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Our interview with Author Sonia Taitz
Sonia’s newest book (a memoir), THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER depicts the author’s life as the American child of Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox, European concentration camp survivors. We track Sonia through an ambitious quest to rescue her parents from enduring trauma – and in the process, heal herself. From her law degree at Yale to her education at Oxford, the journey climaxes with a surprising and catalytic love story that changes everything. Here is a classic story of forging an individual, American identity which blends past, present and future. Nominated by the ALA for the Sophie Brody Medal and is now an Amazon “Hot New Read.”
She is also the author of the novel, “In The King’s Arms” and the critically acclaimed Mothering Heights. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer and other publications. As a playwright her work has been performed in New York, Oxford, and Washington D.C. Ms. Taitz holds a J.D. from Yale and an M.Phil in English Literature from Oxford University, where she received the Lord Frank Bullock Prize in Writing.
Our interview with Playwright Meryl Cohn
Meryl Cohn’s current play, Reasons To Live is playing at the Provincetown Theater through October 14th, 2012. she joined Anne on the show and talked about her work, writing in general, relationships and how not to respond to a medical emergency.
Meryl’s previous play, THE FINAL SAY was the Runner Up for the 2012 ATHE Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. She was awarded the 2009 Jane Chambers Award for THE SIEGELS OF MONTAUK, and has twice been a semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; a finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Playwriting Grant; and a Lark Play Development Center Semifinalist. Most recently her work has been produced and/or workshopped by WHAT, The Road Theatre, Counter Productions, TOSOS, the Smith College Theatre Department, and the N.Y. International Fringe Festival.
Our 2nd Visit with with Funny Guy Steve Bluestein
Steve has traveled from sunny Southern California to Massachusetts to Take care of some Mom business and do a reading of his laugh-a-minute book, “It’s So Hard To Type With A Gun In My Mouth.” Anne and Steve talk Yom Kippur, Travel, Moms, Politics and (wait for it…) Home Depot.
Our Third Interview with Rick Shapiro [R]
Just back from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and still recovering from a scary “Heart Event”, Rick Shapiro returns! Anne, Michael and Rick talk politics, Health Care (and Health SCARES), new movie and TV projects and much more!
Check out Rick’s “Web Presence” at: Rick Shapiro’s Site
Our Interview with Ken Davitian
A few days ago, it was our immense pleasure to talk to Ken Davitian on the phone. Ken had just co-chaired, The Last 70 MM Film Festival, a star-studded event in Hollywood with Legends such as Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters and Billy Crystal in attendance. Ken is very familiar to those of you who have seen the movie-film entitled, “BORДT: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” in which he portrayed Azamat Bagatov, Borat’s Documentary Producer. He’s been seen in several additional films such as The Artist, Meet the Spartans and Get Smart. His latest project is called Chasing the Hill, a political drama created by several alumni of The West Wing. Chasing the Hill can be seen ONLY ONLINE at chasingthehill.com
Ken’s Twitter Page: @Ken Davitian
Our Second Interview with Rick Shapiro [R]
It’s been a couple of weeks and Rick is back and hilarious as always! Anne, Michael and Rick talk politics, religious produce, passionate kisses, JUSTICE and how to live life as Rick Shapiro (It’s NOT easy). It’s a blast and we’re glad he’s here with us! Enjoy! And YES, the last seven minutes or so are fairly fuzzy but hey, it goes that way sometimes.
Check out Rick’s “Web Presence” at: Rick Shapiro’s Site
[Contains adult language, mature themes and comedic insanity meant for adults only, not kids – even if they are pretending to be adult. Be yourself]
Our Interview with Rick Shapiro [R]
Rick Shapiro is one of the most innovative and surreal (I put heavy emphasis on the surreal thing) comedic artists to date: A staple of the NYC and LA Underground Comedy Scene. His life story is featured in “Give It Up,” a book by award-winning author Adrian LeBlanc. Additionally, Rick is featured in the latest award-winning comedic book SATIRISTAS. Rick is known for his ability to improvise (DISCUSS amongst yourselves), making up much of his trademark long sets on the spot. Rick Shapiro was a regular on HBO’s sitcom, “Lucky Louie,” as the brother-in-law Jerry; this role proudly featured full frontal nudity. He is the voice of Grand Theft Auto IV’s Mason Waylon on the radio station PLR and is starring in the movie Project X (Joel Silver, Todd Philips). Rick just debuted his second CD: CATALYST FOR CHANGE plus HE HAS A BOOK: Unfiltered. Rick, although a long-time devoted Lower East Side performer, now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Go see Rick’s World at: Rick Shapiro’s Site
[Contains adult language, mature themes and comedic insanity meant for adults only, not kids – even if they are pretending to be adult. Be yourself]
Our Interview with Bill Posley
Bill is an American stand up comedian perhaps best known for being “voted off the island” in one of the most ridiculous moves ever made on the CBS television show, Survivor: One World. He’s also a US Combat Veteran and a very funny guy! We’re very pleased that he spent some time to talk with us about his adventures.
