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Welcome to St Louis In Tune! Thank you for joining us for fresh perspectives on issues and events with experts, community leaders, and everyday people who are driving change and making an impact that shapes our society and world. The show is co-hosted by Arnold Stricker and Mark Langston.




Unraveling Life's Narratives: On Stage with St. Louis Storytell

Join Arnold Stricker and Mark Langston of the Saint Louis In Tune Radio Show as they welcome Peggy Ray, Project Manager for St. Louis Storytell. Listen in as they discuss the power of storytelling, the importance of keeping the core meaning intact, the role of structure and creativity in narrative, as well as a detailed portrayal of what St. Louis Storytell is all about. Also, get a sneak peek into their upcoming event 'Crime and Punishment'. Tune in for the splendid highlight of the show where Peggy shares a personal, emotional, and relatable story, offering listeners a small taste of what St. Louis Storytell brings to the community. [00:00] Introduction to Storytelling [00:31] Welcome to St. Louis In Tune [00:52] Casual Banter and Discussion [01:23] The Importance of Civility [01:58] Super Bowl and Betting Conversations [03:21] Introduction to St. Louis Storytell [03:53] The Process of Storytelling [05:07] The Origins of St. Louis Storytell [07:29] The Power of Storytelling [08:12] The Audience Experience [09:53] The Importance of Narrating Our Stories [11:32] The Storytelling Process and Preparation [20:33] The Impact of Audience Response [22:22] Upcoming St. Louis Storytell Event [25:39] Conclusion and Final Remarks [30:23] Discussing the Venue and Event Format [32:00] Future Plans and Growth of the Event [33:07] The Challenges and Rewards of Teamwork [34:26] A Personal Storytelling Experience [34:48] Promoting the Upcoming Event [43:06] The Power of Storytelling [44:27] Dred Scott Heritage Foundation Announcement [46:11] Fun Facts and Jokes Segment [52:02] Closing Remarks and Sign Off St. Louis Storytell Links Instagram Facebook Website Tickets This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #storytelling #stlouisstorytell #crimeandpunishment #tellingastory #groupstorytelling


Creating Opportunities in Media Production Disparity: Continuity STL Workshop

Arnold Stricker and Mark Langston host a discussion with Michael D. Francis, a content creator and filmmaker who is part of the St. Louis-based non-profit Continuity. Francis elaborates on the task of finding media professionals from diverse backgrounds and the challenges associated with it. He reveals his journey from starting at the bottom to now possessing an extensive background in media, working for major networks and producing popular shows. Continuity focuses on increasing diversity in media productions by offering skills-based training and mentorship opportunities for inroad talent. Francis emphasizes the importance of their Set Basics Workshop, which provides newcomers an understanding of the fundamental skills and terminologies of the industry. The conversation also touches upon the crucial impact of media productions on local economies and the necessity to improve infrastructure to attract bigger productions. [00:00 Introduction to the Show [00:00] The Importance of Diversity in Content Creation [00:17] Introduction to Continuity, a Non-Profit Organization [00:49] The Hosts' Banter and Introduction to the Topic [01:36] Interview with Michael D. Francis [02:12] Michael's Journey in the Media Industry [05:39] The Importance of Set Basics Workshop [06:34] The Impact of New Tax Incentive on Local Film Production [06:46] The Economic Impact of Film Production on Local Communities [07:31] The Need for More Skilled Workers in the Film Industry [07:58] The Benefits of Film Production to the State [10:40] Details about the Set Basics Workshop [17:19] Success Stories from Past Participants [20:06] The Founders of Continuity [21:35] The Future of Film Production in St. Louis [25:13] Conclusion and Contact Information [33:51] Diversity in Media Production and Evolution of Filming Technology [34:53] Reminiscing About Old Times and Technological Changes [35:50] Discussing National Days and Their Significance [39:54] Reflecting on the Influence of Ronald Reagan [49:48] Light-hearted Banter and Jokes [53:54] Conclusion and Sign Off This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #continuity #continuitystl #mediaindustry #


