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Desideratum is Latin for things that are desired as essential. The Desideratum Podcast celebrates storytelling – the art of telling and the journey of listening. Join audiobook narrator Theresa Bakken and her wordsmith friends for new episodes every Friday featuring conversations with writers and excerpts from their audiobooks or recorded short stories. Tune in to hear an artist you love or to find your new favorite storyteller.

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The Second Mrs. Astor, A Novel of the Titanic, by Shana Abé Ep28 Desideratum

The real story of The Second Mrs. Astor is told with rich detail and a romantic's touch.  When Madeleine Force fell in love she was a teenager. Who she fell in love with fascinated the press and the public. How the love ended is revealed on the very first page. But, then there is so much more to her story.  New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Shana Abé shares how she envisioned this true story of opulence, scandal, a young woman's strength, and a love drenched in both devotion and loss.   We talk about the Titanic, the language of flowers, a beloved dog captured in historic photographs, the real Margaret Brown (yes the unsinkable one),  and the strength of kindness (as an essential thing).  Find out more about Shana and her novels on her website, and hear the rest of The Second Mrs. Astor's story in the audiobook narrated by the talented Lauren Ezzo.  Thanks for listening. #kensingtonpress, #tantoraudio, #titanicstory, #audiobook, #authorinterview, #historicalfiction, #narrator https://www.shanaabe.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Second-Mrs-Astor-Novel-Titanic/dp/1496732049 — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theresa-bakken/support
  1. The Second Mrs. Astor, A Novel of the Titanic, by Shana Abé Ep28
  2. Follow your heart Behind the Lens, Episode 27 with Jeannee Sacken
  3. A journey of darkness and light – Luz by Debra Thomas, Episode 26
  4. The best person for the job, in When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis, Episode 25
  5. Episode 24, author Claire Fullerton, Little Tea, and how the past is always with us

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Follow your heart- Behind the Lens, Ep27 Jeannee Sacken

Our featured story comes from freelance photographer and writer Jeannee Sacken.  In her debut novel, Behind the Lens, Sacken honors strong women. She champions their education and freedom to follow their hearts and passions.  Her characters are courageous and complicated.  She takes us to a war zone with a photographer who focuses on truth and…More

Meet our Host Theresa Bakken

When Theresa was five years old, her parents let her play with a reel to reel recorder and a budding journalist was born. She loved recording her version of the news, emulating Walter Cronkite’s “That’s the Way It Is”. Theresa’s family moved around a lot when she was young. They eventually settled in TX, where she earned a BA in Mass Communications.

Theresa landed a job as a reporter and weekend anchor at KMAC Channel 28 in Lubbock, TX. Then she moved up to WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, TN, where she earned an Emmy for her series reporting.

When Theresa and her husband started a family, she traded reporting the nightly news for reading bedtime stories.

As her children grew, she worked as the Executive Director of a non-profit gifting children in need free orthodontic care. And, she turned a beekeeping hobby into a commercial honey confection business. The Bee Ranch Honey Salted Caramels made from honey she and her sons harvested won The 2019 Good Food Award for confections.  

Through the years, Theresa never forgot the thrill of being in front of a microphone and connecting people through the spoken word. All grown up, her oldest son surprised her with a home recording studio, and encouraged her to host a podcast and narrate audiobooks.

Since early 2020, Theresa has been lending her voice to authors who entrusted her with their stories. She brings these stories to life with the same dedication she brings to all her endeavors, the same excellence that earned her an Emmy, and with the same enthusiasm as the five-year-old girl with her reel to reel recorder.

Visit Theresa’s Narrator website to schedule an audition and see her audiobook library.

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