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22: Kevin Hines: Suicide Survivor, Storyteller & Film Maker

Two years after Kevin Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. During our conversation, we focus on the last few years of his journey,...


21: Christopher-Charles Chaney: Mama Peaches and Me: Caregiver Journey

Christopher-Charles Chaney spent years caring for his mother, Mama Peaches, who passed in 2016 after suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. It was his love and struggles as a former caregiver that inspired him to journal his experiences on Facebook in 2015 and write his first award-winning caregiving book, Mama Peaches and Me: Wit and Wisdom for Worn-out Caregivers. In today's episode, we talk about: Christopher's time as a young child, living with Mama Peaches and his three brothers *...


20: Brin-Jonathan Butler: Making Use Of A Broken Compass

Brin-Jonathan Butler discusses his journey from his hometown in Vancouver to Cuba in his early twenties to train with Olympic boxers, write their stories, and film a documentary called Split Decision. In today's episode we discuss: finding community, pilgrimage, identity, obsession, and more. We also talk about Brin's new article, Giving Up The Ghost, which will be published in Hazlitt Magazine in February. Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for Esquire, Bloomberg, ESPN Magazine, Al Jazeera,...


19: Zibin Guo: Wheelchair Tai Chi to the Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Zibin Guo is a medical anthropologist and internationally known Tai Chi Master. In today's episode, Dr. Guo describes his journey, which began as a young martial artist in China during an era of cultural revolution and uncertainty. With the encouragement of a couple students, Zibin left China in his twenties and travelled to the United States to begin a new life in academia. "I began teaching adaptive tai ji by accident," Dr. Guo says. "That was my moment of enlightenment." The chance...


18: Stephen Gerringer: Mythologizing Life, Joseph Campbell, and the Hero's Journey

For the past 15 years, Stephen Gerringer has collaborated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) —a global community of artists, scholars, writers, educators, and questers—to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell. Hour 1: Stephen takes us back to his formative years and highlights the turning points that led him to the work of Joseph Campbell. Hour 2: Stephen provides a brief biography of Joseph Campbell and details how the story sequence of events Campbell coined...


17: Behind The Scenes

The Carleena Show podcast celebrates 5.5 months today, which means it's time for another installment of BEHIND THE SCENES. In this episode, I answer listener questions, recap episodes 5-13, share how I met each guest and what broader societal questions their episode posed. I talk about my podcasting process, and mention how a mentor from Goucher College's MFA Nonfiction program helped shape my thinking. The Carleena Show Podcast | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s...


16: Steve Exceen: Ride for 22 & Veteran Suicide Awareness

Steve Exceen is a Marine Corps veteran, father, and founder of Ride for 22, a nonprofit organization that seeks to 1.) raise awareness about veteran suicide, 2.) serve as a living memorial for our fallen heroes, and 3.) increase public knowledge and awareness of Post Traumatic Stress. Steve discusses the journey that led him to start Ride for 22. His organization started with three people and grew to include thousands of riders in Idaho and Oregon, riders who display a picture of someone’s...


15: Two Friends. Different Politics. Attend A Trump Rally Together.

Two Friends. Different Politics. Attend A Trump Rally Together. And then they talk about it. Listen as two friends discuss their recent trip to see the president speak in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They discuss their motivations for going, fears, observations, the general tenor of the crowd, surprises, and overall impressions. The intent with this conversation is to show how two people, two friends, who genuinely care for each other, can differ in politics and still get along. The Carleena Show...


14: Transforming Victim Consciousness: Lynne Forrest

Lynne Forrest teaches that people perceive life in one of two ways--we’re either reacting out of the victim mind or we see life through the eyes of the observer mind, which witnesses without judgment. Lynne is devoted to helping people find and clear the painful beliefs and ideas that have caused them distress through a process of accessing the Observer Self. "As soon as we recognize we’re on the lower (victim consciousness) triangle, we take ownership of it. As soon as we take ownership of...


13: Sherry Campbell: Demystifying Death and Dying

Sherry Campbell is a social worker and director of a nonprofit Hospice Home in Tennessee called Welcome Home. She’s also the host of a Demystifying Death series which seeks to bring community members together and provide a space to talk about death and dying. At the end of the episode, two special guests join the conversation. Rakerria Mines and Annie McGuyer Cox recount the circumstances that led them to volunteer at Welcome Home. "People think Hospice is very sad, depressing. But sometimes...


