Uncorking a Story
The Uncorking a Story podcast features conversations established as well as up and coming comics and authors. Listen in as interviewer and author Michael Carlon digs into what makes his guests tick.
info_outline Best-Selling Author Matt Haig 09/04/2020
Best-Selling Author Matt Haig Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children's book, A Boy Called Christmas, was a runaway hit in his own country and has been translated in over 25 languages. His latest novel, The Midnight Library, will be released in the United States on September 29, 2020.
info_outline Dan Hill 06/10/2020
Dan Hill Dan Hill is the author of eight books including Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading Others; Two Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style; and First Blush: People's Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art. Media highlights include appearances on ABC’s Good Morning, America and NBC’s The Today Show, plus front-page coverage in The New York Times.
info_outline The Diane O'Connell Interview 03/20/2020
The Diane O'Connell Interview All I had to do was love them. That observation pretty much sums up Diane O’Connell’s perspective on how she was able to bond with so many kids who passed through the halls of Stamford/Trinity Catholic High School. In this interview you will hear about how walking into the main office as a parent, wearing nothing but a bathing suit and cover up (and apparently some pearls), led to Diane landing her dream job as the school’s main office secretary. You will learn that she’s got some serious pull when it comes to finding parking during a key UCONN basketball game and why Thanksgiving is the first of many “happiest days of the year” for her. Lastly, you will hear some words of reassurance directed towards the class of 2020 from the heart and soul of Catholic High. This episode of Uncorking a Story is brought to you by Mike Carlon’s novel Motel California, which can be purchased at or wherever books are sold online. Enjoy the show.
info_outline Dawn Carpenter of The We Project 01/07/2020
Dawn Carpenter of The We Project Over the past few years, I’ve used the Uncorking a Story platform to highlight the work of authors, comedians, and entrepreneurs. I’ve become increasingly interested in uncorking the stories of people who are doing inspiring work in their local communities and that brings me to this current episode featuring Dawn Carpenter of The We Project, a non-profit organization that helps feed, clothe, and mentor needy people in Northern New Jersey.
info_outline Aug Stone 09/22/2019
Aug Stone Look up the definition of Renaissance man in the dictionary and I’m pretty sure you will find a picture of Aug Stone. He’s a singer/songwriter, author, and comic whose alter ego Young Southpaw has been described as a character who traffics in short, memorized bursts of pun-filled, pop-cultural streams of consciousness.
info_outline Comedian Frank Murgalo 08/06/2019
Comedian Frank Murgalo Sit tight and strap in because this inaugural episode of the Open Mike Podcast starts in Brooklyn, takes a trip to Paris Island, and involves hookers, practical jokes on a national scale, and an angry Russian woman who apparently doesn’t like horse racing in the Poconos. That’s because it features an in-depth conversation with comedian Frank Murgalo.
info_outline Comedian Nick Breen 08/06/2019
Comedian Nick Breen Nick Breen is a Connecticut Based comic who, on the surface, appears to be a passenger on the crazy train, but once you get to know him you realize he’s in complete control of the ride. He’s one of the most ambitious comics on the Connecticut circuit and perhaps one of the most insightful people I’ve ever met.
info_outline Author David Bell 07/02/2019
Author David Bell David Bell is the USA Today-bestselling author of eight novels from Berkley/Penguin, including Layover, which will be released on July 2nd 2019. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages, and in 2013, he won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best crime novel by an international author.
info_outline Dr. Colleen Georges 06/13/2019
Dr. Colleen Georges From as far back as she can remember, Colleen Georges, Ph.D. felt a calling to help others. In her new book RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life, Dr. Colleen guides you on a self-authorship journey using the eight practices of her RESCRIPT framework.
info_outline Kevin Knight 02/05/2019
Kevin Knight Look up the term Renaissance man in the dictionary, and I’m sure you will see a picture of Kevin A Knight. He started his own company and serves as an independent marketing research consultant to many leading global corporations. He’s also an avid runner and said goodbye to his running shoes as a way to reduce pain in his hip and back. Not only did the pain go away, but he gained wonderful insights while he ran.
info_outline Singer, Songwriter, and Author Zaida Alfaro 11/30/2018
Singer, Songwriter, and Author Zaida Alfaro Zaida Alfaro is the youngest of six children and was born into art. In this interview we discuss her early influences as a singer and songwriter, the importance of having faith and support during the writing process, and how perseverance led to her earning a publishing contract with Cozy Cat Press. For more information on Zaida, including where to buy her music and novel, please visit https://www.zaidamusic.com/
info_outline Tony Pavia and Matt Pavia 11/01/2018
Tony Pavia and Matt Pavia Tony Pavia is a retired American history teacher and the former principal of Stamford High School, Trinity Catholic High School, and New Canaan High School. Matt Pavia, his son, teaches English and American studies at Darien High School in Connecticut. Together, they collaborated on a book telling the stories of Vietnam Veterans who were from the town of Stamford, Connecticut.
