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This weekend’s program will include an encore presentation of our December 2012 conversation with Charles Grodin, the actor known around the world for his appearances in such films as Rosemary’s Baby, Catch-22, Midnight Run, The Heartbreak Kid, Seems Like Old Times, and the Beethoven movies, as well as his popular CNBC talk show, his daily commentaries for CBS Radio, and his numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Late Show with David Letterman, and other late-night talk shows. Charles Grodin passed away on Tuesday, May 18 at age eighty-six. Known for being relentlessly honest, detailed, and probing (both as an actor and as a person), Grodin covered many topics when he visited us, including his approach to acting (and how some of the choices he has made as an actor changed over the years); his longtime advocacy for prison inmates; what makes a good talk show host (and a good radio commentator); and a few poignant memories of working with Johnny Carson.
At the time he appeared on our program, Charles had just released The Perils of Show Business: Proceed at Your Own Risk, an informative and entertaining DVD that offers hands-on, straight-shooting, real world advice about acting schools, the audition process, the world of agents, and many other things that one must know when considering a career in show business. That DVD is still available from Amazon, while proceeds from all of Grodin’s earnings from the sales of The Perils of Show Business will be donated to The Lend a Hand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that Charles started to help people in need who are not covered by any other organization. We’ll replay our conversation with Charles Grodin in our second hour.
Also this week: June 2022 marked the centennial birthday of Nelson Riddle, the Oscar-winning and Grammy Award-winning arranger and composer who was arguably the greatest of his era. Known for his many collaborations with Frank Sinatra, as well as such other music greats as Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Linda Ronstadt, Riddle was one of the chef architects of the Great American Songbook, which is often aligned with the Golden Age of Hollywood. He also contributed to the soundtrack of our film and TV lives, including the themes to such popular shows as Route 66 and The Untouchables, as well as the score for the classic 1966 movie Batman.
Helping us celebrate the life and music of Nelson Riddle will be Geoffrey Littlefield. Geoff’s career encompasses the worlds of music management, record promotion, and documentary filmmaking. Geoff’s latest book, Nelson Riddle: Music with a Heartbeat, is a cradle to grave look at the complex, but often forlorn genius whose unmistakable sounds made him a foremost influence on American popular music. Written with the consent of the Nelson Riddle estate, the book includes first-hand accounts from three of Riddle’s children, including Christopher Riddle (current leader of the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and the only Riddle offspring to become a professional musician), Rosemary Acerra, and Nelson Riddle III; a detailed discography; never before published photographs; and more. Geoffrey Littlefield will join us in our first hour.
Our first hour will also include a conversation with bestselling author Michael Shevack. In movie and TV parlance, Michael has a story arc that is interesting, to say the least: He began his adult life as a medical student, only to realize that he wanted to be a writer. To make ends meet, he took a job as a copywriter. That opened the door to a career in advertising that included many award-winning campaigns for such companies as Apple computers, Black & Decker, Colgate-Palmolive, the U.S. Postal Service, and, the one for which Michael is best known, Gillette razors (he created the iconic slogan “Gillette, The Best A Man Can Get”).
After ten years in advertising, however, Michael realized there was more to life than writing catchy slogans. To make a long story short, he had a spiritual experience that changed the course of his life and paved the way for his second act as a writer and teacher of spirituality. Michael’s latest book, Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz: How to Follow Your Yellow Brick Road, makes the case that The Wizard of Oz is not just a great story, but a pathway to profound spiritual lessons that can help us move away from the dull, flat black-and-white existence that can hold us back and discover the vibrant, Technicolor, spiritually open “Oz state” that leads to our True Self. There are twenty lessons in the book, each of which include case studies that illustrate the various life principles involved. Soul Lessons from The Wizard of Oz will change the way you look at The Wizard of Oz while also, maybe, changing the course of your life.
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