TV SHOW ON CMN TV
Before COVID, our weekly half-hour TV program was recorded at CMN TV, one of the largest public access television organizations in Michigan. CMN TV reaches 11 cities in southeastern Oakland County with a subscriber base of nearly 140,000 households for homes with access to Channel 18 on Comcast and WOW! We then uploaded the episodes on YouTube and social media and write a blog post about the subject, reaching additional thousands of people.
Since COVID, we have collaborated with the Chaldean Cultural Center and University of Michigan [Detroit Chapter] to interview special local, national, and international guests who have contributed to writing, arts, and culture.
Guests in the past have included writers, filmmakers, artists, health practitioners, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and others who are doing wonderful work in the world to help make it a better place to live in. We explore topics about creativity, spirituality, health, and cultural diversity. To date, we’ve interviewed over a 100 guests.
Interview with Luke Castle, the president of Royal Starr Arts Institute, which has a free mixer every month and a film festival every year in September.
Interview with Sharon Lee Samyn, an interior designer who recently published her first children’s book, Thinker’s Dream: Dream to Find Your Path for Life
Keeping Up with the Chaldeans is a podcast and vlog created and hosted by Junior Binno and Anthony Toma that highlights entrepreneurs within the Chaldean community. KUWTC was created to help strengthen the Chaldean community by showcasing the diversity of businesses, bringing recognition to those in our community who are unknown and driving support to one another. Each episode highlights a member of the community who shares their story, knowledge and expertise while showcasing their business ventures.
Interview with Zina Hermez, author of “Not without God.”
Deborah Epstein is a visionary artist, shamanic practitioner, and body worker. She recently created a project called “Life is Art: Conscious Creativity Summit” which launched last month. We’d met on Facebook and were connected through shamanic teachings.
Richard Rothrock is an award-winning writer and teacher with an undying love for film, television, literature, the Indianapolis 500 and all things Disney. The author of “Sunday Nights With Walt,” he has been a great story consultant to several of my projects. Richard is a proud graduate of George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film from Oakland University and a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and book anthologies.
Interview with Manish Patel, author and spiritual teacher who wrote the book “Second Childhood” which is about taking care of our elderly.
Interview with Nina Caruso, a Detroit based artist creating work in her studio space. She has 20 years of teaching experience working with students from Pre-K to senior citizens. She currently shares her love of art while teaching senior adults and adults with disabilities and other challenges. She believes that all forms of art are a response to our existence and are best expressed through exploration, play and curiosity.
Interview with Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, a pediatrician, scientist, activist and author. The author of “What the Eyes Don’t See”, she has testified twice before the United States Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts.
An interview with Barbara J. Rebbeck about her novel, teaching, and mastering the craft of writing. SBarbara is a teacher, consultant and author who holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University in English, French, and the teaching of gifted and talented students. She has published poetry, essay and professional articles. She is currently a writer-in-residence for the Beverly Hills Academy and a member of Detroit Working Writers (DWW).
Interview with M.L. Liebler, the author of fifteen books and has been on faculty in the English department at Wayne State University since 1980. Liebler’s recent book, Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music, is a collection of poems and lyrics that shows the global impact of Detroit’s music scene – Grammy winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and poet laureates. Included are icons such as Eminem, June Jordan, Fred “Sonic” Smith, Rita Dove, Jack White, Robbie Robertson, Paul Simon, Nikki Giovanni, Philip Levine, Sasha Frere-Jones, Patricia Smith, Billy Bragg, Andrew Codrescu, Toi Derricotte, and Cornelius Eady.
Interview with Claudia L. Campos Vargas who’s originally from Mexico City. In 2017, she founded CVG Marketing, a Multi cultural Advertising Agency that helps businesses grow.
Interview with Mahdi Al Babely and Brian Bolus about their upcoming Kotha Arab World Film Festival
Interview with Josephine, co-author of Before There Were Borders. Josephine and her sister Mary are first generation Assyrian Americans. They wanted to share their vision of Iraq with the world.
