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Uncorking a Story

53 EpisodesProduced by Michael CarlonWebsite

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.

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The Otto Penzler Interview

November 19th, 2020


Otto Penzler is regarded as the world's foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction. He founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, which he …

Jess Stainbrook

November 6th, 2020


There is no doubt that the combination of Covid and what is going on in cities throughout the country has created more than the usual amount of …

Author Dustin Lawson

October 9th, 2020


It’s not every day that I get to talk to someone as interesting and, dare I say, enlightened as author Dustin Lawson. I’m excited to announce that …

Best-Selling Author Matt Haig

September 4th, 2020


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 …

Dan Hill

June 10th, 2020


Dan Hill is the author of eight books including Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading OthersTwo Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style; and First Blush: People's Intuitive Reactions to …

Pat Oates

April 10th, 2020


Pat Oates is a comedian, author, podcaster and comedy advice writer. He has been performing stand-up comedy for over 12 years and has appeared on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates, E's Talk Soup, and The Anthony Cumia Show with …

The Diane O'Connell Interview

March 20th, 2020


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 …

Dawn Carpenter of The We Project

January 7th, 2020


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 …

Aug Stone

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

Comedian Frank Murgalo

August 6th, 2019


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 …

Comedian Nick Breen

August 6th, 2019


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 …

Author David Bell

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

Dr. Colleen Georges

June 13th, 2019


From as far back as she can remember, Colleen Georges, Ph.D.  felt a calling to help others. It led her to pursue a doctorate in counseling …

Karen Mangia

May 11th, 2019


Early in her career, Karen Mangia followed a very conventional formula for success—say yes to everything, deliver with excellence, and never let them …

Laura Vanderkam

February 22nd, 2019


Laura Vanderkam helps people spend more time on what matters, and less on what doesn’t.

She is the bestselling author of What the Most Successful …

Kevin Knight

February 5th, 2019


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 …

Singer, Songwriter, and Author Zaida Alfaro

November 30th, 2018


Zaida Alfaro is the youngest of six children and was born into art. Her mother is a painter, composer, and musician who taught Zaida how to play the piano at the age of twelve.  She became a professional musician at …

Tony Pavia and Matt Pavia

November 1st, 2018


Tony Pavia is a retired American history teacher and the former principal of Stamford High School, Trinity Catholic High School, and New Canaan High …

Bestselling Author Jane Green

September 16th, 2018


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 …

Singer, Songwriter, and Bestselling Author Bill McGarvey

August 20th, 2018


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 …

Bestselling Author George Galdorisi

July 21st, 2018


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 …

Andrew Peterson Bestselling Author of the Nathan McBride Series

July 7th, 2018


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 …

Patricia Fuqua, Founder of Dating Diamonds

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

Bestselling Author Linwood Barclay

June 8th, 2018


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 …

Cristopher Ryan - A Bronx Tale

May 20th, 2018


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 …

Hunter Shea - Bestselling Master of Horror

May 16th, 2018


Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He …

Tess Gerritsen - Award Winning Bestselling Author

May 4th, 2018


“They don’t hire girls into the FBI,” these were the words Tess Gerritsen heard from her guidance counselor after expressing an interest in the Federal Bureau of investigation. While that sentiment feels like a dark …

Brian Anderson of Anderson Porter Design

May 1st, 2018


Brian is a founding Partner of Anderson Porter Design and has developed a proven process of project delivery in the Cannabis Industry. To date, he …

Psychologist, Author, and Trainer Gay Hendricks

April 30th, 2018


Psychologist Gay Hendricks is counselor, writer, and teacher in the field of personal growth, relationships, and body intelligence. He’s best known …

Warren Farrell, PhD

April 30th, 2018


Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of the just-published The Boy Crisis (with co-author John Gray). It exposes the boy crisis worldwide, as well as the …

Erin Boardman Wathen - Author of Why Can't I Stick to My Diet

February 27th, 2018


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 …

Laurie Handlers

February 22nd, 2018


Laurie Handlers is a Sex and Happiness Coach and the author of the Amazon #1 International Bestseller Sex & Happiness: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy.

Through her company Butterfly Workshops, she offers sexual health …

Episode 22: New York Times Bestselling Author Lou Aronica

February 6th, 2018


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.

