Episode 209 – Lindsey Matheson – Endangered: Art for Apes

Dr. Lindsey Matheson (@art4apes on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss the Endangered: Art for Apes art contest. For the past two years, Craig has been involved with the Endangered: Art for Apes contest, entering and exhibiting his photos each year. This year, while he’s still on the hunt for the elusive photo to submit, he asked founder and curator of the Art for Apes contest on to discuss how the contest works and what the money supports. The two talk about what the Center for Great Apes (which gets every penny of the entry fees) does for these endangered animals,  if Craig’s orangutan picture is too goofy to submit and what types of artwork they look for to exhibit. This year the exhibition of winners is not only in Miami Florida, as it is every year, but will have an exhibition in England.

You can learn more about the Endangered: Art for Apes contest at http://art4apes.com. There you will see examples of current and past submissions as well as the contest rules for 2016. Be sure to like their facebook page to get updates and their instagram account to see all the artwork submitted.

Also be sure to follow Craig on instagram at craigprice47 as well to see his photos too!

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Episode 202 – Janice Levenhagen-Seeley – ChickTech

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (@ChickTechOrg on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss her non-profit ChickTech.  What is ChickTech? It is a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. Craig and Janice discuss how their programs not only develop the skills women need in tech but also a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. They also discuss the realities of the “Good Ol’ Boys” network, unconscious bias in the workplace and how you can find a local chapter or create one of your own. They also talk about using culture training and assessments to identify issues many organization may not even realize exist.

For more information on how you can participate or donate, go to http://chicktech.org 

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Episode 195 – Blue Sun Interpreting – Sign Language Interpreters

Jennifer Husband and Leyel Hudson of Blue Sun Interpreting (@comicconterp on twitter) sit with host Craig Price to discuss sign language interpreting.  Kicking off the 2016 Comic-Con season in Texas, Craig brings the first of his Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program episodes with some great “co-workers”.  Craig first met Jennifer and Leyel during his panel with actor David Anders and was so impressed that he also made sure to call them out in his Ming Chen panel that fall at FanFair. The three talk about dealing with celebrities that ramble (Bill Shatner), celebrities that are super cool and interactive (John Barrowman) and how to deal with nerd words that don’t exist in the “real” world. They also discuss their own mini-convention Deaf Con that will be happening May 7th!  But mostly they geek out over upcoming cons and celebrities. They also discuss their latest venture Blue Sun Interpreting.  Blue Sun Interpreting is dedicated to providing qualified, certified, knowledgeable, professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services for comic conventions and other events in order to provide communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Not only does Comicpalooza stand behind these great interpreters but Reality Check and Craig endorse them wholeheartedly.

You can find Blue Sun Interpreting at https://www.facebook.com/houstoncomicconterp/ and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/comiccon.terp

BONUS: For the first time ever, this episode of Reality Check has been transcribed to provide access to any non-hearing folks! Just click here to download the PDF or download the app!

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Episode 190 – Richard Zimmerman – Orangutan Rehabilitation

Richard Zimmerman of Orangutan Outreach (@redapes on twitter) talks with host Craig Price about orangutan rehabilitation. As any listener or follower of the podcast knows, Craig is a huge supporter of orangutans and Orangutan Outreach. He even goes so far as to sell calendars to raise money for them each year. Due to the massive fires that have devastated much of the orangutan’s habitat in Indonesia, many of the rescue centers Richard and Orangutan Outreach support are being flooded with survivors, specifically abandoned or orphaned orangutan babies. So much so that they need to add additional housing and facilities as quickly as they can. One partner in particular The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center is in dire need so Richard is raising money for a new baby house! Craig and Richard discuss the fires, the current situation on the ground but more importantly, the two go over what happens to the orphaned babies who are put through orangutan rehabilitation, how they go through Baby School and Forest School learning how to be wild orangutans and are eventually released into better, more protected habitats away from people. Once you hear the plight of these wonderful animals, you won’t be able to ignore what’s going on in their native home.

