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47 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
The Great Outdoors Is What Makes America Great
The great outdoors is what makes America great and Our guest, Derrick Crandall, who served as President and CEO of the American Recreation Coalition from 1981 to 2019 has proven that . He was also the executive vice president of The Recreation Roundtable. As Counselor to the National Park Hospitality Association. Mr. Crandall directs that organization’s staff efforts. He is Chairman of the Board of The Corps Network and also serves as Co-Chair of the Coalition for Recreational Trails. He was a member of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985 to 1987). He received the Chevron Conservation Award and was named to the President's Commission on Environmental Quality in 1991. He was the initial Chairman of the Take Pride in America Advisory Board, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and served as Chair of the Take Pride in America Partners Council. He was a Founding Director of the National Forest Foundation, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. He has served on several national judging panels, including co-chairing the U.S. Department of the Interior's Take Pride in America award program. Among the dozens of public-policy programs in which he has played a central role are the National Scenic Byways Program, Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, Recreational Trails Program, Wallop-Breaux Program, and the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission. These efforts have been recognized in many ways, including induction into the RV Hall of Fame and receipt of the Annual Award of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. USA Today has described him as “the outdoor guru.” He received the Spirit of Take Pride Award in October 2004 and was recognized with a Centennial Award by the US Forest Service. He served as a member of the National Park Service Advisory Board Health and Recreation Committee. He has served in leadership roles on numerous community and philanthropic organizations including the executive committee of WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World. He is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College. No one has done more than Mr. Crandall to insure that the great outdoors is what makes America great. The Land and Water Conservation Fund that has been Protecting Lands and Giving Back to Communities for decades owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Crandall and many other conservationist for their contributions. We will discuss those contributions on the podcast.Specialties: Mr. Crandall served on the Board of the American Society of Association Executives for seven years, including two terms as Vice Chairman. He received ASAE's Professional Performance Award in 1980, his Certified Association Executive recognition in 1990 and was named an ASAE Fellow in 1992. Please join as we explore the great outdoors.
49 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Mysteries of Easter Island Continue To Boggle The Mind
The Mysteries of Easter Island continue to boggle the mind. The islanders, however, prefer to call it by its Polynesian name, Rapa Nui or Te Pito o Te Tahiti. The mystery is rooted in the iconic stone statues called moai. People continue to wonder how the statues were made and who made them. Even though archeologists have answered some questions, mysteries still remain. For example, no one really knows how the statues were moved from the quarry where they were made to locations throughout the island. Theories have been advanced and experiments conducted but scholars still can't agree.In our next episode Josie Nahoe Mulloy will join us to discuss the mysteries of Easter Island that continue to boggle the mind and attract tourists to the island from around the world. Josie will share her family history and ancestry. She will let you know how you can visit the island and get the most out of your visit. The Island is a World Heritage Site and much of the island is protected in Rapa Nui National Park. It is called an open air museum. It is one of the most remote Islands in the world. The island was settled by Polynesians, most likely from the Pitcairn and Gambier Islands. Scholars believe the island was settled between 700 and 1000 A.D. Original settlers of the island traveled more than 2000 miles to establish a new colony.Proficient sailors, the first inhabitants sailed to the island in double-hulled canoes especially built for long voyages. They found a heavily forested island with plentiful resources. Today, most of those resources have been depleted and years of sheep grazing have severely changed the natural environment. Despite these changes mysteries abound as recorded in many of the island's petroglyphs and of course the iconic moai statues.Please join us on the podcast and learn from Josie Nahoe Mulloy, a direct descendent of the ancient Rapanui, why the mysteries of Easter Island continue to boggle the Mind. You can also learn more at The Easter Island Foundation.
50 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Cyber Criminals And State Sponsored Cyber Warfare: Civilization's Greatest Threats
Has Your Personal Life Has Been Compromised By Cyber Criminals? Is it too late to secure your personal data? And what about state sponsored cyber warfare? Has the threat of a nuclear holocaust been replaced by the threat of destruction of our way of life by cyber warfare. Cyber security expert, Dom Nessi, will attempt to answer these questions as we explore the world of cyber security.In December the most brutal cyber attack against U.S. government agencies and business occured. It was the result of a flaw in software that was supposed to protect against such attacks and manage multiple information technology systems. The extent of the damage done by the attack is still not known and may not be known for months to years.Hacking of personal accounts on social media platforms continues. Protection of voting computer systems has become a major objective of government voting agencies and intelligence agencies.Cyber security expert, Dom Nessi, joins us on this episode. He shares insights into the murky world of cyber crimes and cyber warfare. Dom spent 10 years as the vice president and chief information officer of the Los Angeles Airport system and 5 years as the chief information officer of the National Park Service.
