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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow draws huge crowd to Free State Brewery in downtown Lawrence

All eyes on restaurant for show’s filming

Rachel Maddow hosted her MSNBC show at Free State Brewery on Wednesday, discussing current national and state issues, such as union rights and abortion rights. Maddow said she has been following the ethics hearings of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

Rachel Maddow hosted her MSNBC show at Free State Brewery on Wednesday, discussing current national and state issues, such as union rights and abortion rights. Maddow said she has been following the ethics hearings of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

February 24, 2011


Rachel Maddow: sights and sounds

It was a packed house Wednesday night at Free State Brewery in downtown Lawrence where MSNBC aired "The Rachel Maddow Show" live. Maddow talked about union rights, gay rights and the state of abortion practice in Kansas following the murder of George Tiller. Enlarge video

Rachel Maddow: experience in Lawrence

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow talks about what it's been like working in and around Lawrence. Enlarge video

Nothing’s the matter with Kansas.

That was one message MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow told the standing-room-only audience at Free State Brewery Wednesday night, when the political commentary show broadcast the hour-long program, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” live from the downtown business.

Maddow addressed several national and state issues, including union rights, gay rights and the state of abortion practice in Kansas following the murder of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

“There’s a very interesting question about how we handle this issue as Americans that’s about not just what social movements do, but how governments react,” Maddow said. “And when people are victimized by radical social movements, does government protect those victims or does government take the side of the people who are victimizing them?”

Maddow, who has been following the ethics hearings of former anti-abortion Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline in Topeka, said she thought Kline’s was an interesting case study of government not siding with victims, but rather victimizing them further.

Kaitie Pestock, who works at Free State Brewery, 636 Mass., said it had been interesting to watch the crew set up during the day. While the airing of the show coincided with the 22nd birthday of the downtown restaurant, Pestock said the choice of location was logical.

“They’re the show, we’re the venue,” she said. “We’ve got the space to do this.”

Maddow said the decision to air the show live from Lawrence was even simpler than that.

“Honestly the reason we ended up in Lawrence is because our Kansas producers love Lawrence,” she said.

And the crowd loved the show back, applauding and cheering when they felt it appropriate. Maddow, who told the crowd after the show she’d likely be back, said the local experience was one she enjoyed.

“The people could not be cooler,” Maddow said. “I feel like I’m among friends, and it’s been a joy.”


HollisBrown 7 years ago

Rachel looked really cute. But what a bunch of unattractive men and women behind her! I watched for a few minutes, until I got so embarrassed my toes started to curl.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Yea, if you'd been there, you're trollness would have prettied thinks up real prettily.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Free State's clientele is a cross-section of Lawrence. As such, it varies from old to young, attractive to not-so-attractive.

Which is why it's a much more interesting bar than the average meat market.

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

We love you Rachel! Come back soon!!

Jason Bailey 7 years ago

We strongly dislike you Rachel! Please stay away!!!

pace 7 years ago

I thought they looked homely (2. (of a place or surroundings) Simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home. ). I have always found Kansans attractive but drab dressers. There is something fine about people who look you in the eye, listen to a complete sentence then respond. The accents are a bit twangy and I saw interest and intelligence in the faces. Paint me old fashioned but I have almost never saw a crowd I would judge by superficial fashion. I found the crowd pleasing. The center of attention is a flash, the ones attending more indicative of context. A good crowd.

KS 7 years ago

Huge crowd? Could not have been too huge, because the space at Free State is not that big. What a waste! She is a disgrace to MSNBC.

KU79 7 years ago

Actually, she's MSNBC's flagship stooge. The funny thing about all this is that half of her national audience was sitting at Free State last night.

Lindsey Buscher 7 years ago

Ah, the anti-choicer distinction...Ms. Maddow was not promoting abortions, she was advocating legal rights.

Wendy magillicutty 7 years ago

I swear to GOD that I thought this said KUTrolls.

Getaroom 7 years ago

No she didn't, but she should have. You'd have preferred Kline in her chair I am sure.

meggers 7 years ago

Actually, she did talk it. She devoted an entire segment to it, complete with an interview from a professor of GLBT studies.

