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Episode 48 – How Many Threads Take Us to Places That Are Foreign? – Authors Nicholas Dawidoff and Mark Ebner

How many threads take us to places that are foreign? Larry has a chat with author Nicholas Dawidoff regarding his most recent book The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence. After eight years of research, over five hundred interviews and many trips to Nicholas’s hometown of New Haven in Connecticut, The Other Side of Prospect recounts the wrongful arrest of Bobby Johnson and illuminates the complicated history of race and financial inequality in the community.

After the break, Larry interviews Mark Ebner, co-author of the book Off the Deep End which recounts the complicated relationship between luxury hotel pool boy Giancarlo Granda and Becki Falwell, wife of evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell Jr. Larry and Ebner discuss the ethics of personal responsibility, the corruption of Liberty University and the interview between The Falwells and Vanity Fair.  The episode wraps up with a new installment of Rory’s Island, in which Rory Vecsey discusses her own experiences with the legal system and the potential barriers that disenfranchised groups face. 

Episode 35 – How Many Threads Lead Us to Discovery? Author S.D. Sykes, Deborah Spector and Rory’s Island

How many threads lead us to discovery? In this episode Larry chats with S.D. Sykes, author of The Good Death, a mystery novel which takes place in Middle Ages England. S.D. Sykes brings us behind the scenes to paint a picture of discussing the challenges of writing protagonists living in different times, what was considered a “good death” in a society facing the plague and the difficulty of balancing two different time periods in a novel.  

After the break, Larry sits down with Deborah Spector, a registered and certified dietitian and nutritionist, discussing her book The Things I’ve Seen People Do With And Without Food.  She discusses the difference between eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as the complex relationship between humans and our diet.   

We wrap the episode with Rory’s Island, in which Rory Vecsey delivers her thoughts regarding the importance of preserving creativity in comedy.


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.