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December 20, 2019  

Cassandra Shuck - A survivor of abuse now leads a women-only marketing agency for women business owners


In this installment is speak with Cassandra Shuck from Hunterville, North Carolina. I met Cassandra, at a press event in New York last October and her story immediately struck me as amazing.

She had a very tough, abusive childhood, struggled with her first husband, yet she managed to move on to become the incredible woman she is today.
After a successful corporate career, Cassandra now heads a global marketing agency which quite unique in that all of her staff and all of her clients are women business owners.
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December 13, 2019  

Seattle Adventurer Erden Eruç and his wife Nancy Board reflect on love, depression and a Viking expedition


Erden Eruç, a Turkish-American adventurer, is the 1st man to do a solo a circumnavigation by human power. He has done it on a 24-foot ocean rowing boat. He & his wife Nancy Board joined Back in America to discussed the challenges and the mental health issues experienced by Erden upon return.
Now Erden embarks on a new adventure, the #Themidgardexpedition to explore sustainable ways to live.


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December 7, 2019  

Denis Devine - Fishtown, Philly - a non-traditional dad, an engaged citizen, a climate activist

In this episode of Back in America, I meet with Denis Devine a 46 years old man from Fishtown, Philadelphia. Denis, an ex-journalist, is the organizer of Dad's night a monthly meeting of men.

For the last 6 years, Denis' Dads Night has brought together dads from his neighborhoods at different bars.
The idea of dad's group, which count 350 members, came to him one day at a play-ground when he was watching over his kids.
This safe space allows men to address topics related to dad-hood, dads-related cause, and non-traditional understandings of masculinity.

In Back in America Denis talks about how he came to realize what toxic masculinity behaviors are after being beat-up one day, after school. He had the chance to be mentored by one of his school provisor who told him to embrace empathy and to express his emotions.

In the interview, we also talk about the links between the traditional behavior associated with masculinity and the marketing promotion of the fossil fuel industry.

Denis raises his children to behave in an environmentally conscious way and he wants to help them to understand how their lives will be affected by climate change.

Denis and his wife gave-up their car last year, ride on a cargo-bike for his current job and to take his kids to school. He turns the heat down in winter and the AC off in summer.


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December 3, 2019  

Liliana Morenilla - A life dedicated to immigrants in Princeton, NJ


Hello Liliana,

I meet you a few weeks ago and I immediately realized that you are a pillar of the Latino community here in Princeton.

You work for Princeton public schools and for the Princeton township human services department.

You are highly educated: you have a law degree from the University of Madrid and a Minor in international law from Harvard.

You've moved to Princeton in 2007 and a year later you were already deeply involved as a volunteer helping the immigrant community.

In 2010 you joined the board of the Koko Fund which subsidizes after school activities for children whose family can't afford it.

And in 2015, you were officially working as a community outreach liaison for the Princeton Public Schools. At the same time, you started distributing food for the needy in a program that was officially recognized as the Henry Pannell Mobile Food Pantry in 2018

Today you are part of Solidaridad that assists the immigrant community and the Princeton Children fund and other food sharing association which we will cover on another podcast.

Recently you became the Princeton coordinator for the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) a program that assists first-generation immigrants in going to college.

Last May, the Princeton Council recognized you for your work for the community, the students and their families.

It seems that you’ve always lived to give and to help others. Is that so? If I could have asked your mother: ‘How old was Lily when you first realized that she cared so much for other people, what do you think she would she have told me?



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