Emmy award winning news & sports journalist Ed Berliner is "The Man in the Arena", welcoming in guests from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sports, human interest, music, and whatever else catches his attention. Excellent guests, stimulating no-holds barred conversation with fascinating people and topics.
America stands at a crossroads with regard to the coronavirus and is need of asking and answering just one question: Who do you Trust? From tests that still aren’t available to so-called “magic drugs” that are anything but, the lie about this being a “Chinese virus” and the failure to properly prepare at the highest levels. As cities and regions go into lockdown, we need unbiased answers from the experts. Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Ed Berliner welcomes Dr. John Swartzberg into a revealing episode of “The Man in the Arena”. Dr. Swartzberg is one of the nation’s leading clinical professors of infectious diseases and vaccinology, and he has no qualms separating fact from fiction over COVID19. “The Man in the Arena”, where nothing is out of bounds.
To some, boxing is just a sport where people beat each other up. But a closer examination proves that the “sweet science” has been at the forefront of so many sociological changes in American society. In other words, it’s far from being just about people hitting each other. In this special edition of “The Man in the Arena”, Emmy Award winning broadcaster Ed Berliner welcomes former NYS Athletic Commissioner, current author on boxing history, and host on SiriusXM Randy Gordon to the mic where they lace up their gloves and reveal little known facts about how boxing has impacted America. From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali and so many others, it’s a revealing look at the negatives and positives that built this nation. Join Ed and Randy for another hard hitting episode of the show that always delivers in and out of e ring, “The Man in the Arena”.
Nothing in the history of worldwide organized sport touched every organization, every team, every player as the coronavirus COVID19 did. Leagues were left scrambling on how to react, and many of them failed miserably. Sports marketing expert Joe Favorito takes an in-depth and exclusive look at the major American sports leagues, how they handled the crisis, how many seemingly mishandled the crisis, and where they go from here. How will the fledgling XFL fare after an shortened first season, and is the NHL in trouble as the league with the fewest television dollars? Joe joins Emmy Award winning broadcaster Ed Berliner for an honest and investigative peek inside how it all happened, and how sports recovers when COVID19 is gone. Another non-stop episode of “The Man in the Arena”.
Even before he took office as President, Donald Trump launched full scale assaults against the CIA and FBI. His anger was directed at what he called the phony news about Russian interference in the 2016 election, which has long been proven to be real beyond the shadow of any doubt, and thanks to the tireless work of agents in these American intelligence agencies. However, the damage has been done, and the President continues his verbal assault. Agents are demoralized by what they perceive as a lack of confidence and a severe ack of leadership at many levels. How much damage remains? Why does the President name leaders that are unqualified for the job? And how have the Russians and Vladimir Putin benefited? Emmy Award winning journalist Ed Berliner is joined by veteran and former CIA Agent turned author and consultant Sam Faddis, as they tackle the hard questions and disagree on more than a few points. It’s another riveting conversation on the fastest growing interview show in podcasting, “The Man in the Arena”.
There is not one single solo word in the English language that brings with it such passionate and angry discourse of racism and hate. Simply known as “the N word”, white people can’t understand why they shouldn’t be allowed to use it, and a section of black people can’t, or won’t seem to understand the damage they do in making it part of their daily lexicon. Dr. Neal Lester has been teaching and speaking about the word for decades, educating people of every race about the history and the damage of this word. White people need to get a grip, and black people need to stop thinking there’s nothing wrong with their use of a word that has generations of evil intent. Join Emmy Award winning journalist Ed Berliner as he welcomes Dr. Lester to “The Man in the Arena” for a conversation that will ignite more than a few responses, and maybe even change some minds for the better.
NFL players are being told the new contract on the table is the best deal anyone could ever hope for, and a lot of them are buying it. Meantime, MLB fans are being told by Commissioner Rob Manfred and his minions that cheating is being addressed, and they weren’t aware how deep it went. One word: rubbish. It’s all nonsense, and we can prove it. No one has insight like former player agent and attorney Joe Casale, properly nicknamed “The Smartest Man in the Room”. Join Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Berliner as he welcomes Joe into “The Man in the Arena” for an in depth and riveting look at the facts, and why neither fans noe players should allow themselves to be taken for a ride.
Vladimir Putin is going to be President of Russia for life, and he is already well on his way to building a new “Iron Curtain”, a powerful military base in the Black Sea, and a cyber war machine second to none. What has America done? Almost nothing, dating back to then-President Obama and current President Trump, who is both naive and completely overwhelmed by the more masterful Putin. Donald Jensen is a Russian expert at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and perhaps no one knows the politics better. In this powerful edition of “The Man in the Arena”, questions are answered honestly, people will be angry at the truth, and Vladimir Putin will have spent one more day solidifying his power over a weak America. Join Emmy Award winning broadcaster Ed Berliner for another edition of the 1 on 1 show delivering news and truth with every question.
A recent study showed that the majority of millenials and quite a few people of all ages have no idea what the Holocaust was, some don’t even know what “Auschwitz” was. In failing to teach a younger generation to keep alive stories of the atrocities inflicted on generations by the Nazis, are we thus ensuring that such murderous intent will indeed come to life once again? Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Ed Berliner is joined by former journalist and prolific author Fern Schumer-Chapman, who has written 5 books with a connection to that era in history, including those that delve into the personal life of her Mother, one who escaped the Nazis just before the world turned chaos. A very special edition of “The Man in the Arena”, wondering why these lessons aren’t being taught, and when political correctness will stop being the order of the day.
NY Times best selling author Ellis Henican made his bones as a newspaperman for “Newsday”. Now, he runs the gamut from television news and political analyst to author of books seeking to reveal truths in American politics. In this revealing and brutally honest episode of “The Man in the Arena”, Henican and Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Ed Berliner take on not just how one can honestly tell the difference between fake news and true reporting, but why we may have reached the point where using words such as “lie” and “stupid” out loud and in print may be just what America needs. “The Man in the Arena” is always broadcast first on FACEBOOK LIVE on Ed Berliner’s page, but is also uploaded to You Tube and then played back on all major podcast platforms. Don’t be stupid. No lie. This is the conversation America needs in this election year.
Randy Gordon has been part of the fight game for more than 50 years, yet still maintains his childlike exuberance for the sport. The former NY State Athletic Commissioner, author, member of the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame and current host on SiriusXM does not believe boxing is being swallowed by MMA, UFC and other combat sports. On the contrary. It’s a friendly debate with Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Ed Berliner, who thinks the sport will never rise again to it’s former glory. The moments when boxing faded, the reason why people love to see the pummeling of MMA, and the future stars that prove boxing is returning in big way. It’s all in this episode of “The Man in the Arena”, where the old friends verbally do indeed step into the arena and let the punches fly.
This could be the most dysfunctional and disastrous time in Major League Baseball history. Then again, it could an era of cheating and dreadful leadership that will soon pass into history without any real repercussions to the sport. Peter Golenbock has written more than 20 books about baseball and brings his intimate knowledge of the game and it’s character to “The Man in the Arena”. From cheats who may very well work again in baseball, to a Commissioner under the thumb of his media bosses, to the player who magnificently scorched that Commish over some of the more ludicrously bad rules ideas the game has ever known, it’s all in here and a lot more. Join Emmy Award winning broadcaster and host Ed Berliner for a rollicking rendition of “The Man in the Arena”.
Democrats may think they have good intentions, but at the moment, they have little or no chance of defeating Donald Trump in November. They failed to get Bernie under control, Mayor Pete hasn’t grown into the job yet, Biden looks finished, Warren is thrashing about, and the best choice might be Bloomberg. Along with that, Hillary isn’t helping, and neither is a “stuck in the mud” press corps. Veteran political columnist Margaret Carlson joins Emmy Award winning journalist Ed Berliner for a rousing and provocative episode of “The Man in the Arena”.
