Podcast: 5 of Félix on FCCFree

5 of Félix 13: Yes We Cannes! & Cascading Empowerment

Recently back from the Cannes Film Festival, Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Zoë Elton will be my first guest. I’ll talk with Zoë about her experience at Cannes, as well as film festivals in general and what goes into putting on one of our own country’s most successful festivals. In addition to a who’s who of A-listers, including past guests Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Glenn Close, Edward Norton, and too many others to mention, every year the 11-day Mill Valley Film Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers and 60,000 attendees from around the world.   In my second segment, Anne Devereux-Mills, founder of Parlay House, Executive Director of the Emmy-nominated The Return, and Chairwoman of the Board of Marchex, Inc. will be in the studio. Anne will discuss how starting over lead her to look at how we—and women, in particular—can not only have deeper, more meaningful interactions but how they can have an inspiring, empowering cascade effect on others. As a single mom, a top executive in New York's competitive advertising scene, and a cancer survivor, Anne experienced challenging times, ultimately leading her to found Parlay House, over 1000 “women who come together to connect, grow, learn and thrive.”

Recently back from the Cannes Film Festival, Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film FestivalZoë Elton will be my first guest. I’ll talk with Zoë about her experience at Cannes, as well as film festivals in general and what goes into putting on one of our own country’s most successful festivals. In addition to a who’s who of A-listers, including past guests Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Glenn Close, Edward Norton, and too many others to mention, every year the 11-day Mill Valley Film Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers and 60,000 attendees from around the world. 

In my second segment, Anne Devereux-Mills, founder of Parlay House, Executive Director of the Emmy-nominated The Return, and Chairwoman of the Board of Marchex, Inc. will be in the studio. Anne will discuss how starting over lead her to look at how we—and women, in particular—can not only have deeper, more meaningful interactions but how they can have an inspiring, empowering cascade effect on others. As a single mom, a top executive in New York's competitive advertising scene, and a cancer survivor, Anne experienced challenging times, ultimately leading her to found Parlay House, over 1000 “women who come together to connect, grow, learn and thrive.”

5 of Félix 12: Spirit in Spain & the Female Form

Award-winning author, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne will talk about someplace I myself know well: España! From leading fellow writers in search of Lorca’s duende to her own profound spiritual experiences to the film she’s currently producing there, Erin has lots to say about Spain—and writing and travel and so much more. Erin is the author of “Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France,” and the editor of two anthologies: “Vignettes & Postcards from Paris” and “Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco.” Her work has won three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, and she was just named Travel Writing curator for The Creative Process Exhibition, launched at the Sorbonne and traveling to the world’s leading universities.    In my second segment, Lone Mørch will be in the studio all the way from Copenhagen, Denmark. Lone will talk about her new book, “Embody: Intimate Photographic Encounters with Women.” Embody examines the light and the shadows in women's bodies, minds and psyches, revealing how women connect with their own bodies. Lone has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the United States. She hold a Masters in Politics and Change from Aalborg University, and she’s worked with CARE International in Nepal, been team manager at the Kaospilots in San Francisco, and partner/producer at Ideagarden productions. Her essays have been published in Danish, American and Nepalese magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, and her memoir, “Seeing Red: A Woman's Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred” is about her soul-baring quest for liberation.

Award-winning author, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne will talk about someplace I myself know well: España! From leading fellow writers in search of Lorca’s duende to her own profound spiritual experiences to the film she’s currently producing there, Erin has lots to say about Spain—and writing and travel and so much more. Erin is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, and the editor of two “Vignettes & Postcards" anthologies. Her work has won three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, and she was just named Travel Writing curator for The Creative Process Exhibition.  

In my second segment, Lone Mørch talks about the hows, whys, and discovery, healing, and transformation that has resulted from her photography, as featured in her beautiful, powerful new book, Embody: Intimate Photographic Encounters with Women. Lone has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her essays have been published in Danish, American and Nepalese newspapers, anthologies, and magazines, including InStyle, Cosmopolitan, People, the SF Chronicle, and the Huffington Post.

