Mon, 18 July 2016
Heather gets a TV show but it’s gonna end after this season and she gets trolled on Instagram.
J. Elvis Weinstein has lunch with a crime reporter.
Mark officiates at the wedding of Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz and The New York Times gets a key detail about the whole thing wrong.
Then it’s fun stories from REALITY TELEVISION with a REALITY TV PRODUCING KING, Cris Abrego.
Cris is recognized globally as pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout celebreality series The Surreal Life and for riding herd over the mega-hits BIG BROTHER, BIGGEST LOSER, MASTER CHEF and many more. He is co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America. But has great stories of the beginnings of reality TV from his days on MTV’S ROAD RULES and THE REAL WORLD.
Cris Abrego's rise from the working class LA suburb of El Monte, California to become prominent in the Television industry is nothing short of amazing.
In his book MAKE IT REALITY, Chris offers up lessons he learned from almost twenty years in Television—How to visualize your goals and attain them, dealing with risks and having no limits on what can be achieved.
Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join in for the entire episode
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
Thu, 23 June 2016
Ed Begley Jr. is an actor with a long, long list of credits like, St. Elsewhere (6 Emmy nominations) to features and stage productions and even back to the small screen, BETTER CALL SAUL and a hit Netflix series, LADY DYNAMITE.
Ed is also a monument to sustainability. He's been on the cutting edge of living a sustainable life for decades. www.edbegleyjr.com
Now, he's building a house which is dedicated to conserving energy and keeping the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Ed has enlisted the help of Scott Harris.
Scott is a builder with an impressive and high profile client list: Paul Allen, Taio Cruz, Kevin James, Kevin Costner, John Paul DeJoria, Neil Patrick Harris, the Sultan of Brunel and the Savoy Hotel-London.
The guys talk about little things we can all do to help the cause of sustainability and of course they talk HOLLYWOOD and more.
The episode kicks off with 10 minutes of political talk with regular contributor, Michael Shure.
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.
Mon, 6 June 2016
COURTNEY THORNE-SMITH is one of the most successful actresses in television.
From Melrose Place and Ally McBeal to According to Jim and Two and A Half Men, her talents have been spread across many years in a career that’s going strong.
You will hear Mark fawn over her and J.Elvis Weinstein chime in along with the KING OF TV, PAUL GOEBEL who joins by phone. Courtney tells us about the process of auditioning, getting high profile role and working family into the world of a successful acting career.
Here’s the King of TV website: http://www.thekingoftv.com/
SANGITA IYER, who has made the documentary film GODS IN SHACKLES, talks about her campaign of awareness to stop the abuse of Asian Elephants in India, a country which claims to revere and celebrate elephants but actually has institutionalized their torture and abuse.
For information on the GODS IN SHACKLES movie and campaign against this cruelty: http://www.godsinshackles.com/
to attend the red carpet premiere in L.A click here!
Fri, 27 May 2016
Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker...Racing Extinction..Also..A Report from Trump and Bernie Rallies
He's won an Academy Award for his documentary, THE COVE, and now Louis Psihoyos has a new film that is both breathtaking and powerful.
RACING EXTINCTION is about the coming mass extinction unfolding across the planet, during which at least half the species on earth will vanish.
The film deals with examples of the of the Anthropocene extinction, in other words, the effects of the unbridled appetites of human beings(literal and figurative) causing the greatest mass extinction since the KT event, 66 million years ago.
And despite the bleak realities, the film is hopeful, exciting, beautifully photographed and empowering.
The movie takes you undercover to Asia to witness the demand for endangered animal parts in exotic elixirs and culinary preparations and goes from there...
Composer J Ralph, who scored this movie and the Academy Award winning documentary film, MAN ON WIRE (along with CHASING ICE and other high profile documentary projects of late) joins us also.
But before the guests arrive Jimmy Dore reports to us from from the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. There are no two campaigns with more momentum than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and Jimmy contrasts the two stump speeches and rallies.
For more information on the film RACING EXTINCTION and related subjects go to http://racingextinction.com/
Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Mon, 23 May 2016
Sam Rubin reports entertainment on the top morning news program in L.A.
Sam talks show business and life and generally slops around with Josh, Heather and Mark
Fri, 13 May 2016
The crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny discuss a few things before the guests arrive...Including Heather’s most recent relationship drama and along the way they change gears and welcome BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET and then DAN HARRIS to the conversation.
Brooke Burke-Charvet explains a career path that has taken her around the world, made her a substantial star and helped her manage significant family obligations as a mother. The blog that she writes can be found at ModernMom.com
The star of DANCING WITH THE STARS talks about her new book in which Brooke stresses simplicity and de-cluttering our lives of STUFF. The book is called THE JOY OF LESS - 101 STORIES ABOUT HAVING MORE BY SIMPLIFYING OUR LIVES.
Brooke shares a bit of her high flying life with us and fills us in on how to say “no” and how to reorganize, prioritize and downsize.
Then DAN HARRIS joins…
DAN HARRIS is an award winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’S NIGHTLINE.
He’s reported from war zones, inside the prison system and far flung villages in Congo. We ask him about some of those places and stories.
Dan Harris also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20” and “Good Morning America”.
In 2014, Harris published the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics.
As an anchor on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Dan had a panic attack that led to revelations about his life and the power of the mind.
He shares some of his story with our group.
To get more Dan Harris related material, check out these links:
10% Happier app website: percenthappier.com
(The app offers a free 7-day trial)
Fri, 6 May 2016
One of the most famous voices in television and radio takes us through a life onscreen and off.
As the voice and creator of some of the highest profile and innovative advertising campaigns, Shadoe Stevens had doors opened and Hollywood calling.
What happened next is a story of triumph, addiction and re-emergence.
More Shadoe at his website http://www.shadoe.com/
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson
Thu, 28 April 2016
Mark's co-host, Josh, grew up in Minneapolis and has some thoughts on Prince.
Music critic Michael Snyder also joins to reflect on and add a story or two about the Purple One.
Plus, Heather tells of dating a gay man and not realizing it until...
Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein