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Episode 33 – What is the thread that connects us to complex characters? Authors Julian Rubenstein and Ellen Meister



What is the thread that connects us to complex characters? It’s an “alumni” episode!  Larry chats with previous guests Julian Rubenstein and Ellen Meister.

Julian discusses his non-fiction work, The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood. and what it is like as an outsider to the community he focuses on, and the importance of making community connections. Larry has Julian expand his thoughts on how the impact of gang violence affects African American communities and the complex personality of Terrance Roberts, the anti-gang activist at the heart of the book.

Fellow alumni, Ellen Meister drops by to speak about her book The Rooftop Party, which features a puzzling, murder, a glitzy shopping channel, and a witty female protagonist trying to clear her name. Meister discusses the difficulty of marketing stories that don’t quite fit in a specific genre, the impact of the “Me Too” movement and her process for naming characters.

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Episode 32 – How Many Threads Lead Us to Understand Men in Power? – Author Mark Arsenault & rReporter S.J. Peddie



How many threads lead us to understand men in power? This week, Larry sits with author and Boston Globe journalist Mark Arsenault about his new book The Imposter’s War: The Press, Propaganda, and the Newsman Who Battled for the Minds of America. The book centers on John Rathom, a journalist known for his World War I propaganda, his riveting press coverage on current events, and the web of lies he weaved in his personal life.

Also joining the discussion is Newsday investigative reporter S.J. Peddie to discuss her book Sonny: The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John Sonny Franzese. Like Rathom, Sonny lived a double life as a dedicated family man with a passion for music but was also one of the most feared Mafia bosses in history. With his guests, Larry explores the complex identities of these men and how individual ambition can create political, social, and global change.


Episode 29 – How Many Threads Lead Us to the Conviction of an Innocent Man? Charlies Bosworth Jr. & Joel Schwartz



How many threads lead us to the conviction of an innocent man? This week Larry Davidson sits down with author Charles Bosworth Jr. and defense attorney Joel Schwartz to talk about their collaborative book Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Case. Bone Deep recounts the unjust conviction of Russell Faria and Joel’s fight to prove his innocence. Larry, Charles and Joel discuss the facts of the case, the danger of small-town politics and how media attention can affect a trial.  They also explore how confirmation bias can override logic in a court case and how you fight for justice when the police are more focused on being right than finding the truth. They also discuss the NBC mini-series The Thing About Pam, which is an adaptation of the case. In a society fascinated with true crime and murderers, Charles and Joel hope to bring more attention to Betsy Faria and other victims. Larry wraps up the episode with the question “what did I get wrong?”-a question that is more pertinent than ever in a world where facts need to be protected and truthful self-assessment is more important than ever.

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Episode 28 – How Many Threads Connect Us to a Journey – S.J. Rozan & Tom Clavin



How many threads connect us to a journey?  S. J. Rozan joins the program along with her feline companion to speak about her latest work Family Business, a work nominated for the G.P Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award.  Along with articulating the complexities of Chinatown, the Tong organized crime family, and the hierarchy of Chinese culture, S. J. and Larry draw a comparison between the film In the Heights comparing “abuela” in latin culture and “gao” in Tong culture.  S.J. also posited that there are 2 things a writer cannot do to a reader and how sidekicks are a must in crime fiction.

Returning to the podcast is Larry’s old friend Tom Clavin.  Tom has returned to speak with Larry about his old friend and collaborative co-author Phil Keith who recently passed, and to talk about his book Lightning Down, the story of Lt. Joe Moser, a P-38 Lightning pilot downed in World War II.  Tom speaks about his love of research in preparation for writing, his love of military aircraft and how it played into his love for the P-38.  In his research for the book, Tom learned of a chance encounter between Lt. Moser and a bomber crew member years after the war and their amazing connection.  Larry and Tom also reflect on how Moser may have interacted with the fellow who inspired the character 007, James Bond.  Please also check out Tom’s newest work To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth, which chronicles a US Civil War naval battle off the coast of Europe.


Episode 27 – How Many Threads Connect Us to a Changing Way of Life – Ed Davis and Manda Kalimian



How man threads connect us to a changing way of life?  A boxcar, a spiral notebook and a pencil, the root of the “origin story” of author Ed Davis who has penned The Last Professional.  Larry explores that “origin story” and how Ed’s early life riding boxcars inspired him to write about a yesteryear of “hobos, tramps and bums” and which are wonderers.  Are the characters running away from something or towards something else and what the power of freedom is to the mind.  Ed also talks about how the soundtrack of boxcar life is the rhythm of the rails and how it is juxtaposed against the rhythm of writing. Is wanderlust part of a persons DNA?

