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Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk
53 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Marshall Thompson Talks Chi-Lites, Hit Music History, Big Breaks, and Michael Jackson, Plus Author Teri Rizvi on Sharing Your Journey - Episode 557
Chi-Lites legend Marshall Thompson joins Nancy to talk about his music journey from playing with Gladys Knight, booking early club talent shows with upcoming artists Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, to Jackie Wilson’s endorsement, and Chi-Lites hit music including “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl.” Plus, Marshall talks about creative drive and motivation, the Chi-Lites new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, “Have You Seen Her” popularity fueled by the Disney Pixar favorite Finding Dori and congo playing on Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love’ album (1:11). In the second segment, writer and communications expert Teri Rizvi shares the story of her new memoir, One Heart with Courage, its emphasis on our common humanity and the power of courage, and her motivation for sharing the heartfelt essays and stories at this time. Plus, Nancy and Teri discuss the possibilities for jump-starting new projects by revisiting creative projects from the past (29:43). Order Marshall Thompson’s book Last Man Standing: Legendary Chi-Lites. Find out more about Teri Rizvi and One Heart with Courage via Braughler Books. Find out more about the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:03, 29:35).
34 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright Talk Lost in Space, Hollywood History, Memoirs, Celebrity Crushes, and Secrets, Plus Friend-Driven Humor, Grandchildren, and Boomer Moments - Episode 556
Former child actors Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright join Nancy to talk about their new pictorial memoir Lost (And Found) In Space 2, behind-the-scenes stories of Lost in Space, their longstanding friendship, and life beyond the beloved sixties series and the Jupiter 2. (1:11). In the second segment, Nancy shares some friends and family comedy and baby boomer challenges from her latest magazine humor column (27:46). Order autographed copies of Lost (And Found) In Space 2. Explore Angela Cartwright’s art and more. Listen to Bill Mumy music. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:02, 27:38).
32 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Dan Naturman Talks Comedy, Novels, and Stand-Up Inspiration and Advice, Plus Writing and Book Editing Tips from a Pro - Episode 555
Stand-up favorite Dan Naturman joins Nancy to talk about his creative journey, stand-up comedy experiences during law school, New York’s Comedy Cellar, the HBO series Crashing, and the story behind his comedy-inspired debut novel Ira Spiro: Before Covid. Plus, Dan and Nancy discuss writing shifts, creative and career risk-taking, and finding stand-up success (1:08). In the second segment, Nancy shares writing and editing tips for authors and wannabe authors from independent book editor and Editorchick.com founder Nancy LaFever (28:29). Check out Ira Spiro: Before Covid on Kindle. Watch Dan Naturman’s comedy on YouTube. Get Nancy LaFever’s writing and editing tips. Find out more about Nancy LaFever. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:00, 28:22).
47 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
P.J. Pacifico Talks Music, Songwriting and Television, and The Power of Creative Shifts, Plus Documentary Filmmaker Chris Hudson Zooms In On The Andy Griffith Show - Episode 554
Singer and songwriter P.J. Pacifico joins Nancy to talk about his music journey, writing music for television, performing, and returning to his solo roots with the single “Every Little Heartbreak” (1:01). P.J. and Nancy also discuss the process of writing for others and its positive impact on developing skillsets and writing solo projects. In the second segment, producer/director Chris Hudson discusses the beloved television classic The Andy Griffith Show, its fascinating history, life lessons, dedicated fanbase, and his documentary The Mayberry Effect (25:42). Watch P.J. Pacifico’s music video for "Every Little Heartbreak." Listen to more P.J. Pacifico music on Spotify. Listen to the music of Signals in Smoke on Spotify. Watch The Mayberry Effect official trailer. Watch The Mayberry Effect on Amazon Prime Video. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:53, 25:36).
67 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Jeff Sherman Talks Disney Music, The Sherman Brothers, Family Memories and Creativity, Plus Kim Thomas on Tips for Disney World Visits - Episode 553
Jeff Sherman joins Nancy to discuss growing up surrounded by the legendary music of his father and uncle, The Sherman Brothers, and the world of Disney movies and music. Plus, Jeff shares his thoughts on the impact of early music exposure on creativity and his multidimensional career as a producer, writer, director, and composer (1:18). In the second segment, Disney fan and Disney World frequent visitor Kim Thomas shares her tips and insights for maximizing your visits to the Magic Kingdom and beyond whether traveling solo or in groups (40:34). Watch the trailer for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story. Listen to Jeffrey Sherman’s album Begin Again. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Join Kim Thomas’ favorite Disney-inspired Facebook Page EyesOnEars. Plan your Walt Disney World and Disneyland visits. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:08, 40:28).
