EPISODE 67

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MICHAEL DEVAUL

Omega Man

Michael DeVaul is chief social responsibility officer for a youth charity organization. In this episode we explore helping black and brown boys, connecting dots, code-switching, baseball and branding, and a personal story of love and humanity.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Masculine Faith 

Duration: 59 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 66

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QUENTIN TALLEY

Intergalactic Soul

Quentin Talley is a multidisciplinary artist. In this episode we explore being unapologetically human, expressing the black experience, love supreme, and when he is most free.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Keeping It Real 

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 65

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YOSSI GRONER

The Inner Torah

Yossi Groner is a rabbi of an Orthodox Jewish congregation.  In this episode we explore the Chabad Judaism, the coming of the Messiah, ethics and mysticism, and what God wants for us.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Kingdom of God 

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 64

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KATHY IZARD

Do Good Love Well

Kathy Izard is an author and community volunteer. In this episode we explore the legacy of family, housing the homeless, faith in things greater than ourselves, and following an insistent whisper.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Starting and Finishing of Things

Duration: 50 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 63

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RICHARD PINDER

Truth and Consequence

Richard Pinder is a retired assistant professor of history. In this episode we explore partisan news, finding your way, faith in an evidence-based world, civil rights, and the rewards of teaching.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Two Men Walk into a Bar

Duration: 45 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 62

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JOSH JACOBSON

Cultivating Community

Josh Jacobson is managing director of a consultancy to non-profit organizations.  In this episode we explore helping organizations realize their vision and mission, discerning a life journey, and what craft beer and community have in common.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Love is All You Need

Duration: 55 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 61

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LYNNE CONNER

Dionysus to the Apollo

Lynne Conner is a professor of theater arts, cultural policy theorist and playwright. In this episode we explore social interpretation of the arts, how audience behavior has changed, and what we mean by meaning anyway. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Making Meaning

Duration: 55 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 60

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JOHN BOYER

Spiral Logarithms

John Boyer is an executive who leads a modern art museum. In this episode we explore modern art, abstraction, the connection between fine art and finance, and making our lives better through engagement with the arts.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Wrestling the Angel

Duration: 55 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 59

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AMY AUSSIEKER

Many Lives Many Masters

Amy Aussieker is an executive who leads a smart city initiative. In this episode we explore smart city innovation, circular economies, idea generation, reincarnation and evolving as a soul.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Reincarnation Once Again

Duration: 55 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 58

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Kathryn Hill

Context for Change

Kathryn Hill is an executive who leads a history museum. In this episode we explore using history to build community, a social agenda, questions of transformation, and the core work of a career.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Turning Point 

Duration: 47 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 57

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LILA ALLEN

Metropolis

Lila Allen is managing editor of a design and architecture magazine. In this episode we explore design at all scales, the world's best design cities, pop culture, children's bedrooms, and living and working in New York City. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Star is Born

Duration: 47 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 56

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KALI FERGUSON

Personal Parable

Kali Ferguson is a story teller and cultural educator. In this episode we explore a fractured fairy tale, the wisdom of joy, growing up in a prominent family, and a story of psychiatric illness and health.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Gifts of Imperfection

Duration: 45 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 55

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LAURA NEFF

True Belonging

Laura Neff is an organizational transformation and leadership development coach. In this episode we explore what makes a good coach, her deepest story, speaking people into themselves, and the journey we are all on

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Ramble On 

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 54

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SHANNON BINNS

Earth in Mind

Shannon Binns is founder and executive director of a smart growth advocacy organization. In this episode we explore long-term thinking, sustainability, and a life of humanitarian work and service.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Lucky Ones 

Duration: 54 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 53

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MICHAEL GRAFF

Along the Way

Michael Graff is a freelance writer and editor. In this episode we explore the big question that informs his writing, storytelling, back roads, and what he hopes is said about his life.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Memory and Love

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 52

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EMILY GIFFIN

All We Ever Wanted

Emily Giffin is a novelist. In this episode we explore what her novels are about, commercial success, the choices she has made and the life she has led.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Something New

