In 1942, as World War II was raging, the Gestapo sent out an urgent message: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” That spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman who—rejected from the Foreign Service because of her gender and prosthetic leg—talked her way behind enemy lines in occupied France and went on to become one of the greatest (and most unlikely) spies in U.S. history. Her little know story is now being told in A Woman of No Importance – The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. Author Sonia Purnell discusses the research into Virginia Hill, a woman with dozens of aliases, her missions and legacy.
The history of the classic movie Creature from the Black Lagoon is probably not something you’ve spent much time thinking about, unless you’re a film-buff or diehard horror fan. But a new book might just convince you to give the Creature — and the woman who created it — a second thought. My guest today is Mallory O’Meara, author of “The Lady from the Black Lagoon, Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick”. In 1954 Millicent was working at Universal Studios in the special effects shop when she created the Creature, she was making history as the first woman to design a monster for a feature film and then, poof, she was gone. Mallory, a filmmaker, had to find out what happened! malloryomeara.com
Architectural critic and historian Larry Millett recreates the impressive rise, and eventual fall, of the massive Metropolitan Building against the thrumming backdrop of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis. “Metropolitan Dreams” is a tale of urban growing pains and architectural ghosts and of colorful, sometimes criminal characters amid the grandeur and squalor of building and rebuilding a city’s skyline. Larry is a great interview with a vast knowledge of the Twin Cities, he talks about the “urban renewal” in the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s that tore down 50 historic buildings.
On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Helen Wilkes, author of “The Aging of Aquarius – igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder”. Wilkes, now in her 80’s, offers inspiration, practical steps and extra resources to reignite your passion as you move into retirement. She talks about how the teens and young adults that started the youth movements and hippie culture of the 60’s are retiring and wondering what to do with the next 30 years! Helen shares how to make this next stage of your life the most powerful yet.
From talkative little boys to sometimes reclusive tweens and teens. How do you get boys to look up from their devices and talk? Drawing on decades of experience garnered through thousands of hours of therapy with boys, Teri Knight’s guest today, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Adam J. Cox explains the key to communication in his new book “Cracking the Boy Code – How to Understand and Talk with Boys”. He talks about how the movie, Gladiator, helped him connect with boys and empower them to be all they can be. Fox talks about why it’s important to take them seriously and discusses some of their psychological needs that we don’t necessarily assign to boys. A great conversation on today’s 15 with the Author. dradamcox