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Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa 2, TV vs. Film, baseball, and My Little Pony

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A |

A few years back, we had the pleasure of welcoming the great Billy Bob Thornton to our show. And now, he’s back!

We talk Bad Santa 2 (along with the original), the greatness of John Ritter, what makes this a golden age for television (Thornton was amazing in AMC’s “Fargo,” and stars in Amazon’s “Goliath”), his love of baseball, and — because of course we would — My Little Pony.

Fun stuff. Enjoy!

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Ricki Stern — HBO’s “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A |

Andy and Brian talk with Ricki Stern, co-director of the HBO documentary ‘Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing.’ The movie takes an in-depth and sobering look at the devastation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and how various victims picked up the pieces to move forward with their lives. The interview also touches upon the way we discuss terrorism in America and the process of telling such personal and painful stories.

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Nick Swardson — The Do Over

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Podcast, Q & A | 2 comments

You’ve seen him on stage doing standup and in all sorts of Happy Madison productions.

Now, hear him on our show!

He’s Nick Swardson, who stars in the new Adam Sandler movie “The Do Over,” premiering May 27th on Netflix. We talk Minnesota sports — he’s a native — and their general reluctance to heckle, how he broke into comedy, and how a comedian develops his material and stage presence. Fun stuff.

Here’s the trailer for the movie. Warning, it contains coarse language.

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Podcast: Lakers injuries pile up, the future for Mike D'Antoni and Phil Jackson, Trips to Mars

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blogs we like, Interview, Jerry Buss, Lakers Analysis, Mailbag, Mitch Kupchak, Podcast, Q & A | 3 comments

How bad have things become for L.A.? They”re now down 0-2 to the Spurs after , and compared to the aftermath, that”s the good news.

Lakers injuries are piling up like cars on the 110 during rush hour. Thursday, they announced an in-game hamstring pull suffered by Steve Blake will leave him indefinitely sidelined. Additionally, Steve Nash, after re-aggravating his recent hamstring problem is doubtful for Friday”s Game 3. Ditto Jodie Meeks, whose Game 1 ankle sprain prevented him from participating Wednesday. As we joked in a previous podcast, this is been the basketball version of ”Final Destination.”  Scarily — or perhaps mercifully — we”re running out of characters to maim.

But even with bodies dropping left and right, the show must go on. Among the talking points:

  • With the guard tandem now down to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and perhaps a converted-on-the-fly Robert Sacre, is there any possible way for the Lakers to remain competitive?
  • As bad as things have gotten, can the season at least be appreciated for the team-wide grit displayed down the stretch?
  • Armed with new information, we revisit a subject bandied about beforeWould it have been better to simply miss the playoffs altogether?
  • With Mike Brown back for a second tour as the Cavs” head coach, the Lakers now owe him less money, making it (for many fans, at least) more financially feasible to can Mike D”Antoni and rehire Phil Jackson. But on a few levels, is The Zen Master a realistic option?
  • If that”s not doable, what about a different coach, but PJ joining Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak in the front office?
  • Applications are being taken for one-way tickets to Mars in 2022. Who is the prime demographic applying for  the expedition?

Click above to play, or just download the show here. Hope you enjoy it. To subscribe to the show via iTunes, click here. You can also find us on by heading here.

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Jordan Hill talks about his mother, breast cancer and "Race for the Cure"

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Jordan Hill, Lakers interview, Q & A | 1 comment


It's among the scariest words in the English language, capable of stopping people in their tracks. Jordan Hill is unfortunately all too aware of why the word is so frightening. As a three-year old, the Lakers forward lost his mother Carol to breast cancer. Her absence has been felt on several levels throughout Hill's life, a wound that will never truly heal. Because of this tragedy, along with the way cancer has threatened others in his family, Hill has decided to take action. On March 23, he'll be leading “Team Hill” in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,” which raises money for the battle to fight cancer.  (For more information about getting involved with “Team Hill,” click here.)

Hill spoke candidly with me last week about his mother, how her passing affected his life, and joining this cause. Here is a transcript of our conversation.

Andy Kamenetzky: What prompted you to get involved with the race?

Jordan Hill: It's something I've been wanting to do. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was three, so it kind of stuck to me. I had a couple of scares with my sister. She found a lump in her chest, so I went back home and helped her get a mammogram and a cat scan.  Fortunately, it wasn't what we thought it was. They said it wasn't breast cancer, so that was good. My father remarried and my stepmother was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer. I think it's gone now, but she had to go through a couple operations. So [the interest] has been there for a while.

AK: Do you have any memories of your mom?

JH: I have flashbacks. I always flash back to things that I've been, like, around her. I have flashbacks that the ambulance came and she had to be rushed to the hospital. I don't know why. She just got sick. And I had a flashback that I was riding in the back of the ambulance. But I ask people if that's true, and they don't recall that happening. I don't understand what it is, but I always have flashback of things happening. It might be true, it might not, but it comes and goes.

AK: Do you have pictures of you and your mom together?

JH: Yeah, I definitely have a baby picture on my phone right now. It's a baby picture with her holding me up. But all my pictures are with my father's mother, my grandmother in South Carolina. She had a lot of picture of her.

AK: Do you remember the moment when you really realized that she was gone? When it was explained to you what this meant?

JH: It probably had to have been in elementary school. It's crazy, when I go to visit her grave, it's like, “I can't believe she's gone,” even though I can't remember her like I want to. But it kind of hits when people always talk about it. Being around my family, they always talk about how wonderful she. She did have her moments. She used to punish her kids. When we did something wrong, she definitely used to do what she had to do. But she was a great woman and it's kind of hard sometimes to sit there and listen to it, because it kind of hits home.

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