Mysterious Goings On

We take on the mysteries of creativity, writing, and more every week. Listen in and find out why Mysterious Goings On with J. Alexander Greenwood is a favorite show for top-selling authors, leading creative thinkers, and people making a difference in our society. Named a 2022 Top 5 Literature Podcast by CrowdUltra and an Apple Podcasts "New & Noteworthy" show in 2016, MGO is also a 2019 People's Choice Podcast Awards nominee. Host J. Alexander Greenwood is an award-winning writer, public relations consultant, speaker, and former radio host and journalist.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 205 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 21 hours 35 minutes


episode 2: The Greatest Thing with Kristy Nerstheimer

Celebrate Black History Month with author Kristy Nerstheimer, author of The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O'Neil. In this award-winning book, illustrated by Christian Paniagua, we join Buck O’Neil, Baseball Hall of Famer, through this first-person narrative from his childhood dreams, to playing baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs, to becoming the first Black coach in the major leagues. He is a baseball legend who showed the world how to live, love and play ball...



episode 1: Season Premiere: Bo Bancroft on Books, Billboards, Extremism, and Jimmy Carter

Season 11 kicks off with Bo Bancroft, author of the debut novel,Make America Beautiful Again. Bancroft joins Alex for a fun, spirited, and frank conversation about the elements that went into his book, including his intense dislike of billboards, fighting extremism, and not letting the bad guys win.

He was with Turner Broadcasting during the heady days of cable TV as a team member that launched the now-familiar networks Headline News, TNT, and TCM...



episode 12: End of the Year Megasode with Lucas Hardwick

Film critic and screenwriter Lucas Hardwick returns to the show for an extended MEGASODE with Alex chatting about film criticism, horror, Joe Bob Briggs, collectibles, comics, ANDOR and STAR WARS fan exhaustion, the obsession with backstory in the sci-fi genre these days, STAR TREK PICARD, the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, and so much more...


 2022-12-29  1h28m

episode 11: Pietro La Greca Jr. on Living with Mexico’s Real-Life Godfather

Don’t miss this gripping conversation where we learn about life with the man the Mexican Narcos called "the most honorable criminal we ever worked with” as well as run-ins with a future king, tales of paternal cruelty, and even a bit of “Better Call Saul.”

Dubbed “Mexico’s real-life Don Corleone,” Pietro La Greca Sr. ran the biggest money laundering scheme in Mexican history. But his crimes soon caught up with him—and made an enemy of his son, Pietro La Greca Jr...


 2022-12-22  37m

episode 10: Jeff Berney's Journey from Ad Agency Pro to Novelist

Alex is joined by novelist Jeff Berney, who released his second novel in October 2022, The Fall of Faith. It’s a gritty domestic thriller about love, faith, and the consequences of doing whatever it takes to survive in the small forgotten town of Eden, Missouri, somewhere between Bentonville and Kansas City.

“Faith comes in many forms. It can take years to find and seconds to lose...


 2022-12-15  48m

episode 9: Intelligent Escapism and Cold War Fiction with Ellen Butler

Ellen Butler is the internationally bestselling author of the Karina Cardinal mystery series. Her experiences working on Capitol Hill and at a medical association in Washington, D.C., inspired the mystery-action series. Book critics call the Karina Cardinal mysteries“intelligent escapism.” Butler also writes historical fiction. Her WWII spy novel, The Brass Compass, recently won a 2022 Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Book Award for historical fiction...


 2022-12-08  39m

episode 8: Fall Wrap-Up and December News

Alex wraps up Fall and shares news about the podcast and items from the December newsletter. You'll also find out why you, as a Mysterious Goings On listener, are an ADVENTURER. There may even be a John Pilate Mysteries short story for you to check out...

Listen in!

Read the NEW John Pilate story on Kindle Vella HERE...


 2022-12-01  33m

MGO Recognized as a Top 5 Podcast!

Happy Black Friday! Just a quick announcement about an honor the show received...and some words from our sponsor.


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Visit Alex's new author website: Alex Greenwood's books on Amazon...


 2022-11-25  4m

episode 7: Burt Weissbourd's ROUGH JUSTICE and More

Returning guest Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer of feature films. Today he talks about ROUGH JUSTICE, the latest book in his "Callie & Cash" thriller series, his thoughts on streaming TV as the place for writers to direct their efforts, the role of food in his writing, and much more.

He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Yale University with honors in psychology...


 2022-11-24  48m

episode 6: A Book for Short Attention Spans with Gary Lippman

Gary Lippman’s WE LOVED THE WORLD BUT COULD NOT STAY (Rare Bird Books) contains a myriad of one-sentence stories that, while self-contained, are woven together by the human experience. Jump out of one life and into another, a world frozen in time but vividly alive within. This vast web of stories, each with its own language, is all connected by the threads of love, imperfection, and humanity...


 2022-11-17  33m