Matthew Félix on Air

39 Dandelion Chocolate's Greg D'Alesandre: Craft chocolate and the beans behind the bars

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast with Dandelion Chocolate’s Greg D’Alesandre

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On this episode, which aired in July of last year, Dandelion Chocolate’s Greg D’Alesandre tells us what it’s like to travel the world eating chocolate. He also talks about the craft-chocolate movement, why relationships with producers matter, and much more about the story behind both Dandelion itself and the beans behind the bars!

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38 Parlay House's Anne Devereux-Mills on Starting Over, Connecting Women, and Cascading Empowerment

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast with Anne Devereux-Mills, founder of Parlay House

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On today’s show, which aired in June of last year, Anne Devereux-Mills, founder of Parlay House, Executive Director of the Emmy-nominated The Return, and Chairwoman of the Board of Marchex, Inc. shares how starting over led 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.”

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37 “All Over Coffee” Writer & Artist Paul Madonna on his Books, Art, and Creative Process

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast with award-winning artist and writer Paul Madonna

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On this episode, which aired in July of last year and is also included in my Words and Images podcast, award-winning artist and writer Paul Madonna talks about the joys and lingering challenges of a trip to France, how his All Over Coffee series and novel Close Enough for the Angels deconstructed then rethought the relationship between words and images, and his series in the Nob Hill Gazette, Quotable City.

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Paul Madonna

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36 Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and protecting farms and preserving farmland

"Matthew Félix on Air video podcast" with Jamison Watts, Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On this episode, which aired in June of last year, I talk with Jamison Watts, Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), about MALT’s history and mission, their recent successes and current goals, and how agricultural land is preserved—and why it matters. MALT has worked with 85 farming families to preserve over 52,000 acres!

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Marin Agricultural Land Trust
wordspacestudios.com

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35 Crohn's Disease: Overcoming Chronic Autoimmune Disorders

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast with Susan Violante who talks about Crohn’s disease, a chronic autoimmune-system-related disorder.

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On this episode, which aired in March of last year, my friend Susan Violante shares how in her 20s she 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 talked about Susan's experiences, as well as how she managed the disease into remission and now leads a happy, healthy life.

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
wordspacestudios.com

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34 Bikes, Biking, & the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Communications Director, Chris Cassidy.

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

On this episode, which aired in March of last year, I talk with San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Communications Director, Chris Cassidy. We discuss the Coalition’s history, mission, and initiatives. Chris also clues us into the the state of biking in San Francisco, including issues facing bikers and progress being made toward not only an increasingly bikable city—but an increasingly bikable world.

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
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33 Litquake's Jane Ganahl: Books, writers, and celebrating all things literary

"Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast episode, with Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl.

The show is on hiatus for the summer, so I’m digging into the archives for some great episodes from the recent past.

This episode, which aired in July of last year, is the first of two episodes I did with Litquake co-founders Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware; this being the one with Jane.

Litquake is a literary festival based in San Francisco. In 2017 Litquake featured 850 authors, had 14,300 attendees, and held 180 events, 86% of which were free. And that’s not even including the many Litquake spinoff events held in cities throughout the United States and abroad.

I specifically dug this episode out of the archives now because Litquake is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and while the main festival doesn’t happen until October, festivities are already underway.

For those of you local to the San Francisco Bay Area, on Thurs, July 18 Litquake will be hosting a benefit in celebration not only of Litquake’s 20th anniversary but the movie The Godfather’s 50th anniversary as well. Tickets for that event are available at litquake.org.

In this episode, I talk with co-founder Jane Ganahl about the organization’s origins, its incredibly successful namesake festival, its year-round initiatives, and much more.

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32 Guide Dogs for the Blind: CEO Chris Benninger talks raising and training puppies, empowering the visually impaired, adoption, and how you can help

"Matthew Felix on Air Video Podcast" episode 32: Guide Dogs for the Blind: CEO Chris Benninger.

