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Maria and AnnMaria
In amazing turn of events, Maria violates her own 'no swearing on the company podcast' rule in her rant about the people who say they will support her and then when we are running a Kickstarter campaign, they promise to back us, but don't. AnnMaria assumes everyone is a lying dirt bag (except you, podcast listener) so she is not surprised. We rant about the hypocrisy of people who bemoan the lack of women in tech, low math scores and inequality in education but don't lift their big toe to help. Back us on Kickstarter! Check the link on our web page or search Aztech Games on

AnnMaria’s & Maria’s Rants about how people suck

Brian Herskowitz
Brian Herskowitz came from Houston,Texas to make it in Hollywood. The story ends unexpectedly - he DID make it, as an actor but primarily as a writer and producer. Add author and professor to that, as he teaches screenwriting and literally wrote a book on the subject. Did I mention he is happily married, has two well-adjusted children and won the world masters judo championships? How does he do it? Just listen.

Brian Herskowitz: How a Texas Boy Made Good in Hollywood

Students around table
Since tips are the most popular part of our podcast, we are doing a second "all tips" episode, with advice from professor, author & Olympian Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, Roy Hash - army veteran and Call of Duty player extraordinaire , Karen Mackey, attorney and judo champion, Randy Couture, UFC champion, actor & entrepreneur. We also hear from three outstanding high school graduates heading from Manual Arts High in Los Angeles to top universities - Jorge Campos , Claudia Jorge , Ethan Troup, from Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk himself (and super nice guy), Harry Grammer, founder of New Earth School.

Tips for a More than Ordinary Life

staff at meeting
With AnnMaria on a road trip testing games with students all over the Mojave desert and Maria at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur forum, the staff have taken over the podcast. Hear them make fun of one another and tell their favorite pranks on employees past and present. On a serious note, each gives a really helpful tip, from learning Python to feeling gratitude.

While the Bosses are Away: Staff Takeover

Tips are always the most popular part of every episode. We have had tips from a rock star, a Catholic priest, a community activist, from Los Angeles to the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. So, brought to you by Jonah the Sound Guy and 7 Generation Games enjoy this special all tips episode where we pull together tips from Sean Stone, Terry Ilous, Qiana Patterson, Kellie Cunningham, Marshall Longie, Father Michael Gutierrez , Hans Gutknecht, Jose Gonzalez, Jessamyn Duke, Chris Hong, Fidel Rodriguez.

Special Episode: Collection of our favorite tips

Rich Dixon is too modest to call himself an expert on education, badges and microcredentials, so Maria and AnnMaria will say it for him. From elementary school teacher, teacher education programs, ed tech startup and now at a non-profit, Rich has seen education from every perspective. He shares what he has learned from a startup that didn't end as planned as well as from 17 years in the classroom. Still think badges are from scout camp? Better listen up.

How to Show What You Know: Rich Dixon on Badges, ...

Dr. Carol Davis
Join us as Dr. Carol Davis tells us of her eventful life, from helping found a college at age 25, earning a teaching credential and doctorate while raising a houseful of children and grandchildren on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. After retiring from the college presidency, Dr. Davis continues non-stop as water protector, anti-fracking activist, founder of a non-profit research group and is still married to her husband for the past 53 years the incredibly lucky (and patient) Lynn Davis.

Straight Outta Turtle Mountain: Dr. Carol Davis

We began this podcast in May, 2016. In honor of our first year anniversary, having come from a hundred or so listeners to thousands, AnnMaria and Maria re-introduce themselves to let those who may have joined us more recently. AnnMaria describes going from being handcuffed to a bed in juvenile hall to president of 7 Generation Games. Maria gives life lessons learned from living in Indiana and also explains how she gave birth to both a bestseller and a baby within three weeks. This was before Maria implemented the 1 swear word per episode rule.

More Than Ordinary Anniversary! We re-cap our beginning

AnnMaria, Lou, Maria
It is rare that a guest on our podcast has the staff at 7 Generation Games coming out of their offices for photo opportunities, but Lou Ferrigno is an exception in many ways. To those of you who fondly remember coming home from school and watching The Incredible Hulk, you won't be disappointed. He is practically a super-hero in real life. He dropped into our offices on the one day he had available between filming movies and TV shows. Despite a profound hearing loss as a child, he does public speaking around the world. Oh, did we mention he was Mr. Universe, has multiple businesses, including Ferrigno Fit and Ferrigno Legacy, and is also willing to give his secrets to success in marriage, parenting and keeping in that amazing shape.

Lou Ferrigno: More than the Incredible Hulk