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At an early age, Mark McGonigle had a mystical experience. He says he was prone to them. The 8th of nine children, McGonigle is keenly tuned in to the power of observation and going with the flow. As a child, his family camped a lot and he beli
You may have noticed that the health insurance world is in utter chaos right now. Costs are way up, service is way down, and satisfaction is at an all-time low. People are hacking their way around and through it in an effort to get an appropria
This past week about 200 migrants traveling north from the southernmost part of Mexico made it to the United States border near San Diego. These migrants were part of the caravan that the Trump Administration claimed were full of awful people c
On average in America, 34 people are murdered with a gun every day, 59 people kill themselves with a gun, and 46 are shot or killed in an accident with a gun. One in three people in America knows someone who has been shot. A fifth of kids age 1
This is a replay of Unspecified episode #4! Way back machine (kinda). Stern is a champion of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and as you'll hear in our conversation believes that society at large would be much better off everyone was able to work f
About fifteen years ago someone asked Nate Jackson if he had ever heard of DATA. DATA was an organization started by U2 frontman, Bona, to take on, among other things, the AIDS crisis in Africa. Jackson was intrigued, it was the first time he’d
Zaid Consuegra (@kcmo_pirate, IG) is a self-made man, and he’s done so with way less than you might think. Consuegra is a serial entrepreneur with three successful businesses to his name. He is also a DACA Recipient now living with the threat o
The last time Donald Carter (@donaldcarterkc, IG) was on Unspecified, he had just made national headlines for a random act of kindness. In this episode, we get into the whirlwind of that experience, what he lead him to discover about himself, a
Steve Wilson (@sainte.music, IG) & Matt Wertz (@mattwertz, IG) go way back. Matt is an indie pop singer-songwriter darling, and Steve is one of the music industry’s most cutting-edge producers. Matt credits Steve for getting him into songwritin
Jeremy Collins (@jercollins_com, IG) is an artist, story teller, filmmaker, rock climber… you name it, Jeremy’s probably done it. Chances are you’ve seen his work in and on the cover of National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, Outside, Pat
Few people are born creative, driven, and organized. You usually get 2 of the 3. Martin Moore (@martinmoorejr, TW) was born with all 3. For someone so visible, and seemingly open, Moore is a bit enigmatic. He’s lived in Milwaukee, WI all his li
Merritt Benz recalls her time in Brooklyn, NY working to keep juveniles out of prison. She would take the train into the most poverty-stricken parts of the city, walk through neighborhoods decimated by crime, and into buildings full of families
Jon Brick’s Mother asked him for a favor about 3 years ago. She asked if he would make a promotional video for an organization she supported. For free. Of course, he obliged. Upon meeting the subject of the video he realized there was more to h
Blake Miller (@ImBmills, TW) describes himself as a simple man who believes technology can solve the world's problems and it should be discussed over BBQ. What’s hidden in that simple description is decades of experience creating, selling, inve
On the eve of Thanksgiving in 2011 Rosilyn Temple’s son was murdered in his apartment. He was going to start a new job the next week. Instead of allowing anger and sadness to get the best of her, Rosilyn threw herself into the service of others
Dan Doty (@danieldoty, TW) believes that every man can and should be living a more purposeful, connected and fulfilling life. On this belief, he founded EVRYMAN with the intent of impacting generations of men to help them become better men, par
Every year, nearly 200,000 Americans lose a limb due to amputation. Many prosthetics cost well into 5 figures, and even higher, and many health insurance plans don’t cover them. BIlly Brimblecom Jr. is Director at Steps of Faith Foundation (htt
This week was set to feature a great guest, one I’ve been chasing for a while. Sometimes plans change, you know? So, instead of just one guest, you get three guests! This episode features segments from three standout conversations in Unspecifie
Climate change is a hot topic. Hurricanes are more frequent and fierce. Rainfall is more concentrated and violent. And forest fires rage more fierce and deadly. To understand all of this T.R. Kidder studies climate change from the past to under
Ed Darack (@eddarack) is an author, editor, photographer, and cartographer. His work has been featured in Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine, Alpinist, Weatherwise, Rock and Ice, and many more publications. His new book, The Final Mission of Ex
In the opinion of Todd Harris (@toddkharris), conversation on the Internet sucks. As a veteran of both traditional and new media, Harris is on a mission to bring true attribution to the web, rid it of trolls, and see to it that our kids use it
Chiropractics draws a lot of criticism. You’ve probably heard that you can’t just see a chiropractor once, you have to keep going back. Some MD’s will tell you chiropractics is pseudo-science. Recently The Outline published a piece titled “Chir
Ramon Valdez fights for the rights of asylum seekers to the United States with the Innovation Law Lab (innovationlawlab.org). In this conversation he explains what asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America are up against when
Elliott Adams (@elliottsadams) is a semi-retired DJ, former CTO @ CD Baby, author, professor, and entrepreneur. His new book, The Startup Mixtape (Amazon), is a guide for building and launching high growth tech startups. To write the book he in
Scott Raymond (@sco) asks big questions, keeps a list of conversations he wants to find himself in, and has his finger on the pulse of technology. Raymond is a tech industry veteran, author, speaker, and avid indoorsman. He kicked off our convo
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