For this, my last live show until fall, my guest was Guide Dogs for the Blind CEO and President, Chris Benninger. We talked about GDB's mission and programs, including how puppies become guide dogs (from breeding to socializing to puppy raising to training) and how people with visual impairments connect with guide dogs. We also talked about what happens to career-change dogs (i.e., those deemed better suited to other life paths), when and what happens in retirement, and how people can adopt career-change or retired guide dogs. All Guide Dogs for the Blind programs and services are free of charge, so I asked Chris about ways people can help, from contributing financially to volunteering and more. A great conversation with a delightful, inspiring guest about a wonderful organization making a difference for so many throughout North America.

Christine Benninger joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in April of 2014. Prior to joining GDB, she spent 17 years leading the Humane Society Silicon Valley, during which she and her team helped save the lives of tens of thousands of animals and greatly reduce pet overpopulation problems in Santa Clara County. Chris honed her business skills as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, as well as in her 15 years at Hewlett Packard, where she held managerial positions in the U.S., as well as in Europe. Chris holds an MBA from Stanford University, and she gives back to the community through her role on the board for non-profit Wildlife Impact, which is committed to protecting the diversity of wildlife and natural habitats throughout the world.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind
National Federation of the Blind
wordspacestudios.com

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31 (Part 2) Foster Care, Adoption, & Unconditional Love: Author Rachel Howard & "The Risk of Us"

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: Author Matthew Félix talks with "The Risk of Us" author Rachel Howard.

Rachel Howard’s gripping, moving debut novel, The Risk of Us, is just out, the story of a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and her husband take in. In this second of two episodes, Rachel and I discuss the fears the adoptive couple has, as well as the incredible challenges they face when interacting with the system. Matthew asks Rachel about how she created and sustained the tension felt throughout the novel, issues the couple faces with the potential adoptive child, and how our pasts affect our abilities to give and receive unconditional love - and whether it’s even possible.

Rachel Howard earned her MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College and is the author of a memoir, The Lost Night, featured on This American Life. Rachel is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and her fiction, essays, and dance criticism have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

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rachelhoward.com
wordspacestudios.com

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30 (Part 1) Foster Care, Adoption, & Unconditional Love: Author Rachel Howard & "The Risk of Us"

Matthew Félix on Air Video Podcast, episode 30: Rachel Howard’s gripping, moving debut novel, "The Risk of Us."

Rachel Howard’s gripping, moving debut novel, The Risk of Us, is just out, the story of a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and her husband take in. In this first of two episodes, Rachel and I discuss how she got started writing, an unlikely job that had a major influence on her work, and an overview of the novel. We also talked about the main characters in the novel and how trauma is a significant trait of two of them - and why it matters. Matthew also shares some foster care and adoption facts.

Rachel Howard earned her MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College and is the author of a memoir, The Lost Night, featured on This American Life. Rachel is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and her fiction, essays, and dance criticism have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

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rachelhoward.com
wordspacestudios.com

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29 (Part 2) PBS Travel Show "Fly Brother" Host Ernest White II

"Matthew Felix on Air" Video Podcast episode: Ernest White II is producer and host of the upcoming PBS travel show Fly Brother.

TAKING OFF SOON ON PBS! ✈️ (Part 2 of 2)

Ernest White II is producer and host of the upcoming PBS travel show Fly Brother. In this second of two episodes, we discussed what’s involved in getting a show onto and collaborating with PBS; the first season of Fly Brother, including listening to a sneak peak from the first episode; and what’s involved in producing each episode. Ernest also shared the time he ate fire for an episode and we discussed the effect of overtourism on some travel destinations.

Ernest White II is a storyteller and explorer who has circumnavigated the globe six times. He is the producer and host of television travel docu-series Fly Brother and host of the travel- and culture-focused Fly Brother Radio Show. Ernest has appeared on the Travel Channel television series Destination Showdown and Jamaica: Bared, as well as in the 2013 documentary, Gringo Trails. Ernest’s writing has been featured in Time Out London, USA Today, Ebony, National Geographic Traveler’s Brazil and Bradt’s Tajikistan guidebooks, as well as on TravelChannel.com.

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flybrother.net
ernestwhite2.com
wordspacestudios.com

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28 (Part 1) PBS Travel Show "Fly Brother" Host Ernest White II

"Matthew Felix on Air" Video Podcast episode: TAKING OFF SOON ON PBS! ✈️ (Part 1 of 2)  Ernest White II is host of the upcoming PBS travel show Fly Brother.

