Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef on U.S. politics, new web series

This story originally aired on July 7, 2016
For Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was an inspiration for him to abandon his career as a heart surgeon. Youssef started hosting a comedy show in Egypt during the 2011 Arab Spring. “Al Bernameg,” or “The Program,” became one of the most-watched shows in the Middle East, drawing an estimated 30 million weekly viewers. But Youssef shut it down in 2014, citing political pressure and safety concerns for his family. Youssef, who now lives in California, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new web series for Fusion, “The Democracy Handbook,” which explores American political issues including guns.


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