Headlined Guests

Darrell M. West
Guest Occupation: Vice President and Director of Governance Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution
Guest Biography:

Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of work. West is also director of the John Hazen White Manufacturing Initiative. Prior to coming to Brookings, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

His books include Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (with co-author John R. Allen; Brookings Press, 2020), Divided Politics, Divided Nation (Brookings Press, 2019) The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Brookings Press, 2018), Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives (Brookings Press, 2015), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Press, 2014), Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings Press, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings Press, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings Press, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings Press, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005), among others.

His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and he is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). His Brain Gain book won the ForeWord Review Book of the Year for political science and his Billionaires book won the ForeWord Book of the Year Silver Award for political science, In 2014, he was honored by Public Administration Review for having written one of the 75 most influential articles since 1940. This was for his article “E-Government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes.”

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Mark Shaiken
Guest Occupation: Former Bankruptcy Lawyer, Author, photographer, editor
Guest Biography:

Mark Shaiken – Former Bankruptcy Lawyer and Author of And… Just Like That

Mark Shaiken is a survivor of a decades long career in the corporate bankruptcy trenches. He sat for 10 years on his law firm’s board of directors and was a member of its strategic planning committee. He holds his B.A. from Haverford College and received his J.D. from Washburn University. He holds seats on art boards, sits on Habitat for Humanity – Metro Denver’s audit and finance committee, and is a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s obility and Housing Councils. He now measures his life by what he gives, and enjoys that immensely. Mark is also the author of And… Just Like That: Essays on a life before, during and after the law, which presents observations on his life before the law, his forty-one years in the law, and his life after he left. He has now started his next book Fresh Start, a bankruptcy novel.

A Denver-based photographer and the editor and founder of do : : or : : diso — a short, to the point, internet magazine offering periodic photography and insight articles. My images have appeared in and been used by:

Sporting Kansas City’s and the Colorado Rapid’s Major League Soccer websites
KC Counselor covers – Kansas City’s legal profession magazine
NewWest.net – the voice of the Rocky Mountain West
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
Combat Brands, LLC
Think 360 Arts for Learning
Downtown Denver Partnership
Stinson LLP
N Magazine (Nikon) photo of the week
My Nikon Life on Facebook – banner skiing image
The Pulse
State of Kansas official calendar
World Soccer Talk featured photos
WVhooligan.com Major League Soccer blog
PocketWizard Blog feature article about my lighting techniques
Collegiate athletic websites including The Summit League, University of Denver, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Missouri Western University, Northwest Missouri State University, Haverford College, University of Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis University, Rockhurst University, Fort Hays State University, Whitman College, Metropolitan State University, and Seattle University.
The Kansas City T Bones Baseball Club website
I am a Getty contributor. Installations of my work have been on display at two military hospitals in Kansas and Missouri, Collection (a Kansas City restaurant), the Arts Council of Hays, Kansas, and Cremalab in Kansas City, Missouri.

Guest Category: Literature, Visual Arts, Business, Legal, Medicine, News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture, Sports & Recreation
John Oates
Guest Occupation: R&B, and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member
Guest Biography:

J  O  H  N

O  A  T  E  S

One half of the best-selling duo of all time

H  A  L  L   &   O  A  T  E  S







John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.

Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggest mentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passing down their signature finger and flatpicking styles.

John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two began collaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since their formation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades.

In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded six solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas).

John’s most recent record album:




John went on the road with the “ Good Road Band “  the very same musicians that played on the album and developed a critically acclaimed show which he captured during a live performance at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville in June of 2020. The recording, to be released in September 2020 displays the amazing talent of these world class players and captures the energy of not only the music of “Arkansas” but introduces new original songs as well. “This is the culmination of two years of touring and you can hear the players interacting and working together in a way that is astounding. "

For more information about

John Oates







Also Purchase

Change of Seasons:

A Memoir Hardcover

–Deckle Edge, March 28, 2017

by John Oates  (Author), Chris Epting  (Author)

available at amazon.com

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart.

In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.



