The Edge with Mark Thompson

The Edge with Mark Thompson

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February 10, 2021 68 min
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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In this episode: The cops come to Mark's house in force...Michael Shure talks campaign politics and superstar plant dietician Julieanna Hever joins Mark. Julieanna's latest book, The Healthspan Solution--How and What to Eat to Add Years To Your Life is a mix of science, recipes and beautiful photos of delicious food! She's written the book with scientist and gourmet chef, Ray Cronise. Julieanna's Books are available...
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From the road in New Hampshire, political reporter Michael Shure talks about the mess of Iowa, the primary in New Hampshire and the impeachment acquittal of Donald Trump. Then... Mark speaks with the director and one of the activists profiled in the new documentary THE ANIMAL PEOPLE:  (summary from IMDB) Fifteen years in the making, this feature documentary - Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix - follows the journey of six young ...
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Mark welcomes back the audience and J Elvis Weinstein! Then... As head writer on the Letterman Show (both daytime and late night) Merrill has influenced the entire culture and genre of contemporary talk shows. We visit with her as she writes her acceptance speech for the prestigious Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award from the Writers Guild and reflects on her award winning work with the Letterman shows--work that shaped a generation of c...
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It's a holiday tradition, comedian, Bobby Slayton comes through.   He's doing a big new year's eve series of shows in Hawaii with Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman. Mark asks Bobby about his work with Woody Allen and how it came about and that leads to talk of Bobby's work in the films ED WOOD, DREAMGIRLS and THE RAT PACK. The show starts with Michael Shure checking in from the scene of the final Democratic Debate of t...
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