Book Review: “The Space Barons”

Book Review: “The Space Barons”

I just finished Christian Davenport’s book, “The Space Barons,” in which he writes about the billionaire tech guys whose obsession with space and rockets has changed the business from one run by a government monopoly (NASA) to an industry in which...
Book Review: “Click Here To Kill Everybody”

Book Review: “Click Here To Kill Everybody”

If I were still doing radio shows, I would happily welcome Bruce Schneier back as a guest. He’s a security expert who I first spoke with when he revealed the uselessness of the TSA’s screening procedures at airports, which he labelled “security...
What’s It Like In North Korea?

What’s It Like In North Korea?

With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un meeting face to face, it’s a good time to listen to my 2016 interview with Wendy Simmons about her book, “My Holiday In North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place On...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

A few weeks ago, I recommended Nell Scovell’s book “Just The Funny Parts,” in which she not only writes about her career as a TV (mostly comedy) writer, but also about the sexism she encountered both on the job and while looking for more...
Book Recommendation: “Just The Funny Parts”

Book Recommendation: “Just The Funny Parts”

Nell Scovell’s “Just The Funny Parts” is the best book I’ve read this year. Scovell has been a TV writer for over 30 years, including “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” which she created. She’s also worked on “The...
The Pleasures And Pitfalls Of Interviewing Authors

The Pleasures And Pitfalls Of Interviewing Authors

I wrote recently about how interviewers can do a better job, so it’s only fair I talk a little about guests. The best are those who come to the interview with more than just expertise. They must have the ability to tell a story or explain things in simple,...