Show 635 American Colossus The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900. Medved talks to author. Audio MP3  

Show 635 Michael Medved talks to author of American Colossus The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

 American Colossus The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 Written by H.W. Brands

ABOUT THE BOOK- In a grand-scale narrative history, the bestselling author of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize now captures the decades when capitalism was at its most unbridled and a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen utterly transformed America from an agrarian economy to a world power.

 The years between the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century saw the wholesale transformation of America from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Driven by unfathomably wealthy and powerful businessmen like J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, armies of workers, both male and female, were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. What’s more, in accomplishing its revolution, capitalism threatened to eclipse American democracy. “What do I care about the law?” bellowed Cornelius Vanderbilt. “Hain’t I got the power?” He did, and with it he and the other capitalists reshaped every aspect of American life. In American Colossus, H.W. Brands portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.


The capitalist revolution left not a single area or aspect of American life untouched. It roared across the South, wrenching that region from its feudal past and integrating the southern economy into the national one. It burst over the West, dictating the destruction of Native American economies and peoples, driving the exploitation of natural resources, and making the frontier of settlement a business frontier as well. It crashed across the urban landscape of the East and North, turning cities into engines of wealth and poverty, opulence and squalor. It swamped the politics of an earlier era, capturing one major party and half of the other, inspiring the creation of a third party and determining the issues over which all three waged some of the bitterest battles in American history.


Brands’s spellbinding narrative beautifully depicts the oil gushers of western Pennsylvania, the rise, in Chicago, of the first skyscraper, the exploration of the Colorado River, the cattle drives of the West, and the early passionate sparks of union life. By 1900 the America he portrays is wealthier than ever, yet prosperity is precarious, inequality rampant, and democracy stretched thin. American Colossus is an unforgettable portrait of the years when the contest between capitalism and democracy was at its sharpest, and capitalism triumphed.

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Janeane Garofalo & Larry "Bubbles" Brown  

Winner of the American Book Award Journalist Emil Guillermo, plus David interviews an angry listener.  Janeane Garofalo stars in David's daughter's favorite movie Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Janeane is one of the bravest voices of our generation. Do you need to know anything else about her? Other than we love Janeane Garofalo? There are comics who have never thrown a punch in their lives who have actually punched people for saying anything bad about Janeane. In fact I should have one of those guys on the show. Come on, do I really need to tell you about Janeane? You know her from The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, then appeared in more than 50 movies, with leading or major roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, Steal This Movie!, Clay Pigeons, Sweethearts, Mystery Men, and The Independent, among numerous others. She has also been a series regular on television programs such as Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, 24, and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Garofalo is an outspoken progressive activist. From March 2004 to July 2006, she hosted Air America Radio's The Majority Report with Sam Seder. Also on the show Larry Bubbles Brown who holds the record for longest gap between appearances on The David Letterman Show. Larry is considered to be one of the funniest people in the world by comedians.  Emil Guillermo is an American print and broadcast journalist, commentator and humorist. His column, "Emil Amok", appeared for more than 14 years in AsianWeek—at one time, the most widely read and largest circulating Asian American newsweekly in the U.S. The column has now migrated to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site blog.Born in San Francisco, Guillermo is an alumnus of Harvard University, where he studied history and film, and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He delivered the Ivy Oration as class humorist in 1977. From 1989-1991, he was host of NPR's "All Things Considered." He was the first Asian American male, and first Filipino American, to host a regularly scheduled national news broadcast.[1][2] He has also worked as a television reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He has hosted his own radio talk show in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Sacramento. His writing and commentary has been widely published in newspapers around the country, and has earned him national and regional journalism awards. In 2015, Guillermo received the Asian American Journalists Association's Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice, in recognition of excellence in coverage of Asian American Pacific Islander civil rights and social justice issues,[3] Guillermo is the author of Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective—a compilation of essays originally published in Asian Week—that won an American Book Award in 2000. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. More David @ Tune in every Tuesday and Friday for brand new episodes of our show featuring a diverse mixture of comedians, actors, professors, comedy writers and journalists talking about your world. Check out our new You Tube channel. More about David: David writes for Triumph The Insult Comic Dog's series on Hulu and Maya and Marty on NBC. David has also won three Prime Time Emmys for comedy writing, as well as four Writers Guild Awards. He has also written on ABC's Roseanne, HBO's Dennis Miller Live, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Academy Awards, The Emmys, and countless roasts on Comedy Central. Get Social With David: Facebook: Twitter: Subscribe to his audio podcast: iTunes: Become a subscriber to our podcast! When you join for only a $5 monthly subscription donation you’ll gain access to the David Feldman Premium Content, featuring bonus material from the funniest comedians who have been guests on the show. We accept all major credit cards. Join today and help support the show!  

Episode 159: Ira Glass  

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life.

“You can only have so many questions about feelings, I think. At some point people are just like alright, enough with the feelings.”

Thanks to MailChimp, EA SPORTS FIFA 16, Fracture, and FRONTLINE's "My Brother's Bomber for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

@iraglass Out on the Wire (Jessica Abel • Broadway Books • 2015) [10:00] "1: New Beginnings" (This American Life • Nov 1995) [14:00] Serial [21:00] "75: Kindness of Strangers" (This American Life • Nov 1995) [27:00] Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host [28:00] "480: Human Sacrifice" (This American Life • Nov 2012) [30:00] "562: The Problem We All Live With" (Nikole Hannah-Jones • This American Life • July 2015) [31:00] "564: Too Soon" (This American Life • Aug 2015) [31:00] "565: Lower 9+10" (This American Life • Aug 2015) [35:00] "513: 129 Cars" (This American Life • Dec 2013) [53:00] Longform Podcast #124: Alex Blumberg [54:00] Conan's Farewell Speech

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138 - Why the Magic Art of Tidying Up Doesn't Work for American Women  

I’m sharing what I like, don't like and why I think that this book doesn't work for American women.

Talk about a controversial statement, I know, but I think "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" does not work for the majority of American women. Marie and I approach organizing differently based on our ages and countries of origin./p>

There a few things that I do like about Marie's book.

I love that she has brought the discussion of clutter and organizing to the attention of the media and people around the world. I like the idea behind her method of sparking joy. “If it doesn't spark joy that you should get rid of it.” I also love that Marie champions that idea that organization is a teachable and learnable skill.

Yes, yes, YES! That is what I have been saying for years, that it doesn't matter if you're not organized now, you can learn to be organized.

