Thu, 29 December 2016
As we finish the year there are titanic changes in the U.S. for the year ahead and beyond.
On this show we ask INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR and TRENDS ANALYST, Gerald Celente, to put it all in perspective.
Gerald is OPTIMISTIC about the effect DONALD TRUMP and his administration may have on the economy.
On other issues besides the economy, the picture is bit less clear.
You can get more information on Gerald Celente here: http://trendsresearch.com/
Before Gerald Celente, Mark Thompson welcomes Michael Shure with THE FAST 15. They discuss jailing people in India for not honoring the national anthem by standing. Then Mark and Michael discuss marijuana legalization and it’s positive and negatives.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh accompanies Mark for the conversation with Gerald Celente)
Fri, 16 December 2016
This episode starts with J. Elvis Weinstein having just wrapped up serving as foreman of the jury on a murder trial. He'll review the facts and what happened in that deliberation room.
Then, Tim Atkins joins us. Tim was wrongly accused and convicted of robbery and murder and ended up in prison for 23 years before he was exonerated.
What's it like in prison? What's it like to be there as an innocent man? How does he survive?
What's the future hold for Tim Atkins and is the state of California ever going to compensate him for the mistaken imprisonment?
Mark Thompson is joined by J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny
Thu, 1 December 2016
Bobby Slayton has had a rough year, with the death of his wife of 30 years.
What's happened since? Bobby fills us in on his new girlfriend who he met--at a funeral.
Then it's dinners with Woody Allen and more.
Josh Weinstein (J Elvis Weinsten) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Fri, 11 November 2016
What do Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Ke$ha & Selena Gomez have in common? They are just a few of the artists who have in common our guest, Aaron Bay-Schuck.
Aaron is the President of A & R at Interscope Records and has signed and developed some of the biggest names in music. He's been a co-writer on some of the biggest hits of the last five years.
The crew discusses how Aaron found Bruno Mars and what goes into building the careers and the creative expressions of so many of our favorite artists.
Also, how is the music industry changing?
Aaron grew up as the son of actor John Schuck and actress Susan Bay. Bay then remarried, Leonard Nimoy. So Aaron grew up as the step-son of Leonard Nimoy and talks about his step-dad and the family since Nimoy's passing.
It's a great hour about music, creativity and a ride through what happens in the new world of the music business.
The show starts with THE FAST 15: Political reporter and analyst Michael Shure owns the fact that he may be wrong about THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE and not just because of the election result.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with AARON BAY-SCHUCK
Fri, 11 November 2016
The smoke has barely cleared. It's less than a day after the polls closed and Emmy and Murrow award winning ABC White House and Senior National correspondent, Jim Avila reflects on what happened.
Why were the media pollsters so wrong?
Jim shares an insider's look and even talks about a memo that was circulated at ABC by the pollsters explaining what went on.
Avila talks about false equivalency and the notion of "fair" reporting in the run up to election day.
Was the media complicit in running down one candidate over in favor of the other.
Plus, a listener who had written to the show in the comments section of our website joins by phone to share a few minutes on why he voted for Donald Trump.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
Thu, 3 November 2016
Frying the Political System While Getting a Decent Martini
Guests, Jimmy Dore and Michael Shure
THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure: We catch political analyst, Michael Shure, between road trips to cover the PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
Of course, the conversation is diverted almost immediately when Michael goes nuts over the Jonathan Gold Best Restaurant List which has just come out.
Then it' on to the electoral college, which is both explained and defended by Michael Shure. Mark Thompson is not a fan.
Jimmy tells us about the perfect martini and torches the American political system.
He loathes Clinton and Trump and everyone else who has a whiff of being part of mainstream politics.
It's been a long, nasty political season and this is our big finish.
Tue, 25 October 2016
Our conversation with Illeana Douglas is broken into two episodes because of it's length. This is part two.
Illeana Douglas has starred in films from Goodfellas and Cape Fear to To Die For and Alive and TV shows like Six Feet Under. Plus, she created and hosted her own successful comedy and breakthrough TV show that took place in an IKEA store which she discusses.
Right now, she's hosting a TV series on the TCM network.
Her life in and around movies makes for a world that you just can't hear enough about.
