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.
Bernie “Bombers” Bomberg Plays rhythm guitar & keyboards for The Surf Dawgs, a rock instrumental band. Despite the word “Surf” in the band’s name, they’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band has been performing in the upper Mid-West area since 2001 and recently released their 8th album, Beach Party. Bernie, who was inducted into the Mid America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 with a Lifetime Achievement Award, joins us today to talk about the band’s incredible music journey.
A lot of our audience, including me, are huge coffee fans. But many of us don’t know much about exactly how coffee came about, how to brew the best cup or how to find the best roast. We decided to change that by going onsite to a local roastery and learn how the pros do it. In this episode we interview Stephen Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster located in Indianapolis, Indiana and learn everything from where coffee comes from to how to make the best brew.
Alan Parsons is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician and record producer best known for his work on The Alan Parsons Project. He began his career at the age of 19, where he worked at Abbey Road, assisting in the production of the last two Beatles albums. In 1974 he received his first (of more than a dozen) Grammy nominations for his work on Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Through his work on The Alan Parsons Project, which was formed in 1975, Alan has had several top 40 hits including Eye in the Sky, Games People Play and Don’t Answer Me.
Alan joins us today to talk about his incredible career, including his recent Grammy nomination, his new album “The Secret” releasing April 26, 2019 (his first album in 15 years), as well as his upcoming tour. We also discuss his experience watching the Great American Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 and his upcoming free concert on July 13, 2019, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.
Fabey is an Anglican priest with over 20 years of ministry experience with a
variety of organizations. He holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity and a B.A. in
History from the University of Montana.
You can find him speaking at retreats, conferences or in churches. He
does workshops and keynotes. He has traveled extensively including Africa,
Russia, and Central Asia. Bob has a deep passion to see Christians live
according to their faith and speaks, mentors and writes to that end.
this interview Bob discusses his new book, “NOT MY JESUS”, a book that takes a
humorous, yet deep look at faith, culture and life.
resides in the greater Phoenix area. He loves to travel and hang out with is
wife and kids, practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and drink large amounts of coffee.
How lasting change can happen in an instant is the focus of the new book by James Fell. James is a motivation, health, and fitness writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. He is the head fitness writer at AskMen.com, and has authored pieces in TIME Magazine, the Guardian, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and many other publications. He has a massive and highly engaged following on Facebook and Twitter, and his blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of visitors a year.
Is faster than light travel possible? Dr. Erin Macdonald joins us to discuss the current theories–and how they relate to science fiction. She is an astrophysicist, science fiction consultant, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series, “Dr. Erin Explains the Universe”. Her specialty is in general relativity, having worked previously searching for gravitational waves in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She has since found her home in science fiction, consulting with writers, teaching STEM through popular culture, and fulfilling her life goal of becoming a warp drive expert.
Alan Stern is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, leading
NASA’s exploration of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. Today he joins us
to discuss New Horizon’s upcoming close approach to Ultima Thule this New
Year’s Day. Ultima is an object in the Kuiper Belt about 4 billion miles away,
the most distant object yet ever to be explored by a spacecraft.
In this episode we also feature a sneak preview clip of “New Horizons”, a new song to be released on New Year's Day commemorating this mission by legendary Queen lead guitarist & astrophysicist Brian May. Brian will join us on our next episode Part 2.