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DeBord Report on 'America Now with Andy Dean,' June 22 edition

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Now for something completely different! I was in the Valley last week so I decided it would be an ideal opportunity to drop in on the "America Now" with Andy Dean studios. Good call. Andy is a fun guy to do live radio with, and his production staff — Michelle, Miranda, and Melanie, as well as Kyle the engineer — is completely awesome and mostly gorgeous (sorry, Kyle).

We discussed a wide variety of topics, from Obama's slightly desperate wooing of his Hollywood funders now that some of his Wall Street support has vanished to Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series "The Newsroom" to Rodney King's finances and Larry Ellison's purchase of almost all of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

On that last one, by the way, I slightly misspoke on the broadcast. I said that Ellison could have used the $500 million he reported spent on Lanai to buy two Instagrams. I meant to say "half an Instagram," as the photo sharing sight was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion. I SHOULD have made a joke about Lanai being worth "half and Instagram," as "Instagram" has become Silicon Valley shorthand for "a billion dollars."

But hindsight on humor is 20/20.

Listen up! And join us live on Friday at 4 p.m. for more lively discussion about business and the economy. Rumor has it there will be a Supreme Court decision on Obamacare by then.

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