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Lady Astronaut Sci-Fi Series Writer – Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is a writer, professional puppeteer and an incredible narrator. She is also cast member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and a three-time Hugo Award winner. Mary Robinette is with us today to discuss the Lady Astronaut novels, an amazing science fiction series that takes us on an alternate timeline after a meteor strike in the 1950s threatens the future of humanity.

In this interview we also discuss Mary Robinette's experience as she joined me for the launch of the Parker Solar Probe in August 2018 and how this will impact her future writing.

For more information, visit https://www.maryrobinettekowal.com

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Plumb – Christian Songwriter, artist, performer & author

Plumb is a songwriter, recording artist, performer & author. She’s sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide. Her new album, Beautifully Broken, includes the title track for the recently released film of the same name. She also just released her book called FIGHT FOR HER: Even If You Have to Fight Her. Her book is a moving challenge to women of all ages to fight for each other—even if that means fighting WITH each other using love, hope and grace.

For more info, visit http://www.plumbmusic.net

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FIRST MAN: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong – Official Biographer Dr. James R. Hansen

Dr. James Hansen
Dr. James R. Hansen is the writer of the book “First Man: The life of Neil A. Armstrong”. He was Neil Armstrong's one & only authorized biographer, obtaining 55 hours of audio recordings and 800 emails during his interviews with Neil (plus a few rounds of golf along the way). First Man has been adapted into a movie, with Dr. Hansen serving as a consultant, releasing October 2018 by Universal Pictures. The movie is directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.

Dr. Hansen is the Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University in Alabama. He’s an expert in aerospace history and the history of science and technology.

For more info about Dr. Hansen, visit http://www.auburn.edu/~hansejr/

For more info about the movie, visit https://www.firstman.com/

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Andy Weir, Bestselling Author of The Martian, Releases Artemis, a story of science and suspense on the Moon

Andy WeirAndy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the enormous success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. Andy is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. In this episode Andy discusses his background as well as his latest novel, Artemis, an adventurous and suspense story which takes place on the Moon.

For more information, visit http://andyweirauthor.com/

Artemis: A Novel

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Dr. Linda Yueh – What Would the Great Economists Do?

Economist Dr. Linda YuehIn this episode Dr. Linda Yueh discusses her latest book, “What would the great economists do?” which looks at how we can apply lessons and theories of the past to solve today’s biggest economic problems. Dr. Yueh is an economist, broadcaster and author. She holds senior academic positions at Oxford University, London Business School, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was also an anchor and correspondent at the BBC and Bloomberg TV.


What Would the Great Economists Do?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today's Biggest Problems

For more information, visit http://lindayueh.com

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Gary Varvel – Award-winning editorial cartoonist, actor and screenwriter

Gary Varvel is an award-winning, editorial cartoonist, actor and screenwriter. He draws political cartoons for The Indianapolis Star and has over 30 years of experience as a professional journalist. His work appears in 100 newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, and Sports Illustrated, as well as on CNN and Fox News. Gary is also a board member of the House of Grace Films, where he plays a major role in writing, acting and producing.

Billy Graham is welcomed into heaven.

In this episode, Gary describes his journey for his amazing career as a cartoonist, as well as his Christian-inspired movie, “The War Within”.


The War Within

To learn more about Gary or to view his incredible cartoons, visit GaryVarvel.com. For information about “The War Within” movie or his children's book, “The Good Shepard”, visit TheWarWithinMovie.com.

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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution – biologist Menno Schilthuizen

Menno Schilthuizen is a senior research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and a professor of evolutionary biology at Leiden University. Menno is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. In his new book, “Darwin Comes to Town”, he takes us around the world for an up close look at just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be.

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

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2001: A Space Odyssey – The Making of a Masterpiece featuring Michael Benson

Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science. A writer, artist, and filmmaker, his new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece examines the four year long production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was published on the 50th anniversary of that film’s release. During the last decade Benson has staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography internationally. He takes raw data from planetary science archives and processes it, creating large-format landscapes. He edits, composites, mosaics, and then finally optimizes these images, producing seamless photographs of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience. His show Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, featuring an original new hour-long ambient composition by Brian Eno titled Deep Space, opened in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London on January 22nd, 2016. It has since been exhibited at Vienna’s Natural History Museum, the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia, and in Barcelona, Spain, at the CosmoCaixa museum. Otherworlds contains 77 large format digital C prints.  Benson’s previous book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, came out in October 2014 and was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

For more information, visit http://michael-benson.com

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Mind Your Money & Reduce Financial Stress with Chellie Campbell

Chellie CampbellChellie Campbell, author of The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire and From Worry to Wealthy, treats money disorders–spending bulimia and income anorexia. She offers workshops that help people create more cash, bigger sales, less debt and more time off for fun! Chellie is the creator of the popular Financial Stress Reduction workshop. In this episode, Chellie shares her story of how she went from bankruptcy to highly successful, and how she teaches others to turn their financial situation around and enjoy life to the fullest.

Chellie Campbell’s first book, The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction (Sourcebooks, 2002), was chosen as a Book-of-the-Week on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger radio show and a GlobalNet Book-of-the-Month selection. Her publisher asked her to write her second book, Zero to Zillionaire: 8 Foolproof Steps to Financial Peace of Mind, which was released in April, 2006. Her third book, From Worry to Wealthy: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress, was released in February, 2015 and was the #1 bestselling new release in Women in Business and Budgeting and Money Management on Amazon. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s recent books You’ve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is prominently quoted as a financial expert in The Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Family Circle, Pink, Good Housekeeping, Lifetime, Essence, Woman’s World and more than 50 popular books.

For more information, visit her website at Chellie.com.

 

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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto – Dr. Alan Stern

If you wanted to design and fly a robotic spacecraft on a 9-year voyage 3 billion miles from Earth, the farthest journey of exploration our species has ever attempted, HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?

Dr Alan Stern

Dr. Alan Stern is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, leading NASA’s exploration of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. A planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, he has participated in over two dozen scientific space missions. Dr. Stern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Carl Sagan Memorial Award of the American Astronautical Society, and has twice been named to the Time 100.

In this episode, Dr. Stern discusses his new book, “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto”, including details on both successes and struggles during the mission, and upcoming plans to awaken the New Horizons spacecraft from hibernation in June through preparations for its rendezvous with Kuiper Belt object MU69 on New Year's Day 2019. 

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto is available now at Amazon.com

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