Tag Archives: Authors

Felicia Day

It was a fun visit with returning guest Felicia Day as she called in to promote her new book “Embrace Your Weird.”  We talked about our experiences as weird kids and how we were able to harness our mutual weirdness and turn it into a career.  With help from her book, you can do it, too!

Doris Kearns Goodwin

It was an honor to have Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin on the show to discuss her book “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” which is now out in paperback.  I think I managed to not sound like a dullard in the interview, which was all I could hope for.

Kate Black

Kate Black is the co-author, along with June Diane Raphael, of the book “Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World.”  We had a lively discussion about her inspiration for the book, her collaboration with June Diane Raphael, how to (and how not to) begin your campaign, and getting a testimonial from Hillary Clinton.

Dana Schwartz

Dana Schwartz dialed into the show to talk about her new podcast, “Noble Blood,” which looks at the history of royalty and monarchies, including sex, drugs, blood, and all the good stuff that would get the show censored on terrestrial radio.

John Waters

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.

Pete Holmes

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.

Edward Lee

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.

Mark Greaney

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.

James Rollins

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.

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.