Episode 270: Susan Kilrain - Former NASA Astronaut

On this episode, Derek sits with Susan Kilrain.  Susan is a former Naval Aviator and NASA Astronaut.  She will be discussing her desire to be an astronaut at a young age, a chance encounter with a NASA legend, joining the US NAVY as a pilot of various aircraft including the F-14 Tomcat, to being selected by NASA as an astronaut pilot.  She will then talk about the training program and being selected to be the youngest person to ever pilot the Space Shuttle on STS-83 and STS-94. 

Susan will discuss life in detail the launch of space shuttle Columbia, life in space and reentry and her career post NASA including co-authoring the children's book, “The Unlikely Astronaut”.


Episode 269: Jeralyn Glass - Singer & Founder of Crystal Cadence

On this episode, Derek sits with Jeralyn Glass.  Jeralyn is a world class singer and one of the worlds leading authorities on Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls.  She has written a brand new book releasing on July 23rd, 2024 called, “Sacred Vibrations: The Transformative Power of Crystalline Sound and Music” which serves as a part biographical memoir and part insight into the power of the Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls and sound vibration medicine.  We will be discussing her incredibly successful singing career, how she founded, "Crystal Cadence" and she will be discussing the singing bowls and we will get to hear some of them in practice.


Episode 268: Yashica Dutt - Journalist & Best Selling Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Yashica Dutt.  Yashica is a journalist and a best selling author.  She has written a powerful book, “Coming Out as Dalit - A Memoir of Surviving India's Caste System” as a coming of age story of a Dalit individual that illuminates the systemic injustice in India.  Yashica will discuss growing up in India, her extensive work in journalism and different publications she has worked at, plus she will explain India’s caste system and more.


Episode 267: Matthew Bocchi - Speaker & Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Matthew Bocchi.  Matthew is an accomplished author and speaker.  I asked him to come on the show as part of the “Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Program” as he is the son of 9/11 victim who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the 105th Floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  He has written a book, “Sway”, about his experiences dealing with the trauma of losing his father to this tragedy and dealing with his own personal demons by way of addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Matthew will discuss his obsession about finding out the truth of his fathers death, his unhealthy coping mechanisms, how he overcame addiction and how he now has a successful career speaking to and inspiring children.

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT

Episode 266: Michael Gutenplan - World Famous Mentalist, Magician & 3rd Generation Psychic

On this episode, Derek sits with Michael Gutenplan.  Michael is a world famous Mentalist, Magician and Third Generation Psychic.   Michael will be discussing how he got into the business of magic, explaining mentalism, how he transformed his talent into one of the most in demand acts in the world performing for corporate events, private clubs and in some cases, some of the most elite members of society.

Episode 265: Vilan Trub - Filmmaker

On this episode, Derek sits with Vilan Trub.  Vilan is an accomplished filmmaker.  I asked Vilan to come on the show as part of the “Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Program” as at the age of 14, he narrowly avoided injury from the wreckage of United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center while he was walking to Stuyvesant High School.  After the events of 9/11, Vilan returned to class next to Ground Zero after being told by the CDC that the air was safe to breathe, which has led to health complications to himself and his classmates over the years.  

Vilan will also be discussing his incredible film career and some highlights in his filmography such as "Susie Q", "Suburban Pimp" & "The Dirty Kind".  Vilan is a firecracker of a New Yorker who speaks his mind and might go down as one of my all time favorite guests.

Episode 264: Timothy Oliver - Author and Documentarian

On this episode, Derek sits with Timothy Oliver.  Tim is an author and documentarian who has done extensive work like myself with the 9/11 community.  I have invited him on the show as part of the "Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Project" to discuss his book, “Finding Fifteen: How my Daily Walk to the 9/11 Memorial became a Journey of Love Hope and Survival”, which explores the stories of 15 victims of the September 11th attacks.  This book would later be adapted into the documentary “Sky So Blue - United for Days After, Divided for Years Since”.  Tim will be discussing what got him into journalism, his time at Golf Digest, the New York Times and Time Magazine and more.

