Local Chicago author, teacher and viral video star of “Welcome to the Fourth Grade” Dwayne Reed called in to discuss his new book “Simon B. Rhymin.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Steve James is an Academy Award-nominated director and won a Director’s Guild Award for his classic film “Hoop Dreams.” He returned to the show to discuss his new docuseries for National Geographic called “City So Real,” airing Thursday, October 29th at 6pm central.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author and Chicagoan Rachel Bertsche called in to discuss her new book “The Kids are In Bed,” about how parents need to carve out time for themselves and not feel guilty about it. We shared our experiences with our four-year-olds and how we can maintain an identity other than that of a parent. Plus: Rachel does her best to help me get a free Peloton bike.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jordan Klepper joined the show for a chat about his new Comedy Central series “Klepper,” which airs Thursday nights at 10:30/9:30C. We discussed Jordan’s time in Chicago as part of the Second City touring company, how the show was named, and why it was important for him to get out from behind the desk and go out and about.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Pete Holmes called in to talk about his new book “Comedy Sex God” and share memories of his time Chicago, including our potential previous meeting at the downtown Bennigan’s or over at the Jewel.Follow @bigwakeupcall
James Rollins returned to the show to discuss his new book, Crucible, which explores humanity’s potential extinction at the hands of artificial intelligence. Despite James frightening the you-know-what out of me while describing his book, we managed to have a brief discussion of baseball and favorite local roast beef restaurants while also becoming best friends.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Andrew Santella called in to talk about his new book “Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, From Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me.” Discussion topics included procrastination versus laziness, the creative possibilities provided by a deadline, the Beatles, and 16-inch softball.
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.
Peter Marshall, TV icon and host of over 5,000 episodes of “Hollywood Squares,” called in to talk about his role in narrating a new documentary on Rose Marie, “Wait For Your Laugh.” Peter talked about his lifelong friendship, her amazing career, and why this is the best documentary in the history of ever. Plus: Peter sings a few bars of “Chicago” and talks about his love for the Cubs (his son, Pete LaCock, played for the Cubs in the ’70s).
Chicago’s own Amy Landecker called in to discuss season 4 of the Emmy award-winning series Transparent, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video.