Monthly Archives: May 2016

John Doe

John Doe is a member of the legendary punk rock group X and is also an accomplished solo artist and actor.  His new book, “Under the Big Black Sun: a personal history of L.A. Punk,” is a fascinating set of recollections of the Los Angeles punk scene as told by John and his colleagues such as Henry Rollins, Dave Alvin, Jane Wiedlin, Mike Watt, and many more.  We discussed why the L.A. punk scene has been far less documented than the CBGB scene of New York, how he felt like an outsider even at the center of the movement, and what he hopes we’ll take away from the book.

Catherine De Orio

Catherine De Orio is a chef, lifestyle expert,and the host of “Check, Please” on WTTW, Channel 11.  Catherine called in to inspire us to get back into the kitchen this summer — or at least out on the deck to fire up the grill!

 

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-award winning actor from “Modern Family,” called into the show to discuss his participation in the Ready Raise Rise awareness campaign for Immuno-Oncology research.  Eric was joined by Sanjiv Agarwala, MD, Chief of Medical Oncology & Hematology at St. Luke’s Cancer Center, Bethlehem, PA.

 

Chef Seamus Mullen

Award-winning chef and cookbook author Seamus Mullen returned to the show to talk about his favorite Spring recipes and how to take advantage of the great seasonal produce available at your local farmers’ market.  We also discussed the importance of getting kids involved in the kitchen and the value of food education.

Frank Fritz from “American Pickers”

Frank Fritz stars with Mike Wolfe on History Channel’s popular series “American Pickers.” Frank called in to talk about his partnership with Valvoline on a “Collector’s Cup” promotion that involves a nationwide search for vintage memorabilia.   He also shared some advice on picking and evaluating antiques and collectibles, and advised me on what to do with my baseball card collection and electric football games.

The Movie Man reviews “Captain America: Civil War”

It’s going to be 80 degrees and sunny today in Chicago, so of course we’re all going to head to a dark movie theater and check out “Captain America: Civil War.”  The Movie Man gives us his thoughts (how it’s less of a civil war and more of a civil disagreement) and encourages us to vote in his Twitter poll on whether you’re Team Iron Man, Team Captain America, or Team I Don’t Give a Bleep.

Virginia and Elaine Madsen

Virginia Madsen is the producer and her mom Elaine Madsen the director of an acclaimed documentary, “I Know a Woman Like That,” which is being released on DVD and Digital HD on May 10th.  We discussed the philosophy behind the film, the struggles of getting a film about “old people” distributed, and what viewers of all ages can take away from it.

Nathaniel Crosby

Nathaniel Crosby is a former amateur golf champion, an executive for a major golf company, and of course the son of the legendary Bing Crosby.  He’s the author of a new book “18 Holes With Bing: Golf, Life and Lessons from Dad.”  We discussed his inspiration for the book, Bing’s amazing career (and how he always made time for golf), and his relationship with his famous father.

 

Joe Wicks, “The Body Coach”

Joe Wicks is a personal trainer, a nutrition coach and the author of the international bestseller “Lean in 15.”  We discussed his inspiration for putting the book together, the biggest thing people overlook when they’re trying to eat healthier and lose weight, and why he refers to the scale as “the sad step.”

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg has starred in everything from “Heroes” to “The Force Awakens” (and he’s one of the only people to be in both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”)  Greg is working to raise awareness about epilepsy, with affects 3 million Americans, including his adult son, who was diagnosed at age 7.  Greg was joined by Phil Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation.  We discussed their personal experiences with epilepsy and how those with epilepsy or have a family member that does can access resources.  Greg was also pleased to  hear that I’m a proud owner of a “Snap Wexley” action figure.

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