Rank #1: (Episode 145) "Eyes Wide Open" Composer: Tony Anderson.
Meet the very talented and kind, Tony Anderson.
Rank #2: (Episode 143) "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter" Journalist: Jesse Barron.
Journalist Jesse Barron shares his insight on this very difficult and complex case.
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police soon discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself. This discovery sparked sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.
In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love. They lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, but exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. After Roy was found dead in his car in July 2014, what appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigators discovered alarming text messages on his phone. Carter, 17 at the time, had urged Roy to kill himself, even after he had second thoughts and removed himself from his car.
Directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal and Mommy Dead and Dearest) I Love You, Now Die explores the complicated relationship between Carter and Roy, drawing on some of the thousands of texts they exchanged over two years to chronicle their courtship and its tragic consequences. Featuring unprecedented access to the families, friends and communities that were forever changed by this unusual case, the documentary explores the changing nature of the justice system today, following a story that has wider implications for society at large, both online and in real life. The film presents a well-rounded look at a bizarre tale that was a deadly convergence of mental illness, loneliness, pop culture and technology.
In July 2017, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Roy. In August 2017, she was found guilty and began her 15-month prison sentence in February 2019, following a failed appeal.
I Love You, Now Die includes footage from Michelle Carter’s trial, where the filmmakers had the only camera allowed in court and supplied the pool camera for this historic case. It also features interviews with key individuals in the story, including: Conrad Roy’s immediate family; Joseph Cataldo, Michelle Carter’s defense attorney; Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert witness for the defense; police detectives; and journalists who covered the case extensively.
The documentary premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
I Love You, Now Die is directed and produced by Erin Lee Carr; produced by Andrew Rossi; co-producer, Alison Byrne; original music, Ian Hultquist; cinematographer, Bryan Sarkinen; editor, Andrew Coffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; senior producer, Sara Bernstein.
Rank #3: (Episode 125) "The Best of Enemies" Actor: Gilbert Glenn Brown.
Gilbert Glenn Brown is an NYU trained actor, who is well known for his theater and troupe accomplishments, an extensive television filmography and he can currently be seen in the smash hit "The Best of Enemies" and is in production on "Star Girl"
Welcome the kind, very busy and dedicated: Gilbert Glenn Brown.
Rank #4: (Episode 131) "Pulp Fiction" Actor: Paul Calderon.
Paul Calderon was born on a remote farm with no electricity or runningwater high in the beautiful, ruggedmountains of Puerto Rico. He movedas a kid from that wild freedom to theshock of NYC where he honed his senseof drama in the tenements and toughstreets of the Lower East Side andSpanish Harlem. After a stint playingsemi-pro baseball, his dream of going pro was shattered by a shoulder injury. Later he joined the Army, serving inGermany for several years while hestruggled to find a new dream.Back in the States he went to acting schoolunder the GI Bill, studying with Sonia Moore,Kim Stanley, Bobby Lewis, Irene Moore andWynn Handman. As a writer he publishedseveral short stories, optioned screenplays,and was a co-writer of Abel Ferrara's cultclassic "Bad Lieutenant", in which heco-starred opposite Harvey Keitel.He was made a member of the Actors Studioin 1984, and eight years later was one of the founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co.,where as writer/director he helped mentorsuch talent as Philip Seymour Hoffman,Stephen Adly Guirgis, Sam Rockwell,David Zayas, Lauren Velez & Manny Perez.As an actor he has had the honor andgreat fortune of working with some of the greatest talent of our time - Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet,Spike Lee, Nick Nolte, Gerard Depardeiu,Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, Steve Buscemi, Martin Scorcese, Edy FalcoTim Roth, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin TarantinoSydney Pollack, Melissa Leo, Woody Allen,Alejandro Inaurritu and George C. Wolfe. He's won numerous awards for his theater,film and television work, including an Obiefor his performance in "Blade to the Heat" at the Public Theater, and a SAG Awardnomination for his part in the ensemblecast of Boardwalk Empire's final season.For many years he's been on the faculty of NYU Tisch Graduate Film School,The Lee Strasberg Institute, andThe School of Visual Arts.
Rank #5: (Episode 118) Actor: Don Jeanes.
