The mashup theme today combines words inspired by two companies into recognizable entries. The first word is a specific product name, the second is a word that is simply associated with the brand. The "result of a merger between Quaker Oats and Greyhound," for example, is LIFECOACHES. Life cereal being, apparently, a Quaker Oats product, and coaches being another word for buses. DRIVENUTS (Google and Planters) uses a Google brand name and a thing sold by Planters. SINGLESBARS (Kraft and Hershey's) gets even looser, with "bars" representing chocolate. It's fine. I mean, I wasn't bothered by it while solving, but as I review it, it seems a little thin.
Outside the theme, this had quite a few nice answers. TURMOIL (Mayhem), MIGRANT (Bird like the Canada goose or arctic tern), SCEPTERS, ... HOTELIER (Member of the inn crowd?) was fun, and I loved the SW corner with BARESALL, ANIMATION, GETINHERE, and SWELTERED.
There were some names I didn't know: JABOUKIE Young-White, CELESTE Ng, GUIDO Cavalcanti, NED Washington, BLAIR Waldorf, James ABRAM Garfield, and AQUILA (Eagle constellation), for example. And speaking of names, I was amused by the clue "Man's name that spells a fruit backward" (EMIL). And in a similar vein - how 'bout "Word that, when spelled backward, becomes its own synonym" (PAT). Heh.
You've got to go pretty deep into the definition of BENT to get to something like "Natural talent," but if it can be defended at all, it's fair game, right?
I'm not going to PAN it, but it didn't exactly thrill me. Let's end with a fun C/AP - "Where heroes are made" (DELI). That's a good one. :)