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July 7, 2019 - TIM, PHIL and DAVE say "That's all Folks!"

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

TIM, PHIL and DAVE say "That's all Folks!" Friends and neighbors: It's been an AMAZING run for our little radio show these past 6 1/2 years. Over the course of 275 live shows, we have been able to put together a little corner of great conversation on the AM radio dial that made us all proud. But all thing come to an end - and this Sunday night (July 7) will be the last episode of THE BIGGER PICTURE on AM870 the Answer here in Los Angeles and syndicated nationally courtesy of Salem Radio Network. We started the show in the early months of 2013 with a simple goal in mind - to put on the air every week a healthy sampling of the stories and insights and ideas that we thought would appeal to you - because quite frankly they appealed to us! Great guests, great callers and a overarching sense of inquisitiveness if what drove THE BIGGER PICTURE forward for 275 episodes. Although it goes without saying, I will of course say it - I couldn't (and wouldn't) have been able to either get the show started or keep it going without the loyalty and dedication of my two co-hosts, Phil Sparks and Dave Fisher. Their commitment to the show (and to me!) over our run is something I will always treasure... So pick up a phone and help us celebrate the end of our journey on AM870 the Answer here in Los Angeles. Call us this Sunday night between 10pm and midnight Pacific during the final live broadcast of THE BIGGER PICTURE. Anything you'd like to talk about - as always! Our caller number is 866-870-5752 (or 866-870-KRLA). Thanks again for all of your support over the last 6 1/2 years!! Cheers Tim

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June 30, 2019 - ALLAN J LICHTMAN (bestselling author) and MICHAEL HART (historian/radio host)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

ALLAN J LICHTMAN (bestselling author) and MICHAEL HART (historian/radio host) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - bestselling author, historian and Professor - Allan J. Lichtman! Allan J. Lightman received his PhD from Harvard University in 1973 and is currently Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. He specializes in American political history and the presidency. Dr. Lichtman has authored or co-authored nine books, and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles. His latest book, "The Case for Impeachment" (Dey Street books, 2017), was an independent bookstore best seller, an Amazon.com bestseller in several academic categories, and a Newsweek, best new book release. Dr. Lichtman's book "FDR and the Jews" (Harvard, 2013, with Richard Breitman), won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History. It was a 2013 New York Times editor's choice, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. His book, "White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement" (Grove/Atlantic 2008), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in non-fiction. The Teaching Company produced his video lectures on Great Presidents as part of their "Great Courses" series. Dr. Lichtman is the co-developer of the Keys system that has successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1984. In September 2016, he defied the conventional wisdom to predict the election of Donald Trump. In early 2016, Rowman & Littlefield published the sixth edition of his Keys book series, "Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016". Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - author, historian and radio host - Michael P. Hart! Michael P. Hart is a speaker, writer, historian and host of the popular Conservative Talk Radio program The Michael Hart Show which originates out of Birmingham, AL on Super Station 101. Michael has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs and for hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the US. On his radio program, Michael delves deeply into the news of the day and infuses his commentary with historical perspective. Many of the most important news stories of the day cannot be completely understood without knowing the history behind the headline. And every day Michael shares his thoughts on not only what is happening in the world, but why and often through the prism of the past. In his book, "Unknown America: Myths and little known oddities about the greatest nation on Earth", a first in a series of books dedicated to setting history straight, Michael uses his love of research to reveal historical inaccuracies that have been falsely taught for decades - as well as little known oddities and bizarre trivia about the greatest nation on earth.

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June 23, 2019 - CLAY RISEN (New York Times Op-Ed Editor) and ROBERT HAASTRUP-TIMMI (entrepreneur)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

