinewhile, university of illinois gymnast evan manivong recently got creative with his vault. check it out: >> the sophomore from kansas city, top score of 14.75 against the buckeyes. >> same vault as diab. oh, and he sticks the landing! not sure what that is. >> i think it's his vaccine. >> vaccine card. >> stephen: boom! "kiss my ass-tra-zeneca!" that is a very cool way to raise awareness about vaccination, because it really makes it seem like the vaccine is the reason he could do that, which is why the f.d.a. wants all doses to come with the label "side effects may include fever, body aches, and nailing a kaza-matzu one and a half." quarantinewhile, in colorado "a scientist taught a.i. to generate pickup lines" using a language model known as gpt-3 to create a squad of courtship bots. because nothing says romance
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey there, and welcome back. my first guest is a pulitzer prize-winning reporter and author of the books "war on peace" and "catch and kill." please welcome to "a late show," ronan farrow! ronan, good to see you again. >> great to be here, stephen. good to see you again. >> stephen: we have not talked during covid, right? >> this is weird but good. >> stephen: you have been very busy during lockdown reporting for "the new yorker," on the capitol attack, and also the allegations against governor cuomo. uhm, let's talk about cuomo first. how legal is weed going to get in new york, just to distract us from what's going on in albany? >> it will be mandatory. it's, you know, who can say what future stories bring. clearly, this is a political team that is very embattled
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right now. there's a lot of reporters that are continuing to circle. i don't think we've seen the end of that story. >> stephen: we've made-- the day before we found out that you were actually doing an article about the governor, i made a joke about the number of accusations against him. it was something like seven at that point. and i said, "one more, and you get a free article by ronan farrow." while your career runs the gamut of subjects, you-- you have been-- achieved some notoriety for your writing on the abusive behavior of men in the workplace, mostly. what's that like when you call someone to investigate anything? what-- how do people react, especially powerful men, when someone says, "ronan farrow is on the phone for you"? >> you know, it's a counsel-edged sword. mostly very grateful, because whatever name recognition i have for hopefully doing a thorough
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job with these kinds of investigative stories, want to talk more. you are correct in surmising occasionally i will call someone, typically a prominent person in a position of power and get a swift hang-up, or hear from intermediaries that they absolutely under no circumstances will they talk to me. there are a few times i think, i wonder why. and a few weeks later it's very clear why. >> stephen: the last time we spoke you talked about being tailed by literal spies, like professional spies who have been hired by weinstein to trail around and try to get some sort of dirt on you, or to intimidate you in some way. you-- you've talked to some pretty sketchy characters in your day, and then-- and recently, people who actually were part of the assault on capitol hill on january 6. what has that been like? has there been any fallout from those people? is that a threatening situation
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to be in, to talk face to face with these people who have violence as part of their v vocabulary? >> this is always a tough thing to talk about because i am not a reporter in pakistan reporting on the secrets of the pakistani intelligence service. you know, i'm not going to get killed tomorrow in the street, probably. we're very luck tow live in a country with first amendment and great law enforcement. so, you know, this is on the lesser end of the global scale of what journalists go up against. that said, you know, it's worth talking about i think that reporters in this country get all sorts of threats. sometimes they're legal threats, you know threats of smears in the press. there are all sorts of mechanisms that i've reported on and talked about. in this case, the story you're mentioning, the capitol riots, i did talk to a number of quite volatile people. i think you're probably alluding to one gentleman who, you know, made some threats to my physical safety, which happens. it's an occupational hazard. >> stephen: well, i agree with you that we're lucky we live in the united states where there is
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generally order and that there is law and order. but we saw the limitations of tat on january 6. i'm wondering whether any of the people that you spoke to have had a-- for lack of a better word, and pardon the expression-- a "come to jesus" on this? have the people you have spoken to in the reporting of the aftermath of january 6 come to the realization that they did the wrong thing? or have they come to the realization that they were misled? have they retooled their anger in a new direction? >> far from it. there was a poll that came out a couple of days another stephen, from reuters saying more than half republicans in the country-- not just those involved-- but half republicans believe this was a fake setup that left-wing activists constructed this riot to make trump look bad. the f.b.i. says very clearly that's not the truth. i have not, in my reporting,
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seen any evidence that there's any truth to that. so when you look at a number like that and see how wide the gulf is between different understandings of these events, you see how this is not a problem and a division that's going to go away. and the sources that i've stayed in touch with have not backed down. we talked about some of those threats from that one gentleman, donovan crowele, who has been significant in the ongoing prosecutions because he's a member of the group the oath keepers. so he's part of the faction that was there that day that was very organized and seemingly had some pretty intensive intentions, in terms of what they were going to do that day. you know, he's someone who has deeply held beliefs. there's no indication in his legal filings that he's backing down from those thus far. he's also someone who said, "i studied the shape of your head before i gave an interview to you, and i'm going to eat a family member of your's face." so there's a whole spectrum of different types of individuals, and very charming individual. he's out on home release, by the
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way. so that's-- that's lovely. >> stephen: did he have-- did he have any opinion about the shape of your skull? >> you know, i didn't press as to whether his conclusion was my skull was so misshapen that he felt like he could really have a conversation on the level with me, or whether he felt like it was a great skull. i didn't really go there. but it's not always a totally rational set of beliefs rooted in facts, let's say. and then, you know, i think there are-- there are subtler factions that were represented that day. and that, in some ways, stephen is going to be a harder thing to address and root out. >> stephen: what do you mean "a subtler faction, ." >> i think there are people who don't believe in phrenology, and subtler in their rendering of misinformation. they say, "who can say there wasn't some antifa or left-wing agitation in the crowd?" that's a significant part of it, even though, again, there's no indication that was the case. there were actors who were involved that day who were able
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to sugar coat this for a broader audience. what academic researchers on extremism have told me again and again, during administrations that are liberal, antiliberal, antigovernment groups of the type we saw on january 6 at the capitol, actually have a groundswell of support and activity that we've seen a lot historically. >> stephen: so during the trump administration, that was not the groundswell, is what you're implying. >> i think it's both. i think that there are extremist groups that were operating under the surface in this country ask not getting enough notice within the mainstream press, by the way, that found purchase and legitimacy because of things trump was saying. and then, also, unfortunately, those groups are going to have something to rebel against right now. >> stephen: do you think that the ability for a new lie on top of the big lie-- the idea that the attack was acuated or motivated by people from antifa
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or b.l.m., or anarchists on the left, do you think things like that would exist without fox news existing? >> fox news is a huge echo chamber. i talked to so many individuals and friends and family of those individuals who were there on the hill that day, who said this is someone who went down a rabbit hole of either constantly listening to and watching fox news or conservative radio, you know, rush limbaugh and his ilk. or, you know, the most extreme wing of misinformation in this country, alex jones and so forth. there is a thriving market for misinformation. and it shares a lot of elements with, you know, cult psychology. there are people who are being radicalized, much in the same way we saw with isis recruits and it's happening right under our noses in a really ongoing way. >> stephen: speaking of under our noses, a lot of these people have been deplatformed. certain the ring leader, the
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former president, has been deplatformed. have you dipped your toe into parler or the other platforms that have become the refuge of these people. >> that was informed by data dumps from parler. i have a strange new settle of yaps on my phones that are constantly pinging with conservative voices that have in some cases been either deplatformed or limited in some way on other platforms and firing off missives on telegram or clubhouse is a new one. ali alexander, who is alleged to have been one of the master minds of the "stop the steal" rally and the ensuing riot on the hill is someone who has, you know, started delivering essentially, you know, ted talks on clubhouse. so that's another new fun place that i have to be. i think i should get hazard pay for clubhouse. >> stephen: you stay safe, and don't spend too much time on social media. you can read roman's later reporting in "the gnaw yorker" and on its website,
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody, welcome back to "a late show." my next guest is a six-time grammy awardwinning singer and songwriter. now she's written a memoir
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called "broken horses." please welcome, brandi carlile! hi, brandi. >> hi, how are you? >> stephen: i'll doing fine. i'm really happy to see you. >> it's really good to be with you. >> stephen: now, you won your sixth grammy this year. congratulations on that. >> thank you. >> stephen: in the actual awards ceremony itself, you also sang one of john prine's songs, in memory of him. and after john died, you played, the next day on our show, "hello in there" which is a song i don't know how anybody can get through, let alone a day after a man like john just died. so hats off to you. and the last time you were on this show live and in person, you were playing with john prine and sturnlgil simpson. i associate you with john prine. what was it like being friends with him? >> man, being friends with john prine was like being friends
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with, like, a prophet who makes you laugh, you know, as well as sort of foretelling the human future. he was really special, really special, really fun, and really humble man, but brilliant. >> stephen: well, you've written so many beautiful songs of your own, and now you've written i'll say your first memoir, because you're still so young. but your first memoir right here. and it's called "broken horses." how is writing a book different than writing a song, other than the fact that it doesn't have to rhyme? what-- what's the challenge here for you? >> well, what i started writing it, i didn't know if it was a book or a song or just an essay or-- but it just kept coming and it just didn't stop. and i started realizing this isn't three and a half minutes. this is something else. and it was a stream of consciousness so i guess it felt easy or felt like it was coming from a muse somewhere. it was hard after it was over to stand behind it because it's
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really hard not to have all that metaphor to wrap yourself up in and hide behind. and i'm still dealing with that right this second. >> stephen: well, what made you want to write it now? what was the motivation for a memoir, as, again, such a young person? >> well, i never really sat down to write a song, and i guess i didn't really sit down to write a book. but i wanted to write my experience with my faith journey and faith trauma as a career prson and the way that that played itself out as a teenager with my baptism story. so i started out writing my baptism story. and i realized i wanted to keep going. >> stephen: tell me about that baptism story because i'm fascinated by it, and also the way you held on to your own faith in the light of it. do you mind telling that story to the audience? >> yeah, absolutely. when i was a kid, i was involved in, like, a baptist church, and my dad's words, not mine.
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my used to always say baptists are mean, baptists are mean and didn't want me to be involved in because i think he knew the rug might get pulled out from under me. but i really loved it. and i decided to get baptized and i went up to the front of church and declared i was ready for this to happen. baptists are big on public accountability. we scheduled my baptism and i went to all these classes and i was real young, i don't even remember. probably 16, or something like that. the day of my baptism the town was there, my parents were there. and the pastor pulled me aside and told me right before it was about to happen that he wasn't going to do it because-- because i'm gay. and it was just one of these things where i don't even it was supposed to be a shock or if he thought something was going to be denowpsed or a repentance moment, but it turned into this movie of me running out of the church in front of everybody i loved and being really
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humiliated. but i don't think i ever really felt accepted by any of those people until that moment. so really beautiful things came from that trauma. and i've been able to sort of hold on to and maintain my faith in spite of, and maybe because of that day. >> stephen: when you say "maybe because of that day," what is it about that moment or that reaction from your community that led you closer to, for lack of a better word, the lord? >> well i think a lot of queer people have deep spiritual traumas but intense understanding of spirituality, maybe more than other people who haven't been traumatized by it. doubt leads to faith in a way that, you know, questions lead to answers. but, like, your faith can get really intimate and really beautiful when you quite literally cut out the middle man, when you're rejected by a church or by clergy, there's no
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one between you and the unseen. >> stephen: one of the things that i-- i'm jealous of a lot of musicians because of their talent and the magic they can do, but also, like your friendship with john prine, i'm also a little jealous of your friendship with joni mitchell. that is another spiritual leader right there. > i don't blame you. oh, yeah. >> stephen: oh, my god. this is-- we have a photo here of the night you met joni mitchell for the first time. and that expression-- that expression on your face right there, i have-- i'm getting a contact high right there just looking at that photo. and here's another amazing photo. this is you-- where is this this is you backstage with joni mitchell. where is this? >> that was the night i did the whole blue concert. i covered the entire "blue" album beginning to end. >> stephen: this blows he away in terms of an act of raw courage. the people at home who don't
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know, joni mitchell has an extraordinary album called "blue" and you performed the entire thing one night in los angeles, right? >> yeah, yeah. >> stephen: it was a full house, and you and other musicians on stage performing for her-- you performed one of her greatest albums to the master herself. where did you find the courage to do it? >> buddy, i don't know. i had to get hypnotized to do it. and, i mean, i'll tell you what, i was so terrified. but i lost it all. i walked out on stage and i went, ♪ i'm on the lonely road and i am traveling, traveling, traveling ♪ and i look up and i just see the whites of joni's teeth, and she's sitting next to and holding hands with elton john. and i was like, this is what's happened to me in my life. this is where it's come to. and i just-- all the honor just took over the nerves and it became like the greatest-- my greatest i think mushal moment.
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody, we're back with the author of the new memoir "broken horses," brandi carlile. one of the hardest things knowing about this night you performed for joni mitchell the entire album of "blue" is there are no recordings of this of any kind. you just have to be-- i love this. there's something very beautiful about that, and there's something that makes it purely about love that i love about it. but it also drives he crazy that there's no recording of you doing it. >> i'm going to do it one more time and i'm going to come and pick you up and drag you out of your house. >> stephen: i'm there. any time day or night, i'll send you my text. >> all right. >> stephen: would you be you able or willing to do any part of it right now?
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>> i mean, i could be convinced. >> stephen: good! ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we're just going to do a little bit of it here. >> stephen: okay. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ just before our love got lost you said ♪ i am as cautious as the northern star ♪ and i said constantly in the darkness where's it at ♪ if you want me, i'll be in the bar. on the back of the carton coaster ♪ and the blue tv screen i drew a map of canada, oh, canada ♪ your face sketched on it twice
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you're so bitter and so sweet, oh, ♪ i could drink a case of you, darling, and i would still be on my feet ♪ i'd still be on my feet ♪ >> stephen: thank you. the book is "broken horses." she is brandi carlile. thank you, brandi. >> thank you .
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that's it for "a late show." tune in tomorrow when my guests will be leslie odom jr. and physicist michio kaku. james corden is next, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh that's it. thanks so much, stay safe. >> thank you. >> stephen: bye. >> bye.


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