Fat to Fit: The Bizarre, Remarkable Life of Rich Roll

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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

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Set Sail for Love With Expert Advice

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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 thedatingtruth.com. 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 singledatingdiva.com/ask-sdd/

Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny

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The Oily Truth

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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.

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jon cryer

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 derailings of a star in history in Charlie Sheen.

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.

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call of duty

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 CDFE0446D22E-188BATTLECREEK 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.

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football dollar

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

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Marilu Henner : TV, Health, Memory and Celeb. Apprentice


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.

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Inside CPAC 2015, Wild Sex Stories Sort of & Explaining the Ending of Birdman

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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), grammar 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.


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TV Titans Remembered…


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 creator of classic TV and film, 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.

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Sam Simon visits The Edge

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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 (The Simpsons), 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.



The Sea Shepard

Sam talks about his latest projects from Sea Shepherd to PETA and his dedication to animal welfare through The Sam Simon Foundation.

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).




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