The Art of the Guitar: Exploring Music with Matthew Von Doran

In this episode of Saint Louis In Tune, hosts Arnold Stricker and Mark Langston welcome Matthew Von Doran, an exceptionally talented guitarist and educator. Matthew offers insight into his background, his teaching technique, and details his 99 Decisions video guitar program. He also reflects on his move from California to St. Louis and how it influenced his career. The hosts and Matthew discuss the power of music in evoking emotion, live looping, the intricate skill behind improv, and Matthew even delivers a live acoustic performance. [00:00] Introduction to the Show and Guest [02:24] The Art of Guitar Playing and Teaching [04:11] Matthew's Musical Journey and Influences [08:13] The Science Behind Music and Creativity [13:05] Live Looping and the Evolution of Matthew's Music [20:05] Matthew's Upcoming Talk and Performance [29:03] Exploring Jazz and Musical Preferences [30:01] Journey into Jazz Fusion and Musical Influences [31:09] Creating a Jazz Album and Personal Musical Identity [33:02] The Unexpected Journey to St. Louis [36:43] Embracing the Digital Age of Music [40:37] The Art of Improvisation and Emotional Connection in Music [46:45] The Evolution of a Music Career and Future Endeavors [51:48] Reflecting on the Music Industry and Aging Musicians [52:56] Wrapping Up and Final Thoughts This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #guitar #guitarlessons #livelooping #99decisions #kranzbergartsfoundation #highlowstl #neuroscienceofmusic #musicindustry #lindenwooduniversity #matthewvondoran


Shaping St. Louis: The Untold Narratives

Authors Calvin Riley and Nini Harris join Arnold Stricker and Mark Langston on Saint Louis in Tune to discuss their book, Black St. Louis. They delve into the rich African American history in St. Louis, covering significant personalities, the formation of vibrant neighborhoods, the educational strides achieved, and key historic events that shaped the current Black experience. Calvin and NiNi's discussion emphasizes the importance of looking at Black history as an integral part of all St. Louis history and how their book brings to light unknown but important historical figures and narratives. [00:00] Introduction and Hosts' Casual Conversation [00:11] The Importance of Unknown Figures in St. Louis History [02:31] Discussion on the Book Black St. Louis [02:42] Exploring the Life of Jeannette Forchet [03:29] The Role of African Heritage in St. Louis [05:25] Introduction to the Authors and Their Collaboration [06:05] The Importance of Preserving Black Artifacts [20:08] The Impact of Immigration on Black St. Louisans [27:41] The Significance of Freedom Suits in St. Louis History [31:21] Discussing Freedom Suits and Education [31:29] The Struggle for African American Education [33:03] The Story of Vashon Family and Their Contribution to Education [34:06] Discovering Vashon Family Artifacts [36:07] The Establishment of the George B. Vashon Museum [37:43] Exploring the Curtis Family and People's Art Center [41:32] The Impact of Migration on St. Louis Neighborhoods [50:04] The Significance of the Book Black St. Louis [51:47] Promoting the Vashon Museum [52:29] Closing Remarks and Humor George B. Vashon Museum - NiNi Harris - Future Dates with Calvin and NiNi about Black Saint Louis This is...


Inside the Ring: The Incredible World of Circus Harmony

Jessica Hentoff, Artistic and Executive Director for Circus Harmony discusses and explores the vibrant and supportive community Circus Harmony creates. She talks about Circus Harmony's upcoming show 'Nocturne', along with its variety of classes aimed at all ages. Jessica also sheds light on Circus Harmony's engagement with schools and communities, their efforts to teach crucial life skills through the medium of circus, and their numerous successful alumni. [00:00] Introduction to Circus Harmony [00:49] The Importance of Sunshine and Vitamin D [01:17] The Importance of CPR Certification [03:13] Interview with Jessica Hentoff, Artistic and Executive Director for Circus Harmony [04:40] The Concept of Social Circus [05:09] Peace Through Pyramids Program [07:11] The Power of Circus in Building Skills and Community [12:04] Upcoming Circus Harmony Show: Nocturne - TICKETS HERE [15:42] Circus Harmony Spring Classes and Summer Camps [23:42] Circus Science and Architecture Program [29:51] The Marvelous Miss Maple: A Dog That Makes Coffee [30:04] Defy Gravity Coffee: A Unique Blend Supporting a Cause [31:22] Circus Harmony Alumni: From Broadway to WWE [41:34] Circus Harmony Cookbook: A Unique Blend of Recipes and Circus Acts [45:58] Architecture and Acrobats: A Unique Circus Harmony Program [51:07] Circus Acts That Have Withstood the Test of Time This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #circus #circusharmony #acrobat #socialemotionallearning #trapeze #circusperformer #circuslife #lifeaftercircus


