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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Here's a link to guest, Blair Bess's, column
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