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.


April 20, 2022 66 mins


This episode is dedicated to the memory of my friend James Bortak, who in high school, introduced me to the wonders of Guy Gavriel Kay’s works, and shared with me many brunches, games of chess, and cups of Twinings black currant tea, over which we discussed the stories and the magic of the world of the Fionavar Tapestry.

You are missed, Jim. I hope wherever you are, your resounding laugh and brilliant soul are bringing hap...

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He’s no stranger to podcasts… and the mysteries of the Cosmos.

He’s an Astrophysicist and Astrophysics Professor at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island as well as an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

This Harvard and U of A graduate not only studies colliding galaxies, quasars, and the star formation hi...

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July 12, 2021 73 mins

He’s a fascinating human being, and an award-winning environmentalist. He’s the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy for Scenic Hudson, the New York based organization credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement. There, he oversees the organization’s engagement with local, state and federal government officials, and directs grass-roots and legislative lobbying campaigns.

He's the...

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June 14, 2021 86 mins

For over forty years, and with over 200 IMDb credits, he’s made you laugh, cry and feel everything in-between. You’ve seen him in shows and movies like Ally McBeal, Home Improvement, Small Soldiers, Hail, Caesar!, Gremlins, the Howling, and the Orville, to just scratch the surface of his long and distinguished career.

Since the 1980’s, he’s been a staple on television, film and stage, and he’s played iconic roles like Dr. Dick Richa...

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She’s a NASA Astrophysicist who’s no stranger to public speaking.  She’s talked about her passion for all things space and science from the Library of Congress all the way to ComicCon.

Today, she works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, studies how stars and black holes form in distant galaxies and how those processes change over time. 

She’s also the Deputy Proj...

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May 10, 2021 74 mins

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 ...

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April 26, 2021 77 mins

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 c...

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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 com...

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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 17, 2021 104 mins

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 ...

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February 8, 2021 63 mins

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 27, 2021 39 mins

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 w...

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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 M...

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December 28, 2020 14 mins

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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December 24, 2020 48 mins

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...

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December 24, 2020 53 mins

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.

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December 21, 2020 68 mins

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.

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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 believ...

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December 7, 2020 56 mins

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 ...

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