{To really understand why this book doesn’t work for American women read the whole post or listen to the podcast where I dive deep into the differences between an American house and a Japanese house and our cultural differences.}

  What works for Marie but I have not seen as easily implementable for Americans are the following five things.   #1 Marie says you should tidy all at once and be done.

Immediately that rubbed me the wrong way, which is why I had such a hard time with her book. Having helped so many women organize their whole homes and organized my own I know, it took me three years to get organized. Knowing how hard American women try to be organized and the quantity of items to be organized I knew it was not that easy. You can't just wave a magic wand, do it once and it's all done.

#2 Marie consistently brings up this idea of perfectionism, the perfect system and that you can reach perfection.

I do not think that you can reach perfection. I'm not there, I actually get bored when I get anywhere close to being super productive. I create all these alternative projects I can do to make my life a little bit more cluttered. I don't want to live in a perfect minimalistic, 100% efficient life. I don't agree that you can actually even achieve a perfect life.  

#3 Is the topic of paper organization.

This is the hot button that originally rubbed me the wrong way when reading Marie’s book. The first time I read her book, I stopped reading after the one and a half pages about how to organize paper, which basically said just get rid of all of it.

I about had a heart failure.

So when I re-read the book last week, and I read all the way through I realized that towards the end of the book she does tell you how to organize paper, a little bit. But she still sticks with the idea that almost all paper should be thrown away and that there are only three files that you should have.


Not filing systems.   Files.   Three envelopes or three files of paper, TOTAL.  

#4 Marie glosses over photos and memories.

Her suggestion to go through your photos one by one and make decisions, would take at least a year for most of the Americans that I know. It is definitely not something you can tidy all at once and be done in a day or two. Furthermore, most Americans have a hard time deciding which photos are good to keep and which ones can be let go.

Don’t believe me? What do you do with your school pictures after you put one in a family frame and hand them out to friends and family members? If you are like most Americans you store the rest in the school envelope and “save” them. Who know, we might “need” them. And they cost good money. See – we need help.

And lastly, #5 Marie explains how she empties her purse every single day.

Her wallet, train ticket, etc all come out of her purse and are stored in different places in her home. Then she puts the purse in a bag and puts it up on the shelf of her closet. There is no way that I could empty out my purse and refill my purse every day.

I am so grateful that the "Magic Art of Tidying Up" has become such a popular book and has brought this whole idea of organizing and decluttering to the forefront of the media. It has opened up the discussion for people around the world to really take a look at the stuff that they have saved and think about the kind of a life that they want to live.

However, if you are an American and you have read this book and you've made great progress in your master closet, but then you haven't made much more progress in the rest of your house, you're doing just fine.   So what does work for American women? The 100 Day Home Organization Challenge is the perfect match for your American home. Registration just opened for the January 2 kick off. Join today!
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CHP-159-Chinese American Stars and Entertainers of Old Hollywood  

In this episode Laszlo focuses on the history of Chinese Americans in the early years of Hollywood.  The period will focus on the 1920's to the 1950's.  During those years Asian Americans had a rough time in Hollywood trying to break away from stereotypical roles. American laws and attitudes stacked the deck against them but through their sacrifices and perseverance they blazed the trail for today's generation of Chinese-American movie, theater and TV artists.  CHP-159 looks at the lives of Anna May Wong and Jadin Wong as a window into these times. Below are the terms from this episode as well as some resources about Chinese Hollywood and Chinatowns.

Terms from this Episode

Marion Wong  黄女娣  Young film pioneer, established Mandarin Film Co. in 1916

Esther Eng    Producer, Director of Chinese language films in the US

James B. Leong  Chinese American actor between 1923-1960, directed Lotus Blossom in 1921.

Joseph Sunn Jue  The Darryl Zanuck of Chinatown, director and producer

Wong Chin Foo  王清福   Subject of Scott Seligman's book "The First Chinese American."

Anna May Wong   黄柳霜  1905-1961 American actress of the early days of Hollywood

Wong Sam Sing  黄善兴  Anna May Wong's father

Lee Gon Toy    Anna May Wong's mother

Taishan  台山  Historic town in the Pearl River delta region

Chang On  长安  Anna May Wong's father's ancestral village

Jadin Wong   黄玉美  Chinese American entertainer and later agent

Bok Kai Temple 北溪庙  Temple in Marysville, CA

Charlie Low  He built the Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco

Arthur Dong 曾奕田 Documentary film maker, founder of Deep Focus Productions

Noel Toy  The Chinese Sally Rand, early Forbidden City club performer of risque dances

Coby Yee Entertainer and later owner of the Forbidden City

Haing S. Ngor吴汉润 Winner of the 1985 Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his unforgettable performance in the Killing Fields, gunned down in Chinatown in 1996.

Bessie Loo  Early Hollywood agent who specialized in roles for Asian American artists

John Lone  尊龙  Actor who played Pu Yi in Bertolucci's The Last Emperor

Joan Chen  陈冲  Actress who played in many roles in the 80's and 90's

Lucy Liu   刘玉玲  Reigning queen of Hollywood martial arts action films

Bai Ling  白灵 Actress who was also a client of Jadin Wong

David Henry Hwang  黄哲伦  Multi-talented artist best known for his play and film M. Butterfly

Larry Ching  The Chinese Sinatra, and a future CHP topic one day.

The Kim Loo Sisters  known as The Chinese Andrews Sisters

Dorothy Fong Toy  known as The Chinese Ginger Rogers

You Yat Mar  The Chinese Sophie Tucker

Chai Hong   The Chinese Chaplin

Barbara Jean Wong  The Chinese Shirley Temple

Nancy Kwan   关家蒨  Famous for her roles in The World of Suzie Wong and The Flower Drum Song

Keye Luke   陆锡麟  Best known for his role as Charlie Chan's Number One Son, Keye Luke had a very prolific and successful career in Hollywood.

Victor Sen Yung   杨森  Best known for his role as Hop Sing on Bonanza

Benson Fong   邝炳雄  Famous for many roles and for his Ah Fong's restaurants

Sammee Tong  Played John Forsyth's houseboy Peter Tong in The Bachelor Father TV series

Kam Fong  Most famous for his role as Chin Ho Kelly in the old Hawaii Five-0 series.

Tsai Chin   周采芹  Had a rich career on stage and on screen. Unforgettable in You Only Live Twice and The Joy Luck Club

Lisa Lu  卢燕  Three time Golden Horse Award winner. Still active in the movies and on TV since 1958.  Played the dying Empress Dowager Cixi in The Last Emperor.