35 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
We Need To Be Saved From Ourselves To Make Covid19 Vaccines Effective
With all of the promise of a covid 19 vaccine it appears we need to be saved from ourselves, to make Covid19 vaccines effective. Doctor Y Bruce Lee is a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, and entrepreneur. He will attempt to to explain why many health care workers refuse to get vaccinated and why there seems to be disagreements among health care workers about how effective the vaccines will ultimately be. You can also go to our website to get vaccine information that may save your life.He has over two decades of experience developing mathematical and computational models. The models assist a wide range of decision makers in health and public health. Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. There he is the Executive Director of PHICOR (Public Health Informatics, Computational, and Operations Research). Dr. Lee is also the CEO of Symsilico, which develops and uses computational methods, models, and tools to help decision-making.His previous positions include serving as Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC). In addition he served as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational. There he worked worked in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founded Integrigen.Bruce has authored over 200 scientific publications. This includes over 100 first author and over 65 last author. He is the author of three books. Doctor Bruce Y Lee has written extensively for the general media and often addressed the question, will a corona virus vaccine give you your life back? He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes. At Forbes he covers a wide range of health-related topics. These include medicine, wellness, digital health and the business of health and having written over 700 articles.His writing has also appeared in a number of other media outlets. Most notably these have included Time, The Guardian, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University and M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He earned his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego.In this podcast I asked Dr. Lee, don't we need to be saved from ourselves, to make Covid19 vaccines effective?
32 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Do Police Belong On Public High School Campuses
In many public high schools all across America police are present on campus. This has led many criminal justice reform advocates to ask, do police belong on public high school campuses? Many also believe that police, often called resource officers, on high school campuses has led to the school to prison pipeline. Why? Because minor offenses on high school campuses sometimes lead to arrests and criminal records for students. Add to this the fact that the majority of arrests are of students that are non-white. Our guest, Montgomery County council member, Will Jawando has proposed legislation that would remove police officers from Montgomery County high school campuses.Mr. Jawando was a candidate for Congress and served as Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House during the Obama administration. He has a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. We will explore the question, do police belong on public high school campuses?In many public high schools all across America police are present on campus. This has led many criminal justice reform advocates to ask, do police belong on public high school campuses. Many also believe that police, often called resource officers, on high school campuses has led to the school to prison pipeline. Why? Because minor offenses on high school campuses sometimes lead to arrests and criminal records for students. Add to this the fact that the majority of arrests are of students that are non-white. Our guest, Montgomery County council member, Will Jawando has proposed legislation that would remove police officers from Montgomery County high school campuses.Mr. Jawando was a candidate for Congress and served as Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House during the Obama administration. He has a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. We will explore the question, do police belong on public high school campuses?\Proponents of high school resources officers argue that police officers are campuses are now well trained to diffuse situations, act as deterrents to violence and they often serve as counselors and advocates for students. But this begs the questions as to whether these roles are appropriate for police officers. The training in counseling for example is up two weeks while a school guidance counselor receives two years or more of education and training. So do police officers really belong on high school campuses. Listen in on this lively discussion to find out more.
30 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
How Do The Miracles of Jesus Compare To Scientific Discoveries
Almost a decade ago the Higgs Boson, once referred to as the God Particle, was discovered at CERN. In this podcast we ask one of the leading researchers at CERN, Dr. Aaron Dominguez, How do the miracles of Jesus compare to scientific discoveries? We pose this question to Dr. Dominguez because as a professor at The Catholic University of America he believes science and religion should co-exist and compliment each other.Aaron Dominguez is the provost and an ordinary professor of physics at The Catholic University of America. His main area of research is in using particle colliders to search for new physics, including the recently discovered Higgs boson. His area of expertise is in instrumentation — designing, building and using silicon charged particle trackers as precision tools to reconstruct the complicated interactions taking place in these collisions.He received his undergraduate degrees from Whitman College and Caltech, his Ph.D. in physics from UC San Diego and was a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2005, he was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award. He has played numerous leadership positions in the L3, CDF and CMS particle physics experiments at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland and Fermilab in Chicago. Specifically, he is currently deputy project leader for the upgrades of CMS, and is the principal investigator of an NSF project that is funding the U.S. efforts of nine universities to improve the silicon pixel detector, hadron calorimeter and trigger in preparation for high luminosity runs of the LHC in coming years. He has mentored seven postdoctoral researchers, three graduate students to completion, three currently in progress, and numerous undergraduates. He sits on several advisory boards, including QuarkNet, and is an author on more than 1,100 papers in experimental high energy physics and instrumentation.As we explore the question, how do the miracles of Jesus compare to scientific discoveries? we will perhaps gain some insight into the relationship between religion and reason.
