INTERVIEWS A-Z

I have been interviewing people for forty years on radio, television and online.  

This index includes some of the many conversations I had on BBC 5 Live’s Up All Night, with Rhod Sharp, where we talked US politics, lifestyle, technology and entertainment for over 24 years (1996-2020).

Since 2017 I have been discussing the science of human longevity on the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast, which is also included here. Additional material from the archives is being to this index added all the time. 
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Professor Patrick Aebischer, chairman and co-founder of Amazentis, is a medical doctor, neuroscientist and longtime researcher.  He has held distinguished positions in his home country of Switzerland, as President of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and in the United States at Brown University in Providence.  
July 8, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - A novel molecule to promote longevity

Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at USC Annenberg and author, Networked Press Freedom: Creating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear. Mike talks about the origins of so-called fake news and the challenges facing journalists and the public, in a world where algorithms and technology influence the way we consume news. 
April 30, 2019 | LISTEN

Joseph Antoun
Dr. Joseph Antoun, a physician and CEO, L-Nutra, a nutrition technology company, believes a “biological aging score” is the best way accurately to assess our state of health. In this LLAMA podcast interview, Dr. Antoun explains the philosophy and science behind a dietary intervention that is designed to promote longevity.
February 25, 2020 | LISTEN

Prof. Johan Auwerx directs the Laboratory for Integrated and Systems Physiology at École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studies the mechanisms that control how metabolisms are controlled and the factors that make them more or less effective. 
August 24, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - Enjoying youthful vitality as we age

Ed Avol is a professor of clinical preventive medicine and head of the Division of Environmental Health at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. For the past two months - and more - LA has experienced unhealthy air and high ozone levels at a level that means we could potentially be putting our health at risk if we spend a lot of time outside.  Prof. Avol joined me to discuss the wider implications of living in one of the smoggiest cities in the world and what we can do about it.
Sept 3, 2019 | LISTEN

Josh Bashioum is the founder and CEO of Early Warning Labs, a Santa Monica-based software company which has spent the past five years developing an earthquake early warning system. Last month's 7.1 quake in the California city of Ridgecrest was the largest seismic event to hit the region in 20 years and was the first big test for ShakeAlert.  Josh joined me to explain how it works and to explain why disaster preparedness is such a big deal for California. 
Aug 21, 2019 | LISTEN

Shirley Bergin is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of TEDMED and the event's Executive Producer. We chatted at TEDMED 2017 about the process of selecting speakers and what it takes to deliver the perfect TED talk. 
Dec 4, 2017 | LISTEN

Johanna Blakley
Johanna Blakley is the Managing Director and Director of Research, The Norman Lear Center, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  She studies the impact on our world of mass media and entertainment
February 23, 2019 | LISTEN

Shortly after the country music legend Glen Campbell revealed that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, we spent the day together - at his home in Malibu, the golf course and his studio. Glen and his wife Kim talked with candor and humor about the disease that would eventually claim his life. 
August 30, 2011 | LISTEN | WATCH

Cher
Singer and legend Cher epitomizes eternal youth, but even she admits to some of the frailties of growing old. When we met for a late night interview the singer was in an introspective mood. She was also lively, friendly and fun.  We talked about music, fans and showbiz - warts and all. 
September 4, 2013 | LISTEN | WATCH 

Jennifer Collins
A new short documentary, The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana in the U.S. has premiered in Hollywood. Made by the Brookings Institution it tells the story of Jennifer Collins and the journey that she’s been on to find a treatment to control her chronic epilepsy. I spoke to Jennifer, her mother Beth and the film's director, George Burroughs.
April 17, 2018 | LISTEN
Paul Dergarabedian is senior media analyst for Comscore, which compiles and analyzes data about consumer behavior.  Every year after Memorial Day Paul joins me in the studio to discuss the forthcoming summer season at the box office. We discuss the juggernaut that is Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Indie documentary Echo in the Canyon, which tells the story of the 60s folk rock movement that arose in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.
May 28, 2019 | LISTEN

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Steven Eisenberg
Dr. Steven Eisenberg is an oncologist, based in the California city of San Diego. Board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, he has been recognized for his compassionate bedside manner. He is best known for singing to his patients. Not only does he burst into song on the ward, he writes heart-lifting and personalized lyrics for his patients. 
March 7, 2017 | LISTEN | May 8, 2017 | LLAMA PODCAST

Hanadi Elyan recently graduated with a masters degree in directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.  She makes independent films focussing on Arab women, and has been recognized with a number of awards. Hanadi is a rising star in Hollywood and joined me and Rhod Sharp to discuss her degree, career and aspirations. 
June 25, 2019 | LISTEN 

Harrison Ford
Hollywood actor Harrison Ford explains why he revisited his Star Wars character Han Solo, and why he wanted to play Indiana Jones one more time. We spoke ahead of April's DVD/Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Apr 20, 2016 | LISTEN  