5 of Félix 11: Refugee to CEO & A New Edition

My first guest this week will be Tania Romanov, author of the new book Mother Tongue, the true-life saga of three generations of Balkan women, one of whom happens to be Tania herself. A writer, traveler, and award-winning photographer, Tania was born in Serbia and spent her early years in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy, before eventually emigrating to the United States. Tania attended San Francisco public schools, U.C.Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and she served as CEO of three IT companies. Tania’s stories have won numerous awards and been featured in The Best Travel Writing series. Tania will share incredible experiences that might seem like abstract events in faraway lands, but that she lived firsthand. . In my second segment, I’ll talk with my first-ever repeat guest! Award-winning author Sabine Bergmann is co-founder and Editorial Director of online travel magazine Hidden Compass. She’s also a freelance writer and editor, as well as a conservation activist. Sabine’s stories have appeared in Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, California Magazine, Wired, Geographic Expeditions, and Ethical Traveler, among others. Sabine is currently working on her first book, Jaded Altruism: How Persistence, Not Perfection, Will Create a Better World. We’ll talk about the latest edition of Hidden Compass, Sabine’s recent eight-page feature in Bay Nature magazine, and much more.

My first guest this week will be Tania Romanov, author of the new book Mother Tongue, the true-life saga of three generations of Balkan women, one of whom happens to be Tania herself. A writer, traveler, and award-winning photographer, Tania was born in Serbia and spent her early years in a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy, before eventually emigrating to the United States. Tania attended San Francisco public schools, U.C.Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and she served as CEO of three IT companies. Tania’s stories have won numerous awards and been featured in The Best Travel Writing series. Tania will share incredible experiences that might seem like abstract events in faraway lands, but that she lived firsthand.

In my second segment, I’ll talk with my first-ever repeat guest! Award-winning author Sabine Bergmann is co-founder and Editorial Director of online travel magazine Hidden Compass. She’s also a freelance writer and editor, as well as a conservation activist. Sabine’s stories have appeared in Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, California Magazine, Wired, Geographic Expeditions, and Ethical Traveler, among others. Sabine is currently working on her first book, Jaded Altruism: How Persistence, Not Perfection, Will Create a Better World. We’ll talk about the latest edition of Hidden Compass, Sabine’s recent eight-page feature in Bay Nature magazine, and much more.

5 of Félix 10: Baboon Bait & Meditation

My first guest this week will be explorer, photographer, and award-winning author James Michael Dorsey. James has traveled extensively in 48 countries, his main pursuit of the last 15 years being remote cultures, mostly in Asia and Africa. In addition to being featured in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, James is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and United Airlines’ Hemispheresmagazine. We’ll discuss travel and his new book Baboons for Lunch.  In my second segment, I’ll talk with Sukanya Belsare and Kyoko Kimura from the San Francisco Brahma Kumaris center. We’ll talk about the hows, whys, and much more about meditation, as well as the mission and initiatives of the Brahma Kumaris organization, which is celebrating their 40th year promoting meditation in the United States. Sukanya and Kyoko will even lead us in a guided meditation!

My first guest this week will be explorer, photographer, and award-winning author James Michael Dorsey. James has traveled extensively in 48 countries, his main pursuit of the last 15 years being remote cultures, mostly in Asia and Africa. In addition to being featured in Lonely PlanetTravelers’ Tales, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, James is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and United Airlines’ Hemispheresmagazine. We’ll discuss travel and his new book Baboons for Lunch.

In my second segment, I’ll talk with Sukanya Belsare and Kyoko Kimura from the San Francisco Brahma Kumaris center. We’ll talk about the hows, whys, and much more about meditation, as well as the mission and initiatives of the Brahma Kumaris organization, which is celebrating their 40th year promoting meditation in the United States. Sukanya and Kyoko will even lead us in a guided meditation!

5 of Félix 09: Lights, Camera, World Tours!

