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Basic Quantum Mechanics for Beginners

Bill McCormick from the World News Center dialed in to respond to some listener emails before leading a (spoiler-free) discussion on the accuracy of the time travel elements in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer returned to the show to promote his new comedy album “Live from Portland,” now available on all digital platforms.  We talked about joys of getting old (especially colonoscopies), opening for Metallica, and my daughter’s newly discovered love for Goat Boy.

World News Center: Let’s Take Some Calls

After Bill (perhaps jokingly) mentioned on Facebook that he’d be up for taking calls from listeners, our devoted Big Wakeup Call fanbase sprang into action, spurring lively and productive discussions about Rotten Tomatoes, Twitter, and vodka.

Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher, author of the “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” series, called in to talk about his new series of “Pop Shakespeare” books, beginning with “Get Thee…Back to the Future!”

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz returned to The Big Wakeup Call to talk about her new movie, “Breakthrough.” We discussed the challenges of playing a character based on an actual person, how she prepared to play a mom, and how she’s working on recording some tunes.

Tara Strong

Returning guest Tara Strong called in for a chat about the final season of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” where she has voiced Twilight Sparkle for more than 200 episodes.  We discussed how she’s been a part of the lives of multiple generations of children, how it feels to say goodbye to a character, and shared some insight on recording sessions for animated features.  She was also kind enough to say hello to my 3-year-old daughter in character as Twilight Sparkle.

Jessica Yellin

Emmy Award-winning journalist and former CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin joined the show to talk about her new novel, “Savage News.” We discussed why she wrote a novel versus a memoir, how she got a glowing testimonial from Amy Schumer, and the impact of “fake news” on journalists and newsrooms.

Terry Gilliam

It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Terry Gilliam about his long-awaited movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which will be in theaters for one-night only on Wednesday, April 10th as part of a Fathom Events presentation.  We discussed the 30-year quest it took to bring the film to the screen, shooting a movie with real people in a real setting (no CGI, no green screens) and how my 13-year-old self would be freaking out to chat with him.  A true comedy superstar.

World News Center: Bitcoins & Beans

In this week’s segment from the World News Center, Bill McCormick begins with a cautionary tale of doing one’s due diligence, and then we proceeded with a discussion about the capital gains implications of cyber currency, dealing with the organic food police, and an unusual rock and roll collaboration.

Plus: introducing a new podcast and discovering Bill’s true essence as a big ball of floating sunshine.

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JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa returned to The Big Wakeup Call for a chat about her appearance at Nickelodeon Slimefest, coming once again to Chicago on June 8th and 9th at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, as well as her upcoming D.R.E.A.M. tour.