37 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
The Hobbs Sisters Talk Music, Collaboration, Nashville, and Twins, Plus Nancy Visits the Country Music Hall of Fame - Episode 552
Country music duo Hannah and Lauren Hobbs, The Hobbs Sisters, join Nancy to discuss their music journey, negotiating and navigating a career as a duo and with a twin, and their debut album ‘Turn It Up.’ Plus, the duo discuss their Pittsburgh roots and Steeler enthusiasm, and embracing their new Tennessee Titans-based town (:58). In the second segment, Nancy reviews her recent visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame (32:32). Listen to the music of The Hobbs Sisters including ‘Turn It Up’. Listen to more podcast episodes with country music artists including Country Music Hall of Fame members. Watch the Country Music Hall of Fame videos. Plan a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:48, 32:26).
50 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Samantha Strauss Talks Television Writing, Her Showtime Series ‘The End’, and Tips for Writers, Plus Cathy Sikorski on Elder Law and Family Conversations - Episode 551
Television and film writer Samantha Strauss joins Nancy to discuss her writing career, the backstory and inspiration behind the new Showtime series The End, a series she created and wrote, and what audiences can expect from the cross-generational dark comedy series. Plus, Samantha and Nancy review the power of television in creating important conversations and Samantha shares her tips for writers (1:08). In the second segment, author and elder law attorney Cathy Sikorski talks with Nancy about the impact of entertainment on sparking important interpersonal and legal discussions, her upcoming book 12 Conversations, and the one thing every family should know to protect themselves legally (30:12). Watch The End trailer. Get information and fact sheets on mental health disorders including older adults and mental health from the National Institute of Mental Health. For information on support for emotional distress or suicidal crisis: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:00, 30:04).
54 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Livingston Taylor Talks Music, Performance, and Being Back on The Road, Plus Mary Lou Quinlan on Social Interactions and Bouncing Back - Episode 550
Singer, songwriter, and professor Livingston Taylor joins Nancy to discuss creativity, performance, stepping back into tour mode, and the power of live interactions. Plus, Livingston shares his thoughts on teaching, the spectrum and side effects of fame, and why he performs (1:05). In the second segment, New York Times bestselling author, actress, and marketing expert Mary Lou Quinlan and Nancy review challenges, changes, hits and misses as we return to our more social selves (33:58). Plus, Mary Lou discusses the power of theater, dance, and live entertainment and the impact of virtual experiences. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Get Livingston Taylor tour information. Check out some Livingston Taylor music. Find out more about Mary Lou Quinlan and her books. Learn more about the Irish Repertory Theater. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (0:56, 39:49).
67 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Kathy Kinney Talks Creativity, Crafting, Confidence, Mimi, and The Drew Carey Show, Plus Cindy Ratzlaff on Loss, Coping, and The Power of Small Steps - Episode 549
Actress, producer, and creator Kathy Kinney joins Nancy to discuss creative projects and life lessons during the pandemic, choosing to live a creative life, finding confidence, portraying Mimi on The Drew Carey Show, going for makeovers with Tammy Faye Bakker, and her Mrs. P and Queen of Your Own Life projects (1:09). In the second segment, author, marketing executive, and book publishing veteran Cindy Ratzlaff discusses her personal journey after the loss of her beloved daughter from suicide and the power of friendship and small tangible steps in helping her move forward (39:30). Plus Cindy talks about Queenisms and the Queen of Your Own Life brand she and Kathy Kinney created. For information on support for emotional distress or suicidal crisis: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Get information and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics from the National Institute of Mental Health. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Check out Queen of Your Own Life books, blogs, and more. Explore Kathy Kinney’s award-winning storybook destination site: Mrs. P. Find out more about Cindy Ratzlaff. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:01, 39:24).
54 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Stella Parton Talks Confidence, Country Music, Dreams and Determination, Cooking, and Tennessee Travel - Episode 548
Singer, songwriter, producer and actress Stella Parton joins Nancy to discuss her journey in the music business and beyond, her 40th album Survivor, and the importance of determination and strength in making creative dreams happen (1:12). Plus, Stella shares her love of cooking and cookbook writing, and offers travel suggestions for those ready to explore Tennessee (43:08). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Find out more about Stella Parton’s music. Read Stella Parton’s Tell It Sister, Tell It. Get more information about Stella Parton’s cookbooks. Get info on how to subscribe to podcasts. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor HumorOutcasts.com (1:04, 52:38).
