Comic and political analyst, Alonzo Bodden, alonzobodden.com is funny and is everywhere...On network television, providing political commentary on the TYT network and comedic moments on NPR's show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
His life has taken him from work as a mechanic building Stealth Fighters to comedy clubs and a rise through a primetime, comedy reality show, Last Comic Standing, that vaulted him to a new level of success.
(24:50) Alonzo talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein and the three get into talk of politics and the contemporary issues facing the two party system as well reflecting on Obama and some of the disappointment with political realities confronting that administration.
Before Alonzo, Mark Thompson talks with political analyst, Michael Shure, about the Supreme Court nomination process and Mark suggests there are many parts of the process that might be broken.
The two discuss the mid-terms and answer a listener email.
:00-1:50 Mark Intro
1:50-24:50 Michael Shure on Politics
24:50-1:27:00 Alonzo Bodden with J Elvis Weinstein and M.Thompson
Two voices of progressive comedy: Ron Placone and Graham Elwood.
Both on Jimmy Dore's show and also on the Progressive Comedy Tour they get out their viewpoint without the intense harshness that's become commonplace in today's politically charged conversations and performances.
It's not all politics. Mark asks Graham about his one night marriage to a stripper in Las Vegas and, in a moment with less levity, Graham also talks about his home being foreclosed upon as a result of predatory banking practices.
How do the different crowds nationwide react to the comedy and today's political situation is among what's covered in this episode.
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00-2:05 Mark welcome
2:05-56:05 Mark speaks with Graham Elwood and Ron Placone
One of the hit docu-series of the year has been, Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist. (Netflix)
This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza delivery guy who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck -- and the story only gets weirder from there.
Director Barbara Schroeder sits in with the crew and tells the story of how this project came to her and how she wrestled with bringing it to life.
Mark Thompson is joined by Heather Ankeny and J Elvis Weinstein for the conversation with Barbara Schroeder.
The show begins with political specialist, Michael Shure, returning to update the mid-term elections.
Mark expresses concern about the safety and integrity of the election process in America. Can there be free and fair elections in America anymore?
Michael and Mark talk about the White House dinner celebrating the Christian right.
00-3:35 Mark intro
3:35-25:41 Michael Shure and Mark talk politics
25:41-1:20:00 Director Barbara Schroeder on her Netflix documetary
You've heard Gerald Celente across the media landscape, on Coast to Coast with George Noory and elsewhere. His no nonsense takes on world events makes him one of our favorite guests.
Gerald deconstructs what's happening both in America and worldwide in terms of the wave of populist leadership and the revolt away from traditional political leaders and systems.
What's the net effect of these waves of populism? Gerald answers that question and gives us a guide for the prevailing trends.
Gerald's newsletter is The Trends Journal
First, former co-host, Heather Ankeny, stops by to see Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein. Heather shares a bit of what's been going on in her life which includes a brush with Stedman Graham and Heather's take on the "Me Too" movement.
Mark shares the story of his mentorship of a foster child.
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00-2:45 Mark's intro and summary
2:45-29:10 Mark, J Elvis and Heather Ankeny on Oprah and Stedman
29:10-59:20 Trends analyst, Gerald Celente joins Mark Thompson
Even if you don't play cards, you'll enjoy this episode...
John Cynn is a newly minted poker champion, the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
John takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through some of what goes into being a good card player and the obstacles he was up against.
From superstition to visualization to not being able to tell your parents about wanting to be a professional poker, John reviews it all.
The guys review a couple of hands and strategies.
John discusses his plans for the future and plans for the 8.8 million dollar prize.
The show run 1hr 4 mins
In a special edition of the show, Mark Thompson welcomes back entertainment reporter Sam Rubin who has is filled with enthusiasm for a product from New Zealand that Sam explains has significant restorative properties.
Recently featured in a special report on "Good Morning America," Sam and Mark are joined live from Auckland New Zealand by Kate Kember and David Campbell, both from Manuka Health, New Zealand's premiere provider of Manuka Honey.
From these two experts, Mark and Sam get full details on the benefits of Manuka Honey for the skin and overall health, learn the special process of bee keeping and harvesting and why Manuka Health's products are sold in over 45 countries worldwide. Additionally we learn how to be better consumers and how to avoid rip-offs from unscrupulous providers.
