The Edge Show

The Edge with Mark Thompson

The Edge with Mark Thompson


The Edge, hosted by Mark Thompson



Mar 24, 2020 01:41:40


Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein discuss life as shut-ins and some of the news around the Covid-19 outbreak.

Then, Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston on the world of Trump and money in politics.  

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Then, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Phillip Rucker, on his new book, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J Trump's Testing of America


:00-1:30 Mark intro

1:30-23:00 Mark and J Elvis Weinstein talk life under COVID19

23:00- 1:04:45 David Cay Johnston joins Mark and J.Elvis

1:04:45-1:41:30 Washington Post journalist, Phillip Rucker


911 Call at Mark's House Brings Cops with Big Guns...Also, Superstar Dietician, Julieanna Hever

Feb 25, 2020 01:20:04


In this episode:

The cops come to Mark's house in force...Michael Shure talks campaign politics and superstar plant dietician Julieanna Hever joins Mark.

Julieanna's latest book, The Healthspan Solution--How and What to Eat to Add Years To Your Life is a mix of science, recipes and beautiful photos of delicious food!

She's written the book with scientist and gourmet chef, Ray Cronise.

Julieanna's Books are available at Julieanna's website

First,  Mark talks with political correspondent, Michael Shure, who is on the road with the Presidential candidates.  The two talk about the flaws in the caucus system and Bernie's chances (along with Elizabeth Warren and the progressive left) moving forward

Plus, they visit a bizarre and magical hockey moment.

Then, Mark welcomes in J. Elvis Weinstein.  Mark tells the story of an intruder at his home and cops showing up with a massive show of force and the arrest that follows.

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00-1:00 Mark welcome

1:30-17:15 Michael Shure on Politics

17:50-46:55 J Elvis Weinstein joins for Mark's "cop story"

46:55-1:19:40 Superstar Dietician, Julieanna Hever


New Documentary ,THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, Produced by Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Chilling U.S. Gov't Legal Crusade Against Activists

Feb 9, 2020 01:17:20


From the road in New Hampshire, political reporter Michael Shure talks about the mess of Iowa, the primary in New Hampshire and the impeachment acquittal of Donald Trump.


Mark speaks with the director and one of the activists profiled in the new documentary THE ANIMAL PEOPLE: 

(summary from IMDB)

Fifteen years in the making, this feature documentary - Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix - follows the journey of six young Americans who find themselves targeted as terrorists by the US government for their involvement in a controversial protest campaign. Seeing the future of social movement organizing, the activists used the then fledgling internet to dramatically magnify their impact as they systematically knocked out the pillars of financial support that kept the company in business. But when letter writing and protests began to mushroom into dead-of-night vandalism and worse by unknown activists, this corporation and the government formed an alliance to destroy the group. The FBI began an unprecedented campaign of surveillance in preparation for prosecution, creating a model that would later be used against Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Congress, under corporate influence, rewrote laws and bent the definition of incitement in order to accomplish the prosecution of these six, potentially weakening free speech rights for all Americans. Featuring expansive interviews with the activists spanning over a decade, rare archival footage - including never-before-seen FBI undercover surveillance tapes, wiretaps and government documents, The Animal People is a chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.

:00- 2:50  Mark welcome and explains episode

 3:15-17:05  Michael Shure checks in from New Hampshire                Primary...Also talks impeachment vote/acquittal.

17:10-1:15:16   From the documentary film, THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, Director, Casey Suchan and activist, Jake Conroy 

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Emmy Award Winning Comedy Writer Merrill Markoe Gets Another Award..Talks Letterman Show and Beyond... Plus, Pulitzer Prize Winner, James Risen, on Iran, Trump and the Rise of the Religious Right

Jan 26, 2020 01:17:42


Mark welcomes back the audience and J Elvis Weinstein!


As head writer on the Letterman Show (both daytime and late night) Merrill has influenced the entire culture and genre of contemporary talk shows.

We visit with her as she writes her acceptance speech for the prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award from the Writers Guild and reflects on her award winning work with the Letterman shows--work that shaped a generation of comedy.

J Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the talk with Merrill.

Then, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, James Risen on Iran, the U.S. intelligence community and a reinvigorated abortion debate in America.

00:00-07:20 Mark welcomes back the audience and J Elvis Weinstein!

720-41:10   Merrill Markoe on Comedy

41:25- 1:17:30 James Risen on Intel Community, Iran and Abortion Rights

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Santa Brings Comedian Bobby Slayton..Talking Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, and Woody Allen...Plus, Debating Dems and Impeachment Details from Michael Shure

Dec 21, 2019 01:07:50


It's a holiday tradition, comedian, Bobby Slayton comes through.  

He's doing a big new year's eve series of shows in Hawaii with Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman.

Mark asks Bobby about his work with Woody Allen and how it came about and that leads to talk of Bobby's work in the films ED WOOD, DREAMGIRLS and THE RAT PACK.

The show starts with Michael Shure checking in from the scene of the final Democratic Debate of the year.

00-02:15 Mark intro

2:15-12:48 Michael Shure on Politics

12:48-1:07:50 Bobby Slayton

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Dec 9, 2019 01:31:21


As a former top media executive, Joe Ferullo, supervised Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and a huge menu of other successful syndicated offerings.

Now that he's out of that day to day work he's able to shine a light on the shortcomings and media realities when it comes to covering politics.

The power and, at the same time, the shortcomings of the media leave a divided nation needing a better system.

This episode also features, J. Elvis Weinstein, comedian Jon Ross and political correspondent, Michael Shure.

00-:1:00 Mark offers a pre-intro welcome

1:00-4:00 Mark and J. Elvis Welcome/Intro

4:00-19:55 Mark gets burned out of his house (feat. J. Elvis Weinstein)

20:00-29:04 Michael Shure on politics and impeachment hearings

29:04-47:50 Comedian/Producer Jon Ross visits from New England

47:50- 1:31:15 Former Media Executive Joe Ferullo Exposes Media Flaws on Political Beat

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Nov 5, 2019 41:49


Bean Baxter and Mark Thompson have been friends for most of their lives and began their careers at roughly the same time.

The two talk about Bean leaving his successful morning show after 30 years and what his plans will be.

They also tell stories from working at a suburban/rural station outside of Washington DC where the two met.

Bean is the only guest in this episode which runs approximately 40 mins.

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Best Economic News You'll Never Hear, Major Cities Losing People & Rich Kids Get Into Elite Colleges through Elite Sports...First, Mayor Pete's Problem and a Prediction

Oct 21, 2019 01:00:32


Atlantic Magazine writer, Derek Thompson, is our guest for a conversation about and around provocative stories and subjects he's written about.

Derek touches on a part of the economy that's doing well but isn't getting any attention, the bizarre reason for the declining population of a few major American cities and the elite sports that give the advantage to rich, white high schoolers. 

Mark and Derek also revisit his book, Hit Makers, the making of a hit idea (the science of popularity)

For the articles from Derek Thompson that we spoke of and more, here's the link:

For Derek's book click here:  HIT MAKERS

Michael Shure visits to talk Mayor Pete, Elizabeth Warren, Iowa polls, the Syria mess and a prediction.

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00-:45 show open

00:00:45-00:22:15 Michael Shure on Politics

00:22:15-00:58:00 Atlantic Writer, Derek Thompson


Oct 13, 2019 57:36


Our own J. Elvis Weinstein has a new comedy album, CHUNKS.

Mark and J Elvis talk about the album and play excerpts.

They also visit about J Elvis's new movie role.

First, political analyst, Michael Shure, breaks down U.S. relations with the Saudis, Turks and a complicated involvement with the Middle East. 

He also looks at Joe Biden, Donald Trump and the state of the current political scene.

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Bernie's Heart, Trump's Impeachment as a GOP Fundraising Win.. Also, John Cleese's Daughter, Camilla, Tells Stories of a Python-ish Life with Dad

Oct 6, 2019 01:17:45


Legendary Monty Python performer John Cleese has a daughter who is a writer and comedian and whose life with her father John is the source of laughter, frustration and even derision.

She visits with Mark and J Elvis Weinstein and tells stories of growing up with the remarkable Monty Python performer and going on the road as part of her famous father's one man show.

As always, we welcome comedian and documentary filmmaker J. Elvis Weinstein as he sits in with Mark Thompson for the conversation with Camilla Cleese. 

First, Michael Shure talks all things politics!

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:00-02:30 Mark hello/intro

2:30-15:35 Michael Shure on Politics

15:47-1:17:30 Camilla Cleese

Homeless By Choice All His Life... Plus Epic Politics Man Michael Shure Breaks Down the Realities on Trump and Impeachment

Sep 26, 2019 01:28:42


Bumdog Torres has been homeless all around the world by deliberate choice.

Mark talks with Bumdog about why he's chosen this life, his journey though life around the world as a homeless person and what it's like to live on the streets.

First, political expert, Michael Shure, breaks down Congress, Trump and an impending impeachment inquiry.

00-03:45 Mark And J Elvis Intro

4:00-20:06 Michael Shure on Politics

20:06-1:28:00 Bumdog Torres


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Legendary Photograher, Henri Dauman, on Hiding From the Nazis, coming to the USA and Chronicling Generations of American Life

Jul 30, 2019 01:19:41


Henri Dauman and his camera lens have been witness to some of the most famous people and memorable events in modern history. 

His photographs splashed across magazines like LIFE, LOOK and  PARIS MATCH in the heydays of those publications and vaulted him to the top of his field.

He visits with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein and although they begin with discussions of his photography and his iconic photos chronicling American life, the emotional, personal story that is Henri's life is one they discuss in detail as well.

Henri's father was killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz and his mother died in a freakish accident when Henri was only 13.  This, after his mother and be had separated and survived hiding from the Nazis as they rose to power in France.

Henri's work and life is brilliantly put together in a yet-to-be-released documentary called Henri Dauman: Looking Up.  The director of that documentary, Peter Kenneth Jones joins Mark and Josh at the end of the show.

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00-03:09 Mark intros

03:09-1:10 Henri Dauman

1:10-1:19:05 Peter Kenneth Jones, Documentary Director




Jul 23, 2019 39:13


TIME OF MY LIFE is one of the best known songs ever...Franke Previte, at the time a hard rocker, wrote it for the film, DIRTY DANCING.

He takes Mark through the story of where he was and where he ended up after the song hit.

The film. Dirty Dancing, was desperately in need of a key song and Franke wrote TIME OF MY LIFE along with a second hit, Hungry Eyes that's in the movie as well.

The song, TIME OF MY LIFE won an Academy Award in 1987 and Franke also got a Golden Globe and Grammy nomination.

The song has gone on to be used frequently in commercials and other media offerings long after the film it was written for has gone to streaming services.

Meantime, Franke has written many other songs as well.

He visits with Mark from his home in New Jersey.

For more information on Franke's other projects and to hear his original music, including TIME OF YOUR LIFE as he'd recorded it, here are the links.

Original TIME OF YOUR LIFE DEMO as done by Franke



Jun 8, 2019 01:07:49


:00-4:30 Mark intros show

4:57 Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein chat

8:48 -28:53 Tennis Champion Brian Teacher joins in

28:53-37:25 Comic Ron Placone on Net Neutrality

37:25-1:07:00 TalkRadio's John Kobylt on Weaponizing the Word    Socialism

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Epic Politics Man, Michael Shure, Stops In For a Quick Visit..Weighs In on Fleet of Pres.Candidates, Assange and Iran

May 31, 2019 18:44


It's a special quick conversation with political analyst, Michael Shure, has been on the road for awhile but he swings through for a quick visit and some thoughts on the growing field of Democratic candidates for President.

Michael and Mark also talk about, the recently indicted, Julian Assange and whether or not he's a journalist.  The two also touch on growing tensions around Iran.

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May 27, 2019 47:04


This episode features a conversation with Paul Pope, whose father founded the National Enquirer.

But the story of Paul Pope's family is a remarkable one extending well beyond the Enquirer.

Paul's story extends back to his grandfather's arrival to NYC from Italy with no money but with a determination and ambition that would eventually make him a major stakeholder in the future of NYC.

Paul's father became a major media player, starting The Enquirer and driving it to top circulation through a series of strategic journalistic and marketing strategies.

You can get a copy of Paul's book here: 

 The Deeds of My Fathers: How My Grandfather and Father Built New York and Created the Tabloid World of Today

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The View From D.C. and What Motivates a Person to Run For President?

May 11, 2019 47:06


Political analyst, Michael Shure, joins J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson to talk about the state of everything from the White House to the enormous field of Democrats running for President.

The conversation begins with some difficulties reaching Michael... 

00:00-01:03 Mark intro

1:03-47:05  Michael Shure joins J Elvis and Mark

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Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator: The Grotesque Danger and Misguided Hope of Nuclear Power

May 1, 2019 39:11


As third world energy demands increase and worldwide demands expand, there is a need to find clean, affordable energy.

Some have pointed to nuclear power as the answer. 

Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Greg Jaczko Speaks with Mark about the misguided hope of nuclear power and the clear dangers associated with bringing more reactors on line worldwide.

Gregory Jaczko has written the book CONFESSIONS OF A ROGUE NUCLEAR REGULATOR you can get it here.

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:00-03:05 Mark welcome

3:05-5:50 Comic, J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark visit briefly

5:50-38:33 Former Chairman, Greg Jaczko, talks with Mark


Fresh From New Zealand, The Manuka Health Ambassador! New Zealand's Kate Kember with Mr Entertainment, Sam Rubin

Apr 19, 2019 25:58


Having just arrived in the USA, Kate Kember from Manuka Health stops through the show alongside Sam Rubin who has become an enthusiastic consumer of the Manuka Health products.

The crew discusses the physical benefits that extend well beyond their extraordinary, magical honey.

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Kushner Inc. Greed. Ambition. Corruption: The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, with Investigative Journalist, Vicky Ward

Apr 15, 2019 33:27


Investigative reporter, Vicky Ward, details for Mark the merging of Jared and Ivanka and the resulting unbridled greed that is now determining much of American policy on the international and domestic stages.

To get Vicky Ward's book click here:  

Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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:00-2:00 Show open/Mark intro

2:00-34:00 Vicky Ward on Jared and Ivanka




Apr 6, 2019 24:33


Mary Kay Place is so good in the new film, Diane..Mark loves the movie.

She visits with Mark and talks about, through the years, collaborating with Norman Lear, doing Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and even making serious, legitimate country music albums with legends of country music like Emmylou Harris.



Mar 10, 2019 01:01:22


John Salley may be among the rarest of professional athletes. 

First, he played on three championship NBA teams and those championships came in each of three decades.

Were that all, it would be impressive enough but Salley details a life raised by his mother, a devout Jehovah's Witness, that takes him through obstacles and opportunities.

Salley was a pioneering NBA player from a business standpoint, engineering a buyout of a contract and charting his own future, signing on with the Chicago Bulls to achieve, what at the time was, the winningest season in NBA history.

Then, in his move to Hollywood he created syndicated programming and an acting career plus a life as a series regular on BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW.

Now, Salley has built out a lifestyle brand that includes everything from cannabis to mineral water to a special strain of marijuana.

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with John Salley.

For more information on the products and lifestyle changes John Salley is advocating:

:00-2:15 Mark intro

2:30- 1:00:00 John Salley



Could the Answer to Global Climate Destruction Be Nuclear Power? Does Our Race Against Time Dictate a Radical Solution?

Mar 4, 2019 35:28


Our guest, Joshua S Goldstein, has a well researched book called, A BRIGHT FUTURE-How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow. 

His book suggests nuclear energy holds the key to stopping man-made global climate destruction.

He states it's too big a problem for the incremental and modest advances offered by alternative energy.  The only hope is a commitment to nuclear power across the developing world and the richest, most developed countries.

He wrote the book with research and writing partner Staffan A. Qvist, a nuclear engineer.  So, the two have a foundation of credibility as they look to the successes of other nations who are tackling climate and energy issues using nuclear power grids.

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Covering Trump and Cheating Death.. ABC NEWS Senior Nat'l Correspondent, Jim Avila

Feb 23, 2019 01:08:51


As Senior National Correspondent for ABC NEWS, Jim Avila has seen it all from Washington to Havana to Asia and beyond.

Avila's covered the White House and national crises over decades and offers perspective as to what's changed in the current media environment. 

Jim also discusses his brush with death as a result of his need for a new kidney.

Michael Shure stops through giving us perspective on the voter fraud scandal in North Carolina.

Mark and Michael also discuss Diane Feinstein viral video with kids descending on her office.

Also, the richest cat and Robert Kraft in a massage parlor sting.

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:00-3:00 intro

3:00-25:00 Michael Shure

25:00-1:08:00 Jim Avila

Growing up Ginsu...Behind the World of "Pitchmen" and the Politics of Blair Bess..Also, J. Elvis Weinstein is a Movie Star

Feb 17, 2019 01:19:42


Writer, Blair Bess, grew up in a family of old-school "pitchmen" (term used generically). 

They went from the Boardwalks to county fairs with elaborate and unrelenting pitches for products as varied as knives and movie cameras.

Blair shares some of that world with us before he talks with Mark about the political realities facing Democrats in the upcoming election cycle.

He also touches on the new realities for Senator Devin Nunes, the de facto Trump surrogate.

J Elvis is a movie star.  He just wrapped a film and tells Mark all about it.

Heather Ankeny (our old co-host) stops by to fill us in on life in the SF Bay Area and the crew reviews one of Heather's key scenes in a TV series.

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Here's a link to guest, Blair Bess's, column

00-2:15 Mark intro

2:15-23:46 Michael Shure on politics and more

23:46-38:35 J Elvis Weinstein is a movie star

38:35-51:20 Heather Ankeny returns

51:48-1:19:00 Blair Bess on growing up Ginsu and the state of American politics in down ballot races.

The Adventures of Tom Arnold: Fun, Funny and Nakedly Honest

Feb 10, 2019 01:40:17


Tom Arnold is fun, funny and on fire.

Tom tells us stories from his early days in Iowa and then relates how his move to Hollywood almost didn't happen...Coming out to work getting Roseanne's show on the air.

Mark asks about a story in which, supposedly, Tom goes to Beverly Hills to buy jewelry for Roseanne with a million dollars in cash in a shoebox.  Tom confirms it and fills in details. 

Tom also sets straight the details of the hunt for the outtakes/tapes from THE APPRENTICE that contain highly damaging material about Donald Trump. 

Comedian and filmmaker, J. Elvis Weinstein sits in with Mark for the conversation with Tom.

An article in The New Yorker is talked about.  Here is the link to that article

First, Michael Shure on political scandals that threaten careers....Black face, sexual misconduct and a crowded field of presidential candidates.  Also, Les Moonves's new office and the meat producers in a lawsuit.

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00-02:45  Mark intro

2:45-20:05 Michael Shure on politics

20:05-1:40:15 Tom Arnold

Shutdown Over, Showdown On? Diary of Anne Frank Revisited...Anatomy of a Startup

Feb 1, 2019 52:43


Our political analyst, Michael Shure, correctly anticipated the way the government shutdown would end and now he's back with his take on the politics of the shutdown and what may follow.

Michael also talks about the Roger Stone indictment.

Then, Director Stan Zimmerman on his new show and new take on a classic play,  THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.  

J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with Stan Zimmerman.

Finally, Mark talks with Ryan Wegner, founder of the new app, AUDM.  

AUDM presents long form articles from leading publications read aloud by leading audio narrators.

Mark has the app and wanted to know the birthing process and what goes in to making it tick.

Tickets for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK are on

AUDM is available in the AppleStore

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00-04:10 Mark welcome and intro

4:10-21:45 Political analyst, Michael Shure

21:45-35:10  Director, Stan Zimmerman, on The Diary of Anne Frank

35:10-52:00 Ryan Wegner, Founder of AUDM

We Talk to a Super Scientist, Oceanographer and Climate Expert..First, Politics From the Road with Michael Shure and Journalist Brooke Thomas

Jan 22, 2019 01:08:56


Oceanographer and expert on climate change, Jim Massa, joins us from his research center in Alaska.

First, Michael Shure checks in from the road on politics, the government shutdown and the death of an Animal House cast member.

Then, TYT contributor and frequent Steve Harvey Show guest, Brooke Thomas, shares her personal story of coming to Hollywood from Oklahoma via North Dakota and Texas.

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00-3:00 Mark Intro

3:15-18:51 Michael Shure on politics and more

19:00-45:00 Brooke Thomas talks race and Steve Harvey

45:10-1:08:15 Super Scientific Researcher, Oceanographer Jim Massa

The New Trump Voice on Family Guy, Josh Robert Thompson...First, Elizabeth Warren, Shutting Down Gov't and Holding Hands with A Jonas Bro

Jan 10, 2019 01:29:45


The new voice of Donald Trump on Family Guy is Josh Robert Thompson.

Josh joins J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson.  Mark talks about his just-completed trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  The two Joshes give Mark a hard time about his social media posting from there.

Writer/Director, Carl Gottlieb (JAWS, THE JERK) joins by phone with reflections on Bob Einstein (Super Dave) who just died and Carl also has thoughts on Penny Marshall whose death hit him hard since the two were romantically involved early in her career and remained friends to the end.

First, Mark Thompson talks politics with political reporter, Michael Shure.  Michael evaluates the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren who has just entered the presidential race.

Then, the two talk about the government shutdown and finish with "news" about one of the Jonas brothers.

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:00-3:00 Mark Intro

3:20-23:15 Michael Shure on Politics and more

23:15-1:29:30 Josh Robert Thompson, J Elvis Weinstein, Carl Gottlieb



Film Critic Michael Snyder Brings His Best-of List and A Look Ahead

Jan 3, 2019 40:09


Movie, TV and music critic, Michael Snyder takes us on a ride through his best-of list for the just concluded year, 2018 and serves up a couple of hidden gems you won't see on anyone else's lists.

00-1:45 Mark intro

1:45-40:00 Film Critic Michael Snyder

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Look Who Santa Brought Us: The Pitbull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton

Dec 22, 2018 01:15:35


With his aggressive comedy style and political incorrectness, Bobby Slayton has been called his generation's Don Rickles.

Bobby continues his tradition of stopping into the show at the holidays.   He's joined by iHeart Radio's Lisa Foxx sitting in with Mark Thompson while J. Elvis shoots a movie.

The show begins with political analyst, Michael Shure, and a fresh take on Michael Flynn's dealings with the judge in his case, a look at political and private interests vs the public good and, finally, some thoughts on Penny Marshall.

00-03:40  Mark welcome and intro

03:45-21:25  Michael Shure on Politics and more

21:30- 1:15:00 Comedian Bobby Slayton

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Journalist and Activist Jane Velez-Mitchell...Plus, India's Most Expensive Wedding

Dec 16, 2018 01:17:50


Jane Velez-Mitchell is a long time journalist and social media advocate for animals. 

Jane speaks openly about everything from kicking alcohol to embracing her sexuality. 

