Monthly Archives: August 2017

Marc Almond

Pop legend Marc Almond called in to talk about his new album, “Shadows and Reflections,” which is out on September 22.  We discussed making a “traditional” torch song/orchestral pop record, the fun juxtaposition of upbeat melodies and depressing lyrics, the legend of Billy Fury, touring with an orchestra, and unfortunate impersonators.

Susan Wiggs

Best-selling author Susan Wiggs called in to talk about her newest novel, “Map of the Heart.”  We discussed the perks of being a successful author, keeping in touch with her readers, and reverse-translating her books.

Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee wrote the 2016 bestseller “The Thousandth Floor” and has just released the second volume of the trilogy, “The Dazzling Heights.”  We discussed how refreshing it is to have a book featuring young adults where the future isn’t dystopian, how to avoid the “middle book syndrome,” and why the title is such a tongue twister for me.

Michael Apted

Michael Apted is an acclaimed film director whose work includes “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas In The Mist,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”   Michael called in to discuss his newest film, “Unlocked,” which stars Michael Douglas, Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom and is in theaters this Friday (9/1/17).

Hellboy & Drunk Thor

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to talk about a new trigonometric discovery, the controversial reboot of Hellboy, and more Ghost In The Shell nonsense.  Plus: Teen Titans, Ben Affleck is still Batman, special movie screenings, and Drunk Thor.

 

Alicia Silverstone

Critically-acclaimed actress and best-selling author Alicia Silverstone called in to talk about her busy career, her new line of healthy organic vitamins, and why she created the Kind Diet.

Becky Baines

Becky Baines is Executive Editor at National Geographic Books and called in to talk about the latest volume from NatGeo Kids, “What Would Happen: Serious Answers to Silly Questions.”  We had a fun chat about the purpose of mosquitos, the butterfly effect on time travel, eyeless tubeworms, and an all-ice cream diet.

Don’t Heal Yourself by Staring at the Sun

On his weekly visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick discussed how alternative medicines are a slower form of suicide, why you shouldn’t focus a telescope on the upcoming solar eclipse, life as we don’t know it, and hot sauce as a cure-all.

 

Linda Purl

Lina Purl called in to talk about her new film, “Bender,” based on a real-life story of a pioneer family in Kansas, which I described as “Little House on the Prairie meets Sweeney Todd,” a description that Linda plans to steal (with my enthusiastic permission!).

Bruce Campbell

bruce campbellIt was a pleasure to chat with Bruce Campbell about his new book, “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor” (which Bruce reveals in our interview is part 2 of a planned trilogy).  We discussed elocution, investing in Detroit, why you should never stop working, how he prepares for Q&A sessions at conventions, and what’s happening on his book tour (which comes to The Music Box Theatre in Chicago on September 1).