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The Writers Block - with Ron Knight
35 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Gal Costa, reigning queen of Brazil's Bossa Nova on Jobim and tropicalismo
What is it about the writings and music of Antonio Carlos Jobim that so defined the beauty and nature of what we think of Brazil. Ron is joined by legendary Brazilian Superstar Gal Costa in this historic interview, to talk of the music, the Bossa Nova, the writings of Jobim, and the flavors and love... of Brazil.
20 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Magic Box
What is the brilliance and meaning of The Magic Box? Reflecting on the story of the first guitar brought into an African village in the homeland, renown Classical Guitarist John Williams shares his story behind "The Magic Box" on Sony Classical. The piece works as tribute to the impact of Francis Bebey, awarded journalist, as the Cameroonian-born writer, author, guitarist, and composer, was also one of the best-known singer-songwriters of Africa. While the gramophone may have a needle in the past, the work moves the needle between Classical Music in the western traditions, while making room for the UNESCO honored author, surveyor of African Heritage and authority of African traditional music.
38 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Top Tech Toys and Get Your Stuff Together - Advocacy, with Laura Greenwald
How to Keep from Losing the Things that Make Your Life, Your Life. Your home, family, and the things that you love, safe and secure. Laura Greenwald joins Ron on this episode, to talk about Top Tech Toys, and how to Get Your Stuff Together in today's multiple potentials for emergency. Laura, along with her mother Janet, is one half of only mother/daughter writing team in the entertainment industry. Laura began her writing and production network sitcoms at MGM and Warner Brothers, and catches up with Ron on stories about mutual days of Hollywood, how relationships turned to development deals. The Greenwalds were introduced to emergency preparedness the hard way, as a horrendous medical tragedy took the life of their mother/grandmother, Elaine Sullivan. Laura ;and her mother Janet were kept from preventing the drug interaction that took Elaine's life. Pushed to become Champions of Advocacy, Laura & Jan joined forces with legislators in Illinois and California to enact three Next of Kin Laws, now enforced in both states to help prevent these by now all too common "death by lack of communication" contraindication stories. From Covid 19, to earthquakes, to hard drive crashes, over 600,000 readers have enjoyed Laura's emergency toolkits in the form of shortcut sheets, action plans, materials and books for better living and protection in these times of crisis - as well as great tip books on tech toys and gadgets to simplify life.
21 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Relax with Robert Lawrence Friedman
How to Relax in 60 Seconds or Less? Join us as Ron chats with Robert Lawrence Friedman, MA, president of Stress Solutions, Inc. author, professional speaker/trainer, and psychotherapist, who has appeared on national and international television shows, including The Discovery Health Channel program, The Morning Show on Today (NBC), Fox News, and E! Television. Pandemic stress, or any time stress, Robert's books provide a wide range of relaxation techniques, strategies, and tools to help you develop a greater level of relaxation, health, well-being, and even awareness.
14 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Stella Chiweshe - Queen of Mbira
How a police officer, was overtaken by Spirit through his boots. Can Spirit from Mbira cause you to jump out of your boots, to look inside at what you are doing? A visit with Stella Chiweshe, Queen of Mbira and cultural ambassador of Zimbabwe; a talk with Ron about the spiritual, medicinal healing power of mbira, which she learned from a time it was a forbidden instrument. The Grandmother of Traditional Music, secretly recognized as a Mbira player at forbidden ceremonies, share's a story from when Zimbabwe was still a Rhodesian colony ~ as the two talk Mbira.
33 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Honoring Black History Month - All Year, Every Year - Black Comics Matter
Film Historian, writer, comic actor, and author of "For the Love of Laughter, and the fortchcoming book "Comedy Crazy", Nick Santa Maria drops in once again to talk with Ron about the older black comedians in the film industry, Hollywood's perpetuation of the portrayed sterotypical roles, and yet as the only game in town, the rich, rewarding legacy to comedy and the legends of mass popular comedy film culture. The film fact, is that Black Comics Matter, and always will. From Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, to the major box office legacy of Mantan Moreland and more ~ the celebration of Comedy in Black Heritage Cinema is worthy any month, time and all year round.
