Ken Pisani is a television writer and producer, screenwriter, playwright, comic book author, novelist and a former cartoonist. (Ken needs to learn how to focus.) He is one of three finalists for the coveted Thurber Prize for American Humor for his debut novel AMP’D.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Katy Tur is an NBC journalist who made headlines herself while covering Trump for 18 months on the campaign trail. Katy called in to discuss her book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rusty Young is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of rock legends Poco. Rusty called in to discuss his debut solo album (after 50 years!), Waitin’ For The Sun.
Ken Follett has sold more than 160 million copies of his 30 books. Ken called in to discuss his newest novel, A Column of Fire, the third book in the Kingsbridge series.Follow @bigwakeupcall
“America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl discussed her debut novel — and Indie Next Pick — George & Lizzie.Follow @bigwakeupcall
John C. McGinley called in to talk about his new film The Good Catholic, which is in theaters and on demand today (9/8/17). After going over his entire resume (including his work with Oliver Stone), we discussed his role in the film, how his Catholic education prepared him to take on the role, and when he first knew he’d “made it” as an actor.Follow @bigwakeupcall
During his weekly visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick once again seized the opportunity to scare the living bejeezus out of us with tales of diabolical ravens, manipulative octopuses, goats with jackhammers, independent civilizations of pigeons, and an uninhabitable earth by 2100. Happy Friday!
Rock and Soul legend Sam Moore returned to the show to talk about his new album, “An American Patriot.” We discussed how music should bring people together regardless of political affiliation, performing with the Blues Brothers, the secret to keeping his voice in incredible shape, and why “America the Beautiful” should be our national anthem.Follow @bigwakeupcall
On the morning of October 12, 2007, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor was implicated in the death of one of his patients, reality star Anna Nicole Smith, and subsequently tried on six felony counts. After a protracted and costly legal battle, he was acquitted on all charges, exonerated and shown to be a caring and concerned doctor. He shares his stories in a new book, TRUST ME, I’M A DOCTOR-My Life Before, During and After Anna Nicole Smith.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Eva Shockey is a world-renowned hunter and co-star of the Outdoor Channel’s “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures.” Eva called in to discuss her new book, “Taking Aim.” We talked about her inspiration for the book, the role hunters play in conservation and preservation, and why a lifelong city dweller like me should get outdoors.