Penn Jillette reveals which MSNBC host wants to sit down with Glenn Beck

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Penn Jillette is arguably one of the best guests Glenn has onto his show. The two are good friends and constantly debate over e-mail, even though they have wildly different opinions on a variety of topics. But their conversations always provide for an entertaining, intellectual and highly engaging debate. Tonight, Penn and Glenn talked about Penn’s optimism, the problem with tribalism and why MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell wants to sit down with Glenn.

…Penn kicks off the conversation by talking about why he remains optimistic despite the fact that it feels like the government is encroaching on individual rights and liberty…

Penn told Glenn that MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, a friend of his, actually would like to sit down for a private conversation and discuss some places where they agree.

“[O’Donnell] said, you know, ‘I would love to sit down with Glenn Beck and talk privately.’ Penn said, ‘We have a lot in common.’ And he went on and on like that, then said, ‘but you know, with our jobs and where we are it will probably never happen.’”

Glenn didn’t agree that their respective jobs meant they couldn’t talk, and lamented the idea that people who work in media focus so much on their jobs or ratings rather than honest conversations…


Watch the three video segments of this conversation at


Update:  Also at the site, Surprising Debate: Rabbi Lapin asks Penn Jillette if he thinks world would be better if all Muslims became Evangelical   

Tonight on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn invited two of his favorite people, atheist Penn Jillette and Rabbi Daniel Lapin, onto the show to debate morality, faith, and religion. It was an amazing discussion and the three didn’t agree on everything, but it was a thoughtful and deep conversation that is a must watch for anyone interested in honest conversations about ethics and God.

“What unifies is certainly not our theologies but it certainly is our ethic,” Rabbi Lapin said before turning to Penn Jillete,”But when we say religion can make good people do bad things – I think we’ve got to not lump all religions together Here’s a really blunt question: Would the world be a better or worse place if a billion Mulsims became evangelical Christians tomorrow?”

Penn was stunned and left speechless, and Glenn jokingly grabbed a bag of popcorn and ate it laughing as he waited for answer…




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