This week, Ashley and Mike are joined by three terrific conversationalists: James Wolcott, Marie Brenner, and Alan Zweibel. James gets us up to speed on director Michael Mann’s heart-thumping novel-sequel to his film masterpiece Heat, while Marie takes us inside her riveting new book about how one of New York City’s great hospitals battled and survived the coronavirus siege. Finally, Alan Zweibel, a founding writer of Saturday Night Live and the man behind John Belushi’s samurai sketches, stops by to talk about what happens when “hip” takes on a very different meaning. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss. Listen by clicking Play below. But be sure to subscribe at Apple Podcasts or Spotify so you don’t miss an episode.

Episode 98: Terminally Hip? An “S.N.L.” Writer Shares His Story

Plus: the unconventional sequel to Heat, one of the great crime movies; and a riveting new book about the early days of the pandemic in New York City