57 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
GTP-3 Artificial Intelligence's New Mind
Is GTP-3 Artificial Intelligence's new mind? Dr. Jared Kaplan is a theoretical physicist who has been recently working on Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3), which is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. We all use a limited version when we ask google a question or when google auto corrects our email. However, this text generator is millions of times more powerful. It can write poetry, complete legal documents and write computer code. Jared Kaplan is a theoretical physicist with interests in quantum gravity, holography, and conformal field theory, as well as effective field theory, particle physics, and cosmology. He is also working on topics at the interface between physics and machine learning.In the last few years he has also been collaborating with both physicists and computer scientists on Machine Learning research, including on scaling laws for neural models and the GPT-3 language model. His goal is to understand these systems and to help make them safe and beneficial.We begin the podcast by discussing the difference between Newton's conception of gravity and Einstein's theory of general relativity. Then we delve into the subjects of quantum gravity and the curvature of space. We also discuss why theoretical physics is relevant to our understanding of reality.In this podcast we will ask Dr. Kaplan if the advances in AI technology can lead to GTP-3 Artificial Intelligence's New Mind. In other words will this lead to a kind of sentience for AI giving it a brain much like ours? Dr. Kaplan has been working with OpenAI on scaling laws for neural models and the GPT-3 language model. OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research laboratory consisting of the for-profit corporation OpenAI LP and its parent company, the non-profit OpenAI Inc.
45 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
Will A Corona Virus Vaccine Give You Your Life Back?
Will a vaccination give you your life back? Doctor Y Bruce Lee is a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, and entrepreneur. He will attempt to answer this question and more.He has over two decades of experience developing mathematical and computational models. The models assist a wide range of decision makers in health and public health. Currently, he is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. There he is the Executive Director of PHICOR (Public Health Informatics, Computational, and Operations Research). Dr. Lee is also the CEO of Symsilico, which develops and uses computational methods, models, and tools to help decision-making.His previous positions include serving as Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC). In addition he served as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational. There he worked worked in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founded Integrigen.Bruce has authored over 200 scientific publications. This includes over 100 first author and over 65 last author. He is the author of three books. Doctor Bruce Y Lee has written extensively for the general media and often addressed the question, will a vaccination give you your life back? He is a Senior Contributor for Forbes. At Forbes he covers a wide range of health-related topics. These include medicine, wellness, digital health and the business of health and having written over 700 articles.His writing has also appeared in a number of other media outlets. Most notably these have included Time, The Guardian, the HuffPost, and the MIT Technology Review. His work and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University and M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He earned his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego.
46 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
A Conversation About Golf Social Justice And Race
In this week's episode we will have a conversation about Golf, social justice and race, and their strained relationship over the years. In this week's podcast we are joined by Michael Williams. Michael is a golf journalist. Michael has interviewed many of the legends of golf including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player and many others. During last year's US Open at Pebble Beach Michael was confronted with golf's ugly relationship with race during a sponsor event. How he handled it is a lesson in how Americans can have a conversation about race that leads to a better America. Michael's thoughtful and empathetic conversation about golf, social justice and race will help you understand how to have a conversation with your friends, family and peers about race in America.Michael recently penned a provocative missive titled: “An Open Letter to Golf From A Black Man Who Loves the Game”. It is a commentary about racial inequality in the game and solutions for what can be done.Michael is the Founder and Managing Director of Cyrano Communications, a Washington-based consultancy that advises organizations in the public and private sectors on cultural exchange through commerce, athletics and the arts.Michael is also a contributor to a wide range of charitable organizations, including being a board member of The Peter G. Dodge Foundation. Mr. Williams is a special consultant to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which is authorized by The White House and Congress to establish the Memorial to President Eisenhower. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s mission is to complete a National Memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower and inspire future generations with his devotion to public service, leadership, integrity, life-long work ethic, and his total devotion to the values and processes of democracy. Michael's role is to act as a liaison to the governing bodies and corporations that are connected to the game, to engage them with Ike's legacy as a golfer and the to the mission of the EMC.Michael is also a member of the United States Golf Association and was recently named to the USGA Golfer Journal editorial board.
