Cristina Mendonsa is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and founder of Mendonsa Media. Storytelling is her jam and with A Fresh Agenda, she brings innovators and entrepreneurs center stage to tell us how they stay creative, fresh and get at their deepest work.
Episode #100 Shari Fitzpatrick of Berried in Chocolate
Shari Fitzpatrick is the creator and founder of the world famous gourmet dipped strawberries - Shari’s Berries.
Today Shari is an author/speaker and has launched a whole new line of chocolate dipped items as well as wine and a new bed and breakfast. She travels internationally (and is excited to get back to it after the pandemic) as an inspirational business speaker Her new chocolate gifts are offered exclusively at Berried In Chocolate dot com.
For over 30 years, Shari’s story and her creations have attracted attention through appearances in O
Magazine, In-Style Magazine, People Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul; on the Today
Show, Food Network, The Apprentice and many more.
She shares with Cristina her rise in Shari's Berries as well as the loss of her company and rebirth of her brands
Episode #99 Carl Zimmer, Author : Life's Edge
Carl Zimmer is the author of fourteen books about science. His latest book is Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
Zimmer’s column Matter appears each week in the New York Times. In this interview we delve into the definition of life: is it consciousness? Brain activity? He tells me about some surprising forms of life researchers are just finding and whether AI or conscious computers could ever be considered "life".
Zimmer is a familiar voice on radio programs such as Radiolab and professor adjunct at Yale University. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.
Episode #98 Norma Kamali, Designer
Cher, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Plant and John Lennon...they all loved her designs and at 75 years old, she is still creating and innovating. Norma Kamali is my guest this week. We talk about her new book, I AM INVINCIBLE, which is Norma’s healthy lifestyle guide on aging with power. We also discuss post pandemic fashion...what will THAT look like? She tells me the story of the iconic red swimsuit she designed for Farrah Fawcett (the one that now sits in the Smithsonian) and how does a creative replenish their creativity? She fills us in on her secret to sustaining her drive and energy.
#97 Eric Dezenhall - Crisis Management
My guest is Eric Dezenhall, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Dezenhall Resources. He has more than 30 years of executive-level experience as a crisis, communications and management counselor for corporations, prominent individuals, sports organizations, nonprofits and educational institutions. Dezenhall is one of the nation’s foremost crisis and damage control experts.
He's also an author who channels some of his most creative ideas into 11 books, his newest is "False Light".
#96 Alex Berenson
Novelist, former NYT reporter and of late, covid contrarian, Alex Berenson is my guest this week. Berenson has written 13 novels, 7 non-fiction works and his latest is called “The Power Couple”. We’re going to get into his methods for switching between fiction and non-fiction, discuss the state of journalism a bit, cancel culture and the twitter arguments he’s having on the daily when he presents studies that go against the current
#95 James Suckling
James Suckling is internationally regarded as one of the most influential wine critics and wine communicators. Through 40 years and over 200,000 wines, Suckling has created a stunning body of information about the wines of the world. Suckling joined Wine Spectator in 1981, when it had 500 subscribers and was run out of a garage in San Diego. He fell in love with the genre and rose to become the European Chief Editor for the publication. From his home in Hong Kong, Suckling joined me for a chat about his incredible life and ongoing projects. He also tips us on new trends and the surprising wine he's enjoying right now. Pour a class and take a listen...then check him out at JamesSuckling.com
Love Cristina Mendonsa!
Love Cristina Mendonsa! She’s so warm and authentic. She asks all the questions I would! Love her show.
Unbiased, Interesting, Intelligent
So excited that Cristina Mendonsa is making a podcast! She is a top notch journalist that brings compassion, common sense, and credibility to everything she does.
A great interviewer!
Cristina was a journalist in northern California for many years. I grew up watching her. It was so great to find her podcast. She is an intelligent and warm voice and I always learn something from her interviews. Great stuff!