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Akbar Gbajabiamila, "American Ninja Warrior" Host/Author

Akbar Gbajabiamila is a host of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" which begins its 11th season on May 29th. Akbar is also the author of a new book "Everyone Can Be A Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams." He is a former NFL player and sports broadcaster. During this podcast, Akbar discusses growing up as one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants in the Crenshaw community of Los Angeles, he talks about how he cried the first time he practiced as a football player and tried...


Valerie Jarrett, Fmr Sr. Advisor to President Obama

Valerie Jarrett served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. She was also chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Jarrett is the author of the new book “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.”During this podcast, she discusses her life and career including her longtime friendship with the Obamas dating back to her days as deputy chief of staff to Chicago’s...


Bob Bergen, "Porky Pig" Voice Over Artist

Bob Bergen is an actor and voice over artist best known as the voice of Porky Pig. This year, he's celebrating 29 years of acting in the voice of that character. Bob is also the voice of Tweety, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars video games, Winter Soldier in Avengers Assemble and countless voices in animated features including A Bug's Life, Cars, Finding Nemo and many more. Bob has voiced hundreds of commercials and he's the imaging branding voice for numerous radio stations across the U.S. Bob...


Norman Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation/Commerce

Norman Mineta served as the Secretary of Transportation from 2001-2006 during the George W. Bush presidency (including on 9-11). He had previously served as Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton as the first Asian American to hold a cabinet post. He began his career in public service in 1967 as a member of San Jose's city council. In 1971, he became the first Asian American mayor of a major American city. He then served in the House of Representatives from 1975-1995 becoming the...


Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries Founder

Father Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, a world famous gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in Los Angeles. The program provides training and employment to former gang members along with services like tattoo removal, substance abuse support, and mental health therapy. Homeboy Industries products include items sold in grocery stores like Gelson's and Ralphs and street wear and bakery items sold online and at...


Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-founder

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is a co-founder and brand ambassador of OPI Products, a global nail care products company. Suzi founded the company with George Schaeffer as a dental supply business in 1981 before adapting their products to the acrylic nail market. It came to redefine the nail industry and Suzi became known as the First Lady of Nails. During this podcast, Suzi discusses her immigrant story of success and her new book "I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty...


Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Gymnast

Katelyn Ohashi is a gymnast who competes for UCLA. She finished the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in floor exercise and is the NCAA floor exercise co-champion. A video capturing Katelyn performing a perfect 10 in a floor exercise routine in January 2019 went viral, and her unabashed joy during that routine captured the imagination of people around the world. During this podcast Katelyn talks about that performance and the importance of her team and her coaches, she reveals how she'd...


Kunal Nayyar, Actor

Kunal Nayyar is an actor who plays Rajesh Koothrappali on the popular CBS-TV show "The Big Bang Theory." The show will airs its network series finale on May 16, 2019 after 12 years on the air. Kunal has appeared in every episode of the series run. During the 2017-2018 TV season, it was the most-watched network TV show in America. During this podcast, Kunal discusses his feelings about the end of the series, he also candidly reveals how success and worldwide fame affected him and how he's...


Taylor Dayne, Singer-songwriter

Taylor Dayne is a singer-songwriter and pop music icon best known for her 1987 hit "Tell It To My Heart." Taylor's new book incorporates the song into its title: "Tell it To My Heart: How I Lost My S#*T, Conquered My Fear, and Found My Voice." During this podcast, Taylor discusses her life and career including her father's reaction to revelations in the book that she and other family members were victims of his abuse in the home.Taylor details her journey from aspiring singer to global star,...


Yeardley Smith, Voice Artist/Actress

Yeardley Smith is an actress and voice artist best known for being the voice of Lisa Simpson on the long-running animated series "The Simpsons." She is also a podcaster whose true-crime podcast "Small Town Dicks" with co-host and fellow producer Zibby Allen just premiered its fourth season of episodes on March 15, 2019. On March 30, 2019, Yeardley will receive the National Leadership Award from the Human Rights Campaign. During this podcast, Yeardley discusses her life and career and...


