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