26 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Colin Hay - Man at Work
Though many music fans will be glad to see the end of 2020, the ongoing breakout years for career artist Colin Hay, veritable song writer of the 80's hit machine Men at Work, still carries on. Colin chats with Ron from a time not so long ago. “When you’re in your 20s, you think you’ve got all the time in the world,” Hay has said. “You get older, and you go through a quickening. Everything seems to get faster.” This podcast from some time back, feels like just the other day. With favorite Men at Work songs, 40 years on, you don’t even have to leave your house, which at the moment, is definitely still a good idea.
35 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Sur O No Sur - How songwriter Kevin Johansen tells stories to meter and across culture.
What is the genre, when the song writer's work is essentially a mini-script with a story to tell, to meter, and across cultures? When you're born Alaskan raised in Argentina, are you South or No South, multicultured, when you're described as Continental Post Folk (?) Ron has a chat, and a kick or two, with Kevin Johansen, a songwriter who mixes several rhythms, cultures and languages in the narrative of his musical work. To break borders musically, his stories also break paradigm, whether in Spanish or English to cross the borders of music.
30 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
A talk with Master Storyteller Teng Wenji, most prominent director from the People's Republic of China
Being as it's Chinese New Year, what better than a talk with master storyteller Teng Wenji, tracing the fascinating, real-life saga of one of China’s most revered composers. Join us in a talk about his film, Rhapsody of Spring, a look into China’s intellectual and artistic coming of age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). As a young composer, Zhao Liming (Shao Bing) struggles with a constellation of opposing forces: personal ambitions vs. communal obligation, romantic love vs. loyal friendship, modern music vs. traditional.
31 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
"The Invisible Artist" - Who are the hitters behind the hits?
Who really created the Wall of Sound? Now that Phil Spector has passed, can the truth be told? Who created the sound of rock, the soul of Motown? What was Berry Gordy's secret? Composer, producer, songwriter, educator and BBC broadcaster, Dr. Richard Niles has worked with stars such as Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cher, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue and James Brown. Join us on a spin through Pop Music History, as Richard discusses the real life history of "The Invisible Artist" behind the artists, how artists are different from Paul McCartney to Cat Stevens and more... as one of his many books "The Invisible Artist" takes a look at the people behind the hits.
56 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Andy Babiuk: Beatles Fab Gear to Rolling Stones Gear
What is the value of real Beatles Gear, Rolling Stones Gear, and are you left with empty wallets or the best of Empty Hearts? Ron chats with Andy Babiuk, musician, author, consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as legacy auction houses. Founding member of the supergroup The Empty Hearts featuring players from the Cars, Blondie and The Romantics, Andy as author covers his books, Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio; The Story of Paul Bigsby, Rolling Stones Gear and more. Then we visit his shop for Beatles, Stones and rock icon fans who love and want those instruments, touching on world renown 'called upon' vintage gear expertise on real valuations such as the long lost John Lennon Gibson acoustic guitar, and Ringo's original iconic drumset as musical instruments that change history; to the real story of how a Beatle played on the supergroup's latest CD release "The Second Album" by The Empty Hearts on Wicked Cool Records. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
31 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Caitlin Rother - Author, & True Crime Writer
The Mystery on True Crime - Or Murder She Wrote: When New York Times Bestselling Author Caitlin Rother left a successful career as a newspaper reporter to become a novelist of the true crime thriller, and why her books are just killing it.
32 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
How do Kinsey Sicks do Quarantine? With Quarantunes...
Ron Knight chats with Trixie and Winnie from America's Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet - The Kinsey Sicks; about writing content for social activism, their lockdown release "Quarantunes" and the premier primed for the pandemic, lamenting the dormant state of performing arts - with lush harmonies and nods to your favorite holiday tunes and more...
