In this week’s visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick and I discuss content provided by our awesome loyal listeners, including many idiotic “cures” and “hacks” that are currently getting popular on social media. Listen to learn about the dangers of microwave hard-boiled eggs, toaster-cooked grilled cheese sandwiches, frozen toothpaste, and a dangerous medical advice myth perpetuated by “Friends.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Murr and Sal from “Impractical Jokers” returned to the show after a five-year absence for a chat about “Impractical Jokers: The Movie.” After figuring out what said or did to insult or offend them that kept them away since 2015, we had a fun chat about the kind of pranks, stunts, and punishments that could be accomplished with a feature film budget.
John Oates is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and The Big Wakeup Call 4 Timers Club! John called us up to announce a new Darryl Hall and John Oates tour, which comes to Chicago on July 18th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. We discussed putting together a set list, dealing with downtime on tour, and touring with their special guests Squeeze. John also may or may not have announced the existence of “Maneater” underwear at their merch table.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dani Shapiro called in for a chat about her best-selling book “Inheritance,” now out in paperback, as well as her popular podcast “Family Secrets.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author Kerri Maher visited the show to discuss her new book “The Girl in White Gloves,” a historical fiction novel about Grace Kelly.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The great Huey Lewis called in to discuss his current battle with hearing loss and promote the brand new Huey Lewis and the News album “Weather.” After getting my geeky fan boy moment out of the way, we had a good discussion about songwriting, his adjustments to hearing loss, and the possibility of future live performances.Follow @bigwakeupcall
In this week’s visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick and Ryan Gatenby discuss the history and historical myths surrounding Valentine’s Day. Topics: How martyrdom led to a celebration of romantic love, how a Hershey’s in Japan puts you firmly in the friend zone, and a lighthearted look at celebrations of Valentine’s Day around the world. Plus: a Chaucer diversion, Ryan is arrested for playing Cupid, and Japanese lingerie shops.
Andrew Zimmern visited the show for a third time, and on this visit we discussed his new MSNBC series “What’s Eating America,” a travel show that connects the links between food and politics.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Mark Altman returned to the show for a chat about his new book “Nobody Does It Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond.” We discussed our favorite and least favorite Bond films and theme songs, and speculated on future portrayals of 007.Follow @bigwakeupcall