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.


August 31, 2023 28 mins

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Justin Hayward joins Nancy to talk about his recent visit to Windsor Castle where he received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his contribution to the arts, sharing the day with his grandson, and the details and meaning of the investiture experience.

Plus, Nancy and Justin discuss the 1972 Moody Blues hit “Nights in White Satin” (written and composed by Hayward) and its recent audi...

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Taylor Hicks joins Nancy to talk about his 2006 American Idol win, life beyond the popular show, his Grand Ole Opry debut, new single “Teach Me to Dance” and upcoming album.

Plus, Taylor discusses his career in show business and why he never says “no” to great creative opportunities.

Read Nancy’s story about Taylor Hicks via Forbes.com Hollywood & Entertainment Hollywood & Entertainment.

Watch the music video for “Teach Me to Danc...

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Annette O'Toole joins Nancy to talk about her her role as Hope McCrea in the hit series Virgin River, her creative career from early years as a teen actor appearing in Gunsmoke and portraying David Cassidy’s love interest in The Partridge Family to her adult career in feature films like Superman III and series like Smallville, and her continued love of acting and the theater.

Plus, Annette discusses collaborating with husband Mich...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Felder joined Nancy in 2017 to talk about his music journey from the early years in Gainesville with Stephen Stills and Tom Petty and battle of the bands with the Allmans, to his time with the Eagles, solo projects, and collaboration with other bands like Styx. Plus, Felder discusses how his love for making music has driven his world.

Read the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Essay for the Eagles a...

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Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Wynonna Judd and CMA-winning musician Cactus Moser joined Nancy in 2016 to talk about their marriage, creative process, and the story behind their music.

Read the Country Music Hall of Fame Essay for The Judds here.

Get up to date information via Wynonna’s website.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and power couple Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo joined Nancy in 2015 to talk about their relationship and rock journey, music projects, and the synergy and individuality within their work.

Read the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Essay for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo here.

Get up to date information via Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s website.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dolly Parton joined Nancy in 2016 to talk about her career, family-driven projects, staying true to herself and her roots, and how gratitude has played an important role in her life.

Read the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Essay for Dolly Parton here.

Get up to date information via Dolly’s website.

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Elvis Presley’s stepbrother Billy Stanley joins Nancy to talk about moving to Graceland in 1960 and meeting his new stepbrother, Christmas at Graceland and the impact of Elvis on his life. Plus, Stanley discusses his new book The Faith of Elvis: A Story Only A Brother Can Tell  and the loyalty and kindness of Elvis Presley (:59).

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Country artist Drake Milligan joins Nancy to talk about life after America’s Got Talent, his new album Dallas / Fort Worth, and his Grand Ole Opry debut. Plus, Drake discusses the impact of Elvis on his career, starring as Presley in the mini-series Sun Records, and the power of collaboration (:56).

Listen to Drake Milligan’s album Dallas / Fort Worth.

Watch Drake Milligan’s AGT performance.

Read Nancy’s story about Drake via Forb...

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Elvira creator Cassandra Peterson joins Nancy to talk about life after the release of her New York Times bestseller “Yours Cruelly, Elvira,” the personal and career impact of her revelations, the positive fan response, and how Elvis changed her career focus. Plus, Cassandra discusses the building of the Elvira brand, the Queen of Halloween’s popularity and why Elvira will outlive her (1:05).

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Actor, producer, and author Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show, Newhart) and publishing veteran and author Cindy Ratzlaff join Nancy to talk about brand building, empowering others, their Queen Of Your Own Life books and new daily inspiration cards (:58).

Plus, the longtime friends discuss their crafting trip to France, adopting the Coastal Grandmother look, the power of Mimi Bobeck, and their work with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Wo...

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Actor Beth Broderick joins Nancy to talk about the legacy of powerful characters, her career journey including her role as Zelda Spellman on the hit sitcom ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ and new projects for HBO and Hallmark, and her motivation for column writing. Plus, Nancy and Beth discuss ageism in Hollywood and beyond and the gaps and misinformation that exist on and offscreen (1:06).

Read Beth’s column on Substack.

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Multi-platinum artist David Nail joins Nancy to talk about songwriting, his new single “Sunset Carousel” and the power of summer music, summer playlists, his professional journey and embracing performance opportunities. Plus, David discusses his personal struggle with depression, the importance of de-stigmatizing mental illness and seeking help to manage the disease (1:11).

Watch the lyric video for Sunset Carousel on YouTube.


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Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David Bellamy join Nancy to discuss 40 Years: The Vinyl Album, their first vinyl in over 30 years, their music-making process, and their journey from #1 pop hit “Let Your Love Flow” to country music stardom.

Plus, the Bellamys discuss their early music influences, comedy in music, the power of humor, fans, aging, hanging out with Blake Shelton, and keeping a duo rocking (1:01).

Nancy and the Bellamy Br...

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Headliner and America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator joins Nancy to talk about his Vegas residency at New York-New York, his show Terry Fator: Who’s The Dummy Now? and why he loves touring and shining the spotlight on ventriloquism. Plus, Terry discusses his creative process, why he always travels with puppets, and how he continues to build new routines and fan bases (1:12).

In the second segment, Axtell Expressions founder and c...

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Comedian and actor Judy Gold joins Nancy to talk about her comedy career and influences, her book Yes I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All In Trouble, and freedom of speech and what cancel culture means for comedians and the future of comedy. Plus, Nancy and Judy discuss women and sexism in the industry, growing up tall, and standing up to the bullies in life (1:01).

Read an excerpt from Yes I Can Say That.


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Firerose joins Nancy to talk about her music journey, the power of collaboration, working with Billy Ray Cyrus, and the inspiration behind her new single “All Figured Out.” Plus, Firerose discusses her songwriting process, performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and pursuing your dreams (1:00).

In the second segment, Nancy discusses writing, crossing genres, family and beach influences, and the new children’s book Ramo to the Rescue wit...

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Discovery Channel Gold Rush stars Todd Hoffman and Hunter Hoffman join Nancy to talk about their new show Hoffman Family Gold, the family mission that drove their journey, Jack Hoffman, legacies and family friction, the Alaska fox, determination, and making dreams come true. Plus, Todd and Hunter share some of their projects beyond gold mining including music and fashion (1:26).

In the second segment, Nancy discusses the power of ...

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Tom Papa joins Nancy to talk about his creative process, stand-up life, and writing and creating your own material and opportunities. Plus, Tom discusses comedy today, the power of practice, working on his next Netflix special, headlining Wynn Las Vegas, the grounding effects of writing, and his next book (:57).

So—do you have a kitchen junk drawer? In the second segment, Nancy shares her latest magazine humor column and discusses ...

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Kent LaVoie, best known as singer/songwriter Lobo, joins Nancy to talk about his music career, writing love songs, his hit songs including “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” and the importance of believability in songs. Plus, Kent discusses finding love, his love of privacy, new albums, and the real story behind that dog named Boo (1:07).

In the second segment, Nancy discusses writing, deadlines, discipline, book deals, and the nov...

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