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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 31 – How Many Threads Connect Us to Lies and Deception? – Author Paul Vidich



How many threads connect us to lies and deception? In this episode, Larry sits down with author Paul Vidich to discuss his new book The Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin. Larry and Paul discuss the difficulties and intrigue of the spy biz along with the allure of setting thrillers in Cold War Berlin along with the agency of the female protagonist.  Afterwards, Larry shares some random thoughts and observation  on the private lives of recently departed celebrities along with (spoiler alert!), the series ending of Dexter and the myriad of ways humanity continues to break down barriers.


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 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.

Charles Bosworth, Jr.

Joel Schwartz, Esq.


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 25 – How Many Threads Connect Us to the Movies – Author Kevin Goetz and Commentary by Rev. Gayle Fisher Stewart



How many threads connect us to the movies?  Joining the podcast is Kevin Goetz, author and film researcher/audience tester with his firm Screen Engine/ASI.  Kevin speaks to Larry about his latest work Audience-ology: How Moviegoers Shape the Films We Loveand how the audience matters and shapes film.  Kevin de-constructs the subtitle of his book, discusses the difference between writing a book and film making (even when the movie comes from the book).  Kevin shares his journey as a young actor to his role in entertainment today.  Larry posits the question “does a mega star influence a movie or does the character they play steer the actor”.

Returning to the podcast with commentary is Reverend Gayle Fisher Stewart, the author of the new book Black and Episcopalian: The Struggle for Inclusion.  Gayle discusses how the narratives of history tend to devaluate other races or genders, how the African American heritage has been whitewashed and minimized.  She speaks about how the seeds of Black History Month started as Negro History Week and has evolved in spite of whitewashing.  Now Black History Month tasks people to recognize the achievements of people of color and recognize the sins of the pas. It also challenges us all to remember and not allow those injustices to be repeated today in a world that is so fractured.

 


Episode 24 – How Many Threads Connect Us to History and Heritage – Author Buki Papillon and Charles Lichtman



How many threads connect us to history and heritage.  Joining the podcast in this installment is Buki Papillon and Charles Lichtman.

Buki Papillion, author of her premier novel An Ordinary Wonder, takes Larry on a trip to her childhood growing up in Nigeria, her friendship and mentor Lori Foos, the uniqueness of the Yoruba people and the rate of having twin children, how the Native American concept of “two spirits” is linked to the culture of Nigera, and we even get a reading from Buki’s book!  Larry discusses what the thought process is in creating a title for a book and what the promise of America means to new immigrants.

Buki on Twitter

Buki on Facebook

Charles Lichtman, author of The Sword of David jumps into the conversation to talk about writing and when a writer writes, there are always two stories; the story that is in the book and essence of the writer himself.  Chuck also talks about growing up as a Jewish American in the midwest and the challenges he faced along the way.  He also talks about his book which has been described as a meshing of The DaVinci Code  and Raiders of the Lost Ark.   He also talks about the research for the book and being moved by the Whaling Wall and Temple Mount.  He even discusses his attempts at conducting an interview with Carlos the Jackal.

Charles on Twitter

Charles on Facebook

Charles on Instagram


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 12 – Is There a Thread that Connects Us to Those that Matter – Rev. Gayle Fisher Stewart & Author Darin Strauss



Is there a thread that connects us to those that matter?  Joining Larry is former Washington DC police officer and Episcopal Reverend Gayle Fisher Stewart, the editor of Preaching Black Lives Matter.  Reverend Fisher-Stewart speaks about her experiences with segregation, the American caste system (and how the Nazi’s studied that system), empathy, Black Lives Matter as a movement vs. an organization and Harry Belafonte hosting the Tonight Show.

Also joining Larry is NYU Professor and New York Times bestselling author Darin Strauss.  Darin discusses his new work The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story.  Darin explores the craft of writing fiction based in factual events and his approach, weaving non fiction events into his family history to create a tapestry which includes his grandfather’s fictional love affair with Ms. Ball.  Speaking further, they discuss his earlier work Chang & Eng and the story behind his memoir Half a Life.

Larry also laments the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.