Every Sunday at 9am on KIOS 91.5FM, 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.
As well as listening to this Season Three of Lives being broadcast on KIOS, listen back to Seasons One and Two, featuring fresh voices and diverse perspectives on culture, community, business, and more. From the Midwest and beyond, inspiring 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.
Anne Hindery S3E60
Anne Hindery, the CEO of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, talks about growing up in the seventies and wanting to change the world, an aspiration she has since pursued by driving an effective, vibrant nonprofit sector across the Midwest, to the betterment of all of our communities.
Anne Hindery joined the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands in 2008. She has extensive experience in public and nonprofit sector program development and management for which she has received numerous accolades, including being recognized in 2017 as the Nonprofit Administrator of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA-NE). Active in the community, Hindery currently serves on the Board of the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless and has formerly served on the Omaha branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and on the Board of the National Council of Nonprofits. Hindery is currently co-teaching a class on Cross Sector Leadership at UNO. She received her bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg S3E59
Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, the general manager of Classical 90.7FM KVNO shares that initial moment when radio first called to her and began a lifelong vocation on the airwaves, as a host behind the microphone and as a leader at a public radio station. Brownrigg also talks about the business of radio and its importance to our community, as well as her stints at a christian radio network and her personal faith journey too.
An Omaha native, Brownrigg is one of few women who hold the title of General Manager among the nation’s 55 classical radio stations. Classical KVNO began broadcasting in 1972 from what is now the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, recently celebrating 50 years on air. Brownrigg has worked at radio stations in Omaha and across the country, including the role as president of Relevant Radio network, a Christian national radio network headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Haley Haas S3E58
Award winning actor and theater company cofounder Haley Haas talks about a life on stage and behind the scenes. She shares her passion for performing and bringing those opportunities to others, especially for marginalized voices. Haas also talks about the Anastasis Theater Company’s belief that the theater helps us to really see ourselves and each other and that art has the power to impact social change..
Haley Haas is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Anastasis Theatre Co. Haas recently directed the tour of the Anastasis play More Than a Number, as well as the original production of the play inside the NE State Penitentiary. She has also directed the Anastasis plays Stories: On the Brink and Voices Unbound. Haas has worked as a teaching artist and facilitator with numerous local organizations and for 15 years as an actor and the Training and Education Director for R.E.S.P.E.C.T., a touring educational theatre company. As an award winning actor, favorite roles in some regional shows at The Blue Barn Theater include Henrietta in Silent Sky, Irene in The Dresser, and Virginia in Red Summer at the Blue Barn Theatre; and an ensemble role in The Blues of Knowing Why at the Union for Contemporary Art. Haas holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Creighton University and trained with the groundbreaking community-engaged theater company Cornerstone, based in Los Angeles, CA.
Jim Begley S3E57
Jim Begley is the Director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Begley, who was raised in a union family, talks about organized labor’s historic rise in the face of oppressive working conditions, its decline over the last few decades, and the resurgence of unions in recent years to tackle inequity, support human rights in the workplace, and to hold on to labor’s historic victories for adult and child workers.
Jim Begley grew up in a union household in Omaha and spent 15 years addressing labor and human resources issues for the City of Omaha. Since 2012, he has been an elected member of the Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD) Board of Directors in Omaha. Begley is a member of the UNO Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the faculty union at UNO. Begley received his Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UNO.
Begley and his wife, who is a public-school teacher and union member, live in Omaha with their family.
Jeff Day S3E56
Architect Jeff Day talks about the role of architecture in our individual and communal existence, the cultural influences shaping our buildings, and some of the contemporary conversations in this field. Day also shares his personal influences and philosophies for designing our built environment.
Jeff Day is the founding principal of Actual Architecture Company and a Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska. Day has received numerous awards including the Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Emerging Voices, a 2019 Progressive Architecture Award, and many more besides, and his work has been published in a wide range of journals, design magazines, and books. In 2019 Day was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, an honor bestowed on only 3% of member architects. Day also serves on the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Rachel Ziegler S3E55
Artist Rachel Ziegler talks about the role of material, media, and meaning in her work, influenced by a life connected to the Lutheran Church, both spiritually and literally, as a child inspired by the chapel’s stained glass and as an adult creating an artist community space in a decommissioned church.
Rachel Ziegler is a visual artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited across the country Ziegler works across many mediums to create works exploring personal stories while contemplating the role of technology and the mixing of time and symbols. Born in Denver, Ziegler grew up in Omaha as well as a few small towns throughout Nebraska. She graduated with a BFA in Commercial Art from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, then worked for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, before moving to Texas where she created music and multimedia paintings while traveling and living primarily in Texas. Since returning to Omaha, Ziegler has been co-creating Reformed, an artist community space in a decommissioned church in South Omaha while making mosaic murals and wall hangings.
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!