Sat, 30 May 2015
Aron Ralston’s harrowing experience trapped under an 800 lb. boulder in Utah was portrayed by James Franco in the film directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours. The movie was nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
That the real Aron Ralston survived amputating his own arm with a crude cutting tool is remarkable in itself but to think there are other rich details, involving his mother’s role in miraculously locating him and the kind of unmitigated luck that prevailed to help him survive, that had to be left out of the film brings the discussion to another place.
Ralston talks with Mark and Heather about what actually happened and what it’s like to have your own near death story told on screen.
How did they decide on James Franco? Who else was being considered? How involved was Aron with the creative aspects of the film?
Aron is a lot of fun and he discusses it all with Heather and Mark.
Fri, 22 May 2015
Fat to Fit: The Bizarre, Remarkable Life of Rich Roll-- One of the Fittest Men in the World
Rich Roll had the American dream. Still he found himself overweight, hooked on alcohol and unable to perform simple physical tasks without being winded.
Rich resolved to make a change.
His transformation has been so amazing that Rich has gone from huffing and puffing as he climbed stairs to being named as one of the fittest men in the world.
In May 2010, he tackled an unprecedented feat of insane endurance, THE EPIC 5 CHALLENGE - completing ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week.
Rich Roll also has a podcast which is wildly popular and Mark is a fan.
Here on our podcast, Rich discusses his life turnaround, some tips for all of us who want to consider even modest changes in our life routines and his new book:
Wed, 13 May 2015
Set sail for LOVE—It’s our dating and romance show.
We speak with two dating experts who help navigate the often tricky and scary romantic waters of a first date, attraction and online meet ups.
Dating after a divorce and how to meet people when you are afraid of rejection..
Miss Solomon is in the dating advice biz and regularly offers up practical and easy techniques for the dating world through website thedatingtruth.com. And details some of what she talks about on the show on her site.
Suzie A. also joins the discussion with additional thoughts and advice which she regularly shares on her website singledatingdiva.com/ask-sdd/
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny.
Wed, 6 May 2015
Today we have 3 guests with very different backgrounds and very different experiences with the oil and natural gas business.
5 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (the worst and biggest oil spill in human history), we talk with documentary filmmaker Stephanie Kovac, who has just completed the new film LUBE JOB about Louisiana's relationship with big oil. She discusses the lasting effects of the BP oil spill for the entire Gulf region.
Then Roger Cooper joins the group. As someone who represented the natural gas industry in Washington for decades, Roger gives us a sense of what regulations and exploration goes on. Roger is open and honest about the limitations and compromises that oil and gas production requires.
Finally, Nanette Barragan, Mayor of Hermosa Beach California discusses her battle to keep "big oil" from fracking in her seaside neighborhood just south of Los Angeles.
Comedian and documentary filmmaker Josh Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson for much of this show.
Wed, 22 April 2015
Born into a show business family, Jon Cryer is a multi-threat.
He made his name as an actor, tracing his roots back to stage work but his nose for comedy is undeniable.
His show Two and a Half Men is now legendary having run 12 seasons and having included one of the highest profile derailing of a star in history.
Now Jon has a book, So That Happened: A Memoir in which he details much of his remarkable life.
Jon talks about Charlie Sheen and life on the show after Sheen as Ashton Kutcher took over, Hollywood romance and more.
Heather Ankeny and Paul Goebel (the King of TV) join Mark Thompson.
Sun, 19 April 2015
Sergeant Frank Woods is the character that drives the action in CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS.
Woods is acted by James C Burns, our guest today.
While Burns has been part of huge films and television shows in the past, it's CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS that's created a cultish following around him.
He’ll detail how the game has exploded in popularity and the fan base that has grown around this highly successful entertainment franchise.
Mark also asks Burns to comment on Heather’s performance in the CBS show BATTLECREEK which we hear a clip of.
Here’s a link to the Sgt Frank Woods Youtube channel that James C Burns mentions during his visit.
Then, we talk to someone who was so obsessed with CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS that he had to go to extreme measures to put the game out of his immediate reach. World famous professional poker player, Phil Laak joins us for the second part of the show and talks of his obsession.
Sun, 12 April 2015
Chris Rubio operates a specialized clinic for young football players to learn the art of getting the football back to punters and place kickers during a game (also called "snapping the ball")
It's a specialized position in football that Mark, Heather and Paul suggest may be the best position on the field.
Also, is NCAA athletics so awash in money and operating so independent of the academic system that it should not be part of the colleges it claims to represent? Pulitzer prize winning writer Michael Hiltzik reviews his controversial proposal.
Paul Goebel and Heather join Mark Thompson
Direct download: Chris_Rubio_Long_Snap_Paul_marries_Hiltzik_FINAL1.mp3
Category:Talk & Interviews -- posted at: 3:00am EST
Fri, 3 April 2015
Marilu Henner is like some kind explosion of intellect and positivity.
Her involvement in classic television shows like Taxi and Evening Shade would be enough for us to fill two or three shows. But Marilu’s work in the area of health and wellness and her extraordinary memory makes her some kind of perfect storm of conversation. We could have gone on for hours. She’ll be back.
Enjoy Marilu Henner: Actress, broadcaster, author and advocate.
Note: Heather is away so Laura House and Paul Goebel join Mark.
Tue, 3 March 2015
Show biz talk and also the attempt to live a life of commitment to a cause...
Alexandra Paul had a successful acting career long before BAYWATCH and her activism in the world of animal rights has become in many ways just as high profile.
Mark, Heather and (King of TV) Paul Goebel ask her about film and television projects that she’s part of and then the conversation turns to activism.
Many say the secret weapon in Alexandra’s family from an activism standpoint is her brother Jonathan whose efforts to liberate animals and close down some of the most brutal slaughterhouse operations in the world, landed him in prison. He is widely recognized as one of the most committed activists in the history of the modern animal rights movement. Here, his gentle sound and thoughts reflect a heart touched by that world.
Jonathan talks about his time in prison and his life trying to make a difference in a world in which there is so much injustice.
Thu, 19 February 2015
Heather visits her prisoner on Valentine's Day.
Then ABC News White House and National Correspondent Jim Avila helps break down the Brian Williams mess.
What happened and why? How could this trusted journalist suffer such a horrible fall? Has he mortally wounded his career?
Jim Avila has operated at the highest levels of both NBC and ABC News and can offer a perspective that is otherwise hard to come by.
Avila is also a straight talking guy who's not one to sugar coat things so he's the perfect one to comment. He joins the group via Skype.
Josh Weinstein joins with Heather.
WARNING FOR EXPLICIT MATERIAL