Duration: 59 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 51

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MICHAEL SMITH

City Builder

Michael Smith is president and CEO of a center city place-making organization. In this episode we explore downtown development, the elements of a vibrant city, and a mission-based life. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Shaping Civilization 

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 50

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HOPE MUIR

The Most Incredible Thing

Hope Muir is artistic director of a ballet company. In this episode we explore her first year in the role, what she looks for in dancers, producing socially-conscious repertoire, and the ideas that inform her work.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Exploring A New Tangent 

Duration: 56 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 49

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DANIEL LEVINE

Neighborhood of Tomorrow

Daniel Levine is CEO of a property investment company. In this episode we explore the challenges and responsibility of developing a neighborhood in the center of a city.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Imagining First Ward

Duration: 50 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 48

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TANA GREENE

Maximizer Futurist

Tana Greene is CEO of three national staffing companies. In this episode we explore what her companies do, the problem she is solving, transitioning from success to significance, and the values that guide her.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Finding a Better Way

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 47

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MIKE MCGUIRE

Status Go

Mike McGuire is CEO of a national accounting firm. In this episode we explore brand positioning, creating culture, disruptive technologies, serendipity, and scaling family values.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: On Curiosity and Courage

Duration: 59 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 46

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PIKO EWOODZIE

Participant Observer

Piko Ewoodzie is an ethnographer and professor of sociology. In this episode we explore what we can learn from hip hop artists, qualitative research methods, ‘getting out,’ and Wakanda Forever.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Bearing Witness

Duration: 57 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 45

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AMANDA PAGLIARINI HOWARD

One Clear Voice

Amanda Pagliarini Howard is co-founder of a society membership program. In this episode we explore trauma that she has overcome and writing as an act of self-discovery and creation.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Release from Fear

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 44

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NICK NAPOLETANO

Quantum Entanglements

Nick Napoletano is a painter, muralist and designer. In this episode we explore figurative painting, public art, augmented and digital reality, and managing 'a monkey mind.'

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Leonardo In His Studio

Duration: 48 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 43

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MAREK RANIS

Environmental Art 

Marek Ranis is an interdisciplinary artist and professor of sculpture. In this episode we explore environmental art, ecological disruption, and the connection between political upheaval and climate change. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Art as Crucifixion

Duration: 56 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 42

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SPENCER MERRIWEATHER

Justice League

Spencer Merriweather is district attorney of a major metropolitan county. In this episode we explore criminal justice reform, the emotional burdens of prosecuting crimes, serving as the voice of victims, and finding solace in faith. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: What Prosecutors Do

Duration: 56 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 41

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AMY HERMAN

Image Maker

Amy Herman is a visual artist. In this episode we explore photography, matters of identity and memory, staged moments of intimacy, and creating community. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Our Experiencing and Remembering Selves

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 40

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PATRICE FUNDERBURG

Self-Care and Liberation

Patrice Funderburg is a human resources consultant. In this episode we explore transitioning from corporate work to social activism, race consciousness, and a journey of self-care and liberation.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Existential Choice and Formation

Duration: 45 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 39

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DIANNE ENGLISH

The Ties That Bind

Dianne English is an executive who leads a community building initiative. In this episode we explore racial inclusion and equity, social activism, and making a difference in the time and place you are in.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: What's In the Ground

Duration: 46 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 38

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TOUSSAINT ROMAIN

Between the Lines

Toussaint Romain is a former assistant public defender. In this episode we explore running to become District Attorney, protest, bridging difference, equity and justice, and leading community change.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Man in the White Shirt

Duration: 60 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 37

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MICHAEL MARSICANO

Visionary Catalyst

Michael Marsicano is an executive who leads a community foundation. In this episode we explore economic disparities, task forces, the complexity of grant-making, public criticism, and a career devoted to the arts, philanthropy, education and citizenship.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Intellectual Honesty

Duration: 60 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 36

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JACK OSSA

The Power of Design

Jack Ossa is an architect who makes dreams come true. In this episode we explore architecture, design, introspection, vision and a story of immigration, risk and achievement.   

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Overcoming Resistance

Duration: 60 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 35

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DAVE NEWELL

Transition to Impact

Dave Newell is a director of a collegiate leadership development center. In this episode we explore preparing students for leadership, how to be a better leader, being present in the moment and fulfilling the desire to serve.   

