This episode is part of a special series: And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s) When a friend invited Anan Bouapha to attend a HIV prevention volunteer workshop, he went because he thought it would be a social event. But the moment the training started, he was suddenly motivated to help his community. Through a series of opportunities, in 2012 he organized the first Pride festival in Laos. Now the Founder of Proud to Be Us Laos, we talk about his leadership journey […]
Molika Gupta was preparing a presentation when her immigration attorney emailed to say her sponsored work visa application was not selected in the random lottery process. A career professional who came to the US on a spousal visa, suddenly not being able to work was a jarring reality. We talk about the challenges of moving to another country and her new mission to empower other immigrant spouses to redefine their lives. Additional Resources Facebook Group: Immigrant Spouses ReWrite Your Story […]
Winston Shaw was a freelance sound recordist filming on location in the Catskills. Spending days without reception, when he finally got service his cell exploded with texts about a job offer from HBO but because he had been unreachable, the position was already filled. Missing a rare creative opportunity, he decided to leave his artistic career in NYC for law school. Now a public defender in Sante Fe, we talk about his passion for criminal law and the realities of […]
The morning after the 2016 election, Amanda Frankel was in her bathroom when she learned that Hillary Clinton lost. Feeling paralyzed, she decided to fight. For the first time, she felt her day-to-day life had to be part of a growing movement. We talk about her decision to run for Congress against the long-time Democratic incumbent of NY-10, how she’s creating policy with people in her community, and the challenges facing progressive candidates. Additional Resources Amanda Frankel for Congress Website Instagram Twitter […]
During a fashion show that included her space inspired designs, Shoshana Swell realized she could create things that could bring people to alternative universes. When the Cornell University senior heard that NASA cancelled the first all-women spacewalk due to a lack of appropriately sized spacesuits, she jumped into action and created her company THIS IS MY SPACESUIT. We talk about inspiring the impossible through design, science, and her surprise trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Additional Resources THIS IS MY […]
When he was a student at West Point, Brian Baker had a mystical experience. During a sermon on Maundy Thursday, he found God. Experiencing an intense feeling of love, the moment began his journey into the priesthood. Now ordained as an Episcopal priest for almost 30 years, we talk about how Christianity led him to become an LGBTQIA rights activist, the state of love in the country, and his time at Burning Man. Additional Resources Brian’s sermons: Religious AF, Sermon […]
Calvin Gimpelevich (Invasions, Instar Books) was in 4th grade when he realized how much time and effort the writer must have spent creating the book he was reading. That realization turned the avid reader into a writer and that identity continues to guide his life. We talk about his experience as a transgender writer, the role of literature in society, and what it means to be a storyteller. Additional Resources calvingimpelevich.com Calvin on Instagram: @calvin.calvin.g
Harry Zikos was a young professional working in the family real estate business when one day, he decided he had to leave. Taking a huge risk, the chain of events that followed changed his mindset and the way he does business. We talk about what it takes to venture out on your own, what it means to be the son of Greek immigrants, and the realities of being a New York real estate broker. Additional Resources Harry Zikos: Instagram @harryzikosny
On her 30th birthday, Susan Fritz said something to her husband that changed everything. A week later, Dan passed away from cancer and her life as a nomad began to take shape. Ten years has passed and she has been all over the world. We talk about the useless cliches around illness, how time offers new perspective, and why she is so excited to turn 40. Additional Resources The Telegraph: “Happy Birthday song and its strange past”
Tyron Cutner (Well Dress Academy) was about to turn 30 when the relationship with his girlfriend unexpectedly ended. He decided he wanted to change and began dressing sharp on a regular basis. Noticing a big shift in himself and how people treated him, the former bus driver soon became a CEO. We talk about why clothes matter, how they can improve men’s lives, and what happens when style is shared between fathers and sons. Additional Resources Well Dressed Academy Success […]
