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3rd Street Blackout means lights on for Jeremy Redleaf! VIDEO INTERVIEW - Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Today’s Guest: Jeremy Redleaf, co-writer, co-director, co-star, producer, 3rd Street Blackout

 
 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Jeremy Redleaf by clicking on the video player above! 

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of hurricane blackout survivors who believe the power will be back on any minute now… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

3rd Street Blackout starring Nergin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf, Mr. Media Interviews

3rd Street Blackout starring Nergin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf. Order your copy today by clicking on the movie poster above!

Whatever happens in a blackout stays in a blackout.

But eventually, secrets about things that happened before the blackout are likely to escape the cone of silence.

3rd Street Blackout is a romantic comedy written by Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf.

JEREMY REDLEAF podcast excerpt: “The budget for ‘3rd Street Blackout’ was less than a house in the middle of nowhere.”

You can LISTEN to this interview with JEREMY REDLEAF, co-writer, co-director, co-star, producer of 3rd STREET BLACKOUT, by clicking the audio player above!

It is directed and produced by Farsad and Redleaf.

It also stars… you guessed it, Farsad and Redleaf.

She is a foul-mouthed, often hysterically funny Iranian-American comedian, filmmaker of the documentary The Muslims Are Coming! and the author of How to Make White People Laugh.

He is the man behind a transmedia production company called Brackets Creative, is a creative consultant on Fuse/Funny Or Die’s “Billy on the Street,” and, as an actor, plays Gonnigan on “Sesame Street” and narrates “Guy Code,” “Guy Court” and “Jobs That Don’t Suck” for MTV.”

JEREMY REDLEAF podcast excerpt: “(Comedian) Negin Farsad and I met a couple of years ago where all comedy duos start, in Minneapolis. We were at a conference together and bonded because there was nothing else to do. Back in New York, we started writing this movie together and never stopped.”

By the way, 3rd Street Blackout includes cameos from comedians Janeane Garofolo, John Hodgeman and Rachel Feinstein, and features a very funny supporting turn by Phyllis Somerville, who you may recognize most recently from “Daredevil” on Netflix or as neighbor Marlene from Showtime’s “The Big C.”

Key interview moments:

• 4:22 3rd Street Blackout co-auteur Jeremy Redleaf explains how he met his writing and acting partner Negin Farsad;

• 11:20 Redleaf reveals the budget for the indie comedy.

3rd Street Blackout WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramIMDB • Rotten Tomatoes

Jeremy Redleaf WebsiteFacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedInIMDB • Brackets Creative • OddJobNation

Negin Farsad WebsiteFacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramLinkedInWikipediaIMDB • TED

 
 

 
 


Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great, Albert J. Dunlap, Chainsaw, Mr. Media Interviews

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When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist JAMES SHEEHAN, author of THE LAWYER’S LAWYER, by clicking the audio player above!

Order ‘The Mayor of Lexington Avenue’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Order ‘The Law of Second Chances’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

Watch the Mr. Media interview with James Sheehan, author of ‘The Lawyer’s Lawyer,’ by clicking on the video player at the top of the page!

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bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman) is the host and producer of Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman)’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).


 

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Sniper Elite novelist Scott McEwen: from Chris Kyle to Ghosts! VIDEO INTERVIEW - Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Today’s Guest: Scott McEwen, co-author, American Sniper (with Chris Kyle); novelist, Ghost Sniper (with Thomas Koloniar), lawyer

 
 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Scott McEwen by clicking on the video player above! 

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of unsuspecting target practice dummies – wait, was that supposed to be a secret? Oh, well… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

Ghost Sniper: A Sniper Elite Novel by Scott McEwen with Thomas Koloniar, Mr. Media Interviews

Ghost Sniper: A Sniper Elite Novel by Scott McEwen with Thomas Koloniar, Mr. Media Interviews

There is a rogue, American-trained sniper tearing up the Mexican countryside – and, more importantly, the country’s political landscape – in Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar’s latest Sniper Elite novel, Ghost Sniper.