John Oates Discography

Studio albums

Phunk Shui (2002)

1000 Miles of Life (2008)

Mississippi Mile (2011)

Good Road to Follow (2013)

Arkansas (2018)




Live albums

Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House (2004)

John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert (2006)

The Bluesville Sessions (2012)



Whole Oats (1972)

Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

War Babies (1974)

Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)

Bigger Than Both of Us (1976)

Beauty on a Back Street (1977)

Along the Red Ledge (1978)

X-Static (1979)

Voices (1980)

Private Eyes (1981)

H2O (1982)

Big Bam Boom (1984)

Ooh Yeah! (1988)

Change of Season (1990)

Marigold Sky (1997)

Do It for Love (2003)

Our Kind of Soul (2004)

Home for Christmas (2006)

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, History, Music, News, TV & Film
Greg Justice
Guest Occupation: National Fitness Hall of Famer, CEO Scriptor Publishing Group & author upcoming “Pride & Discipline- The Legacy of Jack LaLane”.
Guest Biography:

Greg is a best-selling author, speaker and fitness entrepreneur. He opened AYC Health & Fitness, Kansas City’s Original Personal Training Center, in May 1986, and has personally trained nearly 60,000 one-on-one sessions. Today, AYC specializes in onsite corporate wellness, personal and small-group training. 

Greg is the co-founder and CEO of the National Corporate Fitness Institute (NCFI), a certifying body for fitness professionals, and the co-founder of Scriptor Publishing Group.  

Greg holds a master’s degree in HPER (exercise science) (1986) and a bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education (1983) from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY.  He has been actively involved in the fitness industry for more than three decades as a club manager, owner, personal fitness trainer, and corporate wellness supervisor. He has worked with athletes and non-athletes of all ages and physical abilities and served as a conditioning coach at the collegiate level. He worked with the Kansas City Chiefs, during the offseason, in the early 1980’s, along with professional baseball, soccer and golf athletes. 

He writes articles and contributes for many international publications and websites including, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Prevention, Time, US News & World Report, New York Times, IDEA Fitness Journal, Corporate Wellness Magazine, and has a monthly column called “Treadmill Talks” in Personal Fitness Professional magazine.  Greg has authored twelve books.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Dr. Daphne Denham
Guest Occupation: Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Concussion Specialist
Guest Biography:

Dr. Daphne Denham, MD is a wound & burn care specialist in Northbrook, IL. Dr. Denham completed a residency at University of South Florida / College of Medicine. She currently practices at Comprehensive Wound Care, LLC and is affiliated with Evanston Hospital. She accepts multiple insurance plans. Dr. Denham is board certified in General Surgery.

Since 2009, Dr. Denham has focused exclusively on wound care and hyperbaric medicine.  As a board certified general surgeon, she has a unique perspective on the potential benefits of oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that involves breathing 100% oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. The pressure in the chamber is increased, anywhere from 1.5 atmospheres to up to 3 atmospheres.  The hyperbaric oxygen treatment provides a dramatic increase in oxygen in the blood.  The high level of oxygen in the blood then provides an increase in oxygen to all tissues, decreases swelling to any damaged tissues, and mitigates an over-reactive immune function.  These three results, all from simply the increased oxygen of the blood, provide incredible healing benefits.

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Medicine, Science, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Anil Mathai
Guest Occupation: Politician, Activist
Guest Biography:

To provide solutions to problems that individuals/organizations have to address, while building better trust-based relationships with everyone around me. In short, I love to Solve Problems, Help/Encourage People, Increase Revenues, Travel the World, Learn New Things, and Greatest - Leave A Positive Legacy for My Children, Family, Friends, and Community!

- Experienced Leadership of Process Improvement, Quality Management Systems, Strategic/Project Planning, Change Management, Validation, & Regulatory Affairs.
- Led process improvements to reduce operational expenditures and meet budgetary requirements.
- Customer focused by addressing problems and providing cost effective solutions to satisfy customer expectations.
- Experience in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Medical Device/Nutraceutical, Blood Banking, Retail, and Automotive Manufacturing environments.
- Extensive experience in dealing in environments such as the FDA, MHRA, EMA, ISO, etc.
- Certified Auditor (CQA/CHA) of domestic and international businesses regulated by governmental agencies.
- Extensive business background in international environments; traveling to more than 50 countries to date.

