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Having The Courage to Follow Your Heart with Mariana Cortez

Inspiration is all around us. For Mariana Cortez, it was her baby boy, Luke, who was allergic to dairy that inspired her to create dairy/gluten-free, vegan cakes that he could enjoy on his birthdays. When she got the idea of taking her cakes and making them into mini cupcakes, it set her on a remarkable journey which led her to open Miami's first vegan bakery, Bunnie Cakes, and Miami's first vegan DIY cupcake/cake decorating studio, Bunnie Cakes Studio, to selling her creations at Whole...

Duration: 01:30:50

Episode 58 - Why We Should Support Farmers Markets with Art Friedrich

Nine years ago, Art Friedrich along with Melissa Contreras created the Urban Oasis Project, whose mission is to foster a local food movement that's accessible and available to everyone. The way they've achieved this goal is by planting gardens with low-income families, creating several thriving Farmer's Markets throughout South Florida (Upper East Side, Tropical Park, Adrienne Arsht, Bay Harbor) and accepting SNAP benefits at the markets and doubling their value for Florida grown fruits...

Duration: 01:16:18

Episode 57: Writing As Therapy with Andrea Askowitz & Allison Langer

History has blessed us with some dynamic duos over time: Tom and Jerry; Thelma and Louise; Bert and Ernie and now, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. They are two peas in a pod(cast) and the creators of the immensely entertaining, outrageously raw and honest podcast called, Writing Class Radio where true and personal stories from students in Andrea's writing class are shared and where you can learn to write you own stories. The duo met years ago after Alison suffered a devastating...

Duration: 01:09:55

Episode 56: Slay Naturally with Barbara Jacques

It's said that necessity is the mother of innovation. So if you take innovation and mix it with an intelligent, driven and creative individual who understands the harmful effects of poisonous products on our skin, then you get Jacq's, a natural beauty brand founded by Barbara Jacques. Six years ago, when Barbara was pregnant with her first child, her doctor found an ovarian tumor that put her on bedrest with few medical answers. After deep diving into holistic healing and the importance...

Duration: 01:22:02

Episode 55: Unearthing Your Inner Activist with Elizabeth Jones

The activist in Elizabeth Jones peaked it's head out in 8th grade when she presented a research paper on animal testing to her fellow classmates. It wasn't until years later, after becoming vegan and being put on the spot about her activism efforts, did Liz allow her inner activist to come through. Today, she's a Marine Biologist by day and passionate, bad ass animal protector by night/weekend and everything in between. A quick visit to her Instagram page will reveal her passion and...

Duration: 01:20:04

Episode 54: Health in the Hood with Asha Loring

In South Florida, there are a number of vacant lots ripe for transformation and Asha Loring, founder of Health in the Hood, had an idea of what she could turn them into. Inspired by a project her father, Marvin Dunn, created years ago named Roots in the City, Asha began taking empty lots and converting them into nourishing gardens in food deserts throughout Miami and Broward County. Since it's origin, Health in the Hood has planted gardens in Liberty City, Opa-Locka, Overtown and...

Duration: 01:10:32

Episode 53: Community Justice Project with Meena Jagannath

Five years ago, Meena Jagannath was working with women in Haiti after the destructive Hurricane ravaged the island when an opportunity presented itself here in Miami. Having never visited the city, she decided to take a chance and brought her expertise as a Human Rights lawyer and eventually co-founded the Community Justice Project, which is a group of community lawyers who represent community organizers and grassroots groups in low-income communities of color. She has been involved in...

Duration: 00:59:43

Episode 52: The Dirty Truth About Trash with Dave Doebler + Dara Schoenwald

When you throw something away, where is away? Six years ago, Dave Doubler found out the answer one afternoon on his kayak where he discovered 75 pounds of trash floating on the waters of Miami Beach. After wrangling his friends and family to help him clean up he quickly realized that they either needed a bigger boat or more help, so Dave and his wife Dara decided to create, an online resource which allows residents to lead and/or join a cleanup meetup to help rid the...

Duration: 01:25:46

Episode 51: Women Innovating Now with Carolina Pina

Carolina Pina is the Director of WIN Lab Miami - an eight month accelerator program for women entrepreneurs which helps them to grow sustainable ventures. Originally launched in 2013 by Babson College in Massachusetts, the program expanded to Florida in 2016 where the first round of attendees just recently finished the program. Carolina studied Chemical Engineering in Venezuela and Industrial and Systems Engineering at FIU and attended graduate school at Rice University where she received...

Duration: 01:01:59

Episode 50: A Collision of Ideas with Meg Daly

After self-proclaimed native, Meg Daly, broke both of her elbows in a biking accident and was forced to slow down and smell the asphalt on her walking commute to physical therapy, she got a crazy idea. Transform the unused space underneath the Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination called, The Underline. You might say it's Miami's response or ode to New York's immensely popular, The High Line, flipped upside down. In this interview, we talk about who...

