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Vegan and vegetarian nutrition, running and training tips, and healthy lifestyle and habit change with well-known guests like Rich Roll, Brendan Brazier, Heather Crosby, Leo Babauta, Rip Esselstyn, Pamela Fergusson, Dan Buettner, make for an entertaining, informative, no-preach listen.
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Autistic people are the true experts of the autistic experience. Autism Stories will help you to live your best autistic life by interviewing autistic people and others in the autism community who share their experiences, stories, and advice with you. Learn how coaching can help you then book a free call with Autism Personal Coach https://autismpersonalcoach.com
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Looking for a new job or keen to progress your career? Listen and subscribe to our monthly podcast for expert, up-to-date careers advice delivered straight to your device - from perfecting your CV and preparing for a job interview, to creating a strong personal brand and standing out from the crowd. We are the world’s leading recruitment experts. Last year we placed 70,000 people in to permanent jobs and over 240,000 people in to temporary roles. For more expert careers advice, visit our blo ...
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Welcome to the Hays Worldwide Leadership Insights podcast. In this series, we talk to business leaders from around the world as they share their expertise on how to effectively lead a business both now and in the future. Hays are the experts at matching the right talent to the right business, recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. Last year we placed around 70,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 240,000 people into temporary assignments. For more informat ...
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Episode 165In this episode we continue our special series on Historic Observatories as we talk with a Staff Astronomer of the Lick observatory, Paul Lynam.Paul Lynam Contact:plynam@ucolick.orgLick Observatoryhttps://www.lickobservatory.org/For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can also support this podca…
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"When we talk about stereotypes, stereotypes don't always have to be all bad. For example, when you hear something like all Asians are smart, all Asians are math whizzes. All Indians are doctors and engineers. It's not a bad thing to be those things, but to paint it with that broad stroke brush creates undue pressure, obviously. I think that's what…
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Even one of the world's leading heart doctors understands that no one is perfect. Including him. Diet, fitness, lifestyle... there has to be room for flexibility. So according to Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, it comes down to making decisions that offer the best bang for their buck. Allowing for flexibility because life requires it, and focusing our efforts o…
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It's now clear: You can succeed as an athlete while eating a plant-based diet. From endurance runners to professional football players, athletes across disciplines are going vegan and breaking records. But does thriving as a plant-based athlete require certain considerations or care? For example, does plant protein help build and repair muscle the …
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"There are autistic people who have identified wanting to hold down a typical job as their goal, and we want to honor that. There can be great benefits that come from working including community with your colleagues, feeling important, doing something for society. But if we stop there, we never get to question why we work the way that we do? That's…
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Don Day of Day Weather joined me to discuss the long term predictability of weather patterns. We talk about how consistent these weather patterns are as well as the timescale involved in these cycles. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Sponsor: Farming Without the Bank CSU Stock Planning Pa…
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When you hear someone say they have a healthy metabolism, they're usually referring to one thing: Burning calories. But metabolic health is about so much more than how quickly we burn through food. It's about energy, cell function, and eliminating waste. And it leads to healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and nutrient absorption. So how do …
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The largest organ in your body? Your skin. And yet, how much do you know about what you're feeding it? Today we're taking a departure from just talking about what to put in your body to share a guide for how to approach what you put on your body. Brian Vaszily, founder of The Art of Anti-Aging, shares the disturbing reality of most skin care produc…
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Does eating a healthier, whole-food plant-based diet feel out of reach? You could follow the typical advice repeated across the internet... Spend your Sunday meal prepping. Use this cookbook or that meal planner (often filled with unfamiliar ingredients). Buy new kitchen gadgets like a pressure cooker or air fryer. For some people, those tips might…
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Burke Teichert joined me to continue our conversation on the characteristics of successful ranch managers. We talk about Burke’s journey into regenerative management as well as some specific production practices that made the difference on the ranches he has managed. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770…
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Here's a shocking stat: It's estimated that the global weight loss industry — built around crash diets, liquid meal replacements, and appetite suppression — was worth over $220 billion in 2021. And it's only growing year over year. And yet, studies show that the vast majority of dieters (anywhere from 37-97%, depending on the study) consider it a f…
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"I think we need to give the space and time and support to people that they need as they are learning to point at letters. A lot goes into a single successful point for a person with motor or movement difficulties", says Matt Hayes. Matt joins this episode to discuss facilitated communication, a documentary about his life, and island life. If you c…
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Few parts of your body impact your health as much as your gut. A healthy gut microbiome can boost your energy, elevate your immunity, and increase your longevity. An unhealthy gut does the opposite... creating a lot of bloating and digestive discomfort in the process. But what exactly is a gut microbiome, and how does a plant-centered diet impact i…
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We need a food revolution. In the United States, we spend 19% of our entire Gross Domestic Product on healthcare — 80% of which is treating the symptoms of chronic disease. Chronic diseases that are directly fueled by diet and lifestyle. As Ocean Robbins, a bestselling author and co-founder of , puts it: Our healthcare system isn't helping people g…