Daniel Bone 7 years ago

Wrong side of the bed today, pigtrollin?

Frank A Janzen 7 years ago

Why wasn't this show done at Liberty Hall, which has much more space and is fully capable of running a TV broadcast?

Does anyone at Liberty Hall -- or Free State -- know why it was done at Free State instead of Liberty Hall?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Actually, I heard Chuck explain that when they initially called about doing the show, he suggested Liberty Hall, but they wanted to do it at Free State because they wanted to do it in a more intimate space, not a large hall.

Mandie Eutsler 7 years ago

I'm assuming that they chose Free State because of the name. The point of emphasis seemed to be that "there is nothing wrong with Kansas". Pointing out that Lawrence has been an example of forward thinking since it's beginning. People from Massachusetts flocking here to make sure it was a free state, first state to allow women the right to vote, first female mayor etc. Maybe the rest of the nation will stop making fun of us for "creationism" and realize we have something to offer other than right wing antiquated agendas...

Kontum1972 7 years ago

it was interesting....but not an Emmy....sorry RM...

Kontum1972 7 years ago

i was wondering the same thing...they do serve Free State brew @ Lib Hall....i felt sorry for that waiter dude....gotta hand it to him for balance..LoL!

No brew showers for anyone....

Mandie Eutsler 7 years ago

yes they do serve Free State beer at Liberty. That's why it's the best place to see a movie!

sallyone 7 years ago

I for one will never step foot in free state again after yesterdays shameful showing. I know a lot of people who plan on doing the same.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

I bet I know alot more people who will be going back again and again...way to go Rachel!!!

tokenshi 7 years ago

well, it is "Free State", thus you have the right to do what you want. Too bad you don't extend the same courtesy to the owners of the restaurant

MarcoPogo 7 years ago

I know what you mean. I, for one, will never set foot in Bambino's again because, well, their food sucks.

Getaroom 7 years ago

That's probably a good idea Sallyone and I am sure "a lot of people means" You!

parrothead8 7 years ago

OMG. They'll never survive the loss of such an open-minded customer.

Irenaku 7 years ago

goodie. more stout for the rest of us. I thought the show was great, though there were a couple of guys in the background who apparently started drinking too early...but who cares? Good show.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

I expect that the Free State will happily exchange the loss of your business for the new business they'll get from free national publicity that could have cost them many, many thousands of dollars if they'd had to pay for it.

meggers 7 years ago

Anyone who would sacrifice good beer because they disagree with opinions other than their own probably shouldn't frequent a place named 'Free State', anyway.

homechanger 7 years ago

Good. More room for me and my thoughtful and intelligent friends. Do stay away .

Curtis Martell 7 years ago

Awesome! More room for the rest of us. Move out of Lawrrence while you're at it. Colorado Springs is nice and conservative I hear. Or how about Wichita?

Bill Getz 7 years ago

What's next? Rush at Louise's West?

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

No Rush will go to Topeka...Westboro

newmedia 7 years ago

Sorry, but Westboro wouldn't even have Rush. They would be afraid he would take too much of the spotlight off of themselves!

Alceste 7 years ago

Lawrence to a T: "...this no-place, this bleak town on the prairie's edge, which now seems hardly more than an overnight encampment of ill-satisfied, overproud people so ignorant, that had they been examined closely along with their town--in truth, if they had stopped a moment and examined themselves, they would have found themselves to be a sad joke without substance..."

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

hahahahhahahahahah, oh my. Alceste, oh wise one where would you have us of barren intellect travel to?

his bleak town on the prairie's edge hhhahahahahahahahahha oh my.

Yes, we of barren intellect must imagine a field full of blooming sunflowers, or we squint to see our ordinariness while a magic sunset lights the evening sky.

I am so sorry to be such a burden to those who live in enlightened places. I must just get along by thinking of sipping coffee watching my horses stretch off a long cold evening of a morning. Not watching it on T.V. because it's too expensive in your world.

Curtis Martell 7 years ago

From where did the copy/paste originate?

