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October 25, 2020 62 min

Who doesn’t like a little spooky this time of year? I’m talking with Lindsey Charlick and Amanda Mednansky, hosts of the new podcast, True Creeps about ghosts and the history of Halloween. We’ll get into the details on hauntings and our own experiences, then jump into the harrowing holiday and hear about the origins of Halloween and its ghastly traditions.

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    Having survived the Holocaust and escaped the yoke of Communism, Les and Eva Aigner's history provides insights and perspective on what we’re witnessing today and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Their son Rob Aigner, host of the podcast Clear Choices, shares his parent’s history and discusses how it shaped him, and enabled him to see resilience in others who have been faced with challenging choices. 

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    Remote learning requires a parent-child partnership.

    As we muddle through this pandemic, parents are faced with the issue of keeping kids engaged in their schoolwork. What was once an entertainment device, is now a tool for learning. So how to keep your child engaged in a remote learning environment? Get physical. Nicole Drieske, Executive Director of the International Children’s Media Center talks about how parents can help their k...

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    Picture yourself waiting to board a plane. Then, suddenly, you’re being escorted to a cell, informed that you’re wanted by Interpol. That’s exactly what happened to Marek Zmysłowski, a high-tech entrepreneur who was on his way back to Nigeria, where his business was. Marek found himself in the crosshairs of a nasty guy who was an investor in his company. This week, we’ll hear his story about launching businesses, being locked up, a...

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    The cavepeople had it right.

    Volumetrics, Keto, Paleo, Flexitarian, Raw Food, Intermittent Fasting… there are more fad diets than you can shake a stick at. And every time we turn around somebody is pushing a new “miracle” way to shed pounds. But it’s almost inevitable that after doing one of these diets, we gain back all the pounds, and more often than not, even more. So how do we lose weight? Ditch those diets and just listen to yo...

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    September 21, 2020 66 min

    Looking at our world today can leave you feeling hopeless… so where can you find hope for the future?

    There’s so much out there to make us believe we live in hopeless times. But hope is out there. It really is. We just need to look harder to get past everything that’s happening to see it. For me and my guest, David Fields, our faith informs how we breakthrough to finding hope. And regardless of your faith, or non-faith, the same ide...

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    About 19 million people in the U.S. live more than a mile from a grocery store.

    These areas have been called food deserts by the folks who create names for such things. But more recently they’re being referred to as areas of food inequality, and some are beginning to call this condition, food apartheid. 

    It’s a big problem. Fortunately, there are a lot of organizations out there working to solve it. One of my favorite Netflix shows i...

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    September 2, 2020 41 min

    Here are the facts on the things we heard from both voters…

    Mary and Mark had a lot to say, respectively, about Joe Biden and President Trump. In this episode we dig into their comments on all the topics we covered and have presented a fact check on their information. 

    Whatever your political stripe, I hope that what both guests had to say and the information in this episode will help to inform your vote. And maybe, more importantly,...

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    August 21, 2020 41 min

    Hear from two fellow citizens on why Joe Biden is wrong and right for our country.

    In our last episode, we peeled back the layers on President Trump. Today we’re giving Joe Biden the once over. As in the last episode, we’ll begin with our guest Mark on why he’s not the guy to move our country forward. Then we’ll give the floor to Mary to hear the reasons why Biden is the right person at the right time. 

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    Hear from two fellow citizens on why Trump is wrong and right for our country.

    We hear it every four years… “this is the most consequential election in our lives/history.” My personal opinion is that the 2020 election might be just that. Our political discourse is more divisive than ever. When people hear beliefs or opinions about politics or social issues counter to their own, they cover their ears and start with the “la-la-la” tha...

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    August 10, 2020 64 min

    In difficult times, the simplest steps can feel like the hardest steps.

    There’s no questioning the fact that we live in divisive times. People are becoming increasingly hard-wired to reject ideas that run contrary to their own. So much so, that even beginning a dialogue can feel next to impossible. But once you make a habit of opening yourself up to and studying contrary ideas you’ll be better able to engage with others on them and ...

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    August 5, 2020 55 min

    The risks in beginning the 2020 fall term aren’t limited to contracting COVID.

    As schools start the fall 2020 semester during a pandemic there’s no consistent plan on how to get the year rolling without risk to both teachers and students. And that’s not just in terms of contracting COVID-19. Younger students will certainly suffer in terms of their ongoing education, but also from the psychological impact that comes with being separa...

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    In a stressful world, any advice on how to find some calm is a welcome thing. So where to turn to for that advice? Plants, of course! That’s right. When we tune into plants, their music – yes, they are musical - and connectedness can help us find our center and get our feet back on the ground. Tigrilla Gardenia (Masters in Futuro Vegetale, Univ. of Florence) explains how plants connect, communicate, thrive under the harshest condit...

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    Most folks are familiar with the character Forrest Gump. A guy who lived a remarkable life that intersected with Presidents, legendary coaches, international affairs and so much more. Sounds like a pretty good story, and it was. But there are folks out there who aren’t that far off the Forrest Gump mark. David Mucci is just such a person. His Gumpian life has ranged from politics to rock music to seeing the world through a colorful...

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    If you’ve ever been through or alongside someone in a fight with cancer, you know how brutal that battle is, and how much a support circle can make a difference. So many people face that fight alone and many of them may not have the resources – medical, financial, family – to help them navigate the journey. 

    Dianne Danowski-Smith, Founder of Answer2Cancer, had all of those resources as she faced her fight. When she came through it, ...

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    We are living in unprecedented times. How do the leaders of our cities cope with what’s happening while continuing with the programs and initiatives that were underway prior to the pandemic and the cries for social justice and racial equality? And then, in an election year, how do those leaders keep their campaign moving ahead? Why not ask someone who is doing it, right?

    Denny Doyle is the Mayor of a big little city, Beaverton, Oreg...

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    July 6, 2020 68 min

    I’ve been a dog lover my whole life. In fact, I can think of only maybe 2 or 3 years that I didn’t have a furry pal in my life. Can’t image life without one. If you’re like me and always want a dog as part of your family, a rescue agency is a good way to go, provided they’re doing it right. 

    Must Love Dogs NW is a rescue/fostering agency that absolutely is. 

    Courtney Givens, the agencies President shares her own story of pet love, an...

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    As we celebrate Independence Day and look at the state of affairs in our country, we may struggle to see much of a reason to celebrate. Certainly, we don’t appear to have realized the self-evident truths that the Declaration of Independence refers to. Taking a read of it will help to bring us back to the reasons for the founding of our country. And in that light, the Declaration is more relevant than ever. As we read it, we can see...

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    Mass shootings, unfortunately, have become normalized in our country. They can happen anywhere, anytime – on a crowded street, at work, in a store, in schools at every level, even in places of worship. There’s no place that any of us is truly safe as we go about our lives. So, what should you expect from first responders and what should you do, if, God forbid, you find yourself confronted with a live shooter?

    Jeff Cholewinski, a ret...

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    Our Declaration of Independence doesn’t bury the lead. It starts with the core element of what this country is supposed to be about: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

    Unfortunately, that statement has become only a lofty aspiration and not a reality. Now, we ...

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