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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, the early women’s rights movement, and the Civil War 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 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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Career, Creativity, Personal Development, Self-help

MAR 24: Why We Stop Right Before the Finish Line with Bridgit Dengel Gaspard

The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals

If you’ve ever got close to a goal but found yourself stuck right before completion, Bridgit Dengel Gaspard helps take us over the finish line in The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals.

Bridgit shares how to tap into the powerful resource of our “inner selves“. She highlights why those inner selves frequently have competing motives; and why symptoms such as body aches and insomnia could be caused by inner selves that don’t communicate verbally. We also look at tools and resources to push you over the finish line and stop self-sabotaging.

About Bridgit Dengel Gaspard

Author of The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals, Bridgit Dengel Gaspard is a therapist, coach, and master facilitator of voice dialogue. She’s led workshops for the Omega Institue, the National Association of Social Workers, the Actors Fund, and others. A former performer and comic, Bridgit has a private practice in New York where she specializes in helping clients overcome creativity blocks, transitions, and being stuck short of the finish line.

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Fiction, History, Writers on Writing

MAR 17: The Girl From the Channel Islands with NYT Bestselling Author Jenny Lecoat

Inspired by the true story of a young Jewish woman trapped on the Isle of Jersey under Nazi occupation in WWII

Based on her background, maybe Jenny Lecoat’s first novel was destined to start a bidding war and become a New York Times Bestseller.

The Girl From the Channel Islands is based on the true story of Hedy Bercu. We discuss why Jenny told Bercu’s story via fiction versus nonfiction; where she took creative license and why. How Jenny’s background influenced her; and how the book sparked a bidding war with two major publishers.  Jenny also shares some of the true stories she ran into during her research. And what it took to go from successful screenplay writer to successful novelist.

About Jenny Lecoat

Born in the Channel Islands, Jenny Lecoat grew up with family who passed down their own stories of life in German occupied Jersey. Following an early career in stand-up comedy, and writing features for periodicals, she became a screenwriter. Jenny Lecoat’s feature film Another Mother’s Son was released in 2017.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAR 10: Across the Deep with NYT Bestselling Author Lisa McGuinness

A Novel of Suspense, Human Trafficking, Friendship, & Hope

“Raised in Thailand and brought to the United States against her will, protagonist Suda is hiding from a sex trafficking ring, and the man she believed was on her side.”

What sparked the idea for Across the Deep? Author Lisa McGuinness discusses the activism and volunteer work that led her to S.E. Asia and the atrocities of human trafficking … it was inevitable, she says, that at some point she’d write about it. And, most importantly, share the hope and possibilities of second chances.

About Lisa McGuinness

A 25-year veteran of the publishing industry, Lisa McGuinness is the Creative Director at Mango Publishing, and the founder of Yellow Pear Press and its imprint, Bonhomie Press.  Lisa’s written numerous books, and is also the co-author of several children’s books — including the New York Times bestseller Bee & Me and Baby Turtle’s Tale.

 

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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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Fiction, History, Thriller, Writers on Writing

FEB 24: Steve Berry with The Kaiser’s Web

New York Times & #1 International Bestselling Author

Steve Berry returns to Conversations Live with his latest book, which happens to be #16 in the Cotton Malone Series, and Berry’s 20th novel — The Kaiser’s Web. When a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy is exposed, it could rewrite history and impact Germany’s upcoming national elections, forever changing the political landscape of Europe.

Since Steve is an avid historian and travels extensively for his research, how is he handling pandemic restrictions? How did this impact background material  for The Kaiser’s Web? And what is Steve’s most important piece of marketing advice for authors?

About Steve Berry

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. His title’s include The Kaiser’s Web, The Warsaw Protocol, The Malta Exchange, and others. Berry’s books have been translated into 41 languages with 25,000,000 copies in 52 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times,USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. And in 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

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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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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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