Clive Standen

Clive Standen stars in the NBC series “Taken,” which airs Mondays at 10/9c.  We discussed stepping into the iconic role of Bryan Mills, how he likes to do his own stunts (apart from car crashes), and a non-spoiler reveal of tonight’s pivotal episode.

Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci is the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and a two-time National Sportswriter of the Year.  His new book is “The Cubs Way:  The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse.”   We discussed how the team assembled by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer goes far beyond the “moneyball” statistics (including the notion that team chemistry is a real and very important thing), how it took a complete overhaul of the business model as well as the on-field product to build a winner, and why Joe Maddon gave up on trying to cure Jon Lester’s yips.


Dolores O’Riordan & Noel Hogan from The Cranberries

Dolores O’Riordan and Noel Hogan from The Cranberries called in to talk about their latest record, “Something Else,” featuring reworked versions of their classic hits along with brand new material.  After geeking out because I’m such a fan (their songs meant a lot to me when they came out, and they still do), we discussed the making of the new album, rediscovering the meanings and significance of the songs, and why their music still sounds so fresh today.  Plus:  Dolores and Noel reveal that the band will be announcing U.S. tour dates next week, including an appearance in Chicago.   Looking forward to my 7th show!

William McKeen, author of “Everybody Had An Ocean”

Author William McKeen called in for a fun chat about his new book “Everybody Had An Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles.”  We discussed how many casual music fans (and even some dedicated Beach Boys fans) may not know about the connection between the Beach Boys and Charles Manson,  what drew so many musicians to L.A. in the ’60s, and how the hippie philosophies of peace, love and acceptance might unfortunately led to their downfall.

Davina Leone from The Voice

Davina Leone is a member of Team Adam on NBC’s The Voice as the show enters the knockout rounds.  Davina talked about her musical background (being woken up with Michael Jackson playing over an intercom), her songwriting, and overcoming bullying.

Caroline Sky from The Voice

16-year-old Caroline Sky is currently competing on NBC’s The Voice as part of Team Blake (originally from Team Gwen).  She’s a very mature singer and songwriter with influences including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.  We discussed her musical background, bonding with her fellow contestants, and forming a Supergroup.