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Foundations of Leadership

Duration: 60 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 34

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CANDICE LANGSTON

Electric Barbarella

Candice Langston is a communications consultant who helps organizations make a positive impact in their community. In this episode we explore media and messaging, civic engagement, TED talks, Hello Kitty and the music of Duran Duran. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Reflex

Duration: 55 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 33

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RUSS GREENFIELD

Integrating Medicine

Russ Greenfield is a physician who directs integrated medicine for a regional healthcare system. In this episode we explore integrated medicine and wellness, the delivery of healthcare and the work of leading systemic change. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Dalai Lama and Being Well

Duration: 54 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 32

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FABI PRESLAR

A Sparkling Life

Fabi Preslar is an entrepreneur who helps clients share their stories. In this episode we explore custom publishing, leaps of faith, a shared near-death experience, and business as a creative and spiritual act. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Leaps of Faith and Glimpses of Eternity

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 31

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ROBERT BUSH

Culture for All

Robert Bush is an executive who leads an arts and science council. In this episode we explore developing culture in community and the power of art to change lives. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Barbaric Yawp

Duration: 57 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 30

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PHILIP BLUMENTHAL

Family Legacy

Philip Blumenthal is an executive who leads a family foundation. In this episode we explore philanthropy, grant-making, stories about family and the obligation to give. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Photographs on a Wall

Duration: 57 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 29

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TIFFANY CAPERS

Black Lives Matter

Tiffany Capers is an advocate for equity and possibility. In this episode we explore Black Lives Matter and issues of education, social justice and being who we are. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Painted Canvas

Duration: 57 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 28

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ANGELA GALA

Mindful Meditation

Angela Gala is a meditation teacher and event planner. In this episode we explore meditation and event planning and what they have in common in a purpose-driven life. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Daydreaming in French House

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 27

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TOM GABBARD

Show Business

Tom Gabbard is an executive who leads a performing arts organization. In this episode we explore what it means to produce and present shows that transform people and place. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Producing What is Best in Ourselves

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 26

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DIANNE CHIPPS BAILEY

Doing Well and Good

Dianne Chipps Bailey is an attorney who serves non-profit clients.  In this episode we explore the non-profit sector and matters of faith, privilege, perfection and gratitude. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: On Virtue and Privilege

Duration: 56 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 25

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Manoj kesavan

Making Things Happen

Manoj Kesavan is a cultural catalyst and creative instigator. In this episode we explore the art of making things happen and doing what one must. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Most Silent Hour of the Night

Duration: 59 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 24

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LEE KEESLER

Community Steward

Lee Keesler is an executive who leads a multi-branch urban library system. In this episode we explore leading transformation across an enterprise and the call of community stewardship. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Encouragement To Go Far

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 23

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PHILLIP LARRIMORE

Out of the Mist

Phillip Larrimore is a visual artist who explores that which is and is between. In this episode we explore appearance, disappearance and reappearance in his art and life.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Hiding in Plain Sight

Duration: 59 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 22

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Suzanne Fetscher

Art Inspired

Suzanne Fetscher is a former executive of a visual arts center. In this episode we explore her career in arts administration and arriving full circle in life. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Fragments of Memory

Duration: 58 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 21

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Carol hardison

Care and Grace

Carol Hardison is an executive who leads a crisis assistance agency.  In this episode we explore assisting those in financial distressand the values that sustain the work of social justice.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Life of Care and Virtue

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 20

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CHARLES THOMAS

A More Beautiful World

Charles Thomas is a program director for a national foundation. In this episode we explore stepping into service to create a more beautiful and connected world.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Connections Our Hearts Want

Duration: 46 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 19

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AMy chiou

Social Venture Evangelist

Amy Chiou is a political process and social venture evangelist. In this episode we explore civic and entrepreneurial engagement to create change in the world.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Confucian Natural Teleology in 21st Century America

Duration: 48 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 18

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DEBORAH BOSLEY

Plain Language

Deborah Bosley is a plain language expert. In this episode we explore informing with empathy and repairing the world one sentence at a time. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Ink is Black, The Page is White

