It’s a deep dive into the biggest stories. With 2020 the year of a pandemic and a presidential election, we’ll provide insight and analysis speaking to people you want to hear from on various topics. Veteran broadcaster Jerry Barmash brings his newscasting experience to the podcast.
Retired NYC detective Steven Gates does not shy from controversial topics. Those are usually related to stories involving law enforcement. While we start the interview talking about the highway patrolman who was recently run over by a woman, and the consequences she likely faces, the majority of the conversation is about Steven's unwillingness to take the COVID-19 vaccination. He outlines the factors leading to the decision that also keeps his children without the virus protection.
In the months since the death of Alex Trebek, several people took their shot as Jeopardy! guest host, including Ken Jennings, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, with more to come this year. We'll get the thoughts of comic/actor Craig Mitchell, who hosts a web series Off the Cuff: Healthy Cooking.
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The nation pushes forward collectively to end its struggle against COVID with multiple vaccinations available to the public. My guest Dr. Paul Goepfert is director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Unit at UAB.
While millions are quick to get the doses, many are refusing to get vaccinated. The doctor discusses that and differences between the vaccines, possible side-effects and how long these shot(s) might be effective.
Republican Fernando Mateo has his sights on being New York City's next mayor. He discusses his upbringing as Hispanic and Jewish and plans to cut into the Democratic electorate.
Mateo is critical of his former friend and radio host, Curtis Sliwa, his main opposition in the GOP.
He also talks about the Democrats from the mayoral frontrunner Andrew Yang to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his multiple scandals.
Amid the latest mass shooting incident in Colorado, this episode delves into extremist groups based in the U.S.
My guest is Michael "Mick" Patrick Mulroy. He's an ABC News national security analyst and contributor.
This conversation includes how shooting sprees, regardless of motive, could be used as a recruiting tool by militia groups.
Mulroy talks about how the military is taking careful steps to address potential radicalization of troops and why the assault weapon is inevitably linked to mass shooting events.
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It's one of the oddest award seasons in history, thanks to the pandemic. But I'll delve into the Academy Awards with film critics Pete Hammond and Jordan Hoffman. They analyze the nominations, making some predictions in the major categories, plus discuss a few surprises and snubs.
Among the topics: Is Nomadland the favorite to win Oscar gold? Will the Academy give a bittersweet honor to Chadwick Boseman?
John Garry has reached the pinnacle of voice-over artistry. For three decades, his baritone sound has been featured on TV promos and movie trailers. John is perhaps most known for attaching his voice to Fox Sports assignments.
In the interview, he discusses how the Lakers and the film Mystic Pizza help lay the groundwork as a voice-over talent.
John also has some tips for the next wave of would-be voice-over stars.
Former President Trump Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci is back on Here Now the News to analyze the Republican party since Trump’s defeat. He also talks about the Biden administration in the early going and what about a political run in his future?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing the most difficult chapter of his political life. And, it's a 1-2 punch for the state's chief executive, who hasn't been able to shake a nursing home scandal from last spring. Cuomo is also under fire for sexual harassment allegations from a pair of former staffers.
As investigations are starting into his workplace conduct, my guests on this episode are Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, and Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat. The politicians don't mince words about Cuomo and his future in office.
While former president Donald Trump is only out of office for several weeks, a pair of historians are ready to rate his legacy. This episode features Allan Lichtman, Professor at American University, and Richard Immerman, Professor Emeritus at Temple University.
Trump's recent acquittal by the Senate is discussed, along with the chances for rehabilitating his reputation.
In part 2 of my conversation with actor Craig Bierko, he looks back at some of his most popular roles from television and movies. He also has fond memories of his Tony Award nominated performance in The Music Man and his co-star Rebecca Luker, who died late in 2020.
On a lighter note, Craig recalls his audition for a sitcom that would become one of the longest running in television history.
Craig Bierko has been acting professionally for more than three decades. He's famous for roles across TV and movies. The Tony Award nominee discusses how he's handling life in the year since COVID, including taking on roles in the "new normal."
Also, with awards season upon us, Craig offers his opinion on the annual red carpet glitz.
This is the first of two parts. (Look for part two starting February 10)
This is the second part of my interview with WABC Radio's Juliet Huddy. In this segment, the former Fox News host talks about a possible return to TV.
Juliet also speaks more about her "anti-Trump" stance on the conservative station and how she handled criticism from the former president's supporters.
