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KTLA Morning News anchor Frank Buckley interviews newsmakers, celebrities, technologists and tastemakers about what drives and inspires them, and how they got where they are today. With no time limits on “Frank Buckley Interviews,” Frank gets his guests to reveal more about themselves than they can during a typical live TV segment. New episodes are released every Wednesday. The TV version airs on KTLA-TV Channel 5 Saturdays at 8:30pm & Sundays at midnight.
 
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series! In this episode of the podcast, we revisit a conversation with former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti. He was in “The Big Chair,” as he titled his book about the experience of being the GM, from 2006 to 2014. He was one of the executives responsible for building the Dodgers team that played in the 2017 World…
 
The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA champions! To celebrate their victory over the Miami Heat, we're looking back at conversations with some Lakers legends. First, the late great Kobe Bryant talks about his work ethic, the Mamba Mentality, and more. Byron Scott, who one 3 championships with the Lakers during the "Showtime" era, opens up about h…
 
Walton Goggins is an Emmy-nominated, Critics Choice Award-winning actor known for his roles in Justified, Vice Principals, The Righteous Gemstones, Deep State, Six, Sons of Anarchy, and The Shield. His movie work includes roles in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Goggins won as Oscar in 2001…
 
Dan Price is founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing and technology. In 2015, Price announced that employees would begin receiving a $70,000 minimum annual salary and that he would take a massive cut to his million dollar salary to make that happen. During this podcast, Price reveals why he did it, how it worked out, and how h…
 
Billy Ray is the writer and director of Showtime's "The Comey Rule." The two-part series, based on former FBI Director James Comey's memoir, examines the relationship between Comey and President Trump during the first months of the Trump presidency. Jeff Daniels portrays Director Comey in the series. Brendan Gleesen plays Donald Trump. Billy Ray is…
 
Akbar Gbajabiamila is a host of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” which premiered its 12th season this week. Akbar is also the author of a new book “Everyone Can Be A Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams.” He is a former NFL player and sports broadcaster. In this conversation from April last year, Akbar discusses growing up as one of…
 
Jon Meacham is a presidential historian, former editor of Newsweek, and the Putlizer Prize winning author of the new book "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope." He is the author of several books including 2018's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels." Meacham was recently a featured speaker at the Democratic …
 
Father Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, a world famous gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in Los Angeles. The program provides training and employment to former gang members along with services like tattoo removal, substance abuse support, and mental health therapy. H…
 
Jeffrey Toobin is CNN's chief legal analyst, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of a new book "True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump." His previous books include the New York Times Bestsellers "The Run of his Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson," and "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court." Dur…
 
Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international best-selling novel that became a ground-breaking and box office-shattering movie of the same title directed by Jon M. Chu. The movie grossed more than $238 million and became Hollywood's highest grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. It was also the first major studio movie to feature …
 
The school year is getting underway with distance learning once again. How can students, parents, and educators make the best of what’s clearly not the ideal way for learning to happen? When will it be safe to return to the classroom? On this episode of Frank Buckley Interviews, the experts weigh in to answer these questions and more. Our guests ar…
 
Ambassador Susan Rice served as national security adviser and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama Administration. She is also on the shortlist to be Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate. We revisit a conversation with Ambassador Rice from November 2019, during which she discussed the possibility that she might seek elect…
 
Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias is one of the world’s most successful comedians. He has performed sold-out stadium shows around the world and now stars in his own Netflix series "Mr. Iglesias," which is currently in its second season. In this episode of Frank Buckley Interviews, Gabriel opens up about his career in comedy, including some of the health & …
 
51 years ago on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. He was the first of only 12 human beings to ever step on the surface of the moon. Among those 12 men is Charles Duke. Duke was an astronaut on Apollo 16, and the youngest person to ever walk on the lunar surface at the age of 36. During the first mission to the moon, …
 
July is a month designated as National Culinary Arts Month. It's a month set aside to recognize the creativity and hard work of cooks and chefs. There is perhaps no one who appreciated them more than the late Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic who helped put L.A. on the culinary map. Gold died in Ju…
 
Alan Zweibel is one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live, the co-creator and producer of It's Garry Shandling's Show, and a consulting producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm among many other credits. Alan is also a playwright whose theatrical works include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning 700 Sundays and Bunny, Bun…
 