39 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
National Parks Traveler Founder Kurt Repanshek
National Parks Traveler founder and editor-in-chief, Kurt Repanshek will discuss the destructive behavior in national parks caused by the Covid19 virus and other topics about our National Parks. Kurt is the founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, the No. 1-ranked, editorially independent nonprofit media organization that provides daily news, feature, and commentary coverage of national parks and protected areas.Traveler's journalists work to inform the general public of environmental, scientific, and newsworthy developments surrounding, involving, and affecting these areas and their governing bodies. As the Covid19 pandemic has taken hold of the world ironically more people have sought to escape to the outdoors and visitation to parks has increased causing tremendous pressure of delicate resources and brining a new breed of visitor. That visitor is often unfamiliar with park etiquette and has led many to observe the destructive behavior in national parks caused by the Covid 19 virus. Kurt will share his thoughts on this subject and other issues affecting our parks.Kurt does not just write about our parks, he has climbed the Grand Teton, river rafted the Grand Canyon, hiked Mount Ranier and taken his family on trips to many of the National Park Service's most sacred historical and cultural sites.The Traveler has an annual readership of ~3 million via its flagship website and affiliated Apple News feed. The New York Times, Washington, Post, CNN, and many other media outlets follow our coverage. Our weekly podcasts, launched in mid-February 2019, provide a complementary medium for staying atop national parks and related topics.Traveler's social media footprint is ~300,000 between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The Traveler has been mentioned or cited by the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Travel, the Daily Kos, smartmoney.com, and backpacker.com. It's coverage of national parks has been profiled by the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review.
38 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
People Who Are Hard of Hearing The Invisible Disability
With the sounds of her native Brooklyn, New York in the background Accessibility advocate Janice Lintz tells her story of how she has used eternal vigilance to make sure the hard of hearing has access to information that everyone else has. She is a passionate and accomplished consultant/advocate across the hearing advocacy and related political spectrum. She effects change and implements creative solutions across organizational and geographic boundaries. Janice is the “go-to” person on matters relating to access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.Janice is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations. Hearing Access & Innovations is the only business in the world that helps the world’s corporations, cultural and entertainment institutions. In addition HAI helps the over 480 million people worldwide with hearing loss. HAI has established or enhanced hearing access programs at over 100 international organizations, including:The American Museum of Natural History, Apple, Association of National Advertisers, Cunard, Delta, Disney, Graceland, Heinz History Center, Lincoln Center, Marriott, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, NBC Universal, NFL, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, NYC Transit, The New York Times, Yankee Stadium, and The Wall Street Journal.Accessibility Advocate Janice Lintz is also a Consumer Education/Travel writer. Her articles appeared in Forbes, Forbes Africa, Yahoo Travel, Medium, Thrive Global, Huffington Post, and The Outdoor Journal. Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Consumer Reports, Bustle, Southern Living, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, NPR, Fox Business, and msn.com are among the many media outlets quoting Janice. She visited 139+2/193+2 UN countries and 194/329 TCC destinations.
45 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Conservation Biologist Jim Tolisano
Conservation Biologist Jim Tolisano has worked on nature conservation projects in more than 50 countries, ranging widely and wildly through such experiences as Grizzly Bear conservation work in Colorado, to forest conservation work with remote communities in Papua New Guinea, chimpanzee conservation work with Jane Goodall’s Institute in West Africa, nature-based business development with Afro-Ecuadorian communities in Ecuador, national park developments in Sri Lanka, wolf conservation in rural Italy, lowland gorilla and forest elephant conservation in Congo, and marine conservation in Cuba. Jim worked principally as an independent consultant since his early 20s. Jim joined support conservation teams working with non-government organizations (NGO's) such as the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy and large development institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Jim has been a Trainer for Peace Corps volunteers, developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in conservation-social science-arts at The College of Santa Fe and developed and directed a unique conservation leadership program, the Kinship Conservation Fellows, which continues to be on the cutting edge leadership programs for conservation professionals. For the past 8 years he has been an adjunct Professor in the interdisciplinary Gallatin School at New York University, where he teaches a very cross-disciplinary approach to conservation biology. He completed a memoir that recounts a 2,000 kilometer journey I took on bicycle from Palermo, Sicily to Venice as an homage to his late wife after she died suddenly from a voracious and fast-acting cancer. He is working on a second book that ties together the connections between the recent pandemic, illegal wildlife trafficking, and people’s relationship to nature. He is also working on a novel that explores the immigrant experience in rural America, again through our relationships to land and nature. Conservation Biologist Jim Tolisano is joined on this episode by his daughter, Coral who joined him on many of his adventures in the wilds around the globe.
