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Hosted by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, Big Blend Radio educates, entertains, and inspires with expert conversations on Music, Books & The Arts, Travel & Recreation, Food & Drink, History & Culture, Nature & Environment, Home & Garden, Family & Education, Business, Personal & Professional Development, and more!

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Hosted by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, Big Blend Radio educates, entertains, and inspires with expert conversations on Music, Books & The Arts, Travel & Recreation, Food & Drink, History & Culture, Nature & Environment, Home & Garden, Family & Education, Business, Personal & Professional Development, and more!

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@BigBlendMag

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English

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P.O. Box 90153 Tucson, AZ 85752 7604753308


Episodes

Mike Guardia - The Life and Legacy of Julia Compton Moore

3/4/2024
In honor of Women's History Month, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Military Monday" Show features award-winning military historian and author Mike Guardia, who discusses the life and legacy of Julia Compton Moore, the wife of Lieutenant General Hal Moore. During the Vietnam War, Julia worked with the US Army to set up survivor support networks and casualty notification teams consisting of uniformed officers, which are still in use. Along with over 20 other military history books, Mike Guardia is the author of the widely acclaimed biography “Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always,” that chronicles the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose battlefield leadership was popularized by the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson. He is also the author of "Hal Moore on Leadership," and "Hal Moore: A Life in Puctures." His newly released book is “Fire in the Hole: Tales of Combat with the 1st Engineer Battalion in Vietnam.” More: https://mikeguardia.com/ Mike Guardia appears on Big Blend Radio's military history shows every 1st Monday. Follow his podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/wkezexvb

Duration:01:00:01

Tucson Sisters in Crime Authors and Writers

3/4/2024
This episode of Big Blend Radio features a TUCSON SISTERS IN CRIME panel discussion with some of the member writers and authors who will be at this year's Tucson Festival of Books, held March 9 & 10, 2024, in Tucson, Arizona. Hear about their writing, books, and inspirations, plus, some of the short stories featured in the Tucson Sister in Crime book, "Trouble in Tucson: A Left Coast Anthology." Featured Guests: - Editor Eva Eldridge: http://evaeldridge.com - Elaine A Powers: https://elaineapowers.com/ - Janet Alcorn: https://janetalcorn.com/ - Susan Cummins Miller: http://www.susancumminsmiller.com - Kathy McIntosh: http://www.kathymcintosh.com/ - Marty Eberhardt: https://martyeberhardt.com/ - Lauryn Christopher: https://www.laurynchristopher.com - Laurie Fagan: https://www.readlauriefagen.com/ - DR Ransdell: https://www.dr-ransdell.com/ Also, listen to the Big Blend Radio podcast covering some of the stories in the anthology, "Trouble in Tucson, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/trouble-in-tucson-anthology/ Learn more about the Tucson Sisters in Crime at https://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/

Duration:01:11:09

Shelley Whizin and Susan Rosenthal - Transforming Challenges to Joy

3/3/2024
This episode of Big Blend Radio features transformational life coach Shelley Whizin and mindset mentor Susan Rosenthal who share tips on how to transform challenges to joy and bridge one's personal and professional lives. Read Shelley's article about it here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/transforming-challenges-into-joy/ WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/30Wt88USJfw SHELLEY WHIZIN is the founder and CEO of the Soul Diving Institute™ and author of "What Do You Bring to the Table? A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life." Keep up with her here: https://www.shelleywhizin.com/ SUSAN ROSENTHAL, President of World Markets Group, is a Mindset Mentor and Business Growth and Innovation strategist for professionals, entrepreneurs, companies and non-profit organizations worldwide. Tune into Big Blend Radio's "Soul Diving Sunday with Shelley" show every first Sunday here: http://tinyurl.com/2bjbectk

Duration:00:50:47

Johnny Schaefer - Music, Movies & More!

3/3/2024
In celebration of the 96th Annual Academy Awards held on March 10, 2024, this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast with award-winning vocalist and composer Johnny Schaefer focuses on movie soundtracks and theme songs, the positive power of the arts and gratitude, food and cocktails, and much more! Johnny Schaefer co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 1st Sunday. Keep up with him and his music at https://hearjohnny.com/ RESOURCES & LINKS AS DISCUSSED ON THE PODCAST: * MOVIE SOUNDTRACK PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/09VOyTCAuyiMUyZzmWk0tr?si=f3a701c8b65a41af * LA FONDA'S ATOMIC MARTINI RECIPE THAT CELEBRATE'S OPPENHEIMER: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/la-fonda-on-the-plazas-atomic-martini/ * ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ARTICLE: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/academy-museum-of-motion-pictures/ * LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO WHERE OPPENHEIMER WORKED: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/walk-in-the-footsteps-of-scientific-creative-giants-in-los-alamos-new-mexico/ * HOLLYWOOD HISTORY WITH STEVE SCHNEICKERT: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/steve-schneickert-hollywood-history/

Duration:01:47:05

Sharon Kurtz - Travel Writer & Award-Winning Photographer

3/2/2024
This episode of Big BlendRadio features Sharon K. Kurtz, a world traveler, travel writer, and award-winning photographer. We are thrilled to have Sharon join our Big Blend Radio family of expert contributors! Sharon is dedicated to exploring the world and sharing her adventures through compelling storytelling. Her travels have taken her to more than 50 countries on six continents—her carry-on is always packed, ready for the next adventure. Keep up with her Big Blend Radio podcast appearances and stories here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/sharon-kurtz-travel-writer-and-photographer/ Follow Sharon's adventures on her blog, https://sharonkkurtz.com/

Duration:00:33:26

Linda Kissam - Exploring the World of Chinese Tea

3/2/2024
Step into a world of aromatic tranquility and delightful flavors as you explore the art of tea tasting from the comfort of your own home. This episode of Big Blend Radio with travel writer Linda Kissam, "Food Wine & Shopping Diva," talks about her recent virtual Chinese tea-tasting experience with Friday Afternoon Tea. Linda enjoyed an intellectual sensory journey that uncovered the nuances and complexities of different Chinese tea varieties, with the added convenience of delivered samples. Read her story, including what food to pair with the various teas, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/exploring-the-world-of-chinese-tea Linda Kissam appears on Big Blend Radio every first Saturday. Follow her podcasts here: https://tinyurl.com/3r9wmudu Follow Diva Linda's adventures here: https://allingoodtaste.info/

Duration:00:34:22

Tanya Ortega - Photographer and Founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation

3/1/2024
Welcome to the very first episode of Big Blend Radio's NEW "Women Making History" podcast featuring a Big Blend Radio "From the Vault" podcast of our "Parks & The Arts" show featuring Tanya Ortega, an accomplished photographer and founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF). Hear about the new podcast, Tanya's photography career and NPAF's unique artist-in-residence programs in national park units across the country. Check out Tanya's editorial Q&A about her photography: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/photography-art-insider-tanya-ortega Listen to the Big Blend Radio Podcast Playlist of NPAF's Women Artists-in-Residence: https://soundcloud.com/bigblendradio/sets/npaf-women-artists Women's History within the National Parks Service: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/index.htm Follow this new Big Blend Radio "Women Making History" podcast: https://shows.acast.com/women-making-history

Duration:00:48:10

Steve & Karen Wilson - Asheville to Kentucky Road Trip

2/29/2024
This episode of Big Blend's ROAD TRIP Radio podcast features Steve & Karen Wilson who share their Kentucky Road Trip adventures including Cumberland Falls State Park and the Natural Bridge in Daniel Boone National Forest, and Buffalo Trace Distillery and Lexington Distilling on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Known as "Mr & Mrs Wild," Steve and Karen own and run The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast in the Montford Historic District in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit: https://www.lion-rose.com/ Steve & Karen also co-host Big Blend Radio's "Adventures in Asheville" Show which airs every 1st Tuesday. Follow the show on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/ycxwjkr7

Duration:00:38:11

California Non-Compete Agreements and Contract Clauses

2/28/2024
This episode of Big Blend Radio's California Employment Law podcast with San Diego attorney Ward Heinrichs focuses on California Non-Compete Agreements and Contract Clauses, and why employers should not use them given that the state has dramatically increased the penalties for having non-compete clauses in employment-related agreements. Read Ward's article about it here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/california-non-compete-agreements-and-contract-clauses/ Based in San Diego, California, Ward represents both employers and employees in almost all areas of labor law. More: https://bestemploymentattorneysandiego.com/ Ward Heinrichs appears on Big Blend Radio very 4th Wednesday. Follow his podcast appearences here: https://tinyurl.com/675vz9yy

