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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

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

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, 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, 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

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

Fred Holroyd, Retired Funeral Director

11/9/2020
For over fifty years, he’s been taking care of people in ways that would make most everybody a little uncomfortable. As a Funeral Director, he’s helped literally thousands and thousands of human beings through grief and the process of losing someone they loved. Now retired, he was kind enough to sit with me and talk about his journey, his perspective on the world, and what it was like to work around death for most of his life. Get ready for a really fun and poignant conversation with our...

Duration:01:03:15

Jacques Freydont, Renaissance Man

11/2/2020
He’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. He was not only the Director of Academic Support for 22 years at the UCLA bookstores, but he’s traveled many places around the world, been a hippie, a playwright, an actor and now after retiring, helps cook food for the homeless in Los Angeles. At 72, he looks back on a life lived with a myriad of experience and today, this California native is going to talk with me about that very thing… the journey of life. With a passion for...

Duration:00:55:49

Kristen Lynn, Musician

10/26/2020
She’s a musician, actress and all around amazing human being who’s doing her part to bring a positive awareness and healing to the world. Many people around the globe know her as Dotti, the Guinness-loving lass as part of the infamous and revered comedy show, “The Washing Well Wenches” that’s performed at renaissance faires and festivals all across the United States. And while she’s loved blacking out her teeth and making people laugh, her real passion is music. Raised by musical parents,...

Duration:00:52:59

Venita Ozols-Graham, Director, Writer, A.D.

10/19/2020
I’m excited to welcome one of the coolest women you’ll ever meet! For more than thirty years, as an Assistant Director in network television and studio feature films, she’s worked on some of the biggest shows and with the biggest stars on programs like The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, The Shield, X-Files, CSI, and Deep Space Nine, just to name a few. She eventually created her own production company called “Wanderlust Films,” and began writing, producing, and directing her own projects. Over...

Duration:01:03:01

"An Unexpected Blizzard" - A Moonbird Story

10/14/2020
Hello friends! Can you believe it’s been a year?! October 14th, 2020 is the first anniversary of the launch of this podcast and my accompanying website: memoriesofamoonbird.com. In honor of that, today’s episode is not an interview with someone interesting and inspiring, but rather, a story that’s hopefully a little bit of both. This episode is a companion piece to a post on my website entitled “An Unexpected Blizzard.” It’s something I tried to record a year ago, but at the time, wasn’t...

Duration:00:20:25

Stephen Dubois, Artist, Composer, Astronomy Educator

10/5/2020
He’s a passionate artist, musician, and an educator who’s been teaching astronomy for over thirty years. He’s exhibited his art at several different venues and released six albums of original music. But this renaissance man has also volunteered his time as a Scout Master for more than twenty years, helping teach kids about the importance of a connection to nature. We met in our early twenties when we both worked at a music store in Buffalo, NY. We became fast friends and even got in trouble...

Duration:00:41:51

Dr. Kseniia Ashastina, Paleoecologist and Paleobotanist

9/14/2020
She’s a scientist who was born in Russia, speaks three languages, and loves good chocolate, ice cream and tea. She currently works for the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. There, she studies archaeological samples from the Silk Road that are thousands of years old in the hopes of discovering many long-hidden aspects of ancient humanity. If that’s not cool enough, when she got her Ph.d, she made two expeditions to the Batagay crater in Siberia, a place that’s been...

Duration:01:14:47

Paul Kemprecos, Shamus Award-Winning Author

9/13/2020
He spent more than twenty-five years in the newspaper business and today, is an award-winning author of multiple detective stories. His own series, helmed by protagonist Aristotle Socarides, is a fantastic deep dive, pun intended, into the world of a local Cape Cod private-eye with enough charisma and character to fill eight books and… a possible ninth. He also co-authored the NUMA Files series with legendary adventure novelist Clive Cussler. He’s a family man born and raised in New...

Duration:00:51:29

Lois Burwell, Academy Award-Winning Make-up Artist

9/7/2020
For more than thirty years, you’ve loved the incredible creations and stories she’s helped bring to life on the big screen. As a world-renowned makeup artist she’s worked on more than forty feature films, including movies like The Princess Bride, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Fifth Element, Lincoln, and Ready Player One just to name a few, and with directors like Mel Gibson, Brian De Palma, Cameron Crowe, Luc Besson and Steven Spielberg. She won the Academy Award for Best Makeup for her...

Duration:01:32:15