Tag Archives: Authors

Kelsey Miller

friendsAuthor 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

unnamedAnthony 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

uncivil warGreg 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 Burliegh

unnamed (2)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.

David Sanger

unnamed (6)New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger called in to talk about his his new book The Perfect Weapon: War Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.  We discussed how security struggles to keep up with technology, how the iPhone truly changed the world, and whether or not he had to write the book longhand or on a manual typewriter to protect the manuscript.

James Patterson

attachmentJames Patterson, who holds the Guinness World Record for most New York Times #1 Bestsellers, called in to talk about his latest novel, The President is Missing, a collaboration with Bill Clinton.  We discussed how he and President Clinton decided to partner up for a book, their working relationship, and coming up with an “about the authors” section for two incredibly famous people.

Al Roker

ruthless tideAl Roker gave us a call for a chat about his new book Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster.   After asking Al for some tips on getting up early and maintaining energy while working on multiple projects, we had a discussion about the history behind the event, the parallels that can be drawn between then and now, and how experiencing many weather events helps to inform his writing.

Tom Papa

9781250144386Tom Papa called in for a fun chat about his new book Your Dad Stole My Rake…and Other Family Dilemmas.  We discussed why he wanted to put down his thoughts into convenient book form, writing for a specific audience, dealing with “wacky” morning radio shows, and the eternal dilemma of juggling work and family.

Chris Matthews

bobby-kennedy-9781501111860_hrMSNBC’s Chris Matthews called in to talk about his new book Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.  We discussed his personal memory of Kennedy’s assassination, how America would be different with Kennedy instead of Nixon, and why he likes to be nearly camera-ready even for radio appearances.

 

Neil Strauss

straussNew York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss joined the show to talk about the new paperback edition of “The Truth.”  After a brief yet scintillating discussion about book royalties, we chatted about relationship issues, common denominators in failed partnerships, how childhood observations stay with you forever, and why his next book might be a parenting guide.