Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman

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What is Mr. Media® Interviews? The curiosity of Terry Gross, the skepticism of John Oliver, the unpredictability of Howard Stern, and, on occasion, the zen of Jon Stewart! Since February 2007, more than 1,300 exclusive Hollywood, celebrity, pop culture video and audio podcast and print interviews by Mr. Media®, a.k.a., Bob Andelman, with newsmakers in TV, radio, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, books, websites, social media, politics, sports, graphic novels, and comics!

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1141 Marshall Craig, author, "You'll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren't Much About the Fish"

2019: If you’re a man or woman who likes to get away from civilization to fish in remote and exotic places, fly fisherman tired author Marshall Craig is the kind of guy you’ll want to do it with. I reached that conclusion based on the humorous essays found in his new memoir, "You’ll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren’t Much About the Fish." It is available in paperback or ebook on Amazon or wherever you buy books about fishing.

38m
Nov 15, 2019
1140 Lynn Johnston, cartoonist, "For Better or For Worse" 2019

2019: On any given day, “For Better or For Worse” could be funny, sweet, bittersweet or hauntingly dramatic – just like life in my own family or yours. Perhaps nothing about the strip was more shocking than the day in 2008 that cartoonist Lynn Johnston announced she would no longer be producing new strips but would be re-releasing the original from day one, with occasional fixes to continuity and timeliness. Would that even work? It has and it does--the strip appears in 2,000 newspapers in 23 countrie

54m
Oct 04, 2019
1139 Barbara Slate, artist, "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" 2019

2019: Graphic novelist Barbara Slate, a frequent guest to this show, has adopted Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's two-years-in-the-making investigation into a comic book. "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" reduces the horrifying hacking of American democracy to its essence, packed with documented political cheating and anti-American conspiracies. Enjoy!

47m
Sep 21, 2019
1137 Renee Rosen, novelist, "Park Avenue Summer," a roman à clef about Helen Gurley Brown 2019

2019: Once again, novelist Renee Rosen delivers up a slice of actual history by taking us through it in the persona of a young woman, named Alice Weiss. This time, Rosen takes her readers back in time to the moment in 1965 when Cosmopolitan magazine is on the verge of shutting down, only to be saved against all logic by an inexperienced new editor named Helen Gurley Brown, best known as the controversial and provocative author of "Sex and the Single Girl."

30m
Sep 07, 2019
1136 Jon B. Cooke, author, "Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" 2019

2019: "Weirdo. In The Book of Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" is a massive work by Jon B. Cooke that even Crumb himself questions the logic of, although he admits he learned quite a bit about himself and his magazine by reading it. As for Cooke, who is a graphic designer by day and editor of "Comic Book Creator" magazine by night, he also worked with his brother Andrew on "Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist." WARNING: Audio problems make this a tough listen.

43m
Aug 29, 2019
1135 Jamie Lee Kirchner actress, "Mercy" 2010

2010: Reports of the death of the TV hospital drama—foretold by the end of "ER" last season after 27 years on the air—were apparently premature. Showtime has "Nurse Jackie"; TNT has "HawthoRNe" and NBC is back with a new one that adds an "M," a "C" and a "Y" to "E" and "R" and that gives us "Mercy." (Oh, stop groaning—you saw that one coming a mile away.) It stars Taylor Schilling, Michelle Tractenberg and my guest today, Jamie Lee Kirchner.

11m
Aug 23, 2019
1134 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Fugitive Heart" 2019

2019: To me, the arrival of a new Ravi P.I. novel by Adi Tantimedh is like being handed a fresh-baked soft pretzel and a Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. I’m going to try and consume it slowly, savoring every biteand every sip. But in the end, I always give in to the impulse of zooming through because it’s just so damned good! Of course, when it’s gone, I’m left wanting another. And another.

42m
Aug 10, 2019
1133 Anat Baron, documentary filmmaker, "Beer Wars" 2009

2009: This should be an interesting show. We have a guest who is allergic to beer and a host who never touches the stuff. Naturally, the subject is… beer! Anat Baron is the director of a new documentary called Beer Wars. Now available for sale on DVD, it’s not a movie about rival frat houses—on second thought, maybe it is. Baron presents a sometimes tongue-in-cheek study have how the big three brewing companies—Anheuser-Busch, Coors and Miller—will stop at nothing to take space in your neighborhoo

33m
Aug 08, 2019
1132 David Mathison, author, "Be The Media" 2010

2010: David Mathison’s book, "Be The Media," is a perfect companion bookend for Guy Kawasaki’s most recent book, "Reality Check." Together, these are 3 pounds, 13 ounces of paper you really should own and study.