Michael Shure kicks the show off with talk of what's happening at the White House and the Nancy Pelosi/Chuck Schumer meeting with Donald Trump.

00-03:32 Mark welcomes and reads mail

03:32-27:02 Michael Shure: Politics, an Indian Wedding and a Spanish teacher

27:10- 1:17:30  Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Powerful Hollywood Men Behaving Badly...Burying a Former President plus Political Dirty Tricks... and.. Broadway, Film and TV actors Arnetia Walker & Mindy Sterling with Director Stan Zimmerman

Dec 7, 2018 01:38:35


Two brilliant performers join us, Arnetia Walker (Dreamgirls) and Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), whose credits include stage, film and television. 

Also, the very funny Writer/Director Stan Zimmerman (Golden Girls/Roseanne) is directing them in his play that's in theaters in L.A. for the holiday season.

Arnetia surprises everyone with a story about growing up in the last days of the Jim Crow south and her moment of realization as a child that she wanted to be a performer.

Mindy talks about her pre and post Austin Powers acting offers and about being nominated twice in the same category of the Emmys.  

J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the talk with Mindy, Arnetia and Stan.

The episode begins with political reporter, Michael Shure, weighing in on the Bush funeral as it relates to the overall body politic and Mark and Michael also talk about the GOP rules change/power grab in Wisconsin.

Then, Sam Rubin stops by to talk with Mark about Les Moonves and Neil deGrasse Tyson and sexual misconduct among powerful, Hollywood men.

In L.A.? You can purchase tickets to YES VIRGINIA here


00-:3:18 Mark Intro

3:18- 25:20 Michael Shure politics

25:21-48:47 Sam Rubin on men behaving badly

48:48- 1:38:15 Actors Mindy Sterling and Arnetia Walker and Director Stan Zimmerman

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Nov 30, 2018 01:13:43


Brown University professor, Corey Brettschneider, has a new book:  THE OATH AND THE OFFICE A GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS. 

It's written as a primer for a new presidents on the constitutional limits and expansiveness of executive power.  But, of course, the book serves to tell us what is acceptable and what's not when you're a President who cares about the Constitution.

President Trump is testing the Constitutional limits of the office.  Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein ask Corey about whether this President is taking us to the Constitutional brink.

You can get Corey's book here by clicking this link

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00- 02:45 Mark Intro

02:45- 23:15  Politics with Michael Shure

23:53- 1:13:20 Corey Brettschneider on Presidential power

"Richard Greene The Civics Dean"..Plus, Old Comedy Pals Stop By..Then, Celebrity Builder, Scott Harris

Nov 20, 2018 02:05:50


Episode starts with J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark catching up on Mark's travel and Josh's coming back surgery.

Then, political analyst and strategist, Richard Greene The Civics Dean  shares his thoughts on the state of elections and what should bring people to the polls. (14:42)

Mark and Richard disagree on the power of the environmental message as a driver of voters.

Richard's column on what voters should remember is here. 

Then, comedians Jon Ross and Tim Bedore have left L.A. where they were writer/producers but have come back for a few days and have thoughts on comedy, aging and more. (43:22)

Finally, builder to the stars, Scott Harris who has built houses and restaurants for some of the most famous people and brands in the world sits in and fields questions on the modern state of the building process.  Plus, Scott has become something of a life coach and describes how those disciplines blend.

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00-3:30 Mark Intro

3:42 J. Elvis Weinstein and Mark catch up

14:42-43:22 Richard Greene The Civics Dean

43:22-1:18:00 Comedians Tim Bedore and Jon Ross

1:18:00- 2:04:46 Contractor to the stars, Scott Harris

Journalist Who Broke Ga.Voting Scandal and Lez Bomb Movie Director and Star, Jenna Laurenzo

Nov 11, 2018 01:04:51


Georgia's elections are so compromised and vulnerable that it would be ridiculous and funny if it weren't so critical to representing the people's voice in the voting process.

While a recount goes on in Ga. we talk to Jordan Wilkie who was part of the team that broke the story of how broken the Georgia election really is.  His stories can be found at the website

Then, director, writer and star of the new movie, Lez Bomb, Jenna Laurenzo, joins J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson to talk about the comedy.

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00:3:40 Mark welcome and intro episode

3:40-24:50  Ga. election story with investigative journalist Jordan      Wilkie

24:50-1:04:00 Director and Star of Movie, Lez Bomb, Jenna Laurenzo  joins Mark and J Elvis Weinstein


Fly Me to the Moon and Back: Apollo 15 Command Module Astronaut Al Worden

Nov 1, 2018 01:30:19


As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted.

He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence.

During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted the first spacewalk in deep space, becoming the first human ever to see both the entire earth and moon simply by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive career as an astronaut, including important work on the pioneering Apollo 9 and Apollo 12 missions, as well as the perilous flight of Apollo 13.

A good friend of Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) Al made multiple appearances on the show and, at Rogers' prodding, even wrote a children's book about his mission to the moon.

Here is a link to Al Worden's other books as well.

 Before Al Worden, political analyst and reporter, Michael Shure stops through.  Michael updates the politics of hate and violence and then gives us the races to watch in the upcoming mid-terms.

The show ends with Mark Thompson offering some thoughts on Prop 12, the proposed farm animal confinement law.


00:-5:20 Mark intro featuring Al Worden on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and overview of this episode

5:21-31:25 Michael Shure on politics, mid-terms and the language of hate translated into politics

31:25- 1:25:00 Astronaut Al Worden talks about Apollo 15 mission and his life

1:25:00-1:30:15 Mark talks about Calif's Prop 12 (farm animal confinement legislation)


"THE INDIGNITY OF BEING A WOMAN" -- Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester on Their New Audio Book

Oct 2, 2018 01:34:02


The Indignities of Being a Woman is the new audio book from comedy writers, Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester.

The book details (in an entertaining way because they ARE comedy writers) the ways in which societies around the world have discounted women in society with a resentment and denial of their critical place in societies and cultures.

J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark with Merrill and Megan.

The episode starts with political analyst, Michael Shure.  Michael explains how mid-term election polling is done and what it's indicating so far.

Michael also shares his thoughts on the politics of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the likely outcome.

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00-04:45 Mark intro

04:45-23:40 Michael Shure 

23:40-1:33:50 Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester and J. Elvis Weinstein      (warning for explicit language and occasional mature themes)

Alonzo Bodden: Politics, Comedy and Building the First Stealth Fighter Jets

Sep 20, 2018 01:27:10


Comic and political analyst, Alonzo Bodden, is funny and is everywhere...On network television, providing political commentary on the TYT network  and comedic moments on NPR's show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.  

His life has taken him from work as a mechanic building Stealth Fighters to comedy clubs and a rise through a primetime, comedy reality show, Last Comic Standing, that vaulted him to a new level of success.

(24:50) Alonzo talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein and the three get into talk of politics and the contemporary issues facing the two party system as well reflecting on Obama and some of the disappointment with political realities confronting that administration.

Before Alonzo, Mark Thompson talks with political analyst, Michael Shure, about the Supreme Court nomination process and Mark suggests there are many parts of the process that might be broken.

The two discuss the mid-terms and answer a listener email.

:00-1:50 Mark Intro

1:50-24:50 Michael Shure on Politics

24:50-1:27:00 Alonzo Bodden with J Elvis Weinstein and M.Thompson

Comedy and Politics with Comics Ron Placone and Graham Elwood

Sep 11, 2018 56:07


Two voices of progressive comedy: Ron Placone and Graham Elwood.

Both on Jimmy Dore's show and also on the Progressive Comedy Tour they get out their viewpoint without the intense harshness that's become commonplace in today's politically charged conversations and performances.

It's not all politics.  Mark asks Graham about his one night marriage to a stripper in Las Vegas and, in a moment with less levity, Graham also talks about his home being foreclosed upon as a result of predatory banking practices.

How do the different crowds nationwide react to the comedy and today's political situation is among what's covered in this episode.

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00-2:05 Mark welcome

2:05-56:05 Mark speaks with Graham Elwood and Ron Placone



Evil Genius Director, Barbara Schroeder, Takes Us Behind the Hit Netflix Docu-Series, First, Political Talk: Flipping the House..And..Can There Be Fair Elections Anymore?

Aug 29, 2018 01:20:17


One of the hit docu-series of the year has been, Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist. (Netflix)

This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza delivery guy who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck -- and the story only gets weirder from there.

Director Barbara Schroeder sits in with the crew and tells the story of how this project came to her and how she wrestled with bringing it to life.

Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J Elvis Weinstein for the conversation with Barbara Schroeder.

The show begins with political specialist, Michael Shure, returning to update the mid-term elections.  

Mark expresses concern about the safety and integrity of the election process in America.  Can there be free and fair elections in America anymore?

Michael and Mark talk about the White House dinner celebrating the Christian right.

00-3:35 Mark intro

3:35-25:41 Michael Shure and Mark talk politics

25:41-1:20:00 Director Barbara Schroeder on her Netflix documetary


Our Former Co-Host, Heather, Visits and Talks Stedman and Oprah ..Then, Renowned Trends Analyst, Gerald Celente

Aug 15, 2018 59:22


You've heard Gerald Celente across the media landscape, on Coast to Coast with George Noory and elsewhere.  His no nonsense takes on world events makes him one of our favorite guests.

Gerald deconstructs what's happening both in America and worldwide  in terms of the wave of populist leadership and the revolt away from traditional political leaders and systems.  

What's the net effect of these waves of populism?  Gerald answers that question and gives us a guide for the prevailing trends.

Gerald's newsletter is The Trends Journal 

First, former co-host, Heather Ankeny, stops by to see Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein.  Heather shares a bit of what's been going on in her life which includes a brush with Stedman Graham and Heather's take on the "Me Too" movement.

Mark shares the story of his mentorship of a foster child.

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 00-2:45 Mark's intro and summary

2:45-29:10 Mark, J Elvis and Heather Ankeny on Oprah and Stedman

29:10-59:20 Trends analyst, Gerald Celente joins Mark Thompson



Aug 8, 2018 01:04:35


Even if you don't play cards, you'll enjoy this episode...

John Cynn is a newly minted poker champion, the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event. 

John takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through some of what goes into being a good card player and the obstacles he was up against.

From superstition to visualization to not being able to tell your parents about wanting to be a professional poker, John reviews it all.

The guys review a couple of hands and strategies.  

John discusses his plans for the future and plans for the 8.8 million dollar prize.

The show run 1hr 4 mins


Special Edition: The New Zealand Manuka Miracle featuring Sam Rubin

Aug 6, 2018 33:16


In a special edition of the show, Mark Thompson welcomes back entertainment reporter Sam Rubin who has is filled with enthusiasm for a product from New Zealand that Sam explains has significant restorative properties.

Sam insists HE is partially responsible for the "Manuka Miracle," the sudden upswing in interest in and use of Manuka Honey from New Zealand.

Recently featured in a special report on "Good Morning America," Sam and Mark are joined live from Auckland New Zealand by Kate Kember and David Campbell, both from Manuka Health, New Zealand's premiere provider of Manuka Honey.

From these two experts, Mark and Sam get full details on the benefits of Manuka Honey for the skin and overall health, learn the special process of bee keeping and harvesting and why Manuka Health's products are sold in over 45 countries worldwide.  Additionally we learn how to be better consumers and how to avoid rip-offs from unscrupulous providers.

Sam maintains the "Manuka Miracle" can change your life, and maybe even make Mark's skin glow.

(The show runs 33 minutes)



Jul 31, 2018 01:21:43


Former Editor-In-Chief at Rotten Tomatoes, Matt Atchity, presided over the website as it became a go-to destination for people deciding what films and television offerings they were going to watch.  

Matt joins Mark Thompson and comic/documentary film director, J Elvis Weinstein on this episode.

Matt explains the power of "Certified Fresh", the limited power of the superhero and tentpole films and studios generally.

Finally, Matt talks about The Young Turks and his goals for TYT.

Matt is one of the hosts of WHAT THE FLICK (which reviews movies and TV) on the TYT network.

Before Matt, Michael Shure returns from Israel and looks at the political aspirations of Jim Jordan as Jordan attempts to succeed Paul Ryan as House Speaker.  One problem Jordan may have is the trail of controversy that's shadowing him.

Mark also asks Michael about the Endangered Species Act and why it's rollback is a priority for Trump and Interior Sec'y Zinke.  Michael explains the politics.

00-3:16 Mark welcome, summary

3:16-26:06 Michael Shure on politics 

26:06-1:21:14 Matt Atchity, J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson

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Jul 13, 2018 32:16


Vegas mobster, Frank Culotta, is out of witness relocation and now telling stories of his days in the Vegas mafia.

Culotta arrived in Vegas from Chicago as an underboss to Chicago boss, Tony Spilotro and explains the mob role in an expanding Las Vegas.

Gambling, "skimming" and killing.. Murder, enforcement for the mob and high end burglary (he ran a robbery crew called the Hole In The Wall Gang) is what Frank's life was about during his mob years.

Frank was also the technical consultant on the movie CASINO.  He sat alongside Martin Scorsese for the shooting of the film. 

Before Frank, Michael Shure joins Mark to shed light on the new Supreme Court appointment.

The appointment comes from a list prepared by a conservative think tank and the leading advisor to Trump, Leonard Leo, is someone with a tie to a secret society called the Knights of Malta.

The two talk about the Thai cave rescue.

This is a shorter than normal episode so you'll be done in a little over a half hour! Enjoy!

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JUMBO POLITICAL EPISODE! 20 year CNN Commentator Bill Schneider..His New Book: Standoff--Also, From Mystery Science Theater 3K, Comedian Frank Conniff, Plus, Political Guru, Michael Shure, on Supreme Court Vacancies, Mid-Terms and Trump

Jun 30, 2018 01:24:49


Featured guest, Bill Schneider, is a leading political analyst, a professor of government and author. 

Bill was CNN's senior political analyst for 20 years and his writings appear everywhere from the LA Times to the Atlantic, Politico and Reuters.

He teaches at UCLA and George Mason Univ. outside of D.C.


Before Bill arrives, regular contributor, Michael Shure drills down during THE FAST 15 (politics and more) to discuss how we got to this stage of the Supreme Court.

Michael also punctures a bit of the progressive balloon about the mid-term primaries and defends the oft assailed, Nancy Pelosi as having one of the best 18 months in her political life.

Then, from Mystery Science Theater 3000, TV's Frank, Frank Conniff joins J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson. 

Frank is a producer, writer and prolific comedian. Frank discusses life in NYC at Sirius Satellite Radio, his thoughts on MSNBC and FOX NEWS CHANNEL and then Frank stays on to speak with political analyst, Bill Schneider.

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00-02:45 Mark welcome and summary of show

2:45-21:45 Michael Shure on politics and more

21:45-34:25 Frank Conniff and J.Elvis Weinstein

34:25-1:24:45 Political Analyst and Author, Bill Schneider

Comedian Jake Johanssen..Also, a Surprise Meeting with The Stanley Cup..Plus, A Question About Animal Trophy Hunting

Jun 23, 2018 01:38:19


Comedian Jake Johanssen is finishing up an international tour with Russell Peters.  He talks about touring with that show and traveling around the world on what can be a brutal performance schedule.

J. Elvis Weinstein joins and the two talk about audiences and politics and what it takes to be a successful comic today.

Jake tells a story about how the talent coordinator for THE TONIGHT SHOW with JOHNNY CARSON thought Jake's style might be interpreted by Johnny as nervousness and it delayed his booking on that show.

Jake and Mark go back to the 80s and Mark's a big fan of Jake's work but this is Jake's first appearance on the show.

Jake has a podcast called JAKE THIS.  

J.Elvis Weinstein's podcast with Andy Kindler is called THOUGHT SPIRAL.

We start the show with political analyst and hockey fanatic, Michael Shure, running into The Stanley Cup.

Michael also discusses the crisis on the southern border and asks Mark a question about trophy hunting.

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00:00-2:10 Mark welcomes us

2:10- 21:25 Michael Shure on Stanley Cup, Southern Border Drama

21:25-1:38:00 Jake Johanssen

Pardon Me: The New Trump "Obsession" ...Then, Writing JAWS and THE JERK, Screenwriter Carl Gottleib

Jun 10, 2018 01:50:54


Carl Gottlieb is famous for having helping bring the film, Jaws, to the screen.  

Carl also collaborated with Steve Martin on THE JERK having met Martin while they were both writers on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS SHOW.

Carl takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through the process of getting those movies completed.

He also visits the film CAVEMAN (starring Ringo Starr) which Carl wrote and directed.

J Elvis asks about Carl's participation in the legendary comedy group, THE COMMITTEE and about the emerging S.F. comedy scene of the 60s.

Before Carl Gottlieb, Michael Shure stops by with THE FAST 15: Politics and More.

Michael talks with Mark about the President's obsession with using pardon power and whether Presidents should have that power at all.

Also, champion teams deciding whether or not to visit the White House..The Supreme Court decision on employees rights to sue.  Then, finally, Miss America says goodbye to swimwear.

You can purchase any of the Carl Gottlieb books by clicking this link. 

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 00-3:00  Intro

3:00-18:00 Michael Shure on Politics

18:00-1:50:00  Carl Gottlieb on Movies, Music and 60s/70s Culture 


Roseanne Gets "Erased" --Sam Rubin comments...Then Our Resident Gamblers, Michael Shure and Mark Thompson, Don't Support The Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Sports Gambling

Jun 1, 2018 48:02


It was an epic week for the most powerful star on television.  In one instant Roseanne Barr destroyed her current show, past show and her standing in show business along with the livelihoods of scores of staffers.

Award winning entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin, from the #1 morning news show in L.A., talks about Roseanne's epic fall.

Then, Michael Shure had a prediction that looks increasingly accurate. 

Plus, Mark and Michael weigh in on the Supreme Court decisions that will legalize sports gambling by state (neither supports it) and a crucial decision against workers' rights to organize.

:00 -:05   Mark with opening remarks

:05-20:40 Sam Rubin joins Mark to talk Roseanne

20:40-48:00  Michael Shure joins Mark Trump-Broidy prediction,                            legalizing sports wagering and more.

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May 25, 2018 05:52



8 women have come forward with reports of inappropriate behavior by actor Morgan Freeman.

Mark Thompson wants to ask Morgan Freeman about these reports.

The segment runs 5:50.

Thanks to Josh Robert Thompson for the voice of Morgan Freeman

What Do Charles Manson, Jay Leno, Haunted Highway and Bruce Springsteen Have In Common ? Our guest, Robin Keats...Plus, Michael Shure on The Evangelical Right Taking Charge

May 17, 2018 01:19:03


With a background as a writer, researcher and even poetry editor for the New Yorker, planning the funeral of Charles Manson seems like a job television producer, Robin Keats, wouldn't be involved in but Robin is no normal television producer.

Robin shares details of his new documentary focusing on the real family of Charles Manson (not the infamous family involved in the murders and crime spree).

Robin also tells Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) about his life as a writer and documentarian which brings him into many worlds. 

Those worlds include being approached to head up a "fake news" organization.

The show begins with THE FAST 15, political reporter and analyst, Michael Shure, fresh from his trip to Arkansas, talks about the evangelical movement in America and it's increasing political power.

:00-3:00 Mark says hello and responds to an email

3:00-18:20 Michael Shure on the Christian right and political power

18:20-1:19:00 Guest Robin Keats on everything from the supernatural to Charles Manson

TYT's John Iadarola Back from the Arctic...and a Listener Proposes a Revolution to Education in America

May 7, 2018 01:20:21


John Iadarola from the TYT Network (the largest online news network in the world) returns from the Arctic and has a new documentary series chronicling his journey, TRUE NORTH.

John accompanies international climate scientists and shares their thoughts, research and conclusions.  There are also quite a few moments of experiencing local color, history and adventure.

John talks with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein about the documentary series and about TYT.

First, Michael Shure joins Mark and discusses the sorry state of education with one of our listeners, Randy, who calls in and offers some innovative solutions.

:00 - 04:30 Mark Intros Show and responds to listener emails

04:30-29:45 Michael Shure and listener Randy on education,              California and Trump

29:45-1:20:35 John Iadarola on the Arctic and TYT

Reach our show by leaving a comment or sending an email

The Mouth That Roars on Talk Radio: John Kobylt

Apr 28, 2018 01:16:22


John Kobylt is the top rated, outspoken voice on KFI radio in Los Angeles.  He's one half of the John and Ken Show and by anyone's yardstick he's the higher volume blast of the two.

He deplores political correctness and is irritated by any number of things that society and politics serves up on a regular basis.

Mark and John talk everything from entitlement programs to Trump to plastic straws.

The show begins with Michael Shure talking with Mark during THE FAST 15 and the two discuss the awkwardness and often the letdown of meeting your heroes/celebrities.  Michael also gives us a thought on the new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

00-3:05 Mark welcomes and intros

3:05-17:30 Michael Shure and THE FAST 15

17:30- 1:16:15 John Kobylt

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Trump's Fixer Gets Raided, The Bulletproof Sean Hannity, Also, Is Meeting with Russians Actually "Collusion"... Then, Our Guest, Sea Shepherd's Heroic Captain on a 10 Year Hunt and Record-Breaking Pursuit of a Notorious Illegal Fishing Ship

Apr 19, 2018 01:06:32


Our guest, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, tells the story of finding the notorious poaching ship, The Thunder, in what is quite literally the middle of nowhere and how once Sea Shepherd and the crew of The Bob Barker found The Thunder, a pursuit of record proportions began.

For 10 years the illegal fishing vessel, The Thunder, evaded capture and legal authorities.  Meantime, The Thunder and it's crew laid waste to vast stretches of the oceans using drift nets that stretch often 100 miles and they became among one of the worst offenders in the destruction of the oceans.

Captain Peter Hammarstedt took over for Sea Shepherd Captain and founder, Paul Watson and at age 29, Peter has developed a reputation for being passionate, skilled and doggedly determined.  He and his volunteer crew needed all those qualities to pursue THE THUNDER.

Captain Peter tells Mark and J.Elvis Weinstein what was involved in this potentially deadly cat and mouse game. The stakes were so high and the money involved so significant that it was not clear that Sea Shepherd's crew wasn't in mortal danger.  

The Captain takes us through the whole harrowing story .

Sea Shepherd missions to stop illegal whaling, dolphin hunts and plundering of the world's oceans never stop.

For more information on Peter and the Sea Shepherd mission to protect the oceans go to Sea Shepherd's website:

Michael Shure kicks the show off with the FAST 15.  He talks with Mark about Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen and what might be in the piles of documents that came out of the raid on his office and home.

The two address former FBI head, James Comey's book tour and what's significant about it.  Should it change anything about the way we see Trump or Comey?

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Apr 13, 2018 47:33


Detective Rod Demery is a murder cop in Shreveport La.  His track record as a cop is undeniably good. 

The way murder touched his life personally is undeniably eerie.

