The Brainwave Podcast with Gail Hulnick

The Brainwave Podcast with Gail Hulnick

Creativity. What happens in that charmed moment when a genius song, painting, book or film is born? On The Brainwave Podcast, Gail Hulnick interviews writers, composers, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and others about how, when, where, and why they fell in love with an idea; what they did to spark it; and what they did next.

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August 7, 2022 42 min

Gail’s guest is Australian surgeon-entrepreneur Dr. Samantha Pillay. She is also the author of a children’s book series: When I’m a Surgeon, When I’m an Entrepreneur,  and the upcoming When I’m an Astronaut. Samantha wants to inspire young girls and women to pursue their dreams and ambitions. 

We talk about the way that the time off during the Covid lockdown led her to fulfil her dream of writing a book, and about the challenges wom...

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How can you arrange your work space at home to foster and inspire your creativity? Gail talks with architect Donald Rattner, author of My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation.
The conversation covers Donald's use of data and science-backed principles to direct your design choices, environmental psychology, and the nature of creativity itself.
You can find out more about Donald, his book...

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Many people try to combine stay-at-home parenting with creative projects like writing books or composing music. It's challenging. Children's book author Aruna Lepore has taken her idea for Peanut the Penguin from the bedtime-story stage to finished full-color, illustrated book. We talk about the origin of her idea for the story, about her move from Trinidad to the United States, and about the ways she integrates her motheri...

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 Elizabeth Claire is founder of the newspaper Easy English News and author of dozens of books that help newcomers learn to speak English. 
We talk about the challenges of learning to speak English, the creative and business sides of starting a newspaper, and Elizabeth's current project, a revision on a book called Dangerous English 2000.
You can find out more about Elizabeth's work at www.elizabethclaire.com

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Dr. Michael Fenster is America's only board-certified interventional cardiologist and professional chef. He is the author of Eating Well, Living Better, and several other books focused on culinary medicine.
In this first episode of Season 2 of The Brainwave Podcast, we talk about bringing creativity to food and recipe choices, and about blending a passion for cooking with a lifelong concern for good health.
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Gail visits the house in Key West where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in the 1930s, and tells us what she sees as she walks some of the blocks on Duval Street that Hemingway passed on his way to the famous bar,  Sloppy Joe's.

You can find out more about Gail's books and other work at https://www.gailhulnick.com


The Brainwave Podcast is produced and presented by WindWord Group Publishing and Media. 
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IVA is the stage name of the talented singer/songwriter/composer who spoke with Gail for Episode 51 of The Brainwave Podcast. She shares her inspiration for her latest song "Run", talks about the impact of the pandemic on her creative work, and discusses the journey that led to the writing of her opera "Inside Out". She trained as a classical soprano at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, and is ...

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Award-winning novelist Michael Blouin has a new book out about Billy the Kid, which he calls revisionist history, seen through a feminist lens. We talk about the creative spark, about finding inspiration in the lives of icons like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, and about the thrill of being invited to send one of your books on a moon mission.
You can find out more about Mike's work at www.michaelblouinwriter.com


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My guest today is Clara Wineberg, Executive Director of the Boston office of SCB, a national architecture and design firm. She’s been part of hundreds of projects but we’ve decided to talk about the origins of one in particular -- The Laurel, the tallest residential building in Philadelphia, at 48 stories, located on Rittenhouse Square, a very prominent location in that city. We talk about the way the shape of a building site affec...

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John Noltner is an award-winning photographer who has driven 40,000 miles across America to collect stories and images for a book titled Portraits of Peace: Searching for Hope in a Divided America. It is published by Broadleaf Books.
We talk about creative solutions to the problems facing us, the stories of people who have overcome adversity, and the meaning of peace.
You can find out more about John's books, his presentations, ...

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Author Sari Fordham found her  mother's letters home from her time as an ex-pat in Uganda and that set her on a journey to write a memoir titled Wait for God to Notice. In Episode 47 of The Brainwave Podcast, she talks with Gail about her feelings on finding those letters, the decision to write a book, and her family's reactions to the revelations in the memoir.

You can find out more about Sari's work at www.sarifordham....

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Writers of historical fiction make millions of creative choices about how much truth and how much fiction to include. From his cabin in Wyoming, author James A. Ross talks with Gail about his novel Hunting Teddy Roosevelt and the way that a suggestion from his agent led to the discovery that set him on the road to its publication.
In the interview, we hear about the detailed research for the book, about the accuracy that some reader...

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Singer/songwriter and spiritual guide Michele Blood talks with Gail about the experience that led her to put affirmations to music and begin a career of helping others with Jack Canfield and Bob Proctor. Michele's book The Magic of Affirmation Power and her CDs of affirmation songs have been downloaded by millions of people all over the world.
In the interview, we hear about the accident that set Michele on her new path, the le...

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In a new book for middle-grade readers (and for those of any older ages), a young boy helps his grandfather through the challenges of Alzheimer's disease. This Last Adventure is the creation of novelist Ryan Dalton, who got the idea for this book and wrote it a few years after watching his own grandfather die from complications of Alzheimer's. This month, Mental Health Awareness Month, we are taking the opportunity to focus...

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Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist, based in Los Angeles. His installation "In Between Light and Shadow" is an expression of his thoughts and feelings about mental health. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than ten years ago, Kazuki says that one of the purposes of his art is to draw attention to mental health and to de-stigmatize mental illness. Gail talks with him about living with bipolar disorder, about his p...

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Getting that first publishing contract can be a dream that takes many years -- or never -- to come true for many writers. For others, it can be a matter of a few months. Sarah Humpherys, who is now eighteen years old, saw her debut fantasy romance novel published in New York earlier this year.
In this interview we talk about the inspiration for her book which is titled Stone Cold, about her interests other than writing, and her adv...

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Gail interviews jewelry designer Victoria Wieck, who has created and copyrighted 15,000 jewelry designs, sold tens of millions of pieces, presented her work for sale on the Home Shopping Network and Shop HQ over the past 23 years, and hosts a podcast called Million Dollar Passion, which shares her knowledge and insights with other creative professionals.

We talk about how nature inspires and infuses her designs; how she began, usin...

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Food Americana is a new book that explores the history of American cuisine. Author David Page is also the original executive producer of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the TV show where Guy Fieri visits small restaurants in communities all over the U.S.
We talk about the beginning of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, about the way that American cuisine evolved from the menus and recipes of other cultures, and about the changes he's se...

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Author Helen Starbuck has created a mystery series about an operating room nurse named Annie Collins, drawing on her own experience in the operating room. She's also written and published several standalone romantic suspense novels, including the latest, published last spring, titled The Woman He Used to Know.
We talk about the inspiration for the first of the Annie Collins books, about the pros and cons of using a pen name, an...

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C.J. and Lorrisa Julianus are a married couple who've released a movie titled The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater. C.J. is the director/producer and Lorrisa is the screenwriter/editor and star. It's a romantic comedy with some spice thrown in.
We talk about the beginning of the story idea, the experience of working with your life partner, the value of doing more than one job on a creative project, and the importance of p...

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