“Initiative Radio With Angela McKenzie” is a nationally syndicated, weekly, one hour public affairs program that focuses on the philanthropic and altruistic activities of corporations both for profit and not-for-profit, inter-governmental
The radio program seeks to raise awareness of social conditions that affect our communities at the local, national and global levels. The majority of topics covered, do not ordinarily receive thorough exposure via commercial media outlets. The program gives a voice to disadvantaged persons and persons who are in positions of influence who seek to uplift the disadvantaged. With this balanced presentation listeners can learn about many opportunities available for them to participate in philanthropic enterprises, or at the very least understand that individuals and organizations of altruistic vision do exist, regardless of socioeconomic challenges that plague society. This type of information can bring an optimistic outlook to listeners who are in need of inspiration in their personal and professional lives, whilst motivating others who are active philanthropists to keep up their tireless commitment to doing good works.
Out of the 77,000 National Rifle Association (NRA) certified firearms trainers only 1,700 are women; so Angela McKenzie, a Peter Jennings Journalist Fellow for the United States Constitution traveled to Poughkeepsie, NY to track down one of them, in the person of JACKIE EMSLIE. Emslie became an active part of the Second Amendment community over two decades ago when her husband Scott - himself a master marksman, encouraged her to take a women's firearms course so that she could take possession of his guns if necessary. After that introduction Jackie never looked back and today she is a formidable sportswoman and instructor who specializes in teaching women and youth how to safely exercise and enjoy their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and who strongly encourages the NRA to diversify its' membership beyond the usual white, male, Republican base.
Emslie has won awards for her expertise including several from the NRA Foundation for service as a Grant Coordinator and the Sportsperson of the Year Award from Congresswoman Sue Kelly. Today's show will give listeners a close look at a woman who talks the talk and walks the walk of a devoted Second Amendment defender and practitioner.
Never in his wildest dreams did LELAND MELVIN imagine that he would have a career as an Astronaut - much less walk in space but as they say, "life is what happens when you're making plans" and Melvin's plan was to play professional football. Unexpectedly, an injury forced him to trade in his football helmet for another kind of helmet - one that was attached to the iconic NASA pumpkin colored space suit. His career as an Astronaut led him to visit Space Station 1 on two missions and now he serves under NASA's first African-American Administrator Charles Bolden, as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Education. On this terrestrial mission Melvin's primary assignment is to inspire young people from mainly under-represented communities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, through programs like the Summer of Innovation, fellowships and collaborations with popular public figures. Spend an hour with one of NASA's most capable ambassadors and a true Rennaissance Man
BOB PARGAMENT is a Certified Hypnotist and the Founder of the Westchester Hypnosis Center in New York. He has helped many people to tap into their internal powers to achieve greater satisfaction and happiness in their personal lives, by using hypnosis to challenge issues such as smoking cessation, weight loss, fear melting, sports performance, intimacy enhancement, overcoming worry and guilt, deep relaxation and memory improvement among others.
In this hour Bob sits down with Angela to help clear up the misunderstanding that sometimes surrounds hypnosis; he discusses the medical industry's growing recognition of hypnosis as a legitimate course of treatment to enhance people's mental and physical well-being and he also encourages listeners to seek out more natural approaches to remedy their ailments, in lieu of the quick-fix pharmaceutical approach.
ROCK 'N ROOTS
This is a special edition of RocknRoots for one very important reason. Ann Sternberg, longtime producer and host, did this show as a solo statement about her battle with Cancer, and her determination to overcome it. Ann chose music to reflect her grit, her spirit, and her absolute belief that she would prevail. Ultimately, she lost the fight with Cancer, but along the way, she showed us all what overcoming is all about. Listen as Ann Sternberg takes us along on her journey of "Overcoming," on a classic RocknRoots.