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.
Special 2-guest episode: Ralph Johnson, longstanding member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and FKM, upcoming rapper, join us in this interview to discuss their incredible music and the rising success of FKM’s new song Feel So Proud, featured in full later in this episode.
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”.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Jodie Meschuk is the author of “SPEAK UP BUTTERCUP: How I Brought My Son Back from Autism”. This inspiring story is a journey of a mother, learning to listen closely to her intuition. The message of her book will inspire and empower families to speak up for the children they love even when it seems no one is listening.
Mark Peller is the program manager for major development at United Launch Alliance (ULA), and in this position is responsible for development of Vulcan. Mark is with us today to discuss ULA’s future launch system, the Vulcan Centaur rocket.
Vulcan is ULA’s future launch system that builds upon ULA’s extensive Atlas and Delta heritage to provide a competitive product offering to serve a broad spectrum of markets. As the program manager, Peller has overall responsibility for developing the launch vehicle and the supporting capabilities required across the supply chain as well as ULA’s production and launch operations to meet the program’s objectives.
Peller began his career with Rockwell International in 1990 as a propulsion engineer supporting the Space Shuttle program. He joined The Boeing Company in 1996 when it acquired the aerospace and defense businesses of Rockwell. Peller moved to the Delta program in 1997 and held various technical and program management positions throughout the development and initial fielding of the Delta IV launch system.
Peller continued his work on the Delta program at ULA after the company was formed in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed the product line chief engineer for Delta, where he had overall technical responsibility for the Delta II and Delta IV launch systems. During this period he oversaw 24 successful Delta launches, including the first launch of the Delta IV Heavy configuration from the West Coast. In 2013 Peller transitioned into the role of the director of the ULA Hardware Value Stream where he was responsible for managing the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contracts with the U.S. Air Force, and leading the product teams supporting launch vehicle development, procurement, and production.
Peller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mechanics from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration
degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California.
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