Kathryn interviews Author Marianna De Marco Torgovnick.Marianna De Marco Torgovnick experienced the rupture of two of her life’s most intimate relations when her mother and brother died in close proximity. Mourning rocked her life, but it also led to the solace and insight offered by classic books and the practice of meditation. She entered a spiritual and psychological state of “transcendental homelessness”: the feeling of being truly at home nowhere, of being spiritually adrift. Her resulting journey into the past imagines a viable future and raises questions acute for Italian Americans but pertinent to everyone, about the nature of memory and the meanings of home at a time, like ours, marked by cultural disruption and wartime. She shares with us a wide-ranging memoir about growing older and learning to ride the waves of change. She is an award winning author and currently directs The Duke in New York Arts and Media Program.
Kathryn also interviews Author Jen Maxfield. Emmy Award–winning reporter and news anchor Jen Maxfield has seen just about everything in her more than two decades on the air. But what happens after a story is reported, once the cameras are turned off? She introduces readers to people whose hopefulness and perseverance will inspire. She follows up on stories that have been transformative for the subjects—and for her—to uncover what’s transpired in the years since her original reporting. Spotlighting inspirational everyday people, many of whom have endured tremendous hardship, Maxfield updates readers on a woman whose life was saved by her toddler after a violent attack by her boyfriend; families devastated by natural disasters and the communities that aided them; the relatives of a young man killed by a terrorist; and more. Maxfield joined NBC New York in 2013. Prior to joining the station, she worked for Eyewitness News (ABC7) in New York City as a reporter and substitute anchor for ten years.