Diane Shader Smith, Author/Publicist

Diane Shader Smith is the mother of the late Mallory Smith who authored the posthumously published memoir "Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life." Mallory was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of three and began writing a journal at 15. She continued writing in that journal until she died at the age of 25. Diane worked to get those pages published in book form and the result is the memoir published this month by Penguin Random House. During this podcast, Diane shares her...


Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Internet Pioneer

Professor Leonard Kleinrock is a distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA. His mathematical theory of packet networks is one of the underlying technologies of the internet. Professor Kleinrock directed the first-ever transmission of a message on the internet from his lab at UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute on October 26, 1969. In 2007, the professor received the President's National Medal of Science, the highest achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United...


Richard Lewis, Comedian

Richard Lewis is a comedian and actor who currently stars in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." His comedy act focusing on his personal struggles and angst led to his nickname: The Prince of Pain. Richard is also the author of two books "The Other Great Depression" and "Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live." During this podcast, Richard discusses his close friendship with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator Larry David and reveals how the show is produced. Richard also talks...


Kobe Bryant, Former NBA Basketball Player

Kobe Bryant is a former NBA basketball player who played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe is a five-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star MVP, two-time Finals MVP, and he was the 2007-2008 regular season MVP. He is third among all-time NBA points leaders. He retired from basketball after scoring an astonishing 60 points in the final game of his career on April 13, 2016. During this podcast, Kobe talks about what he's been doing since retiring from basketball in...


Fiona Crombie, Film Production Designer

Fiona Crombie is a production designer who is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Production Design along with set decorator Alice Felton for the film The Favourite starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. It's a quirky film set in 18th century England and the ailing Queen Anne and her intimate friend Lady Sarah who effectively runs the country. That is until a conniving servant arrives and proceeds to disrupt the status quo in a darkly hilarious way. Fiona won the...


Terence Blanchard, Film Composer/Jazz Musician

Terence Blanchard is a jazz musician and film composer who has scored all of Spike Lee's films since composing the score for Jungle Fever in 1991. He is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Music (Original Score) for composing the score for Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman. Terence has won several Grammy Awards as a jazz trumpeter and as a composer including most recently winning a 2019 Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for the song Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil) from the...


Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Chairman

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Intelligence Committee oversees America's intelligence agencies and is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia to interfere. During this podcast, Chairman Schiff describes how the investigative priorities and tactics of the Intelligence Committee will change under democratic...


Jaime Camil, Actor

Jaime Camil is an actor who currently stars in the popular CW show "Jane the Virgin" which airs on KTLA 5. The fifth and final season of the program premieres on Wednesday, March 27th. Jaime has been nominated twice for Critics Choice Awards for his role as Jane's father Rogelio De La Vega. He has also won a Teen Choice Award and received an Imagen Award which encourages positive portrayals of Latinos and recognizes excellence. During this podcast, Jaime discusses his work on "Jane the...


Justin Brooks, Criminal Defense Attorney/Law Professor

Justin Brooks is the director of the California Innocence Project (CIP) based at the California Western School of Law in San Diego. Justin and his team of pro bono lawyers and law students work to free prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted. To date, their work has resulted in 30 people being freed including high profile cases like Brian Banks, the USC-bound high school football star who was wrongfully convicted of rape and served five years in prison before being exonerated when the...


Sam Rubin, Entertainment Anchor/Reporter

Sam Rubin is the award-winning entertainment anchor for the KTLA 5 Morning News. He's been reporting on the entertainment industry since he joined KTLA in 1991. Sam also appears regularly on Australian TV's 9 Network Australia and the UK's ITV. During this podcast, Sam takes us behind the scenes of the awards campaign process including how A-list actors and studios wine and dine awards voters and influencers. Sam also reveals who he thinks will win in some of the top categories at the 2019...