An Inside Look at Prison Industry Enterprise: Is It Really a Win/Win for Business, Inmates and Us? A Frank Interview Tim Grant

July 21, 2016
Hosted by Beth Green and Co-Host James Maynard

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First a few facts. More than 2.3 million Americans are in prison and over 50% in federal lock-up are there for drug offenses. Of the 9% of prisoners who are women, 75% have histories of severe physical abuse by partners and 82% suffered serious physical or sexual abuse as girls. They are disproportionately black. Some prisoners work, especially in federal penitentiaries, and they can be forced to work for minimum or no compensation, as little as 23 cents/hour. For the last few years, some people are trying to create a different model for prison labor, developing a for-profit manufacturing sector in prison that is supposed to be a win/win for companies and inmates. Tim Grant runs one such factory in an Arkansas maximum security women’s prison. He says he is giving prisoners decent wages, money to send home, skills to use outside and a sense of value. Let’s get the inside story on this new form of prison labor. Does it help prisoners, is it taking our jobs or is it a new chain gang?

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Beth Green and Co-Host James Maynard

Beth Green has always been a revolutionary, first as a social activist, then as a spiritual activist. Combining higher consciousness, spunk and common sense, Beth uses her humor, insight and intuition to help us identify our negative patterns and heal ourselves, so we can be a blessing to our world. Beth’s goal for her radio and TV shows is to create a platform and offer a shared vision for Inner Revolutionaries all over the planet: those who support Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support; confront mindless traditions; and come together to empower us all. Beth has always been a catalyst for change. Before 1978, she was a social activist, lending heart and soul to creating a more just world. A spiritual awakening in 1978 revealed her astonishing ability to instantly access a guiding inner voice. Since then, Beth’s spiritual power, courage and passion for helping others have made her an effective original teacher and counselor with the capacity to effect change in individuals and groups. In 1983 she founded TheInnerRevolution.org, originally named The Stream, now a thriving community that walks its talk. Her intuitive healing work is fast, deep and precise. Her book Living with Reality (she has written 5) is a manual for living beyond ego. Her Huffington Post blogs offer fresh thinking. All her work – music, workshops, trainings, the School of Intuitive Counseling – confront the ego, but nurture the soul. And her Inner Revolutionary TV channel rocks. (See VoiceAmerica.TV).

James is a born ham who aspired to be a big cheese. A creative guy who played jazz trumpet professionally with Big Band groups and who loves to sing and compose music, he got sidetracked into the legal field in order to live the life he thought he should. In the early 70s, he broke loose and got involved in the New Age movement, studying the esoteric and living at the groundbreaking New Age community, Findhorn, in Scotland. Returning to the US 3 years later, he also became deeply involved in the field of hypnotherapy, not only as a practitioner, but as a teacher and founder of the Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute. He underplayed those aspects of him again by returning to the practice of law, but in the past few years, he has broken free for good. He gets to be a ham as co-host of Inner Revolutionary Radio. He’s now actively reinvigorating his musical career, blowing his horn, singing and composing, and he supports his wife Beth with her private consultations, 15 Minutes with Beth, and with all her other work.

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July 2016

  • 7/28/2016: Ego, Politics and the 2016 Elections: A Penetrating Commentary from Our Host Beth Green Coming Soon
  • 7/21/2016: An Inside Look at Prison Industry Enterprise: Is It Really a Win/Win for Business, Inmates and Us? A Frank Interview Tim Grant Listen Now
  • 7/14/2016: Income Inequality Is Destroying Our Nation and Tearing Us Apart! What Can We Do About It? Josh Hoxie Returns with Strategies. Let's Talk! Listen Now
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Alcohol vs. Illegal Drugs! Which Does More Damage?

Steve Almond

A son of two politically-active psychiatrists and a former sports reporter and play-by-play man, Steve Almond spent seven years as a journalist before writing his first book, the short story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His nonfiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times bestseller. His short fiction was included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and he writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times Magazine. Steve received his undergrad degree from Wesleyan University. He teaches non-fiction to fellows in the Nieman Fellowship program based in Cambridge, Mass and served as adjunct professor in creative writing at Boston College until resigning to protest the selection of Condoleezza Rice as the school’s 2006 commencement speaker. A regular correspondent on NPR’s Here & Now and on WGBH, both based in Boston, Steve co-hosts Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three children. View Guest page

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Have you noticed any ego in this election campaign?


What do the 2016 elections say about the state of consciousness in our nation? What does the ego have to do with it? Tune in for a primer on what the ego is and isn’t and how the ego is impacting the presidential race, the electorate and the candidates. View Guest page

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Steve Austin


I am Steve Austin, a thirtysomething husband and dad. I scored “above average” on my psychologist’s ADHD test, different foods on my plate cannot touch, and I binge watch Netflix like it’s my j-o-b. I am a family man, a writer, and a professional photographer. I’ve also been a youth pastor and worship leader off and on for the better part of a decade, but sign language interpreting is what pays the bills (even if coffee swallows up most of the profits). I write about the messiness of grace, finding Christ in the midst of mental illness, the struggles with childhood trauma and the ordinary, powerful ways God heals us. I am not a politician, a theologian or a professional Christian. For me, this faith journey is not about being on the left or right or judging the actions of others. It’s about taking my story and using it to positively impact others with similar struggles. It’s about giving all those rotten things in life meaning, and eventually a purpose. www.iamsteveaustin.com. View Guest page

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Christine Benton

Christine Benton is a public relations executive, producer of Inner Revolutionary Radio and director of TheInnerRevolution.Org. She is one of Beth Green’s biggest fans and credits Beth’s teachings with helping her to grow and evolve in ways that make all of life a lot more fun and enjoyable. Like Beth, Christine is committed to making the Inner Revolution, helping people to learn and practice the principles of Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support in every area of life. Prior to working in PR, Christine worked as a journalist and still has a passion for the truth and will use every shred of self-awareness, intelligence and observation to uncover it. Christine lives in Southern California with her husband Todd, who also assists with the radio show and is active in TheInnerRevolution.Org, two rapidly evolving boys and a dog who insists on joining all important meetings. The whole family is part of the Inner Revolution! View Guest page

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Todd Benton


Todd Benton is a website and graphic designer who also advises on social media and relationship marketing. His tagline is “creating authentic connections online and offline” and in keeping with that, he’s also trying to change what it means to be a man in today’s hyper-competitive, male-dominated culture. He does this though his work with the Inner Revolutionary Men’s group – a program of the InnerRevolution.Org – and as a father to two young boys. Todd wasn’t always like this, however. He spent most of his first 50 years organized around self-serving platitudes and focused on being important and impressive, which led him to ignore almost everything that didn’t seem to fit that picture. Todd is now working to be a different kind of man and father: one that helps others to be emotionally intelligent, honest and available. Todd lives in San Diego with his wife, Christine and his sons, aged 9 and 12. View Guest page

