Scott Ian

Scott Ian from Anthrax returned to the show  to talk about his new book Access All Areas: Stories From a Rock Hard Life. We discussed how the book is not a sequel to I’m the Man (since that would require writing a second autobiography, an absurd yet interesting thought), telling an honest version of tales of debauchery, and his most requested story (involving Lemmy and a pair of Daisy Dukes).

James Rollins

Best-selling author James Rollins called into discuss his new book The Demon Crown, the 13th book in the Sigma Force series.  James talked about his writing process, answering unanswerable questions, making random phone calls to experts, and whether or not The Demon Crown will be a relaxing read for quiet moments during the holidays (answer: no).

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada called in to talk about his returning gig hosting The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing this Friday (12/15) at 8/7c on the CW.  We also discussed why the “Chips” merchandise when I was a kid only kind of sort of looked like him.

Carla Hall

Top Chef alum and current The Chew panelist Carla Hall made a return appearance to the Big Wakeup Call to talk about a special program to benefit the more than 10 million Seniors in America who are facing hunger issues.   We also caught up on what’s happened since her last appearance in 2005, discussed recipes even I could successfully complete, and why we’re having more fun in our 40s and 50s than we did in our 20s and 30s.

World News Center: Humanity Is Even More Screwed

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to talk about Cryptophasia and visual modality in computers, all eventually leading to robots determining that humans are unnecessary.  Plus:  Elitist Whole Foods-shopping robots, talking a climate change quote seriously out of context, and answering some letters from listeners.

 

Alicia Malone

FilmStruck host Alicia Malone called the show to preview this holiday season’s movies, including The Last Jedi, Coco, Jumanji, and The Greatest ShowmanWe also talked about how Australian culture continue to expand in the U.S., particularly in the Australian accent my 2-year-old has adopted from binge-watching The Wiggles.

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi made her 2nd appearance on the show to talk about a new hardcover edition (including bonus material) of her best-selling book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.  We had a lively discussion about the do’s and do not’s of social media, especially the importance of remembering your pages are a dictatorship, not a democracy.

Jim Brickman

Award-winning pianist and composer Jim Brickman called the show to promote his new holiday album, A Joyful Christmas.  We talked about Jim’s own radio show, tracking down celebrity guests in an unusual way, and how he’ll have to skip the levitating piano and pyrotechnics when he plays at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville this Sunday.

Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley is best known for playing Jill Garvey on the HBO series The Leftovers.  Margaret called in to talk about her role as a young nun in “Novitiate.”  We discussed how she understood the character, placing herself in that period in history, and working with legends like Melissa Leo and Julianne Nicholson.

Graeme Edge

Moody Blues drummer and founding member Graeme Edge called in to chat about 50th anniversary shows of “Days of Future Passed,” including a PBS special, as well as the third annual Moodies Cruise.

Other Moody Blues interviews:

John Lodge

Justin Hayward