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Non Fiction

History, Journalism, Memoir, Non Fiction

May 05: The Explorer Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

ICEBOUND by Andrea Pitzer

In the 1500s, William Barents became the first Dutch polar explorer to set sail in an attempt to discover a northern route to China. Andrea Pitzer became fascinated by his story. So much so, that she did what all curious journalists would do—she set sail to retrace his journey.

We discuss what Andrea learned about Barents’ three Arctic expeditions, and some of the little known history around his challenges and successes. Andrea also shares how her own expedition to the Russian Arctic was life changing; what surprised her the most. And the highlight of her experience sailing on a tall ship, where she spent time high up the mast.

About Andrea Pitzer

Icebound: Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World is the latest book by critically acclaimed author and journalist  Andrea Pitzer. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate. Andrea’s two previous books are One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.

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Memoir, Non Fiction, True Crime

Apr 21: The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer

Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

In her own words Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During Cape Cod summers, her mother worked days in a motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, leaving her with a local handyman–Tony Costa. He was one of the few understanding adults in Liza’s life. But years later, she was haunted by nightmares, and that’s when she learned her charismatic babysitter was also a vicious serial killer.

Part memoir, part true crime Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan joined forces to tell this chilling real life story in The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer. Today we look at how Liza came to know the truth about her babysitter, and how that unwittingly helped her deal with her own childhood demons. We discuss what’s known of Tony Costa; what made him a monster. And how the authors resolved three cold cases during the course of their research. We also explore how these two friends of 40+ years wrote this book together, and what they took away from the experience.

About Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

With a BA focused in creative writing, this is Liza Rodman’s first book. Jennifer Jordan is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter with decades of experience as a news anchor and investigative journalist. The Babysitter is her fifth book.

 

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History, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

APR 14: The Agitators with NYT Bestselling Author Dorothy Wickenden

Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights

The Agitators tells fascinating stories surrounding America’s abolition, the Underground Railroad, and early women’s rights movements from the intimate perspective of three friendsMartha Coffin Wright, Frances A. Seward, and Harriet Tubman.

It took Dorothy Wickenden seven years to research and write The Agitators. Today she shares some of the challenges in the lives of these “agitators”, and how they were united in spirit, despite having very different backgrounds. We also discuss how Quakers led the first large movement to abolish slavery. Some of the research that surprised and delighted the author. And what she would ask these women, if she could.

About Dorothy Wickenden

Dorothy Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators, and has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast Politics & More. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995.

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Non Fiction, Social Issues

APR 07: New Yorkers with Craig Taylor

New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time

Who better to capture the essence of New York in today’s times, than New Yorkers themselves. Journalist Craig Taylor immersed himself into the crowded streets of New York, speaking to over 200 everyday people, to let their words paint the picture of contemporary New York.

We discuss some of the 75 characters in the book, and learn why most say NYC is just a “playground for the rich.” Why part of  “living in NY is just mourning the hell out of it.”  Why some stay when they say they want nothing more than to leave. How the city became “very dark” in March 2020. And what Craig misses the most now he’s back in Canada.

About Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor is the author of the bestselling Londoners, Return to Akenfield, and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain.  His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, The Globe & Mail, and McSweeney’s.  Craig Taylor’s latest book New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Relationships

MAR 31: The Leadership Guy aka Peter Economy on Dealing with Jerks at Work

The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities

We’ve all run into jerks at work. But you either learn to deal with them or they’ll make your life miserable.

Peter Economy shares how to identify 16 personality-types, real-life case studies, and eight strategies for resolving conflict. We also discuss when it’s time to move on — and if you decide to do that, what you must include on your resume to get noticed.

About Peter Economy

Returning guest Peter Economy is known as the leadership guy at Inc.com, where he’s published more than 1500 articles. He works with C-level executives, executive coaches, and business consultants around the world. Peter Economy is the bestselling author of Managing for Dummies and Wait, I’m the Boss? His latest book is Wait, I’m Working with Who? The Essential Guide to Dealing with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities.

 

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Business, Career, Non Fiction

MAR 03: Ignite Your Career with Kris Holmes

Strategies & Tactics to Unleash Your Potential

We’ve been living and working with pandemic conditions for 12 months now, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon our career goals … or stay in a job that we really don’t enjoy. If you lost your job because of COVID, or are frustrated because you can’t find the right fit, maybe today’s guest expert, Kris Holmes, can inspire you to rev up your search.

