Conversations With Dennis Tardan

Conversations With Dennis Tardan

By Dennis Tardan
"Human beings talking to human beings about the human experience."
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A Conversation with Christy Bullen
I had this lovely conversation with Christy Bullen on Jun 1, 2020.  Christy is a musician from Suffolk, UK. With the ability to play multiple instruments, he layers his sounds in live performance using a loop pedal to make songs come alive. With a wealth of experience in various bands over the years, he has played everything from small local pubs to international festivals.
55:12
June 22, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Huey Fischer
Huey Fischer and I had this conversation in August of 2011.  In 2020, Huey graduated from law school and continues his advocacy. Here is how I described him in 2011: Huey Fischer is a remarkable young man who is changing the political landscape in Texas.  I met Huey in 2010 while he was still 17 and campaigning to be on the rules committee at the Texas State Democratic Convention.  He won and represented Senate District 18 the day after his 18th birthday. Huey is deeply thoughtful, articulate and involved.  He is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin working with groups like the University Democrats and Texas Young Democrats helping us in Texas and the nation as a whole to progress into a more compassionate and functional democracy.
33:06
June 18, 2020
A Conversation with Susie Albin-Najera
I had this first conversation with Susie in the summer of 2011.  Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. Here is Susie’s website: www.themexicoreport.com She can be reached at info@themexicoreport.com
35:57
June 12, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Aprill Brandon
This conversation happened in June of 2011.  Oh, the water that has passed under the bridge since then!  For all of us. I met Aprill when she was a humor columnist and arts/entertainment reporter for my hometown newspaper, The Victoria Advocate.  Her columns sparkled with wit, insight and self-effacing charm.  I could see she was destined for the big time. In 2011, the route to the "big time" took her to Boston, MA, following her talented husband, Ryan, to his job at the Globe as a graphic designer. Aprill is an astoundingly talented and insightful storyteller who taps into the circumstances and feelings we all share and shows us the humor in them.   She's also a contributor to The Weekly Dig, Boston's best entertainment magazine. I recommend you read her now so you can say you discovered her then.  This gal's goin' places and she'll regale us all the way with her adventures and misadventures. See more from Aprill here:   www.aprillbrandon.com and follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/AprillBrandon
32:20
June 12, 2020
A Conversation with Max Gail
This podcast was one of my first in 2011 with the actor and activist Max Gail. In 1979, Barney Miller was a major hit television series on ABC in the fourth year of its seven year run.  Max Gail starred in the ensemble as Det. Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz. I was in LA taking a shot a fame and fortune (missing the target high and to the left, but that’s another story).  I had begun a teeny-tiny-talk show on the local cable access channel.  I serendipitously ran into Max and he agreed to be a guest on the show, my first major celebrity.  Afterwards, Max invited me to the set and introduced me to the cast and the creator, Danny Arnold, who also came on my show.  Many other guests followed as a result of Max Gail’s appearance. Max went on to perform in numerous films, television and on-stage, most notably on Broadway in “The Babe” which was later filmed and shown on PBS. Max is a documentary film maker, actor, environmental and Native American activist and parent, not necessarily in that order.  He remains, as always, a graceful, thoughtful and generous human being. Our conversation will focus upon what Max calls LAP, his quest to create context for dialogue (rather than debate) on air, on-line and on the level.
30:44
June 4, 2020
A Conversation with Emma Knight
Emma Knight is the creator of the new YouTube channel “Home Emmanomics.”   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzFYvOKvmL0CUDKSqNV1Rg Emma and I had this conversation on May 8, 2020. Emma lives in a small intentional community in Oregon, milking dairy goats and a dairy cow and caring for chickens and a large organic garden in collaboration with other families of similar values.  Emma is a licensed and certified Elementary School teacher with a B.A. in Psychology who has had years of experience teaching diverse students in public schools in Hawaii, California, and Oregon.  She has two young children and many other diverse friends and children that she considers “chosen family” that take up quite a bit of her spare time. She is a master at canning and preserving and loves to cook large internationally inspired feasts for her community.  She is also a council member for her local health clinics, working hard to ensure that all patients receive quality health care regardless of their ability to pay.  Emma is adamant about giving back to her community, whether it be through food, volunteer endeavors, ideas, planning and attending social gatherings and interactions, and sharing knowledge and research-based facts.   Emma created her YouTube channel in collaboration with her sister, Jean Klewitz, to help share her skills, trials, experiments and ideas she has learned through off-grid and farm life while also incorporating experiences in diverse international communities within city limits.  She hopes to instill a love of homesteading skills with the global community, to create a more sustainable and socially intentional global community of neighbors regardless of their economic or cultural differences, whether her viewers live on a farm in the country or in an urban dwelling within a city.
