The Media Mediator: Annafi Wahed, Founder of TheFlipSide.io

Who would embark upon a “mission to bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives?” Annafi Wahed would. The founder of TheFlipSide.io is working every day to get American news consumers out of their bubbles! Listen to Annafi talk about the state of American politics, our media blind spots – and the solutions her team is serving up on these civic challenges!

Social Justice Champion: Evelyn Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance & R.E.A.D.I. Chicago

“As a society, we have so demonized this population. But they just want what most people want, which is a little stability and safety, and they want their kids to be safe.” Evelyn Diaz is one of the most fierce and effective social justice champions in the country. President of Heartland Alliance, Evelyn is now taking on Chicago gun violence with a groundbreaking approach that just might prove to be transformational.

Ultimate Coach: Allison Task, Author, “Personal (R)evolution”

“You are in the driver’s seat and you can decide where you want to go TAKE THE WHEEL!” Allison Task, author of Personal (R)evolution, is the kind of personal coach who walks the walk. Using her career background and life story, she had helped thousands of people “to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do!”

Corruption Fighter: Jennifer Rodgers, Exec. Dir., Center for the Advancement of Integrity

“Congress is really policing itself and that’s a huge, huge problem. It’s not really meaningful oversight.” From the settlements of sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill to the lawsuits pending against the Trump administration, Jennifer Rodgers sounds off about corruption in government. The head of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity also describes HOW her team is helping cities and states across the country to FIGHT political corruption!

Building a Bipartisan Revolution: Nick Penniman, Cofounder & CEO, Issue One

Enough is enough! Nick Penniman is taking dead aim at the corruption in our politics by building a bipartisan, national coalition to attack the outsize influence of big money in our system. “It’s really reached the point of stage IV cancer, where it’s shutting down the body politic, it’s shutting down our ability to self-govern.” On the show, the CEO of Issue One talks about how his team is fighting the good fight – and how EVERY AMERICAN can get on board to help!

Champion on Mental Health Challenges: Norman Ornstein, Congressional Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

“I do know that for many, treatment saves lives.” Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein has become a champion on the issue of mental health in America – and he came to it the hardest way possible. In 2015, the Ornstein family lost their beautiful son Matthew who had struggled for 10 years. Since then, Norm has dedicated himself to reforming and strengthening the mental health system in our country – and he’s making a BIG difference. Listen to “The Dean” as he combines compassion and critical thinking on this urgent issue.

The Independent: Neal Simon’s Reform Candidacy for the U.S. Senate

An American businessman is vowing to shake up the whole damn broken system if he makes it to the U.S. Senate! Neal Simon is running as an independent candidate – and in this interview he details his actual plans to reform the rules. Listen to the man from Maryland describe what he believes needs fixing – and how he’s gonna get us there!

Sinatra Biographer: James Kaplan, author of “The Chairman”

From Frank Sinatra’s connections to organized crime to his history with President Kennedy to the reasons why he was the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century, biographer James Kaplan tells all the tales. Kaplan joins the show to offer insights from his comprehensive volume on Sinatra: “The Chairman.” (photo credit: Erinn Hartmann)

The “Idea Catcher:” Author Brad Herzog

Author Brad Herzog has always taken risks when it comes to finding and writing about new ideas. On the show, he explains how “the act of pursuing creativity is a triumphant act.” From civil rights to the Chicago Cubs to the inspirations behind the Gerber baby and the Nike swoosh, Herzog is always on the hunt for new subjects to write about. New ways to “turn the mundane into the miraculous.”

“I’ve always been curious about and attracted to innovative ideas and the people who turn them into realities. That intrigue was the genesis of ‘The Golden Mean.’ I hope you'll tune in here for fascinating one-on-one interviews with a diverse spectrum of captivating personalities and interesting thinkers. Please give us a listen!”