Thu, 12 July 2018
MEET THE MOB: VEGAS MOB BOSS TURNED GOV'T WITNESS, FRANK CULOTTA...FIRST, THE SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENT AND SECRET SOCIETY CONNECTED TO IT
Vegas mobster, Frank Culotta, is out of witness relocation and now telling stories of his days in the Vegas mafia.
Culotta arrived in Vegas from Chicago as an underboss to Chicago boss, Tony Spilotro and explains the mob role in an expanding Las Vegas.
Gambling, "skimming" and killing.. Murder, enforcement for the mob and high end burglary (he ran a robbery crew called the Hole In The Wall Gang) is what Frank's life was about during his mob years.
Frank was also the technical consultant on the movie CASINO. He sat alongside Martin Scorsese for the shooting of the film.
Before Frank, Michael Shure joins Mark to shed light on the new Supreme Court appointment.
The appointment comes from a list prepared by a conservative think tank and the leading advisor to Trump, Leonard Leo, is someone with a tie to a secret society called the Knights of Malta.
The two talk about the Thai cave rescue.
This is a shorter than normal episode so you'll be done in a little over a half hour! Enjoy!
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Fri, 29 June 2018
JUMBO POLITICAL EPISODE! 20 year CNN Commentator Bill Schneider..His New Book: Standoff--Also, From Mystery Science Theater 3K, Comedian Frank Conniff, Plus, Political Guru, Michael Shure, on Supreme Court Vacancies, Mid-Terms and Trump
Featured guest, Bill Schneider, is a leading political analyst, a professor of government and author.
Bill was CNN's senior political analyst for 20 years and his writings appear everywhere from the LA Times to the Atlantic, Politico and Reuters.
He teaches at UCLA and George Mason Univ. outside of D.C.
Bill's new book is called STANDOFF: HOW AMERICA BECAME UNGOVERNABLE
Before Bill arrives, regular contributor, Michael Shure drills down during THE FAST 15 (politics and more) to discuss how we got to this stage of the Supreme Court.
Michael also punctures a bit of the progressive balloon about the mid-term primaries and defends the oft assailed, Nancy Pelosi as having one of the best 18 months in her political life.
Then, from Mystery Science Theater 3000, TV's Frank, Frank Conniff joins J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson.
Frank is a producer, writer and prolific comedian. Frank discusses life in NYC at Sirius Satellite Radio, his thoughts on MSNBC and FOX NEWS CHANNEL and then Frank stays on to speak with political analyst, Bill Schneider.
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00-02:45 Mark welcome and summary of show
2:45-21:45 Michael Shure on politics and more
21:45-34:25 Frank Conniff and J.Elvis Weinstein
34:25-1:24:45 Political Analyst and Author, Bill Schneider
Fri, 22 June 2018
Comedian Jake Johanssen..Also, a Surprise Meeting with The Stanley Cup..Plus, A Question About Animal Trophy Hunting
Comedian Jake Johanssen is finishing up an international tour with Russell Peters. He talks about touring with that show and traveling around the world on what can be a brutal performance schedule.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins and the two talk about audiences and politics and what it takes to be a successful comic today.
Jake tells a story about how the talent coordinator for THE TONIGHT SHOW with JOHNNY CARSON thought Jake's style might be interpreted by Johnny as nervousness and it delayed his booking on that show.
Jake and Mark go back to the 80s and Mark's a big fan of Jake's work but this is Jake's first appearance on the show.
Jake has a podcast called JAKE THIS.
J.Elvis Weinstein's podcast with Andy Kindler is called THOUGHT SPIRAL.
We start the show with political analyst and hockey fanatic, Michael Shure, running into The Stanley Cup.
Michael also discusses the crisis on the southern border and asks Mark a question about trophy hunting.
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00:00-2:10 Mark welcomes us
2:10- 21:25 Michael Shure on Stanley Cup, Southern Border Drama
21:25-1:38:00 Jake Johanssen
Sun, 10 June 2018
Carl Gottlieb is famous for having helping bring the film, Jaws, to the screen.
Carl also collaborated with Steve Martin on THE JERK having met Martin while they were both writers on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS SHOW.
Carl takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through the process of getting those movies completed.
He also visits the film CAVEMAN (starring Ringo Starr) which Carl wrote and directed.
J Elvis asks about Carl's participation in the legendary comedy group, THE COMMITTEE and about the emerging S.F. comedy scene of the 60s.
Before Carl Gottlieb, Michael Shure stops by with THE FAST 15: Politics and More.
Michael talks with Mark about the President's obsession with using pardon power and whether Presidents should have that power at all.
Also, champion teams deciding whether or not to visit the White House..The Supreme Court decision on employees rights to sue. Then, finally, Miss America says goodbye to swimwear.
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3:00-18:00 Michael Shure on Politics
18:00-1:50:00 Carl Gottlieb on Movies, Music and 60s/70s Culture
Thu, 31 May 2018
Roseanne Gets "Erased" --Sam Rubin comments...Then Our Resident Gamblers, Michael Shure and Mark Thompson, Don't Support The Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Sports Gambling
It was an epic week for the most powerful star on television. In one instant Roseanne Barr destroyed her current show, past show and her standing in show business along with the livelihoods of scores of staffers.