25:33
May 24, 2020
A(nother) conversation with Renée Yaworsky - Buffy S1 recap
For all the fans and followers of Renée Yaworsky who have been nagging her to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she finally HAS!!!!  Here are her impressions of season 1 of BTVS and the Whedon 'Verse.
40:54
May 20, 2020
A Conversation with Maher Matta
Comedian Maher Matta has been performing comedy since college and has performed at various comedy clubs and festivals throughout the country. Maher is a regular at the annual Arab American Comedy Festival in New York City, and recently recorded his first comedy special with Dry Bar Comedy out of Provo, UT. Maher's material revolves around storytelling observational humor. He also has his own podcast called, "The Bald Spot", and it's available on iTunes and Spotify. His new podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bald-spot/id1295501750 Stand up Routines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEQnNzTfZw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNNmody3hPU&list=PLOtGG5Ek6p4MbN1_Zr2jdqehZraoHijLh&index=118 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPz_fPgjh4o https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x36y36x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2qoo-BH-hs&list=RDjFEQnNzTfZw&index=2 This episode of A Conversation with was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan
1:07:08
May 18, 2020
A Conversation with Ruven Govender
Ruven Govender and I had this conversation -- him in Australia and me in Texas -- in May of 2020. He has been featured at every major comedy festival Australia & NZ has to offer.  Ruven has had a number of TV appearances in NZ, Australia & USA and regularly tours the globe doing comedy.   Ruven is of South African-Indian ethnic background.  He grew up in South Africa at the end of apathreid, then moved to New Zealand at age 10. He now lives in Sydney, Australia. We talk race, racial justice, comedy around the world and our life and times. Ruven on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/ruvengram/?hl=en Here are some links to Ruven’s comedy sets: His TEDx Talk about how racism makes you funny www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSE5H3Ds1rI Standup comedy performances: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVeXZFl-RF4 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YWDLhh-Dfk www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNpZsh-gtI8 This podcast was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan
1:07:05
May 17, 2020
A Conversation with Koen Bertels
Koen and I had this wide ranging and fascinating conversation on May 15, 2020. Koen Bertels is the head of the Quantum Computer Architectures Lab.  He currently focus on Quantum Computing and more specifically on the overall system design and architecture aspects. He is a principal investigator in Qutech where he collaborates  with experimental physicists on building prototype quantum processors.  Koen’s research interests spanned two of the three research pillars of the Lab, namely Multi and Many-core architectures and Electronic System Level Design.  He was responsible for the Delft Workbench project that aims to provide semi-automatic support for designing heterogeneous multicore platforms where reconfigurable technology offers plenty of possibilities to generate application specific hardware at runtime.  An overview of relevant publications on various topics related to heterogeneous multicore computing can be found on his research page. He also started two companies. The first, called BlueBee, was formed with colleagues from the CE lab and Wayne Luk from Imperial College, that provides a cloud service for genome sequencing.  Bluebee received 10 Mio € venture capital in 2016. More information can be found on the the BlueBee website below. The second company is a financial portfoliomanagement software company in Luxemburg, called Upsilon, also below.  www.upsilon.lu This is a link to Koen's lab: www.tudelft.nl/eemcs/the-faculty/departments/quantum-computer-engineering/quantum-computer-architecture-lab/staff/koen-bertels Here is a link to BlueBee:  www.bluebee.com Here is a link to one of Koen's Ted Talks and you can find many more of his presentations on the emerging field of quantum computing online:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPplkPKDZHI
56:57
May 15, 2020
A Conversation with Betsy West
Betsy West is the director/producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018) along with Julie Cohen. She is a 21-time Emmy Award winner for her work as an ABC News producer and executive producer of the documentary series Turning Point. As vice president at CBS News from 1998 to 2005, she oversaw 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. She was executive producer of the MAKERS (AOL & PBS, 2012) documentary and digital series, the short documentary, The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (Epix, 2016) and the feature  documentary, The Lavender Scare (2017). Betsy is a graduate of Brown University and is the Fred W. Friendly professor at Columbia Journalism School. This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan and was recorded on April 2, 2020.
