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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ron Adner - "The Wide Lens"
When it comes to analysing busiess success and failure, Ron Adner literally wrote the book
In The Wide Lens, innovation expert Ron Adner draws on over a decade of research and field testing to take you on far ranging journeys from Kenya to California, from transport to telecommunications, to reveal the hidden structure of success in a world of interdependence.
Want to know what Nokia did so wrong? What Apple does so right? Just watch my chat with Ron...
Monday, October 15, 2012
Lisa Lillien, the "Hungry Girl"
She's not a nutritionist, she's just hungry! Lisa Lillien is a number-one New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of hungry-girl.com, the worldwide phenomenon daily email service that entertains and informs hungry people everywhere!
If you want to eat healthy AND affordable, any of her books are just the ticket. With yet another new book released this week Lisa and I talked about some of her previous works and her creation of nothing less than an empire.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Daniel Suarez - "Kill Decision"
The first 2 book ever reviewed on the BBS were from Dan, so speaking with him about his latest 'soft science fiction' thriller was a special treat
There's so much to him as a person that makes his writing so excellent, that any fan of his work is pretty much obliged to watch this interview we did via skype.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Delia Ephron - The Lion is In
I feel blessed to have such a superstar on the show for this episode. Delia has written several best selling books and extremely successful movies. We have a great chat about her latest novel, The Lion is In, for which the entire story came to her in a dream. This is one funny and feisty lady, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and I'm sure you will enjoy this interview as well. I interviewed Delia 2 weeks before the passing of her beloved sister Nora.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Delia Ephron - "The Lion is In"
I feel blessed to have such a superstar on the show for this episode. Delia has written several best selling books and extremely successful movies.
We have a great chat about her latest novel, The Lion is In, for which the entire story came to her in a dream. This is one funny and feisty lady, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and I'm sure you will enjoy this interview as well.
I interviewed Delia 2 weeks before the passing of her beloved sister Nora.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Jennifer DuBois - "A Partial History of Lost Causes"
Jennifer's debut novel is an interesting mix of factual history and fiction.
With strong parallels to Gary Kasparov's life, it makes for a great insight into pre-glasnost Russia, world politics and a woman's search for her father's "lost cause"
Friday, June 08, 2012
Cristina Alger - "The Darlings"
Cristina Alger has written a great financial/legal thriller based on the real events of the 2008 financial crisis
She's a lawyer turned author who has really captured a piece of history from the "other's" perpective. The elites of New York Society and high finance.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Stephanie McAfee - Diary of a Mad Fat Girl
Stephanie is a true American sucess story. She took her self published book from a 99 cent e-Book to a New York Times Best Seller and a full blown publishing deal with Penguin Books
Her Story is one I equate to "Sex and the City" with Real women. Stephanie is a delightful southern girl and we spoke via skype from her current home in Florida.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Joshua Knelman - Hot Art
Joshua spent almost 8 years documenting the players and the workings of internatonal art theft.
Delve into this often romanticized world of elites, rogues and beautiful art in our conversation about his book "Hot Art - Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art"
Friday, May 18, 2012
Marty Gitlin - The Great American Cereal Book
Marty Gitlin has quite a history as an author, primarily of sports super stars. His latest book is a departure from sports, but not from History.
You will be amazed by the emotions this book elicits when paging through hundreds of pages of photographs and trivia about the rich history of breakfast cereal culture. Marty joins us via skype from his home in Ohio
Friday, May 11, 2012
Adam Wilson - Flatscreen
Reading Adam Wilson's debut novel is a bit like hearing the Sex Pistols for the first time. It's very in your face, but has all the depth and excitement of 'Never mind the bollocks'
Adam Joins us via skype from his home in Brooklyn NY to discuss and even read a few passages from his book.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Bill Landay - Defending Jacob
Bill Landay is a former assistant district attorney who has written a very thrilling novel.
Set as a court case drama, but focusing on the human side of a family who's son is accused of murder. Bill and I talk in detail about the book and his former profession as an assistant DA. You'll be delghted by his story!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Eli Gottlieb - "The Face Thief"
Eli Gottlieb and I connected on a number of levels when he came on the show to discuss his book 'The Face Thief'
Not only did he write a thrilling novel, but his east-coast vibe and sensibility made for a great chat about his book, kids, the internet and the state of the publishing industry.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Daisy Whitney - The Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney is no stranger to new media, as she blogs, consults and produces video for the new media advertising industry.