How he deals with his mother's murder and then his brother becoming someone who is guilty of murder is only part of his story. But it's a fascinating part.

His show on Discovery ID is MURDER CHOSE ME.

Michael Shure starts the show talking with Mark about the Canadian hockey team killed in a horrible traffic accident and how the entire sport of hockey mourns their loss.

Also, will there be increased American involvement in Syria?

And finally, Mark talks about his ride along with the cops in Compton and finding crystal meth in a car that was pulled over.

Show open 00:00 to 2:15

Fast 15 with Michael Shure 2:15 to 25:15

Murder Chose Me with Det. Rod Demery 25:15-47:00

Our Show Is Threatened with a Lawsuit, Jimmy Dore Sets His Blowtorch on Establishment Democrats and the GOP..Plus, Comedian Laura House Has a New Album and a Wedding Proposal..

Apr 6, 2018 01:38:10


Mark starts the show by acknowledging some email and comments. 

Then, he explains someone responded to the fact that the show was threatened with a lawsuit.  Mark explains.  00:00-4:22 

Mark intros show 4:23-5:40 

J Elvis Weinstein (comedian and documentary filmmaker) joins the conversation with comedian, Laura House. 

Laura describes her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal, the release of her new album and taking a crowd trough meditation. 5:40-30:28

30:28-1:38:00  Jimmy Dore and Stef Zamarrano join Mark and waste no time ripping into corporate influenced Democrats and Republicans.

THE DOG RESCUER: MARC CHING..INSIDE THE DARK WORLD OF THE ASIAN DOG MEAT MARKET... Also, The Scientology TV Channel, Activism and Gun Laws..Does It Make a Difference, Remembering Sam Simon

Mar 28, 2018 01:31:25


The show starts with an intro and Mark addressing a Stitcher glitch. (00-4:05)

Then, THE FAST 15 and Michael Shure commenting on everything from John Bolton joining the Trump cabinet to the Iran Nuclear Deal to the worldwide gun rallies and the Scientology television network. (4:30-22:06)

Then Mark is joined by Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein to talk with playwright Marc Acito.  He talks about his latest production, the George Takei inspired musical, Allegiance. (22:22-34:10)

A brief conversation with Chris DeRose (Last Chance For Animals) follows, remembering our friend, Sam Simon on the anniversary of his death this month.  Sam was the co-creator of THE SIMPSONS and a prolific humanitarian.  The two share memories and two funny audio clips. (34:50-43:00)  Last Chance For Animals is at

Finally, Marc Ching.. Marc has made the infiltrating of the Asian dog meat market and rescuing animals from these torturous situations a life's work.  He's taken that work here to the USA where the IT'S LEGAL TO EAT DOGS AND CATS.

Marc tells us how he got in to this world and what the prospects are for the future. His organization is ANIMAL HELP AND WELLNESS

Marc is the last interview in the show.(43:00-1:30:00)

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Everyone Seems to Want a Russian Connect, The President's Porn Queen then Red Carpet War Stories with Sam Rubin. Finally, Creator of Reno 911 and Night at The Museum: Writer, Director Ben Garant

Mar 9, 2018 01:37:28


The episode begins with Michael Shure reporting in from Washington. Mark and Michael discuss former Blackwater chief, Erik Prince and the Russians as well as Jared Kushner and his almost forgotten connection to the Russians.   There’s also talk of Stormy Daniels and hush money. And the administration lifts the ban on transporting into the USA the heads and other body parts of endangered animals bagged by trophy hunters. Finally, a bizarre fraud case in which a convicted defendant almost walks after the fact.   Our main guest is Ben Garant.  Ben joins Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein.   Ben created Reno 911 and Night At the Museum and is a prolific writer of comedy and he even has dipped into other genres, as he tells them   Ben has had other big successes like The Pacifier and he even discusses projects that didn’t go quite as well and what happened.  Ben gives us a look at show business through his the eyes of someone who has contributed to a lot of projects.   Before Ben arrives, Mark and J Elvis talk with Sam Rubin about the Oscar Red Carpet shows that just concluded and The Oscar show itself.  Mark then shares some red carpet nightmares from his own life of reporting from there.

An Animal Activist at 15, Nathan Runkle Grows Up to Found Mercy For Animals.. Also, Kushner, Money, Guns and a Bizarre Race for U.S. Senate

Mar 2, 2018 01:13:08


At 15, Nathan Runkle became an animal activist ...But what he built with that activism is Mercy For Animals, one of the leading animal rights organization that exposes and fights the brutal and inhumane conditions in factory farms and animal agriculture.  You can find out more information at

His story is chronicled in the book Mercy For Animals: One Man's Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals.

Nathan Runkle joins Mark Thompson and sitting in are comedians Laura House @imlaurahouse and J. Elvis Weinstein @jelvisweinstein 

The show starts with Mark and some thoughts on Jared Kushner and selling access from the White House inner circle. (00-:05)

Then Michael Shure joins and discusses the NRA and why this national gun conversation is potentially different from others (:05-:22)

Finally, Nathan joins for the rest of the show (:22-1:13)

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A Hollywood Comedy Writer Moves to New England and Becomes a Postman … First, The Black Panther Phenomenon, Teen Voices Drive Gun Dialogue and Fergie Sings the National Anthem

Feb 22, 2018 01:08:51


Mark weighs in on the perils of expectations when it comes to movies, entertainment and life in general.   Michael Shure comes through for THE FAST 15.  Michael has just come from visiting the Charles M. Schulz museum and playing ice hockey on Schulz's rink.   The two talk about the gun debate being driven by teenagers, many of whom experienced the horror in Parkland, Fla.   Fergie sings the national anthem and stirs up controversy and Mark and Michael make a point about the anthem and how often it’s played. (the entire segment lasts until 25 minutes into show)   Then…   Comedy writer/producer Jon Ross joins by phone from Massachusetts and discusses his bold move from Hollywood to rural Massachusetts and his decision to make the move driving in an RV.   Jon also talks about getting his job as a postal delivery man and why it's not as charming as we may think.   Mark weighs in on the perils of expectations when it comes to movies, entertainment and life in general.   Michael Shure comes through for THE FAST 15.  Michael has just come from visiting the Charles M. Schulz museum and playing ice hockey on Schulz's rink.   The two talk about the gun debate being driven by teenagers, many of whom experienced the horror in Parkland, Fla.   Fergie sings that national anthem and stirs up controversy and Mark and Michael make a point about the anthem and how often it’s played.   (the segment goes for 25 minutes into show)   Then…   Comedy writer/producer Jon Ross joins by phone from Massachusetts and discusses his bold move from Hollywood to  Massachusetts and his decision to drive there in an RV.   Jon also talks about his job as a postal delivery man.   You can email the show:

Meet the Man Who Hunts the Hunters in Africa: Anti-Poaching Crusader, Damien Mander

Feb 13, 2018 48:59


When Damien Mander completed his service as a Special Operations diver and sniper, he looked for another chapter in his life, a way to make his life purposeful.  

That search ended with a plan to help protect a part of the planet that he saw being destroyed by greed—poachers, looking to cash in by slaughtering the most endangered animals on earth--from rhinos to tigers.

Damien has built an army of WOMEN to help him.  He enlists women from the local community because he’s found them to be the best fighters and the most committed to the cause.  He discusses this all with Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein, who join Mark for the conversation with Damien.

To support Damien's efforts to stop wildlife poaching, go to the  International Anti-Poaching Organization website:

The show begins with THE FAST 15 which is supplemented by a conversation Michael Shure and Mark have about guns, the NRA and America.

Embedded in Trump Country Watching The State of The Union...Then: Dead people, Jerry Lewis and The Impossible Burger: Writer/Producer, Merrill Markoe    

Feb 9, 2018 01:06:46


Michael Shure returns from watching the State of the Union speech deep in Trump country.  

In THE FAST 15, Michael answers the question: What would it take for Democrats to get political control in Congress again and how close are they?     Then, Mark discusses what’s happening to singer James Brown’s estate.   Brown wanted to support economically disadvantaged kids with millions of dollars but they may never get it.   That’s the first 20 minutes of the show when Mark Thompson speaks with Michael Shure.   Then: Dead people, Jerry Lewis and The Impossible Burger.  A chat with producer, writer, comedian, Merrill Markoe.  (24 mins into episode)   Former co-host, Heather Ankeny also makes an appearance to join Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein.    She’s back for this episode and updates us on her life as an engaged woman living in Northern California.     Then Merrill Markoe talks about dead people, entertainers and food.

Classic Film, Politics and a Matthew Modine Connection? Co-Founder of Largest Online News Network in the World and TCM Host, Ben Mankiewicz

Feb 2, 2018 54:45


Ben Mankiewicz is a founding member of the TYT Network (The Young Turks) which is the largest online news network in the world.

TYT, while having a progressive bent, is known to be brutal to BOTH Democrats and Republicans.  

Ben hosts WHAT THE FLICK and appears across the TYT Network on different shows from sports to politics.

Ben's role as a host of Turner Classic Movies has taken on a large part of his professional life.  Mark and Ben talk about how his relationship with Hollywood and it's stars has evolved.

Mark and Ben talk classic movies, Sunset Blvd, Full Metal Jacket, Matthew Modine and Mel Brooks.

Then, the two discuss Donald Trump's State of the Union speech and message.

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Mormons and Movies at The Sundance Film Fest, The Politics of Gov't Shut Down with Michael Shure and Leading Dietician, Julieanna Hever, Walks Us Through Plant Based Nutrition

Jan 26, 2018 01:21:24


Julieanna Hever is one of the leading experts on diet and lifestyle.

Her new book is Plant Based Nutrition.  It is a brilliant reference for those trying to segue to plant based eating, even just sampling that world or those who simply want a solid reference for any number of nutrition based questions.

In this episode:

Show open (:03)

(:03-:28) Michael Shure asks Mark about his film, THE GAME CHANGERS premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. 

The two also touch on Mormons in government and society and then it's on to GOP vs Dems and the government shutdown winners and losers.

(:28) Julieanna Hever, dietician and lifestyle guru, provides a reference for everything from buying organic and how important it is, to "cleanses" and eating schedules.  

Her latest book is, Plant Based Nutrition (you can get it here through this link). And her previous books you can also get through this link.

Julieanna's website it


Porn Star Payoffs, S-hole Countries, Immigration Policy and Distraction...Then, Jackson Galaxy, THE Cat Expert

Jan 18, 2018 53:48


Porn star payoffs and media smoke screens as the media obsesses on the word, "shithole" and ignore the real stories. 

Then the 2nd half of the show features cat expert, Jackson Galaxy.(23 minutes in)

Jackson Galaxy’s new book is Total Cat Mojo.  Which you can get on Amazon by clicking through the link on our website at

Jackson visits with Mark and comics J. Elvis Weinstein and Laura House who are not “cat people” while Mark, well, is.

Political analyst Michael Shure kicks off the show with THE FAST 15 (runs 22mins)

Mark and Michael play a movie related game and then get into what’s been happening in in America.


Into The Wild...Driving From L.A. to Alaska...and Coming Out: TYT's Grace Baldridge

Jan 12, 2018 01:31:22


Grace Baldridge (29 minutes in) is the host of Pop Trigger on the TYT Network and hosts the show Murder with Friends (link below). 

She tells Mark and J.Elvis Weinstein how she packs the car with her (at the time) girlfriend, Lizzy, and their dog and heads to Alaska on vacation.

On that trip Grace proposes to Lizzy.

She also shares her journey to realizing she is a lesbian and the moment more or less when she came to that conclusion. 

The show starts with a message from Mark (first 5 mins) and then THE FAST 15 with political expert Michael Shure (runs until 29 min). 

Mark blitzes Michael with movie quotes and then they get into politics.

Michael responds to the Oprah news and explains why he doesn't like the idea of Oprah running for President should it happen. 

He also talks about the vanishing movie theater experience. And Mark and Michael start and end the segment with identifying movie quotes.

Video of Grace's Alaska trip:

Grace's Show Murder with Friends:

Grace's Fiancé's Travel Blog :


Year End Show! Molly Bloom from Molly's Game..Also Celebrity Real Estate and the Year’s Best Movies from our Critic

Dec 29, 2017 01:30:26


Molly Bloom, whose movie, Molly’s Game, chronicles her story of high stakes poker and being busted by the Feds.    She speaks with Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J Elvis Weinstein about her story.   She talks about Tobey Maguire and the way he sought an edge as part of every transaction involving the game and she tells us about the Russian mob and their efforts to infiltrate the game.  Finally, Molly describes federal agents storming into her home and arresting her and then her day in court.   The show starts with political analyst Michael Shure. Mark and Michael argue about gratuities and the best way to leave a tip. Then, Mark and Michael profile celebrity high end real estate and Michael updates the Trump presidency at the end of the year.   Finally, one of the top film and pop culture critics in the world, Michael Snyder, shares his picks for the best films of the year.

It's our Super Sized Holiday Episode! Oscar Nominated Jennifer Tilly Brings a Bottle of Wine..Let the Games Begin

Dec 21, 2017 02:14:52


Oscar nominated actress, Jennifer Tilly, is a favorite.  She always brings honesty and fun.  

This time she brings a bottle of win too and the magic gets started right away.

It's an almost 2 hour visit with Jennifer.

The show starts with politics and more with Michael Shure: THE FAST 15.

Michael discusses the tax bill, the new senate seat, the death of net neutrality and the sliding scale of sexual harassment.

Kevin Pollak With a Kevin Spacey Story That's Never Been Made Public and Golden Globe Nominated The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Dec 12, 2017 01:17:43


Kevin Pollak is a comedian, actor, director, writer and producer and has been part of some of the biggest film and television projects of the last 30 years.

(6 minutes in)  On The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Kevin was a favorite of Johnny’s and he tells us how he never had to do a stand-up monologue on the show (a miraculous fact within the standup comedy world).  Pollak explains how he was able to go directly to panel on the legendary couch alongside Carson on his very first appearance because of a seat of the pants strategy that paid off. 

(37 minutes in) Kevin also tells a never before told story about actor Kevin Spacey.  

(54 minutes in) There is a story from the movie set of The Whole 9 Yards involving per diem payments and Michael Clarke Duncan that is a piece of insanity.

He also takes us inside the Golden Globe nominated and critically hailed series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in which Kevin is a series regular.

J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark for the conversation with Kevin Pollak.


Dec 2, 2017 01:08:58


Larry Merchant has spent his professional life writing, commenting and analyzing some of the biggest events in sports.

The world of boxing made Larry Merchant a household name for the way in which his fight analysis pulled no punches (pun sorta' intended) and neither did his post-fight interviews.

Larry joins at 0:17 into the show.

Mark Thompson, J.Elvis Weinstein and Lisa Foxx ask Larry about his life around the ring and about his controversial interview with Floyd Mayweather.

Larry talks about Ali, Foreman, Frazier and a history around the sport. 

Mark asks point blank whether Larry thinks boxing is, at times, fixed.

The show starts with THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure.

Mark talks with Michael about the acquisition of Time Inc by a company controlled by the billionaire Koch brothers.  The two also discuss Al Franken and Roy Moore and the way Congress handles matters of sexual harassment.

Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein and More from Entertainment Journalist Sam Rubin...Then, Annual Holiday Visit From Pit Bull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton

Nov 25, 2017 01:39:47


Entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin has connections that run deep in both Hollywood and in the TV news business out of New York.

With the news about Charlie Rose and his firing from CBS, Sam comes in and breaks down what is going on and the likely repercussions.

Half way through the conversation, a HUGE bombshell is dropped about a key Hollywood figure and the loss of his job.

Then, our annual visit around the holidays from THE PITBULL OF COMEDY, BOBBY SLAYTON.  

Bobby reminds Mark of his Woody Allen dinner and gives Mark a hard time about being a vegan.


Nov 18, 2017 01:30:03


Our guest, Chuck Negron, is one of the founding members of THREE DOG NIGHT, among the most successful bands in history.

He’s responsible along with the two other band members for a string of hits that dominated the charts from 1968 through 1975.

His voice has remarkable range (over four octaves).  And fronting the band led Chuck to drink in the fruits of that era.  Specifically, the world of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

But while Chuck was enjoying a decadent life, ultimately it brought him down.

He discusses with Mark and comedian Laura House both his rise, fall and rebirth.

Chuck’s book THREE DOG NIGHTMARE (available on his website ) chronicles all of this.

The show starts with Mark saying hello and updating the news…(1st 5 minutes)


THE FAST 15:  Michael Shure joins Mark to discuss politics and more. (runs until :29)  

Mark and Michael do the sexual harassment/misconduct roundup, check in on the state of the GOP tax bill and on plans to lift the ban on trophy hunters bringing parts of creatures they’ve killed back to U.S.

They tell the story of the most expensive painting ever purchased-- and it’s flawed! ( 25 mins).  The two discuss the DaVinci that was just sold, who owned it before and how the bidding got so high.

Finally, an honest and entertaining conversation with one of the founders of the legendary band, THREE DOG NIGHT, Chuck Negron.

Half Persian, Half Black and All Funny: Comedian Tehran

Nov 9, 2017 01:26:16


Yes, Tehran is his real name and the crew talks romantic infidelity, the science of cool and, among other things, Mark asks him about who has a tougher time in the USA right now, Muslims or blacks.

Mark Thompson is joined by Lisa Foxx for the conversation with Tehran. (00:25)

The show starts with THE FAST 15.  Political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure talks about the latest mass shooting (Texas), the election, the wealthiest and where they hide money around the world and the Saudi lock up at the Ritz-Carlton.

THE LONG ROAD HOME..The Story of Real Life Ambush of U.S. soldiers in Iraq

Nov 2, 2017 01:15:23


American forces occupying Iraq are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood. After multiple failed rescue attempts, 1st Calvary Division will call for help from a brave armor company.  That armor company and their 6 tanks will launch a brave but costly attack to rescue the ambushed unit.

THE LONG ROAD HOME is a Nat Geo 8 episode series that chronicles a real life ambush of U.S troops. Our guest, Mikko Alanne wrote and produced this television series.

He talks (19 minutes into this episode) with Mark Thompson and Laura House (comedy writer) about what went into bringing the story to the screen.

The show starts with Mark's quick thoughts on the Paul Manafort and assorted indictments (first 3 minutes of show) and then THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure talking about other political issues and ultimately challenging Mark to a game involving Vegas movies. Fun for the whole family.




Crossing Paths With Neo-Nazis..Then A Hero to Animals Calls In From India

Oct 25, 2017 01:08:20


The show starts with Michael Shure and THE FAST 15. 

Michael is just back from a Richard Spencer speech/white supremacist rally and randomly met the Neo-Nazi principles in an attempted murder which happens later in the day.

Mark and Michael also discuss the Gold Star family controversy.

Then, a call from India:

India's wildlife is under severe threat - every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins, is under threat of extinction.

An organization called Wildlife SOS works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and defend wildlife and the environment and one of the founders of this amazing organization, Kartick Satanayaran, calls in to explain the innovative economic strategies being employed to save so many innocent creatures caught up in the greed of the animal economy.

Wildlife SOS runs one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Frequently, the workers at Wildlife SOS are threatened, attacked and sometimes kidnapped by poachers during their rescues.  Kartick walks us through one of the highest profile rescues the organization has made.

Mark is hosting the Tusk After Dusk event, Nov 4th in Los Angeles click here for more information

Heather’s Prisoner Boyfriend is Free and They Are Now Engaged, Starting a New Life Together..We Meet Him

Sep 24, 2017 01:08:12


Heather is moving away and starting a new life with her fresh out of prison fiancé.  This is her last episode.

For 4 years Heather Ankeny has been a fixture with Mark on THE EDGE.   Now she’s here for her last episode in the co-host chair.  

She is moving to Northern California and moving in with her fiancé who is the prisoner/inmate that the crew has made fun of all this time.

Guests have tried to figure out what her “prisoner boyfriend” had done to end up behind bars.  We replay some clips of those conversations.

Ultimately though, the main event is Heather’s “prisoner boyfriend” now fiancé calling in and giving us a sense of his life of incarceration and his new life as a free man.

THE FAST 15 … Politics and more with Michael Shure.  In this episode, Michael reviews the GOP Healthcare bill that’s just suffered another setback.  Then Mark focuses Michael’s attention on Puerto Rico rebuilding, the continent of Africa and notable deaths: Jake LaMotta, the man who created a standard for anesthesia and the richest woman in the world.



Comedy Ninja-- From Parks and Rec, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond and More: Producer/Writer: Mike Scully

Sep 16, 2017 01:22:46


Comedy Producer and Writer, Mike Scully, has created a ton of TV comedy.

He's jumped in to run some of the biggest sitcoms in television history and taken them to new levels.  How he got started and how he got over being intimidated in one of the most formidable of writers' rooms.

Mike Scully produced the Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, Parks and Rec and most recently, The Carmichael Show.

Mike shares a bit of his world and his view on the future of television comedy (with the arrival of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) and the growing streaming empire.

Mark talks about where Mike and he first met and seems surprised that Mike even remembers it.

J.Elvis gets some love from Mike after Scully realizes who he is.


Deep Sea Treasure Hunting with the Legendary Cousteau Family ALSO Harvey Flooding and Rewriting Columbus History

Sep 4, 2017 49:50


The show kicks off with THE FAST 15 (in this case, about 22 mins) with Michael Shure talking politics from Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the failure of the EPA to get help to flooded superfund sites to Mark and Michael talking about the effort to get rid of Columbus's name in Columbus Day and then a Russia investigation update.

The two talk about a piece of video of a Houston man playing the piano during the flood and there's a link to it below.

The Cousteau's talk about their latest adventure which is all about finding treasure on the ocean floor.

Mark asks about what it was like growing up "a Cousteau" and we find out about some accomplishments that Jacques Cousteau was involved in beyond bringing the ocean to our living rooms.

Here's a link to the Cousteau show, CARIBBEAN PIRATE TREASURE

Here's the video of the flooded Houston home where the man is playing his piano in waste deep water

Trump's First Pardon.. Then, From Seinfeld to Johnny Carson, A Most Unusual Show Business Journey with Comedian Bruce Smirnoff

Aug 29, 2017 01:29:16


Michael Shure joins by phone with The Fast 15, covering the Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon and the promise of lower prices and Mark and Michael touch on deadly hurricane, Harvey (First 18 mins)

Then, comedian Bruce Smirnoff talks us through a few of the stops on his unusual journey through a show business career that has brought him in contact with some of the biggest names in classic modern comedy and television.

Bannon Gets Jerked & Secrets of The Jerk (movie) from Steve Martin's Co-Writer

Aug 20, 2017 01:03:30


The show begins with THE FAST 15 with regular contributor, Michael Shure.  The big political news concerns Steve Bannon leaving the White House team.    Then, Mark and Michael talk Charlottesville, Nazis, Alt-Right and Civil War statues.  Finally it’s THE ECLIPSE (Mark is going to Kansas City to see it).   Glen Campbell memories from, Carl Gottlieb, a comedy writer on Glen’s first prime time show…then Carl answers some questions the group has about writing THE JERK which Carl did in collaboration with Steve Martin.   Then, our new pal, Adam, is on his way to getting a liver transplant.  Mark, Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein talk with Adam.