Don Jeanes is an American actor from Houston, Texas. He is best known for his role as the rancher in the award-winning 2013 through 2015 Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl Commercials as well as playing Niel Armstrong in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He has appeared on television in CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, The Exes, All My Children and many more. Don continues to work in Film, TV, Television, Commercials and as a Print Model in Texas.
Welcome the kind and humble, Don Jeanes.
Rank #6: (Episode 88) Actor: Don Most.
Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Donny has always appreciated the swing and big band style of music and now he delights audiences with a unique show that fuses the swing era with the 50’s cool.Donny has directed three feature films. “the Last Best Sunday”, “Moola” and “Harley’s Hill”. His films have premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award.
Meet: Don Most.
Rank #7: (Episode 127) "Eddie and the Cruisers" Actor: Michael Pare.
Best remembered for playing Eddie in Eddie & the Cruisers (1983) and its sequel, Eddie & the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives! (1989), Michael Pare makes his living appearing in B-movies and straight-to-video actioners. The Brooklyn-born Pare started out as a New York Culinary Institute-trained sous chef and then a model. He started acting at a friend's suggestion and studied under Uta Hagen and Marvin Nelson. His first break came from playing tough student Tony Villicana on the adventure/comedy series The Greatest American Hero (1981). This led to the leading role in the made-for-television film Crazy Times (1981). Following his work in Eddie & the Cruisers, Pare starred in The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). His shot for major movie stardom came from director Walter Hill, whose own career was taking off following the success of his Eddie Murphy vehicle 48 Hrs. (1982). Hill cast Pare in the lead of Streets of Fire (1984). The director had originally meant for it to be the first of an action trilogy starring Pare, but the film failed at the box office. Subsequently Pare became the star of numerous low- and medium-budget features and the occasional made-for-cable television movie. In 1987, he starred in the short-lived television series Houston Knights. He reappeared in a big-budget feature, Village of the Damned, in 1995, but despite it's fairly big-name cast, it was unsuccessful, and Pare returned to B-movies such as Raging Angels (1995) and Bad Moon (1996).
Meet: Michael Pare.
Rank #8: (Episode 111) "The A-Team" Actor: Dirk Benedict.
Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of "Showboat" where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia Georgia(1972) in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" and The A-Team (1983) in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck".
Meet: Dirk Benedict.
Rank #9: (Episode 139) "E.T." Actor: Dee Wallace.
My next guest has been in (to name a few)....
E.T., Cujo, The Howling, Critters and so many more.
Meet the awesome and legendary, Dee Wallace.
Rank #10: (Episode 75) Comedian: Jim Florentine.
JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, TV host, actor, podcaster and voice artist. He is best known for co-hosting VH1 Classic's heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show" that ran from 2008-2015. JIM FLORENTINE is also known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE has appeared in the hit movie Trainwreck as the one night stand guy and on the critically acclaimed TV series Inside Amy Schumer and Louie on FX. He was submitted for an Emmy for best supporting actor for his role of Kenny on Louie. JIM FLORENTINE appeared on an episode of Girls in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film "A Little Help" starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer's love interest in the film. A Little Help won best film in several different film festivals. JIM FLORENTINE played a pimp on an episode of Californication in 2014. JIM FLORENTINE played a Cop on an episode of Red Oaks on Amazon in 2015.
Meet: Jim Florentine.
Rank #11: (Episode 84) NFL Analyst: Chris Raybon.
Back for Round 2, one of the most popular MMC guests, NFL Analyst, Chris Raybon!
Meet: Chris Raybon.
Rank #12: (Episdoe 86) Actor: Peter Stormare.
With a cool stoic gaze suggesting unmentionable thoughts lurking somewhere deep behind those deep, blank eyes, popular character actor Peter Stormare offered American audiences slightly discomforting comic relief in Joel and Ethan Coen's popular dark comedy Fargo (1996), though his versatility and adaptability have since led him to major Hollywood blockbusters.
One of the best actors of our generation, known for one legendary role after another...
Meet: Peter Stormare.
Rank #13: (Episode 122) "The Highwaymen" Actor and Stuntman: Edward Bossert.
Edward Bossert is a stuntman and actor whose filmography includes Criminal Minds, Blindsided: The Game and the Netflix Smash hit, "The Highwaymen" in which Edward's performance as Clyde Barrow is phenomenal, original and amazing to watch.