On the surface – hell, the cover illustration is a close-up of an enhanced sniper rifle – you might expect this will be a story that glorifies horrific gun violence. And while the violence is brutal, it isn’t celebrated at all. The fast-moving story is one of good vs. evil and many shades of dirty grey, all of them leading back to the CIA.

SCOTT McEWEN podcast excerpt: “One of my most vivid memories of Chris Kyle is just how humble a guy he really was. And how much he loved to joke around and shoot the breeze with people. He was just a normal guy; a very intense warrior, but one of the funnest guys I ever drank with in my life.”

American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen, Mr. Media Interviews

American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen. Order your copy today by clicking on the book cover above!

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist SCOTT McEWEN, author of GHOST SNIPER and co-author of AMERICAN SNIPER, by clicking the audio player above!

If you like tales of international espionage and psychological warfare, it’s hard to beat the power of Ghost Sniper.

As for Scott McEwen, who is joining me today, he is a San Diego trial attorney who made his name in books as the late Chris Kyle’s co-author on the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. (You may have seen the film version of American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle, and directed by Clint Eastwood.)

Incidentally, a feature film based on Sniper Elite is currently in the works.

SCOTT McEWEN podcast excerpt: “Gil Shannon is going through a crossroads in his life. At the beginning of the ‘Sniper Elite’ series, he’s with his wife. And now, he’s lost his way… Men go through these things. His wife said to him, ‘Look, when you’re ready to stop chasing bad guys all over the world, then I’m ready to be with you. But until you’re ready, I can’t live this life anymore, waiting for the telephone call, not knowing if you’re going to live or die.'”

Key interview moments:

• 14:17 Ghost Sniper novelist Scott McEwen talks about the future of his anti-hero, Gil Shannon;

• 26:00 A progress report on the first ‘Sniper Elite’ film, coming from Sony;

• 33:00 McEwen remembers his friend, Chris Kyle, with whom he co-authored the bestselling memoir, American Sniper.

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Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great, Albert J. Dunlap, Chainsaw, Mr. Media Interviews

“Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great” by Albert J. Dunlap with Bob Andelman, available in print, e-book or digital audio. Order your copy now by clicking on the book cover above!


 

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Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Stetson University law school students who hope to one day be featured in a James Sheehan legal thriller… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

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Order ‘The Lawyer’s Lawyer; by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist JAMES SHEEHAN, author of THE LAWYER’S LAWYER, by clicking the audio player above!

Order ‘The Mayor of Lexington Avenue’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Order ‘The Law of Second Chances’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

Watch the Mr. Media interview with James Sheehan, author of ‘The Lawyer’s Lawyer,’ by clicking on the video player at the top of the page!

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bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman) is the host and producer of Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman)’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).


 

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Do you know the way to Destination: Planet Negro? VIDEO INTERVIEW - Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Today’s Guest: Kevin Willmott, writer, director, star, Destination: Planet Negro; co-writer (with Spike Lee), Chi-Raq

 
 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Kevin Willmott by clicking on the video player above! 

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of seriously confused white people who may – or may not – be 1/32nd Sioux… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

Destination: Planet Negro, a film by Kevin Willmott, Mr. Media Interviews

Destination: Planet Negro, a film by Kevin Willmott. Download it today by clicking on the movie poster above!

The movie is called Destination: Planet Negro and it is as twisted, smart and funny as the title implies.

KEVIN WILLMOTT podcast excerpt: “I know ‘Destination: Planet Negro’ was so crazy that I wasn’t even going to talk to people about funding it. I’m a professor at the University of Kansas; this is my seventh feature film. I used the equipment at KU, then I pulled in favors from all my buddies that were in my other movies. The budget for ‘Planet Negro’ was $5,000. Five-thousand dollars! Everybody worked for free. What I spent the $5,000 on was meals. The cinematographer is a professor I work with; he built the spaceship. The robot was built by another buddy.He built it from stuff he had lying around. It took two years to make the movie. And I play one of the leads because I knew I would always show up!”