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Great coverage LJWORLD! You won the coverage race on this local/national news story.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Maddow's visit should have been headlines for every news agency locally...Topeka and KC covered it as well. She's a national commentator...she's worth the coverage, this was a great event for Lawrence, and we hope she comes back to visit Lawrence with her show again, soon.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Elitist...another word for Educated or just smart...from those who aren't so smart and don't value any education because they don't really want to know anything other than what they want to believe. Count me in with the Educated and Smart--call it whatever your trainers tell you to call it...those of us who are able to think for ourselves...and listen to all sides and study and learn.. well, we will just keep praying for those who really believe there is something WRONG with having an active and productive mind. Go Rachel.

bad_dog 7 years ago

She must be important to you con1, else why would you feel compelled to post on an article about her?

Don't bother replying. I wouldn't want you to feel compelled to feign interest, further proclaim your disinterest or waste any virtual ink...

Bill Getz 7 years ago

Small comfort, in that "the rest of KS" may not know how to write.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Rachel Maddow is brilliant and certainly more worth listening to than the likes of Blen Geck.

windjammer 7 years ago

I knew that sooner or later you would come through with one of your far left rants. You Shewmon need to get a life.

windjammer 7 years ago

I knew that sooner or later you would come through with one of your far left rants. You Shewmon need to get a life.

Richard Payton 7 years ago

One day the liberals ride around with bumper stickers, "Kansas has bigoted as you think." Then the liberals proclaim nothing's the matter with Kansas. Gov. Brownback now has that new message nothing's the matter with Kansas.

booyalab 7 years ago

I noticed that contradiction too. Will their reverence of an MSNBC journalist outweigh the deep seated urge towards elitism? Stay tuned!

lovinkansas 7 years ago

A liberal talking head preaching the lefts propaganda to a liberal town. What a surprise.

Ceallach 7 years ago

With MSNBC's ratings the audience at Free State may have been a record-breaking number of viewers for her show.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Because Lawrence has always been a "mecca" for the enlightened...for those in Kansas who actually THINK and it always will be...that's how we started, that's how we roll. Perhaps you would be better off in Topeka.

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

That just cannot be true! The media has for years said high gas prices were the fauld of Bush & Chenney.

Kirk Larson 7 years ago

Funny how the oil companies jump on any excuse to raise gas prices. In any other industry when the price of your raw materials goes up, your profits go down. As in the recent past, look for oil company profits to go sky high as they raise the price of gas far beyond the proportional rise in crude oil prices.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

You have got to be kidding...blaming the Obama Administration for the Middle East unrest? For crying out loud...Bush sent us to Iraq--oh wait, I guys don't want to talk about that...or the cost or the continuing mess that 8 years of Bungalow Bush left us in... no history started TODAY and all the situations around the world that are BAD are because of Obama...come on, you cannot be that blind. Bush Sr. and his cronies did alot to create Saddam...As for Egypt, the U.S. has supported Mubarak for years because he recognized Israel...and all the presidents/congress have spent billions on Egyptian military to stabilize the region.....meanwhile the young educated (or do you foxers call them elitist, too?) ME citizens have been unsatisfied for a long time...only now, there is enough frustration to lead to these revolutions. Now, if we were NOT so dependent on OIL...if 8 years of BUSH or Reagan or any other President and Congress had gone further (as Obama is trying to do) to create an alternative fuel infrastructure...the U.S. might not be facing $8.00 a gallon gas as our only means to fuel our transportation....lets remember the "great" U.S. citizens of the OIL companies whose greed during that last summer of Dubya CREATED $5.00 a gallon gas (saying gas was going up for various reasons like because the moon was blue in Maine..) and said they were serving their only consituents which were their shareholders---if that's the case, then I say take away all the policies that support these corporations because they have lost their allegiance to the American people at large--they sure didn't care what that did to the travel industry or the American economy as a whole...and if Republicans are so "for the people," then WHY do they (and the Koch brothers) continue to support the OIL monopoly? Why aren't you supporting Obama's push for alternatives...for entreprenuers to create alternatives...for private businesses to get back into the business of putting the U.S. on the cutting edge? Why do you complain about OIL prices and foreign energy when you won't support NEW Alternatives??? Give it a rest why don't you, and use some common sense. If the U.S. is going to survive its energy crises, we need nuclear, natural gas, solar, electric, wind, bio fuels--every kind of alternative that we can muster. And Obama is leading that charge. The Middle East is going to define its own destiny....the U.S. control over that region and its oil is going to be very hard to maintain. Time to put down the political rhetoric and come home to being an American, first, not Republican, first.

