Voice of the Orcas
John Jett, PhD. and Jeffrey Ventre, MD.
Dr. John Jett and Dr. Jeffrey Ventre met at SeaWorld, where they worked together as marine mammal trainers for a combined twelve years. Working and performing directly with killer whales in a marine park, they witnessed the unhealthy and inhumane conditions that orcas are kept in, and the risky interactions that have led to the deaths of several of their human trainers.
Sarah Stuteville & Alex Stonehill
The Human Face of Immigration
Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill are international journalists who have covered the US immigration system for over a decade. They use real stories to put a human face on the immigration debate, and are the creators of the documentary, Barzan, the story of one man’s being accused of terrorism and subsequent deportation.
The Twilight Series: Native Image and Myth
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is often asked whether she’s on Team Edward or Team Jacob. The answer is neither: when young women are asked to choose between a Native character who transforms into a savage wolf and an alabaster vampire with endless wealth, everyone loses. Elissa Washuta’s hard-hitting talk points out some of the many issues related to the depiction of Native peoples in Twilight and why misrepresentation matters.
The Atheist Next Door
As a rotating host and regular contributor to The Atheist Experience and The Non-Prophets, Russell Glasser has spent around fifteen years publicly debating with believers of all stripes. During this time he’s answered all the questions and heard all the misconceptions about atheists, such as: “Why do you hate God?” “If you don’t believe in God, then who created the world?” “Aren’t you afraid you’ll go to hell?” “How can you understand the difference between right and wrong without a God? What’s stopping you from going on a crime spree right now?”
M. Nicole Nazzaro
Create Your Wellness Playbook: Stay Healthy in College and in Life
M. Nicole Nazzaro – author, Olympics sports journalist, and wellness success story – offers a message of hope for those who want to stay healthy in an unhealthy world. After losing her father to heart disease, the number-one killer of Americans, when she was a college sophomore, Nicole Nazzaro embarked on a successful sportswriting career without realizing that she was making the same health mistakes as her father.
Dr. Terrence Roberts
Lessons from Little Rock
All the seats at the hamburger joint were reserved for white patrons, so 13 year old Terrence Roberts ordered food to go. While waiting, he impulsively sat down at the counter and then realized a hush had fallen over the place. Suddenly everyone seemed to be looking at him threateningly. He canceled his order and left. As he walked home, Roberts remembers wondering “what it would take for (him) to be treated like a real human being.”
Two years later, in 1957, he volunteered to be one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who desegregated Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Sex Diaries Project on Campus
What’s really going on behind closed doors on your campus?
Arianne Cohen spent six years collecting 3,500 anonymous seven-day sex diaries from people all over North America and the world – including college towns. In The Sex Diaries Project On Campus, she takes you on a tantalizing tour through the sometimes shocking, always entertaining real diaries of college students, creating a compelling portrait of sex and sexuality on campus today that will forever change how you look at relationships.
HIV+ Playboy Playmate, Body Builder and Fitness Expert
At the age of 18, Rebekka became a Playboy Playmate after being chosen to be Miss September 1986, a culmination of her childhood dream. For the next four years, she led an exciting life as a Playmate, traveling, modeling, and attending star-studded parties. However, she was often tired and bruised easily. At the age of 22, she was diagnosed with HIV.
- 12/05/2013 Where There Is No Doctor
The Controversial Death Row Case of Troy Davis
Nick Digilio visits with activist and author Jen Marlowe about her latest book I am Troy Davis. Co-written with Davis’ sister Martina, the book examines the controversial circumstances of his conviction and execution for murder.
Fantagraphics crowdfunding makes a big splash
When Seattle-based comic-book and graphic-novel publisher Fantagraphics Books took to Kickstarter earlier this month asking for a $150,000, co-founder Gary Groth saw it as a way to help boost the company’s sagging funds for the spring-summer publishing season of 2014.
James Yee in the Press-Citizen
Yee’s story is a reminder of the work still to be done to close the infamous Guantanamo Bay, to ending religious bias, to always adhere to our principles and to the rule of law even at times of war/threats.
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