Interview with Judy Jonna and Mary Romaya from the Chaldean Cultural Center which houses the first and only Chaldean Museum in the world. The name Chaldean stems from one of the ancient groups that inhabited the land now known as Iraq. In ancient times this area was called Mesopotamia, known as “the cradle of civilization.”
Interview with Nabil Nona, Board Member of Unique Voices in Films and an award-winning flmmaker. http://www.UniqueVoicesinFilms.org
Interview with Vince Anthony Pitre, one of the practitioners at The Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing retreat http://www.ThePathofConsciousness.com.
Interview with Dr. Interview is with Dr. Bhoo Prakash Sharma (part 2), an advanced Pranic Healer in India whose accomplishments go from healing Coronary Heart Disease to Autoimmune Diseases.He works internationally with people.
Interview with Dr. Interview is with Dr. Bhoo Prakash Sharma, an advanced Pranic Healer in India whose accomplishments go from healing Coronary Heart Disease to Autoimmune Diseases.He works internationally with people.
Interview with bestselling author of 21 books and mystic Lynn V. Andrews
Born in 1979 to a Palestinian-Lebanese mother and an Iraqi-German father, Rayyan Al-Shawaf lived in the UAE, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Lebanon, and the US. These days, he makes his home in Malta. Rayyan is a book critic and author.
Interview with Parisa Ghaderi, Iranian-born award-winning filmmaker and artist who works hard to make her projects manifest and the projects of other women.
R. L. Herron once worked for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies and an international Fortune 10 company. Now he’s a prolific and award-winning author.
Interview with award-winning artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz who was born in Damascus, Syria.
Interview with Kai Mann, an author and entrepreneur.
Interview with Brett Felton, the US Soldier who traveled on his own to Nineveh to fight ISIS. ABC Nightline and CBS’ 60 Minutes did a segment about him. Currently he’s running for the Mayor of Warren
Interview with Dr. Stan Williams, vice president of Unique Voices in Films, a veteran producer of hundreds of documentaries, and an active Hollywood story consultant who has worked most notably on multiple film projects with Will Smith. He’s the author of The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success, which Will Smith considered “The most powerful tool in my new tool box.”
Interview with Nidhal Garmo, pharmacist and founder and president of One World Medical Mission https://owmm.org/
Interview with Brian Boulus, an oud player, a form of lute played principally in Arab countries. https://www.facebook.com/brian.boulus
Interview with Rochester Writers’ founder, Michael Dwyer, and its executive administrator Sonya Julie. http://www.rochesterwriters.com/
Interview with Terry Hojnacki, an award-winning flash fiction writer, children’s book author, poet, novelist, editor, and lover of words. The founder and editor-in-chief of Sterling Script: A Local Author Collection, Terry feels that this book is one way she can promote her local writing community. http://www.terryhojnacki.com/
Interview with Narendra, author of Conversations in Silence, a diary of a journey with Spiritual Master Mother Meera. http://www.spirituality4results.com/
Interview with Mary Jo Kokochak, president of the Theosophical Society, formed in New York City in 1875 by Russian noblewoman Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others. The Detroit Lodge was formed in 1897. https://www.tsdetroit.org/
Interview with Aessin and Ranna, board members of Shlama Foundation, a nonprofit which was formed after ISIS attacked Nineveh in Iraq, forcing the evacuation, kidnappings and killings of many Christians and other minorities such as the Yazidis. https://www.shlama.org/
Interview with Diane Dovico who talks about the World of Wellness Symposium, a program by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities. http://achcmi.org/
Dr. Verma discovered a whole new way to conceive a boy or a girl and has helped thousands of couples choose their child’s gender. For more information, visit http://www.urobiologics.com
Interview with Derek Stottlemyer, a licensed Avatar® Master for 4 1/2 years. The Avatar organization believes we can create a better world by raising human consciousness one person at a time. https://theavatarcourse.com/the-compassion-project-eng.html
Interview with author Angela Rochon, M. A.. Angela was a psychiatric therapist and in management. These led to teaching memoir writing, guiding reminiscence groups, grief support, and public speaking. An award-winning poet and a member of Detroit Working Writers, her work has been published in newspaper columns, magazines, and academic journals.
