Between the Synapse
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Based on the blog of the same name, Between the Synapse explores topics that fall in-between the obvious and typical with insight, clarity and humor in the realm of politics, pop culture, foreign affairs, and sports. The shows will entertain, inform and provoke by asking questions such as whether Europe or the U.S. can better forecast the weather or how health myths are marketing to the public and presenting topics that include the last Mad Men, Congressional chaos, and the quest for Mid-East peace.
Mark B. Toubin
A veteran of radio, law, public affairs, and politics, Mark Toubin founded his blog, Between the Synapse, in 2008 as an avenue for exploring his ideas and insights with humor and an occasional dose of sarcasm. In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. The Neuron Doctrine explains that though neurons are not continuous, cells may nonetheless communicate. BtS captures the linkage of that which falls in-between the obvious, conventional and typical. Its niche is a voice, not a topic.
Mark’s distinctive voice developed after practicing civil litigation for 11 years, running the Southwest region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for 8 more, and operating his own consultancy, ConneXion, LLC, since 2008. ConneXion works with non-profits, political campaigns, and businesses as a fundraiser, strategic communications advisor, and writer. Back in the late 90’s, he hosted a once a week hour-long radio program on Houston’s 97.1 FM.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mark attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia before returning for law school at the University of Texas. Mark enjoys creative writing, tennis, travel, sports, and long, quiet walks on the beach with flightless waterfowl.
R.G. Ratcliffe is an associate editor at Texas Monthly. He has covered the Texas Capitol and national politics for 30 years for a variety of state publications. He also is featured in an HBO documentary of George W. Bush's first run for the presidency, called Journeys with George. Guest R.G. Ratcliffe
Dr. Jonathan Adelman
Dr. Jonathan Adelman is a full professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and currently a consultant on Russia and China for two of the largest Silicon Valley hi tech companies. With 4 degrees from Columbia University, Adelman has written or edited twelve books on Russia, China, the Middle East, revolutions and security affairs. Within the past 2 years, he has written over twenty op-eds, most appearing on the websites of CNN, the Huffington Post, Forbes and Fox News. Having developed a relationship with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her doctoral thesis advisor, Dr. Adelman briefed her almost a dozen times on international issues at the White House and State Department. He worked as a Senior Scientist (with clearance) for SAIC on Department of Defense contracts for 8 years and for the State Department Professor Adelman participated in 19 international tours including visiting Russia, China, and India. Guest Dr. Jonathan Adelman
Jay Aiyer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at The Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, Adjunct Professor South Texas College and a past Chair of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. (@profJKAiyer) Guest Jay Aiyer
Former US Congressman Chris Bell is seeking to become the Mayor of Houston, the nation’s 4th largest city, in the upcoming November Election. The current Mayor, Annise Parker, is term-limited after serving three, two-year terms. Recent polls show Bell amongst the top three candidates in a crowded field that is expected to require a December run-off. Bell, elected to Houston’s City Council in 1997, served under mayors Bob Lanier and Lee Brown and chaired the Fiscal Affairs Committee Chair and the Ethics Committee. In 2002, he was elected to the U.S. Congress, and selected as one of two freshmen to serve on the Democratic Whip Team. He served only one term in Congress, as a controversial mid-decade redistricting of Texas congressional seats made the re-election of some Houston-area Democrats difficult. Bell currently practices law with the firm of Berg Feldman Johnson Bell, LLP and has served on numerous national and community boards. Guest Chris Bell
Col. John Blaha, USAF (Ret.)
Former NASA Astronaut Col. John Blaha, USAF (Ret.) completed 361 combat missions in Vietnam following his 1965 graduation from the US Air Force Academy. Accepted as an astronaut in 1980, Col. Blaha logged 161 days in space on 5 missions. The first two in 1989 as the pilot of the Space Shuttle Discovery, the second in 1991 as Commander of the Atlantis, the third in 1993 as Commander of the Columbia and finally in 1997 as a Mission Specialist/Scientist aboard the Mir Space Station. The recipient of numerous honors throughout his career, Col. Blaha is an inductee to the U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame. Guest Col. John Blaha, USAF (Ret.)
