Humans

humans

I started Hey Human because I was worried about all the “other-ing” taking place among my fellow humans. My hope is that when people hear an episode, even if it’s with someone they don’t agree with or feel a sameness-kinship with, they may still hear some part of themselves in the voice and story of my guest. The moment that happens, growth happens. Understanding happens. Communion happens…

Guests

E1 – Tad Davis is an American born expat living in Thailand. He owns The Bad Penny bar on the island of Ko Lanta. (July. 1, 2016)

E2 – Brooks Ingle is an American firefighter. He is also a paramedic. He fought fires in Indiana and is about to begin his career as a Nashville (TN) firefighter. (July. 1, 2016)

E3 – Katie is an American transgender woman living in the Pacific Northwest. She began her transition from male to female in 2016. (July. 7, 2016)

E4 – Ruby Amanfu is a Ghanaian-born, professional performing songwriter/artist. She’s a sister, daughter, immigrant, African American, activist, model, traveler, writer and on and on. (July. 14, 2016)

E5 – Tanya Sue hails from Nashville by way of Michigan. She’s been battling depression since the 3rd grade, and after one attempt at taking her own life, she found the help she needed. Her foundation, Dark City Light, will launch later in 2016. (July. 21, 2016)

E6 – Zach Skow is the founder of Marley’s Mutts a dog rescue (and humanitarian) foundation. Zach’s programs, Pawsitive Change Prison Program, Miracle Mutts, Barks and Books and 22 in 22 (bringing awareness to veteran suicide) have changed the lives of human and dog alike. (July. 28, 2016)

E7 – Hal Humphreys is a private investigator, He is the lead investigator at his company FIND Investigations. He is also a published writer and all around interesting guy. His facial hair absolutely rivals Magnum P.I.’s. (Aug. 4, 2016)

E8 – Mark Carson is a history professor and songwriter from New Orleans. He teaches both disciplines, however, his true love is history and he specializes in the Vietnam war. (Aug. 11, 2016)

E9 – “Jill” is a twenty-something escort living and working in New York. She shares her story of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. It’s a great conversation and I asked a TON of questions. (Aug. 18, 2016)

E10 – Karen Lynch was one of the first generation of female police officers serving in San Francisco. Her memoir Good Cop, Bad Daughter  was a can’t-put-down for me. From her childhood dealing with her bi-polar mother and traveling around the globe to her experience at the police academy where women were not exactly welcome in the force, to facing some major turning points of life, it’s definite page turner. (Aug. 25, 2016)

E11 – Andrew Arehart is an instructional Designer. His focus is to help people, primarily refugees and immigrants, as they navigate their new life in the United States. He helps them with employment, settlement and adaption.  (Sept. 01, 2016)

E12 – Adam Shelby was incarcerated for eight years. While in prison he excelled in educational courses and tutored other inmates. He went on a “talking fast” for a month, spent a year in isolation and he read and he read. Now that Adam is out, he’s attending college and studying to be a designer. He also lectures about what life is like for him now and what it was like when he was inside prison walls.  (Sept. 08, 2016)

E13 – Paul Fallon is a writer, architect, cyclist and yoga teacher. He’s riding his bike to every state in the contiguous U.S. to ask people the question; “What will we do tomorrow?” He spent years traveling back and forth to Haiti, where he helped to rebuild after the devastating earthquake. In the years that followed, he fell in love with the place and the people, writing a book about his experience, Architecture by Moonlight.  (Sept. 15, 2016)

E14 – William Puckett is a retired meteorologist whose fascination with the possibility of extraterrestrial life has lead him down a path to be one of the leading UFO researchers in America.  (Sept. 22, 2016)

E15 – MadebyJimbob (Jimbob being his moniker) is one of my favorite cartoonist/satirists. His observational humor is biting, poignant, funny and thought provoking (sometimes even all at once!) and absolutely worth an Instagram follow. He’s working on a book of his cartoons and he’s also an extraordinary jeweler. (Sept. 29, 2016)

E16 – Mark Friedman is the president of Deluge Music. He has spent his life navigating the waters of the music industry. Beginning his career as an intern at Columbia Records, Mark has worked his way up through the ranks at MCA, Reata, Chrysalis, RSP, Bigger Picture, Verse and now Deluge. Whew! What an adventure! (Oct. 06, 2016)

