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The psychedelic adventures of an American hippy in 1970 hitchhiking across Europe and Asia. Wanderer – The Ultimate Hippy Trail Journey, with our guests F.T. Burke and Steve Reifman.
Is free speech always a good thing? We had no idea the law protects platforms where people espouse hate and violence. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is, to quote our guest, Andrew Bolson of NJ. "The most important law you've never heard of."
The panic in Times Square that followed the horror in El Paso and Dayton reminded us of Roger Parrino, the security expert who created a video detailing how to handle -- and hopefully survive -- a shooting. He tells us what to think about whenever we enter a space, large or small.
Kat Sullivan joins us on the day the New York Times reported on her persecution by New York state for spending money (her own) to advocate in favor of fellow rape victims and against the laws that protect predators. Who is trying to muzzle her?
When actors are advocates. Plus thoughts on CBS News and The New York Times, Chernobyl, Dead shows, and Mooch and the Mrs. outtakes.
Reliving when Apollo 11 lifted off and touched down on the lunar surface, with CBS radio audio of those moments and the tales we've learned since. With guest Paul Murnane of WCBS 880.
Can you really, honestly multi-task through life on a cellphone? Is it true hapless parents are now hiring coaches to detox their kids from a screen time addiction? Spoiler alert: yes it's a thing. And are parents setting good examples or being colossal hypocrites? Oh and have you seen this summer's nighttime spectacle, the insane fireflies?
We toast an amazing voice and fine colleague who etched his spot on the Mt. Rushmore of radio with an elegant, passionate final sign-off of New York's legendary WPLJ. Race Taylor takes us through that tearful goodbye with his radio family, what our profession is doing right, and lessons we're learning on making it better.
Based on a 1982 ill-conceived contest by Allentown, PA radio station WSAN, filmmaker Zeke Zelker recreates the story of the strong-willed contestants who sat atop a billboard on Route 22 through winter snows and summer heat to win a house. The station never expected them to stay there for most of a year. It didn't end well.
Zeke tells us about his film, Billboard, which opens June 21st in NYC at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village -- and about growing up at Dorney Park which his family founded.
It takes heart to make it in the local music scene, and no one has a bigger heart than our guest Joe D'Urso, known from Greenwich Village to the Jersey Shore and around the world as a great rocker -- and presenter of the Rockland Bergen Music Festival (June 22 and 23) with John Prine, Steve Earle, and many more. He is true to the belief that music is about community and giving back.
How to chill when stress builds. Patty and Wayne share the things that get under their skin. Left lane road hogs for Wayne, men in general for Patty. Tips for relaxation range from meditative breathing to self pleasuring. Don't worry - Dr. Ruth approves. With cool, calm cameos by WCBS anchor Paul Murnane and Entercom/NY broadcast engineer Dennis Graiani.
Dave Asprey has every intention of living to 180 through biohacking - taking command and control of diet and biology. His "Bulletproof" diet recommends eating foods high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates. Dave goes a step further, having his own stem cells injected into him, taking 100 daily supplements, following a strict diet, bathing in infrared light, using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, and wearing special lenses when flying. He also says biohacking has positively impacted his sexual health and raised his IQ 20 points.
Maybe the best interview ever of the late humorist, author, screenwriter and radio genius Jean Shepherd, conducted in 1985 by Mitch Lebe on WYNY, New York.
Two radio legends who have been on the air for more than 60 years share their behind-the-scene stories and their secrets for longevity and success. With archive audio dating to the 1950's, hear WINS anchor Mitch Lebe talk about introducing Cousin Brucie and Dr. Ruth Westheimer -- and hear CBS News' Gary Nunn as a 16 year old deejay (the "Gary-Go-Round") in Boonville, Missouri.
Cars are protecting us from ourselves with speed limiters, soon to be required in Europe and maybe here too. AAA's Robert Sinclair, Jr. shows us the trend in driving rules, then Stedman Graham tells us about leadership and lessons from Oprah.
Where did this suburban talent from Nashville acquire her old soul at only 16? On the day of her first performance in New York's Greenwich Village let Linsey Lomis' voice possess you and her songwriting captivate you. Her story is a lesson in social media mastery, parental love, and talent nurtured. Sit back and turn it up.
This week on News On the Rocks Patty Steele and Wayne Cabot talk to iconic shoe designer Steve Madden. This amazing guy opens up about his Wolf of Wall Street prison time, addiction, growing as a human being and father ... as well as great shoes! And best of all, Patty and Madden discover on the podcast that they went to the same Long Island elementary school ... at the same time. Go PS#1!
