Aug 2, 2016

Alexis Okeowo, Journalist

What's it like working as a foreign correspondent? You're about to find out. Alexis Okeowo spent a good part of her career in Nigeria, Uganda and Mexico freelancing for various publications/organizations, including the New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Financial Times and the international news agency, Agence France-Press. Alexis, who joined the New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015, is working on a book: A Moonless, Starless Sky: Womoen and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa. She shares the challenges and rewards of global reporting as a woman in what's typically thought of as a man's world.

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May 26, 2015

Aileen Bordman

AileenBordman.jpgAileen Bordman grew up surrounded by beauty and art. Her mother Helen helped restore the gardens at Giverny, home of Claude Monet. Aileen's passion and first hand knowledge of the artist's life is evident in Monet's Palate, the 2008 documentary she wrote and produced after taking a sabbatical from her career on Wall Street. And now there is Monet's Palate Cookbook - The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny. Co-authored by Aileen, it recreates the artist's two-acre garden through detailed information about the vegetables he grew and the 60 recipes she created - inspired by his journals and extensive travels. You're in for a fascinating, first-hand conversation about the Father of Impressionism.

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May 12, 2015

Lisa Fantino

LisaFantino.jpgLisa Fantino has been there...done that. She spent more than 20 years as an awarding winning reporter at New York City's two top all news radio stations; she's an attorney with an international, general practice; is the founder of Wanderlust Women Travel - a concierge travel company, and....is also an author. Amalfi Blue - Lost and Found in the South of Italy is her travel memoir, written after she packed up and moved there for love. Then there's Shrouded in Pompei, a political thriller. Lisa talks about it all in our conversation.

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Dec 30, 2014

Michele Westmorland

An internationally recognized underwater and conservation photographer, Michele Westmorland is a much sought after speaker who has lectured all over the world. While her topics are usually about marine and cultural life, she prefers to share the story of a Caroline Mytinger, a young American portrait painter. She and a female friend set out from San Francisco in the 1920s on a 4-year journey to the South Pacific to "record some of these people before they vanished forever." More than 80 years later Michele and her team embarked on a 2-month expedition to retrace their steps. What Michele has to share is riveting.

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