Tue, 23 July 2019
TIME OF MY LIFE is one of the best known songs ever...Franke Previte, at the time a hard rocker, wrote it for the film, DIRTY DANCING.
He takes Mark through the story of where he was and where he ended up after the song hit.
The film. Dirty Dancing, was desperately in need of a key song and Franke wrote TIME OF MY LIFE along with a second hit, Hungry Eyes that's in the movie as well.
The song, TIME OF MY LIFE won an Academy Award in 1987 and Franke also got a Golden Globe and Grammy nomination.
The song has gone on to be used frequently in commercials and other media offerings long after the film it was written for has gone to streaming services.
Meantime, Franke has written many other songs as well.
He visits with Mark from his home in New Jersey.
For more information on Franke's other projects and to hear his original music, including TIME OF YOUR LIFE as he'd recorded it, here are the links.
Thu, 30 May 2019
Epic Politics Man, Michael Shure, Stops In For a Quick Visit..Weighs In on Fleet of Pres.Candidates, Assange and Iran
It's a special quick conversation with political analyst, Michael Shure, has been on the road for awhile but he swings through for a quick visit and some thoughts on the growing field of Democratic candidates for President.
Michael and Mark also talk about, the recently indicted, Julian Assange and whether or not he's a journalist. The two also touch on growing tensions around Iran.
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Tue, 30 April 2019
As third world energy demands increase and worldwide demands expand, there is a need to find clean, affordable energy.
Some have pointed to nuclear power as the answer.
Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Greg Jaczko Speaks with Mark about the misguided hope of nuclear power and the clear dangers associated with bringing more reactors on line worldwide.
Gregory Jaczko has written the book CONFESSIONS OF A ROGUE NUCLEAR REGULATOR you can get it here.
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:00-03:05 Mark welcome
3:05-5:50 Comic, J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark visit briefly
5:50-38:33 Former Chairman, Greg Jaczko, talks with Mark
Thu, 18 April 2019
Fresh From New Zealand, The Manuka Health Ambassador! New Zealand's Kate Kember with Mr Entertainment, Sam Rubin
Having just arrived in the USA, Kate Kember from Manuka Health stops through the show alongside Sam Rubin who has become an enthusiastic consumer of the Manuka Health products.
The crew discusses the physical benefits that extend well beyond their extraordinary, magical honey.
More information on what is talked about in this episode at: http://manukahealth.co.nz
Fri, 5 April 2019
Mary Kay Place is so good in the new film, Diane..Mark loves the movie.
She visits with Mark and talks about, through the years, collaborating with Norman Lear, doing Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and even making serious, legitimate country music albums with legends of country music like Emmylou Harris.
Mon, 4 March 2019
Could the Answer to Global Climate Destruction Be Nuclear Power? Does Our Race Against Time Dictate a Radical Solution?
Our guest, Joshua S Goldstein, has a well researched book called, A BRIGHT FUTURE-How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow.
His book suggests nuclear energy holds the key to stopping man-made global climate destruction.
He states it's too big a problem for the incremental and modest advances offered by alternative energy. The only hope is a commitment to nuclear power across the developing world and the richest, most developed countries.
He wrote the book with research and writing partner Staffan A. Qvist, a nuclear engineer. So, the two have a foundation of credibility as they look to the successes of other nations who are tackling climate and energy issues using nuclear power grids.
For more information on Joshua's controversial positions and to engage further, go to brightfuturebook.com
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Sat, 23 February 2019
As Senior National Correspondent for ABC NEWS, Jim Avila has seen it all from Washington to Havana to Asia and beyond.
Avila's covered the White House and national crises over decades and offers perspective as to what's changed in the current media environment.
Jim also discusses his brush with death as a result of his need for a new kidney.
Michael Shure stops through giving us perspective on the voter fraud scandal in North Carolina.
Mark and Michael also discuss Diane Feinstein viral video with kids descending on her office.
Also, the richest cat and Robert Kraft in a massage parlor sting.
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3:00-25:00 Michael Shure
25:00-1:08:00 Jim Avila
Sun, 17 February 2019
Growing up Ginsu...Behind the World of "Pitchmen" and the Politics of Blair Bess..Also, J. Elvis Weinstein is a Movie Star
Writer, Blair Bess, grew up in a family of old-school "pitchmen" (term used generically).
They went from the Boardwalks to county fairs with elaborate and unrelenting pitches for products as varied as knives and movie cameras.
Blair shares some of that world with us before he talks with Mark about the political realities facing Democrats in the upcoming election cycle.
He also touches on the new realities for Senator Devin Nunes, the de facto Trump surrogate.
J Elvis is a movie star. He just wrapped a film and tells Mark all about it.
Heather Ankeny (our old co-host) stops by to fill us in on life in the SF Bay Area and the crew reviews one of Heather's key scenes in a TV series.
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00-2:15 Mark intro
2:15-23:46 Michael Shure on politics and more
23:46-38:35 J Elvis Weinstein is a movie star
38:35-51:20 Heather Ankeny returns
51:48-1:19:00 Blair Bess on growing up Ginsu and the state of American politics in down ballot races.
Sat, 9 February 2019
Tom Arnold is fun, funny and on fire.
Tom tells us stories from his early days in Iowa and then relates how his move to Hollywood almost didn't happen...Coming out to work getting Roseanne's show on the air.
Mark asks about a story in which, supposedly, Tom goes to Beverly Hills to buy jewelry for Roseanne with a million dollars in cash in a shoebox. Tom confirms it and fills in details.
Tom also sets straight the details of the hunt for the outtakes/tapes from THE APPRENTICE that contain highly damaging material about Donald Trump.
Comedian and filmmaker, J. Elvis Weinstein sits in with Mark for the conversation with Tom.
An article in The New Yorker is talked about. Here is the link to that article https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success
First, Michael Shure on political scandals that threaten careers....Black face, sexual misconduct and a crowded field of presidential candidates. Also, Les Moonves's new office and the meat producers in a lawsuit.
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00-02:45 Mark intro
2:45-20:05 Michael Shure on politics
20:05-1:40:15 Tom Arnold
Wed, 9 January 2019
The New Trump Voice on Family Guy, Josh Robert Thompson...First, Elizabeth Warren, Shutting Down Gov't and Holding Hands with A Jonas Bro
The new voice of Donald Trump on Family Guy is Josh Robert Thompson.
Josh joins J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson. Mark talks about his just-completed trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The two Joshes give Mark a hard time about his social media posting from there.
Writer/Director, Carl Gottlieb (JAWS, THE JERK) joins by phone with reflections on Bob Einstein (Super Dave) who just died and Carl also has thoughts on Penny Marshall whose death hit him hard since the two were romantically involved early in her career and remained friends to the end.
First, Mark Thompson talks politics with political reporter, Michael Shure. Michael evaluates the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren who has just entered the presidential race.