Catalano 7 years ago

Can't wrap your head around a cute lesbian, Tom?

April Fleming 7 years ago

I'm enjoying how substantive these comments are.

I am just happy to see substantive coverage of Phill Kline's ethics investigation and trial in the national news. It was an abuse of office and he should be disbarred.

I wager if Hollis, Sherman or Sally had their medical records recklessly traipsed all over the country they maybe they could cut through the pointless snark.

ralphralph 7 years ago

“They’re the show, we’re the venue:" Yeah, right.

Boulevard's the beer.

If you support someone and something, you shouldn't be ashamed to say so. What a cop out, to promote this hate-spewing leftist, then disown her with a wink, just to try to keep making money off the people you've pissed off.

milehighhawk 7 years ago

It's pretty adorable seeing all these lunatic fringe-ers act personally offended by a TV host coming to town.

Doesn't take much to set you off, does it?

Mandie Eutsler 7 years ago

Good for FSB, Good for Lawrence, Good for Kansas! I'd like to see more networks broadcasting shows in towns all over the country. Maybe that would clear up popular misconceptions we all have about other places. I don't typically watch the show, but I enjoyed the message, "There's nothing wrong with Kansas".

tbaker 7 years ago

I flipped back and forth between Ms. Maddow and Mr. Hannity. The contrast couldn't have been greater. Each quoted polling indicating public opinion for and against the unions in WI and both breathlessly declared how wrong people on the other side of the argument were.

I wonder how long it is going to take before we find out which one of these two blow-hards was right and whether or not the one found to be wrong will admit their error.

Kirk Larson 7 years ago

Of course it was FOX.

F=6th letter O=15th letter, 1+5=6 X=24th letter, 2+4=6 FOX=666, network of the Beast

Kirk Larson 7 years ago

I was saying that Tom was off topic. I was letting tbaker know that FOX has apparently deliberately misrepresented facts about public support for the labor unions when Tom Shrewman laid in with an old thing about bad math with respect to President Obama's budget estimates. I agree with you: Rachel's not just the bomb, she's the A-bomb!

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

I wonder if Rachel's ex-coworker, Randi Rhodes, is still getting drunk and falling down in the street?

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Are you in the above photo, prospector?

BigPrune 7 years ago

I don't even know what channel is MSNBC, and I never heard of this lady, so I missed the show. So she essentially promoted abortion? She does know that Al Gore would've beat GW if the libs wouldn't have had so many abortions 18 years prior right? What about Free State - letting this lady promote killing future customers (if they're still in business in 18 years?).

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Nothing pro-abortion... Pro-choice....Pro-women...anti-slavery...just because a woman becomes pregnant does not give the state the right to suddenly have say over what happens to her person....the Constitution protects private property...there is nothing more private or more HER property than a woman's body. If you want to stop abortion...start with the adoption laws...then the equal pay laws... etc. There should never be a time when another person can tell a young woman that she must bear the child of incest, or tell a woman that she must bear a child of rape, or tell a woman that she must risk her own life to bear a child---she must have the right to determine that herself. PRO choice is PRO women.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Pro choice is not pro abortion...sheesh. And no, that's not what she talked about....she talked about the slimy procedures of a former AG.

BigPrune 7 years ago

say what? since when is pro-choice not pro-abortion? duh.....gimme the semantics of your statement in laymen's terms.

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Easy...not every person who believes in a woman's inalienable rights as an individual to be free of government interference with the rights to her own body..actually chooses to get an abortion or would do so...the right is a separate thing and must be upheld.

