Author: March Twisdale

Christian Albrekt Interview – FOC011

This is longer than usual, but I feel it is excellently put and I hope it will evoke thoughtfulness in my listeners. A terrified people I woke up some months ago in my house in the third largest Danish city. We live in a mixed neighbourhood. My youngest child, a boy10 year old, was up already. He likes to walk to school and hang out with class mates half an hour before the teacher arrives in the class room. My two girls at 12 and 14 years leave the house later on their bikes. This morning the youngest girl...

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Kate Moore Interview – PPP054

Kate Moore is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Radium Girls. A British writer based in London, she has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres including history, biography, true crime, gift and humour; her work has been translated into more than 12 languages. The Radium Girls was the winner of the 2017 GoodReads Choice Award for Best History/Biography and was named a Book of the Year by NPR, Barnes & Noble and BookBub. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:30 — 40.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | RSS |...

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Francesca Cavallo Interview – FOC010

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, creators of global bestseller book Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, are launching a new Kickstarter campaign to bring to life Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 and Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls – The Podcast. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present and illustrated by female artists from all over the world. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was initially launched on Kickstarter in 2016 and quickly became the most...

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Mary Holland Interview – PPP053

Mary Holland is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. She has written several law review articles and blog posts on vaccine law and policy and is the co-author and co-editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic (Skyhorse Pub. 2011 and 2012). She has testified on vaccine matters at the United Nations and in the New York, California, Maine, West Virginia and Vermont legislatures. She has lectured widely and has appeared in several documentaries and on various television and radio broadcasts. She is chair of the advisory board of Health Choice and a...

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Bruno Kaufmann Interview – FOC009

Bruno Kaufmann is a trained political scientist, conflict researcher and journalist. He is member of the city government of Falun/Sweden, where he chairs the Democracy Council and Election Commission in Sweden [falun.se/democracy]. In 2001 Bruno Kaufmann became the first director of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe [iri-europe.org] ­­­, a nonpartisan research and educational institute with headquarters at Marburg University (Germany). He is research fellow at the Centre for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and editor-in-chief of people2power.info, a media initiative hosted by the Swiss Broadcasting Company. Kaufmann is co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy...

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Bill Fletcher Jr. Interview – PPP052

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher...

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Vivian Toft Interview – FOC008

“My husband and I are Brits living in southern Sweden. We have two grown children. I was a civil servant and then a teacher, teaching age groups from pre-school through to 18 years. After we retired, my husband and I moved to Sweden in 2012. We wanted a retirement involving gardening and an outdoor life. And to be in a more equal society. We love our new life and we hope that the greater equality that Scandinavia enjoys can spread to the rest of the world.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 58:20 — 40.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe:...

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Forget About FEMA – The People Are Stepping Up!

What you begin to realize, as you watch this video, is that there are so many – SO MANY – grassroots organizations that are stepping up to fill in the growing number of gaps and holes in our social systems. This is a quiet revolution. A gentle, swelling tide. Not a tsunami, although there are many who would like to see the “powers that be” knocked off their pedestal in a loud and public way. I get that, but this organic, slow & steady growth is actually more sustainable…and more powerful…because it is based upon true, human to human...

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Why Prepping for a Project is Always Worthwhile!

In a week and a half, I will board a train and head up to Whistler, B.C. for my annual writing retreat. For seven days, I will be entirely alone. No calls, texts, or requests for rides. No laundry, no animals to feed, no mucking out or sweeping or bill paying or banking or radio interviews…nothing but me and my characters. In a word, BLISS! But…and this is true for every person in charge of every project imaginable…a focused period of work is only as good as one’s preparation. Right? This year, The Ghost Lords is going through revision...

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The GMC

Not surprisingly, I’m in a coffee shop. The Starbucks at University Village, to be exact. Gee – I must be working on my novel again! LOL… If you’ve ever worked on a long term writing project, you know that a daily commitment to the work is the hardest part of the whole process. So, tossing my kid out of the car – friend in tow – and telling them I’ll meet up with them in a few hours is…well…to be expected! Today, I am reviewing Chapter Two: Goal, Motivation, Conflict, otherwise known as “The GMC.” These three will seriously...

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