48 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Talking About All the Things (Steven Snead)

August 11, 2017

Steven and I go way back as we attended the University of Michigan together many moons ago. Trust me, it's true, we look younger than we are. His witty Facebook posts of questions led me to reach out to him which resulted in this fun conversation.

Steven Snead is originally from Detroit, MI. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and he went on to attend Wayne State University for his Masters in Educational Leadership. He is currently the Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment and a Research, Evaluation and Assessment Consultant at Oakland Schools. 




47 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation with Global Community Builder (Allison Weber)

August 3, 2017

Allison Weber is an absolute joy to be around. Her laugh is infectious and her desire to connect with people worldwide is undeniable. Her heart's mission is to humbly see others and provide soul care to the people who are largely unseen in developing countries in Southeast Asia.

Often found with a coffee in hand, Allison Weber has a raucous laugh, but a surprisingly serious side. While her career finds her teaching business communication to University students, she is in the process of developing a Soul Sanctuary, a program that provides sacred spaces for those in need of rest, renewal and restoration. During these weekend retreats, she finds deep joy leading group meditation, facilitating meaningful conversations, and relaxing in any pool of water on a rainbow unicorn floaty. When she is not occupied with those two things, she loves advocating for women as a Sseko Fellow, doing yoga, hiking and trotting the globe. 

Originally from the Midwest, Allison and her husband David have lived in the United States, India, and Thailand. They currently reside in Arizona, but it is the Thai people (and food!) who have her heart. They both hope to return there one day to live and work. 
To connect with Allison:
* Instagram: @shebebrave and @soul.sanctuary

46 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Sobriety, Self-Care, Health and Wellness (Luke Storey)

July 27, 2017

Luke Storey is like my brother from another mother. We have yet to connect in real life, which I look forward to especially since he's so adventurous with his health and wellness! 

Luke Storey is a former celebrity fashion stylist turned public speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur, who has spent the past 20 years relentlessly searching the world over to design the ultimate lifestyle through his extensive, and sometimes obsessive, personal research and development.
Using the wildly popular podcast, The Life Stylist as his delivery platform, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing, happiness, and high-performance living each week so that listeners can use this
knowledge to design their ultimate lifestyle.
Luke's show features the biggest experts in the fields of health, spirituality and personal development. Past guests have included experts like Dave Asprey, David Wolfe, Ben Greenfield, Jack Kruse, John Gray and Daniel Vitalis.
Luke’s show covers an ever expanding range of topics including sex and relationships, yoga, meditation, smart drugs, health myths and medical conspiracies, spirituality, food and supplementation, herbalism, alternative medicine and biohacking technologies and tactics.
As a public speaker, Luke has appeared on stage with current thought leaders such as Tim Ferris and Neil Strauss. He is known for his raw, down-to-earth delivery and sometimes extreme health
Luke currently works one-on-one with private clients and continues to act as CEO at School of Style, the world’s most prominent school for fashion stylists, which he founded in 2008.
You can find Luke and his work at www.lukestorey.com.



To connect with Luke:

* Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrlukestorey

* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuS0OqF8szmvtrr6VzMSdnA

* Twitter: @mrlukestorey

* Instagram: @lukestorey



45 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Faith, Race & the Criminal Justice System (Rabia Chaudry)

July 20, 2017

I look forward to the day I meet Rabia Chaudry. She's a badass that speaks her mind with honor and dignity.

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, and a 2016 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism.  Her regions of interest are Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  She is also the co-host and co-producer of the hit podcast "Undisclosed", with nearly 200 million downloads, and the podcast "The 45th"

To connect with Rabia:

* Twitter: @rabiasquared


44 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Privilege & Public Policy (Dr Paul Leighton)

July 13, 2017

Dr Paul Leighton has a way about him. His words are powerful, yet humble. I first met him when I was going through volunteer training at SafeHouse Center in Sept 2016 and he led a module on privilege. His commentary was like an air-conditioned room granting reprieve from a sweltering, humid summer day. I actually mentioned to him that if he started a podcast I would be an excited and grateful listener!

Paul Leighton is the co-author, with Jeffrey Reiman, of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, 11th Edition. He is also the co-author of a book on private prisons, Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge. His co-authored book, Class, Race, Gender & Crime is available in its fourth edition. His current interests are in whistleblowing, wage theft and a next-generation, high-tech Japanese rehabilitation center. He recently finished his term as President of the Board of SafeHouse Center, a domestic violence shelter and sexual assault crisis intervention center.

Some book recommendations:

* Charles Terry's The Fellas: Overcoming Prison and Addiction*

* Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino boys by Victor Rios

* Matt Tiabbi's The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

To connect with Paul:

* Twitter: @poorgetprison


43 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Yoga, Islam, Service & Public Policy (Ahmed Soliman)

July 6, 2017

Ahmed Soliman is an inspiration both on the mat and off. I've not yet met him, but hope to someday soon.