Her latest venture is as a novelist and she's rockin' it with "The Mockingbirds". A great story withy deep tpoics. Do not mistake this for a Young Adult prep-school book. I really liked it.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Ken Jennings - Maphead
Ken Jennings is perhaps best known as the all-time Jeopardy champion, with the most wins ever.
Ken is also a Maphead, he's crazy about maps and has been since his youth. We talk about his life as a writer, game show wizzard, potential senatorial candidate and of course, about maps!
Friday, March 09, 2012
Justin Russel - The Sleeper (Movie)
Justin is an independent film maker from Ohio. His first big online release is an homage to the slasher flicks of the early 80's
He dropped by the studio to talk about "The Sleeper"
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Rob Tannenbaum - "I Want My MTV"
This interview is one I've been waiting for, as co-author Rob Tannenbaum interviewed me for the book.
The interview turned out to be a great primer for those who want to read this oral history of the music television revolution, filled with quotes and stories that are in the book as well as some that aren't.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Joshua Cody - "[sic] a memoir"
I was very impressed by Joshua's 'stream of conciousness' collection about his fight against cancer. Reading it had a similar effect on my as the first time I heard the Rolling Stones
Joshua skypes in from New York City. You'll like this guy.
Sarah Levine - "Treasure Island!!!"
Sarah Levine is a first time novelist from Chicago who blew my socks off with her combination of the classic "Treasure Island" and her unnamed 25 year old protagonist who attempts to live life according to the 'values' of the characters in that classic
You'll instantly fall in love with Sarah, who joins us from her home in Chicago
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Joanna Philbin - "The Daughters Join The Party"
Joanna Philbin may be a 'daughter of' herself, but she really has made quite a name for herself as an author. Her fourth novel in the 'Daughters' series proves just that.
Joanna joins the show from her home in Los Angeles where we tallk about her writing, her insights to celebrity and of course her father legendary television personality Regis Philbin.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Darren Tieste - "The Beauty Book".
Darren Tieste has been at the top of the photography field for 18 years. He's had the biggest names in fashion and show business in front of his camera
In 2010 he started a project to benefit brain cancer research. The result is The Beauty Book. Darren skypes in from his home in Los Angeles to tell us all about it.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Doug Chernack - "Awkward Family Pet Photos"
An absolute stocking stuffer on this appisode of the show. Doug Chernack, co-author of the 'Awkward Family Photo' series talks to me via skype about the latest New York Times best seller: "Awakward Family Pet Photos"
There's a lot more to this than just the photos though, there's the stories behind the pictures and of course Doug and his co-author's future plans for video.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Samuel Moyn - "The Last Utopia, Human Rights in History"
Samuel's book is an important one. If you plan on reading any non-fiction book, this is the one. It provides a history of 'human rights'. Who made up the definitive list, who is the keeper of the list, where does the concept come from? Questions I never pondered before.
You will be surprised to know that the concept of 'human rights' is a very young one, what started in the 1970's and re-emerged in the 1990's has deep historical, religious and legal roots. I spoke with Samuel via skype, where he also weighs in on current events in North Africa and Europe from his perspective as a historian.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Shawn McGuire - "The Shadow Thieves of Rouen"
Shawn McGuire is an IT expert who is leading the charge in a new category of 'books'. His 'novella' is under 30 thousand words, but packed with action from the minute you start into it. Completely in the fantasy genre, but 100% entertaining and only $0.99 on Amazon!
I chatted with Shawn about his debut, which is set in France, in the days of cloaks and daggers and hot girls :-)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Jonathan Kay - "Among the Truthers"
I am a self admitted conspiracy theorist. It was therefore extra pleasant for me to interview Jonathan Kay, who debunks theories and marginalizes fellow CT's like myself. He wrote his book with the disclosure that he is a Fellow at the Foundation For Defense of Democracies
, an anti jihadist think tank in Washington DC. This shows his clear agenda.