WABC Radio's Juliet Huddy opens up about what it was like as the lone wolf "anti-Trumper" on a conservative radio station. She also speaks about her time at Fox News where she one of the high-profile Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment accusers.
WARNING: There is an instance of adult language in this episode.
America has its next president in the backdrop of the election tumult and deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. This episode, from a livestream on Inauguration Day, features guests Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC- D), who attended the historic event, and Mike Xirinachs, who was a reporter at NYC's WCBS 880 for more than 20 years.
Historian Terry Bouton had an expected front row seat to the deadly unrest at the U.S. Capitol January 6. While his wife took photos, the couple attempted to stay inconspicuous while violence erupted just yards away inside the government building. Bouton talks about many of the right wing extremists who were in close contact and gives a first-hand account of how poorly handled the police response was. The University at Maryland Baltimore County associate professor also talks about Donald Trump and his impending impeachment trial in the Senate.
Donald Trump made dubious history as the first president to get impeached twice. The Article of Impeachment related to inciting the insurrection at the Capitol will head to the Senate-- eventually-- and likely once Trump is out of office.
My guests for this special episode are Hofstra University Professor of Law James Sample and Len Elmore, known to many for his basketball process and sportscasting career. He went to establish a law profession in private practice, as a prosecutor and a teacher at Columbia University.
Veteran CNN reporter Michelle Kosinski talks about her decision to leave the cable network and move into podcasting. The former State Dept. and White House correspondent talks about the main difference in covering President Trump's administration as opposed to the President Obama White House.
An attempted coup of our nation's government is the main reason calls grow for Donald Trump not to finish his term as president. Following a rally to overturn the Electoral College results, an mob of insurgents headed for the U.S. Capitol where two police officers were killed.
My guest is Michelle Kosinski, the former CNN State Department correspondent during in the Trump administration. She also was on the White House beat when President Obama was serving.
Living overseas now, Michelle talks about how the images from DC frightened and appalled. We discuss what should happen to Trump and the future for his "movement."
This is the first part of my interview with Michelle. Part 2, delving more into her career, gets posted Tuesday, Jan. 12.
A tumultuous year ends, but still animosity within the Black community. This episode features my in-depth conversation with the Impact Network’s Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. He talks about the end of Donald Trump’s presidency and the future for African Americans in President Joe Biden’s administration. The episode also puts a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and how to get word out for Blacks to receive the vaccine. Premium content from this interview is available on patreon.com/herenowthenews
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Heading into 2021, here's my gift to you--- an entertaining episode with Michael Price, a writer with "The Simpsons" since 2003. We delve into the iconic animated series to discuss his favorite moments, guest stars and how the cancel culture wave has hit “The Simpsons.”
Michael talks about his New Jersey upbringing and making the successful move to Hollywood.
He is also helming the fifth and final season of Netflix's “F is For Family.”
President Donald Trump remains defiant about his election loss. But, is he suffering from mental illness? An acclaimed psychiatrist joined more than two dozen mental health professionals for a 2017 book exploring his behavior. It was determined Trump was dangerous and this week's guest Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale University psychiatrist, who specializes in violence prevention programs, has been sounding the alarm about Trump since earlier in this year.
Lee talks about Trump's narcissistic and sociopathic tendencies. She also explores the possibility that Trump is delusional.
All eyes are on Georgia for a pair of senate runoffs coming next month. But the Peach State was also a hotly contested prize for the 2020 presidential race that Joe Biden won, but Donald Trump refused to accept. The latest effort -- a Texas lawsuit-- failed to get heard by the Supreme Court to overturn results in four states, including Georgia,
In this episode, I speak to Brendan Keefe of 11 Alive/WXIA-TV in Atlanta. He has been keeping Americans informed on all the layers from his Twitter feed. But in doing his job, Keefe says it upset some factions-- causing death threats and beefed up security for his family. Premium content at patreon.com/herenowthenews
As the Food and Drug Administration panel recommended emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, I'll speak to an outspoken physician, Dr. Jane Orient, who questions the efficacy. The executive director at the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons says there is plenty of data yet to learn about whether it’s safety for everyone.
With trials showing potential serious side effects for children and pregnant women, they are likely to be restricted during the vaccine’s early stages.
Dr. Orient has also been a proponent of making hydroxychloroquine, the drug once touted by President Trump, an over-the-counter medicine for COVID treatment.
It's been 40 years since John Lennon was gunned down outside of his Dakota apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This episode relives the final moments of the legendary member of the Beatles.
Alan Weiss, a producer at the time with WABC-TV, was in a motorcycle accident and brought to Roosevelt Hospital. But within minutes, Weiss would be at the center of one of the biggest stories of his career. You'll learn details of how he investigated Lennon's shooting while getting care in the emergency room.
Weiss also talks about getting the confirmation that Lennon died and how Howard Cosell broke that news to a national football audience.
Fox News weather anchor Janice Dean is highly critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo. At issue, his policy in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic that sent thousands of elderly patients back to their long-term care facilities even if they still had COVID. The protocol was reversed by mid-May, but Dean's in-laws, who were in separate nursing homes, had already died.
Dean has never gotten acceptable answers or an apology for what took place.
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This episode also features comments from Cuomo senior advisor Rich Azzopardi.
COVID cases rise across the country and New York City is on the precipice of more restrictions. This episode looks at how a pair of businesses in Manhattan are dealing with the prospect of another round of closures.
First, I'll talk to Nancy Wyden, proprietor of The Strand book store, a family-owned fixture of Greenwich Village for nearly a century. We'll discuss how badly they are hurting, but doing everything possible to remain open.
Then we'll head uptown to the Jeffrey Bar where manager Colm Kirwan is dealing with partial shutdowns each night and looks ahead to what the winter could have in store.
As hospitalizations are at record levels, many states are placing new restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus. In Utah, Governor Gary Herbert has called for a mask mandate while ICU wards are near capacity.
In this episode, Dr. Russell Vinik, chief medical operations officer at University of Utah Health, talks about the daunting task his staff faces in treating COVID patients with a lack of resources.
The doctor is also concerned about the winter, which comes earlier in Utah, and what that will mean for social distancing.
Legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away at 80 after battling pancreatic cancer. In this special episode, Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) shares memories of his longtime friend.
I'll also speak to Tony Pinizzotto, a game show historian who helped launch Buzzr.
Both men also talked about Jeopardy! moving on without the calming presence of Trebek, a fixture in homes for decades.
Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States. However, Donald Trump is not ready to concede. Instead, he is mounting legal challenges against "illegal votes."
James Sample, a constitutional law professor at Hofstra University, talks about what Americans can anticipate from the outgoing president until Inauguration Day on January 20th.
We'll discuss the prospect of taking the election to the courts and if he thinks Trump will ultimately be gracious in defeat.
As election night moved into the morning, several states were yet to be called, keeping the winner of the 2020 presidential race still in doubt hours after the polls closed.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who would win her 16th term in the House of Representatives, was a guest for live streaming of the results. Former Westwood One News White House correspondent Bob Costantini also helped analyze the historic night between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
David Paterson has a new book, "Black, Blind & In Charge: A Story of Visionary Leadership and Overcoming Adversity." But Paterson, interviewed prior to the election, also talks about why he thinks Donald Trump is a one-term president.
In addition, the former governor of New York discusses how his successor in Albany has handled the coronavirus to this point, including the controversy lodged at Governor Andrew Cuomo for the large number of deaths in nursing homes. Paterson also speculates on why Cuomo wrote a book about dealing with a pandemic, when many believe it was a premature victory lap. He doesn't mince words about the contentious relationship between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the midst of a public health crisis.
New York City is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases in several zip codes, primarily in Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, where many took to the street in anger of the government's rollback of restarting pandemic efforts. They also skipped any social distancing protocols and beat up on a journalist.
Dov Hikind, is a former assemblyman from Borough Park, where recent protests took place. He hasn’t been shy about making his views known, and this time was no different as he addressed the violence, the community's failing to comply with masks and the leaders who went too far in their actions.
President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden met for their final debate Thursday night. The chaotic tone of the previous debate was removed, but is it enough for Trump to make up ground in the final days of the campaign? Listen for reaction from Allan Lichtman, American University Distinguished Professor of History. Lichtman has successfully predicted the presidential race since 1984. He already picked Biden to win this year.
Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci is not holding back in the need for Americans to vote the president out of office. My first guest discusses Trump's botched handling of the coronavirus as a main reason he is expected to fall on Election Day to Joe Biden.
In the wide-ranging interview, Scaramucci talks about what happens to the country if Trump surprises again, how do the Republicans pick up the pieces following the Trump administration and moving forward from Trump igniting hate among supporters.
An brief overview of my new podcast-- Here Now the News will feature interviews and analysis of the most important stories facing Americans today. Look for "Here Now the News" with veteran broadcaster Jerry Barmash coming soon.