Duration: 48 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 17

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RENEE STOUT

Conjure Woman

Renee Stout is a visual artist who explores the mystical and rhythmic planes of existence.  In this episode we explore the art of conjuring. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Dancing in Honor of the Gods

Duration: 48 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 16

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MIKE WATSON

Tell Tale Heart

Mike Watson is an artist and educator. In this episode we explore what fashion and leadership have in common and the power of listening to our hearts. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Feminist Voices and the Ethics of Care

Duration: 50 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 15

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KELLY CHOPUS

Reformer Prophet

Kelly Chopus is an executive who leads a family foundation. In this episode we explore philanthropy and a life of taking risk for the public good. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Missionary Zeal

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 14

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Karen geiger

Leaders at Work

Karen Geiger is a leadership and organizational development consultant.  In this episode we explore what good leaders do and how we personally invite into our lives exactly what we must learn. 

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Mastery, Belonging & Autonomy

Duration: 50 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 13

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MATT OLIN

Creative Mornings

Matt Olin is a copywriter and creative consultant. In this episode we explore the power and purposes of creativity and a passion-filled life.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 12

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CHARLIE ELBERSON

Brand Identity

Charlie Elberson is a brand strategist.  In this episode we explore the anthropology of insight and the essence of a brand.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: What is True

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 11

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MICHAEL GOLDFARB

All Along the Watchtower

Michael Goldfarb is a journalist and broadcaster. In this episode we explore his work as former London bureau chief of NPR, covering conflict, and the state of American politics and citizenship.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Voices of NPR and Kittens

Duration: 42 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 10

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Katie Oates

Something True

Katie Oates is a singer and songwriter. In this episode we explore finding our voice later in life and the music of our better selves.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Johnny and June

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 9

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HENRY ROCK II

A New Class of Entrepreneurs

Henry Rock II is a non-profit executive who inspires black millennials to live powerful lives. In this episode we explore educating entrepreneurs and differences between black and white nationalism.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Having the Conversation on Race

Duration: 57 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 8

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The Perpetually Pregnant Man

John W. Love, Jr. is an interdisciplinary literary and performance artist.  In this episode we explore the life-affirming funkiness of a love warrior mystical being.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Moment of Stage Fright

Duration: 40 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 7

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Cities and Memory

David Wagner is an architect who makes places memorable.  In this episode we explore the grace and art of buildings and a life well led.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: What Carl Sandberg, Greek Mythology, Rudyard Kipling and Jim Morrison Have in Common

Duration: 52 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


Episode 6

Becky Winkler

Divining Talent

Becky Winkler is a corporate psychologist who identifies and develops executive talent.  In this episode we explore the art and science of reading people.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: You're Electrifying

Duration: 47 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


Episode 5

BRUCE FRITCH

Getting to Insight

Bruce Fritch is a business adviser who accesses the human brilliance of people and organizations. In this episode we explore his call to excellence and higher purpose.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Cards and Letters Before the Age of the Internet 

Duration: 47 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


Episode 4

Valaida Fullwood

Reframing Love

Valaida Fullwood is a writer and project strategist. In this episode we explore bearing the burden of an untold story and re-imagining an idea that changes community.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Plato and the Theory of Forms

Duration: 53 Minutes  |  Read:  Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 3

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Strange and Wonderful Bodies

Jeff Jackson writes beautiful stories about disturbing characters. In this episode we explore his strange and wonderful narratives about identity and transformation.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: We Are Always Emerging

Duration: 34 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 2

CARLos SALUM

Theaters of Purpose

Carlos Salum is a leadership performance strategist. In this episode we explore the many lives Carlos has led: as a student, coach, immigrant, playwright, consultant and mind explorer.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Two Cathedrals and the Enlightenment

Duration: 43 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


EPISODE 1

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Peter Reinhart

Bread as a Metaphor For Life

Peter Reinhart is a baker of bread and a master of metaphor. In this episode we explore his extraordinary life as a seeker of truth.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Hello and Welcome to the Show

Duration: 43 Minutes  |  Read: Detail Page / Show Notes


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