Then, the two talk about the government shutdown and finish with "news" about one of the Jonas brothers.
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:00-3:00 Mark Intro
3:20-23:15 Michael Shure on Politics and more
23:15-1:29:30 Josh Robert Thompson, J Elvis Weinstein, Carl Gottlieb
Tue, 2 October 2018
The Indignities of Being a Woman is the new audio book from comedy writers, Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester.
The book details (in an entertaining way because they ARE comedy writers) the ways in which societies around the world have discounted women in society with a resentment and denial of their critical place in societies and cultures.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark with Merrill and Megan.
The episode starts with political analyst, Michael Shure. Michael explains how mid-term election polling is done and what it's indicating so far.
Michael also shares his thoughts on the politics of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the likely outcome.
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00-04:45 Mark intro
04:45-23:40 Michael Shure
23:40-1:33:50 Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester and J. Elvis Weinstein (warning for explicit language and occasional mature themes)
Thu, 20 September 2018
Comic and political analyst, Alonzo Bodden, alonzobodden.com is funny and is everywhere...On network television, providing political commentary on the TYT network and comedic moments on NPR's show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
His life has taken him from work as a mechanic building Stealth Fighters to comedy clubs and a rise through a primetime, comedy reality show, Last Comic Standing, that vaulted him to a new level of success.
(24:50) Alonzo talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein and the three get into talk of politics and the contemporary issues facing the two party system as well reflecting on Obama and some of the disappointment with political realities confronting that administration.
Before Alonzo, Mark Thompson talks with political analyst, Michael Shure, about the Supreme Court nomination process and Mark suggests there are many parts of the process that might be broken.
The two discuss the mid-terms and answer a listener email.
:00-1:50 Mark Intro
1:50-24:50 Michael Shure on Politics
24:50-1:27:00 Alonzo Bodden with J Elvis Weinstein and M.Thompson
Wed, 29 August 2018
Evil Genius Director, Barbara Schroeder, Takes Us Behind the Hit Netflix Docu-Series, First, Political Talk: Flipping the House..And..Can There Be Fair Elections Anymore?
One of the hit docu-series of the year has been, Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist. (Netflix)
This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza delivery guy who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck -- and the story only gets weirder from there.
Director Barbara Schroeder sits in with the crew and tells the story of how this project came to her and how she wrestled with bringing it to life.
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J Elvis Weinstein for the conversation with Barbara Schroeder.
The show begins with political specialist, Michael Shure, returning to update the mid-term elections.
Mark expresses concern about the safety and integrity of the election process in America. Can there be free and fair elections in America anymore?
Michael and Mark talk about the White House dinner celebrating the Christian right.
00-3:35 Mark intro
3:35-25:41 Michael Shure and Mark talk politics
25:41-1:20:00 Director Barbara Schroeder on her Netflix documetary
Wed, 15 August 2018
Our Former Co-Host, Heather, Visits and Talks Stedman and Oprah ..Then, Renowned Trends Analyst, Gerald Celente
You've heard Gerald Celente across the media landscape, on Coast to Coast with George Noory and elsewhere. His no nonsense takes on world events makes him one of our favorite guests.
Gerald deconstructs what's happening both in America and worldwide in terms of the wave of populist leadership and the revolt away from traditional political leaders and systems.
What's the net effect of these waves of populism? Gerald answers that question and gives us a guide for the prevailing trends.
Gerald's newsletter is The Trends Journal
First, former co-host, Heather Ankeny, stops by to see Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein. Heather shares a bit of what's been going on in her life which includes a brush with Stedman Graham and Heather's take on the "Me Too" movement.
Mark shares the story of his mentorship of a foster child.
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00-2:45 Mark's intro and summary
2:45-29:10 Mark, J Elvis and Heather Ankeny on Oprah and Stedman
29:10-59:20 Trends analyst, Gerald Celente joins Mark Thompson
Wed, 8 August 2018
Even if you don't play cards, you'll enjoy this episode...
John Cynn is a newly minted poker champion, the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
John takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through some of what goes into being a good card player and the obstacles he was up against.
From superstition to visualization to not being able to tell your parents about wanting to be a professional poker, John reviews it all.
The guys review a couple of hands and strategies.
John discusses his plans for the future and plans for the 8.8 million dollar prize.
The show run 1hr 4 mins
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
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
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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Fri, 13 April 2018
HIS MOTHER WAS MURDERED AND HIS BROTHER BECAME A MURDERER...HE BECAME A TOP HOMICIDE COP...PLUS, MARK GOES ON A RIDE-ALONG IN COMPTON
Detective Rod Demery is a murder cop in Shreveport La. His track record as a cop is undeniably good.
The way murder touched his life personally is undeniably eerie.
How he deals with his mother's murder and then his brother becoming someone who is guilty of murder is only part of his story. But it's a fascinating part.
His show on Discovery ID is MURDER CHOSE ME.
Michael Shure starts the show talking with Mark about the Canadian hockey team killed in a horrible traffic accident and how the entire sport of hockey mourns their loss.
Also, will there be increased American involvement in Syria?
And finally, Mark talks about his ride along with the cops in Compton and finding crystal meth in a car that was pulled over.
Show open 00:00 to 2:15
Fast 15 with Michael Shure 2:15 to 25:15
Murder Chose Me with Det. Rod Demery 25:15-47:00
Thu, 8 March 2018
Everyone Seems to Want a Russian Connect, The President's Porn Queen then Red Carpet War Stories with Sam Rubin. Finally, Creator of Reno 911 and Night at The Museum: Writer, Director Ben Garant
The episode begins with Michael Shure reporting in from Washington. Mark and Michael discuss former Blackwater chief, Erik Prince and the Russians as well as Jared Kushner and his almost forgotten connection to the Russians.
There’s also talk of Stormy Daniels and hush money.
And the administration lifts the ban on transporting into the USA the heads and other body parts of endangered animals bagged by trophy hunters.
Finally, a bizarre fraud case in which a convicted defendant almost walks after the fact.
Our main guest is Ben Garant. Ben joins Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein.
Ben created Reno 911 and Night At the Museum and is a prolific writer of comedy and he even has dipped into other genres, as he tells them
Ben has had other big successes like The Pacifier and he even discusses projects that didn’t go quite as well and what happened. Ben gives us a look at show business through his the eyes of someone who has contributed to a lot of projects.
Before Ben arrives, Mark and J Elvis talk with Sam Rubin about the Oscar Red Carpet shows that just concluded and The Oscar show itself. Mark then shares some red carpet nightmares from his own life of reporting from there.
Thu, 22 February 2018
A Hollywood Comedy Writer Moves to New England and Becomes a Postman … First, The Black Panther Phenomenon, Teen Voices Drive Gun Dialogue and Fergie Sings the National Anthem
Mark weighs in on the perils of expectations when it comes to movies, entertainment and life in general.