Because Ahmed was given a common Egyptian name (Ahmed Soliman), his friends nicknamed him "Soli" to set me apart from others. Over the past several years, this name evolved and merged with his yoga practice and yogic lifestyle. Ahmed has Hcome to embody the moniker he chose for his site: yogisoli.

Before Ahmed found yoga and began teaching, he was a wildlife biologist and environmental scientist. Serving the natural environment and helping to recover endangered species was his way of giving to a greater good. This is a concept that he's carried daily into a yogic lifestyle, both in teaching and in practice. He seeks to serve his community in a way that supports strength, healing and sustainability.

To connect with Ahmed:

* Website: www.yogisoli.com

* IG: @yogisoli

* FB: @YogiSoli


42 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: People’s Stories and Their Effects on Others (Kelly McEvers)

June 29, 2017

I have yet to meet Kelly McEvers in real life, but I soon discovered both by listening to her podcast, Embedded and having a conversation with her that she's badass.

Kelly McEvers is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine. She hosts the program from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-hosts Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, and Ari Shapiro in NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters. 

McEvers was previously a national correspondent based at NPR West. Prior to that, McEvers ran NPR's Beirut bureau, where she earned a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, a Gracie award, and an Overseas Press Club mention for her 2012 coverage of the Syrian conflict. She recently made a radio documentary about being a war correspondent with renowned radio producer Jay Allison of Transom.org.

In 2011, she traveled undercover to follow Arab uprisings in places where brutal crackdowns followed the early euphoria of protests. She has been tear-gassed in Bahrain; she has spent a night in a tent city with a Yemeni woman who would later share the Nobel Peace Prize; and she spent weeks inside Syria with anti-government rebels known as the Free Syrian Army.

In Iraq, she covered the final withdrawal of U.S. troops and the political chaos that gripped the country afterward. Before arriving in Iraq in 2010, McEvers was one of the first Western correspondents to be based, full-time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 2008 and 2009, McEvers was part of a team that produced the award-winning "Working" series for American Public Media's business and finance show, Marketplace. She profiled a war fixer in Beirut, a smuggler in Dubai, a sex-worker in Baku, a pirate in the Strait of Malacca and a marriage broker in Vietnam.

She previously covered the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia as a freelancer for NPR and other outlets. She started her journalism career in 1997 at the Chicago Tribune, where she worked as a metro reporter and documented the lives of female gang members for the Sunday magazine.

Her writing also has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has aired on This American Life, The World, and the BBC. She's taught radio and journalism in the U.S. and abroad.

McEvers also hosts Embedded, which takes a story from the news and goes deep. What does it feel like for a father in El Salvador to lie to his daughter about the bodies he saw in the street that day? What does it feel like for a nurse from rural Indiana to shoot up a powerful prescription opioid? Embedded (EMBD) takes you to where it's all happening.

She lives with her family in California, where she's still very bad at surfing.


To Connect with Kelly:

* Twitter: @kellymcevers


41 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Southern, Progressive and Persisting (Emily Johnson)

June 22, 2017

I met Emily Johnson several years ago when I lived in Las Vegas. We met through friends of friends and bonded almost immediately. I remember meeting for a sushi lunch discussing essential oils and healthier living and thinking this woman is so rad. When you listen to our conversation, you'll see why!

Emily Johnson is a pastor's wife and mom of three living in Las Vegas, NV. She's trying to raise children to be brave and kind in this crazy world. 

To connect with Emily:

* Instagram: @ewj

* Facebook: Emily Johnson


40 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Faith, Politics, Veganism & Activism (Matt Statman & Anna Byberg)

June 15, 2017

I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Matt Statman and Anna Byberg when I returned to Michigan after living in Las Vegas for almost 10 years. They are rays of sunshine and have a zest for life, generosity of spirit and are some of the most hospitable people around. Additionally, many would agree that they are Ann Arbor's First Couple.



39 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation on the Law, Social Justice and Activism (Selena Alonzo)

June 8, 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Selena Alonzo and I was struck by how powerful she is. While she has a more quiet demeanor than some others, her strength is evident. Her insight on the law as a University of Michigan law student and social justice work and the impact of incarceration on the people around is much needed in this ongoing discussion.

Selena Alonzo was born and raised in Austin, TX. Selena became the first in her family to attend college at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in Law, Jurisprudence, Social Thought and Psychology. Throughout college, Selena began to develop an interest in social justice issues, particularly the failures of our criminal justice system. This interest led to Selena deciding to attend Michigan Law School. Despite being just a 1L, Selena established a lasting legacy at Michigan Law by helping found the First Generation Law Students organization. Her other involvement at the law school includes organizing a LawBreaks trip to assist death row appellants in California, the Unemployment Insurance and Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinics, Street Law, and MDefenders. Selena is an aspiring public defender and will spend her summer working for the Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Criminal Defense Trial Office.
To connect with Selena:
* IG: selenaalo