Aug 9, 2017 01:28:43


If filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich were just a successful Hollywood writer/director and actor, it’d be impressive enough.  His list of accomplishments, published work as an author, hit films, and awards makes him worthy of a ton of esteem already.

But Peter Bogdanovich is clearly more than even that.  His stories reflect a rich life surrounded by creativity and the art of theater and filmmaking.  

And beyond even that, he is a living link to a classic era in Hollywood.  An era of great filmmakers like John Ford, Howard Hawkes, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.  

As a young aspiring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich in his 20s arriving in Hollywood Peter was befriended by all these men and Bogdanovich even goes on to make a documentary about John Ford and write books about Orson Welles.

He talks about his beginnings, working for Roger Corman and then vaulting to Hollywood household name status after he directs The Last Picture Show which he co-wrote with Larry McMurtry.   

The film gets 8 Academy Award nominations wins two Academy Awards, the BAFTA award for best writing and on that film Peter Bogdanovich falls in love with a 21 year old Cybil Shepherd who he goes on to marry.  That creates personal complications for him at a time of great professional success and he discusses that.

On the professional side, from Steve McQueen to Barbara Streisand, much of Hollywood is wanting to work with him after The Last Picture Show.

He goes on to next direct What’s Up Doc? starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. And the comedy is a smash hit.

He follows that with another smash hit called, Paper Moon, a depression era comedy starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.  Peter explains how and why Tatum was cast.  The 10 year old Tatum goes on to get the Oscar for her performance.

His relationship with the stunning leading ladies of two of his films captured headlines and created personal issues…marriages and divorces. 

But the most tragic romantic involvement of Peter Bogdanovich’s life had to be with actress Dorothy Stratten.  After her brutal murder, Peter entered a dark period and withdrew from making movies for a time.  He discusses this along with his eventual marriage to Dorothy’s younger sister, Louise.

Peter talks about writing a book on Dorothy and the entire episode.

He also talks bout his recent work as a filmmaker and directing an award winning documentary on Tom Petty.

We wish Peter could have stayed longer with us.  It was a pleasure and an honor to have him in. 

Writer/comedian Laura House and documentary producer/director and comic J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for this conversation with Peter Bogdanovich.

Here are links to Peter’s books and movies.

GOP Strategist Decodes Trump..Then: Hitmakers-The Science of What Makes Something Popular

Jul 29, 2017 01:08:50


GOP strategist, John Thomas, joins and explains what’s going on with this most unorthodox and, many would say, faltering presidency and administration.

John is a staunch conservative pundit and Mark is, well, not.  Mark and John discuss the environment, regulation and the undoing of everything Obama related.

Then, Derek Thompson (Editor at The Atlantic) stops by to talk about his new book, HITMAKERS The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.

What makes something, an app, a piece of music, anything, break through the cultural noise and become a hit?  Derek breaks it down in a fascinating conversation.

J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Laura House join Mark for the conversation with Derek.




Citizen Police Reform…and Urine Testing with Howie Mandel

Jul 21, 2017 01:09:10


Michael Wood Jr. says reforming the police force is simple.  Of course, his view of simple and yours might diverge.

Michael is part of a movement that is responding to a broken law enforcement model that has led to innocent civilian deaths and cops who are often afraid to patrol.

He walks us through his experience and perspective on how to bring on change.

More information on Michael Wood Jr.’s movement to reform policing:

J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with Michael.

We start with THE FAST 15 during which Michael Shure spends the 15 minutes reflecting on OJ Simpson's parole, Senator John McCain and getting a urine test for a new job.

That leads to urine test stories and questions.

Comedian/writer Laura House joins us for the very start of the show..We love Laura.


Impeach Trump? One Expert Says, Forget It...Oh, and That Expert is Mark's Dad

Jul 14, 2017 53:29


Sometimes an expert is in your own backyard.

Mark's father is not only a constitutional lawyer but he's written a book with an extensive legal analysis of past presidential impeachment proceedings and even the attempted impeachment proceedings to remove presidents.

But worried it was one of those shouting match shows on cable television, Mark's father, Arnie, initially rejected our show's invitation to join the show hosted by his own son!

After it was explained that we wanted a civilized conversation to address all the impeachment talk, Mark's dad agreed to give us a bit of history and handicap the reality of any actions rising to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors".

The show starts with a a brief introduction and then The Fast 15 with Michael Shure talking politics, Russia and then making way for impeachment talk.

Comedians Laura House and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with his father, Arnie.  

Then they share facts about their own parents including one being eerily near JFK's assassination and the other having tutored Bob Dylan.

Debuting a Trump Song, Then, Actor Stephen Tobolowsky Has Stories

Jul 6, 2017 01:53:32


Show open with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein   Fast 15 with political analyst Michael Shure: Mark plays a bit of the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN song for Michael.  The song debuted on July 4th.   Michael offers up a different campaign song from a different former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum.  Then the two compare facts about the Declaration of Independence.   Then, actor, STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY is our guest in a conversation with Mark and J Elvis.   Stephen is a well known character actor and author whose life has been marked by brushes with death and remarkable stories of intuition, drug purchases gone bad, being held hostage at gun point and even rediscovering Judaism.     His stories come from both in show business and out.   Mark is a fan of both of his two books, Dangerous Animals Club and My Adventures with God.   Stephen is the reason the band RADIOHEAD has their name.  It comes out of a collaboration with David Byrne that Stephen goes into on the show.   Stephen’s world takes in quite a lot and he passes along a few amazing stories and even life lessons in this hour.

A Life Creating Comedy: David Mirkin

Jun 27, 2017 01:13:25


As a creator, writer, director and producer of television and film, Dave Mirkin has made quite an impact.

He’s been behind some of the biggest television comedies both from the standpoint of audience and in terms of the impact on the culture of television comedy and entertainment.

From The Larry Sanders Show to The Simpsons and Newhart, Dave takes us through a bit of his world as it emerges through a robust career.

He talks about his good friend Carrie Fisher and their adventure together on a cruise ship filled with the best and the brightest from the arts and technology.

J.Elvis Weinstein joins Mark for this conversation along with comedy writer, Laura House.

Mark starts the show with a 3 minute update from last week's story on the police in L.A. and a community outreach young cadet program that has ended up in an arrest of an officer and cadets.


Dennis Rodman's In Korea, Sports Gamblers, Pot Dealers and a Cheerleader Turned Top Primatologist

Jun 17, 2017 01:05:15


The show starts with Mark and an LAPD tale ripped from the headlines.

Then, political analyst Michael Shure stops by for THE FAST 15 with some extra time spent on stories of illegal gaming and even an Angela Merkel sighting.

Then writer, comedian and performer, Laura House ( ) sits in with Mark as they speak with a radio reporter turned podcaster, Jo Kwon (from KFI radio in L.A.)

The crew talks about pot (the focus of this season of Jo's podcast) and Jo's podcast generally which is called, Jo Kwon Reporting.

Finally, a former NFL cheerleader who is now a leading primatologist and expert on Madagascar, Mireya Mayor, stops in with husband , Phil Fairclough, who produces wildlife shows for television and film.  It's just a brief visit but enough to get a picture of the vanishing magical habitat that is Madagascar and why it's a tough fight to save it.


What do Biff Henderson's Golf Cart of Death, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman Have in Common? Spike Feresten

Jun 7, 2017 01:15:00


Comedy writer, producer and host, Spike Feresten is involved in many things...He was a writer/producer on both Seinfeld and David Letterman's show.  He also had his own successful late night talk show on FOX-TV.

How and why that show went away is a story that Spike shares on this episode.

Spike also co-wrote Bee Movie, the Jerry Seinfeld film that was a huge success. He talks about the process of writing that film and thinking through the bizarre world of a bee, or at least the bees in the movie.

This episode was recorded at Mark's home which is up the road from Spike's.  The two neighbors meet though on the wild roads of L.A. as is discussed in this episode.

Michael Shure begins the episode with THE FAST 15, 15 minutes of politics and other items.  This week, Mark apologizes to Michael for diminishing Michael's NHL fan status.

The two also talk London terrorism, animals and Wonder Woman (the Jewish superhero)



Actress Dana Delany on the Magic and Craziness of Hollywood... Plus, The President Gets Back From His Foreign Trip

May 31, 2017 01:03:13


Dana Delany rocketed to fame on China Beach, landed on People Magazine's Most Beautiful People issue TWICE, both in 1991 and 2011 (and she comments on how ridiculous that whole thing is on some level).  

Dana has starred in some of the highest profile movie and television projects of the last 25 years. 

Promoting those projects, the randomness of events associated with decisions on what projects to take on and and be part of is something Dana talks about.

The group talks about Dana's trip to Vietnam during the time she's starring in China Beach, a television show about the Vietnam war.  And Mark mentions that he's just returned from a trip there but the group makes fun of him and his trip.

We get to the insane, hormonal shoot that was TOMBSTONE.  Plus, she also gets into the film EXIT TO EDEN directed by Garry Marshall in which she starred.

The episode begins with THE FAST 15: POLITICS AND MORE with Michael Shure, who has just returned from 2 weeks covering Washington in Washington DC.

Shure isn't bothered by Trump pushing his way past other NATO leaders for a photo opp.  He IS bothered by Jared Kushner's back channel attempt to communicate with the Russians BEFORE the incoming administration is in power and Jared's lying on the disclosure form about his Russian meetings at Trump Tower. Finally, Michael makes a pitch for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

Heather Ankeny and Josh Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Dana Delany.

It's The Economy, Stupid! Finally, A Noted Economist Visits the Show

May 23, 2017 42:44


Tyler Cowen is a noted economist and professor at George Mason University in Washington.  He has published many books on economics and our culture.  

His latest is:

The Complacent Class: The Self Defeating Quest for the American Dream 

His book breaks down this moment in time in economic terms.

We are not as inventive, entrepreneurial, versatile, daring or even productive as past generations.  But within this cultural and economic moment in time there ARE members of society who take chances and make positive economic change happen.

J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for this conversation.

Before that, Mark walks us through an Apple lawsuit, Elon Musk's day and a fact about millennials.

You can buy Tyler Cowens books by clicking here.


Comey's Out, Russians and Chinese are In...Plus the Craziness of Josh Robert Thompson

May 11, 2017 01:26:28


It's been an eventful period in Washington. Because of that Michael Shure and Mark have a lot to chew on to start the show during THE FAST 15 

Then the master of voices and madness, Josh Robert Thompson, explains his new dominance on Facebook Live.  Josh has turned that platform into a moneymaker and he's done it quickly. 

That doesn't stop him from making fun of some of his viewers but they seem to like being the butt of the joke.

JRThompson also recounts a bit of his old world with Craig Ferguson as the voice of Geoff the Robot and the other characters on the show.

J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson

Editors note: Since this conversation, Josh has actually moved onto the Youtube Live platform.

Are We Backing Into War? Hardcore History Meets The Edge

May 2, 2017 54:26


One of Mark's favorite podcast hosts is Dan Carlin who does a show called Hardcore History.

Mark pumps him for some historical perspective on what's happening today.

Is the USA a Fading Empire?  How Close Are We to War? How will this moment in time be seen in the view of history?

Dan is a clear mind with a keen historical vision.

We start with THE FAST 15: Michael Shure who is, oddly perhaps, a fan of how United Airlines handled their PR mess after they threw a passenger off one of their flights.

The two also talk Instagram, High Tech Casino Gaming and Famous Amos cookies. 

Why Would Anyone Leave a Successful Career in Law to Become an Uber Driver?

Apr 23, 2017 50:40


We start this episode with a quick Earth Day message from Mark.

Then, Michael Shure shares the political truth about the "flip the 6th" race in Ga.

Plus, he and Mark talk about fishing, whale watching and more.

Heather and Josh then join.

First they beat up on Mark for Steve Martin retweeting him.  Then the crew meets an Uber driver who, months before starting his Uber driving, was a successful lawyer.

Why would anyone give up an accomplished legal practice to move to Vegas and drive for Uber?  He explains.



Apr 12, 2017 01:35:08


Jimmy Dore is back and he wants to burn down the whole Democratic party.  A party that he feels has let down the working class it claims to represent.

Jimmy was an advocate for Donald Trump beating the corporatist (as Jimmy puts it) that is Hillary Clinton so Mark asks him if he's happy with the way things have turned out.

Also,  Michael Shure stops in with THE FAST 15, we read a negative e-mail, talk Sean Spicer, cellphone fingerprint technology that apparently isn't secure & Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and columnist, David Horsey, visits too.

Link to David Horsey columns:

Link to Jimmy Dore:


Comedian Andy Kindler!!

Mar 31, 2017 01:20:36


Andy Kindler is back with a free form conversation that J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) helps along the way.

Josh and Andy are best friends and so the two play a comedic, verbal ping pong that makes for a fun hour.

Before Andy, we spend time with political analyst, Michael Shure.  

This week Michael talks about Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and how he's been given a wealth of responsibility for extremely important things but he has virtually no record of accomplishments in the spheres he's been charged with navigating.  Also, how the White House is being run like a family business.

Mark talks about how that's not surprising if one looks at the way Trump runs his other holdings.

Before anything, Michael and Mark talk about the newest entry into the plant based food world: The Beyond Burger.  Michael is over the moon for it.

The episode is broken down with the first 22 minutes devoted to everything that's not Andy Kindler and after 22 minutes it's everything that IS Andy Kindler.

J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Andy.

Happy listening.



Comedian, Producer, Writer and Author: Carol Leifer

Mar 24, 2017 01:22:43


 Carol Leifer has been involved with a remarkable number of hit comedy shows.  From Seinfeld to the Academy Awards to her own show which was critically heralded as one of the best shows in primetime television. 

The crew asks Carol about some of the shows she’s been involved with a special eye on Seinfeld.

Having come out as a lesbian late in life and after having been married to a man, Carol’s story is both interesting and extraordinary.  The crew quizzes Carol about her wedding and Mark asks Carol about what he calls, “Lesbian World”.  

Mark’s a fan of her books and asks her about her latest book, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING.

All of Carol's stand-up dates and links to buy her book can be found on her website

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Carol Leifer.

The show starts with THE FAST 15: Politics and more with Michael Shure.  It’s a 15 minute conversation covering the Washington scene and this time Mark and Michael get into the evolution of the ticket broker.

Inside the IBM Watson Team...Also, Looking Back on 17 Years in Prison and Activism in America: Does It Do Anything?

Feb 26, 2017 01:27:51


IBM Watson is leading the pack in artificial intelligence.

Nish Parekh from the Watson team joins us to bring us up to speed on how the technology is finding it's way into more and more aspects of business and daily interactions.

Plus, Nish's father may have one of the great immigrant stories.  So great that he starts with nothing and his story culminates with him being a high stakes baccarat player.  

Mark of course cannot resist asking Nish about that.

Then, Jeff, talks about his 17 years in prison.  Why was he there and what happens behind bars?  

We know Jeff because Heather's boyfriend spent 5 years in prison and met Jeff during his time there.

The show starts, as it frequently does, with THE FAST 15 with analyst Michael Shure (this time it's closer to 25 mins).

Mark and Michael talk about politics and get around to the confusion of a misplaced Michelin star that ends up bringing a huge crowd to a beer joint in France.

Chasing Down Poachers Across the Oceans: Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson

Feb 9, 2017 01:17:32


Leading a global movement to protect the world’s oceans is no easy task but Captain Paul Watson has been doing it for 40 years.

As a founding member of Greenpeace, Paul Watson has been an environmental activist from his earliest days.

Watson went on to found SEA SHEPHERD and his work with Sea Shepherd is documented in the show Whale Wars in which Watson hunts down and attempts to stop illegal poaching of whales around the world.  The brutal struggle to stop those illegal activities takes the Sea Shepherd crew into some of the most intense climates and conditions imaginable.

After virtually shutting down illegal Japanese whale hunts, the Japanese government fabricated charges against him to the point that Watson had to remain at sea for over a year to avoid extradition.  He still has to move around the world cautiously because of that warrant.

His work to protect the ocean from illegal fishing and pollution that destroys habitats around the globe continues every day and has continues to make on new forms and faces.

The show begins even before Captain Paul Watson arrives with Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein having a post-superbowl conversation which includes Heather walking us through a decadent Super Bowl party.

The first 20 minutes of the show is our conversation with our regular crew of Heather, Josh and Mark and then Captain Paul Watson joins and J. Elvis is traded out for Chris Little from iHeart Radio.

The Mouth That Roars: Talk Host John Kobylt

Jan 16, 2017 01:18:32


If you live on the west coast you may be aware of the dominance of The John and Ken Show.  

The show is on KFI radio and is top rated on the most listened to talk station in America.

It's known for being a nasty spot to end up if you are a politician and the guy with the nastiest bite in the John and Ken duo is our guest, John Kobylt.  

John describes his background and ascent through the ranks of sports journalism to radio dominance.

Mark Thompson is joined by political reporter, analyst and regular contributor Michael Shure for the conversation with John.

The Master Of Trends Analysis Talks About What to Expect --

Dec 30, 2016 51:44


As we finish the year there are titanic changes in the U.S. for the year ahead and beyond.

On this show we ask INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR and TRENDS ANALYST, Gerald Celente, to put it all in perspective.

Gerald is OPTIMISTIC about the effect DONALD TRUMP and his administration may have on the economy.

On other issues besides the economy, the picture is bit less clear.

You can get more information on Gerald Celente here:

Before Gerald Celente, Mark Thompson welcomes Michael Shure with THE FAST 15.  They discuss jailing people in India for not honoring the national anthem by standing.  Then Mark and Michael discuss marijuana legalization and it’s positive and negatives.

J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh accompanies Mark for the conversation with Gerald Celente)

Over 20 Years in Prison For a Murder He Never Committed--Finally Exonerated

Dec 17, 2016 56:08


This episode starts with J. Elvis Weinstein having just wrapped up serving as foreman of the jury on a murder trial.   He'll review the facts and what happened in that deliberation room.

Then, Tim Atkins joins us.  Tim was wrongly accused and convicted of robbery and murder and ended up in prison for 23 years before he was exonerated.

What's it like in prison?  What's it like to be there as an innocent man?  How does he survive?

What's the future hold for Tim Atkins and is the state of California ever going to compensate him for the mistaken imprisonment?

Mark Thompson is joined by J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny

Santa Brings Us The Pitbull of Comedy: Bobby Slayton

Dec 2, 2016 53:59


Bobby Slayton has had a rough year, with the death of his wife of 30 years.

What's happened since?  Bobby fills us in on his new girlfriend who he met--at a funeral.

Then it's dinners with Woody Allen and more.

Josh Weinstein (J Elvis Weinsten) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson


Nov 12, 2016 01:22:26


What do Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Ke$ha & Selena Gomez have in common? They are just a few of the artists who have in common our guest, Aaron Bay-Schuck.

Aaron is the President of A & R at Interscope Records and has signed and developed some of the biggest names in music.  He's been a co-writer on some of the biggest hits of the last five years.

The crew discusses how Aaron found Bruno Mars and what goes into building the careers and the creative expressions of so many of our favorite artists.  

Also, how is the music industry changing?

Aaron grew up as the son of actor John Schuck and actress Susan Bay.  Bay then remarried, Leonard Nimoy.  So Aaron grew up as the step-son of Leonard Nimoy and talks about his step-dad and the family since Nimoy's passing.

It's a great hour about music, creativity and a ride through what happens in the new world of the music business.

The show starts with THE FAST 15: Political reporter and analyst Michael Shure owns the fact that he may be wrong about THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE and not just because of the election result.

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson for the conversation with AARON BAY-SCHUCK

The Day After the Election: ABC White House and Senior National Correspondent, Jim Avila

Nov 12, 2016 53:39


The smoke has barely cleared.  It's less than a day after the polls closed and Emmy and Murrow award winning ABC White House and Senior National correspondent, Jim Avila reflects on what happened.

Why were the media pollsters so wrong?

Jim shares an insider's look and even talks about a memo that was circulated at ABC by the pollsters explaining what went on.

Avila talks about false equivalency and the notion of "fair" reporting in the run up to election day.

Was the media complicit in running down one candidate over in favor of the other.

Plus, a listener who had written to the show in the comments section of our website joins by phone to share a few minutes on why he voted for Donald Trump.

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson




Nov 4, 2016 01:26:41


Frying the Political System While Getting a Decent Martini 

Guests, Jimmy Dore and Michael Shure

THE FAST 15 with Michael Shure:  We catch political analyst, Michael Shure, between road trips to cover the PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.  

Of course, the conversation is diverted almost immediately when Michael goes nuts over the Jonathan Gold Best Restaurant List which has just come out.  

Then it' on to the electoral college, which is both explained and defended by Michael Shure.  Mark Thompson is not a fan.

Jimmy tells us about the perfect martini and torches the American political system.

He loathes Clinton and Trump and everyone else who has a whiff of being part of mainstream politics.

It's been a long, nasty political season and this is our big finish.  


Illeana Douglas Part Deux

Oct 26, 2016 49:43


Our conversation with Illeana Douglas is broken into two episodes because of it's length. This is part two.

 Illeana Douglas has starred in films from Goodfellas and Cape Fear to To Die For and Alive and TV shows like Six Feet Under.  Plus, she created and hosted her own successful comedy and breakthrough TV show that took place in an IKEA store which she discusses.

Right now, she's hosting a TV series on the TCM network.

Her life in and around movies makes for a world that you just can't hear enough about.

Illeana's grandfather was a two time Oscar winner and yet she grew up going hungry many days in a family that had no money (discussed in the first episode).

Why is Dennis Hopper to blame for this?  Illeana told us about that in the last episode.

Here, she discusses going hungry on the movie, ALIVE and doing a talk show in an real IKEA store

Her book is I Blame Dennis Hopper And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies.

Josh Weinstein (J.Elvis Weinstein) joins Mark Thompson for the conversation.

Stories From A Life In and Out of Movies: Illeana Douglas ..Plus, Que Pasa with the Republicans

Oct 18, 2016 01:27:34


Illeana Douglas has starred in films from Goodfellas and Cape Fear to To Die For and Alive and TV shows like Six Feet Under.  Plus, she created and hosted her own successful comedy and breakthrough TV show that took place in an IKEA store.

Right now, she's hosting a TV series on the TCM network.

Her life in and around movies makes for a world that you just can't hear enough about.

Illeana's grandfather was a two time Oscar winner and yet she grew up going hungry many days in a family that had no money.

Why is Dennis Hopper to blame for this?  Illeana tells us.

The conversation with Illeana Douglas is broken into two episodes because of it's length. This is part one.

