Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

Author and automotive and Route 66 historian Jim Hinckley is the guest. Mr. Hinckley has written extensively on Route 66 - "America's Most Famous Highway" and his books include Ghost Towns of Route 66, Travel Route 66, The Route 66 Encyclopedia, and The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas. Jim is a fountain of fascinating facts and information and we discuss how and why Route 66 is so endearing and popular, its huge international appeal, and much more. There's also Route 66 road trip ideas, and some other interesting roads, like US 6. At the top: the deaths of comedic giants Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard. 

You can find out about Jim Hinckley's work and books at www.JimHinckleysAmerica.com

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How will entertainment - concerts, sports, etc. - and society, evolve due to COVID 19? Live Nation look will test drive-in and virtual concerts. The five-year-old kid that stole his parents car to go and buy a Lamborghini could be a great entrepreneur someday. Who was the Supreme Court justice that flushed? And the deaths of Little Richard and Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy.

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Not brought to you by Lysol or any disinfectant. Self-isolation stay-at-home Covid19 coronavirus well-being tips. The top Google searches recently. And a Cool But Obscure Song.

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The ever-fun and interesting pop culture writer Darren Paltrowitz returns. We discuss the tragic death of Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger and his huge body of great music - FOW, That Thing You Do! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and so much more. Its corona virus and self-isolation time and there's lots to watch, read, and listen to: Better Things, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Brockmier, All-Elite Wrestling and Colt Cabana; books on Quentin Tarantino, Van Halen and KISS; new music from the amazing Nada Surf, The Strokes and others. Plus, our last concerts, at least for a little while. And veteran acts we love: David Lee Roth, Zebra, Y&T. Cool apps Watch Worthy, Tune In and Special Guest. And all about Darren's great podcast, Paltrocast, where you can find a ton of interviews with a huge array of people including, Dan Rather, Myles Kennedy, John 5, Adam Carrolla, Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick, Dennis Quaid, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Chris Jericho, Ted Nugent, Englebert Humperdink and dozens more.

You can find Paltrocast at Spotify, iTunes, Podbean, Tune In and more. Follow Darren at Paltrowitz.com and @Paltrowitz at Twitter

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The first podcast in just about a month! The coronavirus, Covid19 and hanging in there; Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots, bidet sales increase exponentially, and a few of the best feel-good movies. Plus, books to binge: Bond vs. Bond: The Many Face of 007 Revised and Updated by Paul Simpson and Quentin Tarantino: the iconic filmmaker and his work by Ian Nathan.

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What do you do to get yourself psyched before a concert? Those familiar pre-concert rituals from the drive to the show, the music, merch and more. Heading to the east coast to see Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members Cheap Trick for three straight shows in NY, Atlantic City and Washington D.C. and the setlists of late have been amazing. Plus, quick details about a poignant and wonderful short film, "Today You Tomorrow Me," Pluto makes an appearance, and an Obscure But Cool Song.

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Visit the cool website Laughing Squid for more about the movie "Today You Tomorrow Me"

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Happy New Year! Starting the start of the third decade of the 21st century, talking about New Year's Eve and seeing the always-amazing Cheap Trick. Plus, dealing with some anxiety, some new things to watch on HBO and the death of radio legend Don Imus. And, a Cool But Obscure Song!

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Allen Ling is a graphic novelist who's first publication, Genesis II, is out now, and its very cool! Its a sci-fi story with a real and plausible human element to it. Allen talks about how he and collaborator Christian Boe came up with the book's great characters and compelling story, the long process in creating it, as well as how the Genesis II story will continue. 

For more information on Allen and Genesis II, as well as how to purchase it, visit www.Genesis2Comics.com

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The USA Today might be ending its print edition after four decades and a lone Waffle House employee gets help in Alabama. Plus, a funny and weird tattoo, and an obscure but very cool song.

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The new Chevrolet Corvette makes it's debut on July 18, the Bagel Boss is loose on Long Island and an Area 51 meetup! Plus, the David Bowie Barbie doll and a new feature, an obscure but awesome song.

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