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It’s a Literate Edition of ‘The Mix’!

That’s right.

We said literate – as in, well, whatever the definition of literate is.

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Gay: Old WHO Eyes?

Among the guests “booked” on tonight’s Mix are two bestselling novelists, one comedian who’s a newbie author, one director whose latest flick is based on a hit play, one beloved mythical character reading aloud and one British actor chatting about the screenplay for his latest star vehicle.

More specifically, the show answers such all-important questions as:

—While researching a long Esquire magazine profile on Frank Sinatra, why Gay Talese (right) didn’t think it was all that important to interview the legendary crooner himself.

—Which little-known Christmas tale Santa Claus chose to officially kick off the holiday season.

—How the script for Nobel Son led star Alan Rickman to order a set of crooked teeth from his dentist.

—Why David Baldacci is “terrified” that Uncle Sam has enlisted his help to thwart terror attacks on U.S. soil.

—How a homicidal inmate prompted Kevin Nealon to sire his first child.

—Why Ron Howard insisted that Oliver Platt hold nothing back while impersonating Richard Nixon in the new flick, Frost/Nixon.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

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David Baldacci: I Was Terrified that Uncle Sam Asked Me to Help Guard Against Doomsday Scenarios!

To you – and his millions of fans – David Baldacci may be the best- selling author of thrilling novels like Absolute Power and The Camel Club.

But to the U.S. government, he’s also a source of nefarious ideas that could save our nation from an act of mass destruction.

Absolute terror.

David: Absolute terror.

In an interview on The Alan Levy Show, David – whose latest page-turner is titled Divine Justice – tells host (and BlogTalkRadio CEO) Alan Levy that Uncle Sam has called on him to think like a terrorist in hopes of foiling real bad guys.

“The government [has] contacted me . . . to sort of get out-of-the-box thinking on different scenarios. They would say, ‘Here’s a doomsday scenario.’ And they would tell me what it was and say, ‘How would you go about doing that – how would you attack that facility?’” the writer reveals.

“And [I’d] come up with a way to do it and then they would take that way and – supposedly, I guess – reverse-engineer it to prevent it from ever happening the way [I’d] described.

“It’s commendable, that they would go to people outside the norm, outside of government, to try to brainstorm.  I was flattered that they came to me, to sort of help protect the American people,” David continues – before adding this not-all-that-funny kicker:

“Of course, another part of me was terrified that they had to come to people like me to help protect the American people. ‘Cause you’re thinking, Don’t you have experts who take care of this?”

To hear David’s full interview, click here.

Literary Superstar David Baldacci Talks Novels and Non-Profits on ‘The Alan Levy Show’

Even if you’re among the three literate adults in the English-speaking world who’s never heard of David Baldacci, we bet you have seen Absolute Power.

That’s right – the 1997 flick starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Judy Davis and Laura Linney.  Well, that was based on David’s smash bestseller of the same name.

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David: Had "Divine" inspiration for latest thriller.

Since then, he has penned 16 additional best- sellers, which have been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 40 million copies.

So you can imagine how thrilled we are that David will be stopping into The Alan Levy Show today to chat with Alan Levy, and special co-host Miriam Parker from Hachette Book Group.

The topic atop everyone’s list will of course be David’s divine-justice3just-released book, Divine Justice, which tells the story of John Carr, alias “Oliver Stone,” who becomes the most wanted man in America after assassinating the two men who destroyed his life. On John’s tail every step of the way – from the power corridors of Washington, D.C., to the tiny coal-mining town of Divine, Va. – is master spy Macklin Hayes.

But David, who in 1997 was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine, will also discuss his role as national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as his own literacy foundation, Wish You Well.

To hear David live at 3 p.m. ET today, and on-demand immediately thereafter, click here.