The Laura Ingraham Show

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The Laura Ingraham Show
Laura Ingraham 2011.jpg
Ingraham in 2011
GenreConservative talk
Running time3 hours
Country of originUnited States United States
Home stationWTNT (AM)
SyndicatesWestwood One (2001-04)
Talk Radio Network (2004-12)
Courtside Entertainment (2013-2018)
Hosted byLaura Ingraham
Recording studioWashington, D.C.
Original releaseApril 2001 – December 2018

The Laura Ingraham Show was a three-hour American radio show hosted by conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

The radio show was among the most popular radio shows broadcast in the United States,[1] and Ingraham was number 20 in the Talkers Magazine 2016 Heavy Hundred list of the most important talk show hosts in America, as well as the highest-ranking female host.[2] Her Web site features online polls, "Read It or Weep" articles of note handpicked by Laura from various Web sites and blogs, and audio clips available via podcasting.

The show primarily focused on politics, pop culture, and media bias; with topics of interest including race relations, trends in schools, the Middle East and the legacy of feminism.


Ingraham's show, one of several to launch in 2001 as the conservative talk radio genre expanded in popularity, originally aired on the now-defunct Westwood One Network (not to be confused with the current Westwood One, owned by Cumulus Media), she joined the Talk Radio Network in 2004. In June 2008, Ingraham temporarily left the air due to a contract dispute.[3] A number of hosts filled in for her, primarily Tammy Bruce and Monica Crowley. Ingraham returned at the end of the month. Ingraham left TRN in November 2012 after her contract expired;[4] the show returned on January 3, 2013 after Ingraham took ownership of her show. In addition to politics, Ingraham planned to include more discussions about pop culture,[5][6] but with her support of Donald Trump, the show has returned to mostly discussions about politics. The new show is distributed through Courtside Entertainment Group, a company controlled by Norman Pattiz.[7]

On November 14, 2018, Ingraham announced that the program would no longer be carried on radio after the show goes on its annual Christmas/New Year hiatus in December; the change is being made in order to consolidate her workload and focus more energy on family and her television show The Ingraham Angle (the TV show airs during the late-night hours, creating long days when combined with the early-morning radio show). She will continue to produce podcast material for Courtside's PodcastOne division after the new year.[8]

Major issues featured[edit]

The Laura Ingraham Show discusses a wide variety of issues from a conservative perspective, summed up by Ingraham as "Politics, the culture, and media bias." Depending on current events, she sometimes discusses other issues in more depth.

During the George W. Bush administration, Laura had been requested along with other prominent conservative talk show hosts to the White House for an unannounced meeting hosted by the President, where he tried to explain and convince them to support his policies such as the war in Iraq, and comprehensive immigration reform proposals.[9]

Illegal immigration[edit]

Ingraham frequently advocates "securing the borders" by putting more resources into stopping illegal immigration,[10][11] she has a segment called "The Illegal Immigration Sob Story" alert, in which she highlights media articles that she believes are gathering emotional sympathy for illegal immigrants who, she states, are simply breaking the law.[12]

Radical Islam[edit]

The show frequently raises the topic of radical Islam viewed from the perspective of U.S. conservatives,[13][14][15] with Ingraham discussing current events and media reports about the War on Terror and what she believes is a growing faction of Islam  — jihads.[16][17]


Ingraham often talks about bioethical issues, opposing abortion on demand,[18][19] human cloning and embryonic stem-cell research, she was an outspoken opponent of Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 (2006), a ballot measure that she felt was deceptive and that legalized human cloning.[20] Every January 22, Ingraham promotes the anti-abortion movement March for Life which takes place on the same day as the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States.[21]

Raunch culture[edit]

Ingraham has discussed sex and pornography on her show,[22] she has criticized people such as Howard Stern, Hugh Hefner, and others who she claims have pervaded the culture with what she describes as "filth" at the expense of "traditional American values."[23]


The show staff included producers Tom Elliot, Brad Feldman and Bryan Preston. Former staff members include longtime producer Matt Fox and co-producer A.J. Rice, its co-creator and Executive Producer was Lee Habeeb.

Frequent guests[edit]


