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Harvey & Sharon (Jews of Utah)

Dr. Harvey & Sharon Rishe live in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. They are recently retired from the mental health profession. Together, they helped run a private practice in West Valley City, for over 20 years, where Harvey was a partner and Sharon was a clinical social worker. They met in California, and share a deep appreciation for an outdoor lifestyle, which is how a couple of Jews wound up in Utah. They are my parents, and their roots trace back to various parts of Europe. Their...


Tim Thomas (Heading South to North Dakota)

Tim's ancestors hail from Ireland. They entered the United States through Canada, several generations ago, to find warmer climes, eventually settling in the Dakotas. Tim is a long-time resident of New York City and has traveled extensively in Africa, South Asia and Europe. He pursues a lifelong goal of fluency in French and Italian, and studies classical singing. Tim’s professional global health training ground was the Population Council, a premier international non-profit,...


Hannah Scott (Kickin' Ass in the Free World)

Hannah D. Scott moved to the US in 2009 on a student visa, and lives here now with a valid work visa. She is an actress and stunt performer, and is based in New York City. Originally from the UK, Hannah trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (3yr BA Acting). She is a proud member of British and American Actor's Equity, and SAG/AFTRA.


Nedra McClyde (Slavery really F*$&ked things up in America)

Nedra McClyde is New York based actor born in Maryland. She is a descendant of American Slaves, and this episode focuses on that lineage. She moved to New York to pursue the arts. Her professional credits include Mr. Burns at Playwrights Horizons, Headstrong at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Macbeth at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nedra is a recipient of New Dramatists' Charles Bowden Award, two-time AUDELCO Award nominee, NYIT Best Leading Actress nominee, Associate Artist with The...


Gail Frydkowski (F* the Nazis)

Gail Frydkowski is the child of holocaust survivors. She has been a high school special education teacher since 2005. As an educator, she has used humane materials to help students prepare for New York State English Regents exams and for college research work. She had students sponsor orphaned chimps with In Defense of Animals. She was previously a New York Humane Education Ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and has held their ‘I Read to Animals’ programs in venues across the city....


Malcolm Gets

I met Malcolm in 2002. He was a guest artist in a singing class I was taking at NYU with Deb Lapidus. I worked with him on the Scarecrow's song from The Wiz, and he said, "You're just great! Let's sing that again." I'll take that one with me all the way! Wikipedia tells us: Malcolm Gets is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Richard in the American television sitcom Caroline in the City. Gets is also a dancer, singer, composer, classically trained pianist, vocal director,...


Miranda (a Pseudonym)

Due to the sensitive and personal nature of our guest's story, they have requested that we use a pseudonym in the title and description, to mask their search-ability. Miranda is a gentile from Utah (aka non-Mormon; we make the distinction because that is always the next question) who now lives in New York City. Miranda's father immigrated as a young boy from Mexico, and their mother was born in Indiana. Miranda and Jeremy have known each other for over a decade, and, in that time, walked...


Ruy Iskandar

This episode contains graphic language that may not be suitable for young children; ironically, Ruy was an adolescent when these events occurred (go figure). Ruy Iskandar is an actor and director, known for Benders (2015), Eluscid (2007) and Rex (2016). He appeared on Broadway in Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater). His off-Broadway credits include The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre); Measure for Measure (Public Theater); The Hunters (Cherry Lane Theatre); Purim Play (Classic Stage...


Olga Ermishikina

Olga is a linguist who teaches Russian around the world, all from her home in Brooklyn NY, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her website states: "My main field of interest is language learning. I studied Linguistics at the University and during that time I was really impressed by language diversity in the world. Now I teach Russian, study foreign languages and constantly research and try teaching methods and self-study solutions ([via] web services and applications). Distant...


Angel Desai

Desai was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but grew up in Binghamton, New York. Her parents are physicians; her father is Indian and her mother is Filipina. Desai is a professional actress. She has performed in many Off-Broadway productions, including The Winter’s Tale (2003), playing opposite David Strathairn, and The Tempest (2008), starring Mandy Patinkin. Her Broadway debut was playing Marta in the Tony Award winning 2006 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in which her rendition...


Lucius Albert Salisbury III

This episode travels back to the 1600's, and as our guest points out, to a time when all "the late troubles in America [the Revolutionary War] began." Lucius Albert Salisbury III, who goes by Luke, is a retired professor. He was born in New York, and now lives in Massachusetts. He has written a number of novels inspired by his families history, which dates back to the Great Migration of English nobleman to the "New World." He is very knowledgable in regard to his family's migration story,...