Duration:00:41:11

Visiting the National Park of American Samoa

2/27/2024
On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" Podcast, Debbie shares her adventures in the National Park of American Samoa, which is one of the most remote national parks in the U.S. It takes much effort and time to get here, but intrepid travelers who make the journey will discover untouched coral sand beaches, secluded villages, rainforests, rare flora and fauna, splendid vistas of land and sea and rich culture. Read about her visit: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/visiting-the-national-park-of-american-samoa/ Read Debbie's article about her experiences in the island country of Samoa, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/the-rewards-are-many-for-those-who-venture-to-samoa/ Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" podcast airs every 4th Tuesday. Follow the podcast here: http://tinyurl.com/m6z7v6ms

Duration:00:18:25

The Rewards are Many for Those Who Venture to Samoa

2/27/2024
On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" Podcast, Debbie shares her adventures in Samoa, a small, Polynesian island country in the central South Pacific Ocean, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. Samoa is made up of nine volcanic islands, four of which are inhabited. Along with its sublime landscape of white sand, palm tree-lined beaches, verdant rainforests, and dramatic mountain terrain, Samoa is known for its genuine hospitality. Read Debbie's article about her experiences, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/the-rewards-are-many-for-those-who-venture-to-samoa/ Also read about her visit to American Samoa National Park: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/visiting-the-national-park-of-american-samoa/ Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" podcast airs every 4th Tuesday. Follow the podcast here: http://tinyurl.com/m6z7v6ms

Duration:00:31:19

Songwriter and Musician Neal Rosner - Kentucky Album

2/26/2024
This episode of Big Blend Radio's TOAST TO THE ARTS Show features songwriter, keyboardist, and bassist Neal Rosner who talks about his music and new solo album "Kentucky." The album chronicles Neal's 12-year residency in Madisonville, Kentucky. Songs were written between 1972 -2023. Engineered by Steve Baker, a small studio with a big heart, the album is divided into 2 parts: Plain (secular) and With Peanut (semi- religious). Neal plays keyboards, some percussion and vocals. Some terrific local musicians are featured on the album like guitarists Boscoe France, Alonzo Pennington. In support of Neal Rosner’s new release he will be playing gigs in the Chicago area with his prog-rock ensemble McLuhan. The album is available on Amazon, and Spotify. More: https://www.facebook.com/neal.rosner

Duration:00:49:10

The Spiritual Life of Artist Ted DeGrazia

2/25/2024
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the Spiritual Life of Ted DeGrazia including the annual "Way of the Cross" exhibit, the Mission in the Sun, Padre Kino, and more. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. More: http://www.degrazia.org/ This Big Blend Radio "Tales of Ted DeGrazia" podcast airs every 4th Sunday. Follow the show here: https://shows.acast.com/artist-ted-degrazia

Duration:00:34:07

Joey Stuckey - African American Music History of Georgia

2/25/2024
“Music to me is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.” Ray Charles From Ray Charles and Otis Redding to Little Richard and Clarence Carter, this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast celebrates the African American music history of Georgia, the Peach State. Special guest is Joey Stuckey, Music Ambassador of Macon, Georgia "The Southern Rock Capital of the World. Joey, who co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 4th Sunday, is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, and sound engineer. More: https://www.joeystuckey.com/ BIG BLEND RADIO EXTRAS: * Joey's "Sound of Georgia" episode: https://youtu.be/sCMbIUSFmqQ?feature=shared * Zakiya Hooker & Ollan Christopher Bell episode: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/zakiya-hooker-and-ollan-christopher-bell/

Duration:00:40:27

Glynn Burrows - Unique Wedding Destinations in England

2/24/2024
From Medieval Churches to Historic Steam Trains, Bed & Breakfasts in the Countryside, and even a Brewery, this episode of Big Blend Radio features Glynn Burrows, owner of Norfolk Tours UK, who talks about unique wedding destinations in England. Read his article about it all, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/getting-married-in-england/ Glynn Burrows appears on Big Blend Radio every fourth Saturday covering England as a travel destination as well as family history research. Follow his podcasts here: https://tinyurl.com/4bjzn3um Learn more about Norfolk Tours at https://norfolk-tours.co.uk/