Check out his Facebook page at: Bill Posley Comedy
The Triumphant Return of Dylan Brody
Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, humorist and thrice published author and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. We are very happy he’s on the show again! Dylan discusses philosophy and politics with Anne Levine, drawing several martial arts comparisons. It’s true, I was there.
Find out more stuff about the Purveyor of Fine Words & Phrases at: Dylan’s website
Our Interview with Alonzo Bodden
Alonzo is an American comedian and actor best known for winning the grand prize in the third season of the reality-television series Last Comic Standing. He had been the runner-up in the previous season. He became a talent judge in the 5th season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, along with Kathleen Madigan and ANT. In 2005, he released a DVD of his stand-up work: Tall, Dark and Funny. Alonzo was born in Queens, New York and moved to California after graduating from high school where he spent many years in the aerospace industry. He has hosted the Speed TV program 101 Cars You Must Drive and America’s Worst Driver. He has performed his comedy on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Make Me Laugh, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central Presents and It’s Showtime at the Apollo as well as voice acting Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue, Masked Rider, and O’Grady. He has also been in several films including 8 Guys (a short film), Bringing Down the House, The Girl Next Door, Scary Movie 4 and National Lampoon’s Totally Baked: A Potumentary. Alonzo has also appeared semi-regularly as a panelist on NPR‘s news quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! We are so happy he is on our show!
You can find out what he’s up to right now by going to his website: Alonzo Live
Our Interview with Steve Bluestein
Comedians come in all shapes and sizes. Steve Bluestein comes in one shape, Funny. His talent has been honed from years of pounding the boards in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Tahoe and countless comedy clubs across the nation. Born in Boston his heart was always in New York, where he moved directly after graduating from Emerson College. It was there he first went to Bud Friedman’s Improv and got bitten by the comedy bug. He immediately became one of the Comedy Store Regulars after moving to Los Angeles and was a member of the Comedy Store Players as well as a founding member of The Groundlings. It was there, at the Groundlings, he learned the improvisational skills he uses in his stand up act. In the last few years, his career has taken a new form. After writing for Normal Lear and Playboy, he joined the sit-com staff of “Thirteen East” for NBC, then went on to write “Totally Hidden video” for Fox.
His latest project, a book entitled It’s So Hard To Type With A Gun In My Mouth, is available at Lulu and Amazon
Our SECOND interview with Dylan Brody
Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, humorist and thrice published author and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In recent years, he has emerged as a radio raconteur, whose witty and profound tales of his journey through life are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, earning him a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers. We are very happy he’s on the show!
Dylan has a new CD, Chronological Disorder, that is available on Amazon
Our Interview with Vicky Tiel
Vicky Tiel is a unique phenomenon in the international world of fashion. She began designing clothes forty years ago, and is perhaps the only American to have operated her own fashion design business in Paris over this time, lasting longer than many of her French contemporaries.
As the “it” girl of the 1960’s, Tiel’s signature dresses—designed to make women look and feel great in their curves—have been sold exclusively in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus for the past thirty years and worn by everyone from her old friend and investor in her Paris shop, Elizabeth Taylor, to Goldie Hawn, Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian.
Our Interview with Sarah Schulman
Sarah Schulman, novelist, historian and playwright was an early chronicler of the AIDS crisis, she wrote on AIDS and social issues, publishing in The Village Voice in the early 1980s and writing the first piece on AIDS and the homeless, which appeared in The Nation. Sarah talks to Anne about her newest book, The Gentrification Of The Mind: Witness To A Lost Imagination and about U.S. Politics, Israel and Gay Marriage.
