Thu, 22 October 2015
Ivy League graduate and former Wall Street investment banker, Sonia Faruqi leaves the business world in the 2008 shake-out. Then, in an effort to do something totally different ends up at the door of an organic dairy farm. What happened next would change her life and vault her into the spotlight of food issues for the next generation.
Her adventure takes her on a journey around the world. A remarkable experience that is chronicled in the new book PROJECT ANIMAL FARM: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and The Truth About Our Food.
From dairy farms in Canada to chicken farms in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia, she was not only witness to so much but she turns her business mind loose on what she's seen.
Then she comes up with a cost efficient alternative way to farm while also perhaps being more humane to millions of creatures.
At the end of the show Angela Daun fills us in on her project. She is starting a new television show. The show takes a look around the world at the state of animals (endangered and others).
Angela has a Kickstarter campaign going which you can join by going to Kickstarter and entering the name ANIMAL EMPIRE.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson
Wed, 14 October 2015
Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon's Trust Is Now Battling Over Money Needed For The Dog Left Behind...
With no mention of his dog in his trust, Sam Simon has left behind some bizarre questions about how money is going to be distributed to the causes he cared most about. Those are likely going to be worked out.
But the oddest and seemingly most straight forward question of all still goes unanswered. Where is the money to support and maintain the high maintenance dog that Sam loved so much, Columbo.
The Sam Simon trustee says there is none provided for Columbo in any of the documents.
Will Sam's dog go more or less orphaned by the estate? It's a question we try to answer in this episode.
Columbo's trainer and Sam Simon friend, Tyson Kilmer joins us with his wife, Allison. He describes in detail the communications he’s had with the estate.
We are also joined by a leading estate and trust lawyer, Jeff Condon. Jeff explains that the trustee may have legal high ground to leave Tyson and Columbo out in the cold financially.
Finally, we share a statement from the Sam Simon estate that attempts to set the record straight on this subject but it may leave you with more questions than answers.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson
Wed, 30 September 2015
THE POPE'S VISIT AND POLITICS
He might have once been a devoted Catholic altar boy in Chicago but Jimmy Dore seems more about rebellion now.
He’s a comedian and author who is a regular and welcome guest.
Rebelling against religion and mainstream party politics, Jimmy always shakes up the conversation.
He tells the story of being chased by a molesting priest and how that priest was ultimately handled by the community and the church.
It’s religion and politics for sure but the crew gets to a lot of other things as well…Like the psychology of success and jockeying for position in life.
Plus, now that Heather’s inmate lover is out (he was serving 5+ years in a federal penitentiary for a white collar crime), Jimmy is updated on her situation and shares some tough love with Heather.
Josh gives Mark and Jimmy a hard time over their affections for the app PERISCOPE.
You can find more Jimmy at jimmydorecomedy.com
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson
Wed, 1 July 2015
There's something odd about this call...
Warning for language--
Mark Thompson speaks with and about The Terminator movie on THE EDGE
Wed, 10 June 2015
Comic/Weather Guy Fritz Coleman
FRITZ COLEMAN is here and we talk about almost everything EXCEPT weather.
Fritz has become a local news institution in L.A. as the weather guy on KNBC-TV.
All the while, he’s been a writer and comedian who has opened for top performers and and has been a regular at clubs nationwide.
Fritz shares stories and reflections on Ray Charles, James Brown, Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
Before Fritz arrives the crew talks the death of U2’s manager and gets an update on Heather’s fiancé prisoner, his upcoming freedom and his birthday gift to Heather which was a portrait painting of her.
Plus, an update on J. Elvis Weinstein's documentaries, one of which is making into the festival circuit.
Hang out for the conversation
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.