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Our Not Exactly “Warm” Holiday Tradition: A Visit From “The Pit Bull of Comedy” Bobby Slayton

Nothing says it’s the holidays like our podcast tradition of a visit with comedian, BOBBY SLAYTON.

Bobby talks about opening for musicians and how that helped develop his aggressive manner on stage…the proliferation of podcasts…celebrity dinner parties.

Slayton explains he hates going out, so COVID has worked out…also, how he became the voice of SKECHERS…

Bobby tells Mark about last new year’s eve, performing in Hawaii (with Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, Joe Walsh, Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder), may have been the best ever…and more.

Happy holidays and enjoy, “The Pitbull of Comedy”, Bobby Slayton.

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The Lies We Tell About America to Ourselves and the World, with Author Jared Sexton

Author, journalist and professor, Jared Yates Sexton, joins Mark Thompson to talk about his latest, enormously compelling and intensely researched book, American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People

Jared goes way beyond the myth of American exceptionalism with which most are familiar and looks to the start of the nation and the “founding fathers”.   He continues the trip through history with discussions that include the Reagan years and legacy and extend to even the latest election.

The episode starts with political commentator, Michael Shure and comedian/documentary filmmaker, J Elvis Weinstein, doing a post-mortem on the Presidential election and a look at the future in which Donald Trump may be very much relevant.

00:00-1:50 Mark welcome

1:50- 25:08 J Elvis, Michael Shure and Mark

25:08-49:41 Jared Yates Sexton and Mark

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–The Comey Rule brings to life the controversy around James Comey, the FBI, Donald Trump and influencing an election–

Guest, Billy Ray, is an award winning director and writer who has brought (among others) THE HUNGER GAMES, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, RICHARD JEWELL and SHATTERED GLASS to the screen.

Billy’s latest chronicles the narrative and controversy around former FBI Director James Comey and his, ulitrmately doomed, relationship with Donald Trump.

The two part television event, THE COMEY RULE, airs on Showtime and VOD.

The show begins with political correspondent, Michael Shure, surveying the Presidential race and the current political landscape.

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00-01:15  Mark welcome

1:15-15:30 Michael Shure politics

15:30-1:01:00  Director/Writer Billy Ray

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Trump Gets COVID…Plus, Forbes Senior Editor, Dan Alexander, Follows the Trump Money Since Becoming President

Forbes Senior Editor, Dan Alexander, has a new book called, White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into a Business

The book details President Trump’s efforts to make money off of politics, taking us inside his exclusive clubs, luxury hotels, overseas partnerships, commercial properties, and personal mansions.

Dan tracks hundreds of millions of dollars flowing freely between big businesses and President Trump. He explains, in plain language, how Trump tried to translate power into profit, from the 2016 campaign to the ramp-up to the 2020 campaign.

But, just because there’s all that money washing back and forth DOESN’T mean that Trump has made it profitable.  He hasn’t.

First, political analyst and correspondent, Michael Shure talks with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein about Trump getting COVID-19 and the last debate forum in Cleveland (from which he’s just returned).

Also, Trump’s COVID situation and how it changes a political  landscape already being readied for legal challenges to the outcome and for cyber attack among other things.

00-2:00 Mark welcome…

2:00-20:00 Debate mess and Trump gets Covid.–J Elvis Weinstein and Michael Shure

20:00-51:00 Dan Alexander –White House Inc.

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12 Ways Donald Trump Can Win…Guest Richard Greene…Also, a Mini-Dive on The Verdict

Columnist, lecturer and political strategist, Richard Greene, takes us through the likely strategy the GOP and Donald Trump will use to win a second term, no matter how big Trump’s popular vote loss may be.

Here’s the link to Richard Greene’s latest piece in Medium which lists the 12 ways Trump can, and likely will, win.

First, J. Elvis Weinstein and Michael Shure react to the final night of the Republican Convention.

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00:00-01:35 Mark welcome

01:50-14:51  J Elvis Weinstein and Michael Shure

14:51-47:04 Richard Greene –Trump route to winning

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