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Interview with Musician JORDAN GILLIS – including a LIVE performance!

Jordan Gillis
Jordan Gillis

Jordan Gillis is a multi-talented artist who can both sing and play the guitar. In addition to performing cover gigs, he also writes his own music and provides guitar lessons to children and youth. He is passionate about using his skills and talents to give back to his community and plays the guitar at his church every Sunday. Jordan recently released his newest album “1000 Miles Acoustic” and later in this episode performs his new song from the EP called “Don’t You Ever”.

For more information about the Jordan Gillis Band, visit https://www.jordangillismusic.com/

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THE CASE FOR SPACE: Interview with DR ROBERT ZUBRIN: How the Revolution in Spaceflight opens up a Future of Limitless Possibility

The Case for Space by Dr Robert Zubrin
The Case for Space
by Dr Robert Zubrin

Dr. Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Astronautics and also president of The Mars Society.  He’s also the author of many critically acclaimed books, including “Mars Direct”, “How to Live on Mars” and “Entering Space”. He has appeared on major media including CNN, BBC, the Discovery Channel, & NPR.  In this interview Dr. Zubrin joins us to discuss his newly released book, “The Case for Space”, an insightful look at how the revolution in spaceflight opens up a future of limitless possibility.

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Down to Earth SPACEMAN Mike Massimino shares his journey as a NASA astronaut

Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino served as a NASA astronaut from 1996 to 2014 and is a veteran of two space flights to the Hubble Space Telescope. He became the first person to tweet from space and played himself in several episodes of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. A graduate of Columbia University & MIT, Mike currently lives in New York City, where he is a professor at Columbia and an advisor at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

For more information about Mike, visit https://www.mikemassimino.com/

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LORRETA SWIT aka Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan –Actress, Artist & Animal Activist

Loretta Swit
Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit is best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on M*A*S*H, the incredibly popular TV series that ran for 11 seasons and is still in syndication more than 45 years later. Loretta is an award-winning actress, having won two EMMY’s and recently was honored with the Icon Award at the Annual Oscars party. She’s also an amazing artist and founder of the SwitHeart Animal Alliance, a non-profit organization working to prevent animal cruelty and end animal suffering.

In this phone interview, Loretta joins us to discuss her incredible acting career (including M*A*S*H), her recent ICON award at the Oscars this year, as well as her new book, “SWITHEART: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit”.

For more information on Loretta, visit https://www.switheart.org/

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DR THOMAS ZURBUCHEN: Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

Dr Thomas Zurbuchen
Portrait of Thomas Zurbuchen taken on Monday, October 17, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

In this interview we go onsite at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. for an in-depth conversation with Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Thomas is an award-winning astrophysicist, with honors including receiving the National Science and Technology Council Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2004 and three NASA Group Achievement awards.

Since day one at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, Zurbuchen has focused on inspiring learners of all ages and fostering an inclusive team of science leaders. Encouraging people to dive deeper and earn the future by striving for excellence today are key factors to the integrated approach he has adopted. Zurbuchen has created an environment where teams work together to achieve ambitious goals, excel well beyond the intended result and have the resources and support to achieve things they never thought were possible.

During his career, Zurbuchen has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in refereed journals in solar and heliospheric phenomena. He has also been involved with several NASA science missions involving Mercury, the Sun and more. His experience here has driven his passion of cultivating leaders and highlighting talent throughout the agency. He has also been an advocate of sharing NASA’s messages on social media and can be found on Twitter at the handle @Dr_ThomasZ.

For more information, visit https://science.nasa.gov

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SPACEX Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A – Behind the Scenes

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Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A by Chuck Fields
Photo by Chuck Fields

Go behind the scenes with us as we set up cameras at the launch pad, met some incredible people and witnessed the first commercial launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy, complete with the incredible landing of the boosters at Cape Canaveral.

Featured in this episode are interviews with Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd, rocket launch photographer Erik Kuna, and STEM/teacher Jamie Groh. We discuss what it's like photographing this historic launch; the first commercial flight of the new Block 5 Falcon Heavy, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff (10% more than last year’s version) and a 140,000+ pounds of LEO payload capacity—more than double of the space shuttle.

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THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, a new Christian Animated film – Interview with director Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez, an award-winning writer, producer and director, joins us to discuss his latest movie, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, an animated classic that will be shown nationwide exclusively on April 18th and 20th 2019. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is based on one of the most popular books of all time by John Bunyan, a pastor who was imprisoned for sharing his faith. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

About the movie:

The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan’s masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination.  One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

About Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez is a multi-award winning writer, producer, and director that has been recognized for his work in all three branches of production internationally. His experience spans over 30 years and his work has been translated and dubbed into multiple languages and distributed around the global. He is the writer and producer of several series such as “The Torchlighters”, “Brother Francis,” and “The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar” and the recently released animated trilogy of the Gospel and Acts: “God With Us,” “The Messengers,” and “To Every Nation.”  Robert is the writer and creator behind the current production of THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS which brings new elements of storytelling into the book that John Bunyan penned 340 years ago.

Why now:

This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

For more information, https://www.pilgrims.movie



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MOON to MARS – Behind the Scenes at NASA Glenn Research Center

MOON to Mars event at NASA Glenn Research Center

America is going back to the Moon! Go behind the scenes of the NASA Glenn Research Center as we go onsite to speak with the incredible team members and discover some of the cutting-edge technology that will help send American’s back to the Moon and then to Mars and beyond.

In this episode we recap our recent visit to the Moon To Mars event which was held in March by various NASA facilities throughout the U.S. For our trip to NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio, we highlight some of the highly-skilled team members and discuss the incredible technologies that NASA is developing at this facility to get back to the Moon. Topics include GVIS (Graphics & Visualization Lab), ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization), advanced power systems and electric propulsion.

For more information on the Moon To Mars program, visit:

http://nasa.gov/moontomars

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SOCIAL ANIMALS – A Look into the Digital World of Teenagers with Movie director Jonathan Ignatius Green

Jonathan Ignatius Green
Jonathan Ignatius Green

Jonathan Ignatius Green is the director of SOCIAL ANIMALS, a new documentary that examines the unique challenges and opportunities that social media presents to modern day young people.

A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a Midwestern girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts—a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame—and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye, SOCIAL ANIMALS peaks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self-worth.

Watch SOCIAL ANIMALS on Netflix or visit https://www.socialanimalsfilm.com/ for more information.

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Interview with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White – The Most Electrifying Bass Player in the World!

Verdine White is a founding member and bassist for the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire, earning more than 50 Gold & Platinum albums and selling over 90 million albums worldwide. In addition, the band won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Verdine has been voted one of the top 100 greatest bass players of all time and has collaborated as a musician, composer and producer with several artists including Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, and Kelly Clarkson.

In this phone interview, Verdine describes the passion that got him started (and keeps him going) for his phenomenal work as a musician, and how he gives back to the community. We also discuss Earth, Wind & Fire's upcoming 2019 performances.

Cover photo by Daniel Gray

Video clips of Verdine's bass solo courtesy Cal Vid https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNs3h98aSb69ETXL3b4E8tQ

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https://www.verdinewhite.com

https://www.earthwindandfire.com

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