35 episodes

We delve into the minds of the writers of new books on an array of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. We talk with seasoned and new authors; longtime writers and those of different professions with an intriguing story to tell. Enjoy the show here on Spreaker, other digital outlets and our website: http://www.bookspectrum.com

Book Spectrum Chris Cordani

    • Society & Culture

We delve into the minds of the writers of new books on an array of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. We talk with seasoned and new authors; longtime writers and those of different professions with an intriguing story to tell. Enjoy the show here on Spreaker, other digital outlets and our website: http://www.bookspectrum.com

    S2 E20 - Scott Shay Exposes Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories Being Taught at US Universities

    S2 E20 - Scott Shay Exposes Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories Being Taught at US Universities

    While writing a tribute to his father, a survivor of the Holocaust who educated him on the importance of faith and Jewish values, Scott Shay was disturbed and dismayed to discover the presence of extremist anti-Zionist professors (Far Left and Far Right) on the faculty of his alma mater, Northwestern University. As a student of Jewish thought, history, and current events, who has written extensively on contemporary Jewish issues, he was compelled to take a deep dive into the world of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories and academia.

    “I learned that Northwestern University, my beloved alma mater and a jewel of American academia, has enabled some of its professors to openly promote conspiracy theories,” says Shay. “Sadly, many academics can no longer even identify conspiracy theories. Professorial proponents insist that far from being conspiracy theorists, they are brave truth tellers.”

    Set against the framework of Northwestern University’s motto, Conspiracy U not only illustrates the issues present when serious and trustworthy scholarship is abandoned in favor of theory and ideology, but proposes that the motto itself points toward a better option. Rather than dismissing ideology or giving it undue precedence, Shay suggests that the motto and the Golden Rule together form an unbiased and universally applicable framework which provides the intellectual and moral criteria to distinguish between facts and conspiracy theories, leaving room for diversity while also excluding approaches that devalue our common humanity.

    • 36 min
    S2 E19 - Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Erika Weathers Tells Her Story

    S2 E19 - Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Erika Weathers Tells Her Story

    Erika Weathers is a two-time breast cancer survivor, actress, real estate agent, advocate, biker chick and soon to be adding a lot more to that list including first-time author with her new book Free Me 2 Be Me: My Turbulent Journey With Breast Cancer.

    While Erika reveals her battles with cancer in the book, Free Me 2 Be Me is also a story meant to inspire those going through the same fight while revealing the ups and downs of the author's own life as she looks both back to her early years and forward to those to come.

    Pick up Erika's book through her website, http://www.iamerikaweathers.com

    • 20 min
    S2 E18 - Kevin Schewe: Bad Love Medicine

    S2 E18 - Kevin Schewe: Bad Love Medicine

    From Russian spies to Nazi plots, to alien planets, to true love, Kevin L. Schewe is back on Book Spectrum with another action-packed romp in his critically acclaimed Bad Love series that will have you wishing for more.

    Bad Love Medicine takes readers from the deep-space beauty of Planet Azur back to a WWII Europe riddled with danger and espionage, bringing the Bad Love Gang face-to-face with one of history’s greatest villains—Adolf Hitler himself.

    In this 4th book of the Bad Love Series, The Gang (based on his own friends in high school) once again set out to save history—this time, by stopping the Nazis from efforts to create a time machine of their own.

    • 22 min
    S2 E17 - Phil Granchi's Dystopian Comedy Thriller, Mart of Darkness

    S2 E17 - Phil Granchi's Dystopian Comedy Thriller, Mart of Darkness

    There aren't too many Comedy Dystopian Thrillers out there, so naturally we had to put its author, Phil Granchi, on Book Spectrum.

    In Mart of Darkness, the debut author takes readers (and your audience) to an American which has turned into a weird materialistic dystopia where Ted -- a screenwriter with no marketable skills with little screenwriting talent and a long list of temp jobs -- who finds himself somehow assigned to take down the CEO of Allmart, who is bent on taking over the world. Ted and his new team face off with Zombie shoppers, Purple Psycho People, Converts and Black Light Specials in this satirical homage to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

    • 18 min
    S2 E16 - Jacquie Abrams: Hush Money, A Story About Someone Who Stood Up to Racism in the Workplace

    S2 E16 - Jacquie Abrams: Hush Money, A Story About Someone Who Stood Up to Racism in the Workplace

    Politically-charged debates are often passionate, yet at times cloud people’s abilities to agree how and when to right a true wrong. While Crying “wolf,” buzzwords and misinformation have become the norm, they minimized those who are actually suffering or lost in the proverbial cracks. Let’s take the story in “Hush Money,” by my guest Jacqui Abrams, a tale based on a true story of racism in the workplace. Due to many factors – not the least of which is fear of losing job and other people lying about or minimizing such at their own workplaces -- racial preferences and racism in companies and other work environments goes unreported or ignored. Through the eyes of the characters in her book - -HUSH MONEY -- , Jacquie relays an actually true story of a woman who called this out, won her argument, changed things and kept her job. We at Book Spectrum do not run with the "Woke" crowd, but we are interested in treating everyone with the respect they deserve and calling out wrongdoing when we see it. The story in Jacquie's Hush Money is rarely told and needs to be heard.

    Hush Money tells a compelling and cautionary tale that is all too familiar to Black people across the globe about the rigors of working in a large, highly bureaucratic organization and dealing with covert and overt racism. Levels and types of discrimination are chronicled in the five-year journey of Ebony Ardoin, an ambitious, young, Black woman in search of a fulfilling and rewarding career path that allows her to live the American Dream.

    The twisting arcs of Ebony’s story reveal layers of emotional complexity and racial trauma as each new promotion invites praise, jealous rancor, and outright loathing. Organizational politics and protecting turf go hand in hand with discrimination, retaliation, intimidation, and racial hatred expressed in a variety of ways.

    Hush Money: How One Woman Proved Systemic Racism in her Workplace and Kept Her Job, by Jacquie Abram, has been selected by the Unity and Equality Alliance, located in Canada, as their next book to read. While the organization seeks to help people of color with issues locally, in Brockville, Ontario, they also see the big picture by pushing their messages far and wide. Abram’s fictional story, inspired by true events, lays bare the struggles against racism many Black and Brown people experience in the U.S. and across the globe.

    • 29 min
    S2 E15 - Dr. Sanjay Prasad: Resetting Healthcare Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

    S2 E15 - Dr. Sanjay Prasad: Resetting Healthcare Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

    What do you do when your doctor recommends surgery to you or to a loved one? Do you question their decision? The answer for the vast majority of Americans is no. Most of us have been trained to trust our physicians completely. After all, they’re the experts. They should know best.

    In his new book, Resetting Healthcare, our Book Spectrum guest this episode, Dr. Sanjay Prasad examines the lack of transparency in surgical care and offers a solution to the problem: a new, innovative tool called SurgiQuality that connects patients with qualified surgeons, offering second and third opinions, and even suggesting more conservative, non-surgical solutions as appropriate. Dr. Prasad reveals that between 10–20 percent of all surgeries in the US are unnecessary, either because of misdiagnosis or because a more conservative therapy may have been just as or even more effective.

    • 19 min

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