American Roadtripper: Anne Wedner, Founder, “America Of My Dreams”

Anne Wedner created “America Of My Dreams” in early 2017 to learn more about how our fellow citizens view the roles and responsibilities of American government. Anne’s team is fanning out across “flyover country” to collect the thoughts and ideas of “Citizen Philosophers,” and then publicly sharing all of their feedback online. Just after meeting with folks in Leawood, KS, Anne joined the show to talk about what people are saying – and how this whole adventure got started!

Congressional Expert: Kevin Kosar, Governance Project Director, R-Street Institute

Why should we even care about Congress? Why are the lawmakers that we pay with our tax dollars so unpopular? Is it just raw politics that screws up the workings in Washington, or is there some straightforward stuff we can do to empower our elected officials? Kevin Kosar has the answers! A true expert on how Capitol Hill operates and the Director of the Governance Project at R-Street Institute, Kevin shares insights from a new bipartisan effort on Congress that he cofounded a year ago. Listen in for solutions!

Faith Sidlow: “Global News Relay” Director, Fresno State University

Faith Sidlow is a former award-winning television news reporter who now teaches broadcast journalism at Fresno State University. Faith and her students join the show from the Merlyn Burris Studio on campus to talk about the “Global News Relay” they just hosted and the broadcasting careers they’re about to embark upon.

The Documentarian: Yael Luttwak

Yael Luttwak is a documentarian and the founder of Slim Peace Groups, a non-profit organization that emerged from her film of the same name. “A SLIM PEACE” portrayed the drama of Israeli and Palestinian women in a weight-loss cohort involving Jews, Muslims, and Christian Arabs. Yael is now doing post-production on a new film, “MAINE GIRLS,” which follows 13 immigrant and non-immigrant young women as they learn what it takes – and what it means – to make genuine friendships and lead by example.

Washington State Congressman: Derek Kilmer

Attempts at bipartisanship in the U.S. Congress will not die – not if Derek Kilmer has anything to say about it. The U.S. Representative from Washington State’s 6th District puts policy above politics in this conversation on the “Mean.” Kilmer talks about the “Invest in Opportunity Act,” the real problems in the VA’s health care system, the value of community college and vocational schools, and his bill to strengthen the FEC in order to dilute the “money flood” on Capitol Hill. Derek Kilmer demonstrates what common sense looks like.

Kevin McHale: NBA Hall-of-Famer

In his Hall of Fame NBA basketball career, Kevin McHale poured in more than 17,000 points and won three championship rings with the Boston Celtics. On St. Patrick’s Day, Kevin talks pro hoop as well as March Madness. The TNT analyst also shares a hilarious story about Larry Bird and gives some behind the scenes color about his classic guest appearances on “Cheers.”

ESPN’s Andy Katz: Senior NCAA Basketball Analyst

ESPN’s Andy Katz is the top NCAA basketball analyst in the country. Katz joins the “Mean” to talk about the best players and teams to watch in the 2017 NCAA tournament, his eight years of filling out brackets with President Obama, and the hilarious story about how he got the ESPN job in the first place!

The Cognitive Scientist: Steven Sloman, Author, “The Knowledge Illusion”

How much knowledge do we really have about subjects that impact our lives? Why do we think we’re right on the facts about issues? The author of the new book, “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone,” Steven Sloman, joins the show to talk about how individuals process information. The cognitive scientist explains how the “mind is constructed to channel the beliefs of our community,” often resulting in Americans across the political spectrum having trouble separating fact from fiction.

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