Episode 263: Alana Stott, MBE - Philanthropist, Business Executive, Best Selling Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Alana Stott, MBE.  Alana is a successful business executive, philanthropist, professional fixer, best selling author and so much more.  A former Ms. Scotland, this head of a private security company (that specializes in the protection of high value clients), has turned heads in the corporate world with her incredible fundraising efforts, culminating with a total of $1.3 million dollars raised for her husband, Dean Stott’s Pan American Highway double Guinness World Record Race.  The recipient of the MBE from King Charles II for her work supporting mental health awareness and supporting vulnerable women, Alana has penned two best selling books and has no intention of slowing down.

Episode 262: Natalie Nixon, PhD - Keynote Speaker and Best Selling Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Dr. Natalie Nixon.  Natalie is a best selling author and world renowned keynote speaker.  She will be discussing her impressive academic background, how she got into professional speaking, her incredibly popular TEDX talk, and she will be discussing in detail her latest book, “The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work”.

Episode 261: Shanna Sukhnanan - Instagram Food Blogger and Survivor of the September 11th, 2001 Attack on the World Trade Center

On this episode, Derek sits with Shanna Sukhnanan.  Shanna is a world renowned food blogger on Instagram and has agreed as part of the “Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Program” to come on the show and tell her story of survival on September 11th, 2001, where she escaped from the World Trade Center.  Shanna will discuss growing up and her early career choices, how she survived 9/11 and she explains the aftermath of the ordeal and the lasting physical and psychological effects it had on her. 

We will also discuss her incredibly successful food blogging Instagram channel and her quest to find employment after being out of the workforce for so long. 

Episode 260: Dr. Charles Camarda - Former NASA Astronaut, Engineer and Researcher

On this episode, Derek sits with Dr. Charles Camarda.  Charlie is an engineer and former NASA Astronaut.  He will be discussing how he got into engineering, his time at NASA Langley Research Center, his transition into the astronaut program and then we discuss STS-114, the "Return to Flight" on the Space Shuttle Discovery after the loss of Columbia.  

You will hear insights into life on the space shuttle, the mission of STS-114, and you will hear from Charlie himself about the inner workings of NASA’s culture which led to him being reassigned after raising safety questions about the shuttle.

Episode 259: Marty Singer - Survivor of the September 11th, 2001 Attacks on the World Trade Center

On this episode, Derek sits with Marty Singer.   Marty has agreed to come on the show as part of our “Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Program” as he is a Survivor of the September 11th, 2001 Attack on the World Trade Center.  He discusses growing up in New York City, what brought him to his career at J & R Music and Computer World and we discuss that fateful day in September of 2001, where he witnessed United 175 crashing into the South Tower and other horrific images and survived the collapse of the South and North Towers.  He also is a witness to the collapse of 7 World Trade Center and was a key figure in the triage unit New York Firefighters set up in his store for over 30 hours.

Episode 258: Sonny Dalesandro - Chairman of Tulsa Athletic & Former Professional Soccer Player

On this 2 Part episode, Derek sits with Sonny Dalesandro.  Sonny is a former professional soccer player and is the Chairman and Co-Owner of the Tulsa Athletic Football Club.  

In Part 1, Sonny will be discussing how he got into professional soccer, his successful rookie of the year season, the highs and lows of his professional career and what led him to end his career.  We will then discuss the Founding of Tulsa Athletic, the struggles with getting the club up and running, the original Tulsa Driller Stadium and the controversy surrounding the eviction, the National Anthem controversy, the legendary 1-0 victory over FC Tulsa and then we discuss the elephant in the room, the NPSL and their petty war against the club.  It was also taped before the NPSL suspended the Tulsa Athletic for the 2024 season as a result of the lawsuit that will be discussed.

On Part 2, Sonny will be discussing the highlight of playing the MLS team Sporting KC, how hard it was to put together a championship quality team in 2023, and we discuss the 2023 NPSL National Championship Game where Tulsa Athletic won their first National Title.

He also discusses Tulsa Athletic being named Protagonist Soccer’s Club of the Year for 2023, building relationships with coaches, Tulsa Athletic’s long term goals, his opinions on MLS not participating in the US Open Cup, his stance on promotion / relegation in US Soccer, The Armory and its influence on the game, the legacy of Brian Clough and “The Damned United”, his love of disc golf and so much more.