58:45
May 12, 2020
A Conversation with Renée Yaworsky and Clay Boykin on "The Search of the New Compassionate Male"
This podcast was recorded on May 7, 2020.  Renée Yoworsky, Clay Boykin and I discuss Clay's spearheading of the Search of the New Compassionate Male and why the world needs this so much at this time of great change and challenge. Renée Yaworsky is an attorney, activist, actor, musician, writer and producer. She has worked in criminal justice reform since she was a teenager, been active in women’s rights and justice all over the world.   Contact Renée at rryaworsky@gmail.com Clay Boykin is a writer, speaker and activist.  A former US Marine, multi-decade executive change agent with Motorola who more than 8 years ago embarked upon a conscious journey in what has become a search, inside himself and in the world, of the new compassionate male. To learn more about the Search for the New Compassionate Male initiatives and his work:  www.clayboykin.com  
50:14
May 9, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Ross MacPhee
Ross MacPhee is a paleomammalogist on the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he has worked since 1988. He has conducted more than 50 expeditions in many parts of the world, researching the evolution and extinction of Ice Age mammals. In addition to numerous scientific papers in Science, Nature, PNAS and other professional journals, Ross is the author of End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals (WW Norton, 2018), Race to The End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole (Sterling, 2010) and the editor of Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences (Kluwer/Plenum, 1999). Here is where you can buy Ross' book, End of the Megafauna:  https://tinyurl.com/uhldnca This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
56:39
May 6, 2020
A Conversation with Dr. James Crowe
This conversation with Dr. Crowe was recorded on April 5, 2020, while much of the US was on lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. James Crowe is Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and the Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt.  His laboratory studies the human immune response to infection for a wide variety of major human pathogens, including many emerging infections. Dr. Crowe is the Director of the HUMAN IMMUNOME PROJECT, an ambitious effort to identify the sequence of all transcripts for human adaptive immune receptors.  His research group uses a very broad array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, state-of-the-art imaging and flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and bioengineering approaches to attack scientific problems at the forefront of immunity research.  The group has been recognized widely as a leader in antibody sciences, for instance as the Best Academic Research Team, 11th Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards, World Vaccine Congress, recipient of the 2019 Merck Future Insight Prize for Pandemic Preparedness, and large-scale research grants and contracts from NIH and DoD, including the DARPA Pandemic Prevention Program (P3). Here is Dr. Crowe's powerful TEDx talk:  https://youtube.com/watch?v=YfuS3__1a-k This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
50:59
May 6, 2020
A Conversation with Laura Redfern
I had this conversation with Laura on March 20, 2019. Oh, so long ago… Here is her bio: Laura Redfern earned her Certified Financial PlannerTM designation in 2011, after working nearly 10 years in the areas of investment management and retirement planning. Over the past decade, Laura has extensive experience working with clients in life’s difficult transition stages: recent widows, divorcees, inheritors, and couples transitioning to retirement. Comprehensive financial planning allows Laura to take a “big picture” view of clients’ finances that ultimately helps to lead them to better, more fulfilling lives. Laura has a special passion for educating women on financial topics, speaking in “real world” terms to inspire audiences to become more confident in the world of finance. Laura currently resides in south Austin and enjoys yoga, travel, food, and a healthy, active lifestyle. Her website is: www.peaceful-prosperity.com To: Contact Laura Redfern: lachesis102002@yahoo.com
29:43
May 5, 2020
A Conversation with Charles Eisenstein
In December of 2011, I learned of I serendipitously learned of Charles through a YouTube video on the lessons learned from and going forward from the Occupy Wall Street movement.  I was so impressed by his mind, his heart as well as the clarity and insight with which he communicated.  He graciously assented to have a conversation with me. Below is link to Charles’ website as well as to his books, articles and multimedia:  https://charleseisenstein.org
59:15
May 4, 2020
A Conversation with Mike P. Burton
Mike P. Burton grew up in North Carolina and Delaware, listening to George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, and Steven Wright. He moved to New York after college with a Theatre Arts degree in hand.  He did some off-off-off Broadway shows while waiting tables and bartending but comedy was always something he wanted to do but never followed through with so one day he woke up and decided to stop talking about it and actually do it. That night he went to an open-mic paid $5 for five minutes of stage time and he’s been doing it ever since. Mike has done plays, a music video, a variety show “The Fringe”, some independent films and a couple of commercials.  He was the regular warm-up for daytime talk shows The Revolution and Bethenny while also subbing in at Rachel Ray, The View and Dr.Oz He travels all over doing stand-up from Maine to New Mexico to Florida and the exotic Dakota’s as well as working on cruises all over the sea.  Recently, Mike taped a Drybar comedy special which can be found on Drybarcomedy.com.   It has been said that he has the southern roots to make him hospitable and enough New York in him to give him an edge. Here is Mike's website:  http://mikepburton.com This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
57:18
May 3, 2020
A Conversation with Dr. James Crowe
Dr. James Crowe is Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and the Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt.  His laboratory studies the human immune response to infection for a wide variety of major human pathogens, including many emerging infections. Dr. Crowe is the Director of the HUMAN IMMUNOME PROJECT, an ambitious effort to identify the sequence of all transcripts for human adaptive immune receptors.  His research group uses a very broad array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, state-of-the-art imaging and flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and bioengineering approaches to attack scientific problems at the forefront of immunity research.  The group has been recognized widely as a leader in antibody sciences, for instance as the Best Academic Research Team, 11th Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards, World Vaccine Congress, recipient of the 2019 Merck Future Insight Prize for Pandemic Preparedness, and large-scale research grants and contracts from NIH and DoD, including the DARPA Pandemic Prevention Program (P3). Here is Dr. Crowe's powerful TEDx talk:  https://youtube.com/watch?v=YfuS3__1a-k This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
50:59
May 3, 2020
A Conversation with Dr. Don Thomas
Dr. Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery.  A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times.  Don’s mission is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future. Here is a link to Don's website: http://ohioastronaut.com Here is a link to Don's book, "Orbit of Discovery":  http://ohioastronaut.com/book This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
1:00:42
May 2, 2020
A Conversation with Sara MacSorley
This "A Conversation with..." was recorded on April 8, 2020 Sara MacSorley started her career as a super cool science major with a degree in marine biology. Working in science education and outreach led her to pursue a graduate degree in business, which led to a new role as the director of a community-based program bringing arts and science to children and educators.  It was at this special place where she got the idea to create a story and coloring book celebrating today's dynamic women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The first Super Cool Scientists book was an amazing collaborative adventure. Soon, Sara mapped out a plan for a second volume, spotlighting another 22 women in STEM called, Super Cool Scientists #2, but also authoring a chapter in 20 Beautiful Women Vol. 6, consulting as a book editor, and serving as a job sourcing recruiter. Today, Sara has found her way into the marketing department of an online education company, working as a full-time writer. Here is a link to Super Cool Scientists Book #1:  https://tinyurl.com/wnm54eq Here is a link to Super Cool Scientists Book #2:  https://tinyurl.com/tca8w6t This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
53:13
May 2, 2020
A Conversation with Marnix Pauwels
Recorded April 9, 2020.   Marnix Pauwels is a writer and coach based in Amsterdam.  Here is Marnix in his own words: Yeah, I know the dark side. I did the booze and the drugs and the cigarettes. I suffered through years and years of depression, anxiety, self-pity, anger and other devastating crap. And one day while the pain seemed unbearable, I realised I wanted to quit, you know, really QUIT, getting out of existence. But I didn’t. And it’s all old news, my friend. For over six years now, I’ve been more free and happy and creative and loving than ever before. Without ‘positive thinking’, without constantly working on myself. It’s all truly effortless, relaxed, natural. And I’d love to show you how it’s done.  Although my books are Dutch only (at least at this point in time), my transformative coaching is available in English. Here is Marnix's website:  https://www.marnix.nl/homepage/welkom/english/ This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
53:40
May 2, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Kevin Biegel
This conversation was recorded in 2014 was Kevin was coming to Austin Texas for the ATX Television Festival to promote his series, "Enlisted", we had this conversation in advance of the festival.  Among other many other television projects, Kevin created and was show runner for Cougartown, the series starring Courtney Cox.
45:50
April 27, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Adam Frank
Dr. Adam Frank and Dennis talk personal histories, astrophysics, spirituality, Zen Buddhism, and more... Adam Frank is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Rochester as well as a popular science writer. He is the co-founder of NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog.  He also does regular on-air commentaries for All Things Considered and has two books on science culture published (the last one for Simon & Schuster). Professor Frank received his Ph.D. in Physics (1992) from University of Washington.  He held postdoctoral and visiting scientist positions at Leiden University and the University of Minnesota. In 1995, he was awarded a Hubble Fellowship. He joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy in 1996. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and to Professor in 2004. He received a University Bridging Fellowship in 2005. Prof. Frank's research is in the general area of Theoretical Astrophysics, and in particular the hydrodynamic and magneto-hydrodynamic evolution of matter ejected from stars. Current research topic include jets from Young Stellar Objects, bipolar outflows from evolved stars such as Planetary Nebulae and Massive stars. Investigations are carried out though the use of large scale numerical simulations. Here is a link to Adam's webpage: https://www.adamfrankscience.com This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
58:22
April 20, 2020
A (first) Conversation with Clifford Johnson
Clifford and Dennis have a conversation the early years in Clifford's life.... Clifford Johnson April 16 2020.  Professor Clifford V. Johnson’s work in science ranges from teaching and research into black holes, particle physics, string theory, and cosmology, to public outreach where he strives to put science back into the general culture. He helps artists, writers, and filmmakers incorporate science into their work, and appears on several TV and online shows. He has been a science adviser for many TV shows and movies, including Nat Geo’s Genius (featuring Einstein), Marvel’s Agent Carter, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame, and more. Johnson also recently wrote and illustrated a graphic novel featuring science called "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe" (MIT Press), selected as one of Science Friday’s Best books of the year - two years in succession! Here is a link to Clifford's blog:  https://asymptotia.com Here is a link to his graphic novel:  https://thedialoguesbook.com/ This episode of "A Conversation with..." was produced by Renée Yaworsky and Dennis Tardan.
1:00:42
April 20, 2020