Matthew Félix on Air

13 Writers & Travel: Linda Watanbe McFerrin

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, novelist and founder of Left Coast Writers. Linda has a new collection of her work coming out in 2019 and is editor of a Cuba anthology out soon. We talked poetry and prose, travel, zombies, staying connected to loved ones who have passed on, her books - including her two forthcoming ones - and much, more more. A great conversation!

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, novelist and founder of Left Coast Writers. Linda has a new collection of her work coming out in 2019 and is editor of a Cuba anthology out soon. We talked poetry and prose, travel, zombies, staying connected to loved ones who have passed on, her books - including her two forthcoming ones - and much, more more. A great conversation!

Next Sunday: Sivani Babu talks about Dark Sky conversation!

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12 Books & Humor: Porcelain Travels!

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast episode: With the 11/11 release date just a week away, author Matthew Félix presented his new book "Porcelain Travels," Humor, Horror, and Revelation in, on and around Toilets, Tubs and Showers

With the 11/11 release date just one week away, Matthew presented his new book, Porcelain Travels: Humor, Horror and Revelation in, on and around Toilets, Tubs and Showers for the very first time - both from the studio and a couple of other unorthodox - but very fitting - locations. Porcelain Travels has already been designated an Amazon #1 New Release in both Travel Humor and Literary Travel.

Next Sunday: Novelist, poet, Left Coast Writers founder, and former San Francisco Chronicle book reviewer Linda Watanbe-McFerrin talks about a new anthology of her work, a Cuba travel-writing anthology she’s editing, and more.

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11 Writers & Health: “Scrambling Back" from Stroke

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: "Scrambling Back from Stroke" episode: Anne Sigmon had it all: love, career, world travel. Then, at the young age of 48, she also had a stroke.   I had the pleasure of reading Anne’s unreleased memoir, “Scrambling Back,” which describes how her life was changed overnight - and how she fought hard to reclaim much of what was lost, including her passion for traveling the world. We talked about her experience, stroke and memory loss, and much, much more.  Anne Sigmon is an award-winning writer and traveler whose work has been published in national magazines and ten anthologies including Good Housekeeping and Stroke Connection magazines; The Good Housekeeping and American Heart Association websites; and the digital magazines Best Travel Writing.com, GeoEx.com, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and Southern Sampler.

Anne Sigmon had it all: love, career, world travel. Then, at the young age of 48, she also had a stroke.

I had the pleasure of reading Anne’s unreleased memoir, “Scrambling Back,” which describes how her life was changed overnight - and how she fought hard to reclaim much of what was lost, including her passion for traveling the world. We talked about stroke and memory loss, autoimmune disease, and much, much more.

Anne Sigmon is an award-winning writer and traveler whose work has been published in national magazines and ten anthologies including Good Housekeeping and Stroke Connection magazines; The Good Housekeeping and American Heart Association websites; and the digital magazines Best Travel Writing.com, GeoEx.com, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and Southern Sampler.

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annesigmon.com
junglepants.com
stroke.org
strokeassociation.org
apsfa.org

NEXT SUNDAY: I present my new book, out 11/11, “Porcelain Travels!”

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10 Society & Health: Openhouse & LGBTQ Seniors

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LGBTQ seniors face a unique set of challenges as they age, particularly when trying to find affordable housing. They are much more likely to be single, live alone, and have no children compared to the general population, as a result of which they tend to be more isolated and have less support. In care homes, LGBTQ seniors often confront homophobia and unfair treatment that drives them back into the closet.

San Francisco’s Openhouse helps to provide housing, direct services, and community programs to Bay Area LGBT seniors. I talked with Director of Programs about Openhouse’s missions, programs, and successes.

NEXT SUNDAY: Author and adventure traveler Anne Sigmon talks about her in-progress memoir about recovering from stroke and continuing to travel the globe!

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09 Writers & Books: Literary Death Match!

Latest episdoe fo the "Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: The LA Times called Literary Death Match “...the most entertaining reading series ever."  In the lead-up to next week’s 10/17 San Francisco Literary Death Match, I talked with producer Matthew DeCoster about what it is, how it attracts such top-notch talent and celebrity judges, and why it’s been such a success the world over, from New York to London to Shanghai and beyond.  Matthew DeCoster is a producer at Literary Death Match San Francisco and a former member of Litquake's Executive Committee. At Litquake, he produced Write On and hosted Barely Published Authors. He's been published in sPARKLE & bLINK, SFWire, and BANG OUT, and featured at numerous reading series.

The LA Times called Literary Death Match “...the most entertaining reading series ever."

