Category Archives: Doug Miles

“Book Talk” guest Jessica Yellin author “Savage News”

Doug Miles talks with Jessica Yellin author “Savage News” a novel on “Talk Across America”. Book Link: https://amzn.to/2WPX9vi





1969 Mets Outfielder Art Shamsky Interview “After the Miracle”

Doug Miles talks to Art Shamsky about his book on the 1969 Mets “After the Miracle, The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets”. You may order the book below in the Amazon box.





Greg Kinnear’s Directorial Debut Film “Phil” Closes Out 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, FL) The 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival concluded Saturday evening with the screening of Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut film “Phil” at the Sarasota Opera House. Kinnear also appeared in a Q&A earlier in the day before a packed house at the Sage Restaurant in downtown Sarasota.

“Phil” is one of those movies that is difficult to categorize. It has some very funny moments and some dramatic dark moments. The film deals with the topic of suicide creating a delicate line that Kinnear as both an actor in the lead role and director walks with great skill in leading the audience on this storytelling journey.

Phil is a dentist who is dissatisfied and looking for more meaning in his life. We even see him contemplating suicide. When one of his patients Michael, played by Bradley Whitford, who exudes an apparent zest for life and is seemingly very successful I career and home life comes in for a routine cleaning, it sets Phil on his journey to find that same kind of zeal in his own existence.

SARASOTA, FL – APRIL 13: Greg Kinnear attends the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival on April 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for 2019 Sarasota Film Festival)

Without giving away too much, Phil, who is divorced and has a teen-age daughter, follows Michael around for awhile and admires his home, family and especially his wife, played by Emily Mortimer. We are then shocked to see that Michael has committed suicide by hanging himself in the woods which Phil discovers while following him in his car. Phil goes to Michael’s funeral and in a funny and poignant scene, meets his widow Alicia. Phil pretends to be a friend of Michael that he knew many years ago in Greece and even takes on a Greek accent. Alicia is touched that Phil, pretending to be this friend, traveled all this way to honor her husband and invites him to her house. Phil then pretends to be a plumber and offers to finish a job Michael had begun refurbishing Alicia’s bathroom just to be able to be near her. While it sounds a bit creepy, Kinnear plays the part with such effective pathos that the audience can’t help but root for him. I’ll leave the plot there, but the film does end on a positive note and will leave you feeling good about what happened.

In other events during the festival, Emmy Award winning and Tony Award winning actress Blythe Danner was honored with the SFF Icon Award and Emmy Award winning and Tony Award nominated actress Anne Heche was honored with a Career Tribute Award. The festival also celebrated the groundbreaking of its new facility to be built in downtown Sarasota.





“Book Talk” guest Richard Lieberman author “Bad Seed”

Doug Miles talks with Richard Lieberman author “Bad Seed, a story about genetic engineering and CRISPR technology and the controversy that surrounds it. You may order the book below in the Amazon box.





Sarasota Film Festival Review: “Mike Wallace is Here”

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Film Festival opened Friday night with a screening of a “Mike Wallace is Here”, a documentary that generated a lot of buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film vividly tells the story of arguably the most famous television journalist of the 20th century.

If you remember Mike Wallace from his days on “60 minutes”, you know his hard-hitting interview style that he created first in the 1950’s and later became his trademark on “60 Minutes”. This film goes back and tells his entire career story of when he began in early radio in the late 1930’s and 1940s doing shows like “The Green Hornet” and “Sky King”. Wallace was a radio actor and announcer before going into early television where he did commercials and talk shows. He also acted, hosted game shows and variety shows. But Mike Wallace, born Myron Leon Wallik in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1918, made his name doing a show called “Night Beat” on the old Dumont Network with a raw, hard-hitting one-on-one interrogation style which was at the time very unique, unusual and ground breaking. That show went on to the ABC network and lasted for several years.

The film depicts how Wallace decided to a change his career to being strictly a newsman. The tragedy of his son Peter who died in 1962 in Greece was the impetus to dedicate himself to doing more meaningful journalism. Wallace joined CBS and worked as a general reporter before he and producer Don Hewitt were given a directive to come up with an idea do something. What they created in 1968 was a revolutionary concept at the time, a magazine for television called “60 Minutes”.

The broadcast got low ratings for several years until the Watergate scandal in the early 70’s when the show took off and eventually became number one. Wallace’s investigative no holds barred style of reporting made him a household name.

The documentary directed by Avi Belkin, delves into the tough times including Wallace’s suffering from depression after being sued by General William Westmoreland over a report on the Viet Nam War and his failed marriages. Wallace admits in a candid interview done by colleague Morley Safer, that he was not a great father or husband and at one time thought of committing suicide.

Belkin makes great use of vintage footage from the CBS archives as well as kinescope clips from Wallace’s early career in television showcasing how versatile he was as a broadcaster. It wasn’t always a smooth ride for Wallace getting to the top of his profession, but it sure wasn’t dull.

“Mike Wallace is Here” will be distributed to theaters later this year according to Belkin, who held a Q&A after the screening in Sarasota. In the meantime, the documentary is being shown at other film festivals throughout the country. Highly recommended.





Artist Spotlight: Jazz Singer Carol Welsman

Doug Miles talks with Jazz singer and pianist Carol Welsman about her new CD, her career in jazz and more plus a few selections from her new album.





Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 4-6-19

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the first week of major league baseball, preview the NHL playoffs and Masters.





“Mike Wallace is Here” review Sarasota Film Festival 2019





“Book Talk” guest Austin Kleon author “Keep Going, 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad”

Doug Miles talks with Austin Kleon author “Keep Going, 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad” on “Talk Across America”. Book link available below:





“Book Talk” guest Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars”

Doug Miles talks with Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars” on “Talk Across America”. Book available here: https://amzn.to/2WngvIa