The premise for “CONVERSATIONS” is to share some extraordinary conversations that I’ve had with very unique and talented people. As an artist, I’ve always respected and admired people who have passion for what they do.

The lineup for this show includes:

Robert Planshorn, a man who spent 29 years in prison for smuggling over 500,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.  Robert Platshorn

A continuation of a conversation I had with performer Wyclef Jean who spoke about his early beginnings as an immigrant and entertainer.  In this episode (Part 2), Wyclef talks about why he ran for president of Haiti, and more. (Wyclef w-DestinyWyclef Jean with Destiny’s Child – Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Wyclef, Michelle Williams)

Edna Buchanan, a former Pulitzer prize-winning crime reporter who described her beat like being in a Shakespearean play in real time. edna buchcanon

Debi Mazar, an Actress known for her voice, eyes and EXTRA VIRGIN cooking skills. Debi Mazur

Terry Johnson, a legendary doo-wop singer (The Flamingos) recognized for his rendition of the famous doo wop song, “I Only Have Eyes For You”. tERRY JOHNSON AND fLAMINGOS

Have you ever given somebody your business card and said when you’re in my neighborhood please give me a call so we can continue our very interesting conversation? Recently, I got a call from Wyclef Jean who was coming to South Beach to perform at the Centennial celebration for the city of Miami Beach.

There was so much to talk about that I decided to use half of what we discussed in “Conversation 4” and the other half will be in “Conversation 5”.

In addition to Wyclef, my friend Barney Rosenzweig came by for a cup of coffee and he talked about his adventure in New York City during the freezing cold.  We also discusPhoto by Joseph Marzullo/WENNsed whether political correctness should trump creativity.

John Sayles, author, script writer, movie producer, director, actor and editor talked about his amazing Saylesexperiences with such films as “The Brother From Another Planet”, the Return of the Secaucus 7 and many more films he was involved with.

Then Stephan Mikes, one of America’s foremost Sitar players, took us on a tour of his instrument and talked about Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Donovan, Cheap Trick and Stephan’s quest to bring his sitar music into mainstream. Mikes





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Conversations with Stewart Stewart, Episode 3

CONVERSATIONS with Stewart Stewart is just that; a series of conversations with people who are passionate about what they do and want to share it with our audience. This is episode 3 and these are a few conversations I recently had.

 Barney with Cagney and LacyWhen I heard that Cuba and the United States were going to reinstate diplomatic relations I thought it would be a perfect time to talk to Hollywood television producer Barney Rosenzweig who, along with his wife (actress Sharon Gless), just returned from a “cultural junket” to Cuba. Of course, most of what he saw was choreographed by the bus tour company which works within the Cuban government guidelines. Barney’s first impressions were insightful and interesting so I divided this particular conversation into two parts. Part one will be in this episode, part two will be continued in episode 4.


story lady AUNTKXDD The story lady has her own unique way of telling a story. They rhyme, with a “Dr. Seuss-like” delivery, but with complex characters and situations, along with a quality that touches our spiritual links.





Tom Hayden-People Mag In the 1960s there was a very strong anti-Vietnam War movement in this country that reached its highest crescendo at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. There was rioting in the streets and finger-pointing (especially the middle finger of the mayor of Chicago) when complaints were lodged against the police brutality on the streets of the city. When it was over, there was a great political show trial dubbed “The Trial of The Chicago 7”.  On trial for conspiracy and inciting a riot were Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner and, my guest Tom Hayden. Tom Hayden explained to me why leaderless movements sometimes can be more effective than one led by a charismatic speaker.


J. Morales city magrI’ve often said that living and working on Miami Beach feels like being an extra in a Fellini movie. In my conversation with Miami Beach city manager Jimmy Morales, my feelings were validated when he explained why being city manager of Miami Beach is so different from being a city manager anywhere else.




I want to thank all my listeners for tuning in and giving me this opportunity to ask questions I always wanted to ask of people who have the answers. I look forward to your comments.

Are you ready for a flash quiz? Who’s that on this cover picture on top of this page? It’s none other than Stewart Stewart taken by Stewart himself over 35 years ago using antiquated technology. This photograph is a triple exposure … Stewart first marked the floor, set the camera timer, ran to the spot and click! He then rolled back the film, changed his appearance, set the camera timer, ran to the middle spot and click! And again, for the third shot.  You could say that Stewart was among the innovators of the very, very early manipulative Photoshop concept along with the Selfie!

The 2nd Episode of Conversations with Stewart Stewart includes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Leonard Pitts Jr., Cagney & Lacy Creator and Producer, Barney Rosenzweig, an exclusive interview with an Israeli security person who was at the Gaza Strip border during this recent war, and a conversation about business and bullying with Dave Keefe, General Manager of Atlantic Broadband, a cable provider for South Beach.


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Barney Rosenzweig is an American television producer. He produced the 1980s television series Cagney & Lacey and was married to one of the show’s creators and writers, Barbara Corday, from 1979 until 1990. He also produced the 1960s series Daniel Boone, as well as a dozen episodes of Charlie’s Angels. In 1991, he married the Cagney & Lacey star Sharon Gless; he subsequently created and produced The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, which starred Gless and ran for two seasons in the early 1990s.  Sharon Gless now films in Miami Beach as one of the stars of Burn Notice we welcome Barney to SyndicatedNews.NET’s Alive on South Beach program.