Memories of a Moonbird

Memories of a Moonbird

Memories of a Moonbird is about human stories. Almost every week, I interview interesting people doing inspiring things. From activists to actors and scientists to scholars, we talk about their hopes, their struggles, and what it means to be human. How does a teacher help former child soldiers in Africa? What do hummingbirds sound like to a deaf person? What does an accountant think is the meaning of life? Come join me and explore life… one story at a time.

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May 9, 2021 74 min

For more than ten years, as a first responder, she’s helped save people’s lives and been on the front lines of healthcare as a paramedic in Munich, Germany.

Born and raised in Germany, she also grew up in the country that only eighty years ago was at the center of World War II.

Today, we’re going to talk about what it’s like to see human beings in some of their most fragile moments, as well as delve a little into what it’s like growi...

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When it comes to the need for speed… he’s the real deal.

As a fighter jet pilot for the United States Navy, for nearly 25 years, he flew the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet and the F-16. He accrued almost 4,000 flight hours, over 700 carrier landings, and served as both a TOPGUN Instructor and Air Wing Operations Officer.

Today, this family man flies for one of the major airlines and hosts his own awesome podcast called, appropriately...

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For over thirty years, you’ve seen and heard him in almost every form of media you can imagine: Film, television, theater, video games, radio, magazines, the internet…

He’s “that guy.”

He’s been in movies, and t.v. shows like Star Trek Discovery, Straight Outta Compton, Argo, Mad Men, Castle, Criminal Minds, Bosch, Grey’s Anatomy, Breaking Bad, and many, many others, not to mention more than a hundred national commercials for the big...

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She’s one of the most passionate, smart, and inspiring women you’ll ever meet. Through her social media platform called “Astroathens,” she advocates for science and the arts, and teaches astrophysics in a fun way that makes it enjoyable for everyone.

Her background is in stellar and planetary formations, proto-planetary disks and exo-planetary systems, and in addition to bringing outer space down to earth, she’s also a social media ...

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March 16, 2021 104 min

As an archaeologist and professor, for more than thirty years, he’s explored the ancient world of the Greeks. Anthropologically trained, and with a resume too long to read you during an intro, today, he’s not only an Endowed Professor and the Chair of the  Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but he directs the interdisciplinary excavation of the Mycenaean palace at Iklaina, in Pylos, ...

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For close to thirty years, she’s worked as a scientist for U.S. AID, the United States Agency for International Development. Today, she’s the Chief of Research, Technology and Utilization in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.

Originally from Calcutta (Kolkata), India, and having worked and traveled many places in her life, she’s seen sides of the world that not many of us do.

In addition to holding two Masters and a Ph...

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February 7, 2021 63 min

You may not know it, but you’ve watched him jump off buildings, get yanked out of a perfectly good plane, and even try to take down a gigantic Transformer. For over 20 years, this renowned stuntman and actor has entertained you in some of the most successful television shows and movies and has almost 200 credits on IMDb to prove it.

Not to mention more than a few bumps and bruises along the way.  :-)

In addition to his incredible ski...

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January 26, 2021 39 min

She’s a Swiss army knife of artists! She’s a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, dancer, choreographer, and public speaker with a silky voice that’s garnered her more than 3,500 performances in her career so far.

She’s opened for artists like Bruno Mars, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb, Anna Nalick, Josh Kelley, and Andy Grammer, just to name a few. But before she was performing with all of those amazing artists, we worked toge...

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For more than 30 years, she’s been working in conservation to protect shore birds around the planet. She’s not only a Biologist and Field Ornithologist, but she's also the actual scientist who banded B95, the world famous Red Knot who was nicknamed "Moonbird," and whom my podcast  and website were founded in honor of.

Zooming in all the way from Argentina, she was kind enough to share with me the history of the real Moon...

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December 27, 2020 14 min

Hello friends!  And welcome to The Epilogue with Moonbird, my annual wrap-up and look back over the last twelve months.

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Have a Happy and safe New Year and see you in 2021!

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December 23, 2020 48 min

For over fifty years, he’s worked in the entertainment business as a director, writer and producer. He created iconic shows like the V miniseries, and characters like Jaime Sommers in the original Bionic Woman. He’s also produced, and directed, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, Short Circuit 2, Steel, and JAG.

He’s graduate of Carnegie Mellon, a father of four, and a winner of multiple prestigious awards.

You can learn more about Ke...

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December 23, 2020 53 min

Hello, friends! Today on the show:

He's a lover of good music, a family man, and rocked some pretty great hair styles over the decades… and for more than twenty years, he’s also been a very well-respected film and television director. His long list of IMDb credits include shows as Alias, Law & Order, Blood & Treasure, Veronica Mars, Criminal Minds, Revolution, Arrow, Supernatural, and many, many others.

He’s a great conve...

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December 20, 2020 68 min

He’s a true artisan who’s been working with wood for almost 15 years, turning gorgeous bowls on his lathe, and his pieces are as unique as he is.  But why is he so unique?

Because… he's blind.

Today, I’m going to talk with this Master Craftsman about his life’s journey, what caused his blindness, and how, without being able to see, he transforms a chunk of wood… into a work of art.

Check out John's beautiful wood work at his w...

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For over 30 years, she’s worked in women’s health. She started her career as nurse and today is a certified doula and childbirth educator who’s helped welcome hundreds of babies into the world.

She’s passionate about working with people, talking about pregnancy, and birth, and helping families settle in to life with a new baby.

As a mom of four herself, she’s no stranger to all of those things. She says, “I believe that birth is an e...

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December 6, 2020 56 min

She holds multiple degrees in music, has taught in universities from America to Transylvania, and throughout her amazing career, has been an honored guest conductor all across the world.

She’s not only passionate about music and the importance of arts education, but also the human experience itself.

Today, she’s the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Texas Tech University. Read more about her by clicking here.

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They’re a married couple raising four kids here in the United States.
 
Their youngest child, Declan, was born with cCMV, or congenital Cytomegalovirus, which eventually led to Cerebral Palsy.

Now, after having spent several years raising a child with cCMV, they have a website and a podcast to not only help other parents of the world understand the disease, but to share important information about cCMV and hopefully be a resource they...

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He’s a gentle giant with a wonderfully dry sense of humor and a rich, booming bass voice as smooth as they come. Over the last twenty years, he’s shared the screen with a multitude of actors like Ryan Reynolds and Adam Sandler in movies like Deadpool and Anger Management, and is very well known for playing Bo’sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

But he’s not just another pretty face! As a voiceover artist, ...

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November 15, 2020 63 min

Today’s episode is the first in what I hope will be a series spanning many decades.

The idea of this series is to follow one young woman for many, many years, on her journey through life. The inspiration for this came from the “Up” series in Britain, a television show I’ve been incredibly moved by and wanted to do my own version of.

The first portion of this premiere episode was recorded in November of 2019, one year ago. After Covid...

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November 8, 2020 63 min

For over fifty years, he’s been taking care of people in ways that would make most everybody a little uncomfortable. As a Funeral Director, he’s helped literally thousands and thousands of human beings through grief and the process of losing someone they loved.

Now retired, he was kind enough to sit with me and talk about his journey, his perspective on the world, and what it was like to work around death for most of his life.

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November 1, 2020 55 min

He’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet.

He was not only the Director of Academic Support for 22 years at the UCLA bookstores, but he’s traveled many places around the world, been a hippie, a playwright, an actor and now after retiring, helps cook food for the homeless in Los Angeles.

At 72, he looks back on a life lived with a myriad of experience and today, this California native is going to talk with me about that...

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