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Author / Martial Artist
Alex Gillis is the Canadian author of A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do, the best-selling nonfiction book about the geniuses and maniacs who created the traditional and Olympic styles of the art. He's trained in the martial arts for more than 35 years, mainly with its pioneers, and first heard the incredible stories of Tae Kwon Do and Taekwondo from one of his instructors in the late 1990s. As an investigative journalist, he had rare access to TKD's leaders and their archives and communities.
June 10, 2022
Author/ Bernie Sander's Campaign Manager
ARI RABIN-HAVT served as deputy campaign manager on Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign and was a Sanders aide from 2017 to 2021. His writing has appeared in the New Republic and the Washington Post, among other publications and has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera. Prior to working for Sanders he was host of The Agenda, a national radio show airing Monday through Friday on SiriusXM and as an advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, John Kerry and former vice president Al Gore among others.
MAY 6 , 2022
About the Interview:
Interview with Ari Rabin-Havt about his new book The Fighting Soul: On the Road with Bernie Sanders
freelance writer and journalist, and the host of “American Shade” on YouTube.
Brittany Talissa King is a freelance writer and journalist. She is the host, "American Shade with Brittany King" on YouTube. Her platform explores American cultural, racial, and social issues from a heterodox POV. King graduated from New York University, receiving her Master's in Journalism (Cultural Reporting and Criticism) in 2019. Additionally, she studied under writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, which broadened her scope on journalism & the art of language. She's been published in The Republic, The Daily Beast, Washington Square News, Forward Magazine, Fractyll Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Digital Diplomacy, ZORA magazine, and Brittany is a featured writer on Medium
OCT 19, 2021
ROBERT A. JENSEN
Owner of largest disaster management company/ Author
You have seen Robert A. Jensen—you just never knew it. As the owner of the world’s largest disaster management company, he has spent most of his adult life responding to tragedy. From the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and the Bali bombings, to the 2004 South Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, and the Grenfell Tower Fire, Jensen has been at the practical level of international incidents, assisting with the recovery of bodies, identifying victims, and repatriating and returning their personal effects to the surviving family members. He is also, crucially, involved in the emotional recovery that comes after a disaster: helping guide the families, governments, and companies involved, telling them what to expect and managing the unmanageable. As he explains, “If journalists write the first rough draft of history, I put the punctuation on the past.”
SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
About the Interview:
Interview with Robert A. Jensen about his new book Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me About Caring for the Living
LGBT ACTIVIST/ AUTHOR/DOCUMENTARY
Peter's journey begins in the anti-Vietnam War movement when he is just a teenager. To avoid compulsory conscription in what he believes is an unjust war, he sails from Australia to London and falls in with the Gay Liberation Front, helping to organise the UK's first gay pride parade. Looking to shake up the establishment, in the early 1980s, Peter makes a move into the political mainstream by standing as a Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election. He finds himself embroiled in one of the most vicious and notoriously homophobic smear campaigns in British electoral history. When he loses the election, Peter vows to never play by the rules again. He's tried playing by the rules. Now he's going to break them. Abandoning traditional politics, Peter diverts his energies into the radical non-violent gay rights direct action group OutRage! and takes the fight for equality to the very pillars of the British establishment. Using provocative stunts, wicked humour and theatrical forms of protest, OutRage! lives up to its name by confronting everyone from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Experiencing the full wrath of the church, state, and media, Peter is dubbed 'the most hated man in Britain'. Unbowed and defiant, he ups the ante by attempting a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe and by shirtfronting homophobic trash-talking heavyweight boxing champion of the world Mike Tyson. As social attitudes change and history vindicates Peter's stance on gay rights, his David versus Goliath battles gradually win him first grudging approval and then status as a national treasure. Now Peter is embarking on his riskiest crusade yet as he seeks to stage a protest at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT+ people in Russia and Chechnya. All he has to do is not get killed, bashed, imprisoned, or 'disappeared' by Putin's goons, the might of the Russian security state, and roving gangs of Neo-Nazis. What could possibly go wrong? From Executive Producers Elton John and David Furnish, Hating Peter Tatchell is the profound true story of one of the world's most influential human rights activists. This film explores the motivations and consequences of Peter's direct action campaigning and the personal sacrifice that comes with this line of work, including violent attacks and threats to kill him. Told through previously unseen footage of Peter's activism, intimate family moments, rare news headlines, and interviews with the likes of actor Stephen Fry, activist Angela Mason, and former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, this film gives a raw insight into Peter and his life's work defending human rights.