You can learn more about Richard and Orangutan Outreach as well as donate to the new baby house at http:/redapes.org/BOS

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Episode 185 – Michele Payn-Knoper – Food Myths

Michele Payn-Knoper (@MPaynKnoper on twitter) returns to talk  to host Craig Price about food myths. Food is a strange thing. It’s so important to our survival but the average person doesn’t take the time to know how it gets to the store or know who the people behind the scenes really are. Of course, when a well planned marketing campaign comes out or a new study arrives, everyone has comments, even if they don’t quite know the science behind the situation. Michele and Craig discuss if bacon is cancerous, why and when hormones are used, the truth behind antibiotics as well as talking about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and why Great Pyrenees puppies are awesome (to have as pets, not to eat!). With the holidays coming up, we’ll dispel some food myths so the only worry you will have is how much pumpkin pie you should eat!

You can learn more about Michele and her corporation Cause Matters at http://causematters.com

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Episode 126 – Kathleen Quinn – Pilots N Paws

Kathleen Quinn, executive director of Pilots N Paws (@PilotsNPaws on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss her unique animal rescue organization. Four million former pets are euthanized in the United States every year and are killed because they don’t have homes. Pilots ‘N Paws is a national charity helping to change that. Working with rescue groups across the country, pilots donate their time, their planes, and their fuel, to transport animals to places where they will be adopted.

Craig and Kathleen talk about the various kinds of animals they transport (SNAKES ON A PLANE!!), how the pilots coordinate with each other as well as shelters to get these animals to their destinations, how the animals are transported and even the educational programs they’ve created to try and make sure educate kids so no pets will ever need a shelter.

Pilots N Paws  is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Please check out http://pilotsnpaws.org and see if you can help, donate your time, your plane or even your money!

APP BONUS: If you want to help Pilots N Paws out, please download their flyer, print it out and put it up in all the airports you visit.

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Episode 125 – Ed Rigsbee – Association Membership

Ed Rigsbee (@edrigsbee on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to talk about the ROI of association membership. Many of podcast listeners are either currently part of an association or even in the leadership of that association. My first question: When are you booking me for your next event? My second question: What are you doing to grow or at the least maintaining your membership? I hear from associations all across the country that they’re always worried about the membership numbers. People don’t see associations in the same light anymore. Thankfully Ed’s got a new book called The ROI of Membership-Today’s Missing Link for Explosive Growth.  This is what he does, find ways for associations to increase membership by increasing their value to their members. The two talk about how to stop giving the cow, the milk and anything else bovine-related away for free.

If you don’t know Ed, he’s also the founder of Cigar PEG which is a charity that raises money for several charities but especially the National Speakers Association Foundation. I’ve partnered with Ed to create Cigar PEG radio, a weekly podcast highlighting some of the people you might find hanging out in the Cigar PEG suite at the NSA convention.

APP BONUS: I’ve added the first episode with me interviewing Larry Winget so be sure to check it out and if you like it, subscribe to that podcast as well.

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Episode 97 – Dan Nevins – The Wounded Warrior Project

Dan Nevins (@DanNevins on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss his amazing story and the Wounded Warrior Project.  Dan talks about how he lost his legs while serving in Iraq and his struggles to cope and adjust. Thankfully, the Wounded Warrior Project was there to offer a helping hand, bringing a bit of normalcy to utterly abnormal situation. The two discuss how the Project helps not only the physically injured but the vets who return with the  invisible scars of combat stress (a.k.a. PTSD). Craig also struggles through the interview as the overwhelming reality of the topic makes being a smart ass almost impossible (but Craig finds a way!).  It is an awe inspiring episode that really can’t be missed! 
The Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. Please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ to learn more about this amazing organization and how you can help returning servicemen and women get the help they deserve. 

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Episode 74 – Richard Zimmerman – Orangutan Outreach

Orangutan Outreach (@redapes on Twitter) Executive Director Richard Zimmerman joins Craig to celebrate Orangutan Caring Week! The two don’t monkey around when the talk about the plight of the orangutans. From the destruction of their habitat to illegal pet trade, orangutans have the chips stacked against them. Thankfully, Orangutan Outreach is there to help.

Please donate to this worthy cause by going to http://redapes.org and giving generously.

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Episode 63 – Stephanie Vance – Lobbyists

Stephanie Vance (@advocacyguru on Twitter) visits Craig while at the National Speakers Association convention in Indianapolis and chats about Lobbyists. They talk about Stephanie’s new book “The Influence Game “, what lobbyists actually do and how you can use their tactics (the ethical ones!) to be more influential in your own life.
Stephanie can be found at http://www.AdvocacyGuru.com and you can get her new book at http://www.TheInfluenceGame.com

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