Matt Berninger from The National and his brother Tom on the new movie, “Mistaken For Strangers.”

March 31, 2014

For Tom Berninger, coping with the fame of his rock-star brother — the National frontman Matt Berninger — led to his new documentary film, “Mistaken For Strangers,” which opened March 28 in theaters, on iTunes and video-on-demand.


Stevie Lynn Jones from NBC’s “Crisis”

March 26, 2014

Stevie Lynn Jones stars as Beth Ann Gibson in the NBC drama “Crisis.”  She was very kind and polite, and never once audibly rolled her eyes at my attempt to relate to teenagers.


Natasha Korecki talks about our old wacky neighbor, Rod Blagojevich

Natasha Korecki‘s book Only In Chicago is now out in paperback, and that was a good enough excuse to reminisce about out our old neighbor & former governor Rod Blagojevich.  We still miss seeing Rod jog by our houses.  Kind of.


Adam Alter on his new book ‘Drunk Tank Pink’

March 24, 2014

Adam Alter chatted about his new book, “DRUNK TANK PINK: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave.”  Along with many other topics, we learned why radio interns are always given names like “Stinky” or “Half-wit.”

Bill McCormick on The Death of All Things and The Movieman on The Muppets

March 21, 2014

Bill McCormick from the World News Center calls in to talk about the death of all things and other happy thoughts.

The Movieman talks about why all teen movies are now set in a dystopian future, and what that could mean for subsequent Muppet movie sequels.



Samantha Brown from The Travel Channel

March 19, 2014

Samantha Brown likes to call me up from time to time and tell me about all the places where she is and I’m not.

Lloyd Kaufman and Marcus Lemonis

March 18, 2014

Lloyd Kaufman is a legendary film director, perhaps best known for The Toxic Avenger.  His latest film is Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Marcus Lemonis is the CEO of Camping World and the host of The Profit, airing Tuesday nights at 9:00 Central on CNBC.



Ryan does the entire show with a Liam Neeson-type accent

March 17, 2014

I explain why my Irish accent of choice is that of Liam Neeson and try to make sure everyone is ready for tonight’s festivities by proctoring a St. Patrick’s Day quiz.



We’re in a rebuilding mode

Quick updates for today:

  • We’re slowly getting back on track following the hacker attack.  We’ve been calming our nerves while we work by listening to the music of Zack Attack, and have been working on rebuilding the interview archives.
  • If I win the “perfect bracket” thing from Yahoo and Quicken Loans, everyone who has visited this site between now and the end of the NCAA tournament will get a gift certificate for a free taco.*
  • I’m planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a rousing game of “Jordan vs. Bird” on my old Commodore 64.


Job Jenny, Bill McCormick, and the Movieman

March 14, 2014

Jenny Foss called in to talk about her new book, The Ridiculously Awesome Linkedin Kit Jenny is an author and career advisor  who is best known for her blog at  She talked about how LinkedIn is essential for for those looking to make a career change, establish valuable networking contacts, and keep one’s big toe in the pool of a particular industry.  We also learned why not being on LinkedIn basically means that you’re invisible.

Bill McCormick  from the World News Center made his weekly appearance on the show.  Today Bill investigated the role of Chicago in the world of super heroes.

The Movieman  reviewed  Veronica Mars and Need for Speed.  I invited him to my Veronica Mars slumber party; he invited me to check out his Six Second Reviews.