Our Interview with Jonny Dubowsky
Jonny Dubowsky is Jonny of the band Jonny Lives! He talks with Anne about working on their latest album, being on Conan and his amazing non-profit project focused on delivering the most effective environmental education possible to students of all ages through partnerships with today’s most important musicians called Rock ‘N Renew and hanging out with Roseanne (I know!).
Our Interview with John Wlaysewski
John Wlaysewski, front man for Late Cambrian, guitarist for Flying Machines (whose song, On A Whim, was described by NPR as a “PERFECT POP SONG”) is everything you want: A Vietnamese/Polish/Irish Television Extra from Queens who once auditioned a one armed Serbian bass player for his band.
Our Interview with Kate Carter
LifeChronicles helps families heal and connect by videotaping the life stories of an elderly family member or a seriously ill loved one. This amazing project has more than 13 years of experience guiding over 700 clients through their memories and experiences to be preserved on video.
Our Latest Interview with Whitney Dow
Whitney Dow is one half of Two Tone Productions which was formed by a black and a white filmmaker to create films, curriculum and web-based content which address issues of race and difference. Founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of the principles first collaboration, the film “Two Towns of Jasper”, the company has produced films that have screened at festivals and aired on television networks around the world. Two Tone Productions films have received many awards including: the George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I duPont Award, The Beacon Award, the Emmy Award as well as awards from numerous festivals. Their soon to be released film is entitled, “When the Drum is Beating“.
Prior to forming Two Tone Productions, Dow spent ten years in the industrial and commercial world, directing over 200 shorts and commercials. In addition to directing such films as “Two Towns of Jasper“, “I Sit Where I Want” and “Unfinished Country” he has produced numerous films including “Freedom Summer, “Banished” and “Toots“.
Our Latest Interview with Jesse Kornbluth
As a magazine journalist, he’s been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York, Architectural Digest, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Departures and a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, etc. As an author, Jesse’s books include Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan; Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken; Pre-Pop Warhol and The Other Guy Blinked (with Roger Enrico). From 1997 to 2002, he was Editorial Director of America Online. In 2004, Jesse launched HeadButler.com. This time, he’s here to help us with our Christmas Shopping!
Our interview with Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kennedy is an internationally renowned and bestselling novelist. His 10 novels have been translated in 22 countries. His latest novel, The Moment, to be published in paperback with Atria (a division of Simon and Schuster) in November, 2011, recently became a #1 Bestseller in France, as did his earlier novel, Leaving the World. Kennedy’s novels are often written in European landscapes, and have been particularly acclaimed and beloved in France, where Kennedy was awarded the French decoration, The Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007. In November 2009, he received the first “Grand Prix du Figaro,” awarded by the newspaper Le Figaro.
Kennedy has two children, Max and Amelia. He divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin and Maine.
Our interviews about Grindr
Grindr is the largest all male location-based mobile network and is a worldwide phenomenon. We’ve stitched two interviews into one file giving two perspectives by Grindr users, one from the East Coast (New York) and one from the West (Los Angeles). John, age 51, is from Los Angeles and has been using Grindr for a little over a month. Sean, our NYC interviewee, is 22, a media and web developer who has a widely differing opinion of the smartphone app. Anne also discusses other topics such as bullying and “metrosexuals” with John which did not make it into the live broadcast.
Our interview with Sonia Taitz
Sonia Taitz’s latest work (also her first, it’s just a little complicated – tune in) is In The King’s Arms, a literary romance. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Mothering Heights and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, and other publications. As a playwright her work has been performed in New York, Oxford, and Washington D.C. Ms. Taitz holds a J.D. from Yale and an M.Phil in English Literature from Oxford University, where she received the Lord Frank Bullock Prize in Writing.