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Dr. Brad Blanton

Dr. Brad Blanton is a psychotherapist, author and seminar leader. His book, Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth, became a nationwide best seller, and he has authored seven other books on the theme of radical honesty. Dr. Blanton has had extensive training in Gestalt therapy, hypnosis, bioenergetics and meditation. According to Dr. Blanton, the primary cause of stress, depression and anger is “living in a story and lying to maintain it.” Currently the primary focus of The Center for Radical Honesty, which Dr. Blanton founded, is to develop an online training that integrates personal growth and social change. It is called “The Course in Completion,” and it shows how the key to current personal happiness and effectiveness in relationships in all our lives is to finish up the unfinished business people have with various others in their lives. He also shows how completion it is the key to relevant social change. Meet him on InsideOut. View Guest page

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Ann Brennan

Ann has worked with youth and families for over 20 years and is passionate about supporting people to reach their potential. She holds a master’s degree in Cross Cultural Teaching and is credentialed to teach both primary and secondary levels. Currently she teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and English Language Development in Fallbrook, CA, and serves as Director of Family Services and President of the Board of Directors of The Stream, her spiritual community where she has studied with Beth Green. Through both her inner work and community experience, she has overcome life-long habits of fear and resistance to the learning process and has been able to translate her own learning into skills for teaching at-risk youth, as well as families in The Stream. Ann has been recognized numerous times in her school district for Outstanding Service to English Learners and is constantly revising her programs to develop highly engaging and powerful learning experiences for her students. View Guest page

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Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks is author of the book, God is in the Little Things; Messages from the Animals. Having profound spiritual experiences has changed Patricia’s life dramatically and she has come to understand her Divine life purpose is to spread the message of Oneness to our higher Self, each other, and all living beings. She is an interfaith seminary student, animal totem intuitive, and angel healing practitioner. Patricia also authors two spiritual blogs and is a contributing writer to many spiritual magazines. Patricia lives with her two daughters and in her spare time she loves to travel. View Guest page

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Earl Cahill


Earl Cahill is co-founder of the non-profit community development organization, Waves- of Hope, and co-owner of the eco-resort, El Coco Loco in Northern Nicaragua. Earl, a native of Kingston, Ontario Canada, studied social science at the University of Ottawa, where he met his future business partners Jamie Collum and Ben Orton. The three travelled together to Central America where they developed a deep connection to the culture and landscape of Nicaragua. This was the inspiration for the dream of building a small eco-resort with a focus on projects that benefit the local residents. This was in 2005; in 2009, the dream became a reality. Over the past 6 years more than $250,000 has been raised for the community through Waves of Hope and positive changes in education, health, and prosperity have been observed. Earl currently lives in the community of Manzano #1, Nicaragua with his wife and two young children. Their websites are www.waves-of-hope.com and www.cocolocoresort.com. View Guest page

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Carl Johan Calleman

Carl Johan Calleman is a scientist and philosopher born in Stockholm, Sweden. Recognized as the main proponent of the idea that the Mayan calendar reflects the evolution of consciousness, Dr. Calleman has lectured worldwide, and his books on this topic have been translated into fourteen languages. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Biology from the University of Stockholm and has been a Senior Researcher of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has served as an expert on cancer for the World Health Organization, and articles he has authored or co-authored have been quoted more than 1500 times in the scientific literature. Website www.calleman.com View Guest page

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Sister Simone Campbell


Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. A religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, she lobbies in Washington on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. During the 2010 congressional debate, she wrote the famous nuns’ letter supporting the Affordable Care Act, which is seen as critically important in passing the bill. In 2012 she initiated the first cross-country Nuns on the Bus tour. Since 2012, she has been instrumental in organizing three, each with its own focus: economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform and voter turnout. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. NETWORK is engaged in the global movement for justice and peace – educating, organizing and lobbying for economic and social transformation. http://www.networklobby.org. View Guest page

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Kara Dansky


Kara Dansky is the creator of Ending Racism: Meditation, Contemplation, Action –a unique course designed to help white people use meditation as a tool for dismantling racism. Dansky is the founder and Managing Director of One Thousand Arms, a change-making organization that works with white people to dismantle racism. She is a certified meditation instructor who has used meditation to examine her own racial conditioning. Previously, she was a Special Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York, Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, Senior Counsel at the ACLU, Executive Director at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and Staff Attorney at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons. Kara received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University (both cum laude). View Guest page

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John Davis


John Davis served in the United States government under presidents Johnson through Clinton. His work encompassed intelligence, manpower management, immigration law and restructuring the Department of Defense. He retired in 1993 and started retrieving information on the climate, environment and effects of natural disasters. He became more concerned, but only when he became a grandfather did he realize he could no longer be a neutral player. Early 2014 he attended the Climate Reality Leadership Training in New Delhi, India with over 500 others from dozens of nations. Now energized and transformed from an observer to an activist, in May 2015, John helped with the outreach program for the first Climate Leadership Training in the US since 2012. He now manages two Facebook groups: Climate Guardians 2015 and the Midwest Climate Reality Leadership Network, and there’s much more to come. John believes he has a moral, spiritual and ethical obligation to fight for the future of our planet. View Guest page

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Dr.Grant Deane

Dr.Grant Deane is the Director of the Hydraulics Lab of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego. Focusing on upper ocean physics, Dr. Deane travels extensively to speak and meet others in the international scientific community studying climate change. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in physics from Auckland University, New Zealand, and a PH.D. in mathematics from Oxford. A Mellon Fellow at SIO from 1990 to 1992, since 1995, he has been a Research Oceanographer at the Institution, where he is now the Director of the Hydraulics lab. His research interests include under water acoustics, small-scale, upper ocean physics and its relationship to weather and climate, and bioluminescence. Dr. Deane is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters. He recently returned from a trip to the Arctic circle to study the retreating glaciers. View Guest page

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Professor Scott Denning

Scott Denning is a respected climatologist who loves to talk to people. He makes science fun and understandable to those of us without specialized knowledge. He is Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, where he leads a large research group using many kinds of observations and models to understand the metabolism of the Earth’s biosphere. He is also Director of Education and Diversity for the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, whose purpose is to increase understanding of global climate change among children, as well as college and university students. He also enjoys engaging in public presentations, especially to those with contrary viewpoints. Scott is the author of over 90 publications in peer-reviewed climate literature, is a former editor of the Journal of Climate and served for five years as founding Science Chair of the North American Carbon Program. He lives in Colorado with his wife, two teenage sons and assorted animals. View Guest page

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Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D., loves to challenge our ideas. A British author, researcher and down-to-earth guy, he combines academic training and with a sense of what’s important in our world. He’s the author of Breaking the Spell; New Revolutions for a Small Planet; The Struggle for Your Mind; and New Consciousness for a New World. He co-authored Dawn of the Akashic Age with Nobel Prize nominee Ervin Laszlo, with whom he also edited The New Science & Spirituality Reader; and he co-authored After the Car with John Urry. Kingsley is co-founder of WorldShift International, a conscious evolution initiative, he worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, and he has authored numerous articles on social futures, technology, and conscious evolution. Kingsley has lived and worked for many years outside Britain, including five years in Turkey. He currently resides in Andalusia, Spain and continues to research, write, travel and grow his own vegetables with passion. Call him! View Guest page