The shoe king also reveals why he loves Wayne's shoes.
Click here to watch the full interview.
We learn the history of the world (in the time it takes to finish our vodka). Then we have a nightcap with a Scot who found the perfect spot to make whiskey, right here in the USA.
You've never had chocolate like this -- untainted by cheap sugar, like the rest. And when you hear how to pair it with wine, your life may change forever. An amazing tasting of four different chocolates with cocoa farmer Angus Thirlwell, CEO & Co-founder of Hotel Chocolat (Leave off the last "e." You'll hear why).
The New York Times makes some readers (including Patty and Wayne) gush with geeky praise. Others, like Donald Trump, view it with suspicion. This podcast peels back pages and pages of Times political coverage. Our guest is veteran editorial board editor Andrew Rosenthal, who just wrote "The New York Times Book of Politics - 167 Years of Covering the State of the Union."
We can't say songs are better from the 60s, 70s & 80s but we can prove they're more memorable. We take a musical dive into a remarkable study by NYU Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology Pascal Wallisch.
A serious question for the faithful to consider. Are we complicit in church abuse if we attend mass without demanding accountability? Survivor Kat Sullivan returns to our podcast with an action plan to take back our church.
Imagine a beautiful mind trapped in a frozen body. No way to express thoughts, fears, joys, or needs. On this edition of News on the Rocks, Patty Steele and Wayne Cabot talk to the CEO and a speech pathologist from Blythedale Children's Hospital about the miracle of assistive technology. They tell us how one mother finally found out.. her little girl's favorite color is blue.
The war over which President Lincoln presided says a lot about human nature then -- and now. Armies on both sides raped the land and plundered the people. Is that behavior just in our past? With Ohio State History Professor Dr. Joan Cashin (PhD from Harvard) author of War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War.
A hundred years ago, leading scientists at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia Universities all argued that evolutionary biology showed non-white races were lower on the evolutionary scale. Some were actually considered "missing links" between man and apes and were put on public display at the Bronx Zoo. John West at the Discovery Institute produced the Amazon Prime documentary "Human Zoos." He faults the Bronx Zoo and the Museum of Natural History for having "cultural amnesia" about their racist past.
It's a trend in Silicon Valley and tech startups to solve problems and expand creativity by taking very small doses of LSD or mushrooms - without actually tripping. We explore the nascent scientific research and abundant anecdotal experiences with Vice science writer Shayla Love.
Scott Wright (a.k.a. Shadow Steele - sadly no relation to Patty) tells Wayne Cabot and Patty Steele how he reinvented his life after decades of a very successful career in the radio and record business. He took his knowledge of wine to the next level.. and then the next. He imports French wine and is an award winning documentarian. Plus he shares his secrets for picking the perfect wine.
World traveler Valarie D'Elia has been to 105 countries and connects people to their ancestors. If you're doing "23 and Me" or "Ancestry DNA" you'll love meeting your family from way back.
Passing pain -- or something serious? Columbia University cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Christopher Kelly tell us when to panic and when to chill.
Bad roads, bent wheels, blown tires. It's not your imagination, it's really getting worse. The new sporty tires and underfunded road departments are bad news for drivers but money in the pockets of repair shops. We get the inside story from a NJ wheel machinist and from Robert Sinclair, Jr. of AAA.
We visit Montclair State University for an enlightening field trip on how communication students see the future of radio, podcasting, and storytelling.
Amos Campbell of New Jersey is a 23 year old who regrets the concussions he suffered but is grateful for the opportunities football gave him. But can these gladiator sports survive?
This week on News On the Rocks, Patty Steele and Wayne Cabot talk to Amos Campbell .. a 23 year old former football star in high school and college who shares his story of his love of the game, what football did for his life, and ultimately, why he quit. Don't miss this beautifully told story of a life saved by something that he finally realized was taking a tremendous toll on his 21 year old body.
The legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash drops in to tell backstories of the classic songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
You know the faces and the voices and maybe the names. We celebrate character actors who earn The Carney Awards in honor of the legendary Art Carney of The Honeymooners. Brian Rooney talks about his dad and Richard Kind (Scrubs, Mad About You, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City) explains how he made peace with being second fiddle. Note- The Carney Awards are Saturday at 8p on PIX 11.
The creator of National Kindness Day explains how being nice actually gives us strength. Patty shares her epiphany in Whole Foods. Wayne reveals why his mom didn't want him watching watch Mr. Rogers.
