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Feature Friday with Shira Fisher

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” Mother Teresa

Episode 2021:12

Homelessness has been an issue for humans since a documented history was begun – and probably before. Like most complex societal issues, solutions have been tried, discarded, tried again, discarded again, and so on. Why would efforts in 2021 be different?

That and many other questions are addressed in this episode of Did You Know That? Shira Fisher has spent 13+ years of her life working for organizations using modern technologies, data, and approaches to put a dent in the 55,000 homeless in New York City. Despite the enormity of the effort and the incremental forward progress, she remains convinced this is one societal issue that can be solved. After you experience this conversation, you might as well.

Find out more about Shira and her background via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shira-fisher-8017667/.

Music: “What Makes Us Human” by Attila Erdelyi via Artlist



Tenacious Tuesday with Kristin Andree
March 23, 2021, 7:52 am
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YOU’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE with Guest Kristin Andree

“Have you ever felt you spend so much time living your life, that you forget to enjoy it? 

That the place you find yourself in seems almost unrecognizable, leaving you to wonder, how did I get here?”

Our next guest, Kristin Andree is helping us get right down into it!

Kristin is an Author, Speaker, Business Coach and Podcast Host. 

Today’s episode we are diving deep into her new book “You’re Not For Everyone, But You Can Be For Everyone.” 

Like the episode? Be sure to grab the book on Amazon.

Kristin Andree Contact:

Website: https://andreegroup.com/about-us/

LinkedIn: Kristin Andree

Instagram: @andreegroup



Feature Friday with Christopher Young

(NOTE: Apologies in advance for the volume of my microphone. It apparently didn’t fully show up for the interview after testing.)

“Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” Jane Addams

My enthrallment with history didn’t start until I met Mr. Ed Powers.  Mr. Powers still teaches history where I went to high school and it’s he who lit the fuse.  To this day – been a whole lotta days since – I still remember something he said during a discussion about the Vietnam War.  To paraphrase, you can’t fight an -ism (e.g., Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Buddhism, etc.).  The -ism is an idea/philosophy/crutch utilized by people.  So for me, any argument for/against an -ism is really about people.

How’s this relate to episode 2021:11 of Did You Know That?  Christopher Young is all about people, specifically, the ethical actions of people in the business world.  (Please hold all snarky comments until after the interview.)  The world is made up of a lot of different -ism’s as they relate to business, which means there are a lot of people making business decisions on a second by second basis.  We talk about how they’re making those decisions and how they can be better.

To find out more about Christopher and his work, check out the various sites below.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherwyoung/

Website: https://www.redmapecon.com/

Instagram: @theredmaplegroup

Twitter: @TheRMGroup_1

Rutgers University: https://www.business.rutgers.edu/faculty/christopher-young

Music: “Tunnel Vision” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist

#businessethics #ethics #capitalism #incentives #financialincentives #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Christian Dysart

“You can be a career professional as a judge, a prosecutor, sometimes as a defense attorney, and never insist on fairness and justice. That’s tragic and that’s what we have to change.” Bryan Stevenson

Episode 2021:10

When you read the term defense attorney, what or who springs to mind?  Hold that image in your mind until you meet my next guest on Did You Know That?

Christian Dysart probably doesn’t fit the narrative in your head as to what or who a defense attorney should be.  But he has all the traits you’d want in the person fighting for your freedom/life.  This is a conversation about the role of a defense attorney, criminal law, and how the system works (or doesn’t work) for those accused of a crime.

You can find out more about Christian and his work at:

Website: https://www.dysartwillis.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-e-dysart-9b412a4/

Twitter: @dysartwillis

Instagram: @dysartwillis

Music: “Taurus” by Ace via Artlist



Feature Friday with Colleen Blum
March 5, 2021, 4:17 am
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“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Episode 2021:9

Je ne sais quoi… an indescribable quality that makes someone or something so appealing.  The “it” factor.  It’s elusive, can’t be taught, but you know it when you see/hear/taste/smell/feel it.

As you’ll learn pretty quick during the next episode of Did You Know That?, Colleen Blum has all the “it” qualities you can envision.  But she is where she is today because those qualities aren’t idle; she has put them to work for the last decade to reach a point of daily happiness.  That is an accomplishment worth talking about, which we do.

Join us for a fun, engaging conversation and then go check out Colleen’s own podcast, “Try And Stop Me” (both on podcast platforms & YouTube), and other online accounts.