We discuss how to leverage our strengths and superpowers. What culture fit really means. Why we should think ‘long view’. How to use the STAR method to tell your story. And why Kris says “Don’t WOW them, WOO them.”

Meet Kris Holmes

An executive recruiter and partner at O’Connell Group, Kris Holmes has more than 25  years experience in the industry. She’s a member of the Pinnacle Society, the premier consortium of industry-leading recruiters in North America. And the author of IGNITE YOUR CAREER: Strategies & Tactics to UNLEASH Your Potential.

 

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Non Fiction, Self-help

FEB 17: Overcome the Challenges of Juggling Life & Working from Home with Helene Segura

Get Unstuck, Gain Focus, Improve Productivity & Creativity

If you’re struggling to find your new normal, you’re not alone.  Here’s another chance to catch listener favorite, Helene Segura. She talks with people every day about the challenges of managing kids, life, and working from home during a pandemic … and says it’s less about time management, and more about managing our minds and energy.

We discuss positive ways to overcome common challenges that many of us carried over from 2020, such as lack of focus and motivation. Impatience. Fear. The anxiety of uncertainty. And feeling blocked — creatively and productively.

About Helene Segura

With four books under her belt, including The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer, bestselling author Helene Segura knows what it takes to focus.  She’s been interviewed more than 200 times for feature articles in US News and World Report, Money Magazine, etc.  And has been a  guest on shows with Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates.

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Biography, History, Non Fiction

FEB 03: Icebound with Andrea Pitzer

Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World

“‘Icebound’ takes us back to the Arctic, in all its terror and splendor” — says The New York Times. And today Andrea Pitzer has two true stories to tell. The first about Dutch polar explorer, William Barents, who set sail in the 1500s to find a northern route to China.  The second, her own life-changing journey to sail in Barents’ wake.

We discuss the ancient explorer’s trials and successes during his three Arctic expeditions.  How Andrea sailed a tall ship and spent time high up the mast. How her expedition to the Russian Arctic changed her. And what surprised her the most.

About Andrea Pitzer

Critically acclaimed author Andrea Pitzer is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate. Her two previous books are One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. Her latest is Icebound: Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Psychology, Self-help

JAN 20: NYT Bestselling Author Dr. Judith Orloff with The Emapth’s Survival Guide

Dr Judith Orloff Empath's Survival GuideLife Strategies for Sensitive People

If you feel anxious or stressed more than others think you should, if you’ve been called overly-sensitive or snowflake, you could be an empath. Today we talk with “the Godmother” of the empath movement, Dr. Judith Orloff.

We discuss how to tell what type of empath you are and what that means. Dr. Orloff shares the differences between introvert and extrovert empaths. The neuroscience behind empaths, which shows why some people feel things more than others — especially during COVID times.  How to overcome self-medicating with food and other substances. And solutions to help combat toxic energy.

About Judith Orloff, MD

The New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist in private practice, and a member of the psychiatric clinical faculty at UCLA where she specializes in treating highly sensitive people and empaths. Her work has been featured with The Today Show, Oprah Magazine and The New York Times. See her online course Awakening Your Intuitive Healing Power.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Self-help

JAN 06: Design Your Own New Normal with Helene Segura

Kick 2020 chaos to the curb starting today!

If you were glad to see the back of 2020 (and who wasn’t!) what do you want to change or do differently in 2021?  Today Helene Segura discusses positive ways to overcome challenges that many of us faced last year, such as lack of focus and motivation. Impatience. Fear. The dread and anxiety of uncertainty. Feeling helpless and stuck.

Helene shares a very personal story with us…a life-changing challenge that some of you may have faced, in addition to those listed above. We also provide solutions to the stresses of working at home and being attached to your work 24/7. And most importantly, how to design a New Normal that works for you.

About Helene Segura

Bestselling author Helene Segura has written four books, including, The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.  She’s a featured expert in more than 200 interviews for publications such as US News and World Report, Money Magazine; and has appeared on Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. Helene’s been a guest numerous times on Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair, and is a listener favorite on managing our minds, energy, and lives.

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