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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 with Stuart Chittenden Stuart Chittenden

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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.

    Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

    Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

    A thread running through Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado’s life is a desire to leave the world better, whether or not his involvement is visible to others. As well as discussing his long career as an educator, nuclear non-proliferation analyst, and community activist, we talk about inclusion, identity, his experience growing up as the son of migrant Mexican farm workers, joining the Navy, and much more.
    In June 2022 Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado begins his new role as senior advisor to the chancellor and as the chief inclusion officer at Texas Christian University. He was formerly assistant vice chancellor of student success at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Benjamin-Alvarado is also the former president of the Latino Caucus in Political Science of the American Political Science Association. He additionally served as the director for the University of Nebraska Omaha's Office of Latino and Latin American Studies. Benjamin-Alvarado earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and his doctorate in political science from the University of Georgia.

    • 52 min
    Billy Estes

    Billy Estes

    Billy Estes is the executive director of the historic Midwest Theater and of the Midwest Skyview Drive-in Theater in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. We talk about the historic theater and its role in the community during COVID, Billy’s love for the arts and the creative spark of Burning Man, entrepreneurship and his other life as a farmer, and much more.
    Billy Estes has been part of the Friends of the Midwest Theater team for 21 years starting as a technician and projectionist until he became Executive Director in 2013. Since then, he has managed three capital campaigns and is now in the middle of a major Marquee restoration project due to be completed Fall of 2022. These major projects total $1.4 million in work and fundraising. During COVID-19 Billy was responsible for pivoting the organization, offering a free pop-up outdoor screening. This has led to the opening of a permanent drive-in theater, The SkyView. When Billy is not at the theater he enjoys spending time on the tractor tending to crops on his organic farm near Bayard, NE with his partner Jonathan. They grow hay, corn and over 80 types of pumpkins and squash offered via a u-pick pumpkin patch in the Fall.

    • 45 min
    Pam Alfrey Hernandez

    Pam Alfrey Hernandez

    Pam Alfrey Hernandez is the entrepreneur and leader who created https://therightreflection.com/ (The Right Reflection) in February 2015 after a distinguished and groundbreaking career at Omaha-based Woodmen Life, a non-profit financial services organization with $10 billion in assets and 1500+ employees/sales agents. We talk about her current work and the coaching needs she observes in the leaders she supports and about her role as a senior female executive in a national business organization. We also talk about the three chapters of her life, with love and loss along the way, including Pam losing her mother early to breast cancer and overcoming that in later life herself.

    • 51 min
    Chancellor Joanne Li

    Chancellor Joanne Li

    https://www.unomaha.edu/about-uno/chancellor/index.php (Chancellor Joanne Li) talks with me about being a maverick, her epiphany about the larger opportunities in the world, being a first generation college student and how that shapes her empathy for students today, her plans for the https://www.unomaha.edu/index.php (University of Nebraska at Omaha) as an urban college, and much more.
    Dr. Li is the first woman of color to serve as UNO's chancellor and the first Asian-American in the history of the University of Nebraska System to hold an executive leadership role. Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Li is a first-generation college student, earning bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in finance from Florida State University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dr. Li most recently served as dean of the College of Business at Florida International University, the nation’s fourth-largest public university, and served at other universities prior to that. She brings to UNO 15 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education, with a demonstrated record in improving student outcomes, growing enrollment and programs, enhancing diversity and inclusion, fundraising, and building community partnerships.
    This show, one of a year-long series, is supported in part by https://www.omahachamber.org/ (The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce).

    • 49 min
    Tony Veland

    Tony Veland

    Omaha native Tony Veland is not just a two-time National Champion and Superbowl Champion as a trophy winning former Nebraska Cornhusker and a Denver Bronco, he is a committed advocate for community and youth. Tony talks with me about how his experiences on and off the field have shaped who he is today, his commitment to community, and his work supporting opportunity for youth.
    Tony is the Director of Business Development for the https://aiminstitute.org/ (AIM Institute). Although known for his past accomplishments in the sports arena, having experienced success at the highest levels, he loves to use his platform, experience, and talents to encourage the next generation to be successful in life beyond the areas of athletics.

    • 49 min
    Lindsey Anne Baker

    Lindsey Anne Baker

    Poet and editor Lindsey Anne Baker talks with me about her most recent book of poems, "This Is Bad," which artfully and pointedly addresses her exploration of life with Graves disease and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, as well as love, desire, and hunger for existence. Lindsey talks candidly about life with a degenerative nerve disease and the impact on her family and her writing. She also reads selections of her poetry.
    Lindsey Anne Baker is a copy editor for The Atlantic, where she works on web features, poetry published online and in print, podcast copy, promotional materials, social-media copy, exclusive newsletters, and more. She also assists in soliciting and selecting poetry for publication online. Prior to her role at The Atlantic, Lindsey served as editor-in-chief of Quest Magazine, the nationally distributed flagship print publication of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 and has written and edited for numerous local and national publications. In 2015, she received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council. Her most recent collection of poetry, titled This Is Bad, was published in 2019 by Gibraltar Editions, which publishes contemporary poetry in handmade limited letterpress editions.

    • 54 min

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Thoughtful Conversations

Lives host Stuart Chittenden is superb at both interviewing and nurturing thoughtful conversation with his guests. A consistently outstanding program!

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Captivating Podcast

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!

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