June 14, 2021
COLUMBINE SURVIVOR PODCAST
Amy Over is the host of Confronting: Columbine and was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999. On April 20, 1999, Amy was eating lunch in the cafeteria with friends when her school was violently attacked by two fellow students. She hid under a table fearing the worst when her basketball coach indicated that the kids in the cafeteria needed to run. As Amy ran toward the exit, the killers shot into the crowd of students Amy was in. Amy narrowly escaped with her life. She remembers fleeing past slain bodies of her classmates. Amy ran a half mile to a stranger’s home and took shelter there to catch her breath and call her mother. She has been dealing with the trauma of that day ever since.
Part of her healing has been helping other survivors of mass trauma as the Director of Fundraising and Project Journey Coordinator for The Rebels Project since 2015.
Amy has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has completed level one trauma assistance training through Colorado Victims Assistance academy. Amy is a regular at kickboxing. She currently lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband of 18 years, her two beautiful children and her adored niece and nephew.
MAY 11, 2021
MICHAEL M. HUGHES
Michael M. Hughes is an author, speaker, magical thinker, and activist. He is the creator of the internationally viral Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him, the largest and longest-running magical working in history. He frequently appears on podcasts and speaks on politics, magic, pop culture, the paranormal, tarot, and conspiracies. You can sign up for his newsletter at http://michaelmhughes.com.
The resistance is growing, and it needs your help. This book provides spells and rituals designed to help you put your magical will to work to create a more just and equitable world. These magical workings can be used by activists of any spiritual or religious background. With ideas for altars, meditations, community organizing, self-care, and more, Magic for the Resistance offers a toolkit for magical people or first-time spellcasters who want to manifest social justice, equality, and peace.
April 30, 2021
Cody Renegar is a hairstylist and fine artist, and now author of the memoir "Changing the Stars" (2021). He currently lives in California with his husband, Terry. He has a son Levi who, with his partner, Alaya, has given Cody three grandkids. Cody is the hairstylist of choice for many Hollywood entertainment industry celebrities and A-listers. Los Angeles is his main stage although he also maintains a large clientele in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas.
Raised by a substance-abusing single mother, at six Cody and his four siblings were placed into the foster care system in Arkansas, leading to a series of placements in homes where he endured unspeakable abuse and neglect. Cody found solace in his bonds with his brothers and sisters and occasional kindnesses from caring adults, such as a neighbor who taught him to paint.
When at seven he was adopted by an affluent couple, he hoped at last to receive the love and support of a nurturing mother and father. But his dreams and expectations were betrayed when his new father proved to be a violent disciplinarian. It would be eight years before his rescue by an attentive school nurse, and years more to heal the trauma.
MARCH 8, 2021
SAVAGE: A Journey through the Opioid Epidemic is a wild, wild ride of how one gifted young person, from a good home, got caught up in the drinking and drugging of our time, only to lose friends, to come near death himself, lose his education and shot at careers, a girl he loved, his family's hopes and respect, and then to lose faith that he could ever recover. At times funny, this book is a harrowing ordeal of how drugs and their allure will not let you go until it causes major havoc.
Sacchi finally gets straight "sick and tired," as the expression goes, of the pain of not being who he really is, he stays straight. Full of compassion for those who stand by him, for friends who die from it, SAVAGE tells us more of what this addiction does than any statistic. Read it and weep and learn and bless all those who make it. Also enjoy Saachi's wit and eagle eye for all the antics he had to go through just to survive.
