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World News Center: Black Panther Discussion

Bill McCormick from the World News Center joined the show to discuss the new Marvel movie “Black Panther.”  Using his connections with The Big Wakeup Call, Bill was able to get into a special screening including a live via satellite Q&A with the stars of the film.

Discussion topics included the how the film hits on many different levels, a wacky human trafficking scene that turns into a love story, and the most knee-slapping bullet-in-the-spine scene ever.

 

Rachel Stavis

Rachel Stavis is the world’s only non-denominational exorcist, and she shares her stories in the new book “Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist.”  We discussed how she discovered her abilities, the mental and physical challenges of performing an exorcism, and why we attract “attachments.”

Kate Dobson

Kate Dobson is the co-author (along with her husband J.D. Dobson) of the very funny new book “Hottest Heads of State,” examining the attractiveness of our U.S. Presidents.  We discussed how Kate’s childhood crush on James K. Polk inspired the book, the special section on “Match the Mistress,” and a potential volume 2 featuring a certain current Canadian Prime Minister.

Jonathan Abrams

Jonathan Abrams is the author of “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.”  We talked about the show’s continuing impact, how big it would be if it debuted today, and how it straddled the line between the VHS and digital era.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the series finale.

Jerry Springer

It’s always fun to catch up with my old pal Jerry Springer.  “The Jerry Springer Show” is now in its 27th season, and Jerry called into chat about the history of the show and some recent topics. Jerry estimates he’s had more than 50,000 guests on the show during its run!

Plus:  Jerry’s work for Donald Trump and his current political aspirations.

Parry Gripp

Parry Gripp is a singer-songwriter and recording artist who has racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube for songs like “It’s Raining Tacos.”  Parry also leads the band Nerf Herder, a favorite among my fellow fans of ’90s high octane geek rock.  Parry called into talk about his new book (in partnership with National Geographic Kids), “Somebunny Loves Me.”

Jeff Mauro

Jeff Mauro from Food Network’s “The Kitchen” called into the show to complete my set of interviews with panelists from that show (including Katie Lee, GZ, and Sunny).  We talked about his insanely addictive “Bao to the Tots,” how to introduce young children to new flavors and cuisines, Chicago weather, opening new restaurants, and how his best friends have clean, smooth skin.

Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger returned to the show to talk about healthy swaps for National Heart Health month.  But mainly we just discussed my favorite topic:  Brownies!

World News Center: America Worships Rodents

In this chat with Bill McCormick from the World News Center, we discussed a wide range of topics, including:

  • How Jesus visiting the temple turned into drinking with rodents
  • Why Punxatawny parties are more fun than hanging out with Keith Moon
  • How the magic pennsylvania water makes phil immortal.  why doesn’t the same water make a better beer?
  • U.S. Anglophile’s inexplicable obsession with the British royal family
  • Why, despite the Fox-Disney merger, you’ll never see Tinkerbell flying around the castle in front of a remake of Porky’s.
plus, as always:  overlapping dialogue!

Kane Hodder

Horror movie legend Kane Hodder called in to talk about the surprise 4th installment of the “Hatchet” series, “Victor Crowley,” which is available on digital and on demand on February 6th.  We talked about where the story picks up, why he still does his own stunts, what’s it like to literally rip someone’s head apart, and the immortal sleeping bag scene from Friday the 13th Part VII.