Episode 257: Alan Ceppos - Actor

On this episode, Derek sits with Alan Ceppos.   Alan is a world renowned actor having appeared in numerous television shows, films and plays.  Alan will be discussing how he got into acting, his time as a teacher in Paris, meeting the love of his life and making history as being the first gay couple to marry in Southampton, New York. 

Alan will also be discussing some of his most important roles, working on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien",  his brand new play, “ Party”, his methods and opinions on auditioning and so much more.

Episode 256: Pavel Stuchlik - DJ, Entrepreneur and the Founder of NOA / AON

On this episode, Derek sits with Pavel Stuchlik.  Pavel is a world renowned DJ, Entrepreneur and the Founder of NOA / AON.  Pavel will discuss his short lived career as a professional cyclist, his entrepreneurial days in Orange Theory, how he made the shift to professional DJ’ing.  

We will get into NOA / AON, the System Reset Program and his theories of how EDM music be used in spirituality connecting the mind, body, emotions and soul.

Episode 255: Eric Gee - Founder of the Youtopia Project, Life Coach and Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Eric Gee.  Eric is a Life Coach and Founder of the Youtopia Project.  He will be discussing how he got started, his humble beginnings as a broadcaster, founding the Youtopia Project and he will be discussing his new book, “The Power of Personality: Unlock the Secrets to Understanding Everyone in Your Life Including Yourself”.

Episode 254: Dean Stott - Former British Special Forces Tier 1 Operator & 2 Time Guinness World Record Holder

On this episode, Derek sits with Dean Stott.  Dean is a former British Special Forces Soldier, Private Security Owner, Guinness World Record Holder and Author.  Dean will be discussing what inspired him to join the British Army and his selection to the Special Boat Service, his years as a Tier 1 special forces operative and the accident that led him to end his career in the military.  He will talk about his time in Private Security, his strategies and methodologies for evacuating and protecting high value clients and some of the highlights of his career. 

 He will then talk about his 2 Guinness World Records for cycling the Pan American Highway in under 100 days.  Dean also has a book, “Relentless - from Special Operations to World Record Breaker” and an upcoming Netflix show, “Toughest Forces on Earth” which premiers on May 22nd 2024.

Episode 253: Kristin Kirkpatrick - Dietitian & Best Selling Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Kristin Kirkpatrick.  Kristin is a Dietitian and she is going to be discussing a silent plague that is sweeping the nation, Fatty Liver Disease.  Fatty Liver Disease is affecting 1 in 4 people, with most going undiagnosed until much later in the stages of the disease.  The great news about this disease is it’s completely reversible if caught early. 

Kristin will be discussing liver health, liver friendly foods to have on hand, and she will be educating us all about the metabolic profile and the latest research into Fatty Liver Disease.  She will also be discussing her best selling books, “Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent & Reverse the New Silent Epidemic - Fatty Liver Disease” and “Regenerative Health: Discover your Metabolic Type & Renew your Liver for Life”.

Episode 252: Mikael Cook - War in Afghanistan Veteran & Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Mikael Cook.  Mikael is a Veteran of the War in Afghanistan and author of the book, “Life and Death at Abbey Gate: The Fall of Afghanistan and the Operation to Save our Allies”.  Mikael will be discussing what inspired him to enlist in the US Army at the age of 26, his deployment to Afghanistan and we will discuss the collapse of the country and how it was reconquered by the Taliban in 5 days.  This resulted in “Operation Digital Dunkirk” which was undertaken to evacuate as many of our Afghan Allies out of Afghanistan before they were killed by the Taliban.  This is an incredible story with tragedy and inspirational moments throughout.

Episode 251: Ward Wilson - Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist, Speaker & Author

On this episode Derek sits with Ward Wilson.  Ward is a speaker, author and anti-nuclear weapons activist.  He will be discussing his activism, some history on how he got into this particular field, we will be discussing the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the political action group, Realist Revolt,  the film “Oppenheimer”, and we will be discussing his book,  “It is Possible, A Future Without Nuclear Weapons”.

