Category Archives: Authors

Poet Maya Angelou

Making History Happen talks to renowned poet Maya Angelou.

Angelou says that “you shouldn’t do anything if you don’t have passion for it… to bring all your passion to anything, it means you dare to study how to do it well.” She says that “Whenever you find yourself without an answer, or answers… just stop. Put yourself at ease… and realize that you have to understand who you are… if you can just stop and meditate, ask for directions, ask for guidance.” She talks about her role as an “auntie” giving life advice to young women that their mothers cannot, saying that “the mother cannot talk about sex and sexual activity; the auntie can.”

Listen to the full episode here.

The Troubled Production History of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

Milling About talks to Glen Berger, author of the new book Song of Spider-Man. The book follows the troubled production of the Julie Taymor-directed and U2-orchestrated Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which was plagued from the beginning by technical difficulties. Berger was the co-writer of the play, and talks about how he got the job.

Berger says that he impressed the show’s producers by writing what he calls a “treatus” on Julie Taymor’s career, landing him an interview. He also talks about one of the scenes that he wrote, a confrontation between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin that he says was inspired by anger toward George W. Bush.

Listen to the full episode here.

Anne Lamott, author of Stitches

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Anne Lamott, novelist and author of the seminal writer’s guide Bird By Bird, talks with Tavis Smiley about her new book Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. The book is about loss and tragedy and the importance of carrying on, if not necessarily overcoming it.

Lamott talks about the genesis of the book, looking for a way to explain tragedy to her children after the Newtown shooting. She also discusses the importance of thinking positively of oneself, as well as how to find meaning and hope in difficult places. She sees the book as “a conversation” that encourages readers to find healing.

Listen to the full episode here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Gabrielle UnionThe Stupid Cancer Show welcomes award-winning actress Gabrielle Union, who shares the work she is doing to support the fight against breast cancer. Tune in here.

Jackie CollinsNew York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins stops by Conversations LIVE to talk with host Cyrus Webb about her journey and her new book The Power Trip. Tune in here.

DIonne WarwickHost Barry Farber welcomes five-time Grammy Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick as she celebrates her 50 anniversary. Tune in here.

Black FrancisOn Storytellers, we welcome alt rock demigod Black Francis AKA Frank Black of the landmark group The Pixies. Tune in here.

Ricky Paull GoldinRicky Paull Goldin is an actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles in daytime dramas such as Guiding Light and All My Children. He chats with Take 2 Radio about his new HGTV show, Spontaneous Construction which premieres on February 15.  Tune in here.

Robert David HallRobert David Hall has played the chief medical examiner on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for 13 seasons, which is seen in over 130 countries. Tune in here.

Tate DonovanHost Robin Milling welcomes Tate Donovan, who is currently starring in the Oscar nominated Argo and Deception on NBC. Tune in here.

Tanya BiankJoy Keys chats with Author Tanya Biank, whose book inspired the Lifetime series Army Wives.  She shares about her new book Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military. Tune in here.

Hunter TylorHunter Tylo joins On-Air with Doug & Rob to chat about The Bold & the Beautiful, plus a look back at 25 years of daytime soap. Hunter shares what lies ahead for her character. Tune in here.

Walt FrazierTwo-time NBA champion and one of the greatest Knicks player of all time, Walt Frazier, will join The Knicks Blog show. Tune in here.

Walking DeadTune in to a one of a kind interview with the 3 most prominent stars of The Walking Dead: Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun, and Irone Singleton. Tune in here.

Robert HassReal Sisters welcomes former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Robert Hass to the show to discuss how he has progressed as a poet. Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Fran DrescherEveryone knows this voice! From The Nanny to cancer survivor, Fran Drescher is a little ball of dynamite! She received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of the lovable ‘Miss Fine’ on the CBS hit series, The Nanny, a show she also created, and executive produced. Fran recently wrote her second New York Times best seller based on her cancer experience, Cancer Schmancer, for which she received the prestigious National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Writer’s Award. Tune in here.

CE. Vincent Martinezhloé Taylor Brown talks to E. Vincent Martinez about his fast, fantastic and fabulous life and lifestyle as a “STYLE” Power Player, Philanthropist, and one of the world’s top celebrated Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers. Tune in here.

Jane EspensonSci-fi television writer Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy, BSG, Torchwood) will join host Barbara Barnett to discuss the current Once Upon a Time season, including her latest episode, and her other projects, which include her hit web series Husbands. Tune in here.

Drew BledsoeThe HITS Radio Show welcomes in former NFL Quarterback and Super Bowl Champion Drew Bledsoe to talk about his 13 year NFL career, the upcoming Super Bowl XLVII and more. Tune in here.

