Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger called us from a rotary phone at her parents’ house in Dallas to promote her new Netflix special, “Confirmed Kills,” which debuts today.  We discussed her beef with mermaids, love of shark tank, interactions with wacky morning DJs, and millennials watching live shows on a tiny screen.

The Movie Man on “Magnificent Seven” and “Storks”

The Movie Man called in to give us his thoughts on “The Magnificent Seven” and “Storks,” as well as introduce a new feature called “The Movie Man’s 4-Star DVR.”

 

Another Alien Update from the World News Center

Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center‘s Mobile Command Unit 3000 to clarify that no, aliens are not yet hanging out with us, nor are they broadcasting their wacky morning shows to a potential earth audience.  Also:  Power Rangers, Ghost In The Shell, Dr. Strange, Justice League and more!

David and Alex Graham

David and Alex Graham are the sons of legendary rock promoter and manager Bill Graham, and they are overseeing the “Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution” exhibition, which is currently at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia through January (and, as revealed in our interview, coming to the Chicago area — Skokie — in the spring).  We discussed how the exhibit tells the story of Bill Graham’s life, especially before he became a rock promoter and accidentally invented the concert business as we know it.

Chely Wright

Chely Wright’s new album, “I Am The Rain,” was the 2nd highest debuting album of her career on the charts.   We discussed her crowdfunding campaign, the role of technology in songwriting and artist collaborations, and the loyalty of her fans.

Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon is a legendary agent and producer who was featured in Mike Myers’ documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”  He’s now sharing his story in a new book, “They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food and Rock and Roll.”   After sharing our mutual love for Chicago pizza, we discussed why he wrote the book, how he’s responsible for the invention of the celebrity chef, as well as the changing definition of “celebrity.”

Adam White, co-author of “Motown: The Sound of Young America”

Adam White is a veteran music writer whose work has appeared in “Rolling Stone,” “NME,” and many more.  His new book, written with Motown’s Barney Ales, is “Motown: The Sound of Young America.”  It’s full of incredible photos and illustrations from the Motown archives, as well as original insight into the founding of the label and its day-to-day operations.   We had a great discussion on the decade-long labor of love he took in putting the book together, how Motown influenced The Beatles and vice-versa, and just how controversial tambourines can be.

Christian Siriano

Popular designer Christian Siriano dialed us up to talk about his new fall collection for Lane Bryant.  We discussed his inspiration for new designs, transitioning from summer to fall, his favorite current fashion trends, and why everyone — of every size and shape — deserves to look their best.

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress who starred for many years as Lt. Van Buren on “Law & Order” ( a show that if I see two seconds of I have to watch the entire episode) and is currently featured on “Chicago Med” (which often films in my neighborhood, requiring me to move my vehicle — one of these days my little car will make it on screen and become legendary).   She called in to talk about her work with “America’s Diabetes Challenge.

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz stars as Detective Rosa Diaz on the award-winning Fox TV comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”  We discussed the excitement of being back for a fourth season, the cast’s incredible chemistry, potential spoilers, and what newcomer Ken Marino brings to the set and the show.