Illeana's grandfather was a two time Oscar winner and yet she grew up going hungry many days in a family that had no money (discussed in the first episode).
Why is Dennis Hopper to blame for this? Illeana told us about that in the last episode.
Here, she discusses going hungry on the movie, ALIVE and doing a talk show in an real IKEA store
Her book is I Blame Dennis Hopper And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies.
Josh Weinstein (J.Elvis Weinstein) joins Mark Thompson for the conversation.
Mon, 17 October 2016
Illeana Douglas has starred in films from Goodfellas and Cape Fear to To Die For and Alive and TV shows like Six Feet Under. Plus, she created and hosted her own successful comedy and breakthrough TV show that took place in an IKEA store.
Right now, she's hosting a TV series on the TCM network.
Her life in and around movies makes for a world that you just can't hear enough about.
Illeana's grandfather was a two time Oscar winner and yet she grew up going hungry many days in a family that had no money.
Why is Dennis Hopper to blame for this? Illeana tells us.
The conversation with Illeana Douglas is broken into two episodes because of it's length. This is part one.
Josh Weinstein (J.Elvis Weinstein) joins Mark Thompson for the conversation.
As always, we begin with THE FAST 15: Politics and more with Michael Shure sharing thoughts on what's happening with the GOP during this tumultuous time and a story of an Arab Prince who's a reformer but a decadent one.
Tue, 11 October 2016
Dr. Armaiti May, DVM is a veterinarian in Los Angeles whose award winning activism on behalf of animals has made her an expert witness in many animal cruelty court trials. She’s involved in one of the highest profile animal rights trials in recent history, in which a woman who offered water to pigs being taken to slaughter.
Our crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny start with learning about a religion they didn’t know about. Then, they talk with her about confronting euthanizing a loved pet…How soon is too soon? How long do you wait?
Dr. May’s activism has led her to create an organization to work for more humane changes within the veterinary profession and their teaching protocol.
The conversation is wide ranging and our crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny.
For more information on Dr. Armaiti May and her work both as a vet and an advocate for animals, check out these websites:
The show starts with the FAST 15: Political expert Michael Shure gives us the low down on a wild political season and Walmart tries to revolutionize the grocery business
Mon, 3 October 2016
Political Expert Michael Shure and Trump Cheerleaders, Diamond and Silk
Debate veteran journalist and political analyst, Michael Shure takes us into the Presidential Debate press pool during the FAST 15.
We also get caught up with Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein.
Trump super fans Diamond and Silk finish off the show.
Mark Thompson hosts.
Fri, 23 September 2016
Days from the first presidential debate, political analyst Michael Shure tells us what to expect.
Then, Emmy Award winning comedy writer, David Feldman, is getting a divorce and talks about the dirty business of mediation and why his divorce lawyer fired him and charged him for the letter dismissing him as a client.
Fri, 16 September 2016
The show starts with the FAST 15 with Mark and Michael Shure.
Mark and Michael discuss credit cards and then play the game, HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR CREDIT CARD?
DIANE LADD has a free form talk with Mark and Josh (J Elvis Weinstein) about her life in theater and film.
Diane is an actress/writer/director and author and a winner of over 35 international awards, nominated for three Emmy Awards® and three Academy Awards® for the films Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose.
She starred with her daughter Laura Dern in Rambling Rose and made Academy Award® history as the first mother/daughter duo to earn nominations for the same film.
Ladd’s most recent movie is Joy from Director David O. Russell
She joins us to talk about her most television project, the very popular, CHESAPEAKE SHORES on The Hallmark Channel
Sat, 10 September 2016
The show starts with THE FAST 15: 15 mins with political analyst, Michael Shure.
Michael offers some thoughts on the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF FORUM and the failing of Matt Lauer.
Then our guest, Bill Reiter. Bill is a journalist whose frankness and honesty has been rewarded as he moved into sports,
He talks about cornering President Clinton for an interview at a urinal in Little Rock Arkansas. He also reflects on his days as a beat sports reporter in Miami, where he got into a toxic back and forth with Lebron James at the height of his stardom there.
His bad blood with Chris Paul continues even today.
As you can tell, Bill is used to speaking his mind.
