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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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

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.

You can buy Tyler Cowen’s books by clicking here.

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

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.

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