Lost and Found: The Forgotten Treasures of St. Louis

We explore the 'Lost Treasures of St. Louis', a comprehensive book showcasing unique historical sites, memorable events, and objects related to the city's rich history. Our special guest, Dennis Dillon, a retired sports writer and co-author of the book, reveals intriguing stories behind these treasures. He discusses how he worked to complete the book and the interesting historical discoveries he made, such as the existence of a vibrant Chinatown in St. Louis, and surprising stories about popular landmarks during Prohibition times, among others. [00:00] Introduction and Hosts' Banter [02:29] Guest Introduction: Dennis Dillon [03:15] Dennis Dillon's Sports Writing Career [07:16] Discussion on Football and Mizzou's Prospects [08:38] The Lost Treasures of St. Louis: Book Introduction [08:46] The Making of The Lost Treasures of St. Louis [21:04] Exploring Lost Treasures: Bayou Bell and More [26:22] The Story of Bloody Island [29:14] The Biltmore Club: A Speakeasy from the Past [30:26] The History of the Biltmore Club [31:59] The Impact of the Pandemic on Local Businesses [34:12] The Evolution of Local Restaurants [34:44] The Thrills and Dangers of Wet Willies [36:13] The Legacy of the Plantation Club [40:19] The Lost Treasures of St. Louis [41:03] The Closure of Local Churches [45:06] The Future of St. Louis In Tune (our new website) [48:37] The Humor Segment [53:39] Conclusion and Farewell This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #losttreasures #stlouis #stlouishistory #reedypress


Ice Sculptures & Festivity: Celebrating & Welcoming Back the Loop Ice Carnival

Dive into the cool world of ice carnivals and ice sculpting as we find out about the 17th Annual Loop Ice Carnival happening in the U. City Loop. Jessica Buehler, discusses the schedule of the carnival and reveals the exciting attractions, which include over 50 handmade ice sculptures, an ice carving demonstration, free hayrides, a penguin crossing, and so much more. Sean Leahy, owner of Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures, shares his professional journey as an ice sculptor, the intricate process of creating spectacular ice sculptures, and his experiences in ice sculpting competitions across the nation. This episode provides an opportunity to discover and appreciate the underrated artistry within ice sculpting. [00:00] Introduction to the Ice Carnival [00:15] Welcome to St. Louis In Tune [01:11] The Return of the Ice Carnival [02:13] Exciting Activities at the Ice Carnival [03:55] The Ice Carnival's Drone Show [04:25] Exploring the Ice Carnival Map [06:44] Food and Games at the Ice Carnival [08:36] The Ice Carnival's Tattoo Scavenger Hunt [09:04] Family Fun at the Ice Carnival [09:47] The Ice Carnival's Grand Giveaway [10:33] Closing Remarks from Jessica and Invitation to the Ice Carnival [17:31] St. Louis In Tune Show Information [19:04] Supporting the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation [20:24] Introduction to Ice Festivals [20:30] Exploring the World's Best Ice Festivals [23:53] Ice Sculptures in Modern Events [25:55] Interview with Sean Leahy, Professional Ice Sculptor [27:04] Sean Leahy's Journey into Ice Sculpting [28:49] The Process of Ice Sculpting [37:01] Challenges and Achievements in Ice Sculpting [41:09] Certification and Professionalism in Ice Sculpting [44:43] Closing Remarks and Upcoming Ice Carnival This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to #icesculpting #icesculpture #ucityloop #delmarloop #loopicecarnival #icecarnival