CLAY RISEN (New York Times Op-Ed Editor) and ROBERT HAASTRUP-TIMMI (serial entrepreneur and blockchain expert) Clay Risen, the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times, is the author of several popular American histories, including: "A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination", "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act", and the newly published, "The Crowded Hour: Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders and the Dawn of the American Century". Clay is also the author of "Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland" (October, 2018), and the spirits bestseller "American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit". Now in its sixth printing with more than 100,000 copies sold, his groundbreaking guide has quickly become the bible on American whiskey and placed Risen at the top of authorities on the history, business, and diversity of U.S. spirits. Risen has given numerous talks, appeared on television, and served as a judge on multiple spirit award committees. Risen has written widely about spirits for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Clay grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two young children. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - award-winning serial entrepreneur and blockchain expert - Robert Haastrup-Timmi! Robert Haastrup-Timmi is a serial Startup Entrepreneur with several years innovating and founding MVP's in a diversified media & digital asset portfolio. As an early adopter of 4th IR Technologies, Robert founded Blockchain Company - http://www.blockchaincompany.info in April 2017 as a new ecosystem that aims to help bring blockchain, 4th industrial revolution technologies and cryptocurrencies closer to everyone as a unified media utility platform. The startup has identified up to 30 strong use case applications for roadmap development within its diversified portfolio. Blockchain Company consequently raised 2.5m Euros at a valuation of 25 million Euros, through a top Family Office investor in Spain. Following his brief work experience as a Prime Broker at Merrill Lynch in London, Robert went on to work as an Equity Compensation Analyst for Macromedia in San Francisco, before the company was acquired by Adobe. While working at Macromedia through web 1.0, Robert launched Blackworld.com as a media and technology platform aiming to connect the world with Africa. The site has run numerous media campaigns for Fortune 500 Companies and won an MBA proposal competition to help find a solution for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program, of US graduating students from Africa in December 2014. In the same year, Robert's startup PromotedApp won a Top '3' Award out of 113 startups in the EU, competing through a 12 week programme called EMMINVEST. Robert enjoys helping and advising startups wherever he can.

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June 9, 2019 - JASON STUART ("Kindergarten Cop" and "The Birth of a Nation")

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

JASON STUART ("Kindergarten Cop" and "The Birth of a Nation") Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - actor and comedian - Jason Stuart! Born in the Bronx and raised in Los Angeles, Jason Stuart was a self-described insecure Jewish kid who turned to theatre and performing to mask his emerging sexual identity - he jokes about going to see Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" as a youth and falling in love with Omar Sharif. His talent and determination got him some early professional work in films like "Kindergarten Cop," "Vegas Vacation," and TV shows like "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Drew Carey Show." But by the early-90s, frustrated by years of living in the closet, Stuart chose to come out publicly on an episode of Geraldo Rivera's talk show focused on "Unconventional Comedians." With nearly 150 credits however, it was acting alongside Armie Hammer and Jackie Earle Haley as one of the brutal plantation owners in Nate Parker's searing drama "The Birth of a Nation" that showed the world Stuart's formidable talent. Jason keeps evolving as a performer and as a human being hoping to make the world a better place.

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June 2, 2019 - LARRY SCHWEIKART (author and documentarian) and EVE BRANDSTEIN (theatre director)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

LARRY SCHWEIKART (author and documentarian) and EVE BRANDSTEIN (theatre director) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - author, professor, screenwriter and producer - Larry Schweikart! Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science, then went on the road with several different rock bands, opening for such 60s/70s acts as Steppenwolf. He abruptly decided he wanted to be a history professor, and received an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1985 to 2016 he taught at the University of Dayton. Schweikart's best selling books include "Seven Events that Made America", "How Trump Won" with Joel Pollak (completed before the 2016 election), and his #1 NYTimes bestseller, with Mike Allen, "A Patriot's History of the United States". He has been on almost all media, from Glenn Beck to Tavis Smiley to Rush Limbaugh. Since 2009, he has been a film producer. His documentary, "Rockin' the Wall," appeared on PBS. Author of over 25 books and numerous screenplays, his multi-year project, "Reagan: the American President", has just been released. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - director, producer, and writer - Eve Brandstein! Eve Brandstein has helmed over 75 theatrical productions in Los Angeles and New York including Rain Pyror's "Fried Chicken & Latkes", which Eve will executive produce as a television series. She recently directed productions of "Miss America's Ugly Daughter" at both the Broad and the Greenway Court, as well as both the original production and recent revival of Monica Piper's "Not That Jewish". Other recent credits: off-Broadway productions of "Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat", a hit that ran for two years, "Voices of Swords", the N.Y. and L.A. premieres of "Re­visiting Wildfire", Ronnie Spector's "Beyond the Beehive", "Waiting for Jack - A Beat Poetry Reunion", "Claiming Allen Ginsberg", and Suzanne Wang's "Cracked Open". For L.A.'s Jewish Women Theatre, Eve has directed "Stories from the Fringe", "Saffron and Rosewater" and "Hold Me, Heal Me". Eve has contributed to nearly every facet of the entertainment industry as a director, studio executive, producer, writer/creator, talent manager, casting director and author. She is currently producing "Poetry in Motion", a spoken-word at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles and at the Cutting Room in New York City. Eve will be discussing her latest directorial project, the U.S. premiere of "Anne, A New Play" - which reframes the Anne Frank story for what would have been Anne's 90th birthday.

