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Connection Matters Podcast brings together heart centred, nature-connected, curious people who share the enquiry; how can we create a connected and meaningful way of living that brings more health, happiness and growth to our world? Hosted by Leona Johnson and born out of her inspired journey into Eco-psychology and Nature Mentoring as well as running the Social Enterprise Live Wild CIC this podcast aims to capture some of the stories, wisdom and magic of the inspirational friends, teachers ...
 
The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement and experts. What will The Vanished uncover next?
 
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S6 E47: In this episode of This Is the Author, we welcome listeners to a special conversation between author Cameron Lund and narrator Rachel L. Jacobs about the Young Adult audiobook, Heartbreakers and Fakers. Listen along as Cameron and Rachel dive into the writing process and explore the inspiration behind the story. Enjoy this intimate behind-t…
 
S6 E46: In this episode, meet educator, RN, and poet Joyce Scott, DACA Dreamer and teacher Areli Morales, and author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Listen in as each of these authors describe the inspiration behind their children’s books and why it’s important to share stories to inspire and engage all children.Unbound: The Life and Art o…
 
In June of 2019, we brought you the story of Eric Pracht, a 25-year-old man missing from Lakewood, Colorado, since July 23, 2016. Eric and his fiancé had hosted a small gathering at their condo. As the party was winding down and most of the guests had left, there was a disagreement. According to those present, Eric took a walk to cool off and never…
 
Links mentioned in this episode https://www.globalsocialleaders.com/ www.future-foundations.co.uk #gslfest #gslgoals #smallactions #bigimpact Our website is www.livewild.org.uk/connectionmatterspodcast Connect with us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/livewilduk/ My personal instagram is https://www.instagram.com/leona.connection.matters/ The …
 
S6 E44: In this episode, meet actor and activist Chella Man, author and musician Joseph Bruchac, and artist and author Tyler Feder. Tune in to hear these authors talk about writing for kids and teens and the importance of visibility, body positivity, and how we can better learn to care for both ourselves and others within a community.Continuum by C…
 
S6 E45: In this episode, meet writer, performer, and educator Leona Godin, TV writer and podcast host Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, the husband and wife duo behind the band Johnnyswim. Discover why each author decided to write about personal subjects and what it was like recording them.There Plant Eyes by M. Leona…
 
Over the last two weeks, we’ve continued to tell you the story of the disappearances of Angela Mack and her son, Mikey. Yesterday, you heard an expert fire investigator discuss the plausibility of the theory that Angie and Mikey were burned in Clarence Krusen’s home furnace. Was it possible that their bodies were completely destroyed, leaving no ph…
 
Last week, we brought you two new episodes on the incredible developments in the case of Angela Mack and Thomas “Mikey” Rettew. If you haven’t listened to the original episode or the first two updates, listen to those first, they will bring you up to speed. Today, we’re taking a look at another aspect of the developments in this case, the furnace t…
 
S6 E43: In this episode, meet author Steven Rowley, poet Amit Majmudar, and author A.S. King. Listen in to learn what it was like for these authors to bring the characters and rhythms of their books to life, and how "the voices in their heads" translated into their narrative styles. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights, delightful mispronunciations, an…
 
S6 E42: In this episode, meet biologist Jonathan Balcombe, author and PBS host Steven Johnson, and journalist Michael Easter. This is an episode for curious minds: discover the essential role flies (yes, flies) play in our ecosystem, the reasons behind why we're living longer, and how to leverage the power of discomfort to improve health and happin…
 
In early April, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had solved and closed the 2002 disappearances of 20-year-old Angela Mack and her son, Thomas “Mikey” Rettew. Our last episode explored the dramatic turn of events in Angela and Mikey’s mysterious disappearances since we originally aired their story in March. Today, we’re continu…
 
Three months ago, we brought you the story of the disappearance of Angela Mack and her son Thomas "Mikey" Rettew from a small town in northwest Arkansas. No one knew who had seen Angela and Mikey last or under what circumstances. Our records requests with law enforcement were ignored, and our efforts to conduct an in-depth interview with the invest…
 
S6 E41: In this episode, meet New York Times bestselling author John Green, New York Times best-selling biographer Ronald C. White, and veteran journalist and author Daniel Barbarisi. Listen in to discover what it was like for these authors to voice their work out loud (even when that means capturing President Lincoln's unique vocal cadence). Plus,…
 
S6 E40: In this episode, meet Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka, and NBA Champion, All-Star, and Olympian Chris Bosh. Listen in as these authors talk intimately about the intersection between our gifts and life's obstacles, and the transformative experiences that can arise from being in tou…
 
23-year-old Chris Turner disappeared from Las Vegas, Nevada, in early August of 2016. We first covered Chris Turner’s case on July 5, 2017. Shortly after we aired his story, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department closed his case, stating that he had been seen alive. We brought you an update about Chris on September 1, 2017, to discuss the dev…
 
Things we talk about in this episode The benefits of meditation for the different stages and ages of your family How and when to introduce meditation to kids The number one tool to come into the present moment and build mental and emotional wellbeing Discover how to respond versus react so you can become more present and engaged with your children …
 
S6 E39: In this episode, meet pastor John Stange, author Sarah J. Robinson, and author Jon M. Sweeney. Each of these authors have written books inspired by the relationship between faith and practice, especially during hard times. Listen in to hear their reflections on writing, and on recording their audiobooks.Dwell on These Things by John Stange:…
 
S6 E38: In this episode, meet investigative journalist Carol Leonnig, Know Your Endo founder Jessica Murnane, and op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari. Listen in as each of these authors examines what it means to get the story behind the story, whether that's investigating the secret service, navigating your health, or exploring how tradition can connect wit…
 
23-year-old Amanda Grazewski disappeared from an apartment in Derry, New Hampshire, in the early morning hours of March 17, 2020. Amanda was spending the night there along with a few other people. The others reported that they went to bed, and by the time they awoke the following morning, Amanda was gone. Strangely, all of her belongings were still…
 
S6 E37: In this episode, meet poet Alessandra Narváez Varela, performer Laura Hankin, and poet Ishle Yi Park. Listen in as these three authors describe their new novels and what inspired them - whether that be rethinking how we talk about mental health, classic love stories, or infiltrating secret clubs. Plus, hear them share what it was like to re…
 
S6 E36: In this episode, meet actress and producer Julianna Margulies, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, and speaker Ian Manuel. Listen in as each of these authors describe what inspired them to write their books, and get their behind-the-mic, off-the-cuff impressions of what it was like to record their audiobooks.Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies…
 
S6 E34: In this episode, meet authors Gregory Curtis, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Sarah Sentilles. Each of these writers have written powerful memoirs that recount their experiences of love and loss. To hear these authors read their audiobooks is to be drawn into the intimacy of their experiences, and also struck by the universality of grief. Listen in…
 
S6 E35: In this episode, meet Hedley & Bennett founder Ellen Marie Bennett, bestselling author Greg McKeown, and award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman. If you're an overthinker, in danger of burnout at work, or in need of a change (a real one!), tune in to this episode for an instant refresh. You'll learn what inspired these authors to write…
 
On Saturday, June 30, 1984, 21-year-old Harry Milligan finished his job painting a house and met some friends at a bar called Waterworks in Albia, Iowa. The bar was just over a ten-minute drive from his home in nearby Avery, Iowa. We don’t know for sure what transpired inside the bar that night. There have been stories that Harry won a large sum of…
 
S6 E33: In this episode, meet poet and artist Tyler Knott Gregson, Internet superstar Jeffrey Marsh, and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott. Summer is about to begin, and it's time for fresh and feel-good listens. Hear poet Tyler Knott Gregson on the importance of light after a dark year, Jeffrey Marsh on his audio workbook for self-esteem…
 
S6 E32: In this episode, meet Acorns CEO Jennifer Barrett, Bulletin co-founder Ali Kriegsman, and career consultant Steve Dalton. Whether your goal is financial independence, closing on a job interview, or starting your own business (or empire) from scratch, you'll want to hear from these career pros-turned-authors. Plus, find out what it was like …
 
On January 27, 2019, an off-duty law enforcement officer observed an abandoned car at a popular trailhead in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The vehicle had a broken rear window, and the police later impounded it, but no one ever came forward. Several months later, the RCMP sent a notice to its registered owner, 25-year-old Kristofer Couture, a nativ…
 
S6 E31: In this episode, meet life coach and speaker Martha Beck and writer and editor Gina Hamadey. These two authors share a desire to help listeners discover happiness. Now, listen in as they talk about their audiobooks and their recording experience.The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/636189/the-way…
 
S6 E30: In this episode, meet writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, actor and writer Mira Sethi, and musician Michelle Zauner. Whether it’s an explosive investigation, a lyrical collection of short stories, or a deeply personal exploration of grief, each of these authors stepped behind the mic to share their work. Hear what the …
 
On September 14, 1990, 10-year-old Kacey Perry disappeared while visiting with her father at his home in Portland, Oregon, after the two had a disagreement. In Part 1, we learned that it’s believed Kacey made it to a store blocks away from her father’s home, possibly to make a phone call to ask someone to pick her up. Witnesses spotted her at this …
 
On September 14, 1990, 10-year-old Kacey Perry was visiting with her father at his home in Portland, Oregon. That evening, the two had a disagreement during a conversation about Kacey coming to live with him full-time. Her father told Kacey to go to bed for the night, which he believed she had done. He went outside and chatted with a neighbor for a…
 
S6 E29: In this episode, meet Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and the first Asian-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mazie Hirono. Listen in as these authors describe how—and why—they were each inspired to share their remarkable life stories.In the Heigh…
 
S6 E28: In this episode, meet writer Cookie Hiponia Everman, actress Ali Stroker, and comedy writer and actor Rachel Wenitsky. Discover how each of these childrens' book authors uniquely experienced what it was like to bring their written words to life in the recording booth.We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.c…
 
On May 10, 2020, 25-year-old Skylar Ware wished his mom a happy Mother's Day. He was in Kansas City, Missouri, and she was in the process of moving to Florida, so the two didn't see each other often but kept in frequent contact. That was the last time Skylar's mother ever heard from her only child, and his posts on social media stopped soon after, …
 
S6 E26: In this episode, meet co-authors Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy, film critic David Thomson, and journalist Brian Castner. Whether you are a business buff looking for a jolt of inspiration, a film buff seeking behind-the-screen secrets, or a history buff questing after untold stories, you'll want to hear more about each of these author's new …
 
S6 E27: In this episode, meet the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils Jodi Cohen, coauthors Marc and Angel Chernoff, and writer and tech researcher Ximena Vengoechea. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships: what better way to start the spring season? Listen in as each of these authors talk about what inspired them to write their books. P…
 
In December of 2002, 21-year old James Wiggins left his home in Ruston, Louisiana, on foot, saying he was going to a nearby grocery store. James never returned home. The following morning, the owner of a convenience shop located several miles outside of Ruston found a young man sleeping at his store's doorstep. When he opened up his shop, the man c…
 
S6 E24: In this episode, meet writer and musician Jonathan Meiburg, professor of Sustainability Science Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, and professor of Journalism Dr. Sonora Jha. Listen in as each of these authors shares the inspiration behind their books, whether that be a connection found with a remarkable bird of prey, bringing "climate change feels" in…
 
S6 E25: In this episode, meet author, historian, and journalist James Carroll, journalist Grace Olmstead, and neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova. A powerful memoir by a former priest and National Book Award–winning writer. An intimate reflection on America's agricultural heartland and the consequences of "uprooting." A neuroscientist's explorati…
 
On May 24, 2017, 27-year-old Zacharey Wilks left his home in Lompoc, California, to make the familiar drive to his uncle's residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. He planned to help his uncle prepare the family's vacation home for summer guests and spend time with relatives. However, Zacharey never made it, and he disappeared along with his car. We first b…
 
S6 E23: In this special episode of This Is the Author, we’re celebrating National Library Week by asking authors to share some of their favorite library memories. Listen to Jen Sincero, Ethan Kross, Safia Elhillo, Misty Copeland, Ethan Hawke, Jasmine Mans, Mari Andrew, and Seth Godin express the remarkable opportunities that both libraries and libr…
 
S6 E22: In this episode meet actress and singer Hilary Duff, human rights lawyer Qasim Rashid, and author and comedian Carrie Seim. Discover the special reason each author had for writing their stories—and why sharing them with children and families is so meaningful. Plus, hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.My Little Brave Gi…
 
On the chilly fall evening of November 8, 2007, 24-year-old Kyle Fleischmann went to dinner, drinks, and a show with friends in Charlotte, North Carolina. The evening was a celebratory affair- a friend's birthday, another friend's recent job change. However, the night didn't end on a festive note when friends went their separate ways, and Kyle seem…
 
S6 E21: In this episode, meet Billboard’s VP of Latin Music Leila Cobo, poet, journalist, and writer Roya Hakakian, and sports journalist Julie DiCaro. You’ll hear how sharing diverse perspectives and experiences can create meaningful—and needed—conversations. Plus, find out what it was like for each author to record their audiobook.Decoding "Despa…
 
S6 E20: In this episode, meet therapist and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab, bestselling author and podcaster Jen Hatmaker, and educator and entrepreneur Ellen Petry Leanse. These women all share a similar drive—to help listeners create more happiness in their lives. Listen to them talk about writing their books and, then, recording the aud…
 
Leona Kinsey disappeared from La Grande, Oregon, on October 25, 1999. A friend last saw Leona at a local Walmart. According to her friend, Leona said she planned to meet a man at a nearby grocery store and then stop by her friend's house around 7 PM that night. Leona never showed up at her friend's house and was never seen again. In Part 1, we disc…
 
Leona Kinsey disappeared from La Grande, Oregon, on October 25, 1999. A friend last saw Leona at a local Walmart. According to her friend, Leona said she planned to meet someone at a nearby grocery store and then stop by her friend's house around 7 PM that night. Leona never showed up at her friend's house and was never seen again. Her friend becam…
 
S6 E19: In this episode meet founder and CEO of The Life Giving Company Tyler Reagin, professor of management David Weitzner, and business storytelling coach Paul Smith. Learn how these authors realized that they wanted to share stories that could help listeners in their own work, and what the audio recording studio was like.Leading Things You Didn…
 
S6 E18: In this episode, meet magazine editor, on-air lifestyle expert, and certified trainer Meaghan B Murphy, Emmy Award-winning television producer Miguel Sancho, and pastor and blogger Kurt Willems. Discover what drove each of these authors to share their personal experiences with readers and listeners and why it was important for them to recor…
 
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