John Waters dialed us up for chat about his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” We also discussed our transitive property connection that totally makes us best friends, and then John tried to teach me to be cool.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Pete Holmes called in to talk about his new book “Comedy Sex God” and share memories of his time Chicago, including our potential previous meeting at the downtown Bennigan’s or over at the Jewel.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Award-winning chef and Emmy-nominated TV host Edward Lee called in to talk about his book Buttermilk Graffiti, now out in paperback. We discussed the life-affirming meals that can take place both at a Michelin-star restaurant and a small community “hole in the wall,” how immigration fueled the innovation and evolution of American cuisine, and why it’s important for him to get out of the kitchen.Follow @bigwakeupcall
New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Mark Greaney joined the show once again to discuss his new novel, the latest in his popular Gray Man series, Mission Critical. We talked about his travels, his writing process, the surrealism of writing in coffee shops on the road, surrounded by writers who want to be him, and how he stays organized (or not) while working on multiple books at once.Follow @bigwakeupcall
James Rollins returned to the show to discuss his new book, Crucible, which explores humanity’s potential extinction at the hands of artificial intelligence. Despite James frightening the you-know-what out of me while describing his book, we managed to have a brief discussion of baseball and favorite local roast beef restaurants while also becoming best friends.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Author Kelsey Miller called in for a fun chat about her new book I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends. We discussed our initial introductions to the show (Kelsey at age 10, me as an already cynical 23-year-old Gen X slacker), how and why it became such an important (and in many ways groundbreaking) show, how some of the jokes and situations haven’t necessarily aged well, and why that Central Perk couch was never already occupied.
Anthony Atamanuik called in to talk about his new book American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, and his new Comedy Central special A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump. We discussed how the book is a fine, PBS-like companion to The President Show, the mental and physical side effects of becoming Donald Trump, and fond childhood memories of reading transcripts of the Nixon tapes.
Greg Sargent, author of the popular “Plum Lime” blog at The Washington Post, called in to talk about his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics.
Nina Burleigh is the national politics correspondent at Newsweek and a best-selling author. She called in to talk about her new book Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women, which examines the relationships he has with all of the women in his life, including his mother, grandmother, wives, and daughters.
Former Newsweek legal affairs editor and best-selling author David A. Kaplan called in to discuss his new book “The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution.” It’s too bad the Supreme Court wasn’t top of mind for most of us as we talked about his book.