Six13's Hanukkah Parody: A Musical Journey through Taylor Swift's Hits

In this episode of "Saint Louis In Tune," Arnold Stricker interviews Lior Melnick from the a cappella vocal band Six13. They discuss the band's unique blend of traditional Jewish liturgy and contemporary pop song parodies, their recent Hanukkah-themed Taylor Swift parody, and the band's experiences performing at prestigious venues. Lior also shares his personal journey with Six13, highlighting the meaningfulness of creating Jewish music and connecting with people, especially those isolated from their Jewish heritage. Listen to Six13 on these platforms: YouTube Apple Music Spotify This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #six13 #parody #taylorswift #jewishmusi #hanukah #Chanukah #Hanukkah #acapella #acapellavocalband #beatbox


A Stage for Dreams: The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Leanne Matthews, the Artistic and Education Director, and Steve Neale, the Music Director, discuss the 14th annual Teen Talent Competition in St. Louis. They provide details about the competition, which is open to high school students and accepts all kinds of talent. The competition offers mentorship, performance opportunities, and scholarships. They also discuss the coaching workshops that help participants polish their performances. Matthews and Neale encourage teens to participate, emphasizing the supportive environment and the valuable experience they will gain. NOTE: Deadline to register is January 8, 2024 Registration for Teen Talent is open until January 8, 2024. For more information about the 2024 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, including registration details, coaching workshops, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit Fabulous Fox Theatre This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #TeenTalent #teentalentcompetition #FoxPerformingArtsCharitableFoundation #music #dance #comedy #stlouis #circusact


Honest Aging: Adapting to Your New Normal

In this episode, guest Dr. Roseanne Leipzig, an internationally recognized physician in geriatric medicine, discusses her approach to transforming aging individually and as a society over her 40-year career. She talks about her recent book 'Honest Aging: An Insider's Guide to the Second Half of Life', and addresses popular questions and misconceptions about aging. Dr. Leipzig will be appearing at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. [00:00] Introduction and Guest Presentation [02:54] Understanding Aging and Ageism [04:30] The Impact of Perception on Aging [05:13] Personal Experiences and Insights on Aging [06:22] Understanding Normal vs Non-Normal Aging [09:34] The Importance of Geriatric Medicine [14:13] Making Difficult Decisions as You Age [17:16] The Importance of Communication in Aging [20:49] Understanding Dementia and Memory Loss [24:05] Conclusion and Final Thoughts This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #geriatriccare #aging #johnshopkinsuniversitypress #healthandaging #secondhalfoflife #healthcareprofessionals #geriatrician #drrosanneleipzig #tipsonaging #icahnschoolofmedicine xQsB3P3IY8k07iqWPFSK


Humans of St. Louis

Social worker and photographer Lindy Drew is the co-founder and lead storyteller of Humans of St. Louis, where she combines photography with oral history to create intimate, revealing snapshots of St. Louis locals. The interview delves into the process and philosophy behind the project, highlighting specific interactions with St. Louis's residents and the release of a hardcopy compilation of Drew's work called 'Humans of St. Louis.' She discusses the inception of the project, her approach to social storytelling, challenges during the book's creation, and the consequential impact of her work on the community. Lindy will be appearing at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. [00:00] Introduction and Hosts' Banter [01:44] Guest Introduction: Lindy Drew [03:12] Lindy's Journey from Science to Social Work and Photography [04:08] Lindy's Travels and Experiences Abroad [06:36] The Birth of Humans of St. Louis [10:38] The Art and Process of 'HOSTLing' [12:46] The Impact and Significance of Storytelling [17:49] Lindy's Personal Experiences and Observations [21:28] The Role of Audience in Storytelling [27:06] Closing Remarks and Upcoming Events [29:42] Exploring Vacant Buildings and Artwork [29:51] Gifts for the Kids of the World [30:28] Behind the Scenes: Creating HOSTL - Humans of St. Louis [31:05] The Journey of Building a Social Media Presence [31:42] The Evolution of HOSTL - Humans of St. Louis [32:58] The Challenges of Publishing a Book [34:42] The Process of Creating the Book [37:33] Choosing the Cover of the Book [40:52] The Impact of the Book and Future Plans [42:58] The Story of Lewis Greenberg [48:41] The Role of Social Work in Storytelling [51:53] The Future of Humans of St. Louis [56:09] Conclusion: The Impact of Humans of St. Louis This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #humansofstlouis #lindydrew #brownschoolatwashingtonuniversity #hostl #photography #storytelling #streetphotography