 

Jesse EppsHear from Natonal Treasure, Jesse Epps, who was one of Dr. King’s best friends and closest confidants. Jesse was with Dr. King on the day Dr. King was assassinated. He believes his life was spared so he could further the mission of Dr. King. Tune in here.

Bill EwingFormer Vice-President of Columbia Pictures, Bill Ewing. During Bill’s 15 years at Columbia Pictures, he supervised production of 100+ feature films, including Awakenings, A League of Their Own, My Girl, Groundhog Day, Age of Innocence, The Patriot, and more. Tune in here.

Faith Renee EvansMulti-platinum Grammy Award winning recording artist. New York Times best-selling author. Wife. Mother. Entrepreneur. With so many hats to be worn, it is undeniable that Faith Renée Evans has a little something for everyone. Tune in here.

W. Kamau BellThe host of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which airs on FX will be covering the festivities at this year’s American Indian Society’s 2013 Inaugural Ball. On this episode, W. Kamau Bell talks about his career, his new show, and why he wants to hang out with American Indians. Tune in here.

Joshua AdamsCompared to the vocal styling of great modern rock singers Chris Cornell and Myles Kennedy, Joshua Adams’ ability as a rock vocalist is at a level rarely achieved within the genre. On-Air with Douglas chats with Joshua about his music and career. Tune in here.

Diamond Dallas PageDiamond Dallas Page has gone from being a notorious professional wrestler, to inspirational and motivational Yoga Master! DDP stops by to talk about his phenomenal career, his inspiration and what got him where he is today. Tune in here.

Melissa Joan HartMGN Radio welcomes the talented actress and television director Melissa Joan Hart to discuss family and television. She’s best known for her title roles in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Melissa and Joey. Tune in here.

Kevin MazurRenowned Rock and Roll photographer Kevin Mazur tells the story of the paparazzi and the point of view of the celebrities they hound in the documentary film, $ellebrity. Kevin joins host Robin Milling to discuss controversial issues which include ‘are celebrities’ children fair game?’ Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Jennifer NettlesCatch a very special Where Is My Guru broadcast as they welcome rockstar yogini, Jennifer Nettles.  Nettles is the lead singer of Sugarland and will be joined by her yoga instructor Mary Bruce. Tune in here.

 

Susan HeinAuthor Susan Heim shares 101 newlywed stories of love, laughter, and family from her newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Here Comes the Bride, on FMMK Talk Radio. Tune in here.

Justin WilczynskiListen to an interview with Justin Wilczynski from Nick at Nite’s new primetime drama, Hollywood Heights.  Justin is also the lead singer of Bonnie Dune (with Cory Monteith “Finn” from Glee).  Their single, “The Lost EP” now out on iTunes. Tune in here.

FocusMusic has been the focal point of Grammy-award winning producer Focus since his childhood. Focus has produced artists such has Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopez, The Game and more. Tune in here.

Alan RuckStar of the hit TV show Spin City and hit films such as Speed, Twister and maybe most famously known as Mathew Broderick’s best friend, Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Alan Ruck is interviewed about what he’s up to these days.  Tune in here.

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons philanthropist, business mogul and rap music pioneer, who is the Co-Founder of Def Jam Music, creator of Def Comedy and Def Poetry Jam and Founder/CEO of Phat Farm Apparel Line, discusses his global mission with “The Peace Keepers.”  Tune in here.

Denise BrosseauIt’s one thing to be an expert in your field; it’s even better, though, to be recognized as your sector’s undisputed thought leader. The White House has named Denise Brosseau a “Champion of Change”, and she has been a featured speaker at Intuit, Intel, and KPMG events. Tune in here.

Jim KellyFrom a Hall of Fame football career to battling Krabbe disease, a disorder killing children every year, Jim Kelly is still competing at Super Bowl levels. Jim & Jill Kelly join Scott McCausey on Christian Devotions Speak UP to discuss all this and more! Tune in here.

Gloria MayfieldCatch  multi-millionaire strategist, Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks on air. Gloria has shared her secrets of success on CNN,CNBC, ABC-TV, and has appeared in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour and Working Woman. She will share her advice live on air. Tune in here.

What squandered riches are in the whopping 102 tons of garbage each American produces in a lifetime? Find out with Pulitzer prize-winning author of Garbology, Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, Edward Humes. Tune in here.

