TV legend Marc Summers called in to talk about the reboot of Double Dare! We discussed the legacy of the original show, why aging Gen-Xers like me continue to have such a fondness for show (and how many of us now have kids old enough to be contestants), and how he became a part of the 2018 edition.
New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger called in to talk about his his new book The Perfect Weapon: War Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age. We discussed how security struggles to keep up with technology, how the iPhone truly changed the world, and whether or not he had to write the book longhand or on a manual typewriter to protect the manuscript.
James Patterson, who holds the Guinness World Record for most New York Times #1 Bestsellers, called in to talk about his latest novel, The President is Missing, a collaboration with Bill Clinton. We discussed how he and President Clinton decided to partner up for a book, their working relationship, and coming up with an “about the authors” section for two incredibly famous people.
Bill McCormick dialed in from the World News Center to chat about some important science stuff, including an $850,000 cure for blindness, an artificial pancreas, sexy sleep apnea, and stopping heart attacks with cholesterol-eating canines.
It was a fun chat with Christina Ricci, who called in to promote her new movie Distorted, which is theaters this Friday. We discussed her lengthy film career, if she’s ever tried method acting, and whether or not we could hold the premiere of the film in my backyard with the outdoor screen (aka the side of my garage).
Al Roker gave us a call for a chat about his new book Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster. After asking Al for some tips on getting up early and maintaining energy while working on multiple projects, we had a discussion about the history behind the event, the parallels that can be drawn between then and now, and how experiencing many weather events helps to inform his writing.
John Michael Higgins called in to talk about his new game show America Says, airing 5 days a week at 4ET/3CT on Game Show Network. After a brief chat about Walk Hard (I quote his record producer character at least once a week), John filled us in on how the game show works, his game show hosting style, and getting to say the most famous line ever uttered in game show-dom.
Seymour Stein, America’s greatest living record man, called in to talk about his new autobiography Siren Song; My Live in Music. I had a set of questions prepared about The Smiths, Ramones, and Talking Heads, but instead Seymour took my question about working with infamous label honcho Morris Levy and ran with it! An amazing story, and I want to hear more. Next time we’ll get to the bands.
Steve Dorff, a new inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, called in to chat about his new book I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. We discussed his inspiration for the book, writing a book vs. writing a song, his songwriting process, and becoming a songwriter in Junior High School.
Note: Not the greatest audio quality due to a phone gremlin, but still understandable.
Mike Reiss has worked on The Simpsons since the first episode. His new book is Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.” We talked about exactly what outright lies the book contains, while he originally thought the show would be lucky to last six episodes, and his indirect appearance in a season 2 episode.