  1. ^ "The Top Talk Radio Audiences". Talkers magazine. November 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  2. ^ "2016 Talkers Heavy Hundred 1-25". TALKERS.COM. Talk Media, Inc. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ Ingraham Speaks Up About Her Silencing on Talk Radio
  4. ^ "Laura Ingraham goes off the air – to pursue modern dance". The Christian Science Monitor. Associated Press. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2017. Laura Ingraham, a conservative talk radio host, has left the Talk Radio Network after 9 years. Laura Ingraham jokes that she plans to pursue modern dance and the xylophone. If those don't work out, she'll go back to radio.
  5. ^ Poor, Jeff (14 December 2012). "Laura Ingraham lays out her vision for her 'more culture-driven' radio show". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  6. ^ Ingraham, Laura (3 January 2013). "Laura Ingraham on Leaving Talk Radio Network". Bloomberg Businessweek (Interview). Interviewed by Diane Brady. Retrieved 15 March 2017. I want the show to be livelier, funnier, newsier, more unpredictable.
  7. ^ Laura Ingraham signs with Courtside Entertainment Group and Launchpad Digital Media
  8. ^ "Laura Ingraham To End Syndicated Show; Move To PodcastOne" from Radio Insight (November 14, 2018)
  9. ^ As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support — New York Times
  10. ^ Kopan, Tal (13 March 2014). "Ellmers: Ingraham's 'ignorant' stand". Politico. Retrieved 15 March 2017. Ingraham asked Ellmers if the country needs more foreign workers, invoking her mother who worked as a waitress for 40 years and the high number of unemployed Americans.
  11. ^ Ingraham, Laura (19 February 2014). "Laura Ingraham: Why conservatives should say no to immigration reform". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 March 2017. …conservatives simply want the U.S. government to fulfill a top priority of any government — defending our borders to ensure that the benefits of American life belong only to those people who are here legally.
  12. ^ O'Connor, Rory; Cutler, Aaron (1 June 2008). Shock Jocks : Hate Speech & Talk Radio : America's ten worst hate talkers and the progressive alternatives (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: AlterNet Books. ISBN 978-0975272435. Her show even features a regular segment called 'The Illegal Immigration Sob Story' alert, in which she reads news pieces she feels are biased toward illegal immigrants.
  13. ^ Keyes, Scott (25 January 2011). "Rep. Peter King: '80 Percent Of Mosques In This Country Are Controlled By Radical Imams'". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 16 March 2017. This week, King went on the Laura Ingraham Show to discuss his upcoming investigation. The guest host asked King how many American mosques he thought were 'infected' by 'radical jihad sentiment.'
  14. ^ "Scott Walker Warns Of Radical Islam". 26 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2017. Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Governor Scott Walker explained how the Obama Administration is not doing enough to curb the sentiments of radical Islam from spreading into the United States.
  15. ^ Karet, Brendan; Suen, Brennan; Ramesh, Dayanita (4 December 2015). "Right Wing Media Attack Loretta Lynch For Condemning Anti-Muslim Rhetoric That Leads To Violence". MediaMatters. Media Matters for America. Retrieved 16 March 2017. On the December 4 edition of The Laura Ingraham Show, host Laura Ingraham criticized Lynch's 'priority ... to go to the Muslim Advocates Dinner'
  16. ^ Potoc, Mark; Smith, Janet (9 June 2015). "Women Against Islam". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center (2015 Summer Issue). Retrieved 16 March 2017. Laura Ingraham is a radio talk show host, author, and ABC News contributor who is known for her hard-right positions on a wide range of issues, including Islam.
  17. ^ Ioffe, Julia (14 June 2016). "If Islam Is a Religion of Violence, So Is Christianity". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 16 March 2017. I have witnessed this debate play out many times over, including at one dinner party when Laura Ingraham turned to the other guests and took a poll: Raise your hands if you think Islam is a death cult. Most of the (politically conservative) guests raised their hands and then took pains to explain to me how, unlike Islam, Christianity is inherently a religion of love.
  18. ^ Shear, Michael D. (9 May 2007). "Conservatives Step Up Attacks On Giuliani's Abortion Stance". "The Washington Post". Retrieved 16 March 2017. …the revival of stories noting that Giuliani had contributed to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s, sparking outrage on conservative blogs and a lengthy, uncomfortable appearance on Laura Ingraham's radio program.
  19. ^ May, Caroline (29 March 2012). "Jimmy Carter urges Democrats to tone down abortion focus". "The Daily Caller". Retrieved 16 March 2017. Appearing on 'The Laura Ingraham Show' Thursday to promote his book 'NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter,' former President Jimmy Carter addressed the ever-hot topic of abortion…
  20. ^ King, Larry (host); Ingraham, Laura; Carville, James; Gergen, David (30 October 2006). "California Firefighter Remembered; Election '06". Larry King Live. CNN. October 30, 2006. INGRAHAM: Well, I think what was interesting over the weekend is that on George Stephanopoulos' show, Michael J. Fox, you know, he's very compelling, has a very compelling story to tell but he also in a very candid moment said that he had not read amendment two, which is the amendment in Missouri which would constitutionalize the cloning of embryos for their ultimate destruction in research. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  21. ^ "Catholics gear up for March for Life". The Catholic Review. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2017. On Jan. 23 the American Life League will hold a conference from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, followed by a 6 p.m. concert sponsored by Students for Life of America and featuring Barlow Girl and Laura Ingraham.
  22. ^ Sacks, Ethan (26 August 2013). "Miley Cyrus' twerk causes knee-jerk reactions from conservatives". New York Daily News. Retrieved 16 March 2017. The debacle shows, 'We’re on a moral downward spiral,' according to radio host Laura Ingraham. 'What you're hearing is the end of the culture,' she told her listeners.
  23. ^ "Is Laura Ingraham About To Blaze A New Trail?". Radio Ink. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017. It will also be interesting to hear the reaction from Howard Stern who is one of the people Ingraham regards as a major enemy of 'traditional American values,' and along with Hugh Hefner and others, a purveyor of 'filth.'

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