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May 26, 2019 - SANDRO MONETTI (royal expert) and MARK BILTZ (author)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 5/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

SANDRO MONETTI (royal expert) and MARK BILTZ (author) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - royal expert, author, producer and director - Sandro Monetti! Sandro Monetti is the goto royal expert for CNN Headline News, and a Trustee of the Queen's Royal Society of St George. He knows all the latest from the palace and anything having to do with The Royal Family. Stories from history are another passion of his and as one of the authors of new book "D-Day 75th Anniversary: A Millennial's Guide", Sandro is on a mission to tell today's generation what made the greatest generation so special. He's also producing and acting in a new stage version of "The Seven Year Itch", the movie which made Marilyn Monroe a superstar (details at hollywoodfringe.org) and says the classic comedy of romantic misunderstandings has more relevance than ever in the Times Up/MeToo era. Sandro is also President of Acquisition and Development at Big Screen Entertainment Group - an LA media company with a global focus. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - pastor and author - Mark Biltz! Mark Biltz is the founder of El Shaddai Ministries in Washington State and the best-selling author of “Blood Moons – Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” - revealing a link between charts of solar and lunar eclipses from NASA’s website with Israel’s history, the Biblical feast days, and signs in the heavens - drawing clear similarities between them, as they line up through history. Mark is a well-known and popular commentator on the Feasts of the Lord and has produced a series of DVDs on the Feasts that have gone around the world. His research and theories have earned him guest appearances on both radio and television as well as the cover of magazines. He shows how the Messianic prophecies fulfilled 2,000 years ago when Messiah came the first time, happened to the very day of the spring Feasts. He then explains how the second coming events will also happen to the very day of the Fall Feasts. Yeshua died for our sins on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, resurrected from death on First Fruits, and then sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot). If Messiah fulfilled the spring Feasts to the day of His first coming He will fulfill the Fall Feasts to the day of His second coming. Mark felt a real need to refocus on Hebrew Roots and to get back to an original understanding of the context and culture to have a correct understanding of the Bible. His wife, Vicki, bought him a book by a Jewish Rabbi named Moshe Braun called The Jewish Holy Days - Their Spiritual Significance. He saw such depth to the material and realized that Christians were missing so much by seeing themselves as cut off from the Jewish mindset and culture. He became a passionate student of literature written from a Jewish mindset and was humbled by the grace, wisdom and insight that poured forth. Mark realized the Jewish people loved the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and had been studying and mining the Tanakh for millennia looking for nuggets. So he started El Shaddai Ministries in 2001 to educate Christians from all different denominations on how anti-Semitism and replacement theology has crippled our understanding of God and the covenants He has made with His people – the Jews. Now Pastor Mark leads tours to Israel every year as well as leading the local congregation El Shaddai Ministries that he founded in 2001.

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May 19, 2019 - CHRISTIAN HASKER (cryptocurrency expert) and ABBY ELLIN (author)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

CHRISTIAN HASKER (cryptocurrency expert) and ABBY ELLIN (author) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - marketing and cryptocurrency expert - Christian Hasker! Christian has two decades of experience in enterprise software in a variety of roles at startups and large companies, including marketing, product management, product marketing, and sales management, and is the Chief Marketing Officer for Hedera. He was previously the Vice-President of Marketing at DataStax, where he was responsible for developer education and open source Apache Cassandra community initiatives during a period of hyper-growth. A Brit by birth, Christian has degrees from the University of Manchester and the London College of Music. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - journalist and author - Abby Ellin! Abby Ellin will discuss her latest book, "Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married". "Duped..." investigates people who live secret double lives and is based on Abby's personal experience. Abby is an award-winning journalist and the author of "Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help". For five years she wrote the "Preludes" column about young people and money for the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She is also a regular contributor to the Health, Style, Business and Education sections of the New York Times. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, New York, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, Salon, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Spy (RIP). Abby has been a resident at Yaddo and Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and a master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. As of this writing, her greatest accomplishments are summiting Kilimanjaro (with a broken wrist!) and naming "Karamel Sutra" ice cream for Ben and Jerry's.