During her sophomore of college, Angela “Merk” Nguyen (Adult ISH podcast) was sitting around a fire pit when her brother gave her some advice. That advice began to sink in as she realized that because of her family’s sacrifices and experiences, she was poised to take advantage of all the opportunities that were coming her way. Now a college graduate beginning her career in NYC, we talk about the journey of her immigrant parents from Vietnam, how she found her […]
In September 2016, Chris Tatem (Cross Examined Life podcast) was in a hospital waiting room when the sound of the television became incredibly loud and all he could focus on was the two political pundits on the screen. As he watched them personally attack each other, he wondered if there is a better way we can disagree. We talk the current political divide, how the language we use gives us permission to do extreme things, and what it takes to […]
Elizabeth Nelson was living in New York City and pursuing a career in the performing arts when one night on her couch she had an epiphany. Now the Marketing and Communications Manager for Berkshire Humane Society, we talk about how she changed careers, the world of animal welfare, and her future full of chickens. Additional Resources Elizabeth Nelson: Little E Design Berkshire Humane Society ASPCA Kitten Nursery in NYC
At 107 years old, Anthony Mancinelli holds the Guinness World record for being the oldest working barber in the world. We talk about his wife Carmella, the 69 years they were together, and how he got into the barber business. The new year is almost here! Share one unexpected moment that happened to you in 2018. Fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/elxAg8NSEf4KWj7I3 Additional Resources New York Times: “The World’s Oldest Barber Is 107 and Still Cutting Hair Full Time” Guinness […]
Bill Monroe (Strokecast podcast) is a Generation X stroke survivor. He talks about what on June 4, 2017, his ongoing recovery, and how he has become a marketing guy who knows way too much about neurology and neuroplasticity. Part One of my special Brain Double Header. Listen to Part Two: Stephan Wolfert on rewiring the brain with Shakespeare and science Additional Resources Bill Monroe: Strokecast Strokecast Episode 28: The Slow Road to Better Ted Talk: Jill Bolte Taylor, My stroke of insight World Stroke […]
Thirteen years ago, former teacher and lawyer Duncan Payne had a heart attack. We talk about strange responses to emergencies, how things forever change, and the fears that emerge and vanish after being in the belly of the whale. Additional Resources The Poetry Society: Jonah’s prayer by Aviva Dautch Smithsonian Magazine: “Could a Whale Accidentally Swallow You? It Is Possible” Joseph Campbell: A Hero with a Thousand Faces
Megan Bryan was loving the firefighter life when she decided to be a single mother by choice. She found a sperm donor and after numerous rounds of fertility treatments, her daughter was born and she suddenly had to confront the worst biases about herself and our society. We talk about parenthood, racism, sexism, and her partner and their growing family. Additional Resources San Francisco Chronicle: “Black firefighter on inspection duty in Oakland hills gets videotaped, reported to police”
During President Obama’s second term, the military was scaled back. Brian talks about being impacted by the drawdown and what life is like after serving twelve and a half years in the Marines. Additional resources Center for Strategic & International Studies, “What Has the Budget Control Act of 2011 Meant for Defense?” The Washington Post, “Obama announces new, leaner military approach” The New York Times, “Is It Wise to Cut Military Spending?” PBS News Hour, “Fact-checking GOP candidate claims on […]
Entrepreneur Piri Miller (Come Play) wants to revolutionize sex. She talks about the sextech industry, the orgasm gap, and how pitching a hands free vibrator has changed everything. After our conversation, we head to the You Porn x Future of Sex Sextech Hackathon. Additional Resources YouPorn x Future of Sex Sextech Hackathon Bryony Cole, Future of Sex Journal of Sexual Medicine: “What We Don’t Talk about When We Don’t Talk about Sex: Results of a National Survey of U.S. Obstetrician/Gynecologists” Peggy […]
What if something big happens and you don’t realize it but your unconscious mind does? Dr. Justyna Zapolska talks about the lecture that unexpectedly changed her career, psychoanalysis, and what happens when we tell untrue stories about ourselves. Additional Resources Dr. Zapolska’s Psychology Today profile American Psychoanalytic Associate: What is psychoanalysis?
When Sarah Bracey White (author of Primary Lessons) was seventeen her mother died. She talks about growing up in the Jim Crow South, the impact segregation had on her family in South Carolina, and the independence she gained from unexpected loss.
Meet your host as she introduces the show’s content and format. A writer and produced playwright, she talks about the moment a serious medical emergency disrupted her life and led her to pursue a different kind of story.