Uncorking a Story

Stories influence, teach and inspire us, but what about the storytellers who create them? Uncorking a Story profiles storytellers to uncover how their background and life experiences influence the stories they create. We learn what motivates them, their path to success, and what fuels them to keep creating. It all starts by asking one simple question, where does your story begin? Welcome to uncorking a story. All of the books promoted on Uncorking a Story can be viewed and purchased here: https://bookshop.org/shop/UncorkingaStory

Going into the Closet, with Mark Ukra and Tara Mesalik MacMahon

“When your fears disappear, your dreams appear.” — Mark Ukra In this episode, we dive into the enchanting world of childhood imagination and creative collaboration with brother-sister duo, Mark Ukra and Tara Masalaik McMahon. Join us as we explore their journey from a shared childhood closet of dreams to the creation of their heartwarming children’s…

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Don’t Hold Back, with Jasmine Gonzalez

“It’s okay to not be okay. Writing has been my way to let things out, to release the constriction of emotions, and to heal. I don’t hold back in my poetry, and I encourage others to find their own way to express and release their feelings.” – Jasmine Gonzalez In this episode of “Uncorking a…

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From Marketing Maven to Magical Storyteller, with Christina Bacilieri

“Magic finds us in our darkest times.” — Christina Bacilieri Christina Bacilieri’s life and career were profoundly shaped by her Italian grandmother and a dream that inspired her to write her first novel, “The Last Refuge.” In this episode, Christina shares her journey from a career in marketing to becoming a full-time writer, discussing the…

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Love, Loss, and Legacy, with Anna Monardo

“Marriage can hold more difficulty than you believe and still move forward and evolve into something positive.” – Anna Monardo How does an arranged marriage spanning continents and generations reveal the hidden strengths and vulnerabilities of a family, and what can it teach us about our own relationships and identities? Meet Anna Monardo Anna Monardo…

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Navigating Identity and Belonging, with Adoptee Lisa Ann

“Being chosen doesn’t mean being whole; it means navigating a journey to find yourself.” — Adoptee Lisa Ann In this heartfelt episode of “Uncorking a Story,” host Mike Carlon welcomes Lisa Ann, the host of the “Wandering Tree Podcast.” Lisa Ann shares her deeply personal story as an adoptee, discussing the complexities of identity, family,…

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Talents Not Tendencies, with Mary Carol Moore

“The idea of found family and the hope that you have a pod of people out there who will accept you for who you are is central to my story.” — Mary Carol Moore In today’s episode, Author Mary Carol Moore discusses her journey from being a food journalist to an accomplished novelist, inspired by…

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Divine Gifts, with Lauren Martin

“Poetry is a gift from the Divine, a voice from ancestors, expressing profound truths and deep emotions.” – Lauren Martin In today’s episode of Uncorking a Story we sit down with Lauren Martin, a psychotherapist, poet, and a devoted Ìyânífá. She shares her journey from discovering her poetic voice in sixth grade to compiling her…

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Hidden Healers, with Dr. Stephanie Covington

“We have a lot to learn from them. It’s really about the survival of the human spirit.” – Dr. Stephanie Covington In this informative episode of Uncorking a Story, we dive into the life and expertise of Stephanie Covington, Ph.D. who shares wisdom gained through her work with incarcerated women and reveals how they support…

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Embracing Life’s Unexpected Twists, with Link Forester

“Be quick to forgive yourself. It’s hard to do, but be quick to forgive people around you. We’re going to disappoint ourselves, and people are going to disappoint us. Just forgive, get over it. Don’t let a mistake ruin a relationship—it’s not worth it. The relationship is so much more.” — Link Forester Join us…

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Be Your Own Fool, with Joe Di Prisco

“Be your own fool. You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to believe your writing matters, and it does!” Today, I chat with author Joe Di Prisco who shares the mosaic of his life, from a Brooklyn childhood shadowed by mob connections to his spirited pursuits in poetry and education. This episode delves into…

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