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May 12, 2019 - CHRISTIAN KAMEIR (tech entrepreneur) and HUMBERTO FONTOVA (political commentator)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

CHRISTIAN KAMEIR (tech entrepreneur) and HUMBERTO FONTOVA (political commentator) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - tech entrepreneur - Christian Kameir! Christian Kameir is a Managing Partner at blockchain venture fund Sustany Capital. Christian has been a tech entrepreneur since the dial-up days and his current focus is tokenization strategies and smart-contracts and virtual asset investing. Christian led the merger of two of the earliest Internet service providers as general counsel for Nikoma, today part of the largest European ISP in 2000. After founding Yelp-predecessor Colizer in 2004, and selling the operation in 2008, Christian joined the board of several high-tech companies. In addition to majoring in business, he is master-certified in NLP and a graduate of Muenster's School of Law. He is known for publishing one of the first law blogs in Europe and drafting laws for the open telecommunication market, specifically innovative services. Christian is an official member of Forbes Finance Council and seasoned public speaker on topics ranging from high-tech investing to blockchain technologies. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - author and political commentator - Humberto Fontova! Humberto was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954 and fled Cuba in 1961 with his family to New Orleans while his father was Castro and Che's political prisoner. He has lived in the New Orleans area since 1961, earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Humberto is the author of five books: "The Helldiver's Rodeo", "The Hellpig Hunt", "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant", "Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who idolize Him" and "The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro". Humberto is a columnist for Newsmax, Human Events, Frontpage Magazine, and many others. Humberto was a regular guest on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, and has been featured on The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, The Dennis Miller Show, Fox & Friends among many others.

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May 5, 2019 - DAVID BAHNSEN (financial advisor / author) and DAN SCHUR (political advisor)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

DAVID BAHNSEN (financial advisor / author) and DAN SCHUR (political advisor) David L. Bahnsen is the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a bi-coastal private wealth management firm with offices in Newport Beach, CA and New York City, managing over $1.5 billion in client assets. David is consistently named as one of the top financial advisors in America by Barron's, Forbes, and the Financial Times. He brought The Bahnsen Group independent in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman's Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. David is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business and is a regular contributor to National Review and Forbes. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County. He is the author of the book, Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (Post Hill Press). His new book, The Case for Dividend Growth: Investing in a Post-Crisis World (Post Hill Press), releases April 9, 2019. David's true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and his house in the desert. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of 17+ years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they've created together on both coasts. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - professor and political advisor - Dan Schnur! Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California - Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll. Dan is currently the director of the Sacramento Bee's "California Influencers" series, an election-year project in which he leads a weekly online conversation between 60 of the state's most respected experts in politics, government and public policy regarding the issues that are shaping the midterm elections (www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/influencers/). Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California's leading political strategists. He served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements. Dan's commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. In addition, he has been an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

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April 28, 2019 - LAWRENCE MEAD (author) and MICHAEL TREVINO (The CW's "Vampire Diaries")

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

LAWRENCE MEAD (professor and author) and MICHAEL TREVINO (The CW's "Vampire Diaries" and "Roswell, New Mexico") Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - Professor, author, and consultant - Lawrence M. Mead, Ph.D.! Lawrence Mead is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at New York University and author of the new book, "Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power". He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Wisconsin. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Mead and his work have appeared in influential publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist. He is an expert on the problems of poverty and welfare in the United States. He is also a leading scholar of the politics and implementation of welfare reform programs. He has written nine books and more than a hundred other publications on these subjects. These works have helped shape welfare reform in the United States and abroad. Mead has consulted with federal, state, and local governments in this country and with several foreign countries. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - teen heartthrob - Michael Trevino! Michael Trevino has quickly established himself as a highly sought-after young actor in film and television. He is best known for playing "Tyler Lockwood," the Mystic Falls' star athlete-turned-werewolf-turned hybrid for 8 seasons on The CW's hit drama "The Vampire Diaries." He later brought this fan favorite character to the spinoff series "The Originals" with a memorable guest-arc. Michael is currently starring on "Roswell, New Mexico" as "Kyle Valenti," an intelligent young surgical resident for The CW Network. On the big screen, Trevino starred in the independent dramas Sunset Park and Out of Control. Prior to "The Vampire Diaries," Trevino was already a familiar face to television audiences, with a series regular role on "Cane," recurring roles on "90210" and "The Riches," and several guest starring roles across the small screen.

