Ted Gioia is a music historian and columnist for “Daily Beast.” His new book is “Love Songs: The Hidden History. In a very enlightening interview, I learned that love songs are basically responsible for the continued existence of humanity — in more than one way.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ben Rosenfeld is a comedian and writer and is the creator of the hilarious new book, “Russian Optimism: Dark Nursery Rhymes To Cheer You Right Up.” It’s an illustrated coffee table book filled with Russian nursery rhymes, lovingly translated into English. Ben discussed the history behind the book, read a few rhymes, and described what he means by “Russian Optimism.”
Steven Brill called in to discuss his new book, “America’s Bitter Pill.” We talked about his personal experience with insurance companies after a recent health scare, tips on deciphering the often not-to-helpful “Explanation of Benefits” form, and the tax shock that could be coming for many people as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Jim DeFelice is a best-selling author who co-wrote “American Sniper” with Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen. Jim shared his thoughts on working with Chris Kyle, the success of the film, and why those who see certain aspects as controversial may be simply misinformed.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Liz Tuccillo was a writer for “Sex and the City” (penning the classic episode “The Post-It Always Sticks Twice”) and is the co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Her latest project is her first feature film, “Take Care,” now in select theaters and video on demand. We talked about her writing process and how an independent film comes together.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Adam Mansbach has followed up his #1 best seller “Go the [eff] to Sleep” with his new book, “You Have to [Effing] Eat.” We chatted about his background in writing poetry and lyrics, how he got Bryan Cranston to do the audio version of the new book, and about obscene fake children’s literature in general.
Because the safety of my listeners is of utmost importance, I felt the need to call in a Zombie expert in case things go down in a bad way on Halloween night. Nick Redfern is the author of The Zombie Book: The Encyclopedia of the Living Dead. Nick mentioned how a potential Zombie virus is not that much different from Ebola or Rabies. So that could happen…Follow @bigwakeupcall