Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Richard Lee Procter

Please join me in welcoming Richard Lee Procter, author, “SUGARBALL, A Novel of Negro Baseball League.” The book is based on a true story, and highlights the indignities many players endured in the Negro baseball league, and the history behind it.

This is fascinating account dating back to 1937, when the dictator of the Dominican Republic enlisted the greatest baseball players from the American Negro League, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell, to represent his country in a national baseball tournament. The players quickly found themselves celebrated in a country with no race prejudice. What they couldn’t know is that they were pawns in a deadly, winner-take-all political game. The tale is told by the 12 year old bat boy who watched it all, based on a true story.

Thanks for joining us for this conversation with Richard, who said he’s been fascinated with this story since he was a young boy, and wanted to make sure to tell the story of these men, and all of the players who had to endure prejudice and mistreatment, and how they overcame it. Full interview LIVE on #DeborahKobyltLIVE on all video and audio platforms. Thanks for tuning in, and please invite your friends, too.


Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Goli Ameri

We are honored to welcome Iranian businesswoman and former U.S. Diplomat, Goli Ameri, discussing the human rights violations of women in Iran, highlighted by the death of brutal murder of Iran has been rocked by the biggest protests in years following the death of Masha Amini, who was arrested by the country’s morality police for not wearing her hijab correctly and for sporting skinny jeans. She died in police custody, which then set off a storm of protests globally to put a spotlight on the the atrocities against women there and what can be done about it.

It’s a complicated situation there, buried beneath a thick layer of culture and politics, and Goli joins us to explain in detail what’s it’s like for women in Iran today, and how increased pressure from the international community could finally break decades of oppression, and murder, again women.

Please invite your friends to listen as well, and join our conversation. #DeborahKobyltLIVE on all video and audio podcast platforms, and streaming LIVE. #DeborahZaraKobylt

Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Bernard Beitman, M.D

Ever wonder why you’ll pick up the phone to call a friend and that same friend was literally about to call you? Or you’re on the subway, and you keep spotting the same person?

Please join us today in conversation with Dr. Bernard Beitman, who wrote the book, “Meaningful Coincidences, How and Why Synchronicity and Serendipity Happen.” The book is a fascinating read about coincidences, what they mean to us, and the bigger picture in life and the universe. Dr. Beitman has spent his career researching coincidences, and what he’s discovered will make you question if what happens in life is a coincidence or part of a bigger plan.

Tune in to our conversation with #Dr. Beitman, here on #DeborahKobyltLIVE on all video and audio platforms. And please invite your friends to join, too. #DeborahZaraKobylt

Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Author Vincent Paterson

Ever wonder how #Madonna, #MichaelJackson, and so many iconic performers got their moves? Remember the crotch-grab? You can thank famed choreographer and now author Vincent Paterson for that, and he joins us today to talk about his incredible book, “Icons & Instincts.”

This is one of those “I can’t put this down” kind of reads, believe me. Vincent and I will discuss so many of his brilliant moves, like the one by Robin Williams in “Birdcage,” but we will also talk about the performers and what they were like behind the scenes. Vincent gives us a complete inside look to their most private moments. Can’t wait to talk with him, and even hear about some of the performers that were a challenge for him, too, and they’re some HUGE names as well.

Join me on #DeborahKobyltLIVE on all audio and video platforms, and please invite your friends, too. We will also play this on our #LittleItalyPodcast as well (Vincent’s mom was Italian and we’ll be talking about that).

We look forward to sharing his story with you. #DeborahZaraKobylt

Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Author Joseph Orazi

Author Joseph Orazi has always been interested in stories about the struggles of Italian immigrants, and he joins our show to discuss his latest book, “L’AMERICA,” which chronicles three immigrants from different regions in Southern Italy, exploring their stories of hope and resilience.

Joseph has been a student of the Italian America journey for as far back as he can remember, and in 2005, he wrote the award-winning documentary, “Prisoners Among Us, describing the internment of Italians in WWII.

In addition to writing numerous TV and radio commercials, Joe was also a staff writer for the popular soap, Ryan’s Hope. His song, Rescue You, Rescue Me, received a 2016 nomination for the American Songwriting Award. Let’s just say there’s a lot to talk about, including his Italian upbringing.

Join us on all video and audio platforms of #DeborahKobyltLIVE and #LittleItalyPodcast, and please invite your friends, too.

We appreciate the support.


Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Erin Runnion

Please welcome to our show, Erin Runnion, founder of The Joyful Child Foundation, formed in memory of her beautiful daughter, Samantha, who was abducted and murdered when she was just five years old.

Joyful Child is dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that empower them, and adults, through training. Their aim is to protect young people from all forms of abuse, violence, and exploitation, including harassment, sexual abuse, trafficking, and abduction.

What Erin has done is remarkable, and she has become a friend to the show. Please hear her story, and all she’s done to help protect children for nearly two decades now.

Thank you for joining us, Erin, and for fighting to keep our children safe. Please find our full interview on all video and audio platforms of #DeborahKobyltLIVE. #DeborahZaraKobylt

Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Naveed Mardi

Author, host, and “manny” Naveed Mardi is being called “ the modern-day Mr. Rogers,” and we interview Naveed on our show today to find out why he’s so popular with kids and adults.

Naveed joins us to talk about his latest book, “Alien Pizza,” which takes us on a fun adventure with aliens, pets, and pizza, all with a subtle message for kids – when one door closes, another opens.

Naveed has worked in fitness, been a host, actor, athlete, and now works as an in-demand “manny” for some of Hollywood’s most discerning clients. All of these eclectic experiences have given Naveed lots to build on, and let’s just say “Alien Pizza” is the beginning of what could be a budding career working with kids and modern media.

Please join us for our interview today, where Naveed also has lots of tips for parents, too, in addition to sharing his personal story of triumph. You’ll find our show on all video and audio platforms of #DeborahKobyltLIVE, and please invite your friends, too. Thanks for tuning in⭐️


Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Lisa Stardust

Please welcome to our show Lisa Stardust, world-known astrologer who has worked with everyone from Oprah Daily, Vogue, the Today Show, and more, reading charts and trying to help navigate one’s life according to the stars. Literally. And she’s spot on.

Even if you’re not into astrology, tune in to hear what Lisa has discovered, because she’ll soon make a believer out of you. We’ll discuss everything from presidential elections to cycles in the financial markets, health, travel, relationships, and much more. I’ve got a few personal questions for her, too!

Please join us on all video and audio platforms of #DeborahKobyltLIVE, and invite your friends, too. This should be lots of fun, at least that’s what the stars have in store⭐️


Deborah Kobylt LIVE: Marianna Gatto

When celebrating #ItalianHeritageMonth, I enjoy highlighting the rich cultural heritage and history of the Italian and Italian American people, particularly art, music, literature, architecture, and of course the stories surrounding them.

Today we interview Mariana Gatto, creator of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, located near Olivera St. in DTLA, housed inside the oldest remaining structure in the area, built in 1908. It’s a treasure, complete with an original speak easy door from the prohibition days.

The #IAMLA is a gem, packed with stories of the Italian American journey to this country, complete with in depth stories and research into each exhibit. There are revolving exhibits, such as the one about women’s needlework from the Italian diaspora, called, Woven Lives. Next month, the Pinocchio exhibit, A Real Boy: The Story of Pinocchio, which is sure to be a hit, as this story has been told to generations and still enthralls young and old.

There’s a new interactive app, too, featuring some of your favorite Italians telling their stories. Mariana talks anout her vision, how she created this gem of a museum, we talk about her life growing up Italian in Los Angeles, and so much more.

Please join us on #DeborahKobyltLIVE and #LittleItalyPodcast on all video and audio platforms, and invite your friends, Italian or not. This story is for everyone. Thanks for tuning in🇮🇹 #DeborahZaraKobylt

Deborah Kobylt LIVE: James Pierre and Ken Atchity

Growing up in NJ, stories about the mob often led the news. It was terrifying, but peaked one’s curiosity at the same time. And being of Italian decent, it was the topic of many conversations.

Today on my #LittleItalyPodcast and #DeborahKobyltLIVE, I speak with James Pierre, author, “GAMBINO: The Rise,” and also Ken Atchity, film producer and literary manager who’s turned many best sellers into successful films.

Pierre got the idea for the book when he witnessed something as a child – a mob hit – and told no one until he decided to write about it as an adult. He talks about growing up in NY, and calls himself “a student of all things mafia,” and his knowledge past and present is astounding, as is his story.

Ken has been behind some of the Hollywood’s most successful films, and says this story has “Godfather” potential with its rich history and cultural perspective.

James and Ken both join us for our interview. I hope you’ll tune in, and invite your friends, too, available on all video and audio podcast platforms. #DeborahZaraKobylt