30m
Jul 28, 2019
1131 Drew Waters, actor, "Friday Night Lights" 2009

2009: Drew Waters possesses the kind of body that other men can only wish to emulate and women dream of well, you know. He grew up in Texas and gave up a track & field scholarship at Rice University to join the Navy. While still serving his country, he won a modeling contest over 3,500 other contestants and—after completing his military tenure—began a career as an international print model. He appeared in an episode of “Breaking Bad,” and scored a recurring role during season 3 of “Friday Night Li

29m
Jul 28, 2019
1130 Judy Tenuta, comedian 2009

2009: The really funny thing about Judy Tenuta? Pretty much everything. And she’s actually quite a lovely woman, as you can see from the photos on her website—JudyTenuta.com. I wanted to get that out of the way now, before she reminds me of what a pig I and all the rest of you men are.

31m
Jul 28, 2019
1129 Dominque Swain, actress, Jon Keeyes, director, "Fall Down Dead" 2009

2009: For those who remember Dominique Swain from her first starring role—as “Lolita” opposite Jeremy Irons—this is quite a departure. For one thing, she’s all grown up. And for another she’s really freaked out. Joining us today, in addition to Dominique, is the director of Fall Down Dead, Jon Keeyes. He is a veteran of indie horror films including American Nightmare and Suburban Nightmare.

26m
Jul 28, 2019
1128 Mike Ruggles, Manny, "Supernanny" 2010

2010: As a middle school girls soccer coach, I enjoy working with kids and their parents, But not, I suspect, enough to want to be Jo Frost, the star of the ABC TV series “Supernanny.” And while it would be tempting to be called “Super-Manny,” the title that falls to her associate Mike Ruggles, I don’t think I’d want to be him, either.

7m
Jul 28, 2019
1128 Kevin Smith does a commercial for the Mr. Media podcast! 2011

2011: This was so cool, I had to share it again: in 2011, I took a flyer on a paid commercial for the Mr. Media podcast on Kevin Smith's new Smodcast daily, online radio show, Plus One Per Diem. The show features Smith, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Red State, and his wife, actress Jen Schwalbach, discussing life, culture and family. I wrote some suggested points for the live read of the commercial, but Smith improvised the best and rest of it. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

4m
Jul 28, 2019
1127 John Barbour, comedian, author, reality TV creator, "Real People" 2019

2019: From the time I started reading John Barbour’s career-spanning memoir, "Your Mother’s Not A Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV!" I kept searching for the right word to describe my over-arching impression of the man. It wasn’t easy because in the course of 700 pages, Barbour is a comedian, a talk show host, a culture critic, a writer for singer Frank Sinatra, a husband and father, and creator of NBC’s “Real People.” I settled on "una

1h 7m
Jul 28, 2019
1126 Dennis Haskins, actor, "Saved By the Bell" 2010

2010: I’m interested to talk with "Saved By the Star" Dennis Haskins about his recent multi-episode arc on the first season of the new TNT dramedy, “Men of a Certain Age.” His certain were with Scott Bakula.

24m
Jul 26, 2019
1125 Ming-Na Wen, actress, "Two and a Half Men," "Mulan" 2010

2010: Most of us probably remember Ming-Na best from her run as a young doctor on the long-running NBC medical drama, ER. Or, if you’ve got a daughter, like I do, you’ve probably sat through the Disney animated films Mulan and Mulan 2 a couple hundred times. That’s right, Ming-Na was the voice of the heroic Mulan. More recently, she did an eye-popping arc as one of Charlie Sheen’s love interests on Two and a Half Men, which somehow led to her joining the star-filled ensemble of Stargate Universe.

11m
Jul 26, 2019
1124 Rick Arquilla, president, Roto-Rooter, "Undercover Boss" 2010

2010: When the producers of the CBS reality TV hit “Undercover Boss” brag that their show is about corporate presidents getting their hands dirty, they couldn’t be more accurate than this week’s episode. Because on Sunday, April 4, 2010, the boss going undercover is Rick Arquilla, president of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Roto-Rooter Services Company. That’s right, the top guy at America’s largest drain cleaning service will be shown as one of the guys, one of the grunts, repairing and snaking America

27m
Jul 26, 2019
1123 Peter Richmond, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home" 2010

2010: Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions that most people will ever make. First-time homebuyers in particular have no idea where to start. What they need is a road map and an experienced guide that can advise when to shop and when to not, what’s a gem and what’s a scam. Peter Richmond is probably that guy. He’s the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Home. If anyone can offer good, simple advice on how to do it, it’s got to be him.