Nancy Carralla is the Executive Director of the C Diff Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to educate about, and advocate for, C. difficile infection prevention, treatment, and environmental safety worldwide. Founded by Nancy in 2012 after personally surviving two serious bouts with the infection acquired in her capacity as a nurse practitioner, the Foundation seeks to reduce the number of newly diagnosed Clostridium difficile cases and preventable deaths.
(http://www.cdifffoundation.org) Guest Nancy Carralla
State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-TX)
Since 1991, Garnet Coleman has continuously represented Houston's 147th District in the Texas House of Representatives, earning the reputation as a leader in the areas of health care, economic development and education. He currently serves as the Senior ranking member of the Public Health Committee as well as Chairman of the County Affairs Committee. Twice named to Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislators List, Representative Coleman also serves as a member and past chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Raised in Houston, Coleman attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and in 1990 graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas. He also completed the prestigious Harvard University Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government and serves as president and CEO of Apartments for America, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing corporation. Guest State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-TX)
Award-winning essayist and critic William Deresiewicz was a Professor at Yale University from 1998-2008. His essay, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times online while his address to West Point entitled, “Solitude and Leadership,” is taught across the military and corporate worlds. Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. His media appearances include NPR and Fox Business News. The winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities and, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Bill has received three National Magazine Award nominations. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and anthologized in over twenty college readers. In the spring of 2015, Bill will serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College in Claremont CA. Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. Learn more about Deresiewicz by visiting www.billderesiewicz.com. Guest Bill Deresiewicz
Lance Dodes, MD
Lance Dodes, MD, has been treating people with addictions for over three decades. He is the author of The Heart of Addiction, Breaking Addiction, and his new book, The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry. (http://sobertruthbook.com) A Training and Supervising Analyst emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Dodes recently retired as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Guest Lance Dodes, MD
Eden the Germ Zapping Robot
Eden is a powerful, non-mercury, germ killing, xenon based UV lamp form of UV light that generates high intensity pulses.
@XenexDisinfect Guest Eden the Germ Zapping Robot
Douglas L. Foshee
Douglas L. Foshee has spent his entire Texas Business Hall of Fame career in the energy business. As the former chairman, president, and C.E.O. of El Paso Corporation, he oversaw North America’s largest natural gas pipeline system and one of its largest natural gas producers. Prior to joining El Paso in 2003, Foshee served in various high levels of leadership with Halliburton, Nuevo Energy Company, Torch Energy Advisors Inc. and Arco International Oil and Gas Company. . Currently on the boards of Cameron International, Corp, Rice University, KIPP Academy and Houston Endowment, Inc., Foshee previously chaired the board of directors of The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch. Foshee received his MBA from Rice University and BBA from SW Texas State University, which honored him in 2008 as a Distinguished Alumni. In 2007, Foshee received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his commitment to helping children succeed and his leadership role in the business community. Guest Douglas L. Foshee
Dr. Jeff Foust
Aerospace analyst, journalist and publisher Dr. Jeff Foust is the editor and publisher of The Space Review, a weekly online publication with in-depth essays and commentary about a wide range of space issues. He has also written for Astronomy Now and The New Atlantis in addition to writing the blog, Space Politics, which covers Capitol Hill. Jeff received his BS in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D in planetary sciences from MIT. Guest Dr. Jeff Foust
Hannah Groch-Begley has been reporting on the coverage of the Bergdahl for www.mediamattters.org. She joined Media Matters as a Research Fellow in 2012. Guest Hannah Groch-Begley
Rick M. Hess
Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Rick M. Hess is an educator, political scientist and author. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." Along with Michael Q. McShane, he is the co-editor, "Common Core Meets Education Reform" (Teachers College Press, 2013) and Teacher Quality 2.0 - Toward a New Era in Education Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up," and is a regular contributor to The Hill. Hess' work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, USA Today, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University. Guest Rick M. Hess
Political strategist Robert Johnson managed Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2012 Presidential Campaign after serving as Perry’s senior advisor and manager of his 2010 re-election campaign. A former chief of staff to Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Rob also managed Dewhurst's Lt. Governor Campaign. Appearing regularly in the national media, he began his political career as the Chief of staff to Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey. Guest Robert Johnson
David l. Katz, MD
David l. Katz, MD, a recognized thought leader in nutrition, chronic disease prevention and weight management, is the founding director of Yale University’s prevention research center. Named by Greatist.com as one of 2012’s 100 most influential people in Health and Fitness, Katz’ many media appearances include ABC News, Good Morning America and the New York Times. His health blog maybe found at www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md. Guest David l. Katz, MD
Dr. Harvey Klehr
One of the foremost authorities on Communism in American, Harvey Klehr teaches Political Theory and Twentieth Century Political Ideologies as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics & History at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. His current research interests center around American communism and Soviet espionage in America. His publications include The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America. (co-author, Yale, 2009), Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (co-author, Yale, 1999) and The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade (Basic Books, 1984), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Klehr received a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Guest Dr. Harvey Klehr
Committed to reducing the strategic importance of oil, Anne Korin serves as co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (www.iags.org), an adviser to the U.S. Energy Security Council (www.usesc.org) and chair of the Mobility Choice Coalition (www.mobilitychoice.org), an alliance promoting a fiscally responsible, free market oriented approach to expanding competition among transportation modes. Appearing often in the media to discuss oil, energy and foreign affairs, Korin’s articles may be read in such publications as Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, The National Review, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary Magazine, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. She has also the co-authored of three very successful books: Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century, Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence through Fuel Choice, and Petropoly: The Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm. Guest Anne Korin
Deputy White House Editor for POLITICO.
