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Connecticut-based playwright whose work has been produced throughout the United States and across the globe. He has studied at Columbia and Juilliard, and his published plays include Kodachrome, Clown Bar, Rare Birds, and many others. https://www.adamszymkowicz.com/home.php Music: "Welcome to Hi" by Cameron Werme, 2018 Music: "Journey to the Sun" l…
 
Middle School teacher John Comey, known to his community as Emperor Comey, is an energetic, passionate educator of 5th and 6th grade social studies in the Providence, Rhode Island, area. His creativity in the classroom doesn't end with lesson planning - he creates an immersive community for his students to explore the topics and their own minds. Ho…
 
In his new book, REIGN OF TERROR HOW THE 9/11 ERA DESTABILIZED AMERICA AND PRODUCED TRUMP. the Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, Spencer Ackerman, lays bare the realities of a 20 year war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and the rise of the surveillance state. Spencer links to the post 9-11 era the increasing realities around white s…
 
Best selling author Mark Bittman...Plus..Author and Researcher Sara Kamali, PHD To call Mark Bittman an authority on food and eating is to understate it in the extreme. His columns, books and writings have, for decades, in the New York Times and elsewhere, celebrated the delights of food and the changing nature of trends in what we eat. In his late…
 
You could go for years and years and never run into the personalities and experiences that our three guests share. As anchors on the NBC and Fox stations in Los Angeles all three of our guests have lives filled with a window on everything from show business to hard news. Kelly Lange talks about experiences with everyone from Orson Welles to Bob Hop…
 
So much here on this packed episode... Author Mark Harris has just completed a fascinating biography about Director, Mike Nichols. MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE Harris joins Mark Thompson to discuss... Mike Nichols, an immigrant, with a troubled childhood, emerges as a key figure in entertainment, Mike Nichols story is a remarkable one. Then, J Elvis Weinst…
 
Comedy writer, Merrill Markoe, has a keen perspective on life. Now, she turns that perspective toward her own life, having recently discovered her childhood diaries and turned them into an annotated and illustrated journey in the form of her latest book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. Merrill is a multiple Emmy Award-winning w…
 
Nothing says it’s the holidays like our podcast tradition of a visit with comedian, BOBBY SLAYTON. Bobby talks about coming up as a club comic with Dana Carvey and Robin Williams...Looking back at his early days in comedy clubs...His life in Vegas anchoring a showroom. Bobby describes opening for famous musicians and how that help create his aggres…
 
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…
 
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 televi…
 
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 o…
 
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 a…
 
Mark Thompson welcomes back comedian and documentary filmmaker, J. Elvis Weinstein, and the two speak with political analyst, Michael Shure about the Democratic National Convention. Then, after Michael, award winning former journalist and media executive, Joe Ferullo, joins the two and talks about how the use of media in this time of COVID-19 trans…
 
When it comes to Trump, it's all about money and The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold is one of our favorites when it comes to covering the part of the Trump administration that connects to money. David joins Mark to talk about the strategies that Trump has used on the media and the country and how they reflect those he used at what turned out t…
 
Director, writer and producer Rod Lurie is getting terrific reviews for his film, THE OUTPOST, which tells the true story of an attack on an American outpost in Afghanistan. This film is not pro-war or anti-war and doesn't have a political slant one way or another but does provide the viewer with an immersive, riveting experience. Mark talks with R…
 
Hartford-based comedian Rob Santos understood early that identity was going to play a major role in his life - Black, Puerto Rican, and Beige American, always on the edges of acceptance. Identity - whether branding, politics, or mindfulness work - is inescapable, and Rob makes a mission of refining and protecting his. Rob's "Each One Teach One" wor…
 
As political awareness and participation increases, Jimmy Dore is at the center of a lot of the action. Jimmy is a political activist and comic with a formidable following. Jimmy Dore joins Mark for the entire episode. :00-01:30 Mark hello 01:30-53:00 Jimmy Dore and Mark T Reach us at edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com…
 
Hartford-based comedian Rob Santos understood early that identity was going to play a major role in his life - Black, Puerto Rican, and Beige American, always on the edges of acceptance. Identity - whether branding, politics, or mindfulness work - is inescapable, and Rob makes a mission of refining and protecting his. Rob's "Each One Teach One" wor…
 
The bailout/rescue package that's poured trillions of dollars into the American economy has done so in a very specific way. The corporate money grab is beyond anything most Americans would imagine. The remarkable truths about the bailout are revealed by guest, David Dayen, from The American Prospect. Here's a link to David's article at prospect.org…
 
Comedian Eddie Pepitone has been the subject of documentaries and has made his way through the comedy scene as both enormously popular with audiences and "a comic's comic". What's it like to see the live comedy scene shut down because of COVID19? How does the comedy scene still flourish during this time of unprecedented obstacles? Eddie joins J Elv…
 
Brian David Judkins and Ned Donovan are the creative team behind Encounter Party! - a collaborative Dungeons and Dragons-bases storytelling podcast featuring a cast of professional voice actors and comedians. And it's an incredible exercise in precision and planning. Whether you're familiar with the actual play podcast world or not, you've never he…
 
Josh Mankiewicz from Dateline NBC has the number one podcast in America right now. It's called, MOTIVE FOR MURDER. He takes us through some of the beats of the podcast. He talks with longtime friend, Mark Thompson, and comedian/documentary filmmaker, J.Elvis Weinstein about life as a Mankiewicz (his grandfather wrote Citizen Kane and his family is …
 
In an election season marked by new challenges created by COVID-19, Joe Biden has a challenge not unfamiliar to some high profile men: An accusation of sexual assault. How to appropriately engage on this issue and how to campaign during a presidential election season that is unlike any other. Political analyst Michael Shure joins Mark Thompson and …
 
Our guest, Dan Gerstein, contracted COVID-19 but added several societal layers. Starting with his wife whose family was enduring the brunt of it in her home, Italy. He wrote about it in his NY Daily News article He talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein about the entire experience of the earlier days of the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC. First, …
 
I listen to podcasts. Several of them. All day long. Honestly, it's a little much. But among the podcasts I look forward to the most every week is the 10ish Podcast. 10ish hosts and creators Nick and Brandon blend information and entertainment in a unique and hilarious way, counting down the very best (or worst) of any category. Whether it's serial…
 
When it comes to sex education, it's sometimes difficult to get the information across. If you're awkward or uncomfortable talking about sex, maybe you'll struggle to engage your audience. But if you can make it funny and relatable? Enter Raylene Taskoski, comedian and sex toy expert, whose show "Stand Up Comedy Sex Ed" combines real sexual health …
 
Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein discuss life as shut-ins and some of the news around the Covid-19 outbreak. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston on the world of Trump and money in politics. David's website is DCreport.org Then, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Phill…
 
As COVID-19 continues to alter social and economic landscapes around the world, some are more immediately impacted than others. Lots of creative people have been forced to stay home, cancel performances, and lose lots of creative outlets. Dr. James C. Kaufman is a professor at the UConn Neag School of Education, and has written several books about …
 
Ghost (Andrew Mattei) found his love of Hip Hop dance thanks to a friend and a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXO-jKksQkM) - and nearly a decade later he's a dance instructor and three-time contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. The groove has taken him places, for sure. And the creative energy of animation style dance (if you ha…
 
In this episode: The cops come to Mark's house in force...Michael Shure talks campaign politics and superstar plant dietician Julieanna Hever joins Mark. Julieanna's latest book, The Healthspan Solution--How and What to Eat to Add Years To Your Life is a mix of science, recipes and beautiful photos of delicious food! She's written the book with sci…
 
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