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Trending Now: Kate Clinton, Lilly Ledbetter, Steven Strogatz

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Here are the latest updates from our speakers who have been making headlines


Check out the roundup of the annual Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Summer Party featuring comedian and political humorist Kate Clinton as auctioneer, and listen here to her discuss LGBT advancement in politics today.


Alabama native Lilly Ledbetter will join The League of Women Voters of East Alabama to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, where she will speak on her groundbreaking achievement at their Women’s Equality Day fundraiser celebration.


Award-winning math professor Steven Strogatz shares his illuminating point of view on the Aspen Ideas Festival’s interesting question: Is Math important? The answers will surprise you!


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Facing the unknown

Monday, October 6th, 2014

This week’s post starts by quoting something the great Tom Hanks who once said:


“A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.”


All of us have “unknowns” in our lives that can be particularly frightening or uncomfortable to face- the new job/school, moving into a new neighborhood, raising a child for the first time, meeting a new person. A few of our speakers are doing things in their own lives that show how they face the unknown in very different ways and we thought you might find comfort in the fact that you’re (we’re) not alone.


Jodi already has a copy!

Jodi already has a copy!


1. Dr. Charles Johnson‘s new book, Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice explores how spirituality has powerful potential in almost all sphere of American life. One especially interesting Chapter is titled “Why Buddhism for Black America Now?”–what Buddhism can offer the African-American community in the post-MLK era. Johnson faces the unknown-higher power(s)- with creativity and pragmatism. He wonders how further reflection on the unknown can bring about inner peace for his fellow citizens.



2. In a recent radio show, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes her original fascination with science saying,


“The first class, this professor just knocked my socks off. He said, ‘Everything that you understand has to do with the interaction of atoms…’ So something that I cannot see completely changes my environment. And if you understand how atoms interact, then you can change those properties…That’s where material sciences and I found each other”


Dr. Ramirez clearly has a different take that Mr. Johnson on the unknown. This woman takes it head on to make it known and is loving it.



3. Last, we read a blkate-clinton-headshot-color-227x280og post written by Kate Clinton that expresses her thoughts and feelings about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Ms. Clinton shares with us that she is in that place where we all find ourselves: frustration with the unknown. Having a partner who had Breast Cancer, Kate explains that she’s fed up with the pink ribbons she sees everywhere every year. While she has deep respect for all of the people who work to raise awareness and search for a cure, she’s had enough with the calm, pink approach to relating to cancer. Bring on the punk, she says. Sometimes, the unknown raises emotions and sometimes you’ve just got to let it out.





Trending Now: Wade Davis, Amir Aczel, Arn Chorn-Pond

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Here’s the latest from our speakers who are making headlines:


Congratulations to Wade Davis on being inducted into the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.


Over at Discover Magazine, Amir Aczel gives readers a rundown of the latest developments concerning the recently discovered Higgs Boson Particle.


The Khmer edition of Never Fall Down, the book that follows musician and Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) founder Arn Chorn-Pond during the Khmer Rouge era was launched last week.


Check out Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid in a joint interview with Laura Flanders.


Don’t miss the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder!


That’s all for us — be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


Trending Now: Equal Pay Day, SNL, and The Search for General TSO

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Here’s what our speakers are up to this week:


Women’s rights leader and speaker Lilly Ledbetter joins President Barack Obama as he plans to sign two executive orders today to mark Equal Pay Day.


Check out a great spoof of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Saturday Night Live (jump to 3:05).


Ian Cheney’s latest film, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO hits the big screen in a few weeks at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.


At the Washington Blade, comedian and speaker Kate Clinton describes the importance of documenting the history of the LGBTQ movement.


Don’t forget to check out the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.


That’s all for today  – be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


Weekly Round Up – State of the Union and more!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Good afternoon!


We start off with a quick reminder that President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address this evening. The address is scheduled to begin at 9PM.  Look for fierce crusader and client,  Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, who will be in attendance!


We are very encouraged by President Obama and Vice President Biden’s recent announcement that they will be forming a task force to address the very real problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The White House Council on Women and Girls report, entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” found that 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been victims of sexual assaults. The Obama Administration needs to be commended for keeping this issue at the forefront of our national conversation.


Now let’s take a look at what some of our other speakers have been up to this past week…


First, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest client, filmmaker Shola Lynch!


