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

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.
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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

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 mercyforanimals.org

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)

You can contact the show at edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com

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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

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:   edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com
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Meet the Man Who Hunts the Hunters in Africa: Anti-Poaching Crusader, Damien Mander

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:    https://www.iapf.org/

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

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

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.
You can reach the show by email:  edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com
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