Meet the kind and humble Edward Bossert.
Rank #14: (Episode 76) Cindy Healy.
"While working on the Mars Pathfinder mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, I came to a fork in the road. It was a moment when I had to decide whether to move out of my comfort zone and take a risk.
NASA was putting together a 25-person launch team that would temporarily move from California to Florida near the Kennedy Space Center. All of my best buddies were going to be on this team. I knew it was going to be a “work hard, play hard” scenario, and I really wanted to go.
Up until that point I had been working as the lead for the simulation software that was used to prepare for the mission. At one point, a colleague and I were tasked with fixing the flight simulation code, including the star scanner—the eyeball of the spacecraft. The flight simulation code fakes out the spacecraft so it thinks it’s flying to Mars when it’s really sitting in the lab in Pasadena. The work had fallen nine months behind schedule, and my teammate Miguel and I had been given eight weeks to complete the code. Neither of us had ever written this kind of code before, but failure was not an option.
In one way, the entire Pathfinder mission was a risk—it was an attempt to reinvent space travel, an experiment to see just how cheap and how fast we could put a spacecraft on another planet. And we didn’t want to disappoint America.
Working night and day, we got the code written and meeting performance targets, and then it was time for some folks to head to Florida to prep for the launch. I really wanted to go. But, I wasn’t on the list because my role was not critical to the Florida operations.
My coworker was the UNIX system administrator, and he was on the list. But, he and his wife were having a baby, and he didn’t want to go.
In one moment, I had to make a critical decision: would I take a risk? I had no idea how to do the job. But I love a challenge, and I really wanted to go to Florida.
I raised my hand and said, “I’ll do it, just teach me how to be the UNIX system administrator.” As if it’s so easy.
So my coworker trained me, and I was just writing everything in a notebook, scribbling down as much as I could. Those notes were all I would have to help me do the job."
Meet: Cindy Healy.
Rank #15: (Episode 80) Wrestler and Motivational Speaker: Marc Mero.
Marc Mero, Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life. Everyone faces adversity. “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get back up. You can do anything you set your mind to!”
Marc shares his captivating journey with audiences worldwide and inspires people to examine their life choices. Listeners feel a greater sense of appreciation toward their relationships and the “gift of time” – and are empowered to make a difference in their personal life, school, career, and community.
Meet Marc Mero.
Rank #16: (Episode 144) "Road To Perdition" Actor: Peggy Roeder.
The amazing Peggy Roeder has been in countless television shows, theatrical productions and movies. Most notably her work in Stranger than Fiction, Groundhog Day and the phenomenal "Road to Prediction" remain timeless classics.
Please welcome the kind, talented and honest: Peggy Roeder.
Rank #17: (Episode 85) "Pets for Vets" Army Veteran: Sean Quigley
Chapter Director Sean C. Quigley
As a former Army Medic, DAV, American Legion member and dog lover, Sean believes the organization is the perfect way to combine two things he is very passionate about: Veterans and dogs. He looks forward to improving the quality of life for local Veterans and providing loving homes for dogs in need.
Meet: Sean Quigley.
Rank #18: Breaking Down 10: The Academy Awards.
What are the Academy Awards?
Doug and I aren't so sure anymore.
Rank #19: (Episode 117) "The Wonder Years" Actor: Dan Lauria.
Daniel Lauria (born April 12, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role as Jack Arnold in The Wonder Years.
There was a little bit of everyone’s dad in Lauria’s often curmudgeonly patriarch. The actor, went on to bring this signature gruffness to other roles, most notably the part of Vince Lonbardi in the Broadway play Lombardi. Lauria has also appeared in a number of television shows since The Wonder Years, including How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, This is us and The Mentalist.
Meet the very kind and honest: Dan Lauria.
Rank #20: (Episode 87) Film Critic: Alissa Wilkinson.
Alissa Wilkinson is Vox's film critic. She's been writing about film and culture since 2006, and her work has appeared at Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, The Atlantic, Books & Culture, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, Pacific Standard, and others. Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a 2017-18 Art of Nonfiction writing fellow with the Sundance Institute. Before joining Vox, she was the chief film critic at Christianity Today.Alissa is also an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches criticism and cultural theory.
Meet: Alissa Wilkinson.