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Richard Di Santo


Richard Di Santo is a retired K-12 educator/counselor who does part time tutoring. Richard grew up in the 1950's in the suburbs of Chicago. He is the product of a culture and religious denomination that fostered compliance. At the same time, he experienced a male dominated hierarchy in his family and in society. Those experiences contributed to his development as a quiet, compliant, self-conscious, emotionally isolated and depressed teen. He lived out those characteristics as a man throughout his adult life despite being largely unaware of their impact on himself or others. He also acted out the hierarchy and domination he had learned as a child in his marriages and his work. Today, Richard wants to share the benefits of being an authentic man, not constrained by the beliefs of domination and ego. He is dedicated to being a fully evolving person capable of emotional honesty, genuine relationships, doing his part to transform what it means to be a man today. View Guest page

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Do You Ever Feel This Way? We Do!

Does this look like an old man in the sky?

Does This Remind You of Anyone?

Dr. Larry Dossey


Dr. Larry Dossey is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-previewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health, which have been translated into languages around the world. His most recent book is ONE MIND: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. He lectures around the world. His website is: http://www.dosseydossey.com. View Guest page

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Reverend Michael Dowd

Reverend Michael Dowd calls himself America’s evolutionary evangelist. He has dedicated his life to proclaiming the Great News of a sacred view of cosmic, biological, and human evolution. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dowd pastored three United Church of Christ congregations, worked with conservative and liberal religious leaders across America on environmental, peace, and justice issues, and managed government-funded Sustainable Lifestyle Campaigns on both coasts. Since 2002, he has lived entirely on the road with his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer. Michael’s bestselling book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel prize scientists and spiritual leaders as well. He is a passionate author and lecturer, helping people understand themselves and their world in terms of evolution and simultaneously honoring the sacredness of creation. Since 2002, Michael and Connie have addressed over 1800 religious and secular audiences around the country. www.michaeldowd.org View Guest page

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Dr. McClane Duncan

As a native of Utah, Dr. McClane Duncan grew up in a small farming community where, among the mountain streams and rugged peaks, he fell in love with nature. When cancer struck his family, he saw his father battle through surgery and chemotherapy only to become weaker and more susceptible to his cancer. Resolved to find a more sensible approach to medicine based on strengthening the body’s natural disease fighting ability, McClane received a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and has other post-graduate training. Now he is a partner in Siskiyou Vital Medicine, Southern Oregon's first Direct Primary Care Clinic and the nation's first Naturopathic Direct Care Clinic. A Direct Primary Care Clinic gives patients unrestricted access to a Natural Health Care Practitioner for a flat monthly fee that covers unrestricted office visits, wholesale pricing on labs, discounts on supplements and medications, complementary procedures and more, with no deductibles or copays. View Guest page

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Prince Ea

Born and raised on the North Side of St. Louis Missouri, Prince Ea has a sound unlike that of most other artists. Possessing great songwriting ability and stage presence, he produces creative and thought-provoking songs that neatly tie in humor, passion and hard hitting punch-lines. From his YouTube videos, which have garnered millions of hits, Prince Ea has developed a loyal fan base. Beyond his internet success, Prince Ea has been featured in both national and local publications. In 2009, VIBE Magazine declared him Vibe Verses Grand Champion, and he received a full page article in Vibe’s June 2009 edition. That same year, he founded “Make SMART Cool” (SMART being an acronym for Sophisticating Millions and Revolutionizing Thought). The organization seeks to promote positive social change in various concrete ways – from speaking at schools, organizing community events, giving benefit performances, partnering with community organizations and setting up educational mentorship programs. View Guest page

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Adam Gaffney


Adam Gaffney is a physician and writer. He’s a clinical and research fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is pursuing public health research. His current work involves environmental health in Shanghai, China. His writing generally focuses on the policy, politics, and history of health care and his articles have appeared, either in print or online, in the New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books, USA Today, Salon, CNN.com, Dissent, US News & World Report, Jacobin, In These Times, and elsewhere. His is a proud member – and adviser to the board – of Physicians for a National Health Program. He feels that if we believe in a “right to health” for all, then we need a universal single-payer health care system for all. He received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine. View Guest page

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Dr. James L. Gelvin

James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, his Master's in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at Boston College, Harvard, MIT, and the American University in Beirut. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of four books: The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press); The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press);The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press); and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is also co-editor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930 (University of California Press). View Guest page

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Jeff Gerstl

Jeff Gerstl has over 25 years of broadcast radio experience, having worked on-air in a variety of music formats and management positions in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz broadcast market in California and in the San Diego/Tijuana broadcast market in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. In terrestrial radio, he worked for AM and FM stations ranging from a 48 watt FM station (yes, a light bulb was more powerful) to a 100,000 watt FM station in Mexico where he parked his car under the broadcast tower for three stations! Jeff worked for and hosted his own travel radio program on World Talk Radio for six years. He continued his internet radio career when World Talk Radio was acquired in 2007, and he now serves as Director of Host Services for the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network and World Talk Radio. Jeff lives in the San Diego area with his wife Rachel. In his spare time he loves to write and listen to a very wide variety of music, a result of all of his years in music radio. View Guest page

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Tim Grant


Until September 2015, Tim Grant was president and CEO of Actronix, Inc., a manufacturer of highly engineered cable assemblies and wire harnesses for the medical, security and defense, communications and industrial sectors. He stepped down for health reasons and is currently recovering. During Tim’s tenure as president and CEO, in a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Actronix created a second production facility on the grounds of McPherson Women's Unit Prison in Newport, Ark. This unique production facility has had a positive impact on the community by helping train inmates and provide a means for victim restitution and child support. Before heading up Actronix, Tim ran Coast Electric and Trade Paper. He’s also held various corporate, line, and staff positions at Kierulff Electronics, Arrow Electronics, and most recently at Avnet, Inc. Tim holds a BA in Economics from UCLA, an MBA in Management from Pepperdine and a JD from Western State University. View Guest page

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Beth Green

Beth Green has always been a revolutionary, first as a social activist, then as a spiritual activist. Combining higher consciousness, spunk and common sense, Beth uses humor, insight and intuition to help us transform. Before 1978, she was a social activist, lending heart and soul to creating a more just world. A spiritual awakening in 1978 revealed her astonishing ability to instantly access a guiding inner voice. Since then, Beth’s spiritual power, courage and passion for helping others have made her an effective original teacher and counselor for individuals and groups. In 1983 she founded TheInnerRevolution.org, originally named The Stream. Her intuitive healing work is fast, deep and precise. She has written 5 books. Her Huffington Post blogs offer fresh thinking. All her work – music, workshops, trainings, the Inner Revolutionary School – confront the ego, but nurture the soul. She has two video platforms: Inner Revolutionary TV on VoiceAmerica.TV and Beth Green TV on YouTube. View Guest page

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An Example of a Rorschach Test. Have Fun with Yourself!

