This week, Ira spoke with Brian Walsh, SoFi Bank’s Manager of Financial Planning and student loan expert. In this repayment episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Brian talks about why the “people” side of finance is important; the $1.8 trillion question with about 45 million people with student loans; the “return on education” approach: the role of private institutions in student loans; the difference between consolidation and refinancing in the student loan world; our relationship with money based on how we were raised; and using technology to stay on top of our finances.
This week, Ira spoke with Beverly Washburn, actress, voice-over artist, lecturer, and author of Reel Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, Take Two. In this cinematic episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Beverly talks about growing up in Hollywood; modeling children’s clothes at age four; how a major actor helped get her first role; why she was known as the girl who could cry on cue; working with legendary actors and directors; acting in iconic films; her lifelong friendship with actor Tommy Kirk; and why she’s on the “blooper” reel of “Star Trek.”
This week, Ira spoke with Sarah Murdoch, professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect. In this globetrotting episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Sarah talks about growing up and falling in love with travel; how she ended up giving packing classes as part of her business; the basic strategy of packing; her best advice for a beginning traveler; her best advice for a veteran traveler; the best travel gadget; why she is more passionate about travel today than as a child; why it is a two-way street and establishes connections between cultures; and her future plans.
This week, Ira spoke with Robert Wittman, author of author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures and The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich. He also finds time to be a keynote speaker at meetings and conventions across the country, as well as a zoom lecture series he is doing on Thursdays, September 8-29 for the University of Pennsylvania museum. In this eclectic episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Robert talks about why he decided to join the FBI and how he was assigned to specialized training in cultural property crime; why it’s a a $6 billion industry every year; the two most valuable pieces recovered; why, after leaving the agency, he decided to write Priceless; his success in finding top Nazi Alfred Rosenberg’s diary, which went missing after the Nuremberg trials; and why he wrote the story of the search and included the translation of it in The Devil’s Diary.