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Bruce Cutler
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Bruce Cutler made his bones as one of the most flamboyant and controversial defense attorneys in recent history. His personal and professional relationship with the late mafia boss , John Gotti, known as “Teflon Don,” made headlines and spawned controversy.  

Melba Wilson
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Melba Wilson is the Queen of Comfort Food who holds court at Melba’s restaurant in Harlem, a neighborhood eatery that often attracts celebrities, movie stars, politicians and the media.

Melba honed her culinary skills in her grandmother’s kitchen, and later in Sylvia’s, the legendary eatery of her late aunt, Sylvia Woods, internationally known as the Queen of Southern Soul Food. 

Wilson showed off her talents on the Food Network when she bested famed chef Bobby Flay in an old fashioned Throwdown.

James Braxton Peterson
James Braxton Peterson for WBGO

Dr. James Braxton Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC, believes Hip Hop will lose its millennial followers if it does  not clean up its homophobic attitude.  It was a refrain uttered in 2005 by Kanye West.

But despite gay marriage and the mainline acceptance of the LGBT community, homophobia remains a constant in Hip Hop culture. 

Dr. Peterson grew up in Newark amid the murder, mugging and general mayhem that has plagued  the city for generations.

Earl Monroe
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Hall of Famer and Knicks legend Earl Monroe sat down with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his new book "Earl the Pearl: My Story" and his early days in South Philly.

Monore played for two NBA teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. Both teams have retired Monroe's number. Due to his on-court success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nicknames "Black Jesus" and "Earl the Pearl".

Mike Tyson
NJPAC

Former Boxing Champion Mike Tyson says he's finally happy. His one-man show "The Undisputed Truth" toured the country in 2013. 

He received a standing ovation at his performance at NJPAC in Newark on April 25, 2013.

In March of that year, Mike Tyson joined host Doug Doyle for this edition of SportsJam.

Click above to hear the entire show.

Dr. Deane Marchbein
Dr. Deane Marchbein

Dr. Deane Marchbein is the President of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).  Marchbein talks to host Allan Wolper about the struggle her organization endures to treat the sick and injured in war ravaged areas of South Sudan, Syria Libya and other hot spots around the globe.

Jim Brown
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Many sports enthusiasts consider Jim Brown as the greatest athlete of all-time.  Some consider him the greatest football player.  Some say the HOF running back was also the best lacrosse player ever.  He excelled at both football and lacrosse at Syracuse University before going into the NFL with the Cleveland Browns.  Brown was enshrined the in Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

In September of 2012, SportsJam host Doug Doyle spoke with Brown about his sports career and life.

Gretchen Morgenson
The New York Times

Gretchen Morgenson, an assistant business and financial editor of The New York Times, doesn’t party with the people in the financial world she writes about.

Annette Gordon-Reed
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Annette Gordon-Reed is a Harvard Law and History professor who has won national acclaim for her biographies on Thomas Jefferson.

Her 2008 book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family: explores the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings, a slave on his plantation, with whom he had seven children. Her book won a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book award.

Dan Lauria
Broadway.com

Veteran actor Dan Lauria, best known for playing the father in ABC's hit The Wonder Years, wowed audiences in the title role in Broadway's Lombardi in 2010.

Lauria, one of the most geniune celebrities you'd ever want to meet, sat down with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about the play, the legendary coach Vince Lombardi and his own love of football.

Matthew Bogdanos
Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Matthew Bogdanos, an assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and a Marine Reserve Colonel, has long been angry at the looting of antiquities from museums in the Middle East by terrorists.

He points out that the money the terrorists received from selling the artifacts stolen from the National Museum of Iraq during the war there was used to purchase weapons that were used against American soldiers. “The trade in illegal antiquities funded the insurgency in Iraq,” he said in an interview seven years ago in Conversations with Allan Wolper.

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