12: Max Baldwin: Overcoming Polio: Journey to the Australian Olympic Team

In 1956, Max Baldwin made history as the first person with a disability to compete on an Australian Olympic Team. At 91-years old, Max sits across from me via Skype and recounts his incredible journey—from contracting polio as a baby and loosing use of one leg—to competing in the Olympics in his 20s and becoming the first Australian to 3-track ski. There is much wisdom, humility, and humor in this man’s incredible story. At the end of the episode, Max’s son, Matt, joins me and we discuss the...


11: Veronica Slack: Addiction Recovery, Motherhood & A Message of Hope

Veronica Slack is the author of a recovery journal series, mother, and an active member of a 12-step recovery program. During our conversation, Veronica talks about the events that led her down a dangerous path of addiction she didn’t think she could escape. But after several tries, she did escape and every cell of her being propelled her on a path to help others quit their addiction and find the support they need. "I had no idea what was on the other side of those doors. I had never made it...


10: Rayna DuBose: “Without struggle there is no progress!”

In 2002, Rayna DuBose was a star athlete on Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball team when she was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection and lost her four limbs. In today’s episode, Rayna recounts her journey and discusses the mentors who encouraged her to get back in the game and share her inspirational story with others. Rayna has been recognized with many prestigious awards in sports and has appeared in several national news outlets. Among them: HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, CBS...


9: Dameon Berry: Army Veteran & Working Dog Trainer

Dameon Berry is a US Army veteran, husband, father, and owner of East Tennessee K9, located just north of Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2003, Dameon has trained working dogs for military and police forces; service dogs for veterans, children with special needs, and older adults; and search and rescue dogs to detect missing persons. His working dogs have been placed all over the world and have helped save and protect lives. In today’s episode, Dameon recounts the journey that led him to start...


8: Shannon Gilmore: TBI Does Not Define This Writer

When Shannon Gilmore was 15 years old, a tangle of arteries burst inside her skull and she was put in a medically induced coma for 3.5 weeks. Ten years after her brain bleed, she completed an MFA in Nonfiction and a thesis manuscript that is the beginning of her memoir. In our conversation today, we talk about the journey of who Shannon was before her brain trauma, who she was in the initial recovery, and who she is now. "I think everybody has a story that matters, but you have to figure out...


7: Bridget Frank from Interviews With Exes

Bridget Frank hosts and produces the Interviews with Exes podcast based out of Toronto. In today’s discussion, Bridget tells us why she went on a journey to interview all of her exes. She talks about depression, anxiety, being an empath, and how those three attributes, when left unmanaged, have impacted past relationships. We talk about insights Bridget has gained in the process, and the plans she has for protecting herself, and her creative ambitions in future relationships. If you are an...


6: Fallen Five Chattanooga Tennessee

July 16, 2015 a gunman killed five servicemen at a Navy and Marine Corps reserve unit in Chattanooga Tennessee. I was a mile away at work and witnessed the city go on lockdown as 'active shooter situation' and 'no-fly zone' announcements appeared on the news. Although I didn't know those men, their lives and that incident impacted me in ways I couldn't have imagined. One year later, July 16, 2016 I met a Marine veteran of the Iraq war and our conversations and interactions over the next...


5: Benjamin David: From Maximum Security To Youth Mentor And Entrepreneur

My guest, Benjamin David ( was sent to maximum security prison shortly after his 18th birthday. 14 years later, he sat across from me via Skype and told me he had needed it. He's not the same man today and only wishes his mom could have seen his transformation. Today, Benjamin is an author, youth mentor, and fitness entrepreneur. The Carleena Show Podcast | | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena...


4: Listener Comments, Q+A, Preview of Upcoming Guests

The Carleena Show is one month old! Today I read listener comments, answer questions from the mail bag, and preview upcoming guests. The Carleena Show Podcast | | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by


3: Jennifer Silver: The Journey Of A Young Artist

Today's guest moved from her small town in Ohio to downtown Atlanta to pursue her dream of directing and writing. She talks about the journey of discovering her passion at a young age and working diligently towards that goal ever since. But pursuing an artistic dream comes with its challenges. Jen unpacks those challenges with insight and humor. [14:10] "Creating art that speaks to people is an incredibly unique opportunity. I’ve been pursing that very diligently, much to my own dismay....