This week, we revisit a conversation with the Bernie Taupin. Taupin is Elton John's longtime songwriting partner and wrote the lyrics to most of the songs you've heard Elton John sing. The friendship and professional relationship between Bernie taipan and Elton John is chronicled in the film "Rocketman." Last summer, Bernie was in town to open an a…
 
On this episode of the podcast, we revisit a 2017 conversation with Jorge Reyes Salinas, who at the time was a Cal State Northridge grad student serving on the California State University Board of Trustees. Jorge is also an immigrant from Peru who was brought to the U.S. as a child by his parents who never returned home when their tourist visas exp…
 
This week, we're revisiting a conversation with a man, whose work we featured on the podcast a year ago and is still just as relevant today. Justin Brooks is the director of the California Innocence Project (CIP) based at the California Western School of Law in San Diego. Justin and his team of pro bono lawyers and law students work to free prisone…
 
George Floyd's death at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has propelled people onto the streets of the U.S. and the world to protest against police brutality, racial injustice, and systemic discrimination. Black Americans have said for decades that they are treated differently than White people and others by police officers and deputies, and…
 
40 years ago this week, CNN, the first all news television channel, launched, and it's still going strong today. The story of how CNN started is chronicled in Lisa Napoli's new book, Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24 Hour News. Frank recently interviewed Lisa for a virtual Live Talks LA event, where they discussed the life of CNN f…
 
May is military appreciation month. Off the heels of Memorial Day, we are honoring our men and women in uniform and their families, and remembering our war dead by replaying a 2018 conversation with retired Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing. Scott had multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He authored the book Echo in Ramadi: The First…
 
This week, we're looking back at conversations with music icons from the 1980s. First, Curt Smith from the band Tears for Fears gets candid about his tumultuous relationship with longtime friend and bandmate Roland Orzabal. He shared details on their falling out, the break up of the band, and how a reunion a decade later eventually led them to maki…
 
President Trump has been saying that former President Barack Obama should be investigated, suggesting that Obama acted illegally when FBI agents began investigating President Trump's first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016. Flynn would eventually resign and admit to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassad…
 
Brad Meltzer is the author of the new book, The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President and Why It Failed. He has also written 12 thrillers–all of them best-sellers on the New York Times Best Seller list including his book The Escape Artist. Brad also writes non-fiction and children’s books and he has the rare distincti…
 
On this week's episode, we revisit a conversation with neurosurgeon, scientist, and author Dr. Rahul Jandial, As a surgeon, Dr. Jandial helps patients with cancer. During this podcast, Dr. Jandial takes listeners inside the human brain and inside real-life patient cases. He also discusses his book “Neurofitness: A Brain Surgeon’s Secrets to Boost P…
 
This week marks the 4 year anniversary of the death of music icon, Prince. In this episode of the podcast, we're revisiting a conversation with one of Prince's closest friends and collaborators, music hitmaker James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III. Jimmy grew up in Minneapolis alongside Prince and he tells us what it was like to work with Prince later as a …
 
On this episode, Frank re-visits his conversation with "Weird Al" Yankovic. The interview took place in 2018, shortly before Yankovic was set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During this podcast, Al discusses his childhood, his career, and his biggest hits. He explains his approach to writing and performing parodies, reveals the rea…
 
Do you find yourself missing watching live sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic? We know we do! In this episode of the podcast, we're looking back at stories from a couple of sports legends from early in the podcast's history. First, Lakers legend and Hall of Fame James Worthy recalls playing ball with a young Michael Jordan. He reveals his favorite p…
 
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her new book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” profiles Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. During this podcast, Doris discusses the human qualities that all of these presidents possessed, she reveals personal e…
 
As people around the world are self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic, many are turning to technology to de-stress or practice mindfulness? Maybe you've heard of mindfulness and wondered what it means. This week, we are revisiting a conversation with Andy Puddicombe, who says meditation is the way to achieve mindfulness. He's co-founder of …
 
This week, we're featuring two guests on this special Covid-19 coronavirus edition of the podcast. Our first guest is Carl Goldman, a Santa Clarita resident and owner of radio station KHTS, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 after being quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama, Japan. He spent more than 40 days in quarant…
 