TAKING OFF SOON ON PBS! ✈️ (Part 1 of 2)

Ernest White II is producer and host of the upcoming PBS travel show Fly Brother. In this first of two episodes, we discussed his recent experience at the Cannes Film Festival, his love of travel and how it led to Fly Brother, and the challenges and advantages of independently producing a TV show.

Ernest White II is a storyteller and explorer who has circumnavigated the globe six times. He is the producer and host of television travel docu-series Fly Brother and host of the travel- and culture-focused Fly Brother Radio Show. Ernest has appeared on the Travel Channel television series Destination Showdown and Jamaica: Bared, as well as in the 2013 documentary, Gringo Trails. Ernest’s writing has been featured in Time Out London, USA Today, Ebony, National Geographic Traveler’s Brazil and Bradt’s Tajikistan guidebooks, as well as on TravelChannel.com.

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flybrother.net
ernestwhite2.com
wordspacestudios.com

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27 Bees & Beekeeping with Oakland Urban Beekeeper Derek Garnier

Beekeeping: Episode of "Matthew Felix on Air podcast," with guest beekeeper Derek Garnier.

Bees have been in the news a lot the past few years, both for the critical problems they’ve been facing and our increasing awareness of how important they are not only intrinsically, but to our own survival. I talked all things bees with urban beekeeper Derek Garnier. We discussed why we need our fuzzy friends, the challenges they face, and how you can help. We also talked the how-tos of beekeeping, making honey, and much more!

For the last six years Derek Garnier has spent his weekends as a beekeeper in the Oakland Hills. On weekends in late July you can find him with his grandkids selling honey and talking bees. This summer Derek will be combining his technology background and beekeeping to launch a new website with the world’s first bee cam so followers can get a glimpse of what happens inside a live, working hive.

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worldbeeday.org
scientificbeekeeping.com
beesource.com
thehoneybeeconservancy.org
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26 Author Natalie Galli & “The Girl Who Said No” In Sicily to Marrying Her Rapist

"Natalie Galli" author of "The Girl Who Said No" on Matthew Felix's "Matthew Félix on Air" video podcast.

“She upended a 1000-year old Sicilian tradition.”
In 1966 a young girl in Sicily upended 1000 years of Sicilian custom by refusing to marry the man who raped her. I talked with author Natalie Galli about her new book, which recounts her quest - over twenty years later - to try to find The Girl Who Said No.

Natalie Galli has written two illustrated children’s books, and her writing has been anthologized in Italy, A Love Story. She has worked as an editor and proofreader for Burning Books, as a columnist for The Berkeley Monthly, and as a freelance contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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travelerstales.com

wordspacestudios.com

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25 Mia Funk: Artist & Creative Process Exhibition Founder

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: Author Matthew Félix talks with artist and Creative Process Exhibition founder Mia Funk.

Mia Funk not only paints and writes, but she interviews accomplished creators as part of her Creative Process Exhibition, founded at the Sorbonne and traveling to 40 leading universities worldwide.

In this, my third show from Paris, I talked with Mia about her own work, the exhibition, and interviewing. We also discussed the Notre Dame catastrophe - which we witnessed firsthand together - her own creative process, both as it relates to her writing and to her painting, and much more.

Mia Funk is an artist, author, and interviewer. Mia’s portraits of writers and artists appear in many public collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, Dublin Writers Museum, Office of Public Works, Centre Culturel Irlandais de Paris, and other museums and culture centers. Her paintings of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud won the Thames & Hudson Pictureworks Prize and were exhibited in Brussels for Bacon’s centenary, in Paris at the American University, as well as at international arts festivals in Europe. Mia has received many awards and honors, including the Prix de Peinture from the Salon d’Automne de Paris and has exhibited at the Grand Palais, also in Paris. She served on the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum 2016-17 and is on the advisory board of the European Conference for the Humanities. She is also the founder of The Creative Process, an exhibition and international educational initiative traveling to leading universities around the world.

Next show Author Nathalie Galli shares her new memoir, The Girl Who Said No: A Search In Sicily.