Sam maintains the "Manuka Miracle" can change your life, and maybe even make Mark's skin glow.
(The show runs 33 minutes)
Former Editor-In-Chief at Rotten Tomatoes, Matt Atchity, presided over the website as it became a go-to destination for people deciding what films and television offerings they were going to watch.
Matt joins Mark Thompson and comic/documentary film director, J Elvis Weinstein on this episode.
Matt explains the power of "Certified Fresh", the limited power of the superhero and tentpole films and studios generally.
Finally, Matt talks about The Young Turks and his goals for TYT.
Matt is one of the hosts of WHAT THE FLICK (which reviews movies and TV) on the TYT network.
Before Matt, Michael Shure returns from Israel and looks at the political aspirations of Jim Jordan as Jordan attempts to succeed Paul Ryan as House Speaker. One problem Jordan may have is the trail of controversy that's shadowing him.
Mark also asks Michael about the Endangered Species Act and why it's rollback is a priority for Trump and Interior Sec'y Zinke. Michael explains the politics.
00-3:16 Mark welcome, summary
3:16-26:06 Michael Shure on politics
26:06-1:21:14 Matt Atchity, J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson
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Vegas mobster, Frank Culotta, is out of witness relocation and now telling stories of his days in the Vegas mafia.
Culotta arrived in Vegas from Chicago as an underboss to Chicago boss, Tony Spilotro and explains the mob role in an expanding Las Vegas.
Gambling, "skimming" and killing.. Murder, enforcement for the mob and high end burglary (he ran a robbery crew called the Hole In The Wall Gang) is what Frank's life was about during his mob years.
Frank was also the technical consultant on the movie CASINO. He sat alongside Martin Scorsese for the shooting of the film.
Before Frank, Michael Shure joins Mark to shed light on the new Supreme Court appointment.
The appointment comes from a list prepared by a conservative think tank and the leading advisor to Trump, Leonard Leo, is someone with a tie to a secret society called the Knights of Malta.
The two talk about the Thai cave rescue.
This is a shorter than normal episode so you'll be done in a little over a half hour! Enjoy!
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Featured guest, Bill Schneider, is a leading political analyst, a professor of government and author.
Bill was CNN's senior political analyst for 20 years and his writings appear everywhere from the LA Times to the Atlantic, Politico and Reuters.
He teaches at UCLA and George Mason Univ. outside of D.C.
Bill's new book is called STANDOFF: HOW AMERICA BECAME UNGOVERNABLE
Before Bill arrives, regular contributor, Michael Shure drills down during THE FAST 15 (politics and more) to discuss how we got to this stage of the Supreme Court.
Michael also punctures a bit of the progressive balloon about the mid-term primaries and defends the oft assailed, Nancy Pelosi as having one of the best 18 months in her political life.
Then, from Mystery Science Theater 3000, TV's Frank, Frank Conniff joins J Elvis Weinstein and Mark Thompson.
Frank is a producer, writer and prolific comedian. Frank discusses life in NYC at Sirius Satellite Radio, his thoughts on MSNBC and FOX NEWS CHANNEL and then Frank stays on to speak with political analyst, Bill Schneider.
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00-02:45 Mark welcome and summary of show
2:45-21:45 Michael Shure on politics and more
21:45-34:25 Frank Conniff and J.Elvis Weinstein
34:25-1:24:45 Political Analyst and Author, Bill Schneider
Comedian Jake Johanssen is finishing up an international tour with Russell Peters. He talks about touring with that show and traveling around the world on what can be a brutal performance schedule.
J. Elvis Weinstein joins and the two talk about audiences and politics and what it takes to be a successful comic today.
Jake tells a story about how the talent coordinator for THE TONIGHT SHOW with JOHNNY CARSON thought Jake's style might be interpreted by Johnny as nervousness and it delayed his booking on that show.
Jake and Mark go back to the 80s and Mark's a big fan of Jake's work but this is Jake's first appearance on the show.
Jake has a podcast called JAKE THIS.
J.Elvis Weinstein's podcast with Andy Kindler is called THOUGHT SPIRAL.
We start the show with political analyst and hockey fanatic, Michael Shure, running into The Stanley Cup.
