Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti and writers for the website talk with the women and men making news in New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities around the world. Thanks to Ian Herman for his wonderful piano introduction.


Episode 47: Jaime Black Talks About the REDress Project


Jaime Black’s The REDress Project, now on display at D.C.’s National Museum of the Amercian Indian, aims to raise awareness of missing indigenous women, not only in her native Canada, but in the U.S. The exhibition consists of numerous red dresses, a fraction of the more than 400 that Jaime has collected, that symbolize the plight of these women whose voices have been silenced through violence, discrimination, and indifference.

Jaime is an emerging, metis multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Canada. She studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba and has an Education degree from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. She has long been involved in the Aboriginal writers and artists communities in Winnipeg.  She is particularly interested in feminism and Aboriginal social justice, and the possibilities for articulating linkages between and around these movements. Jaime talks about The REDress Project with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti.

Episode 46: Lisa Lawler Talks About White-Collar Wives


In 2007, Lisa Lawler was struck with a thunderbolt when her husband confessed that he had embezzled money, a total of $2.5 million, from the company he once worked for. He had previously told her that he had been having an affair with one of her best friends. Lisa divorced her husband, but because she had signed their joint tax return, the IRS sent her a $384,000 bill for taxes, penalties, and interest. On top of all that came the social stigma. How could she not have know what her husband was doing? But Lisa is strong and a survivor. She set out, not only to help herself, but to help others with first a blog, then an online support group, and now a book, The White-Collar Wives Survival Guide. Lisa talks with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti about her journey and what led her to try to help other wives suffering her fate. 

The website: The White-Collar Wives Project
The book: The White-Collar Wives Survival Guide

Episode 45: Laurie King Talks About Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most popular fictional detective. In addition to the many novels and short stories penned by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes is the most portrayed literary character in stage, film, and TV history, having appeared on stage and screen more than 250 times, according to Wikipedia. Actors who have played Holmes include Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Charlton Heston, Christopher Plummer, Roger Moore, Peter O’Toole, and more recently Benedict Cumberbatch in the British TV series Sherlock, and Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary on CBS. All these productions are made possible because there continues to be an audience for stories featuring Holmes. Laurie King and Leslie Klinger, best selling authors, have brought together a group of talented mystery writers in a new anthology: For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. The instructions given to the authors was straightforward: be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and go where your imagination takes you. This is the fourth anthology Laurie and Leslie have produced and we are excited to talk with Laurie about this new collection of stories featuring Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other Baker Street characters in original and exciting stories.

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon
Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Episode 44: Todd Grossman Talks About Influencer Marketing


Companies – large and small – are now shifting some of their promotion dollars to influencer campaigns, using social media to sell their goods. Often these campaigns rely on an individual to raise the profile of a product on Instagram, Facebook, or another online forum. Some of the most popular and effective influencers are celebrities like Kylie Jenner. But many non-celebrities with social media followings are becoming influencers, too. Todd Grossman is CEO of the Americas for international social listening and analytics company Talkwalker. Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti talks with Todd to get the inside scoop on influencer marketing. If you’ve ever thought about becoming an influencer, or using one for one of your company’s campaigns, you won’t want to miss this podcast.

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Episode 43: Maryn Shaw Talks About Indecent at Arena Stage


Paula Vogel’s Indecent uses Klezmer, a form of Jewish folk music, and Yiddish song to enhance the story, transition scenes, and underscore dialogue. But more than that, the musicality provided throughout the story brings a more personal look at Jewish culture and the lives of each character. Indecent’s actors perform Vogel’s words while also playing popular Klezmer instruments like the violin, the clarinet, and the accordion. In the new production at DC’s Arena Stage, Maryn Shaw is one of the actors who performs as both an actor and a musician. She portrays the character of Friedman (among other roles) and has fifteen years of violin training. Maryn talks with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti about her career and Arena Stage’s Indecent.

Episode 42: Jennifer Knowles Talks About Wine and Mirabelle


Jennifer Knowles from a very young age developed a passion for fine dining and wine. After majoring in chemistry at Syracuse University, she moved to San Francisco so she could take a course in oenology at UC Davis. Her career has been on an upward trajectory ever since. She’s worked with a who’s who of people in the wine and restaurant industry, and has passed, well not only passed, but in one case, crushed, some of the most difficult exams for a sommelier. After helping to open Requin at The Wharf on the waterfront in D.C., she was eventually named general manager and beverage director of Mirabelle, an elegant restaurant that is winning rave reviews. We’re excited to talk with Jennifer about her own career and what advice she would give other women who aspire to careers in the restaurant business.

For more information, go to the website for Mirabelle.

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Episode 41: Christianne Kernes Talks About Seasonal Depression


The holiday season is upon us and while those celebrations bring joy to many, for others it’s a difficult time. An estimated three million adults experience seasonal depression every year in the U.S. due to circumstances such as the loss of loved ones, a lack of family connections, financial hardships, and many other factors. 

Christianne Kernes is a marriage and family therapist and director of clinical services at HealthRIGHT 360, a non-profit for those seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. She is also the co-founder of LARKR, a mobile platform that lets users have video therapy sessions in real time with licensed and highly vetted therapists. She talks with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti about seasonal depression, who’s at risk, and what can be done to help.

For more information, go to the website for LARKR.

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Episode 40: AJ Schaller Talks About Sous-Vide Cooking


Sous-vide cooking is fast becoming a food revolution. Recently, Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti visited Cuisine Solutions, the force behind this movement. (See the story.) In this WAT-CAST, she talks with AJ Schaller, who is on the forefront of training chefs in this slow-cooking technique.

AJ Schaller is a 2005 graduate and former teaching assistant at the Culinary Institute of America. She worked at Restaurant Daniel and Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group for ten years. After a series of promotions, she finished with the title Culinary Manager. The position included work on restaurant openings, testing recipes, cooking for events, producing cookbooks, food styling, and overseeing health department matters.

In 2015, after a stint at Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar, she took the opportunity to work under Bruno Goussault for Culinary Research and Education Academy. At CREA, AJ assists Dr. Goussault in training chefs in sous-vide and extraction, as well as managing consulting projects for a variety of food service establishments. 

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