E17 – Elana Mugdan is a screenwriter, editor, film producer and novelist. Her new book, Dragon Speaker,  is the first of five in The Shadow War Saga books. The book is a fantastic, fun read and it’s evident in Elana’s writing that she grew up on a wonderful diet of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her mini bio reads: “She is described by her friends and family as the ‘weirdest person I know,” and wears that weirdness proudly on her sleeve. She likes dragons, as is evidenced by [her] book, and hopes that the world of Allentria will bring as much joy to her readers as it does to her.” (Oct. 13, 2016)

E18 – Chris Gehringer is one of the best (multiple Grammy winning and multiple Grammy nominated) mastering engineers in the music business. For over thirty years he’s been mastering the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, 50 Cent, Little Big Town, Naughty by Nature, Madonna, Nick Jonas along with even more of the biggest names in the industry, running the gamut of genres from Jazz to Rock to Rap and Pop and all the good stuff in between. (Oct. 20, 2016)

E19 – A. Pilot has come a long way. She grew up in a very strict religious household and community and was the victim of abuse from a young age. She fled her upbringing and discovered the world outside the insular one she was used to, but with that discovery came the pain of remembering her childhood trauma. Now, all grown up and an inspiring (and aspiring) writer, she channels a life of growth, discovery, pain and hope. (Oct. 27, 2016)

E20 – Dean Miller grew up in the madcap world of music, the son of world famous performer/songwriter Roger Miller. He’s navigated his own music career and is a well-respected and well-sought after dog trainer. Dean is a producer, songwriter, book writer, dog whisperer, and all around interesting dude! (Nov. 3, 2016)

E21 – Justin Levenson was sitting at his desk one minute and waking up on the floor, surrounded by co-workers and paramedics, the next. At the hospital he received the news that no one is ready to hear: Brain tumor. Justin’s story is an incredible one of diagnosis, journey, healing, faith, bliss and truth. (Nov. 10, 2016)

E22 – Rachel Kice is a painter and performance artist, known for her wild and colorful pieces. Her work is collected all over the world and hangs in the Tennessee State Museum, Warner Brothers, The Country Music Hall of Fame (and my house). She has collaborated with brands and organizations including: Warner Brothers, Harley Davidson, Chevy, Tedx, Hard Rock Cafe, The Grammy Foundation and Prilosec. Her work has been featured by media outlets including: CNN, ABC, CMT, MTV, GQ, People and a dozen more. (Nov. 17, 2016)

E23 – Michael Mollura (PhD, MA, MFA) is a depth psychologist who implements the Jungian style. He’s also a composer whose music can be heard on several documentaries and movies (including Nebraska, The Highest Pass, Climate Refugees and Awake). His adventure through life (and his patient’s dreams) is fascinating! (Nov. 24, 2016)

E24 – Geof Kirby is a successful podcaster and video game reviewer (NRDLY podcast) and has spent his life geeking out on Sci-fi, video games and all the things you might find at Comic-Con. He also grew up with severe depression, various daily meds and demon possession (which led to an exorcism). Loved having this conversation about life, religion, hope, loss, Spock and Carl Sagan. (Dec. 01, 2016)

E25 – Brock Hayhoe discovered dance by accident as a teenager (that’s already old in the world of dance) and those in the know discovered he had a natural talent. That talent would eventually gain him scholarships at prestigious dance schools and send Brock around the world as a principal ballet dancer. Still, he was drawn to try his hand at something different, and Brooke Lynn Hytes was born. Now, Brock performs internationally as the celebrated Drag Queen Brooke Lynn Hytes and even won Miss Continental – 2014. Brock’s life has been charmed, for sure, but he’s also worked incredibly hard to master his craft. I’ve seen Brooke Lynn Hytes in action and she is someone to behold! Brock and I had a great conversation about his life and goals and we also discussed dating, politics, religion and saying yes to flying, leaping off the cliff and building your wings as you go. (Dec. 08, 2016)

E26 – Nick Pellegrino is one of Nashville’s most beloved chefs and owner of Mangia (a focaccia/Italian restaurant in Nashville, TN). He’s also an accomplished songwriter, a trained classical guitarist, producer, artist, voiceover actor and he’s hilarious. (Dec. 15, 2016)