31 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
Latino Outdoors' José González
Latino Outdoors' José González is an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching credential coursework was at the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento.As a public school teacher, he taught courses in Spanish, Social Studies, Behavior Intervention for at-risk youth, and English Language Development in middle school and high school settings. As a Program Coordinator at San Jose State University with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led groups of undergraduate students providing direct instructional services to migrant students in partner school districts and in outdoor education programs. At the University of Michigan, School of Education, he was an instructor for science education in their undergraduate program. Recently, at the National Hispanic University, he has taught course on Science Methods, Math Methods, Primary & Secondary Language Development, Latino Culture, and Technology Integration at the Teacher Education Department. Latino Outdoors is a community first and an organization second. They are a community that strives for an outdoors that is safe and welcoming for all people, regardless of race, creed, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. They also are a community that celebrates diverse forms of outdoor engagement. and a community that believes meaningful outdoor experiences make us stronger, healthier, and happier.José founded Latino Outdoors to provide for a focused conversation on the Latinx experience without being limited to it. Our community’s voices are varied while remaining united in celebrating diversity and declaring it a core tenet of Latino Outdoors.Latino Outdoors' José González looks forward to opportunities and collaborating with organizations seeking to diversify their outdoor and conservation programs. He is available for trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements around these topics.
35 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
National Parks Advocate Audrey Peterman
National Parks Advocate Audrey Peterman is President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., and in 2014 co-launched the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau. Earthwise Productions focuses on connecting the public lands system and the American public. Audrey will share how her life was transformed by a mystical experience at Acadia National Park. She talks about her commitment to raise awareness of national parks in diverse communities. As an advocate for National Parks Audrey Peterman believes all people should experience the wonder, majesty and history of our parks, open spaces and protected lands.
45 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Horse Guided Empowerment
Christina Marz shares her experience treating pandemic anxiety with horse guided empowerment. Christina is a systemic family counselor, certified trauma specialist and the founder of Horse Guided Empowerment, a method for holistic therapy with a herd of horses. She teaches the method all over the world and has certified practitioners in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Christina lives with her three homeschooled sons and a herd of horses in Cotacachi Ecuador and while she focuses on spreading her method, she also works with underprivileged families in individual therapy.
44 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Environmental Writer Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers, award winning environmental journalist, will join us and share stories about his experiences as an environmental journalist and science writer. Paul writes about energy, water policy, environmental justice, parks and other environmental issues. He was a member of the Mercury News Pulitzer Prize winning team that covered the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1990. His most recent article is about the Great American Outdoors Act. The act would provide nearly a billion dollars for outdoor recreation, land acquisition and most importantly to address the multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog on federal lands. Environmental Journalist, Paul Rogers is one of the few journalist fighting for environmental justice. He writes for the San Jose Mercury News. San Jose is the largest city in the bay area of California.
42 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson
Yosemite Ranger, Shelton Johnson, shares his stories as a Buffalo Soldier re-enactor. In addition, Shelton will talk about his experience hosting Oprah Winfrey and a group of her friends on their first camping experience at Yosemite. Shelton's experience as a four year old standing in the Bavarian Alps planted the seed leading to him becoming a ranger. He talks about his historical novel, Gloryland, which tells the story of Buffalo Soldier Elijah Yancy. Shelton Johnson starred in the Ken Burns docu-series on National Parks. As a result, he is arguably the National Park Service's most famous ranger. Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson is a master storyteller. Get his book Gloryland, here.
3 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Life Is A Story We Tell Ourselves Trailer
Our new trailer highlights up coming podcasts. We interview Yosemite Ranger and Buffalo Soldier Re-enactor, Shelton Johnson. Shelton was featured on the Ken Burns documentary on National Parks. Next up will be award winning environmental journalist, Paul Rogers. Later in August former National Park Service director Jon Jarvis and his daughter will join us to tell stories about their adventurers. Give a listen to our new trailer and learn more about the podcast.
34 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Policing and American Racism
Host Don Murphy and his co-host Anna Murphy explore stories about policing and American racism. They also tackle the confederate flag problem. Joining Don on the podcast are former California State Park Ranger Peace Officers, Steve Treanor and Rich Rojas. Steve and Rich share their stories as police officers highlighting the differences between police officers as guardians versus warriors. They describe the need for police reform. Don concludes with a story of how policing and American racism came together and almost ended his life.
20 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Father's Day Remembrance
On this Father's Day remembrance, host Don Murphy and his co-host daughter, Anna reminisce and share stories about their father daughter adventures. From the time she was a seven years old Anna helped her father with constructions projects and the two of them often went shopping together. Anna even invited her father to help shop for her prom dress, which began a life long adventure of father/daughter shopping. Don also shares a story of taking Anna at age 4 months to the white mountains for a spiritual christening in the moonlight in front an ancient Bristle Cone Pine. Finally, you will hear Don's take on what social and physical distancing has done to the very human practice of hugging. Please join us for this Father's Day Remembrance.
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