Michael also discusses the crisis on the southern border and asks Mark a question about trophy hunting.
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00:00-2:10 Mark welcomes us
2:10- 21:25 Michael Shure on Stanley Cup, Southern Border Drama
21:25-1:38:00 Jake Johanssen
Carl Gottlieb is famous for having helping bring the film, Jaws, to the screen.
Carl also collaborated with Steve Martin on THE JERK having met Martin while they were both writers on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS SHOW.
Carl takes Mark Thompson and J.Elvis Weinstein through the process of getting those movies completed.
He also visits the film CAVEMAN (starring Ringo Starr) which Carl wrote and directed.
J Elvis asks about Carl's participation in the legendary comedy group, THE COMMITTEE and about the emerging S.F. comedy scene of the 60s.
Before Carl Gottlieb, Michael Shure stops by with THE FAST 15: Politics and More.
Michael talks with Mark about the President's obsession with using pardon power and whether Presidents should have that power at all.
Also, champion teams deciding whether or not to visit the White House..The Supreme Court decision on employees rights to sue. Then, finally, Miss America says goodbye to swimwear.
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3:00-18:00 Michael Shure on Politics
18:00-1:50:00 Carl Gottlieb on Movies, Music and 60s/70s Culture
It was an epic week for the most powerful star on television. In one instant Roseanne Barr destroyed her current show, past show and her standing in show business along with the livelihoods of scores of staffers.
Award winning entertainment journalist, Sam Rubin, from the #1 morning news show in L.A., talks about Roseanne's epic fall.
Then, Michael Shure had a prediction that looks increasingly accurate.
Plus, Mark and Michael weigh in on the Supreme Court decisions that will legalize sports gambling by state (neither supports it) and a crucial decision against workers' rights to organize.
:00 -:05 Mark with opening remarks
:05-20:40 Sam Rubin joins Mark to talk Roseanne
20:40-48:00 Michael Shure joins Mark Trump-Broidy prediction, legalizing sports wagering and more.
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8 women have come forward with reports of inappropriate behavior by actor Morgan Freeman.
Mark Thompson wants to ask Morgan Freeman about these reports.
The segment runs 5:50.
Thanks to Josh Robert Thompson for the voice of Morgan Freeman
With a background as a writer, researcher and even poetry editor for the New Yorker, planning the funeral of Charles Manson seems like a job television producer, Robin Keats, wouldn't be involved in but Robin is no normal television producer.
Robin shares details of his new documentary focusing on the real family of Charles Manson (not the infamous family involved in the murders and crime spree).
Robin also tells Mark and J. Elvis Weinstein (Josh) about his life as a writer and documentarian which brings him into many worlds.
Those worlds include being approached to head up a "fake news" organization.
The show begins with THE FAST 15, political reporter and analyst, Michael Shure, fresh from his trip to Arkansas, talks about the evangelical movement in America and it's increasing political power.
:00-3:00 Mark says hello and responds to an email
3:00-18:20 Michael Shure on the Christian right and political power
18:20-1:19:00 Guest Robin Keats on everything from the supernatural to Charles Manson
John Iadarola from the TYT Network (the largest online news network in the world) returns from the Arctic and has a new documentary series chronicling his journey, TRUE NORTH.
John accompanies international climate scientists and shares their thoughts, research and conclusions. There are also quite a few moments of experiencing local color, history and adventure.
John talks with Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein about the documentary series and about TYT.
First, Michael Shure joins Mark and discusses the sorry state of education with one of our listeners, Randy, who calls in and offers some innovative solutions.
:00 - 04:30 Mark Intros Show and responds to listener emails
04:30-29:45 Michael Shure and listener Randy on education, California and Trump
29:45-1:20:35 John Iadarola on the Arctic and TYT
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John Kobylt is the top rated, outspoken voice on KFI radio in Los Angeles. He's one half of the John and Ken Show and by anyone's yardstick he's the higher volume blast of the two.
He deplores political correctness and is irritated by any number of things that society and politics serves up on a regular basis.
Mark and John talk everything from entitlement programs to Trump to plastic straws.
