The Movie Man calls in and reviews both a disaster movie and a disaster of a movie.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It’s always fun to talk with the lovely and charming Gail Simmons about food & dining. Gail shared some of her favorite restaurants in Chicago and gave me some advice about going to hipster-filled joints without worry (reminding them I was hip in the ’90s is not a good strategy).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Brian Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards and 149 Emmys. He’s also the author of a new book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” Brian talked about how the book came out of a series of conversations he’s been having with interesting people in all fields of live for the past 20 years or so. We also discussed Arrested Development and his upcoming appearance in Naperville at Anderson’s Bookshop on June 15th.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Grey Damon plays undercover detective Brian Shafe on NBC’s new 60’s-based series “Aquarius,” which premieres tonight at 9/8C. We discussed how he got into the mindset of someone who’s trying to blend the world authority and counterculture, and how, as a member of the millennial generation, he related to the events of the era.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chef Ilan Hall called in to tell us what to expect this season on “Knife Fight,” which returns with all-new episodes tonight at 10/9C on the Esquire Network. This season the setting has moved to Ilan’s restaurant in Brooklyn, and we talked about the more competitive nature of NYC chefs vs. LA chefs, what he thinks the toughest challenges are in a cooking competition, and why the grand prize for winning is still absolutely nothing (other than a ceremonial knife).
Bill McCormick called in for his regular update from the World News Center to share news about commercially available Star Trek-type replicators, all-in-one fruit trees, and how all of humanity is basically related to either Genghis Khan or one of three Bronze Age guys. He also scares the heck out of us with news of $15,000 reverse-engineered German wolves.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dr. Brian Mandell from the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society and former Chicago Bear Anthony “Spice” Adams called in to share information on Gout Awareness Week. Anthony is a gout sufferer who first experienced a flare-up at the unusually young age of 25. We talked about how he was diagnosed, what steps can be taken to manage symptoms, and how good it felt to level QBs like Kurt Warner.Follow @bigwakeupcall
“American Ninja Warrior” is back for an all-new season starting Monday night at 8/7 Central on NBC. We visited with host Matt Iseman on what we can expect this season, what contestants are returning, and why he feels the show has really caught on with viewers. I also tried to talk Matt into doing his own podcast, or at least be a regular podcast guest. Matt loved the idea and is now going to attempt to be to podcasts what Sandra Bernhard and Terri Garr were to Letterman’s show in the ’80s.Follow @bigwakeupcall