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JARED COHEN (bestselling author) and DR. JOHN YORK (The Heritage Foundation)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

JARED COHEN (bestselling author) and DR. JOHN YORK (The Heritage Foundation) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - bestselling author, businessman, and political advisor - Jared Cohen! Jared Cohen is the founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc. He also serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to Alphabet, he was Google's first Director of Ideas and chief advisor to Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of four books, including "Children of Jihad", "One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide", and "The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and Our Lives", which he co-authored with Eric Schmidt. His new book, "The Accidental Presidents", examines the eight instances in American history when a president has died in office. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, LA Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and Foreign Policy. He has been named to the "TIME 100" list, Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment." Cohen serves on several advisory boards, including Allianz, Stanford University's Freeman-Spogli Institute, Rivet Ventures, FluidMarket, ASAPP, and NCTC. he is a member of GenNext and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - policy analyst - Dr. John York! Dr. John York is a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. His work focuses on utilizing the precepts of the American political tradition to understand and critique modern concerns of federalism, the bureaucracy, money and politics, and political parties and interest groups. He has a particular interest in the Electoral College and what may happen with "The Compact" - which would eliminate the Electoral College without amending the Constitution. John earned a bachelor of arts in Political Science at Kenyon College in Ohio, a Master's degree in Politics at the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D from the University of Virginia.

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April 7, 2019 - KEVIN "BLOODY" WILSON (comic) and ANDREW CLARK (health care expert)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

KEVIN "BLOODY" WILSON (World's Funniest Australian) and ANDREW CLARK (health care expert) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - The World's Funniest Australian - Kevin Bloody Wilson! Known internationally as "The World's Funniest Australian," Kevin Bloody Wilson is set to return stateside for his first US show in nearly 15 years! Kicking off his F.U.P.C. World Tour at LA's iconic, EL REY THEATRE on Tuesday, April 23rd, Kevin Bloody Wilson is armed and ready to show LA why he has become a favorite among Hollywood celebs such as: Elton John, Billy Connelly and Paul Hogan. Australia's Outback Outlaw is taking no prisoners with his one-of-a-kind "DILLIGAF" (Do I Look Like I Give A F&%$) attitude. Kevin started his career writing and recording songs on a homemade cassette tape about his experiences living in the Outback and working as a part time musician and electrician in the gold mines in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Sales of this initial cassette took off to tens of thousands before it was transferred to vinyl, repeating more of the same numbers. Flash forward a few decades and Kevin now sits on 20 albums of self-penned "Bawdy Ballads," that quickly garnered gold-status globally, and others like "Kev's Back" have reached quadruple platinum. Kevin has come a long way from the days his comical and blunt take on the world would get him arrested to now, becoming Australia's go-to social commentator. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - healthcare and risk management expert at GDP Advisors - Andrew Clark! Andrew is a veteran of several industries, combining his various experiences to provide advice and valuable insight as a licensed insurance agent - specializing in life, accident, health, and HMO. He provides research and analysis for his team at GDP Advisors, a healthcare brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. Andrew hosts a podcast with GDP Advisors co-founder Seth Denson called "Somewhere in the Middle," a non-partisan take on topical issues. You can find them on iTunes or www.somewhereinthemiddlepodcast.com Andrew is an avid contrarian, and enjoys political debate with his peers over fine Texas Whiskey.

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March 31, 2019 - CHARLES BRANDT (best-selling author) and GRANT WOODS (John McCain staffer)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 4/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

CHARLES BRANDT (best-selling author) and GRANT WOODS (former Attorney General of Arizona) Joining us on the show this week is attorney and best-selling author, Charles Brandt! Born and raised in New York City, Charles Brandt is a former junior high school English teacher, welfare investigator in East Harlem, homicide prosecutor, Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware and the author of 4 books including "I Heard You Paint Houses" - which is now a major motion picture titled, "The Irishman", directed by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Robert DeNiro as Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, the Irishman's close associate and mentor. "The Irishman" is slated for release later this year, 2019. In private practice since 1976, Brandt has been president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been named by his peers to both Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Delaware. He is a frequent speaker on cross-examination and interrogation techniques for reluctant witnesses. Brandt is also the author of a novel based on major cases he solved through interrogation, The Right to Remain Silent and co-author of Joe Pistone's Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business and of Lin DeVecchio's We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-Up of a Mafia Crime Buster. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - former Attorney General of Arizona, first Chief of Staff to John McCain, songwriter and playwright - Grant Woods! Grant Woods served as Arizona's Attorney General from 1991-1999 and was one of the principal architects of the states' lawsuits against the tobacco companies and was a key negotiator in the resulting largest civil settlement in history with over $2 billion to Arizona health care so far. He was the first Chief of Staff to the late Senator John McCain and delivered the first eulogy at Senator McCain's memorial service. As a songwriter, Mr. Woods' songs have been recorded and performed by award-winning artists such as Francine Reed, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren. Mr. Woods has written two plays, Dear Senator and most recently, the sex dramedy, "The Things We Do," which will have its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles in April, 2019. The play explores, "...the situation a lot of couples find themselves in when they reach a certain point in life - people who are in their 40s or 50s and have many years invested in their relationships, but who now must decide whether to go forward or make a change." For tickets to "The Things We Do" go to http://www.odysseytheatre.com .

