Acts of Impact

Acts of Impact

Welcome to Acts of Impact, the show where we discuss those who are making a positive difference in the world around us. Season 2 is live now, and is all about Historical Impact! Tune in now to hear about those who made a difference during crucial moments in history. Learn more at


January 10, 2024 49 mins

On September 11th, 2001, a group of Al Qaeda terrorists hijack four passenger airplanes and carry out suicide attacks against major U. S. targets, including the World Trade Center in New York City. What followed was one of the largest search-and-rescue missions in history, as FEMA teams and first-responders descended on ground zero in search of survivors. 

Many heroes would arrive on scene to help, with one unique group ar...

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When the Alaska Ranger sent a distress call to Communications Station Kodiak in the early hours of March 23, 2008, it set in motion a daring and dangerous rescue mission.  Amidst daunting sea and wind conditions, the Coast Guard Cutter Munro coordinated helicopter and plane crews, good samaritan ships, and more in a race against time to save 47 lives. 

On today's episode, we'll explore the events leading up to th...

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September 15, 2023 97 mins

On today's episode, we'll explore the  story of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, an obstetrician from the 19th century who discovered the importance of hand-washing for preventing Childbed Fever and started a campaign to change the behavior of the entire medical industry. 

In so doing, he would be ostracized, villainized, ignored, and committed to an insane asylym where he would be beaten and ultimately die as this preventa...

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On today's episode, we'll explore the incredible story of Jesus Garcia, a Mexican Railroad Engineer credited with saving the entire town of Nacozari, Sonora in 1907 when he sacrificed himself to drive a train of dynamite away from the town before it exploded. 

For this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Ernesto Ibarra, president of the Nacozari de Garcia Historical Association. We'll discuss the hi...

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On today's episode, we'll explore the incredible story of Swansea Jack, a Welsh rescuer credited with saving the lives of 27 people and 2 dogs from the North Docks of Swansea in the 1930s. 

For this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Berni Hellier, author of 'The True Tail of Swansea Jack', and Gayle Simmonds, illustrator of the book and long-time friend of Berni's. We'll discuss Jac...

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May 1, 2023 21 mins

On today's episode, we'll explore the incredible story of Jack Foley, a film-maker whose inventive style of creating sound effects for movies revolutionized Hollywood. 

We'll discuss the unique history of how sound effects came to the movies, how Jack's inventive techniques led to some of today's most creative sounds, and how Foley Artists use everyday objects to sensationalize the stories we see o...

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On today's episode, we'll explore the incredible story of Alice Harris, a Victorian missionary whose chilling photographs and relentless advocacy work took down the king of the Congo, King Leopold II. 

For this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing Judy Smith, Author of 'Don't Call Me Lady: The Journey of Lady Alice Seeley Harris'.  We'll discuss the horrific ways King Leopold extorted ...

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On today's episode, we'll explore the incredible story of Irena Sendler, the Polish social worker who risked everything to save 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. She worked with secret organizations, rose to the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list, and even withstood torture at the infamous Pawiak prison. Her story was buried for 60 years, until three Kansas teens uncovered her legacy in 2004. 


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February 6, 2023 63 mins

This year, 2023, marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most awarded movies of all time, James Cameron's 'Titanic'. On today's episode, we'll explore the life and legacy of Titanic survivor and Fifth Officer Harold Lowe, and the positive impact his actions had on those under his command during the tragedy. 

Commander Lowe, as he would later be known, took quick and decisive action during the sink...

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On today's episode, we dive into a unique story involving the rescue of a struggling scuba diver by three... mermaids? Along the way, we’ll learn all about the world of professional mermaiding with our guest, Elaina Marie Garcia. Elaina is owner of Catalina Island Mermaids and a scuba instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) who tells us all about it. 

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On today's episode, we dive into a unique story involving a retired police officer, a magnet fisherman, and a missing retirement medal. Along the way, we'll learn about magnet fishing and the importance of improving the environment around us. 

Our guest today is Dave Sonik Jordan, a magnet fisherman, YouTube creator, and environmentalist who tells us all about it. 

To learn more about magnet fishing, sup...

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Today we interview Tara Hefner. Tara is Market Development Director for Unbound, a non-profit organization that partners with families living in poverty, providing direct cash sponsorship and special funding programs. We’ll talk about the benefits of direct sponsorship, the wonderful relationships that form between sponsors and sponsees, and some of the great successes Unbound has witnessed as a result of their programs. 


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Today we interview Karah Rawlings. Karah is the Executive Director of Wolf Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, education, and conservation of wolves. We’ll learn about the value wolves provide to our environment, discuss a concept called re-wilding, and talk about how you, or even your dog,  could help with conservation efforts.

To support Wolf Park and discover more ways to help, visit: 

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Today we interview Joan Prittie. Joan is Executive Director of Project Safe, a non-profit organization that is working to end domestic violence. Project Safe believes that everyone deserves to be safe in their homes and in their relationships, and that love shouldn’t come at a cost of abuse or control.

To support Project Safe and discover more ways to help, visit:

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Today we interview Greta McClain. Greta is Executive Director of Silent No Longer Tennessee, a non-profit organization empowering survivors of sexual assault to share their story in creative and powerful ways.   We’ll talk about the challenges faced by these survivors, the support that Silent No Longer Tennessee provides, and how the entire community is involved in the effort to end sexual violence.

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Today we interview David Helmers. David is Executive Officer for the Australian Men’s Shed Association, a non-profit organization that supports the men’s shed movement across Australia. We’ll talk about the challenges men face when it comes to finding social support and camaraderie, how these sheds support men’s mental and physical well-being , and how David and the Australian Men’s Shed Association are helping out. 

To su...

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Today we interview Kenneth Oroma. Ken is an alumnus of the Teach For Uganda Fellowship and co-founder of EduBall, a community-based organization that uses the game of Soccer to improve educational outcomes for children in Uganda. We’ll talk about the challenges Ugandan children face when it comes to literacy and staying in school, how Soccer teaches crucial skills for success, and how Eduball has brought together  students, parents...

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Today we interview Sangyu Xi.  Sangyu is a designer and programmer who has just received a national Dyson award for her design of an adjustable scoliosis brace named Airy. Airy is the first scoliosis brace to grow with the patient, allowing teenagers to wear it comfortably and confidently. We’ll talk about the challenges of traditional scoliosis braces, how Sangyu approached this problem from a design perspective, and ultimately th...

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Today we interview Nikki Okkels. Nikki is an industrial design student of the Eindhoven University of Technology and member of the TU/ecomotive student team, which has just created ZEM, a new car that cleans the air while driving. We’ll talk about why this technology is an important step for our environment, the filter they’ve created to remove carbon from the air, and the challenges they faced in creating this exciting new car.

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Today we interview Mike Young.  Mike is a dog rescue pilot who has flown over 8000 puppies by private plane from rescues and shelters in the rural south to large urban areas to be put up for adoption. We’ll talk about why these flights are needed, how the puppies are kept safe throughout the flight, and how volunteer crews and pilots are coordinated to bring these puppies to their forever homes.

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