I did not enter into much debate with Jonathan by design, as I found it much more interesting to allow him to express his views unchallenged, to illustrate just how confused people like Jonathan really are about how the world works.
That said, this book is definitely worth the read, if only to learn what CT's are up against in unveiling the world's to truths easily dismissed as 'conspiracy theories'.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Trisha Ventker - Internet Dates From Hell
There are close to one hundred million single adults living in the United States. Of those, approximately thirty-five million will look at online dating sites this year alone. Internet Dates from Hell provides the ins and outs of Internet dating from one woman's experiences, ranging from funny to scary to downright shocking. Internet Dates from Hell is not only a guide; it is also a seven-year journey through author Trisha Ventker's dating life as a single kindergarten teacher who relocated from the suburbs to New York City to find her soul mate....
Trishia joins us via skype from her home in Colorado to talk about the book, the dates from hell and shares a few tips for those looking to succeed in online dating.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Duff McKagan -"Its So Easy (and other lies)"
Duff McKagan is certainly best known for his band Guns and Roses, as well as Velvet Revolver and his columns on ESPN.com. Now Duff has written a book about his life, which really reads more like a novel.
I haven't seen or spoken with him in over 20 years, but today he dropped by the studio to catch up and discuss his latest release.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Claire Lazebnik - "Epic Fail" & "Families and othe rnon-returnable gifts"
Claire LaZebnik visits the studio today to talk about the release of her two (!) new novels. "Epic Fail" is a re-telling of Jane Austen set in celebrity Hollywood. "Families and other non-returnable gifts" is a lovely tale that will make you feel like your family isn't the only one that's a bit 'messed up' :-)
Saturday, October 01, 2011
An Interview with Lawrence Anthony - "The Elephant Whisperer"
Anthony, conservationist and author (Babylon’s Ark, 2007), owns a wildlife reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. A former hunting preserve, rumored to be part of the legendary Shaka’s exclusive hunting territory, it has become a game reserve with a lodge for ecotourists. Home to Zululand’s full suite of wildlife, Thula Thula had everything—except elephants. When he was offered a herd from another game reserve Anthony accepted wholeheartedly, despite the fact that these elephants were known escape artists.
Lawrence talks to me via Skype from the dark in South Africa. An amazing man!
Friday, September 23, 2011
W. Bruce Cameron - A Dog's Purpose & Emory's Gift
William Bruce Cameron (born 1960 in Petoskey, Michigan) is an internationally known humor columnist. He is the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, a best selling self-improvement book adapted to the ABC sitcom which aired from 2002 to 2005. Bruce joins us in the studio to talk about two books; his New York TImes besteller "A Dog's Purpose" and his latest offering "Emory's Gift"
This man is funny and his writing style is extremely engaging, just like all the characters in his books.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Kathy Charles - John Belushi is Dead
Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death.
Kathy Charles is in the studio to talk about her first novel and life in Los Angeles
Monday, September 12, 2011
An Interview with John Vorhaus, Author of "The Albuquerque Turkey"
At the start of Vorhaus's entertaining sequel to The California Roll, grifter Radar Hoverlander, who's been trying to fly beneath the radar and turn over a new leaf in Santa Fe, N.Mex., intervenes in a domestic dispute he overhears on the street, using a clever ruse to stop an armed, drugged-out man from harming his wife and young daughter. The posting of these heroics on YouTube brings back into Radar's life his estranged con man father, Woody, who walked out on the family when Radar was eight. Interested in more than just repairing strained family ties, Woody needs his son's help, having taken ,000 from a Las Vegas casino boss in exchange for steering a nonexistent wealthy Saudi prince to that boss's operation.
John is an interesting guy, he works on situation comedy shows from this states in foreign markets, and is a skilled poker player. He talks to us from, where else, his hotel room in Las Vegas
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Eliot Glazer - "My Parents Were Awesome"
Based on the wildly popular website, My Parents Were Awesome shares heartwarming and hilarious essays by sons and daughters—including Jamie Deen, Christian Lander, Dave Itzkoff, Katherine Center, Laurie Notaro, and Holly Peterson—who’ tell tales of their folks before babies, mortgages, and receding hairlines: the mom and dad who traveled by VW bus to see Led Zeppelin for $1, the grandmother whose halter top and shorts belied her perfect demeanor, the father whose wanderlust passed down to his equally nomadic daughter. Accompanied by treasured vintage photographs, these stories will make you laugh, melt your heart, and spark your own reflections of Mom and Dad.
