Anne Heche

Anne Heche called in to discuss her role as Patricia Campbell, the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, on the new NBC drama series “The Brave.”   We had a great chat about what we can learn from the show, how there are thousands of people everywhere doing great things behind the scenes to try to bring peace to the world, and why “think globally, act locally” is still the way to bring about positive change.

Tom Cavanagh

Tom Cavanagh called in to the show to talk about his role as Dr. Harrison Wells on CW’s “The Flash,” now in its fourth season.  Tom directed an episode that will air on Halloween night.  We discussed time travel, alternate universes, crossover episodes, the Chicago Cubs, and why he’s very impatient with himself as an actor when he’s also the director.

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson called in to give me some tips on putting a new spin on the 5 dishes I can semi-successfully make, including getting out my olive oil rut and exploring avocado oil.  Plus: Marcus talks about his new restaurant and gives a shout out to Chicago.

Ella Morton

Ella Morton is a travel writer who specializes in the strange and wondrous.  She’s one of the co-authors of ATLAS OBSCURA: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders.  We discussed some of the fun sites highlighted in the book, including a museum in Chicago I was completely unaware of (The International Museum of Surgical Science – fun for all the family).  We also shared our experiences on the set of Sesame Street.

Nate Berkus

I caught up with Nate Berkus, the #1 interior designer in the world according to me, as he called in live from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City for the start of National Design Week.   Nate shared tips on personalizing your space, avoiding trends to stick with timeless design, and how to shake yourself out of a home decor and renovation rut.

The World News Center Has Land Lines and Curly Phone Cords

After last week’s show was pre-empted by mysterious phone problems as we tried to explain conspiracy theories, Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center (on a land line) to chat about Friday the 13th, New Mutants, New Warriors and the upcoming wacky comedy Thor: Ragnarok. Plus:  Squirrel Girl!  The Last Jedi!  Bronies!


Liza Mundy

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography.  Her new book is Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.

Jimmy McDonough

Jimmy McDonough is a journalist and biographer best known for the bestselling Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and his biographies of Russ Meyer, Andy Milligan and Tammy Wynette. He has written for a number of publications including The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Variety. McDonough lives in Portland, Oregon.   Jimmy called in to talk about his latest book, Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green.

Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and The Mission List, a social change influencer database. She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999, when she helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat.  She’s the author of the insightful new book Hiding in the Bathroom:  An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).  Clearly, Morra knows me better than my therapist.

Rich Cohen

Best-selling author Rich Cohen called in to chat about our life-long Cub fandom and his new book, “The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse.”  It was fun sharing memories of going to Wrigley Field in the 70s and commiserating over the heartbreak all Gen-X Cub fans experienced with the 1984 team.