Kate Dobson is the co-author (along with her husband J.D. Dobson) of the very funny new book “Hottest Heads of State,” examining the attractiveness of our U.S. Presidents. We discussed how Kate’s childhood crush on James K. Polk inspired the book, the special section on “Match the Mistress,” and a potential volume 2 featuring a certain current Canadian Prime Minister.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jonathan Abrams is the author of “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” We talked about the show’s continuing impact, how big it would be if it debuted today, and how it straddled the line between the VHS and digital era. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the series finale.Follow @bigwakeupcall
On The Big Wakeup Call’s End-of-the-Year Spectacular Cavalcade of Giggles Plugfest 2017, I chat with some of my favorite guests and close, personal friends who wouldn’t dream of taking such a tender occasion to plug their projects. Also calling in was one of my best friends from way back when, Dylan Brody. We talked about our controversial, offensive snorkeling trip, furniture-eating dogs, ping-pong night, and merely hinted at Dylan’s new book “The Modern Depression Guidebook,” available now and a perfect holiday gift.
Scott Ian from Anthrax returned to the show to talk about his new book Access All Areas: Stories From a Rock Hard Life. We discussed how the book is not a sequel to I’m the Man (since that would require writing a second autobiography, an absurd yet interesting thought), telling an honest version of tales of debauchery, and his most requested story (involving Lemmy and a pair of Daisy Dukes).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author James Rollins called into discuss his new book The Demon Crown, the 13th book in the Sigma Force series. James talked about his writing process, answering unanswerable questions, making random phone calls to experts, and whether or not The Demon Crown will be a relaxing read for quiet moments during the holidays (answer: no).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Luvvie Ajayi made her 2nd appearance on the show to talk about a new hardcover edition (including bonus material) of her best-selling book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. We had a lively discussion about the do’s and do not’s of social media, especially the importance of remembering your pages are a dictatorship, not a democracy.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author John Feinstein called in for a fun discussion of his new book, The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. We talked about questionable team bonding over ping-pong games, how the 2016 Ryder Cup squad was inspired by the 1992 basketball Dream Team, and why golf could use more singing fans.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michael Rapaport called in to chat about sports and his new book, “THIS BOOK HAS BALLS: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash.” We discussed 23 reasons why LeBron will never be like Mike, the 90s Bulls-Knicks rivalry, and growing up in the 70s and 80s being all-consumed by sports. A fun interview with slams of John Starks and Phil Jackson included at no extra charge.
“The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool” is a new book written by Leon Black as told to J.B. Smoove. We discussed how Leon took over his book deal, how he gets inside the mind of the character, and why everyone needs their own personal Leon.
It was good to catch up with Molly Sims after more than a 3 year absence from the show. Molly’s new book is Everyday Chic, with hints and tips on staying organized and stylish while juggling work and family. We shared toddler stories & talked about her favorite quarterback, fellow Vanderbilt alum Jay Cutler.Follow @bigwakeupcall