Eliot is in a coffee shop in Brooklyn and calls in via Skype for a chat.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
An Interview with Laurell K Hamilton - Author of Hit List
Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages.
Laurell calls in on Skype from her home in St, Louis for a very candid interview about her latest in the Anita Blake series, "Hit List", but of course we talk about sex, kids, fans and soundtracks...
Monday, August 29, 2011
Benjamin Hale - The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
An unlikely narrator, Bruno is a chimpanzee trying to become a man--a process he sees as "equal parts enlightenment and imprinting your brain with taboos." Bruno acquires a fervent love of language--and of primatologist Lydia Littlemore, with whom he develops a deep (and, yes, sexual) relationship until she falls ill. We speak with the book's Author via skype in Iowa.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Dr. Curt Stager - 'Deep Future'
Dr. Curt Stager is a climate paleontologist who hates science being used as a weapon in the never ending climate change debate. We had a great chat about the next 100,000 years on earth and all the partying we can do :-) I highly recommend his book for believers and deniers alike.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Simon Lelic, - 'A Thousand Cuts'
It's the show's first international Skype Video interview, this time with Simon Lelic in the UK, who has approached the topic of bullying in schools from an interesting angle in his novel 'A Thousand Cuts'
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Michael Resiman - The 'Simon Bloom' Series
What's a nice Jersey boy doing in La La Land? Well, writing books for ages 9 to 90. Michael Reisman's vivid imagination and strong characters brought out the 14 year old in me. We klatsched when he stopped by the studio last week.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Annie Duke - 'Decide to Play Great Poker'
Annie Duke it without question the hottest poker player, in more ways than one. She drops by the studio to talk about her latest book, which as it turns out can help you not only be a great poker player, but a better parent as well! We also touch on Annies work as a business consultant and her latest project; an official Poker League.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Don Cambou - The Crystal Point of the Mog Pogs
Don Cambou is well known for his years of television production work. His debut novel is the first in a trilogy suitable for ages 14 to 114. He is in the studio to talk about the book and his career.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Rye Barcott - It happened on the way to war
Rye Barcott has written a beautiful book about his life as a marine in Iraq while simultaneously running an NGO in Africa. He joins me in the studio to discuss his amazing life and book.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
An Interview with Jennifer Egan, author of "A Visit From The Goon Squad"
Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Jennifer Egan connects to the Big App Show studio today to talk about her latest novel "A visit from the goon squad" as well as about the future of the music industry and journalism. To get a copy of her book from Amazon, just tap on the blue button!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul
Today we talk via skype with Michael David Lukas, not only about his book, but also about his unique perspective on the recent "Arab Spring" in Tunisia and Egypt, both places where he lived for several years, as well as Turkey.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Nina Revoyr - Wingshooters
Nina Revoyr stopped by the studio today to talk about her latest book "Wingshooters". With her latest offering, Nina continues her unique and affecting exploration of American racism in a concentrated novel that draws breathtaking contrasts between all that is beautiful in life and the malignancy of hate.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Luanne Rice - the Silver Boat
From the beloved New York Times bestselling Luanne Rice comes a heartwarming yet heart-wrenching portrait of three far-flung sisters who come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begin the difficult process of letting go. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth-especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We speak ship to shore with Captain Max about a Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters. This is the guy everyone wants as an Uncle!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
John Wray joins us via Skype from Brooklyn New york to discuss his carreer, life and his best selling book "Lowboy"
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer.
Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Postman's theme here is the decline of the printed word and the ascendancy of the "tube" with its tendency to present everything murder, mayhem, politics, weather as entertainment. The ultimate effect, as Postman sees it, is the shriveling of public discourse as TV degrades our conception of what constitutes news, political debate, art, even religious thought. Early chapters trace America's one-time love affair with the printed word, from colonial pamphlets to the publication of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. There's a biting analysis of TV commercials as a form of "instant therapy" based on the assumption that human problems are easily solvable.
Daemon is an ambitious novel, which sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011