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BUCKiT #22-Phil McCarthy: Elite Ultramarathon Runner, Record Holder, Recently completed “Run Across America”

In 2011 a grueling 48-hour race is underway. An Ultra distance runner from New York is determined to beat the current record by running the equivalent of 9 marathons! He only needs four; 5 to 10 minute breaks over the two days. Lying on the ground for just a moment will give his aching feet a rest and a chance for his overactive brain to shut off. He must be careful not to fall asleep because there is no support crew to wake him up. This is the ultimate test of self-control if he wants to...


BUCKiT #21-Roger Steffens: One of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Reggae Music

In 1979, just 5 weeks after launching Reggae Beat on the radio in Los Angeles, the host of the show gets a phone call from Island Records. Roger Steffens is about to be asked the question of a lifetime – “Would you like to go on tour with Bob Marley and the Wailers?” Roger Steffens is regarded as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Reggae Music. His Reggae Archives, the largest outside of Jamaica, includes over 300,000 titles on tape, CD and vinyl and the world’s most extensive...


BUCKiT #20-Kit Karzen: Former Professional Cyclist, Activist, Talks Candidly About ADHD, Panic Disorders and the LGBTQ Community

June 12, 2016 is a date forever etched in the minds of many Americans as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11. A gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida claiming the lives of 49 people and wounding 53 others. It was also the night a 25-year-old former professional cyclist Kit Karzen decided it was time to come out to family and friends -- not only to be true to himself, but to hopefully give others the strength...


BUCKiT #19-Leland Melvin: Former NFL Player Turned Astronaut

At the NASA neutral buoyancy lab, a former NFL player turned Astronaut, jumps into the pool to start his descent. At 25 feet he knows something is wrong. Pressure and pain begin to build up, forcing him to end his dive. His team quickly pulls him to safety only to discover blood pouring from his ear. Doctors are talking, but there is no sound. He has gone completely deaf and his dream of going into space, shattered. Leland Melvin is the only person in history to catch a pass in the National...


BUCKiT #18-Peggy Oki: Zephyr Skateboarding Team (Z-Boys), Environmental Crusader

It’s 1975 and the National Skateboarding Championships are well underway. Scores of highly skilled riders are impressing judges with their 360s, handstands, and nose wheelies. The notorious Z-Boy’s from Venice walk toward the freestyle area. Their radical and unconventional skateboarding style has made them local legends and the only girl on the team is about to disrupt the competition and make her mark. Peggy Oki, the only female member on the original Zephyr Competition skateboarding Team...


BUCKiT #17-J.J. Kelley: Explorer, Adventurer and Storyteller

It’s a highly dangerous undercover mission never attempted before – create a fake elephant tusk destined for the black market, decked out with a state of the art GPS tracking device. It will be used to go to the front line of the war on wildlife crimes and catch the violent King Pins of the illegal Ivory trade. Adventurer and Award Winning documentary filmmaker J.J. Kelley often ventures way off the beaten pass, deep into the heart of a country, putting his life at risk to cover stories...


BUCKiT #16-Thandiwe Mweetwa: Big Cat Protector, Zambian Wildlife Biologist

Racing through the bush in a four wheel drive, a young wildlife biologist is on an urgent mission to track down a lion that has been caught in a poachers snare. It threatens to suffocate the cat if she doesn’t get there in time. It’s a daily battle for this young Zambian conservationist who has made it her life mission to save these large carnivores from extinction. Thandiwe Mweetwa was only 12 years old when after the loss of both her parents she moved from a small town in southern Zambia...


BUCKiT #15-Mae Jemison: First Female African-American Astronaut

On June 4, 1987, Dr. Mae Jemison was one of 15 selected for the prestigious NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on Mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. At just 16 years old, Jemison attended Stanford University and studied chemical engineering and Afro-American Studies. After graduating Cornell University medical school, she managed the entire health care program for the...


BUCKiT #14-Ben Cornell: Wingman, Always Ready for Adventure

Ben Cornell is the ultimate wingman. In 2009, he and Phil Keoghan rode their bikes across America and then five years later, Ben agreed to join Phil on another crazy adventure … retracing the 1928 Tour de France. Side by side, they covered an average of 150 miles a day over 22 days on original 1928 bikes which had no gears and marginal brakes. Ben is a Physical Therapist, college professor and a pretty impressive athlete. He has completed 4 IRONMAN competitions, celebrated his 40th birthday...


BUCKiT #13-Sal Masekela: Voice of Action Sports

Selema “Sal” Masekela is the voice of action sports. He is best known for his work presenting NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series and ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games as well as working as a National Geographic correspondent. Sal is also a journalist, producer, and musician. He is the son of the late great Jazz icon Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, who’s entire life was the definition of activism and resistance. Hugh Masekela stood for justice, freedom, and equality for all. It was Hugh Masekela’s deep...