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March 24, 2019 - DAVID DILLARD (KD College Prep founder) and MIKE PAUL (Reputation Doctor)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

DAVID DILLARD (KD College Prep founder) and MIKE PAUL (Reputation Doctor) Joining us on the show this week to discuss the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal, is our Special Guest - co-founder of KD College Prep - David Dillard! Along with his wife Karen, David developed a dream to make a positive impact on the lives of students. With thousands of students and families served over multiple decades, this dream has truly come to life with KD College Prep - the popular college admissions test prep program. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin's Red McCombs School of Business, David's greatest motivation, "...is being a positive part of our students' success. Regularly, we hear about their many accomplishments, and what more can you ask for than to make a difference in someone's life?" Find out more about KD College Prep at www.kdcollegeprep.com Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - Reputation Doctor - Mike Paul! Mike Paul is president of Reputation Doctor® LLC. He is a top, strategic, public relations, reputation, corporate communications, crisis management and litigation-support PR expert known worldwide by the registered brand name, the Reputation Doctor®. With over 25 years' experience in public relations, Mike helps build, maintain and repair the leading reputations and brands of global and national corporations, governments, NGOs, as well as famous people & public leaders in both good times and bad. He is listed among the world's top crisis PR experts by PRWeek Magazine, called "the Master of Disaster" by Business Week, "Mr. Fixit" by Sports Illustrated and named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013 by Trust Across America™.

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March 17, 2019 - MAJ TOURE (founder of Black Guns Matter) and MARK SERRITELLA (comedian)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 3/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

MAJ TOURE (founder of Black Guns Matter) and MARK SERRITELLA (comedian) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - Hip Hop artist and founder of Black Guns Matter - Maj Toure! Maj Toure is a Solutionary Hip Hop artist turned 2nd Amendment activist from North Philly. His following began after he was featured on the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly as "the Prophet of Philadelphia." He founded the Black Guns Matter movement in 2015 and advocates for 2nd amendment education and information for urban communities. Maj has been featured in the New York Times, Breitbart News, National Public Radio, Fox News, CNN, BET, Essence, and Vice News for his out of the box approach to 2nd amendment advocacy. Maj is on a 50 state tour educating urban Americans on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - actor and comedian - Mark Serritella! Mark Serritella has been acting and performing comedy for the past 12 years touring nationally and internationally. He regularly appears at The Hollywood IMPROV, Comedy Store, and The Laugh Factory. His resume consists of features on Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, AXS Gotham Comedy Live and appearances in more than 20 independent films, and national commercials with features on the front page of Funny or Die and in Byron Allen's Entertainers- to name a few. He toured with Adam Devine around the country as well and has developed friendships with all his fellow comedians from working the top venues in Hollywood. He has recently been featured on Dave Smith's NBC sports all while having 3 live CDs with recordings of his work in regular rotation on Sirius and XM Radio. You can find Mark online at markscomedy.com/

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March 10, 2019 - AUTUMN REESER (Fox's "The OC") and JOHN HANLON (TV and film critic)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