Less than two months to go until the March 9th premiere of the new Cosmos series on Fox! Check out Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s chat with ADWEEK in which he describes his first taste of the universe: “When you’re a New Yorker, there is no night sky,” he says. “You’ll see the moon, maybe a planet or two, but there’s no relationship with the night sky. So, I saw my first night sky at age 9 at the Hayden Planetarium. And it was so compelling and so much of a kind of mental baptism that I thought it was a hoax. But that was it—that was the night the universe chose me to study it.”


Eco-warrior Emily Hunter has been hard at work on her latest documentary series entitled “Activism 2.0”.  The first installment of the new series focuses on the group “The Black Fish”.  You can see a clip from the film here.


Surfing for Change activist Kyle Thiermann rides some giant swells and continues to spread his environmental message at the Mavericks Invitational in Half Moon Bay, CA.


On NPR’s Tell Me More, Spencer Overton and Heritage Sr. Legal Fellow John Malcolm have a lively discussion on the Voting Rights Amendment Act and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration Proposals.


Evil Dead and Burn Notice star, Bruce Campbell, talks with the Columbian about his appreciation for conventions like this past weekend’s Wizard World Portland Comic Con, which have opened up fan access to celebrities.  “When I was a kid, I didn’t have any place to go to meet my heroes,” Campbell said. “Baseball did some of that early on (with signing and card trading events) but the comic con and pop culture stuff – that came later.”


Dr. Robert Bullard pens a piece for Op Ed News explaining “Why Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Must Be a National Priority”.


Finally, we leave you on a comical note – head over to Forbes to check out Liza Donnelly’s interview with Kate Clinton as a part of her series on ‘Professionally Funny Women’.


Have a great week and be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!



Weekly Round Up: NFL Helmet Bans and Tips for Getting Your Life in Order

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Already 2 weeks down in 2014 – be strong and stick to those resolutions! Here’s what our speakers have been up to thus far in the new year.


In the Memphis Flyer, Susan Douglas publishes a scathing condemnation of right-wing political spending.  “Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing — impoverish older people, starve the poor, deny climate change, outlaw abortion and contraception, eliminate health care for millions — few are more foundational than defunding education in general, and higher education in particular.”


Houghton Mifflin named Daisy Hernández’ Before Love, Memory a notable essay of 2013.  Read her piece at Culturestrike about volunteering at a facility in South Florida for undocumented children separated from their families.


In response to the epidemic of concussions and degenerative brain disease among NFL players, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and her co-author of Newton’s Football: the Science Behind America’s Game, propose a ban on helmets.  “Hear us out.”


The battles and victories of Dr. Sandra Steingraber and her fellow fracktivists make Alternet’s list of 2013’s top progressive milestones.


Countercurrents sits down with Annie Leonard and hears her Story of Stuff journey, from the overwhelmingly positive response following its release to the death threats later on after Glenn Beck targeted her film with his vitriol.


Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann goes on CBC to talk about climate change and the polar vortex.


Dr. Stephanie Coontz at CNN talks about the Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and how we got to where we are now.  “The resurgence of poverty is not because government programs have ‘gotten in the way’ but because they have not done enough to get in the way of market forces going in the wrong direction.”


Comic Kate Clinton writes about intransigence during the holidaze in PTown, which is a snoozy place to be in the winter when the sun sets at 4PM.  She resolves, “with a bit of free time on my hands, I will think about changes I can make in my daily life to change the realities — poverty, hunger, homelessness, religious homophobia, transphobia, violence — for LGBT people in 2014.”


On Good Morning America, Justin Klosky creates order out of one family’s chaos.   Get Klosky’s tips for getting your own life in order!


Anticipating his appearance, the Santa Barbara Independent talks to Richard Rodriguez about his new book Darling, which centralizes women in its understanding of monotheistic desert religions.  “Male friends of mine are increasingly becoming atheists; they’re sarcastic, bitter, and angry toward organized religion. Many of the women I know are reconstructing religion.”


Sonia Shah is SUNY New Paltz’ 2014 visiting professor of journalism!


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the cover of Parade Magazine!  While having fun on his photo shoot, he also expresses his hopes that Cosmos’ prime time launch will land on fertile terrain.  Watch a preview of his appearance on Bill Moyers!


After the scandals in the news about bullying and anti-gay sentiment in the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings, Sporting News checks in with Wade Davis to get a more nuanced take on NFL culture.  “We sometimes talk about sports in a narrow, constricted way, but people keep playing because of the camaraderie.”

Wade Davis


Finally, we leave you with the latest Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder Cartoon from author Charles Johnson.