Chi-Raq, written by Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee, Mr. Media Interviews

Chi-Raq, written by Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee. Order your copy today by clicking on the movie poster above!

You can LISTEN to this interview with film auteur KEVIN WILLMOTT, director of DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO, by clicking the audio player above!

Take a little Spike Lee, circa She’s Gotta Have It, stir in a pinch of the TV series “In Living Colour,” some Flash Gordon and Lone Ranger, an episode of “The Time Tunnel,” a few moments of inspiration from Bender on the animated “Futurama,” and yes, even a colorful chunk of The Wizard of Oz and you’ll find yourself on Planet Negro.

Kevin Willmott is the writer, director and star of Destination: Planet Negro. He also was co-writer on the Spike Lee joint Chi-Raq.

KEVIN WILLMOTT podcast excerpt: “I have a film called ‘CSA: Confederate States of America.’ It imagines what happens if the South won the Civil War. That’s how I met Spike Lee. He read a script called ‘Gotta Give It Up.’ That was 15 years ago. We tried to get is made a long time ago. He called me back”

In his new film, he combines moments of great social satire – hello, Strom Thurmond! – with serious political points about race and sexuality.

And it’s really, weirdly, funny, too.

Key interview moments:

• 6:10 Destination Planet Negro writer/director/star Kevin Willmott explains how he made his movie for just $5,000;

• 19:00 A lifelong fan of 1950s sci-fi films, Willmott always loved seeing astronauts in leather jackets;

• 27:00 Willmott talks about crossing paths with Spike Lee and how they came to co-write Chi-Raq.

Destination: Planet Negro WebsiteFacebookTwitterIMDB

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Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great, Albert J. Dunlap, Chainsaw, Mr. Media Interviews

“Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great” by Albert J. Dunlap with Bob Andelman, available in print, e-book or digital audio. Order your copy now by clicking on the book cover above!


 

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Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Stetson University law school students who hope to one day be featured in a James Sheehan legal thriller… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

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Order ‘The Lawyer’s Lawyer; by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist JAMES SHEEHAN, author of THE LAWYER’S LAWYER, by clicking the audio player above!

Order ‘The Mayor of Lexington Avenue’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Order ‘The Law of Second Chances’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

Watch the Mr. Media interview with James Sheehan, author of ‘The Lawyer’s Lawyer,’ by clicking on the video player at the top of the page!

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bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman) is the host and producer of Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see bobandelman@gmail.com (Bob Andelman)’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).


 

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Remembering Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan! PODCAST INTERVIEW - Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Today’s Guest: Captain Kangaroo, a.k.a., Bob Keeshan, long-time CBS morning host for children’s television

 
 

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Bob Keeshan, a.k.a., Captain Kangaroo

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Today, June 27, 2016, would have been the 89th birthday of the great CBS-TV children’s TV host, Bob Keeshan, better known to the Baby Boomer generation as “Captain Kangaroo.” Keeshan passed away in 2004, and I’ve spent years trying to recover the telephone interview I did with him as a St. Petersburg Times correspondent, published September 19, 1984. I’m pleased to say I finally found it and upgraded the audio quality. You can now read the interview as published or, for the first time ever, listen to our actual conversation. I hope you’ll enjoy this classic edition of Mr. Media and share it with your friends and family. — Bob Andelman)

When it comes to children’s television, Captain Kangaroo is a man who knows what he’s talking about.

And what the soft-spoken Captain is discussing these days is the scarcity of quality network programing provided for kids.
Captain Kangaroo, a.k.a. Bob Keeshan, will address the subject at a free lecture at the University of South Florida’s Cooper Hall auditorium, CPR 103 (College of Arts and Letters, Tampa campus), on Thursday at 8 p.m. He was last here in 1976, taping segments of the program at Busch Gardens.

