November 29, 2013
Amy Kaufman Burk grew up rubbing elbows with Hollywood movie stars of the 1950’s and 60’s. Her father, Millard Kaufman, was a Hollywood writer with two Oscar nominations for his work. Amy recently self-published her first terrific novel Hollywood High: Acheive the Honorable. Somewhat auto-biographical, the main character Caroline Black goes from a high-end private school to Hollywood High, an inner-city school filled with gangs, run-aways, and the occassional prostitute. An accidental hero, Caroline becomes a warrior against homophobia, beautism, anti-semitism, and in the process refines her own and her friend’s moral compasses. A very inspiring show.
November 9, 2013
Here’s a trivia question: What does Paris, art galleries, photography, Washington DC, music, restaurants, and Chapel Hill all have in common? If you guessed Chapel Hill’s own Mike Benson, then you would be right. He stops by the studio to talk about his fascinating life and help all of us get un-stuck from our own creative boxes.
November 1, 2013
Fauzia Burke is sought after by America’s top authors like Sue Grafton for her expertise in internet book marketing. With experience launching more than 2000 books she knows what she is talking about. Fauzia shares with us what it takes to create your own brand and build a following. A great show for those thinking of starting their own business, upping their professional game, or trying to get their own book published.
October 12, 2013
Most everybody feels a crisis about their own mortality at some point or another; some people react by buying the sleek sports car they always dreamed they’d be able to afford as an adult, some people leave their spouses for another romantic partner, and some people completely strip their lives down and re-evaluate everything from square one. Our guest this week, August Turak, dealt with the anxiety of his own mortality by briefly joining a Trappist Monastery. He is the author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity and is here to talk about the lessons he learned and why they are important for all of us.
September 28, 2013
How far are parents willing to go to get their children to score well on the SAT? Debbie Steir, my guest for today, probably pushed the upper extreme. For three years, she tried everything from different test-prep materials to experimenting with different test-taking strategies on herself, and was eventually so successful she wrote a book about it, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT. Tune in to hear how she increased her own score by over 300 points and the techniques she used (and still uses) to help increase her son’s score by over 500.
August 14, 2013
While the old illusion of acting as an easy and instantly glamorous profession is nearly gone, Megan Ketch will tell you that success on stage and film can be much harder than even the most pessimistic imagination will allow. A recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and NYU’s Masters in Acting program, Megan has scored roles in big productions such as CBS’s crime drama Blue Bloods and more recently, the film The Big Wedding. It wasn’t always like that for her though, and this week we get to pick her brain about the challenges she’s faced and the lessons she’s learned about being an aspiring actress in the big city.
August 17, 2013
Local resident Bill Hayes creator of reality hit television shows Salvage Dawgs, Jon and Kate Plus 8, and Sister Wives shares insights into producing great documdramas and documentaries. The art of telling a compelling story begins with asking yourself “why would anyone care?” and then goes on to explore the inner workings of the human spirit. A very inspirational interview from a very inspiring person.
August 10, 2013
If you are thinking of starting a business or have ever considered starting one, strap yourself down and grab some popcorn, because we’ve got Jay Bigelow from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) this week. We’re going to pick his brain about the best strategy for opening a business in the Triangle and some more resources that will help you along the way.
August 3, 2013
If you ask Sheri Castle about the success of her book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, she will shrug and tell you that it’s doing relatively well. What she won’t tell you, however, is that it has sold nearly a million copies since it was first published and has scores of raving reviews online and in print. Listen in to hear Sheri talk about her new way of thinking about cooking and how she even got into food writing in the first place.
July 27, 2013
Whether your are currently employed, looking for work, or find yourself with a hour to spend this is the show for you. Dave Katz, Cisco Systems Technical Services Global Labs Director, gives great advice on how to approach your career. He shifts the paradigm of working with your passion and asserts a compelling argument for working with your strengths and letting the passion follow. He details the different between those who gamble with their careers and those who invest in it. Great show with lots of wisdom for everyone.