Beginning with our guest’s favorite cocktail, Dedicated offers an insider’s look at the lives and work of your favorite authors. New York Times bestselling author Doug Brunt hosts conversations with the world’s greatest writers as they discuss their writing lifestyle, creative process, latest work, and behind-the-scenes revelations. If you want to hear from the brilliant minds creating our best stories, be sure to tune in.
Edoardo Ballerini: vodka martini, three olives
Award-winning audiobook narrator and actor Edoardo discusses how he went from studying Latin at the Vatican to joining an acting troupe then making his NYC acting debut on LAW & ORDER, identifies which areas of the arts are most immediately under threat from artificial intelligence, tells how the audiobook business has evolved since his first narration in 2007, and how the nuance of reading characters of a different age/race/gender has changed in recent years, explains the goals of the university course on audiobook narration that he teaches, reveals his favorite place in Italy, and tells why we should not go faster than 1x.
Richard Haass: dry martini (3 ounces gin, a few drops of dry vermouth, served up with 3 olives)
Richard reveals for the first time a confidential memo regarding the war in Iraq that he hand-delivered to Secretary Powell, why he feels America is in a "uniquely dangerous" time in the world, the TV show that most accurately portrays the Situation Room, how he prepares himself for writing memos, books or briefing presidents, why his book THE WORLD: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION is an important read for all citizens.
Mike Rowe: Manhattan (2 1/2 ounces Knobel whiskey, 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth, bitters, Luxardo cherry)
Author (and host) of THE WAY I HEARD IT Mike talks about being fired three times from QVC and hired twice to host The Daily Show for Comedy Central, his thoughts on Jon Stewart and the origins of fake news, his struggles with a childhood stammer and how a music teacher helped him overcome, how podcasting has evolved in the last few years, his terrific book that combines shocking historical events with Mike’s unique perspective, the #1 dirtiest job, and some thoughts on the key ingredients for a good life.
Kashmir Hill: gin & tonic
New York Times technology reporter Kashmir Hills explains the incredible and horrifying implications of AI and facial recognition, the pair of eyeglasses developed by Meta that can instantly tell you EVERYTHING about a person just by glancing at them, what Oppenheimer and Heather Douglas meant by “technical sweetness”, how we might live in a new world of technology that allows people “no fresh starts”, and what she misses most from the 1980s that she would like to have back.
Dani Shapiro: Mezcal Negroni (1 ounce mezcal, 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 1 ounce Campari, garnish with orange slice)
Award-winning author Dani Shapiro discusses how the effort of her first books refined her future work and process so that in addition to focusing on the music of her writing she’s also focused on the meaning, explains that she had to slow down the rush of storytelling in her gripping memoir INHERITANCE because she was living the tale as she was writing it, tells of the happy ‘accidents’ of co-founding a writers’ conference in Positano, Italy and of launching her hit podcast FAMILY SECRETS, and how when writing a book that jumps time that it can be useful to work on the book for as long as the jumps.
Howard Blum: Diet Coke
Award-winning author and journalist Howard Blum discusses the latest on the Idaho murders where he has been leading the coverage, describes how he conducts different types of research for book subjects ranging from prior centuries to other books covering present day topics, his writing pieces with Graydon Carter’s media company Air Mail, compares national intelligence agencies, and reveals the one book he read in his youth that inspired his writing career.
Great show! But the cherries….
I enjoy this show immensely. Hearing the “behind the scenes” thoughts of authors is quite entertaining. I will be recommending it to my book club members. However, in listening to the Mike Rowe podcast and hearing Mr. Brunt extol the greatness of the Luxardo cherry for a Manhattan was a little upsetting. My husband and I have consumed our fair share of Manhattans and have discovered the Griottines Cherries in Kirsh (cherry liqueur) to be far superior to the Luxardo. Give them a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Looking forward to future episodes and drink ideas.
Doug, I simply love your pod cast and how it opens me to authors I knew nothing of. My dream is to read a book from every author you interview.
You always ask for author suggestions. Rob Lowe’s books are terrific and he is a very good writer. He would be a great interview. I also recommend Charlie Donlea. He writes crime thrillers. All are captivating. His history is interesting as he was an optometrist before he started wring! Thanks for all of the episodes.
So sorry, but I couldn’t resist. Love this episode. I watched him on Megyn’s show and found him just as funny and interesting on your show! Love to listen to two men act 12! I’m a pre-K teacher. Boys will be boys. I love it!! Great time. Thank you for the great laugh.