What’s New On BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesSeptember marks the start of a new school year and while it’s important to stock up on new school supplies and meet your child’s teachers, it’s also essential to add scheduling annual eye exams to your list. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), one-in-four school-aged children suffer from an undetected or untreated vision problem. While most school vision screenings can catch some types of vision problems, they do have their limitations. Tune into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones to listen to AOA president Dori Carlson, O.D., optometrist and researcher Jeffrey Walline, O.D. and Clinical Psychology Professor Mitchell Prinstein, Ph.D., talk about how early identification of vision problems and different types of vision correction can impact a child’s self esteem, confidence and performance. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and DirtyOn Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, tune in to legendary comedian and the Late Show with David Letterman warmup act Eddie Brill. He’s hitting some clubs around the country now, and will share some of his unique takes on life with us today. During the Craftsmanship segment, hear from Paula Calvert from the Bailey Hat Company. They made their mark in the classic Hollywood scene, and now fall under the Bollman Hat Company corporate umbrella — which makes cool headwear for any occasion you can think of.  Tune in here.

Deepak Chopra welcomes Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative scientists and author of Science Set Free, a book that illustrates that science is being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas, which are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity.  This book has ignited debates that are spreading through scientific, religious, skeptical, conservative, and liberal circles in Britain, Ireland and continental Europe.  Tune in here.

The World According to Guy: Stop Pimping and Start Growing Your G+ Circles

Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki believes Google+ will ultimately win the social networking game. “This is Google, after all,” he said on BlogTalkRadio University earlier this week, noting that we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the No. 1 search engine.

Guy shared ready-to-apply tips from his book with the BTR community. Select the image above to listen to the podcast.

Guy’s chat with us was not only informative — he answered a bunch of BTR listener and host questions — but also super entertaining. At one point, he likened himself to the Pope! Listen to the full interview for a fun breakdown of this important social networking tool.

OUR BURNING GOOGLE+ QUESTIONS

Besides buying his new book (on Amazon as both softcover and ebook versions, in the iBooks store, at Barnes & Noble as both Nook and softcover versions), we asked Guy the best way our BTR community can get started on G+.

Q: Should our hosts create a personal page or a branded page?

Guy: Branded pages have limitations because the person has to follow you before you can follow that person back. Your hosts are people first, brands second. If you’re representing Boeing or Porsche or Procter & Gamble, then yes, create a brand page. But for most solo practitioners, create a personal page.

Q: What sets Google+ apart from Twitter and Facebook?

Guy: Twitter is about gaining perspective, such as how long the line is at Starbucks, there’s an earthquake in Peru, etc. And Facebook is for pre-existing friends — people you know enough to care about their baby, their cat rolling over, etc. — you’re connected by blood or history. Google+ is about passions. For instance, very few of my Facebook friends share my passion for photography, so I can share those posts on Google+, which is for finding people you don’t know yet who share a common interest with you.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Google Plus Tips on BlogTalkRadio

 

 

 

Q: Can you talk about the power of Google behind G+?

Guy: No one knows search like Google. Let’s say you’re interested in SXSW but can’t go this year, so during it, you want to know what’s happening. If type SXSW into Google, you’ll see standard coverage by the New York Times, Mashable, CNet, etc. All the journalistic entities. But if you type the same keyword into Google+, you’ll see posts by people you know — insider posts that are remarkably different from, say, the Christian Science Monitor‘s posts on it. Google+ gives you more personalized results.

Q: Since many of our BTR hosts have shows on topics they’re passionate about, what’s the simplest way to grow their audience on G+?

[Guy’s answer to this one was short and smart. Listen to the interview online to find out this simple-yet-powerful tip.]

Google+ is one of the most powerful ways BTR hosts can grow their listening audience.

Q: What’s the best way to use G+ for self-promotion?

Guy: I use what I call The NPR Model: NPR provides good content 365 days a year. Every so often, they run the telethons to fundraise. We tolerate them because we feel a sense of obligation. So what you should do is become a sector expert and promote good content all the time, so that when you want to promote your stuff, people won’t be offended. The community doesn’t tolerate pimping all the time.

[Listen to the full interview for a real-life example on how to market your local business.]

Q: How often should we post?

Guy: I post 10 times a day, 365 days a year. But that’s what works for me. 10 times a day is only too much if you post crap. I don’t post crap. I post between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, the prime time for posting. I use tools for scheduling posts. [To find out which ones, listen in.]

Q: Should we make all our posts public?

Guy: 100% of my posts are completely public. I understand the utility of posting to a specific circle, but I’m trying to post to my followers. Every post goes to my closest 2.8 million friends.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Tips on BlogTalkRadio

Installing Guy-approved tools will optimize your G+ experience. Listen to our interview to find out which ones.

GUY’S TOP 3 G+ TOOLS

There are 3 tools Guy considers indispensable for optimizing your G+ experience. Listen to the complete interview to find out which ones are Guy-approved.

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