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creativeprocess.info
miafunk.com
wordspacestudios.com

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24 Paris with Author Erin Byrne: Travel, Shakespeare and Company, Writing, and Magical Guides

"Matthew Felix on Air": PARIS WITH AUTHOR "ERIN BYRNE

Happy Easter!

Author, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne has had - and continues to have - a long love affair with Paris. She’s written and edited books about it, and is currently working on another. She’s made a film here. She holds an annual event here.

I talked with Erin about how it all began, the books and film, and, of course, her recent LitWings event, which was the impetus for my own trip. We also talked magical guides, past and present; writing; Erin’s time at a Paris institution, Shakespeare & Company bookstore; travel; and much more. We went deep, we had a lot of laughs. Erin even decided to hijack my close! :o

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of two Vignettes & Postcards anthologies—one for Paris and one for Morocco—and she is writer of The Storykeeper film. Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction, and screenplays have won many awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards, the Foreword Indies Book of the Year, an Accolade Award for film, and the Pinnacle Achievement Award. Erin is Travel Writing curator for The Creative Process Exhibition, which was launched at the Sorbonne and travels to the world’s leading universities. Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on a novel set in the Paris Ritz during the occupation.

Next show Artist, author, and Creative Process Exhibition founder Mia Funk.

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e-byrne.com
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23 A San Francisco Author in Paris: David Downie

Matthew Félix on Air: Author David Downie.

Bonjour de Paris!

Are you interested in Paris? Do you like suspenseful literary novels? Two unrelated questions, except that on this episode I talked about both with author David Downie.

David is a San Francisco native who has lived in Paris for over thirty years and has written a new novel, The Gardener of Eden, that takes place in the Pacific Northwest. We talked about Paris, his new novel, and much more.

David Downie has written for over 50 publications worldwide including Bon Appétit, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, The San Francisco Chronicle, epicurious.com, and Salon.com. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, three Terroir guides, as well as several cookbooks and crime novels.

Next show Writer, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne and I chat in Paris, France!

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22 Author & Artist Martha Grover

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: Author Matthew Félix talks with author Martha Grover.

SF Weekly said that “Grover is funny as hell.” And I agree.

Author, poet, and artist Martha Grover and I had a great chat about writing and visual art, her zine, Somnambulist, and her memoirs, including The End of My Career - a finalist for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction. We also discussed process, some of the main themes in her work (work, illness, sex and relationships, humor), and her current project, a graphic memoir. Through it all, we also had a lot of laughs! A fun, inspiring conversation.

Next show Writer, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne and I chat in Paris, France!

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patreon.com/marthagrover
wordspacestudios.com

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21 Solo Stage Performer Natacha Ruck

Natacha Ruck on "Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast.

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It was great having fellow Marsh-ian, stage performer, and podcast producer Natacha Ruck in the studio!

We compared our recent experiences developing and performing our solo stage shows at San Francisco’s The Marsh theater, talked about Natacha’s other stage work, and much more!

Natacha Ruck's documentary work has appeared at the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as on National Geographic, NBC NY, and Link TV. Her podcasting work has appeared on NPR affiliates nationally and locally. She teaches multimedia storytelling at the University of San Francisco (USF), is workshopping a solo performance, and runs DoTellDo.com, a storytelling service company.

Next show Writer, poet, and artist Martha Grover, author of the books One More for the People and The End of My Career .

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themarsh.org
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20 Author Nona Caspers & “The Fifth Woman”

"Matthew Felix on Air" video podcast: Author Matthew Félix talks with author Nona Caspers.

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We laughed. We (nearly) cried. We had a fantastic conversation!

I loved having award-winning author Nona Caspers in the studio!

We talked Edgar, writing, and all about her beautiful book, The Fifth Woman, this week named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist AND Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalist- and already awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction! While we were at, we also discussed grief, magical realism, the malleability of time - and humor!

Nona's work has been supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and her stories have appeared in literary reviews such as Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and The Sun. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Next show No show next week. Next show is Sunday, March 31, when I’ll talk stage performance and podcasting with Natacha Ruck.

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nonacaspers.com
sarabandebooks.org
themarsh.org
wordspacestudios.com

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