James Wong Howe   黄宗霑  The immortal Hollywood cinematographer. Did over 130 films. Famous for Deep Focus cinematography. Nominated for ten Oscars, won two.  His own life was like a movie.

James Hong   吴汉章  One of the best known faces in Hollywood in over 500 roles on TV and in the movies. Played Lo Pan in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China and Kahn, the butler in Chinatown.


Suggested Links for Further Study: 

Arthur Dong: Deep Focus Productions

Anna May Wong's IMDb Page

The Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

Asian American Arts Alliance - Jadin Wong Award



Forbidden City USA  - Book of the Arthur Dong documentary

"Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend", Graham Russell Gao Hodges"

Scott Seligman amazon page

Jenny Cho amazon page 

Peter Kwong amazon page

Bonnie Tsui amazon page

Edward Said: Orientalism



Forbidden City USA DVD 

Hollywood Chinese - Arthur Dong documentary

Danwei TV Video on Anna May Wong with Sufei

Anna May Wong in The Toll of the Sea (YouTube) 

Anna May Wong in Bombs Over Burma (YouTube)

Show 219 A Conservative History of the American Left. Michael Medved interviews author Daniel Flynn.  

Show 219 A Conservative History of the American Left. Michael Medved interviews author Daniel Flynn. 34 minutes. 8MB

From Human Events books: Loony Leftism: it didn't start with Hillary Clinton"s comparison of marriage and family with slavery and the Indian reservation system. It didn't start when Thomas Frank wrote in What"s the Matter with Kansas about "the borderline criminality of capitalism." It didn't even start with the Sixties! It"s surprising but true: the loony but now -- sadly -- mainstream Left has its roots in some radical movements that are centuries old.

 Today, with the Left’s influence once again growing in American life, despite its utter intellectual and moral bankruptcy, it’s more important than ever for conservatives to be able to mount a clear-eyed, informed resistance -- and that’s why Daniel Flynn’s rollicking A Conservative History of the American Left is so eye-opening and timely. Here at last is the first book that dares to tear away the pious fictions surrounding the American Left, and to reveal the true origins of the loony Leftist ideas that leave conservatives frustrated, outraged, and amazed that anyone could think such insane things.

Think that the wild ideas propagated by the Left today are newly minted? Think again. Flynn (author of the acclaimed Intellectual Morons and Why the Left Hates America) shows that many of them date back to the earliest days of America. And that even includes the Left’s hatred for Christianity, its moral relativism, and its calls for government to solve all of our problems. All that and more can be traced back into the 19th century.

Flynn demonstrates that the Left’s arguments have been refuted, rejected, and discarded again and again, but generation after generation liberals trot them out again. Even liberal anti-Americanism is nothing new: Flynn notes that the famed abolitionist crusader William Lloyd Garrison, in 1848 published a piece in his newspaper, The Liberator, that read: "We only hope that, if blood has had to flow, that it has been that of the Americans."

And Garrison is not the only forefather of the loony Left who ever haunted the American scene. Flynn introduces you to a rogue’s gallery of Leftist loons, hacks and psychopaths who were, paradoxically enough, taken seriously in their day, and left their mark on the Leftist movement ever after. These include Mary Gove Nichols, a free love advocate and anti-marriage activist who compared matrimony to slavery and prostitution, becoming the Betty Friedan of the antebellum era -- until she horrified her followers by getting married and converting to Catholicism!

Then there’s Victoria Claflin Woodhull, who ran for president on the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872, 48 years before women could vote in presidential elections. An early hero of the feminist movement? Sure -- and also an advocate of far-out "scientific" religion featuring spirit rappings and the appearances of ghosts. And don’t forget the grim and humorless Leftist ideologue Mike Gold, who denounced Gilbert and Sullivan as "the cultural pioneers of fascism" and proclaimed that "the Russian Bolsheviks will leave the world a better place than Jesus left it."

An enthralling account of the nutty origins of the loony Left, A Conservative History of the American Left enables conservatives to understand and more effectively combat the Left today.

Meet the old Leftists, same as the new Leftists:

       John Humphrey Noyes and the Perfectionists: a 19th-century utopian community that anticipated the Left’s "new," "cutting-edge" ideas of today -- including economic collectivism, free love, hostility to the nuclear family, pacifism, anti-Americanism, and passion for eugenics

       Robert Owen, the rags-to-riches Welsh industrialist who identified private property, religion, and marriage as "the most monstrous evils" almost two centuries ago

       Michael Moore’s forefather: the crusading early twentieth century Leftist journalist who announced that he wanted to "destroy the facts"

       The presidential administration that brought top-down reform by liberal technocrats, fast-paced centralization, and constitutional disposability to Washington long before Hillary Clinton was even born

       The American Communist dupe who, with his propaganda, paved the way for the blood and violence of the Russian Revolution, and the terror of its aftermath

       Why the American Socialist Party gets the lion’s share of attention from historians despite being far smaller and less influential than many other American third-party movements

       The open racism of many of the most prominent Leftists of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth century -- foreshadowing the racial paternalism of today’s Left

       Why Karl Marx’s violent, one-size-fits-all, industry-centered ideology meshed better with the post-Civil War American L

Episode #97 – Straightening Out The Wheel  

How to find coaches to get your unbalanced life back into balance.

On this episode Russell talks about having a life that is like an unbalanced wheel and he is working on straightening it out.

Here are some interesting things you will hear in today’s episode:

Why some areas of Russell’s life are amazing and others are struggling. What Russell is doing to try to balance out his life so it’s amazing all the way around. And why it’s important to work out your life and make sure its balanced.

So listen below to find out what Russell is doing to straighten out his wheel.


Hey everyone. This is Russell Brunson. I want to welcome you to a brand new, exciting, awesome episode of Marketing in Your Car. Alright everyone. It has been a little while since I have done a podcast. Had kind of a crazy last month or so. Has it been a month? Probably not. It has been quite awhile. Since last we spoke we launched click funnels. It is going great. People are loving it. We are changing the whole industry, and it’s awesome. Loving that. I want to do something different because today I woke up, and I am in an awesome mood.

It is funny because there is a bunch of stuff that I could and should be upset about or frustrated or whatever, but I am in an awesome mood today. There are a lot of reasons for that. For one, I am just grateful for my family. I am grateful for click funnels. I am grateful for my partners, just everything that is happening. It is just awesome, like nothing could pop my bubble right now, which is really cool.

