Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk

Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk

Entertaining Insights is the podcast that highlights life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment. Join host, clinical psychologist, comic and author Dr. Nancy Berk and special celebrity and expert guests as they discuss their fascinating journeys and insights. Packed with powerful advice, simple suggestions, and a dose of humor, Entertaining Insights will help you create your most positive, fun, and productive to-do lists.... Show More

Episodes

March 3, 2021 46 min

Singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood joins Nancy (1:23) to discuss her debut album Time Well Spent, her unique music journey, songwriting process, and what it’s like being a country artist when your dad is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Steve Winwood).

Plus, entertainment entrepreneur and musician Zak Kuhn, founder of The Nashville Briefing and host of the Zak Kuhn Show podcast, discusses his popular music-driven newsletter and in...

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Bestselling author Mark Bego joins Nancy to discuss his long friendship with Mary Wilson, the Motown legend and founding member of The Supremes who passed away this month. From her rise to fame to life beyond the music, Mark offers insights and stories about an extraordinary woman whose talent was matched by her heart and her dedication to the people and causes she loved (1:22).

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Comedian and actress Rosebud Baker joins Nancy to discuss her stand-up journey and comedy career, her podcast Devils’ Advocate, getting married during the pandemic, and working with Michael Che. Plus, Rosebud shares details on growing up in a high profile political family, and how her personal story is channeling a new project (1:06).

In the second segment, Nancy talks comedy albums and capturing comedy history with Comedy on Viny...

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Multi-platinum selling artist Phil Vassar joins Nancy to discuss his country music journey, life off the road in Nashville, family time and creative projects during the pandemic, and recording from his wine cellar for Circle Network’s Phil Vassar’s Songs from The Cellar. Plus, Phil’s thoughts on songwriting and recording success, his love of coffee, and one of the reasons why he probably doesn’t write many ballads (1:06).

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Country music artist and Urban Cowboy legend Mickey Gilley joins Nancy to discuss his music journey, famous relatives Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, the bar and film that influenced his career, mechanical bulls, flying planes, his television career, and chart-topping success (1:10).

In the second segment, Nancy talks with Josh Mills and Jason Klamm about the new podcast Rarified Heir featuring grown children of celebrities, Mi...

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Broadway veteran, Tony Award winner, and The Actors Fund Chairman of the Board Brian Stokes Mitchell joins Nancy to discuss Broadway, the power of the arts during the pandemic, his recovery from COVID-19 and the popular window concerts that earned him a viral audience, his creative career, including the early days of Trapper John, M.D., and the new PBS series In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl. Plus, Brian shares background details o...

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Writer and humorist Peggy Rowe joins Nancy to discuss her latest New York Times Bestseller About Your Father And Other Celebrities I Have Known, writing inspiration, creative productivity, family influences, and how fans of her son Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) got a glimpse of her humor and helped push her to write even more (1:16).

Plus, Nancy talks writing strategy, the power of deadlines, writers’ block, and moving forward with celeb...

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Karamo joins Nancy to discuss the importance of self-focus and self-care, how being one of the hosts of Netflix’s Queer Eye has allowed him to help others and better understand himself, and why he has chosen to discuss his struggle with migraine headaches to help educate others (1:26). Plus, Nancy corners Karamo to find out if her loved one’s fanny pack is a fashion do or don’t.

And Nancy talks New Year’s resolutions, practical goa...

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Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Vicki Lawrence joins Nancy to discuss her journey from high school to The Carol Burnett Show and beyond, the popularity of her character Thelma Harper, Bob Mackie wardrobe moments, and working with comedy legends (1:35).

Plus, Vicki and Nancy talk about Vicki’s two-woman show Vicki Lawrence & Mama and her work with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) as a spokesperson for ...

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America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne and her mother Misty Farmer join Nancy to talk about the power of family, Christmas, Darci’s career journey, music in their family, extreme togetherness, and filming The Spin with Darci Lynne and Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered from home during the pandemic (1:56).

In the second segment, ventriloquist, coach and entertainment producer Gary Owen shares creative gift ideas for beginning and advanced ...

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Tony Award winner and Emmy and Grammy nominee Kelli O'Hara joins Nancy to discuss her career journey, Broadway, creative decision-making, Christmas traditions, and the upcoming special Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas that channels the beauty of the holiday season (1:21).

Plus, Kelli and Nancy discuss routine shifts and changes during these isolating times, and ways to lend support ...

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Folk legend and Grammy winner Noel Paul Stookey joins Nancy to discuss the power of music to create social awareness and change, his journey as one-third of the beloved ’60s folk music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary and their hits like “If I Had a Hammer” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Blowin’ in The Wind” that quickly became empowering songs during the difficult times of that decade. Plus, Noel discusses the story behind his p...

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Emmy Award-winning television, film and stage actor Richard Thomas joins Nancy to discuss acting and career balance, his creative journey from his role as the beloved John-Boy Walton on The Waltons to more recent roles in hit series like The Americans and Billions, and the upcoming holiday special and PBS tradition Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas. Plus, Richard and Nancy talk about the...

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Artist and actress Angela Cartwright joins Nancy to discuss her childhood roles in the beloved film The Sound of Music, and television favorites Lost in Space and Make Room for Daddy, the importance of friendships and communication, and her real life role as a grandmother. Plus, Angela shares the story behind The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook and her books Styling The Stars with co-author Tom McLaren and Lost (and Found) in Spac...

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Rocker Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, and wife and manager Ami Negron join Nancy to discuss the challenges of performing and maintaining fan engagement during the pandemic, Chuck’s recovery journey, their Three Dog Nightmare book club, and recent wedding. Plus, Ami shares some of her solo creative projects (1:24).

And in the second segment, Nancy reviews the power of embracing tech adventures and updates listeners on h...

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Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Monica Piper joins Nancy to discuss her one-woman play Not That Jewish and her comedy journey from childhood influences to her career and work as an English teacher, stand-up comedian and sitcom writer for shows like Roseanne, and Mad About You. Plus, Monica shares some simple techniques to help foster creativity and make you “think funny” (1:32).

And in the second segment, visual artist Sarah West ...

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Cassandra Peterson joins Nancy to discuss her career as horror icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, latest projects including the music video ‘Don’t Cancel Halloween,’ and life during the pandemic. Plus, Cassandra shares her theories on the longevity and scope of the pop culture icon and reveals her personal childhood experience of being bullied due to burn and skin grafting scars and how it has impacted her life (1:41).

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Actress and author Kathryn Leigh Scott joins Nancy to discuss her many roles within the cult classic television series Dark Shadows, her novels, including September Girl, and other new projects. Plus, Scott reveals what it was like kissing vampire Barnabas Collins and why House of Dark Shadows (1970) might be the perfect film to get you in the Halloween spirit (1:42).

And in our second segment, novelist, attorney and journalist/e...

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Acclaimed actors Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) join Nancy to discuss the power and importance of women’s stories, their one-woman film Call Waiting co-written by Bucatinsky (with Dori Fram) and starring Aaron, and the unique challenges in sharing the stories of characters Judy Baxter and Carol Lane (1:29). Plus, the actors discuss some behind-the-scenes’ experiences from their hit televisi...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd (inducted with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) joins Nancy to discuss his music, the inspiration and process behind his latest rock album Sobering Times, his role as a “Recovery Troubador,” and why these songs and social support are especially important during stressful times. Plus, Ricky offers some advice for those hoping to achieve their creative dreams (1:29).

And in our second segment, r...

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