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Alan Zweibel & Dave Barry
Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry have pretty good resumes when it comes to comedy. From "SNL" to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to 22 years of humor columns and several dozen books, they've done just fine on their own. Now, they've teamed up to write the comic novel, "Lunatics," about two men whose disagreement over a kids' soccer game turns into a personal battle that escalates way out of control.Alan and Dave joined me on KTRS/St. Louis today to talk about the book, why they decided to team up, how...
One More Moondance
Last week, Newt Gingrich stirred up some controversy when he said that, as president, he would okay plans for NASA to go back to the moon and build a base there. Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I asked astronomer Phil Plait whether the concept was practical, from whether we can afford it to what it would do to NASA's budget to the bigger questions of what we'd do once we were set up on the moon and how we could build a habitat that would sustain human life.Listen, then click here to subscribe to...
Final Table #155: Matt Savage
Today on the Final Table radio show, we recapped our weekend poker road trips. Dennis was at the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma for a World Series Of Poker Event, along with such notables as Scotty Nguyen, TJ Cloutier, Men The Master, and Todd Brunson. Meanwhile, I was in California to play cash games on Live At The Bike (watch it here, with commentary by Bart Hanson & David Tuchman) and at the Commerce Casino, where the LA Poker Classic kicked off with a massive field in its first event. That...
Final Table #154: Matt Glantz
Today on the Final Table radio show, Dennis shared more stories from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, including an oddly-played hand in a cash game and a great run of events for 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel.In our guest segment, we talked with Matt Glantz, who has won over $4 million in poker tournaments, including a big year in 2011. He discussed his success in high-stakes mixed-games, his involvement in the Epic Poker League Standards and Conduct...
Final Table #153: PCA 2012 + Chris Krafcik
Today on the Final Table radio show, Dennis reported from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, with stories of its Main Event, its Super High Roller ($100,000 buy-in) Event, and the effect Black Friday and the loss of US players had on attendance. We also discussed whether a new Guinness record for Fastest Online Poker Player (set by Randy Lew at the PCA) was really about poker.In St. Louis, I revealed details for the first World Series Of Poker Main Event Qualifiers of the...
Final Table #152: Tristan Wade
Today on the Final Table radio show, we talked about what a recent ruling by the Department of Justice regarding online gambling could mean for the return of legalized online poker in the United States. We also discussed an odd hand Dennis witnessed in a local Vegas tournament, the unique feature of Jamie Gold's poker room at the Tropicana, and how PokerStars has developed a new way to ensure that player funds are protected.We also revealed details for Big Game 2 weekend at Harrah's St....
Lenore Skenazy, Free Range Kids
FDR's famous quote, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," is still true in America -- and perhaps more so. We have become a nation of fear-mongers, trained by politicians, media, and authority figures to worry about bad things happening to us and particularly our children. Unfortunately, the things that we're supposed to be afraid of are based on anecdotal evidence, not real data. And that hurts kids more than anything else.Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I spoke with Lenore Skenazy,...
David Pogue's iPhone Secrets
If you have an iPhone 4S, you probably don't know all the cool stuff it can do because Apple didn't give you a manual. There's isn't a complete guide to the iPhone in the box or on the website. Fortunately, NY Times personal tech columnist David Pogue has one for you -- it's his "iPhone: The Missing Manual," which he has just updated for the newest version (and the iOS 5.0 operating system you may have on an earlier version of the iPhone or the iPad).Today on KTRS/St. Louis, Pogue revealed...
"I guess this 180, if you're talking about politics, would take me from being a radical, right-wing, bomb-throwing evangelical on the far right to a position of what I would call 'moderate sanity,' in terms of social views and political views."That's Frank Schaeffer, talking with me yesterday on KTRS/St. Louis about "Sex, Mom, and God," his latest book about how he left behind a fundamentalist upbringing and years spent as one of the founders of the Religious Right to become an...
Merrill Markoe helped change television as head writer of David Letterman's daytime and late night NBC shows. Since they broke up, she has continued to write, with several books to her credit. Her newest is a collection of essays entitled "Cool, Calm, and Contentious." In it, she explains how having a narcissistic mother is one of the keys to a career in comedy -- and hers certainly qualified.As she explained to me this morning on KTRS/St. Louis, Markoe's mother believed in brutal honesty,...