Episode 250: Ed Begley, Jr. - Legendary Hollywood Actor

On this episode, Derek sits with Ed Begley, Jr. Ed is a legendary Hollywood actor, having appeared in hundreds of films, television and stage roles.  Best known for his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role on "St. Elsewhere", Ed has appeared in such films and television shows such as "Better Call Saul", his reality show, "Living with Ed", "Arrested Development", "This is Spinal Tap" and can currently be seen on the hit show, "Young Sheldon".  Ed will be discussing breaking into Hollywood, his environmental and political activism and he will be discussing his new memoir, "To The Temple of Tranquility and Step on It!

This is an incredibly fun interview and we really dig into Ed’s life so enjoy.

Episode 249: Dr. Ambika Vaid - Holistic Veterinarian

On this episode, Derek sits with Dr. Ambika Vaid.   Dr. Vaid is an holistic veterinarian.  She is has teamed up with Katherine Heigl’s Badlands Ranch Dog Food and she will be educating us about our pets oral hygiene.  She will be discussing Periodontal Disease, brushing, the types of diets to choose with gum disease, cleanings, veterinary care from a holistic approach and so much more.

Episode 248: William "Billy" Martin - Former New York City Firefighter & September 11th, 2001 World Trade Center Survivor

On this episode Derek sits with William "Billy" Martin.  Billy is a former New York City Firefighter.  As part of the "Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Program", I learned about his story of surviving the World Trade Center disaster and extended an offer for him to come on the show and tell his story.  

Billy will discuss enlisting in the US Navy and then what led him to become a New York City Fireman.  He will then take us through his entire horrific experience on September 11th, 2001 including what he calls “The Divine Intervention” that saved his own and many other firemen’s lives.  We will also discuss the aftermath of the disaster such as working on "The Pile" and much more. This is an incredible story and I feel you will be very moved and inspired.

Episode 247: Annabel Gutherz - Musician

On this episode, Derek welcomes back to the show, the amazing star of Episode 11, Annabel Gutherz.  Annabel will be discussing her latest music single, “Shame”, how she has evolved as a musician, the challenges that come with songwriting and producing music, the magic and influence of Taylor Swift, navigating the music industry and so much more.  This is an incredibly in depth interview and Annabel is such a lovely guest.

Episode 246: Sarah Intelligator, Esq. - Holistic Divorce/Family Law Lawyer & Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Sarah Intelligator.  Sarah is a Holistic Divorce and Family Law Attorney and she is also the author of the best selling new book, "Live, Laugh, Find True Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding a Meaningful Relationship".  Sarah will be discussing how she got started in law, her new book and she will be offering loads of dating and relationship advice so you don’t end up in divorce court.

Episode 245: Roslyn Kind - Musician and Actress

On this episode, Derek sits with Roslyn Kind.  Roslyn is a world renowned singer and actress.  Roslyn is also the younger sister of music icon Barbra Streisand.  Roslyn will be talking about growing up with her sister, cutting her first album at 17, her various performances on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and "Saturday Night Live" to finally touring and acting.


Episode 244: Kendall Ellis: Olympic Gold Medalist

On this episode, Derek sits with Kendall Ellis.   Kendall is a 400 meter Sprinter, an NCAA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.  Kendall with be discussing how she got into Track and Field, the challenges of competing at the elite level, competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and she also discusses her now legendary performance at the 2018 NCAA Championships where she came from far behind in the final leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay to win the Championship.


Episode 243: Edward Miskie - Acclaimed Author (Special Guest: Michelle Fabre - Musician)

On this episode, Derek sits with Edward Miskie.  Edward is an accomplished author and Musical Theater Actor.  Edward will be discussing growing up in a society that didn’t understand him as a young gay man, entering the world of musical theater, being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and his battle with cancer.  He also talks about his recovery and what led him to write his best selling book, "Cancer, Musical Theater and other Chronic Illnesses".  Edward is truly a remarkable man and I think you will truly enjoy this conversation.

We also have a special guest lined up for you to discuss her brand new single!  That's right, friend of the show and one of my favorite people, the lovely, talented and stunning Michelle Fabre is back to discuss her latest song, "Rock Me with a Deeper Love".