Mandie Eutsler 7 years ago

It's perfectly legal and has been since 1973. It keeps ladies from getting the clotheshanger alley way abortion and dying a horrible slow death. You can do whatever you want in your life, let others alone to do the same.

BigPrune 7 years ago

But what about the babies these mothers kill? Who speaks for these victims? Just because it is legal doesn't make it moral.

The back alley argument just allowed these sub-par doctors let people in the front door and percentage wise was an extremely small amount of abortions when it was illegal.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

" Who speaks for these victims?"

Why you do, of course. You get to exercise your first amendment rights, and they get to exercise control over their own bodies. It's win-win, don't you think?

Kim Murphree 7 years ago

Morality is also a personal issue when it is based on religion--when does life begin? When does the soul enter the fetus? All very important issues for the MOTHER to consider. First, and foremost, the MOTHER is already here...she is a citizens with rights over her own body...she speaks and she deserves to have her rights defended..because she IS a citizen. Whatever her decision and whatever her reasons...they are between her and her maker or belief system. None of us have the right to force a religious belief on another. Finally, you have no idea how many abortions were performed when it was couldn't...there are only subjective guesses about those numbers, so you need to drop that argument.

mushfish 7 years ago

Thanks to Rachel Maddow for telling the nation how cool Lawrence is! Not everyone is backwards thinking in Kansas,. She could not have chosen a better place than the brewery!

Tex 7 years ago

Maddow said, “And when people are victimized by radical social movements, does government protect those victims or does government take the side of the people who are victimizing them?”

In the case of the radical social movement responsible for legalized abortion on demand, Ms. Maddow, no, the government does not protect the victims; it takes the side of the people who are victimizing them, e.g. the government officials who knew or at least suspected what Kermit Gosnell was doing yet allowed him to continue with business as usual.

This is no reflection on the Free State Brewery, though; great restaurant, great service, great beer. Congratulations to all responsible for the restaurant's success, and long may she wave.

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

Rachel Maddow is a terrific reporter and commentator who defends true american liberty. To liberty!

BigPrune 7 years ago

When Rachel Madcow said, "Nothing’s the matter with Kansas." It immediately drew a collective heavy sigh of relief and a wipe of sweat from everyone's brow that were sitting at the Free State looking frumpy, thinking weird thoughts, and being strange in general to a normal person. To have someone with convoluted logic tell a crowd of people with convoluted logic they didn't have anything wrong with them was very reassuring to all involved.

You can also thank Ms. Madcow for God punishing Lawrence with this awful weather, because of her appearance.


pace 7 years ago

Actually everyone knows, Prune caused the sleet. It is also Prunes fault that we exposed our guests to the cold north wind. If you had only been fair and polite and not made illogical statements the gods would not of made a sign that we were suppose to make fun of you. Oh it is our fault, we don't tease you enough. We must appease the gods, make gentle fun whenever Prune spews nonsense or spring will be delayed.

I thought it is was a fun show. She is a bit toney for me but doesn't juggle the facts, just presents them within her context. I find her optimistic. Free State looked great. i also loved all the history. The acoustics were awful, as I predicted. I sure hope Chuck comes up with a good Rachel Maddox salad. I am thrilled that his business got plugged , Happy Birthday Free state. It was nice to see national coverage that didn't show ordinary Kansans as nut case Phelps inbreds, but as friendly polite people . Most of us are.

Curtis Martell 7 years ago

I like Rachel. Yes she's snarky but she's also a true journalist and calls it like it is. I understand why people don't like her or her show, they just disagree with the facts she presents and HATE the fact that she'll go to the mat against the infotainment shows like O'reilly, and Rush et al. OK she's entertaining but she's is a true journalist.

If you disagree then you need to take a civics class. Wait, they don't have them any more...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

"I was wondering what was that awful stentch"

You didn't think to check your pants?

shotgun 6 years, 12 months ago

Right On! Vocal. It's a hoot reading Tom and his cronies raving about "the hot chicks" at Faux News! Simple minds are drawn in by flashy graphics, sound effects, and painted faces of Faux.

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