Interview with Joseph Drolshagen. For over 23 years, he has worked with individuals, helping them build their dreams. http://www.IFGTcoach.com
Interview with Helen Talia, CPA, writer, and Assyrian feminist. We talk about Inanna, what feminine power means in our modern world, and why it’s important today.
Interview with Violet St. Karl, first Albanian-American Science Fiction and Fantasy author of Collection of The Negatives. After over a decade in New York, she recently returned to her roots in the Detroit area where she is an advocate and proud co-Ambassador to the Authors Guild [Detroit Chapter].
Interview with Dr. Kuldeep Verma who invented an entirely new medical concept in women – that the oxidation reduction status of the uterus at the time of conception influences the outcome of fetal gender. This redox status alternates between two consecutive mental cycles. Conception in one kind of environment leads to boys and vice versa. This led to the development of the world’s first real preconception gender planning test as well as earliest fetal gender detect test. Dr. Verma’s website is https://urobiologics.com/
Interview with Jeff Schemansky, a firefighter and paramedic at the Birmingham Fire Department. Jeff spent several years creating a free app called Emergency Medical Form to help make the world a safer place. https://emergencymedicalform.com/
Interview with Janel Gradowski, USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author of the Culinary Competition Mystery Series. She lives in rural central Michigan surrounded by farm fields and wildlife. http://www.janelgradowski.com
Interview with Luther Taylor III, a volunteer program coordinator for The Jobs Club, a career/support group. https://www.linkedin.com/in/luther-taylor-70052325/
Interview with David Zimmerman, a retired GM executive and a Vietnam War Veteran. He studied Art in Indiana, is a graduate of Claregate College of England, and a lifelong student of The Ageless Wisdom Teachings. He’s also a lecturer, producer and generous supporter of educational DVD’s and writings on esoteric subjects throughout the United States, England, Australia, Europe, and South Africa.
Interview with Joan Elmouchi, vice president of Metro Detroit Book & Author Society, which was formed in 1972. MDBA is considered the largest one-day literary event, oftentimes drawing over a 1000 attendees. It was created for the sole purpose of presenting a luncheon featuring major national authors. https://www.bookandauthor.org/
Interview with Qais Al-Sindy, a renowned Iraqi American artist whose artwork has traveled the world. http://www.qaissindy.com/
Interview with Robert E. Haskins, a master handwriting analyst, graphotherapist, and herbalist who received his education from various universities including The University of Tübingen in Germany.
Interview with Diana Kathryn Plopa, associate publisher, editor-in-chief and a writing coach at Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC, an independent publishing house. She likes “mentoring other writers and supporting their dreams of publication.” https://www.dianakathrynplopa.com
Interview with Lisa Argo, a writer and Secretary of The Center of Enlightenment. http://www.coechurch.com/
Interview with Cynthia Harrison, an author of ten books, some which were #1 on numerous Kindle lists. https://cynthiaharrison.com/
The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities Mission: Through substance abuse prevention, mental and physical wellness, and recovery support programs, the Alliance connects, strengthens, and mobilizes strategic partners to promote healthier communities.
Interview with Laura Hedgecock, whose passion for helping others share their stories stems from a gift left by her grandmother. Her writings included childhood memories, stories of her children as they grew, good recipes, and wisdom she had gathered along the way. https://treasurechestofmemories.com/
Interview with Laura Bernstein-Machlay, author of Travelers, a collection of essays. She teaches literature and writing at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit where she also lives.
Interview with Patty Shaw, revolutionary healer, spiritual Author and teacher. http://healingwithpattyshaw.com/
Interview with Iris Lee Underwood, author and owner of Yule Love it Lavender Farm http://www.yuleloveitlavenderfarm.com/
Interview with Cheryl Crabb who writes women’s fiction and has 15 years of journalism experience.
Interview with Sonya Julie, an executive administrator for Rochester Writers. She has been writing for decades. http://www.SonyaJulie.com
Interview with Heather Rae, a yoga instructor, meditation coach, energy and body worker and ordained minister/priestess. https://www.heatherraemagic.com/
Interview with two brothers, twins, about their homosexuality. Here, they tackle questions about their faith and whether their sexuality defies the natural order of the universe.
