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Episode 40: Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her Special Olympics

The Olympics are still going strong and so is the inspiration.  Teresa starts of with Anthill Creations, a non-profit making playgrounds out of upcycled materials in the poorest parts of India.  Next up is a deep dive on Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who despite many family tragedies, focused on improving the lives of special needs individuals…

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Episode 39: Ibtihaj Muhammad – The Faithful Fencer

We are still focused on the Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to start on July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.  First, Amy starts off with some hometown heroes in Portland, Oregon who are making a difference in their community by helping others.  Then Amy shares the amazing story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, a US Olympic fencer who…

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Episode 37: The Blazing Fast Wilma Rudolf

Amy and Teresa have Olympic Fever this week.  As we approach the 2001 Summer Olympics, we look towards current and past athletes for some inspiration.  At the starting block is the My Hero Project, which highlights extraordinary people making a difference.  Lapping the competition is the inspiring story of Black Olympian and the first woman…

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Episode 36: Thirsty Scott Harris

Despite the heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest right now, this episode is a bit damp.  We start off with Amy telling us about surfers getting together to help bring clean water to the world.  Then there is a deep dive on Scott Harrison, a nightclub promoter who turned his talents to bringing water to Africa. …

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Episode 36: Thirsty Scott Harrison

Despite the heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest right now, this episode is a bit damp.  We start off with Amy telling us about surfers getting together to help bring clean water to the world.  Then there is a deep dive on Scott Harrison, a nightclub promoter who turned his talents to bringing water to Africa. …

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Episode 35: The Heart of Team Hoyt

What a great week!  Amy tells us about Arielle Estoria, spokeswoman, model and poet.  You need to see this woman rhyme.  Teresa talks about Team Hoyt, an inspiring story of a dad’s love for his son, and their amazing race career.  Teresa also talks about former president, George W. Bush’s amazing book of portraits and…

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Episode 34: Bishop Michael Curry

June is full swing- everything is blooming, a bit more sun, and school is finishing up.  Father’s Day is this month so we are celebrating Father’s for the month of June.  Amy starts off with the website www.allprodad.com which is helping give fathers more ways to connect with their kids.  Also in this episode, Teresa…

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Episode 33: Michael J. Fox

Photo: Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox testified before a Senate Committee about the importance of funding to combat Parkinson’s Disease. What a great week for inspiration!   Amy deep dives on the unstoppable Michael J. Fox, who stays optimistic despite his fight against Parkinson’s Disease.  Teresa talks about “Jeff’s Camp” which will help get homeless…

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Episode 32: The Peacebunny Island Interview- Caleb Smith

Our first interview episode!  And its with the owner of Peacebunny Island, Caleb Smith, who Amy first discussed in Episode 17.  For those not familiar, Peacebunny Island is an actual island, where Caleb Smith raises bunnies to be used for birthday parties, schools, old folks’ homes, and even as comfort animals following tragedies like school…

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Episode 31: Jon and Tracey Stewart

Closing out May and just in time for Memorial Day, Teresa deep dives on comedian and former Daily Show Host, Jon Stewart, and his fight for health care for the heroes of 9/11.  He of course is supported by Tracey Stewart, his wife, and an amazing animal activist on her own.  Additionally, Teresa covers an…

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Episode 30: Erin French – The Comeback Chef

Episode 30!  Can’t believe we are already here.  Inspiration abounds!  Amy does a deep dive on Chef Erin French, who despite some pretty major setbacks, she fought to get her son and her restaurant back only to become a world-renowned dinner destination that gets so many reservation requests, she has to hold a lottery.  Then…

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Episode 29: Alecia Moore – PINK!