Final Table #150: Jean-Robert Bellande
Today on the Final Table radio show, we recapped the final weekend of the Gateway Poker Classic at Harrah's St. Louis, as well as Dennis' weekend at the inaugural event of the CardPlayer Native American Casinos Poker Tour at Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma. That led to a discussion of other new poker tours that are planned for 2012 and the latest super-high-roller tournament at Bellagio. We also touched on whether remarks last week by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (who said he was...
Why Cell Phones Shouldn't Be Banned In Cars
Last week, I saw a TV reporter doing a live shot from the side of the road discussing a report issued earlier that day by the National Transportation Safety Board which recommended banning the use of all cell phones while driving. It was already dark outside, and as cars drove by him with their headlights on, I couldn't help but wonder how distracted they were by the light on top of the camera that was pointed at the reporter -- and at the vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Maybe...
Final Table #141: Bart Hanson & David Tuchman
Today on The Final Table poker radio show, while Dennis is in Cannes at the WSOPE, I had an extended conversation with Bart Hanson and David Tuchman. They're the hosts of Live At The Bike, the streaming coverage of a live cash game from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. They also did some hosting and commentary this summer for ESPN's online and on-the-air streams of the World Series Of Poker.Among the topics we discussed:the Full Tilt Poker indictments and related stories;the reaction of...
This Excuse Is All Wet
Jerry Sandusky doesn't just have one bad lawyer in Joe Amendola (who allowed his client to do that live TV interview with Bob Costas). Now he has another bad attorney in Karl Rominger, who told a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that there could be another explanation for why Sandusky was in the shower with young boys. Wait until you hear this...Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!
Fighting Super PACs
It's been almost two years since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to spend as much money on political campaigns as they like. This will be the first presidential election impacted by that decision, and we're already seeing the influence exerted by Super PACs that are set up to support one candidate or another. It's legalized corruption and a corrosive influence on a government that long ago lost its right to be called "of the people, by the people,...
Hercules Has A Stroke
Kevin Sorbo was on top of the world a few years ago. The show he starred in, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," had replaced "Baywatch" as the most-watched television show on the planet. Then he had a stroke or, more precisely, three strokes. How does an actor continue to work after that, particularly one who's been doing all his own stunts as the strongest man on Earth? That's what we talked about when he joined me yesterday on KTRS/St. Louis...Listen, then click here to subscribe to these...
Kurt Anderson on The Protestors
Kurt Anderson joined me this morning on KTRS/St. Louis to discuss his cover story for this week's Time magazine, which named "The Protestor" as its Person Of The Year (apparently I was tied for second again!). We talked about the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, and what form of government will replace the dictators who ran those countries. That led us back to the Occupy protests here in the US -- from whether they can succeed without an outspoken leader to...
John Feinstein One on One
John Feinstein is one of America's great sportswriters and a money-in-the-bank guest, too. He joined me on KTRS/St. Louis this morning to talk about his new book, "One On One: Behind The Scenes With The Greats In The Game," in which he looks back at some of the sports stars he has covered and written about in the last 25 years -- from Bobby Knight to Tiger Woods to John McEnroe to Mary Carillo to Mike Krzyzewski.I asked him whether it's tougher to get access to athletes and coaches these...
Congressional Insider Trading
On November 13th, "60 Minutes" aired a piece on insider trading by members of Congress, who use information garnered in private meetings from lobbyists or agency regulators regarding publicly-traded companies and then use what they've learned to buy or sell stocks -- all in secret, with no one looking over their shoulders. If that were done by a Wall Street executive, it would be a felony. But Congress has exempted itself from punishment and oversight. After the TV show aired, dozens of...
Final Table #149: Gateway Poker Classic
Today on the Final Table radio show, we recapped the first few days of action at the Gateway Poker Classic, including me playing in Friday's tournament, Dennis playing in today's event (he was being blinded off while we did the show!), the unique structure of Thursday's Jack and Jill event, and the schedule for the rest of this week, leading up to the Main Event this Saturday at Harrah's St. Louis. We also discussed Dennis' weekend at a Heartland Poker Tour event at the Peppermill Casino in...