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Memories of a Moonbird

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Memories of a Moonbird is about human stories. Almost every week, I interview interesting people doing inspiring things. From activists to actors and scientists to scholars, we talk about their hopes, their struggles, and what it means to be human. How does a teacher help former child soldiers in Africa? What do hummingbirds sound like to a deaf person? What does an accountant think is the meaning of life? Come join me and explore life… one story at a time.

Memories of a Moonbird is about human stories. Almost every week, I interview interesting people doing inspiring things. From activists to actors and scientists to scholars, we talk about their hopes, their struggles, and what it means to be human. How does a teacher help former child soldiers in Africa? What do hummingbirds sound like to a deaf person? What does an accountant think is the meaning of life? Come join me and explore life… one story at a time.

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United States

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Memories of a Moonbird is about human stories. Almost every week, I interview interesting people doing inspiring things. From activists to actors and scientists to scholars, we talk about their hopes, their struggles, and what it means to be human. How does a teacher help former child soldiers in Africa? What do hummingbirds sound like to a deaf person? What does an accountant think is the meaning of life? Come join me and explore life… one story at a time.

Language:

English


Episodes

Robert Picardo, Actor

6/14/2021
For over forty years, and with over 200 IMDb credits, he’s made you laugh, cry and feel everything in-between. You’ve seen him in shows and movies like Ally McBeal, Home Improvement, Small Soldiers, Hail, Caesar!, Gremlins, the Howling, and the Orville, to just scratch the surface of his long and distinguished career. Since the 1980’s, he’s been a staple on television, film and stage, and he’s played iconic roles like Dr. Dick Richards on China Beach, the Cowboy in Innerspace, Coach Cutlip...

Duration:01:26:11

Dr. Amber Straughn, NASA Astrophysicist

5/26/2021
She’s a NASA Astrophysicist who’s no stranger to public speaking. She’s talked about her passion for all things space and science from the Library of Congress all the way to ComicCon. Today, she works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, studies how stars and black holes form in distant galaxies and how those processes change over time. She’s also the Deputy Project Scientist For Communication for the James Webb Space Telescope, and...

Duration:01:26:52

Sabine Einicke, Paramedic

5/10/2021
For more than ten years, as a first responder, she’s helped save people’s lives and been on the front lines of healthcare as a paramedic in Munich, Germany. Born and raised in Germany, she also grew up in the country that only eighty years ago was at the center of World War II. Today, we’re going to talk about what it’s like to see human beings in some of their most fragile moments, as well as delve a little into what it’s like growing up in the shadows of war and the Holocaust. Please...

Duration:01:14:28

Vincent Aiello, Fighter Jet Pilot

4/26/2021
When it comes to the need for speed… he’s the real deal. As a fighter jet pilot for the United States Navy, for nearly 25 years, he flew the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet and the F-16. He accrued almost 4,000 flight hours, over 700 carrier landings, and served as both a TOPGUN Instructor and Air Wing Operations Officer. Today, this family man flies for one of the major airlines and hosts his own awesome podcast called, appropriately, “The Fighter Pilot Podcast.” There, he explores the...

Duration:01:17:24

Rob Brownstein, Actor and Acting Teacher

4/14/2021
For over thirty years, you’ve seen and heard him in almost every form of media you can imagine: Film, television, theater, video games, radio, magazines, the internet… He’s “that guy.” He’s been in movies, and t.v. shows like Star Trek Discovery, Straight Outta Compton, Argo, Mad Men, Castle, Criminal Minds, Bosch, Grey’s Anatomy, Breaking Bad, and many, many others, not to mention more than a hundred national commercials for the biggest brands in the world like Capital One, Dell, FedEx,...

Duration:00:43:41

Athena Brensberger, Astronomy Educator and Model

3/26/2021
She’s one of the most passionate, smart, and inspiring women you’ll ever meet. Through her social media platform called “Astroathens,” she advocates for science and the arts, and teaches astrophysics in a fun way that makes it enjoyable for everyone. Her background is in stellar and planetary formations, proto-planetary disks and exo-planetary systems, and in addition to bringing outer space down to earth, she’s also a social media influencer and an international model who’s traveled the...

Duration:00:59:19

Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos, Archaeologist

3/17/2021
As an archaeologist and professor, for more than thirty years, he’s explored the ancient world of the Greeks. Anthropologically trained, and with a resume too long to read you during an intro, today, he’s not only an Endowed Professor and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but he directs the interdisciplinary excavation of the Mycenaean palace at Iklaina, in Pylos, Greece. He has a long list of papers, publications, awards,...

Duration:01:44:43

Dr. Mihira Karra, Chief Scientist, USAID

3/3/2021
For close to thirty years, she’s worked as a scientist for U.S. AID, the United States Agency for International Development. Today, she’s the Chief of Research, Technology and Utilization in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health. Originally from Calcutta (Kolkata), India, and having worked and traveled many places in her life, she’s seen sides of the world that not many of us do. In addition to holding two Masters and a PhD, she’s also a mom and a passionate artist who’s going...

Duration:01:16:17

Chris Gann, Stuntman and Actor

2/8/2021
You may not know it, but you’ve watched him jump off buildings, get yanked out of a perfectly good plane, and even try to take down a gigantic Transformer. For over 20 years, this renowned stuntman and actor has entertained you in some of the most successful television shows and movies and has almost 200 credits on IMDb to prove it. Not to mention more than a few bumps and bruises along the way. :-) In addition to his incredible skills as a performer, he’s also a world class jet skier,...

