From this past week, this is just a great segment with John Oliver on Last Week Tonight. Just absolutely wonderful -- though not for the reason you might expect. The subject is companies that buy debt, and how insidious the practice is. I'm twix-and-between trying to decide whether or not to explain what makes this so great...but I think I'm going to pass. That will make it all the more dramatic. The segment is long, about 20 minutes, but all terrific. But here's the bone I'll toss: if you only want to hear the part that really makes it quite special -- and absolutely wonderful -- you can jump forward to the 17-minute mark. Just know, if you do that, that he spent the previous 17 minutes shredding the debt-buying industry that often preys on people when many of them are at their most vulnerable.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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