Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes called in to talk about Star Trek: The Cruise, which launches in January.  Fans can interact with Johnathan, as well as George Takei, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton,  Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn and many more.   Jonathan discussed a potential Klingon pub crawl, a “Mystery Science Theater”-type screening event, and how to prevent minds from literally – literally — being blown.

Mick Rock

Renowned rock and roll photographer Mick Rock, who has taken iconic photographs of David Bowie, Queen, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Ramones, and especially Lou Reed, called in to discuss a limited-edition book of pictures and stories, Transformer, out now to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the LP that, with the magic help of David Bowie and Mick Ronson, launched Lou Reed into the hero status we know today.  We only had 10 minutes for the interview, but I could listen to Mick tell Reed and Bowie stories all day.

Herb Alpert

It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Herb Alpert about his new album The Christmas Wish and his two shows at City Winery in Chicago.  Despite some pesky phone gremlins, we had a fun talk about recording an album in 2017 vs 1967, how the trumpet turned on him for a while, and how he’s always searching for new sounds.

John Feinstein

Best-selling author John Feinstein called in for a fun discussion of his new book, The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup.  We talked about questionable team bonding over ping-pong games, how the 2016 Ryder Cup squad was inspired by the 1992 basketball Dream Team, and why golf could use more singing fans.

Inside Marvel Marketing with the World News Center

World News Center bureau chief Bill McCormick checked in to talk about seeing the (weather) future, answer some listener letters, and share some insights on Marvel marketing.  Plus:  the unknown millionaire!

Daniel Shumski

Daniel Shumski is the best-selling author of “Will It Waffle?”  His new book, “How to Instant Pot,” is full of great tips and recipes for using the hottest kitchen gadget in recent memory.  At our house, we are obsessed with the Instant Pot. It’s like playing mad scientist with food every night!  Dan offered some advice on Instant Pot techniques and shared his favorite Instant Pot eats.

 

Afshin Shahidi

Afshin Shahidi was Prince’s personal photographer for more than a decade.  He’s honoring his friendship with Prince and sharing some of his finest images and his favorite memories of the music legend in a new book “Prince: A Private View.”  We discussed the public vs. the private side of Prince, how Prince thought of music and visual presentation simultaneously, and how he chose which photos to include in the book.

 

Chris Matthews

It was great to have a few minutes with Chris Matthews, who called in for a brief chat on his new book, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.”  Chris has written extensively about JFK and his discoveries there led to his determination to tell the true story of the life of Bobby.

Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo called in to talk about her role in season 2 of “The Girlfriend Experience,” premiering Sunday, November 5th at 9/8C on STARZ.  We discussed the challenge of playing a character who is essentially playing a character herself, how to find the truth and honesty in a character, and the benefits of shooting on location in Albuquerque.