Spark

Spark

Spark, hosted by Kellee Marlow, on KXSF.FM in San Francisco, focuses on curated conversations with change-leaders and influencers- to inform minds, inspire ideas and ignite innovation. Basically, conversations that enable us to transcend beyond what we believe we are capable of.

Episodes

April 1, 2021 28 min
How can we optimize the quality of both our physical and mental health as we age? Kellee talks to Dr Frank Lipman, specializing in the functioning of the body as a means of preventing disease and creating vibrant, sustainable health. He shares what we can do to promote our well-being over time. 
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Hair loss can be traumatic for people. The current stress of the pandemic may be contributing to it. Kellee talks with Dr Sophia Kogan, cofounder and chief medical adviser of Nutrafol, a hair wellness company about the key factors tied to hair loss and what we can do about it.  
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March 18, 2021 29 min
What if your gut health determines your mental, physical and future well-being… would you optimize the strains of gut bacteria that will protect you from diseases and brain deterioration? Kellee talks with Dr Peter Swann, an authority on the gut microbiome. He will share how we can boost our gut health that will prevent degeneration of our brain and body. 
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March 4, 2021 17 min
What if you didn’t have to take a separate health supplement and  it was infused into your tea or coffee? This is what Gary Shinner and Jill Portman, founders of Mighty Leaf Tea (acquired by Peets) has accomplished in their new line of Good Pharma infusions. Kellee talks with Gary Shinner about the health benefits of their new infusions and why these infusions are different from the health supplements and superfoods that are being ...
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February 25, 2021 29 min
Imagine living in a country where people are only focused on power, status and appearance as well as manipulating others for personal gain. It would be all about winning, material growth and perfect exterior facade. This would all make a very lonely existence. Some researchers are finding that the US is heading in this direction. Kellee talks with Ramani Durvasula, a leading expert on narcissism. She will share what narcissism look...
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February 18, 2021 25 min
In December of 2020, US economy lost 140,000 jobs. All of them were held by women. Many are turning to gig work as larger part of their income or becoming solopreneurs or even entrepreneurs. It is a growing trend during this time. How can one thrive as a solopreneur or entrepreneur during this pandemic?  Kellee talks with Claudia Viek, Founder of Invest in Women Entrepreneurs Initiative, about how solopreneurs and entrepreneurs can...
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More than 35 million Americans live in households that struggle with hunger. One in ten households in the U.S. experience food insecurity. Millions of low-wage earners are barely getting by, week to week. They worry about how to pay the rent and put food on the table. They need government programs, including Food Stamps and Medicare, on top of working full-time jobs just to get by. How can we support those who are on the brink of d...
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Access to financial services has been recognized as one of the most important factors in eradicating global poverty. 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked on the global scale, yet two-thirds of them own a mobile phone that could help them access financial services. Women make up more than half or 55 percent of the global unbanked population. How can we help the unbanked become bankable or access to financial services or support? Kelle...
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The National Human Trafficking Hotline in the US saw a 20 percent increase last year in the victims and survivors who contacted for help. Each year, it is estimated that around 18,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States.The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country each year is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. What is happening an...
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Over 40 million people are caught in modern slavery worldwide. 1 out of 4 of them are children. It is a $150 billion dollar industry and it is bigger than the drug trade because each person can be purchased more than once. How does it exist and thrive? What can we do about modern slavery? Kellee talks with Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen, based in London, England. He shares the state of modern slavery, how to spot it and how Unseen is...
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If you believe in ending the homeless crisis by empowering them to have jobs and support, rather than funding them to stay where they are, then you will be interested in hearing how it is being accomplished by the social enterprise- Beam based in London, England. Kellee talks with Alex Stephany, CEO of Beam about how its innovative crowd-funding and community platform is providing training and support, for the homeless, to empower ...
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If you believe in second chances, then you believe that there should be opportunities once you served your time in prison. 1 out of 20 US Citizens will serve in prison in his or her lifetime. It is estimated that close to six million children in America have experienced the loss of a parent due to prison or jail time. The national recidivism rate (or return to prison) for released prisoners is 44 percent within the first year. What...
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What if food waste can be converted into bio-degradable fashion fibers and plastic packaging? Over 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year, including 128 million tons of milk. Kellee talks with Robert Luo, CEO of Mi Terro, a biotech company that has created fabric from spoiled milk. His company is focused on re-engineering food waste and plants to replace petroleum-based products like fashion fibers, plastic, and personal care...
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What if values-driven shopping could be easier than you think? You could go to a particular place where all products have been vetted for sustainability and social good, similar to what Whole Foods has accomplished in its purpose-driven mission of delivering natural or organic products to promote healthy living. Kellee talks with Katie Tyson, co-founder of Hive about the movement toward values-driven shopping. She shares how we can...
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What if what you wear can determine the health of our planet? Would you be more selective about your options? Kellee talks with Rihanna Knight, CEO of Team Timbuktu about the sustainable fashion process and ethical production. She shares how it is possible to balance profit with purpose. 
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What if your urine had the ability to be sourced as a fuel to provide electricity? It is what Pee Power technology has accomplished through its innovation of microbial fuel cells that channel urine through to create clean and sustainable energy. Kellee talks with Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos, the innovator of Pee Power about the potential of this clean energy source.
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November 19, 2020 25 min
There has been a lot of controversy around information or disinformation tied to the coronavirus and elections this year. How information has been conveyed, shared and acted-on has divided the country, in particular, the spread of disinformation. Kellee discusses with Professor Philip Napoli, a leading expert on media, democracy and public policy about disinformation in the digital age and how we can counter disinformation. 
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November 12, 2020 22 min
As we age, our sense of purpose becomes an important part of staying healthy, connected and resilient. Kellee talks with Professor Eric Kim, a leading expert on aging and purpose, about how purpose can make a significant impact in both our physical and psychological health. If you feeling that it is time to define or redefine your purpose, this is the episode for you.
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November 5, 2020 30 min
According to a Harvard study, over the next two decades, more than 27.7 million people will join the 50 and over age group. Most of this increase will be among the population aged 65 and over. The number of people over 65 years of age who are working has doubled. As the population ages, more people will encounter ageism. It isn’t a topic that is commonly talked about and it is as important as racism or sexism. What can we do to add...
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October 29, 2020 42 min
One in three adults does not get enough sleep. As a nation, we are not getting sufficient sleep. We need quality sleep to stay healthy, engaged and resilient. What are the key contributors of sleep deprivation? Kellee discusses with Dr Guy Leschziner, a leading expert on the science of sleep on how to address the most common sleep issues. If you are feeling sleep-deprived, this is the episode for you.
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