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May 30, 2014

If memory serves correctly, I was lucky enough to see Michael Jordan play basketball for the Chicago Bulls, live, in person, at least once, possibly twice. Once at the O-rena in Orlando, in a game against the Orlando Magic, probably back when Shaquille O’Neill was that team’s main attraction. And, again, in...


May 27, 2014

My friend Peter Golenbock has written sports histories and biographies and co-authored memoirs with a lot of guys who see the world as black and white. I suspect that in helping long-time Major League Baseball umpire Doug Harvey tell his story, it might have been the first time he did a book with someone who dressed...


May 22, 2014

 

I did sort of wonder if there is enough of an audience to justify a conversation about what it takes to be a great TV showrunner. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that pop culture has turned modern showrunners into rock stars.

NEIL LANDAU podcast excerpt: "It's not just that the TV show is the...


May 13, 2014

You either know what a Wawa is or you don’t. So if you’re watching today’s show, I’m guessing you’re a member of the cult of convenience store personality. Founded in the small town of Wawa, Pennsylvania, 50 years ago this month, a Wawa store is so much more than an oddly named neighborhood market.

HOWARD...


May 5, 2014

The only thing more compelling than a Hollywood mystery might be Hollywood history. I think my guest today, Ken LaZebnik, will agree. He is the author of a swell new book, Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows, that tells the tales of people we think we know about in the glamour capital of the world, but LaZebnik...