Duration:00:31:38

Experience the Spring Wildflowers in Sunny Palm Springs

2/24/2024
The spring desert wildflower season has begun! This episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Saturday “Palm Springs Sunshine Stays” Show features Kimberli Munkres who represents Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels. Hear all about the spring wildflower season including where and how to witness the beauty of these wonderful wildflowers, and the local boutique hotels that have gorgeous gardens to enjoy as part of your "flower powered" experience. Listen to this past podcast covering outdoor experiences in Palm Springs that includes hiking and cycling, jeep tours and aerial tram rides: https://youtu.be/VF73FQsqev4?feature=shared Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels is a consortium of independently-owned boutique hotels in the desert resort community of Palm Springs, in Southern California. Plan your visit and sign up for the monthly Boutiquely Palm Springs newsletter at: https://www.palmspringspreferredsmallhotels.com/ Follow this Big Blend Radio Podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/38883u9e Podcast photo courtesy of Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels & Visit Palm Springs.

Duration:00:45:01

Nature Tripping in Florida and Coastal Mississippi

2/23/2024
Welcome to Part Four of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode covers Nature Destinations in Coastal Mississippi and Florida: - LISA EVANS - travel writer and photographer, and author of "“100 Things to Do in Coastal Mississippi Before You Die.” Visit https://writerlisa.com/ - KATHLEEN WALLS - Travel writer and author of numerous Florida books. Visit http://www.katywalls.com / and https://www.americanroads.net/ * DIANE DOBRY - Travel writer, podcaster, and memoirist. More: https://discoverydaze.com, and https://hungarianaquarian.com/ LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE ONE features nature photographer and Nature Connection cohost Margot Carrera, who talks about Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces. * EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou. * EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark.

Duration:01:12:54

Nature Adventures in North and South Carolina

2/23/2024
Welcome to Part Three of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina: - NORTH CAROLINA: Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, talk about what to experience in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah National Forest, in North Carolina. More: https://www.lion-rose.com/ - SOUTH CAROLINA: Jo Clark, travel writer and photographer, talks about Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, near Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Follow Jo's blog at https://www.haveglasswilltravel.com/ LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou. * EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry.

Duration:00:31:28

Nature Connection Destinations - Ecuador to Vermont

2/23/2024
Welcome to Part Two of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. ON THIS EPISODE: - LINDA BALLOU, award-winning travel writer and author, talks about her experience at Sacha Lodge in Ecuador as well as the natural highlights of where she lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about Linda, who hosts Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures" Podcast, at https://lostangeladventures.com/ - JAMIE EDWARDS, award-winning travel writer and photographer, talks about her nature experiences in beautoful Stowe, Vermont. Cehck out her article about this sustainable destination on her blog site: https://iamlostandfound.com/best-things-to-do-in-stowe-in-summer/ LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE ONE features nature photographer and Nature Connection cohost Margot Carrera, who talks about Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces. * EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark. * EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry.

Duration:00:43:41

Margot Carrera - Communing with Nature in Sacred Spaces

2/23/2024
Welcome to Part One of our 4-Part Big Blend Radio NATURE CONNECTION Podcast series focusing on Nature Destinations Around the World and Across America. This episode features fine art nature photographer and co-host Margot Carrera who discusses sacred spaces in nature, and how we can energetically and spiritually help give back to nature. See Margot's photography, here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/margotcarrera/?etsrc=sdt LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE NATURE CONNECT PODCASTS IN THIS SERIES HERE: http://tinyurl.com/5dkvjyfx * EPISODE TWO covers Nature Destinations from Vermont to California & Ecuador with travel writers Jamie Edwards & Linda Ballou. * EPISODE THREE covers Nature Destinations in North & South Carolina with Steve & Karen Wilson, owners of The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast, and travel writer Jo Clark. * EPISODE FOUR covers Nature Connections in Florda & Coastal Mississippi with travel writers Lisa Evans, Kathleen Walls, and Diane Dobry.

Duration:00:58:39