JAN 23, 2021
Kelvin Pierce was raised to be a hardcore racist. His father, Dr. William Luther Pierce III, was the founder and leader of the National Alliance, one of the most well-known White Supremacist organizations in the world. In 1978 William Pierce wrote The Turner Diaries, which has been labeled “the bible of the racist right” to this day. All the while, Pierce indoctrinated his son with tenets of White Supremacy, interspersed with physical and psychological abuse. By the time the author left home, he was a seething morass of hate and suffering. Read about his eventual recovery and transformation.
November 25, 2020
AUTHOR / ACTOR/ WRITER/ PRODUCER
After years of steady work in film and television, and over 150 credits on his IMDB page, actor and comedian Jason Stuart has achieved a pinnacle of success many actors only dream of. "For the last few years, people have started to approach me and say, ‘You’re that guy,’” he explains with his characteristic gravelly laugh. Indeed, with guest-starring and supporting credits in everything from the Billy Bob Thornton starter, Goliath, to Judd Apatow’s, Love, to Sleepy Hollow to Tangerine and The Birth of a Nation, Stuart has now established himself
November 2, 2020
About the Interview:
Interview with JASON STUART about his career as an actor
CONNOR TOWNE O'NEILL
AUTHOR / JOURNALIST
In Down Along with That Devil’s Bones, journalist Connor Towne O’Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts, O’Neill examines the legacy of white supremacy in America, in a sobering and fascinating work sure to resonate with readers of Tony Horwitz, Timothy B. Tyson, and Robin DiAngelo.
When O’Neill first moved to Alabama, as a white Northerner, he felt somewhat removed from the racism Confederate monuments represented. Then one day in Selma, he stumbled across a group of citizens protecting a monument to Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as “that devil.” O’Neill sets off to visit other disputed memorials to Forrest across the South, talking with men and women who believe they are protecting their heritage and those who have a different view of the man’s poisonous history.
November 4, 2020
Nipples to Kneecaps – To Die or Not to Die with Cancer is the true, inspirational story of Steve, a man who seemed to have it all…until a cancer diagnosis threatened to take it all away.
Historians recall that the mid-1980s boasted big hair, loud music, and iconic Hollywood superstars. Mandy recalls,
“My dear girl, I have seen many a patient in my time and we cannot help Steve. At best he has three months to live…” Words that every partner dreads.
Mandy and Steve’s real-life journey throughout the ordeal of battling ‘terminal cancer’ captures how it shaped their lives, minds and spirits.
Three months to live. An unbelievable plan. A Lifetime of memories.
FOLLOW their INCREDIBLE journey.
REALIZE what the human body is capable of.
GET READY TO LAUGH, CRY, AND BE INSPIRED.
DISCOVER an appreciation of the paranormal and their unusual and risky plan.
Follow this family’s amazing story and take inspiration from the day-to-day foibles of a family who chose never to give up on family, love, and most importantly, on life.
Steve is alive today
November 4, 2020
AUTHOR / JOURNALIST/ TV PRODUCTION
Gabriel Rotello, an award-winning gay journalist and long-time AIDS activist, has done in this book something no writer has done before. Weaving together the strands of ecology theory, epidemiology and sexual politics, he shows how the AIDS epidemic, like other epidemics from influenza to bubonic plague to today's rapidly emerging viruses, result as much from human behaviors as from specific microbes. He argues convincingly that AIDS was probably a rare disease syndrome in humans that erupted into an epidemic only when cultural changes - including the gay male sexual revolution of the seventies - created ideal conditions for it's evolution and spread. Intensively researched, passionately argued and intellectually rigorous, Rotello's groundbreaking message is that although AIDS cannot yet be cured, it can be contained. And in clear and unforgettable prose, he tells us how we can accomplish that, one person at a time.
August 20, 2020
AUTHOR / JOURNALIST
Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.