Josh Weinstein (J.Elvis Weinstein) joins Mark Thompson for the conversation.

As always, we begin with THE FAST 15: Politics and more with Michael Shure sharing thoughts on what's happening with the GOP during this tumultuous time and a story of an Arab Prince who's a reformer but a decadent one.



Veterinary Medicine, Presidential Politics And Wal-Mart Cantalopes

Oct 12, 2016 57:23


 Dr. Armaiti May, DVM is a veterinarian in Los Angeles whose award winning activism on behalf of animals has made her an expert witness in many animal cruelty court trials.  She’s involved in one of the highest profile animal rights trials in recent history, in which a woman who offered water to pigs being taken to slaughter.

Our crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny start with learning about a religion they didn’t know about.  Then, they talk with her about confronting euthanizing a loved pet…How soon is too soon?  How long do you wait?

Dr. May’s activism has led her to create an organization to work for more humane changes within the veterinary profession and their teaching protocol.

The conversation is wide ranging and our crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny.

For more information on Dr. Armaiti May and her work both as a vet and an advocate for animals, check out these websites: 

The show starts with the FAST 15: Political expert Michael Shure gives us the low down on a wild political season and Walmart tries to revolutionize the grocery business

Presidential Debate Politics and Passion, Analysis and Cheerleading

Oct 3, 2016 33:27


Political Expert Michael Shure and Trump Cheerleaders, Diamond and Silk

Debate veteran journalist and political analyst, Michael Shure takes us into the Presidential Debate press pool during the FAST 15.

We also get caught up with Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein.


Trump super fans Diamond and Silk finish off the show.

Mark Thompson hosts.


Presidential Debate Prep Plus A Comedy Writer is Fired by His Divorce Atty

Sep 23, 2016 01:07:51


Days from the first presidential debate, political analyst Michael Shure tells us what to expect.

Then, Emmy Award winning comedy writer, David Feldman, is getting a divorce and talks about the dirty business of mediation and why his divorce lawyer fired him and charged him for the letter dismissing him as a client.





Sep 17, 2016 01:08:01


The show starts with the FAST 15 with Mark and Michael Shure.  

Mark and Michael discuss credit cards and then play the game, HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR CREDIT CARD?


DIANE LADD has a free form talk with Mark and Josh (J Elvis Weinstein) about her life in theater and film.

Diane is an actress/writer/director and author and a winner of over 35 international awards, nominated for three Emmy Awards® and three Academy Awards® for the films Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose.

She starred with her daughter Laura Dern in Rambling Rose and made Academy Award® history as the first mother/daughter duo to earn nominations for the same film. 

Ladd’s most recent movie is Joy from Director David O. Russell 

She joins us to talk about her most television project, the very popular, CHESAPEAKE SHORES on The Hallmark Channel 


Sep 11, 2016 01:13:24


The show starts with THE FAST 15: 15 mins with political analyst, Michael Shure.  

Michael offers some thoughts on the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF FORUM and the failing of Matt Lauer.

Then our guest, Bill Reiter.  Bill is a journalist whose frankness and honesty has been rewarded as he moved into sports,

He talks about cornering President Clinton for an interview at a urinal in Little Rock Arkansas.  He also reflects on his days as a beat sports reporter in Miami, where he got into a toxic back and forth with Lebron James at the height of his stardom there. 

His bad blood with Chris Paul continues even today.

As you can tell, Bill is used to speaking his mind.

The crew touches on the Colin Kaepernick/national anthem controversy as well.

Bill's new show can be found on the CBS Sports app, ROKU, APPLE TV and at

J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for the talk with Bill Reiter.





Sep 6, 2016 01:03:07


Trump, charm school, Dodi Fayed and more...

Model and actress, Sandi Taylor has been around some of the most powerful people in the jet set world.  She tells stories of a life out of a movie.  

Did Donald Trump really give her a copy of his book ART OF THE DEAL? Did he tell her to change her name? Did he really track her down after seeing her on the cover of a magazine?  

First, CBS Sports host and writer Bill Reiter weighs in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy.

Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein 




Aug 27, 2016 59:43




A free form conversation with comedian, host, actor and producer Ben Gleib.


ESQUIRE magazine calls Ben one of the comedians most likely to be the NEXT BIG THING in comedy.   Ben is an improv force of nature.


Heather, J.Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson knock around on subjects from asking permission to kiss to Johnny Carson memorabilia and late night comedy generally.


Ben’s talks about his hot game show IDIOT TEST on GSN and his newest Showtime special, NEUROTIC GANGSTER.


Did Ben ever try to hook up with best friend Chelsea Handler?   How did he win thousands from Chelsea in ping pong?  These are a couple of questions answered in this episode.


Mark claims he’s been inviting Ben to come to the show for some time but Ben proves him wrong.



Aug 20, 2016 36:14



  She is one of the most prolific music makers in pop music history.   She drops in for a conversation about music, creative process working with Prince, performing the theme to a James Bond film and now, raising a family.   For Southern California listeners, Sheena is performing on Sunday, August 21st in a special show that the crew talks about: GET TICKETS HERE   Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson



Aug 11, 2016 48:05



That guy from Wang Chung!! 

Jack Hues created some of the biggest songs of the decade: DANCE HALL DAYS, EVERYBODY HAVE FUN and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. to name just three.

 Jack joins us from England and talks about riding the 80s wave of Wang Chung and about his new project. 

 Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein ask about how it was then, how Wang Chung ended up scoring the film To Live and Die in L.A. and how Jack’s latest project has come together.

Here’s the link to get Jack Hues' new stuff:

And here’s a link to his classic 80s Wang Chung stuff

BUT BEFORE JACK HUES ON THE SHOW: A quick shot of politics with political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure…

Then Jack from Wang Chung ..

Finally Mark invites his sister into the studio during her recovery to tell her story of being pulled from a burning car right before it exploded in pieces.  

J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson


Aug 4, 2016 01:42:08


Michael Shure and Jimmy Dore

Fresh off covering both American political conventions, Michael Shure stops by with a jumbo blast of insider political analysis and stories from the road.  

(But the show begins with a digression about the product BREATH ASSURE)


Jimmy Dore (who also has just returned from both conventions) lights up the Democrats for ignoring the potential of Bernie Sanders, and laments the loss of liberalism in a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

Then he blasts the media for normalizing everything from Donald Trump

For all the places you can find Jimmy Dore go to

For the conversation with Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) joins Mark Thompson 

Reality TV Giant, Plus..Heather Gets a TV Show & Mark Officiates a Wedding

Jul 19, 2016 01:11:46


Heather gets a TV show but it’s gonna end after this season and she gets trolled on Instagram.  

J. Elvis Weinstein has lunch with a crime reporter.

Mark officiates at the wedding of Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz and The New York Times gets a key detail about the whole thing wrong.

Then it’s fun stories from REALITY TELEVISION with a REALITY TV PRODUCING KING, Cris Abrego.

Cris is recognized globally as pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout celebreality series The Surreal Life and for riding herd over the mega-hits BIG BROTHER, BIGGEST LOSER, MASTER CHEF and many more.  He is co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America.  But has great stories of the beginnings of reality TV from his days on MTV’S ROAD RULES and THE REAL WORLD.

Cris Abrego's rise from the working class LA suburb of El Monte, California to become prominent in the Television industry is nothing short of amazing.

In his book MAKE IT REALITY, Chris offers up lessons he learned from almost twenty years in Television—How to visualize your goals and attain them, dealing with risks and having no limits on what can be achieved.

Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join in for the entire episode

Her Husband Dealt Drugs.. She Didn't..He Got 4 Years and She Got 20

Jul 12, 2016 01:02:50


We start with a 10 minute blast of politics from political analyst and journalist Michael Shure talking with Mark Thompson.

Then our guest, Amy Povah…  

When Federal Drug agents burst into her home, Amy Povah was confronted at gunpoint. 

Amy was sentenced to two decades in prison and spent 10 years behind bars because her husband was dealing drugs.  She was not part of his drug dealing.  By the way, the husband pleaded his time down to 4 years.

It was her husband agents were after.  His overseas  ECSTASY drug operation had grown to the point that he was something of a kingpin.

Amy explains to Mark and Josh that she was not part of that operation but was faced with the specter of wearing a wire and becoming an underground informant anyway.  The Feds said that if she didn’t cooperate in that way they’d send her away for a mandatory 24 year sentence.

Worried about the danger etc. she didn’t cooperate in that way and they indeed sentenced her to two decades behind bars.

How she got out after 10 years and how she’s working to help others, often girlfriends and spouses or other family members in jail for sometimes something as little as taking a phone message for a known dealer, is part of what she talks about with Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein.

Her outreach and clemency program is CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders.   There’s more information at

Ed Begley Jr. Builds His Dream House

Jun 24, 2016 01:09:57


Ed Begley Jr. is an actor with a long, long list of credits like, St. Elsewhere (6 Emmy nominations) to features and stage productions and even back to the small screen, BETTER CALL SAUL and a hit Netflix series, LADY DYNAMITE.  

Ed is also a monument to sustainability.  He's been on the cutting edge of living a sustainable life for decades. 

Now, he's building a house which is dedicated to conserving energy and keeping the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Ed has enlisted the help of Scott Harris.

Scott is a builder with an impressive and high profile client list: Paul Allen, Taio Cruz, Kevin James, Kevin Costner, John Paul DeJoria, Neil Patrick Harris, the Sultan of Brunel and the Savoy Hotel-London.

The guys talk about little things we can all do to help the cause of sustainability and of course they talk HOLLYWOOD and more.

The episode kicks off with 10 minutes of political talk with regular contributor, Michael Shure.


Jun 15, 2016 01:01:52


Our newest regular contributor is political analyst, Michael Shure.  We’ll spend 10 minutes talking with Michael regularly about the unfolding political season and how the fast moving events of the world shape the respective presidential campaigns

THEN, the documentary film, The Best Of It and the filmmaker, SCOTT PEARSON EBERLY… Scott talks about the characters that inhabit his film.  They are four people who make their sole living from betting on sports.

One of them, “Dink”, calls in during the show.

It’s a subculture that’s fascinating, exhilarating and maybe even a bit unsettling.

You don’t need to be a gambler for this episode…but if you want to see his film here’s the link to THE BEST OF IT.

Heather Ankeny and Josh Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson for the conversation with Scott.



Jun 7, 2016 01:11:23


COURTNEY THORNE-SMITH is one of the most successful actresses in television.   

From Melrose Place and Ally McBeal to According to Jim and Two and A Half Men, her talents have been spread across many years in a career that’s going strong.

You will hear Mark fawn over her and J.Elvis Weinstein chime in along with the KING OF TV, PAUL GOEBEL who joins by phone.  Courtney tells us about the process of auditioning, getting high profile role and working family into the world of a successful acting career. 

Here’s the King of TV website:


SANGITA IYER, who has made the documentary film GODS IN SHACKLES, talks about her campaign of awareness to stop the abuse of Asian Elephants in India, a country which claims to revere and celebrate elephants but actually has institutionalized their torture and abuse.

For information on the GODS IN SHACKLES movie and campaign against this cruelty:

and … 

to attend the red carpet premiere in L.A click here!

Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker...Racing Extinction..Also..A Report from Trump and Bernie Rallies

May 28, 2016 01:15:20


He's won an Academy Award for his documentary, THE COVE, and now Louis Psihoyos has a new film that is both breathtaking and powerful.  

RACING EXTINCTION is about the coming mass extinction unfolding across the planet, during which at least half the species on earth will vanish.

The film deals with examples of the of the Anthropocene extinction, in other words, the effects of the unbridled appetites of human beings(literal and figurative) causing the greatest mass extinction since the KT event, 66 million years ago.

And despite the bleak realities, the film is hopeful, exciting, beautifully photographed and empowering.

The movie takes you undercover to Asia to witness the demand for endangered animal parts in exotic elixirs and culinary preparations and goes from there...

Composer J Ralph, who scored this movie and the Academy Award winning documentary film, MAN ON WIRE  (along with CHASING ICE and other high profile documentary projects of late) joins us also.

But before the guests arrive Jimmy Dore reports to us from from the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  There are no two campaigns with more momentum than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and Jimmy contrasts the two stump speeches and rallies.

For more information on the film RACING EXTINCTION and related subjects go to

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson

Sam Rubin Spills His Entertainment Guts

May 24, 2016 01:08:39


Sam Rubin reports entertainment on the top morning news program in L.A.

Sam talks show business and life and generally slops around with Josh, Heather and Mark


May 14, 2016 01:10:35


Two guests…

The crew of Mark Thompson, J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny discuss a few things before the guests arrive...Including Heather’s most recent relationship drama and along the way they change gears and welcome BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET and then DAN HARRIS to the conversation.

Brooke Burke-Charvet explains a career path that has taken her around the world, made her a substantial star and helped her manage significant family obligations as a mother.  The blog that she writes can be found at

The star of DANCING WITH THE STARS talks about her new book in which Brooke stresses simplicity and de-cluttering our lives of STUFF.   The book is called THE JOY OF LESS - 101 STORIES ABOUT HAVING MORE BY SIMPLIFYING OUR LIVES.

Brooke shares a bit of her high flying life with us and fills us in on how to say “no” and how to reorganize, prioritize and downsize.


Then DAN HARRIS joins…

DAN HARRIS  is an award winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’S NIGHTLINE.

He’s reported from war zones, inside the prison system and far flung villages in Congo.  We ask him about some of those places and stories.

Dan Harris also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20” and “Good Morning America”.

In 2014, Harris published the book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works. It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics.

As an anchor on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Dan had a panic attack that led to revelations about his life and the power of the mind.

He shares some of his story with our group.

To get more Dan Harris related material, check out these links:

​​10% Happier app website:

​ ​10% Happier app​

(The app offers a free 7-day trial)

10% Happier Podcast​​

Book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story


​ ​


Wild Ride..Media, Drugs and Art through the Voice: Shadoe Stevens

May 7, 2016 01:17:30


 One of the most famous voices in television and radio takes us through a life onscreen and off.

As the voice and creator of some of the highest profile and innovative advertising campaigns, Shadoe Stevens had doors opened and Hollywood calling.

What happened next is a story of triumph, addiction and re-emergence.

More Shadoe at his website

 J. Elvis Weinstein joins Mark Thompson

Some Words About Prince + Heather Realizes Her Boyfriend is Gay

Apr 29, 2016 39:16


Mark's co-host, Josh, grew up in Minneapolis and has some thoughts on Prince.

Music critic Michael Snyder also joins to reflect on and add a story or two about the Purple One.

Plus, Heather tells of dating a gay man and not realizing it until...

Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein 




Apr 26, 2016 54:53


HOW NOT TO DIE is the new NY Times bestselling book from world renown medical doctor and researcher, Dr. Michael Greger.

Greger discusses how simple diet and lifestyle changes can extend our lives and actually roll back the damage done by years of dietary and environmental abuse, allowing us to live longer and better lives.

Dr. Greger has testified before congress and his work is meticulously well documented and presented.

You can get HOW NOT TO DIE and other books by Dr. Michael Greger by clicking here.

Plus, Dr. Greger does daily short videos discussing a number of issues and sorting through research.  You can get access to those videos and a bunch of other great information at

J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson 

Tavis Smiley Talks Life Lessons

Apr 19, 2016 54:50


Tavis Smiley is a successful broadcaster, best selling author, lecturer and political commentator.

His world is populated by a who’s who of modern life and a his mind has a keen sense of the past with a view toward the future.

Much of his life philosophy is in his new book:  50 For Your Future…Lessons From Down The Road 

Tavis’ take on life, future and opportunity may offer insight for many of us.

Josh Weinstein joins Mark Thompson


What's a Marconi Award And How Did This Guy Win So Many?

Apr 12, 2016 57:12


Radio's champion morning team of Kevin and Bean have dominated since they arrived in L.A. in 1990..They've stared down the best radio shows in the country from Howard Stern on and they're still going.

Bean joins us to tell us about their ride and to make fun of Mark.


Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark


Apr 4, 2016 01:30:50


We are fans of the work of Garry Shandling.

This episode of THE EDGE looks back at his professional life, both personal and professional.  It’s a pretty deep dive.

We include some clips from Garry and we talk primarily about his two groundbreaking shows: IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW and THE LARRY SANDERS.

Our guests are two people who knew him.

Jay Kogen joins us to talk about having started as an errand boy on IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW in the 80’s and rising to the role of writer and ultimately going on to become an Emmy winning producer, given the Emmy by, Garry Shandling.

Also, we are joined by Linda Doucett, who was Garry’s fiancé and was with him for 7 years.  She talks about her years at THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW and her world around him.

Linda is still raw from the news of Garry’s death, having just spoken to him a week before he died.

The Wild Journey From Sex Addiction to Monogamy with Neil Strauss

Mar 27, 2016 01:20:25


Neil Strauss, the author of THE GAME (penetrating the secret world of pick-up artists) joins us in an unvarnished conversation about love, relationships and sex (some of which is pretty bizarre and out there)

On his website Neil says his new book, THE TRUTH: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, is "an attempt to figure out where so many people go wrong, again and again, when it comes to relationships and marriage—and if there’s a better way to live, love, and make love."

He also says, "this, however, is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by the consequences of my own behavior"

And his journey is both fascinating and literally unbelievable.

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson and they both share some adult stories along the way.

WARNING for adult themes


Inside The Mind and Voices of Josh Robert Thompson

Mar 15, 2016 45:07


JRT is Back…Talking about his latest TV creation --

Josh Robert Thompson is the man of voices and ideas…

From access TV stardom as a kid to network television and performing voices on Family Guy and feature films, Josh Robert Thompson is a packed warehouse of talent.  

He talks about some of what he’s doing and his latest project.

Josh is a great friend of the show so it’s always fun when he visits.

You can find more information on Josh at

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson for this episode of THE EDGE


Mar 5, 2016 01:42:19


It’s a jumbo episode...   A quick conversation with YouTube and internet sensations (and our favorite Donald Trump supporters), DIAMOND AND SILK.   Then we are interrupted in studio by "MORGAN FREEMAN" (who supports Hillary Clinton).  But "Morgan Freeman" seems more concerned with the just concluded Oscars ceremony than just politics.   Then in another brief conversation, Lisa Joyner’s talks about her NEW show on TLC, LONG LOST FAMILY.  The show reunites loved ones who have been separated often times for their entire lives.  Unrehearsed and real, everyone here at THE EDGE was incredibly moved by this emotional series and we highly recommend it.   Here's a teaser for the premiere season of LONG LOST FAMILY.   Finally, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER CHRIS BELL:   Mark has followed Chris for years and is a huge fan of his work.   Chris’ latest film is called PRESCRIPTION THUGS which discusses prescription drug abuse in the U.S. but also reveals a stunning bombshell that occurred during the making of the documentary.   He’s also done TROPHY KIDS and BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER   Note: THANKS to friend of the show Josh Robert Thompson for bringing the voice of Morgan Freeman to life.

Marilu Henner Returns: Cancer, Memory and Trump

Feb 26, 2016 01:13:12


When Mark calls Marilu a “multi-threat” he’s not kidding.

Marilu Henner (a returning guest to THE EDGE) was trained and excelled as an actress on stage, television and film.  She counts the hit shows Taxi and Evening Shade among the TV shows she’s been part of and she’s starred in feature films opposite John Travolta, Burt Reynolds, Michael Keaton and Steve Martin.

But it’s her work and presence beyond show business that has gotten a lot of attention along the way as well.

Motivated by the early death of her parents, Marilu became educated in health and wellness strategies. She’s lectured and written extensively on those subjects.

When her husband of two months was given a dire cancer diagnosis, the two planned a strategy to beat it without surgery, chemo or radiation. 

Twelve and a half years later he’s around to reflect on that story in a new book that is released in April.  Here’s a link to that book and some of her other work.

Finally Marilu has what’s called, highly superior autobiographical memory, which allows her a perfect memory of places, people and situations that defies description.

The crew talks to her about a lot of what her life has been about with a dash of Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump and The Bachelor thrown in as well.

J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson


Feb 16, 2016 01:07:58


After seeing the wildly popular, 10 part Netflix series MAKING A MURDERER, you walk away thinking the man at the center of the trial, Steven Avery, and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are arguably wrongly accused men, potentially innocent and certainly not deserving of a conviction for the murder of a woman who came to the Avery property to photograph for AutoTrader.

The series leads you to believe the cops railroaded a conviction for any number of reasons.  Among them, Steven Avery was involved in a civil suit against the department for having been wrongly arrested and convicted for rape (having served 18 years)

But Dan O’Donnell’s series REBUTTING A MURDERER — on iHeartRadio — there’s a link to it here  tells the WHOLE story of the trial and evidence and it’s that evidence that you never see in the 10 hours of the Netflix series.

We review many details and give listeners a sense of the series and the more complete picture.

J.Elvis Weinstein (who didn’t see the show), Heather Ankeny (who believes Avery should have been found “not guilty”) join Mark Thompson (who, after hearing Dan’s reports, thinks Avery is 100 percent guilty) 

We start with another quick visit to the world of Donald Trumps’s most fervent new supporters: DIAMOND AND SILK.  

Then we finish with Heather’s story from the Super Bowl in San Francisco.

Trump Passion, Jimmy Dore & Meeting Legends and Idols

Feb 5, 2016 01:19:42


Diamond and Silk are two women who have exploded on the internet with robust support of Donald Trump.

YouTube videos and stump speeches have made them such favorites of his campaign that they’ve joined him on the stump and they are among the few he’s following on Twitter.

We’ll hear excerpts of their impassioned support and talk to them about where the fire for Trump came from.

Then, Jimmy Dore stops by and shares stories of a great life moment --meeting Dick Van Dyke, Sam Elliot, Randy Newman and Don Rickles—all with different outcomes and reactions.

A couple of key moments from THE GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS…Bernie Sanders and the Iowa caucuses…

What makes a person happy, universal vibrations and more.

Mark Thompson is joined by J.Elvis Weinstein to talk with comic, Jimmy Dore.



Trump, election, vibration, psychic, black, republican, democrat, Iowa Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, Awards

Boom or Bust- Looking Into the Future

Jan 29, 2016 56:53


To call the future “uncertain” would be the understatement of the new year.

Someone who has been looking into the future for decades now joins us in this episode to give us a sense of at least one perspective on the future.

Gerald Celente is a future trends expert who has a team that THE ECONOMIST says has a “range of specialties (that) would rival many university faculties.”

 Gerald talks world markets and gives us a window on what he does.

 Then, Heather has an amazing, true life story of HUGE secret kept for years. 

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson.