Interview with Betsy McCabe, a volunteer moderator of the Game Changer Intensive group calls associated with Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. She is a musician, educator, mother and activist of social justice and environmental sustainability. https://www.pachamama.org/
Interview with Sandy Naimou, a yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. http://www.CreativeEnergyYoga.com
Interview with Diane Dovico who talks about the free event for kids called “So You Want to be a Farmer?”
Gail Katz, a Jew, Shahina Begg, a Muslim, and Trish Harris, a Catholic, brought other women together to form WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit) which officially became a 501 (c) 3 in May 2007. https://www.interfaithwisdom.com/
Interview with Janice Seeley of Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center which was originally designed as a college for Jesuit priests. http://www.colombiere.com/
Interview with Professor Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University and Randall Olson, a board member at the Theosophical Society. May is the director and founder of the Bertha von Suttner Project.
Interview with Siete 16 Guevara, the author of 3 books, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and after high school moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where he lived for about eleven years.
On April 28, Matthew Marroki lost his life in a fire. He was only 17 years old. His father, Laith Marroki, is keeping his legacy alive through an art exhibit, Matthew’s Masterpieces. To learn more about the exhibition, visit https://www.facebook.com/Matthews-Masterpieces-1755710791402257/
Interview with Renowned poet Dunya Mikhail about her fourth book, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq. The story is about a Yazidi beekeeper, Abd-Allah, who helped rescue women captured by the Islamic State. http://www.DunyaMikhailpoet.com
Interview with Cherie Happy and Rebecca Gray, community organizers for Michigan United Universal Family Care. https://michuhcan.org/about/
Interview with Dr. Homayoun Sadeghi, MD, a healer, author, and the documentary producer of a visionary film intended to transform people’s lives around the world, especially with regards to health and wellness. http://staffofmercury.com/
Interview with Michelle Pallas who has led a remarkable journey, overcoming a dysfunctional family, a dead-end marriage, and the rampant sexism of a bygone era. She ended up laying her story in a book for all of us to learn from.
Interview with Reverend Barbara Yarnell was in law enforcement for 29 years and retired from the Detroit Police Department with the rank of Executive Lieutenant. After she retired, she became a minister. She has led a most interesting life, going to Brazil twice to visit the famous medium and psychic surgeon John of God who has been featured in major news outlets and interviewed by Oprah.
Interview with Christina Salem graduated from Oakland University with a Journalism and Public Relations degree, but she has also studied astrology, Tarot reading, and other supernatural phenomena.
Interview with John Kulesz, a local attorney and activist who for the past two and a half years has facilitated the Constitution Café at the Troy Historic Village in the Old Church. The Constitution Cafe is a forum where people explore the meanings and ideas behind the Constitution of the United States.
Interview with award-winning and bestselling author of 12 books (and counting), John R Monteith graduated from the Naval Academy in 1991.
Interview with Marie Gates, an author of several books. She holds an M.A. in psychology and for several years taught in colleges and universities.
Interview with award-winning bestselling author Sylvia Hubbard who has published over 40 books and is founder of Motown Writers Network.
Interview with Vince Anthony Pitre who studied sound healing in Europe and shamanic healing in the jungle and mountains of Peru. https://www.newoutcomestherapy.com
Interview with award-winning singer and songwriter John D. Lamb, who has led Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters since 1995 and is the founder of Springfed Arts, which Michael Moore and his wife helped support by volunteering to be on the staff and providing $2500 seed money.
Interview with Film Guru Dr. Stan Williams, an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. He’s the author of THE MORAL PREMISE: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success that Will Smith calls the most important tool in his tool kit. www.StanWilliams.com
Interview with Vince Anthony Pitre, one of the practitioners at The Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing retreat http://www.ThePathofConsciousness.com.
We are highlighting the work of our practitioners who are presenting at the Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing conference and retreat. http://www.ThePathofConsciousness.com
The ‘Polar Bear’ memorial at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony marked 90 years of a largely forgotten GI mission in WWI Russia. Many of the soldiers were from Detroit.
Birmingham Concert Band held it’s beautiful yearly Patriotic Concert at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery.