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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The Elephant Whisperer


Ringling Bros. announces that they are going to eliminate the use of elephants in their circuses and we revisit our conversation with someone just back from the land of rescued elephants.

Returning 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 click this link

Heather Ankeny joins Mark for this show

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Acting and Activism: Alexandra and Jonathan Paul


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.

l-r: Alexandra, Jonathan, Caroline

l-r: Alexandra, Jonathan, Caroline

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brian williams

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.


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