In relationships, how many threads are unwoven? This this installment of The Artful Periscope, Larry sits down with Joseph Ammendolea, film director and owner of “I Like to Play with Toys” productions. Joseph recounts his childhood, his early filmmaking experiences at Hofstra University and how he finds actors for his projects. Then the discussion turns towards his latest film, Broken Hearted, which follows the love story between a struggling PHD student and woman who has just left a toxic relationship, as well as the relationships of the people around them. Joseph reveals the process behind the film’s creation, recounting the challenges of filming on location, finding indie music artists to craft the soundtrack, coaching and directing the film’s cast, and the challenges of film promotion.
How many threads can reveal a transformation from a couch potato to endurance athlete? In this episode, Larry is live in studio with Hilary Topper to discuss her latest book From Couch to Endurance Athlete. As a mother, business owner and adjunct professor with very little time to herself, Hilary decided to take charge of health and go “from zero to one hundred”. Larry and Hilary examine her non-athletic upbring, early experiences in the gym and the walk run training method. As an avid runner himself, Larry and Hillary have a lively conversation about running legend Jeff Galloway and the joys of running. Afterward, Hilary recounts her triathlon training, her first attempts at learning how to swim and how her son inspires her to keep moving forward.
How many threads lead us to discovery? In this edition of the Artful Periscope, Larry virtually visits Argentina to have a chat with Guillermo Martinez, the author of The Oxford Brotherhood. This gripping mystery follows the story of a mathematics student who gets caught up in a scandal involving the life of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, a secret society and a series of terrifying murders. While discussing the book, Larry and Guillermo recount Guillermo’s early school experiences with mathematics and chess, the challenges of writing crime fiction and his research into the life of Lewis Carroll.
After the break, Rory Vessey returns with another episode of Rory’s Island. Rory reminiscences about her childhood reading experiences, the struggle to find uninterrupted reading time in today’s electronic world and the importance of keeping the art of the written word alive.
How many threads connect the body and the mind? In this episode of The Artful Periscope, Larry sits down with UCI professional road cyclist and US Cycling team member James Hibbard to discuss his latest book, The Art of Cycling. With a background in both competitive sports and philosophy, Hibbard’s book illuminates the important connection between the body and the mind as well as the journeys that humans undertake to overcome both external and internal challenges. During their enlightening conversation, Larry and Hibbard discuss the changing philosophical and political landscape of California, the flaws of mind-body dualism, the importance of community in competition, the difficulties of living with depression and the benefits of sports and arts in managing mental health.
In the second segment, Larry ponders how social media effects peoples lives and uses Tom Brady and his decision to return to football and whether his marriage took a “back seat” to his passion and does an athlete need to be self centered because of the level of devotion and sacrifice of their bodies.
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.
How many threads connect us to iconic figures? On this installment of the podcast, Larry ponders Hemingway with author Timothy Christian to discuss his new book Hemingway’s Widow. Hemingway’s Widow sheds light on the fascinating life of Hemingway’s fourth wife Mary Walsh, who had often been maligned by historians. Timothy and Larry discuss Mary’s influence on Hemingway’s writing process, her work as a wartime journalist and her tense conversation with John F. Kennedy.
After the break, Larry interviews returning guest and Newsday writer Thomas Maier, author of Mafia Spies about the iconic film The Godfather and surprising multiple Long Island connections. Thomas talks about modern opinions on The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola’s fight to cast Al Pacino and the impact of The Godfather on Italian American culture. Thomas Maier on Twitter
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.
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?
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.
How many threads connect us to complicated family secrets? In this installment, Larry, along with contributor Rory Vecsey chat with author John Copenhaver about his new book Savage Kind. Larry explores how crafting a purposeful prologue can set the table to manipulate the readers perspective to then make it easier for the author to create plot twists. John discusses 2 characters Phillippa and Judy, 2 teens and the perception of the stereotypical young person in the 1940’s. Not all is what it seems. One of Larry’s favorite topics is discussing “femme fatale” characters and he explores with John the concept of a male in that role. Rory inquires about the power of foreshadowing, along with the use of poetry and mythology in the book.
Joining Larry is singer/songwriter Rorie Kelly. Rory plays 4 original songs, talks about being a “Lady Beast”, how the female voice effects people, and how the guitar is an extension of her body. Rorie talks about her beginnings with her family, the influences in her songwriting. Rosie also does a Facebook Live called “Monday Night Muses“.
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.