Episode 242: Beth Chunn - Survivor of the September 11th, 2001 Attacks on the World Trade Center

On this episode, Derek sits with Beth Chunn.  Beth is a survivor of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.  As part of our "Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Project", Beth will be discussing her ordeal and how she escaped the South Tower.  She will also be discussing the aftermath of the attack and how it affected her mentally.


Episode 241: Linda Roszak Burton - Public Speaker and Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Linda Roszak Burton.   Linda is a public speaker and author.  Her book, “Gratitude Heals, a Journal for Inspiration and Guidance” is a tool to help you explore the personal practice of gratitude based on the latest research in positive psychology and neuroscience.  She will also be discussing her TedX Talk and so much more.


Episode 240: Allen J. Lynch - Recipient of the Medal of Honor

On this episode Derek sits with Allen J. Lynch.  Allen is a Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.  Allen will be discussing growing up in post World War 2 America, his struggles with childhood bullying, his enlistment in the US Army, what brought him to Vietnam and the firefight that led him to act so courageously that he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Allen will also talk about life post army, mental health, his memoir, “Zero to Hero” and the Allen J. Lynch Foundation.  This is an incredible interview and you will be inspired by how one man can rise above childhood bullying to become a National Hero.


Episode 239: Jeff Krasno - Co-Founder of Commune & Podcaster

On this episode, Derek sits with Jeff Krasno.   Jeff is the co-founder of Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being.  He is also the host of the "Commune Podcast" which has afforded him the privilege of  interviewing a wide range of well known people. 

Jeff will be discussing how he got started, how he met his amazing wife and partner, how he founded Wanderlust and his journey to co-founding Commune.  He also talks about his newest exciting project, "Good Stress".


Episode 238: Ava Cantrell - Actress

On this episode, Derek sits with Ava Cantrell.  Ava is an up and coming actress well known for her role in the film, "Abigail".  Ava will be discussing how she became a child actress and her earliest roles, working with Fred Willard, and her role on the hit show, “Young Sheldon”.  

Plus she tackles some social issues in Hollywood and also talks about some interesting things going on in her personal life including her incredibly competitive Muay Thai martial arts drive.

Ava is lovely to talk to and I think you will enjoy getting to know more about her.


Episode 237: Melanie Avalon - The Founder of AvalonX, Podcaster and Actress

On this episode Derek sits with Melanie Avalon.   Melanie is an actress and the Founder of AvalonX a revolutionary new supplement line.  Melanie will be discussing how she got into acting, her book, “The What When Wine Diet: Paleo and Intermittent Fasting for Health and Weight Loss”, the AvalonX line and all the benefits you can get from it, her show, "The Intermittent Fasting Podcast",  plus she tackles a few social issues as well.


Episode 236: The Honorable Cheryl Mason - The Former Chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans Appeals

On this episode Derek sits with The Honorable Cheryl "Cheri" Mason.  Cheri is the former Chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans Appeals.  Cheri was the first woman and first military spouse confirmed by the US Senate to the position.  She will be discussing how the adversity she faced growing up, how she got her law degree at Creighton, how she came to the Department of Veterans Affairs, her rise through the ranks and she takes some very tough questions about the operations of the VA Appeals Process and what the VA is getting right and wrong.

She also addresses the high Veteran Suicide Rate since the end of the Afghanistan War, the controversy over her leaving the VA and her new career as a motivational speaker and also her new book, “Dare to Relate, Leading with a Fierce Heart".

This is a very challenging interview and I think Veterans will gain a lot of insight into the inner workings of the Appeals process.


Episode 235: Angie Wells - Emmy Nominated Make Up Artist & Jazz Singer

On this episode, Derek sits with Angie Wells.  Angie is an accomplished Hollywood Emmy Nominated Make Up Artist, having worked on such productions such as "Blackish" and "Mad Men" and she is also a very talented Jazz singer, with her latest album, "Truth Be Told" getting regular play on SiriusXM, Real Jazz and has been nominated at this years NAACP Image Awards.  Angie will be discussing how she got into make up and music, the struggles to make it in the music industry, learning the art of Hollywood make up, crafting her albums and songs and so much more.

