The Edge with Mark Thompson

The Edge with Mark Thompson

The Edge Show, hosted by Mark Thompson

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September 10, 2021 35 min
In his new book, REIGN OF TERROR HOW THE 9/11 ERA DESTABILIZED AMERICA AND PRODUCED TRUMP. the Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, Spencer Ackerman, lays bare the realities of a 20 year war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and the rise of the surveillance state.  Spencer links to the post 9-11 era the increasing realities around white supremacy, domestic terrorism and, ultimately, Donald Trump. Spencer talks to Mark fo...
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Best selling author Mark Bittman...Plus..Author and Researcher Sara Kamali, PHD To call Mark Bittman an authority on food and eating is to understate it in the extreme.  His columns, books and writings have, for decades, in the New York Times and elsewhere, celebrated the delights of food and the changing nature of trends in what we eat. In his latest book, ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, JUNK he takes on Big Food and reexamines that nature of ...
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You could go for years and years and never run into the personalities and experiences that our three guests share. As anchors on the NBC and Fox stations in Los Angeles all three of our guests have lives filled with a window on everything from show business to hard news. Kelly Lange talks about experiences with everyone from Orson Welles to Bob Hope to Johnny Carson and her prolific career writing murder mysteries… Fritz Coleman ta...
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So much here on this packed episode... Author Mark Harris has just completed a fascinating biography about Director, Mike Nichols.  MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE Harris joins Mark Thompson to discuss... Mike Nichols, an immigrant, with a troubled childhood, emerges as a key figure in entertainment, Mike Nichols story is a remarkable one. Then, J Elvis Weinstein joins Mark for a conversation about a lot of things: Don McLean the singer and h...
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Comedy writer, Merrill Markoe, has a keen perspective on life. Now, she turns that perspective toward her own life, having recently discovered her childhood diaries and turned them into an annotated and illustrated journey in the form of her latest book, We Saw Scenery--The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. Merrill is a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and boosted The David Letterman show into the America cultural zeitgeist. Sh...
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Nothing says it’s the holidays like our podcast tradition of a visit with comedian, BOBBY SLAYTON. Bobby talks about coming up as a club comic with Dana Carvey and Robin Williams...Looking back at his early days in comedy clubs...His life in Vegas anchoring a showroom. Bobby describes opening for famous musicians and how that help create his aggressive manner on stage... He hits on the proliferation of podcasts...celebrity dinne...
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Author, journalist and professor, Jared Yates Sexton, joins Mark Thompson to talk about his latest, enormously compelling and intensely researched book, American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People Jared goes way beyond the myth of American exceptionalism with which most are familiar and looks to the start of the nation and the "founding fathers".   He continues the trip through history with discuss...
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Guest, Billy Ray, is an award winning director and writer who has brought (among others) THE HUNGER GAMES, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, RICHARD JEWELL and SHATTERED GLASS to the screen. Billy's latest chronicles the narrative and controversy around former FBI Director James Comey and his, ulitrmately doomed, relationship with Donald Trump. The two part television event, THE COMEY RULE, airs on Showtime and VOD. The show begins with politi...
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Forbes Senior Editor, Dan Alexander, has a new book called, White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into a Business The book details President Trump’s efforts to make money off of politics, taking us inside his exclusive clubs, luxury hotels, overseas partnerships, commercial properties, and personal mansions. Dan tracks hundreds of millions of dollars flowing freely between big businesses and President Trump. He e...
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Columnist, lecturer and political strategist, Richard Greene, takes us through the likely strategy the GOP and Donald Trump will use to win a second term, no matter how big Trump's popular vote loss may be. Here's the link to Richard Greene's latest piece in Medium which lists the 12 ways Trump can, and likely will, win. First, J. Elvis Weinstein and Michael Shure react to the final night of the Republican Convention. ...
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Mark Thompson welcomes back comedian and documentary filmmaker, J. Elvis Weinstein, and the two speak with political analyst, Michael Shure about the Democratic National Convention. Then, after Michael, award winning former journalist and media executive, Joe Ferullo, joins the two and talks about how the use of media in this time of COVID-19 transformed essential media aspects of that convention. Lastly, why one of the biggest sto...
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When it comes to Trump, it's all about money and The Washington Post's David Farenthold is one of our favorites when it comes to covering the part of the Trump administration that connects to money. David joins Mark to talk about the strategies that Trump has used on the media and the country and how they reflect those he used at what turned out to be the fraud that was Trump University. You can read the David Farenthold ar...
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Director, writer and producer Rod Lurie is getting terrific reviews for his film, THE OUTPOST, which tells the true story of an attack on an American outpost in Afghanistan. This film is not pro-war or anti-war and doesn't have a political slant one way or another but does provide the viewer with an immersive, riveting experience. Mark talks with Rod about shooting this movie which feels all too real and how, several times, the...
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As political awareness and participation increases, Jimmy Dore is at the center of a lot of the action. Jimmy is a political activist and comic with a formidable following. Jimmy Dore joins Mark for the entire episode. :00-01:30 Mark hello 01:30-53:00 Jimmy Dore and Mark T Reach us at edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com  
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The bailout/rescue package that's poured trillions of dollars into the American economy has done so in a very specific way.  The corporate money grab is beyond anything most Americans would  imagine. The remarkable truths about the bailout are revealed by guest, David Dayen, from The American Prospect. Here's a link to David's article at prospect.org  Michael Shure kicks us off the episode with the politics and realitie...
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Comedian Eddie Pepitone has been the subject of documentaries and has made his way through the comedy scene as both enormously popular with audiences and "a comic's comic". What's it like to see the live comedy scene shut down because of COVID19?  How does the comedy scene still flourish during this time of unprecedented obstacles? Eddie joins J Elvis Weinstein for the conversation. First, Michael Shure talks key po...
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Josh Mankiewicz from Dateline NBC has the number one podcast in America right now.  It's called, MOTIVE FOR MURDER.  He takes us through some of the beats of the podcast. He talks with longtime friend, Mark Thompson, and comedian/documentary filmmaker, J.Elvis Weinstein about life as a Mankiewicz (his grandfather wrote Citizen Kane and his family is something of show business and Washington political royalty). Finally, culture ...
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In an election season marked by new challenges created by COVID-19, Joe Biden has a challenge not unfamiliar to some high profile men:  An accusation of sexual assault. How to appropriately engage on this issue and how to campaign during a presidential election season that is unlike any other. Political analyst Michael Shure joins Mark Thompson and J. Elvis Weinstein for the conversation. :00-33:20 Mark, J Elvis and Michael Shure Y...
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Our guest, Dan Gerstein, contracted COVID-19 but added several societal layers.  Starting with his wife whose family was enduring the brunt of it in her home, Italy. He wrote about it in his NY Daily News article He talks with Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein about the entire experience of the earlier days of the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC. First, Mark torments J Elvis with his new "toy" and the two review the world of pr...
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Mark Thompson and J Elvis Weinstein discuss life as shut-ins and some of the news around the Covid-19 outbreak. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston on the world of Trump and money in politics.   David's website is DCreport.org Then, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Phillip Rucker, on his new book, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J Trump's Testing...
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