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.”

Transgender Independence: Daughter & Father Interview, Jamie & Dean Vallas

“I felt more comfortable in a woman’s body. And that’s who I truly was. I wanted to bring out my inside and reveal it on the outside. It’s almost like self expression.” – Jamie Vallas “She’s more my hero than I am hers… To me she is not a transgender, she is 100% woman. She’s a woman.” – Jamie’s father, Dean Vallas

Healthcare Visionary: Lou Weisbach, American Center for Cures

“The process that the world undertakes to cure diseases is one that no logical businessperson would ever do if their ultimate goal was to cure. It’s not in the interest of special interests to cure anything, because there’s much more money in treating than there is in curing.” Lou Weisbach is the visionary entrepreneur and former Clinton Finance Co-Chair who is working to launch the American Center for Cures – and make medical history!

USA Today Columnist: Melinda Henneberger

“I think the election was a great thing for the Republicans, as well. Even if the President doesn’t see it that way.” USA Today and Kansas City Star columnist Melinda Henneberger lets loose about the Alabama Senate election results – and why it was closer than it should have been!

American Filmmaker: Bob Hercules, Documentarian and Founder of Media Process Group

Bob Hercules is one of the premier documentary filmmakers in America. From ballparks to Barack Obama, from World War I to the Holocaust, from Father Pfleger to the Joffrey Ballet – Hercules basks in the role of recorder of history. Listen to Bob describe the art of the documentarian – and the fascinating things he’s learned along the ride!

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