Coming July 3 and then every Sunday at KIOS 91.5FM on Omaha's NPR affiliate, Season Three of Lives will tackle the big questions: What is a good life? Why are we here? How might we feel more connected? These and other big questions about how we live will be explored each week. Through intimate conversations, fascinating guests will share their spiritual, philosophical, artistic, and cultural approaches to exploring the wonders of our human experience. Join me as we delve into the practical and profound possibilities of living well.
While you wait for this new chapter of Lives to air, listen back to Seasons One and Two, featuring fresh voices and diverse perspectives on culture, community, business, and more. 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 broadcast with 1st Sky Omaha.
Rabbi Batsheva Appel S3E12
Rabbi Batsheva Appel is currently the interim rabbi at Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska. In the show Rabbi Appel talks about her journey into the rabbinate, having first studied science and working in the corporate world. Rabbi Appel also talks about the nature of her faith and her own personal passions.
Rabbi Batsheva Appel has served congregations in a variety of different roles, as a sabbatical rabbi, rabbi educator, settled rabbi, and interim rabbi, including serving as Director of Rabbinic Services for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Rabbi Appel is a trained Mussar facilitator and is a certified Interim Rabbi living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is passionate about community, especially diversity. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and Economics, entering the corporate world before her increasing involvement in her faith practice led her to become a rabbi. Rabbi Appel’s hobbies include reading, playing DandD, doing the New York Times Spelling Bee, hiking, and competitive sock knitting. One of her goals is to go back to the Grand Canyon for a rim-to-rim hike.
Shelby VanNordstrand S3E11
Soprano, musician, performer, and singing teacher https://www.vannordstrandvoice.com/ (Shelby VanNordstrand) shares her love for singing and her passion for expressing stories through music. As well as her classical background, VanNordstrand also creates and performs avant garde music, including r u ok (created with Seth Shafer) which they performed at the 2022 https://www.undertheradaromaha.com/ (Omaha Under the Radar Festival). You can watch a video of that performance via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFNnGY1l0Y0 (this link here).
https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/about-us/faculty/music/shelby-vannordstrand.php (Shelby VanNordstrand) has appeared as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles and companies; including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Simon Estes Young Artist Program.
VanNordstrand is passionate about connecting song and opera repertoire to today’s audience. Her recital project “The Giving Voice Project: Ophelia” examines the gendered oppression of Hamlet’s Ophelia from a twenty-first century view point through song, opera, and dance. She continues to share her love of song across the globe at many locations including Indonesia, Japan, China, Hawaii, and Lithuania. She is an alumnus of the SongFest program and is Associate Professor of Voice, Vocal Area Coordinator, and Director of Opera at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dave Mainelli S3E10
Author Dave Mainelli talks about his short story book collection https://www.davemainelli.com/ (How to Be Lonely) and how the stories test the limits of the human condition and our occasionally tenuous grip on a life well lived. Mainelli also shares how his writing has bridged from the truth of his own experiences with ill health to inspire some of the challenges facing his protagonists.
Dave Mainelli teaches creative writing at Wayne State College and, starting in the Fall, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. HIs short story collection, How To Be Lonely, was published by WSC Press in March of 2021. Mainelli draws from his diverse experiences in life to muse on our loneliness with a dark humor and a melancholy recipe. The stories test the limits of the human condition and Albert Camus' so called "serious problem" on whether life is worth living. His writing often delves into the American lower middle class and those living just below the veil of the American dream.
Matt Darling S3E09
Fontenelle Forest’s Matt Darling talks about the wonders of nature and our essential human need to embrace it.
Matt Darling is the executive director of https://fontenelleforest.org/ (Fontenelle Forest), one of the largest nature centers in the country. Fontenelle is made up of two properties and multiple ecosystems, 24 miles of trails, a high ropes course and 2,100 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands. Prior to this role at the Forest, he was the executive Vice President of the Omaha Community Foundation, a role in which he focused on an in-depth knowledge of all giving tools and the benefits of active philanthropy. Darling is heavily involved in organizations throughout Nebraska communities including but not limited to the Hastings College Foundation, Nebraska Land Trust, Central High School Foundation, and is a practicing Nebraska Master Naturalist.
Robert Patterson S3E08
Set jetter Robert Patterson talks about his passion for set-jetting – visiting the sites and scenes captured in movies, tv shows, and music videos – and the documentation of the many locations he captures, the scenes he recreates, the people he has met, and the experiences that he shares through his https://www.set-jetter.com/ (website).
As the Executive Director of the nonprofit https://kidscan.org/ (Kids Can Community Center) in Omaha, Nebraska, Robert Patterson leads an organization driven to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out of school experiences. Patterson is active with a number of community groups and initiatives and his commitment to community has been recognized with numerous awards. Over a decade ago, Patterson launched a blog that has now become the website Set-Jetter.com that records his passion as an avid set-jetter.
Dereck Higgins – S3E07
Legendary musician https://dereckhiggins.bandcamp.com/ (Dereck Higgins) is my guest in this week’s show. He talks about his life at the vanguard of musical creativity, his origins in a musical family, music as a form of spiritual expression, and his personal journey with grief and with depression through the healing power of music.
Inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 2019, Dereck Higgins is a self taught music creator and a multi-instrumentalist, primarily known as a bass player. His award winning experience ranges from classic rock to reggae to punk to jazz to electronic to improvisation, and more. In his craft, he is dedicated to the moment of music making, listening to allow the music to speak. Some bands, past and present, that Higgins has performed with include: David Nance Mowed Sound, Digital Sex, Son Ambulance, RAF, Hotlines, InDreama, Chemicals, Norman and The Rockwells, Icky Blossoms, and many others. Higgins’ creativity extends to visual art, which he exhibits, and a deep involvement in the vinyl community that finds expression on his YouTube channel. With over 28,000 subscribers and nearly 6 million video views, Higgins shares his appreciation for music and for vinyl records drawing on his 10,000 strong record collection.
This week’s program contains discussion of attempts at suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide help is available by connecting with the https://988lifeline.org/current-events/the-lifeline-and-988/ (988 suicide and crisis lifeline).
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!