Prof. Luigi Fontana has been studying the lifestyle regimes that could help us live a longer, healthier life. One of the world’s leading experts in the field of human longevity, a physician and professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Sydney, Dr. Fontana, a pragmatic approach to the aging process, railing against aspirations to live an excessively long life. 
July 19, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - Longevity’s beautiful symphony

Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss, a modern day self-help guru, is the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef and now a new giant of a book, Tools of Titans. We cover everything from the power of fasting to the power of choosing the right friends, his obsession with self-experimentation and learning from the world's highest achievers. 
Dec 12, 2016 | LISTEN
  
Steve Ferrone
It was an honor to meet Steve Ferrone, drummer with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Reflecting on the sudden death of his longtime friend and bandmate, Steve recalls the moment he heard the tragic news and explains how Petty's death has brought the Heartbreakers closer together as they comfort each other. 
December 15, 2017 | LISTEN

In this interview with the author and filmmaker, Stephen Gee, we hear about the British architect behind some of LA's most recognizable buildings. Stephen's film, Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles includes a wealth of never before seen archive footage and interviews with leading California historians. 
October 30, 2018 | LISTEN

Felice Gersh
Dr. Felice Gersh, a physician and integrative medicine specialist, discusses the practical implications of Covid-19 as the world is gripped with fear and uncertainty 
March 14, 2020 | LISTEN
December 11, 2028 | LISTEN - Dealing with festive season stress and overwhelm. 

Jerry Greenberg was named the President of Atlantic Records in 1974, at 32, the youngest president of a major U.S. record label. From Abba to Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin to Roberta Flack, his stories are eye-popping and hugely entertaining. 
Oct 4, 2017 | LISTEN

The Royal Wedding - Harry and Meghan - a Los Angeles perspective from E! News Daily journalist Zuri Hall.  We discussed the build up and unprecedented excitement.
May 15, 2018 | LISTEN
Ted is a veteran activist for the homeless and inner city cricket pioneer. He joined us to talk about LA's continuing homeless crisis and his plan to resolve the problem. 
August 21, 2018 | LISTEN

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Doug Jones
Doug Jones is the man behind The Shape of Water's sea creature - the film's lovable leading man. Doug discusses his history with the making of the movie, how he predicted its Oscars success (13 nominations), the perils of being wrapped in a latex rubber body suit all day and why he would rather watch the Academy Awards from his sofa. 
February 20, 2018 | LISTEN

Stana Katic
Actress and activist Stana Katic is best known for the TV shows Castle and Absentia but she is also a vocal campaigner on environmental issues, with the Alternative Travel Project. 
Feb 20, 2018 | LISTEN | Oct 28, 2013 | LISTEN | March 12, 2012: LISTEN (with actor Seamus Dever)

Magomed Khaidakov
Dr. Magomed Khaidakov is a research assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the author of A Pessimistic Guide to Anti-aging Research: Death is Immortal. The book offers a critical guide to current longevity research and anti-aging interventions. In our LLAMA podcast interview, Dr Khaidakov explains his skepticism towards aging research and why he believes longevity science is dogged by “hype" and "self-promotion."
January 28, 2020 | LISTEN
Hawk Koch is a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a veteran of the entertainment business. He recently published his autobiography: Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood.  In our interview we discuss the controversy over a lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations; the threat, as he sees it, posed by streaming services to the big screen; bizarre experiences working with Phil Spector and why he went outside the Dolby Theatre and screamed before making the president’s speech at the Oscars. 
Jan 21, 2020  | LISTEN 

Ben Laker
Dr. Ben Laker is a British academic and expert in leadership issues. He takes a special interest in the Oscars and the impact of acceptance speeches. We chatted shortly after the 2018 Academy Awards. How will the entertainment world respond to #metoo #timesup and calls for change.
March 7, 2018 | LISTEN
Kevin Lamb
Kevin Lamb is the CEO of Advanced Tissue, a US leader in the delivery of wound care supplies. On his blog Kevin shares his thoughts about everything from his latest Hollywood film, Marshall, to the innovative video postcards his company is using to educate patients about wound care.  Kevin was recently named by Forbes as one of the "10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare In America.”  
March 7, 2018 | LISTEN
December 12, 2017 | LLAMA podcast - A news lens on tackling diabetes and improving health outcomes

Annie Lennox
For the past decade the singer Annie Lennox as been an outspoken HIV/AIDS activist campaigning to raise awareness of the disease. We met at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado along with Annie's husband Dr Mitch Besser - who founded the non-profit group mothers2mothers charity, which focusses on HIV transmission between mother and child.
Jul 2, 2013 | LISTEN
Founder and Executive Director of Big Sunday and author, Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins; How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back and Make the World a Better Place. As Big Sunday celebrates its 20th anniversary, David talks about how the organisation helps people get involved, through schools, faith groups, businesses and much more.
March 19, 2019 - LISTEN

Valter Longo
Longevity scientist prof. Valter Longo discusses Covid-19 and the implications for people following a diet or fasting during the coronavirus outbreak.
April 24, 2020: LLAMA podcast  - Science, fasting and Covid-19
January 16, 2018: LLAMA podcast  - Living to 110 on a science-based diet
March 7, 2017: LLAMA podcast - Creating the fasting mimicking diet

