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J.R. Martinez is a burn survivor, Army veteran, actor, who won Dancing with the Stars, and became a New York Times best-selling author. Now, he speaks all over the world to share his story and knowledge on overcoming life’s battles. Throughout life we are all experiencing ReBirths by ReImagining, ReInventing and ReCreating ourselves into the people we are meant to be. Join J.R. and his very special guests for conversations on life, new beginnings and overcoming adversity on REBIRTH with J.R. Martinez.

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J.R. Martinez is a burn survivor, Army veteran, actor, who won Dancing with the Stars, and became a New York Times best-selling author. Now, he speaks all over the world to share his story and knowledge on overcoming life’s battles. Throughout life we are all experiencing ReBirths by ReImagining, ReInventing and ReCreating ourselves into the people we are meant to be. Join J.R. and his very special guests for conversations on life, new beginnings and overcoming adversity on REBIRTH with J.R. Martinez.

    J.R. Martinez: The Power of A Very Special Dog Named Romeo

    J.R. Martinez: The Power of A Very Special Dog Named Romeo

    In a special solo episode, J.R. shares the story of his treasured dog and soulmate Romeo. Spanning his puppyhood to his recent passing, Romeo made J.R. a better man, a better father, and a better friend by teaching him the power of unconditional love.  Examining the deep bond between human and dog, J.R. gives an unfiltered account of all the wonderful moments he and his family shared with Romeo, moments he is grateful to reflect on as he grieves this painful loss. Underscoring all of this is the idea that dogs bring us so much joy, which is why our hearts shatter when they pass on.  J.R. welcomes everyone to this episode, extending a special invitation to anyone who has lost their soulmate, be is a four-legged friend or a two-legged love, reminding them that they are not alone. 
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    • 43 min
    We Can Do Better: NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans on Society

    We Can Do Better: NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans on Society

    Eric Deggans has a dream job; he’s the first full-time TV Critic for NPR.  He’s also a contributor and media analyst for MSNBC/NBC News who is advancing equality for Black journalists.  Being a TV critic actually comes with great responsibility because everything happens on television, and it can function as a mirror to what is happening in our society. Eric, who had a previous career as a musician signed to Motown Records, tackles the issues with his thoughtful and incisive commentary and he shares his thoughts on racism, prejudice, code switching, cancel culture, tolerance, acceptance, and how to have difficult conversations... Find out more about Eric’s journey and what he has to say about the the hot topics affecting all of us in this week’s episode.
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    Hope Lives Here: Jose Arellano's Unbelievable Story of Redemption

    Hope Lives Here: Jose Arellano's Unbelievable Story of Redemption

    Jose Arellano grew up in a home filled with generations of gang members. Despite making a promise to never join a gang, he was drawn in the life, and cycled in and out of the prison system. However, Jose was able to turn his life around and is now part of the leadership at Homeboy Industries, where he is the Director of Case Management. Homeboy Industries helps high-risk youth, former gang members, and the recently incarcerated with mental health counseling, legal services, tattoo removal, education, work-readiness, and more. Find more about Jose's journey and the many blessings he’s encountered along the way in this week’s episode.
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    • 59 min
    From Heartbreak to Innovation: Life of Dad's Tommy Riles

    From Heartbreak to Innovation: Life of Dad's Tommy Riles

    Tommy Riles is a husband, father, and founder of Life of Dad, the largest community of dads and fastest growing parenting social media brand in the world. He is also the long-time audience warm-up comedian for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He started the Life of Dad community from a hospital room as his daughter was awaiting open-heart surgery at only three days old. In today’s episode, Tommy shares how he got other dads to be vulnerable and resolve issues between spouses through his series Mom vs. Dad. They also talk about cargo shorts, grocery shopping, and the benefits of being a dad!  
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    Mom vs. Dad: The Not-So-Serious Guide to the Stuff We're All Fighting About By Lucy and Tommy Riles

    • 59 min
    From NBC to "The Talk" : Natalie Morales Shares Her Story

    From NBC to "The Talk" : Natalie Morales Shares Her Story

    J.R. loves empanadas and today's guest, Natalie Morales, has the right recipe for him! Natalie Morales is an American journalist who is a co-host and moderator of the CBS Daytime talk show The Talk. She was born in Taiwan, to a Brazilian mother, and a Puerto Rican father who is a Lieutenant Colonel. Growing up in a military family, Natalie talks to J.R. about how her upbringing made her interested and curious about the world that eventually led her to her career as a journalist. 
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    • 49 min
    From The White House to Crooked Media: Shaniqua McClendon Is Shaking Up Politics One Vote at a Time

    From The White House to Crooked Media: Shaniqua McClendon Is Shaking Up Politics One Vote at a Time

    Shaniqua McClendon is a political strategist and sought-after speaker and commentator on media, politics, voting, and race. She is the Senior Political Director for Crooked Media and currently a fellow at the USC Center for the Political Future. At Crooked Media, Shaniqua leads their political strategy and civic engagement program (Vote Save America), and also created their successful 2020 volunteer engagement and fundraising program (Adopt a State). In today’s episode, J.R. and Shaniqua talk about politics and each one’s role to create change and impact towards a solution. 
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Must Listen!

Absolute best way to start my day! Every episode… just gets better and better ❤️

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REBIRTH Is Inspiring, Hilarious at times and Candid!

Just got done listening to Merryl Tengesdal interview. This was an amazing interview…it was also hilarious! I felt like I was in the room with them laughing right along the funny parts. There are some serious topics too and inspiring moments. A couple of takeaways…Try to find some connection or love on what you are doing no matter what it is. Find something you love daily about a job whether it’s brightening up someone’s day or leading a team, leave the “I’m just a…” In order for me to do my job, I need for you to do your job. You matter! Be resilient and embrace the struggle. This is just some of the takeaways that this podcast shares. Carve out one hour to tune in. It’s definitely worth it. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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