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INSIGHT – FILM ON JAZZ GIANT JUNIOR MANCE AND THE CEREBRAL WRITER, MULTI-MEDIA GIANT – 04.27.17

Adam Kahn, Co-Director of “Sunset and the Mockingbird” joins Mark for a conversation on the feature documentary that tells the love story of legendary jazz pianist/composer Junior Mance and his manager and soul mate, Gloria Clayborne Mance.  Junior has recorded over 100 albums and during his illustrious career he jammed with fellow icons including Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, …

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19:  Record Producer Clive Davis and Robert De Niro attend the "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives" Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

INSIGHT – TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH MUSIC INNOVATOR DOC AND ROUSING CONCERT, YOUR DIGITAL PERSONA AND O’REILY’S OUSTED FROM FOX – 04.20.17

Clive Davis gave us Janis Joplin, Earth Wind and Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Santana, Whitney Houston and a seemingly endless list of mega musicians and now Director Chris Perkel gives us “Clive Davis – the Soundtrack of Our Lives” an extraordinary look on the life and midas touch of the music industry’s most notorious record producer and friend – …

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INSIGHT – FOX’S BILL O’RISQUE, BARRY MANILOW’S SHOCKING NEWS, DOWN ON THE FARM AND THE AVOCADO CALLS BROOKLYN HOME – 04.06.17

Dr. LOREN A. OLSON lived for decades the best way he knew how until he realized that yes, he was gay.  Mark speaks with Dr. Olson about his new book FINALLY OUT: Letting Go of Living Straight and asks about his first marriage, how his children dealt learning that their father was gay to society’s ever slow developing acceptance of …

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INSIGHT – A TEENS PAGEANTRY FOR THE DISABLED, ANOTHER DOOR OPENS, WHY SEEK HELP – 03.30.17

Talaura Cothran is not a typical high school senior. Her astuteness and compassion for others is boundless and that’s only a small part of who she is and why she created The Special Beauties Pageant http://www.specialbeautiespageant.com/ for children with special needs and disabilities in California. Hear how this extraordinary 17 year old became the caregiver of her mother, Jennifer MacMonagle at the young age of 3 after her mother was paralyzed. Jennifer, Talaura’s mother also speaks with Mark about her daughters successes including their ironclad relationship. Jennifer also talks about the night her life forever changed when riding with an intoxicated driver and how she turned a nightmare into a cathartic experience as well as twice earning the title of Miss. Wheelchair California. Mental illness is not on any level indicative of being weak rather it’s realizing that one needs professional help. Mark muses on the significance of professional help and how it saved him.

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INSIGHT – SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, CHUCK BARRIS “GONG BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”, THE NEXT SOFIA COPPOLA AND NEW SESAME ST. MUPPET WITH AUTISM – 03.23.17

Gong Show creator, songwriter and novelist – Chuck Barris gave the nation unique shows that forever changed the landscape of television. Mark recalls a hilarious episode of Barris’s The Newlywed Game where a most embarrassing revelation occurred for a couple. Shannon Ryan will undoubtedly write and direct highly informative and entertaining films in the future though now as a shinning graduate student at Brooklyn College’s Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and recipient of Woman of Her Word Disabilities scholarship (awarded by Michele Spitz), Shannon explains how she is furthering her vast skill set that includes incorporating her keen perspective and resiliency as an indomitable woman with multiple disabilities including hearing and visual impairments. Plus, why it’s healthy to step out of ones comfort zone even if it risks embarrassment – or in Mark’s case, the inability to see bowling pins for the sake of a good time. And meet Julia – Sesame Street’s new muppet who is on the Autism spectrum.

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INSIGHT – ALL WOMEN CREW SOAR WORLDWIDE SETTING RECORD – GRAD STUDENT GOES X COUNTRY FOR POLITICAL INSIGHT AND SPRING BREAKERS WITH MEANS – 03.16.17

Kyle Mendelson is taking the temperature of our nation by traveling to over a dozen US cities to meet with politicians, educators and more in an effort to better understand perspectives and motives in regions that voted number forty-five. From the cockpit to ticket handlers and everyone between – the significance of the women of Air India who circumnavigated the world.

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INSIGHT – NYC REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL – THE INDOMITABLE DISABILITY DIVA HEATHER WATKINS – JARREAU / CORYELL REMEMBERED – 03.02.17

Mark recalls priceless time spent in–studio with greats Al Jarreau and Larry Coryell.  Modern jazz aficionado Russ Davis, also pays tribute to these phenomenal musicians http://russdavismoja.com/ Heather Watkins blog, “Slow Walkers See More” https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/ has readers laughing, talking and musing as well as taking action!  Heather depicts “My difference makes me stronger”, Mark’s mantra that so many persons with and …

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INSIGHT – BREAK-UP BOOT CAMP (REALLY) – MEN & MENTAL HEALTH – DANCING AT DAWN PRE WORK ACROSS THE GLOBE – 02.23.17

What helps you get over someone…endless Ben & Jerry’s, wine, yoga, wine, frolicking with puppies???  Renew, an upstate N.Y. retreat for those in need of an escape and help mending their shattered heart can help.  Plus, there’s nothing like getting over someone with another someone! When I gave a talk on mental illness to N.J. State health professionals recently, I …

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INSIGHT – COMEDIAN STACEY PRUSSMAN, MECHANICAL DOPING SPINS WHEELS, CHILDREN’S BOOK DEBUNKS THE SWEET LIFE – 02.16.17

The hilarious Stacey Prussman talks about the life of a comedian, her struggles including eating disorder, her movies and much more. Mechanical doping is the new black – kind of. Professional riders – yes think Tour De France have turned to small hidden motors that help propel the bike so they can recover. Maybe pro cyclists have had enough of needling each other. Nonetheless, this new method of gaining an edge has the attention of officials. Lance Armstrong…busted completely. Usain Bolt…busted and crushed hearts. When will the human capacity alone be enough? “The Dog Who Saved Pleasantville” could save your child from having to go to sugar rehab. Authors, Corrine and Jack Wlody (Team Wlody) have created a tale that speaks volumes to parents and provides great insight for kids who think sugar is just like all food…good for you and yummy (cue obnoxious buzzer sfx). WRONG! This warm tale is about smart food choices, family and the importance of community. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Dog-Who-Saved-Pleasantville

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INSIGHT – THE WORLD OF SPIES AND HACKS – HOW ADDING A TWIST TO YOUR PROFESSION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE – 01.26.17

The POTUS refuses to acknowledge Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election though my guest, T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative shares how cyber warfare will continue to escalate and the ramifications on the U.S. and the world.  Learn why Tim Fitzgerald is taking his social worker practice to Thailand where elephant rides, meditation and calming the mind will redefine …