Scientology is one of the most controversial religions of the day. While shrouded in secrecy and often embroiled in scandal, it is also the religion of choice for some of Hollywood’s most successful stars. In this interview, Jamie DeWolf describes what it is like growing up in the shadow of his great-grandfather, L Ron Hubbard, and the religion he founded. Despite his genetic relationship to the religion, DeWolf is an outspoken critic of the religion. He acknowledges that he inherited some of the traits that made his great-grandfather rich and famous, but he channels them into a creative and uplifting outlet instead of what he sees as a corrupt religion. Visit his website here to see some of his poetry and performances. Below is a clip of his performance where he describes his great-grandfather and family history amidst Scientology. Listen to the interview below the video.
You can preorder Candace Cameron Bure’s new book, Balancing it All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose here–available on January 1, 2014!
When I begin preparing for interviews my goal is to avoid the ten questions the person is constantly asked. For this interview, that meant avoiding pretty much all “Full House” questions. I did address the rumors of a “Full House” remake/reunion though. I was happy, however, to have the conversation to focus on Candace’s faith and how she navigates the tricky worlds of fame and faith successfully. The beginning of the interview has been lost to the ether due probably to my ineptitude at sound equipment, but the interview picks up with Cameron talking about how role as wife, mother, and actress and how she manages to make it all look easy. She is down-to-earth and gracious, and it’s easy to see why she’s one of America’s sweethearts. Visit her blog at candacecameronbure.net and follow her on Twitter @candacecbure. Don’t forget to watch her Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Let it Snow, on November 30 at 8pm!
I first saw Eden Wood singing her signature song, “Cutie Patootie,” while dressed in pageant regalia and full make-up on “The Talk.” Her grown up look raises eyebrows, but she has now made it to the mainstream with movie roles. Eden first entered the public eye on the reality show, “Toddlers and Tiaras,” which features the child pageant circuit and the families involved. After starring in her own reality show, “Eden’s World,” Eden began to focus on her acting career. She recently played Darla in The Little Rascals Save the Day, which is scheduled to be released in March. I taped this interview with Eden’s mom last year, and I was waiting to post it when the Little Rascals was released, but it has been delayed, so I wanted to get the interview up. Listen to the interview below where we talk about child pageants, breaking out of reality television, and what people’s reaction is to them. You can visit her website here and follow her on Twitter @MissEdenWood.
I’ve interviewed a lot of nice people in my day, but AJ Jacobs might take the cake. This guy is so nice it’s almost disturbing. I’m trying to get him to be mean, but he’s having none of it. Jacobs wrote one of my favorite books, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, and has become a master of immersion journalism where he takes on a particular lifestyle for a period of time and reports on his experiences.
I should warn you, if you choose to watch the video version of this interview, AJ Jacobs is walking on a treadmill the entire time. This is a byproduct of his book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, where he learned that movement can contribute to better health.
Jacobs also writes for Esquire, most recently in the form of an advice column. Follow him on Twitter at @ajjacobs and visit his website at www.ajjacobs.com.
Everyone knows TJ Lavin as the likable and competitive host of MTV’s The Challenge and professional BMX rider. I have known TJ for many years, and was excited when you all requested him to come on The Meister Piece. I haven’t been on a Challenge since his accident in 2010, and wanted to find out what happened and how he’s doing now. We talk about the show, why he hates quitters, and what he does when he’s not globetrotting.
Marc Summers was a fixture in many of our homes growing up on Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare,” and now it’s always a delight to see him on The Food Network’s “Unwrapped.” He isn’t just a one trick pony, though, as he executive produces “Restaurant: Impossible,” with Robert Irvine airing Sundays at 10pm. He is warm, sweet, and fun–just what you felt when you watched him as a child. He was in a car accident last year as a passenger in a NYC taxi and we begin the interview checking on how he is doing now in his recovery process. I learn lots about his television career, and by the end I feel like I’ve known him all my life. I know you’ll be mad that I didn’t say, “I’ll take a physical challenge,” but I tried to resist too many “Double Dare,” references even though it was such a great part of the 80′s. Follow him on Twitter: @Ibatvmc.
This episode is a return for guest Oliver Bateman, professor of History at University of Texas at Arlington. We look back at the comedy and tragedy thus far and see if our predictions from our December episode have proven to be accurate. You can follow Oliver on Twitter @moustacheclubUS (I’m @susie_meister). The real tragedy of this episode is that we had to record it twice. It must’ve been meant to be, however, because in the interim Baby North West was born and James Gandolfini died, so all is right with the Half Year in Review. Special thanks to Emily Traynor who provided our awesome artwork celebrating our six months in review. Visit her website www.emilytraynor.com for more of her beautiful work.
I’ve been dying to talk to today’s guest for years. Danny Bonaduce has a personality as enormous as his talent, and I wanted to see if he really is like his lively on-air persona. Thanks to his lovely wife, Amy, I was able to get him on the line for an interview with The Meister Piece. Though most people know him from 70′s hit,”The Partridge Family,” but this former child star has had great success in hosting (“I Know My Kid’s a Star,” “World’s Dumbest”) and reality television (“Breaking Bonaduce”). He has been working in radio for ages, though, and this is where he feels most at home. He’s been in Seattle at KZOK-FM for years, and goes back and forth between his homes in Seattle and LA. Part of his success surely comes from his willingness to be completely uncensored, and his wit makes him a laugh-a-minute. My interview was a blast, and I hope I get to talk to him again soon. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDoochMan and check out his website www.dannybonaduce.net.
I am addicted to A&E’s “Intervention,” and I’m fine with the irony. I once joined a Facebook group called, “I Would Go To Rehab for Ken Seeley,” so today’s guest was a personal joy. With the news last week that “Intervention” was being cancelled, I knew it was more important than ever to post this interview with one of the show’s interventionists. With over 20 years of sobriety, Ken shared with me how he began using drugs, why he stopped, and how he is helping others. He offers insight on the disease of addiction and how celebrities are particularly difficult to reach. I hope you find this interview as inspiring and compelling as I did. Ken is a wonderful person and it was an honor to speak to him. Visit his site: www.intervention911.com for information on how to get help for you or a loved one.
I am a huge fan of the Long Island Medium on TLC where “typical Long Island Mom,” Theresa Caputo, uses her gift to speak to the dead to relay messages to people she meets. While the show features Theresa’s gift, her family often steals the show. Today I talk to her son, Larry Caputo and find out what he thinks of his mom’s gift and being on a reality show. I find out whether he thinks he too has the gift to connect to the spiritual world, and what he thought of the hilarious SNL sketch about their family. Follow Larry on Twitter @larrycaputo and watch Long Island Medium Sundays at 8pm on TLC.