Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Biff Isn't a Real Person, says the comedian who played him, Tom Wilson
Strangers say "I hate you" to Tom Wilson at barbecues, because they were so greatly impacted by his legendary portrayal of Biff in "Back to the Future." The twist: Wilson was bullied as a kid; then he portrayed film's most iconic comic bully; and ever since then he's had one stranger after another bully him verbally. Wilson is quite funny and deep in this fascinating conversation about Los Angeles, the small mean Internet, Back to the Future, his work for Nickelodeon, and his book "The Masked Man: A Memoir and Fantasy of Hollywood."

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jami Rodman, ex-prostitute and madam

Jami Rodman grew up religious in small-town Oregon. She couldn't cut her hair. No TV. No music. Certainly no sex images. But whenever she saw a friend's Playboy, or stumbled onto porn, it stirred her. So in her early 20s, she moved to Las Vegas, cocktailed, stripped, escorted, and madamed. After a decade, she left sex work for humanitarian work. She sat with me in a Paris hotel hall, and I asked how prostitutes have sex with people they aren't attracted to, how many thousands of prostitutes work in Las Vegas, and she advocated for many young prostitutes who are forced into sex work, giving us a full picture of the pros and cons of prostitution in America.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Brad Garrett Living Room Show

Big, tall Brad Garrett gives us a private stand-up gig, more or less, from his living room couch, where I interviewed him, thumped his coffee table like a drum, and laughed at jokes about Donald Trump, Obama, Bernie Sanders, butts, colons, running, Fargo, love, health, fat, reflux, plastic and oh yes, Terry Fator.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Our Favorite Books with Geoff Schumacher

What kinds of books might political conservatives write better than liberals? What's the deal with fantasy novels? What are the best Vegas mob books? Here are answers from Geoff Schumacher, writer, editor, publisher, and now content director of the Mob Museum.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

THE NEWS — Adam Kealoha Causey and I have a conversation about contemporary news thoughts