Fri, 28 July 2017
GOP strategist, John Thomas, joins and explains what’s going on with this most unorthodox and, many would say, faltering presidency and administration.
John is a staunch conservative pundit and Mark is, well, not. Mark and John discuss the environment, regulation and the undoing of everything Obama related.
Then, Derek Thompson (Editor at The Atlantic) stops by to talk about his new book, HITMAKERS The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.
What makes something, an app, a piece of music, anything, break through the cultural noise and become a hit? Derek breaks it down in a fascinating conversation.
J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Laura House join Mark for the conversation with Derek.
Thu, 13 July 2017
Sometimes an expert is in your own backyard.
Mark's father is not only a constitutional lawyer but he's written a book with an extensive legal analysis of past presidential impeachment proceedings and even the attempted impeachment proceedings to remove presidents.
But worried it was one of those shouting match shows on cable television, Mark's father, Arnie, initially rejected our show's invitation to join the show hosted by his own son!
After it was explained that we wanted a civilized conversation to address all the impeachment talk, Mark's dad agreed to give us a bit of history and handicap the reality of any actions rising to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors".
The show starts with a a brief introduction and then The Fast 15 with Michael Shure talking politics, Russia and then making way for impeachment talk.
Comedians Laura House and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with his father, Arnie.
Then they share facts about their own parents including one being eerily near JFK's assassination and the other having tutored Bob Dylan.
Thu, 6 July 2017
Show open with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein
Fast 15 with political analyst Michael Shure:
Mark plays a bit of the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN song for Michael. The song debuted on July 4th.
Michael offers up a different campaign song from a different former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum. Then the two compare facts about the Declaration of Independence.
Then, actor, STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY is our guest in a conversation with Mark and J Elvis.
Stephen is a well known character actor and author whose life has been marked by brushes with death and remarkable stories of intuition, drug purchases gone bad, being held hostage at gun point and even rediscovering Judaism.
His stories come from both in show business and out.
Stephen is the reason the band RADIOHEAD has their name. It comes out of a collaboration with David Byrne that Stephen goes into on the show.
Stephen’s world takes in quite a lot and he passes along a few amazing stories and even life lessons in this hour.
Mon, 26 June 2017
As a creator, writer, director and producer of television and film, Dave Mirkin has made quite an impact.
He’s been behind some of the biggest television comedies both from the standpoint of audience and in terms of the impact on the culture of television comedy and entertainment.
From The Larry Sanders Show to The Simpsons and Newhart, Dave takes us through a bit of his world as it emerges through a robust career.
He talks about his good friend Carrie Fisher and their adventure together on a cruise ship filled with the best and the brightest from the arts and technology.
J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark for this conversation along with comedy writer, Laura House.
Mark starts the show with a 3 minute update from last week's story on the police in L.A. and a community outreach young cadet program that has ended up in an arrest of an officer and cadets.
Tue, 6 June 2017
What do Biff Henderson's Golf Cart of Death, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman Have in Common? Spike Feresten
Comedy writer, producer and host, Spike Feresten is involved in many things...He was a writer/producer on both Seinfeld and David Letterman's show. He also had his own successful late night talk show on FOX-TV.
How and why that show went away is a story that Spike shares on this episode.
Spike also co-wrote Bee Movie, the Jerry Seinfeld film that was a huge success. He talks about the process of writing that film and thinking through the bizarre world of a bee, or at least the bees in the movie.
This episode was recorded at Mark's home which is up the road from Spike's. The two neighbors meet though on the wild roads of L.A. as is discussed in this episode.
Michael Shure begins the episode with THE FAST 15, 15 minutes of politics and other items. This week, Mark apologizes to Michael for diminishing Michael's NHL fan status.
The two also talk London terrorism, animals and Wonder Woman (the Jewish superhero)
Mon, 1 May 2017
One of Mark's favorite podcast hosts is Dan Carlin who does a show called Hardcore History.
Mark pumps him for some historical perspective on what's happening today.
Is the USA a Fading Empire? How Close Are We to War? How will this moment in time be seen in the view of history?
Dan is a clear mind with a keen historical vision.
We start with THE FAST 15: Michael Shure who is, oddly perhaps, a fan of how United Airlines handled their PR mess after they threw a passenger off one of their flights.
The two also talk Instagram, High Tech Casino Gaming and Famous Amos cookies.
Tue, 11 April 2017
Jimmy Dore is back and he wants to burn down the whole Democratic party. A party that he feels has let down the working class it claims to represent.
Jimmy was an advocate for Donald Trump beating the corporatist (as Jimmy puts it) that is Hillary Clinton so Mark asks him if he's happy with the way things have turned out.
Also, Michael Shure stops in with THE FAST 15, we read a negative e-mail, talk Sean Spicer, cellphone fingerprint technology that apparently isn't secure & Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and columnist, David Horsey, visits too.
Link to David Horsey columns: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/
Link to Jimmy Dore: http://www.jimmydorecomedy.com/
Thu, 23 March 2017
Carol Leifer has been involved with a remarkable number of hit comedy shows. From Seinfeld to the Academy Awards to her own show which was critically heralded as one of the best shows in primetime television.
The crew asks Carol about some of the shows she’s been involved with a special eye on Seinfeld.
Having come out as a lesbian late in life and after having been married to a man, Carol’s story is both interesting and extraordinary. The crew quizzes Carol about her wedding and Mark asks Carol about what he calls, “Lesbian World”.
Mark’s a fan of her books and asks her about her latest book, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING.
All of Carol's stand-up dates and links to buy her book can be found on her website CarolLeifer.com
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Carol Leifer.
The show starts with THE FAST 15: Politics and more with Michael Shure. It’s a 15 minute conversation covering the Washington scene and this time Mark and Michael get into the evolution of the ticket broker.
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