Now, Let's Talk! The Podcast with Vanessa Corwin and Kathleen Kaan
By Now, Let's Talk! The Podcast
Now, Let's Talk! The Podcast with Vanessa Corwin and Kathleen KaanJun 10, 2021
The Expat Life: What You Should Know!
A Florida couple describes what's involved in leaving the United States to relocate to Spain.
Ukraine and Russia: An Ever-Changing Story
Following the recent attempted coup in Russia, Ukraine and Russia expert Professor Alexander Motyl clears the confusion and helps us to understand what is happening in Russia and Ukraine today. This interview took place on July 6, 2023.
We Care About the Artist, Not Just the Art
Intimacy coordinators are there to create a safe environment for performers on set when shooting simulated sex or nudity. Evelyn Fogelman, an intimacy coordinator, takes us behind the scenes.
It's All About Saving Animals and the Planet
Animal activist and filmmaker Allison Argo brings her passion to the screen and has helped change the way we look at animals and our environment.
There Is a Home for Filmmakers in Brooklyn
Emelyn Stuart, the first Black Latina to own a movie theater and indie film producer, tells us about her journey to success.
One Year Later: The Ukraine War
Ukraine and Russia expert, Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, provides an analysis of the current situation and its complexities. This interview took place on March 1, 2023.
From Rockette to Reverend
Reverend Adriene Thorne takes us on her journey from dancer to the first African American woman to be Senior Minister at New York City's iconic Riverside Church.
Are You Stressed Out About Climate Change?
Psychologist Wendy Greenspun provides insight into this anxiety around an issue that can affect all aspects of our lives, including tips and resources for managing our anxiety.
The Road from Sesame Street to Her Own Media Company
It's not just books anymore. Children's content creator Tish Rabe talks about how she established her company with a unique business model and offers tips to aspiring content creators.
The Homeless Are Not Forgotten
Nikole Gomez and Melissa Queliz talk about the nonprofit organization Services for the Underserved (S:US) and share their stories of how they reach out to people on the streets of New York City who are in need of help.
Part 2, Diary of a Poll Worker: Election Day
A poll worker in California tells all about her election day experience. This interview took place on November 10, 2022.
Diary of a Poll Worker: Early Voting
A Florida poll worker gives us the inside view of what it’s really like in 2022. This interview took place on November 3, 2022.
Inside the Ukraine War: When Will it End?
Ukraine and Russia expert Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University helps us understand Putin's motives and how Ukraine will continue to fight back. This interview took place on October 14, 2022.
Updates on Covid, Monkeypox, and Polio
Hannah Newman, Director of Infection Protection at Lenox Hill Hospital's Department of Epidemiology in NYC, tells it like it is. No double talk, just the facts.
Everything You Need to Know About Monkeypox
Once again, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is at the forefront, leading discussion, education, and providing a clear explanation of this virus.
ENGin Keeps War-Torn Ukraine Connected to the World
The volunteers at ENGin, a non-profit organization, provide English conversation practice and cross-cultural connections for free to Ukrainian students. We interview the organization's volunteer manager and a volunteer instructor.
A Closer Look: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Professor Alexander Motyl, an expert on Ukraine and Russia, provides history and analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This interview took place on May 26, 2022.
From Ballerina to Psychologist: A Journey
Laura DeRubeis-Byrne talks about her career transition and how mindfulness and body awareness can help people cope with the stresses of Covid, and more.
“Putting on the Wig”: How Understudy Aramie Payton Became Michael Jackson on Broadway in “MJ”
Aramie Payton stepped into the lead role of "MJ," the musical about Michael Jackson, making his Broadway debut, which he performed from February 4th through March 3rd. A rare opportunity for understudies, he tells us how his lifelong obsession with Michael Jackson and desire to be on Broadway led to the realization of his dream. Note: This interview took place on March 23, 2022.
Look to Zoom for Live Theater!!
Virtual Arts New Play Festival uses Zoom to bring the newest and best plays live to audiences far and wide. Festival dates: February 25th-March 6th, 2022. The organizers discuss how the festival was born, its technical challenges, and plans for the future.
Meet the Producers of "Now, Let's Talk! The Podcast"
"Now, Let's Talk! The Podcast" commemorates a year of publication with an interview of the women who created it. Vanessa Corwin and Kathleen Kaan tell us a little about themselves, how the podcast began, and discuss some exciting upcoming projects. Freelance writer Marty Temkin is our guest interviewer.
From Concept to Reality: A Dance Film Festival Comes Alive
As a bi-racial woman, dancer/filmmaker Joey Lorraine explains how she created the Black Lives Rising Virtual Dance Film Festival and how everyone is capable of experiencing what it's like to be Black.
In Truth and In Light: A Choreographer's Journey
Ranardo-Domeico Grays, founder, choreographer, and artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet talks about his background, developing his company, overcoming brain cancer, his latest work, and the company's upcoming performances at New York City's Flea Theater.
From Prankster to Gangster: The Author Tells All
Dom Perruccio talks about growing up in New York City's Greenwich Village in the mob world and reveals what led him to change his life.