AUTUMN REESER (Fox's "The OC" and E!'s "The Arrangement") and JOHN HANLON (TV and film critic) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - actor, dancer, singer and director - Autumn Reeser! Autumn Reeser saw her breakout role in 2005, as the quirky-cute and socially awkward Taylor Townsend on the final two seasons of popular Fox drama series "The O.C." In addition to leading the cast in numerous romantic comedies for Hallmark, she is also known for her roles as firecracker junior agent Lizzie Grant on HBO's "Entourage" and scientist Katie Andrew on ABC's "No Ordinary Family." Raised in Southern California, Reeser fell in love with acting when she saw her first stage play at 6 years old. She begged her parents to let her audition for a role in her local community theater, where she grew her talent and passion backstage in various musicals over the next decade of her childhood. At 17, she was accepted to UCLA's prestigious musical theatre program, where she spent the next few years immersed in voice, dance and acting technique. Her career quickly progressed to numerous stage productions and guest-starring roles on sitcoms such as "The George Lopez Show" and "Grounded for Life," as well as dramas such as "Cold Case" and "CSI." In addition to her film and television career, she has appeared in "For the Record: Tarantino" at Rockwell, "The OC Musical" at the Montelban, numerous cabarets, and she is a member of The WorkJuice Players, best known for the ongoing radio play series at Largo, "The Thrilling Adventure Hour." Most recently, she directed two new musicals in concert: 'City of Light' at Feinsteins 54 Below in New York and 'Modern' in USC's LiveRead program. Also stopping by the Sunday night is television and film critic, John Hanlon. John's work is syndicated on radio station websites across the country, including AM870 TheAnswer.com and AM590 TheAnswer.com. He began writing about television and films in late 2009 and has been published on Townhall.com, CNN.com, and USAToday.com. He has also written for WheretoWatch.com. Hanlon has also been featured on the national radio shows "The Dennis Miller Show" and "The Hugh Hewitt Show." He has also appeared on the Reelz television program, "Mark at the Movies." He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon. His work online can also be found at johnhanlonreviews.com.

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March 3, 2019 - PETER HYATT (deception expert) and MICHAEL WALSH (best-selling author)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 3/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

March 3, 2019 - PETER HYATT (deception detection expert) and MICHAEL WALSH (NY Times best-selling author) Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - deception detection expert - Peter Hyatt! Peter Hyatt is a deception detection expert working for and with law enforcement, military intelligence and the private sector. He has appeared on television and radio, including Crime Watch Daily and ABC's "20/20", and was featured in several documentaries including "Embedded Confession", the story of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and "Taken Too Soon: The Katelyn Markham Story." Hyatt teaches deception detection at HIDTA, (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), works on cases around the country and his "Complete Statement Analysis Course" is popular with Investigators around the world. He has authored "Wise As a Serpent; Gentle as a Dove: Detecting Deception" and meets with analysts monthly to work on cases requested by police departments. Hyatt holds seminars for business executives, social service professionals, private investigators, and human resource hiring, protecting companies from fraudulent claims, and specializing in detecting deception during the hiring process. His website is www.hyattanalysis.com and his Statement Analysis blog, www.statement-analysis.blogspot.com, covers current public cases. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - NY Times best-selling author, journalist, concert pianist, and screenwriter - Michael Walsh! With six critically acclaimed novels, multiple works of non-fiction, a record setting TV movie, and several motion-picture scripts in the production pipeline, author and screenwriter Michael Walsh has achieved the writer's trifecta: two New York Time best-sellers, a major literary award, and the Disney Channel's then-highest-rated show - Cadet Kelly, starring teen idol Hilary Duff of "Lizzie McGuire" fame. His most recent book, The Fiery Angel (Encounter Books, 2018) continues his cultural and literary study of the heroic principle in western civilization, functioning as a sequel to The Devil's Pleasure Palace (Encounter Books, 2015), which was a surprise breakout hit upon publication. Examining the nature of good and evil via such analytical tools as Milton's Paradise Lost, Goethe's Faust, the Frankfurt School, and the music of Richard Wagner, the work made multiple best-seller lists. Michael, a foreign correspondent during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, will discuss the recent talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un and how the media is portraying the outcome.

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February 24, 2019 - BENJI BACKER (conservative activist) and DR. WENDY O'CONNOR (psychologist)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - conservative activist and president/founder of the American Conservation Coalition - Benji Backer! Benji Backer founded the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) as a nonprofit focused on bringing conservative voices back into environmental discussions. Currently a junior at the University of Washington, Benji also serves on the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum's Leadership Council and is a fellow at the Chapman Center in Seattle. He previously served as the co-chair for Young Americans for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin and was named one of RedAlert's top "30 Under 30" conservatives in 2015. Benji has contributed to publications such as CNBC, Townhall, Daily Caller, RedState, and TheBlaze. Benji has also spoken at events across the country, including CPAC in 2014 and 2016. Through ACC, Benji is excited to be helping unite Americans on pro-environmental reforms and change the narrative when it comes to the environment. Also joining us on the show this week to discuss the Jussie Smollett case is our Special Guest - Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Wendy M. O'Connor! Dr. Wendy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Doctorate in Psychology in Marriage & Family, and maintains offices in Brentwood & Encino, California. She is also a Relationship Coach, treating issues related to Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, & Technology Addiction. Dr. Wendy is also a Media Consultant for News, TV and Radio regarding the impact of life experiences and relationships. Dr. Wendy hosts a Podcast on iTunes called The Relationship Show with Dr. Wendy & Miss Jenni - two therapists having informal and fun conversations on current topics. She specializes in teaching Secure Attachment Technology IRL (in real life) & Cyberspace. Dr. Wendy has worked in various settings with over twenty years of experience in the community. She also provides Global Life Coaching around the world via Skype & FaceTime.