Charity Woodrum: Resilience Through Poverty, Family Dysfunction and Unspeakable Tragedy to Become an Astrophysicist for NASA

In this compelling discussion, Sandy Cummings, acclaimed journalist, and Charity Woodrum, aspiring astrophysicist, share the process of creating a documentary about Woodrum's life, Space, Hope, and Charity: The Remarkable Journey of Charity Woodrum. The film follows Woodrum's journey from growing up in poverty in rural Oregon to pursuing her dreams of studying astrophysics, surviving personal tragedy, and finding strength from unexpected support from mentors, old friends, and complete strangers. Sandy shares her process in capturing Charity's story, emphasizing the power of storytelling and the importance of mentorship, particularly for women in science. Charity discusses the importance of mentorship, finding joy again despite the grief, and her ongoing project 'Woody's Stars', a mentorship program and enrichment fund for students historically excluded from STEM. The film is an official selection of the St. Louis International Film Festival. [00:00] Opening [00:50] Introduction of the Guests - Laying the Foundation of What You Will Hear [01:03] Sandy Cummings: A Renowned Journalist and Filmmaker [01:58] Charity Woodrum: From Rural Oregon to Astrophysics [02:20] Charity's Journey: Overcoming Tragedy and Pursuing Dreams [03:03] The Making of the Documentary: Capturing Charity's Story [04:23] Charity's Vulnerability and Strength on Camera [05:53] The Filmmaking Process: From Interviews to Editing [06:30] The Impact and Reception of the Film [06:52] Synopsis of the Film: Charity's Journey [10:46] The Power of Support and Kindness in Tragedy [20:36] Charity's Current Work in Astrophysics [21:49] Woody's Stars: A Program for Encouraging Women in STEM [24:17] Coping with Grief and Finding Purpose [29:22] Closing Thoughts: The Power of Small Acts of Kindness This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #nasa #charitywoodrum #sandycummings #sliff #stem #womeninscience #universityoforegon #womeninnasa #astrophysicist #astrophysics #woodysstars #documentaryfilm #inspiringstories #spacehopeandcharity


The Most Fortunate Unfortunates: A Comprehensive History of the Jewish Orphans Home of New Orleans

Marlene Trestman provides a deep insight into the history of the Jewish Orphan's Home of New Orleans and the lives of those who grew up there. As a former client of the Jewish Children's Regional Service, Marlene discusses her personal journey from being orphaned at a young age to becoming a successful academic and legal professional. Her new book Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans serves as a comprehensive history of the orphanage and profiles hundreds of former residents, detailing individual stories and experiences. Alongside her personal anecdotes, Marlene also shares the inspirational life story of Bessie Margolin, a resident of the orphanage who later became a New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate. She will be at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on November 15. [01:15] Introduction to Marlene Trestman and Her Connection to the Jewish Orphan's Home of New Orleans [02:37] Marlene's Career and Authorship [03:10] Marlene's Personal Experiences with Bessie Margolin [05:46] Introduction to Bessie Margolin's Life and Career [08:40] Discussion on Marlene's New Book Title, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans [11:14] Unique Aspects of the Jewish Orphan's Home of New Orleans [13:57] Impact of Anti-Semitism on the Home's Operations [19:16] Role of the Home in Supporting Widows and Orphans [21:30] The Home's Reach Beyond New Orleans [23:04] Research Process and Findings [27:06] Marlene's Personal Reflections and Takeaways [29:52] Conclusion and Marlene's Upcoming Appearance at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #jccstl #antisemitism #marlenetrestman #orphanage #jewishorphanage #neworleans #jewishchildrensregionalservice #jewishorphanshomeofneworleans #lsupress #isidorenewmanschool #bessiemargolin