The other thing I want to mention, and I think it’s important, is I want to ask you guys, I want you guys to look at your life. There are different areas. Remember at a Tony Robbins event he had us do this in a circle. Each section’s circle was a pie, each part was part of your life, your personal life, your financial, your spiritual, your physical and all those kinds of things. He had us draw from 1-10 where we felt we were at. If you were close to the center of the circle, the further out you went, the better it was.

You drew these lines across each of the sections of the pie, and afterwards you looked at it, and it was this lopsided wheel. Everyone has one or two aspects of their life they are crushing it in. The other four or five they are really struggling it. It was interesting. He said, “Look at this as the wheel. How can you drive on this? Parts of it are super close. The edges are super close to the center. Part of it is like a real circle.”

I think that is what my life has been like. I have been having great success in a lot of areas, and having a lot of fun and things, but other parts of my life are really struggling like my physical part. I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating right. I was doing a whole bunch of stuff to try to get the launch out. Things became lop-sided. I did a podcast a while ago about the unbalanced life, which I still think is important, but I started thinking recently about that.

I have certain aspects of my life, half I am crushing in and half I am struggling in. I started looking at what are the traits in things that are happening in the areas that I am really successful. I have coaches and a team around me helping me in those aspects in my life. Those other ones, I am just going at it on my own and hoping for the best.

Recently, a little while ago I hired this guy. I am not sure if I told you guys or not. I don’t know if I told you or not, but I went and got my blood tested in the middle of our product launch thing. My hormones were out of whack from lack of sleep, lack of, I definitely went unbalanced for a while. My hormones suffered because I gained a bunch of weight. It was hard to sleep.

I had low energy. All of these things came from that. I went to a nutritional doctor, and he told me what I needed to do, and I didn’t agree with it and it scared me. I didn’t want to do. I looked out there, and I looked at my personal world, and try to find somebody who is really good at fixing the issues that I was having. I found this dude.

His name is Caleb Jennings. You can search for him. He is awesome. He is really expensive, $600 for a coaching call. I did my first coaching call with him, and he recommended a bunch of dietary things and a bunch of supplementation things and other things. What I am eating now is so weird from what I have ever eaten in my whole life. We just got started. “There’s two way to do this. The fast way and the slow way.” I said I wanted the fast way.


He said the fast way is really expensive. I said I didn’t care. I want to get where I want to be as quick as I can. Here is all the supplements that you should be taking. I spent $2,000 in supplements. I did that, changed my diet. I have been on it for 10 days now. I can’t tell you. I feel better now than I felt my entire life. It is truly amazing. I feel like I am glowing. I feel so awesome.

The point of this podcast because now I am at the office is, start looking at the areas of your life that are unbalanced and things you are not happy with instead of trying to trailblaze on your own like we always try to do. Go find a coach for that area of your life. There are coaches out there coaching people on anything. If you are struggling spiritually or financially or health wise, go find the person who is doing exactly what you want to be doing, and figure out how much it is going to cost and pay him.

It will get you where you want to be so much faster. I was listening to Tony Robbins this weekend, and that is one thing he said as well. If you want to be successful, you can’t find a good strategy. You have to find the best strategy. Find the best strategy. Find the person that you like the most and model them. Model them to a tee. If you do that, that is where you are going to be successful.

That is what I am doing now. I am finding the areas of my life that are lop-sided, that I am not quite happy with. I am finding coaches and get there quick. The last 10 days, we had a family trip this weekend, and I was driving, and typically when I am driving I am snacking on food and trying to stay awake.

Kids are going crazy and it is stressful. This time I didn’t eat any snacks. I was just driving there. I had so much energy. I was so much more fun. I was goofing off. It was night and day. My wife was like, “what is wrong with you? You are so happy right now.”

I said I don’t know. From the changes in my diet and supplementation, I feel like a million bucks. I am going to find some coaches for the other areas of my life I am struggling with, and I will be firing those as well. Do the same. Appreciate you guys. Thanks for listening. Have an awesome day, and I will talk to you all soon.

Always get breakfast.  
0:00:00 - 0:24:28 - Tucker has been reading Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels again.

Discussed in this section: Lee Child, Prime Suspect, James Ellroy, Blood Meridian, Against the Day, The Book of Numbers, Finnegan's Wake, Dune, John Carter, Gravity's Rainbow, William Gaddis, Preacher, Recognitions, JR, Garth Ennis, The Boys, Suspiria, The Darkness, Marc Silvestri, Stephen Hunter, Werner Herzog, A History of Violence, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Raymond Chandler, Nicholas Cage, Maze Runner, Mayor Carcetti, 12 Rounds, Teen Wolf, American Ultra, Bourne Identity, G.I. Joe 2, Noah, Batman, 311, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Adrian Tomine, Steve Ditko, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre.

0:24:29 - 0:41:03- We talk a little (not enough, he deserves a full show) about Wes Craven. Sean wrote about Last House on the Left/secret obituary for Grantland. If you'd like to spend more time on Craven, the Nightmare on Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again has some great interviews with him even though the whole thing is pretty tiring. Adam Simon's fantastic documentary on American horror The American Nightmare (which is on youtube) and Jason Zinoman's history of American horror Shock Value are indispensable for Craven's interviews. 

Here's my favorite Craven quote, from American Nightmare: 

“I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn and the white picket fence. Mom and Dad and happy children. God fearing and doing good whenever they can. That sort of expectation. And the flip side of it, of the anger and sense of outrage that comes from discovering that’s not the truth of the matter. I think that gives American horror films in some ways  kind of a… An additional rage” 

Also discussed in this section: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Oliver Sacks, Last House on the Left, Scream Nightmare on Elm Street, Cursed, Scream 3, Scream 4, The Hills Have Eyes, Vampire in Brooklyn, Red Eye, Music of the Heart, Olivier Assayas, Gaspar Noe, The Hills Have Eyes remake, The Last House on the Left remake, Takashi Miike, Tobe Hooper, Walking Dead, Sinister, Michael Bay, Joe Swanberg, John Cassavettes, Garret Dillahunt, Tony Goldwyn, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Bunuel, Carl Theodor Dreyer, George Romero, John Carpenter, Halloween, The Virgin Spring, Max Von Sydow, the Saw movies, Star Wars at Disney World, The Visit, and Richard Brody.

0:41:04 - 0:52:40 - SPECIAL GUEST DROP-IN BY MISS NINA - Mindhunters (2004), directed by Renny Harlin, starrring Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velasquez, LL Cool J, Clifton Collins Jr, and Johnny Lee Miller. 