The Football Fantasy Guru Matthew Berry

Jan 22, 2016 53:00


Arguably the top dog in fantasy football is Matthew Berry.  The ESPN Senior Fantasy Football Analyst has turned his expertise into a robust industry.  That industry includes a popular podcast and website for starters, called

Of course, the world of fantasy sports has never been hotter and Matthew walks us through it all.   He has a dizzying command of statistics and performance strategies.  That’s made Matthew a highly sought after consultant to some huge celebrities from other worlds. 
  For example, he takes us inside being the fantasy football buddy of Jay-Z's and sitting in on Jay-Z’s draft alongside other stars of the NBA and the hip hop world.   Plus, Matthew is expanding the reach of fantasy sports to another area completely and sucks the whole group into that new project.   Before the world of ESPN and fantasy sports blew up for him, Matthew had a career as a screen writer and producer and he takes the crew through some memorable moments   from his most notable film pitch.   Heather Ankeny is also someone with a deep fantasy football knowledge and sandwiched between them is J. Elvis Weinstein who is a newbie to the game.   Funny, smart and relevant: Matthew Berry joins Mark along with Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein.

Andy Kindler Is Funny

Jan 17, 2016 01:12:56


Andy Kindler is the comic's comic and his reflections on what he's done and what he's doing make this one of those conversations you just sit back and enjoy.


J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) is Andy's good friend so the two have a conversational shorthand that's fun to be in on.

Heather is away so it's just Mark and Josh and Andy.


Jan 8, 2016 39:40



Discovery Channel premiered its first-ever true crime series titled KILLING FIELDS …Taking viewers inside an active criminal investigation as it unfolds. 

The series follows the hunt for the killer of a Louisiana woman. It's a case that went cold nearly two decades ago in the small community of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, just 15 miles from the state capitol, Baton Rouge. 

In June 1997, Louisiana State University student Eugenie Boisfontaine was last seen near LSU’s lakes. Two months later, her body was found nearby in a watery ditch with evidence of blunt force trauma to her head. 


Who did it and why? Was her murder part of a much bigger string of killings? Between 1997 and 2003, there were 60 cases of missing and murdered women in the area that went unsolved. And to make it even more complicated, the Baton Rouge area had multiple serial killers operating at the same time with two of the their victims living on the same street as Eugenie.  Could these murders be connected?

Detective Rodie Sanchez was assigned to the case in 1997 and hasn’t stopped thinking about it since. He makes the bold decision to come out of retirement and gets permission to re-open the case. Rodie is determined to solve the mystery and make good on a broken promise to Eugenie’s mother: to find the person (or persons) responsible for killing her daughter.

Joining Rodie is a young hot-shot detective, Aubrey St. Angelo, who has a knack for reading people and isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions. 

The two work in conjunction with top detectives.  With advancements in forensic science and DNA analysis, a lot has changed since 1997. But will this be enough to crack the case for good? And will Rodie be able to finally rest and move beyond the case that has forever haunted him?


Detectives Sanchez and St. Angelo join us in this episode of THE EDGE.

Hosts: Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein


Year End Show....We Talk About Our Favorite Moments

Jan 1, 2016 01:30:05


Heather, Josh and Mark talk about some of their favorite moments on our show from the last year and beyond...

Clips and highlights make for a great jumbo sampler of THE EDGE-- 

Our Favorite Stocking Stuffer: Comedian Bobby Slayton

Dec 17, 2015 01:07:59


Bobby Slayton is known as the pitbull of comedy for his acerbic, take no prisoners style on stage.

Bobby talks holidays, media, his famous daughter and tells us about meeting Alice Cooper and how he saved Bobby's life.

Bobby Slayton is a fan favorite and ours too.

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson 

Extremism, Terrorism and Islam ...A Muslim U.S. Marine Answers Questions

Dec 10, 2015 01:02:33


Mansoor Shams is a Muslim who enlisted in the Marine corps before 9-11 and who wanted to go into combat when the Twin Towers came down.

Now, even though he’s out of “the Corps” he maintains close ties to many in the Marines.

As the climate in America has taken a decidedly anti-muslim tone, he feels the need to try and stop the flow of bad information.  

His frequent periscopes and forays into social media attempt to do that 

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson 


Dec 2, 2015 59:37


He's pioneered a revolutionary part of the law, been a coke addict and a top morning radio personality...

KFI morning radio personality Bill Handel's irreverent, almost reckless style has made him a few enemies along the way but mostly has contributed to the kind of success in the fickle business of broadcasting that most can only dream of.

His place at KFI atop the morning radio ratings goes essentially uncontested.  

But what he has done away from radio may be an even better story...

Bill Handel joins Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh)

Award Winning Director/Writer Billy Ray Talks Film: Secret in Their Eyes

Nov 23, 2015 01:03:58


Our guest is Billy Ray.  He's fresh off the writing and directing of SECRET IN THEIR EYES, starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  

Billy talks about this film as we approach it's opening weekend,  screenwriting in general, his perfect/favorite movies, film writing and directing, upcoming projects and more.

If it sounds like a lot, that's because it is.  

A great episode with award winning writer/director Billy Ray.

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson

Secrets of A Vegas Casino SuperHost

Nov 12, 2015 50:44


The term “whale”, when used in Las Vegas casinos, refers to someone who gambles a lot of money— A LOT of money.

Casino hosts make their livelihoods on how many gamblers they bring into the casino and how much those gamblers put in play.  So the hunt for “whales” is critical to those hosts surviving.

When casino superhost Steve Cyr got to the scene, the competitive hunt for those big gamblers and the rules to bring them in changed.

His life in Vegas has taken him though the many changes in Vegas.  The crew talks about the changing face of Vegas and the extent to which Cyr has gone to bring in gamblers to the various casinos he has called home.

The book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost - Confessions of a Vegas Superhost is all about superhost, Steve Cyr’s Vegas world.  

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark

You can pick up a copy of the book Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost here


Nov 2, 2015 01:08:04


When 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a horrible mining accident, the prospects of their rescue looked bleak.

The new film THE 33 tells the story of how the world came together to make that miraculous rescue happen.

The writer of that film is our guest.

Mikko Alanne is not only a gifted screenwriter but he's a student of a wide variety of subjects and, of course, films.

What's the challenge of bringing a true story to life in the movies...?

The crew asks him about both THE 33 and then about other true stories that have made it to film.

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson


Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey

Oct 23, 2015 43:14



Ivy League graduate and former Wall Street investment banker, Sonia Faruqi leaves the business world in the 2008 shake-out.  Then, in an effort to do something totally different ends up at the door of an organic dairy farm.  What happened next would change her life and vault her into the spotlight of food issues for the next generation.

Her adventure takes her on a journey around the world.  A remarkable experience that is chronicled in the new book PROJECT ANIMAL FARM: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and The Truth About Our Food.

From dairy farms in Canada to chicken farms in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia, she was not only witness to so much but she turns her business mind loose on what she's seen.  

Then she comes up with a cost efficient alternative way to farm while also perhaps being more humane to millions of creatures.

At the end of the show Angela Daun fills us in on her project.  She is starting a new television show.  The show takes a look around the world at the state of animals (endangered and others).

Angela has a Kickstarter campaign going which you can join by going to Kickstarter and entering the name ANIMAL EMPIRE.

J. Elvis Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson



Sam Simon Died and Left His Beloved Dog Behind..So What's The Problem?

Oct 15, 2015 01:04:02



Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon's Trust Is Now Battling Over Money Needed For The Dog Left Behind...

With no mention of his dog in his trust, Sam Simon has left behind some bizarre questions about how money is going to be distributed to the causes he cared most about.  Those are likely going to be worked out.

But the oddest and seemingly most straight forward question of all still goes unanswered.  Where is the money to support and maintain the high maintenance dog that Sam loved so much, Columbo.

The Sam Simon trustee says there is none provided for Columbo in any of the documents.

Will Sam's dog go more or less orphaned by the estate?  It's a question we try to answer in this episode.

Columbo's trainer and Sam Simon friend, Tyson Kilmer joins us with his wife, Allison.  He describes in detail the communications he’s had with the estate.

We are also joined by a leading estate and trust lawyer, Jeff Condon.  Jeff explains that the trustee may have legal high ground to leave Tyson and Columbo out in the cold financially.

Jeff Condon has written extensively on subjects of trusts and estates and his books have been heralded as the best books in the field.

Finally, we share a statement from the Sam Simon estate that attempts to set the record straight on this subject but it may leave you with more questions than answers.

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson



Oct 8, 2015 01:23:27


The new documentary is called MICHAEL DES BARRES-- WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO BE.

It's directed by our own J.Elvis Weinstein and it chronicles a remarkable life in rock music and acting.

DesBarres is a descendent from royalty, raised in England.   But his upbringing was a far cry from any royal palace.  

He was raised among prostitutes and pederasts before embarking on an astonishing career in theater, film and music.

Michael DesBarres has worked with the biggest names in the history of music, film and television.

The crew just lets him unwind the stories from all those worlds.

A fascinating charmer: Michael DesBarres


Oct 1, 2015 01:08:28



He might have once been a devoted Catholic altar boy in Chicago but Jimmy Dore seems more about rebellion now.  

He’s a comedian and author who is a regular and welcome guest.

Rebelling against religion and mainstream party politics, Jimmy always shakes up the conversation.  

He tells the story of being chased by a molesting priest and how that priest was ultimately handled by the community and the church.

It’s religion and politics for sure but the crew gets to a lot of other things as well…Like the psychology of success and jockeying for position in life.

Plus, now that Heather’s inmate lover is out (he was serving 5+ years in a federal penitentiary for a white collar crime), Jimmy is updated on her situation and shares some tough love with Heather.

Josh gives Mark and Jimmy a hard time over their affections for the app PERISCOPE.

You can find more Jimmy at 

Heather Ankeny and J.Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson 


Sep 18, 2015 34:47



PETER GLEICK is a water expert who has written several books about the world's water situation.  He is also, by any yardstick, a genius.  In this episode, he shares insights and thoughts on our world’s water problems.

And, Peter has written a book about bottled water as well.  So we also discuss our obsession with bottled water and whether or not bottled water really is any better.



NBC has just announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken up the role left by Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice.  Arnold calls us with a preview of what he’d like to see on the show.

J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson


Aug 30, 2015 01:01:39


Gladiator, Pirates of The Caribbean and X-Men all share one thing, the music of KLAUS BADELT.

Klaus has worked with the best directors in the business from Ridley and Tony Scott and Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn and John Woo.

Klaus was asked by the Chinese Olympic Committee to compose the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He tells us about the wild, unorthodox process that led up to that event.

We’ve included only a sliver of Klaus’ music.

A more complete sample is available through Klaus’ website:

Heather Ankeny joins Mark Thompson


Aug 24, 2015 58:01


Daniele Watts, an actress from Django Unchained, and Chef BeLive aka Brian Lucas should be sampling the best of what L.A. has to offer.  They are artists with a strong hand in the creative community.  Daniele was educated at USC and the British American Drama Academy in London, and they are both people in the center of an ongoing controversy that’s going back to court in just a few days.  

Certainly, the questioning and subsequent arrest of Daniele Watts seems as though it was a situation that blew up into more than it should have.   She admits in this conversation she had a hand in that as well.

  The incident, in which police responded to a call about Daniele and her boyfriend having a sexual encounter in a parked car on an L.A. street, became a high profile case about race and policing.  We ask her and Brian what was going on in the car that day.   Ultimately the story involved an audio tape recorded by Sgt. Jim Parker (the responding officer).  The tape gave listeners an idea of what went on during the exchange between officers and Daniele and Brian.   The tape was leaked to TMZ apparently to clear the reputations of the cops who were taking on ugly charges of racism around the arrest both in published reports and internet postings worldwide.     The now famous tape seems to reflect an exchange that, indeed, has nothing much to do with race.    But in this conversation, Daniele Watts explains the emotion and history that’s coming to the exchange and how the encounter with police officers was a flashpoint for her.   While not explaining away her emotion, the conversation certainly helps the listener understand what’s in her head.   Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) join Mark Thompson and press Daniele about why the whole thing turned into such a mess.  And ask her about the now controversial, court ordered APOLOGY LETTER (the full text below).  The court ruled it insufficient and ordered the letter rewritten.   We also don’t think it’s much of an apology and we ask Daniele why the apology is so difficult.   It’s a spirited and enlightening conversation with two people who we haven’t heard in a long form conversation since the incident.



Aug 13, 2015 01:01:37



Dateline NBC”s Josh Mankiewicz and Turner Classic Movies' and The Young Turks' Ben Mankiewicz

Josh and Ben Mankiewicz grew up in and around politics but are from show business royalty, as the grandsons of Herman Mankiewicz.  Herman is the man who wrote the classic film CITIZEN KANE.  

In fact,members of the Mankiewicz family have produced, written and created some of the biggest entertainment franchises on TV and film. 

In this hour...everything from politics to show business.

This episode: 

Puling apart The Trump phenomenon…The Classic Murder Movie, Double Indemnity, as it would be reported on Dateline NBC. 

The stars and starlets that connected with the Mankiewicz family in Hollywood…and...The new kind of kidnapping.


Heather Ankeny joins Mark

The Wild, Wonderful Life of Andy Dick

Jul 29, 2015 01:24:10


He's one of the more entertaining and honest figures in all of television, film, music and even Periscope.

Regardless of the medium Andy has enjoyed great popularity


His stints in various rehabs never really "took" but he talks about his latest experience in a different way.  One that he seems to be happy with.

J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson for Andy's visit.


Escaped Drug Lord El Chapo Calls With Life Advice

Jul 24, 2015 02:15


From the mind and mouth of friend of the show, Josh Robert Thompson. Check out his work at

The Real Life FOXCATCHER Story

Jul 15, 2015 39:13


What's it like to have your life turned into a movie?

The film FOXCATCHER is based on Mark Schultz’s life story and he says it's not exactly what he'd expected.

Together with his brother Dave, Mark Shultz built an unprecedented wrestling record.

The Schultz brothers won more NCAA, US Open, World, and Olympic titles than any American brother combination in wrestling history.

In fact, Mark and Dave are the only two brothers ever to both win an Olympic and a World gold medal.

FOXCATCHER was the name given to the wrestling compound that the paranoic, uber-wealthy John DuPont created to “coach” wrestlers although DuPont knew NOTHING about wrestling.

Mark Schultz’s brother Dave was ultimately murdered by DuPont and the depiction of that murder in the film is eerily accurate.

What else is true and what was altered for the film?

Mark Schultz tells his story to Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein on THE EDGE

Here is a link to the website Mark Schultz talks about during the conversation.


Jul 10, 2015 01:11:33


If you watch TV, go to the movies or see commercials anywhere in the world, you have likely heard the voice of Josh Robert Thompson.  You may even have heard him as the voice of some very famous people.

Josh uncorks Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, his fundamentalist preacher and more.

Our own J. Elvis Weinstein was the original voice of Servo the robot on Mystery Science Theater, and Josh Robert Thompson was the voice of Geoff the robot on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  Now these two great robot voices meet on The Edge.

More of Josh Robert Thompson is here at

Something Odd About This Call with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jul 1, 2015 07:53


There's something odd about this call...

Warning for language--

Mark Thompson speaks with and about The Terminator movie on THE EDGE 

Jackie Collins Visits The Edge and Dishes About Everything

Jun 27, 2015 56:41


While most of Hollywood comes and goes, Jackie Collins flourishes.

Having had 29 New York Times best sellers and countless movies and television series come from her writings, Jackie Collins knows how to spin a yarn...a true Hollywood insider who has stood the test of time.

Jackie talks to the crew about her new novel, THE SANTANGELOS and she also dishes with the crew of THE EDGE (Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein) about celebrities, royalty and what it takes to write some of the hottest best sellers in history.

Jackie’s latest book is available here and her website is


It's Fritz

Jun 10, 2015 01:00:15


Comic/Weather Guy Fritz Coleman

FRITZ COLEMAN is here and we talk about almost everything EXCEPT weather.

Fritz has become a local news institution in L.A. as the weather guy on KNBC-TV.  

All the while, he’s been a writer and comedian who has opened for top performers and and has been a regular at clubs nationwide.

Fritz shares stories and reflections on Ray Charles, James Brown, Johnny Carson and David Letterman.

Before Fritz arrives the crew talks the death of U2’s manager and gets an update on Heather’s fiancé prisoner, his upcoming freedom and his birthday gift to Heather which was a portrait painting of her.

Plus, an update on J. Elvis Weinstein's documentaries, one of which is making into the festival circuit.

Hang out for the conversation


May 30, 2015 46:54


Aron Ralston’s harrowing experience trapped under an 800 lb. boulder in Utah was portrayed by James Franco in the film directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours.  The movie was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. 


That the real Aron Ralston survived amputating his own arm with a crude cutting tool is remarkable in itself but to think there are other rich details, involving his mother’s role in miraculously locating him and the kind of unmitigated luck that prevailed to help him survive, that had to be left out of the film brings the discussion to another place.


Ralston talks with Mark and Heather about what actually happened and what it’s like to have your own near death story told on screen.  


How did they decide on James Franco?   Who else was being considered?  How involved was Aron with the creative aspects of the film?


Aron is a lot of fun and he discusses it all with Heather and Mark.

Fat to Fit: The Bizarre, Remarkable Life of Rich Roll

May 22, 2015 57:58


Fat to Fit: The Bizarre, Remarkable Life of Rich Roll-- One of the Fittest Men in the World

Rich Roll had the American dream.  Still he found himself overweight, hooked on alcohol and unable to perform simple physical tasks  without being winded.

Rich resolved to make a change.

His transformation has been so amazing that Rich has gone from huffing and puffing as he climbed stairs to being named as one of the fittest men in the world.

In May 2010, he tackled an unprecedented feat of insane endurance, THE EPIC 5 CHALLENGE - completing ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week.

Rich Roll also has a podcast which is wildly popular and Mark is a fan.

Here on our podcast, Rich discusses his life turnaround, some tips for all of us who want to consider even modest changes in our life routines and his new book: 

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family


Set Sail for Love...Expert Advice

May 13, 2015 44:54


Set sail for LOVE—It’s our dating and romance show.

We speak with two dating experts who help navigate the often tricky and scary romantic waters of a first date, attraction and online meet ups.  

Dating after a divorce and how to meet people when you are afraid of rejection..

Miss Solomon is in the dating advice biz and regularly offers up practical and easy techniques for the dating world through website And details some of what she talks about on the show on her site.

Suzie A. also joins the discussion with additional thoughts and advice which she regularly shares on her website

Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny.

The Oily Truth

May 6, 2015 01:06:19


Today we have 3 guests with very different backgrounds and very different experiences with the oil and natural gas business.

5 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (the worst and biggest oil spill in human history), we talk with documentary filmmaker Stephanie Kovac, who has just completed the new film LUBE JOB about Louisiana's relationship with big oil. She discusses the lasting effects of the BP oil spill for the entire Gulf region.

Then Roger Cooper joins the group. As someone who represented the natural gas industry in Washington for decades, Roger gives us a sense of what regulations and exploration goes on.  Roger is open and honest about the limitations and compromises that oil and gas production requires.

Finally, Nanette Barragan, Mayor of Hermosa Beach California discusses her battle to keep "big oil" from fracking in her seaside neighborhood just south of Los Angeles.

Comedian and documentary filmmaker Josh Weinstein joins Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson for much of this show.


Apr 22, 2015 49:18


Born into a show business family, Jon Cryer is a multi-threat.

He made his name as an actor, tracing his roots back to stage work but his nose for comedy is undeniable.

His show Two and a Half Men is now legendary having run 12 seasons and having included one of the highest profile derailing of a star in history.

Now Jon has a book, So That Happened: A Memoir in which he details much of his remarkable life. 

Jon talks about Charlie Sheen and life on the show after Sheen as Ashton Kutcher took over, Hollywood romance and more.

Heather Ankeny and Paul Goebel (the King of TV) join Mark Thompson.




Apr 20, 2015 01:09:15


Sergeant Frank Woods is the character that drives the action in CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS.

Woods is acted by James C Burns, our guest today.  

While Burns has been part of huge films and television shows in the past, it's CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS that's created a cultish following around him.

He’ll detail how the game has exploded in popularity and the fan base that has grown around this highly successful entertainment franchise.

Mark also asks Burns to comment on Heather’s performance in the CBS show BATTLECREEK which we hear a clip of.

Here’s a link to the Sgt Frank Woods Youtube channel that James C Burns mentions during his visit.

Then, we talk to someone who was so obsessed with CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS that he had to go to extreme measures to put the game out of his immediate reach.  World famous professional poker player, Phil Laak joins us for the second part of the show and talks of his obsession.

Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and Paul Goebel.


Apr 12, 2015 37:41


Chris Rubio operates a specialized clinic for young football players to learn the art of getting the football back to punters and place kickers during a game (also called "snapping the ball")

It's a specialized position in football that Mark, Heather and Paul suggest may be the best position on the field.

Also, is NCAA athletics so awash in money and operating so independent of the academic system that it should not be part of the colleges it claims to represent?   Pulitzer prize winning writer Michael Hiltzik reviews his controversial proposal.

 Michael Hiltzik article on NCAA athletics


Paul Goebel and Heather join Mark Thompson

Marilu Henner : TV, Health, Memory and Celeb. Apprentice

Apr 4, 2015 01:16:01


Marilu Henner is like some kind explosion of intellect and positivity.

Her involvement in classic television shows like Taxi and Evening Shade would be enough for us to fill two or three shows.  But Marilu’s work in the area of health and wellness and her extraordinary memory makes her some kind of perfect storm of conversation.  We could have gone on for hours.  She’ll be back.

Enjoy Marilu Henner: Actress, broadcaster, author and advocate.

Note: Heather is away so Laura House and Paul Goebel join Mark.



Inside CPAC 2015, Wild Sex Stories Sort of & Explaining the Ending of Birdman

Mar 27, 2015 55:47


Comedians Jimmy Dore and Stef Zamorano join Heather and Mark in a wild conversation that starts in the political realm with a report on CPAC from Mother Jones writer Sam Brodey.

From there the crew talks about it all..wild rock n' roll sex stories (Mark tries to get Heather to confess a wild story), grammer questions for English teacher Stef.

Then it's baldness cures and libido and interpreting the ending of the movie Birdman.

Jimmy and Stef are always the best.


TV Titans Remembered...

Mar 20, 2015 49:59


Two notable friends of the show died this week.  

Simpsons creator, Sam Simon whose meteoric rise producing classic television comedy propelled him to the heights of the industry at an unprecedented early age. And classic TV and film creator and Exec. Producer, Harve Bennett.

The crew looks back at these two men and talks about the way they were memorialized with help from Sam's close pal, Emmy-winning comedy writer, Merrill Markoe.

King of TV and pop culture maven, Paul Goebel joins Heather and Mark.

Acting and Activism..Alexandra and Jonathan Paul

Mar 3, 2015 01:12:51


Show biz talk and also the attempt to live a life of commitment to a cause...

Alexandra Paul had a successful acting career long before BAYWATCH and her activism in the world of animal rights has become in many ways just as high profile.

Mark, Heather and (King of TV) Paul Goebel ask her about film and television projects that she’s part of and then the conversation turns to activism.

