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INSIGHT – SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, CHUCK BARRIS “GONG BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”, THE NEXT SOFIA COPPOLA AND NEW SESAME ST. MUPPET WITH AUTISM – 03.23.17

Gong Show creator, songwriter and novelist – Chuck Barris gave the nation unique shows that forever changed the landscape of television. Mark recalls a hilarious episode of Barris’s The Newlywed Game where a most embarrassing revelation occurred for a couple. Shannon Ryan will undoubtedly write and direct highly informative and entertaining films in the future though now as a shinning graduate student at Brooklyn College’s Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and recipient of Woman of Her Word Disabilities scholarship (awarded by Michele Spitz), Shannon explains how she is furthering her vast skill set that includes incorporating her keen perspective and resiliency as an indomitable woman with multiple disabilities including hearing and visual impairments. Plus, why it’s healthy to step out of ones comfort zone even if it risks embarrassment – or in Mark’s case, the inability to see bowling pins for the sake of a good time. And meet Julia – Sesame Street’s new muppet who is on the Autism spectrum.

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INSIGHT – ALL WOMEN CREW SOAR WORLDWIDE SETTING RECORD – GRAD STUDENT GOES X COUNTRY FOR POLITICAL INSIGHT AND SPRING BREAKERS WITH MEANS – 03.16.17

Kyle Mendelson is taking the temperature of our nation by traveling to over a dozen US cities to meet with politicians, educators and more in an effort to better understand perspectives and motives in regions that voted number forty-five. From the cockpit to ticket handlers and everyone between – the significance of the women of Air India who circumnavigated the world.

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INSIGHT – NYC REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL – THE INDOMITABLE DISABILITY DIVA HEATHER WATKINS – JARREAU / CORYELL REMEMBERED – 03.02.17

Mark recalls priceless time spent in–studio with greats Al Jarreau and Larry Coryell.  Modern jazz aficionado Russ Davis, also pays tribute to these phenomenal musicians http://russdavismoja.com/ Heather Watkins blog, “Slow Walkers See More” https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/ has readers laughing, talking and musing as well as taking action!  Heather depicts “My difference makes me stronger”, Mark’s mantra that so many persons with and …

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INSIGHT – BREAK-UP BOOT CAMP (REALLY) – MEN & MENTAL HEALTH – DANCING AT DAWN PRE WORK ACROSS THE GLOBE – 02.23.17

What helps you get over someone…endless Ben & Jerry’s, wine, yoga, wine, frolicking with puppies???  Renew, an upstate N.Y. retreat for those in need of an escape and help mending their shattered heart can help.  Plus, there’s nothing like getting over someone with another someone! When I gave a talk on mental illness to N.J. State health professionals recently, I …

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INSIGHT – COMEDIAN STACEY PRUSSMAN, MECHANICAL DOPING SPINS WHEELS, CHILDREN’S BOOK DEBUNKS THE SWEET LIFE – 02.16.17

The hilarious Stacey Prussman talks about the life of a comedian, her struggles including eating disorder, her movies and much more. Mechanical doping is the new black – kind of. Professional riders – yes think Tour De France have turned to small hidden motors that help propel the bike so they can recover. Maybe pro cyclists have had enough of needling each other. Nonetheless, this new method of gaining an edge has the attention of officials. Lance Armstrong…busted completely. Usain Bolt…busted and crushed hearts. When will the human capacity alone be enough? “The Dog Who Saved Pleasantville” could save your child from having to go to sugar rehab. Authors, Corrine and Jack Wlody (Team Wlody) have created a tale that speaks volumes to parents and provides great insight for kids who think sugar is just like all food…good for you and yummy (cue obnoxious buzzer sfx). WRONG! This warm tale is about smart food choices, family and the importance of community. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Dog-Who-Saved-Pleasantville

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INSIGHT – THE WORLD OF SPIES AND HACKS – HOW ADDING A TWIST TO YOUR PROFESSION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE – 01.26.17

The POTUS refuses to acknowledge Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election though my guest, T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative shares how cyber warfare will continue to escalate and the ramifications on the U.S. and the world.  Learn why Tim Fitzgerald is taking his social worker practice to Thailand where elephant rides, meditation and calming the mind will redefine …

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INSIGHT – EYESIGHT AND BRUSHES NOT NEEDED – PAINTER USES FINGERS AND VISUALIZATION – 01.12.17

Laura Meddens is a supremely talented and creative artist who began painting less then three years ago when her remaining vision failed lost though her work appears to be the result of decades of experimentation and practice.  Laura’s story of resiliency and determination to succeed on several fronts is astounding like co-creating Abled.com and developing The Laura and Wagner Foundation.  …

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INSIGHT – JAZZ ICONS TO JAM FOR DISABILITY PRIDE BENEFIT AND SO LONG ‘16’ – 12.29.16

It was a privilege to have Mike Le Donne, renowned Jazz Pianist and Founder/Pres/CEO Disability Pride NYC (501C3 non-profit organization), on the show to discuss the impetus on forming Disability Pride NYC and how vital theirNYC Disability Pride Parade is in eradicating serotypes, bridging communities and creating a platform for performers and attendees with disabilities to experience inclusion and big time fun!

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INSIGHT – CHANGE AT ANY AGE AND REQUIRED LISTENING FOR ENTREPRENEURS – 12.22.16

Michael Dermer, entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and author of “The Lonely Entrepreneur” joined me to discuss why he left a coveted job as a corporate lawyer to pursue the dream of being his own boss. His concept — reward Americans for healthy behavior and in the process, saving the healthcare system a bundle. Hear how he created IncentOne – an empire he tirelessly devoted over a decade too that crumbled in mere days during the 2008 financial debacle and how his varied entrepreneur skills, business acumen and much more got him back in the game. My mother continues to inspire and teach me through her uncanny ability to adapt to life circumstances within and beyond her control. Recently, she had to utilize her strength and courage once again, this time in the form of relocating to a new home late in life. Change in life happens in many forms and my mothers ability to not only survive but flourish, made me take pause of the significance of this vital characteristic that makes many wildly uncomfortable.

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INSIGHT – OVER SEXED, DRUGGED & ENTERTAINED REVELATIONSFROM PAUL WILLIAMS AND TRACEY JACKSON – 12.08.16

Tracey Jackson, tv and film writer and co-author of NY Times best seller, GRATITUDE AND TRUST: 6 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life joins me for an in-depth conversation about loss, denial and numerous invaluable life lessons. Hear many riveting stories including Tracey’s first meeting with Oscar and Grammy winning song writer Paul Williams that took place in Robert Mitchum’s bedroom. Really! A veteran of traditional therapy — though never an alcohol or drug abuser like her friend Paul…Tracey has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending. Tracey shares stories of debauchery that Paul lived and wrote about in their book like how Paul was rarely able to recollect his dozens of appearances on the Tonight Show since he was so high. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and she runs GratitudeandTrust.com with her dear friend Paul Williams.