Michael Shure comes through for THE FAST 15. Michael has just come from visiting the Charles M. Schulz museum and playing ice hockey on Schulz's rink.
The two talk about the gun debate being driven by teenagers, many of whom experienced the horror in Parkland, Fla.
Fergie sings the national anthem and stirs up controversy and Mark and Michael make a point about the anthem and how often it’s played.
(the entire segment lasts until 25 minutes into show)
Comedy writer/producer Jon Ross joins by phone from Massachusetts and discusses his bold move from Hollywood to rural Massachusetts and his decision to make the move driving in an RV.
Jon also talks about getting his job as a postal delivery man and why it's not as charming as we may think.
Mark weighs in on the perils of expectations when it comes to movies, entertainment and life in general.
Michael Shure comes through for THE FAST 15. Michael has just come from visiting the Charles M. Schulz museum and playing ice hockey on Schulz's rink.
The two talk about the gun debate being driven by teenagers, many of whom experienced the horror in Parkland, Fla.
Fergie sings that national anthem and stirs up controversy and Mark and Michael make a point about the anthem and how often it’s played.
(the segment goes for 25 minutes into show)
Comedy writer/producer Jon Ross joins by phone from Massachusetts and discusses his bold move from Hollywood to Massachusetts and his decision to drive there in an RV.
Jon also talks about his job as a postal delivery man.
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Thu, 8 February 2018
Embedded in Trump Country Watching The State of The Union...Then: Dead people, Jerry Lewis and The Impossible Burger: Writer/Producer, Merrill Markoe
Michael Shure returns from watching the State of the Union speech deep in Trump country.
In THE FAST 15, Michael answers the question: What would it take for Democrats to get political control in Congress again and how close are they?
Then, Mark discusses what’s happening to singer James Brown’s estate. Brown wanted to support economically disadvantaged kids with millions of dollars but they may never get it.
That’s the first 20 minutes of the show when Mark Thompson speaks with Michael Shure.
Then: Dead people, Jerry Lewis and The Impossible Burger. A chat with producer, writer, comedian, Merrill Markoe. (24 mins into episode)
Former co-host, Heather Ankeny also makes an appearance to join Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein.
She’s back for this episode and updates us on her life as an engaged woman living in Northern California.
Then Merrill Markoe talks about dead people, entertainers and food.
Thu, 1 February 2018
Classic Film, Politics and a Matthew Modine Connection? Co-Founder of Largest Online News Network in the World and TCM Host, Ben Mankiewicz
Ben Mankiewicz is a founding member of the TYT Network (The Young Turks) which is the largest online news network in the world.
TYT, while having a progressive bent, is known to be brutal to BOTH Democrats and Republicans.
Ben hosts WHAT THE FLICK and appears across the TYT Network on different shows from sports to politics.
Ben's role as a host of Turner Classic Movies has taken on a large part of his professional life. Mark and Ben talk about how his relationship with Hollywood and it's stars has evolved.
Mark and Ben talk classic movies, Sunset Blvd, Full Metal Jacket, Matthew Modine and Mel Brooks.
Then, the two discuss Donald Trump's State of the Union speech and message.
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Wed, 17 January 2018
Porn Star Payoffs, S-hole Countries, Immigration Policy and Distraction...Then, Jackson Galaxy, THE Cat Expert
Porn star payoffs and media smoke screens as the media obsesses on the word, "shithole" and ignore the real stories.
Then the 2nd half of the show features cat expert, Jackson Galaxy.(23 minutes in)
Jackson Galaxy’s new book is Total Cat Mojo. Which you can get on Amazon by clicking through the link on our website at edge-show.com
Jackson visits with Mark and comics J. Elvis Weinstein and Laura House who are not “cat people” while Mark, well, is.
Political analyst Michael Shure kicks off the show with THE FAST 15 (runs 22mins)
Mark and Michael play a movie related game and then get into what’s been happening in in America.
Thu, 11 January 2018
Grace Baldridge (29 minutes in) is the host of Pop Trigger on the TYT Network and hosts the show Murder with Friends (link below).
She tells Mark and J.Elvis Weinstein how she packs the car with her (at the time) girlfriend, Lizzy, and their dog and heads to Alaska on vacation.
On that trip Grace proposes to Lizzy.
She also shares her journey to realizing she is a lesbian and the moment more or less when she came to that conclusion.
The show starts with a message from Mark (first 5 mins) and then THE FAST 15 with political expert Michael Shure (runs until 29 min).
Mark blitzes Michael with movie quotes and then they get into politics.
Michael responds to the Oprah news and explains why he doesn't like the idea of Oprah running for President should it happen.
He also talks about the vanishing movie theater experience. And Mark and Michael start and end the segment with identifying movie quotes.
Video of Grace's Alaska trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unr8LmLbGAE
Grace's Show Murder with Friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J0c-HsUlyk&list=PLvrd7e5MvH6tSD16YuLC4ZEQ-fSVDHFMJ
Grace's Fiancé's Travel Blog : https://havedogwilldrive.com/
Fri, 17 November 2017
Our guest, Chuck Negron, is one of the founding members of THREE DOG NIGHT, among the most successful bands in history.
He’s responsible along with the two other band members for a string of hits that dominated the charts from 1968 through 1975.
His voice has remarkable range (over four octaves). And fronting the band led Chuck to drink in the fruits of that era. Specifically, the world of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.
But while Chuck was enjoying a decadent life, ultimately it brought him down.
He discusses with Mark and comedian Laura House both his rise, fall and rebirth.
Chuck’s book THREE DOG NIGHTMARE (available on his website www.Chucknegron.com ) chronicles all of this.
The show starts with Mark saying hello and updating the news…(1st 5 minutes)
THE FAST 15: Michael Shure joins Mark to discuss politics and more. (runs until :29)
Mark and Michael do the sexual harassment/misconduct roundup, check in on the state of the GOP tax bill and on plans to lift the ban on trophy hunters bringing parts of creatures they’ve killed back to U.S.
They tell the story of the most expensive painting ever purchased-- and it’s flawed! ( 25 mins). The two discuss the DaVinci that was just sold, who owned it before and how the bidding got so high.
Finally, an honest and entertaining conversation with one of the founders of the legendary band, THREE DOG NIGHT, Chuck Negron.
Wed, 8 November 2017
Yes, Tehran is his real name and the crew talks romantic infidelity, the science of cool and, among other things, Mark asks him about who has a tougher time in the USA right now, Muslims or blacks.
Mark Thompson is joined by Lisa Foxx for the conversation with Tehran. (00:25)
The show starts with THE FAST 15. Political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure talks about the latest mass shooting (Texas), the election, the wealthiest and where they hide money around the world and the Saudi lock up at the Ritz-Carlton.
Thu, 2 November 2017
American forces occupying Iraq are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood. After multiple failed rescue attempts, 1st Calvary Division will call for help from a brave armor company. That armor company and their 6 tanks will launch a brave but costly attack to rescue the ambushed unit.
THE LONG ROAD HOME is a Nat Geo 8 episode series that chronicles a real life ambush of U.S troops. Our guest, Mikko Alanne wrote and produced this television series.
He talks (19 minutes into this episode) with Mark Thompson and Laura House (comedy writer) about what went into bringing the story to the screen.
The show starts with Mark's quick thoughts on the Paul Manafort and assorted indictments (first 3 minutes of show) and then THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure talking about other political issues and ultimately challenging Mark to a game involving Vegas movies. Fun for the whole family.
Tue, 24 October 2017
The show starts with Michael Shure and THE FAST 15.
Michael is just back from a Richard Spencer speech/white supremacist rally and randomly met the Neo-Nazi principles in an attempted murder which happens later in the day.
Mark and Michael also discuss the Gold Star family controversy.
Then, a call from India:
India's wildlife is under severe threat - every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins, is under threat of extinction.
An organization called Wildlife SOS works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and defend wildlife and the environment and one of the founders of this amazing organization, Kartick Satanayaran, calls in to explain the innovative economic strategies being employed to save so many innocent creatures caught up in the greed of the animal economy.
Wildlife SOS runs one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Frequently, the workers at Wildlife SOS are threatened, attacked and sometimes kidnapped by poachers during their rescues. Kartick walks us through one of the highest profile rescues the organization has made.
Mark is hosting the Tusk After Dusk event, Nov 4th in Los Angeles click here for more information
Sat, 23 September 2017
Heather’s Prisoner Boyfriend is Free and They Are Now Engaged, Starting a New Life Together..We Meet Him
Heather is moving away and starting a new life with her fresh out of prison fiancé. This is her last episode.
For 4 years Heather Ankeny has been a fixture with Mark on THE EDGE. Now she’s here for her last episode in the co-host chair.
She is moving to Northern California and moving in with her fiancé who is the prisoner/inmate that the crew has made fun of all this time.
Guests have tried to figure out what her “prisoner boyfriend” had done to end up behind bars. We replay some clips of those conversations.
Ultimately though, the main event is Heather’s “prisoner boyfriend” now fiancé calling in and giving us a sense of his life of incarceration and his new life as a free man.
THE FAST 15 … Politics and more with Michael Shure. In this episode, Michael reviews the GOP Healthcare bill that’s just suffered another setback. Then Mark focuses Michael’s attention on Puerto Rico rebuilding, the continent of Africa and notable deaths: Jake LaMotta, the man who created a standard for anesthesia and the richest woman in the world.
Sun, 3 September 2017
Deep Sea Treasure Hunting with the Legendary Cousteau Family ALSO Harvey Flooding and Rewriting Columbus History
The show kicks off with THE FAST 15 (in this case, about 22 mins) with Michael Shure talking politics from Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the failure of the EPA to get help to flooded superfund sites to Mark and Michael talking about the effort to get rid of Columbus's name in Columbus Day and then a Russia investigation update.
The two talk about a piece of video of a Houston man playing the piano during the flood and there's a link to it below.
The Cousteau's talk about their latest adventure which is all about finding treasure on the ocean floor.
Mark asks about what it was like growing up "a Cousteau" and we find out about some accomplishments that Jacques Cousteau was involved in beyond bringing the ocean to our living rooms.
Here's a link to the Cousteau show, CARIBBEAN PIRATE TREASURE
Here's the video of the flooded Houston home where the man is playing his piano in waste deep water
Tue, 8 August 2017
If filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich were just a successful Hollywood writer/director and actor, it’d be impressive enough. His list of accomplishments, published work as an author, hit films, and awards makes him worthy of a ton of esteem already.
But Peter Bogdanovich is clearly more than even that. His stories reflect a rich life surrounded by creativity and the art of theater and filmmaking.
And beyond even that, he is a living link to a classic era in Hollywood. An era of great filmmakers like John Ford, Howard Hawkes, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
As a young aspiring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich in his 20s arriving in Hollywood Peter was befriended by all these men and Bogdanovich even goes on to make a documentary about John Ford and write books about Orson Welles.
He talks about his beginnings, working for Roger Corman and then vaulting to Hollywood household name status after he directs The Last Picture Show which he co-wrote with Larry McMurtry.
The film gets 8 Academy Award nominations wins two Academy Awards, the BAFTA award for best writing and on that film Peter Bogdanovich falls in love with a 21 year old Cybil Shepherd who he goes on to marry. That creates personal complications for him at a time of great professional success and he discusses that.
On the professional side, from Steve McQueen to Barbara Streisand, much of Hollywood is wanting to work with him after The Last Picture Show.
He goes on to next direct What’s Up Doc? starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. And the comedy is a smash hit.
He follows that with another smash hit called, Paper Moon, a depression era comedy starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. Peter explains how and why Tatum was cast. The 10 year old Tatum goes on to get the Oscar for her performance.
His relationship with the stunning leading ladies of two of his films captured headlines and created personal issues…marriages and divorces.
But the most tragic romantic involvement of Peter Bogdanovich’s life had to be with actress Dorothy Stratten. After her brutal murder, Peter entered a dark period and withdrew from making movies for a time. He discusses this along with his eventual marriage to Dorothy’s younger sister, Louise.
Peter talks about writing a book on Dorothy and the entire episode.
He also talks bout his recent work as a filmmaker and directing an award winning documentary on Tom Petty.
We wish Peter could have stayed longer with us. It was a pleasure and an honor to have him in.
Writer/comedian Laura House and documentary producer/director and comic J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for this conversation with Peter Bogdanovich.
Here are links to Peter’s books and movies.
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
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, 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.
Tue, 1 December 2015
He's pioneered a revolutionary part of the law, been a coke addict and a top morning radio personality...
KFI morning radio personality Bill Handel's irreverent, almost reckless style has made him a few enemies along the way but mostly has contributed to the kind of success in the fickle business of broadcasting that most can only dream of.
His place at KFI atop the morning radio ratings goes essentially uncontested.
But what he has done away from radio may be an even better story...
Bill Handel joins Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh)
Wed, 7 October 2015
The new documentary is called MICHAEL DES BARRES-- WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO BE.
It's directed by our own J.Elvis Weinstein and it chronicles a remarkable life in rock music and acting.
DesBarres is a descendent from royalty, raised in England. But his upbringing was a far cry from any royal palace.
He was raised among prostitutes and pederasts before embarking on an astonishing career in theater, film and music.
Michael DesBarres has worked with the biggest names in the history of music, film and television.
