This week, Ira spoke with Nada Lena Nasserdeen, author of “Rise Up For You, Closing The Gap Between You and Your Potential.” In this motivational episode of “Ira’s Every-thing Bagel,” Nada talks about why she stresses “self-development” instead of self-help”; how she develops strategies for clients in addition to the insights they understand; of how the personal and the professional cannot be separated; why she insists (for herself) of nine hours of sleep a day; honoring your values; the six pillars to success; and why she builds success on a holistic level.
Noshing With Burt Kearns – March 16, 2023
This week, Ira spoke with Burt Kearns, journalist, television and film producer, and author of the new book, “Lawrence Tierney, Hollywood’s Real-Life Tough Guy (Published by The University Press of Kentucky).” In this noir episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Burt talks about why he decided to write a biography of Tierney; the breakout role of Dillinger; how Tierney drank and brawled away his career in the first five years (but he always kept going); his incredible comeback much later in life; why some of the best work he did was on television in the 80’s; why young filmmakers wanted to work with “The Legend”; and why he remains a fascinating part of Hollywood history.
Noshing With Rick Steves – March 2, 2023
This week, Ira spoke with Rick Steves, author (along with Fred Plotkin) of “Rick Steves Italy for Food Lovers” (published by Avalon Publishing), which guides travelers through the great sights, eats, drinks, desserts, and more in Italy (town-by-town, and for each course). In this savory episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Rick talks about teaching people to travel in a more experiential way; what his mission is; why he’s a “cultural chameleon”; how the new book is broken down by region, since Italians eat regionally; matching flavors and textures; why small businesses can thrive in Italy; his knack for explaining things to people; travel as “intensified living”; and why the greatest souvenir is a broader perspective.
Noshing With Paul W. Williams – February 23, 2023
This week, Ira spoke with Paul W. Williams, director, writer, producer, actor, and author of “Harvard, Hollywood, Hitmen, and Holy Men, A Memoir (Published by University Press of Kentucky).” In this autobiographic episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Paul talks about why he wrote the book, which he calls “…an admission of all the ridiculous mistakes I’ve made throughout my life”; his biggest regret in his career; how he ended up happy and serene rather than rich and famous; why the reason for writing the book changed and became a way for him to empty his mind of the past; and the man who influenced him the most in his life.