Chamber Music Isn't a Trivial Thing But Does Inspire a Trivia Night

Nina Ferrigno, one of the founders of The Missouri Chamber Music Festival (MOCM) talks about the upcoming season (Season 14 in 2024) and Trivia Night on November 10 entitled “Game Changers” which will feature categories inspired by some favorite board games! Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Bring your own refreshments; bottled water is provided. Click this link to secure your space. MOCM invites nationally recognized professional musicians to historic Webster Groves, Missouri, and St. Louis venues to perform a series of chamber music concerts each June. Diverse programming, including new and commissioned works, is a defining attribute of the festival. Adult instrumentalists are also encouraged to attend the Adult Chamber Music Intensive. #mocm #chambermusic #webstergroves #trivianight #mochambermusicfestival #adultchambermusicintensive


An Evening of Puppies, Italian Food, Wine, Bourbon and A Motivational Speech & Sculpting a President Without Recognition

[00:55] Award-winning Television and Radio Personality Monica Adams is teaming up with Trattoria Marcella, Clayton Winehouse, and Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa - Yuppy Puppy Forever Rescue to host the first annual "An Evening with the Real Monica Adams" to benefit rescue animals. The event will take place November 4 from 6-8p at Clayton Winehouse, 7911 Clayton Road Clayton, MO 63117. Food from Award Winning Italian Restaurant Trattoria Marcella, Wine and Bourbon Tastings courtesy of Clayton Winehouse, a motivational speaking engagement from Monica Adams, and a live and silent auction with 100 percent proceeds benefitting Yuppy Puppies Forever Rescue. Yuppy Puppies Forever Rescue is a rescue/adoption facility for orphaned dogs to have a second chance and is under the umbrella organization of Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa, located in O’Fallon and Cottleville, MO. Monica launched The Real Monica Adams show in the spring of 2023 helping her viewers live a more balanced life. [31:20] Selma Hortense Burke was an American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement. She is best know for a bas relief portrait of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. This relief was the inspiration for the dime but Burke was never given credit for the design. The recording of Selma Burke was done by Booker T. Jones. This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #yuppypuppies #dogrescue #monicaadams #claytonwinehouse #trattoriamarclla #yuppypuppypetspa #selmaburke #dime #basrelief #sculptor


Seeking Forgiveness: The Unique Struggles of Interracial Adoption

Lea Rachel comes from a literary background, with published authors on both sides of her family tree. She has been writing short stories since the time she was a little girl. Her first novel The Other Shakespeare earned an honorable mention in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Lea’s most recently published book, Seeking Forgiveness, tells the story of interracial adoption from the standpoint of a white woman who adopts a Black son and finds that she has no idea what in the world she is doing. A semi-autobiographical narrative memoir, Seeking Forgiveness draws deeply from Lea Rachel’s personal experiences with adoption and the raising of an interracial family. She will be appearing on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival with other authors from Missouri. This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #interracialadoption #adoption #stlouisjewishbookfestival #interracialfamily #learachel #seekingforgiveness #diversefamilies


The Immigrant - New Jewish Theatre 25th Season

Director Rebekah Scallet and actor Bryn McLaughlin joined St. Louis In Tune to discuss the upcoming play, The Immigrant. Based on the true story of Haskell Harelik, the playwright Mark Harelik’s grandfather, who came to America in 1909 - it focuses on his grandmother’s family photo album which documented his grandparents and father’s lives growing up as a Jewish family in the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas. Taken in by a local couple, over the next 30 years, he makes a home and raises a family in this tiny town. A religion meets religion, culture meets culture, fear meets fear and love meets love. This play highlights a little-known part of Jewish immigration history - the Galveston Movement. Performances are October 12-29 at the New Jewish Theatre. #newjewishtheatre #immigrant #galvestonmovement #jewishimmigration #playwright #markharelik #hamiltontexas #acting #directing This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to #


Unsung Hero: Irena Sendler's Remarkable Story of How She Saved 2,500 Jewish Children During the Holocaust

