Pete Correale

Pete Correale called in to the show for a chat about his new stand-up album “For Pete’s Sake.”  We talked about the adventures of being a marathon spectator, listening to classic comedy albums, and juggling a show from city to city.

Mick Hucknall

Simply Red lead vocalist Mick Hucknall called in to talk about the band’s 12th album, “Blue-Eyed Soul.”  We had a lively chat about songwriting, recording in the studio with a live band, what his original songs mean to him, why the concept of bands being regionally popular is an anomaly, and whether or not we’ll see Simply Red perform in the States.

World News Center: Hot Sauce Dojo

In his latest visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick invited me into his Hot Sauce Dojo for a quick game of Ghost Pepper Pizza Roulette.  We then had a not-at-all disturbing chat about re-animating the dead (the scientific way), an update on the trade war’s impact on farmers (and hot peppers), and Bluetooth porn.

 

World News Center: Eyeless Eyesight Explained

In yet another visit with Bill McCormick from the World News Center, Bill and I had a discussion about a new procedure that is allowing people who have lost their eyes to literally see again.  Geordi LaForge technology is here!  Plus: a primary color primer, and we act out an eyeball injection demonstration.

Michael Shear

Michael Shear, White House Correspondent in the New York Times Washington Bureau, called into the show for a chat about his new book “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” which he co-authored with Julie Hirschfield Davis.  

Cleo Abram & Christophe Huabursin

Cleo Abram & Christophe Huabursin are two of the hosts of a new YouTube series “Glad You Asked,” where they will tackle unknown mysteries, anomalies, and unexplained phenomena big and small.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

It was an honor to have Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin on the show to discuss her book “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” which is now out in paperback.  I think I managed to not sound like a dullard in the interview, which was all I could hope for.

World News Center: Cartoon Confusion & Medical Red Tape

In this week’s visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick and I discussed how the trade war is stopping the flow of medical information and technology, how medical advances are being held up by red tape, and how tariffs are stymying medical research.

We also responded to a listener who unfortunately confused “Teen Titans Go!’  with “Titans.”

Plus:  visiting the neighborhood fixer, weaponizing humans, and Ryan’s never ending quest for an adamanitum skeleton.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan called in for a fun chat about his “Disgraceland” book and podcast.  Topics included Kurt & Courtney, the Ramones, Phil Spector, Elvis, and the Beach Boys.