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Episode 89 - Darren McCarthy and Gayle Moyers, Learning Ears

Episode 89 - Darren McCarthy and Gayle Moyers, Learning Ears

September 29, 2020

My buddy Darren McCarthy and his colleague Gayle Moyers joined me to discuss education/parenting techniques proven to help children learn and grow.

Darren co-founded Sound Foundations for Parenting, a platform connecting parents with innovators from around the world to “teach the why and how of learning and education.” One of the programs that Darren uses is The Learning Ears System created by Gayle Moyers.

Darren and Gayle explain how the system, using music and sound, teaches your brain how to connect the pieces that disrupt your thinking.  “From ADHD to Dyslexia to Spectrum classifications, The Learning Ears® System will teach your brain how to overcome challenges that have been diagnosed as insurmountable.”

“Not only does our auditory system protect us from noises and sounds we do not want to hear, it also provides energy to the brain and body that results in effective processing and thinking necessary for coordination, movement, balance, language and literacy. In order to be a functional learner, an individual must be able to listen and think, read and think, and say what he wants to say in a few words. The ability to accurately read and receive oral language is critical.

We talked about the importance of listening. (ironic, right?)

I start the show discussing the Supreme Court of the United States, Amy Coney Barrett, stare decisis, separation of powers, due process, Dred Scott v. Sanford, the 1858 Lincoln/Douglas debates and a couple of executive orders.

I got home and tuned in to watch the presidential debate, but it was too hard to listen to, so I turned it off to protect myself from noise and sound that I don’t want to hear.

Episode 88- Mike Duhacek, One Foot in Front of the Other

Episode 88- Mike Duhacek, One Foot in Front of the Other

September 25, 2020

Mike Duhacek joined me this morning from Ontario, Canada.

“In the coldest month of the year, February 2013, one man took a journey of approximately a million steps across Ontario from Windsor to Ottawa, pulling a 125-pound sled with the letters CANCER on it, to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. When Mike Duhacek lost both of his grandparents to cancer and watched his mother diagnosed with a rare cancer, undergoing a grueling three-year battle, he knew it was time to act and helpmeburycancer was born. Duhacek, who is the newly appointed Canadian Ambassador for Cops for Cancer, has now written a book about his journey.”

Mike spent more than three weeks enduring the elements and testing his physical and mental capacities. This book chronicles the overwhelming support he received from his fellow Canadians along the way, including family, students, politicians, police, first responders and kids willing to empty their piggybanks to support the cause. On day 7 he crossed paths with his mother, who's still alive today - 7 years later. And, when it was over, he was even honored by the Queen.

Take off, eh! 

Episode 87 - Ricky Byrd, A Roadrunner

Episode 87 - Ricky Byrd, A Roadrunner

September 24, 2020

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' frontman (1981-1991) and Rock 'n' Roll HOFer (2015) Ricky Byrd joined me from Queens to discuss the release of his new album - Sobering Times - which is another “straight up Rock ‘n’ Roll record with a message that speaks to addiction, recovery, hope and a life beyond your wildest dreams.”

On this project, Ricky collaborates with musicians Bob Stander, Jeff Kazee, Steve Holley, Liberty DeVitto, Rich Pagano, Christine (The Beehive Queen) Ohlman and more in supporting the recovery (Rock 'n' Roll) lifestyle.

We spoke about his playing days, early gigs in the Catskills, record deals, benefit concerts and the meaning behind his HOF acceptance speech, including whether it was entirely scripted, or not.

Keep on rockin' Ricky!

Photo credit: Frankie Byrd


Episode 86 - Deborah Coviello, The Drop in CEO

Episode 86 - Deborah Coviello, The Drop in CEO

September 24, 2020

Deborah Coviello (The Drop In CEO) dropped in on me this morning.

In her article “Losing Your Way is Part of your Growth Journey . . .” she writes:

“So what is your path that you have started on? Have you come to a place where you don’t recognize yourself or you had well intended goals but at mid-year, you’re not on track? Do you move to a place of disappointment in yourself or do you see it as a positive opportunity to reflect and get back on track; or even better adjust your compass? You have choices and depending upon how you feel about yourself, you can set you up for failure or I like to focus on; your success for the rest of 2020.”

We spoke about corporate responsibility/management, leadership, podcasting, career changes and her family life in Ohio.

I also took the opportunity to ask her for directions.

Episode 85 - Armand King, Raised in Pimp City

Episode 85 - Armand King, Raised in Pimp City

September 22, 2020

I spoke with former pimp turned advocate/author/mentor Armand King about surviving childhood in the marginalized neighborhoods of San Diego during the crack epidemic in the 1990s.

“Fueled by his experiences in the streets, Armand co-founded Paving Great Futures and now works to guide others out of the systemic prison pipeline. As a young man, Armand was misguided by the streets and, in turn, misguided others, blind to the detriment of his actions. His life mission now is detouring individuals from the many socio-economic pitfalls faced by the underserved communities in San Diego.”

Armand’s making a difference in the exact world that almost ruined his life and that took the lives of so many of his friends. We spoke about his unique experiences and new book Raised in Pimp City: The Uncut Truth About Human Sex Trafficking.

Tune in the hear Armand’s suggestions for permanently sprucing up the neighborhood, so to speak.

Episode 84 - Amos Guiora, Armies of Enablers

Episode 84 - Amos Guiora, Armies of Enablers

September 1, 2020

University of Utah Law Professor Amos Guiora joined me this morning to discuss his new book, Armies of Enablers – Survival Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults. 

The book examines cases of sexual assault at Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, USA Gymnastics, the Catholic Church and Penn State University. Professor Guiora “illuminates how enablers protect their institutions and the perpetrators at the expense of the survivors.”

The question Professor Guiora posed to the survivors was, “What did you expect from the enabler?” Throughout his conversations, the role of the enabler was front and center because the survivors reported the abuse to the person they believed was best positioned to protect them, and the systems repeatedly failed. He explains how this breach of trust/abandonment stands out as a separate and distinct trauma.

The book examines these shortcomings and proposes changes to the criminal law to better protect future victims from sexual assault.


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