Cinematographer, performer, and award-winning author of “Showdown at Shinagawa,” Bill Zarchy will be my first guest on this episode of “Matthew Felix On Air” on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com). Bill’s tales from the road, technical articles, and personal essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Travelers’ Tales anthologies, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and magazines such as American Cinematographer, Emmy, and Kyoto Journal. Bill will talk to us about the art of filming and his adventures in over 30 countries, which included photobombing the red carpet in Cannes, sharing former president Bill Clinton’s pain, and a lot of bumps on the head.   In my second segment, I’ll talk with production designer and manager Jesper Luth. Jesper has designed and managed big-name concert tours all over the world, starting his career at the ripe young age of just fifteen years old. He has worked with Hall and Oates, Tears for Fears, System of a Down, Michael McDonald, Nick Jonas—and even Barack Obama. Jesper will tell us what goes into designing a concert stage, what life’s like on the road, and how he has grown professionally and personally over his long, successful career.

Cinematographer, performer, and award-winning author of “Showdown at Shinagawa,” Bill Zarchy will be my first guest. Bill’s tales from the road, technical articles, and personal essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Travelers’ Tales anthologies, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and magazines such as American Cinematographer, Emmy, and Kyoto Journal. Bill will talk to us about the art of filming and his adventures in over 30 countries, which included photobombing the red carpet in Cannes, sharing former president Bill Clinton’s pain, and a lot of bumps on the head. .

In my second segment, I’ll talk with production designer and manager Jesper Luth. Jesper has designed and managed big-name concert tours all over the world, starting his career at the ripe young age of just fifteen years old. He has worked with Hall and Oates, Tears for Fears, System of a Down, Michael McDonald, Nick Jonas—and even Barack Obama. Jesper will tell us what goes into designing a concert stage, what life’s like on the road, and how he has grown professionally and personally over his long, successful career.

5 Of Félix 08: Making the Most of Life

My first guest on this episode of “Matthew Felix On Air” on FCCFree Radi (fccfreeradio.com) will be the "Before You Die Guy," Ryan Waters. Ryan’s hilarious, entertaining, and informative web series shows viewers how to realize their bucket-list dreams all over the world—and on a budget. Swim with manatees! Shoot a rocket launcher! Skydive from a helicopter! Ryan helps people bridge the gap between “Wow, I wish I could do that” and actually doing it. I’ll talk with Ryan about how he got started, how to cross things off our own bucket lists, and his plans to take his series from the Web to TV.  In my second segment, I’ll talk with life coach Chris Eng. After successful careers as a sous chef, in corporate brand management and advertising at companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, JP Morgan Chase, and Visa, and as a small business advisor and consultant, Chris made yet another change—becoming a life coach, so he could help others make positive changes of their own. We’ll talk about what life coaching entails, how clients benefit, and how to figure out if we need one for ourselves!

My first guest will be the "Before You Die Guy," Ryan Waters. Ryan’s hilarious, entertaining, and informative web series shows viewers how to realize their bucket-list dreams all over the world—and on a budget. Swim with manatees! Shoot a rocket launcher! Skydive from a helicopter! Ryan helps people bridge the gap between “Wow, I wish I could do that” and actually doing it. I’ll talk with Ryan about how he got started, how to cross things off our own bucket lists, and his plans to take his series from the Web to TV..

In my second segment, I’ll talk with life coach Chris Eng. After successful careers as a sous chef, in corporate brand management and advertising at companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, JP Morgan Chase, and Visa, and as a small business advisor and consultant, Chris made yet another change—becoming a life coach, so he could help others make positive changes of their own. We’ll talk about what life coaching entails, how clients benefit, and how to figure out if we need one for ourselves!

5 of Félix 07: Visiting Oakland & Biking in San Francisco!

My first guest on this episode of “Matthew Félix On Air” on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com) will be travel writer, editor, and proud Oaklander Jessie Fetterling. Jessie is a contributor to Time.com, Mother Earth News, The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, and Ravishly.com, amongst many others. She’s also author of 100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die. Jessie will give us a comprehensive crash course on the many reasons why crossing the Bay Bridge is wonderfully worthwhile, for locals and tourists alike. In my second segment, I’ll talk with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Communications Director, Chris Cassidy. We’ll discuss the Coalition’s history, mission, and initiatives. Chris will also clue us into the the state of biking in San Francisco, including issues facing bikers and progress being made toward an increasingly bikable city--and world. matthwfelix.com/on-air-episodes

My first guest will be travel writer, editor, and proud Oaklander Jessie Fetterling. Jessie is a contributor to Time.com, Mother Earth News, The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, and Ravishly.com, amongst many others. She’s also author of 100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die. Jessie will give us a comprehensive crash course on the many reasons why crossing the Bay Bridge is wonderfully worthwhile, for locals and tourists alike.

