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Nonfiction authors share compelling true stories & books with great ideas for living well. In addition to discussing captivating biographies & memoirs, these writers promote business & entrepreneurship, foster community-building, encourage health & wellness, strengthen home & family, and nurture personal development. Regardless of the genre, all the books we feature are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting. In the end, we save you time by curating long-standing classics, sleepers, and new re ...
 
What's Charbroiled Chats? It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Like grasshopper pies and Keanu and flying upside down. If you're looking for an occasionally thoughtful, often silly and mostly inconsequential podcast, Charbroiled Chats is for you. It won't change your life but it might make your day. The cast of Charbroiled Chats includes novelists, journalists, marketers, copywriters, editors, photographers, painters and a s ...
 
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You have buttloads of talent and mad painting skills. No way you’ll ever be a starving artist, right? Well, better listen to Richard. He spent 30 years in the art world’s trenches, paid his dues in full, and he still isn’t driving a Bentley. Check out Richard's paintings on Instagram ​@​richardcharrington_art and at http://www.richardcharrington.co…
 
SUMMARY Christina Soontornvat thrills readers of all ages with her 2021 Newbery Honor Book, All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. Winner of numerous nonfiction awards, All Thirteen is a gripping page-turner. What begins as a simple afternoon adventure for teenage boys exploring a cave escalates into a global life-o…
 
SUMMARY Emmy award–winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno teaches how to question others in his book, Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. Sesno shares the secret sauce to asking the right question at the right time. Mastering this simple skill sets apart successful people in all disciplines …
 
Bourbon, Beer & Books - The Sun Also Rises, gender fluidity, impotence, bull fighting, and whiskey Where does that type of trophy-hunting/prove-your-masculinity fit in today's literary scene? We take a candid look at The Sun Also Rises. LITerally Host Kase Johnstun is joined by Sean Davis and Tia Brown to discuss The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingwa…
 
Barbies, backscratchers, belly button fluff, yes we said belly button fluff... If it exists, somebody collects it. But how do you decide what to collect? And how do you know when to stop? Let’s talk. Charbroiled Chats won't change your life but it might make your day. It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and…
 
SUMMARY For more than 20 years, Heather Lende has written obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in the tiny town of Haines, Alaska. Now, the New York Times bestselling author weaves her own life lessons together with recollections of the deceased. And we get Find the Good: Unexpected Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer, a gentle, insightful …
 
SUMMARY “The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life” by Dr. Brian Goldman is the result of a veteran ER physician questioning his empathy quotient. Concerned his ability to be kind has diminished, Goldman travels the world looking for stories and data about empathy. Relieved to learn neuroscientists believe humans are hard-wir…
 
Recording, marketing, booking and more. We take you behind the scenes of big-time international podcasting. Bonus content: Someone gets a job and we examine critical issues such as tabata and teens who can’t make toast. Charbroiled Chats won't change your life but it might make your day. It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about every…
 
SUMMARY Anne Devereux-Mills, once a powerful New York advertising executive, captures her story of creating authentic female connections in her book, “The Parlay Effect: How Female Connection Can Change the World.” After experiencing a “trifecta of setbacks”—losing her job, health, and last child (to college)—Devereux-Mills found herself in a new c…
 
SUMMARY Pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of “Balanced and Barefoot,” urges parents, teachers, and administrators to embrace “free play” for children of all ages. Today, without merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters, time to roll down hills and get dirty, these modern kids are experiencing an alarming increase in sensory and emot…
 
Music makes your brain dizzy, your heart thumpy, your feet happy. In this episode, Grace, Jen and Wally talk about tunes and why we love them so much. Charbroiled Chats won't change your life but it might make your day. It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Like grasshopper pies and…
 
SUMMARY “Strong Like Water: How I Found the Courage to Lead with Love in Business and in Life,” by new author Laila Tarraf chronicles one woman’s painful struggle with emotional trauma. The eldest of three children of Lebanese immigrant parents, Tarraf takes on the dual role of mediator between a warring mother and father and bridge between two cul…
 
Go ahead and write. But if writing turns out to be really hard and zero fun and it turns out you’re no damn good at it, don’t blame Grace, Hank and Wally. They tried to warn you. Charbroiled Chats won't change your life but it might make your day. It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particula…
 
SUMMARY Not just another rags-to-riches story, “Unstoppable” by Joshua M. Greene is the unbelievable true story of “Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend.” Initially reluctant to write another dark Holocaust-survivor story, Greene, was surprised to find the post-Auschwitz life of…
 
