Bill McCormick on The Death of All Things and The Movieman on The Muppets

March 21, 2014

Bill McCormick from the World News Center calls in to talk about the death of all things and other happy thoughts.

The Movieman talks about why all teen movies are now set in a dystopian future, and what that could mean for subsequent Muppet movie sequels.



Samantha Brown from The Travel Channel

March 19, 2014

Samantha Brown likes to call me up from time to time and tell me about all the places where she is and I’m not.

Lloyd Kaufman and Marcus Lemonis

March 18, 2014

Lloyd Kaufman is a legendary film director, perhaps best known for The Toxic Avenger.  His latest film is Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Marcus Lemonis is the CEO of Camping World and the host of The Profit, airing Tuesday nights at 9:00 Central on CNBC.



Ryan does the entire show with a Liam Neeson-type accent

March 17, 2014

I explain why my Irish accent of choice is that of Liam Neeson and try to make sure everyone is ready for tonight’s festivities by proctoring a St. Patrick’s Day quiz.



We’re in a rebuilding mode

Quick updates for today:

  • We’re slowly getting back on track following the hacker attack.  We’ve been calming our nerves while we work by listening to the music of Zack Attack, and have been working on rebuilding the interview archives.
  • If I win the “perfect bracket” thing from Yahoo and Quicken Loans, everyone who has visited this site between now and the end of the NCAA tournament will get a gift certificate for a free taco.*
  • I’m planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a rousing game of “Jordan vs. Bird” on my old Commodore 64.


Job Jenny, Bill McCormick, and the Movieman

March 14, 2014

Jenny Foss called in to talk about her new book, The Ridiculously Awesome Linkedin Kit Jenny is an author and career advisor  who is best known for her blog at  She talked about how LinkedIn is essential for for those looking to make a career change, establish valuable networking contacts, and keep one’s big toe in the pool of a particular industry.  We also learned why not being on LinkedIn basically means that you’re invisible.

Bill McCormick  from the World News Center made his weekly appearance on the show.  Today Bill investigated the role of Chicago in the world of super heroes.

The Movieman  reviewed  Veronica Mars and Need for Speed.  I invited him to my Veronica Mars slumber party; he invited me to check out his Six Second Reviews.


…we now return to The Big Wakeup Call

March 12, 2014

After what we were told was a particularly vicious, nasty, unseemly, dastardly, potentially criminal and basically not-at-all-nice “denial of service” attack on our main server, we are now back online.

However, the individual or individuals who decided to have fun poking around in our server left a mess o’ malicious things behind, so we had to strip away a LOT of our archives.

We’ve got folks working tirelessly (okay, they get really super tired, but we’re making pitcher after pitcher of Kool-Aid) to get everything pretty much back the way it was, but this time safer and more secure.   In fact, we’re wrapping the whole server in bubble wrap and putting a blanket over it.

Thank you for your patience as we re-build a better website for you.  Yes, you (not including the guy/gal/robot who wrecked it.  Definitely not you!!).


Reverend Run!

Rev Run is a motivational speaker, TV host, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Run DMC’s “Raising Hell” very rarely left the cassette deck of my 1972 Pontiac LeMans Sport Coupe  during the summer of 1987.   Actually, the car came with an 8-track deck.  I had to get one of those adapter things to turn it into a cassette player.   Anyway, it was a thrill to chat with Rev Run, who called in to promote diabetes awareness.


Brandi Glanville from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Brandi called up the show to chat about her latest book, Drinking & Dating.  She was surprisingly funny and easy to talk to.  Toward the end of our conversation, I mentioned the fact that it was all over the web that morning that she had been accused of living a scripted life.  She hadn’t yet heard the news!  Does she not Google herself?  How can one not Google oneself?  If you don’t Google yourself, who will?    Practice regular self-Googling, people!



Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana phoned up to plug her pre-Oscar coverage on the E! Network.  We talked about how the male nominees are always so predictably dressed, who is likely to have a breakdown during an acceptance speech, and why Ryan Seacrest is so easy to pick on.