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  • Ben Shapiro Confronts Pro-Cuba Professor, He Goes Silent [AUDIO]

    Big changes are coming to US-Cuba relations.  President Obama is announcing a major shift, including an easing of banking and trade restrictions with the country which has been under a strict embargo since the 1960s.  The US is also looking to open an embassy in Havana in the coming months and normalization of travel restrictions to the country. American University Director for Latin American and Latino studies Professor Eric Hirschberg joined The Morning Answer to discuss what we can expect to see as a result of the change in Cuban relations. Read More
  • Jeb Bush 'Exploring' Run for Presidency in 2016 [AUDIO]

    Jeb Bush is getting closer to throwing his hat in the ring for the Presidency in 2016.  This morning he posted on social media that he will “actively explore” the possibility of running for President of the United States.  “In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.  Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon,” he added in the post on Facebook. Read More
  • The Morning Answer Says Farewell to Producer Gino! [AUDIO]

    Sadly (for us, not for him) Producer Gino is leaving the show.  The man who puts The Morning Answer together and wrangles Brian, Ben and Elisha every morning without breaking sweat is heading back to his hometown in New Hampshire for a new gig.  ”The Morning Answer crew invited Gino in the studio this morning to say goodbye and to offer him up some going away gifts and advice. Read More


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The Morning Answer - 12/18/2014 - Hour 3

Santa is smoking a blunt at San Pedro pot dispensary. Riverside Inn wins #1 spot for Christmas light displays. Los Angeles is finalist in cities to host 2024 Olympics. Eric Hershberg of American University talks about Cuba and Cuban American relations. Ben reads a column about why we shouldn’t care about holiday cheer.

Posted 12/18/2014 9:10:00 AM


The Morning Answer - 12/18/2014 - Hour 2

Millenial callers guess Hilary Clinton’s age and when she last drove a car. Ben reads column about why we shouldn’t care about holiday cheer. Jeb Bush has no problems pushing for amnesty during 2016 primary. Megyn Kelly asks Rand Paul why Jeb Bush is out ahead of him. Krauthammer says he admires Cruz, but he hurts the cause. McDonald’s is pulling things off the menu to streamline the ordering process.

Posted 12/18/2014 7:00:00 AM


The Morning Answer - 12/18/2014 - Hour 1

Christmas is one week from today. Pope Francis has played a role in normalizing relations with Cuba. Marco Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba Cave. Jeff Flake says it’s a positive move. Sony hackers were working for North Korea. Sony movie “The Interview” was pulled from all theatres. Eric Hershberg of American University talks about Cuba and Cuban American relations. BMW is developing a car that can be parked with a smart watch.

Posted 12/18/2014 6:00:00 AM


Brian Whitman

Brian Whitman has lived in LA for the past 17 years and for 2 years in San Diego before that. He spent 15 years doing celebrity impressions and original characters on "The Rick Dees in the Morning Show" on KIIS FM. He was also a talk show host for 7 years on KABC AM and also co-hosted the evening talk show on KLSX-FM. He is well known as one of the top voice impersonators in the country, getting his start on the legendary Z-100 in New York on the Scott Shannon show at 13 years old! For many years Brian operated his own nationally syndicated comedy service providing comedy and funny voices to millions of listeners each week on hundreds of radio stations and shows all across America. Brian grew up on Staten Island, New York and became the youngest radio talk show host in the history of the legendary 77 WABC AM in New York City in 1997 when he was just 24 years old! Even though he's worked in the radio business since being a teenager, Brian did find time to earn a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from New York's Wagner College in 1994.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro was born in Burbank and brought up in the home of two Reagan Republicans, where intelligent conversation about politics and philosophy was encouraged.  Ben quickly developed into a reasoned political thinker and a powerful writer.

Ben entered UCLA at the age of 16 and was never afraid to challenge the liberal professors and faculty.  At 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US with his columns printed in major newspapers and on websites.

In addition to his hosting duties on the Morning Answer, Ben also is an editor-at-large of and a national best-selling author.

Elisha Krauss

Elisha is a home-schooled girl from Oklahoma who made a name for herself in New York City.  As an 18 year old freshman at the King's College in Manhattan, she found herself at WABC in New York putting together the nationally syndicated Sean Hannity Show.   "After being behind the scenes in radio for years, I know this is a huge opportunity to share my conservative beliefs with the AM870 The Answer audience everyday," says Elisha.