The crew just lets him unwind the stories from all those worlds.
A fascinating charmer: Michael DesBarres
Sat, 29 August 2015
Gladiator, Pirates of The Caribbean and X-Men all share one thing, the music of KLAUS BADELT.
Klaus has worked with the best directors in the business from Ridley and Tony Scott and Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn and John Woo.
Klaus was asked by the Chinese Olympic Committee to compose the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He tells us about the wild, unorthodox process that led up to that event.
We’ve included only a sliver of Klaus’ music.
A more complete sample is available through Klaus’ website: klausbadelt.com
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
Wed, 12 August 2015
THE BROTHERS MANKIEWICZ
Dateline NBC”s Josh Mankiewicz and Turner Classic Movies' and The Young Turks' Ben Mankiewicz
Josh and Ben Mankiewicz grew up in and around politics but are from show business royalty, as the grandsons of Herman Mankiewicz. Herman is the man who wrote the classic film CITIZEN KANE.
In fact,members of the Mankiewicz family have produced, written and created some of the biggest entertainment franchises on TV and film.
In this hour...everything from politics to show business.
Puling apart The Trump phenomenon…The Classic Murder Movie, Double Indemnity, as it would be reported on Dateline NBC.
The stars and starlets that connected with the Mankiewicz family in Hollywood…and...The new kind of kidnapping.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark
Fri, 24 July 2015
From the mind and mouth of friend of the show, Josh Robert Thompson. Check out his work at jrtvoices.com
Tue, 6 January 2015
Exec Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond is adapting the show in India...
Long time Executive Producer of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, Steve Skrovan has just returned from India where they are launching an Indian version of the show.
He shares stories from the road and Mark asks him about a few favorite Raymond episodes.
Heather updates Steve on her prisoner boyfriend.
Fri, 14 November 2014
Just back from Thailand our guest, Jessica Davis, takes us through the grass roots humane efforts of Lek Chailert (known as The Elephant Whisperer) and her organization, Elephant Nature Park
The park exists as a shelter to elephants that have been brutalized by the tourism and logging industries and end up orphaned, blind and disabled.
While these elephants have endured inconceivable torture and horror, Lek gives them the opposite, an environment at Elephant Nature Park where they can find the best of life.
Jessica offers a look at this magical world of the elephants in the park.
If, after listening, you have an interest in learning more about volunteering here's a link:http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/enp/en/17-elephant-nature-park-weekly-volunteer
Heather Ankeny joins Mark for this showv
Tue, 21 October 2014
John Schuck has covered decades as an actor in classic films and television as well as the Broadway stage.
In this episode: Fun stories about his time in theater, stage and film with some juicy morsels involving Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Robert Altman and others.
John is big fun for us and with the King of TV, Paul Goebel in the mix the classic TV and Star Trek discussions take on even greater fun and Paul provokes a debate about how to say the word "robot".
Thu, 9 October 2014
It may be a life in "the middle" but Kevin Pollak details a pretty cool life so far...
Comedian, actor, director, writer and producer Kevin Pollak has moved through show business with great success.
His book HOW I SLEPT MY WAY TO THE MIDDLE is full of great stories of a life in the business.
Mark pumps him for some of those, and Kevin also discusses his latest documentary film project.
Josh Weinstein, an accomplished comic himself (Mystery Science 3000, etc) joins with Heather Ankeny
Sun, 28 September 2014
He also was the original host of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS during that same period. All of that vaulted him to enormous visibility.
All this time Bob has been a master of a stand-up act that is shocking to many given his wholesome image but is consistently in demand. It's terrific.
Bob was the voice of the future Ted Mosby on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
His new book DIRTY DADDY which you can buy here through our Amazon link is a great read and takes the reader through his life that is filled with bitter loss but also amazing life gifts. It's filled with stories of meeting some of the shining lights of a show business career that's spanned decades
We talk to him about all of it.
Heather Ankeny joins with The King of TV, Paul Goebel.
Fri, 12 September 2014
According to people who keep up with such things, Walter O’Brian is likely the 4th smartest man in the world.
Is it lonely at the "genius top"? We ask him.
Walter visits THE EDGE and tells of hacking into Pentagon computers when he was only 13 and then moving up to hacking into one of the world’s top banks when he was 16.
Of course, by the time he was that age Walter was amassing quite a reputation already and building a business plan for hackers who could make a difference or at least make a buck.
Part of putting a sort of A-Team of genius techies together has led him to clients who range from celebrities to our own U.S. government. And now it’s led to the CBS series SCORPION (his hacker name). Walter talks about that television series that's based on his life.
His mathematically weighted but technologically accelerated view of the world has led him to pursue human immortality for the entire planet (or at least everyone who can afford it) in the form of the 2045 project. This is arguably the most provocative part of our conversation
Fri, 29 August 2014
How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse??
In the wildly popular show DOOMSDAY PREPPERS the idea is that people are preparing to survive an apocalyptic scenario.
California just sustained a sizable earthquake and, in truth, most disasters are less than apocalyptic. How do you prepare for those...?
The answers are in Scott Hunt's latest book:
Everything from general supplies to bug out bags, to water and food is covered in this book and he reviews plans with the crew.
Here's a link to the LIFESTRAW he recommends for water to get you started
The group also checks in on Fred Stoller who has come through the "Seinfeld/Kramer lawsuit" complete with a lawyer who is on the phone with him.
Josh Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Thu, 21 August 2014
A CONVERSATION WITH CENK UYGUR OF THE YOUNG TURKS, THE MOST WATCHED ONLINE NEWS NETWORK IN THE WORLD.
The TYT NETWORK just passed 2 billion views on YOUTUBE and has 3 million subscribers.
It's founder, Cenk Uygur, discusses building this success and how he has now turned his attention to leading the biggest people's revolt in memory, WOLFPACK, designed to get money out of politics.
This is a JUMBO EPISODE that runs much longer than others but Cenk gets into a lot of interesting stuff that you will eat up.
Also along for the ride is Emmy award winning comedy writer, David Feldman and regular co-host Heather Ankeny.
Sun, 10 August 2014
In a coast to coast network television event the United Armwrestling League has just concluded their championships.
It seemed like a good time to sit in with United Armwrestling League founder Robert Drenk who joins Mark and Heather along with the greatest armwrestler in the world, John Brzenk.
Brzenk made an appearance in the Stallone movie Over the Top about the world of competitive arm wrestling but his real fame has come in real life on the worldwide competitive arm-wrestling circuit.
We knew nothing about this sport and how serious it was before we began but Robert and John filled it all in with great detail.
Thu, 31 July 2014
Molly Bloom shares the story of what was the most famous underground poker game in the country...until it got busted by the feds.
A-Rod, Leo Dicaprio, Ben Affleck, Toby McGuire and a bunch of super rich, billionaire's boys club types all played in "Mollys game" as it came to be called .
