Fri, 7 December 2018
Powerful Hollywood Men Behaving Badly...Burying a Former President plus Political Dirty Tricks... and.. Broadway, Film and TV actors Arnetia Walker & Mindy Sterling with Director Stan Zimmerman
Two brilliant performers join us, Arnetia Walker (Dreamgirls) and Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), whose credits include stage, film and television.
Also, the very funny Writer/Director Stan Zimmerman (Golden Girls/Roseanne) is directing them in his play that's in theaters in L.A. for the holiday season.
Arnetia surprises everyone with a story about growing up in the last days of the Jim Crow south and her moment of realization as a child that she wanted to be a performer.
Mindy talks about her pre and post Austin Powers acting offers and about being nominated twice in the same category of the Emmys.
J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the talk with Mindy, Arnetia and Stan.
The episode begins with political reporter, Michael Shure, weighing in on the Bush funeral as it relates to the overall body politic and Mark and Michael also talk about the GOP rules change/power grab in Wisconsin.
Then, Sam Rubin stops by to talk with Mark about Les Moonves and Neil deGrasse Tyson and sexual misconduct among powerful, Hollywood men.
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00-:3:18 Mark Intro
3:18- 25:20 Michael Shure politics
25:21-48:47 Sam Rubin on men behaving badly
48:48- 1:38:15 Actors Mindy Sterling and Arnetia Walker and Director Stan Zimmerman
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Thu, 29 November 2018
THE OATH AND THE OFFICE A GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS...ALSO, A WORD ON PELOSI AND THE CLIMATE REPORT
Brown University professor, Corey Brettschneider, has a new book: THE OATH AND THE OFFICE A GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS.
It's written as a primer for a new presidents on the constitutional limits and expansiveness of executive power. But, of course, the book serves to tell us what is acceptable and what's not when you're a President who cares about the Constitution.
President Trump is testing the Constitutional limits of the office. Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein ask Corey about whether this President is taking us to the Constitutional brink.
You can get Corey's book here by clicking this link
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00- 02:45 Mark Intro
02:45- 23:15 Politics with Michael Shure
23:53- 1:13:20 Corey Brettschneider on Presidential power
Tue, 20 November 2018
"Richard Greene The Civics Dean"..Plus, Old Comedy Pals Stop By..Then, Celebrity Builder, Scott Harris
Episode starts with J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark catching up on Mark's travel and Josh's coming back surgery.
Then, political analyst and strategist, Richard Greene The Civics Dean shares his thoughts on the state of elections and what should bring people to the polls. (14:42)
Mark and Richard disagree on the power of the environmental message as a driver of voters.
Richard's column on what voters should remember is here.
Then, comedians Jon Ross and Tim Bedore have left L.A. where they were writer/producers but have come back for a few days and have thoughts on comedy, aging and more. (43:22)
Finally, builder to the stars, Scott Harris who has built houses and restaurants for some of the most famous people and brands in the world sits in and fields questions on the modern state of the building process. Plus, Scott has become something of a life coach and describes how those disciplines blend.
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00-3:30 Mark Intro
3:42 J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark catch up
14:42-43:22 Richard Greene The Civics Dean
43:22-1:18:00 Comedians Tim Bedore and Jon Ross
1:18:00- 2:04:46 Contractor to the stars, Scott Harris
Sun, 11 November 2018
Georgia's elections are so compromised and vulnerable that it would be ridiculous and funny if it weren't so critical to representing the people's voice in the voting process.
While a recount goes on in Ga. we talk to Jordan Wilkie who was part of the team that broke the story of how broken the Georgia election really is. His stories can be found at the website http://whowhatwhy.org
Then, director, writer and star of the new movie, Lez Bomb, Jenna Laurenzo, joins J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson to talk about the comedy.
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00:3:40 Mark welcome and intro episode
3:40-24:50 Ga. election story with investigative journalist Jordan Wilkie
24:50-1:04:00 Director and Star of Movie, Lez Bomb, Jenna Laurenzo joins Mark and J Elvis Weinstein
Thu, 1 November 2018
As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted.
He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence.
During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire earth and moon simply by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive career as an astronaut, including important work on the pioneering Apollo 9 and Apollo 12 missions, as well as the perilous flight of Apollo 13.
A good friend of Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) Al made multiple appearances on the show and, at Rogers' prodding, even wrote a children's book about his mission to the moon.
Here is a link to Al Worden's other books as well.
Before Al Worden, political analyst and reporter, Michael Shure stops through. Michael updates the politics of hate and violence and then gives us the races to watch in the upcoming mid-terms.
The show ends with Mark Thompson offering some thoughts on Prop 12, the proposed farm animal confinement law.
