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Summary: From America’s hills to its dales and beyond — curious dude Brad Rowe and keeper of useless knowledge Noam Dromi seek out deep thinkers and shallow swimmers with reckless abandon as they attempt to find out anything and everything that is interesting about the world as we know it. From quantum psychics to sorcery, from Wall Street to the remote hills of Afghanistan, MIPtalk and its guests will take you there (and that’s only in the first month). Each week, your intrepid hosts will mix up these morsels into a hearty stew of superlative podcasting goodness. They do it because they care. Join the conversation at http://www.miptalk.com Thanks for your support
Suzanne Nichols learned her love for the arts as a child in Oakland. Today she shares that passion with hundreds of kids every year. This weekend she is putting on an event to bring the work of established artists like Shepard Fairey and John Lithgow to their fans to benefit art programs for children that attend LAUSD schools. The program is called STARS ALIGNED TO SAVE THE ARTS – BENEFIT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS EDUCTION FOR OUR CHILDREN. This event hopes to protect public school arts programs from the 100% proposed cuts they face. On Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 3:00pm-6:30pm government officials and celebrities will join Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers, students and parents for Save the Arts, a benefit that includes performances to resuscitate arts education. The event will be held at the historic Coconut Grove, 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010. Listen as Suzanne vamps on all things thespianic (if that’s a word) and academic. Enjoy 15 minutes with Suzanne and MIPtalk.com host Brad Rowe.
What are the major terrorist threats not yet on our radar? How are New York and other cities around the world adjusting to modern security threats? Just ask Mitchell Silber. He sat down with The Generation co-editor Brad Rowe in UCLA’s Murphy Sculpture Garden to discuss his new book The Al Qaeda Factor, terrorist threats in the Western Hemisphere, and his inspiring personal journey from Wall Street to NYPD (which he has served for seven years). Silber is the Director of both the NYPD Intelligence Division’s Analytic and Cyber Units. He supervises the analysis of the portfolio of terrorism-related investigations within the Intelligence Division. This episode was produced in partnership with The Generation, an online journal featuring students’ perspectives on international relations and global current events. The site’s title is a recognition that — through factors such as news, social media, and diversity — today’s generation of young people are more aware and active in global events than ever before.
Recently MIPtalk host Brad Rowe had the great pleasure to sit down with the founder of Echo Parenting & Education in LA. Ruth Beaglehole’s story begins in New Zealand; born to Academic parents, with one sister and two brothers. Ruth’s childhood was “complicated”, to use her own words. Her own struggle would become Ruth’s biggest asset. Her story is triumphant, disturbing, lovely and delivered with the indomitable wry wit many have come to know her by. From her modest beginnings in the 1970s cutting her teeth on the relevant parenting and teaching issues of the day, she discovered and honed a philosophy that is changing the way we look at our children. She has had a major impact through her work with LAUSD teachers, founding a Teen Mother Program, creating the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting and finally transforming her works into the center that bears the name of the neighborhood it was developed in – The Echo Parenting and Education Center. This is an interview you won’t forget.
We’re back from our summer hiatus. This week’s guest is former Ning.com CEO Gina Bianchini. I met Gina with a group of friends down in Cabo San Lucas last year. While enjoying good Mexican food, drink, and sunsets, we got to talking about what is important in the world and what is missing from the business, political and media conversations these days. What we settled on was a realization that there is a lack of humanity and compassion in how people communicate with each other in these realms. Together with Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Gina founded Ning, an online platform for people to create their own social networks in October 2005. She left the company in March of 2010 to serve as an executive in residence at the Andreesen Horowitz venture firm. Some time passed and I needed to follow up with her and thought it would be great to get her on film to talk about a new business venture she is launching in Palo Alto. I asked her why she is working literally blocks from her alma mater Stanford. For as worldly as she is in some ways, at heart she’s a Silicon Valley girl: born and raised in the shadow of Apple in Cupertino, a Stanford girl and now ten plus years in business in Palo Alto. It seems like she may be here to stay. And why not? Join MIPtalk for a conversation with one of the nicest people around and a look into one of the most brilliant entrepreneurial minds of our day. Hope you enjoy the conversation. Lots more cool stuff on the horizon this fall. Brad
When technology entrepreneurs need a seasoned advisor the man they often turn to is our guest attorney Rick Citron. I recently met Rick at the iPad conference and wanted to speak with him about the ever evolving role of technology in our work and home lives. He’s a partner in the firm of Citron and Deutsch is an entrepreneur and attorney specializing in entrepreneurial law. Rick has contributed to the success stories of hundreds of companies, utilizing his experience and the synergy of a carefully nurtured network of professionals and businessmen. The firms clients have included Broadcom, Scosche Industries, Kistler Aerospace, Spacehab, Adventure Travel Magazine, Pfanner Communications, and Frontiers Magazine. Rick graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Statistics, and an MBA in Marketing. His law degree is from UCLA. Hope you enjoy the conversation. Until next time, Brad
Part 2 of our discussion with Tiffany Shlain, director of Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology. We discuss her new film, the lessons of her late father author/surgeon Leonard Shlain, her hopes for the role of technology in our lives and more. For additional reference, check out this interview that Tiffany gave at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival We’ll be talking to Tiffany again before her film gets released theatrically. We hope you enjoy the interview. Brad and Noam
Tiffany Shlain, celebrated filmmaker and renowned founder of The Webby Awards, wants you to GET CONNECTED. And she has a fascinating story to tell. In her new film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology, she rallies audiences to participate in a “Declaration of Interdependence” that celebrates human connection throughout time and the role that technology and social media has in shaping our future. You can see the trailer here: Here’s what she says in her director’s statement about the film: I hope that “Connected,” will help create a global conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21st century. I believe that by engaging people to talk about connectedness in their own lives and in the world, the ripple effect of these conversations will have far reaching impact. Appreciating that this is a huge subject, I employ many tactics (humor, animation, archival and my own personal story) to attempt to untangle what interdependence and connectedness mean in terms of the history of the human species and moving forward. Through this journey, I wield a large magnifying glass to look at some of the absurd and beautiful behaviors of our species and our world. While the core components of humans desire to be “connected,” have not changed since we first appeared on this planet, I believe a new zeitgeist is emerging through all these new technologies that are making our world smaller and more intertwined. In Part 1 of our interview, we talk about Tiffany’s upbringing, the work of her father (the late surgeon and author Leonard Shlain), her early career as a filmmaker and how she founded the Webbys. Tiffany is an incredibly inspiring storyteller and we hope you enjoy hearing what she has to say. Check out one of her TED talks for last year: Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments about what you do to stay connected. Stay tuned for Part 2. Brad and Noam
You might not recognize the names: Christina-Taylor Green. “Dot” Morris. John Roll. Phyllis Schneck. Dorwan Stoddard. “Gabe” Zimmerman. But you probably know their story. On January 8, 2011, they were part of a group of roughly 30 people attending a constituent meeting called “Congress on Your Corner” being held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. Shortly after 10am, 22 year old Jared Loughner approached the gathering and shot Representative Giffords in the head before firing indiscriminately at others in the crowd. Those pictured above were killed and 14 others were severely injured. Giffords survived and doctors have been very optimistic about her slow recovery. In the days after the attack, the national dialogue devolved into blame and recrimination about whether or not heated political rhetoric contributed to Loughner’s actions. When President Obama arrived in Tucson for a memorial this past week he gave an impassioned speech that reminded us of our shared humanity and implored us to do and be better so we could live up to the promise that 9-year old victim Christina Taylor Green saw in America. Photographer & Activist Ann-Eve Cunningham For our first show of 2011, we spoke to Tucson resident Ann-Eve Cunningham, a renowned photographer and activist who works for Arizona Public Media. As one of the organizers of the Christina Taylor Green memorial fund, she shares her thoughts on the events of the past week and how the community is beginning to heal. For more information on what you can do to help please visit: The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona To send sympathy cards to the family of Christina Taylor Green or any other victims (they’ll forward your letters to the appropriate individuals) write to: Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund PO Box 65000 Tucson, Arizona 85728 Let’s all keep the victims, their families and friends in our thoughts. Brad and Noam
John Prendergast is an author and human rights activist who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project. During the Clinton administration, John was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and Special Advisor to Susan Rice at the Department of State. John has also worked for two members of Congress, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has been a youth counselor, a basketball coach and a Big Brother for over 25 years. John has authored 10 books on Africa, including Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, which he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle. John recently released The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, also co-authored with Don Cheadle, which focuses on building a popular movement against genocide and other human rights crimes. His forthcoming book is a joint memoir with his first little brother from his many years in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. John has worked with a number of television shows to raise awareness about human rights issues in Africa. He has appeared in four episodes of 60 Minutes, for which the team won an Emmy Award, and has consulted on two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. He has also traveled to Africa with ABC’s Nightline, The PBS NewsHour and CNN’s Inside Africa. He has appeared in several documentaries including: Sand and Sorrow, Darfur Now, 3 Points, and War Child. He also co-produced Journey into Sunset, about Northern Uganda, and partnered with Downtown Records and Mercer Street Records to create the compilation album “Raise Hope for Congo,” which shines a spotlight on sexual violence against women and girls in Congo. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. He also helped create the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war in Congo. John is a board member and serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt. John’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The International Herald Tribune, and he has been profiled in Vanity Fair, Men’s Vogue, Time, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Oprah Magazine, Capitol File, Arrive, Interview, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Kenneth Cole’s Awearness. John has been a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, Eckerd College, St. Mary’s College, the University of Maryland, Stanford University, and the American University in Cairo, and will be at Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates. We caught up with John recently as he was darting across New York City between meetings. What new solutions can we develop to end the genocide in Darfur? Share your thoughts in the MIPtalk forums.
Jonas Elrod really does see dead people. Angels. Demons. Auras and ghosts. And he would very much like to know why. Jonas searches for answers in the powerful new documentary feature Wake Up. Here’s a synopsis: Jonas Elrod was a 37-year-old filmmaker who enjoyed a successful career shooting commercials, music videos, and documentaries when one day, while planning his next day’s shooting schedule in a San Francisco hotel room, he began to see visions. Since that day, Elrod says he sees ghosts, demons, angels, colorful clouds of energy, and personal auras wherever he goes, and he can’t explain what is happening to him or why. Elrod and his girlfriend began looking for a reason for this phenomenon, and visited a long series of doctors, psychiatrists, and spiritual teachers, trying to determine if his visions were the product of an illness, psychosis, or a genuine spiritual apparition, and as the process went on, Elrod found he wasn’t certain if his visions were a curse or a blessing. Filmmaker Chloe Crespi (who saw ghosts as a child) began helping Elrod make a film about his experiences and his search for an answer to an almost impossible question, and Wake Up is a documentary about a man chasing a mystery and looking for answers within and outside himself. Wake Up was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. Check out the trailer here: We caught with Jonas and Chloe last month in New York. Have you ever seen things that you couldn’t explain? Share your stories in the MIPtalk forums.