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Bill McCormick’s Furry Fan Fiction

Bill McCormick dialed us up from the World News Center to chat about getting his name & photo in the paper (surprisingly, not a mug shot.) Things are going to start happening for him now!  We also discussed Bill being a furry guy (but not a Furry, though he does write Furry fiction). Plus:  Christopher Robin (a sweet, subversive movie), Captain Marvel vs. Shazam,and Aquaman‘s concentric circles.

 

Lawrence O’Donnell

unnamed (7)Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Final Word on MSNBC, called in to talk about a new edition of his 1983 book  DEADLY FORCE: A Police Shooting and My Family’s Search for the Truth.  We discussed how his father represented the widow of the victim, how police shootings were virtually ignored the 70s, and what parallels can be drawn between then and now.

 

Marc Summers

Ultimate Recipe ShowdownTV 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.

 

David Sanger

unnamed (6)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

attachmentJames 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.

World News Center: Canines Eating Cholesterol

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.  

Christina Ricci

unnamed (5)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

ruthless tideAl 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

unnamed (3)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

Siren Song.inddSeymour 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.