In my second segment, I’ll talk with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Communications Director, Chris Cassidy. We’ll discuss the Coalition’s history, mission, and initiatives. Chris will also clue us into the the state of biking in San Francisco, including issues facing bikers and progress being made toward an increasingly bikable city--and world.

5 of Félix 06: A Groundbreaker & A New York Times Bestseller

The 3/18/18 episode of "Matthew Félix On Air" radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com). A belated homage to March 8’s International Women’s Day!  My first guest will be educator, traveler, and writer Diane LeBow. Diane is recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University for “her long career in writing, photojournalism, college teaching, and women’s rights work.” We’ll talk about her experiences, adventures, and her in-progress book about her search for the best of all possible worlds.  In my second segment, I’ll talk with New York Times best-selling author Jasmin Darznik about her new novel, Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Jasmin, who was born in Teheran, Iran and came to the United States when she was five years old, is also the author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

A belated homage to March 8’s International Women’s Day!

My first guest will be educator, traveler, and writer Diane LeBow. Diane is recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University for “her long career in writing, photojournalism, college teaching, and women’s rights work.” We’ll talk about her experiences, adventures, and her in-progress book about her search for the best of all possible worlds.

In my second segment, I’ll talk with New York Times best-selling author Jasmin Darznik about her new novel, Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Jasmin, who was born in Teheran, Iran and came to the United States when she was five years old, is also the author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her essays have appeared in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

5 of Félix 05: Book Covers, Cuba, & Making a Difference

The 3/11/18 episode of the "Matthew Félix On Air" radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com). Book Covers, Cuba, & Making a Difference  My first guest will be award-winning graphic designer Erica Heitman-Ford, live from New York City! We’ll discuss the art of the book cover, design, and more. Erica’s work graced Print Magazine’s 75th anniversary edition, and she has designed for Victoria's Secret, Barnes & Noble, and Whole Foods, among many others.   In my second segment, authors and adventurers Michael Shapiro (A Sense of Place, National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post) and Jackie Yau (Inspirato, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, and the Travel Guide to California) talk about their recent travel to Cuba. We'll not only discuss their trip, but how they used it to make a difference in a lot of Cuban kids' lives.

My first guest will be award-winning graphic designer Erica Heitman-Ford, live from New York City! We’ll discuss the art of the book cover, design, and more. Erica’s work graced Print Magazine’s 75th anniversary edition, and she has designed for Victoria's Secret, Barnes & Noble, and Whole Foods, among many others. 

In my second segment, authors and adventurers Michael Shapiro (A Sense of Place, National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post) and Jackie Yau (Inspirato, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, and the Travel Guide to California) talk about their recent travel to Cuba. We'll not only discuss their trip, but how they used it to make a difference in a lot of Cuban kids' lives.

5 of Félix 04: Photography, Travel, and Overcoming Chronic Disease

On today’s “Matthew Félix On Air” radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com)  my first guest will be one of the world’s most successful photographers, Robert Holmes. Bob has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Wine Spectator, and many more over his 35-year career. We’ll discuss photography, his adventures, and more.  In my second segment, my guest will be my friend Susan Violante. In her 20s, Susan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic autoimmune-system-related disorder. Her diagnosis, however, was a long-time coming—and is an unbelievable story. We'll talk about Susan's experience, as well as how she managed the disease into remission and now leads a happy, healthy life.

My first guest will be one of the world’s most successful photographers, Robert Holmes. Bob has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Wine Spectator, and many more over his 35-year career. We’ll discuss photography, his adventures, and more.

In my second segment, my guest will be my friend Susan Violante. In her 20s, Susan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic autoimmune-system-related disorder. Her diagnosis, however, was a long-time coming—and is an unbelievable story. We'll talk about Susan's experience, as well as how she managed the disease into remission and now leads a happy, healthy life.

5 of Félix 03: Morocco Workshop and Trash

On today’s “Matthew Félix On Air” radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com)  my first guest will be Travelers’ Tales’ Larry Habegger. Larry is about to head to Morocco to lead a Deep Travel writing workshop. We’ll discuss workshops, the upcoming Morocco one, and Larry’s work teaching and coaching writers.  In my second segment, my “trashy friends” Chuck and Geoff will talk about how doing a good deed in Point Reyes became a habit. We’ll discuss the work they do, what motivates them to do it, and some of the more exciting discoveries they’ve made in the process. Live every Sunday from 2:00- 4:00 Pacific time on fccfreeradio.com, “Matthew Félix On Air” features author Matthew Félix and guests discussing writing, travel, and whatever else piques Matthew’s interest, from spirituality to cultural happenings to the outdoors to anything with a good story worth exploring. Matthew's guests have included New York Times bestselling novelist Jasmin Darznik (The Good Daughter); one of the world's most accomplished photographers, Bob Holmes; and, travel-writing legend Don George, among many others. FCCFree Radio programs produce more that 1,000,000 page views per month and generate 200,000+ listeners of live hosted content.

My first guest will be Travelers’ Tales Larry Habegger. Larry is about to head to Morocco to lead a Deep Travel writing workshop. We’ll discuss workshops, the upcoming Morocco one, and Larry’s work teaching and coaching writers.

Then my “trashy friends” Chuck and Geoff will talk about how doing a good deed in Point Reyes became a habit. We’ll discuss the work they do, what motivates them to do it, and some of the more exciting discoveries they’ve made in the process.

5 of Félix 02: Hidden Compass & Antarctica

Today’s “Matthew Félix On Air” radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com) starts off with Sivani Babu and Sabine Bergmann from online travel magazine Hidden Compass.  Their new issue is just out, and it’s full of work by award-winning writers and photographers who have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Geo, and Time, as well as the Washington Post, BBC Travel, and on NPR.  In the second segment, Sivani will hang around to tell us about her love affair with Antarctica, where she has been three times–including very recently.  Live every Sunday from 2:00- 4:00 Pacific time on fccfreeradio.com, “Matthew Félix On Air” features author Matthew Félix and guests discussing writing, travel, and whatever else piques Matthew’s interest, from spirituality to cultural happenings to the outdoors to anything with a good story worth exploring. Matthew's guests have included New York Times bestselling novelist Jasmin Darznik (The Good Daughter); one of the world's most accomplished photographers, Bob Holmes; and, travel-writing legend Don George, among many others. FCCFree Radio programs produce more that 1,000,000 page views per month and generate 200,000+ listeners of live hosted content.

Today’s show starts off with Sivani Babu and Sabine Bergmann from online travel magazine Hidden Compass.

Their new issue is just out, and it’s full of work by award-winning writers and photographers who have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Geo, and Time, as well as the Washington Post, BBC Travel, and on NPR.

In the second segment, Sivani will hang around to tell us about her love affair with Antarctica, where she has been three times–including very recently.

5 of Félix 01: Weekday Wanderlust & FCCFree

First episode of “Matthew Félix On Air” radio show and podcast on FCCFree Radio (fccfreeradio.com)! Excited to welcome my first guests to the show! None other than travel-writing legend Don George and freelance writer, traveler, and champagne lover Kimberley Lovato will fill us in on their long-running, incredibly popular Weekday Wanderlust, in the run-up to their upcoming event on Thursday, 2/15.  And I’ll start things off with FCCFree Radio’s very own John Miller, founder and general manager, who will give us an intro to the station and how it came to be.

First episode! Excited to welcome my first guests to the show! None other than travel-writing legend Don George and freelance writer, traveler, and champagne lover Kimberley Lovato will fill us in on their long-running, incredibly popular Weekday Wanderlust, in the run-up to their upcoming event on Thursday, 2/15.

And I’ll start things off with FCCFree Radio’s very own John Miller, founder and general manager, who will give us an intro to the station and how it came to be.