E27 – Cpl. Tyler Southern smiles a lot. His outlook is so positive it’s contagious. Yet, many would look at him and wonder how he found such happiness considering in May of 2010, while on his second Marine deployment in Afghanistan (Iraq was his first deployment), he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). For the next thirteen days, Tyler fought for his life. And for two and half years he underwent 32 surgeries and rehabilitation. He lost both of his legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow, but he never lost his spirit. His determination for rehabilitation and his love of life and family is an inspiration. (Dec. 22, 2016)

E28 – Jameson Fink is a senior editor for the enormously popular magazine Wine Enthusiast. Jameson is a two-time SAVEUR Blog Award finalist. He’s been a wine editor at Foodista, Grape Collective and msn.com. He’s visited vineyards all over the world! He enjoys Champagne with popcorn and Skittles with Rosé! (Dec. 29, 2016)

E29 – Greg Vandy is a man of many talents. His new book, 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest (co-authored by Daniel Person) is on Seattle’s Easy Street Records’ list of the best music books of 2016 and he is the creator and curator of Seattle’s KEXP 90.3FM (arguably the nation’s best radio station) American music show,  The Roadhouse. His blog is called American Standard Time. He’s also a DJ, a dad and a heck of a great guy! (Jan. 5, 2017)

E30 – Richard Nichols’ people can be traced back to the early settlers of the United States. He grew up in the South, in Pulaski, Tennessee. Richard is a direct descendent of the original Klansmen, founders of the Ku Klux Klan, himself a Grand Dragon in their order. This episode is part one of a two part series on racism and white separateness in the US. Warning: This episode contains mature language and content. (Jan. 12, 2017)

E31 – Bryon Widner spent most of his rebellious teen years on the streets, an easy mark for his town’s Neo-Nazi Skinhead group. They took Bryon under their wing and over the next twenty years, his brothers-in-hate in various Skinhead groups became his family. He founded some of the most notorious hate groups in the United States.. Somewhere along the way he realized the hate he’d been directing outward was a salve for his own self-loathing. That’s when he began the process of leaving. Unfortunately, it’s hard to start a new life with a body covered in tattoos reflecting a landscape of hate. 2 1/2 years of laser treatments and a documentary later (Erasing Hate), Bryon is now on a mission to spread words of Love and Acceptance. (Jan. 19, 2017)

E32 – Brett Swayn was born in Perth, Australia. He dreamt of being a famous performing songwriter and ended up following that dream to California. Sometimes dreams take detours and Brett ended up homeless in Nashville, Tennessee. After months of being homeless, he was given a new chance at life when the restaurant Flemings hired him in their kitchen. From there he worked his way to becoming a chef and now is the chef and owner of The Cookery. It’s not just any restaurant. The Cookery provides training and employment to the homeless of Nashville. Brett has seen over thirty of his students (once homeless) graduate as chefs. (Jan. 26, 2017)

E33 – Alissa Moreno was born with an old soul and a gypsy heart. She began her journey on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and has spent the better part of her life touring the world, as a seeker of wisdom and philosophy, meditation and Ayurveda, music and performance. (Feb. 2, 2017)

E34 – Diane was on the phone with her husband, Jack, in March of 2015, when the the unthinkable happened. An intruder entered Jack’s work and took his life while Diane listened, helpless, on the other end of the line. What happened over the next two years took Diane on a journey through Hell and back and taught her some of life’s most intense lessons in patience, persistence, hope, grief and ultimately peace from a Love that never wavered. (Feb. 9, 2017)

E35 – Talha Haseen was born in Pakistan and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was nine years old. He is a Muslim and an active member of his Mosque. As a kid, he didn’t notice a difference in how anyone treated him, but a shift happened post 9-11. Now, as an adult, he’s had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the U.S. and happily reports that, in general, he’s been met with curiosity and a lovely openness. (Feb. 16, 2017)

E36 – John Jackson was nearly sixteen when a stolen look from his high school art teacher set off a series of events that would shape his romantic relationships forever. In a time when boundaries were not as defined and laws were not yet solidified, their liaisons became the touchstone for how he based every encounter and every girlfriend from then on. Now, four decades later, he’s come to understand the ramifications of it all, left with a longing for a childhood lost and a desire for justice, or at the very least, peace. (Feb. 23, 2017)

