Uncorking a Story

In-depth conversations with storytellers including authors, filmmakers, comedians, and podcasters.

Learning from Life’s Disappointments, with E.A. Aymar

Learning from Life’s Disappointments, with E.A. Aymar

"In writing, what’s really crucial is persistence. Every 'no' brings you closer to a 'yes'. And when you infuse your personal experiences into your stories, you're not just writing; you're breathing life into your characters. That's when your stories truly begin to...

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A Pearl of Great Price, with Dr. Vilma Luz Caban

A Pearl of Great Price, with Dr. Vilma Luz Caban

Dr. Vilma Luz Cabán is a dedicated educator with over 30 years experience in Westchester County, New York. She serves as an Executive Board member for the One Circle Foundation and her personal passion lies in addressing social and economic inequities. She joins me...

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It’s Never too Late, with Iris Yamashita

It’s Never too Late, with Iris Yamashita

Iris Yamashita is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for the movie Letters from Iwo Jima. She has been working in Hollywood for fifteen years developing material for both film and streaming, has taught screenwriting at UCLA, and is an advocate of women and...

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Trauma as a Catalyst, with Carrie Rickert

Trauma as a Catalyst, with Carrie Rickert

Carrie Rickert’ life-threatening accident and related complications started her down a  path of examining what was, what is, and what could be. Her’s  is a story of hope, of possibility, and of embracing the fight to become something new. She joins me today on...

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The Healing Power of Writing, with Kendra Petty

The Healing Power of Writing, with Kendra Petty

Kendra Petty is a woman who has succeeded in an all-male industry, becoming an executive vice president at two firms. She is a dynamic public speaker, powerful negotiator and dealmaker. She loves bouldering and scrambling in the mountains of California, Nevada and...

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Fashion vs. Family, with Diane Gilman

Fashion vs. Family, with Diane Gilman

Diane Gilman found her greatest success at age sixty, when she sparked a denim revolution by designing blue jeans for real women with real bodies. She’s sold nearly nineteen million pairs of her DG2 jeans on HSN and created a sisterhood of seven hundred thousand women...

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Channeling Harper Lee, with Allen Mendenhall

Channeling Harper Lee, with Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall is a lawyer and university administrator in Alabama who edited Southern Literary Review for over a decade. He joined me on Uncorking a Story to discuss his latest book, A Glooming Peace this Morning. Key Themes Allen’s experiences writing both fiction...

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Coming of Age, with Don Futterman

Coming of Age, with Don Futterman

Writer, actor and storyteller, Don Futterman has written for a variety of publications including the Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle and the Haaretz, Israel’s newspaper of record. A graduate of Brown University, Futterman is a co-host of TLV1’s The Promised...

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Stay on the Road, with Florence Reiss Kraut

Stay on the Road, with Florence Reiss Kraut

Florence Reiss Kraut is a native New Yorker, raised and educated in New York City. She holds a BA in English and a Master’s in Social Work and worked for thirty years as a clinician, a family therapist, and CEO of a family service agency while writing stories and...

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We all Need Paris, with Joan Meyerson

We all Need Paris, with Joan Meyerson

Joan Meyerson is an award-winning writer/director/producer of documentaries and television programs for which she won two Writers Guild of America awards. The dramatic accounts she wrote about vets and military families reconfirmed her belief that the best stories...

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Exquisite Loneliness, with Richard Deming

Exquisite Loneliness, with Richard Deming

Richard Deming is an award-winning poet and critic, whose work explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and visual culture. He’s the author of five books, including Day for Night and Art of the Ordinary. Richard teaches at Yale University where he is the...

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Keeping Secrets, with Peggy Townsend

Keeping Secrets, with Peggy Townsend

Peggy Townsend is an award-winning journalist who has panhandled with street kids, taken to the skies with pararescuers, and once chased an escaped murderer through a graveyard at midnight. Her first mystery, "See Her Run," was listed as one of "13 Thrillers to Keep...

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Writing from a Center of Love, with Shelley Fraser Mickle

Writing from a Center of Love, with Shelley Fraser Mickle

Shelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning author who has published over a dozen books, which, along with her commitment to literacy and the power of story, led to her being nominated to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Her books have been New York Times...

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Releasing the Prisoner, with Justin Woodbury

Releasing the Prisoner, with Justin Woodbury

Justin Woodbury was raised on a small farm out in the country on the west side of Ann Arbor, Michigan. A child survivor of church abuse, Justin began advocating for victims of abuse after he held his son in his arms for the first time and realized the weight of...

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Finding Sunlight, with Chrissy Holm

Finding Sunlight, with Chrissy Holm

Chrissy Holm is a writer, editor, and project manager and is the host of the podcast Stirred By Words, where she talks about words, writing, and wellness. Her writing has been featured on Everyday Health, National Council on Aging, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and more. She...

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Taking a Stand, with Robert W. Norris

Taking a Stand, with Robert W. Norris

Robert W. Norris was born and raised in Humboldt County, California, where he played basketball in high school and junior college. In 1969, he entered the Air Force but subsequently became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and served time in a military...

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A Journey Through Grief, with Natasha Daniels

A Journey Through Grief, with Natasha Daniels

Natasha Daniels is an anxiety and OCD child therapist and has published multiple books including How to Parent your Anxious Toddler, Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide, Social Skills Activities for Kids and It is Brave to Be Kind. She also hosts the AT Parenting...

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Snakes, Society, and Storytelling, with Ginger Pinholster

Snakes, Society, and Storytelling, with Ginger Pinholster

Ginger Pinholster’s first novel, “City in a Forest,” won a Gold Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association in 2020. She is a volunteer member of Florida’s Volusia Turtle Patrol and resident of Ponce Inlet, near Daytona Beach. She joined me on...

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