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.
West Point alumnus and former active duty Army platoon leader Jordan Garrett joins Adam on this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jordan discuss his familial military history before getting into his time at West Point and his eventual deployment to Iraq where his West Point graduating class lost the most graduates since the Vietnam War. They also discuss the state of soldiers returning home and how the United States Government is treating their Veterans.
Air Force Captain and 3-time Super Bowl champion Chad Hennings joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Chad about character, where it's going with todays youth and how to instill it into people. Then, Adam asks Chad about his time flying A-10 Warthogs in the US Air Force before entering the NFL. Adam and Chad talk about nature vs nurture, and how a more nature driven influence will better impact someone's character growing up. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the lack of government initiative in attempting to fix broken families vs broadly blaming the system as a whole.
Actor, Writer & Producer Jay Duplass joins Adam on this week’s Take A Knee to talk about his life trying to make it in Hollywood including the process of making his most recent project ‘Manson Family Vacation’ which Jay produced and stars in. The guys also talk about the general state of the entertainment industry and what it takes to have prolonged success given the fickle nature of the business and critics who may not understand what it is you’re trying to do.
5-time US presidential president candidate Ralph Nader joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Ralph about his upbringing in Connecticut working in textile mills and his father's restaurant. This leads into a conversation about how Ralph got into politics and law by attending town hall meetings and referendums. After that, Adams talks to Ralph about his early start in politics and the effect he had on the automotive industry, particularly in regards to their safety standards. As the show wraps up the pair discuss the impending Presidential election and current state of American politics.
Vinnie Tortorich joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Vinnie about healthy eating and fitness. Then Adam asks Vinnie about his upbringing in Louisiana playing football and selling fireworks. After that they talk about the inherent reward in working hard to get what you want vs being handed things in life.