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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:09 AM Jan 2013

Up with Chris Hayes - the smartest show on TV [View all]

Chris Hayes just signed off his morning television show. It has to be the smartest television show on the air.

When I was growing up, my parents wouldn't miss a show called "Omnibus". It wasn't a political series, but had topics about music, science and many other cultural topics. I remember complaining a little about having it on... I'm sure we wanted to watch cartoons or some other programming. Back then there were only 4 channels. I guess a lot of that must have made an impression on me. I remember vividly when Leonard Bernstein was on the show. As I got older I couldn't wait to watch it.

I get that same feeling when I watch Hayes. I adore Rachel Maddow, but on her show I sometimes feel that she is acting as a teacher/instructor. She often assumes her audience may not know the subject or the background, so she teaches.
Chris Hayes on the other hand assumes the audience knows what he is talking about. He doesn't talk down to the audience.

After his show is over I feel smarter, invigorated and enlightened.

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Yours is not the first thread to say it musiclawyer Jan 2013 #1
I admire Rachel, but I WISH she would quit saying the same thing Frustratedlady Jan 2013 #2
she must get paid by the words a minute... Whisp Jan 2013 #4
Wow liberalmike27 Jan 2013 #23
I agree with you...I think she's great. She doesn't talk too fast for me whathehell Jan 2013 #31
You can watch any of the msnbc shows online any time cui bono Jan 2013 #34
I know what you mean about Rachel but I feel she is asjr Jan 2013 #5
she's trying to teach MrsBrady Jan 2013 #6
Bracketing ewagner Jan 2013 #8
A variety of styles will reach more listeners. Ilsa Jan 2013 #25
She succeeds in teaching lunatica Jan 2013 #18
Thank you. I thought I was the only one. Z_I_Peevey Jan 2013 #14
Yeah it really is great, some profound & deep insights. JaneyVee Jan 2013 #3
I've become a fast fan of that show and I hope it lasts for a long time. Skidmore Jan 2013 #7
you nailed it. Plus he can get people with opposing views on. Hamlette Jan 2013 #16
Very good post. I love Chris Hayes. He keeps me plethoro Jan 2013 #9
It is certainly my fav on MSNBC. Thank goodness they put it up online afterwards, Lionessa Jan 2013 #10
I love Chris and his show...but I'd still love to see some shows that really were like Ominbus Bluenorthwest Jan 2013 #11
Thanks so much. I didn't even think to check out youtube OKNancy Jan 2013 #15
The shows are a treasure trove of great, great things. Bluenorthwest Jan 2013 #22
I enjoy being taught by Rachel. coldbeer Jan 2013 #12
I live in Mountain time so the show it too early LittleGirl Jan 2013 #13
me too, trust me, if you can, invest in Tivo or check to see if you can watch it online or if they Hamlette Jan 2013 #17
You can watch any of the msnbc shows online any time cui bono Jan 2013 #35
I had the exact same experience this morning... Walk away Jan 2013 #19
I don't think so. My favorite part was the last section OKNancy Jan 2013 #21
I liked the woman from Occupy Wall Street. Walk away Jan 2013 #24
Up is by far the best show on TV. chieftain Jan 2013 #30
I love Chris's show..... gblady Jan 2013 #20
Chris Hayes is great. TDale313 Jan 2013 #26
Chris is awesome, but he could use some speech therapy. nt Comrade_McKenzie Jan 2013 #27
"Speech therapy"? For what, pray tell? whathehell Jan 2013 #32
What? I don't see why. cui bono Jan 2013 #36
He has great guests, too ladym55 Jan 2013 #28
I agree the Up With Chris Hayes show is very good limpyhobbler Jan 2013 #29
They give people time to talk beyond all those godam time-wasting "sound bites" Kurovski Jan 2013 #33
.....and again. The Sunday show. OKNancy Jan 2013 #37
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