Award-winning journalist and prolific author Mike Barlow interviews writers and editors. "Our conversations focus mostly on work habits and career advice. The interviews typically run 25-30 minutes. I try to keep them light and breezy, but when the topic veers into deeper waters, I'm not afraid to go there with the guest,” says Mike.
Season One Finale – Mike Barlow and Mike Bennett
In this episode of the podcast, I’m interviewed by radio talk show host Mike Bennett. Mike and I go way back, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as he prompts me to reflect on my career as a journalist and share some highlights from my recent expedition into the wonderful and rapidly expanding universe of podcasting.
This episode is our Season One Finale, and we’ll be taking a short break before launching Season Two in October.
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Pax Transatlantica – Jussi Hanhimäki
Following the twin shocks of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the concept of a unified western transatlantic community seemed like a sentimental relic of a bygone age. Yet in his new book, Pax Transatlantica: America and Europe in the Post-Cold War Era, author and international historian Jussi Hanhimäki explains why the relationship is far from over.
Despite the potential fallout from current trade wars—especially between the US and China—and the rise of economic nationalism, the West still benefits from significant transatlantic trade and massive investment flows. Hanhimäki traces the parallel evolution of domestic politics on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing on the rise of populism. He contends that populism is not causing a rift between the US and Europe. Rather, the spread of populism demonstrates that their politics and culture remain closely integrated.
I hope my conversation with Jussi renews your sense of optimism about this truly remarkable alliance.
Law and the Written Word – Tami Aisenson
When you’re dealing with the law, every word counts. And every period and comma counts, too! In this episode of the podcast, I interview Tami Aisenson, principal court attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Tami is a lawyer, but quite a bit of her work at the Appellate Division involves writing, and she faces many of the same challenges that confront journalists, such as constantly sifting through facts and evidence to determine what’s true and what isn’t. In many ways, she’s seems like the ideal journalist, engaged in a never-ending search for objectivity and truth.
Tami is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and I’m delighted that she took the time to chat with me. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Sharing the Human Narrative – Cynthia Gregory
In this episode, I speak with award-winning author and teacher Cynthia Gregory. Her published short stories include Baby Blood, Melting at Both Ends, Use Me, and Rosalinda's Ambition.
Cynthia’s work has appeared in respected publications such as The Sun, Glimmer Train, the Briar Cliff Review, Santa Barbara Review, The Ear, and Central PA Magazine. She took second place in the Writer's Digest annual fiction contest, first place in the Glimmer Train Family Matters short story competition, and first place in the Mark Twain Short Fiction Prize.
Cynthia is also the author of Journaling as Sacred Practice, a book that helps writers stay focused and productive. She writes that each of the book’s chapters, is "a love letter to the art of creative writing, where both the fledgling writer and the seasoned scribe will find encouragement, advice, and lessons in the craft of journaling."
I’m delighted that Cynthia found the time in her busy schedule to sit down and chat about her work. I hope you find our conversation, which was recorded in November 2020, to be entertaining and useful.
Morning Show Radio Star – Mike Bennett
In this episode, I’ll be chatting with radio personality Mike Bennett, the popular co-host of Mike & Kacey in the Morning on WHUD, the radio station serving New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley, a region with seven counties and more than 1.1 million residents.
Many of those residents listen to WHUD, and Mike’s baritone voice has become a familiar part of their daily routines. If a snowstorm forces your local schools to close early, or it’s National Nurses Day, chances are you’ll hear about it from Mike first.
Mike is also the author of “Don’t Pay the Ransom, I’ve Escaped: Memories of a Life on the Radio.” I love Mike’s book, which captures his gentle humor, his affection for the Mid-Hudson Valley, and his sheer enjoyment of being on the radio. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Fresh Angles on Sports Writing – Jackson Thompson
Jackson Thompson is a sports writer for Insider. His articles tend to focus on the health – and the rights – of athletes. Jackson’s work has also been featured in The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated.
Over the course of his career, he’s covered the NFL, college football, college basketball, horse racing and New Jersey high school sports.
In this episode of the podcast, Jackson shares some interesting tales of sports journalism, and he recounts the time he covered the Hambletonian Stakes, one of America’s most famous harness racing competitions.