Also discussed in this section: NCIS LA, Mr. Robot, CSI, Elementary, Cold Case, Trainspotting, The Big Sleep, The Thing, Armageddon 2001, Inferno, John Romita Jr. Walt Simonson, Abel Ferrara, Cutthroat Island, board games, Jumanji, Zathura, John Favreau, Swingers, The Pagemaster, Cowboys and Aliens, Michael Mann, Tom Noonan, Sicario, and Blackhat.


0:52:41 - 1:06:24 - True Detective Season 2, starring Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Kelly Reilly, and Rick Springfield.

Also discussed in this section: Thief, Kill List, American Gigolo, Lethal Weapon, James Ellroy, 24, Friday Night Lights, Silent Rage, HP Lovecraft, Eyes Wide Shut, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Quentin Tarantino, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Jaws, Tom Hanks, American Tabloid, Richard Chew (SHOUTOUT TO RICHARD CHEW THE GOD), Justin Lin, The Comeback, and Deadwood. 

1:06:25 - 1:21:09 - Black Christmas (1974), directed by Bob Clark, starring Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Kier Duella, and John Saxon. 

Also discussed in this section: Steve Martin, Videodrome, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Halloween, Porky's, Deathdream (that is the Vietnam vet movie I could not remember the name of), Lone Wolf and Cub, Copra, Jason Shiga's Demon, Bookhunter, Scud, and Detention. 

Next Week: Two American men talk Eyes Wide Shut for a very long time.
Music this week: "Moya" by Godspeed You Black Emperor from The American Nightmare. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.


R.I.P. Wes Craven, you will be missed.
Show 221 Moment of Truth in Iraq. Medved talks to author. Audio MP3  

Show 221 Moment of Truth in Iraq: How a New 'Greatest Generation' of American Soldiers is Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope. Michael Medved talks to author Michael Yon. 37 minutes 8.6MB Synopsis- Never underestimate the American soldier. That's the moral of former Green Beret Michael Yon's brilliant battle-by-battle, block-by-block tale of how America's new 'greatest generation' of soldiers is turning defeat and disaster into victory and hope in Iraq.

The American soldier is the reason General David Petraeus's brilliant strategy of moving our soldiers off isolated bases and out among the Iraqi people is working. Working to find and kill terrorists, reclaim neighborhoods, and help lead Iraq to democracy.

Yon is no cheerleader. According to the New York Times, he has logged more time in combat situations in Iraq than any other

U.S. reporter. When failed American leadership was driving Iraq into chaos and civil war, nobody told the story earlier or better than Michael Yon. The top brass was so mad that twice the U.S. military denied him access to Iraq.

So Yon has supreme credibility when he says that we are finally winning, not primarily with our overwhelming technology, not with shock and awe destruction, but with the even more powerful force of American values--with the courage and leadership, strength and compassion of our soldiers.

Moment of Truth in Iraq is packed with Yon's trademark thrilling and often heart-rending tales from the battlefield:

* The American commander fed up with phony Al Qaeda 'documentaries' that showed terrorists shooting at bombed out American vehicles as if they had beaten us in open battle. The commander and his men staged the "bombing" of a broken down truck, then when the terrorists came to put on their act, Navy SEAL snipers killed every one.

* Follow the exploits of the great "Deuce Four" battalion that becamethe center of a "warrior cult" dreaded by terrorists and revered by Iraqis.

*Think Iraqi soldiers can't fight? Read about the elite Iraqi SWAT team taking down a terror cell for the murder of four American soldiers and a brave Iraqi guide.

*Think Americans are occupiers, not liberators, of

Iraq? Tell that to the wounded Iraqi interpreter, who, convinced he was about to die, begged his U.S. commander to have his heart cut out and buried in America.

* Learn why so many Iraqi boys dream of becoming American soldiers.

* Brutalized by Saddam for decades, Iraqis hungered for strength entwined with justice and tempered by mercy. The American soldier delivered.

Here is the true, untold story of the American soldier and the courage and values that are bringing victory for America-and Iraq.

The New York Times rack[ed] up more time embedded with combat units than any other journalist

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Episode 124: Alex Blumberg  

Alex Blumberg is a former producer for This American Life and Planet Money. Last year he founded Gimlet Media, a podcast network, and hosts its first show, StartUp.

“When someone starts talking about something difficult, when they get unexpectedly emotional, your normal human reaction is to sort of comfort and steer away. To say, ‘Oh I’m sorry, let’s move on.’ What you need to do, if you want good tape, is to say, ‘Talk more about how you’re feeling right now.’ It feels like a horrible question to ask. It feels like you're going against your every instinct as a decent human being to go toward the pain that this person is experiencing.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda and Alarm Grid for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes:

@abexlumberg Blumberg’s archive on This American Life [2:00] Longform on Reply All #7: This Website Is For Sale [2:00] Longform Podcast #23: Starlee Kine [4:00] "Company Eight" (Matthew Pearl • The Atavist • Jan 2015) [20:00] "91: 33 Million Dollar Box" (This American Life • Jan 1998) [20:00] "115: First DayFirst Day" (This American Life • Nov 1998) [27:00] "236: Stock Making Sense" (This American Life • Apr 2003) [30:00] "355: The Giant Pool of Money" (This American Life • May 2008) [34:00] "365: The Day The Market Died" (This American Life • Oct 2008) [36:00] StartUp

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TLS #167: Creating an intuition-led career & Life With Intention Online with Colleen Kavanaugh  