Try And Stop Me (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwOj_bbR_Wq2TDdWxtIeG0g

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleenblum/

Instagram: tryandstopmepodcast

Combs & Company: https://combsandco.com/about__trashed/colleen-blum/

Music: “You Can’t Stop Me” by RocknStock via Artlist

#perseverance #ambition #drive #courage #tryandstopmepodcast #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Lyrissa Lidsky on the next episode of “Did You Know That?” with Host Sean O’Rourke
February 26, 2021, 4:55 am
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Episode 2021:8

It can be argued these 45 words are the most important in this country.  The breadth of protections offered by the amendment is in some ways the entire foundation for the democratic structure of the United States.  But like any right, there have been challenges; some nefarious, others cultural.  The current challenge comes from technology.

The rise of any new technology that expands our capabilities is often met with irrational exuberance.  We almost always fall for the utopian visions put forward by the technology’s proponents, forgetting that it will be human beings – good, bad, and indifferent – who will mold the technology going forward.  Thus, what evolves is both a blessing and a bane.  The Internet is the 21st Century’s ultimate example of this phenomenon (so far).

What impact has the Internet had on the 1st Amendment, primarily free speech?  My next guest on Did You Know That? is well versed on this question.  Lyrissa Lidsky is the Dean of the University of Missouri School of Law and an authority on the intersection of free speech and the Internet.  It’s a timely conversation that may change your thoughts about what you write/read on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about Lyrissa and her extensive work around the 1st Amendment, follow her via the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyrissa-lidsky-192815103/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LidskyLidsky

MizzouLaw on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MizzouLaw

Research on SSRN Author page: https://ssrn.com/author=247860

#1stamendment #freedomofspeech #dataprivacy #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Changing The Provider Experience with Guest Bryan Cush

Bryan Cush, Co-Founder of Tidal Health Group is on a mission to change the way consumers find providers. 

Backed with a strong purpose and the courage to try, he and his team are tackling the large task at hand. 

Listen along as Bryan shares a bit on his background, the company’s mission and some key valuable lessons he’s learned along the way so far.

You can Click Here to check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts!



Feature Friday with Ara Basmajian
February 19, 2021, 7:02 am
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“The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.” Maryam Mirzakhani

Episode 2021:7

Addition. Subtraction. Multiplication. Division. Algebra. Euclidian Geometry. Trigonometry. Calculus. For the vast majority of us, our formal study of math ends somewhere along this list. But this list doesn’t get us to space. Doesn’t get us mobile phones/tablets/devices. Doesn’t get us the Internet.

It’s not hyperbole to say mathematics can explain virtually the entire universe. That’s astounding if you really think about it. So does that mean mathematicians see the world differently than the rest of us? That’s one of the many questions I pose to Ara Basmajian, professor of hyperbolic geometry at Hunter College (part of the CUNY system), on this episode (2021:7) of Did You Know That?

If you want to dive into a whole new world and language, visit Ara’s links below:

CUNY: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Mathematics/Faculty-Bios/Ara-Basmajian

Teaching: https://sites.google.com/view/basmajian/home/teaching

Research: https://sites.google.com/view/basmajian/home/research

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBSnPsGsH6U

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJWk_oAGlxo

Music: “Make Me Mad – instrumental Version” by Ofrin via Artlist

#mathematics #geometry #hyperbolicgeometry #universallanguage #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Lexi Arnold
February 12, 2021, 4:57 am
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“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” Unknown

Episode 2021:6

Host: Sean O’Rourke

Health can be a perplexing topic for all of us.  Unless afflicted with a condition at birth or in early childhood, we typically grow up believing we control our minds and bodies.  We jump when we want, we say what comes to mind, we sleep when we’re tired, we laugh when amused, we… well, you get the picture.

Lexi Arnold started life with that same belief but was disabused of the notion at a young age.  Her struggles started early and caused mounting physical and mental challenges that affected her quality of life.  Treating the physical issues was the easy part (and I use the term easy in a very loose sense, as you will find out during our conversation); the mental and emotional weight Lexi carried required more understanding, both for Lexi and her family.

In this episode of Did You Know That?, Lexi and I talk about the “shadow” she describes in the essay below.  We discuss how she broached the subject with her parents, why she decided to be so open about her struggles, and what she’s doing to help others.  This is one of the more inspiring episodes I’ve done thus far.

Lexi’s essay: https://lexismentalhealthmatters.jimdofree.com/2019/10/08/the-shadow

Learn more about Lexi at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexiarnold/

Instagram: @lexiarnold



Tenacious Tuesday with Rob Pecha
February 9, 2021, 4:39 am
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Check out the latest episode of the Try & Stop Me Podcast with host, Colleen Blum.

Lessons In The Redirection

Rob Pecha dreamed about fighting for his country but after 2 years of training he was told he could no longer continue.

Listen along as he sits down to tell us all about the lessons he was able to take from those day and turn them into motivation still to this day in his life and career.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lessons-in-the-redirection/id1525146944?i=1000508125920