Anthony 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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Greg 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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It’s always fun to catch up with my old pal Jerry Springer. “The Jerry Springer Show” is now in its 27th season, and Jerry called into chat about the history of the show and some recent topics. Jerry estimates he’s had more than 50,000 guests on the show during its run!
Plus: Jerry’s work for Donald Trump and his current political aspirations.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Katy Tur is an NBC journalist who made headlines herself while covering Trump for 18 months on the campaign trail. Katy called in to discuss her book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Gene Stone is the author of “The Trump Survival Guide.” Gene’s appearance on the show generated more listener feedback than any guest so far this year. I don’t think there was anything said that was controversial, but you can listen for yourself and then also leave a nasty/positive comment.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Scott Dikkers is the founding editor of The Onion. He’s also responsible for a new book, “Trump’s America.” We discussed how he managed to make the book so up-to-date, the difference between parody and satire, and when it’s okay to laugh.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dr. Michael Cohen is a professor and data scientist at George Washington University as well as the creator of the “Congress In Your Pocket” app. We discussed the election results, including how the pollsters were completely wrong, why the media couldn’t predict what transpired, and how this election will change how data and trends are interpreted going forward.
Michael D’Antonio is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and best-selling author whose latest book is “The Truth About Trump,” featuring firsthand interviews, including one with “the Donald” himself. We discussed how the book came about, Trump’s level of participation, and why he’s a little bit disappointed he hasn’t yet made some kind of an “enemies list” or been insulted on Twitter.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy award-winning television host, successful businesswoman and best-selling author. Her newest book is “Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big.” We discussed how we “worked together” back in the ’90s on her syndicated radio countdown show, what she means by “Fierce Optimism,” and why a climate of positivity and kindness results in a more successful business and successful life.Follow @bigwakeupcall