She took the game from Hollywood white hot success to even greater success in NYC where Wall St. money blew the game into the stratosphere financially and made Molly a target of the mob and ultimately the feds.
Josh Weinstein (@JElvisWeinstein) and Heather Ankeny (@HeatherAnkeny) join Mark (@markthompsontv)
Thu, 17 July 2014
Jay updates Mad Men as it winds down (over the next year) and shares his love of other TV.(He and his father almost entered Amazing Race)
Heather is back from a Disneyland birthday during which she gets stuck on a ride and Jay is fresh off a family trip to Disneyland as well that has practically left him with post traumatic stress.
Everyone in the group trades tales from the "Magic Kingdom" after that.
Paul Goebel, dubbed The King of TV for his vast TV knowlege not only talks TV but about raising kids as a single dad of two teenage girls.
Fun conversation with people we really enjoy.
Wed, 9 July 2014
James Wilks won season 9 of Ultimate Fighter.
He's an MMA expert, a certified handgun sharpshooter, a knife fighting champion and a NAVY SEAL instructor.
He takes the crew through his life as a kid in England and talks about what inspired him to get into the brutal fight game.
After suffering repeated injuries and during his rehab James studied his training regimen and top research on nutrition. He talks about the fact that he realized that a plant based diet would actually help in his strengthening and healing process more than his animal based diet.
After he converted to a vegan diet he tells us about a sudden and miraculous change in his body, training and life.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Tue, 10 June 2014
On the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, Josh Mankiewicz previews his 2 hour Dateline NBC special looking back at the murders.
Mankiewicz reviews the evidence that prosecutors kept out of the case and why.
Jimmy Dore and Heather Ankeny chime in with Mark Thompson.
Mon, 9 June 2014
Annaleigh Ashford is already a veteran of the theather, even at her young age, having played the lead role, Glinda, in Wicked on Broadway and was in the original cast of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde.
Annaleigh then moved on to another Broadway hit. She was in the original cast of Kinky Boots and got a Tony Award nomination for her work.
The television series Masters of Sex came calling for Annaleigh and despite her love of the stage she finds herself in TV on a hit show.
Annaleigh discusses what it's like to be in big time theater.
Mark adores the theater and people in it and asks her about cutting up onstage and what it's like working with Cyndi Lauper who wrote the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots.
The crew also discuss Masters of Sex and oddly cover the discovery of penicillin. ( u have to hear it to understand)
Emmy winning comedy writer David Feldman and Edge co-host Heather Ankeny join Mark.
Sat, 24 May 2014
Our guests: Arden Myrin and Michael Shure.
Arden is a tsunami of energy, talent and fun.
She talks about being a regular panelist on Chelsea Handler's show and even going to a party at Chelsea's home. (Mark tries to pump her for info/gossip).
Arden also talks about a party at Marilyn Manson's home (again Mark pumps for info/gossip)
Heather drops the bomb that her prisoner boyfriend has now proposed marriage! She slowly reveals details and we force plans for an intimate "meet and greet" reception.
Heather also prompts Michael Shure, the keen political mind for TYT networks and Al Jazeera, to weigh in on the 9-11 gift shop controversy.
Of course Michael can talk about anything and is a great friend of the show, funny and intelligent. But Mark Thompson lovingly never let's him forget he's working for a network owned by a country that supports Islamic terrorism.
Great hour of topical fun, serious discussion at times, personal dish and awesome energy.
Sat, 10 May 2014
After being the youngest co-founder of Greenpeace, Captain Paul Watson started Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as a hands on way to protect the world's oceans.
The captain takes us through the world of the conservation movement, reviews some of his experiences and why he became disallusioned with some of the work being done.
Watson shares the dirty secrets of some of the huge bigger charities-turned-eco-corporations.
He talks about sinking half the Danish fleet and Mark asks him why he recently had to stay at sea for 15 months to avoid extradition and how that has ultimately played out.
Finally, Captain Paul talks about his latest project to remove some of the plastic that ends up in the ocean and it's a project with a new partner, Pharrell Williams.
Emmy winning comedy writer David Feldman joins (after arriving late--we left his arrival conversation in the show).
Heather Ankeny joins Mark as always.
One note: because this is our first Skype interview we apologize for the occasional Skype alerts/sounds. Although we tried to minimize them, some still got through. In future this will not be an issue!
Fri, 25 April 2014
Randy Wolf is a well rounded, fun, highly intelligent and funny guy.
Of course we make him talk about baseball because none of us have played it before and we want to know what it's like!
Randy walks us through the paces getting into the major leagues and even takes us through a new contractual controversy.
Thu, 3 April 2014
Long time friend of the show Jimmy Dore told us last year how he avoided repeated attempts at molestation at the hands of Father Daniel "Happy Hands" Holihan but other kids weren't so lucky.
In this episode Jimmy revisits that experience and brings us up to speed on how investigators caught up to "Happy Hands" recently and what the priest claimed about his interactions.
Also, some Vatican stories (Heather was dressed inappropriately for her visit there), Oscar Pistorius trial, teachers having sex with their students and more.
It's a lively roundtable discussion.
Josh Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson.
Sun, 30 March 2014
Part of our podcast family, Josh Weinstein, has just finished a wild episode with a cancer diagnosis.
In this mini-episode Josh walks us through what happened and how he's returned to his healthy life as a smart ass.
Mon, 10 March 2014
Tim Conway Jr. has carved out magic every night from 7p-10p on L.A.'s KFI radio.
KFI is the most listened to talk radio station in the country and while some of the station can be big on politics and confrontation at times, Tim has blended his comedic timing, with often lighter subjectmatter to create a die-hard fan base that has made him #1.
Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and Josh Weinstein join in to pump Tim for tales of Hollywood, fatherhood and life at the racetrack.
Fri, 14 February 2014
Billy Ray is a writer and director of films that include The Hunger Games, Shattered Glass, Breach, and this past year, Billy wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay for Captain Phillips.
Billy talks about how the scripts/ideas/movies came to life from The Hunger Games to Captain Phillips and talks about the studio system and what goes into the movies of today and yesterday.
The conversation swings from concepts in screenwriting to what the "Oscar Luncheon" dynamics are all about.
Toward the end of the conversation Mark asks him about the controversy kicked up by the movie Captain Phillips that led to a lawsuit from a few of his crew members.
Billy is a great guest with such enthusiasm for films, stories and what he does that we never wanted him to leave.
Mon, 3 February 2014
Heather is at the Super Bowl so (as a Broncos fan) she's spared having to dissect the game.
Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure come by for some quick thoughts with Mark on everything from the Super Bowl game, wagering, NFL officiating and the Hall of Fame.
Note: this episode may be best enjoyed by football fans but everyone's welcome!
