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All Topics: New Book, Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures | Wooly Mammoth | A Boston lab attempting to create a Wooly Mammoth | Science | George Church | Church is writing DNA | Wooly Mammoth project | Jurassic Park vs. what Church is trying to do | Mole-rat study | Our children will live to 150 years and their kids may not die | Ethical issues

July 19th 2017

Ben talks about his New Book, Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures.



Sept 7th 2016

All Topics: New book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway | Conspiracy theories | Chuck Zukowski a sheriff in Colorado | Zukowski becoming a UFO hunter | Cow mutilations | Theories | Roswell, New Mexico | Bigelow Aerospace Company and Mutual UFO Network | Hilary Clinton wouldn’t be surprised if we were visited by UFO’s | Possibility of being visited by a UFO in the 1940s

Author talks about his new book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway.’



Jun 11th 2015

All Topics: New Book, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs, A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder | Billionaire oligarchs created Vladimir Putin | Putin over taking his creators  | Books creation | Communism falling in Russia | Boris Yeltsin wanting to bring capitalism into Russia | Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky | Roman building himself into one of the richest guys in the world | 7 men controlled 50 percent of Russia’s GDP during Yeltsin tenure | Oligarchs knew they had to find a replacement for Yeltsin | Oligarchs finding a nobody named Vladimir Putin | Putin betraying the oligarchs | Berezovsky attacking Putin | Ben dealing with all these Russians | Putin trying to take the Oligarchs money back for Russia | Putin believes in the old Soviet Union

The author joins Van Smack in studio.



Sept 10th 2014

All Topics: In studio | Jim’s audience | His life now | His new book, ‘Seven Wonders’ is a Indiana Jones type thriller | Seven Wonders of the world | Marijuana calls | Being smart in your 30s | Characters in ‘Seven Wonders,’ The Grady’s | Conspiracy theories | Every culture has a version of the Garden of Eden | The process of writing a book | Becoming animalistic while working on a book | Reading | Working with Kevin Spacey | Spacey is a genius | Spacey being weird | Tweets | His past books | Relationships with former book subjects | Clones being his biggest reading audience

Ben on his new book, ‘Seven Wonders:’ “It’s very Indiana Jones.”


May 28th 2013

All Topics: Explains how ‘Straight Flush’ came about | Gets stories every week now after writing “Bringing Down The House” | 1997 | Some University of Montana Frat brothers | Poker sites | and | Online poker laws | Online poker was a 15 Billion dollar industry | College guys getting 1 million dollars a day | Online poker being very un-regulated | The Montana kids aren’t bad kids but it did get crazy | In 2006 a stricter gambling law in the U.S. passed | The Montana frat boys moving to Costa Rica | Online Poker demand was huge | Going to Korea to hire programmers | Senators bringing down online poker | A Night at the Del Ray in Costa Rica | A Night at the Del Ray being the Disney Land for sex | His writing style | These Montana kids aren’t saints | Online poker now being legal in a few states | These Montana Frat Brothers | Two different cheating scandals | Rouge employees? | scandal | Scott Tom | Tom being a fugitive | Tom being in Antigua | Still wants to write a Jim Rome book | No sex and drugs in the Jim Rome story |

Ben to Van Smack: “You’ve been the best thing in my career.”


Jul 25, 2011:

Ben on his career: “The Rome audience made me the writer I am.”


Sep 29, 2010:

Topics: The Social Network is the best movie he’s ever seen | The movie follows the book very closely | Facebook says this is all fiction | Tried for a year to talk with Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook | Zuckerberg’s betrayal | The people Zuckerberg left behind | Doing research for the book | Facebook started with a late night prank | Mark Zuckerberg being a computer nerd, who couldn’t pull chics | Court | Eduardo Saverin | Eduardo freaking out half way through the book | Eduardo getting a billion dollar settlement and never speaking to him again | Thinks Eduardo got scared | Unfair attack on Zuckerberg’s character in the movie? | Ben’s style of writing; truth mixed with drama | Facebook being so big | 500 million members on Facebook | Pros and cons of Facebook | Massive amount of information on Facebook; it’s kind of scary | Internet is written in pen not pencil | Zuckerberg’s past | What’s next for Metrick? | Wants to write a book on Jim Rome | Next book is a secret; comes out in June |



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