Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

Marc Bamuthi Joseph speaks at TEDGlobal 2017 - Builders, Truth Tellers, Catalysts - August 27-30, 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De […]

First Class May Kill You! (Or, How To Eat Well While You Travel)

Airport travel food tips

  I was upgraded to the first class cabin on a morning flight last year and was excited to learn I had two choices for breakfast, a scrambled egg burrito or oatmeal and fresh fruit. Oatmeal sounds like the healthier choice, right? Yup, I thought so, too, and that’s the one I picked. (Also, I’m allergic to gluten so didn’t have much of a choice.) Then, when my tray arrived, […]

[MVP] Sophia Asghar: Performance Mentality

Pregame MVP Sophia Asghar

Sophia Asghar has the personal mission of improving lives through fitness, nutrition and mindfulness and building businesses to help ensure this mission is achieved. She has 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, nutrition coach and founder of series of health oriented businesses. Her current company, Wellness Consolidated, is dedicated to getting companies and employees healthier through fitness, food, and fun. Sophia earned a B.S in Physics and spent over […]

Past Present Podcast: Mother Teresa, the Alt-Right, and Taco Trucks

Mother Teresa

In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the canonization of Mother Teresa, the rise of the alt-right, and the menace of taco trucks.   Mother Teresa Mother Teresa has been declared St. Teresa by Pope Francis. Natalia noted the controversy that has swirled around Mother Teresa, including Christopher Hitchens calling her a “fanatic, fundamentalist, and a fraud.” Niki detailed how Pope John Paul II changed the canonization process to benefit Mother Teresa. Neil […]

Past Present Podcast: Khizr & Ghazala Khan, Roger Ailes, and Juicing


On this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the Khans and the politics of grief, Roger Ailes and sexual harassment at Fox News, and the history of juicing. Khizr & Ghazala Khan Khizr and Ghazala Khan’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention was only one among many speeches at both political conventions by parents who had lost their children. Neil argued that these speeches were effective because people felt sympathetic […]

Past Present Podcast: Tubman Twenties, Adult Toys, and Whole Foods Politics

Whole Foods

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Harriet Tubman’s replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the regulation of adult toys, and Whole Foods. Harriet Tubman The Treasury Department announced Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Neil noted this has been largely an uncontroversial decision, although Donald Trump called the move “pure political correctness.” […]

The Immutable Truths of Aging

wisdom of aging

I’m still learning. After nearly 50 revolutions of the sun, 30 of which have been spent squeezing as much fitness and adventure out of my body as possible, I’m still learning and relearning lessons that can make me a better athlete and human. Many of the lessons I’ve been taught have come through mistakes. Bad choices, letting my ego get in the way, and stubbornness have all played their role […]

Past Present Podcast: Apple v. US, Michael Pollan, and Guantanamo Bay

michael pollan cooked fact check

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Apple vs. the US, Michael Pollan’s “Cooked,” and Guantanamo Bay. Apple vs U.S. The federal government has sued Apple to develop technology that will allow it to access the locked iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorists. Neil noted the government has used the All Writs Act of 1789 to issue its order because the 1992 […]

Taking Back My Body

liegend am Hügel am See - Marielis Seyler

I write about my history with my body with the same edge that ex-lovers reluctantly speak about each other in hushed voices over strong drinks. My body and I, yeah, we have a history. It is not an obvious history in the sense that I have a history of living and breathing and waking up everyday. That’s true, but it’s more than that. My history with my body is adversarial, existing […]

Alicia Rebensdorf of Tuffet: What To Consider Before Opening Your Own Bar/Restaurant

Tuffet Brooklyn

Alicia Rebensdorf put it all on the line to open TUFFET, a cheese/meat/bar in Brooklyn, NY. But she didn’t just dive in; she took strategic steps to ensure her success. Watch this interview to find out Alicia’s top factors to consider before opening your hospitality business.