Katharine Hayhoe

Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2014, Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist, who studies climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing the planet today. She crunches the data, analyzes the models, and helps engineers, city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts. An Evangelical Christian, as well as a climate scientist, Katherine is calling us to awareness about climate change and our responsibility for it. She is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. Her work as a climate change evangelist is featured in the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously and The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, and in articles appearing in popular and peer-reviewed print media. View Guest page

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Helen

Helen is a 64-year-old mom who thought that having a daughter late in life would make it easier. It didn’t. She knew there was addiction in her family, that she herself was a food addict and that her then-husband had been a drug addict as well, but it never occurred to her that there was a huge risk that her child would be an addict, too. When her sister’s only child died of a heroin overdose, she felt compassion, but when her daughter admitted she’d been using, too, on the very night of her cousin’s death, the wall of denial really came down. Helen had engaged in years of co-dependent behavior, coddling and denial. But eventually reality prevailed and now she gets support to stay more detached and neutral. The pain of possibly losing her only child, just like her sister did, has brought her to her knees and has brought her a new level of consciousness and a new appreciation of the sober times she has with her daughter now, still knowing she could die anytime. They are very close. View Guest page

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Bob Hettiger

Born in the South Side of Chicago, Bob served in the Army for two years during the Vietnam era, before getting into a car accident at home. He required two years of rehab in the VA Hospital but was left a paraplegic. Afterwards, he attended Southern Illinois University in a wheelchair until he developed pressure sores which required eight more years of surgeries and healing. He moved to San Diego and worked for twenty years for the Department of Defense as a programmer. He fell in love with sailing and co-founded Challenged America, a program giving the disabled community exposure to sailing. He sailed in many races including a race to Hawaii with an all-disabled crew. Bob has worked on many committees including the Diversity Committee for DOD, Citizens Review Committee for the city of San Diego, and San Diego Foundation for Change. He found the love of his life, Carol, and together they met Beth and joined the Stream. Their lives have been transforming moment by moment ever since. View Guest page

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Helen Hillix

Helen Hillix is an intuitive counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice since 1985 in north San Diego County. Her career began with traditional training in psychology, with no real goal of becoming a counselor. The universe had other plans. After 8 years working as research psychologist and then director of a psychiatric hospital alternative, during which time she co-authored academic articles, presented at conferences and served on the Mental Health Advisory Board of San Diego County, Helen met Beth Green and her life changed. Helen has been participating in training programs with Beth since 1985. Helen integrates her warmth, humor, down-to-earth style and intuitive skill in her counseling work and continues to have a passion for transformation, hers and others’. She is currently the lead for a campaign called Unleashing the Power of Kids: Mobilizing Them for Fitness, Cooperation, Service & Thought, a program she hopes will go global. www.TheInnerRevolution.Org. View Guest page

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Lynn Hillix


Lynn Hillix is a nurse manager for one of the largest health care companies in the US. This is the first career for Lynn, and it took a long time to get there. She previously worked as an office manager, waitress, bartender, restaurant manager, and mother. Lynn's passion is Oncology and she has worked in Oncology since she first became a nurse at the age of 50. She often says, "People with cancer are the most appreciative people you will ever meet." During her time in nursing she worked as a chemotherapy nurse, charge nurse, case manager, and bone marrow transplant coordinator. She is no longer at the bedside, but knows that through her efforts as a manager she is making a difference in patient's lives. Lynn is the co-leader of Unleashing the Power of Kids, a program founded by Beth Green, the host of Inner Revolutionary Radio. Lynn wants to make a difference in the future of our planet starting with the kids. Lynn lives in San Diego, CA. View Guest page

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Helen Hillix-Di Santo

Helen Hillix-Di Santo is an intuitive counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice since 1985 in north San Diego County. Her career began with traditional training in psychology, with no real goal of becoming a counselor. The universe had other plans. After 8 years working as research psychologist and then director of a psychiatric hospital alternative, during which time she co-authored academic articles, presented at conferences and served on the Mental Health Advisory Board of San Diego County, Helen met Beth Green and her life changed. Helen has been studying intuition and body-mind-spirit healing with Beth since 1985. She integrates her warmth, humor, down-to-earth style and intuitive skill in her counseling work and continues to have a passion for transformation, hers and that of others. She’s also the Spiritual Director of The Stream Center for The New Spirituality. She’d love to meet you. View Guest page

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Carol Hollan, MD

Born in Alabama, Carol decided to be a plastic surgeon when she was six years old after a casual conversation with a World War II nurse. After medical school, she practiced family medicine for four years before beginning six years of surgical training at UC San Diego. During her thirty years as a plastic surgeon, she has loved hand and reconstructive as well as cosmetic surgery. For many years, she has participated in a surgical field program in Mexico to correct childhood deformities. While there was physical transformation in her cosmetic patients, there was not necessarily life transformation – healed broken hearts, improved marriages, heightened self esteem. In 2001, in a search for her own personal transformation and higher consciousness, Carol met Beth Green. Through her work with Beth and The Stream, Carol has integrated Stream principles into both her personal life and her work. But it’s her own warmth and caring that have made her beloved by patients and friends alike. View Guest page

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Rozz Hopson

Rozz Hopson has spent her life moving through barriers to uncover her true self. What has emerged is a woman who can be herself anywhere. Born in 1970 rural Arkansas, she grew up in a black suburb in Denver with her younger sister and was co-raised by her mother and great aunt. After high school she moved to Washington DC and worked to put herself through college. She took courses at various schools, yet always felt out of place. Where she felt at home was in the office. Rozz loved solving problems, crunching numbers & supporting others so she focused her efforts on the business world. In ‘97 she moved to San Diego and began working for a firm as an accounting clerk. Although she never completed her degree she has progressed with the company and is now the VP of Operations. Rozz also loves to sing and share her gift. She performs many genres including Divine chanting. Rozz continues to work to clear the barriers that would keep her and others from sharing their true selves as well. View Guest page

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Josh Hoxie


Josh Hoxie heads up the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Josh’s main focus is on addressing wealth inequality through the estate tax, a levy on the intergenerational transfer of immense wealth. Prior to joining IPS, Josh worked as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest serving independent in Congressional history, both in his office in Washington, DC and on his successful 2012 re-election campaign. Josh co-authored the recent report, Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us with his colleague Chuck Collins. He’s written extensively on issues around inequality in a range of publications including The New York Times, Reuters, The Nation, and The American Prospect. Josh grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and attained a BA in Political Science and Economics from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. View Guest page

