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Oct 29, 2013

Sometimes I introduce my guests based on a personal experience I’ve had with them or their work. In the case of Tampa Bay Times newspaper reporter Stephanie Hayes, I can’t think of any better way to tell you about her. When my mother-in-law, Helga Holsten, died five years ago after a long illness,...


Oct 23, 2013

The thing I know for sure about artists – whether established veterans or determined beginners – is that they are always eager to learn something new about technique or the tools of the trade. As a long-time wannabe artist myself, I can still remember my kindly old high school art teacher telling me how I had more...


Oct 16, 2013

Joining me today on Mr. Media to talk music and play a few songs is A.L.X., leader of an old-fashioned New York City-based rock band called Love Crushed Velvet.

When I heard Love Crushed Velvet for the first time, I heard Billy Idol and Steve Stevens. That’s a rare, driving rock sound that there hasn’t been enough...


Oct 9, 2013

Everybody’s got their secrets. Why, in 1976, this one time, in band camp, I... You get the point. So why would it be that hard to imagine that a gigantic publishing house might have a few skeletons in its closet? That’s the allure of The Secret History of Marvel Comics, a big new book by Blake Bell, author of Fire &...


Oct 7, 2013

After seven full years in a committed relationship with listeners and viewers of Mr. Media Interviews, I feel I can let you all in on a little secret:

I once took my wife to a swinger’s club in Tampa, Florida.

Oh, sure, it was strictly for research—Linda Gibson and I were writing a cover story for Tampa Bay...