Award-winning sound mixer David Brownlow talks about the art, science and business of making movies that sound as great as they look. Or even better. A 40-year veteran of TV and movies, David won an Emmy, was nominated for an Oscar, worked on The Avengers, Lone Survivor, Sicario, Buffalo Girls and dozens of other shows and films. What's Charbroiled…
 
SUMMARY Co-founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug, Melissa Bernstein reveals the raw truth she's hidden most of her life: for more than 50 years, she's grappled with existential anxiety and depression, bringing her to the brink of self-harm. In her book, ⁠"LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light," released Mar…
 
Sure, the printing press changed everything. But come on, that was 600 years ago. Isn't it time we moved on? Grace, Bob and Wally have opinions. What's Charbroiled Chats? It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Like grasshopper pies and Keanu and flying upside down. If you're looking …
 
John Rocco, #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator, shares his recent release, How We Got to the Moon. Organized in seven sections, the book takes readers from age ten to 99 through the years of Apollo, a decade of serious space exploration. Using vivid illustrations and just the right amount of technical and historical inf…
 
Getting older is a pain in the butt. And you can't stop the clock. But we have a few suggestions to help you slow it down. What's Charbroiled Chats? It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Like grasshopper pies and Keanu and flying upside down. If you're looking for an occasionally th…
 
SUMMARY In The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It, Jason Karlawish, physician and writer, combines deep research with personal practice as Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center. Part case studies, part history, part present assessment, and part future projection…
 
SUMMARY In her book Passports and Pacifiers: Traveling the World, One Tantrum at a Time, Kaitlyn Jain, mother of four and a world traveler, shares her travel tips and family adventures. On every trip, Jain brings along her positive attitude and sense of humor while she and her husband balance careful planning with spontaneity. To afford their globe…
 
It's bloody. It's funny. Critics and audiences love it. But what does it say about our heroes? Grace, Dave & Wally take a swing at it. What's Charbroiled Chats? It's a humorous podcast with good friends talking about everything in general and nothing in particular. Like grasshopper pies and Keanu and flying upside down. If you're looking for an occ…
 
SUMMARY To be happy together, whether you’re starting a new relationship, weathering difficult times, or jump-starting a long-term marriage, Suzie and James Pawelski can help. Their book, Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts, isn’t the typical approach to romance. But this husband-and-wife research team …
 
SUMMARY A Mother’s Grace: Healing the World One Woman at a Time, by Michelle Moore, includes a collection of inspiring stories of a dozen everyday women who have transformed grief, crisis, and tragedy into an extraordinary passion to lift, love, and heal others. Linking arms with these contributing authors, Moore has formed the award-winning nonpro…
 
SUMMARY Dr. BJ Fogg, founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, unveils his breakout book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. A bright yellow sheath striping the book cover boldly claims, “This Book Will Change Your Life!” Inside the book, Fogg explodes myths promoting traditional approaches to chang…
 
Welcome to Charbroiled Chats, Episode 5, Pet Peeves. Grace, Dave & Wally sure do have a lot of them. And we'd like to know your Pet Peeves, too. Leave a comment below. ENJOY this video? Don't forget to click LIKE! SHARE, SUBSCRIBE & HEAR more of Charbroiled Chats at charbroiledchats.buzzsprout.com FOLLOW US: Twitter: @CharbroiledC Facebook: faceboo…
 
SUMMARY Howard Ross, a lifelong social justice advocate, has authored the Washington Post bestseller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives. Smashing long-time myths we hold dear, Ross addresses the many faces of unconscious bias. His book offers a plethora of data and anecdotes illustrating the urgency …
 
Welcome to Charbroiled Chats, Episode 4, Creepy, Spooky and The Ontology of Doom. Ever get the feeling there’s something weirdly paranormally supernaturally otherworldly going on out there but you just can’t put your finger on it? Don’t worry. Grace, Dave & Wally will sort it all out for you. ENJOY this video? Don't forget to click LIKE! SHARE, SUB…
 
SUMMARY Ryan Atkins shares the true and difficult journey with quadriplegia in his memoir, One Step Closer: How a Life-Altering Accident Led Me to Everything I Almost Missed. A college student in 2009, Atkins has the world by the tail. But a freak car accident leaves him paralyzed below the shoulders, changing his life fundamentally. Even after wor…
 