E37 – Sean was in a long-term marriage. It suffered from a lack of intimacy that eventually led to its demise. Post divorce, he decided to begin a quest to understand and master sex and intimacy. Twelve relationships led him through the steps to his discovery that a “woman’s most complicated sex organ is her mind” and her least complicated – her heart. He’s writing a book to help couples grow together to foster their best possible intimate relationships. (Mar. 2, 2017)

E38 – Annie Waugh specializes in NST, a technique that integrates both the neurological and structural re-balancing of the body. Her focal point is trauma recovery and helps her clients to resolve pain, tension and dysfunction with NST and other modalities. We talked about really fascinating mind body connections – check out the Hey Human podcast link page for some references! (Mar. 9, 2017)

E39 – Chris Norton & Emily Summers are remarkable humans in their own right. In 2010, Chris was left paralyzed after a college football came fractured his upper spine and tore at his spinal cord, leaving him unable to move below the neck. He was told he only had a 3% chance of ever being mobile again. Determined, Chris never gave up and what seemed an impossible goal, became a reality as he walked across the stage at his college graduation. He started a foundation to raise money for people who didn’t have access to equipment that could help them recover as well. His SCI CAN Foundation has since raised over $600,000! Chris met Emily while in rehabilitation, at a college party and the two began an extraordinary courtship leading to their engagement in 2015. Emily works with foster children and disadvantaged youth and spends her time making the world better by making the children of the world lives better. This is one dynamic duo! (Mar. 16, 2017)

E40 – John Angelos is the Executive VP of the Baltimore Orioles and the President of the Mid Atlantic Sports Network. In 2015, during the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, a series of tweets John wrote went viral with their central premise that “If the system fails some of us, it fails all of us.” (Mar. 23, 2017)

E41 – Evan Kidd is an award-winning filmmaker who recently wrote and directed Son of Clowns which garnered multiple awards on the film festival circuit in 2016. He’s also an accomplished documentarian and has directed multiple music videos. (Mar. 30, 2017)

E42 – Caleb Mundy. After receiving his Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music,  Caleb decided to attend Belmont University College of Law. He’s a student, a bass player, a dog lover and he has an extraordinary beard. He jokes that he went to law school “for a girl” but with the girl long gone, he’s about to graduate, take the Bar and take action helping some of humanity’s most vulnerable. (Ap. 6, 2017)

E43 – Chloë Stillwell is a Nashville born, New York trained writer and comedian and self described feminist. She writes and comments on pop culture, entertainment, feminist and social justice. She currently covers culture for Playboy and politics for Paste Magazine.  Her work has appeared in The Frisky, Death & Taxes, Guerrilla Feminism and Amy Poheler’s Smart Girls, among others. You can find her acerbic wit on the comedy stages of Nashville every month with the Broads and Brews comedy collective. (Ap. 13, 2017)

E44 – David Nunn was a child like many, reared up in Nashville, Tennessee. He loved his family and he loved being a kid playing ball on the end of his street with the other kids in the neighborhood. By his junior year, however, David was drawn into gang life where money, power and violence ruled those same streets. A former high ranking member of the Crips, David shares his history and how it shaped his present. (Ap. 20, 2017)

E45 – Michelle Chalfant is a therapist, holistic life coach, speaker and author dedicated to helping individuals and couples uncover their true and whole selves by stripping away limiting beliefs, false stories and emotional masks. Michelle has demonstrated that increasing self-awareness is the first step to self-love. Michelle’s Adult Chair model is used to help people understand their inner child, adolescent (ego) and healthy adult more intimately. In doing so, they become able to identify the source of their limiting emotional responses to the world around them. Michelle’s work provides a path toward healing, recovery from trauma and grief, and the promise of growth that comes with a life lived from our Adult Chair. Michelle is host of The Adult Chair podcast, and her writing and guided meditations support thousands of listeners, readers, and students around the world. (Ap. 27, 2017)

E46 – Luke Pell is a veteran, reality television star (The Bachelorette), artist-songwriter and all around interesting guy. Sociology, humanity, self-discovery and growth are at the forefront of his adventures in life. (May 4, 2017)