The crew touches on the Colin Kaepernick/national anthem controversy as well.
Bill's new show can be found on the CBS Sports app, ROKU, APPLE TV and at CBSsports.com
J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for the talk with Bill Reiter.
Mon, 5 September 2016
Trump, charm school, Dodi Fayed and more...
Model and actress, Sandi Taylor has been around some of the most powerful people in the jet set world. She tells stories of a life out of a movie.
Did Donald Trump really give her a copy of his book ART OF THE DEAL? Did he tell her to change her name? Did he really track her down after seeing her on the cover of a magazine?
First, CBS Sports host and writer Bill Reiter weighs in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy.
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein
Fri, 26 August 2016
COMIC, ACTOR, HOST AND CHELSEA HANDLER BUDDY, BEN GLEIB
A free form conversation with comedian, host, actor and producer Ben Gleib.
ESQUIRE magazine calls Ben one of the comedians most likely to be the NEXT BIG THING in comedy. Ben is an improv force of nature.
Heather, J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson knock around on subjects from asking permission to kiss to Johnny Carson memorabilia and late night comedy generally.
Ben’s talks about his hot game show IDIOT TEST on GSN and his newest Showtime special, NEUROTIC GANGSTER.
Did Ben ever try to hook up with best friend Chelsea Handler? How did he win thousands from Chelsea in ping pong? These are a couple of questions answered in this episode.
Mark claims he’s been inviting Ben to come to the show for some time but Ben proves him wrong.
Fri, 19 August 2016
She is one of the most prolific music makers in pop music history.
She drops in for a conversation about music, creative process working with Prince, performing the theme to a James Bond film and now, raising a family.
For Southern California listeners, Sheena is performing on Sunday, August 21st in a special show that the crew talks about: GET TICKETS HERE
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Wed, 10 August 2016
THAT GUY FROM WANG CHUNG IS HERE
That guy from Wang Chung!!
Jack Hues created some of the biggest songs of the decade: DANCE HALL DAYS, EVERYBODY HAVE FUN and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. to name just three.
Jack joins us from England and talks about riding the 80s wave of Wang Chung and about his new project.
Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein ask about how it was then, how Wang Chung ended up scoring the film To Live and Die in L.A. and how Jack’s latest project has come together.
Here’s the link to get Jack Hues' new stuff:
And here’s a link to his classic 80s Wang Chung stuff:
BUT BEFORE JACK HUES ON THE SHOW: A quick shot of politics with political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure…
Then Jack from Wang Chung ..
Finally Mark invites his sister into the studio during her recovery to tell her story of being pulled from a burning car right before it exploded in pieces.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson
Wed, 3 August 2016
Michael Shure and Jimmy Dore
Fresh off covering both American political conventions, Michael Shure stops by with a jumbo blast of insider political analysis and stories from the road.
(But the show begins with a digression about the product BREATH ASSURE)
Jimmy Dore (who also has just returned from both conventions) lights up the Democrats for ignoring the potential of Bernie Sanders, and laments the loss of liberalism in a Hillary Clinton candidacy.
Then he blasts the media for normalizing everything from Donald Trump
For all the places you can find Jimmy Dore go to JimmyDoreComedy.com
For the conversation with Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson
Mon, 18 July 2016
Heather gets a TV show but it’s gonna end after this season and she gets trolled on Instagram.
J. Elvis Weinstein has lunch with a crime reporter.
Mark officiates at the wedding of Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz and The New York Times gets a key detail about the whole thing wrong.
Then it’s fun stories from REALITY TELEVISION with a REALITY TV PRODUCING KING, Cris Abrego.
Cris is recognized globally as pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout celebreality series The Surreal Life and for riding herd over the mega-hits BIG BROTHER, BIGGEST LOSER, MASTER CHEF and many more. He is co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America. But has great stories of the beginnings of reality TV from his days on MTV’S ROAD RULES and THE REAL WORLD.
Cris Abrego's rise from the working class LA suburb of El Monte, California to become prominent in the Television industry is nothing short of amazing.
In his book MAKE IT REALITY, Chris offers up lessons he learned from almost twenty years in Television—How to visualize your goals and attain them, dealing with risks and having no limits on what can be achieved.
Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join in for the entire episode
Mon, 11 July 2016
We start with a 10 minute blast of politics from political analyst and journalist Michael Shure talking with Mark Thompson.
Then our guest, Amy Povah…
When Federal Drug agents burst into her home, Amy Povah was confronted at gunpoint.
Amy was sentenced to two decades in prison and spent 10 years behind bars because her husband was dealing drugs. She was not part of his drug dealing. By the way, the husband pleaded his time down to 4 years.
It was her husband agents were after. His overseas ECSTASY drug operation had grown to the point that he was something of a kingpin.
Amy explains to Mark and Josh that she was not part of that operation but was faced with the specter of wearing a wire and becoming an underground informant anyway. The Feds said that if she didn’t cooperate in that way they’d send her away for a mandatory 24 year sentence.
Worried about the danger etc. she didn’t cooperate in that way and they indeed sentenced her to two decades behind bars.
How she got out after 10 years and how she’s working to help others, often girlfriends and spouses or other family members in jail for sometimes something as little as taking a phone message for a known dealer, is part of what she talks about with Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein.
Her outreach and clemency program is CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. There’s more information at candoclemency.com
Thu, 23 June 2016
Ed Begley Jr. is an actor with a long, long list of credits like, St. Elsewhere (6 Emmy nominations) to features and stage productions and even back to the small screen, BETTER CALL SAUL and a hit Netflix series, LADY DYNAMITE.
Ed is also a monument to sustainability. He's been on the cutting edge of living a sustainable life for decades. www.edbegleyjr.com
Now, he's building a house which is dedicated to conserving energy and keeping the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Ed has enlisted the help of Scott Harris.
Scott is a builder with an impressive and high profile client list: Paul Allen, Taio Cruz, Kevin James, Kevin Costner, John Paul DeJoria, Neil Patrick Harris, the Sultan of Brunel and the Savoy Hotel-London.
The guys talk about little things we can all do to help the cause of sustainability and of course they talk HOLLYWOOD and more.
The episode kicks off with 10 minutes of political talk with regular contributor, Michael Shure.
Wed, 15 June 2016
Our newest regular contributor is political analyst, Michael Shure. We’ll spend 10 minutes talking with Michael regularly about the unfolding political season and how the fast moving events of the world shape the respective presidential campaigns
THEN, the documentary film, The Best Of It and the filmmaker, SCOTT PEARSON EBERLY… Scott talks about the characters that inhabit his film. They are four people who make their sole living from betting on sports.
One of them, “Dink”, calls in during the show.
It’s a subculture that’s fascinating, exhilarating and maybe even a bit unsettling.
You don’t need to be a gambler for this episode…but if you want to see his film here’s the link to THE BEST OF IT.
Heather Ankeny and Josh Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Scott.
Mon, 6 June 2016
COURTNEY THORNE-SMITH is one of the most successful actresses in television.
From Melrose Place and Ally McBeal to According to Jim and Two and A Half Men, her talents have been spread across many years in a career that’s going strong.
You will hear Mark fawn over her and J.Elvis Weinstein chime in along with the KING OF TV, PAUL GOEBEL who joins by phone. Courtney tells us about the process of auditioning, getting high profile role and working family into the world of a successful acting career.
Here’s the King of TV website: http://www.thekingoftv.com/
SANGITA IYER, who has made the documentary film GODS IN SHACKLES, talks about her campaign of awareness to stop the abuse of Asian Elephants in India, a country which claims to revere and celebrate elephants but actually has institutionalized their torture and abuse.
For information on the GODS IN SHACKLES movie and campaign against this cruelty: http://www.godsinshackles.com/
to attend the red carpet premiere in L.A click here!
Fri, 27 May 2016
Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker...Racing Extinction..Also..A Report from Trump and Bernie Rallies
He's won an Academy Award for his documentary, THE COVE, and now Louis Psihoyos has a new film that is both breathtaking and powerful.
RACING EXTINCTION is about the coming mass extinction unfolding across the planet, during which at least half the species on earth will vanish.
The film deals with examples of the of the Anthropocene extinction, in other words, the effects of the unbridled appetites of human beings(literal and figurative) causing the greatest mass extinction since the KT event, 66 million years ago.
And despite the bleak realities, the film is hopeful, exciting, beautifully photographed and empowering.
The movie takes you undercover to Asia to witness the demand for endangered animal parts in exotic elixirs and culinary preparations and goes from there...
Composer J Ralph, who scored this movie and the Academy Award winning documentary film, MAN ON WIRE (along with CHASING ICE and other high profile documentary projects of late) joins us also.
But before the guests arrive Jimmy Dore reports to us from from the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. There are no two campaigns with more momentum than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and Jimmy contrasts the two stump speeches and rallies.
For more information on the film RACING EXTINCTION and related subjects go to http://racingextinction.com/
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Mon, 23 May 2016
Sam Rubin reports entertainment on the top morning news program in L.A.
Sam talks show business and life and generally slops around with Josh, Heather and Mark
Fri, 13 May 2016
The crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny discuss a few things before the guests arrive...Including Heather’s most recent relationship drama and along the way they change gears and welcome BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET and then DAN HARRIS to the conversation.
Brooke Burke-Charvet explains a career path that has taken her around the world, made her a substantial star and helped her manage significant family obligations as a mother. The blog that she writes can be found at ModernMom.com
The star of DANCING WITH THE STARS talks about her new book in which Brooke stresses simplicity and de-cluttering our lives of STUFF. The book is called THE JOY OF LESS - 101 STORIES ABOUT HAVING MORE BY SIMPLIFYING OUR LIVES.
Brooke shares a bit of her high flying life with us and fills us in on how to say “no” and how to reorganize, prioritize and downsize.
Then DAN HARRIS joins…
DAN HARRIS is an award winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’S NIGHTLINE.
He’s reported from war zones, inside the prison system and far flung villages in Congo. We ask him about some of those places and stories.
Dan Harris also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20” and “Good Morning America”.
In 2014, Harris published the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics.
As an anchor on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Dan had a panic attack that led to revelations about his life and the power of the mind.
He shares some of his story with our group.
To get more Dan Harris related material, check out these links:
10% Happier app website: percenthappier.com
(The app offers a free 7-day trial)
Fri, 6 May 2016
One of the most famous voices in television and radio takes us through a life onscreen and off.
As the voice and creator of some of the highest profile and innovative advertising campaigns, Shadoe Stevens had doors opened and Hollywood calling.
What happened next is a story of triumph, addiction and re-emergence.
More Shadoe at his website http://www.shadoe.com/
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson
Thu, 28 April 2016
Mark's co-host, Josh, grew up in Minneapolis and has some thoughts on Prince.
Music critic Michael Snyder also joins to reflect on and add a story or two about the Purple One.
Plus, Heather tells of dating a gay man and not realizing it until...
Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein
Mon, 25 April 2016
HOW NOT TO DIE is the new NY Times bestselling book from world renown medical doctor and researcher, Dr. Michael Greger.
Greger discusses how simple diet and lifestyle changes can extend our lives and actually roll back the damage done by years of dietary and environmental abuse, allowing us to live longer and better lives.
Dr. Greger has testified before congress and his work is meticulously well documented and presented.
You can get HOW NOT TO DIE and other books by Dr. Michael Greger by clicking here.
Plus, Dr. Greger does daily short videos discussing a number of issues and sorting through research. You can get access to those videos and a bunch of other great information at nutritionfacts.org
J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Tue, 19 April 2016
Tavis Smiley is a successful broadcaster, best selling author, lecturer and political commentator.
His world is populated by a who’s who of modern life and a his mind has a keen sense of the past with a view toward the future.
Much of his life philosophy is in his new book: 50 For Your Future…Lessons From Down The Road
Tavis’ take on life, future and opportunity may offer insight for many of us.
Josh Weinstein joins Mark Thompson
Mon, 11 April 2016
Radio's champion morning team of Kevin and Bean have dominated since they arrived in L.A. in 1990..They've stared down the best radio shows in the country from Howard Stern on and they're still going.
Bean joins us to tell us about their ride and to make fun of Mark.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark
Sun, 3 April 2016
We are fans of the work of Garry Shandling.
This episode of THE EDGE looks back at his professional life, both personal and professional. It’s a pretty deep dive.