In the lead-up to next week’s 10/17 San Francisco Literary Death Match, I talked with producer Matthew DeCoster about what it is, how it attracts such top-notch talent and celebrity judges, and why it’s been such a success the world over, from New York to London to Shanghai and beyond.

Matthew DeCoster is a producer at Literary Death Match San Francisco and a former member of Litquake's Executive Committee. At Litquake, he produced Write On and hosted Barely Published Authors. He's been published in sPARKLE & bLINK, SFWire, and BANG OUT, and featured at numerous reading series.

NEXT SUNDAY: Openhouse’s Michelle Alcedo tells us all about the great work that organization does for LGBT seniors.

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08 Activism & Health: Cannabis!

On the 10/7/18 episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video pocast: Cannabis activists David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn talk about the past, present, and future of pot, from medical marijuana to legalization of recreational pot to current cannabis-related issues on the political scene. . David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn have lived in San Francisco for over 45 years.  Active in the past in the civil rights movement for the LGBT community, for the past 12 years, they have worked tirelessly for the rights of medical cannabis patients and for cannabis law reform.  From 2008 through 2013, they were on the leadership team of the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access, the nation's largest organization devoted to medical cannabis advocacy.  In 2014, they became leaders in the San Francisco chapter of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club, continuing their work on cannabis law reform.  David served on San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Task Force from 2009 - 2011.

Cannabis activists David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn talk about the past, present, and future of pot, from medical marijuana to legalization of recreational pot to current cannabis-related issues on the political scene.

David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn have lived in San Francisco for over 45 years. Active in the past in the civil rights movement for the LGBT community, for the past 12 years, they have worked tirelessly for the rights of medical cannabis patients and for cannabis law reform. From 2008 through 2013, they were on the leadership team of the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access, the nation's largest organization devoted to medical cannabis advocacy. In 2014, they became leaders in the San Francisco chapter of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club, continuing their work on cannabis law reform. David served on San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Task Force from 2009 - 2011.

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07 Writers & Books: Litquake 2018

On the latest episode of the video podcast "Matthew Félix on Air": Litquake co-founder "Jack Boulware" filled us in on what’s in store for this year’s San Francisco festival, October 11 - 20!  Litquake is an annual literary festival started in 1999 in San Francisco that has since spread to cities throughout the country and abroad. The festival consists of readings, discussions, and themed events, and it’s heralded as the largest literary event west of the Mississippi. To date 7,100 authors and 145,854 attendees have participated in the festival.  Next Sunday: Cannabis activists David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn!

Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware filled us in on what’s in store for this year’s San Francisco festival, October 11 - 20!

Litquake is an annual literary festival started in 1999 in San Francisco that has since spread to cities throughout the country and abroad. The festival consists of readings, discussions, and themed events, and it’s heralded as the largest literary event west of the Mississippi. To date 7,100 authors and 145,854 attendees have participated in the festival.

Next Sunday: Cannabis activists David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn!

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06 Film: The Mill Valley Film Festival

On the new episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast: Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Zoë Elton, talks about what’s going on in film and what’s in store for this year’s festival, which takes place 10/4 - 10/14!

Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Zoë Elton, talks about what’s going on in film and what’s in store for this year’s festival, which takes place 10/4 - 10/14!

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.

Next Sunday: Litquake’s Jane Ganahl!

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05 Books & Travel: 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die

On the new episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast: Travel writers Kimberley Lovato and Jill Robinson presented their new book, for tourists and locals alike! We had a hilarious and informative talk ranging from why they decided to write a book for people about to die; the truth about fortune cookies, the color of the Golden Gate Bridge (not gold!), and the name of San Francisco’s fog. We also learned about Irish coffee, how Jill became a certified ninja demi-goddess of tequila, and the risks involved running naked in San Francisco’s famed Bay to Breakers race. And much, much more (seriously)…

Travel writers Kimberley Lovato and Jill Robinson presented their new book, for tourists and locals alike! We had a hilarious and informative talk ranging from why they decided to write a book for people about to die; the truth about fortune cookies, the color of the Golden Gate Bridge (not gold!), and the name of San Francisco’s fog. We also learned about Irish coffee, how Jill became a certified ninja demi-goddess of tequila, and the risks involved running naked in San Francisco’s famed Bay to Breakers race. And much, much more (seriously)…

Next Sunday: Zoë Elton of the Mill Valley Film Festival!