E47 – Barton Green‘s literary skill has been employed by such heavyweights as
five-time boxing champ Evander Holyfield, platinum recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, “Heartbreak Hotel” composer, Mae Boren Axton, Italian film star Isabelle Adriani, British diplomat Sir Lionel Luckhoo, and the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis I. He is currently penning the Frances Preston biography. Bart is also an actor and screenwriter. (May 11, 2017)

E48 – Ryan Rado is a phenomenal painter, writer and punk musician and he also has Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He’s been dealing with the tics and compulsions since he was a young child. Now, as an adult, he’s still learning how to navigate the world with acceptance and through perseverance. (May 18, 2017)

E49 – Sheri Kendrick shines light in dark places. She’s been taking photos professionally since 1999 but in 2006 a shift in focus came to her, thus beginning what would become her most important body of work. Sheri, with her non-profit Little Light of Mine, began taking photographs of terminally ill children for their families. Sometimes, happily, the children recover, but in most situations, Sheri’s images are the last (and lasting) poignant memories parents and siblings have to hold. (May 25, 2017)

E50 – Gabrielle & Tony Caldwell are the owners of the Osho Collective Spa and Wellness Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Tony is the Creative Director and head stylist and Gabrielle is the Wellness Director and ReUnion Process Facilitator. Their journey to find each other and then maneuver the ups and downs of Love and Business is as real as it gets. They’ve navigated Depression, Study, Meditation, Martial Arts, Growth, Setback, Communication, Humor, Teaching, Silence, Tears and Patience together. (June 1, 2017)

E51 – Katie Troyer was born into an Amish family in Ohio. She spent her entire life searching for something and, in her early forties, found it. She was born a little person and because of her small stature, she felt isolated from the other Amish children. After a huge epiphany, Katie left the Amish faith and followed her own path to God. Now, she spends her time taking incredible photographs of Amish and Mennonite communities and has amassed the largest collection of such works. She’s a force and a gentle spirit. (June 8, 2017)

E52 – Rozana McGrattan was born in Brazil into extreme poverty. Her memoir, Street Girl, follows her extraordinary life of homelessness, sickness, abuse, servitude, captivity and escape. Her sheer will to survive and to be something bigger than what was expected of her gave her Hope beyond the darkness of her experiences. Rozana is now a successful businesswoman in England and has proven one can succeed against insurmountable odds. For a transcript of this episode, please visit: the Transcript page. (June 15, 2017)

E53 – The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Their new eponymous album is out now and it showcases the ensemble evolving and refining its music. (June 22, 2017)

E54 – Jenni Schaefer graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in biochemistry and was headed to medical school when she decided instead to move to Nashville to pursue singing and songwriting. It was in Nashville that she began to deal with the devastating consequences of an eating disorder that nearly derailed everything. Fully recovered, Jenni is now an advocate, speaker, consultant and coach. Her first book, Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill) became a best-seller and she continues to help countless men and women in their journey to recovery from their Eating Disorders. Her next book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life (McGraw-Hill), widened her message to one of self-actualization and personal fulfillment. Her latest book,  Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? addresses the millions of people who struggle with disordered eating while not meeting the diagnostic criteria for a full-blown eating disorder. Jenni is an Eating Recovery Center National Advocate and Chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Advisor to NEDA’s Certified Speakers Program and recipient of their Westin Family Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Activism, as well as a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and of the Academy of Eating Disorders. (June 29, 2017)

E55 – Harlan Pease is an educator, a songwriter and a Musician on Call. He teaches literature and composition at Nashville State Community College and in the Tennessee State prison system – at the Turney Center Industrial Complex. He’s no nonsense and the bar he sets doesn’t change for his students “on the outside” vs. those within the prison walls. He expects his every student to rise to the occasion. (July 6, 2017)

E56 – Susan Ruth is the host of Hey Human podcast. She’s also a professional songwriter, a painter and collector of word piles. In celebration of the one year anniversary for Hey Human, Susan’s bestie, Ellen Sevier, turns the conversation to Susan. (July 13, 2017)

E57 – Lori Hudspeth is a fire walker, Shaman, hypnotherapist, intuitive life consultant and minister. Her little piggies have walked over 1400 degree coals and she teaches other humans how to do the same! In the immortal words of Paris Hilton: “That’s hot!” (July 20, 2017)

E58 – Dan Hodges is a retired FBI BAU profiler, hostage negotiator and counterintelligence officer. He currently is a private investigator. Dan shares stories from his files – discussing serial killers, spies and bank robbers. (July 27, 2017)

