Josh Haven is the guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters, an award-winning Christian pop rock band. The Afters have won numerous GMA Dove awards, more than 135 million streams, and their music has been placed on shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “American Ninja Warrior”, “American Idol” and more. The Afters have just released their sixth album, FEAR NO MORE. In this phone interview Josh joins us to discuss their new album and incredible music.
RALPH JOHNSON is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Johnson is a longstanding member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Earth, Wind, and Fire were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
FKM grew up without a father, was homeless as a teenager, and was incarcerated for 2 years when his son was 3 and his wife was pregnant with their daughter. FKM turned his life around at this point and has NEVER LOOKED BACK. He's now making his way as a rap artist, trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.
In this two part interview, we speak with both Ralph & FKM about the unique circumstances that brought them together.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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
Witness the amazing story of America's Pastor in the new documentary, “Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey”
Ken 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.
Casey 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.
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.
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