Our interview with Meg Tuite
Meg Tuite’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Berkeley Fiction Review, Hawaii Review, Calliope, One, the Journal, Santa Fe Literary Review, 34th Parallel, Boston Literary Magazine, Fast Forward Press, San Francisco Bay Press, Connotation Press, Perceptions Magazine, Valparaiso Literary Review, Nervous Breakdown, Necessary Fiction, Inkspill Magazine, Eclectic Flash, Drum Literary Magazine, DOGZPLOT, Defenestration, Dot Dot Dash, Specter Magazine, Front Porch Review, Red Fez, Art Faccia, Whistling Fire, Midway Journal, SLAB Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Thunderclap, The Adroit Journal, Istanbul Literary Review, Foundling Review, Short, Fast & Deadly, Un(En)Gender Me Anthology, Wilderness House Literary Review, Journal of Microfiction, The Nova Scotia Review, Luna Station Quarterly, Gloom Cupboard, Spilt Milk, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Bartleby Snopes, Journal of Truth & Consequences, Mississippi Crow, Negative Suck, Artistically Declined, Molotov Cocktail, Full of Crow, 52/250, Pure Slush, Red Ochre Lit, Divine Dirt Quarterly, Prime Number Magazine, Calliope Nerve, Ascent Aspirations, Blue Print Review, Danse Macabre, 50 to 1 Magazine, Twenty-20 Magazine, 50 Word Stories, TrainWrite, Flash Party, Crash, Fiction Collective, A-Minor, Nothing to Flawnt, Kaffe at Katmandu, Fictionaut, Sleet Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, Apocryphas & Abstractions, Black Words on White Paper, Fractured West, Galleys Online, Midnight Screaming Magazine and Ink Monkey. She has a novel-in-stories, “Domestic Apparition,” now available through San Francisco Bay Press.
Our interview with Ellen Kaye
Ellen is a singer, restaurateur and micro-lending advocate. She grew up with The Russian Tea Room in Manhattan (which her parents owned) as her playground and shares some wonderful stories with us on our show. We also discuss her recording career, her new album and her newest venture, Moscow 57, her return to the high-end restaurant business in New York City.
Amazing, Ellen Kaye- Like most of these interviews, this one contains much that was not broadcast on the air.
Our interview with David Gessner
David Gessner is the author of eight books, including My Green Manifesto,The Tarball Chronicles, Sick of Nature, The Prophet of Dry Hill and Return of the Osprey, which was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year and the Book-of-the-Month club as one of its top books of the year. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Harvard Review, and Orion. He has taught environmental writing at Harvard, and is currently an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the national literary journal, Ecotone.
American essayist, memoirist, nature writer, editor and cartoonist, David Gessner Like most of these interviews, this one contains much that was not broadcast on the air.
Our interview with Gregg Ostrin
A native of Los Angeles, Gregg spent his 20’s as an actor, working in such theaters as The Old Globe and The Guthrie, before deciding to pursue the more stable career of writing. A founding member of L.A’s Scrap Theater, his first play Rank and File was produced on the Hudson MainStage in 1990. Since then Gregg has written on two landmark internet series, “Second City Naked News” and “Whirlgirl“, sold numerous screenplays and TV pilots and wrote for the short lived NBC series “Wind on Water“, starring Bo Derek and the much longer-running series “Xena, Warrior Princess“. In addition, Gregg has written some of the more memorable movie trailers that audiences have enjoyed over the last 13 years. Gregg is currently a member of the Coronet Writer’s Lab, where Kowalski was originally workshopped, under the guidance of the great T. Jay O’Brien.
Playwright, Screenwriter and a guy who has very little written about him, Gregg Ostrin. Like most of these interviews, this one contains much that was not broadcast.
Our interview with Len Kuntz
Len Kuntz is a writer from the wetter side of Washington State near an eagle and three pesky beavers. His work appears widely in print and online at such places as Storyglossia, Monkey Bicycle, decomP, Staccato Fiction, Blueprint Review, Camroc Press, Word Riot, Troubadour 21, The Camel Saloon, you should be getting the picture by now (he writes a lot).
When he is not writing, he’s running long sweaty distances, weeding or watching water fowl eat the grass off his lawn, apparently. This is an extended interview, with a lot that didn’t make it into the original broadcast.
Our interview with Dylan Brody
Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, humorist and thrice published author and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In recent years, he has emerged as a radio raconteur, whose witty and profound tales of his journey through life are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, earning him a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.
Brody’s new CD, A TWIST OF THE WIT, his third with Stand Up! Records, was released on February 14th 2011. The last two full length CDs were released in 2009 by Stand Up! following a sold out launch event at the Comedy Central Stage. BREVITY, a compilation of pieces originally produced for radio, and TRUE ENOUGH: Dylan Brody – Live. His stories are heard on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s LaughUSA and RawDog Comedy channels. His CDs were included in the premiere Comedy Catalogue for PANDORA. In March of 2011 he began providing interstitial comedy content for Yahoo’s streaming radio system and CBS interactive, his short comedic rants acquiring more than a million and a half individual impressions each day.