30 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
The Writer's Block - How Art Bell started Comedy Central and Lost His Sense of Humor
Ron Knight gets to talk with Art Bell, author of Constant Comedy - the story of how Art started Comedy Central (originally called The Comedy Channel) in 1990, and how he helped make the fledgling channel a success. The book is his first person account of the birth and development of a channel that went on to become a powerhouse in comedy entertainment.
31 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
The Writer's Block - Which Animation stars become the Greatest Cartoon Classics, and why?
Join host Ron Knight with animation historian and cartoon producer Jerry Beck. With over fifteen books on the subject of cartoon classics, as well as editor and writer for two popular animation blogs, Cartoon Research and Animation Scoop; what defines the choices and picks for which cartoon franchise films become the benchmark of greatness? In a world of rascally rabbits, megalomaniacal ducks, and stuttering pigs, Jerry touches on how the topic of next greats come to compilation, for encyclopedic biblical "authority" as posed to thousands of cartoon fans, historians, and animators. While Jerry and his fellow animation experts know the amusing anecdotes and secret origins behind many of the classics, is your favorite one of the greatest?
26 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
The Writer's Block - How spending more than 30 years on a sailboat along 1,000 miles of the remote Pacific Northwest led Canadian author R.J. McMillen to her renowned and widely popular Dan Connor Mystery series.
Host Ron Knight talks it up over virtual coffee with renowned Canadian author R.J. McMillen - born in England, raised in Australia, ESL teacher in Greece before spending over 30 years sailing the remote Pacific Northwest on a 36-foot sailboat she and her husband built. Visiting with the remote coastal communities where her family worked in the early 1900s, accessable only by boat and inlet, her later stories and books have not only established herself as a prominent author of the mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime fiction novel; but given her a window and a doorway to share her respect for Canada's indigenous and First Nation's cultures.
38 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
The Writer's Block - Stand Up to Sit Com; Talk to Toons; Why a Writer Can't Have a Bad Day.
Ron Knight gets to catch up with Jayne Hamil, Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winner known for her work on WordGirl (2007), The Nanny (1993) and Vice Academy motion pictures. From her work in formats of Talk Show, Sit Com, Cartoons. Movies, Reality Game Shows and more, Jayne touches on how your stories, and your life, is always fodder for content: Especially When and How the match can get lit as repurposed for global production and audiences.
18 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
The Writer's Block - How to Beat Your Writing Blocks and Uncover Your Creativity, with Kelly Hayes-Raitt
Ron has a chat with award-winning Kelly Hayes-Raitt, a writer who also coaches authors, on how to Beat Your Writing Blocks and Uncover Your Creativity. For 30 years, Kelly Hayes-Raitt advocated for civil justice, women's rights and environmental protection through political campaigns in California. After running for elected office herself (and getting her butt kicked), she visited the Middle East several times to work with refugees. Today, she's an award-winning writer and newspaper columnist who travels full-time as an international housesitter.
27 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
The Writer's Block - Who's on First, for the best Scare take in the business. Abbott & Costello
The versatile and multi-talented Nick Santa Maria joins Ron Knight on the podcast. Nick created the original role of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, starred in Mel Brook's stage shows of The Producers, and is the author of the forthcoming book The Annotated Abbott and Costello published by McFarland Publishing in academic non-fiction. Scheduled street date for the new book release first quarter of 2021, here's an inside look at the multlfaceted performer as writer, who knows who and when would throw in a monster, to get the best scare take in the business.
28 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
The Writer's Block - Pre-Pandemic: How Rhythm Melts the Physiology of Separatedness: and Builds Immunity
Ron Knight interviews author and facilitator Arthur Hull, recognized as the father of the drum circle movement. discussing Rhythmaculture, community, team building, personal growth and religious groups, to major corporations, what's been known on rhythm events and how human participation Melts our Separatedness. Shown to boost T cells in fighting cancer and other health related issues with improved quality of life, this is "a throwback" to an era before the pandemic made gathering for community events a current challenge. Excerpts from original broadcast in 2003, Sirius Satellite Radio.
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