Award winning entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin, from the #1 morning news show in L.A., talks about Roseanne's epic fall.
Then, Michael Shure had a prediction that looks increasingly accurate.
Plus, Mark and Michael weigh in on the Supreme Court decisions that will legalize sports gambling by state (neither supports it) and a crucial decision against workers' rights to organize.
:00 -:05 Mark with opening remarks
:05-20:40 Sam Rubin joins Mark to talk Roseanne
20:40-48:00 Michael Shure joins Mark Trump-Broidy prediction, legalizing sports wagering and more.
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Thu, 24 May 2018
THIS IS ADDED CONTENT-- NOT A FULL EPISODE:
8 women have come forward with reports of inappropriate behavior by actor Morgan Freeman.
Mark Thompson wants to ask Morgan Freeman about these reports.
The segment runs 5:50.
Thanks to Josh Robert Thompson for the voice of Morgan Freeman
Thu, 17 May 2018
What Do Charles Manson, Jay Leno, Haunted Highway and Bruce Springsteen Have In Common ? Our guest, Robin Keats...Plus, Michael Shure on The Evangelical Right Taking Charge
With a background as a writer, researcher and even poetry editor for the New Yorker, planning the funeral of Charles Manson seems like a job television producer, Robin Keats, wouldn't be involved in but Robin is no normal television producer.
Robin shares details of his new documentary focusing on the real family of Charles Manson (not the infamous family involved in the murders and crime spree).
Robin also tells Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) about his life as a writer and documentarian which brings him into many worlds.
Those worlds include being approached to head up a "fake news" organization.
The show begins with THE FAST 15, political reporter and analyst, Michael Shure, fresh from his trip to Arkansas, talks about the evangelical movement in America and it's increasing political power.
:00-3:00 Mark says hello and responds to an email
3:00-18:20 Michael Shure on the Christian right and political power
18:20-1:19:00 Guest Robin Keats on everything from the supernatural to Charles Manson
Sun, 6 May 2018
TYT's John Iadarola Back from the Arctic...and a Listener Proposes a Revolution to Education in America
John Iadarola from the TYT Network (the largest online news network in the world) returns from the Arctic and has a new documentary series chronicling his journey, TRUE NORTH.
John accompanies international climate scientists and shares their thoughts, research and conclusions. There are also quite a few moments of experiencing local color, history and adventure.
John talks with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein about the documentary series and about TYT.
First, Michael Shure joins Mark and discusses the sorry state of education with one of our listeners, Randy, who calls in and offers some innovative solutions.
:00 - 04:30 Mark Intros Show and responds to listener emails
04:30-29:45 Michael Shure and listener Randy on education, California and Trump
29:45-1:20:35 John Iadarola on the Arctic and TYT
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Sat, 28 April 2018
John Kobylt is the top rated, outspoken voice on KFI radio in Los Angeles. He's one half of the John and Ken Show and by anyone's yardstick he's the higher volume blast of the two.
He deplores political correctness and is irritated by any number of things that society and politics serves up on a regular basis.
Mark and John talk everything from entitlement programs to Trump to plastic straws.
The show begins with Michael Shure talking with Mark during THE FAST 15 and the two discuss the awkwardness and often the letdown of meeting your heroes/celebrities. Michael also gives us a thought on the new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
00-3:05 Mark welcomes and intros
3:05-17:30 Michael Shure and THE FAST 15
17:30- 1:16:15 John Kobylt
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Thu, 19 April 2018
Trump's Fixer Gets Raided, The Bulletproof Sean Hannity, Also, Is Meeting with Russians Actually "Collusion"... Then, Our Guest, Sea Shepherd's Heroic Captain on a 10 Year Hunt and Record-Breaking Pursuit of a Notorious Illegal Fishing Ship
Our guest, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, tells the story of finding the notorious poaching ship, The Thunder, in what is quite literally the middle of nowhere and how once Sea Shepherd and the crew of The Bob Barker found The Thunder, a pursuit of record proportions began.
For 10 years the illegal fishing vessel, The Thunder, evaded capture and legal authorities. Meantime, The Thunder and it's crew laid waste to vast stretches of the oceans using drift nets that stretch often 100 miles and they became among one of the worst offenders in the destruction of the oceans.
Captain Peter Hammarstedt took over for Sea Shepherd Captain and founder, Paul Watson and at age 29, Peter has developed a reputation for being passionate, skilled and doggedly determined. He and his volunteer crew needed all those qualities to pursue THE THUNDER.
Captain Peter tells Mark and J.Elvis Weinstein what was involved in this potentially deadly cat and mouse game. The stakes were so high and the money involved so significant that it was not clear that Sea Shepherd's crew wasn't in mortal danger.
The Captain takes us through the whole harrowing story .
Sea Shepherd missions to stop illegal whaling, dolphin hunts and plundering of the world's oceans never stop.
For more information on Peter and the Sea Shepherd mission to protect the oceans go to Sea Shepherd's website: https://seashepherd.org/
Michael Shure kicks the show off with the FAST 15. He talks with Mark about Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen and what might be in the piles of documents that came out of the raid on his office and home.
The two address former FBI head, James Comey's book tour and what's significant about it. Should it change anything about the way we see Trump or Comey?
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