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February 17, 2019 - JULIAN SANDS ("Room with a View") and KEVIN COLE (hypnotherapist)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 2/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - the brilliant actor, Julian Sands! Julian Sands trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After starring in the Merchant Ivory film as George Emerson, Julian is pleased to be back in A Room with a View recording this wonderful work for LATW. His further work in film includes: The Killing Fields, Boxing Helena, Impromptu, Leaving Las Vegas, Oceans 13, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Television credits include 24, Smallville, Dexter, and Gotham. He has appeared in various productions with L.A. Theatre Works, the Mark Taper Forum, Odyssey Theatre and Geffen Playhouse. Currently, he is touring his one-man shows, A Celebration of Harold Pinter and a meditation on the Romantic Poets, Keats, Shelley, Ghosts, and Lovers. Julian has just wrapped The Medici and What/if both for Netflix, and upcoming is a Bollywood Dance movie filming in Mumbai. He likes to spend time in the mountains when not working. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - Hypnotherapist and Heartbreak Healer - Kevin Cole! Known as "The Hypnotic Heartbreak Healer", Kevin Cole has been helping individuals heal from the pain of a breakup faster than most would think is possible. For over 22 years, utilizing methodologies such as Hypnosis & Neurolinguistic Programming, Kevin has been helping people all over the world with private sessions and group trainings, and in recent years has launched a revolutionary online program entitled "Get Over A Breakup Fast!" that continues to gain rave reviews. Kevin lived through a dysfunctional childhood which included being raised by a mother who suffered from schizophrenia and passed away when he was only 12 years of age. Kevin developed severe depression which pushed him to the point of attempting to end his life on two separate occasions. In the search to heal himself, Kevin discovered how to help others get to the other side of traumatic situations and chronic conditions - and even thrive - with a new perspective and outlook.

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February 10, 2019 - CLARENCE BURGESS OWENS (Oakland Raiders) and ROSALINDA RANDALL (Workplace guru)

The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler - 2/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - former Oakland Raider Super Bowl Champion, Entrepreneur, and Conservative Best Selling Author - Clarence Burgess Owens! Clarence Burgess Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. He attended the University of Miami, where he was a 1st-Team All-American defensive back, Most Valuable Defensive Player of the North-South All Star Game, and MVP of the Coaches All-American Game. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall Of Fame in 1980, and its Orange Bowl "Ring of Honor" in 1999. Burgess grew up in a segregated, successful, family-oriented, and entrepreneurial 1950s/60s Black community. As a proud descendant of a former slave turned entrepreneur, he was one of the first three Black Americans to play football at the University of Miami. Burgess earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and was simultaneously selected as a 1st team College All-American. As a first round draft pick, he played for the Jets and later the 1980 Super Bowl XV Champions, the Oakland Raiders. His post-football-career life included a business failure, highlighting for him the American Way, which allows for second chances. Burgess is now Executive Director for the Utah Chapter of The One Heart Project, a prison reform model designed to give juvenile offenders a "true" second chance to be proud, productive, and contributing American citizens. Visit www.oneheart.com for more information. Owens is the author of "Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps" (2016) which offers a history and analysis of the Black experience in the United States with suggestions for moving past conventional ideas of moving the Black community forward. In 2018, Owens released "Why I Stand," which discusses socialism as the driving force behind modern American socio-political movements. Also joining us on the show this week is our Special Guest - Workplace Etiquette Guru & Author - Rosalinda Randall! Rosalinda Randall focuses on helping workplaces and individuals communicate and interact more effectively and respectfully so they can find greater success with a lot less drama. Rosalinda is a workplace civility and social skills expert based in Northern California. Through her speaking and training experience, research, industry associations, continued professional development training and certifications including business etiquette, sexual harassment, and cultural communication, she has twenty years of experience listening to people from all walks of life. Her book, "Don't Burp in the Boardroom: Handling Uncommonly Common Workplace Dilemmas", complements her signature style and humor. Like her presentations, she addresses everyday topics from communication techniques, personal presence, handling coworker quirks, catching the boss in a compromising situation, gender concerns to working with an ex-con.

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