Luther Campbell is a legendary rapper (the leader of the 2 Live Crew) who has been fighting for free speech rights for over two decades. His new book is “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City.” We talked about his beginnings as an independent artist, how the 2 Live Crew quickly caught on to mainstream success (and brought about an obscenity declaration and a case before the Supreme Court), and why he continues to fight the good fight for civil liberties.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris Epting’s “Roadside Baseball” is now in its new and improved second edition, and chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history, with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location (like the West Side Grounds in Chicago — the original home of the Cubs). We had a great conversation about the book and shared some great childhood baseball memories.
Dennis Lehane is the New York Times best-selling author of “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island.” His newest book is “World Gone By.” We talked about making books into films, how his writing process has evolved, and how success changes the way you work. I hope to find out about that last point for myself one day.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