Patty Steele and Wayne Cabot talk to Mooch and the Mrs. -- Anthony and Deidre Scaramucci about Anthony's ten days in the Trump West Wing, how it crashed and burned just as their marriage hit critical mass, and exactly what he believes will happen in the 2020 presidential election. And coincidently, we polish off an entire bottle of Tito's vodka with the Mooch doing push ups at the same time. Not to be missed.
Dr. Oz joins us for a sip and sage advice on alcohol, CBD, CPR, anxiety and eating.
We pour a round of Revivalist botanical gin and make instant friends with Nashville recording artist/author Robert Hunter and his wife Becky. They stopped in NYC on a nationwide Relapse & Revival Tour to celebrate his album, book, and her faith & positivity in the face of adversity.
Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank, Corcoran Group) tells us about self-reinvention at any age. Plus why she doesn't use email anymore - and what she thinks of our name, "News on the Rocks."
TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz totally lost it when he met Caroll Spinney, who hangs up his Big Bird suit today after 49 years.
Beer, brawls, F-bombs and baseball: just another night in the Yankee Stadium bleachers. Brad Blanks talks about the misadventures of taking your kid to the game. (Photo by Tom Kaminski)
Jim Breuer (SNL, Half Baked) returns to News on the Rocks to talk about the sham that is politics and why he keeps it out of his act.
The shootings continue, despite our outrage. Here's what to do.
Hackers can already take us down; they've just chosen not to -- yet. CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues shows us the vulnerability of our grid.
Amazon's instant gratification comes at a cost. Small businesses say Amazon is taking corporate welfare and we're all paying the price.
The case for getting rid of statute of limitations on sex crimes?
NYC's shelter population is up 85% since the Great Recession. San Francisco is losing conventions because of the deteriorating quality of life. We ask NY Post columnist Karol Markowics if there's hope for the homeless.
Where does comedy/satire end and hate (as Governor Murphy called it) begin?
Nadine Strossen, ACLU President for 18 years and New York Law School professor weighs in on NJ 101.5 hosts Dennis & Judi's suspension for referring to NJ's Attorney General as "turban man."
The near death of the Daily News and its impact on New York City, journalism, and yes, even the internet. Great insight from Matt Rizzetta, media strategist and CEO of North 6th Agency
The Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama stops by for a drink and a chat about what threat keeps him up at night, how he views the political climate, and what the media missed about Russian meddling.
Brett Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed despite the instant opposition that's part of today's Supreme Court politicization. Rutgers Professor David Greenberg tells us how we got here.
Plastics have gone from consumer convenience to environmental menace. An expert tells us the days of plastic bags, bottles, straws, and cups are numbered.
Live from New York! We're at Grand Central Terminal -- 40 years to the day after the Supreme Court saved it from the wrecking ball. An inside tour of the secrets and surprises, then a drink at the serene Campbell Apartment.
The USA's new zero tolerance is tearing apart families and breaking our hearts. So now what? Reporter Steve Burns, back from a detention center, joins Patty and Wayne.
The IHOB(!) scheme brings to mind marketing ideas not ready for prime time. With reporting from Paul Murnane and Peter Haskell.
Wayne and Patty have done radio for many years and on this episode they get to talk about their sometimes crazy, but always interesting experiences. Craig Bruce, who's big in radio in Australia, interviews the two. Bruce has his own radio-themed podcast, Game Changers: Radio. Since the interview went long, we posted the abbriviated one here. If you want to listen to the full thing it's avaliable at Game Changers: Radio.
Have a drink and a drive, as Mungo Jerry said, and you can wind up in jail. Have a smoke and a drive, and the law is fuzzy, at best. We seek clarity.
Think twice before going to the Emergency Room. Now insurance companies are denying ER visits to people. Looks like we have to be our own doctor now. Hope you guess right.
News on the Rocks got a statement from the insurer seeking to justify the new policy.
The "Do Not Call" registry is futile in the modern age of robocalls, as Bloomberg's Todd Shields explains.
Moms are everything. But they are hardly saints. An honest look at our relationships with the women who gave us life.
What altered John Boehner, who once said he was "unalterably opposed" to legal cannabis? We ask the guy who hired him, Acreage Holdings CEO Kevin Murphy.
Patty brings in an exotic whiskey to facilitate a discussion on whether weed is an addictive gateway (yes, people still think so). Also, the first full scrotum transplant. And a musical nod to Elvis Duran.
Meet Kat Sullivan, a rape victim who was so inspired by the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" she took out three billboards of her own: One near the NY school where her teacher/rapist was protected, one outside his new job in CT, and one outside his home in MA. Her bravery and resilience are an inspiration.