His appearance corresponds to the end of the Captain’s nearly 30 years on CBS.

The end has been in sight for some time. In January 1982, some CBS affiliates such as Tampa’s WTVT-Ch. 13 dropped the weekday morning Captain Kangaroo Show (it was picked up briefly by WFTS Ch. 28). Later that year, CBS Morning News was lengthened and for the first time the Captain could only be seen on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For a short time even the name and format of his show was changed, to the fast-paced Wake Up.

UNTIL December, the Captain Kangaroo Show continues on weekend mornings, al­ though it has been unavailable in Tampa Bay for some time. After the first of the year, the future of the Captain, Mr. Greenjeans, Mr. Moose and Grandfather Clock is uncertain.

BOB KEESHAN podcast excerpt: “I feel very strongly that I’m able to take that role as advocate and let people know how strongly I feel that society needs to do a better job nurturing people..”

You can LISTEN to this 1984 interview with BOB KEESHAN, host of CAPTAIN KANGAROO, by clicking the audio player above!

“We are searching for a time period on public television, where we hope we will be on Monday to Friday and reach the audience that the program has been designed and produced for over the many years. I think there’s a very strong chance,” Keeshan said in a recent telephone interview from his New York office.

The people involved in making decisions at CBS have displeased Keeshan but he says they are doing “what they have to do. If the FCC didn’t tell them they were free to do what they wanted to do, they would make other decisions. But with that unshackling of responsibility, the stockholders have got to get their due, as much money as they possibly can. That’s the bottom line.

“I might have some strong feelings about the FCC and their doctrinaire feelings about letting the marketplace function and take care of children. God knows the marketplace certainly will take care of children but not the way we expect it to,” he adds.

“WE’VE BEEN talking to PBS, and they have nothing but enthusiasm for the project. The key factor really is the finding of underwriting for it. Public television is not a very wealthy system. They have a great deal of difficulty financing their operations, especially since (President
 Reagan) has seen fit to veto the latest
appropriation for public television.
They’re in difficult straits, so we have
to find corporate underwriting.
We’re seeking a far-sighted company
that feels strongly about the future of
the nation to the extent that (the
way) we nurture children through
television is important to the future of the nation,” Keeshan says.
If steps are not taken to improve the way children are raised, Keeshan says, “we’re going to be in trouble in this country.”

Keeshan, now 57, was a 20-year­ old college undergraduate when he started playing Clarabelle the Clown on Howdy Doody in 1948. Five years later he left that show and played Corny the Clown on Time for Fun and Tinker the Toymaker on Tinker’s Workshop.
On Oct. 3, 1955, Captain Kangaroo premiered five mornings a week.

(In 1967. the show added Saturday mornings as well for a few seasons.)

 
 

THE NOW-FAMOUS character’s name was an afterthought to the creation of the Captain’s personality. At the last minute somebody said what are we going to call this thing? He had to come up with a name. “Alliteration in those days – Rootie Kazootie, Howdy Doody – seemed important. We thought of him as the captain of a treasure house, a museum sort of place. We gave him a rank that a guide might have, and because he had large pockets like the pouch of a kangaroo, we called him Kangaroo, Captain Kangaroo. It was alliterative,” Keeshan recalls, “a little catchy.”

BOB KEESHAN podcast excerpt: “We thought of him as the captain of a treasure house, a museum sort of place. We gave him a rank that a guide might have, and because he had large pockets like the pouch of a kangaroo, we called him Kangaroo, Captain Kangaroo.”

Captain Kangaroo’s growth represents development over periods of time, including on-the-job training and research outside of television.

