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Bethany Hamilton, Surfer

7/17/2019
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Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer who was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing off Kauai in 2003 when she was 13 years old. Her left arm was bitten off in the attack. Her life is the subject of the new film "Unstoppable" playing in theaters now. During this podcast, Bethany discusses her life as a competitive surfer, wife, and mother to young children. She reveals what it was like to recover from the attack and to find a way to continue surfing with only one arm. And she...

Duration:00:33:04

Professor Charles Elachi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director (2001-2016)

7/10/2019
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Dr. Charles Elachi is Professor (Emeritus) of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology. He was the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2001 to 2016. During his tenure as JPL Director, JPL launched 24 missions into space. Professor Elachi is featured in the KCET original "Blue Sky Metropolis," a four-part documentary miniseries about the history of aerospace in Southern California premiering on July 14th at 8 p.m. on KCET followed by...

Duration:00:40:09

Jim Acosta, CNN Chief White House Correspondent/Author

7/3/2019
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Jim Acosta is CNN's Chief White House Correspondent. He is the author of the New York Times best seller "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America." The book takes readers behind the scenes of his reporting on the Trump White House and his confrontations with President Trump and the Trump Administration. During this podcast, Jim talks about the challenges of covering and fact-checking President Trump, and he discusses CNN's fight to restore his White House press...

Duration:00:43:45

William Wang, VIZIO CEO & Co-Founder

6/26/2019
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William Wang is the CEO and co-founder of Irvine-based VIZIO, a leading manufacturer of TVs and sound bars as well as speakers and the Smartcast app. William graduated from USC in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and began his career in tech support for a Chinese company selling computer monitors. He would go on to create his own computer monitor companies before founding VIZIO in 2002. During this podcast, William discusses his work ethic, the decision to take on the major TV...

Duration:00:45:41

Scott Mantz, Film Critic

6/19/2019
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Scott Mantz is a film critic and co-Founder of the LA Online Film Critics Society. He was resident film critic and film segment producer for "Access Hollywood" from 2008-2018. He now reviews movies for Collider and appears regularly on a number of TV shows including the KTLA 5 Morning News. Scott is also a longtime member of both the Producers Guild of America and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. During this podcast, Scott reveals how he became a film critic, he discusses his...

Duration:00:58:44

Bernie Taupin, Elton John Songwriter/Visual Artist

6/12/2019
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Bernie Taupin is a songwriter whose five decades long collaboration with Elton John is considered to be the most successful songwriting partnerships in history is chronicled in the new film "Rocketman." Bernie and Elton's songs have resulted in 35 gold and 25 platinum albums along with 30 Top 40 hits in the U.S. Bernie is also a lifelong visual artist who started concentrating on painting in the 1990s later sculpture. His visual art exhibition "Bernie Taupin: The Artist, The Raconteur & His...

Duration:00:41:01

Tembi Locke, Actress/Author

6/5/2019
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Tembi Locke is an actress and author of "From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home." The literary debut details her love affair with her late husband, Saro, a chef from Sicily whose family initially rejected Tembi and refused to attend their wedding because he was marrying a black actress from America. Saro's mother and family eventually did embrace them and their daughter, Zoela. But then tragically Saro was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. During this podcast, Tembi...

Duration:00:42:49

Carrie Preston, Actress

5/29/2019
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Carrie Preston is an actress currently starring as "Polly" on TNT's "Claws" which premieres its third season on June 9th. The show is about five manicurists in a South Florida nail salon who are also involved in the underworld. Carrie is also known for roles on TV including her Emmy-winning portrayal of Elsbeth Tascioni on "The Good Wife" and as waitress Arlene Fowler on "True Blood." Carrie has also appeared on Broadway in "Festen" and "The Rivals," and in numerous films including "My...

Duration:00:35:27

Akbar Gbajabiamila, "American Ninja Warrior" Host/Author

5/22/2019
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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...

Duration:00:41:13

Valerie Jarrett, Fmr Sr. Advisor to President Obama

5/15/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:17

Bob Bergen, "Porky Pig" Voice Over Artist

5/8/2019
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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...

Duration:00:39:53

Norman Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation/Commerce

5/1/2019
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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...

Duration:00:35:17

Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries Founder

4/24/2019
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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...

Duration:00:23:39

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-founder

4/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:45:28

Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Gymnast

4/10/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:43

Kunal Nayyar, Actor

4/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:18

Taylor Dayne, Singer-songwriter

3/27/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:37:43

Yeardley Smith, Voice Artist/Actress

3/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:39:47

Diane Shader Smith, Author/Publicist

3/13/2019
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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...

Duration:00:37:07

Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Internet Pioneer

3/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:30