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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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    • 4.6, 175 Ratings

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.

    Alan Zweibel, Former SNL Writer/Author

    Alan Zweibel, Former SNL Writer/Author

    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, Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story. He is the author of numerous books including Lunatics (co-authored with Dave Barry), and The Other Shulman (for which he won the Thurber Prize for American Humor). His new book Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier is available as an audio book later this month. Alan's next film project is a screenplay he co-authored with Billy Crystal, Here Today, which Crystal is directing and will star Tiffany Haddish. During this podcast, Alan discusses his career as a writer and reveals what it was like to work on SNL in the show's first years including with Gilda Radner with whom he was in love. He talks about why he and Garry Shandling stopped speaking for years after the end of their collaboration, and he also takes us inside his longtime friendship and collaboration with Billy Crystal.

    • 31 min
    Bernie Taupin, Elton John Songwriter/Visual Artist

    Bernie Taupin, Elton John Songwriter/Visual Artist

    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 art exhibition in Beverly Hills at Gallery Michael. Bernie's artwork features the American flag. Bernie Taupin, despite his British upbringing, says he is a patriotic American. He was influenced by American music and culture growing up. He wants to make sure Americans don't forget American music legends like Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Martin, and Muddy Waters. In this conversation, Bernie talks about his deep love for America, and about his decades long friendship and professional relationship with Elton John.

    • 43 min
    Jorge Reyes Salinas, DACA "Dreamer"

    Jorge Reyes Salinas, DACA "Dreamer"

    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 expired. Jorge and his parents became undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status, fearing that one day they might be deported back to Peru. Jorge is one of more than 700,000 young people in the U.S. who were brought to this country as children and raised as Americans. In 2012, President Obama ordered that these young people receive protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. In September 2017, President Trump announced that he was rescinding DACA but he gave Congress six months in which to come up with a plan to protect dreamers like Jorge. However, in June 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision to reject DHS’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. During this podcast, Jorge tells us what it was like to live in the shadows before DACA and how the decision to rescind DACA in 2017 had affected his life.

    • 40 min
    Justin Brooks, California Innocence Project

    Justin Brooks, California Innocence Project

    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 prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted. To date, their work has resulted in 30 people being freed including high profile cases like Brian Banks, the USC-bound high school football star who was wrongfully convicted of rape and served five years in prison before being exonerated when the alleged victim confessed to fabricating the story. During this podcast, Justin explains how he determines if a person has been wrongfully convicted, he reveals how the California Innocence Project works to free those prisoners, and he takes us inside some of the high profile cases including the story of Brian Banks.

    • 43 min
    Black Lives Matter: Listening to Black Voices

    Black Lives Matter: Listening to Black Voices

    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 that when they are the victims of violence at the hands of law enforcement, there is little hope of justice. Among the studies and statistics that advocates point to--a New York Times analysis of Minneapolis data that shows police use force against Black people at seven times the rate of White people, and a Washington Post story that reported that black men are 3.5 times more likely to die at the hands of police officers than White men. The Black Lives Matter movement has been attempting to force Americans to confront numbers like these and these issues since 2013. During this podcast, we listen to those voices--the voices of Black people expressing the pain of experiencing violence and injustice, the voices of Black Americans discussing what it's like to be Black in America. Our guests were all featured either on the KTLA 5 Morning News or on Frank Buckley Interviews. This week's program features: Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Dr. Michael Fisher, senior pastor at Greater Zion Church Family in Compton, California, Donta Morrison, youth minister at Church One in Long Beach, California, and basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar who all appeared on the morning news. The show also features portions of past conversations from Frank Buckley Interviews with rap icon/actor/entrepreneur Ice Cube, former White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, and actor/comedian Tommy Davidson. 

    • 29 min
    Lisa Napoli, Author "Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News"

    Lisa Napoli, Author "Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News"

    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 founder Ted Turner, how the network came to be, and how the network has evolved over the years. Lisa also answers questions from readers about the book and her research.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Go Denver ,

Love the interviews

I record all of the interviews and find them interesting and entertaining. There is nothing like this on TV. Frank is very down to earth and people respond to that. Thank you!

shiaohsi ,

Always waiting for the next Wednesday!

Thanks for a great podcast - love listening to new AND old episodes. Keep it up for the fans out there!

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A Quality Podcast!

A friend told me about this podcast over a year ago, and I’m so glad she did. Since that time I’ve read books, started other podcasts, watched movies, and changed my opinion of people and businesses, all because of Frank. If you like learning interesting things and appreciate a host who can ask all the right questions, this is for you. Thank you, Frank Buckley, for broadening my horizons.

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