Duration: 01:17:35

Episode 49: Live Like You Live Here with Chris Adamo

When Chris Adamo left New York City with the love of his life five years ago and exchanged his muted, cold weather wardrobe for bright and colorful Jams World t-shirts, he didn't only want to look like a local, he wanted to live like one too. So he joined the folks at WhereBy.Us as the Director of Business Development. These folks are the creators of the very helpful and practical online resource for Miami locals, The New Tropic and other initiatives that help people connect and engage in...

Duration: 01:03:10

Episode 48: Books and Books with Mitchell Kaplan

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero In the age of digital consumption and immediate gratification, Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books and Books is inviting Miami and beyond to slow things down by stepping into 'The Great Good Place,' in this case, one of his multiple landmark bookstores. A Miami native and lover of literature, Mitchell has devoted his life to providing the city with community spaces to engage and discover literature. Miami hasn't...

Duration: 01:05:55

Episode 47: Living a Life of Purpose with Nathi Alarcon

Since a very young age, Nathi Alarcon has been a go-getter. She knew at 7 years old that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine and worked hard to achieve that goal. What she wasn’t expecting was being derailed in college with an auto-immune disease that eventually changed the course of her life. Her passionate nature took her down a path of healing and eventually lead her into the kitchen where she discovered the power and connection of food. Today she is the co-owner of Fresh and...

Duration: 01:14:15

Episode 46: Empowering the World to Run with Frankie Ruiz

Here in Miami when you say the name, Frankie Ruiz, chances are it conjures up memories of the incredibly popular and late Puerto Rican salsa singer belting out, "Bailando"or another one of his many popular hits. But to many in Miami's athletic circles, Frankie Ruiz is synonymous with the Miami Marathon which just celebrated its 15th year this past January. Inspired by his father from a young age to run, he found it a great way to explore his hometown and as a sport he could always compete...

Duration: 01:26:25

Episode 45: Challenging the Status Quo with Korin Sutton

Korin Sutton is a dedicated individual. In high school, he started lifting weights and paying attention to his nutrition to get in shape (and to get girls). He then joined the military to serve his country because the men in his life served honorably and he wanted to do the same. And then in college, after hearing a lecture given by Gary Yourofsky about animal abuse and veganism, he was so affected that he decided he could no longer continue contributing to the cruelty and suffering of...

Duration: 01:08:23

Episode 44: The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary with Danny Peña

The Messengers is a documentary by Chris Krimitsos, Niel Guilarte and Willie Harper, that tells the story of podcasting and the people behind this relatively new form of storytelling and digital media. It follows and focuses on several podcasters as they tell their story of why they love podcasting, the growth podcasting has seen in recent years, and its future. One of the podcasters featured is Miami local and Gamertag Radio (GTR) founder, Danny Peña. (Episode 11) Danny recently...

Duration: 01:20:15

Episode 43: Elevated Eating with Chef Kofi

As a young boy growing up in Carol City, Chef Kofi probably never thought he would one day see the likes of Germany, Ghana, Afghanistan, and other countries ending in 'stan' and he probably never thought he would be jumping out of perfectly good airplanes either. But leave it to the dreamers to defy beating the odds and overcoming obstacles that would otherwise thwart others from realizing their full potential. Chef Kofi's potential? The sky is the limit, but we think he may be gunning to...

Duration: 01:22:05

Episode 42: The Magic of Storytelling with Prism Creative Group

Pola Bunster is one of those rare Miami natives; you hear about them but they are difficult to come across as many more transplants claim The Magic City as their home. And why wouldn’t they? Miami has a plethora of beautiful beaches and beautiful people that frequent them, it’s always hot and sexy down here and you know, we have South Beach. But Miami has so much more to offer than just its sunny beaches, oceans, and bikinis, and if anyone has seen their city grow up in the past 10 years...

Duration: 01:06:07

Episode 41: The Social Cog with Natalie Davis

Before Natalie Davis’ son, Joshua graduated from high school she sat down with his guidance counselor discussing his next steps. She quickly realized that outside of traditional organizations helping autistic children transition to adulthood, there weren’t any social programs. So she created one. Natalie along with Dr. Maccarrone and Marte Singerman created The Social Cog which is a year long program that offers coaching, engagement and monthly meet ups for autistic adults. Now in its 4th...

Duration: 00:57:06

Episode 40: Engaging Your Community with Sara Yousuf

Sara Yousuf is a firecracker. Through her tenacity and determination she opened one of Miami’s only vinyl stores, Sweat Records, and has co-founded two leading progressive social organizations: Emerge Miami and Engage Miami. Oh and did we mention that she’s also a public defender for Miami-Dade County (more on that later). After moving from Michigan to Miami to attend UM, Sara quickly realized her activist tendencies and sought to create organizations that could mobilize people to make...

Duration: 01:01:11

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