Many say the secret weapon in Alexandra’s family from an activism standpoint is her brother Jonathan whose efforts to liberate animals and close down some of the most brutal slaughterhouse operations in the world, landed him in prison.   He is widely recognized as one of the most committed activists in the history of the modern animal rights movement.  Here, his gentle sound and thoughts reflect a heart touched by that world.


Jonathan talks about his time in prison and his life trying to make a difference in a world in which there is so much injustice.


Feb 19, 2015 01:01:49


Heather visits her prisoner on Valentine's Day.

Then ABC News White House and National Correspondent Jim Avila helps break down the Brian Williams mess.

What happened and why?  How could this trusted journalist suffer such a horrible fall?  Has he mortally wounded his career?

Jim Avila has operated at the highest levels of both NBC and ABC News and can offer a perspective that is otherwise hard to come by.

Avila is also a straight talking guy who's not one to sugar coat things so he's the perfect one to comment.  He joins the group via Skype.

Josh Weinstein joins with Heather.



Feb 14, 2015 20:59


He moves from appearances on late night talk shows to exclusive conferences at Google and United Airlines.. John Collins holds the World Record Holder for designing a paper airplane that has gone further than any in history.

He’s a published author of three books and his latest project is trying to bring money for science programs to underfunded programs nationwide through paper airplanes.

If you want to see John Collins’ World Record distance throw

226ft 10”

 and here’s a link to John’s Kickstarter campaign (deadline is coming up so give him a hand)  



The Pit Bull of Comedy Bobby Slayton

Feb 4, 2015 01:02:18


Bobby gives us our checkup on marriage, comedy, the road, family life and even Bill Cosby.

Heather joins Mark.

Remembering “Doc” Paskowitz

Jan 30, 2015 01:01:42


Doc Paskowitz led the family that's been called the First Family of Surfing...featured in Vanity Fair and publications worldwide.  

Tommy Hilfiger named a line of beachwear after them, saying "there's no one more cool and credible than the Paskowitzes.” 

Sal Paskowitz joins us to remember the leader of that family, his father, Dorian “Doc" Paskowitz who has just died.

Sal talks about his father who threw away a lucrative medical practice, packed his wife and nine children into a van and took them on a continuing surfing odyssey.

While there may be people who drop out of mainstream society and take their family traveling to surf, Doc Paskowitz is the only one who did it his entire life.  

Sal remembers his father’s  life which included working as a doctor in far flung locations and then quickly returning to the best waves whenever he could.   

Doc pioneered the surfer life founding surf camps around the world  (he is credited with bringing surfing to Israel and donating surf boards to Palestinians as recently as 2007—feeling passionately that surfing could help bridge the gaps between people)

Growing up in a small van with 11 people presented huge challenges for the family of course and Sal talks about some of those.

Salvador Paskowitz joins us to talk about his remarkable father just a few weeks after his father’s death.

There are clips in the show from the movie Surfwise available at

Sal joins Heather and Mark in this episode

Esther The Wonder Pig and other animal tales

Jan 22, 2015 47:00


Esther the Wonder Pig  has a rock star following on Instagram and Facebook and has changed the way the people she lives with look at life.

Sit back and listen to the story of how this pig made it's way into the lives of the people she lives with and into the hearts of people around the world. Meet Esther the Wonder Pig.

Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny talk to Esther's adopted family.

The the harrowing research facility that is funded with tax payer dollars and is trying to build the more "perfect beast" at a horrible price.

And Heather and Mark close out with talk of The Bachelor.


Jan 16, 2015 51:01


Aaron Cohen, with a background in the Israeli Defense Force in anti-terrorism, hostage rescue and security, has returned to the U.S. and applied those skills here.

He talks about anti-terrorism policy in the U.S. and launching security details in the homes of Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt.

Josh Weinstein joins Mark.


Jan 7, 2015 01:24:56


Exec Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond is adapting the show in India...

Long time Executive Producer of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, Steve Skrovan has just returned from India where they are launching an Indian version of the show.

He shares stories from the road and Mark asks him about a few favorite Raymond episodes.

Heather updates Steve on her prisoner boyfriend.

Be sure to check out An Unreasonable Man, and please visit to learn more about Public Citizen.


Dec 25, 2014 32:35


Dr. Lawrence Santora is a distiguished cardiologist who has been on the cutting edge of research and authored books.

But when his wife was diagnosed with cancer and physically dessimated by chemo he became desperate to help her.

With her condition continuing to deteriorate they sought out the healing power of Lourdes.

Dr. Santora recounts the bizarre manner in which his prayers turned to action and describes what happened when the two of them arrived in this legendary place of "miracles" called Lourdes.


Dec 23, 2014 56:26


Jane Wells, the long time journalist, reflects on the hacking of Sony computers and the effects it has on the upcoming filmThe Interview (this show recorded days before the movie’s scheduled release)…The crew also talks about Bill Cosby with Josh Mankiewicz weighing in.   Also, the group discusses Robert Blake, Ally Sheedy and which celebs have killed people.   Mike Rotman from Streaming Garage who has quietly made a fortune picking stocks.   First day of Hannukah…and Xmas talk.   Denver pot smoking and Mark talks about trying edible marijuana.   Mike Rotman offers stock tips on the pot shop and marijuana boom.

Jimmy Dore: Funny and Ranting

Dec 17, 2014 01:08:02


Jimmy Dore whose book YOUR COUNTRY JUST ISN'T THAT INTO YOU has vaulted him to the ranks of a bestseller stops by with his wife Stef Zamorano

Guests: Funny People Jimmy Dore and Stef Zamorano (Jimmy's wife)

We just wind up Jimmy and turn him loose.

Among the things discussed: 

Heather, fresh off a TMZ posting from Lance Bass’ bachelor party…

How Jimmy and Stef’s love story unfolded.

The movie experience…ruined

Stories of working on a cruise ship

Jimmy, outraged and outspoken, goes off on the U.S. torture report.

The group talks about the pending legislation to allow bankers to sell mortgage derivatives again.

Jimmy survives a death scare.


Steven Colbert at White House Correspondents’ Dinne

Heather joins Mark as Jimmy rants

Allee Willis

Dec 6, 2014 01:18:26


Allee Willis has written some of the biggest hits in music but her creativity goes beyond that. Besides being a Grammy Award winning songwriter, she's also an accomplished painter and multi media artist. Allee sits down to talk about her amazing career.

The War Over Mayo

Nov 23, 2014 24:50


A breakthrough and wildly successful food company, Hampton Creek, finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit launched by Unilever (makers of Hellman's) over use of the word MAYO.

Mark and Heather speak with the CEO of Hampton Creek, the makers of JUST MAYO.

The Elephant Whisperer

Nov 14, 2014 27:00


Just back from Thailand our guest, Jessica Davis, takes us through the grass roots humane efforts of Lek Chailert (known as The Elephant Whisperer) and her organization,  Elephant Nature Park

The park exists as a shelter to elephants that have been brutalized by the tourism and logging industries and end up orphaned, blind and disabled.

While these elephants have endured inconceivable torture and horror, Lek gives them the opposite, an environment at Elephant Nature Park where they can find the best of life.

Jessica offers a look at this magical world of the elephants in the park.

If, after listening, you have an interest in learning more about volunteering here's a link:

Heather Ankeny joins Mark for this showv


Oct 21, 2014 01:03:17


John Schuck has covered decades as an actor in classic films and television as well as the Broadway stage.

In this episode:  Fun stories about his time in theater, stage and film with some juicy morsels involving Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Robert Altman and others.

John is big fun for us and with the King of TV, Paul Goebel in the mix the classic TV and Star Trek discussions take on even greater fun and Paul provokes a debate about how to say the word "robot".

Kevin Pollak: Stories From the Biz of Show

Oct 9, 2014 47:35


It may be a life in "the middle" but Kevin Pollak details a pretty cool life so far...

Comedian, actor, director, writer and producer Kevin Pollak has moved through show business with great success.

His book HOW I SLEPT MY WAY TO THE MIDDLE is full of great stories of a life in the business.

Mark pumps him for some of those, and Kevin also discusses his latest documentary film project.

Josh Weinstein, an accomplished comic himself (Mystery Science 3000, etc) joins with Heather Ankeny

Bob Saget: Dirty Daddy

Sep 29, 2014 01:08:08


He also was the original host of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS during that same period.   All of that vaulted him to enormous visibility.

All this time Bob has been a master of a stand-up act that is shocking to many given his wholesome image but is consistently in demand.  It's terrific.

Bob was the voice of the future Ted Mosby on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.

His new book DIRTY DADDY which you can buy here through our Amazon link is a great read and takes the reader through his life that is filled with bitter loss but also amazing life gifts.  It's filled with stories of meeting some of the shining lights of a show business career that's spanned decades

We talk to him about all of it.

Heather Ankeny joins with The King of TV, Paul Goebel.

Meet Scorpion...Hacking the web with the biggest brains

Sep 12, 2014 58:18


According to people who keep up with such things, Walter O’Brian is likely the 4th smartest man in the world.

Is it lonely at the "genius top"?  We ask him.

Walter visits THE EDGE and tells of hacking into Pentagon computers when he was  only 13 and then moving up to hacking into one of the world’s top banks when he was 16.

Of course, by the time he was that age Walter was amassing quite a reputation already and building a business plan for hackers who could make a difference or at least make a buck.

Part of putting a sort of A-Team of genius techies together has led him to clients who range from celebrities to our own U.S. government.  And now it’s led to the CBS series SCORPION (his hacker name).  Walter talks about that television series  that's based on his life.

His mathematically weighted but technologically accelerated view of the world has led him to pursue human immortality for the entire planet (or at least everyone who can afford it) in the form of the 2045 project.   This is arguably the most provocative part of our conversation

Uh-oh..Surviving Everything from Quake to Zombie Apocalypse!

Aug 29, 2014 42:10


How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse??

In the wildly popular show DOOMSDAY PREPPERS the idea is that people are preparing to survive an apocalyptic scenario.

California just sustained a sizable earthquake and, in truth, most disasters are less than apocalyptic.  How do you prepare for those...?

The answers are in Scott Hunt's latest book:

The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness

Everything from general supplies to bug out bags, to water and food is covered in this book and he reviews plans with the crew.

Here's a link to the LIFESTRAW he recommends for water to get you started

The group also checks in on Fred Stoller who has come through the "Seinfeld/Kramer lawsuit" complete with a lawyer who is on the phone with him.

Josh Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson


Aug 21, 2014 01:50:10



 The TYT NETWORK just passed 2 billion views on YOUTUBE and has 3 million subscribers.

 It's founder, Cenk Uygur, discusses building this success and how he has now turned his attention to leading the biggest people's revolt in memory, WOLFPACK, designed to get money out of politics.

This is a JUMBO EPISODE that runs much longer than others but Cenk gets into a lot of interesting stuff that you will eat up.

Also along for the ride is Emmy award winning comedy writer, David Feldman and regular co-host Heather Ankeny.

It's here: The Arm-Wrestling Episode.. The Greatest Arm-Wrestler of All Time

Aug 10, 2014 34:15


In a coast to coast network television event the United Armwrestling League has just concluded their championships.

It seemed like a good time to sit in with United Armwrestling League founder Robert Drenk who joins Mark and Heather along with the greatest armwrestler in the world, John Brzenk.

Brzenk made an appearance in the Stallone movie Over the Top about the world of competitive arm wrestling but his real fame has come in real life on the worldwide competitive arm-wrestling circuit.

We knew nothing about this sport and how serious it was before we began but Robert and John filled it all in with great detail.


Aug 1, 2014 42:20


Molly Bloom shares the story of what was the most famous underground poker game in the country...until it got busted by the feds.

A-Rod, Leo Dicaprio, Ben Affleck, Toby McGuire and a bunch of super rich, billionaire's boys club types all played in "Mollys game" as it came to be called .

She took the game from Hollywood white hot success to even greater success in NYC where Wall St. money blew the game into the stratosphere financially and made Molly a target of the mob and ultimately the feds.

 Josh Weinstein (@JElvisWeinstein) and Heather Ankeny (@HeatherAnkeny) join Mark (@markthompsontv)


Jul 17, 2014 01:09:52


Jay updates Mad Men as it winds down (over the next year) and shares his love of other TV.(He and his father almost entered Amazing Race)

Heather is back from a Disneyland birthday during which she gets stuck on a ride and Jay is fresh off a family trip to Disneyland as well that has practically left him with post traumatic stress.  

Everyone in the group trades tales from the "Magic Kingdom" after that.

Paul Goebel, dubbed The King of TV for his vast TV knowlege not only talks TV but about raising kids as a single dad of two teenage girls.

Fun conversation with people we really enjoy.


Jul 10, 2014 58:39


James Wilks won season 9 of Ultimate Fighter.  

He's an MMA expert, a certified handgun sharpshooter, a knife fighting champion and a NAVY SEAL instructor.

He takes the crew through his life as a kid in England and talks about what inspired him to get into the brutal fight game.

After suffering repeated injuries and during his rehab James studied his training regimen and top research on nutrition.  He talks about the fact that he realized that a plant based diet would actually help in his strengthening and healing process more than his animal based diet.

After he converted to a vegan diet he tells us about a sudden and miraculous change in his body, training and life.

Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson



Jun 11, 2014 01:06:34


On the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, Josh Mankiewicz previews his 2 hour Dateline NBC special looking back at the murders.

Mankiewicz reviews the evidence that prosecutors kept out of the case and why.

Jimmy Dore and Heather Ankeny chime in with Mark Thompson.


The talent on stage in Kinky Boots & Wicked..Now in Masters of Sex

Jun 9, 2014 37:59


Annaleigh Ashford is already a veteran of the theather, even at her young age, having played the lead role, Glinda, in Wicked on Broadway and was in the original cast of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde.

Annaleigh then moved on to another Broadway hit.  She was in the original cast of Kinky Boots and got a Tony Award nomination for her work.

The television series Masters of Sex came calling for Annaleigh and despite her love of the stage she finds herself in TV on a hit show.

Annaleigh discusses what it's like to be in big time theater.  

Mark adores the theater and people in it and asks her about cutting up onstage and what it's like working with Cyndi Lauper who wrote the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots.

The crew also discuss Masters of Sex and oddly cover the discovery of penicillin. ( u have to hear it to understand)

Emmy winning comedy writer David Feldman and Edge co-host Heather Ankeny join Mark.

Laughs, Gossip & Prison Marriage Proposal: Arden Myrin & Michael Shure

May 24, 2014 01:06:52


Our guests: Arden Myrin and Michael Shure.  

Arden is a tsunami of energy, talent and fun.

She talks about being a regular panelist on Chelsea Handler's show and even going to a party at Chelsea's home.  (Mark tries to pump her for info/gossip).

Arden also talks about a party at Marilyn Manson's home (again Mark pumps for info/gossip)

Heather drops the bomb that her prisoner boyfriend has now proposed marriage!  She slowly reveals details and we force plans for an intimate "meet and greet" reception.

Heather also prompts Michael Shure, the keen political mind for TYT networks and Al Jazeera, to weigh in on the 9-11 gift shop controversy.

Of course Michael can talk about anything and is a great friend of the show, funny and intelligent.  But Mark Thompson lovingly never let's him forget he's working for a network owned by a country that supports Islamic terrorism.

Great hour of topical fun, serious discussion at times, personal dish and awesome energy.

From Whale Wars to fighting for the planet with Pharrell: Captain Paul Watson

May 11, 2014 52:09


After being the youngest co-founder of Greenpeace, Captain Paul Watson started Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as a hands on way to protect the world's oceans.

The captain takes us through the world of the conservation movement, reviews some of his experiences and why he became disallusioned with some of the work being done.  

Watson shares the dirty secrets of some of the huge bigger charities-turned-eco-corporations.

He talks about sinking half the Danish fleet and Mark asks him why he recently had to stay at sea for 15 months to avoid extradition and how that has ultimately played out.

Finally, Captain Paul talks about his latest project to remove some of the plastic that ends up in the ocean and it's a project with a new partner, Pharrell Williams.

Emmy winning comedy writer David Feldman joins (after arriving late--we left his arrival conversation in the show).

Heather Ankeny joins Mark as always.

One note: because this is our first Skype interview we apologize for the occasional Skype alerts/sounds.  Although we tried to minimize them, some still got through.  In future this will not be an issue!

From a childhood in "Porn Valley" to life on the Baseball Mound: Randy Wolf

Apr 25, 2014 01:06:10


Randy Wolf is a well rounded, fun, highly intelligent and funny guy.

Of course we make him talk about baseball because none of us have played it before and we want to know what it's like!

Randy walks us through the paces getting into the major leagues and even takes us through a new contractual controversy.

Molesting priest first person follow up, Vatican visit, Pistorius trial and teacher student sex

Apr 3, 2014 56:50


Long time friend of the show Jimmy Dore told us last year how he avoided repeated attempts at molestation at the hands of Father Daniel "Happy Hands" Holihan but other kids weren't so lucky.

In this episode Jimmy revisits that experience and brings us up to speed on how investigators caught up to "Happy Hands" recently and what the priest claimed about his interactions.

Also, some Vatican stories (Heather was dressed inappropriately for her visit there), Oscar Pistorius trial, teachers having sex with their students and more.  

It's a lively roundtable discussion.

Josh Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson.

Josh gets cancer, Josh loses cancer, Josh talks about it in this MINI-EPISODE!

Mar 30, 2014 14:10


Part of our podcast family, Josh Weinstein, has just finished a wild episode with a cancer diagnosis.

In this mini-episode Josh walks us through what happened and how he's returned to his healthy life as a smart ass. 

L.A.'s radio master of the evening Tim Conway Jr.

Mar 10, 2014 01:14:24


Tim Conway Jr. has carved out magic every night from 7p-10p on L.A.'s KFI radio.

KFI is the most listened to talk radio station in the country and while some of the station can be big on politics and confrontation at times, Tim has blended his comedic timing, with often lighter subjectmatter to create a die-hard fan base that has made him #1.

 Mark Thompson, Heather Ankeny and Josh Weinstein join in to pump Tim for tales of Hollywood, fatherhood and life at the racetrack.

The Oscar nominated writer of Captain Phillips

Feb 14, 2014 01:09:06


Billy Ray is a writer and director of films that include The Hunger Games, Shattered Glass, Breach, and this past year, Billy wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay for Captain Phillips.

Billy talks about how the scripts/ideas/movies came to life from The Hunger Games to Captain Phillips and talks about the studio system and what goes into the movies of today and yesterday.

The conversation swings from concepts in screenwriting to what the "Oscar Luncheon" dynamics are all about.

Toward the end of the conversation Mark asks him about the controversy kicked up by the movie Captain Phillips that led to a lawsuit from a few of his crew members.

Billy is a great guest with such enthusiasm for films, stories and what he does that we never wanted him to leave.



3 Guys and 30 Minutes Post Super Bowl reflections

Feb 3, 2014 29:09


Heather is at the Super Bowl so (as a Broncos fan) she's spared having to dissect the game.

Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure come by for some quick thoughts with Mark on everything from the Super Bowl game, wagering, NFL officiating and the Hall of Fame.

Note: this episode may be best enjoyed by football fans but everyone's welcome!

Off to Super Bowl, Seinfeld Lawsuit and a Sharon Stone story

Jan 29, 2014 59:06


Actor/comedian Kenny Campbell tells stories from his life as an actor...Fred Stoller is being sued and it's no joke and Heather has to rethink her Super Bowl plan.

From Mike and Molly Dave Higgins

Jan 15, 2014 01:10:51


Dave Higgins is funny, creative guy who has worked across a range of television, film and stage.

Mark of course "makes him feel at home" by eventually asking how much money he makes off individual projects.

His newest comedy project is Celebrity Ghost Hunters which is a very funny "Curb Your Enthusiasm" meets "Ghostbusters".

They talk everything from the new Pope to the state of TV and film.

Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny host

He wrote the best selling book THE GAME about picking up girls...Neil Strauss

Dec 20, 2013 01:20:38


Neil Strauss is an award winning journalist (New York Times, Village Voice, Rolling Stone) and best selling author (regularly making the NY Times Bestseller List) whose books include profiles of Motley Crue and Marilyn Manson.  

He wrote How to Make Love Like a Pornstar with Jenna Jameson and is probably best known for writing The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.

The Game is a book about the most effective ways to meet and close the deal with women.  Neil wrote it after joining a secret society of pickup artists.  

His latest book which features key moments from his interviews with top celebrities and fascinating people, is called Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness.  It's a great read with fun and fascinating moments.

It wasn't long before Neil turned the conversation around to understand the psyches of Heather, Mark and guest panelist, comedian Prashanth Venkat.

A great visit with Neil.  We hope to see him again.

We've included a link to Neil Strauss' books on Amazon:

It's a fun ramp up to the holidays and movies with Laura House and Michael Snyder

Dec 13, 2013 52:28


Laura House is delightful and funny and Michael Snyder tolerates us making fun of him as he tries to lay down the knowledge.

Heather, Mark, Michael and Laura....


Listen to what Santa brought to The Edge! It's Bobby Slayton!

Dec 5, 2013 01:02:16


Bobby Slayton (the pitbull of comedy) is a fan favorite because nothing is off limits.

We talk to Bobby about as much as we can pack into an hour...Bobby talks about today's comics, this year's holiday plans and the family.

The Crown Princes of YouTube

Nov 27, 2013 59:44


As prank artists on YouTube, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Dennis Roady (Dennis' videos are good deeds primarily) have pinned the meter in popularity.

They boast millions of subscribers on their YouTube channels and have been courted by major studios.

The two spend some time taking us through some of their favorite videos and what's happened to their lives including the run-ins with the law and the court system.

From bathing in Fred Stoller resentment to rinsing off with the truth about Al Jazeera

Nov 13, 2013 01:03:19


Actor/comedian Fred Stoller visits our show and after struggling to arrive on time, Fred was full of "irrational resentment". 

Michael Shure, political commentator for Al Jazeera America, answers our questions about whether or not the network is here in the U.S. on a secret jihad.

Screen legend Charlie Chaplin takes a million dollars and buries it (audio from The Edge)

Nov 8, 2013 01:59


Our guest Hollywood veteran actor/producerNorman Lloyd shares the story of his good friend Charlie Chaplin receiving a million dollars for doing a movie and then promptly burying it.

Ben Mankiewicz from TCM and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson

From Charlie Chaplin to Alfred Hitchcock: Classic Hollywood stories from 99 year old Norman Lloyd

Nov 6, 2013 01:04:35


It's a walk through Hollywood time with Norman Lloyd.

From stories of his friend Charlie Chaplin burying 1 million dollars in the backyard to the way Alfred Hitchcock treated starlets on the set Norman shares it all.

Ben Mankiewicz from TCM (whose grandfather wrote Citizen Kane) helps Heather and Mark navigate the discussion.

