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Episode 44 – How Many Threads Are Hidden in the World of Intelligence – Alma Katsu Red London



How many threads are hidden in the world of intelligence.  In this installment of the podcast, Larry has an insightful conversation with the author of Red London, Alma Katsu.  Larry inquires about Alma’s past employment working in the shadow world of United States intelligence gathering, how the war in Ukraine effected her creative process mid stream and the challenge of “self isolation” when writing.  Larry ponders whether there will be further works entitled “Red Moscow” or “Red Square” and if the character Lindsey Duncan could be an interesting character in a movie or television adaptation.  Taking the topic of the book and speculating about current events, Alma and Larry discuss oligarchs and who really controls modern Russa and what role is China attempting to play in the mix.  Larry explores the world of NDAs and how Alma’s role in her previous profession effects  the publishing of her fictional works.

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Episode 43: How many threads connect the residents to a building? Author Jenni Fagan



How many threads connect the residents to a building? In this episode, Larry chats with author Jenni Fagan to discuss her latest book Luckenbooth. Jenny describes her life growing up in the Scottish foster care system, the empowerment writing gave her when she didn’t have a voice and how switching between homes gave her a unique perspective on people. Then she delves into Luckenbooth, illustrating how physical buildings stand witness to the stories of the people who live in them. Afterwards, Larry shares his thoughts about how issues like wearing or not wearing masks hints to a larger, more dangerous, political divide.

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Episode 41: How Many Threads Connect a Community to their Own Paramedics? Author Kevin Hazzard and Paramedic John Moon



How many threads connect a doctor to the development of CPR and how many threads connect a community to their own paramedics?  Larry is joined by author Kevin Hazzard and paramedic John Moon to discuss American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics to delve into this incredible story of an African American community in Pittsburgh, and the connection to doctor Peter Safar who pioneered CPR and how John’s path led to the birth of modern emergency medical service.  Larry has John expand on his experiences growing up during segregation, his childhood living in an orphanage and his journey to Pittsburgh in the 1960’s, and Freedom House and its importance toward the founding of emergency medical service as we know it today.  Larry also ponders what would have happened if CPR was not developed and what the medical profession would look like today.

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Episode 38 How Many Threads Connect Us to a Voyage of Exploration and Discovery: Author Thomas Chaffin and Singer Songwriter Nico Padden



How many threads connect us to a voyage of exploration and discovery? In this installment, Larry chats  with author Tom Chaffin to discuss his latest biography Odyssey: Young Charles Darwin, The Beagle, and the Voyage that Changed the World. They discuss the strange path Charles Darwin walked from dropping out of medical school to becoming the father of evolution and publishing the groundbreaking Origin of Species. While pursuing Darwin’s story, Tom also recounts his research, travel, and growing connection to the characters.

Joining Larry for a musical interlude is singer/songwriter Nico Padden, who shares several of her songs and the real-life influences behind them. Weaving together stories featuring difficult issues such as domestic abuse, sexual harassment and systemic racism into her music, Nico discusses the power of songwriting and the stories that fuel creativity.


Episode 36 – What Are the Threads that Connect us to a True Path? Authors John Searles and Michael Branch



What are the threads that connect us to a true path? In this installment of the podcast, Larry is joined by author John Searles to discuss his new book, Her Last Affair. Searles recounts his childhood being bullied for being gay, his love of the library and the books he read while going on long summer truck rides with his father. After recounting stories about his own life, Larry and John discuss the “public, private and secret” lives of his characters and the way that seemingly unconnected stories intersect in powerful ways.

Larry and author Michael Branch go down the rabbit-hole to discuss Michael’s latest non-fiction work On the Trail of the Jackalope. Michael recounts to origins of the jackalope as a taxidermy hoax, the surprising cancer research related to real life “horned rabbits” and the importance of tall-tales in American culture. 


Episode 34 – How Many Threads Connect to Challenges and Obstacles? Author Jim Kempton and Para-Athelete Todd Schaffhauser



How many threads connect to challenges and obstacles? In this episode Larry sits down with author Jim Kempton to discuss his new book Women on Waves. Jim delves into the long history of women in surfing, the great Bethany Hamilton and the film Soul Surfer. Jim also reveals some unexpected surfing celebrities such as Agatha Christie and Marilyn Monroe.

Larry harkens back to his running days to speak Paralympic athlete Todd Schaffhauser. Todd recounts the trauma of losing his leg during high school after a cancer diagnosis, the inspiring community of amputee athletes that motivated him during recovery, and the challenges of his running career.  Todd also re-enforces how important mentorship programs are to people who either would like to or are already para-athletes.  


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 30 – How Many Threads Connect Us to the Past, Present, and the Future? Dr.Simon Morden, author of The Red Planet



How many threads connect us to the past,the present, and the future? Larry steps into the unknown and speaks with Dr.Simon Morden, author of The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars. Larry broaches the topics of The God Particle, TheBig Bang Theory and the significance of theJames Webb Telescope. Dr. Morton then discusses the history of Mars, the presence of Carbon-12, why Mars soil is red, the enormity of its topography and the potential effect of human colonization. Afterwards, they return to earth to discuss global warming and how the future of our own planet might unfold.


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 26 – How Many Threads Connect Us from the Original Idea to the Time the Work Gets to the Reader – Jenny Rossberg Pegasus Books



How many threads connect us from the original idea to the time the work gets to the reader?  Larry pulls back the curtain of publishing with Jenny Rossberg, Senior Publicist at Pegasus Books.  Jenny and Larry broach subjects of crime fiction (and how you can learn about a town from those works), what a Novella is and why they can be as entertaining as a full novel, and the difference between commercial versus literary fiction.  Jenny also discloses the types of works she reads when she is not at work, and what the draw was for her to enter the publishing world.  Larry posits the question “how does an idea for a book develop to the point where the work is on the shelf in a bookstore” and what the “life” of a book looks like.

Jenny also speaks about authors S.J. Rozan, Paul Vitich, Heather Martin and Jennifer Murphy.

We also get a window into the new or upcoming books Europe’s Babylon, Learwife and On the Trail of the Jackalope.