She joined POLITICO from The Washington Post, where she was an editor in the Opinions section. Before that she spent a decade at The Jerusalem Post, reporting on diplomacy, immigration and social issues in Jerusalem and then on the White House, State Department, Pentagon and Congress as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief. In addition, she covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and the 2010 Winter Olympics. While in Israel, she also produced radio pieces for Marketplace.
Krieger majored in American Studies at Cornell University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun. After college she reported on city hall and state house politics for The Boston Herald and helped cover the 2000 New Hampshire presidential primaries for The Concord Monitor. During a stint in London, she worked as a reporter and co-wrote a book on eclipses. She got her start in journalism as editor-in-chief of The Boston Latin School Argo.
@HilaryKrieger Guest Hilary Krieger
Matthew T. Lambert
Vice president for university advancement at the College of William & Mary, Matthew T. Lambert most recently authored "Privatization and the Public Good: Public Universities in the Balance" (Harvard Education Press, 2014). An examination of the history and future of privatization in higher education, Dr. Lambert focuses on elected officials and their views towards higher education in an extensive study which helps explain the future of the public-private model.
Above all, the book focuses on the essential question of whether higher education is a public good or a private benefit. A graduate of the same institution at which he now teaches higher education public policy and finance and oversees alumni engagement, private fundraising and philanthropic outreach, Lambert’s research seeks to better understand the changing landscape of American higher education. Guest Matthew T. Lambert
Samuel Laster is an Israeli living in Vienna who is the editor-in-chief of the news website Die Jüdische (http://www.juedische.at) Guest Samuel Laster
Jim Lavine is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a former Assistant District Attorney for Harris County (Houston) and Cook County (Chicago) and current partner in the Houston based criminal Defense firm of Zimmerman & Lavine. (http://www.texasdefenselawyers.com) Guest Jim Lavine
Dr. Matthew Levitt
Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. From 2005 to early 2007, he served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. During his tenure at Treasury, Dr. Levitt played a central role in efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other rogue actors the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.