In honor of Life With Intention Online registration now being open (class starts this Sunday, September 18th), I have a special interview for you with Colleen Kavanaugh. Colleen is a Certified Caregiving Consultant over at I’ve gotten to know Colleen personally through Life With Intention Online and through Life With Intention Mastermind this year and am so grateful to share her story. In this episode, Colleen shares the journey that led to the intuition-led career she now has -- and the difficult (and life-giving) decade that came before this new chapter of her life. She’ll also be sharing openly about her experience with LWIO, who she believes it is a good fit for, and more. This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear an inspiring story of someone finding true clarity with their next career path, or for anyone looking to find out if Life With Intention Online may be the right fit for them.   [Tweet "“The being is where we need to be." - @thelongestdance"] [Tweet "“Everything is just a moment, and you're always evolving." - @thelongestdance"] [Tweet "“Stop doing and start being. " - @thelongestdance"]   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT   How Colleen was a caregiver to both of her parents who lived with Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and also had a job, was raising a family and was coping the best she was able to. Colleen discusses that she knew something was missing in her life, but it took a while to figure what that was. She describes how she wasn't fully happy with her life and noticed she had an internal resistance building up. She talks about how that resistance led to her making a change and fix her life going forward. Colleen mentions that she began exercising to help deals with her struggles and later, she used Life With Intention Online to help her move forward. She tells us her views about Life With Intention Online and how it helped transform her to the person she is today. Colleen discusses how great and important the community that is formed from LWIO and how it has become her support, inspiration, accountability and source of strength in her life. She tells her her favorite part of LWIO was discovering her intentions and finding her values. Colleen describes how her daughter has joined her in LWIO to help narrow her Values while moving onto college and beyond. She tells us how she is more focused on keeping what she wants in her life in, and what she wants out of her life out.   SHOW NOTES The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle LWIO Alumni Interview with Katie Evans LWIO Alumni Interview with Anna Locke LWIO Alumni Interview with Elizabeth Piper   LISTEN TO THE SHOW       PS - Life With Intention Online registration is now open through Friday, September 16. Class runs September 18th - October 21st. PPS - Join me tomorrow night for a free online fireside chat about how I’m using my current Values-based intentions to guide my travels and my dating life!

Chris Atkinson: Why it’s never too late, no matter your past [Podcast 104]  

If anyone can talk about having a “past” and the battle it is to fight your way out of depression, it’s Chris Atkinson. Chris was a teenager when he began to feel the tone of his life sliding south. He began drinking and drug use when he was a preteen and by the time he was in High School he had checked out of life. His slide took him a long way down and it was years before light began to dawn on him. But it wasn’t a spontaneous thing, it was something that had to come from within him as he began listening to the voices around him, the people who were telling him that his life could be different… and that he had the choice to make it that way. On this episode of Amplified Network Marketing you’re going to hear Chris’ powerful story of jail time, drug and alcohol addiction, and the turnaround he’s made to become a multimillionaire in the Network Marketing industry. [Tweet "It’s never too late, with Chris Atkinson on this episode of Amplified #NetworkMarketing" Do you sometimes feel like life should be “more”? Chris Atkinson definitely felt that way from a young age but was convinced by the time he was in his teen years that it was just a dream that could never come true. His struggles are evidence that no matter how far you’ve sunk in life, it’s never too late. That’s the primary message Chris and his wife teach to those they mentor. You can make a change at any point on your journey. The difference is made on the level of attitude and belief. On this episode Chris describes the turning point that happened in his life and how Network Marketing played a pivotal role. He also describes the wide-reaching impact it has had not only on his income and business, but on his personal relationships as well. The life you dream about is possible. Chris and Debbie Atkinson have taught thousands of people just like you that it’s never too late to turn things around so you can have the life you desire. On this episode Chris highlights the beginning steps you need to take in order to begin that change. He talks about why you have to dream BIG, the importance of setting goals, how to flip the switch from scarcity to abundance, the power of persistence, and why gratitude is the key to a prosperous life. You’ll hear Chris’ personal story woven into everything so be sure you listen to what has happened in this amazing man’s life. [Tweet "You MUST dream big if you want to see your life change ~ Chris Atkinson"] I was finally sick of letting life slip through my fingers. Drinking and drugging his life away became a sickening thing to Chris Atkinson, and when he decided that he wasn’t going to allow his life to slip away like that, things began to change. Through the help of 12 step programs, supportive parents, and a network marketing company that focused on personal development, Chris made quick advances toward becoming a successful businessman and a husband and father with a new lease on life. You can make those same kinds of changes, and Chris is on the Amplified Network Marketing show to teach you how. Be sure to listen! Relationships change just as dramatically as the finances. Chris Atkinson believes that your finances and business success can’t reach new levels until you reach those levels in your personal life. You’ve got to change in order for your life to change. As he began living out that philosophy he was able to rebuild a relationship with his son that had been nonexistent to that point. Now, he and his son are the best of friends and rejoice in the progress and triumphs the other experiences. You can hear more of this heart-warming story on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing, and learn how the personal development focus of his MLM team enabled Chris to take the steps he needed to take in order for it to happen. [Tweet "You can make your life different if you are willing to become different ~ Chris Atkinson"] OUTLINE OF THIS GREAT EPISODE [0:40] David’s introduction of his guest today,

OSR 033: Find Your Flourishing Life With Gail Brenner  

Operation Self Reset Episode 33: Find Your Flourishing Life
In this episode of the Operation Self Reset podcast, Jake is talking with Gail Brenner from

Gail, a licensed therapist, spent years trying to find what could make her really happy. She lived with anxiety and an inner sense of agitation, as well as worries about the future. After living in this rut of unhappiness for so long, Gail eventually turned to some of the teachings of Buddhism that made her realize happiness was possible. She used this mindset along with meditation to help get out of the overwhelming anxiety that was taking over her life.

Many of us have a problem with letting negative thoughts about ourselves, our abilities, and our lives take over and stop us from finding happiness. Gail explains how these ridiculous negative thoughts we have aren’t true and are only limitations set by our own minds. Push past these negative thoughts to become the greatest self you can be! Your flourishing life is out there, you just have to be brave enough to find it.

So many people out there want to figure out what their life calling is. But is this question really what we should be asking ourselves? Is it possible that the search for a “life calling” can actually lead us to more negative emotions? We can become so obsessed with trying to determine what our life calling might be that we don’t realize what makes us happy right now, in this moment. When we let life unfold in a way that feels natural and good to us, we can find the happiness.

What is stopping you from being happy right now? Gail reminds us that it is absolutely possible to be happy in any moment of our lives, as long as we understand and face the obstacles in our way. Wherever you are in life, if you’re not truly happy, maybe it’s time to press pause, reflect on the current situation, and then hit the reset button to find your way to a beautiful, flourishing life.
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• How to quiet the internal chatter in your head
• The Inner Critic
• The reality of the question “What is my life calling?”
• Not letting fear rule and guide your decisions
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Push past anxiety and fear to find your way to happiness and the life you want. You can either live with fear and remain stuck in the same place you’ve always been with the unhappiness that has clouded your life, or you can take that first step toward change, toward your flourishing life. The only limits on what you can do in your life are the ones you put on yourself.

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163-Enslaved in the Sahara  

In 1815 an American ship ran aground in northwestern Africa, and its crew were enslaved by merciless nomads. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the desperate efforts of Captain James Riley to find a way to cross the Sahara and beg for help from Western officials in Morocco.