BUCKiT #12-Mariana Van Zeller: Award Winning Journalist and National Geographic Correspondent

Mariana van Zeller is an award-winning journalist who’s been on assignment for the past 15 years covering stories about the war in Iraq, the sex slave trade, opioid abuse, drug cartels and illegal immigration. Often working undercover and in the most dangerous situations a journalist could find themselves in. Mariana has been chased by knife wielding insurgents, harassed by gang members and attacked by flesh eating bacteria – and has survived it all.


BUCKiT #11-Paul de Gelder: Shark Attack Survivor, Motivational Speaker, Co-Host of Discovery Channel “Shark Week”

Paul de Gelder a native Australian, turned his life around at the age of 20. Following his turbulent years as an out of control teenager he joined the military. First as an elite Army Paratrooper and 5 years later became a highly skilled Clearance Diver with the Australian Navy. No amount of elite training could have prepared him for what he would encounter during a seemingly routine counterterrorism training exercise. Moments after plunging into the harbor, Paul feels a massive hit at the...


BUCKiT #10-Roger Donaldson: Hollywood Director

Thirteen Days, Cocktail, No Way Out, The Bounty, Species, Dante’s Peak, The November Man, The Bank Job and The World’s Fastest Indian - Australian born director Roger Donaldson’s resume is overflowing with big budget Hollywood movies starring A-list actors like Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan, Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins and Robin Williams to name just a few. Roger Donaldson’s success as a director derives from a unique combination of tenacity, hard work, serendipity, loveable...


BUCKiT #9-Gabby Reece: Former Professional Volleyball Player, Model, and Fitness Icon

Gabrielle Reece, who is married to legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, is a fitness icon, model, bestselling author, and former professional beach volleyball player. She is Nike’s first female spokesperson and the first female athlete they called on to design a women’s shoe. Gabby is the true definition of strength and beauty. Her message, particularly to women, is clear: stand tall, be proud, and stop being your own worst enemy. Embrace your imperfections and less than perfect life,...


BUCKiT #8-Dr. Albert Lin: National Geographic Explorer & “21st-Century Indiana Jones”

Warning: episode contains an instance of swearing. May not be appropriate for small children. Dr. Albert Lin is a National Geographic explorer, engineer, and technologist who has a brilliant talent for storytelling. Described by many as the “21st-Century Indiana Jones”, his engineering background, coupled with his unending curiosity and thirst for adventure, allow him to combine modern technology with the world of exploration in order to uncover some of history’s best kept secrets. It is...


BUCKiT #7-Laird Hamilton: Big Wave Surfer, Health Advocate, and Fitness Guru

Laird Hamilton is the world’s most famous big wave rider and the co-inventor of “tow-in surfing”, a method that utilizes a jet ski to tow surfers into giant, fast moving waves that otherwise would be impossible to ride. Growing up in Hawaii, Laird became an accomplished surfer by the age of 17. His unending passion for surfing has led him to ride the biggest waves the planet has to offer in famous spots such as Pipeline, Jaws, and Teahupoo. He continues to ride big waves to this day at 54...


BUCKiT #6-Noel Blanc: The Son of Mel Blanc, Voice of the Looney Tunes

Noel is the son of Mel Blanc, “the man of a thousand voices in over 5000 cartoons.” Mel is regarded as one of the most influential people in the history of cartoons and voice acting. Most of us grew up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, and Barney Rubble to name just a few of his characters! Mel’s only child is Noel Blanc, who turns 80 this year. Noel is a living testament to Hollywood royalty, growing up with famous family friends like Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Kirk...


BUCKiT #5-Matt Iseman: Host of American Ninja Warrior & Stand-Up Comedian

TV host, cancer survivor, health advocate, and winner of The Celebrity Apprentice, Matt Iseman is best known as the host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and the satirical sports show, Sports Soup. He is a regular cast member on the home makeover show Clean House, and has been an actor on The Drew Carey Show, NCIS and General Hospital. Matt is also one hell of a stand-up comedian. 47 year old Matt grew up in Denver, Colorado and is the son of a top pulmonologist. He graduated from Princeton...


BUCKiT #4-Sarah Reinertsen: Paralympian and first female amputee Ironman

Sarah Reinertsen was born with a very rare genetic disorder called proximal femoral focal deficiency, a disorder that in the most extreme cases requires amputation. At just 7 years old, Sarah had to face this worse case scenario. But for this fighter it meant the beginning of an incredible journey. After being inspired by amputee marathon runner Paddy Rossbach, Sarah began running at the age of 11. Since then, she has never looked back in her quest to overcome heartache, beat expectations,...


BUCKiT #3-David Downs: Cancer Fighter and Comedian

Back in January 2017, New Zealand author and comedian David Downs resolved to lose weight and spend more time with family and friends. Be careful what you wish for! A few weeks later, he thought he had come down with the flu but a whirlwind of tests revealed that David had advanced blood cancer and was consequently sent straight into an aggressive course of chemotherapy. Undeterred, this Kiwi comedian decided to maintain a positive mindset. He started writing humorous, and often brutally...