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Aseem Malhotra
Cardiologist and NHS doctor, Aseem Malhotra, is a vocal public health campaigner, author and film-maker. 
May 4, 2020: LLAMA podcast - Obesity, a major risk factor for COVID-19 mortality
March 6, 2017: LLAMA podcast - Waging war against sugar

Hugh Masekela
In 1995, in Johannesburg, I met Hugh Masekela, South Africa's 'father of jazz'. We discussed Nelson Mandela's first year as President and the way the country was changing under new leadership.
April 24, 1995 | LISTEN

Ross McCray is the CEO and founder of VideoAmp, a Los Angeles based tech company that measures audience sizes across different TV/video platforms and shares the information with advertisers and marketers, so they can best target their campaigns.  Television viewing, these days, is highly fragmented, while the industry is enjoying a golden age.  With the Emmys a few days away, Ross joined me to explain how technology is being used to better understand who's watching what, in 2019.
Sept 17, 2019  | LISTEN
March 19, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - Challenging the work-life paradigm and dealing with coronavirus.

Clutter - and how to deal with it - is something we all battle with, at some point in our lives. It is an endlessly fascinating topic and one which I discussed at length with Tracy McCubbin, founder of dClutterfly. Described by one of her clients as a "therapist for our things," Tracy is also the author of the upcoming book, The Clutter Code.  
May 8, 2018 | LISTEN

Noelle Nelson
How many times have you heard about an older person doing extraordinary things, despite their great age?  Dr. Noelle Nelson, a California-based psychologist, author of Happy, Healthy…Dead, collects eye-opening stories through her Facebook page, Meet the Amazings. 
May 24, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - Celebrating amazing longevity

Dr. Satchin Panda is a professor at the Salk Institute and a founding executive member of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Panda is also the author of book, the Circadian Code, in which he explains his theory that our overall health and longevity is affected more by when we eat than what we eat.  In this interview we focus on the impact of shift working and how a time restricted eating pattern could improve our health and wellbeing.
July 23, 2019 | LISTEN

Robert Penfold recently retired from his full-time role as foreign news correspondent with Australia's Nine Network.  A veteran of some of the most significant world events of our times - including the release from prison of Nelson Mandela, the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Gulf Wars and 911 - Robert joined me to share some riveting stories from his long career in television. 
Oct 1, 2019 | LISTEN

Gina Pollack, Los Angeles journalist and photographer, recently produced an in-depth investigation into the quirky and off-beat ways people in L.A. speak.  Gina joined me on BBC 5 Live to delve into the city's most debated and mispronounced words. 
August 6, 2019 - LISTEN

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Dr. Leslie Saxon is Executive Director, The Center for Body Computing, Los Angeles, and Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.   She is an interventional cardiologist, specializing in implantable and wearable devices that are connected wirelessly to diagnose and treat heart conditions. The California Science Center Foundation recently named Dr. Saxon as its Woman of the Year - in this interview we discuss the latest medical grade sensors and personal security implications as devices play a growing role in our LifeCare.
May 14, 2019 | LISTEN

Dr. Navindra Seeram is a professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy.  A leading researcher in the science of plant foods,  Dr. Seeram explains how, growing up in South America, with a tradition of using food as medicine, he first became aware of the potent power of plants.
July 27, 2020 | LLAMA PODCAST - The rejuvenating power of plants 

The starting gun has sounded on Hollywood's 2019/2020 awards season.  Piya Sinha-Roy, senior film editor at the Hollywood Reporter, joined me to assess the runner and riders.  We also discuss the truncated awards show agenda with an early Oscars date in February.
Dec 10, 2019  | LISTEN

Martin Tobias is a former Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur, and now the CEO of Upgrade Labs - a futuristic gym which embraces the latest science and technology to achieve optimum health and longevity. We discuss the 2019 biohacking conference in Beverly Hills and also hear from Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, Tom Griffin, Halo Neuroscience; Lauren Hansen, Cryo Science, Dr. Patrick Porter, BrainTap.
June 11, 2019 |  LISTEN

Peter Tong
DJ Pete Tong discusses his upcoming show at the hallowed Hollywood Bowl, to celebrate Ibiza Classics. A one-hour special on BBC 5 Live. 
October 17, 2017 |  LISTEN

Business coach and author, Val Wright is the author of Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth and the upcoming Rapid Growth, Done Right: Lead, Influence and Innovate for Success. Val discusses the tactics that help thought leaders and business tycoons improve their productivity. She also has some valuable tips for anyone wanting to lead a more productive and focussed life.
February 18, 2020 | LISTEN | April 2, 2019 | LISTEN

Zia Yusuf
Zia Yusuf is the CEO of Streetline, a company which is developing smart technology, talks about the cities of the future. They're becoming intelligent - using an app called Parker, which helps people find a vacant parking space, without driving around for hours. 
Jul 2, 2013 | LISTEN