Exporting Raymond...He's just back from bringing Everybody Loves Raymond to Russia...

Oct 30, 2013 52:12


Steve Skrovan was a producer on Everybody Loves Raymond and he's just returned from Russia where he was creating still more episodes of the Russian version of the show.  

He compares cursing in Russian and in English and talks about the Russian version of the show.

Emmy winning comedy writer from Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, The Daily Show and more, David Feldman sits in on the conversation and creates a stir wherever possible.

The crew also talks marriage and television.

Just back from Moscow Everybody Loves Raymond producer breaks down cursing in Russia vs U.S.

Oct 28, 2013 01:47


He's just back from Russia working on writing more episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond for Russian TV.

Steve Skrovan breaks down cursing there and here.

This man makes Academy Award winning documentaries. In this clip he talks about one, THE TILLMAN STORY

Oct 22, 2013 03:02


Quick clip from our talk with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Mark Monroe.  Among the award winning docs he's done are THE COVE, CHASING ICE and THE SUMMIT. We also asked him about THE TILLMAN STORY.


Oct 17, 2013 59:24


In August, 2008, 18 mountain climbers reached the top of K2. 48 hours later, 11 people were dead.

With breathtaking cinematography and jaw dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb, the documentary THE SUMMIT puts you in the heart of events as though you are there.

Director Nick Ryan joins us (he's the Irish voice on the phone) along with the heroic sherpa in the story Pemba Galjen.

Mark Monroe is our in studio guest and he wrote this documentary and his history is littered with some of the greatest documentaries of the last 10 years.  Specifically, his film THE COVE won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.  He also wrote THE TILLMAN STORY and CHASING ICE.

Mark Thompson asks Monroe about those films and about the riveting story that is the subject of THE SUMMIT.

J.Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark!

JENNIFER TILLY: PART DEUX ...From Woody Allen to sister Meg..

Oct 5, 2013 01:12:30


From Woody Allen to Warren Beatty to her thoughts on marriage and reflections and an update on her sister Meg Tilly...

There was so much great reaction to the first part of our visit with Jennifer Tilly that we rushed the second part up.

You will enjoy Jennifer Tilly PART DEUX probably even more than part one!

Mark Thompson is joined by co-host Heather Ankeny and movie/pop culture critic Michael Snyder.

Jennifer Tilly! From talk shows to movies to poker Jennifer Tilly delights! @Jtillathekilla2

Oct 2, 2013 01:03:48


The first of TWO episodes with Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly.

Yes, Jennifer talks about the Chucky movies...but a lot more.

We hear clips and she reflects on doing The Tonight show with Johnny Carson and becoming a favorite across the talk show circuit.

Jennifer tells us about funding and producing her own Academy Award PR campaign for the Woody Allen film, Bullets Over Broadway.

This is the first of TWO episodes with someone who is other worldly charming and honest: Jennifer Tilly

You must hear this story: Ralph's "Jerry Lewis" = An International Incident

Sep 26, 2013 05:54


Mark asks Ralph to recount one of the great moments in broadcast prankdom that turned into a VERY BIG deal.

During the run up to the Iraq war Ralph called the President of France as Jerry Lewis...What happened next made broadcast history.

Heather goes back and forth between love and prison in this quicky clip.,

Sep 17, 2013 01:34


Heather back and forth between love and prison,

Ralph Garman shows the way to Mark reliving TV/radio humiliation

Sep 17, 2013 01:37


Mark shares a laugh with Ralph and Heather about how he was humiliated on the radio morning show in L.A. with Ralph as a prominent participant.  

Mark would go on Ralph's show to promote different TV projects and specials he was hosting and it was Ralph's job to dessimate him...which he gleefully did.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's the voices, characters and comic mind of Ralph Garman

Sep 17, 2013 56:38


We reconnect with our old pal Ralph Garman who has made movies, radio history and one of the most successful reality TV spoofs (Joe Schmo) that actually became a massively popular show in it's own right.

Mark gets Ralph to recount the story of how he called the Franch President on the air and passed himself off as Jerry Lewis with bizarre consequences and an angry Jerry Lewis in his wake.

Round Table Roundup starts with Heather's sudden romantic break-up

Sep 10, 2013 47:55


Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein, Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson start the talk with BREAKING NEWS of Heather's break-up after a 72 hour whirlwind romance....this segues into talk of her romance with a federal prisoner and the practices in the federal pen.

From the pain of romance to the gritty reality of Syria to the Donald Trump University fraud and fresh off the VMAs the group talks Miley Cyrus controversy too.

Finally, the group talks about high technology and the dumping of Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and the new Swiss "Sex Boxes".

It's all here in the Roundtable Roundup.

Elvis and Elliott meet (Presley and Gould)

Aug 25, 2013 02:02


Elliott Gould tells us a quick story of meeting Elvis for the first time.

The Magic of The Bitter Buddha Eddie Pepitone

Aug 25, 2013 59:06


Eddit Pepitone is a comic's comic.

He visits The Edge and talks everything from touring internationally to promote the documentary about him that was just completed, to his views of the future and pitching TV shows in Hollywood.

The always great J.Elvis Weinstein joins (Mystery Science Theater/Cinematic Titanic) along with Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson hosting.

We llike every tortured cell of Eddie Pepitone and we know you will too.

This is a fun hour!

Elliott Gould takes us on a ramblin' ride

Aug 9, 2013 59:21


For decades Elliott Gould's work has made him a Hollywood icon.

As a big screen star he was nominated for an Oscar and as a small screen star continues to make an impression in hit series like "Friends" and now the new Showtime drama, "Ray Donovan".

One gets the feeling that Elliott Gould has forgotten nothing but it's sometimes a real challenge to get it all out of him.  He touches on his psyche, his maturing and his life as an actor, as well as an America that was in the throws of big cultural changes through much of the prime of his career. 

We kind of fell in love with this guy Elliott Gould but we felt this visit, while giving us so much, still left us wanting more.  Maybe that was Elliott's plan all along.

Simpsons creator Sam Simon tells the story of his cancer diagnosis and the doctor's bizarre interruption (EXCERPT)

Aug 1, 2013 06:30


Here's a small piece of an interview that first aired a few months ago BEFORE all the other interviews that Sam has done.  We recommend you check out the WHOLE INTERVIEW at

Sam is one of the few who could make a story about getting a cancer diagnosis this entertaining and yet give us a flavor of what he's going through.

We are posting this clip because last week, The Hollywood Reporter featured an interview with Sam in which he spoke about giving almost all of his Simpsons royalty money to charity. "The truth is," he said, "I have more money than I'm interested in spending."

Where will the money go?  Sam is a passionate advocate for animal causes through his Sam Simon Foundation; a recent article titled "8 Ways 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon is Helping Animals Before He Dies" gives a pretty thorough rundown of the Foundation's activities, which include a mobile veterinary clinic, service dogs for veterans and an adoption program. He is also a supporter of PETA and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which seeks to protect ocean wildlife and habitat.

It's clear that much -- but not all -- of Sam's wealth will go to animals. He has also funded the anti-hunger Feeding Families program, a project of the SamSimon Foundation, which feeds about 200 human families a day in Los Angeles. The food distributed is, of course, vegan.

The Director of the controversial film Blackfish...Then Former Lead Prosecutor at Gitmo

Jul 26, 2013 39:06


On this episode 2 interviews:  The former lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who spent two days on the witness stand testifying in the espionage trial of Pvt Bradley Manning, Col. Morris Davis joins us.

Manning faces 22 charges, including violation of the Espionage Act, for which he could receive life in prison. The charges are in connection to his leaking classified documents to the whistleblower site, Wikileaks. 

Colonel Davis tells us what he was doing there and what he thinks will likely happen to Pvt. Manning.  But before he does, Mark gets him into a conversation about Guantanamo itself: Who's there and what's happening to them?  What's the likely future of the place?

Plus, he'll give us some insights into the Bradley Manning trial as it wraps up.  What is likely to happen with Bradley Manning?

But first, the director of the controversial new documentary, BLACKFISH.  The film looks at the killing of a top trainer at Seaworld by the orca named Tillikum.  How it all happened and how many of the facts were covered up by Seaworld.  The movie is riveting and has footage that is revealing and intense.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite the director of Blackfish joins for the first half of our show

One other quick note….These are telephone interviews so the fidelity suffers a bit but we're adding some new technology to make these even better in the future.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Quick Clip: Does the real life murder cop get help from the real life private investigators like on TV? #TheEdge

Jul 22, 2013 01:18


Here's a piece of our murder and mystery episode with murder cop Sal LaBarbera and NBC's Josh Mankiewicz (also Heather and Mark)

Our Murder and Mystery Episode with LAPD Murder Detective

Jul 11, 2013 01:03:56


Sal LaBarbera has been chasing bad guys for 27 years…REAL bad guys.

He talks about the myths and the truths about the job (our vision shaped largely from TV and movies).

Also joining is (friend of the show) Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz who reports on many of these murders and spins many a murder yarn.

They discuss high profile cases, from the "water tank" body discovery at The Cecil Hotel to Aaron Hernandez and then some cases that 

Sal also gives us a sense of what a real crime scene looks like and how an actual investigation proceeds.

Inside Mystery and Murder with real life LAPD Murder Cop Sal LaBarbera on our next episode

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Sal LaBarbera @LAMurderCop on Twitter has been chasing bad guys for 27 years...REAL bad guys.

He talks about the myths and the truths about the job (our vision shaped largely from TV and movies).

Also joining is Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz who reports on these murders and spins many a murder yarn.

It's a ROUNDTABLE ROUNDUP....Offbeat news of the day turns to a real live weekend with a molesting priest ...

Jun 14, 2013 53:12


ROUNDTABLE ROUNDUP SHOW....Some off beat items from the week's news discussed by our award winning panel: Jimmy Dore, J. Elvis Weinstein, Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson.

Warning: there is discussion of sex and some of it is a bit on the bizarre side.

The show starts with a story of self asphyxiation in Thailand... then it's the sexual molestation cover-up in the Catholic church, Jimmy tells a tale of being in the literal hands of a molesting priest as a kid....Paris Jackson's suicide attempt prompts talk of "the fall of real information" and the utter irresponsibility of the media led by the celebritocracy reporters.  Jimmy goes after Harvey Levin and Mark defends Harvey.   Then Jimmy goes after Tom Brokaw (and Mark does not defend Tom)

Google glasses as an every day gadget?? 

Gloria Allred has another press conference in which she announces she's suing United Airlines because her client was exposed to a masturbating passenger for an entire cross country flight and we finish with Behind The Candelabra, the Liberace movie.

Edge guest @DannyZuker talks about his Twitter feud with Donald Trump which was picked up by @Usweekly

Jun 13, 2013 02:48


Donald Trump Slams Modern Family, Says the Show Was "Written By a Moron".  Danny Zuker talks about his feud with Mr. Trump in this clip from the show.

A weekend with a molesting priest...Guest Jimmy Dore shares the story.. Preview From The Edge

Jun 11, 2013 02:58


Talk of cover-ups in the Catholic church lead to Jimmy Dore telling a harrowing story of a molesting priest---Somehow he makes it funny.

J. Elvis Weinstein and Heather Ankeny also join Mark Thompson

If u missed it: Last 4 mins with @DannyZuker complete with a message and dedication to his fave fan

Jun 4, 2013 04:16


We heard from a few of you...our server initially dropped the last 4 minutes of the show.  

Here is that final four minutes with a last second text message from arguably the greatest Modern Family and Danny Zuker fan who is in a federal penitentiary.

A trip through MODERN FAMILY via the prison system with @DannyZuker

May 30, 2013 58:51


As a top producer/writer in Hollywood, Danny Zuker has had quite a ride.

He wrote and produced on shows like Arsenio, Roseanne and Just Shoot Me.

His latest project, MODERN FAMILY, is a huge winner on ABC-TV and loved by millions every week.

In addition, through Heather, we have found pockets of loyal viewership inside the FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM.

Danny and Mark together learn a lot about the prison system and Danny learns that prisoners ask the tough questions about MODERN FAMILY.

They also reminisce about the early 90s in Hollywood, drugs, fast living and the moment at which they both laid eyes on PAMELA ANDERSON.

Mark Thompson hosts with Heather Ankeny and guest Danny Zuker.

From THE EDGE :Dating a federal prisoner who LOVES Modern Family (here's a preview)

May 25, 2013 02:22


Edge co-host Heather used to spend time (and apparently is still involved on some level with) a guy who is a prisoner in a California Federal Penitentiary where they are waaay into the TV show Modern Family.  

It sets the stage for for questions about the show that come from the Federal Pen for Modern Family Exec Producer Danny Zuker (our guest in the upcoming episode)

And, of course, later Mark Thompson and Danny can't resist trying to figure out the crime that Heather's "friend" committed.  This is just an excerpt.

Like Seinfeld?? Here's the WHOLE story (as you have never heard it)

May 15, 2013 01:09:30


This is the story behind Seinfeld and some other great shows from a monster insider.

As one of the founders of Castle Rock Entertainment, Glenn Padnick was responsible for trying to sell NBC on Seinfeld.  Ultimately, it took A LOT of things coming together beyond just Glenn, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to make it happen.

What he tells us on this episode of The Edge includes stuff you probably never knew.

The Seinfeld stories alone occupy much of this episode, but there's some great stuff about Married with Children and other classic TV as well.

Modern classic TV stories on this episode of The Edge...

The King of TV, Paul Goebel joins us.

Heather Ankeny and Mark Thompson host

Seinfeld's Kramer and the audience "too hot" for TV

May 13, 2013 01:06


On the next episode of The Edge we're joined by a founding member of Castle Rock and one of the men behind Seinfeld.  He shares stories of Seinfed and other classic TV...Here's a taste.

Seinfeld stories that only an uber-insider could know..A taste from upcoming show

May 9, 2013 01:06


One of the founding members of Castle Rock Entertainment fills us in on things that only an uber-insider could know.

WAY inside Seinfeld, Married with Children, Who's The Boss and other classic TV when Glenn Padnick joins on the next episode of The Edge.

Also sitting in is "The King Of TV" Paul Goebel.

Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny

Confessions that growing up in H'wd turned an innocent teen crush into a crazy connection with a star's "houseboy"

May 7, 2013 02:52


Caprice Crane grew up in H'wd and here's a taste of our interview with her...

Writing for TV, movies and novels...The quirky, funny, cynical world of Hollywood writer Caprice Crane

May 3, 2013 47:46


Writer Caprice Crane is funny, charmingly self-deprecating and sharp witted with a cynical edge.  She's loved by audiences across a few media...They read her books, interact with her online and follow her very funny Twitter feed.

Caprice grew up in Hollywood the daughter of famous parents and gives us a sense of her world as a kid.  It was one made up of hanging out with the children of the glitterati but it seems with all the normal teen crushes as the rest of the world that just played out in a bit of a different way.  In fact, one of those crushes led to hunting down her teen heartthrob.

Links to Caprice's books, pictures of her folks, etc. can all be found here.

We really liked Caprice's visit and hope she'll be back--Next time she'll have to bring her own coffee because clearly Mark can not be trusted to make it.

J. Elvis Weinstein from Cinematic Titanic, Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a friend of the show and an accomplished wrter/producer as well so we invited him to join in on the conversation.

As always Heather Ankeny (actress and producer) co-pilots with Mark Thompson


Carl Gottlieb. He wrote JAWS and THE JERK (with Steve Martin).Collaborated with Richard Pryor and other greats.

Apr 25, 2013 59:17


Carl Gottlieb joins us.  He wrote JAWS.

JAWS is one of those movies that has spawned entire festivals and annual meetings in which people dress up and reenact parts of the film.  In a word, the movie is a classic.

JAWS vaulted Steven Spielberg to filmmaking royalty and writer Carl Gottlieb to the top of Hollywood screenwriters. 

Hosts Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny ask about JAWS ...among other things, how Carl arrived at writing the line "You're gonna need a bigger boat".

If it wasn't Carl, then who actually wrote the classic "Indianapolis speech" from Quint (Robert Shaw) and what movie had both Spielberg and Gottlieb seen that inspired them in a pinch to rework JAWS so the audience doesn't see the shark until well into the story?

Carl is the reason that Steven Spielberg used DEVIL'S TOWER in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and he tells us the story of alerting Spielberg to that location.

What about THE JERK?  How did the association with Steve Martin start and how did the two collaborate to make that movie?

Among the many legends Carl has collaborated with is Richard Pryor.  He wrote two movies and television comedy with Pryor.  Carl talks about what Pryor was like to work with and be around and how he once broke up a fist fight between Pryor and an NBC page.  

Carl also talks about meeting the legendary musician David Crosby and becoming his biographer through a life so sorted and wild that it took TWO BOOKS to chronicle it all.

Carl Gottlieb...Hollywood writer of comedy, drama, suspense and biography.

Stan Rizzo from Mad Men, Jay Ferguson: On acting, romance, his love of trivia and his dad on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire

Apr 18, 2013 01:09:14


Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny welcome Jay Ferguson from Mad Men.

You may never guess that Jay Ferguson, Stan Rizzo from the hit TV series Mad Men, is a huge trivia hound.  Mark tosses him a few trivia questions on the fly.

You also may never have guessed that Jay fell into a deep decline and considered leaving his craft of acting and show business....Mad Men arrived just as he was building it back.  

It's a useful story for anyone in a struggle to maintain or regain what they had.   Jay tells the story of the fall from success at television series work as a young actor and the way he stopped that fall.

Fans of romance will love the way Jay met his wife...And you may be surprised the way cigarette lighters enter the story as a mark of attraction in this case.

Jay tells the story of "WRONG ANSWER KENT" and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE....Jay's father had always obsessed with being on the original Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Regis.  One day, he finally makes it.   Jay shares the tale of why at the last second he can't be his father's "phone a friend" lifeline but connects him with his buddy Kent. Jay's actually able to be there at the last second---sort of.  When his Dad calls while on "Millionaire" to get help from his trivia buff son and his friend Kent, it all doesn't go as planned.

Josh Weinstein (Freaks and Geeks and Mystery Science Theater 3000) sits in with Heather and Mark and is already a show favorite as he's irrepressibly funny and even reveals that he was the answer to a Jeopardy question.  Oh, and by the way, he's a trivia monster also.

PREVIEW of Mad Men's Jay Ferguson (Stan Rizzo) talking about his dad finally making it on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Regis!

Apr 15, 2013 01:43


Jay's father made it on to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but not without some twists and turns.  

He tells Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny the whole story of how it happened and then WHAT happened as he visits THE EDGE.

The VERY funny Josh Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater also sits in.

Here's a preview ...the entire story and whole show coming soon.

Jay Ferguson, Stan Rizzo on Mad Men, talks about career crisis and the arrival of Mad Men..Here's a taste

Apr 13, 2013 01:29


Jay takes us on a journey from amazing success at an early age to steep decline and career crisis.  Here's a taste..The entire episode upcoming soon

30 Minutes of Media Culture

Apr 10, 2013 32:01


Our resident culture critic Michael Snyder stops through and he shares the stuff he thinks we might enjoy.

It's 30 minutes of Heather and Mark giving Michael a hard time but, make no mistake, they are jotting down his recommendations.

He's covered the Jodi Arias trial for Dateline NBC. Now, Josh Mankiewicz breaks it down for us (here's a little taste)

Apr 4, 2013 01:07


Mark Thompson asks Josh why things are not going more quickly in the Jodi Arias trial.  Here's a taste of Josh's answer.

Our Guest Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz talks of murder, mystery and in this case getting voice coaching

Apr 2, 2013 01:03


Josh is whipped into submission by a top voice coach...Josh doesn't react well and shares the story.

Murder, Mystery and being Allison Williams' godfather--Our guest:Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz

Apr 2, 2013 43:19


Mark Thompson and Heather Ankeny welcome Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz.

Josh is the first guest in our new outdoor studio overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

While he fills us in on Jodi Arias' trial for murder (and helps Heather with her obsession about this case), he also reviews the murders of Jon Benét Ramsey who you may know from our maiden voyage show is Heather's former neighbor in Colorado.

Heather asks for advice as to whether or not she should "lawyer up" after she murders her husband.

Mark busts one of Josh's signature interview techniques and Josh explains it.

On a serious note: What do law enforcement believe are the three basic motives for murder?  Josh tells us.

He tells us of the network sending him for voice training from a famous voice coach in New did not go well.

Josh is from a high profile family and has a famous goddaughter, Allison Williams (from HBO's series GIRLS).  We work him for a few details.

Then we dance!

Also from our first show here's a taste of Heather's obsession:

Apr 2, 2013 32


The uber-hot Heather Ankeny sits in on all things including her obsession with the Jodi Arias trial…The full show available on iTunes!

If you missed any of our maiden voyage show check out this quick clip:

Apr 2, 2013 35


Emmy winning Steve Martin/Martin Short writer David Feldman seems to like the vibe of the new pope.

Sam Simon - Celebrity Dog Promo

Apr 1, 2013 36


If you haven't yet heard our interview with Simpsons' creator Sam Simon here's a quickie clip as Sam remembers that, as a kid in an upscale L.A. neighborhood, his lost dog was returned home in an unusual way.

Sam Simon visits The Edge

Mar 29, 2013 01:25:46


We thought we'd book our favorite guest first so that he can visit again and again.

It's tough to think of anyone more accomplished in so many different areas than Sam Simon....creator of the most successful program in TV history, producer/show-runner on Taxi, Cheers, The George Carlin Show and having accomplished all of that by age 35 Sam turned the flame up and started burning into the world of animal rights and welfare.

Sam talks about his latest projects from Sea Shepherd to PETA and his dedication to animal welfare.

Finally, Sam takes us on a bizarre ride through his diagnosis and treatment for cancer and manages to work some laughs in.

Sam is charming, insanely intelligent, funny and sees the world with a rare clarity.

We love Sam Simon and you will too!

(The interview is longer than most of our shows will normally be but Sam's worth it).

Promo: Simpsons creator Sam Simon at Starbucks on Christmas

Mar 27, 2013 01:04


Sam Simon joins the show this week (avail on iTunes under Mark Thompson Online and soon under The Edge Show)

The man who brought the Simpsons to TV takes us on a ride from TV comedy to animal rights activism to a visit to Starbucks on Christmas.

Download the entire show and subscribe at iTunes.

Here's a bit....

Maiden Voyage of The Edge Show

Mar 26, 2013 42:05


Mark and Heather Ankeny welcome Emmy award winning comedy writer David Feldman....David talks about writing for Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Heather and David talk Downton Abbey and Shameless.

The construction going on at times in the background is from Mark's 94 year old neighbor's home that was burned to the ground and the story as to who lived in the house with the 94 year old and what was going on there is the topic of some speculation.

The new pope is laying down a vibe that David likes.(so far)

It's revealed that Heather used to live near the murdered Jon Benet Ramsey in Colorado.

Inside Conan O'Brian's house.

Down and out in Las Vegas and other stories of marginal fame.