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| December 20
In November, we had some serious topics, so this week we turn to the
lighter side: the world of the rodeo clown. Coming from Boston, rodeo
clowns and rodeos in general were not on my horizon, so this was an
opportunity for me to learn how you become a rodeo clown, what the job
entails, and why someone chooses it for their profession!
Appearing for the second time on Inner Views (see
Dorothy shares the
time in her life when she embezzled a million dollars from work. She
describes how she did it, why she did it, and how
she ultimately got caught.
| November 1
Robert is clearly not his real name but he didn't want his wild past to
interfere with his present life. Robert's story is one of substance
abuse (alcohol and drugs of every kind), fights, getting arrested
around 20 times, and at least 10 stints in jail. Robert has been clean
for 18 years—listen to the amazing story of Robert's life and
cleaned it up.
David was a pastor of the Peoples Temple, the church founded by Jim
Jones. Jim Jones was notorious for his responsibility for the mass
suicide of his followers at Jonestown in Guyana. While David was close
to Jim Jones in 1971–1976, he saw Jim going downhill during
time and actually chose to leave the church before the move to
Guyana. I can't say whether or not David's version of events is the
truth, and he is not the most linear thinker, but he has some
fascinating things to say. You can also read sermons and other writings
Several members of Unified
Tribe joined me in the studio to
a most remarkable thing: the 12 band members not only make music
together, they all live together! They appear to be genuinely happy
people, having prioritized happiness in their lives and working hard to
make it a reality. They are both fun and inspiring.
Dora is one of those people who suffered an unimaginably difficult
past, and has come through it okay. Her father regularly beat up her
mother, and constantly abused Dora and her siblings, such as locking
them in the basement without food or access to a bathroom. Dora's uncle
sexually molested her. In the end, her mother killed her father in
self-defense. Dora shares her story with grace and humanity.
| October 4
|Mani Bruce Mitchell
Mani is another one of my special guests, who tells her
story with beauty and utter honesty. She is an intersex person, which
means she bears traits of both genders. Her story is one of secrets,
surgeries, despair, awareness and acceptance. She challenges us to
expand our notions of gender and identity and encourages us to embrace
difference. She is featured in the movie Black
and White and the book Assume
|Mary Schneider of The
Holographic Repatterning Institute at Austin
Mary is a practitioner of Holographic Repatterning, a healing
modality that Mary says can be used to help people with all kinds of
problems, both physical and emotional. The basic premise has to do with
the belief that everything (e.g., feelings) has frequencies, and it's
possible to change or "optimize" those frequencies.
|Edward Mannix of One
Edward is the founder of One Earth Mortgage, a mortgage company
donating one third of its profits to charity, specifically to charities
supporting environmental causes. Worried that you're "paying" for that
charity through your rates or fees? Not so, says Edward, who offers
competitive rates and a transparent process. Edward's passion
encompasses all kinds of businesses being socially conscious and
contributing to the planet's well being. Imagine that!
| September 6
|Kristin Gerhard & Allison Stelly
Kristin Gerhard aka "Trevor Endeavor" is a drag king—think
but the opposite sex. Allison Stelly aka "Cherry Poppins" is a femme
performer, part of the drag king community. Trevor and Cherry give us
an inside look into the drag king community and discuss intriguing
issues of gender.
Annah is one of my favorite guests because she is so open about herself
and tells a terrific story. She was born a man but had surgery to
become a woman. Annah shares details of her intense inner struggle to
figure out her gender, and tells us step by step the process of
becoming a woman. She has written a book, Right
Side Out, which is now
|"Joe" and Allison
Joe (not his real name) was born a woman but is in the process of
becoming a man. He has been on hormones for several years and had
various surgeries, and is currently pursuing "bottom" surgery. He
shares the process of figuring out his gender and learning male
socialization and behaviors. Allison, born a female and still a female,
is engaged to someone in the process of changing genders from female to
male. Allison has a remarkable attitude, perfectly content with the
gender change in progress.
A delightful and upbeat guest, Rhywnn performs search and rescue
operations with dogs. She talks about training her dogs (who joined us
in the studio) to be able to do search and rescue and describes actual
missions they have been on. Her work is exciting and inspiring, and her
love for it shines through.
| August 2
|Jeanine Plumer of Austin
Leader of ghost tours around the city of Austin, Jeanine talks about
haunted buildings, ghost stories told to her by others . . . and the
ghosts she herself has experienced. Whether or not you believe in
ghosts, Jeanine's stories make for great entertainment.
Levi is what you call a competitive eater. That is, he consumes large
quantities of food in short amounts of time all in the hopes of setting
a record and winning a prize. He was last year's world tamale champ.
This interview is unusually educational (trust me), and hilarious, too.
Geoff took 2nd place in the 2006 U.S.
Scrabble Open, a major
accomplishment that came with a whopping
prize. If you've seen the movie Word
Wars or read the book Word
Freak (both fabulous), then
you're familiar with the competition and the characters who
participate. For me, this competition is larger than life—it
exciting to have a real-life Austinite do so well and come talk with me
Amy's profession is little thought of and quite essential: she performs
crime-scene cleanups. Amy talks about the kinds of crime scenes she
cleans up and the tools of her trade. We had a technical glitch, so
only the 2nd half is available, but the interview is still compelling
and worth listening to.
| July 5
Since childhood, Bobby suffered from panic disorder as a result of
childhood sexual abuse. In college, his panic attacks got so bad that
he started drinking to relax himself but, in time, he became an
alcoholic. Bobby has now been sober for one full year and cured himself
of the panic disorder. On air, he shares stories of his past and talks
about his recovery.
Matt is the president of the Atheist
Community of Austin.
He talks about what it means to be an atheist, perceptions of atheists
by non-atheists, and the various issues of separation of church and
state that his group helps to support.
An ice sculptor for 7 years, Doug explains how an ice sculpture is made
and tells us what sculptures he has been hired to make. Doug is the
owner of Amazing
| June 7
|Byron Reese from HappyNews.com
Publisher of a website dedicated to happy, upbeat and inspiring news,
based on the belief that citizens should have access to all
types of news, not just
negative stories, as a way to have a more balanced view of the world.
city councilman, Max has lived many years in Austin and seen how the
city has changed. A real character, Max talks about his
days of selling flowers on South Congress, running for mayor and city
council, and his latest project, RADIO
(Reducing America's Dependence
on Imported Oil).
and founder of Uchi,
Japanese restaurant in Austin, Tyson was
named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs in 2005. However, as
caucasian, Tyson had to overcome racism and other obstacles in order to
achieve his goal of becoming a sushi master.
|Abe Louise Young
in Truth, an oral
history project dedicated to recording the
stories of Katrina survivors. Abe shares the stories and talks about
the issues the survivors faced.
2: Pt. 1
A 24-year-old woman who has had anorexia since the age of 14, Pearl is
not ashamed to use her real name or share inside details of her life,
including stories of rape, abuse and kidnapping.
for felony DWI, Gigi spent 2 1/2 years in prison. The experience was a
major wake-up call that led to a complete turnaround, including total
sobriety. While in prison, Gigi was helped by the program Truth
is Pat's second time on Inner Views, this time promoting his latest
Bed Brothers. Pat's family moved
to Austin after Hurricane
Katrina—he talks about the
move and adjusting to Austin.
put on his first annual gecko symposium, called The
Geckophile Gathering 2006,
this June here in Austin. Nathan has a passion for geckos, a
self-proclaimed gecko dork. He owns over 400 geckos, including exotic
species, which he breeds and sells.
| April 4
|Stacey Huston &
Stacey owns Footworks
dance studio and Laura learned ballroom dancing there.
Both either currently participate or have participated in ballroom
dancing competitions—with success.
A practitioner of watsu—shiatsu water massage—at The
Crossings Spa in Austin.
Watsu, a wonderfully relaxing form of massage, is performed in a small
pool with the practitioner holding the floating client in her arms,
performing both traditional massage and movements using the water.
|Laura Spero from StoryCorps
Laura facilitates interviews with everyday people interviewing other
everyday people—these are being recorded and ultimately
Library of Congress. The project's goal is to record 250,000
interviews, creating the country's largest oral history archive.
A former Baptist minister, Reverend Mojo is now an atheist, having
abandoned organized religion altogether. His website, firstvirtualchurch.com
uses humor to poke fun at religion but ultimately offers a message of
tolerance and understanding.
For 15 years, this Jewish woman with her Jewish husband and children,
converted to a fundamentalist Christian group, including a 5-year stint
on a rural farm in Georgia. Linda now considers herself bi-religious.
A mild-mannered plant maintenance
during the week, David turns into a dueling knight on the weekends,
using real swords and armor in renaissance festivals around Texas.
Not using his real name, John gives the inside, scandalous scoop on
working for a major chip manufacturer in Austin. He feels used by the
system until he figures out how to use it to his advantage.
was off the air
February 4–22, so only one
Inner Views show aired this month:
|Austin Toros players Ezra
Austin's NBA Development League team. The D-League is in its 5th
season, but this is the Toros' 1st season. Ezra is one of the teams'
best players, a killer with the 3-point shots; Jeff is 7' tall (!)
and great with rebounds.
Aisha, 22 years old, had a troubled childhood involving
parents and foster homes. She was on a path to joblessness and
homelessness until she got involved with the Austin LifeWorks program,
which taught her life skills and provided her with a job at Austin's Ben
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show due to fire
on January 6!
||Aftermath of January 6
Austin firefighters were scheduled to come in to the studio to talk
about the fire, but they were busy putting out another major fire
during show time! KOOP Promotions Director Rebecca Gutierrez, who was
at the fire the night it happened, spoke to us about what she saw
during the fire, how it looked inside the studio after the fire, and
what it's been like at KOOP since then.
available due to technical problems).
Find out what it's like inside the head of this master punster, and
hear him recite his winning performance from the 2005 O.Henry
Pun-Off held here in Austin.
Some consider her to be the crazy bird lady, but Susan has a serious
and sincere purpose: she wants to protect native birds from
being harmed or killed by cats. She proposes that cats should either be
kept indoors or else put on leashes when outdoors. Her goals are
controversial, but whichever side you fall on, Susan is passionate,
well-spoken and entertaining. See also Austin
Chronicle article about her from