Kobe Bryant was more than just an exceptional basketball player. He was a teenager thrust into the world of men, the kid who conquered a league, the young man who seemed to try his best in throwing it all away, and who in the end realized what he had been given and turned his life into an inspirational cavalcade. Roland Lazenby is an accomplished American author of numerous sports books, 2 of those about Kobe Bryant. He joins Ed Berliner to remember Kobe, with stories many will hear for the first time. Another special edition of the sports program that speaks to the intelligent mind, “The Fastest Show in Sports”.
This current MLB cheating scandal didn’t happen overnight. This has been brewing for many years with MLB complicit. Now come the hard questions. Lifetime bans for all involved? More front office mavens destined to be busted? And what of those already busted for cheating? What, did Alex Cora do it all by himself? Plenty of issues the baseball apologists won’t touch. We will. Join me as I welcome sports lawyer/agent Joe Casale in for a deep dive into the future of major league baseball in America.
More than 30 years after his tragic death, Tony Conigliaro remains a Boston Red Sox and baseball legend talked about like the star he was on the verge of becoming. His career cut short in a terrible on-field accident, Tony C. remains an inspiration to fans and players alike. Younger brother Richie Conigliaro joins Ed Berliner for an exclusive interview based on stories told in the family made documentary, “25”. It is a heartwarming and, at tims, heartbreaking story of a young man who left behind a legacy of courage.
Peter Graves has been around the world numerous times, a walking and still musical musical legend. From Serving his country in Vietnam to serving the musical needs of several generations ranging from Frank Sinatra to the world-changing tunes of the Bee Gees, and now keeping alive the legend of Jaco Pastorius, Peter joins Ed Berliner for some great stories and insiders views on “The Man in the Arena”.
Mark Farinella has covered the New England Patriots since the franchise took it’s first snap, and knows this team better than anyone. Mark joins Ed Berliner on “The Fastest Show in Sports” with words on Tom Brady’s future few people are talking about, where Brady will play his next game (if he plays), the fault Bill Belichick bears in the season failure, and the absolute, without answer to the question “WHY do people hate the Patriots so much?” Trust the guy who has been there for years and knows this franchise inside out.
Larry Weisman has been covering the NFL for more than 30 years, and in all that time, he’s never seen a bigger train wreck than this one franchise. Plus, no doubt as to the biggest dumpster fire owner in the game, a real shock for Coach of the Year consideration, and the team that will take the place of the New England Patriots as the one to beat. Join Ed Berliner for the first new year version of “The Fastest Show in Sports”.
If I were not a broadcaster, I would have wanted to be a musician or a singer. As I get older, I realize those were opportunities missed. Yet I’ve had the excellent fortune of being great friends with outstanding members of both professions, which led me to interview Grammy award winning saxophonist Ed Calle. He came from the South Florida music streets, and his sound it one of the more unique you will ever hear. Meet the man, then go buy one of his albums. You’ll thank me.
Dave Barry has been a friend for many years, and his humor has been a staple of South Florida for decades. All these years I’ve known Dave, and never had the chance to interview him. That finally was solved with the release of his latest book, “Lessons From Lucy”, what we can learn from a senior girl who goes about life without a care, yet is passing on lessons every single day. One of the more fun interviews I’ve ever done.
You will never see a picture of Michael Chour without a dog. I dare you to find one. Chour put his life on hold several years ago, actually abandoned the life he had, and dedicated every ounce of his existence to saving the dogs of SE Asia from the despicable dog meat trade, where these gentle animals are tortured and slaughtered. Chour does it all with the kindness of donations, and his heart has been broken more times than he can count. But he refuses to surrender. From halfway around the world, one of my most touching and meaningful interviews ever.