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Episode 9 – What Happens When One Thread in the American Tapestry is Mutated or Changed – Authors Peter Blauner and



Stop the world, I want to get off.

Yes Virginia, the emperor has no clothes.

Yes Virginia, facts are facts.

What happens when one thread in the American tapestry is mutated or changed?

Joining Larry on this episode, Peter Blauner, Novelist of such works as Sunrise Highway, Proving Ground,The Intruder, The Last Good Day, Man of the Hour, Slow Motion Riot, Casino Moon and Slipping into Darkness.  Peter was also a journalist for New York Magazine and a staff writer for Law and Order: SVU. He is also the recipient of the Edgar Award.  Peter describes what it is like to write for television versus novels versus being a journalist.  We also find out if he has ever met one of his characters after they have been developed for a book.

Also joining the episode is Novelist and Historian Kevin Baker.  Kevin has penned such works as America: The Story of Us, Paradise Alley, Dreamland, Striver’s Row, Becoming Mr. October, The Big Crowd, Sometimes You See it Coming, Luna Park and Dreamland.  Kevin talked about how during the turn of the 20th Century, there were 3 groups that were not wanted in America, Jews, African Americans and the Irish.  He describes those experiences as being similar to the movie Gangs of New York.  He also discusses experiences such as those who lived in Seneca Village, a predominantly African American area of Manhattan in the mid 1800’s which is now part of Central Park.


Episode 7 – Is There a Thread that Gives Us a Connection to a Super Power Inside Us All – Singer Songwriter Pete Mancini



Is there a thread that gives us a connection to a super power inside us all?

Larry discusses the significance of the numbers 13, 41, 42 and 99 and laments the tragedy of Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi, Sachem North teacher and volleyball coach Matt DiStefano and “Aunt Ada”.  Larry also ponders the connection between a parent and a child, a father and a daughter.

Larry is also joined by singer/songwriter Pete Mancini.  Pete talks about the creative process, his beginnings with Butcher’s Blind, and the story behind the songs Old Wooden Cross, Patchwork, Back in Bakersfield and SLA Check that he shares in studio. You can hear Pete’s work on Spotify, at Diversion Records or on his webpage petemancini.com.


Episode 5 – What is the Thread that Connects a Story to a Storyteller – John Theissen from the John Theissen Children’s Foundation and Author Susan Isaacs



What is the thread that connects a story to a storyteller?

Larry is joined by John Theissen.  John is the founder of the John Theissen Children’s Foundation which came to be in 1992.  John tells the story of his diagnosis of brain cancer at 17, his recovery and the inspiration to start his foundation.  John also shares the story of a fellow cancer patient he shared his experience with Tasha a girl who he would very much like to meet again.  John’s story is inspirational and heart stirring. 

John’s son is also a movie maker and created a movie about the Covid pandemic.

Also Joining the program is author Susan Isaacs. Susan Isaacs is the author of fourteen novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. Her newest novel, Takes One to Know One, published in October 2019. She is a former editor of Seventeen and a freelance political speechwriter. Susan is chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She shares her inspiration for her newest work, talks about character development and her love for writing.