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Annette Hughes

Annette grew up in Chicago born to a Polish mother and Cuban father with a stormy relationship. As a child she discovered acting and the thrill of connecting to an audience, writing, casting and performing her own play. Despite insecurities, she acted in high school and college and later in local commercials and local and traveling theatre. Drawn to the West Coast, she was in LA for a 2-week visit and was cast in her first movie lead with a "big star" in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. In Hollywood she felt swallowed up by her insecurities, nonetheless performing on TV and in TV movies, as well as commercials. Meanwhile, she searched for safe ways to heal, and she discovered Beth Green and The Stream, where she stepped into a community that supports her growth as a wife, parent, sister, friend and woman. At the Stream she is the director of the Healing Arts Theatre, which offers actors and audience a unique modality for self-expression and transformation. She is married with 2 children. View Guest page

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Jakada Imani

Jakada Imani is the Executive Director of Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion. Ignite trains, supports, and inspires spiritually-rooted changemakers who are working to create a world where we all can flourish. Prior to joining PSR, Jakada served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. After taking over from the center’s founder Van Jones, Jakada led the Center to pass federal legislation (the Green Jobs Act), led the organization in four successful state-wide ballot measure campaigns (No on Prop 6 in 2008, No on Prop 23 in 2010 and Yes on Props 30 and 39 in 2012), and launched the center’s newest effort, a goal to reduce the US incarceration rate by 50% in ten-years. Before becoming Executive Director, Jakada was a lead strategist and chief team member on some of Ella Baker Center’s most high profile campaigns. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada is the father of four powerful and creative young girls. View Guest page

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Keegan Kuhn

Keegan Kuhn is a videographer, award-winning documentary filmmaker and professional musician living in the east bay of San Francisco. He has worked with nonprofit organizations and been involved in social justice movements for virtually his entire life. As a filmmaker, he helps organizations reach an ever-greater community of supporters with the highest possible quality films and videos. His film career has taken him as far as the remote interior of Alaska to document modern homesteaders, to the high deserts of the American west filming the nation’s remaining wild horses, to rural agricultural communities and dirty urban streets. He is motivated by a deep desire to shed light on untold stories of the most downtrodden in our society and to raise to awareness through greater visibility of social justice issues. Keegan is the owner of First Spark Media and his two feature films are “Cowspiracy” and “Turlock,” a film about Animal Place, a unique sanctuary devoted to rehoming farm animals. View Guest page

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Larry


Larry preferred not to provide his last name. Larry is a scientist and educator. He spent more than ten years of his adult life in a binational gay relationship, fearing the possible deportation of the partner that he could not legally marry. Larry has faced housing discrimination and workplace bigotry as a result of his sexuality. He has been partnered with Corey for eight years. View Guest page

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Jim Leonard

Over the past 30 years, Jim Leonard has experienced a deep desire to understand the human condition as it relates to spirituality. To this purpose, he has studied philosophy and pursued courses in religious studies at San Diego State University, as well as participated in other forms of education and self-improvement. Currently he is addressing the nature of intimate relationships between men and woman with a group called Men Getting Real with Men, a group associated with the spiritual community The Stream Center for The New Spirituality. Their most recent workshop/retreat addressed why men are angry with women and evoked deep realizations of men's relationships with their mothers. Jim Leonard has been employed by FedEx for the last 23 years, and his wife is a health educator. Jim and his wife Cherie will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in December, 2013. They currently live in San Diego California where they have raised a son who is in his junior year of college. View Guest page

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Rabbi Seth Limmer

Rabbi Limmer was born in Rochester, NY, and received a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Cornell University. In 1999, Rabbi Limmer received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained a rabbi in 2000. Today, Rabbi Limmer serves as Senior Rabbi of Chicago Sinai Congregation, where he works hard to demonstrate that Judaism is strengthened when it is in close and powerful connection with its non-Jewish neighbors. Rabbi Limmer constantly works with fellow clergy and other faith institutions to come together in friendship and community on the issues and opportunities that unite human beings, regardless of their religion. Rabbi Limmer also serves in the Reform movement’s highest social justice position: he is Chair of the Justice, Peace and Civil Liberties committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and is Vice-Chair of the Commission on Social Action of the Union for Reform Judaism. View Guest page

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

A young Indigenous change agent, environmental activist, public speaker, eco-hip hop artist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, Xiuhtezcatl is a strong voice for protecting the Earth. He has performed at music festivals internationally and organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and conferences. He has spoken at over 100 events globally and given countless school presentations to other youth around the world. His organization is mobilizing teens in 25 countries. Xiuhtezcatl is one of the youth plaintiffs in a suit against the United States for failing to protect the atmosphere. He met with representatives from all three branches of government trying to garner support and create a climate recovery plan based on NASA scientist James Hansen's work. Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama and was the youngest of 24 national changemakers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council. He has spoken at the UN. www.Earthguardians.org. View Guest page

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James Maynard


James is a born ham who aspired to be a big cheese. A creative guy who played jazz trumpet professionally with Big Band groups and who loves to sing and compose music, he got sidetracked into the legal field in order to live the life he thought he should. In the early 70s, he broke loose and got involved in the New Age movement, studying the esoteric and living at the groundbreaking New Age community, Findhorn, in Scotland. Returning to the US 3 years later, he also became deeply involved in the field of hypnotherapy, not only as a practitioner, but as a teacher and founder of the Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute. He underplayed those aspects of him again by returning to the practice of law, but in the past few years, he has broken free for good. He gets to be a ham as co-host of Inner Revolutionary Radio. He's now actively reinvigorating his musical career, blowing his horn, singing and composing. And he partners with his wife Beth Green in teaching and consulting activities. View Guest page

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Madam Mazurka

If you think the picture of Madam Mazurka looks a lot like Beth with a scarf around her head, you would be right. Madam Mazurka appeared one evening in 1999, when friends were visiting Beth in Oregon, where she lived at the time. Beth donned a scarf and suddenly developed an accent and a personality that made us laugh. Madam Mazurka is psychic, witty, smart, perceptive and pulls no punches! What do we know about her? She claims to be dead a long time, she uses the name Mazurka, which is a Polish dance made famous by Chopin, she’s raunchy, direct and doesn’t stand on ceremony, and she’s got an accent like a Hungarian, which fits her assertion that she’s from Transylvania. (Beth’s dad’s parents were from there.) Whoever and whatever she is, you’ve got to meet her, talk to her and ask her questions about life, love and anything. Just be sure you bring your sense of humor with you. Call in live if you can! She lives on the telepathic highway. Maybe we can entice her to visit us again! View Guest page

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Christopher Minor

Christopher has struggled with some form of chemical imbalance for most of his life. He’s made great strides, but has traits, such as negativity and anger, which have been uncontrollable. This has been difficult for him to accept. Christopher has tried medications that either didn’t work or made his condition worse. This compounded his feeling of hopelessness. Christopher was raised by a mother who suffered from low self-esteem, anxiety and lack of support from her husband. Life for Christopher seemed normal until his early teens, when important friends moved away. Because of his weakness in relating and the fact that his mother never learned to drive, Christopher felt trapped in a neighborhood of kids who did drugs and put him down. His mother suffered from similar conditions and since she couldn’t face them, left Christopher with the false impression that unconditional love doesn’t include accountability. This has impacted all of his relationships with women as well as certain men. View Guest page

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Anastasia Moloney

Based in Bogota, Colombia, since 2002, British-born Anastasia Moloney is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Latin America and Caribbean correspondent. She reports on a spectrum of stories, including human rights violations, humanitarian affairs and women’s rights from across the region. As a teacher in London before becoming a journalist, she saw many social problems in the classroom, and writing about them was a natural progression. Being a Thomson Reuters Foundation journalist doesn’t tie her to her desk. Instead she is encouraged to go out and investigate. As a result, she spends the majority of her time in the field, talking to people and finding new leads for stories that most media prefer to ignore. She has felt danger doing her job. But when going into a conflict zone in Colombia, she gets prior approval and permission from whoever is in control of the area — the man with the gun. She’s been extremely lucky. In her many years there, she’s never experienced an incident or crime. View Guest page

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Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan is an internationally recognized director focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow. His experience includes a broad range of work that spans narrative and documentary storytelling for both commercial and film projects. After studying cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School he went on to co-found Untold Creative, a hybrid filmmaking studio where he currently serves as the creative director. He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and speaks regularly on the power of storytelling as a tool in the ongoing fight for human rights around the world. Andrew lives in LA with his wife Emily and their four children. http://truecostmovie.com/ View Guest page

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Dr. Blake Myers

A small town Iowa native, Blake values family, friends, good food and fishing. Wanting to be part of something larger than himself, he joined the Army where he served as a combat medic. Back in Iowa, while in pre-med at Iowa State, he became disenchanted with conventional medicine – largely because he witnessed its ineffectiveness, outside of emergencies, with the care of his grandparents. Once again, he searched for something greater than himself, a more effective and meaningful medicine. He found Bastyr University and the field of Naturopathic Medicine. Now a member of a profession with a rich history of healers, scholars, and visionaries, he brings this tradition to Southern Oregon as a partner in Siskiyou Vital Medicine, Southern Oregon's first Direct Primary Care Clinic and the nation's first Naturopathic Direct Care Clinic, offering a flat fee for unrestricted office visits, wholesale pricing on labs, discounts on supplements and medications, complementary procedures and more. View Guest page

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Erica Myers

Erica Myers was born in Australia and grew up in BC, Canada and Southern California. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, which naturally evolved into her becoming a swimming teacher. Compelled to leave the field several times to engage in a variety of different work and life experiences, she always returned to the water bringing the wealth of those experiences with her. The result is that she has accumulated over 30 years of aquatic experience and offers a broad spectrum of possibilities to people of all ages, abilities and many disabilities. However, more than once she has been offered the guidance that her knowledge in this field needs to be shared with other instructors. She reflects that she has been defiantly deaf to the universe by hiding from opportunities to evolve in the very arena that she loves. She has now been given the extraordinary experience of facing death twice in order to learn to fight for herself and to stop settling for less than is being asked of her. Website: www.Myaquaticconnection.com View Guest page

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Premilla Nadasen


Premilla Nadasen is an Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, where she is affiliated with the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Prior to Barnard she taught at Queens College, City University of New York for 15 years. Premilla is most interested in visions of social change and the way in which poor and working-class people, especially women of color, have fought for social justice. Her current project examines how class, gender, race, law and culture constitute the meanings of the work of social reproduction and the ways in which domestic workers disrupted these meanings and claimed a right to organize as workers. She is a native of South Africa who came to the U.S. with her parents at age five. She became involved in the anti-apartheid movement in high school and in anti-racism activism on the campus of the University of Michigan, where she was an undergrad. View Guest page

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Whitney O'Banner


Whitney O'Banner is the newly appointed Campus Director of Dev Bootcamp Austin. She oversees all aspects of the Austin campus including: admissions, curriculum, career training, partnerships, marketing and operations. Whitney joined Dev Bootcamp from Apple, where she started as a junior developer. She later traveled the country, encouraging minority students to consider careers in STEM and carving a new grad recruitment pipeline with Apple’s diversity team. Whitney has explored both traditional and slightly unconventional roles in tech, from testing the Kindle Fire at Amazon to approving apps for the iOS App Store; her team traveled the globe to launch Transit for Apple Maps in 8 countries. Whitney is committed to helping new developers navigate technical interviews, imposter syndrome, systemic oppression and employment transitions into the tech industry. View Guest page

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James O’Dea


James O’Dea, www.jamesodea.com, is author of The Conscious Activist and award-winning author of Cultivating Peace. He is a former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. A member of the Evolutionary Leaders group, he is on several advisory boards such as The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal. He is lead faculty for the Shift Network’s acclaimed global Peace Ambassador Training and has taught peacebuilding to students in over 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world and has led dialogs between Israelis and Palestinians, with victims of human rights abuse, activists, thought leaders and academics in related fields. He was honored by The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance as a Champion of Forgiveness. He has travelled widely, conducted dialogs and workshops in many international conflict zones and has overseen development work in India, Nepal and Tibet. View Guest page

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Mike Papantonio


Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America, having handled thousands of cases involving prescription drugs, medical devices, securities fraud, and class actions against multi-billion dollar corporations. Mr. Papantonio has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance. In 2007, as lead trial counsel in the environmental class action case of Perrine v. Dupont, Mr. Papantonio received a jury verdict award for a West Virginia community with an estimated value in excess of $380 million. Mr. Papantonio is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mike is one of the very few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He has written several books, including In Search of Atticus Finch, which he wrote as a "wake-up call to the legal profession that has largely lost its moral compass." View Guest page

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Kendis Paris

Kendis Paris is the executive director and co-founder of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. Co-winner of the Norma Hotaling Award for demand reduction, Kendis is also a fellow with Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. View Guest page

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Rebecca Parrish


Rebecca Parrish has run her Chicago-based film company, Interchange Productions, since 2007. Their purpose is harnessing the power of human stories to effect positive change. She has worked as an editor and cinematographer with Peabody and Sundance award-winner, Judith Helfand, Kindling Group and Kartemquin Films. In 2012 Rebecca produced and directed the interactive web documentary and engagement campaign, Protect Our Defenders, telling the stories of military sexual assault survivors as part of an advocacy campaign to reform the military justice system. The Protect Our Defenders project won the YouTube DoGooder nonprofit video award and the Salsa Labs 2012 Hot Tamale Award for outstanding campaign organizing. Rebecca is also the director of Radical Grace. Her executive producer is Susan Sarandon. Interchange Productions can be found at: http://interchangeproductions.com. The website for Radical Grace is: http://radicalgracefilm.com. View Guest page

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Prostitution: Inequality Run Amok!