50 years drumming for The Dead (now Dead and Company), Mickey Hart us experimenting with the healing effects of music on dementia and other afflictions. Plus, how he became besties with Uncle Walter.
A son on opioids, in and out of rehab more than a dozen times, finds recovery when his parents change their approach. Rick Van Warner, author of On Pills and Needles, tells his heart-wrenching story of a hell turned to hope.
And in case your wondering, that's Art Carney's hat on Wayne's head. Don't ask.
The real reason Facebook exists. And why they make it so hard for you to quit.
People are prepping for when, not if, the grid comes down. Plus a nonsense chat about a non-body part.
The most reviled deputy in the country has an explanation for not running toward the bullets in Parkland, FL. Plus Walter Cronkite's Vietnam moment.
Is the bigger problem guns or the mental health of mass shooters? And will socially conscious banks do an end-run around gun-shy lawmakers by denying sales of assault weapons?
Jefferson smoked it. Madison too. Finally, Washington is dealing with its weed problem.
Our man-centric language is under attack.
Meteorologist Craig Allen explains the frozen start to 2018 and Joe Connolly has advice on getting a new job in the new year.
Laughing at his dad's funeral makes sense only if you know Jim Breuer's love for family and hilarious sense of humor. We share tequila and beer while talking about the otherworldly spirits that inhabit our space, if only we choose to notice.
A health executive just back from the island tells us it is worse than you think.
As men weigh how to treat women will they retreat from them? Will women lose their gains as men exclude them for fear of saying something wrong? Patty tells of her career struggles with men, and Wayne remembers being taken to the woodshed for something he said.
Paradise becomes hell for a NY nurse in St. Croix when Maria goes from tropical wave to major hurricane overnight. Rum was at the ready.
A raucous visit with actor Colin Hanks, sipping vodka while talking about the critically acclaimed "Life in Pieces" on CBS-TV.
The anxiety of privileged kids with impossible expectations.
With Heather Senior Monroe, MSW, LCSW, Director of Program Development at Newport Academy.
Our first road trip takes us to the Keg and Lantern brewpub in Brooklyn to talk sexual harrassment and also Puerto Rico with our radio friends Lynda Lopez of ABC radio, Dylan of KTU, Paul Murnane and Melissa Lavetan of WCBS, and Wayne's hip cousin Christie.
Sleep expert James Swanwick tells us what we're doing wrong. (Pretty much everything.)
We ask Yankees booth analyst Suzyn Waldman about the tedious ongoing backlash to women in the broadcast booth. Special appearance by Suzyn's dogs.
Liberal Hollywood and conservative intelligencia unite on Russia's threat to American democracy.
The dark necessity of remembering that awful September morning. With PAPD detective Larry Mays and author of "Finding Fifteen" Timothy Oliver.
Forget what you think you know about surviving a shooter. With former NYPD cop, 9/11 medal of valor recipient, US Marine and now NYS Homeland Security Commissioner Roger Parrino.
We talk with a professor who has found a way to hack into the brains of mice. And make them do things. Plus Wayne's Tennessee total eclipse adventure.
With the author of The Atlantic article everyone's talking about, "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Dr. Jean Twenge of San Diego State University.
Hear the debate over whether cannabis can be effective in getting addicts off hard drugs.
Mark Zuckerberg says the big thinker, Elon Musk, is trying to scare us all about robots and artificial intelligence. Wayne and Patty share their own artificial intelligence.
Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson talks leadership, Trump, Russia, radio, and R&B
A few episodes back, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told us he wants to let internet companies regulate speeds if they want. This is the argument against.
Days after moderating an event on opioid addication Wayne and Patty dig into the opioid crisis, a story everyone is talking about.
Give a listen to the head of the FCC as he talks to us about his love of radio and the future of the internet.
Hear the story of Saily Avelenda, a New Jersey banker who left her job after - she says - a local Congressman complained about her being a "ringleader"
Suicide by hanging, the official cause of death for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. A therapist who specializes in depression says the hopelessness of depression will be replaced by a blossoming of neuroscience in the next ten years.
What Matt Arco of the Star Ledger found when he drove west to find Donald Trump's America.
CBS Foreign Affairs analyst Pamela Falk at the UN looks at Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un - two unpredictable leaders.
He predicted Trump would win. Now he predicts the president will probably be impeached. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history at American University, visits, with WCCO/Minneapolis news personality Mike Augustyniak.
Wayne and Patty talk to three 17 year old whiz kids who are taking science to a new level.
A CPA candidate for governor gives us his cure for bloated government -- and recalls the diagnosis from his doc that gave him focus. Jack Ciattarelli is our guest.