Uncorking a Story

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

Leah Konen

Leah Konen

Lea Konen is the author of All the Broken People and of several young adult novels, including Love and Other Train Wrecks and The Romantics. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. She...

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Jessica Chiarella

Jessica Chiarella

Jessica Chiarella is the author of And Again. She holds an MA in writing and publishing from DePaul University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. In this interview, I learned that she wanted to be a writer when she was seven...

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Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, and The End of Her, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have...

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Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline

A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have received the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes...

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Noel Obiora

Noel Obiora

Nigerian born and raised debut mystery author Noel Obiora watched the George Floyd video and said to himself, That could have been me. Having come to the United States when he was 17 in 1983, and having attended the University of Texas Law School, Noel, a black man in...

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Mary Dixie Carter

Mary Dixie Carter

Mary Dixie is the daughter of Designing Women star Dixie Carter and step-daughter of Hal Holbrook. Her writing has appeared in Time, The Economist, San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more. She worked at The Observer for five...

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Anne Basting, Ph.D.

Anne Basting, Ph.D.

Anne Basting, Ph.D. is an artist, scholar, and educator committed to the power of the arts and culture to transform our lives as individuals and communities. She is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and founder and President of the...

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Marilyn Peterson Haus

Marilyn Peterson Haus

Marilyn Peterson Haus’ story begins when she was born in 1941 on a farm on the Minnesota Plains. Twins, mental illness, sexism/favoritism, religion, farm life in the 40s and 50s, forgiveness and reconciliation are all topics she meticulously weaves together in this...

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David Yoon

David Yoon

David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. He is the author of the New York Times...

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Aug Stone

Aug Stone

This is the one where I talk to author, musician, and comic Aug Stone about his newly released memoir, Nick Cave’s Bar. Don’’t feel bad if you don’t know who Nick Cave is because I wasn’t cool enough to know of him either. The important thing here is that Aug and his...

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Author Alta Ifland

Author Alta Ifland

Alta Ifland was born in Transylvania (Romania), took part in the overthrow of Romania's communist dictatorship, and experienced two years of post-communism before emigrating to the United States in 1991.  After a PhD in French language and literature, and several...

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Performer and Author Laura Hankin

Performer and Author Laura Hankin

Laura Hankin is the author of Happy & You Know It and A Special Place for Women. Her musical comedy has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She splits her time between NYC, where she has performed off-Broadway, and Washington, D.C.,...

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Litigator turned author, Christina Sweeney-Baird

Litigator turned author, Christina Sweeney-Baird

Christina Sweeney-Baird lives in London where she works full-time as a corporate litigation lawyer. Listen in as we discuss her debut novel, The End of Men, which will be available wherever books are sold on April 27. Listen in as we discuss her journey from litigator...

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Holocaust Scholar, Author, and Filmmaker Joshua M. Greene

Holocaust Scholar, Author, and Filmmaker Joshua M. Greene

Joshua M. GreeneJoshua M Greene is a popular lecturer on Holocaust History and an author whose biographies have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his books and films. He sits on the board of Yale University...

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Do the Hustle

Do the Hustle

About this EpisodeWhile interviewing author Christina Sweeney-Baird about her debut novel The End of Men, I started thinking about how most authors, and other creators in the arts including comics and actors, have to work additional jobs long before they can earn a...

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Author Julie McGue

Author Julie McGue

Julie Ryan McGueJulie Ryan McGue was born in Chicago, Illinois. She and her identical twin sister were adopted together. Her debut memoir, Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging is about the search for birth relatives.Host & Guest Mike...

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Jim Carlon Part 2

Jim Carlon Part 2

Jim Carlon Part 2 of my interview with Jim Carlon about his book Conversation with a Desperate Man: A book for any man on the brink; and anyone who loves him.Host & Guest Mike Carlon Jim Carlon Resources  FollowfacebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramAbout This EpisodeThis...

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Jim Carlon Part 1

Jim Carlon Part 1

James Carlon"I had people in my life and people I worked with who looked at me and said, ‘you don’t look right.’ — Jim Carlon Host & Guest Mike Carlon Jim Carlon FollowfacebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramAbout This EpisodeI have easily interviewed a few thousand people...

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