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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

For more information:

https://www.verdinewhite.com

https://www.earthwindandfire.com

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Butch Patrick aka “EDDIE MUNSTER”

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick became known worldwide as the iconic TV character “Eddie Munster”—the wolf boy with pointed ears on “The Munsters”. But he got started way earlier than that. At just 8 years old, he made his acting debut in the film “The Two Bears” in 1961, then he starred in General Hospital and even an award-winning Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial. He's worked alongside incredible talent such as Judy Garland, Micky Rooney, Walter Brennan and Burt Lancaster, and today even has his own coffee brand, “Deadly Grounds Coffee”.

Aside from that Butch is a cancer-survivor and has survived several life challenges, which he explains in this episode.

For more information about Butch or to order his “Deadly Grounds Coffee”, visit www.Munsters.com

“The Munsters Theme” in this episode is by The Surf Dawgs, an amazing band from Minneapolis, MN. For more information visit www.thesurfdawgs.com

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America’s Pastor Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey – Interview with Ken Barun

Witness the amazing story of America's Pastor in the new documentary, “Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey”

Ken BarunKen Barun, the Chief of Staff at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, joins us to discuss this new documentary which shares Billy Graham’s life story: from growing up in a small town in NC, to meeting his wife, beginning his ministry, and then his incredible journey of loving people and sharing his faith around the world.

For more than 60 years, Billy Graham preached the Gospel around the world to 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. Throughout his lifetime, he served as a trusted spiritual advisor to many U.S. presidents and world leaders and impacted the lives of many public figures.

The 72-minute film offers a unique look into the life of the minister, who passed away in February 2018. The documentary details Graham’s journey as a dairy farmer’s son, who rose to prominence, becoming one of the most important religious leaders in modern history.

It showcases his work during the civil rights movement in the United States, behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, and through many pivotal moments in world history. It also features interviews with prominent broadcasters and personalities, including Tom Brokaw, Larry King, Charles Gibson, Kathie Lee Gifford and Brit Hume.

The DVD contains hours of bonus footage and features, including Billy Graham’s funeral.

For more information, visit: http://www.BillyGrahamFilm.com

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The Planetary Society’s CASEY DREIER discusses National Geographic’s MARS Season 2, LightSail 2 & the U.S. Space Force

Casey Dreier, The Planetary SocietyCasey Dreier is the Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser at The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space outreach organization. In this interview we discuss season 2 of National Geographic’s Mars TV series, as well as The Planetary Society’s Lightsail 2 project and the United States Space Force.

As Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, Casey leads the strategic planning and implementation of The Planetary Society's policy and advocacy efforts. This includes working closely with other policy representatives in the space community, educating legislators and congressional staffers and organizing Planetary Society members to become active space advocates. He also educates the public about space policy and history through writing, his monthly Space Policy Edition podcast and unique online course offerings such as Space Advocacy 101.

In 2015, Dreier led The Planetary Society’s Humans Orbiting Mars initiative, which explored the potential for a step-wise, long-term mission to send humans to the surface of Mars. The report provided important information and analysis for NASA’s Mars planning and helped influence thinking for lunar and Mars exploration efforts.

Dreier is a trusted source for space policy analysis for journalists and has been featured as a source in many general interest publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Vox and The Verge, to name a few. He is committed to demystifying the politics and policy of space for all audiences and has been an invited speaker at conferences such as The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Week and Politicon.

He is also an instructor at Western Washington University, where he teaches the occasional class on space history and policy.

Casey is one of the “Big Thinkers” for National Geographic's Mars series, along with Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Andy Weir, Robert Zubrin, and more. Season 2 premiered on November 12, 2018 and shows what life in a Mars colony will be like after human settlement.

For more information, visit:

MARS SEASON 2: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/mars/
The Planetary Society: http://www.planetary.org

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THANKSGIVING BONUS: A WAY TO FORGIVENESS – Erin Dooley – writer, producer, speaker

Erin Dooley is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. She has produced two feature films, numerous short films, two comedy web series, a collaborative web series, and one feature documentary. Erin is with us today to discuss her film, “A Way to Forgiveness”. This film documents how Erin embarked on a 550-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain to heal from the hurt of an impending divorce.

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

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Holiday Shopping? Consider the Enormously Successful NINTENDO SWITCH – featuring YouTuber SKUL

Skul is a YouTuber who creates video game content from some of Nintendo’s best-known current games. During this interview Skul discusses the incredible success of the Nintendo Switch gaming console, as well as its most popular games.

For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/skulshurtugaltcg

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Rainbows, Halos & other special things – John Ventre, Cincinnati Observatory

John VentreRainbows are gorgeous! But there are better times and places to look to increase your chances of seeing them. In this episode we go onsite at the historic Cincinnati Observatory with John Ventre, where he discusses the beauty & causes of phenomena such as rainbows, halos and sun dogs.

For more information, visit https://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

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Mr. Speed – The World’s Best KISS Tribute Band

Mr. Speed was voted “the Best KISS Tribute Band in the World” in the 2012 KISS OFF competition by guitarist Tommy Thayer himself. Rich Kosak, “The Starchild” member for Mr. Speed, joins us to discuss how the rock band KISS inspired them and how they've risen to an amazing success of their own since their start 24 years ago. Rich, along with band members Joe, Jim and Quinton,  are currently on a North American tour.

For more information, visit http://www.mrspeedonline.com

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Interview with JONATHAN BURNS: Flexible Comedy

Comedian & magician Jonathan Burns has performed magic acts, shows and stunts around the globe, and has appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, The Jay Leno Show, The Late Show with David Letterman & The Late Late Show with James Corden.

For more information, visit http://www.flexiblecomedy.com

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MARS INVASION: 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast – interview with Erika Dowell

80 years ago, Orson Welles caused a panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”. This broadcast, on Sunday evening, October 30, 1938, was realistic enough that some listeners actually thought the Earth was under attack by Martians.  Erika Dowell, the associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts at Indiana University’s Lilly Library joins us to discuss the impact of this broadcast. Recently the Lilly Library used cutting-edge technology to digitize the original recording of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

For more information, visit https://orsonwelles.indiana.edu

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