info_outline Bestselling Author Jane Green 09/16/2018
Bestselling Author Jane Green Jane Green is the author of nineteen novels, including seventeen New York Times Bestsellers, one cookbook, and various short stories. She is published in over 25 languages and has over ten million books in print worldwide. Even though all of this is true, she still took an hour out of her day to speak with me!
info_outline Singer, Songwriter, and Bestselling Author Bill McGarvey 08/20/2018
Singer, Songwriter, and Bestselling Author Bill McGarvey Bill McGarvey is the author of The Freshman Survival Guide, a resource for incoming college freshmen to help them navigate their first year away from home. He also has a regular column in America Magazine. You can pick up a copy of The Freshman Survival Guide wherever books are sold.
info_outline Bestselling Author George Galdorisi 07/21/2018
Bestselling Author George Galdorisi George is a career naval aviator whose thirty years of active duty service included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff. He began his writing career in 1978 with an article in the U.S. Navy’s professional magazine, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. and has since published numerous bestsellers.
info_outline Andrew Peterson Bestselling Author of the Nathan McBride Series 07/07/2018
Andrew Peterson Bestselling Author of the Nathan McBride Series Andrew Peterson was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma. After mentioning to his wife that he was disappointed in much of what he was reading, Andrew accepted her challenge to write something better and started down the roller coaster ride of becoming a published author.
info_outline Patricia Fuqua, Founder of Dating Diamonds 06/22/2018
Patricia Fuqua, Founder of Dating Diamonds Patricia Fuqua is the founder of Dating Diamonds, a service that empowers women to meet the right man the second time around and is the creator of the 1st Date to Soulmate Program. Since 2008, she’s helped over 500 women meet the right man by designing a personalized plan that she helps them implement.
info_outline Bestselling Author Linwood Barclay 06/08/2018
Bestselling Author Linwood Barclay Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for The Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife.
info_outline Cristopher Ryan - A Bronx Tale 05/20/2018
Cristopher Ryan - A Bronx Tale Christopher Ryan has always been a storyteller. Whether "ranking" on friends as a teen, covering street crime and dirty politics in The Bronx as an award-winning reporter, or teaching High School English, he serves the story above all else.
info_outline Hunter Shea - Bestselling Master of Horror 05/16/2018
Hunter Shea - Bestselling Master of Horror Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.
info_outline Tess Gerritsen - Award Winning Bestselling Author 05/04/2018
Tess Gerritsen - Award Winning Bestselling Author My conversation with internationally acclaimed bestselling author Tess Gerritsen about her career, path to writing, and how she almost became a person of interest in the Golden State Killer case.
info_outline Brian Anderson of Anderson Porter Design 05/01/2018
Brian Anderson of Anderson Porter Design From site planning to ribbon cutting, Brian and his team at Anderson Porter Design work with entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry to design, engineer and construct facilities that transform ideas into successful, profitable businesses.
info_outline Psychologist, Author, and Trainer Gay Hendricks 04/30/2018
Psychologist, Author, and Trainer Gay Hendricks Psychologist Gay Hendricks is counselor, writer, and teacher in the field of personal growth, relationships, and body intelligence. He’s best known for his work in relationship enhancement and is the founder of The Hendricks Institute, where he and his wife Katie conduct workshops focusing on what they call conscious loving. Together, they have written close to 40 books, trained thousands of coaches, appeared on Oprah, and have hosted seminars around the globe.
info_outline Erin Boardman Wathen - Author of Why Can't I Stick to My Diet 02/27/2018
Erin Boardman Wathen - Author of Why Can't I Stick to My Diet Erin Boardman Wathen is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and a Food Addiction Counselor (INFACT). She's a Certified Spinning® Instructor (STAR 3), Vinyasa Yoga instructor (200 Hour) and Classical Pilates instructor. She's also the author of Why Can't I Stick to my Diet, a book that uses an addiction based model to help readers understand why diets are so hard to stick to and how to live the rest of their lives while not being on a diet (while still maintaining weight loss).
info_outline Episode 22: New York Times Bestselling Author Lou Aronica 02/06/2018
Episode 22: New York Times Bestselling Author Lou Aronica Lou Aronica didn’t intend to be a writer; born on Elvis Presley’s birthday, Lou felt it was his destiny to be a rock star, but that all changed after a teacher encouraged him to develop an evident talent for writing.