Wed, 29 January 2014
Actor/comedian Kenny Campbell tells stories from his life as an actor...Fred Stoller is being sued and it's no joke and Heather has to rethink her Super Bowl plan.
Wed, 15 January 2014
Dave Higgins is funny, creative guy who has worked across a range of television, film and stage.
Mark of course "makes him feel at home" by eventually asking how much money he makes off individual projects.
His newest comedy project is Celebrity Ghost Hunters which is a very funny "Curb Your Enthusiasm" meets "Ghostbusters".
They talk everything from the new Pope to the state of TV and film.
Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny host
Thu, 19 December 2013
Neil Strauss is an award winning journalist (New York Times, Village Voice, Rolling Stone) and best selling author (regularly making the NY Times Bestseller List) whose books include profiles of Motley Crue and Marilyn Manson.
He wrote How to Make Love Like a Pornstar with Jenna Jameson and is probably best known for writing The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.
The Game is a book about the most effective ways to meet and close the deal with women. Neil wrote it after joining a secret society of pickup artists.
His latest book which features key moments from his interviews with top celebrities and fascinating people, is called Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness. It's a great read with fun and fascinating moments.
It wasn't long before Neil turned the conversation around to understand the psyches of Heather, Mark and guest panelist, comedian Prashanth Venkat.
A great visit with Neil. We hope to see him again.
We've included a link to Neil Strauss' books on Amazon:
Wed, 4 December 2013
Bobby Slayton (the pitbull of comedy) is a fan favorite because nothing is off limits.
We talk to Bobby about as much as we can pack into an hour...Bobby talks about today's comics, this year's holiday plans and the family.
Tue, 26 November 2013
As prank artists on YouTube, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Dennis Roady (Dennis' videos are good deeds primarily) have pinned the meter in popularity.
Fri, 8 November 2013
Our guest Hollywood veteran actor/producerNorman Lloyd shares the story of his good friend Charlie Chaplin receiving a million dollars for doing a movie and then promptly burying it.
Ben Mankiewicz from TCM and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Tue, 5 November 2013
It's a walk through Hollywood time with Norman Lloyd.
From stories of his friend Charlie Chaplin burying 1 million dollars in the backyard to the way Alfred Hitchcock treated starlets on the set Norman shares it all.
Ben Mankiewicz from TCM (whose grandfather wrote Citizen Kane) helps Heather and Mark navigate the discussion.
Wed, 30 October 2013
Steve Skrovan was a producer on Everybody Loves Raymond and he's just returned from Russia where he was creating still more episodes of the Russian version of the show.
He compares cursing in Russian and in English and talks about the Russian version of the show.
Emmy winning comedy writer from Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, The Daily Show and more, David Feldman sits in on the conversation and creates a stir wherever possible.
The crew also talks marriage and television.
Mon, 28 October 2013
He's just back from Russia working on writing more episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond for Russian TV.
Steve Skrovan breaks down cursing there and here.
Tue, 22 October 2013
This man makes Academy Award winning documentaries. In this clip he talks about one, THE TILLMAN STORY
Quick clip from our talk with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Mark Monroe. Among the award winning docs he's done are THE COVE, CHASING ICE and THE SUMMIT. We also asked him about THE TILLMAN STORY.
Thu, 17 October 2013
In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead.
With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, the documentary THE SUMMIT puts you in the heart of events as though you are there.
Director Nick Ryan joins us (he's the Irish voice on the phone) along with the heroic sherpa in the story Pemba Galjen.
Mark Monroe is our in studio guest and he wrote this documentary and his history is littered with some of the greatest documentaries of the last 10 years. Specifically, his film THE COVE won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. He also wrote THE TILLMAN STORY and CHASING ICE.
Mark Thompson asks Monroe about those films and about the riveting story that is the subject of THE SUMMIT.
J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark!
Sat, 5 October 2013
From Woody Allen to Warren Beatty to her thoughts on marriage and reflections and an update on her sister Meg Tilly...
There was so much great reaction to the first part of our visit with Jennifer Tilly that we rushed the second part up.
You will enjoy Jennifer Tilly PART DEUX probably even more than part one!
Mark Thompson is joined by co-host Heather Ankeny and movie/pop culture critic Michael Snyder.
Tue, 1 October 2013
The first of TWO episodes with Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly.
Yes, Jennifer talks about the Chucky movies...but a lot more.
We hear clips and she reflects on doing The Tonight show with Johnny Carson and becoming a favorite across the talk show circuit.
Jennifer tells us about funding and producing her own Academy Award PR campaign for the Woody Allen film, Bullets Over Broadway.
This is the first of TWO episodes with someone who is other worldly charming and honest: Jennifer Tilly
Thu, 26 September 2013
Mark asks Ralph to recount one of the great moments in broadcast prankdom that turned into a VERY BIG deal.
During the run up to the Iraq war Ralph called the President of France as Jerry Lewis...What happened next made broadcast history.
Tue, 17 September 2013
Heather back and forth between love and prison,
Tue, 17 September 2013
Mark shares a laugh with Ralph and Heather about how he was humiliated on the radio morning show in L.A. with Ralph as a prominent participant.
Mark would go on Ralph's show to promote different TV projects and specials he was hosting and it was Ralph's job to dessimate him...which he gleefully did.
Tue, 17 September 2013
We reconnect with our old pal Ralph Garman who has made movies, radio history and one of the most successful reality TV spoofs (Joe Schmo) that actually became a massively popular show in it's own right.
Mark gets Ralph to recount the story of how he called the Franch President on the air and passed himself off as Jerry Lewis with bizarre consequences and an angry Jerry Lewis in his wake.
Tue, 10 September 2013
Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein, Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson start the talk with BREAKING NEWS of Heather's break-up after a 72 hour whirlwind romance....this segues into talk of her romance with a federal prisoner and the practices in the federal pen.
From the pain of romance to the gritty reality of Syria to the Donald Trump University fraud and fresh off the VMAs the group talks Miley Cyrus controversy too.
Finally, the group talks about high technology and the dumping of Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and the new Swiss "Sex Boxes".
It's all here in the Roundtable Roundup.
Sun, 25 August 2013
Elliott Gould tells us a quick story of meeting Elvis for the first time.
Sun, 25 August 2013
Eddit Pepitone is a comic's comic.
He visits The Edge and talks everything from touring internationally to promote the documentary about him that was just completed, to his views of the future and pitching TV shows in Hollywood.
The always great J.Elvis Weinstein joins (Mystery Science Theater/Cinematic Titanic) along with Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson hosting.
We llike every tortured cell of Eddie Pepitone and we know you will too.
This is a fun hour!
Fri, 9 August 2013
For decades Elliott Gould's work has made him a Hollywood icon.
As a big screen star he was nominated for an Oscar and as a small screen star continues to make an impression in hit series like "Friends" and now the new Showtime drama, "Ray Donovan".