We'll also wade through more molasses and puzzle over a prospective guitar thief.


In 1972 archaeologists in northwestern Iran found evidence of one couple's tender final moment.

An anonymous author recast "A Visit From St. Nicholas" in legal language.

Sources for our feature on James Riley:

Dean King, Skeletons on the Zahara, 2004.

James Riley, An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, 1817.

Archibald Robbins, A Journal, Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce, of Hartford Conn., 1847.

James Riley and William Willshire Riley, Sequel to Riley's Narrative, 1851.

Robert J. Allison, The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815, 1995.

Christine E. Sears, American Slaves and African Masters, 2012.

Paul Baepler, ed., White Slaves, African Masters: An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives, 1999.

Eamonn Gearon, The Sahara: A Cultural History, 2011.

Dean King, "The Cruelest Journey," National Geographic Adventure 6:1 (February 2004), 46.

Paul Michel Baepler, "The Barbary Captivity Narrative in American Culture," Early American Literature 39:2 (2004), 217-246.

Sven D. Outram-Leman, "Alexander Scott: Constructing a Legitimate Geography of the Sahara From a Captivity Narrative, 1821," History in Africa 43 (2016), 63-94.

Gordon M. Sayre, "Renegades From Barbary: The Transnational Turn in Captivity Studies," American Literary History 22:2 (Summer 2010), 347-359.

Glenn James Voelz, "Images of Enemy and Self in the Age of Jefferson: The Barbary Conflict in Popular Literary Depiction," War & Society 28:2 (2009), 21-47.

Hester Blum, "Pirated Tars, Piratical Texts: Barbary Captivity and American Sea Narratives," Early American Studies 1:2 (Fall 2003), 133-158.

Paul Baepler, "White Slaves, African Masters," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 588:1 (July 2003), 90-104.

R. Gerald McMurtry, "The Influence of Riley's Narrative Upon Abraham Lincoln," Indiana Magazine of History 30:2 (June 1934), 133-138.

K. Gerald McMurtry, "Some Books That Lincoln Read," Journal of Developmental Reading 1:2 (Winter 1958), 19-26.

Mark Kirby, "Author's Sahara Trek Inspired by Classic Tale," National Geographic Adventure, Jan. 27, 2004.

"Riley's Sufferings in the Great Desert," Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, Dec. 24, 1836, 382-383.

Robert C. Davis, "Slavery in North Africa -- The Famous Story of Captain James Riley," Public Domain Review (accessed July 9, 2017).

Lev Grossman, "Sailing the Seas of Sand," Time 163:9 (March 1, 2004), 47.

Listener mail:

Dana Rieck, "Loveland's Sticky Situation Reaches 25-Year Anniversary," Loveland [Colo.] Reporter-Herald, Feb. 16, 2015.

"Meet Stan, the New Flemish Hermit!" Flanders News, Feb. 5, 2017.

Ben Gilbert, "These Incredible Photos Show One 72-Year-Old Woman's Hermit Lifestyle in Siberia," Business Insider, July 1, 2017.

Jennifer Schaffer, "The Snatching of Hannah Twynnoy."

"Hannah Twynnoy and the Tiger of Malmesbury."

Steve Winters' decimal clock.

This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Dan White, who sent this corroborating photo (warning -- this spoils the puzzle).

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189: Blinded by the Swag 2016 American Cup  


In the news, NCAA Champion and former US men's national team member, Stacey Ervin joins Uncle Tim, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

Why the American Cup and NBC's coverage of it, sucks so hard (1:07:45). Our favorite routines or moments from the American Cup and Nastia Cup: Carlotta Ferlito floor performance and elegance.  This genius routine from Helen Hu The best vault of the weekend from Rachael Lukcas Tabea Alt's (GER) bad ass side aerial loso loso beam routine glory. Tisha Vollman's (NED) pandering but extremely well done ode to Brazil floor choreography.  Gabby Douglas won her second but first official win at the American Cup, her wisdom despite Marta questioning her preparation, Jess's concerns about her vault technique. Instructions for the national anthem : what not to do. (21:00) Maggie Nichols New beam routine and it's many many wolf turns.  (40:00) Can Maggie's increased difficulty beat Gabby or will Gabby throw everything at the last minute before Rio. How the hell was Carlotta Ferlitio's E score on floor lower than Maggie's - an analysis The politics of African American hair and stupid gymternet comments (31:00) Men's American Cup and the Elite Team Cup Stacey gives us insight into the why this was a complete splat-fest  What was wrong with the floor?! (48:40) Would John Orozco's score from the Elite Team Cup really beaten Kato Why the men's Elite Team Cup was better than the American Cup  (1:01:31) Stacey almost got a neutral deduction for doing "the dab" during his elite floor routine.

Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

(1:20:00) Simone was finally on Ellen! (1:23:00)The Under Armour gymnastics commercial featuring an all white team: We know Aly, Gabby and Simone can't do the commercial because they are signed to other contracts! We are talking about the lack of diversity! Gymnastics isn't dominated by white girls!  Aliya with a gun - it was a live escape game prop. Douglas Family Gold has an official Facebook page, Oyxgen network premiers May 25th. We can't wait! (1:28:51) Stacey Ervin shares his wardrobe malfunction moment during a floor routine.  Thema Williams Trinidad Olympic level slut shaming update. The T&T gymnastics federation are looking pretty bad right now.  Your feedback on concussions and questions about tumbling finish positions. 


(1:36:35) What we have heard from insiders about why ASU coach, Rene Lyst was put on indefinite administrative leave.  "Boob-Tape Olympics" the NCAA meet where every team had backless bras: Stanford beat Georgia who beat UCLA Brittany Rogers and Danusia Francis earned well deserved 10 on vault. Ebee officially robbed of a 10 twice in one meet! A judge literally ran out the door with two tens under her arm. We have called the gymnastics police.


What: The GymCastic Mock Press Conference Contest

Prize: Two all-session passes to the 2016 Pac Rim Championships in Everett, WA April 8-10

How: Hold a mock press conference as if you have won the contest. Record yourself (or friend, pet, stuffed animal etc.) answering any question as if you have won. Tag us on Instagram or Twitter using #PacRimPC  (PC as in press conference). One entry per day.

Example: Pretending you have won and are at a press conference held in your honor, "I'm so happy I won! I'm going to take best friend because she's obsessed with Simone Biles and Coach Aimee's hair"

Sample Questions:

What does this win mean to you? What were your goals coming into this contest? As a superfan, the expectations are high, what kind of fan shenanigans do you have planned for the meet? With this win, have you silenced the haters?

Deadline: April 3rd

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Comics Greg Proops & Annie Lederman  

Greg Proops talks about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi and why we all need to give to Planned Parenthood. Plus the author of "Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy" James Curtis, Journalist Emil Guillermo, and Comic Scott Rogowsky. Greg Proops' Proopcast is called "The Smartest Man in The World." This week's episode is a stunner. Greg travels to Jackson, Mississippi to shine the light on how difficult it is to get an abortion in Republican held states. The name of his episode is "The Last Clinic in Mississippi" and it is a monumental work of journalism. Annie Lederman has appeared on Girl Code, This is Not Happening, Chelsea Lately and @Midnight. James Curtis is the author of "W.C. Fields: A Biography", which was awarded the Special Jury Prize by the Theatre Library Association and named one of the Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. He is also the author of "William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come," "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," "James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters," and "Between Flops," an acclaimed biography of writer-director Preston Sturges. His new book "Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy." Here's how it's described by the author: "On December 22, 1953, Mort Sahl took the stage at San Francisco’s hungry i and changed comedy forever. Before him, standup was about everything but hard news and politics. In his wake, a new generation of smart comics emerged―Shelley Berman, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Lenny Bruce, Bob Newhart, Dick Gregory, Woody Allen, and the Smothers Brothers, among others. He opened up jazz-inflected satire to a loose network of clubs, cut the first modern comedy album, and appeared on the cover of Time surrounded by caricatures of some of his frequent targets such as Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy. Through the extraordinary details of Sahl’s life, author James Curtis deftly illustrates why Sahl was dubbed by Steve Allen as “the only real political philosopher we have in modern comedy.” Sahl came on the scene the same year Eisenhower and Nixon entered the White House, the year Playboy first hit the nation’s newsstands. Clad in an open collar and pullover sweater, he adopted the persona of a graduate student ruminating on current events. “It was like nothing I’d ever seen,” said Woody Allen, “and I’ve never seen anything like it after.” Sahl was billed, variously, as the Nation’s Conscience, America’s Only Working Philosopher, and, most tellingly, the Next President of the United States. Yet he was also a satirist so savage the editors of Time once dubbed him “Will Rogers with fangs.” Here, for the first time, is the whole story of Mort Sahl, America’s iconoclastic father of modern standup comedy. Written with Sahl’s full cooperation and the participation of many of his friends and contemporaries, it delves deeply into the influences that shaped him, the heady times in which he soared, and the depths to which he fell during the turbulent sixties when he took on the Warren Commission and nearly paid for it with his career." Emil Guillermo is an American print and broadcast journalist, commentator and humorist. His column, "Emil Amok", appeared for more than 14 years in AsianWeek—at one time, the most widely read and largest circulating Asian American newsweekly in the U.S. The column has now migrated to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site blog.  From 1989-1991, he was host of NPR's "All Things Considered." He was the first Asian American male, and first Filipino American, to host a regularly scheduled national news broadcast. He has also worked as a television reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He has hosted his own radio talk show in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Sacramento. His writing and commentary has been widely published in newspapers around the country, and has earned him national and regional journalism awards. In 2015, Guillermo received the Asian American Journalists Association's Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice, in recognition of excellence in coverage of Asian American Pacific Islander civil rights and social justice issues. Guillermo is the author of Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective—a compilation of essays originally published in Asian Week—that won an American Book Award in 2000. Born in San Francisco, Guillermo is an alumnus of Harvard University, where he studied history and film, and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He delivered the Ivy Oration as class humorist in 1977. Scott Rogowsky is the host of Running Late. Listen to entire episode here: Tell us what you think in the comment section below. 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TLS #135: Facing Life-Changing News with Grace & Gratitude with Mariana López González  

I believe today’s episode of The Lively Show is quite simply one of the most powerful and poignant episodes to date. Today we’re speaking with Mariana López González of Elegir La Vida (Choose Life). At the age of 19, a small black dot in Mariana’s right eye quickly escalated into brain tumor surgery just seven days later. And the resulting recovery from that brain tumor has left her unable to eat ANY food or drink ANY liquids for the past seven years. What Mariana has learned about life after living with these limitations is breathtaking and inspiring. This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear a story of courage, gratitude, and love in the face of life-changing circumstances.     [Tweet "“Celebrating life as we walk towards that which we’re working towards." - @MarianaLogon"] [Tweet "“Embracing life as it comes." - @MarianaLogon"] [Tweet "“The love for your life has to be greater than your fear." - @MarianaLogon"] [Tweet "“Don’t live your life the way other people want." - @MarianaLogon"] [Tweet "“It’s never too late to celebrate life." - @MarianaLogon"]   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT   Mariana tells us the story of how she first learned about her tumor and the emotions she experienced when finding out. She explains that she had many feelings, from sadness to fear, before and after her surgery, but she overcame those emotions from her positive mindset. Mariana describes the details shortly after her surgery, where she almost died due to cardiac arrest, and how her doctors “felt” that she was still here and continued resuscitation to revive her. She tells us the struggles she had during recovery, which included finding out that she lost her ability to swallow food, as well as her four-month stay in a rehabilitation center as she worked to get her life back. Mariana talks about her strong focus and drive during her recovery since she wanted to get out of rehabilitation as soon as possible. She attributes her recovery to the people in her life during that time for maintaining her positive thinking - it was her “love shield” that protected her and made her stronger. Mariana tells us that even though she was upset and depressed at times, as time went on, she was slowly able to accept her circumstances and move forward with life. She tells us the story of how she began to hide whenever food was around which led to her becoming less social and closed from others. Mariana attributes the big shift from running away to her therapist who made her see that she was also running away from people and her social needs. She found that the act of sharing with others helps one embrace uncertainty. Mariana mentions that she has been able to listen to her body and her intuition to make choices about the quality her life, including “tasting” foods! She has found that humor has allowed her to process many things in her life. Mariana admits she regrets not appreciating food more ever since losing the ability to enjoy eating foods. She tells us that the purpose for her blog and writings is to have people love and celebrate life right now in the present. Mariana tells us that the most important thing to embrace is the people that surround us, and the love that these people bring to your life.   SHOW NOTES   Life with Intention Online Class     LISTEN TO THE SHOW    

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