“I did not, on Howdy Doody,”
 Keeshan admits, “have any knowledge of the needs of children or how
 we could meet them. But in 1951, my 
son was born, so I began looking at 
television from a different perspective, viewing it as a parent, showing
 some concern in those very early 
days, fairly excited for the potential of using television to instruct the child emotionally and culturally. I began seriously thinking and studying ways in which that could be done. My whole approach to children changed radically.”

Keeshan and his wife Jeanne eventually had three children of their own, Michael, 33, Laurie, 31, and Maeve, 29. They have two grandsons, both almost three years old.


LIKE MOST children growing up between 1955 and 1982, the young Keeshans watched the Captain as any child might do. They were never tested, never asked what they liked or disliked. “They were never even told I was the Captain until they got to an age when they realized that. We lived in a suburban community that very much respected our wishes in that respect so they were very ordinary kids, the same as if I had been an airline pilot, executive of a company, something of that sort.

“If they felt very strongly about something, they might tell their mother about it,” Keeshan continues, “the same way any child might say, ‘Gee, I liked the dancing bear and what he did today.’ I never depended on them as a laboratory.”

How good or bad is today’s television for kids? Keeshan responds by asking how good today’s television is for adults. The juvenile audience is not monolithic, he insists. It’s not one individual and therefore one program is good for all and another is bad for all.

“Children bring, as adults do, different backgrounds, experiences and stages of emotional development to a program. So for some children a particular program is fine viewing. For other children it’s not appropriate viewing at all. The same is true with adults. We have to recognize there are millions of different human beings in the children’s audience, each of them unique. No two have ever been born alike.

“SOME CHILDREN,” Keeshan suggests, “at their stage of emotional and cultural development, are able to watch a particular program and benefit from it. Other children might well be harmed by that same program. That implies that parents have a very great need of responsibility to intervene in the program selection of their children.

“A lot of parents would never think of just sending their children out to play and not be concerned about who they were playing with, where they were playing or what activity they were engaged in. American children spend much more time with television than they do with their real life sandbox playmates and are being much more influenced by their television viewing than by real life playmates. Parents ought to be at least as much concerned about their television playmates as their real life playmates,” he says.

BOB KEESHAN podcast excerpt: “I might have some strong feelings about the FCC and their doctrinaire feelings about letting the marketplace function and take care of children. God knows the marketplace certainly will take care of children but not the way we expect it to.”

Keeshan says there was a good deal more programing for young people 15 and 20 years ago than there is today.

Public television has always had an “excellent” commitment to children, he says, but the commercial networks have fallen a long way from the days of Howdy Doody, Rooti Kazootie, Ding-Dong School, The Mickey Mouse Club. Mr. Wizard and Lucky Pup. “There were a substantial number of programs, most of fairly high quality. Maybe they weren’t as educational as Sesame Street or Mister Rogers are today, but they certainly were not programs that harmed the child in any way.”

KEESHAN HAS mostly compliments for Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, the only cable channels directed at children, but is bothered that parents have to pay for the services.

“The people who need and use television the most are children in homes below the poverty level who certainly can’t afford services like that, Twenty percent of the children of this nation are living below the poverty level – one in five. There’s no money in their family budget for recreation,” he says.

A lot of the Captain’s off-air time these days is spent in education, health care, and with organizations like the National Council for Prevention of Child Abuse.

He says that while sexual abuse of children has become a “popular” top­ic, attention should not be drawn away from ordinary physical and psychological abuses, which can break the will of a child and leave him or her with no self-esteem, “unable to accomplish anything after 15 years of being told they’re no good at this and that. I think I owe that to children. I feel very strongly that I’m able to take that role as advocate and let people know how strongly I feel that society needs to do a better job nurturing people.”

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When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

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And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

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Can I be honest?

I don’t think anyone has really asked a lot of questions about the TV series “Twin Peaks” since the theatrical sequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me flopped at the movies in 1992.

There. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

DAVID BUSHMAN podcast excerpt: “Netflix has exposed a whole new generation of viewers to ‘Twin Peaks.’ I have a daughter who us 23; she knows ‘Twin Peaks”’; her friends know Twin Peaks. One of the great things about Twin Peaks, what is so rare in television, is it raised a lot of questions without spelling out the answers for you.”

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But that said, my wife and I were big fans of the original run of the TV show on ABC in 1990 and forced ourselves to watch the entire second season, even though it wasn’t very good, to be honest. And we skipped Fire Walk with Me altogether.

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And yet – having actually trekked to the rural area of Washington State where the show was filmed, stayed a couple of nights at “The Great Northern” (a.k.a., the iconic Salish Lodge & Spa) and visited the astonishing Snoqualmie Falls behind it, we are more than a little curious about the show’s impending return with new episodes on Showtime in early 2017.

ARTHUR SMITH podcast excerpt: “You can read ‘Twin Peaks FAQ’ and the information about how the show was created and produced. I grew up being an obsessive fan of a lot of things. I would always love any supplementary material that would deepen my engagement with the thing itself. ‘The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z’ came out in the 1980s. They took all the characters that you know and, in an encyclopedia format, broke down their biographies, what their abilities were, what their personality was like. As a fan, it’s kind of thrilling to see them distilled.”

Assuming we aren’t the only ones holding out hope of a return to form by the David Lynch and Mark Frost series, I invited David Bushman and Arthur Smith to the show today to talk about their comprehensive new book, Twin Peaks FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange.

Key interview moments:

• 4:20 David Bushman explains the enduring appeal of “Twin Peaks,” a show that has been off the air for decades and is making a comeback;

• 16:30 Why write an FAQ about “Twin Peaks”? For Bushman, part of the allure is his respect for director David Lynch;

• 27:40 Arthur Smith compares the appeal of an FAQ book to an encyclopedia such as “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.”.

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When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist JAMES SHEEHAN, author of THE LAWYER’S LAWYER, by clicking the audio player above!

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And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

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When I walk my dog in the morning and again in the evening, there is a 99 percent chance I’ll have a brush with the law in my neighborhood.

First I go by Michael’s house. He’s the senior member of the neighborhood firm, a sole practitioner who, it turns out, knows his way around Hollywood in ways no one would ever guess.

Next door to him is attorney Dave, my liberal minded, wild-eyed sports buddy.

Around the corner is Jim, who spent years as an attorney before becoming a law professor and administrator.

JAMES SHEEHAN audio excerpt: “The Lawyer’s Lawyer opens with serial killings. But the major thrust of the book is when Jack Tobin becomes involved in the case. Is he going to represent a serial killer on death row? Jack has always believed that the people that he represented were innocent, even if he wasn’t sure. Here, he’s saddled with a moral question. What if he’s wrong? What are the ramifications of it?”Â

You can LISTEN to this interview with novelist JAMES SHEEHAN, author of THE LAWYER’S LAWYER, by clicking the audio player above!

Order ‘The Mayor of Lexington Avenue’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Order ‘The Law of Second Chances’ by James Sheehan, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

And one house over from Jim is Lance, a sheriff’s deputy and fellow dog owner.

Good friends and good neighbors all.

Jim, by the way, might be better know to fans of legal fiction as James Sheehan, author of bestselling novels such as The Mayor of Second Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. We talk often about our respective projects and the ups and downs of writing books. About two years ago, I was honored to get an early look at an upcoming Sheehan story in development and earlier this year got to see his latest, The Lawyer’s Lawyer, in galley form.

If you were a fan of Jim’s first two books and the entanglements of fictional Florida attorney Jack Tobin, you’ll be pleased to know he returns to action in The Lawyer’s Lawyer.

And if you’ve never read Sheehan before but like the high-octane thrillers of John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Grippando and Scott Turow, it will be well worth your time and money to order a few of Mr. Sheehan’s fine works. (By the way, you can find Mr. Media interviews with Connelly, Grippando and Turow at MrMedia.com.)

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