Chatting With A Cinematographer

Brad Rushing lives his life behind a lens. He’s an award-winning cinematographer (or director of photography) whose work has included music videos for stars such as Britney Spears, Eminem and Nelly; movies working with a host of well-known actors, actresses and directors; and commercials for dozens of big corporations. Brad…

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Saving Democracy With Senator Larry Pressler

Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) wants to save democracy. Larry, who left the Senate in 1997 after an unsuccessful reelection bid, has been using his post-Congress career to teach students about the importance of civil service. His hope is to inspire a new generation of informed voters who might…

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An Evening With Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift is a famous liberal reporter, perhaps best known to many American television viewers as one of the pundits on the weekly political talk show The McLaughlin Group. Although she’s still busy reporting these days writing for The Daily Beast, she took a few hours out of her schedule…

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Supper With A State Senator

Cheryl Kagan would love a private life — but that’s not possible right now. That’s because she’s the Maryland state senator for district 17, covering Gaithersburg and Rockville. As she told me during a dinner interview, it’s a non-stop job that involves a very public life. That makes it difficult…

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Life On The Road

Bill and Laura Johnson live their lives on the road. They spend more than half the year traveling in their motor home to various states, motivated only by what they think might be interesting. The couple, both in their 60s, told me that they love the potential of going to…

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A Night At Nellie’s

Doug Schantz doesn’t care for sports and doesn’t cook — but that didn’t stop him from following through on his dream of opening a gay sports bar in Washington, DC. Nellie’s Sports Bar has been open since 2007 and remains incredibly popular with a mixed gay and straight crowd, with…

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Victor’s Vines

Victor Pope Jr. can make you laugh in six seconds. That’s how long his comedy videos are on Vine, an app that lets users upload six-second clips of everything and anything from music performances to rants to comedy sketches. I met Victor for a late lunch in Arlington, Texas earlier…

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Dining With Dave

Dave Hindman is a man of many careers. From the Air Force to work as a University of Maryland (UMD) lab technician, and from a stint teaching classes on car repair to his current work doing environmental permitting for federal agencies, major companies, and others, he has plenty of interesting…

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Tales From The Town Crier

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Listen to the tale of Michael Wood! He’s an award-winning town crier, keeping that ancient tradition of public proclamations alive. He’s traveled across England — and even to Hollywood, California — to share his unique art, as he told me during a dinner interview late last month….

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Cycling Through America

Ines Verbeke is cycling through America. She was born in America but raised in Belgium, and long yearned to explore her country of birth. Taking a break from her career, she’s finally getting to see the States. Earlier this year, she flew across the Atlantic with a vague plan of…

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