|The Problem with Jon Stewart|
|Created by||Jon Stewart|
|Written by||Chelsea Devantez (head writer)|
|Presented by||Jon Stewart|
|Theme music composer||Gary Clark Jr.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||September 30, 2021 –|
|Related shows||The Daily Show|
The Problem with Jon Stewart is an American late night current affairs television series hosted by Jon Stewart on Apple TV+. Each episode focuses on a single issue. The series premiered on September 30, 2021.
In October 2020, as part of a multi-year production deal with Apple, it was announced that Jon Stewart was creating a new current affairs series for Apple TV+, marking his return to the format since leaving The Daily Show in 2015.
Throughout early 2021, the show was building out its production team, hiring Brinda Adhikari to serve as showrunner and executive producer, Chelsea Devantez as head writer, and Lorrie Baranek as Stewart's executive in charge of production in February 2021. Adhikari was a longtime network news veteran before coming on to the show. Around the same time, Busboy Productions posted job listings seeking to fill positions for all aspects of the production.
On April 7, 2021, the title of The Problem with Jon Stewart was announced, as well as a late 2021 premiere date for the series.
Each episode lasts one hour, and focuses on a single issue that is "currently part of the national conversation and [Stewart's] advocacy work". Apple has said that the show will run for multiple seasons, and each season will be accompanied by a companion podcast, co-hosted by Stewart and his writing and production staff and following up on each episode.
The series began filming in front of a live studio audience in New York City on July 14, 2021.
|No.||Title||Original release date ||Prod.|
|1||"Veterans"||September 30, 2021||101|
Jon Stewart addresses American war veterans' health issues, specifically from burn pits. He speaks to some veterans who say that the Veterans Health Administration doesn't completely cover their treatment if the standard of proof for causality isn't met.[further explanation needed]Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough sits down for an interview. This episode concludes with a cameo by Ken Burns.
|2||"Freedom"||October 14, 2021||102|
|Jon Stewart sits down with Bassem Youssef, Francisco Marquez Lara, and Maria Ressa for a discussion on the inconsistency and vagueness in American discussions of "freedom".[further explanation needed] The panelists contrast their repression as journalists and activists in Egypt, Venezuela, and the Philippines with perceived abridgements of freedom in America. Ressa argues that the Philippines, where she claims per capita activity on American-run social media platforms is the highest in the world, is a bellwether of the destructive influence of algorithmically tailored misinformation on democracies.|
|3||"Working-Class Economy"||October 28, 2021||103|
Jon talks about how the US government frequently bails out corporations and the rich but any talk of government assistance to the non-wealthy is dismissed as "socialism". He says that Tim Geithner told him that the government shouldn't pay the mortgages of people who had defaulted during the 2007-2010 subprime mortgage crisis because of "moral hazard."LeVar Burton, Jason Alexander, and Adam Pally star in a mock movie trailer satirizing Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson's ventures in space tourism.
|4||"Gun Control"||November 11, 2021||104|
Jon focuses on the link between domestic violence and gun violence.[further explanation needed] He interviews two women, April Ross and Janet Paulsen, whose husbands sought to kill them for wanting to leave abusive marriages.Niecy Nash and Thandiwe Newton.
|5||"Stock Market"||March 3, 2022||105|
Jon discusses the stock market, and juxtaposes its inequality of ownership with its supposed democratization. He explains that with Robinhood Markets, an investor's money doesn't go directly to the stockbroker; instead, the money goes to a payment for order flow (PFOF) handler such as Citadel LLC. Sometimes, market makers "slip the order into what are called dark pools" according to Stewart. He describes "dark pools" as "private exchanges."
|6||"Climate Change"||March 10, 2022||106|
Jon lampoons the media’s over-reliance on sensationalist tactics to convey urgency while still failing to provide meaningful actionable solutions; covers the oil-industry’s 20th century propaganda campaign to individualize the collective responsibility for environmental stewardship, discusses how humans’ track record on similar issues suggests further inaction, shows montage with public statements about tackling climate change reaching back to George Bush I.
A short satirical video from Ed Begley Jr. leads to panel.
Sunita Narain, PhD, Director General at Center for Science and Environment hosts an intermission piece about the material impacts of climate change the global south, as well as relevant broken political promises, and future needs.
After a second convening of the panel, Jon conducts an interview with Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Shell
|7||"Media"||March 17, 2022||107|
[needs update][further explanation needed] Jon Stewart discusses the United States cable news networks and their attempts to boost Nielsen ratings. Stewart also discusses Christopher Rufo receiving media attention for voicing his opposition to critical race theory (CRT).
|8||"Racism"||March 24, 2022||108|
Stewart criticizes white politicians' responses to the George Floyd protests and says that black American intellectuals and artists, including Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, and Sister Souljah have been articulating similar messages about systemic racism in America for centuries. In montages of news clips at which Stewart aims his criticisms, Bill O'Reilly cites Oprah Winfrey as an example of a successful woman "who made it on her own in America." Anthony Scaramucci says, "LeBron James is a great American success story." Bill O'Reilly blames poverty on the "collapse of the traditional family that is hurting the African American community." Bernard Goldberg says, "72% of black babies are born to single mothers." Stewart compares racial stereotypes in news coverage of psychoactive drug crises and poverty.
Stewart cites the GI education benefit in the 1940s as an example of racial discrimination against black Americans. He interviews Lisa Bond, who says, "All of us white people do this [engage in racism]." Bond goes on to claim, "Every single white person upholds the systems and structures of racism."
The Problem with Jon Stewart premiered its first episode on September 30, 2021, on Apple TV+, with one new episode initially scheduled to premiere every other Thursday. The series is accompanied by a weekly podcast that premiered on September 30, 2021.