Fresh voices and diverse perspectives on culture, community, business, and more brought to you in this weekly conversation hosted by Stuart Chittenden, founder of the conversation consultancy Squishtalks and co-founder of the creativity and design thinking consultancy Gilbert+Chittenden. From the Midwest and beyond, fascinating guests share compelling stories spanning the fields of politics, business, media, community activism, arts and humanities, philanthropy, and more. On air since January 2017, Lives Radio Show & Podcast initially broadcast on the community radio station Mind & Soul 101.3FM in north Omaha, housed at the Malcolm X Center, and more recently broadcasts with 1st Sky Omaha.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Chris Harding Thornton
Chris Harding Thornton talks about her magnificent debut novel https://chrishardingthornton.com/ (“Pickard County Atlas,”) sharing how Shakespeare influenced the book, as well as how themes such as free will or the lack of it play on the lives and actions of the main characters. Thornton also talks about her life and its geographic dislocations and how the craft of writing emerged for her.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – P. Scott Cunningham and Kathie Klarreich
This show's guests are poets, teachers, and community leaders Kathie Klarreich, founder of https://www.exchange-for-change.org/ (Exchange for Change) - a nonprofit teaching writing in prisons - and P. Scott Cunningham, founder and executive director of the https://www.omiami.org/ (O, Miami Poetry Festival), which celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry. Together they host the Florida Prison Poet Laureate initiative. They talk about the importance and impact of writing, both in their own lives and in the context of those incarcerated in the correction facility system, as well as the activities and discoveries created by poetry in the O, Miami Poetry Festival.
Kathie Klarreich is the author of “Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Vodou, and Civil Strife in Haiti” and a contributor to two anthologies: “So Spoke the Earth” and “Women, Writing, and Prison.” In 2010 she received a Knight International Journalism Fellowship to train journalists in investigative reporting in Haiti, where she spent half of the last 24 years reporting for print, radio and television, including Time, The New York Times, ABC, and NPR. Kathie started facilitating writing workshops in the correctional system in 2009 and began the writing exchanges with academic institutions in 2013. She founded Exchange for Change, a nonprofit that teaches writing in prisons and youth residential centers in 2014.
P. Scott Cunningham is a poet and essayist and the author of Ya Te Veo selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and reviews as have his translations of Alejandra Pizarnik, César Vallejo, and Frank Báez. Scott is the founder and director of O, Miami, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry, and the co-founder and executive editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional publishing imprint. A featured speaker at forums including The Aspen Institute, TedX, and more, Scott has been named one of "20 Under 40 Emerging South Florida Leaders" by The Miami Herald and one of 51 “brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America's future" by Fast Company.
Together, Scott and Kathie host the Florida Prison Poet Laureate initiative. The current laureate is Christopher Malec and the prior poet laureate was Eduardo Martinez.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Liz Gre
Liz Gre is a composer, vocalist and performance artist writing genre-less compositions with Black Women for Black Women. Her practice is rooted in storytelling and the viscerality of the imaginary. Currently, she is a PhD student at City, University of London in the UK, studying how ethnographic composition can best answer questions around the Black Woman immigrant/expat/trans-national identity. In the show, Liz shares her journey from sociology to nonprofit development to music and purpose, finding love, her highly collaborative creative process and the subject matter of her music creation, and the way her work takes on many lives once in the world.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Dr. Maryanne Stevens
Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, for over two decades has served as President of College of Saint Mary, the Omaha region's only Catholic university for women. Inspired by her upbringing and faith as a Sister of Mercy, Dr. Stevens has led College of Saint Mary to develop several innovative programs to increase accessibility and affordability of higher education, including an on-campus residence hall where single mothers live with their children; a “Kids Club” for children of students and staff to learn remotely during the pandemic; and generous scholarships for undocumented students. In our conversation, Dr. Stevens talks about her upbringing and how it shaped her. She also shares the inspiration of The Sisters of Mercy in her calling to be a nun and a teacher and how that has informed her leadership of a higher education institution with a vision of active idealism.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Tom Emmett
Tom Emmett was born in Colorado to a family with roots in Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. He grew up along the Little Thompson River on a small quarter horse ranch and, as the son of a United Airlines pilot, he was privileged to see the world. His diverse career has included being an antiques dealer, financial planner, pension plan president, senior pastor, and currently executive director of the http://dodgehouse.org/ (Historic General Dodge House) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tom shares his experiences as a gay activist, faith leader, and historian along with the wisdom he has acquired through an intriguing life.
Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Eric Williams
In the wake of the February Level 3 Energy Emergency Alert and rolling energy blackouts across the Midwest and the traumatic debacle in Texas, my guest Eric Williams discusses the deceitfully opportunistic and ignorant claims made around the energy infrastructure crisis, and talks about climate change, environmental justice, the future for renewables, and more. Eric is the Natural Resources Planner at the https://www.papionrd.org/ (Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District) and the elected official for Subdivision 6 of the https://www.oppd.com/ (Omaha Public Power District).
Note: All opinions expressed in the show are Eric’s own and not those of the organizations he works with.
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Health humanities episode is amazing!
Great questions and even better guests! I want to hear more from Dr.Beth Culross. So interesting!!
Lives host Stuart Chittenden is superb at both interviewing and nurturing thoughtful conversation with his guests. A consistently outstanding program!
Stuart is a great listener and thoughtful interviewer. He has unique guests covering a wide variety of topics. His captivating podcast is sure to please and has something to offer for everyone. I always come away having learned something new. I highly recommend!