Sat, 25 February 2017
Inside the IBM Watson Team...Also, Looking Back on 17 Years in Prison and Activism in America: Does It Do Anything?
IBM Watson is leading the pack in artificial intelligence.
Nish Parekh from the Watson team joins us to bring us up to speed on how the technology is finding it's way into more and more aspects of business and daily interactions.
Plus, Nish's father may have one of the great immigrant stories. So great that he starts with nothing and his story culminates with him being a high stakes baccarat player.
Mark of course cannot resist asking Nish about that.
Then, Jeff, talks about his 17 years in prison. Why was he there and what happens behind bars?
We know Jeff because Heather's boyfriend spent 5 years in prison and met Jeff during his time there.
The show starts, as it frequently does, with THE FAST 15 with analyst Michael Shure (this time it's closer to 25 mins).
Mark and Michael talk about politics and get around to the confusion of a misplaced Michelin star that ends up bringing a huge crowd to a beer joint in France.
Thu, 9 February 2017
Leading a global movement to protect the world’s oceans is no easy task but Captain Paul Watson has been doing it for 40 years.
Sun, 15 January 2017
If you live on the west coast you may be aware of the dominance of The John and Ken Show.
The show is on KFI radio and is top rated on the most listened to talk station in America.
It's known for being a nasty spot to end up if you are a politician and the guy with the nastiest bite in the John and Ken duo is our guest, John Kobylt.
John describes his background and ascent through the ranks of sports journalism to radio dominance.
Mark Thompson is joined by political reporter, analyst and regular contributor Michael Shure for the conversation with John.
Thu, 29 December 2016
As we finish the year there are titanic changes in the U.S. for the year ahead and beyond.
On this show we ask INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR and TRENDS ANALYST, Gerald Celente, to put it all in perspective.
Gerald is OPTIMISTIC about the effect DONALD TRUMP and his administration may have on the economy.
On other issues besides the economy, the picture is bit less clear.
You can get more information on Gerald Celente here: http://trendsresearch.com/
Before Gerald Celente, Mark Thompson welcomes Michael Shure with THE FAST 15. They discuss jailing people in India for not honoring the national anthem by standing. Then Mark and Michael discuss marijuana legalization and it’s positive and negatives.
J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh accompanies Mark for the conversation with Gerald Celente)
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
What do Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Ke$ha & Selena Gomez have in common? They are just a few of the artists who have in common our guest, Aaron Bay-Schuck.
Aaron is the President of A & R at Interscope Records and has signed and developed some of the biggest names in music. He's been a co-writer on some of the biggest hits of the last five years.
The crew discusses how Aaron found Bruno Mars and what goes into building the careers and the creative expressions of so many of our favorite artists.
Also, how is the music industry changing?
Aaron grew up as the son of actor John Schuck and actress Susan Bay. Bay then remarried, Leonard Nimoy. So Aaron grew up as the step-son of Leonard Nimoy and talks about his step-dad and the family since Nimoy's passing.
It's a great hour about music, creativity and a ride through what happens in the new world of the music business.
The show starts with THE FAST 15: Political reporter and analyst Michael Shure owns the fact that he may be wrong about THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE and not just because of the election result.
Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with AARON BAY-SCHUCK
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
Thu, 3 November 2016
Frying the Political System While Getting a Decent Martini
Guests, Jimmy Dore and Michael Shure
THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure: We catch political analyst, Michael Shure, between road trips to cover the PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
Of course, the conversation is diverted almost immediately when Michael goes nuts over the Jonathan Gold Best Restaurant List which has just come out.
Then it' on to the electoral college, which is both explained and defended by Michael Shure. Mark Thompson is not a fan.
Jimmy tells us about the perfect martini and torches the American political system.
He loathes Clinton and Trump and everyone else who has a whiff of being part of mainstream politics.
It's been a long, nasty political season and this is our big finish.
Tue, 25 October 2016
Our conversation with Illeana Douglas is broken into two episodes because of it's length. This is part two.
Illeana Douglas has starred in films from Goodfellas and Cape Fear to To Die For and Alive and TV shows like Six Feet Under. Plus, she created and hosted her own successful comedy and breakthrough TV show that took place in an IKEA store which she discusses.
Right now, she's hosting a TV series on the TCM network.
Her life in and around movies makes for a world that you just can't hear enough about.
Illeana's grandfather was a two time Oscar winner and yet she grew up going hungry many days in a family that had no money (discussed in the first episode).
Why is Dennis Hopper to blame for this? Illeana told us about that in the last episode.
Here, she discusses going hungry on the movie, ALIVE and doing a talk show in an real IKEA store
Her book is I Blame Dennis Hopper And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies.
Josh Weinstein (J.Elvis Weinstein) joins Mark Thompson for the conversation.