The Bird that Flew it’s Own Way

I’m in awe of all the roads and detours it took for me to get here, almost as if, without knowing it.

– Tippi Hedren – Tippi: A Memoir 

Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma. As a young Hollywood ingénue she beat out some of the most well known actresses to star in Hitchcock’s The Birds. Tippi then followed that up with another much sought after role, in another Hitchcock film, Marnie. 

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But then the ground shifted and Tippi found more detours then one could imagine. How she deals with it all is what makes our conversation, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, so relatable. (Click here to see where and when in your town)

Tippi’s values trumped fame and fortune. And in an era when women’s rights were just beginning to bloom, as a single mom to her daughter Melanie Griffith, Tippi would not let the casting couch be her way to the top. Her idealism and never give up attitude sets an example for all to follow.

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And at 87 years old, which you will find hard to believe when you see her, she is not only still going strong, but is more involved in life and all its riches than ever before. (She brags about her age and wanted me to mention it.)

Prepare yourself for an episode that will amaze and inspire anyone at any age.

Enjoy,

Barry

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Misery Loves Company

We all have existential pain. Things that hurt us, that reveal our vulnerabilities to us… That’s what makes us broken. The good news is we are all broken so we can have something to share with each other. 

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Our pain bonds us more than our joy. At first that seems like a depressing notion, but it is the human trait that allowed us not only to survive but thrive. The reason is we all relate to the struggle of life, it is happiness that often escapes us. And the first thing we realized, even in pre-historic times, was that we were much more capable of dealing with life when we slogged through it together.

Yet, the great dichotomy is that when we are in pain, until we realize it, we cocoon ourselves. We close ourselves off waiting for something to break us out of our malaise. Then, to add to our misery, we wallow in it while waiting. No wonder Tom Petty wrote these words: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Now, don’t you wish I had the perfect answer to this dilemma? I know I do. However, it is above my pay grade. But it is not above the pay grade of my guest this week, Dr. Dennis Palumbo (CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHEN THE EPISODE AIRS IN YOUR HOME TOWN).

Our conversation follows two paths. One is from his latest mystery, Phantom Limb, the other is through his work as one of the preeminent physiologists who deals with issues of creativity on a variety of levels and in a variety of fields.

So, if you’re feeling even just a little broken, the good news is you’ll have something to share with the two of us.

Enjoy,

Barry

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Dance with Me to Mars

Few things in space exploration are simple, and often any questions answered, end up prompting even more. 

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The above quote by my guest this week, NASA historian Rod Pyle, sums up my own experience when it comes to thinking about the cosmos. I find myself with more questions the deeper I probe, but what I find fascinating is that the questions are not only what our role is in it all, but what its role in us is.

Another thing I ponder is the role of ART amongst the science of space exploration. From Copernicus to Newton and from Einstein to Hawking, all at one time or another used artistic visual conceptions to come up with their mathematical, scientific theories,

For a while our education systems we were focusing on what is known as the STEM curriculum. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. But now educators are adding a big “A” into the mix, for the Arts. So, within just a couple of years it went from STEM to STEAM as the acronym guiding teachers and course selection.

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Plus, when you see some of the magnificent photos from the book, that also appear during our conversation, it often is the beauty of it all that drives humankind to exploration in the first place. Even actual funding for NASA often depends on the beautiful imagery captured during missions in space and in particular on Mars.

But will an astronaut soon take another “giant leap for mankind?” To paraphrase Rod, there is something poetic that mankind and only mankind can bring to the equation.

Enjoy the episode and Happy St. Patty’s Day,

Barry

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The Art and Philosophy of a Video Game Designer

Worldwide, video game sales are over 100 Billion dollars a year. It is time to give some serious thought to the art, philosophy, and business of this booming industry.

Having two sons who both love gaming, along with a host of friends and family members, I began to notice how the games not only stimulate the players, but had an effect on me as someone watching them play. What truly jumped out the most as a viewer was that the creators of these games must be some of the most talented and versatile artists of our time.

And I had the opportunity to have one of the great game designers on the upcoming episode. His name is Mackey McCandlish of Respawn Entertainment, a division of Electronic Arts, one of the largest gaming companies.

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Our conversation delves deep into all aspects from both the designer’s perspective as well as the players. The focus is on a recent game that Mackey played a major role in designing, Titanfall 2. His astute awareness of all areas that comprise making the game allowed us to explore the technology itself, along with the underpinning philosophies that go into creating this elaborate process. And, as Mackey would be the first to state, it takes a team of hundreds that include, artists, engineers, software designers, philosophers, historians and many others to make the experience engaging and enriching.

Enjoy the episode,

Barry

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The Power of Seduction

We all have the power of attraction—the ability to draw people in and hold them in our thrall. Few from all of us, though, are aware of this inner potential.

– Robert Greene – The Art of Seduction 

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Robert Greene is one of the great thinkers, philosophers, and writers of our time. His book, The 48 Laws of Power has sold millions of copies worldwide and is kept close at hand by political and business leaders. The influence its had on all, including myself, is revelatory.

However, Robert realized that in today’s times another form of power holds even more sway over individuals and societies. That power is SEDUCTION.

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I consider his book, The Art of Seduction, as a companion to The 48 Laws of Power and a must read for all. Whether you seek power or desire to seduce, having this knowledge is invaluable.

In fact, I feel it is so important to be aware of this “ART” that I am doing two episodes with Robert about it.

In our first conversation taking place this week on most of our PBS stations, (click here or on the tab above for times, dates, and stations) we examine the type of characters through history who mastered the art of seduction and the traits required to implement them.

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In part two of our conversation, which will air next week, we explore the traits you can develop to use the power of seduction and how it will benefit you in every endeavor and every walk of life.

The Art of Seduction is designed to arm you with weapons of persuasion and charm, so that those around you will slowly lose their ability to resist without knowing how or why it has happened. It is an art of war for delicate times.

Enjoy the episode and have a great week,

Barry

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Art for a New Consciousness and A New Season of Between the Lines

When you connect with your higher self, your divine self, that divinity is in the heart of all the viewers… The viewers of my paintings are connecting with the same feeling I have when I do the painting… We are connecting with our hearts.

– Kamran Khavarani – Khavarani.com 

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As we start the 21st season of Between the Lines we enter a new era for the series. Now in HD with a new set, a new look and the same turtleneck. The first few episodes may seem a bit rough around the edges but by episode four we worked out all the kinks that come with any facelift and look better than ever.

To help us kick off our first episode that doesn’t look like it was made in 1996 when we debuted, my first guest is one of the most celebrated artists of the 21st century whose artwork is seen throughout our set.

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He is Kamran Khavarani, the creator of the art form known as Abstract Romanticism. Kamran was a guest on our show years ago when we spoke about the beautiful book, written by acclaimed art historian Albert Boime, titled: The Birth of Abstract Romanticism. 

In this week’s episode we explore how Kamran creates his art, the healing effects of his work, and insight into a consciousness that can benefit all in any creative endeavor.

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A special thanks to LA 36, their General Manager Carla Carlini and her staff and crew who help produce this new version of Between the Lines.

Plus, a major thanks to our sponsor Sam Ash Music. If you’ve ever thought about learning an instrument there is no better place to start than a visit to Samash.com.

Hope you enjoy the new and improved (and polished by episode four) Between the Lines and the premier episode of season 21 with the lovely and insightful Kamran Khavarani.

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Have a great Super Bowl Sunday,

Barry

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A New Year – A New Between the Lines

Dear viewers and readers: Last week I told you there was a lot going on with Between the Lines and as we start the New Year I want to fill you in.

Between the Lines is now entering our 21st season on PBS. We started with just one station, WYCC in Chicago, and now the series is seen in over 95% of the country with viewers online as far away as China and Russia.

After 20 years, with such viewer support for what we do, we wanted to give our treasured viewers an even greater experience. The first move was to produce the show in Hi-Definition, creating a more dynamic and updated look.

In addition to being in Hi-Def, with the support of our new studio and its General Manager Carla Carlini and her fantastic team at LA 36, we created a more intimate feel. From a redesigned set, to new graphics, music, artwork, all aimed to thrust you deeper into each episode while producing a more stimulating overall experience.

Plus, besides the show itself, we are adding many dynamic online elements that create new opportunities for you to engage with myself, my guests and each other. These elements will run the gamut of interactive ways to enrich, enlighten and create a more vibrant, involved community. All designed to deliver an experience that provides a deeper understanding of our world and a greater appreciation for our role in it.

Our new season debuts the week of February 4th and I will keep you updated to all our new and improved developments.

May 2017 bless you and yours with good health, happiness and fulfilled desires,

Barry

 

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