Tue, 6 June 2017
What do Biff Henderson's Golf Cart of Death, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman Have in Common? Spike Feresten
Comedy writer, producer and host, Spike Feresten is involved in many things...He was a writer/producer on both Seinfeld and David Letterman's show. He also had his own successful late night talk show on FOX-TV.
How and why that show went away is a story that Spike shares on this episode.
Spike also co-wrote Bee Movie, the Jerry Seinfeld film that was a huge success. He talks about the process of writing that film and thinking through the bizarre world of a bee, or at least the bees in the movie.
This episode was recorded at Mark's home which is up the road from Spike's. The two neighbors meet though on the wild roads of L.A. as is discussed in this episode.
Michael Shure begins the episode with THE FAST 15, 15 minutes of politics and other items. This week, Mark apologizes to Michael for diminishing Michael's NHL fan status.
The two also talk London terrorism, animals and Wonder Woman (the Jewish superhero)
Mon, 1 May 2017
One of Mark's favorite podcast hosts is Dan Carlin who does a show called Hardcore History.
Mark pumps him for some historical perspective on what's happening today.
Is the USA a Fading Empire? How Close Are We to War? How will this moment in time be seen in the view of history?
Dan is a clear mind with a keen historical vision.
We start with THE FAST 15: Michael Shure who is, oddly perhaps, a fan of how United Airlines handled their PR mess after they threw a passenger off one of their flights.
The two also talk Instagram, High Tech Casino Gaming and Famous Amos cookies.
Tue, 11 April 2017
Jimmy Dore is back and he wants to burn down the whole Democratic party. A party that he feels has let down the working class it claims to represent.
Jimmy was an advocate for Donald Trump beating the corporatist (as Jimmy puts it) that is Hillary Clinton so Mark asks him if he's happy with the way things have turned out.
Also, Michael Shure stops in with THE FAST 15, we read a negative e-mail, talk Sean Spicer, cellphone fingerprint technology that apparently isn't secure & Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and columnist, David Horsey, visits too.
Link to David Horsey columns: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/
Link to Jimmy Dore: http://www.jimmydorecomedy.com/
Thu, 23 March 2017
Carol Leifer has been involved with a remarkable number of hit comedy shows. From Seinfeld to the Academy Awards to her own show which was critically heralded as one of the best shows in primetime television.
The crew asks Carol about some of the shows she’s been involved with a special eye on Seinfeld.
Having come out as a lesbian late in life and after having been married to a man, Carol’s story is both interesting and extraordinary. The crew quizzes Carol about her wedding and Mark asks Carol about what he calls, “Lesbian World”.
Mark’s a fan of her books and asks her about her latest book, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING.
All of Carol's stand-up dates and links to buy her book can be found on her website CarolLeifer.com
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Carol Leifer.
The show starts with THE FAST 15: Politics and more with Michael Shure. It’s a 15 minute conversation covering the Washington scene and this time Mark and Michael get into the evolution of the ticket broker.
Fri, 16 December 2016
This episode starts with J. Elvis Weinstein having just wrapped up serving as foreman of the jury on a murder trial. He'll review the facts and what happened in that deliberation room.
Then, Tim Atkins joins us. Tim was wrongly accused and convicted of robbery and murder and ended up in prison for 23 years before he was exonerated.
What's it like in prison? What's it like to be there as an innocent man? How does he survive?
What's the future hold for Tim Atkins and is the state of California ever going to compensate him for the mistaken imprisonment?
Mark Thompson is joined by J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny
Thu, 1 December 2016
Bobby Slayton has had a rough year, with the death of his wife of 30 years.
What's happened since? Bobby fills us in on his new girlfriend who he met--at a funeral.
Then it's dinners with Woody Allen and more.
Josh Weinstein (J Elvis Weinsten) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Fri, 11 November 2016
The smoke has barely cleared. It's less than a day after the polls closed and Emmy and Murrow award winning ABC White House and Senior National correspondent, Jim Avila reflects on what happened.
Why were the media pollsters so wrong?
Jim shares an insider's look and even talks about a memo that was circulated at ABC by the pollsters explaining what went on.
Avila talks about false equivalency and the notion of "fair" reporting in the run up to election day.
Was the media complicit in running down one candidate over in favor of the other.
Plus, a listener who had written to the show in the comments section of our website joins by phone to share a few minutes on why he voted for Donald Trump.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
Fri, 19 August 2016
She is one of the most prolific music makers in pop music history.
She drops in for a conversation about music, creative process working with Prince, performing the theme to a James Bond film and now, raising a family.
For Southern California listeners, Sheena is performing on Sunday, August 21st in a special show that the crew talks about: GET TICKETS HERE
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Wed, 3 August 2016
Michael Shure and Jimmy Dore
Fresh off covering both American political conventions, Michael Shure stops by with a jumbo blast of insider political analysis and stories from the road.
(But the show begins with a digression about the product BREATH ASSURE)
Jimmy Dore (who also has just returned from both conventions) lights up the Democrats for ignoring the potential of Bernie Sanders, and laments the loss of liberalism in a Hillary Clinton candidacy.
Then he blasts the media for normalizing everything from Donald Trump
For all the places you can find Jimmy Dore go to JimmyDoreComedy.com
For the conversation with Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson
Mon, 11 July 2016
We start with a 10 minute blast of politics from political analyst and journalist Michael Shure talking with Mark Thompson.
Then our guest, Amy Povah…
When Federal Drug agents burst into her home, Amy Povah was confronted at gunpoint.
Amy was sentenced to two decades in prison and spent 10 years behind bars because her husband was dealing drugs. She was not part of his drug dealing. By the way, the husband pleaded his time down to 4 years.
It was her husband agents were after. His overseas ECSTASY drug operation had grown to the point that he was something of a kingpin.
Amy explains to Mark and Josh that she was not part of that operation but was faced with the specter of wearing a wire and becoming an underground informant anyway. The Feds said that if she didn’t cooperate in that way they’d send her away for a mandatory 24 year sentence.
Worried about the danger etc. she didn’t cooperate in that way and they indeed sentenced her to two decades behind bars.
How she got out after 10 years and how she’s working to help others, often girlfriends and spouses or other family members in jail for sometimes something as little as taking a phone message for a known dealer, is part of what she talks about with Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein.
Her outreach and clemency program is CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. There’s more information at candoclemency.com