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04 Refugee to Poet to Psychologist

On the latest episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast: Nahid Fattahi is a humanitarian, storyteller, poet, yogi, and soon-to-be psychologist. She is also an Afghan refugee.  We talked about her incredible escape from Afghanistan, the work she’s done with refugees both in Greece and with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, and why she decided to give up her lucrative marketing career to become a psychologist.  We also pondered her beguiling love of Canada’s Tim Horton’s coffee, clarified for listeners that Afghanistan is not located in Africa, and mused upon the difference between mules and donkeys—without coming to any conclusions. Nahid also read for us a poem in Farsi, and another in English, which she wrote for her son. On Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and more.

Nahid Fattahi is a humanitarian, storyteller, poet, yogi, and soon-to-be psychologist. She is also an Afghan refugee.

We talked about her incredible escape from Afghanistan, the work she’s done with refugees both in Greece and with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, and why she decided to give up her lucrative marketing career to become a psychologist.

We also pondered her beguiling love of Canada’s Tim Horton’s coffee, clarified for listeners that Afghanistan is not located in Africa, and mused upon the difference between mules and donkeys—without coming to any conclusions. Nahid also read for us a poem in Farsi, and another in English, which she wrote for her son.

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Partnership for Trauma Recovery: https://traumapartners.org

Next show: Travel writers Kimberely Lovato and Jill Robinson tell us 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die.

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03 Books & Bookstores: Declare your indie-pendence!

On the latest episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast: I had a wide-ranging talk with Borderlands Books' owner and founder Alan Beatts. We discussed Borderlands' history -- including the controversy that garnered it unexpected national attention in 2015, landing Alan everywhere, from the pages of the New Yorker to on camera for Fox and other news outlets. We also talked about what the climate is like today for indie bookstores, both how they've dealt with Amazon and some of the innovative ways they continue to adapt to the future. Available on Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and more.

I had a wide-ranging talk with Borderlands Books' owner and founder Alan Beatts. We discussed Borderlands' history -- including the controversy that garnered it unexpected national attention in 2015, landing Alan everywhere, from the pages of the New Yorker to on camera for Fox and other news outlets. We also talked about what the climate is like today for indie bookstores, both how they've dealt with Amazon and some of the innovative ways they continue to adapt to the future.

Borderlands Books is a new and used bookstore specializing in science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror, located in San Francisco's Mission District. Borderlands is one of the largest stores in their specialty in the world, with nearly 30,000 titles in stock. The store has been mentioned in AAA's travel magazine VIA, Gourmet Magazine, and the Washington Post. Last April, Borderlands made Atlas Obscura’s list of 62 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores.

Alan Beatts is founder and owner of Borderlands Books. Alan was born and raised in the Bay Area and, after spending a decade working an eclectic collection of jobs, he opened Borderlands Books in 1997. Alan frequently and freely says that was probably the best and smartest thing he's ever done.

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Borderlands Books website: https://borderlands-books.com

Next show: Nahid Fattahi is a humanitarian, storyteller, poet, yogi, and soon-to-be psychologist. She is also an Afghani refugee, and we’ll talk about some of her incredible experiences.

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02 Spirituality: Sweet Dreams

On the latest episode of the "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast: I had a fascinating talk with dream expert Jane Carleton about dreams, dreaming, dream work, and more! What are dreams? Why do they matter? How can we remember them? What about nightmares? Recurring dreams? How can we understand what they might be trying to tell us? How can dreams be used to heal? Available on Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and more.

I had a fascinating talk with dream expert Jane Carleton about dreams, dreaming, dream work, and more! What are dreams? Why do they matter? How can we remember them? What about nightmares? Recurring dreams? How can we understand what they might be trying to tell us? How can dreams be used to heal?

Jane Carleton has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Dream Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She has taught graduate level courses on dreams, the imagination, and synchronicity at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and she is a presenting member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Episode links:
Jane's website: www.yourdreamingself.com
Robert Moss’ website: www.mossdreams.com

Next week: Jennifer Chapin from Cynthia’s Sisters is going to be on the show. Cynthia’s Sisters is an organization that helps give all women in the Democratic Republic of Congo a legal future by providing scholarships to outstanding female law students.

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01 Books & Travel: Me, Myself, and I

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For his first-ever video podcast episode, Matthew's first guest was...himself!

After author, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne was on a previous episode of the show, she enthusiastically declared she wanted to turn the tables and interview Matthew. And so, for the inaugural video podcast episode, she did just that.

Erin and Matthew talked about his two published books, as well as his forthcoming one; his time living in Spain, France, and Turkey; and his recent trip to Central Asia. The conversation also ventured into intuition, the show itself, and much more.

A fun, in-depth, wide-ranging interview. Click on player under the show logo, or watch/listen on one of the following sites:

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