Emme

TV host, best-selling author, and supermodel Emme called in to discuss the new documentary, “Straight/Curve,” which premieres Wednesday night (June 21) at 8/7c on Epix.  The film focuses on the fashion industry’s portrayal of women and the messages it sends, how young women and girls are made to feel “less than” by the images they’re presented, and how we can change the perception (and reality) of what is considered “beautiful.”

Marc Ruskin

Marc Ruskin spent 27 years as an FBI agent, most of them undercover.  He shares many of his stories in a new book, “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI.”  We discussed what it takes to become an undercover agent, how he created and maintained multiple identities, and how the challenge of remaining undercover has evolved with technology.

 

The Movie Man Offers to Babysit

As the parent of a toddler, it’s hard to get someone responsible to watch her while her mom and I go see a feature film.  To the rescue comes The Movie Man, the most trusted name in movie critics/child care.  Also: reviews of Cars 3, Rough Night, and 47 Meters Down.

 

Good News from the World News Center

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in with a Battle of the Garage Bands update, and then discussed a cure for MS and more advances against Alzheimer’s.

 

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book is “Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To.”  We had a fun chat about the stories in the book (The Alabama Jewish Mafia!  Bootleggers!  Philanderers!  THC smuggling!), assuming and or/wishing we were adopted, bringing back scrapbooking, and transcript tattoos.

Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow co-wrote and directed “Jurassic World” (and is set to direct the follow-up) and will direct Star Wars episode IX.  His newest film is “The Book of Henry,” opening tomorrow.  We discussed the film’s concept, the ensemble cast, why I’m not allowed at preview screenings, and what exactly an executive producer does.  A very educational and informative interview.  It’s not every day you get to pick the brain of a top-notch director.

 

Summer Sanders

Olympic champion swimmer Summer Sanders called in to talk about her battle with skin cancer and ways to recognize symptoms and prevent further skin damage.  Summer and I have both dealt with three separate bouts of skin cancer, so this is a very personal cause for me.

The Movie Man’s Painful Reentry

The Movie Man called in to review the new Wonder Woman and Captain Underpants movies and to recap his recent European vacation that featured a painful re-entry into the United States.

A Public Service Message From the World News Center

World News Center bureau chief Bill McCormick called in to shoot down rumors of emphysema, explain the history of lavender, and the status of renewable energy around the world in the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal.

Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy called in to talk about a special episode of “My Cat From Hell” airing this Saturday night at 8/7c on Animal Planet, where he takes 50 kittens from an L.A. animal shelter on a 17 hour drive to his hometown of Boulder, Colorado in search of forever homes.  We also discussed introducing a new pet to a home with a current pet, and how dogs and cats can get along.