We include some clips from Garry and we talk primarily about his two groundbreaking shows: IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW and THE LARRY SANDERS.
Our guests are two people who knew him.
Jay Kogen joins us to talk about having started as an errand boy on IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW in the 80’s and rising to the role of writer and ultimately going on to become an Emmy winning producer, given the Emmy by, Garry Shandling.
Also, we are joined by Linda Doucett, who was Garry’s fiancé and was with him for 7 years. She talks about her years at THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW and her world around him.
Linda is still raw from the news of Garry’s death, having just spoken to him a week before he died.
Sat, 26 March 2016
Neil Strauss, the author of THE GAME (penetrating the secret world of pick-up artists) joins us in an unvarnished conversation about love, relationships and sex (some of which is pretty bizarre and out there)
On his website Neil says his new book, THE TRUTH: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, is "an attempt to figure out where so many people go wrong, again and again, when it comes to relationships and marriage—and if there’s a better way to live, love, and make love."
He also says, "this, however, is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by the consequences of my own behavior"
And his journey is both fascinating and literally unbelievable.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson and they both share some adult stories along the way.
WARNING for adult themes
Mon, 14 March 2016
JRT is Back…Talking about his latest TV creation --
Josh Robert Thompson is the man of voices and ideas…
From access TV stardom as a kid to network television and performing voices on Family Guy and feature films, Josh Robert Thompson is a packed warehouse of talent.
He talks about some of what he’s doing and his latest project.
Josh is a great friend of the show so it’s always fun when he visits.
You can find more information on Josh at jrtvoices.com
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson for this episode of THE EDGE
Fri, 4 March 2016
It’s a jumbo episode...
A quick conversation with YouTube and internet sensations (and our favorite Donald Trump supporters), DIAMOND AND SILK.
Then we are interrupted in studio by "MORGAN FREEMAN" (who supports Hillary Clinton). But "Morgan Freeman" seems more concerned with the just concluded Oscars ceremony than just politics.
Then in another brief conversation, Lisa Joyner’s talks about her NEW show on TLC, LONG LOST FAMILY. The show reunites loved ones who have been separated often times for their entire lives. Unrehearsed and real, everyone here at THE EDGE was incredibly moved by this emotional series and we highly recommend it.
Here's a teaser for the premiere season of LONG LOST FAMILY.
Finally, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER CHRIS BELL:
Mark has followed Chris for years and is a huge fan of his work.
Chris’ latest film is called PRESCRIPTION THUGS which discusses prescription drug abuse in the U.S. but also reveals a stunning bombshell that occurred during the making of the documentary.
Note: THANKS to friend of the show Josh Robert Thompson for bringing the voice of Morgan Freeman to life.
Thu, 25 February 2016
When Mark calls Marilu a “multi-threat” he’s not kidding.
Mon, 15 February 2016
After seeing the wildly popular, 10 part Netflix series MAKING A MURDERER, you walk away thinking the man at the center of the trial, Steven Avery, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are arguably wrongly accused men, potentially innocent and certainly not deserving of a conviction for the murder of a woman who came to the Avery property to photograph for AutoTrader.
The series leads you to believe the cops railroaded a conviction for any number of reasons. Among them, Steven Avery was involved in a civil suit against the department for having been wrongly arrested and convicted for rape (having served 18 years)
But Dan O’Donnell’s series REBUTTING A MURDERER — on iHeartRadio — there’s a link to it here tells the WHOLE story of the trial and evidence and it’s that evidence that you never see in the 10 hours of the Netflix series.
We review many details and give listeners a sense of the series and the more complete picture.
J.Elvis Weinstein (who didn’t see the show), Heather Ankeny (who believes Avery should have been found “not guilty”) join Mark Thompson (who, after hearing Dan’s reports, thinks Avery is 100 percent guilty)
We start with another quick visit to the world of Donald Trumps’s most fervent new supporters: DIAMOND AND SILK.
Then we finish with Heather’s story from the Super Bowl in San Francisco.
Thu, 4 February 2016
Diamond and Silk are two women who have exploded on the internet with robust support of Donald Trump.
