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Episode 15 – What is the Thread that Connects Human Behavior to a Range of Pathologies – Abigail Esman, Tom Clavin and Commentary by Peter Blauner



What is the Thread that Connects Human Behavior to a Range of Pathologies.  Joining Larry on this episode is Authors Abigail Esman and Tom Clavin along with a commentary by Peter Blauner.

Abigail Esman is the author  of Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy and the Culture of Terrorism.  Abigail kicks off the episode with a short passage from her book and then explains why she needed to pen this work. She has a lively conversation about how personal experiences & the experience of the events of 9/11 inspired her to write about pathological narcissism and its roots in shame-honor cultures—both familial and sociopolitical—through portraits of terrorists and batterers.

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Guest and friend of the program Tom Clavin, New York Times Bestselling author, returns to the podcast to discuss his new book Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday and the Vendetta Ride from Hell.  Always a fun guest, Larry talks about his love for the old west stemming from the movies of his childhood.  This passion for the old west and storytelling drove him to turn his book Dodge City, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West into the first in a Trilogy which also includes Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontiers First Gunfighter.

Peter Blauner, author, journalist and friend to the podcast joins with commentary on the year we lost writing giants Journalist Pete Hamill, his brother and writer in his own right John Hamill and Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Jim Dwyer.  Peter reflects on how 2020 took these important journalists how they shaped and influenced him and the profound effect of their loss is because their brand of writing will never be seen again.

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Episode 14 – Is There a Thread that Connects Us to Our Own Sense of Well-being – Author S. J. Rozan, Gayle Fisher Stewart, Judith Finlayson & Pete Mancini



Is there a thread that connects us to our own sense of well-being.  Larry has a jam packed episode with author S. J. Rozan speaking about her new book The Art of Violence, her thought process in creating a character’s point of view, writer’s self doubt, the process of writing which is never smooth and a deep dive into the art and character development of The Art of Violence.

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Gayle Fisher Stewart author of Preaching Black Lives Matter re-joins the podcast with thoughts and observations about the January 6th insurrection along with her reflections and observations of the event.  She voices her perspective about law enforcement’s treatment of the participants of that day and how the event could have played out differently if black and brown participants had attempted the same actions and how there needs to be a meaningful discussion about race, racism and systematic racism.

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Judith Finlayson, author of You are What you Grandparent’s Ate talks about lifecycle and links among all kinds of disease and what happens to you before you were born, epigenetic  modifications, eating healthy and how climate change can effect your health along with how your genes effect the development of diseases.

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Pete Mancini plays out the podcast with his original song Millions More


Episode 13 – Is There a Thread That Connects Us to an Unusual Path – Lee Matthew Goldberg & The Ancestor



Is There a Thread That Connects Us to an Unusual Path?  Joining Larry is Lee Mathew Goldberg, author of Ancestor, and the Editor and co-founder of Fringe a company that publishes works that are “outside the box”.  Lee speaks about his influences and  inspirations, challenging yourself as an author and how to translate that challenge to the reader, writing as a novelist vs writing for screenplays or pilots.

Larry also shares some thoughts and observations on the zeitgeist of 2020 politics, what supporting a politician looks like in 2020, the rise and fall of both politicians and public figures and the power of Twitter.

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Episode 11 – Should There be a Thread That Connects Fact to Fiction – Burt Weissbourd



Should there be a thread that connects fact to fiction?  Novelist, screenwriter, producer Renaissance Man Burt Weissbourd, author or many books including his new work Danger in Plain Sight, discusses his times with Willie Nelson, Al Pacino, working in Hollywood and his approach to writing not only Danger but how his technique is to write as though the work is already a screenplay.  There is also talk of cherry knishes (belly bombs) and being in Paris in the late 1960’s.

Larry also has some random thoughts and observations including is the United States truly united, Lenny Bruce’s prophetic prediction after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, the development of Black Lives Matters during the pandemic along with shedding light on America’s Caste System.

 


Episode 10 – How Many Threads Do You Need to Tell a Story – Librarian Bev Wowak & Peter Blauner on Pete Hamill



How many threads do you need to tell a story?  Librarian Bev Wowak from the Mattituck Laurel Library speaks with Larry about Kent State and the new and interesting book releases for September and October 2020.  Peter Blauner makes a return appearance reflecting on his time working with the great writer and journalist Pete Hamill.  Peter passed in August of 2020 and was a huge influence on Peter Blauner and Larry.

We apologize for the quality of the audio for this episode.  There was a series of technological issues that necessitated the audio to be of a lesser quality than our standard permits, but because of the important nature of this episode, we decided to publish it in spite of the audio quality.


Episode 8 – Is There a Thread that Connects the Past, the Present & the Future – Authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin



Is there a thread that connects the past, the present and the future?

Larry welcomes authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin, authors of All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard―Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy.  The authors discuss the extraordinary life of Eugene Bullard, an African-American who led a dynamic life under extreme and difficult circumstances of war, both in France and at home.  Phil and Tom discuss the dynamics of this amazing life.

Larry also gives his thoughts on the state of the United States today, the pandemic, the premonition of Lenny Bruce after the Berlin Wall falls, and a unique comparison between Donald Trump and Michael Jordan.


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.


Episode 4 – The Thread that Connects a Story to an Audience – Author Joseph Kanon and Film Maker Gerry Ferretti



What is the thread that connects a story to an audience?

Larry sits down with Joseph Kanon, New York Times best selling author of the works Defectors, Leaving Berlin, Los Alamos, Istanbul Passage, and his latest work The Accomplice.  Joseph talks about The Accomplice, relationships with families and the perspective of a child and how they deal with the realization of their father is a war criminal.

Also in studio, Gerry Ferretti, independent film maker and Founder/Director of the Long Island Film Festival.  Gerry talks about why he started the festival, the world wide response to it and the impact it has had on both the public and the film makers.  He also discusses his passion for film and film making.

 

 


Episode 2 – The Thread Between a Child & a Parent Alex DeMille and Caroline Doctorow



What is the thread that connects a parent to a child and a child to a parent?

Today Larry speaks to Alex DeMille, son of Nelson DeMille who co-authored the book The Deserter.  Alex speaks about when he first became cognizant of his father’s fame, what it was like collaborating on this project along with their process in preparing for and writing the book.  You can find The Deserter at nelsondemille.net or on Amazon

Also in studio, Caroline Doctorow, singer songwriter.  Caroline shares her experiences at home with her famous writer father E. L. Doctorow.  Caroline shares childhood secrets, shares some inspiration for her music (including her father’s Country Squire station wagon) and performs 2 of her original works.  You can learn more about Caroline on her website carolinedoctorow.com


Episode 1: Truth Tellers



Thomas Maier, author and journalist visits the podcast to talk about the inside story of the CIA, gangsters, JFK & Castro.  Wes Houston, singer/songwriter also drops in and plays some music!