28m
Jul 26, 2019
1122 Mike Watt, editor, "Exploitation Nation" 2019

2019: Exploitation Nation, Mike Watt’s bi-annual journal in which he gives lowbrow entertainment a highbrow survey, is all about underground comix in its sixth issue. I’m always looking for an excuse to feature comics-related subjects on Mr. Media, so seeing previous Mr. Media guests Howard Cruse and Trina Robbins on the cover, plus art by Will Eisner – whose authorized biography I wrote 15 years ago – it was a pretty easy reach for me.

44m
Jul 24, 2019
1121 Brie Bella, WWE wrestler, Bella Twins 2010

2010: It’s been like “Beauty Visits the Beast” around here lately at Mr. Media Radio, with recent drop-bys from “Supergirl” Laura Vandervoort, “10 Things I Hate About You” star Lindsay Shaw and Mulan’s Ming-Na. Today brings another lovely treat as WWE diva Brie Bella—who works with her twin sister Nikki Bella on “Raw”—joins me to discuss her appearance as a special guest with Nikki on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” hosted by Ty Pennington.

14m
Jul 22, 2019
1120 David Russo, author, "17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent" 2010

2010: David Russo, author of "17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent: Why Engaged Employees Are Your Greatest Sustainable Advantage," spent 19 years as VP of human resources for SAS Institute, which won numerous quality-of-work and quality-of-life awards during his tenure. More recently, he founded Eno River Associates to consult on best practices and workforce strategies with companies of all sizes.

27m
Jul 20, 2019
1119 Robert Lusetich, biographer, "Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season" 2010

2010: You have a brilliant idea: Write a book about a year in the sporting life of the world’s greatest golfers. A publisher snaps it up and you seemingly have it made. Except you pick the wrong year to focus on the wunderkind, who self-destructs as your year on his tail comes to an end. Even worse, you miss catching him at his real sport, mistressball. But you move forward and the result, Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season, still captures a true year on the links with Tiger.

28m
Jul 18, 2019
1118 J.C. Hutchins, Dana Willhoit, Michael Hinman, Tommy Duncan, bloggers live, BlogOrlando Unconference 2008

2008: Today's podcast is a lost-and-found item; recorded on September 27, 2008, live at Blog Orlando, an "Unconference" held at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, it has been missing in action for more than a decade. Appearing on this episode, in order, are: • J.C. Hutchins, science fiction novelist; • Dana Willhoit, freelance writer and internet marketer; • Michael Hinman, podcaster, "Syfy Radio"; • and Tommy Duncan, blogger, "Sticks of Fire."

38m
Jul 18, 2019
1117 Robert Dilenschneider, author, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations" 2010

2010: My guest today is Robert L. Dilenschneider, founder and chairman of the New York City-based Dilenschneider Group and former president and CEO of one of the world’s best known and most successful public relations agencies, Hill and Knowlton. He is also the author of a new book, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations." AMA, in this case, stands for the American Management Association, by the way.

30m
Jul 14, 2019
1116 Christopher Ventura, Peter LaSala, co-producers, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor” 2009

2009: Christopher Ventura, a 2009 graduate of the film program at Syracuse University, is the man behind Ventura Creative, which produces “It’s OK! I’m an Actor.” Also joining us is Ventura’s co-producer, Peter LaSala. He’s created several film and video shorts in both narrative and documentary genres. If you're a fan of such shows as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you may feel right at home watching “It’s OK!”

29m
Jul 14, 2019
1115 Across The Board band, "Wild Ones," interview, two songs 2019

2019: How much do you need to a know about a band beyond the fact that you like their sound? I heard a few tracks from the Canadian group Across the Board and that was enough for me. They just released a new album, "Wild Ones," so I invited them on the show today and figured we could just dive in and learn about them together.

30m
Jul 13, 2019
1091 Mary Ewing-Mulligan, author, "Wine For Dummies" 2011

2011: Mary Ewing-Mulligan is the co-author (with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of six wine books in the Wine For Dummies series — including French Wine For Dummies and Italian Wine For Dummies — as well as her latest , Wine Style. She has taught hundreds of wine classes  and visited nearly every wine region in the world.

29m
Jun 22, 2019
1092 Debi Gutierrez, comedian (first), Partrick Muldoon, actor, singer (second) (2011)

2011: Two interviews in one show: first up is comedian Debi Gutierrez, followed by Patrick Muldoon, actor in "Starship Troopers" and singer in The Sleeping Masses.

24m
Jun 22, 2019