YouTube videos and stump speeches have made them such favorites of his campaign that they’ve joined him on the stump and they are among the few he’s following on Twitter.
We’ll hear excerpts of their impassioned support and talk to them about where the fire for Trump came from.
Then, Jimmy Dore stops by and shares stories of a great life moment --meeting Dick Van Dyke, Sam Elliot, Randy Newman and Don Rickles—all with different outcomes and reactions.
A couple of key moments from THE GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS…Bernie Sanders and the Iowa caucuses…
What makes a person happy, universal vibrations and more.
Mark Thompson is joined by J.Elvis Weinstein to talk with comic, Jimmy Dore.
Trump, election, vibration, psychic, black, republican, democrat, Iowa Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, Awards
Thu, 28 January 2016
To call the future “uncertain” would be the understatement of the new year.
Someone who has been looking into the future for decades now joins us in this episode to give us a sense of at least one perspective on the future.
Gerald Celente is a future trends expert who has a team that THE ECONOMIST says has a “range of specialties (that) would rival many university faculties.”
Gerald talks world markets and gives us a window on what he does.
Then, Heather has an amazing, true life story of HUGE secret kept for years.
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson.
Thu, 21 January 2016
Arguably the top dog in fantasy football is Matthew Berry. The ESPN Senior Fantasy Football Analyst has turned his expertise into a robust industry. That industry includes a popular podcast and website for starters, called RotoPass.com.
Of course, the world of fantasy sports has never been hotter and Matthew walks us through it all.
He has a dizzying command of statistics and performance strategies. That’s made Matthew a highly sought after consultant to some huge celebrities from other worlds.
For example, he takes us inside being the fantasy football buddy of Jay-Z's and sitting in on Jay-Z’s draft alongside other stars of the NBA and the hip hop world.
Plus, Matthew is expanding the reach of fantasy sports to another area completely and sucks the whole group into that new project.
Before the world of ESPN and fantasy sports blew up for him, Matthew had a career as a screen writer and producer and he takes the crew through some memorable moments from his most notable film pitch.
Heather Ankeny is also someone with a deep fantasy football knowledge and sandwiched between them is J. Elvis Weinstein who is a newbie to the game.
Funny, smart and relevant: Matthew Berry joins Mark along with Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein.
Sat, 16 January 2016
Andy Kindler is the comic's comic and his reflections on what he's done and what he's doing make this one of those conversations you just sit back and enjoy.
Andy talks EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE TONIGHT SHOW, THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and the standup world in general.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) is Andy's good friend so the two have a conversational shorthand that's fun to be in on.
Heather is away so it's just Mark and Josh and Andy.
Fri, 8 January 2016
Discovery Channel premiered its first-ever true crime series titled KILLING FIELDS …Taking viewers inside an active criminal investigation as it unfolds.
The series follows the hunt for the killer of a Louisiana woman. It's a case that went cold nearly two decades ago in the small community of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, just 15 miles from the state capitol, Baton Rouge.
In June 1997, Louisiana State University student Eugenie Boisfontaine was last seen near LSU’s lakes. Two months later, her body was found nearby in a watery ditch with evidence of blunt force trauma to her head.
Who did it and why? Was her murder part of a much bigger string of killings? Between 1997 and 2003, there were 60 cases of missing and murdered women in the area that went unsolved. And to make it even more complicated, the Baton Rouge area had multiple serial killers operating at the same time with two of the their victims living on the same street as Eugenie. Could these murders be connected?
Detective Rodie Sanchez was assigned to the case in 1997 and hasn’t stopped thinking about it since. He makes the bold decision to come out of retirement and gets permission to re-open the case. Rodie is determined to solve the mystery and make good on a broken promise to Eugenie’s mother: to find the person (or persons) responsible for killing her daughter.
Joining Rodie is a young hot-shot detective, Aubrey St. Angelo, who has a knack for reading people and isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions.
The two work in conjunction with top detectives. With advancements in forensic science and DNA analysis, a lot has changed since 1997. But will this be enough to crack the case for good? And will Rodie be able to finally rest and move beyond the case that has forever haunted him?
KILLING FIELDS airs on DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Detectives Sanchez and St. Angelo join us in this episode of THE EDGE.
Hosts: Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein