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August 11, 2019

The Thrill Begins

This is a special episode that includes three authors that are all part of the writer's group The Thrill Begins. We discuss the group and their individual thoughts on writing.

EA Aymar - https://eaymarwrites.com

Shannon Kirk - http://shannonkirkbooks.com

Wendy Tyson - https://wendytyson.com 

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Rick Alan Ross is the founder and Executive Director of The Cult Education Institute. He is an internationally known expert regarding destructive cults, controversial groups and movements and author of the book "Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out." Since 1982 he has been studying, researching and responding to the problems often posed by controversial authoritarian groups and movements.

Ross has been qualified and accepted and testified as an expert witness in court proceedings across the United States including US Federal Court. He has also frequently assisted local and national law enforcement and government agencies.

He has personally assisted thousands of families in an effort to help the victims of destructive cults, groups and movements.

Rick Ross is one of the most readily recognized experts offering analysis about destructive cults, controversial groups and movements in the world today.

He has been a paid consultant for the television networks CBS, CBC and Nippon of Japan. And also was retained as a technical consultant by Miramax/Disney.

Ross' commentary has been quoted within publications such as Time Magazine, People, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and theWashington Post.

His appearances on national television have included a wide range of venues from news programs such as the "Today Show, "CNN World News," "Dateline", ABC 20/20 and "48 Hours" to popular interview shows such as "Oprah," "Dr. Phil" and "Inside Edition."

Ross has lectured at such prestigious institutions as Dickinson College, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Baylor University, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Wuhan University, China, Zhengzhou University, China, GuangXi International University, China, Heilongjiang University, China, Shandong University, China and Assumption University, Thailand.

Ross' analysis has been sought on virtually every major cult story for decades.

Rick's Links

Web: https://www.culteducation.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RickAlanRoss

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/culteducation/

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Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher originally from Matawan, New Jersey.
 

A leading expert in the growing field of storytelling, Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books.  Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books. 

She has written for NBC, DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel and the PixL Network and a variety of print and online sources including Cosmo and Backstage Magazine. In 2016 she worked as the west coast story scout for This American Life. 
 

Margot is a five-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM, and was the Moth GrandSLAM winner in New York City achieving the series' first ever score of a perfect 10. Her stories have been featured on NPR's  “The Moth Podcast,” “Good Food," “Unfictional,” "Strangers," and is a frequent contributor to the popular podcast “RISK!"
 

Leitman is the founder of the storytelling program at the UCB Theatre, where she has performed in dozens of shows over the years and is a frequent monologist at their flagship show "Asssscat." 
 

Margot travels all over the world as a public speaker, storyteller and teacher. Internationally she has performed and taught at the SPOKEN FEST in Mumbai, India as well as a six-week teaching residency at the Blue Room Theatre in Australia. 
 

In her spare time Leitman is an amatuer baker, avid yogi and a devoted bibliophile. A proud graduate of the Ithaca College Theatre Department, Leitman now resides in Los Angeles. 

 

Margot's Links

Web: https://www.margotleitman.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margotleitman/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargotLeitman

 

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Mandy Obrien is a body language reader who analyzes videos on line. She has been controversial at times but has clear vision. I really enjoyed chatting with her and learning about her. She is very open and honest about her thoughts and feelings. This was a fun chat.

Mandy's links

Web: https://bombardsbodylanguage.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/social77media 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bombardsbodylanguage/

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Squadcast founder Zachariah Moreno returns with co-founder Rockwell Felder to chat about version 2.0 of Squadcast.

Squadcast Links
Web: https://squadcast.fm 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/squadcastfm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SquadCastFM/ 

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Kenneth Lanning is currently a consultant in the area of crimes against children. Before retiring in 2000, he was a Special Agent with the FBI for more than 30 years. He was assigned to the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for 20 of those years (longer than any other agent doing behavioral analysis). He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is a former member of the APSAC Advisory Board. He is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Mr. Lanning is the 1990 recipient of the Jefferson Award for Research from the University of Virginia, the 1996 recipient of the Outstanding Professional Award from APSAC, the 1997 recipient of the FBI Director’s Annual Award for Special Achievement for his career accomplishments in connection with missing and exploited children, and the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service from the National Children's Advocacy Center. He has testified on seven occasions before the U.S. Congress and many times as an expert witness in state and federal court. Mr. Lanning has authored numerous publications and consulted on thousands of cases involving the sexual victimization of children. He has lectured before and trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, social workers, mental health and medical personnel, judges, and other professionals.

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Alex Riesenkampff is the founder and CEO of GetVokl, the Live-streaming video service that some have dubbed BLAB 2.0. We discuss how he envisions the service expanding and serving the community as well as the challenges that he faces in this space. It is a fascinating conversation about new technology.

Alex's Links
Web: https://getvokl.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/getvokl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getvokl

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getvokl/

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In the weeks since recording the first episode with David Freiheit, YouTube has done some interesting things with his videos and had a little bit of fun in front of the US Congress. We go deeper about Canada C16 and Jordan Peterson and on to the platforms. This is a fun freewheeling chat. If you haven't heard the first episode with David, be sure to check it out! 

David's links:

Web: https://vivafrei.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzGiDDKdphJ0GFvEd82WfYQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivafrei/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivafrei/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thevivafrei

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David Freiheit is a lawyer turned YouTuber. He received a GoPro as a gift and that started his obsession with video creation. He began by making fun videos lip-syncing pop songs in a business suit at Spartan races. He then had a video go viral of a squirrel grabbing his GoPro and climbing a tree. 
Now he has creates "VLAWGS" where he breaks down depositions and discusses legal events in the news. 

This was a super fun conversation with a creative person.

Original Squirrel video - https://youtu.be/4_gmkhE7YQc 

David's links:

Web: https://vivafrei.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzGiDDKdphJ0GFvEd82WfYQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivafrei/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivafrei/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thevivafrei

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J.J. Hensley was a police officer for a few years and then became a US Secret Service Special Agent in Virginia and is now a Federal Law Enforcement trainer along with being a thriller writer.

His first novel RESOLVE was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.

 

In this Episode: 

  • Learning about a bit more Secret Service, Treasury Service, and Home and Security
  • Secret Service handles any cases
  • Secret Service stations
  • Secret Service has large organization (local and state elements)
  • Mr. Hensley preferred detailed job and advance work
  • Creating imaginations in scenarios
  • Example day that really stands out for you in Secret Service life
  • How do you get the mental switch to flip to where you chase toward a danger away from it?
  • Requirements in getting in to the secret service
  • What makes you decide to go straight to the place?
  • Huge audio book fan of David Baldacci
  • Books regarding protecting details
  • Books published by J.J. Hensley
  • What do you prefer: Reading in print or audio?

 

Quotes from this Episode: 

“If you are working in a Secret Service you will be standing next to the President and Vice-President whoever some point, just by the nature of the job you’ll be staying next to the stage.” –J.J. Hensley

“The certain requirements they look are age requirements and physical requirements, and you have to pass the background, meet the demands, wiling to move whenever they tell you to move and travel whenever they tell you to travel.” –J.J. Hensley

“The support we get from the writing community is just phenomenal, one of the uncomfortable things that I ever have to do with writing is to get blurbs that the whole quotes at the back of the book. You send the manuscript out and hope that somebody with a huge name is going to give you blurbs.” –J.J. Hensley

Resources: 

 

JJ's Links

Website: http://www.hensley-books.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JJHensleyauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hensleybooks

 

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