Episode 21 - The Bruce Miller Interview

January 15th, 2018


  Today is a big day for Uncorking a story because I get to share with you my conversation with Bruce Miller, the creator of Smart Alex - a new, better for you, snack food. I love talking to entrepreneurs because I’m …

Episode 20 - The Karen Rands Interview

September 1st, 2017


Karen Rands is the founder and CEO of Kugarand Capital Holdings. She’s also the author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing.

Having my career in the …

Episode 19 - The Jim Carlon Interview

July 1st, 2017


Imagine going through basic training for the US Army as you approach the age of 40. It's a pretty hard thing to do at 18, but at 40 - come on it takes a special kind of person to raise his or her hand and say, "Bring it …

Episode 18 - John Seigel Boettner from Teen Press

March 14th, 2017


John Seigel Boettner is a social studies teacher at Santa Barbara Middle School, but he’s not like one I ever had. It’s a special kind of person who …

Episode 17 - The Steve August Interview

January 26th, 2017


I’ll admit it, I love a good story where the good guys win and Steve August is a good guy. I know this interview may be a bit “Inside Research” for you, but if you are looking to be inspired by the story of a guy who …

Episode 16 - Wayne Lavender

December 17th, 2016


Wayne Lavender is the Executive Director of The Foundation 4 Orphans (F4O); an international organization dedicated to supporting the emotional, educational, physical and spiritual needs of orphans in some of the …

Episode 15 - Allison Yacht of Bravehoods

December 8th, 2016


Shortly before her daughter was to begin kindergarten, Allison heard the words that no parent wants to hear – your daughter has cancer.  As treatments progressed, and hair was lost, her daughter Meredith was eager to …

Episode 14 - Jeryl Abramson

February 28th, 2016


In the course of my job, I have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who have shared their stories with me (and my clients) over the …

Episode 13 - Dave Mezzepelle

February 13th, 2016


I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Mezzapelle, a serial entrepreneur who founded the Contagious Optimism movement (

Episode 12 - Andy Greenfield

January 29th, 2016


How important is curiosity in business? Andy Greenfield has a point of view. 

In 1996 I was a 22-year-old kid working in the new field of digital …

Episode 11 - Richard Owen

December 21st, 2015


Should qualitative researchers be thinking about adding mobile to their qualitative toolbox? Richard Owen, founder and CEO of Crowdlab says, without …

Episode 10 - Jim Bryson

October 4th, 2014


Jim Bryson is the founder and CEO of 2020 Research; a Nashville based qualitative research firm with facilities in Nashville, Charlotte, and Miami. In addition to traditional facilities, 2020 is a leading provider of …

Episode 9 - Ernie Bourcier

October 4th, 2014


When I was 21 years old I thought I knew it all and that my parents knew absolutely nothing. By the time I turned 22 and was working in my first job …

Episode 8 - GM O'Connell

May 14th, 2013


In 1996 I was barely 22 years old when I started my career in advertising.  I worked for a company called FCB direct, which was owned by a holding …

Episode 7 - Dorothy Collins, CND

April 24th, 2013


When I woke up this morning, I never could have predicted that one of my elementary school teachers, a Catholic nun named Dorothy Collins, would be …

Episode 6 - Shelley Zalis

April 11th, 2013


I first met Shelley Zalis when I was working for Unilever and she was invited to speak at an offsite meeting.  She broke two rules during her …

Episode 5 - Author Mick Carlon

March 1st, 2013


Michael Carlon interviews Michael Carlon. Have I finally lost my mind? Should they come and take me to South 1 (the psychiatric ward of Stamford …

Episode 4 - Ideation and New Product Developer Bryan Mattimore

September 25th, 2012


Bryan Mattimore is one of America's top experts in applied creativity, ideation facilitation and innovation management. In his career, he has facilitated more than 1500 marketing and business strategy ideation sessions. …

Episode 3 - Master Karate Instructor Manny Esmeraldo

September 19th, 2012


This guy is the real deal - he's the guy that Chuck Norris is afraid to Google! Listen up as Mike and Manny talk about the importance of accountability, why you don't always want to be your child's "friend," and why you …

Episode 1 - Sirius XM Radio Personality Dave Dwyer, CSP

September 19th, 2012


Listen up as Mike and guest co-host Wendy talk to Sirius XM Radio Personality Dave Dwyer about his early days at MTV, his time at Comedy Central, and what can best be termed about his higher calling. This episode pairs …

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