Tag Archives: World News Center

World News Center: Medical Mystery

In this extra-long plus-sized episode, Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center to discuss the mysterious story of how an Alzheimer’s treatment achieved FDA approval in record time.  Also: No, Wal-Mart isn’t giving away $75 gift cards, we get a prank call from a whistleblower, and Bill has hurt feelings.

This episode punched up by Colin Jost

In BIll’s first visit to the show in 2020, our original topic of the history of calendars was quickly abandoned, and we decided to take a look at some of the new superhero movies coming up this year.  Topics included New Mutants nightmares, Disney’s no-no naughty words, a gentler & cuddlier Venom, and Wonder Woman moping out to The Smiths. Plus: Black Widow’s big payday, and Colin Jost punches everything up.

2019 End of the Year Show!

It’s the end of another year of The Big Wakeup Call!  We close out the radio year and take a look back at 2019 with our special guests Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Dylan Brody, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Bill McCormick, and a special musical performance from Laurie Berkner!

The Big Wakeup Call’s 2019 End-of-the-Year show is sponsored by Hotel 99, Same Day Mattress, Dayquil, and Dollar Health Club.

10 Minute Express Brain Change

In a shiny, happy, very uplifting, and 100 percent positive visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick and I discussed more great news regarding the progression of treatments for early stage dementia and concussions.  Plus: The operating room Gospel of Luke, a 10 minute express brain change, ensuring a good head of hair on your corpse, and Bill’s longhand legal pad novels.

Monkeys & Robots v. Humans & Dogs

Bill McCormick called us up from the World News Center to discuss the shortcomings of robot airline pilots (Yay! an actual job where humans are still necessary…for now). Maybe it’s just me, but for me, one of the most important parts of an airplane flight is the landing. We also discussed how the eventual battle for the future of civilization could come down to Monkeys & Robots v. Humans & Dogs.  Plus:  A shoe box full of $20s and fake radio DJ voices.

A Harm-Free Radio Show

It’s Friday, and we’re filled with girlish glee!  Thanks to a listener suggestion, The World News Center‘s Bill McCormick and I discuss a new alleged “harm-free” cigarette and how it managed to make its way through the FDA.  Plus: why you should avoid gas station supplements (not to mention the sushi), Ryan’s million-dollar fish tank, and how to save the earth with vodka.

Bill McCormick gets Lit(erary)

In another chat with the World News Center‘s Bill McCormick, Bill talks all about his LitFest at the South Chicago Library on Saturday (11/2/19). Plus: James Brown, Johnny Cash, a Sony Walkman, and the return of beepers.

WORLD NEWS CENTER: The Storming Cell Phone Security Scare

In an extra-special bonus-length segment, The World News Center’s Bill McCormick called in to discuss the many problems caused by the storming of the SCIF, including a lengthy talk about the vulnerabilities of cell phones.  Also: Flip phones from Target, the machine that goes “ping,” Jackson Pollock coverage maps, and the secret location of the rich people portal.

World News Center: Hot Sauce Dojo

In his latest visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick invited me into his Hot Sauce Dojo for a quick game of Ghost Pepper Pizza Roulette.  We then had a not-at-all disturbing chat about re-animating the dead (the scientific way), an update on the trade war’s impact on farmers (and hot peppers), and Bluetooth porn.

World News Center: Eyeless Eyesight Explained

In yet another visit with Bill McCormick from the World News Center, Bill and I had a discussion about a new procedure that is allowing people who have lost their eyes to literally see again.  Geordi LaForge technology is here!  Plus: a primary color primer, and we act out an eyeball injection demonstration.