Episode 234: Arielle Raycene - Actress & Model

On this episode, Derek sits with Arielle Raycene.  Arielle is an actress who has appeared in numerous films and theater.  She is also an accomplished model having graced the pages of "Maxim", "FHM" and "Playboy".  Arielle will be discussing how she got into acting, her modeling career, her successes, launching her new business and she will be discussing her involvement in the new social media platform, "RealAF".

*Derek has come down ill so his voice in the intro, breaks and outro sound terrible when they were taped.  Please forgive the quality.

Episode 233: Capt. Dale Dye - Hollywood's Military Technical Advisor

On this episode, Derek sits with Capt. Dale Dye.  In a first for the Derek Duvall Show, we have brought back a guest for his very own episode.  That’s right, the star of Episode 65, Captain Dale Dye has returned to the studio.  Capt. Dye has just finished production on the Apple TV + World War 2 series, "Masters of the Air" and will be discussing all aspects of his participation in the production.  Capt. Dye was a huge fan favorite when his episode aired back in 2022 so it was a real treat to get him back on the show.

Episode 232: Anne-Marie Principe - September 11th, 2001 Survivor & Activist

On this episode, Derek sits with Anne-Marie Principe.  Anne-Marie is a survivor of the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and has agreed to come on the show to tell her story as part of my ongoing "Derek Duvall Show 9/11 Outreach Project".  Anne-Marie will be discussing where she was when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower, the horrors she was exposed to, being caught in the toxic dust cloud from the collapse of the South Tower and the years long health struggles that came from that exposure.  

Anne-Marie is also a fierce advocate for 9/11 Survivors having been a part of numerous 9/11 Legislation, the most notable being working with Jon Stewart and his team to get the "The Never Forget the Heroes Bill" passed which establishes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  Anne-Marie will touch your life like she did mine after you hear her powerful story.

Episode 231: June Edward - Psychic Medium

On this episode, Derek sits with June Edward.  June is a world renowned psychic medium.  June will be discussing her mediumship, how she communicates with "The Great Beyond", her 100% success rate in bringing souls from the other side, Energy and it’s forms and so much more.

Episode 230: Adeline Gray - Elite Olympic Wrestler

On this episode, Derek sits with Adeline Gray.  Adeline is an elite Olympic wrestler and one of the most ruthless competitors in the game today.  She is a 6 Time World Champion and an Silver Medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics along with countless other accolades making her one of the most feared competitors in the sport.  Adeline will be discussing her love for the sport, the Olympics, competing at the highest level and so much more.

Episode 229: Dick Wybrow - Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Dick Wybrow.  Dick is the author of the incredibly popular "Wolfwere" series and other books.  Dick will be discussing his humble beginnings, how he became a writer, his thoughts on writing, how he came up with the "Wolfwere" series and so much more.

Episode 228: Trisha LaFache - Actress

On this episode Derek sits with Trisha LaFache.  Trisha is an actress best known for roles in "Garden State", the "God's Not Dead" films and the hit Emmy and Golden Globe nominated show, "Jury Duty".  Trisha will be discussing how he got into acting, her various roles, some great stories on "Jury Duty" and also be discussing some hot button issues in Hollywood.  Trisha is a firecracker of a guest and one of my favorite people to talk to.

Episode 227: Ren Martinez - Musician

On this episode, Derek sits with Ren Martinez.  Ren is a popular musician, known previously as Ren Farren and known for such groovy songs as "Waiting to Ignite", "Uncool", and her signature tune, “Good Girl”.  Ren will be discussing her origins in the music business and her time at the prestigious Popular Music Performance Program at the University of Southern California.  She will also be diving into her back catalog and spilling some details on her upcoming new album, "Fingers Crossed", coming out sometime later in 2024.

Episode 226: Alexander Randazzo - Screenwriter & Actor

On this episode Derek sits with Alexander Randazzo.  Alexander is a screenwriter and actor.  He is also the founder of the film company, Military Movies.  He has a brand new film dropping on Feb 6th, 2024 on Video on Demand called "Lonesome Soldier" that chronicles the story of a US Soldier and his struggles to reintegrate and conquer the demons of combat related trauma, and substance abuse.  It is a powerful film and it comes with my highest recommendation.   Alexander is a great guest and we had a great conversation so please enjoy.

Episode 225: Kendra Erika - Musician

On this episode, Derek sits with Kendra Erika.  Kendra is an exciting up and coming musician who has tasted success with her cover of the Laura Branigan classic, "Self Control" and Frank Sinatra’s "Witchcraft".  With her unique vocal talents, she has left her mark on the musical world.  She discusses how she got into music, her success, her outlook on her musical future, her foray into acting, her views on the social issues in the music industry and much more.

Derek also pays tribute to the star of Episode 67, the now late Hinton Battle.

Episode 224: Alena Bystritskiy - Professional Harpist & Social Media Influencer

On this episode, Derek sits with Alena Bystritskiy.   Alena is an accomplished harpist and social media sensation, with her posts on Instagram showcasing her incredible mastery of the instrument.  Alena will be discussing growing up in Russia and Germany, learning the harp, playing for German Chancellor Angela Markel, the struggles and triumphs of being an Instagram star and so much more.  Alena is a lovely woman and has become one of my favorite people to talk to.

Episode 223: Donald Dunn - Founder of the Heroes Voices Media Foundation

On this episode, Derek sits with Donald Dunn.  Donald is a former US Army Veteran who has taken his struggles with combat PTSD and mental health and channeled it into the Heroes Voices Media Foundation. This platform is host to radio stations and podcasts, all veteran grown and it has shown considerable success.

Episode 222: Dr. Knicole Colón - NASA Research Astrophysicist

On this episode, Derek sits with Dr. Knicole Colón.  Dr. Colón is a research astrophysicist at NASA working out of the Goddard Space Flight Center.  She will be discussing how she got into the study and search for Exoplanets, working for NASA, working with the James Webb Space Telescope plus several other important projects, the future of the search for Exoplanets and so much more.

Episode 221: Annamaria Pinna & Dave Sussman of the rock band, "Vajra"

On this episode, Derek sits with Annamaria Pinna and Dave Sussman of the rock band, "Vajra".  Annamaria will be discussing about how she got into music and will be taking us through the beginnings of the band and Dave joins in to discuss the bands creative process, their albums, success, their hit new song, "Love is a Battlefield" and more.  This is an incredibly extensive look into the band so I truly believe you will become a fan before the end of this episode.

Episode 220: Jonathan Dumas, M.S, CPC - Career Transition Coach & Public Speaker

On this episode, Derek sits with Jonathan Dumas.  Jonathan is a Career Transition Coach and Public Speaker.  Jonathan will be discussing his theories on how we can be enjoying our career paths more, his social activism and much more.

Episode 219: Jayson Downing - Former US Marine and Author

On this episode, Derek sits with Jayson Downing.  Jayson is a former US Marine Officer turned best selling author.  We will be discussing his time in the US Marine Corps, his outlook on Western Culture and we will be discussing his brand new book,  "Reawakening the Warrior Spirit: Exploring What it means to be a Warrior in the Modern West."

Episode 218: Darcy Donavan - Actress, Singer, Writer and The "CryptoQueen" 

On this episode, Derek sits with Darcy Donavan.  Darcy is an actress, musician and is known as the "CryptoQueen", having been quite established in the community as an authority on Cryptocurrency.  Darcy will be discussing how she broke into Hollywood, her various roles, her music career, her views on the #MeToo movement and sharing her extensive knowledge on the world of Cryptocurrency.  

Darcy might go down as one of my all time favorite guests as you can tell how much fun we had recording this.

Episode 217: Pascal Lee, PhD - Chairman of the Mars Institute and Planetary Scientist 

On this episode, Derek sits with Dr. Pascal Lee.  Dr. Lee is a planetary scientist and the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Mars Institute.  Pascal will be sharing much of his life work with us including how he got interested in physics, astronomy and space, his adventures in Antarctica, his work with NASA, working with Carl Sagan, his extensive knowledge about the planet Mars and our possible future missions to it and co-founding the Mars Institute.