Happy Fourth of July! (And other Current Events)

On Tuesday, July 4th we will be celebrating our nation’s 24th Birthday – Happy Fourth of July; Independence Day, to everyone!!

Today we’ll be discussing the 13th annual Conference of UNPO (The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). UNPO is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization. The members of UNPO include indigenous peoples and minorities that reside in unrecognized or occupied territories, who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights. They also strive to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

We’ll discuss what was accomplished during this conference as well as covering the latest world news developments which include the pending healthcare bill, the President’s tweets, the recent shootings and North Korea.

Click the link below to listen to the conversation:

Carlos Kremer, Mixed Martial Arts Announcer

Today’s guest is MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fight announcer Carlos Kremer.  Carlos is a graduate from UC Davis & a graduate from OCS. During his time with the Marines as Captain, Carlos received two Navy Achievement medals. He also held the position of Series Commander. Only 5% of all officers have been awarded this rank. While in the Marines Carlos was nicknamed “The Master Motivator” due to his accomplishments & his positive demeanor.

Currently, Carlos makes announcing for Mixed Martial Arts an important part of his life. He also hosts a weekly radio show called “Carlos Kremer Kick Ass Radio.” Also as president of Kremer Insurance, Carlos insures various local gyms as well as sponsors MMA fighters Bellator pro Sergio Roos & undefeated fighter Zac Savage.

Carlos explains that MMA has become his passion & wants to take it as high as he can. Tune in by clicking the player below:

Jessica Laycock

Our guest, Jessica Laycock, is a District woman firing a legal challenge to the ambiguous marijuana laws in the nation’s capital. As of Feb. 26, 2015 marijuana was made legal in D.C.—sort of. On April 20, an annual day of pro-pot advocacy, Laycock and seven other protesters were arrested during a demonstration in which activists gave joints to congressional staffers to push for marijuana-friendly federal laws.

Possession of marijuana is illegal on federal land, but protesters say they strategically held the event on District land, where possession of up to two ounces of pot is legal and small amounts can be given away free. The circumstances of her case highlight the clash between federal pot laws and looser local regulations in a city where small amounts of marijuana are allowed.

Let’s hear what she has to say! Click the link below:

Claudia Tellez

Our guest this week is the Medical Society of Northern Virginia’s Executive Director Claudia Tellez.

She develops and manages Health Information Technology (HIT) programs – Health Information Exchange (HeaLixVA) and Telemedicine (DoctorsTelemed). DoctorsTelemed is the only telemedicine network in the country initiated by physicians supported by the Medical Society of Northern Virginia Foundation. This telemedicine network of community physicians currently deliver medical care on demand for nearly the same cost of an average co-payment.

For more information see the website at Medical Society of Northern Virginia

Listen to the discussion by clicking the podcast link below:

Jennifer Hurwitz of Blue Star Families

This Memorial Day, May 28, 2017 – learn about BLUE STAR FAMILIES! Jennifer Hurwitz, a Research and Policy Analyst at ‘Blue Star Families’, will join us! Blue Star families is a non-profit that supports military families and helps them with deal with having a member of the family in the service and provides free resources, services, and opportunities to more than 1.5 million military family members—making military life more sustainable.

Jennifer has been an Air Force spouse for 19 years, and has volunteered and worked in a variety of roles that help to support military families. Military spouse underemployment is an issue that she has experienced first-hand due to the 10 military moves she, her husband and daughter have made. After years of reinventing herself at each duty station – working as a speech-language pathologist, teacher, university professor and researcher – she joined Blue Star Families, an organization that fully understands these challenges.

For more info see Bluestar Families and listen to the discussion by clicking on the player below: