Uncorking a Story

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

An Unlikely Felon, with Will Young

An Unlikely Felon, with Will Young

Everything I know about the criminal justice system I learned from Law and Order. Seriously, I’ve watched so much of it I feel as if I have a JD from L&O University! Well, what do you do when the police show up at your door with a search warrant when you know you...

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Transforming Grief, with Tracee Dunblazier

Transforming Grief, with Tracee Dunblazier

Though it sounds unintuitive, experiencing grief can be a good thing. All of us suffer losses at various points during our life—it could be the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or even seeing your kids go off to college. Grief often accompanies loss and...

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Love Lasts Forever, with Jane L. Rosen

Love Lasts Forever, with Jane L. Rosen

I love it when conversations go to unexpected places and today’s does just that. I didn’t anticipate speaking about the passing of my brother but doing so with today’s guest, author Jane L. Rosen simply felt right given one of the core themes of her latest novel, On...

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Unleashing the Writer Within, with Chris Ehrlich

Unleashing the Writer Within, with Chris Ehrlich

I’ve long believed that curiosity is one of the most powerful superpowers that authors wield. Thinking it through more, curiosity may help us craft interesting plots, but its nothing without relatability. If our storylines are not relatable to readers, all of the...

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Making the Difference, with Carl Ficks and Rosemary Ravinal

Making the Difference, with Carl Ficks and Rosemary Ravinal

Carl Ficks has introduced me to many fantastic guests who have appeared on Uncorking a Story over the years. Today, it is his turn to sit in the hot seat! Listen in as we discuss his contribution to an anthology of essays on loss, courage, and personal transformation...

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Unhealed Scars, with Tim Murphy

Unhealed Scars, with Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is the author of Correspondents and Christodora, which was long-listed for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian. He has also been a journalist for the past 25 years and joined me on...

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Measure Twice, Cut Once, with Craig Johnson

Measure Twice, Cut Once, with Craig Johnson

Imagine sitting with an acquiring editor who just offered you a multi book deal to write a series based on your first book and telling them that you will think about it. Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s just part of prolific writer Craig Johnson’s amazing story. Meet...

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Path of Survival, with Lynn Hightower

Path of Survival, with Lynn Hightower

I’ve long believed that writing is therapeutic but for author Lynn Hightower, it became her path of survival during a difficult period in her life. She explains that writing helped her escape the real world and allowed her to express her opinions on grief and hearing...

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From the Stage to the Page, with Stephanie Cowell

From the Stage to the Page, with Stephanie Cowell

Writing is a dynamic and ever-evolving process. By embracing change and finding inspiration in unexpected places, you can breathe new life into your writing. Just ask Stephanie Cowell, whose latest book, A Boy in the Rain, was started over forty years ago. It was only...

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This Much is True, with Wendy Holden

This Much is True, with Wendy Holden

Today, we have the fabulous Wendy Holden, a British journalist and novelist with global success, joining us to spill the tea on her latest book, "The Princess." We're talking about the ultimate royal celebrity, Diana Princess of Wales, and a fictionalized backstory of...

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Below the Surface, with Colin Dickey

Below the Surface, with Colin Dickey

I was once eating dinner alone at a bar in Petaluma, CA when a fellow solo diner started a conversation by saying, “I’m no conspiracy theorist but…” and what came out of his mouth would make Dan Brown raise an eyebrow. When I was offered the chance to speak with Colin...

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Curiosity and Connection, with Alison Gaylin

Curiosity and Connection, with Alison Gaylin

Given my love of Columbo, I love it when a guest has a good Peter Falk story, and Alison Gaylin doesn’t disappoint. She doubled down when expressing her appreciation for The Love Boat—and now I think I have to marry her. Don’t tell our spouses. Meet Alison Gaylin...

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Doing the Twist, with Liv Constantine

Doing the Twist, with Liv Constantine

My twin brother and I are very close—so close in fact that we can finish each other’s sentences. That said, I couldn’t imagine writing a book with him, let alone a series of books. That’s just one of the things that amazes me about sisters Lynne and Valerie...

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A Dream Deferred, with Jenny Jackson

A Dream Deferred, with Jenny Jackson

While many of us dream of being writers from a young age, the truth is, not all of us can do it early on in our lives and find that we have to defer that dream for another time. Jenny Jackson, whose debut novel Pineapple Street is quite possibly the most buzzed about...

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Making It, with Peter Maeck

Making It, with Peter Maeck

Today’s guest, Peter Maeck, inspired me with his words of advice for his younger self—”If you have an impulse and are young enough to start at an entry level, do it! Don’t worry about the risks and the outcomes.” These were words that I wish I heard in my late teens...

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No Backup Plan, with Andrew Ridker

No Backup Plan, with Andrew Ridker

They say you can never go home again, but no one told that to Andrew Ridker. During the height of the Covid 19 pandemic, Andrew left his apartment in Brooklyn, NY to head back to his childhood home in Brookline, MA. It was being back in his hometown, sharing his...

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Living Authentically, with Melissa Giberson

Living Authentically, with Melissa Giberson

Sometimes it takes a while to find out who we truly are, particularly if we didn’t give ourselves the time to explore life prior to settling down and starting a family. Those of us who did that young may find that, after our kids have grown, we really don’t know who...

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Writing is an Act of Faith, with Jennifer Cody Epstein

Writing is an Act of Faith, with Jennifer Cody Epstein

Giving yourself the right to write badly is excellent advice for aspiring and established authors. Writing is a muscle which has to be exercised in order to get stronger. Not everything we write will be gold, but every rep serves a purpose—to make our writing...

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