It’s always great to chat with Barbecue Hall-of-Famer Steven Raichlen, who called in to talk about his new book and upcoming PBS series “Project Fire.” Every time Steve calls in, I get excited about trying a new recipe or technique. Can’t wait to give the Caveman Porterhouse a try!Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ellie Krieger called in to share some great recipe ideas using olive oil. She also discussed the different types of olive oil and when to use them, and cleared up some myths about “fake” oil. Plus: a delicious discussion of her life-affirming double chocolate brownies.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It’s always fun to chat with “Check, Please!” host Cat De Orio, and this time she helped save me from a pre-holiday meltdown with her hints & tips on making holiday meal prep a little easier. As you will hear (should you choose to listen — please, oh please!), she had me at “maple bourbon candied pecans” and “pie sundaes.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Kevin O’Connor has been the host of “This Old House” since 2003, and the show itself is now in its 37th season. We talked about the longevity of the show, the current projects they’re working on, and whether or not I’m qualified to rip out a window in my house.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Catherine De Orio is a chef, lifestyle expert,and the host of “Check, Please” on WTTW, Channel 11. Catherine called in to inspire us to get back into the kitchen this summer — or at least out on the deck to fire up the grill!
Joe Lamp’l, host of the PBS series “Growing a Greener World,” called in to talk about the impact of single-serve coffee cups and how compostable cups that are now available in certain markets (including Chicago) can help ease the burden on the environment.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) called us up to chat about his new book “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.” We discussed climate change from a health, terrorism, and energy perspective, and how small changes now can have a huge impact down the road. We also talked about his new design partnership with Nick Graham on a signature line of bow ties, and if he’s still actively engaged in an energy feud with Ed Begley Jr.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The legendary Jacques Pepin has returned to PBS for his final full series, “Heart & Soul,” and has just released the companion volume cookbook “Heart & Soul In The Kitchen.” We discussed his career, his culinary and literary influences, the current state of food-related television, and how he still enjoys a trip to the supermarket.Follow @bigwakeupcall
This Saturday night, PBS stations will be showing the “Motown 25” special — the first time it’s been shown in its entirety on broadcast TV since its original airing. It was my pleasure to be joined by Mary Wilson from the Supremes this morning to talk about the special. We discussed the staggering lineup of stars on stage that night (it’s insane — Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes), her recollections of the special and the early days of Motown tours.
Kevin O’Connor called in to talk about the 35th Anniversary season of “This Old House” and to share some DIY tips for cutting down on winter heating bills. He also debunked a popular “life hack”-type solution that’s been making its way around the Internet.Follow @bigwakeupcall