Dr. Levitt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master's degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and has taught at both Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, the Middle East, and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, with articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals, policy magazines, and the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and numerous other publications. He is also a frequent guest on the national and international media, and the author of several books and monographs, including Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006), Negotiating Under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God (Georgetown University Press, 2013). Guest Dr. Matthew Levitt
Michael Lindenberger is the business correspondent in Washington, D.C. for The Dallas Morning News, where he previously worked as Arlington City Hall reporter and, for five years, as transportation writer. Lindenberger spent the 2012-13 academic year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. Prior to that he worked as a bureau chief for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and as a contributor to TIME, for whom he remains a contract national legal affairs writer. He graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2006. He can be followed on Twitter @Lindenberger. Guest Michael Lindenberger
David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and recently concluded an almost ten-month stint as a senior advisor on Secretary of State John Kerry's peace team. Makovsky frequently appears in the media to comment on Arab-Israeli affairs and co-authored with Dennis Ross the 2009 Washington Post bestseller, Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (Viking/Penguin). Before joining The Washington Institute, Mr. Makovsky was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989 to 2000, including a stint as executive editor of the Jerusalem Post. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Makovsky received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree in Middle East studies from Harvard University. Guest David Makovsky
Poet and writer Sarah Marcus is author of BACKCOUNTRY (2013, Finishing Line Press), Every Bird, To You (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press) and her most recent essay, "The Night Facebook Suggested I ‘Might Know’ My Rapist." Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, CALYX Journal, Spork, Slipstream, Luna Luna, and Bodega, among others. She is an editor at Gazing Grain Press and a spirited Count Coordinator for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and currently teaches and writes in Cleveland, OH. She can be found on the web at http://sarahannmarcus.com and on Twitter at @sarahannmarcus. Guest Sarah Marcus
AccuWeather’s Henry Margusity is one of the nation's leading extreme weather experts with over 28 years of experience. His MeteoMadness blog attracts over a million users and he has appeared numerous times in the national media on such outlets as Fox News, ABC News, MSNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Part of AccuWeather’s long range forecasting team, Henry provides valuable insights into how long-range weather predictions affect businesses. His expertise and tenure led to his recent appointment as AccuWeather’s Manager of Meteorology and Content Business Optimization Digital Media Guest Henry Margusity
Maggie McNeill was a librarian in suburban New Orleans, but after divorce economic necessity spurred her to take up sex work; from 1997 to 2006 she worked first as a stripper, then as a call girl and madam. She eventually married her favorite client, retired, and moved to a ranch in the rural Upper South. There she writes a daily blog called “The Honest Courtesan” which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art, and every other aspect of prostitution; she also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, and is frequently consulted by academics and journalists as an expert on the subject. Guest Maggie McNeill
Michael Q. McShane
Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the co-editor, with Rick Hess, of "Common Core Meets Education Reform" (Teachers College Press, 2013) and Teacher Quality 2.0 - Toward a New Era in Education Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He is also the coauthor of "President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). His analyses have been published widely in technical journals and reports including Education Finance and Policy and he has contributed to more popular publications such as Education Next, The Huffington Post, National Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. McShane began his career as an inner-city high school teacher in Montgomery, Alabama and received his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. Guest Michael Q. McShane
On July 29, 2014, Mickey turned the same age as BtS Radio host Mark Toubin. Though the Tullahoman born Brittany turned 8 as counted by the calendar, his dog year equivalent of 51 years matches Toubin's human age. Mickey's a friendly, sweet, gentle "medium" sized dog with terrific agility and speed. An excellent watch dog, his counter surfing abilities occasional outweigh that particular asset. Notably, Mickey can open any unlocked, levered-handled door and enjoys chewing the fringe off stuffed animals. Guest Mickey
Xenex CEO Morris Miller is responsible for the Company's overall business strategy and oversight of day-to-day operations. He is also the founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures, where he invests in and acts as an advisor to numerous startup and established technology companies. Previously, Morris was co-founder and President/CEO of Rackspace Hosting, Inc. which now has more than 175,000 customers, over $1 billion in annual revenue, and a market cap in excess of $4 billion. He is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy, The University of Texas at Austin and The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University
@XenexDisinfect Guest Morris Miller