36 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Timmy Brown Talks Country Music, Songwriting, Grandparents, and Moving to Nashville, Plus Lights and Laughter - Episode 547
Rising country music artist Timmy Brown joins Nancy to discuss his grandmother and the family inspiration behind his song “If You Were Here,” his career, new album, songwriting process, and decision to move to Nashville (1:10). Plus, Nancy shares her latest magazine humor column and the home technology challenges fueled by gift giving (30:09). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Find out more about Timmy Brown’s album Good Life. Watch the music video for “If You Were Here.” Get info on how to subscribe to podcasts. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor HumorOutcasts.com (1:02, 30:03).
52 minutes | May 21, 2021
Noel Paul Stookey Talks Just Causes, Folk Music, Positive Change, and Peter, Paul and Mary, Plus Podcast Insights with Dave Jackson - Episode 546
Peter, Paul and Mary’s Noel Paul Stookey joins Nancy to discuss the inspiration behind his new album Just Causes, a curated compilation of songs written throughout his career, the social concern and charities related to each track, and the power of folk music to create positive change (1:26). Plus, Hall of Fame podcaster, author, and School of Podcasting founder Dave Jackson discusses podcast popularity, listening strategies, and the power of podcasts (29:00). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Find out more about Just Causes via Revolution1x1.org. More Noel Paul Stookey music. Learn more about Music to Life. Listen to Hope Rises from Music to Life. Get info on how to subscribe to podcasts. Read Dave Jackson’s Profit from Your Podcast: Proven Strategies to Turn Listeners into a Livelihood Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast (1:06, 28:47).
58 minutes | May 7, 2021
Jonas Myrin Talks Music Videos, Inspiration, and The Power of Music, Plus Jaclyn Betham on Ballet and Acting - Episode 545
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jonas Myrin joins Nancy to discuss the process and inspiration behind the music and music video for his single “For The Ones We Love,” motivation in music, and finding collaborative opportunities and perspectives that build meaningful music (1:22). Plus, the story behind Atlas House, the recording and creative environment developed by Myrin to foster multidimensional music-driven projects. In the second segment, actress and ballet dancer Jaclyn Betham shares her experience of being featured on the ‘For The Ones We Love’ music video and her career journey in television and dance and blending creative disciplines (39:36). Also, Jaclyn’s advice for dancers seeking creative opportunities. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Listen to Jonas Myrin’s For The Ones We Love. Watch the official music video for Jonas Myrin’s For The Ones We Love. Read more about Jonas Myrin and his music. Find out more about the music history of Laurel Canyon. Jaclyn Betham talks ‘The Haves and The Have Nots’ on OWN. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast with host Kathy Caprino (1:01, 39:26).
68 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Peter Mehlman Talks Seinfeld, Novels, and Double-Dipping, Plus The Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Phil Sklar - Episode 544
Peter Mehlman joins Nancy to discuss his career from journalist to longtime writer and producer of Seinfeld, the unique writing experience, the story behind George’s double-dipping episode, and the popularity of “Yada Yada Yada.” Plus, Peter talks about writing beyond Seinfeld, the inspiration behind his latest novel #MeAsWell, comedy and creativity, his recent op-ed piece for the LA Times, and advice for writers (1:06). In the second segment, Phil Sklar (46:32) CEO and co-founder of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum discusses the inspiration behind the museum, the current collection, advice for visitors, the most popular purchased bobblehead, and how you can create your own. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Find out more about Peter Mehlman’s books. Read Peter Mehlman’s op-ed piece “If you see Dr. Fauci…” Discover the Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Create a custom bobblehead. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:57, 46:25).
55 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Lauren Daigle Talks Music, Authenticity, Community, and ‘Hold On To Me’, Plus Jonas Myrin on Creative Productivity - Episode 543
Grammy-winning hit maker Lauren Daigle joins Nancy to discuss her career, the impact of others on her songwriting, the power of humor, her love of community, and the new music video Hold On To Me that highlights the important needs of others (1:26). In the second segment, Grammy winner and singer/songwriter Jonas Myrin shares his secrets for creative inspiration that have helped inspire others and his new single “For The Ones We Love” and the official music video (35:04). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Watch the official music video for Lauren Daigle’s Hold On To Me. Find out more about The Price Fund. Watch the official music video for Jonas Myrin's For The Ones We Love. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast with host Kathy Caprino (1:03, 34:53).
61 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Jamie Little Talks NASCAR, Competition, Making Motor Sports History, and Taking on Challenges, Plus Behind The Scenes of Entertainment with Talent Agent Robyn Stetcher - Episode 542
NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little joins Nancy to discuss her extraordinary career in motor sports, breaking the glass ceiling for women broadcasters in racing, and landing in the Netflix series ‘The Crew’. Plus, Jamie discusses the strong family fan factor in NASCAR and shares her love for taking on challenges, including jumping into entrepreneur life with her husband in the world of subs and Bundt cake (1:18). In the second segment, talent agent Robyn Stecher discusses her entertainment journey, love of storytelling, and new memoir Just Who We Are: My Story of Grit, Grace and Identity (37:04). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Watch the official trailer for Netflix’s The Crew. Watch an episode of Off Track with Jamie Little. Read more about Robyn Stecher’s memoir, Just Who We Are and her book There’s Something About Daniel. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Rarified Heir Podcast (1:02, 36:50).
51 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Jerry Mathers Talks Classic TV, Leave It To Beaver, Life Beyond The Show, and His Role in Diabetes Awareness, Plus Filming on Location with Pittsburgh Film Office’s Dawn Keezer - Episode 541
Actor Jerry Mathers joins Nancy to discuss his childhood role as Beaver Cleaver in the beloved series Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963), life behind the scenes, working on Broadway and beyond, and his advocacy work in diabetes awareness (1:14). In the second segment, Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, discusses current filming, process and protocols in southwestern Pennsylvania, how to put your house on the radar for a film spot, and the upcoming Lights! Glamour! Action! benefit (27:58). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Check out Jerry Mathers’ Merchandise site. Find out more about Jerry Mathers and listen to his earlier episode. Check out Pittsburgh’s filmography and listen to an earlier segment with Dawn Keezer. Visit Nancy’s website. Find out more about segment sponsor Rarified Heir Podcast (1:01, 27:43).
59 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Candice Night Talks Family, Renaissance Rock, Renaissance Fairs and Blackmore’s Night, Plus Behind The Scenes of PEZ Candy and Collecting with Shawn Peterson - Episode 540
Singer/songwriter Candice Night joins Nancy to discuss the creative inspiration and process behind Nature’s Light, the latest album from Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night featuring Night and husband, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ritchie Blackmore (founding member of Deep Purple, Rainbow founder). Plus, Candice shares her writing process, genre shifts, family updates and stories from frequent secret family trips (as fans) to Renaissance fairs around the world (1:14). In the second segment, Nancy talks with PEZ expert and insider Shawn Peterson about the classic candy, collecting valuable PEZ dispensers, and details on the PEZ Visitor Center in Connecticut (37:22). Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. Watch the music video for “Nature’s Light.” Check out more music by Candice Night. PEZ books by Shawn Peterson. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:03, 37:15).
52 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
The Bellamy Brothers Talk Hit Music, Honky Tonk Ranch, and No Country Music for Old Men, Plus Opry Legend Jim Ed Brown’s Daughter Kim Corwin on Her Mom’s Memoir - Episode 539
Howard and David Bellamy, the Bellamy Brothers, join Nancy to discuss their unusual music journey in pop and country, their #1 hit “Let Your Love Flow”, the long partnership that led to hit-making music success, and their reality series Honky Tonk Ranch. Plus, the Bellamys discuss their new music video No Country Music for Old Men featuring John Anderson and the powerful legacy of country music (1:19). In the second segment, Kim Corwin, daughter of author Becky Perry Brown and Grand Ole Opry legend Jim Ed Brown, discusses family life, her mom’s memoir Going Our Way (27:14), and narrating the audiobook. Like and follow Entertaining Insights Facebook Page. More Bellamy Brothers music. Watch Honky Tonk Ranch. Watch No Country Music For Old Men. Read Let Your Love Flow: The Life and Times of the Bellamy Brothers. Read Becky Brown’s Book Going Our Way: My Life with Jim Ed Brown. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:10, 27:06).
47 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Lilly Winwood Talks Songwriting, Time Well Spent, and Exploring Country Music, Plus The Nashville Briefing’s Zak Kuhn - Episode 538
Singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood joins Nancy (1:23) to discuss her debut album Time Well Spent, her unique music journey, songwriting process, and what it’s like being a country artist when your dad is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Steve Winwood). Plus, entertainment entrepreneur and musician Zak Kuhn, founder of The Nashville Briefing and host of the Zak Kuhn Show podcast, discusses his popular music-driven newsletter and insights into the industry, its artists, and audiences (21:35). Join us on Facebook. Watch Lilly Winwood’s music video ‘Few More Records.’ More music by Lilly Winwood. Subscribe to The Nashville Briefing. Visit Nancy’s website. Learn about segment sponsor the Finding Brave podcast with host Kathy Caprino (1:03, 21:24).
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