Personal Summary
I am actively involved in being a loving husband & father to my family; volunteer at the Adams County jail by teaching the Bible & life skills to men, missions to help the poor locally and/or the world, & listening/helping anyone in their time of need. I have traveled to 54 countries & all 50 US states. Overall, loving and enjoying life, God, family, friends, work, sports, traveling, etc.


Guest Category: News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Dr. James S. Robbins
Guest Occupation: Columnist for USA Today, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs
Guest Biography:

James S. Robbins (born 1962) is an American commentary writer for USA Today and Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs on the American Foreign Policy Council. He is the former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times, an author, political commentator and professor, with a focus on national security and foreign and military affairs.

James S. Robbins is a columnist for USA Today, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and a member of the advisory board to the National Civil War Museum. Formerly, he was an award-winning editorial writer at the Washington Times, professor at the National Defense University, and special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Robbins holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His books include Erasing America: Losing Our Future By Destroying Our Past (2018), The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero (2014), This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (2010) and Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point (2006).

Dr. Robbins’ books include The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero (Amazon #2 in Military Biography), Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the New American Identity (Amazon #1 in Nationalism), This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (Amazon #1 in American Military History and Vietnam War History) and Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point.

Dr. Robbins has appeared on hundreds of national and international television and radio programs, including on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and CSPAN among others. His articles and commentaries have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

Dr. Robbins’ awards include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Division A, First Place award for editorial writing, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award.

Dr. Robbins holds a PhD and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude with High Honors in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Guest Category: Literature, Business, Legal, History, Military, News, Philosophy, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Divya Parekh
Guest Occupation: Business Strategist, Author, Coach
Guest Biography:

Adversity is an Adventure!

Divya Parekh is a Business Strategist, Author and Coach who survived an accident which triggered medical debts which piled up to over $35,000 for two years. After almost losing her sanity and her business, she discovered how to shift her mindset and move towards healing. She now shares how to manifest your dreams in life and business and helps many others do the same.

Divya has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants, and leaders from a wide array of industries, who are ready to play full out, experience the joy of impacting others and expand their reach, business, and revenue. Together, they work to achieve success through coaching, authorship, consulting, authority positioning, media exposure, course building, speaking, and strategic marketing. Also, she loves holding “Get Work Done” masterminds and speaking at leadership, entrepreneurial, and women’s conferences. She is an avid proponent for oceanic sustainability, nature communing, and mentoring young students and women to help them create opportunities for themselves and their communities.

As an author, Divya has been invited as a media influencer to publicity conferences and summits, including sharing the virtual platform with industry leaders like Jack Canfield and JJ Virgin. Divya’s books and strategies have been endorsed by the likes of Brian Tracy, Marshall Goldsmith, Kevin Harrington (Original Shark from Shark Tank), Joe Theismann (Super Bowl World Champion and Entrepreneur), Rhonda Vetere (Global CIO/CTO and 2019 top 50 most powerful Tech Women), Sherry Winn (Two-time Olympian) and many more….

More about Divya Parekh at:

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Psychology, Self Help
Bashar's Four Laws of Creation
Guest Occupation: Darryl is a spiritual medium who channels an enlightened extraterrestrial entity named Bashar.
Guest Biography:

Want to learn more about UFOs and metaphysical topics? My guest is DARRYL ANKA who is a writer-director-producer at Zia Films LLC, a company he owns with his producing partner and wife, Erica Jordan. Darryl has an extensive background in miniature effects, storyboards and set design and has worked on some of the biggest sci-fi and action films over the past thirty years, such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Iron Man and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. He is also an internationally known public speaker on UFOs and metaphysical topics. Over twenty books of his seminars have been published in the United States and Japan and recordings of his talks have been sold to thousands of people around the globe. Bashar info: https://www.bashar.org/   

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Paranormal, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Theory & Conspiracy
Larry Braig
Guest Occupation: GOP Colorado legislative candidate
Guest Biography:

