Christina Baker Kline is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller “Orphan Train.” Her newest book is “a piece of the world,” which tells the story of the relationship between a famous painting (Christina’s World) by Andrew Wyeth and his subject, Christina Moore. We discussed the real-life story featured in the novel, how Christina Moore took over her life, and introduced a new segment where we describe iconic American paintings on the radio.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sam Moore is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the legendary Duo Sam & Dave. Sam will be performing at the huge tribute show to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall on March 6th. We discussed playing college shows to segregated audiences, the impact of the Ed Sullivan Show, meeting The Beatles in Germany before they were famous, and recording for the infamous Morris Levy at Roulette Records.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick joined us live from the World News Center and opened the mailbag to address some questions and concerns from listeners, including dogs & dairy, “Supergirl” the musical, and curing cancer with an obscene corkscrew.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris Byrne “The Toy Guy” joined us live from the 114th American International Toy Fair to share some of the new toys & trends we’ll see this year, including a game from Hasbro involving repeatedly flushing the toilet. Plus, a look back at the toys presented at the first fair back in 1903 — featuring lead and, I assume, mercury.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Gary Valentine is currently featured on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS. We discussed working with his brother (Kevin James) once again, how it feels to be on another successful sitcom (spoiler alert: it’s great), and prepping material for another hour-long stand-up special.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rick McDaniel is a motivational speaker and the author of several books, the latest of which is “Comeback: Overcoming the Setbacks In Your Life.” Rick explained how the comebacks of the Patriots in the Super Bowl and the Cubs in the World Series can give us lessons on how to overcome setbacks in our own lives and prepare for our triumphant comeback.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Mike Gunton is the Executive Producer for “Planet Earth II,” which premieres Saturday, February 18th at 9/8c on BBC America. Mike discussed the extraordinary challenge of capturing animals and habitats in a way they had never before been seen on film, the scope of this incredible production, and how he hopes this will help shape the way humans view their relationships with animals and the natural world.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Scott Aukerman made his record-shattering 8th appearance on our Show, this time talking about “Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special,” which he co-directed and co-executive produced and is out now on Netflix. We discussed the origin of the special, why Comedy Bang! Bang’s signature mix of comedy, love and music made for a perfect match with Michael Bolton, and why this special could and should be a significant part of a romantic weekend. Plus: favorite lines from Comedy Bang! Bang!, filming in Australia on Christmas Day, and a medical explanation of male excitement.
Eric Braeden has been playing eccentric billionaire Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless” for more than 35 years. His new book is “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama. We discussed his childhood in war-torn Germany, coming to America with $50 in his pocket and getting a job cutting up cadavers, to winning a scholarship as a world-class athlete, and finally landing the role of a lifetime. Plus: meeting Chicago Bears legends and being a mustache inspiration.
After being curled up in a fetal position for about a month and a half, The Movie Man finally put his pants on and went to see some films. We discussed “Fifty Shades Darker” (where he spent more time watching women watching the movie — but not in a creepy way), “The Lego Batman Movie,” and Keanu Reeves in “John Wick: Chapter Two.” Plus: another segment of “Five Star DVR” and the assertion that nothing in this segment should be interpreted as innuendo.Follow @bigwakeupcall