Creativity, Opera and Bodice Ripping: A Conversation with Singer Maren Montalbano

Marian Montalbano, opera singer, business coach and writer whose voice appears on not one, not two, but three Grammy Award-winning albums. When her one-woman show got sidelined during Covid-19, Maren created a podcast based on the show called the Bodice Ripper Project. The podcast of the same name is an exploration of sexuality, feminism and the journey to self-empowerment. through the lens of romance novels. Maren has sung at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, multiple theaters in Europe and even performed on stage with the Rolling Stones. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation, previously recorded on my Embark podcast. (more…)

Revising A Dream When Adversity Hits: A Conversation with DIYMFA’s Gabriela Pereira

Gabriella Pereira is the founder of DIYMFA, an online writing community and a virtual alternative to the traditional MFA creative writing program. When she was 24, Gabriela received the life-changing diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Last week on my podcast Embark, she shared her story in the hope this conversation sparks more conversations about the stigma we attach to mental illness, and how we can change the language around it. The following is an excerpt of that conversation. (more…)

In Search of a Cancer Vaccine

This excerpt comes from last week’s recorded interview with Keerthi Shetty, Senior Manager of Strategic initiatives at the Center for Personal Cancer Vaccines at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She talks about her team’s research and ground-breaking development off a vaccine for cancer. Listen to the complete audio conversation at embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: Hi Keerthi.  Thanks for joining us today.  Tell us a about your work with Dana Farber.

KS:  I serve essentially as a program manager and liaison – the glue that interfaces with the scientists, the clinicians, regulatory people, legal folks, finance team, to make sure we’re all aligned in getting towards the goal of treating patients with these personal cancer vaccines. (more…)