Biography taken from: https://www.braigforsafety.com/about

My name is Larry Braig.
For 34 years as a Denver Firefighter,
my highest priority was your safety.
I promise to protect you and your family,
because your safety is still my top priority.
Larry Braig for Colorado House District 9
How blessed can a person be to have had an occupation that forever changed who you thought you were, and each day helped further shape what type of person you would become?
What if you discovered as I did, that a job once seemingly out of reach due to my own doubts, as to my ability to actually do it, became the one thing I felt I was put on earth to do?
Then, spend the next thirty four years doing it.
That defines my career as a firefighter, and later as an officer, for the Denver Fire Department. A career so meaningful and important to me that I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.
My career was full of thousands of varieties of emergency calls, with thousands of face-to-face interactions with people undergoing all manner of illness, injury, stress, hardship, or predicament. My job as a Denver firefighter, with proper training and equipment, was to help people during the course of my duties. To me, and others like me, it wasn’t a job but a vocation; to help, serve, and protect all people regardless of their circumstance. In other words, everyone I came in contact with should receive the same, professional level of attention in finding solutions to any given problem, no matter their background, with respect and compassion. It was in my job description, and anything less would have been contrary to what I grew up believing: being a firefighter just cemented my mindset of treating others the way I’d like myself, and my family to be treated.
It wasn’t always perfect, flowers didn’t spring up out of my very footsteps year after year. But I can honestly say, my ideals carried over into the physical and emotional component of my work, and that, in turn, was of some value to the people I served.
I retired from the Denver Fire Department as a Lieutenant in September of 2018. My family and I have lived in Southeast Denver for twenty seven years. The last fourteen years of my career were spent protecting that same neighborhood. I am proud of my service record, and my extensive involvement in the community lasts to this day. I am deeply committed to our church, and regularly deliver and distribute food at Hopes Provision food bank. In addition, I am certified and have been recently deployed by Team Rubicon, a worldwide disaster response organization.
My hardworking mother Rosalie, brought our small family to Denver from Wyoming in 1967, and was married to my stepfather, Stan Anderson soon after. I attended Denver Public Schools, graduating from North High and went on to Metropolitan State University where I enrolled in the Professional Pilot program. A family emergency forced my decision to not continue my education or earn my degree.
My wife Sharon and I have been married for 24 years, and have two wonderful children, and one beautiful grandchild. Our son Ezra attends the University of Nations, in Kona, Hawaii, an international missionary school. And, our daughter Taryn lives in Grand Junction, CO with her husband Patric and their new son Milo. Patric is a wine maker and co-founder of Sauvage Spectrum Winery. 
Guest Category: News, Politics & Government
Guest Occupation: National Appeals Director, Veteran Warriors
Guest Biography:

Holly Ferrell is Veteran Warriors’ National Appeals Director and oversees all veteran caregiver related matters.  In this role, she handles cases of various natures: those who have had their applications denied; those who have been discharged; those who are attempting to resolve issues with the VA staff; those veterans and their caregiver who are attempting to decide whether to apply and whether they meet eligibility; those veterans who require assistance with applying; those who are looking for other resources or possibly that their veteran requires more care; and any other related matters.

With her clinical background, the majority of her time is spent assisting veterans whose Caregiver Program applications have been denied and those that have been discharged from the program with properly drafting their appeals, including assisting the veteran and caregiver with gathering the proper documentation and medical records to prove they were wrongfully denied.  On a case by case basis, Holly will represent a veteran and their caregiver with their appeals either onsite or via teleconference.  There are often times where she is required to help open the dialog between the veteran and the VA to discuss potential administrative errors on a Veteran’s Eligibility Assessment, misconduct, or other wrongdoing by VA.  She has oversight of all the organization’s cases regarding the public law’s clinical and administrative eligibility for the Caregiver Program, requiring her to spend a lot of time discussing options with veterans or caregivers regarding Program eligibility and whether there may be other more suitable programs.

When Holly is not assisting other veteran families, she enjoys spending time with her family.  Holly’s husband is a post 9/11 Army veteran, which allows her to relate closely with the veteran caregiver community.  Daniel and Holly have four children, three boys and a little princess, and one four-legged fur-child.  With two of their four children knowing life before the military discharge and two only knowing the veteran lifestyle, she has strived to ensure her children are well rounded, compassionate, and understand that their lifestyle is not typical for many of the peers.  She and her family frequently help other families who are attempting to transition out of the military to navigate the veteran family lifestyle, particularly with navigating the VA and adapting to a new way of life.


Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Military, News, Politics & Government, Self Help
Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Guest Occupation: Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Department of History
Guest Biography:

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2009; B.A. University of Virginia, 2003) is an Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in twentieth-century United States history, with an emphasis on in the fields of capitalism, business, labor, political ideas and ideologies, regional development, and urbanization. She previously taught at Claremont McKenna College in California.

Shermer has written extensively on twentieth-century U.S. political and urban history.  She is the author of Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), editor of Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape (University of Arizona Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Nelson Lichtenstein, of The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American HistoryAmerican Historical Association PerspectivesBloomberg NewsHuffington Post, and History News Network.  Her article “General Motors vs. General Electric,” November 26, 2012, History News Network, was recently named an “Editor’s Pick” for 2012.

Shermer was previously the assistant director at the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2005 to 2009.  She was also the Paul Mellon Fellow of American History at the University of Cambridge from 2010 to 2012 where she taught graduate-level American history courses and lectured in the US history survey. Shermer was the recipient of the 2011 Lancaster Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the runner-up for the 2011 Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities.  She was the student Commencement Speaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.

Shermer currently serves as co-editor of the book series “American Business, Politics, and Society” at the University of Pennsylvania Press which explores the relationship between governmental institutions and the creation and performance of markets, firms, and industries. She is a contributor to Bloomberg.com’s Echoes Blog which places economic current events in historical perspective.  Shermer is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library.

Research Interests

Modern United States, capitalism, urban history, politics and public policy, labor and working-class history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 461: 20th Century America
  • HIST 212: U.S. Since 1865
  • HONORS: History of Recent Events (2012 Election)

Selected Publications

Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape, ed.(University of Arizona Press, 2013).

The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, ed. with Nelson Lichtenstein (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

“Banking on Government” in Steven Conn (ed.), To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government (Oxford University Press, 2012).       

 “‘Take Government Out of Business by Putting Business into Government:’ Local Boosters, National CEOs, Experts, and the Internal Dynamics of Mid-Century Capital Mobility,” in Julian Zelizer and Kim Phillips-Fein (eds.), Business and Politics in Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 2012).

“Origins of the Conservative Ascendancy: Barry Goldwater’s Early Senate Career and the De-legitimization of Organized Labor,”Journal of American History 95 (December 2008), 678-709.

Guest Category: Education, Entertainment, History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Julian Miranda
Guest Occupation: Singer Songwriter, owner of Standing O' Music
Guest Biography:


* Opening for Ray Charles 

* Opening for Stephen Bishop

* Opening/ Singing w/ Ms. Oleta Adams

* Singing & Recording  w/ Freddie Revel

* Opening act for Marrianne Williamson

 * Touring w/ Jessica Simpson – 1 year 

* World Tour Enrique Iglesias- 4 years 

* Rick James -2 yr Ebony Eyed Duet 

*  Teena Marie 7 yrs as Vocal Captain. 

* Star Search 

* Natalie Coles Big Break 

* Signed to Paisley Park 

* Signed to Michael Simbello

* 92.3 The Beat HOME JAMS Winner

* Jingles, Radio Spots, Commercials 

* Vocal Coaching




Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Dr Greg Hammer
Guest Occupation: Pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, professor at Stanford University Medical Center, Best Selling Author
Guest Biography:


Greg Hammer, MD is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, professor at Stanford University Medical Center, and #1 Best Selling Author. A member of the Stanford WellMD initiative and the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr Hammer is currently the Chair of the Physician Wellness Task Force for the California Society of Anesthesiologists.

He has been a visiting professor and lecturer on wellness at institutions worldwide and teaches GAIN to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford.  Dr. Hammer’s clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology and immunology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies in these areas.

He has published widely on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach, including the GAIN method.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Science, Technology
Adam Knight
Guest Occupation: Singer Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Adam Knight is a singer/songwriter raised on the backroads of Southern Oregon where he grew up listening to Soul, R&B and Acoustic music. Adam is a versatile performer equally singing Pop, Neo Soul, EDM, R&B and Acoustic genres. Known for his hit “Ive Got The Gold”, which has been streamed more than 30 Million times worldwide, while charting in countries like Germany, France and Turkey. Adam also is known for his incredibly passionate and soulful live stage presence, exhibiting his ability to dance, captivate the audience and lead the energy of the show with purpose. Adam is working on his first full length album which he will release in 2020. 

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Carole Matthews
Guest Occupation: Intuitive medium
Guest Biography:

How Do You Connect with the Other Side?

How does a person contact the other side? How do you get their attention and actually know your message was received? Carole’s been reading for clients, supporting their dreams and making friends for over 40 years.  She’s an expert at communicating with the other side and delivering their messages with compassion, and humor. Carole is a host with her own podcast

Guest Category: Entertainment, Paranormal, Ghosts, Spiritual, Access Consciousness, Angel Communication, Medium & Channeling, Psychic & Intuitive
John McLaughlin
Guest Occupation: Legendary Guitarist-Composer-Bandleader and Pioneer of Jazz Fusion (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Guest Biography:

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John McLaughlin began his career playing blues and rock in London in the early 1960s and went on to play free jazz with important British figures before moving to the United States in 1969. There he contributed rock- and blues-derived guitar passages to Miles Davis’s early fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew (both 1969) and played in Tony Williams’s seminal jazz-rock trio Lifetime. In 1970 he became a disciple of spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy; he acquired the name Mahavishnu and formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971. The Orchestra was initially a quintet noted for radically high volume levels, complex textures, and fast modal playing, especially by McLaughlin, in long passages of 16th-note scales and arpeggios, on a guitar with two parallel necks, one with 6 strings, the other with 12. They played concerts in rock, rather than jazz, venues and were among the handful of stars of jazz-rock fusion music; they recorded popular albums such as The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1975). The involvement of electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty in 1974–75 enhanced the Orchestra’s popularity.

In the mid-1970s McLaughlin left Chinmoy, abandoned the name Mahavishnu, and began playing acoustic guitar in his trio Shakti, with Indian violinist L. Shankar and tabla player Zakir Hussain. His new guitar had two fretboards, one with raised strings crossing the other. McLaughlin’s improvising—with phrases from blues, rock (especially Jimi Hendrix), flamenco, jazz, and Indian music—fit readily into a variety of fusion music. He went on to play duets and trios with fellow guitar virtuosos Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucía, and Larry Coryell, to team with Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, to play electric guitar in a revived Mahavishnu Orchestra in the mid-1980s, and to perform guitar concerti by Mike Gibbs (1985) and by himself (1990) with symphony orchestras.

McLaughlin recorded an acoustic homage to jazz pianist Bill Evans in 1993, and he returned to the electric guitar for After the Rain (1994) and The Promise (1995). His inventiveness remained undiminished in the 21st century. He revived Shakti for the live album Saturday Night in Bombay (2001). Other notable later works included Industrial Zen (2006); Floating Point (2008); Five Peace Band Live (2009), which won a Grammy Award for best jazz instrumental album; Now Here This (2012); and Black Light (2015). His recording of “Miles Beyond,” from the 2017 album Live at Ronnie Scott’s, took the Grammy for best improvised jazz solo. In 2017 McLaughlin made what he said was his final tour, performing music from the various incarnations of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


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Six years in the making, the album brings together the three visionary musicians in a musical landscape, never explored before. Six years in the making, Is that So? is one of John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early ‘70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group.

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John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

 Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

Live in San Francisco is the live album from John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring with The 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip which was captured
at The Warfield on December 8, 2017, as a part of the Farewell American Tour of John McLaughlin/ The recording features the third set which features the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra music written by John McLaughlin.

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