One gets the feeling that Elliott Gould has forgotten nothing but it's sometimes a real challenge to get it all out of him. He touches on his psyche, his maturing and his life as an actor, as well as an America that was in the throws of big cultural changes through much of the prime of his career.
We kind of fell in love with this guy Elliott Gould but we felt this visit, while giving us so much, still left us wanting more. Maybe that was Elliott's plan all along.
Thu, 1 August 2013
Simpsons creator Sam Simon tells the story of his cancer diagnosis and the doctor's bizarre interruption (EXCERPT)
Fri, 26 July 2013
On this episode 2 interviews: The former lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who spent two days on the witness stand testifying in the espionage trial of Pvt Bradley Manning, Col. Morris Davis joins us.
Manning faces 22 charges, including violation of the Espionage Act, for which he could receive life in prison. The charges are in connection to his leaking classified documents to the whistleblower site, Wikileaks.
Colonel Davis tells us what he was doing there and what he thinks will likely happen to Pvt. Manning. But before he does, Mark gets him into a conversation about Guantanamo itself: Who's there and what's happening to them? What's the likely future of the place?
Plus, he'll give us some insights into the Bradley Manning trial as it wraps up. What is likely to happen with Bradley Manning?
But first, the director of the controversial new documentary, BLACKFISH. The film looks at the killing of a top trainer at Seaworld by the orca named Tillikum. How it all happened and how many of the facts were covered up by Seaworld. The movie is riveting and has footage that is revealing and intense.
Gabriela Cowperthwaite the director of Blackfish joins for the first half of our show
One other quick note….These are telephone interviews so the fidelity suffers a bit but we're adding some new technology to make these even better in the future.
Thanks for your patience and support.
Mon, 22 July 2013
Quick Clip: Does the real life murder cop get help from the real life private investigators like on TV? #TheEdge
Here's a piece of our murder and mystery episode with murder cop Sal LaBarbera and NBC's Josh Mankiewicz (also Heather and Mark)
Thu, 11 July 2013
Sal LaBarbera has been chasing bad guys for 27 years…REAL bad guys.
He talks about the myths and the truths about the job (our vision shaped largely from TV and movies).
Also joining is (friend of the show) Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz who reports on many of these murders and spins many a murder yarn.
They discuss high profile cases, from the "water tank" body discovery at The Cecil Hotel to Aaron Hernandez and then some cases that
Sal also gives us a sense of what a real crime scene looks like and how an actual investigation proceeds.
Tue, 9 July 2013
Sal LaBarbera @LAMurderCop on Twitter has been chasing bad guys for 27 years...REAL bad guys.
He talks about the myths and the truths about the job (our vision shaped largely from TV and movies).
Also joining is Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz who reports on these murders and spins many a murder yarn.
Fri, 14 June 2013
It's a ROUNDTABLE ROUNDUP....Offbeat news of the day turns to a real live weekend with a molesting priest ...
ROUNDTABLE ROUNDUP SHOW....Some off beat items from the week's news discussed by our award winning panel: Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein, Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson.
Warning: there is discussion of sex and some of it is a bit on the bizarre side.
The show starts with a story of self asphyxiation in Thailand... then it's the sexual molestation cover-up in the Catholic church, Jimmy tells a tale of being in the literal hands of a molesting priest as a kid....Paris Jackson's suicide attempt prompts talk of "the fall of real information" and the utter irresponsibility of the media led by the celebritocracy reporters. Jimmy goes after Harvey Levin and Mark defends Harvey. Then Jimmy goes after Tom Brokaw (and Mark does not defend Tom)
Google glasses as an every day gadget??
Gloria Allred has another press conference in which she announces she's suing United Airlines because her client was exposed to a masturbating passenger for an entire cross country flight and we finish with Behind The Candelabra, the Liberace movie.
Thu, 13 June 2013
Edge guest @DannyZuker talks about his Twitter feud with Donald Trump which was picked up by @Usweekly
Donald Trump Slams Modern Family, Says the Show Was "Written By a Moron". Danny Zuker talks about his feud with Mr. Trump in this clip from the show.
Tue, 11 June 2013
Talk of cover-ups in the Catholic church lead to Jimmy Dore telling a harrowing story of a molesting priest---Somehow he makes it funny.
J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny also join Mark Thompson
Tue, 4 June 2013
We heard from a few of you...our server initially dropped the last 4 minutes of the show.
Here is that final four minutes with a last second text message from arguably the greatest Modern Family and Danny Zuker fan who is in a federal penitentiary.
Thu, 30 May 2013
As a top producer/writer in Hollywood, Danny Zuker has had quite a ride.
He wrote and produced on shows like Arsenio, Roseanne and Just Shoot Me.
His latest project, MODERN FAMILY, is a huge winner on ABC-TV and loved by millions every week.
In addition, through Heather, we have found pockets of loyal viewership inside the FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM.
Danny and Mark together learn a lot about the prison system and Danny learns that prisoners ask the tough questions about MODERN FAMILY.
They also reminisce about the early 90s in Hollywood, drugs, fast living and the moment at which they both laid eyes on PAMELA ANDERSON.
Mark Thompson hosts with Heather Ankeny and guest Danny Zuker.
Sat, 25 May 2013
Edge co-host Heather used to spend time (and apparently is still involved on some level with) a guy who is a prisoner in a California Federal Penitentiary where they are waaay into the TV show Modern Family.
It sets the stage for for questions about the show that come from the Federal Pen for Modern Family Exec Producer Danny Zuker (our guest in the upcoming episode)
And, of course, later Mark Thompson and Danny can't resist trying to figure out the crime that Heather's "friend" committed. This is just an excerpt.
Wed, 15 May 2013
This is the story behind Seinfeld and some other great shows from a monster insider.
As one of the founders of Castle Rock Entertainment, Glenn Padnick was responsible for trying to sell NBC on Seinfeld. Ultimately, it took A LOT of things coming together beyond just Glenn, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to make it happen.
What he tells us on this episode of The Edge includes stuff you probably never knew.
The Seinfeld stories alone occupy much of this episode, but there's some great stuff about Married with Children and other classic TV as well.
Modern classic TV stories on this episode of The Edge...
The King of TV, Paul Goebel joins us.
Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson host
Mon, 13 May 2013
On the next episode of The Edge we're joined by a founding member of Castle Rock and one of the men behind Seinfeld. He shares stories of Seinfed and other classic TV...Here's a taste.
Thu, 9 May 2013
One of the founding members of Castle Rock Entertainment fills us in on things that only an uber-insider could know.
WAY inside Seinfeld, Married with Children, Who's The Boss and other classic TV when Glenn Padnick joins on the next episode of The Edge.
Also sitting in is "The King Of TV" Paul Goebel.
Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny