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is the mother of 2 teenagers . . . and the
recipient of a heart transplant at age 31. The doctors diagnosed it as
viral cardiomyopathy, which is an enlarging of the heart due to a
virus. Eight years later, Samantha's routine includes regular doctor's
appointments, a host of medications, and a range of health issues that
come up and will continue to for the rest of her life.
||Zoe Irene, Part 1
Irene has Dissociative Identity
Disorder (DID), what used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder.
mother was deeply disturbed and sexually abused her
and her brother for a number of years. Severe abuse is a classic
trigger for DID—it's a way for a young child to protect
when she doesn't know how to handle such extreme events. In Part 1, Zoe
Irene discusses the abuse and describes how DID manifests in her.
||Zoe Irene, Part 2
This week Zoe Irene discusses the 20 years she spent
in therapy recovering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as a
result of years of sexual abuse. Through therapy she was able to
integrate her 30 alters so that she is now at peace and happy to be
Stephanie is a personal trainer who was bulimic for
8 years. She purged
solely as a weight-loss strategy, which she claims was effective, but
stopped when she became pregnant at age 21 with her first son. Though
it is tempting even now to purge, she hasn't done so in 4 years. She is
quite athletic and muscular, and is working on developing a healthy
attitude towards her curvy body.
talks about growing up an orphan in various orphanages and foster
homes. During that time he was physically and verbally abused, from
severe beatings to caning to being locked up in a box. He has written a
memoir about this time, called The Violets
Are Mine, which is not yet published.
|Christopher Solis & Beth Berridge
was on Inner Views on October 7
talking about the surprise wedding he planned for his longtime partner
Rob. Today he comes on the air with Beth Berridge to talk about their
respective (and very different) experiences of being gay in the
||Dr. Kenneth Fox
Through the organization HeartGift,
Dr. Fox, who is Austin's only full-time pediatric cardiac surgeon,
performs heart surgery on children with
heart disease born
in the developing world. And he performs
these surgeries for free. As he told Austin
is my passion, so it gets a lot of my time. I may have the best job
comes from a long family tradition
of military service. At age 18, he served as an army medic in Iraq. He
entered with an unshakeable faith in the military but comes home
disillusioned, both from the
horrors of war that he
witnessed, along with what he saw as incredible dysfunction
by the military. His book, Mass
Casualties, recounts his
experiences, taking us behind the scenes
and exposing what the military doesn't tell tell you about.
|Christopher Solis & Rob Rough
Who knew you
could have a surprise wedding? Under the guise of a 40th birthday
party, Christopher pulled off a big wedding for his long-time partner,
Christopher explains all the creative details of how he planned a
wedding under Rob's nose without him knowing about it, and Rob shares
what it was like for him when he finally learned about the wedding . .
. on their wedding day. Their 20th anniversary together is the
week after the show. Congrats, Christopher & Rob!
||Richard "the Rhino" James
Richard is a bounty hunter and the author of Secrets
of a Modern Day Bounty Hunter. As he writes, "True crime doesn't
get any truer than this." He's been in the business for 25 years and
taken more than 5,000 fugitives off the streets.
After a series of surgeries and procedures for sports injuries,
became addicted to the prescribed painkiller, Vicodin. When he got cut
off from that, he turned to the streets and heroin. He's lost his
family, lived on the streets and been in prison, all due to the drug
abuse. Jack has been clean for 6 years and now helps
addictions as a chemical dependency counselor intern at Austin Recovery.
fulfills musical wishes at the end of life by organizing private
concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. At their request, a
favorite style of music or musician is brought directly to the home or
facility. What they provide is moving, inspiring and beautiful.
Sandra is the
guardian of a 14-year-old boy named Daniel who
autism. She has
created a home-based playroom for Daniel where she works
with him on a daily basis to help him come out of his shell and make
developmental progress. He has grown leaps and bounds thanks to
Sandra's love and care. Sandra is looking for volunteers to help Daniel
in his special home-based playroom—no experience is necessary. If
you want to make a difference and are interested to help, please contact
is the author of Betrayed, the true story of her own life
being raised as a westerner in Australia by her Kurdish Iraqi parents.
When she refuses to succumb to an arranged marriage to a cousin who had
raped her, her mother sees this as a great dishonor on the family and
brings her back to Iraq under false pretenses, leaving her there
imprisoned in her father's home. If Latifa does not escape Iraq, she
will almost surely be the victim of the ancient practice of honor
At 6 months old,
and her 3 siblings were taken from
their mother and split up into 4 foster homes. Trish grew up with
loving foster parents and later an adoptive family, and was aware that
she had siblings, but did not know who or where they were . . . until
many years later. The AP got a hold of their story and they ended up
being on 60 Minutes and meeting Walter Cronkite.
|Daddy Brad & Daddy Clay from DadLabs.com
According to the DadLabs
website, they're "taking back paternity." While providing real
information about a range of parenting topics for dads, DadLabs does so through the
use of humor in their videos, blogs, books
and more. The guys are hilarious and the interview is hilarious. I
highly recommend you check out the content on DadLabs.
David is co-author with his father of the book Ups
and Downs: The
(Mis)Adventures of a Crusty Old Fart and his Bouncy Son as they Trek
Though the Alps. They spent two
months traveling primarily on foot through Switzerland, France and
Italy, where they encountered crappy weather and, to be expected, a
series of challenges and mishaps along the way. David says the trip was
John Russell spent his summers in Bosnia at respite camps for children
victimized by the Bosnian War. Though a successful businessman, he
volunteered his time to help children in a war zone who had been
through and witnessed the loss of their families and other horrific
Jenna's daughter, Miriam, was
diagnosed with Septo Optic Dysplasia, which has left her blind. There
is a surgical procedure in China that has enabled 50 other children
with optic nerve underdevelopment to see again. Jenna is desperate to
raise money so Miriam
can have this surgery.
21-year-old A'Keiba is the oldest daughter of MC Hammer, the 1990s pop
rapper sensation who sold over 50 million albums and put out such hits
as "U Can't Touch This." A'Keiba is a senior at UT studying film and
music production. Her family is now the subject of a new reality TV
series on A&E called Hammertime, which airs Sundays, 9:00pm Central
Time. A'Keiba discusses her famous dad, the TV show and what it's like
growing up around fame.
Shelley is the author of The
Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India, a book telling the
real life stories behind children such as those portrayed in
the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. It chronicles her journey over three
India, looking at the 25 million orphan children living there.
of the Buns
Also known as the 3rd Annual Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest, it was held
here in Austin on July 4th, the same day as the famous Nathan's Hot Dog
Eating Contest. Event founder Mike Litt joins me in the studio to
describe this fun, meat-free event, along with doubles team winners
Russ Cullen and Zach Dilworth, and 3rd place singles competitor Andrew
is the author of Soaring
an honest and forthright
memoir about her personal journey through bipolar disorder. She
explains what the disorder is and shares stories of her manic episodes
(involving grand delusions about Neil Diamond!).
Is — the movie
Shapter, director of
the critically acclaimed documentary, Before the
Music Dies, spent two years crisscrossing the country talking to a
diverse range of people. Average working men and women, authors and
happiness "experts," celebrities like John Mellencamp and Willie
Nelson, even the Dalai Lama talked with Shapter about what they believe
it means to be happy.
|Wendy Wilkins & Jennifer Trout
Co-founders of the Travis County Ghost Hunters, Wendy and Jennifer
use a combination of cameras, video recorders and electromagnetic field
detectors, along with some common sense and spirituality to locate and
remove ghosts from homes and businesses. Whether or not you believe in
ghosts, this is pretty fascinating stuff!
Lisa is transgender, having been born male. She always wanted to be
female but it took her many years to really understand what that meant
and decide to make the transition. While there are wonderful aspects of
being a woman for Lisa, it is also a struggle to be transgender in
our society. Lisa is open and honest, and shares a fascinating
Delia Meyer's brother, Louis
Perez, has been on death row since 1998 for triple murder. However
he has maintained his innocence all along and there is evidence that
calls his conviction into doubt. Delia and her family have been trying
for the past 11 years to get his conviction overturned (and the Innocence
Project is helping them) but funds are limited and time is
|David Jones & Ron Swafford
David and Ron are pedicab drivers in downtown Austin. Have you ever
wondered who drives those pedicabs and why? Do you wonder what it's
like to drive around all those drunk people? (And do drunk people throw
up in their pedicabs?) Do you even know what a pedicab is? All those
questions and more are answered in this fun, lighthearted and
|Emily Hagins & Erik Mauck
At age 12, Emily wrote, directed and produced Pathogen, a
movie about a nano chip that gets into Austin's water and turns
everyone into zombies. Yes, she really did all that at age 12! Erik
Mauck (along with Aaron Marshall and Justin Johnson) made a documentary
about Emily called Zombie Girl the
Movie. Now 16, Emily is almost finished making her 2nd full-length
feature, a ghost story entitled The
Rupert's son Rowan was diagnosed with autism at age 2. He had constant
tantrums and almost no verbal skills. Rupert discovered that Rowan had
a special connection with horses and that, while among them, he was
calm and used speech. This was the beginning of an incredible journey,
which led to healings by South African Bushmen and Mongolian shamans,
and the cessation of many of Rowan's autistic tendencies. Sound crazy
or far-fetched? The interview is engaging and fascinating, and the
story is ultimately one of love. Rupert has written a book, The Horse Boy,
and a documentary, also called The Horse Boy, will be released this fall.
JD is a magician who performed magic tricks in the studio. How do you
do that on the radio, you ask? Well, you invite the listeners to
gather some props and they perform the tricks at the same time! JD does
all kinds of performances for all types of audiences—you can
learn more about him here.
Debbie wishes to be
anonymous. For 11 years Debbie was a heroin addict, starting at age 18.
She stole to support her habit, used while pregnant, and had her son
taken away from her by her own parents. This story has a happy ending,
though, and Debbie has been clean for 27 years.
Ragen is a wonderful dancer and a national champ in country dancing.
And she weighs 280 pounds. Yep, you read that right. Ragen is fit and
healthy, but nonetheless experiences discrimination on the dance floor
and in the doctor's office. She articulately makes her case for
focusing on fitness and health, not physical size. You can see her here.
Susan earns her living as a psychic. She talks to dead people, angels
and spirit guides, and offers readings, coaching, chakra assessments
and more. She doesn't mind the folks who are skeptical and addresses
that on the show. We learn how she uses her powers and hear stories of
psychic experiences from her own life and those of her clients. You can
learn more about her offerings here.
Shepherd is one of a kind - a real character and a man of many stories.
He owns hundreds of chickens, many of them beautiful and/or
funky-looking exotics. We learn a lot about his chickens, he shares
funny stories, tells us fun chicken facts and dispels chicken
myths. If you want to listen to an interview that's just simply fun,
this is the one!
|The Best of 2008
which is the Austin station where my show airs live, is in the midst of
its membership drive. To remind listeners of why they listen to
community radio and, more specifically, Inner Views, I play a number of
clips from 2008 shows.
||Keith Maitland & Chasmon Demus
Keith is the director
of the film, The Eyes of Me, which is showing at this year's SXSW film festival in
Austin on March 18 & 20. The Eyes of Me focuses on four
students who attend the Texas
School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Chasmon is one of
Samantha lives her
life outside the mainstream. She's a traveling musician playing
Yiddish, Romany and other forms of traditional music on clarinet and
flute. She left home at age 13 and has essentially been traveling ever
since, hopping trains, staying at hobo camps or intentional
communities, and performing on the street. (Less so now that she has
children and other responsibilities.) She is also the founder of the 999 Eyes Freak Show,
the world's only bona fide freak show. I interviewed some of the freak
show performers on December 24, 2008. You can hear that interview here.
Four years ago, this
Muslim convert was detained in an airport and later arrested on
suspicion of being involved in a terrorism plot. Although he was
ultimately found innocent, he spent 4 months in prison and a
deportation case ensued, which lasted for years. (Sherif has a green
card but is not yet a citizen.) Sherif was also on Inner Views on
November 12, 2008 talking about his conversion to Islam—click here
to listen to that interview.
Rachel is the author of Love
Junkie, a searingly honest
memoir about her
addiction to love and sex. She describes toxic relationships where she
put up with shocking behaviors and did things herself that she is
embarrassed about. The book is beautifully written and Rachel is an
excellent and engaging guest. Immediately after the show's airing,
Rachel was contacted by a woman who recognized herself in Rachel's
descriptions. Perhaps you, too, are a love junkie and don't know it
yet? Tune in to find out.
||Part 1: Encore presentation of interview
with James Clayton from Feb. 20, 2008.
February 3, 2009, James Clayton was arrested for
allegedly breaking into friends' homes and stealing $60,000
bicycles. Apparently there are several warrants out for his arrest in
Arizona for similar reasons. As it so happens, I interviewed him the
year before about a supposed heart attack at age 35 and subsequent
near-death experience and coma.
||Part 2: Encore presentation of interview
with James Clayton from Mar. 5, 2008.
Rip, a former professional triathlete and now an Austin firefighter, is
the author of The
Engine 2 Diet, a book offering a plant-based diet that lowers
cholesterol, drops pounds, and prevents a host of diseases. Remarkably,
he challenged his fellow Engine 2 firefighters to eat this way during a
pilot study—and the results were spectacular. In an accessible
and down-to-earth way, Rip discusses the
problems with animal products and explains how and why
the diet works.
Rayven has been a surrogate two times. In her case, she was not the
biological mother of the children; rather, eggs and sperm were
fertilized in a lab setting, and then implanted in Rayven. She also
developed a great relationship with the surrogate parents. Rayven talks
about what it likes to be a surrogate, and shares the legal issues
involved. She provides extensive information on her website.
||Roxanne Landon, Part 1
When Roxanne was 5, her family became missionaries in the U.S. and
Mexico. What ensued was a tale of abuse, molestation, and neglect. The
family lived in cars, never homes, and the children often had to forage
(literally) for their own food because her parents were too busy
fighting to do it. Roxanne has a difficult time sharing the details of
her past, but she bravely does so.
||Roxanne Landon, Part 2
Roxanne comes back on Inner Views to talk about the aftermath of
growing up in a family filled with abuse and neglect. She moved from
foster home to foster home, chose abusive men as partners, and became a
prosititute. This story does have a happy ending.
Last October, Richard fulfilled a lifelong dream by flying into space,
which he did as a private citizen through Space
Adventures. He spent 10 days on the International Space Station
where he conducted a number of experiments. The experience changed
his perspective to the point where he quit his job (as a highly
successful video game producer) and is now focusing his energies on the
environment and space.