The show begins with Michael Shure talking with Mark during THE FAST 15 and the two discuss the awkwardness and often the letdown of meeting your heroes/celebrities. Michael also gives us a thought on the new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
00-3:05 Mark welcomes and intros
3:05-17:30 Michael Shure and THE FAST 15
17:30- 1:16:15 John Kobylt
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Our guest, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, tells the story of finding the notorious poaching ship, The Thunder, in what is quite literally the middle of nowhere and how once Sea Shepherd and the crew of The Bob Barker found The Thunder, a pursuit of record proportions began.
For 10 years the illegal fishing vessel, The Thunder, evaded capture and legal authorities. Meantime, The Thunder and it's crew laid waste to vast stretches of the oceans using drift nets that stretch often 100 miles and they became among one of the worst offenders in the destruction of the oceans.
Captain Peter Hammarstedt took over for Sea Shepherd Captain and founder, Paul Watson and at age 29, Peter has developed a reputation for being passionate, skilled and doggedly determined. He and his volunteer crew needed all those qualities to pursue THE THUNDER.
Captain Peter tells Mark and J.Elvis Weinstein what was involved in this potentially deadly cat and mouse game. The stakes were so high and the money involved so significant that it was not clear that Sea Shepherd's crew wasn't in mortal danger.
The Captain takes us through the whole harrowing story .
Sea Shepherd missions to stop illegal whaling, dolphin hunts and plundering of the world's oceans never stop.
For more information on Peter and the Sea Shepherd mission to protect the oceans go to Sea Shepherd's website: https://seashepherd.org/
Michael Shure kicks the show off with the FAST 15. He talks with Mark about Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen and what might be in the piles of documents that came out of the raid on his office and home.
The two address former FBI head, James Comey's book tour and what's significant about it. Should it change anything about the way we see Trump or Comey?
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Detective Rod Demery is a murder cop in Shreveport La. His track record as a cop is undeniably good.
The way murder touched his life personally is undeniably eerie.
How he deals with his mother's murder and then his brother becoming someone who is guilty of murder is only part of his story. But it's a fascinating part.
His show on Discovery ID is MURDER CHOSE ME.
Michael Shure starts the show talking with Mark about the Canadian hockey team killed in a horrible traffic accident and how the entire sport of hockey mourns their loss.
Also, will there be increased American involvement in Syria?
And finally, Mark talks about his ride along with the cops in Compton and finding crystal meth in a car that was pulled over.
Show open 00:00 to 2:15
Fast 15 with Michael Shure 2:15 to 25:15
Murder Chose Me with Det. Rod Demery 25:15-47:00
Mark starts the show by acknowledging some email and comments.
Then, he explains someone responded to the fact that the show was threatened with a lawsuit. Mark explains. 00:00-4:22
Mark intros show 4:23-5:40
J Elvis Weinstein (comedian and documentary filmmaker) joins the conversation with comedian, Laura House.
Laura describes her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal, the release of her new album and taking a crowd trough meditation. 5:40-30:28
30:28-1:38:00 Jimmy Dore and Stef Zamarrano join Mark and waste no time ripping into corporate influenced Democrats and Republicans.
The show starts with an intro and Mark addressing a Stitcher glitch. (00-4:05)
Then, THE FAST 15 and Michael Shure commenting on everything from John Bolton joining the Trump cabinet to the Iran Nuclear Deal to the worldwide gun rallies and the Scientology television network. (4:30-22:06)
Then Mark is joined by Laura House and J.Elvis Weinstein to talk with playwright Marc Acito. He talks about his latest production, the George Takei inspired musical, Allegiance. (22:22-34:10)
A brief conversation with Chris DeRose (Last Chance For Animals) follows, remembering our friend, Sam Simon on the anniversary of his death this month. Sam was the co-creator of THE SIMPSONS and a prolific humanitarian. The two share memories and two funny audio clips. (34:50-43:00) Last Chance For Animals is at www.lcanimal.org
Finally, Marc Ching.. Marc has made the infiltrating of the Asian dog meat market and rescuing animals from these torturous situations a life's work. He's taken that work here to the USA where the IT'S LEGAL TO EAT DOGS AND CATS.
Marc tells us how he got in to this world and what the prospects are for the future. His organization is ANIMAL HELP AND WELLNESS https://animalhopeandwellness.org/marc-ching/
Marc is the last interview in the show.(43:00-1:30:00)
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