In this podcast episode, Megan Felt, the program director at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, shares her involvement with the Irena Sendler project and the mission of the center. Megan discusses her personal connection to the project and how she and her classmates discovered the story of Irena Sendler, who saved over 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. She talks about their research journey, their correspondence with Irina, and the special bond that developed between them. Megan also highlights other unsung heroes featured at the Lowell Milken Center and the impact the center has had on students and teachers. The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes [00:01:57] Megan Felt explains the mission of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes and how they collaborate with teachers and students worldwide to discover and share stories of unsung heroes. Discovering Irena Sendler's Story [00:03:47] Megan Felt recounts how she and her classmates discovered the story of Irena Sendler, a woman who saved over 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, and their journey to research and connect with her. Irena Sendler's Heroic Actions and Persecution [00:08:55] Megan Felt details the courageous actions of Irena Sendler and her collaborators in rescuing Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as the persecution and torture she endured at the hands of the Nazis. Irena's Rescue of Elzbieta [00:12:16] Irena's collaboration with others to rescue Elzbieta, a five-month-old baby, from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Meeting Irena and Becoming Caretakers [00:13:26] Elzbieta grows up knowing Irena's story and later becomes her caretaker at the end of Irena's life. The Trip to Poland and Meeting Irina [00:17:18] The team raises funds to go to Poland and meet Irena, where they are greeted by her and experience a powerful moment of connection. The Lowell Milken Center's establishment [00:24:31] Megan Felt discusses the founding of the Lowell Milken Center and its expansion over the years. Ralph Lazo's...


Jazzy Folk Music with a Country Twist - Folk Song Soul Style - Folkiness, Greasy Honky Tonk with a Little Jazz: You Decide

This show highlights indie singer-songwriter Devon Cahill and her upcoming appearance with Norbert Leo Butz. Devon was a guest in the studio and discussed her upcoming special guest performance on September 29 at The Sheldon. Norbert Leo Butz is headlining the show and will be releasing his new album Special Notes from Home. Devon talked about her Indie folk song soul style singing and ukelele playing and gave us a performance of a song on an upcoming album. This is Season 6! #devoncahill #ukelele #indiefolksong #norbertleobutz #thesheldon


Gordon Parks: The Renaissance Man Who Defied All Odds

Kirk Sharp, the Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Museum, discusses his background and involvement with the museum. He shares becoming the Executive Director and highlights the importance of continuous learning and growth. The conversation then shifts to the impact of Gordon Parks on the community, focusing on his approach to photography and his use of the camera as a weapon against poverty, racism, and discrimination. We also discuss Parks' personal connection to Fort Scott and his accomplishments in various fields. The episode concludes with information about the annual Gordon Parks celebration and contact details for the museum. Involvement with the museum [00:02:01] Kirk discusses his background in healthcare and how he became involved with the Gordon Parks Museum. Lack of awareness about Gordon Parks [00:04:00] Growing up, not many people in the community knew about Gordon Parks and his impact. Resistance to filming in Fort Scott [00:06:11] Resistance from businesses and some community members to filming "The Learning Tree" in Fort Scott. Gordon Parks' use of photography as a weapon [00:09:57] Discussion on how Gordon Parks harnessed poverty, racism, and discrimination in his work. Gordon Parks' technique of building personal relationships [00:11:06] Explanation of how Gordon Parks took time to connect with people and be invited into their lives before taking their photographs. Gordon Parks' approach to photojournalism [00:17:45] Insight into Gordon Parks' respect for his subjects and his focus on capturing photos that tell a story. The importance of Gordon's work [00:18:10] Discussion on how Gordon Parks harnessed his work for the subject matter, not for his own ego. Gordon's perseverance and overcoming obstacles [00:19:12] Exploration of the challenges and barriers Gordon Parks faced in his life and the message of perseverance and moving forward. Gordon's self-taught musical talents [00:20:50] Insight into Gordon Parks' ability to play the piano by ear and his unique technique of writing down slashes and numbers to represent the keys on the keyboard. Gordon Parks' talent and drive [00:26:50] Discussion about Gordon Parks' natural talent and drive to excel in any field he pursued. Gordon Parks' extensive contacts and friendships [00:28:09] Overview of the influential people Gordon Parks had connections with, including presidents, celebrities, and civil rights activists. The legacy and impact of Gordon Parks [00:30:09] Explanation of the importance of honoring Gordon Parks' life, and accomplishments, and promoting cultural awareness and diversity through his work. Contacting the Gordon Parks Museum [00:36:08] Gordon Parks Museum CenterGordon Parks Museum Center