Rebecca

Rebecca is a 25-year-old who saw addiction in her family and who’s struggled with her own drug addiction for 10 years. Despite drug use, she graduated high school and even received a scholarship to the Art Institute, but addiction put an end to that. Her drug use started with marijuana, then she took pain pills, then smoked heroin, then injected it. Despite outpatient treatment, Suboxone to prevent her from getting high, 2 residential treatment programs, 3 sober living houses and many 12-step meetings, she has not been able to stay sober for more than a few weeks or months at a time in the last few years. In fact she went from being a functional addict to living in her car and panhandling for money. She went from being close to her family to being cut off without food and water. Recently she has gotten sober again and feels more hopeful. She has goals and dreams, a boyfriend who is also sober from heroin, and support from their families, especially her mom, a 12-step program and God. View Guest page

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Chris Reese


Chris Reese is a middle manager in the financial services industry and has also been a small business owner. In her professional life, she leads a team of professionals in underwriting and marketing for a national firm, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. As a Board member of the InnerRevolution.Org and co-leader of Unleashing the Power of Kids Program, Chris brings her organizational ability and passion to support evolution together. She strives to practice Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support at work, home and in the community and admittedly, frequently falls on her face doing so. As a mom, wife, coworker, volunteer, and human, it’s a daily struggle to not give into the ego. Chris picks herself up with determination and a smile and will lend you a hand along the way. She calls herself a Recovering Capitalist and invites you to join us! View Guest page

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Jim Salters

Jim is anything but your typical CEO. Through mission-driven leadership and innovative strategies, he has repeatedly generated 10x growth and profitability leading early stage companies. After mortgaging everything his family owned to pursue his vision for The Business Backer, the company has become an industry leader in connecting small businesses with the capital and expertise they need to survive and thrive. Jim's passion and belief in this mission has only caused the company to grow, and it has now eclipsed $130 million in funding to over 4,000 small businesses across the country. His leadership has been recognized both locally and nationally, with awards such as The Business Courier's Top 40 under 40 and being named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner. Jim graduated with honors from Princeton University, and is a fanatic student of life and business. He was also an all-conference linebacker for the Tigers. He lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife Jody and their three young children: Molly, Lucy, and little Jimmy. Website: http://www.businessbacker.com View Guest page

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Corey Schoff


Living most of his life in the South and knowing he was gay since the age of four, Corey grew up feeling like he had to hide who he was to his family, friends and world. At the time, his sexuality was considered by most of society to be an illness, illegal and an abomination of God. By the age of ten, he secretly dreamed of meeting his prince and living happily ever after. He and his prince, Larry, have been together for eight mostly happy years, but more importantly their relationship has been a continuing expression of deepening intimacy. They are not married, though the recent change in marriage equality has highlighted that discussion. The personal work Corey’s done to reopen himself to life has honed his abilities to help others to do the same. His professional work is a combination of Intuitive Counseling, Hypnotherapy and Massage Therapy and he assists people in connecting more authentically with themselves and expressing their highest potential. View Guest page

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Ambassador András Simonyi

Ambassador András Simonyi is the managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was the Hungarian ambassador to the U.S. from 2002 to 2007 and was also Hungary's ambassador to NATO from 1999 to 2001. Born in 1952 in Budapest, Hungary, as a four-year-old, he witnessed Soviet tanks roll past his home during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. After university, Simonyi worked with many youth exchange programs with a special interest in forging ties between youth organizations of the East and the West. He is a proponent of soft power in international affairs and the role of popular culture for change. He advocates for a strong transatlantic relationship and is a supporter of innovation in diplomatic activities, combining tradition with new radical ideas and means. He plays electric guitar and has said that rock and roll was a key factor to loosening the tight totalitarian grip behind the iron curtain. View Guest page

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Peter Sinclair

Peter Sinclair is a videographer with a passion for understanding how the climate works and how we impact it, and then communicating that information in a powerful way. Since he was a teenager in Michigan, Peter has been deeply involved in issues of environment and energy, and since the 1980s, increasingly concerned about the effects of human-caused climate change. For the last 8 years he’s been studying and working with the world's most senior and experienced climate scientists in the fields of glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and geo-physics. During that time he has given countless presentations at schools, universities, churches and civic groups on climate change and launched a YouTube series on the subject, "Climate Denial Crock of the Week” that has now become internationally recognized, and garnered millions of views. A new series, "This is Not Cool", appears monthly through the Yale Climate Connections website. Find him on YouTube and at http://climatecrocks.com View Guest page

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Simran Singh

Born in South Carolina of Sikh parents, Simran Singh is an author, creative visionary, transformational catalyst and what she calls a rebel humanitarian. She is the publisher of the Nautilus Award–Winning 11:11 Magazine and the host of the number-one rated 11:11 Talk Radio show on the 7th Wave Channel of VoiceAmerica.com. The author of Your Journey to Enlightenment and Conversations with The Universe, this Lead Rebel of The Rebel Road Tour impacts thousands with her message. Having lived in the divide of two cultures and suffered from living an inauthentic life, including an arranged marriage, her emergence is unique but very much like our own. Her passionate style takes individuals on a journey into courage, fearless authenticity, and presence through writing, speaking, creative expression and experience as the Rebel in her one-woman show, The Rebel Road: Connecting the Dots of What Was to What IS by illustrating the bridge between dark and Light. Meet her on InsideOut. View Guest page

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Ann Landaas Smith


Ann Landaas Smith sees herself as an illuminator of Divine Feminine; advocate for women’s equality and empowerment; learner, teacher, seeker, author, speaker, friend, circle facilitator and evangelist; community and global organizer, leader in the global women’s movement, co-creator and collaborator working locally and globally to bring wholeness of right relationships with other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth and the larger whole of which all are a part. She speaks from thirty-years of experiences where she has listened, observed and learned from women and men around the world. She is the Co-founder and Director of Circle Connections, Millionth Circle Convener, Regional Coordinator of Gather the Women Global Matrix and Founder and Associate Companion of Happehatchee Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. She is married; she and her husband have two grown daughters, three grandsons and two cats. She lives in Naples, Florida View Guest page

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John Shelby Spong

John Shelby Spong is calling for A New Christianity for a New World. He was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for 24 years, has lectured at more than 400 colleges and universities, and his bestselling books include Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His admirers call him a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the layperson, and he’s considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the church. In one of his recent books, The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love, he seeks to introduce readers to a proper way to engage the holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition. A committed Christian, Bishop Spong is calling for an updated Christianity. He has often been interviewed, and his weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. Website: www.JohnShelbySpong.com View Guest page

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Laura Stec



Laura Stec is an expert in food AND the environment. She is a chef, educator and author, specializing in events and products for healthy people and the planet. She is a private and corporate chef and Culinary Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente and Bay-Area corporate wellness programs. The Food Party! is her featured blog for San Francisco-based Embarcadero Media. As Corporate R & D Chef for Pescadero Foods Inc., Laura worked on-farm with pastured-raised chickens, and on a local-food line for the National School Lunch Program.