Our Interview with Amy Ferris
Amy Ferris is an author (Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Mid-life Crisis), screen & television writer, journalist & editor, Buddhist, married person (to Ken, who she is crazy nuts about. They have been married for 16 years. Some years have been better than others, and I’m sure he can give you, upon request, exact dates) and cat owner who loves writing about (all things) women,championing & supporting & encouraging & inspiring women, and her fervent wish (and prayer) is that all women awaken to their greatness: using their lives fully, with passion, compassion, determination, hope, self-fullness, humor, truth, authenticity, power, boldness, kindness and forgiveness. Amy wants women to forgive themselves for all those old antiquated belief systems that were instilled and engraved in their lives by others who just didn’t know any better. Amy Also serves on the Board of Directors at Peters Valley Art, Education & Craft Center, on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center and am Co-chair of Safe Haven, Inc. – creating domestic peace for women, children, and men. This extended interview contains much which was not on the original broadcast.
Our Interview with Charles Blackstone
Charles Blackstone is an American author. He is the a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder creative writing program, where he won the Barker Award for Fiction in 2001, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Come Together, an anthology of fiction and creative non-fiction that defies the confines of genre and has also published a novel, The Week You Weren’t Here, which Chicago public radio station WBEZ named a featured selection in its 2006 Summer Book Bag. In 2011, Charles embraced the position of Managing Editor at Bookslut.com. This extended interview includes much more than we were able to broadcast on the air.
Daniel Button Reviews 10 Tables in Provincetown
Daniel Button is a restaurant reviewer for Cape Cod For Couples as well as classically trained chef, blogger at Frenchy’s House Party and a snappy dresser. This is an extended interview which includes a review of Fin, in Dennis, Massachusetts, which was not included in the original radio broadcast.
Our Interview with Jesse Kornbluth
As a magazine journalist, he’s been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York, Architectural Digest, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Departures and a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, etc. As an author, Jesse’s books include Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan; Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken; Pre-Pop Warhol and The Other Guy Blinked (with Roger Enrico). Most recently, he helped Twyla Tharp on The Collaborative Habit. On the Web, Mr. Kornbluth co-founded Bookreporter.com, now the hub of the Internet’s most successful non-commercial book network. From 1997 to 2002, he was Editorial Director of America Online. In 2004, Jesse launched HeadButler.com. In his own words: “I’m not a professional critic; if I don’t like something, I’d rather pretend it doesn’t exist than tell you why it sucks. I see myself as an advocate for New Stuff that’s actually exciting and Great Stuff that’s been overlooked.”
Our Interview with Gustavo Bonevardi
Gustavo bonevardi was born and raised in New York City. He received a Masters Degree from Princeton University and has practiced architecture in new York and Buenos Aires. In 1999, he co-founded West Side Industries, a CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) studio specializing in architectural representation. Throughout his career, Gustavo has produced murals and other works, often incorporating them in his architectural projects. In September 2001, he and the architect John Bennett, conceived the World Trade Center Memorial, Tribute In Light. Gustavo has studios in New York City and Sag Harbor.
Our Interview With Joan Bigwood
Joan Bigwood is a graduate of Smith College where she studied Economics and French Literature. Both fields of study inform her endless fascination with how humans are motivated, how their choices affect their circumstances, and how these translate into compelling narrative. Joan has spent the past twenty-five years earning her keep as a writer, primarily in marketing communications. After ten years at Stanford in the field of fundraising, she stopped out to raise a family. In her spare time, she founded Rhyming Tributes, an internet-based service that delivers personalized tributes for special occasions. Joan has sold the rights to a television movie script, collaborated on a musical comedy, written a newspaper column covering public education in Palo Alto, and most recently, she published her first novel, Co-opted. In all of her creative work, Joan’s goal is to use words to delight and amuse, while exploring themes of love, family and community with her signature optimism. As the Coordinator of Children and Family ministries at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, Joan continues to find ways to build community and to inspire others to do the same.
Joan and Mollie Glazer, an alumna of the New England Conservatory of Music, are currently collaborating on Hats Off!, a family-friendly musical comedy about a London hat shoppe.