Duration:01:03:41

Alyssa Jacey, Singer / Songwriter

1/27/2021
She’s a Swiss army knife of artists! She’s a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, dancer, choreographer, and public speaker with a silky voice that’s garnered her more than 3,500 performances in her career so far. She’s opened for artists like Bruno Mars, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb, Anna Nalick, Josh Kelley, and Andy Grammer, just to name a few. But before she was performing with all of those amazing artists, we worked together back when I was a full time music producer. She’s...

Duration:00:39:12

Patricia González, Biologist and "Mother of Moonbird"

1/18/2021
For more than 30 years, she’s been working in conservation to protect shore birds around the planet. She’s not only a Biologist and Field Ornithologist, but she's also the actual scientist who banded B95, the world famous Red Knot who was nicknamed "Moonbird," and whom my podcast and website were founded in honor of. Zooming in all the way from Argentina, she was kind enough to share with me the history of the real Moonbird, a look back on her career, and her views of the future of the...

Duration:01:14:58

Moonbird's Epilogue 2020

12/28/2020
Hello friends! And welcome to The Epilogue with Moonbird, my annual wrap-up and look back over the last twelve months. Sign up now for the mailing list and get notified whenever new episodes premiere! Click here to sign up! You can also get early access to the episodes and support the show all-at-once! Click here to head on over to Patreon and sign up now! Have a Happy and safe New Year and see you in 2021! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/moonbird)

Duration:00:14:27

Guy Norman Bee, TV and Film Director

12/24/2020
Hello, friends! Today on the show: He's a lover of good music, a family man, and rocked some pretty great hair styles over the decades… and for more than twenty years, he’s also been a very well-respected film and television director. His long list of IMDb credits include shows as Alias, Law & Order, Blood & Treasure, Veronica Mars, Criminal Minds, Revolution, Arrow, Supernatural, and many, many others. He’s a great conversationalist, dog lover, and a self-proclaimed muscle car and Tesla...

Duration:00:53:13

Kenny Johnson, TV and Film Director

12/24/2020
For over fifty years, he’s worked in the entertainment business as a director, writer and producer. He created iconic shows like the V miniseries, and characters like Jaime Sommers in the original Bionic Woman. He’s also produced, and directed, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, Short Circuit 2, Steel, and JAG. He’s graduate of Carnegie Mellon, a father of four, and a winner of multiple prestigious awards. You can learn more about Kenny at his website: kennethjohnson.us Support the show...

Duration:00:48:08

John Furniss, The Blind Woodsman

12/21/2020
He’s a true artisan who’s been working with wood for almost 15 years, turning gorgeous bowls on his lathe, and his pieces are as unique as he is. But why is he so unique? Because… he's blind. Today, I’m going to talk with this Master Craftsman about his life’s journey, what caused his blindness, and how, without being able to see, he transforms a chunk of wood… into a work of art. Check out John's beautiful wood work at his website, furnissstudios.com Support the show...

Duration:01:08:19

Janet Hirsch-Ettenger, Doula and Childbirth Educator

12/14/2020
For over 30 years, she’s worked in women’s health. She started her career as nurse and today is a certified doula and childbirth educator who’s helped welcome hundreds of babies into the world. She’s passionate about working with people, talking about pregnancy, and birth, and helping families settle in to life with a new baby. As a mom of four herself, she’s no stranger to all of those things. She says, “I believe that birth is an extraordinary expression of who we are, and I have always...

Duration:01:11:01

Dr. Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands

12/7/2020
She holds multiple degrees in music, has taught in universities from America to Transylvania, and throughout her amazing career, has been an honored guest conductor all across the world. She’s not only passionate about music and the importance of arts education, but also the human experience itself. Today, she’s the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Texas Tech University. Read more about her by clicking here. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/moonbird)

Duration:00:56:39

James and Katie Hou, cCMV Awareness Activists

11/30/2020
They’re a married couple raising four kids here in the United States. Their youngest child, Declan, was born with cCMV, or congenital Cytomegalovirus, which eventually led to Cerebral Palsy. Now, after having spent several years raising a child with cCMV, they have a website and a podcast to not only help other parents of the world understand the disease, but to share important information about cCMV and hopefully be a resource they wish they’d had when they first started this...

Duration:00:52:17

Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Actor, Voiceover Artist

11/23/2020
He’s a gentle giant with a wonderfully dry sense of humor and a rich, booming bass voice as smooth as they come. Over the last twenty years, he’s shared the screen with a multitude of actors like Ryan Reynolds and Adam Sandler in movies like Deadpool and Anger Management, and is very well known for playing Bo’sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. But he’s not just another pretty face! As a voiceover artist, he’s had the pleasure of bringing his incredible talents to...

Duration:01:00:39

The Life of Clare Whitney, Episode One

11/16/2020
Today’s episode is the first in what I hope will be a series spanning many decades. The idea of this series is to follow one young woman for many, many years, on her journey through life. The inspiration for this came from the “Up” series in Britain, a television show I’ve been incredibly moved by and wanted to do my own version of. The first portion of this premiere episode was recorded in November of 2019, one year ago. After Covid-19 changed the world, we recorded a follow-up, which...

Duration:01:03:49