|Conservative talk show host and author, Michael Savage is a highly popular, and highly controversial, figure in the tradition of radio firebrands such as Bob Grant and Rush Limbaugh. His show, SAVAGE NATION, is heard by millions of listeners nationwide, and was the title of one of his several bestselling books. Savage's fans enjoys his acid tongue, his perceptive and entertaining mocking of liberal canards, and his advocacy of strong measures on immigration and homeland security. His critics say he goes way over the top and trades in hate speech. In 2003, Savage was fired from MSNBC after making anti-gay comments. ||Savage's critics like to make much of his biography. Born Michael Alan Weiner, he received a doctorate, and published many books on alternative health. Early in his career, Weiner was a liberal, and knew several of the Beats as well as Timothy Leary. But he changed his politics in the 1980s, burning his bridges behind him and throwing gasoline on the fire. On his radio show, Michael Savage excoriates liberals (and the liberal media), yet his outspokenness has even gotten him in trouble with fellow conservatives, notably Bernard Goldberg, who included Savage as one of the few conservatives in his book 100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA.