MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County College English Professor and author Shirley Wachtel (East Brunswick) has launched a new podcast, “EXTRAordinary People” at her website, shirleywachtel.com.

Dr. Wachtel interviews inspirational people who have exhibited fortitude, creativity, or conquered obstacles. Her first interview was with MCC English Professor Santi Buscemi who discussed his ideas as an educator.

Future interviews include her son, Oscar-winner for Blackkklansman Charlie Wachtel, on June 15; Michelle Schwartz, a breast cancer survivor, on March 16; Juliette Tolode, an African immigrant living the American dream, on May 4; world-renowned orchestra conductor James Gaffigan on August 3; Amy Dagliano, co-founder of Rowan Tree Work Place, on September 14; Eva R. Wiener, Holocaust survivor, on November 2; and MCC English Professor and award-winning playwright Benjamin V. Marshall on December 14.