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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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Fiction, Writers on Writing

FEB 10: The Chanel Sisters with Judithe Little

One of USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss”

Say Chanel and we picture luxury, class, wealth. But THE CHANEL SISTERS grew up in anything but. Set from 1897 to 1921, the story takes us though the humble beginnings and ambitious rise of the sisters.

Author Judithe Little shares some of the extensive research she did to create authentic characters.  We discuss how their upbringing influenced the Chanel brand. We explore where and why Judithe took creative license. Why she told the story from the point of view of younger sister, Antoinette. And what Judithe wishes she’d known when she started out.

About Judithe Little

Judithe Little is the award-winning author of Wickwythe Hall. She earned a BA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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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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Fiction

JAN 13: Brad Taylor with American Traitor, a Pike Logan Novel

New York Times Bestselling Author of Hunter Killer

Could China deliberately trick Taiwan into starting a full blown war by destabilizing its government and manipulating artificial intelligence defense systems?  Will Pike Logan find the man about to betray his country before it’s too late?

Returning guest, Brad Taylor, shares his experience writing American Traitor. We touch on Brad’s research, where he traveled, favorite spots, and surprises. He shares his favorite scenes to write. How he keeps his two protagonists fresh and evolving. And how growing up in rural Texas influenced Brad’s life.

About Brad Taylor

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Brad Taylor is a 21-year veteran of the US Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment—Delta Force. Brad Taylor has written 14 New York Times bestsellers, and consults with various agencies on asymmetric security threats.

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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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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

DEC 16: Unlock Your Radical Intuition with Kim Chestney

A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power

Nothing stays the same forever and as we move away from the information age, Kim Chestney says we’re at the start of the intuition revolution. It’s time to own your real power by tapping into your intuition – in business and in life.

We discuss what Radical Intuition means, and the difference between instinct and intuition. How radical intuition can help support your life and personal growth. And how knowing the 4 archetypes of intuition, and identifying your primary style, can help remove blocks and open up flow.

About Kim Chestney

An author, innovation leader, and the founder of Intuition Lab, Kim Chestney‘s work has been featured or supported by leading-edge organizations including SXSW Interactive, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hewlett-Packard. Kim’s new book is Radical Intuition: A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing, Young Adult Fiction

DEC 09: #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Matched – Ally Condie

Celebrating a Decade of Success with New Gold Release of Matched

In what some may call dystopian times, stories with that theme seem more popular than ever. Ally Condie joins us today with a commemorative 2020 Gold edition of MATCHED – a #1 New York Times and international bestselling story, first published a decade ago.

Set in a flawed utopia, citizens in MATCHED are ruled by the Society who dictate what they eat, where they work, who they love, and even when they die. But what happens when a young girl starts questioning the rules? When she tries to decide between the rules and her heart?

We discuss how Ally Condie’s first book started a bidding war, and what it takes to write young adult fiction. How this dystopian world came to life; how it became a trilogy. And how Ally is coping with our own strange times.

About Ally Condie

In addition to writing MATCHED, which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, Ally Condie is the author of two sequels, as well as the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award finalist. She also co-authored the Darkdeep middle grade series. And The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe — also set in the world of MATCHED but with different characters.

A former English teacher,  Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director  of the WriteOut Foundation. She lives and writes in Utah.

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