May is still Mother’s Month here at Tangential Inspiration.  We are focusing on moms who do amazing things- and few moms rock more than Alecia Moore, better known as Pink!  Teresa does her deep dive on this musical powerhouse as she is a mother and a role model for her kids.  Amy also covers a…

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Episode 28: The Legacy of Princess Diana

During May we are celebrating awesome moms who are making a difference in the world, not just for their kids, but for everyone.  A lot of people know the image of Princess Diana, but not the substance of her compassionate, giving heart.  Amy discusses how Diana the mother, passed those qualities down to her sons,…

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Episode 27: The Daring Irena Sendler

All month during the month of May, we are going to focus on stories of moms that have done spectacular things or have made great impacts on our world.  This week, Teresa does a deep dive on Irena Sendler.  Never heard of her?  Well, you need to change that.  This remarkable mom saved 2,500 infants…

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Episode 26: The Mother of The Modern Mastectomy

Happy Mother’s Day!  We hope that you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We know for some of you it is a hard day- and we would love to hear from you about your mothers too.  This week’s episode is of course mother centered.  But first, Amy talks about some little tidbit stories highlighting how so…

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Episode 25: Laura Bush

May is about Mothers and Mother’s Day!  We will be focusing on amazing mothers with inspiring stories.  Starting off this week, it’s Teresa with Malahi Abidi’s fun and vivid art that celebrates women who are trendsetters, visionaries, activists, and trailblazers.  Amy does an overview of the incredible and inspiring life of former First Lady, Laura…

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Episode 24: Butterfly, Protector of the Forest

So this is our longest episode yet, but that is because it is full of great stories of inspiration.  It’s Earth Month, so we will be continuing to focus on stories related to helping our planet.  First off, is Edgar McGreggor, who single-handedly has cleaned a 192-acre park.  Then Amy tells the fascinating story of…

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Episode 23: The Shark Whisperer- Cristina Zenato

This week Teresa and Amy talk about a 70-year-old rower who traveled 3,000 miles to help people with Alzheimer’s, Cristina Zenato who reaches into the mouths of wild sharks to help them out (plus lots of shark facts), and two companies that are helping the environment while making cool and fashionable products.  Plus Teresa and…

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Episode 22: The Crocodile Hunter

A police dog that consoles victims of tragedy, a man who lovingly wrestled crocodiles, and a bunch of angry moms taking on air pollution- what more could you want?  Amy kicks off with Officer Clarence, a St. Bernard, police K9 who comforts people after tragedy strikes.  Teresa dives deep into the croc-infested waters that gave…

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Episode 21: Rachel Carson

This week Amy tells us about Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams start a free grocery store and foodservice feeding thousands each month.  Then Amy tells the incredible story of scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson whose writings help lead to modern chemical and environmental regulations.  And finally, Teresa talks about the dangers of plastic waste…

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Episode 20: Emily Penn

April is Earth Month and we are still celebrating with inspirational stories of people making an impact on our planet.  Our first story is about a persuasive grade-schooler who is going to get pockets for young girls.  Amy does a deep dive on Emily Penn, who besides being a totally girl-power explorer, is a true…

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Episode 19: Wangari Maathai

We are celebrating April as Earth Month on Tangential Inspiration.  In this episode, we announce the launch of our website, TangentialInspiration.com, Amy tells us about a teen on a mission to rid the ocean of an unexpected pollutant- golf balls; Teresa does her deep dive on Wangari Maathai, an African woman who has taught generations of…

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Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries

This week we are taking a look at not only a story about one man’s struggle against plastic garbage in India and figuring out what the heck “plogging” is, but we are focusing on kindness.Our deep dive is about Leon Logothetis and his trip around the world relying only on the kindness of strangers, and…

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Episode 17: Greta Thunberg

Welcome to April, Earth Month.  This month we are focusing on inspiring stories of people and organizations that help nature and our environment or put focus on the critical issues that impact our planet.  Big and small- everyone can do something.  This week our main story is the Swedish firecracker that is Greta Thunberg, a…

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Episode 16: Lady Gaga

As we close out March, National Women’s Month, we cover the musical phenomenon, Lady Gaga, and her mission to spread kindness and acceptance for those with mental illness.  Also, we take a quick look at a mom who is trying to remove the stigma associated with mental illnesses through theater and a millionaire who is…

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Episode 15: Eleanor Roosevelt

This week we dive into Eleanor Roosevelt, an amazing First Lady and just an overall feisty and intelligent woman.  There are also the inspirational stories of Sister Jean, the 101 year-old Basketball Nun and Wesley Hamilton, who is Disabled, But Not Really.  These people are guaranteed to inspire you, or your money back.

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Episode 14: Bob and Maria Goff

Inspiration abounds!  In this episode, Amy and Teresa talk about a group in Oregon building shelters for the homeless; Bob and Maria Goff’s incredible passions, love, and whimsy; and stories of how food can make such a huge impact for those in need.

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Episode 13: Amazing Women of Basketball

We are still in our celebration of National Women’s Month and we have some great stories about women who have overcome barriers to do amazing things in normally male-dominated arenas.  There is Kim Ng, the first woman to be the general manager for a Major League Baseball team.  Next, there is a plethora of stories…

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Episode 12: The Black Mambas

Okay, we are still on National Women’s Month.  This week we are teaming up some amazing women and we have a bunch of animals thrown in as well.  Teresa and Amy discuss an Elephant woman, the fierce female Black Mamba rangers of Africa, the first female NFL referee, and as a bonus, the story of…

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Episode 11: Melinda Gates

It’s still March and we are still celebrating amazing women doing great things in the world.  Our inspiring stories this week are awesome Pandemic Volunteers, the crusading philanthropist Melinda Gates, and the compelling story of the founder of Breaking Cycles.

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Episode 10: Dolly Parton

We are so excited about National Women’s Month.  This week, we have some hopeful stories about kids providing help and hope in the time of COVID-19, the shining light that is Dolly Parton (even if you don’t like country music, you will love her), and the World Reader organization, spreading reading all over the world.

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Episode 9: Kelly Clarkson

Continuing our National Women’s Month Theme, Teresa and Amy talk about DoSomething.org which gets kids involved in helping others and the earth, the amazing Kelly Clarkson charitable generosity, and Mariah Taylor an 81 year-old dynamo.

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Episode 8: Bethany Hamilton

National Woman’s Month continues with inspiring women doing amazing things.  Teresa and Amy start off with the Birthday Cake Lady spreading joy, professional surfer and all-around badass Bethany Hamilton, and the Beautifully Flawed Liv Stone.

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Episode 7: Melissa Stockwell

March is National Women’s Month and we are kicking it off with three inspiring ladies.  Amy and Teresa will start off with the Mask Tree Lady, followed by the amazing story of paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell, and the ambitious Keah Brown.

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Episode 6: Shaun T.

Amy and Teresa continue to dig for stories that provide hope and inspiration.  This week it is the notOK app, fitness trainer Shaun T., and Bikers Against Child Abuse. 

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Episode 5: Marcus Samuelsson

This week our inspiring stories are about Civil Rights Pies, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, and a KFC Guardian Angel.

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Episode 4: Kamala Harris

February has been Black History Month, full of inspiring Black role models and inspiring stories.  This week we have a Sewing Dad, the first woman to become Vice President, and a Breast Cancer Box that may help thousands detect breast cancer early.

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Episode 3: John Lewis

Another episode celebrating Black History Month!  This week, Amy and Teresa talk about the F.E.A.R. running group, civil rights icon John Lewis, and Black Equestrians.

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Episode 2: Amanda Gorman

Continuing our Black History Month theme, we are discussing Bernie Sander’s Inaugural Mittens, Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, and illustrator and animator Christian Robison.

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Episode 1: Claudette Colvin

Our first podcast!  And it shows a bit.  The sound is a bit wonky and we are very nervous, but still, lots of inspiration to be had.   Amy and Teresa discuss a Gamestop Stock Good Samaritan, Claudette Colvin (the inspiration for Rosa Parks), and author Phillip Hoose.

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