Welcome to Charbroiled Chats, Episode 3, Obsessions. Grace, Dave & Wally explore their fixations, fascinations and predilections with a special nod to phobias. ENJOY this video? Don't forget to click LIKE! SHARE, SUBSCRIBE & HEAR more of Charbroiled Chats at charbroiledchats.buzzsprout.com FOLLOW US: Twitter: @CharbroiledC Facebook: facebook.com/ch…
 
SUMMARY In her award-winning book, Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents, Iris Waichler blends her personal experience with her professional expertise as a licensed clinical social worker and patient advocate for over 40 years. Her book is designed to help caregivers who are now 53 million strong in America, 90 percent …
 
Welcome to Charbroiled Chats, Episode 2, Brushes with Greatness. You might think you know everything there is to know about Keanu, Bill Murray and Larry Storch. But you don’t know them like we do. ENJOY this video? Don't forget to click LIKE! SHARE, SUBSCRIBE & HEAR more of Charbroiled Chats at charbroiledchats.buzzsprout.com FOLLOW US: Twitter: @C…
 
Welcome to Charbroiled Chats, Episode 1, The Piecast. To hear Grace tell it, pies are not what they used to be. And you know what else? Most of today’s pies are abominations! Could that be true? You'll have to listen to find out. ENJOY this video? Don't forget to click LIKE! SHARE, SUBSCRIBE & HEAR more of Charbroiled Chats at charbroiledchats.buzz…
 
SUMMARY Radiologist, author, and speaker Linda K. Olson shares the story of becoming a triple amputee in her new book, Gone. On the cusp of becoming doctors, Olson and her husband are hit by a train in Germany, leaving Linda without three limbs. Uttered by her husband Dave just after the accident, the words “If you can do it, I can do it” become th…
 
Authors M. Ellen Dash and Ali Meeks talked with the LITerally Podcast about their new book Conquer Your Fear of the Triathlon Swim. As a swimmer and triathlete, I had a great time reading the step-by-step guide to overcoming anxiety in the water. This is a great book (and podcast, of course) for anyone hoping to turn their fear of open-water swimmi…
 
SUMMARY Brad Aronson, author of the National Bestseller HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act a Time, discovered content when his wife was recovering from leukemia. Inspired by the many demonstrations of "humankindness" that supported their family through this dark time, he began writing a blog. Then, realizing that even the smallest of gestu…
 
SUMMARY Much-decorated professor and accomplished author, Charlotte Gray chronicles Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention. Bell originally hailed from Scotland, emigrated to Canada for better health, and eventually settled in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) where he acted virtually solo while inventing what we know as th…
 
SUMMARY In her memoir, The Smallest Lights in the Universe, author and astrophysicist Sara Seager shares her journey exploring both outer and inner space. An MIT professor standing on the cutting edge of discovering exoplanets, she is widowed at age 40 and plunged into deep grief. But with patience, time, and the help of a tight-knit widows’ group,…
 
Author Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon, once a shy, timid child riddled by fear, shares her breakout memoir, Flying Free: My Victory over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team. Her book, 20 years in the making, features Aragon facing her fears head-on through learning to fly. With fierce determination matching her mathematical sup…
 
SUMMARY Heidi Herman serves up her latest book, On With the Butter! Spread More Living onto Everyday Life. Taking the title from an Icelandic expression meaning “Carry on, keep doing what you’re doing, forge ahead, and keep moving!” and inspired by her nonagenarian mother who lived by this mantra, Herman compiles dozens of ideas to fully embrace ea…
 
SUMMARY Little did Pushpendra Mehta know that by answering one simple question on Quora, his book, Observe to Unmask: 100 Small Things to Know People Better, would emerge. The question: “What small thing can tell you a lot about a person?” Mehta’s answer would get over 1 million views and lead to his collecting bits of wisdom for understanding huma…
 
Giving hope to the average achiever, Rich Karlgaard shares his latest book, "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement." He observes, “We’ve created a new system of snobbery based on IQ scores and elite university degrees. To mitigate this crisis, we must stop excessively glorifying precocious achievement and s…
 
SUMMARY Early childhood and parent educator Rahima Dancy encourages parents to trust themselves in the 3rd edition of her book You Are Your Child's First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six. Since its first edition, the book now includes advice about technology and even how to teach while the children are aro…
 
Sian Griffiths, writer and sometimes co-host of the LITerally Podcast, joined us in the time of Covid, only a few miles from her house, via Zoom to talk about her new novel, Scrapple. As with everything in this day and age, we cannot avoid talking about life, the world, and our place in the world in it as writers! Thanks, Sian!…
 
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