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Daniel Hayes of Snakebird Stockdogs joined me to discuss the process of learning and succeeding with stock dogs. We talk about the importance of mentors as well as some tips for getting started. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Sponsor: Farming Without the Bank Relevant Links: Daniel on F…
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"I'm an autistic, Asian-American, Jewish adoptee. This is something that makes me unique, it makes me feel special that I'm part of a few different, select communities. But it can also be really overwhelming and exhausting, because I feel, especially in this day and age, I'm constantly fighting for my right to coexist peacefully as a human being. I…
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What's the key to longevity? According to Valter Longo and his bestselling book, The Longevity Diet, it's a combination of fitness and a mostly plant-based diet. That in itself isn't groundbreaking by any means, but what is unique about Longo's approach is the regular fasting element. In today's episode, Matt and Doug walk through the tenets of Lon…
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"I would like to see a complete rewriting of the narrative around autism. Because girls are still getting told their lives are going to be over. That they're not going to be able to have babies or work with children, which there's no evidence for any of that nonsense at all! About half the women in SWAN had families or are raising families. I've go…
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Jolene Brown a renowned farm and ranch transition expert. She joined me to discuss the importance of communication and preparing the next generation to take the reins of leadership in our businesses. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Sponsor: Farming Without the Bank Relevant Links: Jolene…
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Episode 164In this episode we continue our special series on Historic Observatories as we talk with the Director of the Vatican observatory, FR Paul Gabor.Vatican Observatoryhttps://www.vaticanobservatory.org/For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can also support this podcast at Patreon:https://www.patre…
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"I see the value in hearing from people of every single generation. I think every single generation is worth hearing. Everyone has different wisdom to bring to the table and different experiences. I wanted a book that kind of tackled the idea of ageism that we are all wise beyond our years and young at heart, and seeing what it would look like to c…
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Burke Teichert joined me for a conversation on what it takes to be a successful ranch manager. We talk about the most important things we should be keeping an eye on including some of the key ratios that go a long way toward determining profitability. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Take…
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"Additional feedback I gave them based on my experiences in the program led to a resource bank for autistic people in and leaving the program to help them integrate into independent living and often a higher income bracket with more benefits and financial flexibility. Going from fast food to making $8.50 an hour to corporate benefits and salaries w…
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Dawn Hnatow a stockmanship instructor from Sulphur Springs, TX joined me to talk about some lessons she learned when Bud Williams came to the feedlot at which she was working. We discuss the impact to the bottom line of good stockmanship as well as what to do with the excess energy of newly arrived cattle. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You …
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"I love cooking and I love baking, it's another creative outlet. Perhaps to the anger of one or two cooks that are now offended, I've never met a recipe I haven't changed in one way or another, out of necessity sometimes", says Heidi Assman. Heidi joins this episode to discuss baking, other creative outlets, and how to be autistic and live a fabulo…
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Did you know we have another podcast? It's called the Plant-Based Morning Show, and we go live every weekday to discuss the latest in plant-based news and headlines. A lot has changed since we last shared an episode of the PBMS here, so we thought it would be fun to catch you up to speed with an episode from last week! In this episode we talk about…
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"First, I don't believe there are good or bad poems. I think I am just connected to the big mind. Short poems are quite easier to write with my poor motor skills. I also kind of like the wit possible through brevity", says Sid Ghosh. Sid joins this episode to discuss his poetry, why RPM has been so helpful to him, and being the only AAC present at …
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Peter Attia's new New York Times bestselling book, Outlive, outlines a very audacious fitness plan for longevity. In today's episode, Matt Frazier and Doug Hay break down the plan and methodology and debate the pros and cons of such a time-consuming routine. Is this the ticket to living a long, active life? Or is it an unrealistic goal that will le…
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Jared Sorenson of Ag Steward and the Profitable Steward Podcast joined me to discuss what it means to be a steward. We also discuss the keys to profiting from our stewardship and what it means to effectively build a market for our products. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Sponsors: Sunsh…
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Episode 163In this episode we continue our special series on Historic Observatories as we talk with the directory of the Mauna Kea observatory, Doug Simons.Mauna Kea Observatoryhttps://www.maunakeaobservatories.org/For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can also support this podcast at Patreon:https://www…
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"Each time we went somewhere, we made sure we had our letter boards, or AAC and began to have real conversations with the community that freely set the communication expectation. One typer can seem unique, but three together is a force that ignites change", says the Mod Squad. The Mod Squad of Otta Lana, Bella Santoyo, and William Del Rosario join …
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Kent Solberg and Doug Voss of Understanding Ag joined me to discuss the challenges facing the dairy industry on its journey toward more regenerative management. We discuss the specific benefits to the dairy industry of getting cattle on the land as well as different models of accomplishing that goal. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can re…
