This is a little bit odd. Not the video, but the reason for posting it. It's a segment from about a year-and-a-half ago on the Chris Hayes show, All In, on MSNBC where he sits down with the creator and star of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda to talk about the looming debt crisis in Puerto Rico, only weeks away. As Hayes notes, Puerto Rico has no representatives in Congress, so it was sort of left up to Miranda -- whose father was born there, where Lin-Manuel would vacation as a kid -- to be the voice of the crisis. And so, Hayes sits down, as he put it, with "my friend of 25 years, Lin."
And that's the tale. Which I learned only yesterday. That's when Michael Moore was a guest on Hayes' show, and he brought up it up. In fact, Moore was so amazed by the fact he had only just discovered that he brought it up even before Hayes could ask him a question about himself, and seemed happy to keep discussing the topic until Hayes himself moved things back to focus.
As Moore asked, when he interrupted Hayes, "Is it true that you actually directed Lin-Manuel Miranda's first musical??!"
And so it is. Hayes explained that he and Miranda went to high school together. And Lin-Manuel had written a 20-minute musical, which he directed. "I can even still hum some of the songs." You sensed that Moore was dying to ask Hayes to hum them, but that's when they got the conversation back on track.
At the end of the interview, Michael Moore noted that he has special guest stars who make surprise appearances in his Broadway show, and he invited Hayes to come on. "You can make your Broadway debut!" he added for impetus. And it seemed to please the host, and he agreed.
Anyway, as I said, this is a pretty straight forward, serious -- and, in fact, quite interesting discussion between Chris Hayes and Lin-Manuel Miranda about the Puerto Rico debt crisis, from April, 2016. But given the fascinating perspective I found out about yesterday, I thought it appropriate to pop in here.
Besides, I love that Chris Hayes is a really big Chicago Cubs fan, and even threw out the First Pitch to a game earlier this season. But I digress...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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