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Jessamyn Duke is a professional gamer, fitness model, twitch streamer, mixed martial artist and college graduate from the town of Blackey which has a population of around 100 people. In every possible way, she contradicts the stereotype of backwoods Appalachia. If your vision of southeast Kentucky is bigoted, ignorant hicks in overalls, prepare to have your stereotype busted. Learn about streaming games, the value of education and Jessamyn's advice on life.

Straight Outta Letcher County, Kentucky: Gamer Jessamyn Duke

Kids enjoying yougurt
For his first 40 years, Chris Hong followed a very typical path - business school, corporate job, wife, kids, regular promotions. Then, he makes a midlife career switch to - open a Yogurtland franchise across from Santa Monica High School. So, we had to have him stop in to explain how that all came about.

For the love of yogurt: Leaving corporate America

Fidel Rodriguez overcame a youth of drug abuse and juvenile crime to graduate from the University of Southern California. He now works with youth throughout Los Angeles county, organizing an annual conference for social justice, mentoring youth. Fidel discusses the importance of relationships in working with youth, while he and AnnMaria compare personal histories to decide who was the bigger druggie/ derelict as a child and the importance of education as a ticket out of the worst situations.

Fidel Rodriguez: Raising Up American Youth

Shayna throwing another wrestler in Japan
Shayna Baszler, Queen of Spades, professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and college graduate discusses her varied path from Sioux Falls, SD to The Ultimate Fighter to wrestling in Japan. She gives the background of how professional wrestling differs in the U.S. and Japan and how her college education prepared her for a career getting kicked in the head.

More than Ordinary Wrestler: Queen of Spades Shayna Baszler

Photo of Maria, by Hans
You've probably seen pictures taken by professional photographer, Hans Gutknecht. He has been featured in newspapers and websites throughout the country, with pictures of everything from the highest level sporting events to homeless people on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite his success, his advice to would-be photographers is "Have a back-up plan." Hans gives advice on the upcoming reality show based on his experience with celebrities. He also tells us about his passion for documenting the humanity of homeless people through his street photography.

Art makes you feel something: Hans Gutknecht More than Ordinary ...

Jonathan Shaw
Jonathan Shaw originally became known for his tattoos on some of the most famous people in the world. Born into a show business family - his father was Big Band Leader Artie Shaw, his mother, the actress Doris Dowling - his early life will almost certainly insure that you appreciate your own normal family, even if they aren't rich and famous. After years of alcoholism and general craziness (you can read about it in his book, Scab Vendor, available in June), Jonathan gave up drinking, but it can hardly be said he settled down. Now a prolific author, world traveler and subject of an upcoming documentary on his life, he is definitely More Than Ordinary. Listen to him. He'll make you smarter.

There Are No Victims, Only Volunteers

Father Mike baptizing Maria's baby
Father Michael Gutierrez reminisces with Maria and AnnMaria about the challenges of having the Rousey-DeMars-Burns clan in the parish, including punching altar servers, purple hair. He also confesses that he skipped watching the pope say mass to watch the Raiders play. Father Mike explains the need to love everyone, even the haters. Maria and Father Mike remind us to consider the humanity in everyone, immigrant or alt-right. AnnMaria remains unconvinced. We all agree that immigrants deserve compassion.

Father Mike: More than Ordinary Priest

Marshall Longie and the podcast team
"You're at work and a guy whips out his wallet with a big FBI badge and says, I want to ask you some questions." Spirit Lake Vocational Rehabilitation Project Director, Marshall Longie explains how a project went from management indicted on federal charges to a model of success for other social service programs. Advice: Be honest. They probably already know the problems. Focus on the daily successes. The key to recruiting people to your program is RESPECT, regardless of age or disability, show everyone the same respect you would your own family members.

Straight Outta Spirit Lake Dakota Nation

Maria, AnnMaria and Ronda on starry background
Maria and AnnMaria talk about Ronda's theory that everyone has an interesting "back story". That is, people are much more than what you see on the surface. We also talk about how we live in "parallel universes" from much of the world - in what we have, what we do and where we go. Book recommendations for looking beyond your own bubble - Irena's Children, A Hutterite Life, My Mother Was Nuts

Everyone has a back story & parallel universes

AnnMaria and Maria
AnnMaria and Maria talk about small things you can do to resist the Trumpskis. is a good way to support companies and put your money where your mouth is. Maria talks about being stopped at the airport EVERY DAMN TIME she comes back into the country because her name is Maria Ortiz and how the Muslim travel ban is impacting legal immigrants. AnnMaria's swearing rant starts about 17 minutes in. If the word 'fuck' offends you, quit listening after 16 minutes. Also, she discusses why Jesus Christ was a bad ass and Christian hypocrites.

Small things to make a difference: Beyond hashtag activism

Pete Antico
Maria and Pete Antico compare mothers. Pete and AnnMaria rant about their concerns for the environment and how the decisions we make now will affect future generations. AnnMaria discusses her Catholicism and why Jesus Christ was a badass. FYI Pete is an amazing stunt person, author and producer who happens to have Tourette's. AnnMaria and Pete discuss their ideas for a reality show based on the Rousey-DeMars- BurnsOrtiz family.

Encore: Pete Antico – Stuntman, Writer, Producer & happens to ...