Something Odd About This Call with Arnold Schwarzenegger


There’s something odd about this call…

Warning for language–

Mark Thompson speaks with and about The Terminator on THE EDGE.

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Jackie Collins Visits The Edge and Dishes About Everything

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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



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It’s Fritz


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!

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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.

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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 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

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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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