Meredith Vieira (who has only 14 more Emmy awards than I do) called in to reminisce about our close, close friendship and to talk about her role as spokesperson for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Meredith was joined by UCLA orthopedic surgeon Dr. Susan Bukata, who talked about the connection between fractures and postmenopausal osteoporosis and a new available treatment option.
Rick Ernst is the producer and director of “Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal,” which is now out on DVD in a special encore edition. We discussed the evolution of thrash metal, being a part of the “zine” scene (and how Lars Ulrich referred to it as the “Internet of the ’80s), and why many of the thrash metal albums sound timeless (hint: no gated snare drum).
TV host, best-selling author, and supermodel Emme called in to discuss the new documentary, “Straight/Curve,” which premieres Wednesday night (June 21) at 8/7c on Epix. The film focuses on the fashion industry’s portrayal of women and the messages it sends, how young women and girls are made to feel “less than” by the images they’re presented, and how we can change the perception (and reality) of what is considered “beautiful.”
Marc Ruskin spent 27 years as an FBI agent, most of them undercover. He shares many of his stories in a new book, “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI.” We discussed what it takes to become an undercover agent, how he created and maintained multiple identities, and how the challenge of remaining undercover has evolved with technology.
As the parent of a toddler, it’s hard to get someone responsible to watch her while her mom and I go see a feature film. To the rescue comes The Movie Man, the most trusted name in movie critics/child care. Also: reviews of Cars 3, Rough Night, and 47 Meters Down.
Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in with a Battle of the Garage Bands update, and then discussed a cure for MS and more advances against Alzheimer’s.
Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book is “Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To.” We had a fun chat about the stories in the book (The Alabama Jewish Mafia! Bootleggers! Philanderers! THC smuggling!), assuming and or/wishing we were adopted, bringing back scrapbooking, and transcript tattoos.
Colin Trevorrow co-wrote and directed “Jurassic World” (and is set to direct the follow-up) and will direct Star Wars episode IX. His newest film is “The Book of Henry,” opening tomorrow. We discussed the film’s concept, the ensemble cast, why I’m not allowed at preview screenings, and what exactly an executive producer does. A very educational and informative interview. It’s not every day you get to pick the brain of a top-notch director.
Olympic champion swimmer Summer Sanders called in to talk about her battle with skin cancer and ways to recognize symptoms and prevent further skin damage. Summer and I have both dealt with three separate bouts of skin cancer, so this is a very personal cause for me.
The Movie Man called in to review the new Wonder Woman and Captain Underpants movies and to recap his recent European vacation that featured a painful re-entry into the United States.