Mark Thompson from the infamous Mark & Brian radio show in Los Angeles joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Mark open the show riffing on the influence radio's had on our culture throughout the past 3 decades. Then Adam asks Mark about how he got his start in radio, and the inception of the Mark & Brian Show. This leads into Mark’s years on the show and it's amazingly sudden rise in popularity. After that, Mark dishes out his advice on how to ignore ratings and focus solely on making the show content the best it can be. Before they wrap, Adam talks to Mark about entertainer teams and how those relationships can get tough when working together so often.
Comedian Kyle Cease joins Adam for this week’s Take A Knee for a conversation about how one gets into comedy and then expands their business to stay active in the business. As the conversation goes on Adam tells Kyle about his theory on how things get done, especially when it comes to people asking him how he accomplishes things. As they continue, Adam and Kyle discuss the difference between happiness and contentment, and how the latter should ultimately be what one should strive for.
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and former trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Jeff Carter joins Adam for a discussion about his history in business as well as his views on things to come in both the American economy and society at large. Adam and Jeff discuss the realities of corporations, what their ultimate goals are and how that may not be so socially acceptable to those who may want corporations to act more like people.
Russell Simmons joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Russell about his upbringing in Queens, NY. Then Russell talks about his new book and his love for the vegan lifestyle he's been living since 1999. After that, Russell gets into the founding and early years of Def Jam records with Rick Rubin. Russell then talks about the importance of social movements and how they help others. Before they wrap, Adam and Russell talk about their possible future endeavors
Adam opens the show asking Marcus Lemonis about his early childhood in Lebanon and the adoption that led him to the United States as a child. Then, Adam and Marcus talk about the necessity in removing the glamour from your desired end result and focusing entirely on the buildings blocks needed to get there. Later the guys get into their potential future endeavors, and what it takes to feel "whole" and "satisfied" with your life. Before they wrap, Adam asks Mark about the key moment in his life when he realized his success and what it meant to him.
Jay Leno joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. The guys dive right in to Jay’s upbringing in a small New England town where his love of all things automotive was fostered. Jay tells Adam about a guidance counselor who tried to get Jay’s mother to take him out of High School because ‘education isn’t for everyone’ and a teacher who did the exact opposite, fostering the inclination Jay showed toward comedy. As the conversation continues Adam & Jay talk about the arc of Jay’s career and how he has shaped his sensibilities throughout his career.
Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Hartley about his upbringing in Meridian, Mississippi. This leads to Hartley talking about the inception of his company and its eventual rise to one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of electronics in the world. Then, Adam and Hartley talk about the value of failures as teachable moments, and how no moment can truly be a failure if approached from the right perspective. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the detriments of trying to force a particular career upon yourself or your kids.
Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report." Stephen and I talk about our days working together on "The Daily Show," his experiences leading up to working on "The Daily Show" and how the "The Colbert Report" was created. Stephen also gives us a really cool, exclusive behind the scenes blow-by-blow of the Daft Punk controversy on his show and explains why I'm his idol (ok, that last part not so much)
Paul McCartney: The former Beatle sat down with me for an this once in ten lifetimes, in depth interview about making music, The Beatles years, his days in Wings for a very cool conversation about everything from the making of Sgt. Pepper's to a Beatle sandwich (you'll have to listen to understand what it is)
Dr. Arthur Brooks joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Arthur open the show talking about the value of hard work and discipline. This leads into a discussion on the detriments of the victim mentality. Then Arthur talks about the current stigma attached to both the Democrats and Republicans in todays society. Before they wrap, Adam and Arthur revisit the value of hard work and what makes people truly happy or satisfied in life.
Adam is joined this week by musician Lisa Loeb and the pair open the show discussing the history of their interactions and how when people stay in the same business for decades it can be fun to see the arch of a persons career & personal life. Adam and Lisa go on to discuss Lisa’s path through the music and entertainment industries that have evolved into including an eyewear line and much more while still pursuing her first passion, music.
Michael Imperioli of 'The Sopranos' fame joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Michael about his upbringing in New York and what got him into acting. Then, Adam asks Michael about his time getting casted and working on The Sopranos. This leads into Michael talking more about his writing career, as well as his endeavors in theater production. Later, Adam asks Michael about his day to day activities during his off time.
Jerry Springer joins Adam and opens the show talking about being born in England during WWII, his family members that were killed in concentration camps, and immigrating to the US. This leads into a discussion on modern day terrorism, ISIS, and the refugee crisis. After that, Jerry talks about his time in high school and college where a much lesser degree of anti semitism continued in different ways. As the show wraps up, Adam has Jerry tell him the story of how ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ came to be.
Manoj Bhargava joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show praising Manoj's new documentary about looking for practical solutions for the large scale problems facing humanity today. Then, Manoj talks about leaving Princeton to move to India for 12 years where he gained what he thought was more valuable knowledge than perhaps a traditional education. After that, Minoj explains his latest idea for getting free, clean, renewable energy from the earths core. This leads into a conversation about all different types of renewable energy and which they believe has the most potential in the future. Before they wrap, Adam and Minoj talk about human nature, and why we don't have more intelligent people leading the world.
Former Judge and District Attorney Jeanine Pirro joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. The show opens with Adam and Jeanine talking about Jeanine’s attempted prosecution of Robert Durst, who’s life was recently highlighted by the HBO documentary series ‘The Jinx’. Adam also asks Jeanine for her opinion on what may end up happening with Bill Cosby given the number of accusers that have come forward.