In 1988 she founded EcoEaters, a premiere food and environment education program in the U.S., and lectures nationally and internationally about healthy people, healthy planet connections. Her book, Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, is co-authored with atmospheric scientist Dr. Eugene Cordero. Recently noted by Time Magazine as a “leader who pursued her passion to become a community resource and expert.”

Her website is: www.laurastec.com View Guest page

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Debra Stern-Ellis, MSW, LCSW


Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her MSW from San Diego State University. She has worked in a clinical social work position at Sharp Healthcare for 25 years while also serving as the Director of Community Services at JFS of San Diego and the Director of Health Services at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. She was awarded Clinical Social Worker of the Year in 2011. Debra currently thrives as the Oncology Clinical Social Worker at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, honored to work with inspiring patients during an especially vulnerable time in their lives. Debra and Heidi met at UC San Barbara in 1984 and had a commitment ceremony in 1992, the subject of a short documentary, “Chicks in White Satin,” nominated for an Academy Award in 1993. Always desiring a family, Debra gave birth to Mikayla in 1995 and Heidi to Ethan in 1999. The couple was married legally in California in 2008 with their children at their sides. View Guest page

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Heidi Stern-Ellis, MSW, LCSW


Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her MSW from San Diego State University. She has worked for Rady Children’s Hospital for the past 23 years, currently in the position of Clinical Supervisor for the Trauma Counseling and KidStart programs at the Chadwick Center. Heidi also provides training to diverse populations on various LGBTQ topics. Heidi met Debra at UCSB 31 years ago and has married her three times: 23 years ago in the presence of over 200 friends and family at a spiritual but not legal ceremony, 7 years ago at the San Diego registrar’s office during the small window in which marriage was legal in CA, and the next month at the couple’s synagogue officiated by their Rabbi. Debra and Heidi live in San Diego amidst a supportive network of friends and family who have loved and nurtured their union and their 20 y/o daughter and 16 y/o son into incredible human beings. View Guest page

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The Guru

The Guru Remember we told you that Madam Mazurka looks a lot like Beth with a scarf on her head? Well, the Guru also looks a lot like Beth, but this time with a turban. But don’t let that resemblance fool you. The Guru is not Beth. He’s not earthy, vulnerable or human, like Beth and the rest of us. He’s elevated, detached, other-worldly and wise. But just like Madam Mazurka, he’s a unique, entertaining and interesting guest with a different twist on things. The Guru has become one of Beth and James’ two co-hosts, alternating on different episodes with the famous Madam Mazurka. But he is also worthy of being a guest on his own. Tune in to any episode of Ask the Guru, and you’ll have a fun but profound experience that you’ll remember. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Treeheart

Elizabeth Treeheart is a believer in healing the body, mind and spirit, with the understanding that the more one heals, the clearer one becomes to better serve others. She relocated to Bonsall, CA, 3 years ago to become a permanent resident in the spiritual community, The Stream Center for the New Spirituality. Her educational experience includes athletic training, and she’s been working as a physical therapist for the past 20 years. She recently opened a private practice for holistic physical therapy, which includes traveling to peoples’ homes and using hands-on techniques. She is also training to become an Intuitive Counselor-Hypnotherapist to help address the healing of mind and spirit, which will be integrated into her business. Elizabeth is qualified to talk about being mean as she is working on old patterns of facing negative things about herself for which she blame others, especially those closest to her, so that she can try to avoid seeing and admitting her own meanness. View Guest page

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Saint Valentine

Legend says that a 3rd century priest was martyred by the Romans for marrying couples when the authorities wanted young men single so they would be better soldiers. Legend also says that just before his execution, he signed a note "From Your Valentine." Some say there were actually two executed clerics named Valentine. The church does not claim that there is any reliable information about him, but people associate him with courtly love. The 5th century church created a Feast of St. Valentine’s Day to counteract pagan promiscuity. In the 1300s the day became associated with romantic love, but it wasn’t till the 1840s that mass-produced Valentine’s cards turned the holiday commercial. And boy is it commercial! In the US alone, $448 million is spent on candy and $8.6 million on sparkling wine for the holiday. Plus flowers, gifts, 150 million cards, wow, what a bonanza! What does any of this have to do with St. Valentine? Probably nothing. Check him out for more myths about St. Valentine. View Guest page

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When we meet the Buddha on the road, what do we do?

Kelsey Wirth

Kelsey Wirth is founder and chair of Mothers Out Front. Kelsey was inspired to start a project to engage mothers in climate change when she herself became a mother after several years as an entrepreneur in the private sector. Kelsey is the co-founder and former president of Align Technology, Inc., maker of Invisalign. She has served on the boards of the Environmental Working Group and Grist Magazine, and currently serves on the board of the Winslow Foundation and Convergent Dental. A native of both Colorado and Washington DC, Kelsey graduated from Harvard College and received her M.B.A. from Stanford University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Sam Myers, and their two daughters, Sophie and Lucy. Her favorite place to spend time with her family is in the mountains around Crested Butte, Colorado. Her website is: mothersoutfront.org. View Guest page

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Professor Richard Wolff

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne). Professor Wolff was among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism. Over the years, he has written extensively and published many books including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, and Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. View Guest page

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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi


Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), a women-led NGO she founded in 1995 to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education, and to provide health education to women and children. Under Sakena’s leadership AIL has established itself as a visionary organization working at the grassroots level and empowering women and communities to find ways to bring education and health services to rural and poor urban girls, women and other poor and disenfranchised Afghans. AIL was the first organization to offer human rights and leadership training to Afghan women and supported 80 underground home schools for 3,000 girls after the Taliban closed girls’ schools in the 1990s. Fortunately, this secrecy is no longer needed and Afghan girls are openly in school. AIL is helping Afghans rebuild their society, and since 1996, millions have benefited from its education and health programs. In 2015, Sakena founded Radio Meraj, a private radio station. View Guest page

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Ani Zonneveld

Ani Zonneveld is a writer, speaker, singer/songwriter, imam and human rights defender. She speaks and sings her message of social justice, human rights and peace from a progressive Muslim woman’s perspective. Born in Malaysia and based in L.A., she spearheads the progressive Muslim movement both internationally and in the US. In 2007, she founded Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a faith- based human rights organization. MPV advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, women’s and LGBT rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of and from religion or belief. MPV promotes these values by challenging human rights abuses in the name of Islam and by offering an inclusive understanding based on universal human rights and justice. At the grassroots level, MPV’s services the Muslim community by supporting inclusive spiritual spaces, youth involvement, interfaith and same-sex marriages, and forums in countering radical thought. MPV is recognized as an NGO at the UN. www.mpvusa.org. View Guest page

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