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Rory Vecsey joins the program and has a conversation with Manda Kalimian founder of the CANA Foundation, political action committee Saddle PAC and author of Born to Rewild.  Rory, being a horse person herself explores what it is like to fall in love with horses, the treatment of wild horses by the Federal Government (including roundups via helicopter and confinement using taxpayer dollars) so wild lands can be used for fracking, farming or grazing cattle, slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada and how this all contributes to climate change.  Manda also discusses solutions and introduces us all to her concept of “rewilding”, re-introducing wild horses back to their habitat.

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Episode 22 – How Many Threads Lead Us to Survival – Author Erika Hecht & Rory Vecsey



How many threads lead us to survival?  Larry is joined by Erika Hecht, author of the book Don’t Ask my Name: A Hidden Child’s Tale of Survival a story of her life surviving German occupation during World War II and in post war Europe as a Jewish person who converted to Catholicism.  Erika discusses mixed traditions and how it saved her and her family’s life.

Joining the Podcast for the new feature Rory’s Island is Rory Vecsey.  Rory explores the plight of women in Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control.  She also discusses their hopes of a full life an education before the fall of the nation and the fear and courage that they muster in the shadow of Taliban rule.


Episode 21 – How Many Brush Strokes or Guitar Strings are the Threads of Creativity – Jonathan Santlofer & Karen Bella



How Many Brush Strokes or Guitar Strings are the Threads of Creativity?  Larry is joined by two amazing artists in Jonathan Santlofer and Karen Bella.

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of the book The Last Mona Lisa, a story based on the true events surrounding the iconic painting’s theft in 1912.  Jonathan shares his thoughts on the time period the book is set in, along with his life as an artist.  He also talks about personal events that have effected his writing and artwork. Larry also shares how his book touched him personally and makes a connection to his own grandmother.

Karen Bella, a talented singer/songwriter joined Larry in studio.  She spoke about her connection to her guitars, the differences between performing in a studio vs. a live crowd and where she draws inspiration for her songwriting.  Larry explores the concept of the universality of music that transcends generations, from Larry’s love of Jackson Brown to Karen’s love of John Mayer.  Karen performs the songs Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Needle in the HayGood Morning and Jack Honey.


Episode 20 – How Many Threads are Needed To Uncover the Truth – Reporter/Author Arthur Kent



How many threads are needed to uncover the truth?  Former NBC reporter and author Arthur Kent joins the podcast speaking about his new book Murder in Room 117: Solving the Cold Case that Led to America’s Longest War.  Arthur tells the story of Spike Dubs, ambassador to Afghanistan in 1979 who was kidnapped and ultimately assassinated by the KGB.  Arthur recounts the tale and his search for the truth behind the international incident that eventually led to the war in Afghanistan.

Arthur Kent is affectionally known by his colleagues as the “Scud Stud” for his coverage of the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm for NBC News.  He is an internationally known and Emmy Award winning journalist who is well respected in the field.  His work can now be seen at skyreporter.com.

Arthur can also be found on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.


Episode 19 – How Many Threads Connect us to a Series of Events – Author Amanda Fairbanks and Singer/Songwriter Stuart Markus



How many threads connect unto a series of events.  Joining the podcast is author Amanda Fairbanks, author of the book The Lost Boys of Montauk.  Amanda speaks to Larry about the process of writing this story and how it was a labor of love, being a resident of the South Fork of Long Island.  We learn about how the Montauk of1984 (a primarily fishing town) transitioned to a playground for the ultra wealthy along with the secrets that can haunt the families of the lost.

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Also joining the podcast is singer/songwriter/seachanteyman Stuart Markus.  Stuart joined Larry in studio to play some tunes both popular and original, including The View from the Side of the Road and Gloucester Ladies.  Stuart spoke about growing up with music in Rochester, New York, his first experiences with music as a kid and what inspires him to write music and perform with his band Gathering Time.  You can get more information about where to find Stuart here.


Episode 16 – What is the Thread that Connects Us to the Story Behind the Story: Craig Unger, Ray Rickman & Darin Strauss



What is the thread that connect us to the story behind the story? In this episode, Larry speaks with author Craig Unger who discusses his latest work American Kompromat, which touches on Opus Dei, how it has penetrated American government especially in the Trump presidency and how Russia has manipulated Trump since the 1980’s.  There is also a lively discussion about Wiliam Barr’s controversial actions and departure as Trump’s former Attorney General.

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Also joining the podcast is Author Ray Rickman who speaks about being co-founder and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom, the powerful PBS program The Black Church, his personal history marching for civil rights with James Meredith in Sunflower County Mississippi and his Adopt a Doctor Program.  He and Larry also have a lively discussion about African American crime fiction writers.

With Just a Thought, Author and Professor Darin Strauss returns to the program with some observations about extremism in modern American politics, the fuel of social media and the product of the cancel culture.