On this episode of the podcast, it's a look back at some of the many hilarious comedians who have joined us on the program. Gabriel Iglesia's, perhaps best known as "Fluffy," opens up about growing up in Section 8 housing, and how doing celebrity impressions for a school talent show was his introduction to performing. Paula Poundstone also talks on…
 
Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) is one of the founding fathers of "gangsta" rap who came to fame as a member of the hip-hop group N.W.A. before launching a successful career as a solo artist and actor. He is also a founder of the Big3 basketball league which launches its fourth season on June 20, 2020. On February 28th, he will be honored by the UCLA And…
 
Herbie Hancock is an icon of music and the recipient of 14 Grammy Awards. He was described in an NPR Jazz Profile as "arguably the most influential practitioner of modern jazz piano since Thelonious Monk." His jazz hits include Watermelon Man and Chameleon. His 1983 hit Rockit won a Grammy for Best R & B Instrumental and remains a hip hop classic. …
 
Tommy Davidson is a comedian and actor who came to fame in the 1990s as one of the stars of the groundbreaking sketch comedy TV show "In Living Color," the first network TV sketch comedy show created by an African American writer-producer-star (Keenan Ivory Wayans) that featured a multicultural cast. Tommy has also appeared in dozens of TV shows an…
 
Josh Mankiewicz is a correspondent on NBC's Dateline, the network's signature newsmagazine. Dateline is NBC's longest-running prime-time program airing since 1992. Josh is celebrating 25 years with the program this year. Prior to NBC and Dateline, Josh was a correspondent on Fox Broadcasting's newsmagazine show Front Page, and was a political repor…
 
On January 26th, 2020, a horrific helicopter crash claimed the lives of 9 people, including Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianni “Gigi” Bryant. They were en-route to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in the Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park area of Southern California when the helicopter went down. Almost a …
 
Cristela Alonzo is a comedian, actress, show creator-writer, and an author with a new book "Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up." Her stand-up special "Lower Classy" is streaming on Netflix. She is the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own primetime network sitcom "Cristela." During this podcast, Cristel…
 
Paul Tazewell is a Tony and Emmy Award winning costume designer whose most recent work is featured in the film "Harriet" about Harriet Tubman, the iconic abolitionist who escaped slavery and then helped hundreds of other slaves to escape as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Paul Tazewellbegan his Broadway career in 1996 as costume designer f…
 
Larry King is a talk-show host who currently appears on Ora.Tv and Hulu hosting Larry King Now and PolitiKING with Larry King. He began his career on radio in Miami in the 1950s and became nationally known as the host of the Mutual Broadcasting System's overnight radio program The Larry King Show which launched in 1978. From 1985-2010, he hosted La…
 
Frank Buckley Interviews is wishing you health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year! We're looking back at conversations with incredible individuals to start your 2020 with some optimism! First, Dr. David Fajgenbaum shares how he saved his own life from his deadly Castleman disease, and how several instances on the brink of death taught him h…
 
As 2019 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at our five most downloaded episodes of the podcast! First, "America's Sleep Doctor" Dr. Michael Breus shares tips to recover from the holiday season and get better sleep. Comedy legend Richard Lewis' relationship with Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David is just as hilarious off-screen as it i…
 
Cyndi Lauper is a singer-songwriter who has sold more than 30 million albums and is known for hit songs like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," and "True Colors" among many others. Cyndi is also a Broadway composer whose "Kinky Boots" garnered six Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score for Cyndi. She is also a co-…
 
On this episode of the podcast, it's a look back at conversations with some notable authors. Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer was just named to Esquire Magazine's list of top 11 books of the decade. He shares how fleeing to the U.S. from Vietnam as a child influenced the spy novel. It was recently announced that Tembi Locke's book From Scr…
 
Reza Aslan is a religious scholar and the author of three international best-selling books including the #1 New York Times Best Seller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." He is also the host of "Rough Draft with Reza Aslan" on the new Topic streaming service on which he interview writers and authors about writing, and he co-hosts the…
 
Camilla Townsend is a Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is an expert on Native American history. During this special Thanksgiving Day edition of Frank Buckley Interviews, Professor Townsend discusses America's first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. Professor Townsend explains why the religio…
 
Ambassador Susan Rice served as national security adviser and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama Administration. In September 2012, she appeared on several national Sunday morning news programs to provide the administration's understanding of the circumstances surrounding the attack on the American diplomatic facilities in Be…
 
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