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"Autistic teachers and autistic mentors for autistic kids is so important. It's really important and I don't think we have enough of it. So, if someone's interested in teaching, I do recommend it because you can make a big difference in the lives of these students and these families", says Katie Vidler. Katie oins this episode to discuss her tutori…
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"Everyone at school always tries to guess what I am thinking, and they are usually wrong. So, they never really know me, only the stories they tell themselves about me. Of course, there are well-intentioned people, but to not feel known by the people who are responsible for my future stinks", says Sofi Ghassaei. Sofi joins this episode to discuss h…
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Dylan Biggs joined me once again to talk about how he builds a foundation of communication with his stock dogs. We also talk about instilling patience in dogs as well as the importance of setting dogs up for success early on in their career. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-6092. Sponsor: Learn…
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"I would love to help and encourage anybody who is autistic to get into fitness and sports and anything like this. I'd give them the confidence to know that they can compete and the benefits that they can get from it. It's a passion of mine", says Mandy Williams. Mandy joins this episode to discuss competing in the Hyrox competition and mentorship …
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"But, believe it or not, I auditioned, he cast me as the lead. And with that go-getter personality, I had all of these ideas that he didn't know how to contain, and he said, "Do you want to take these ideas and put them together?" And I'm like sure, so I wrote a script", says Jennifer Goodman. Jennifer Goodman and Ryan Atkins joins this episode to …
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Dr. Ken Olson and Jaelyn Whaley both of SDSU Extension joined me to discuss the ecological and economic benefits of interfacing small ruminants into our existing livestock operations. We talk about realistic goals as far as brush control as well as the infrastructure needed to interface sheep with our existing operation. Thanks to our Studio Sponso…
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Episode 162In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the Meteor Section Coordinator, Bob Lunsford about the upcoming Lyrids and eta Aquariids meteor showers peaking the evening of April 22-23, 2023 and May 5-7 2023. Bob gives us a brief history of the Meteor Showers, how and where to observe and details on repor…
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We all know junk foods have a negative impact on your health. But how much can superfoods do the opposite? In today's episode, Matt Tullman sits down with Michael Kuech, co-founder of YourSuper and author of the new book Your Super Life: 100+ Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes Made with Nature's Most Powerful Superfoods In the episode they discuss how …
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Gabe Brown of Understanding Ag and Matt McGinn of McGinn Ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska joined me to discuss the journey the McGinn family has been on toward more adaptive stewardship of the resources entrusted to them. They have gone from running multiple herds, calving in two seasons, and season long grazing to calving in sync with nature, ta…
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"I would say if you're passionate about it, find the thing that makes you happy, and just keep going, don't stop. You will eventually run into obstacles along the way. I've run into a bunch of obstacles myself, especially when I was trying to break into broadcasting coming out of college", says Matt Nelson. Matt joins this episode to discuss his ca…
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Jason Watson, Superintendent of Sunshine Bible Academy (SBA) in Miller, SD, welcomed me into an office at SBA to discuss educational alternatives available to parents looking to educate their children. We talk about the challenges present in our world today as well as some strategies for overcoming those challenges. We discuss the benefits and obje…
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"Mathematical writing was a special class for me. While I was doing research for a paper, I found a study done by some guys at Pixar. They examined a mathematical perspective of animation, which linked the meshes of various characters. This led to my independent study course, where I wrote a computer program to animate rotating cubes in space", say…
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Walter H. Haas from February 2008In this episode of the Observers Notebook podcast, host Tim Robertson talks to the daughter of the ALPO founder, Mary Alba.Mary talks about her father and an honor that was just bestowed on him by the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. The renaming of their observation to the Walter H. Haas Memorial Observatory.Alo…
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"The main idea I wanted to share in this screenplay was that if we hold onto anger, it will hurt us more than the person or people we are angry at. We need to learn to forgive and let go, to really be free to love", says Emma Cladis. Emma joins this episode to discuss screenplays she has written and being the first non-speaking autistic student at …
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" I found being in court very natural, and it is important to not be frightened of it. The reason I enjoyed it was because there is a natural order of doing things- you know when it's your turn to speak. It's almost like performing onstage. I think that you're playing a role, and I think that as an autistic person, we do that a lot", says Arwen Mak…
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Dr. Larry Tranel joined me to discuss what we can do to handle stress more effectively on our operations. We talk about the different types of personalities and how they react to stress. We also discuss the benefits of knowing what type of person you are as it relates to handling stress. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at w…
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Episode 161In this episode we discuss the ALPO Solar Section with Kim Hay and Rik Hill.Kim Hay email:cdnspooky@gmail.comRik Hill email:rhill24@cox.netALPO Solar Section:https://alpo-astronomy.org/solarblog/For more information you can visit the ALPO web site at:www.alpo-astronomy.org/You can also support this podcast at Patreon:https://www.patreon.…
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Gabe Brown and Dr. Allen Williams joined me once again to discuss the Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship. We talk about what the rules are and the benefits of putting them into practice. We also discuss the need for adaptation when implementing these ideas. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Sea-90! You can reach them at www.sea-90.com or (770) 361-609…
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