E59 – Kate O’Neill is a “tech humanist;” a consultant, author and speaker. She is founder and CEO of KO Insights and has been profiled and quoted in CNN Money, TIME, Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Journal, the BBC, etc. Her latest book, Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces launched in September 2016. (August 3, 2017)

E60 – His entire life, A.J. Croce has heard the comparisons to his famous father, whom he lost to a plane crash when A.J. was two. He found his own voice from the start of his career, however, and has since released nine albums and has charted 17 Top 20 singles in Top 40, Americana, Independent, Blues, and Jazz. According to Willie Nelson, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” A.J.’s new album, Just Like Medicine, produced by legendary soul singer-songwriter and producer Dan Penn, releases August 11, 2017, on Compass Records. (August 10, 2017)

E61 – Ahmed Evans is a deep sea commercial diver/salvager. He’s gone to great depths working on various machines and has recovered all-but-lost items from sunken military vessels, boats, planes and cruise ships. He’s encountered all sorts of fantastic sea life and had a scare or two! (August 17, 2017)

E62 – Cecelia Garmer is a former nun of the Dominican sisterhood. She shares the events from her childhood that shaped her destiny and her ultimate decision to leave the cloistered life for the “real” world. (August 24, 2017)

E63 – Marty Dodson is a hit songwriter, former youth pastor and founder of SongTown (along with Clay Mills). His father battled addictions and shaped how Marty would raise his own children. Marty has written six #1 songs and has had cuts on over 100 albums. (August 31, 2017)

E64 – Emily West is at once an ingenue, demur and stoic, and a comedic firestorm you could liken to Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett. A woman of many faces and an especially extraordinary talent for singing, West has more than earned her performance stripes; touring, releasing critically acclaimed albums, placing 2nd on America’s Got Talent and writing torch songs that’ll vibrate your every sinew. This is as IT-girl as an it-girl gets. All the talent and yet, still vulnerable to the very last note. (September 7, 2017)

E65 – Michael Wood, Jr. is a former Baltimore police officer and Marine veteran. He is a police scientist and national leader on activism for criminal justice reform. He is the CEO of Veterans Stand and on the board of Civilian Led Policing. Michael first garnered attention when, after learning of the Freddie Gray verdict finding for the police officers on trial, he posted a series of Tweets (beginning with “So here we go. I’m going to start Tweeting the things I’ve seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.”) about the corruption and brutality he saw firsthand during his policing career. (September 14, 2017)

E66 – Asia McClain Chapman (better known as Asia McClain) was the sole alibi for Adnan Syed’s defense in the murder trial of Hae Min Lee. Made famous by the Serial podcast, Asia was thrust into the middle of the world’s debate as to whether or not Adnan, convicted of the crime and serving a life sentence, was innocent or guilty. Syed’s attorney never took action when Asia claimed to have seen him in the library the day Hae disappeared and since then, there have been many accusations hurled Asia’s way. Why did she came forward? Was she even telling the truth? Fed up with the accusations, Asia wrote a book, Confessions of a Serial Alibi (Post Hill Press) and with it, is determined to set the record straight. (September 21, 2017)

E67 – Aaron Weaver began his stand-up career in Chicago where his dark and absurd comedy and quirky point-of-view quickly garnered him attention. Since moving to LA in 2013, he was named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” as well as being named one of Last Comic Standing’s “Top 100 Comedians,” and was recently named of of LA’s Rising Stars by The Culture Strip. He’s hilarious and smart and could have been a rap superstar.  (September 28, 2017)

E68 – Jill Rutter is the Director of Community Outreach for End Slavery Tennessee (EndSalveryTN.org) and an advocate for human rights. She’s on a mission to stop human trafficking and most especially to stop the sex trafficking trade. In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. (October 5, 2017)

E69 – Niurka D’Amour (Nikky) was born in 1969, in Havana, Cuba. Her family witnessed the revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, ousting Batista. Castro implemented the change from capitalism to socialism in the country but at a great cost to Cuba’s citizens. As a young woman, Niurka fled to the United States from her homeland and didn’t look back for nearly two decades. (October 12, 2017)

E70 – Anthony Diggs is a former marine and one of the founding members of Veterans Stand, first as communications director and then in a managerial role. Anthony was at the front line at Standing Rock, along with thousands of other veterans, protecting those who had gathered for peaceful protest against the Dakota Pipeline. He’s also an advocate for cannabis use for PTSD. (October 19, 2017)

E71 – The Lehrer Boys (Jeremy and Daniel) are cartoonists, writers and observers of human nature and the world at large. Their hilarious, thought-provoking, dark, bright and wildly popular cartoons (Instagram.com/lehrerboys) have garnered big attention and soon their animated special HIGHLY GIFTED (starring Kesha, Ron Funches and Drake Bell) will be seen on the visual airways. (October 26, 2017)

E72 – Ruth Waytz is a Magistra in the Church of Satan and has the honor of being named the 2017 Witch of the Year. She’s also an Emmy winner, an editor, a publisher and writer and has worked with Larry Flynt. She’s a firm believer in indulgence, free will and critical thinking. We chat about everything from Satan to free speech and free will. Warning: This episode contains mature language and content. (October 31, 2017)

E73Dr. Jeff Trembley is a dentist (Smile On – Nashville) and photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. He talks tooth truths and the stuff he thinks causes the most damage to our chompers. Some of his answers to my questions might surprise you — they definitely surprised me! (November 2, 2017)

E74 – Lauren Yoder‘s title is Park Ranger Protection. What does she do? She’s an EMS, a structure and wild fire fighter, a park ranger, a law enforcement officer AND she does search and rescue! It’s an exciting, sometimes isolated, often dangerous career. The bottom line is she’s there to protect the land and the people who spend time exploring and enjoying it. (November 9, 2017)

E75 – James Swanwick is an award-winning journalist, he’s been an ESPN sportscaster, he’s an entrepreneur, a podcaster (The James Swanwick Show), world traveler, an influencer and co-founder of the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge and the international agency, Crocmedia. (November 16, 2017)

E76Rebecca Aske has seen a lot in her short time on this planet. She was raised in a Christian home, shielded from the harsh outside world, yet it still managed to find her. Her story is one of strength, endurance and triumph. (November 23, 2017)

E77 – Brian Sweis is fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the brain. He is completing his dual PhD and MD program (University of Minnesota) where he is focused on how the brain makes decisions and how it’s susceptible to change during the time course of addiction. Also discussed – brain plasticity, learning, genetics, and more! (November 30, 2017)

E78 – Melissa Hogan is the founder and president of Project Alive, dedicated to finding a cure for Hunter Syndrome. It’s one of the rarest diseases/genetic disorders in the world and her son Case was born with it, prompting Melissa to leave her attorney life behind and devote all of her time, energy and resources to stopping Hunter Syndrome in its tracks. (December 7, 2017)

E79 – Challice Finch learned of LaVoy Finicum’s death – at the hands of the FBI and Oregon State police – on the day the sheriff of Grant County, Oregon, invited him to speak to local residents and law enforcement. Finicum never made it to the event. He has been called a martyr, a criminal, a hero and a defender of the underdog at the hands of tyranny. Challice has always called him, “Dad.” Now she works tirelessly to ensure her father is never forgotten and that what happened to him on January 26, 2016, never happens to anyone else ever again. (December 14, 2017)

E80 – Seko Uaina is a port truck driver at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who has, along with other drivers like him, been misclassified as an “independent contractor” by Chinese government owned Intermodal Bridge Transport.  In the U.S., the port trucking industry consists of more than 100,000 truckers, who haul containers filled with everything Americans need (that aren’t made in the US anymore – like clothes, electronics, furniture, textiles, etc.) to “box” stores like Walmart and Target. While the companies and their CEOs profit substantially from the sale of these goods, truckers like Seko and his fellow drivers are suffering in silence over labor abuses, lost wages, long (illegal) hours, indentured servitude and gross mistreatment. (December 21, 2017)

E81 – John McPherson is a sage in the coin of the (ether) realm and he unravels the seemingly mysterious world of cryptocurrency, one blockchain at a time.  He’s also a long-term citizen of the virtual world Second Life. p.s. He’s also a whitewater rafting guide! (December 28, 2017)

E82 – Janon was born with a unique gift of being able to see, feel and hear things others couldn’t. Her natural ability of intuition has helped thousands of people who have come to her for guidance. As a clairvoyant, she has learned to navigate the veils of perception and to quiet herself to hear the faint whispers from other realms. She sees life as a beautiful, mysterious, honored and timeless journey. In this episode, she also makes some 2018 predictions for the U.S. and for Susan. (January 4, 2018)

E83 – Dr. Dawnie Steadman is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She’s also the Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center and an author. Dr. Steadman studies bones, bodies and decomposition, and her work (all over the world) has helped uncover mass graves and recover victims back to their families. (January 11, 2018)

E84 – Alex Seier and Cora Jane are single in the modern world. They discuss the pitfalls and positives navigating dating with apps like Tinder and Bumble. It’s an interesting and often hilarious peek into the differences and similarities of viewpoints and techniques men and women employ when seeking a partner (for long-term or in the moment). NSFW episode – it gets saucy. (January 15, 2018)

E85 – Estella Nakahara-Hemp is fifteen years old and lives in San Francisco, California. She attends high school, has friends and a good head on her shoulders. In this episode she shares her views on education, critical thinking, consumerism, social media communication, bullying and navigating her the general day-to-day life. (January 18, 2018)

E86 – Zac Radford is a professional golfer with aspirations of winning the PGA. He’s also an incredibly talented photographer. On this episode, he shares his story of struggle and achievement toward his dreams. (January 22, 2018)

E87Josh Quigley had given up. Emotional and physically at his end, he decided to take his own life. Miraculously, he lived to see another day. Josh’s journey has been one of hope, triumph, sadness, frustration, achievement and throughout it all, wholly human. (January 25, 2018)

E88 – Will Enochs is a “white hat” hacker otherwise known as a security consultant. It seems like every day we hear of a new major security breach. Will discusses what this means to citizens, how we might better protect ourselves and a little perspective from the side of nefarious hackers. (January 28, 2018)

E89 – Barbara Carrellas is an author, sex educator, performance artist and sexologist. She teaches workshops in which participants explore sexuality through their breath and Tantra practices. She believes breathing and vocalization are keys to erotic encounters and enjoying sex and because of social norms, we aren’t encouraged to follow these practices as we’re learning about sex. The second edition of her book Urban Tantra – Sacred Sex for the Twenty First Century is available now! (February 1, 2018)

E90 – Elisa Iannacone is a filmmaker, journalist and photojournalist. She lives in London and has traversed the globe producing works for National Geographic, BBC World News, Vice, Think Africa Press and others. She is also a survivor of sexual assault, raped by a family member in Mexico. Her new book, The Spiral of Containment – Rape’s Aftermath (Pen Works Media) brings together 24 survivors who had also suffered from sexual violence. Their stories, combined with Elisa’s empowering conceptual photographs, share trauma’s darkest shadow and the truth of their experiences across the world. (February 5, 2018)

E91 – Alex Robkin is an addict. That’s how he describes himself. He’s been clean 240 days as of this posting – that’s almost 8 months. He’s kicking ass today, but he acknowledges it has been a struggle in the past. His third go around with rehab led him to today. To every day from now on. If you’ve ever wondered why someone does drugs or what it’s like when they decide to quit and what every day after that feels like, listen to this episode. Alex, and so many humans like him, one day at a time, know this; “As long as you’re alive, there’s still hope.” (February 8, 2018)

E92 – Yashi Brown is a poetess and philanthropist. Daughter of Rebbie Jackson (and a member of the famed musical Jackson family), Yashi began taking her poetry very seriously in her teens, then more significantly by her early twenties when she started experiencing the onset of emotional challenges. Soon after, she was diagnosed with severe Bipolar Disorder Type I, and began a personal journey for which she was ill prepared for – save for the beauty of the words in which she sought her solace. In 2011, Yashi became a national ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country and today consults and works closely on the Campaign to Change Direction. She has a new audio poetry and music project in the works and an upcoming re-release of her acclaimed poetry collection, Black Daisy in a White Limousine. (February 15, 2018)

E93 – Wade McCollum is a multi-faceted and multi-talented man. He’s a stage and screen actor, director, composer and a rising Broadway star. He’s award winning, deeply philosophical, gracious and funny. His works earns rave reviews and his charisma is mesmerizing. We chat about writing, directing, acting, muses and navigating childhood. Keep an eye on him – he’s the real deal! (February 22, 2018)