Jessica Minahan is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator who serves as the Director of Behavioral Services at NESCA-Newton (MA) (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children and Adolescents), as well as a school consultant to client’s nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). With over sixteen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems, Jennifer recently published The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014). A book that follows her previous work, co-edited with Nancy Rappaport, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, 2012). She is an adjunct professor at Boston University and a blogger on The Huffington Post. (@jessica_minahan) Guest Jessica Minahan
David Mincberg serves as managing principal of Flagship Capital Partners, a relationship driven commercial real estate finance company established in 2011 to provide bridge lending solutions to sponsors engaged in the acquisition of value-add real estate. Flagship provides non-recourse senior and mezzanine bridge loans across all income producing property types in major Texas markets. David also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Properties Corporation, a Houston based real estate investment firm. Since 1977, David has been directly involved in the development and construction of over 30,000 multi-family units throughout the states of Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Georgia. In addition to real estate, David has invested in a variety of different business transactions, ranging from venture capital to a start-up deregulated energy provider. David has served in multiple civic and charitable endeavors and been honored for his service on many occasions. With a passion for policy and public involvement, he served with distinction for former Houston Mayor Bill White as the Mayor’s Special Assistant of Housing Policy, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Houston Housing Authority for current Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Guest David Mincberg
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, an experienced political strategist, recently founded RespectabilityUSA, and serves as its CEO & President. This organization is, “a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to reshape the attitudes of American society so that people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society.” (http://www.respectabilityusa.org). This is the second non-profit founded by Jennifer, who started The Israel Project in 2002. Guest Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Ariana Montelongo de Valdivia
Public relations and marketing professional Ariana Montelongo de Valdivia is the Outreach Coordinator for Houston MediaSource, a public-access TV and Radio station. She’s a board member of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and chairs the PR Advisory Committee for the American Heart Association. A member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a past committee chair for the PRSA Houston Chapter, Ariana recently returned from Israel as part of a group of media representatives invited by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. http://www.hmstv.org/ http://hispanichouston.com/a-latina-in-israel-part-one/ Guest Ariana Montelongo de Valdivia
Pete Nelson's 2010 novel, I Thought You Were Dead, focuses on the relationship between the down and out Paul Gustavson and his dog Stella. While Paul attempts to salvage his sanity and relationships, Stella not only listens with compassion but provides better counsel than any human. A prolific writer since receiving his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1979, Nelson's work includes a six-book series about a girl named Sylvia Smith-Smith which earned him an Edgar Award nomination and a young adult non-fiction book on WWII history, Left For Dead, for which he won the 2003 Christopher award. Peter, by the way, is not the Pete Nelson of tree house fame, although he's got nothing against them, and performs as a singer-songwriter before select but devoted audiences. For information on all of Peter's publications, check out his Amazon page @ publichttp://www.amazon.com/Pete-Nelson/e/B001NWSBZK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Guest Pete Nelson
Quan Law Group managing partner Gordon J. Quan is a nationally recognized immigration lawyer with over 30 years’ experience helping clients with both complex and ordinary immigration problems. He has served as chair of the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a member of the national board of governors of that group. He was a founding member, and past chair, of the Texas State Bar Association’s Immigration Section and instrumental in the City of Houston’s creation of an Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs. In 1999, Mr. Quan was elected as the first Asian-American to serve as an “at large” member of the Houston City Council. In 2002, he was selected by the Mayor and Council of Houston to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. He also has served as President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials of the National League of Cities. (http://www.quanlaw.com/) Guest Gordon Quan
Dan Renberg served both the Clinton and Bush Administrations as one of five full-time board members of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, authorizing more than $20 billion in US export financing in sectors such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, advanced medical equipment, and agriculture for buyers throughout the world. Before President Clinton appointment Dan a Republican seat on the Board, he ran Renberg Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC based consulting and lobbying firm that represented both private and public sector clients. A graduate of Princeton University and the University Of Virginia School Of Law, Dan began his political career as the legislative director and deputy chief of staff to US Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). At present, Renberg is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Arent Fox and the serves as co-leader of the law firm’s government relations practice. He also practices in the firm’s international trade and transactional groups. Guest Dan Renberg
Rebecca Schoenkopf, formerly of OC Weekly and author of Commie Girl in the O. C. (Verso, 2008), bought The Wonkette from Ken Layne in 2012 and has since served as its publisher, editor and chief satirist. A California native, Schoenkopf's 20 years of pre-Wonkette experience also includes time at the Santa Barbara Independent and as editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles CityBeat. (http://wonkette.com) Guest Rebecca Schoenkopf
Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball based in Houston, TX whose recent exploits can be read on Grantland, Rolling Stone, ESPN, MTV, XXL, LA Weekly, Vice and the Village Voice. He mainly writes about rap, basketball and TV and created Bun B’s Rap Coloring Book and Activity Book. When not writing or goofing, Shea teaches science to middle schoolers in Houston's inner city. His Twitter handle is @SheaSerrano. Guest Shea Serrano
Prior to serving as Executive Director of The Israel Project’s Jerusalem office, Sheff worked as a journalist and communications professional in Israel for 20 years as a political reporter for The Nation, editor at The Jerusalem Post and owner of a strategic communications company. Sheff appears regularly on TV and radio, including CNN, NBC, ABC, BBC, and Al Jazeera, lectures extensively in the US, Europe and Israel and accompanied President Shimon Peres on his state visit to the U.S. West Coast. Born in Manchester, UK, Sheff attended the University of Leeds, where he helped lead the campaign to stop the banning of Jewish societies at British universities. After graduation, he immigrated to Israel and served as a combat soldier in the IDF. Later, as a reserve officer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, Sheff was a prominent spokesperson during the second Intifada and the Lebanon War. Today, he trains senior IDF officers in media skills and holds the rank of Major in the unit. Guest Marcus Sheff
Leah Soibel launched Fuente Latina (FL) in 2012 as the only Israeli organization that proactively engages Latino media, inside of Israel and globally, in their own language and in real time. Soibel, a Hispanic American and Israeli, has extensive experience working with global Spanish media. For years, she has been bringing millions of Spanish speakers an accurate image of Israel through international media events, expert interviews, briefings, and tours. Leah is the go-to expert in Israel on Latino media, due to her access to hundreds of journalists and Latino leaders. She has a regular column in Miami’s Diario de Las Americas and frequently is interviewed by Spanish language TV and radio programs about regional security and Iranian influence in Latin America. Leah established FL after working for The Israel Project; her last two the Spanish Media Program director. Previously, she served in intelligence. http://www.fuentelatina.org/ Guest Leah Soibel
A political consultant on more than 200 campaigns in 45 states, Jason Stanford’s clients have included 31 Members of Congress, three Governors, Fortune 500 corporations, the AFL-CIO, and NARAL. He appears regularly on MSNBC and Fox’s Austin affiliate. Jason, often published by the Texas Monthly‘s online edition, also writes a nationally syndicated column for the Austin American-Statesman. His blog is entitled, “Behind Frenemy Lines.” Guest Jason Stanford
Dr. Ken Stein
Just returned from a trip to Israel, which coincided with the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, Professor Kenneth W. Stein has taught Middle Eastern history, political science and Israel studies at Emory University since 1977. Stein’s scholarship focuses on the origins and politics of modern Israel, Palestinian social history, the British Mandate in Palestine, the Arab-Israeli negotiating process, American foreign policy toward the region, and the modern Arab world. The author of multiple groundbreaking books on Israel and the Middle East, Dr. Stein appears regularly in the national media, and lectures across the country. He received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and doctoral degree from The University of Michigan. Guest Dr. Ken Stein
Xenex co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer Mark Stibich oversees the Company's scientific research, product development, facility assessments, and protocol design. An inventor on multiple patents, Stibich leads new technology development and meets frequently with infection prevention representatives at healthcare facilities, helping them understand and solve their infection control problems. Dr. Stibich holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, a Masters in Health Science, also from Johns Hopkins, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
@XenexDisinfect Guest Mark Stibich
Mark Walker, PhD
The author of Nazi Science: Myth, Truth, and the German Atomic Bomb (Perseus, 1995) as well as German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939-49 (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Mark Walker teaches modern European history, with special emphasis on modern German history and the history of ideas, as well as the history of science and technology, as the John Bigelow Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. His books may be found at http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Walker/e/B001HCVBH6. Guest Mark Walker, PhD
Lindsay Weiner, whose articles on fashion have appeared in Time and the Associated Press, is a Certified Image Consultant and personal stylist focused on helping clients dress for all aspects of their lives. Weiner wants to, “simplify the lives of her clients by taking the guesswork out of fashion and relies on her innate ability to find the right outfits for every situation. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Brandies University, Lindsay began her career as an assistant stylist on the TLC’s What Not to Wear before launching her own businesses, Style Me NY (http://stylemeny.com), Style Me DC (http://stylemedc.com) and Style Me ASAP (http://stylemeasap.com). She also blogs about fashion at The Cat Walk Chronicles (http://www.thecatwalkchronicles.com). Guest Lindsay Weiner
Glenn Whipp covers the awards season for the Los Angeles Times, beginning at the fall film festivals and continuing to the Academy Awards. He also writes a monthly column on film and reports on television leading up to the Emmy Awards. A member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., Glenn has been writing about movies for the past 20 years for the Associated Press, Variety and the Los Angeles Daily News. You can find Glenn at @GlennWhipp and read his most recent article on the selection of Neil Patrick Harris as the 2015 host of the Academy Awards. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/goldstandard/la-et-mn-neil-patrick-harris-oscar-host-20141015-column.html Guest Glenn Whipp