Meeting Publishing Deadlines During Covid: One Author's Story
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon profiles New York State's most dangerous women from past centuries in her latest book, Pretty Evil New York. She describes the challenges of researching and writing this book during lockdown and offers advice to aspiring writers.
Getting Out and Getting In During Covid: How recent college grads can land that first job
Zavi Gunn, Director of the Center for Engagement and Internships at Queens College, City University of New York, shares tips and strategies for a successful job search.
Covid Can't Stop the Arts: Inside the Montalvo Arts Center
Executive Director Angela McConnell reveals how the center has reimagined its programming while dealing with funding reductions during Covid.
Heart to Heart: Unexpected Heart Surgery During Covid
Emergency heart surgery turned a New Yorker's two-week vacation in LA into a seven-month stay at the height of the pandemic.
Looking for Work? You've Got the Power!
Covid has changed the workplace. Employees are in the driver's seat. A corporate executive tells us how companies are responding.
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Vanessa Corwin and Kathleen Kaan talk with their guests about their experiences during Covid and the joys and challenges of life beyond the pandemic.
On the Road Again: Grab a Mask and Journey on! Even during Covid
Travel expert Michaela Guzy tours the world, giving us insider tips, trends, and great destinations to visit now.
An Anti-Vaxxer Speaks
One woman explains why she's not taking the Covid-19 vaccine.
Shells on the Beach: Artist Rima Samman Honors her Brother and Others Who Have Died From Covid
What began as a small memorial on the beach at Belmar, New Jersey, filling hearts made of shells with stones containing the names of Covid victims has grown internationally and is now seeking a permanent home.
Creativity and Talent Forge Ahead Despite Covid 19
Novelist and playwright Gary Morgenstein discusses the good, the bad, and the reality of creating theater and television during Covid.
From the Front Lines: Inside a Hospital's Battleground During Covid's Peak
Emily Fawcett, RN shares her experiences and emotions caring for Covid patients at the height of the pandemic. To help fellow caregivers find positivity, she created "Hope Huddles" which led to her being interviewed by Oprah.
Not Going to the Gym During Covid? You Can Still Dance, Work Out & Get in Shape!
Shannon Stowe has developed fitness and dance classes for all levels, and she is just a Zoom away. Listen to Shannon's story and how she created them.
From the Front Lines: Teachers Part II: A NYC Public School Teacher Speaks Out
Elementary school teacher Jimmy Halpin discusses the challenges he faces teaching at a Title I school during Covid.
From the Front Lines: Teaching in a Private School During Covid
Fourth-grade teacher Catherine Calder describes the challenges she faced during Covid and how she confronted her "new normal."
Small Businesses Confront Covid: How Tavern on Jane Survives
Michael Stewart, owner of Tavern on Jane in New York City, discusses the challenges he faces operating his restaurant during Covid.
Small Businesses Confront Covid: A Freelance Hairstylist Shares Her Story
Connie Corwin describes her journey from the corporate world to the beauty world and tells what it's like to have her own freelance business during the pandemic.
Small Businesses Confront Covid: Gina Le Salon
Gina Le, owner of Gina Le Salon and pioneer in New York City's Meatpacking District shares her story of survival.
During Covid, If We Need to Reach Out, Who Will Listen?
New York psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Lisa Bilander-Gray gives us insights into how Covid has changed her relationships with her clients.
Shooting a Documentary During the Covid Pandemic
Entertainment attorney Laverne Berry talks about the challenges of filmmaking during the pandemic and how some documentary filmmakers have come up with innovative solutions.
You Can Take a Bite of the Big Apple in Spite of Covid
Real estate agent Todd Alexander of the Corcoran Group gets into the nitty-gritty of what's happening now in the New York City real estate market.
"All the World's a Stage"--But Not All Venues are Dark During Covid
Actor, producer, and cinematographer Johnny Tammaro shares his ups and downs over these last months and how he keeps the creative juices flowing during Covid.
Can You Run a Business and Still Have Time to Meditate During Covid 19?
From a successful career in financial planning to a Buddhist meditation coach, Fern LaRocca says the loss of her leg in an auto accident was just a blip in her life. She looks at Covid 19 with the same attitude and helps us see there is hope after the pandemic.
Before Covid, There Was HIV
Producer and television historian Richard Hammer talks about being HIV positive and single during Covid.
Keeping the Laughter Going During Covid 19
Standup comic Janet Weintraub describes the good, the bad, and the funny during the pandemic.
So, You Want to Take a Cross-Country Road Trip During a Pandemic?
Ron and Lisa Schwartz tell us how they safely drove cross country from Teaneck, New Jersey to Redondo Beach, California during the height of the Covid pandemic while sharing tidbits about politics, food, bathroom stops, cows, and more. They started their trip on July 21, 2020, and began the return on September 7, 2020.
A Story of Loss, Happiness and Success
Jose Rolon takes us through a journey from the death of his husband, his three children, and the challenges of raising a family while running an event business during Covid-19.