00:-5:20 Mark intro featuring Al Worden on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and overview of this episode
5:21-31:25 Michael Shure on politics, mid-terms and the language of hate translated into politics
31:25- 1:25:00 Astronaut Al Worden talks about Apollo 15 mission and his life
1:25:00-1:30:15 Mark talks about Calif's Prop 12 (farm animal confinement legislation)
Tue, 2 October 2018
The Indignities of Being a Woman is the new audio book from comedy writers, Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester.
The book details (in an entertaining way because they ARE comedy writers) the ways in which societies around the world have discounted women in society with a resentment and denial of their critical place in societies and cultures.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark with Merrill and Megan.
The episode starts with political analyst, Michael Shure. Michael explains how mid-term election polling is done and what it's indicating so far.
Michael also shares his thoughts on the politics of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the likely outcome.
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00-04:45 Mark intro
04:45-23:40 Michael Shure
23:40-1:33:50 Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester and J. Elvis Weinstein (warning for explicit language and occasional mature themes)
Thu, 20 September 2018
Comic and political analyst, Alonzo Bodden, alonzobodden.com is funny and is everywhere...On network television, providing political commentary on the TYT network and comedic moments on NPR's show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
His life has taken him from work as a mechanic building Stealth Fighters to comedy clubs and a rise through a primetime, comedy reality show, Last Comic Standing, that vaulted him to a new level of success.
(24:50) Alonzo talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein and the three get into talk of politics and the contemporary issues facing the two party system as well reflecting on Obama and some of the disappointment with political realities confronting that administration.
Before Alonzo, Mark Thompson talks with political analyst, Michael Shure, about the Supreme Court nomination process and Mark suggests there are many parts of the process that might be broken.
The two discuss the mid-terms and answer a listener email.
:00-1:50 Mark Intro
1:50-24:50 Michael Shure on Politics
24:50-1:27:00 Alonzo Bodden with J Elvis Weinstein and M.Thompson
Mon, 10 September 2018
Two voices of progressive comedy: Ron Placone and Graham Elwood.
Both on Jimmy Dore's show and also on the Progressive Comedy Tour they get out their viewpoint without the intense harshness that's become commonplace in today's politically charged conversations and performances.
It's not all politics. Mark asks Graham about his one night marriage to a stripper in Las Vegas and, in a moment with less levity, Graham also talks about his home being foreclosed upon as a result of predatory banking practices.
How do the different crowds nationwide react to the comedy and today's political situation is among what's covered in this episode.
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00-2:05 Mark welcome
2:05-56:05 Mark speaks with Graham Elwood and Ron Placone
Wed, 29 August 2018
Evil Genius Director, Barbara Schroeder, Takes Us Behind the Hit Netflix Docu-Series, First, Political Talk: Flipping the House..And..Can There Be Fair Elections Anymore?
One of the hit docu-series of the year has been, Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist. (Netflix)
This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza delivery guy who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck -- and the story only gets weirder from there.
Director Barbara Schroeder sits in with the crew and tells the story of how this project came to her and how she wrestled with bringing it to life.
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J Elvis Weinstein for the conversation with Barbara Schroeder.
The show begins with political specialist, Michael Shure, returning to update the mid-term elections.
Mark expresses concern about the safety and integrity of the election process in America. Can there be free and fair elections in America anymore?
Michael and Mark talk about the White House dinner celebrating the Christian right.
00-3:35 Mark intro
3:35-25:41 Michael Shure and Mark talk politics
25:41-1:20:00 Director Barbara Schroeder on her Netflix documetary
Wed, 15 August 2018
Our Former Co-Host, Heather, Visits and Talks Stedman and Oprah ..Then, Renowned Trends Analyst, Gerald Celente
You've heard Gerald Celente across the media landscape, on Coast to Coast with George Noory and elsewhere. His no nonsense takes on world events makes him one of our favorite guests.
Gerald deconstructs what's happening both in America and worldwide in terms of the wave of populist leadership and the revolt away from traditional political leaders and systems.
What's the net effect of these waves of populism? Gerald answers that question and gives us a guide for the prevailing trends.
Gerald's newsletter is The Trends Journal
First, former co-host, Heather Ankeny, stops by to see Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein. Heather shares a bit of what's been going on in her life which includes a brush with Stedman Graham and Heather's take on the "Me Too" movement.
Mark shares the story of his mentorship of a foster child.
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00-2:45 Mark's intro and summary
2:45-29:10 Mark, J Elvis and Heather Ankeny on Oprah and Stedman
29:10-59:20 Trends analyst, Gerald Celente joins Mark Thompson