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Hosted by Ron Gray

A social change initiative leading conversations that unite communities through our commonality versus dividing us because of our differences on social and public policy issues. 

Gun Violence   |   Immigration   |   Suicide Prevention   |   Sexual & Gender Based Violence   |   Politics & Religion   |   Meditation

The commonality in the human experience is the same. We have the same sorrows, and the same triumphs. Joy is joy is  joy.  - Oprah Winfrey

 

ABOUT US

Conversations that Matter is a social change initiative leading conversations in public forums & through podcast interviews that unite communities through our commonality versus dividing us because of our differences and elevates the humanity of those affected by the biggest challenges in life.

 

PODCAST EPISODES

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Judge Goodman is currently a District Court Judge and is the second candidate running in a special election for Circuit Court Judge in Lexington on November 5th.  Judge Goodman has deep roots in Lexington and has a storied career in law and the courtroom. In my interview you’ll learn more about her and her love for Lexington, the contrast between District & Circuit court and some of the biggest challenges our community faces from the courts perspective. 

Judge Julie Goodman

Conversations with Judge Julie Goodman

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Judge Reynolds was appointed to the bench in early spring by the recommendation of a special committee due to a vacancy. He and I talk about his personal life growing up around horses to his law practice and current judicial experience. We got deep on important issues from opioid abuse + treatment to responsible gun ownership.

Judge John Reynolds

Conversations with Judge John Reynolds

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EP 20

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Josh Nadzam is a social change entrepreneur who brings connection and belonging to kids through art. He’s a survivor of his own childhood. He’s a masters prepared social worker destined to create change for the next generation. He is the co-creative genius behind On The Move Art Studio, a nonprofit mobile art room created in a refurbished vintage trailer that travels to underserved neighborhoods to host free arts classes for kids. Josh and On The Move have served over 25,000 in just 4 years!

Josh Nadzam

On The Move Art Studio

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EP 19

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In episode 18 of Conversations that Matter, we have an important conversation on gun violence prevention and the upcoming WEAR ORANGE PEACE WALK. Anita and Lynsey are two of the most committed people I know bringing community together and understanding the challenges that lead to gun violence. 

Anita Franklin and Lynsey Sugarman 

Gun Violence Prevention

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EP 18

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This is the 3rd and final part of our 3-part series on Fatherhood after Divorce with dad and new author, Steve Adams. We discuss parenting as a single dad and review the 8 principles highlighted in his upcoming book "Now What? A Divorced Dad's Guide to Parenting Excellence." We are also joined by our previous guest and single father, Dr. Pete Buecker.

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Steve Adams and Pete Buecker

Steve Adams, Part 3

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EP 17

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In this episode we continue our discussion with dad and author, Steve Adams, as we discuss  parenting as a single dad and his upcoming book "Now What? A Divorced Dad's Guide to Parenting Excellence." We are also joined by previous guest and single father, Dr. Pete Buecker.

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Steve Adams and Pete Buecker

Steve Adams, Part 2

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EP 16

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I sit down with single dad and author, Steve Adams, to discuss parenting as a single dad and his upcoming book, "Now What? A Divorced Dad's Guide to Parenting Excellence."

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Steve Adams

Steve Adams, Part 1

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EP 15

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Jessica discusses we can incorporate the principles of Imago Therapy into our personal and community relationships. 

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Jessica Bollinger

IMAGO THERAPY, PART 3

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EP 14

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In part 2 Jessica Bollinger talks about how we are built for relationship & connection.

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Jessica Bollinger

IMAGO THERAPY, PART 2

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EP 13

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Jessica discusses how Imago Therapy principles allows us to stay in the relationship environment.

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Jessica Bollinger

IMAGO THERAPY, PART 1

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EP 12

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Our conversation includes the benefits of meditation and how it impacts our lives.

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Dr. Peter Buecker

NEW YEAR, BETTER YOU! PART 2

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EP 11

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I talk with Dr. Peter Buecker, a board certified orthopedic surgeon who now practices Mind-Body Medicine. 

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Dr. Peter Buecker

NEW YEAR, BETTER YOU! PART 1

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EP 10

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We learn more about Dr. Cheeseman herself, what lead her into medicine and later in faith leadership.

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Dr. Melissa Cheeseman

THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION & POLITICS, PART 3

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EP 9

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We discuss when faith influences policy, but leaves some members of a community feeling marginalized, how do we reconcile this?

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Dr. Melissa Cheeseman

THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION & POLITICS, PART 2

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EP 8

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And can how we, as a society, shift the conversation in a way that unites us because of our commonality vs. leading with our differences?

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Dr. Melissa Cheeseman

THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION & POLITICS, PART 1

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EP 7

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In part 2 of my conversation on domestic violence, we talk about why victims stay with their perpetrator, the stigma around domestic violence and support for survivors.

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Scott Lancaster and Lenzi Dodgen

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

PART 2

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EP 6

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We talk with two experts and take an in-depth look at what precipitates intimate partner violence and how our culture contributes.

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Scott Lancaster and Lenzi Dodgen

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

PART 1

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EP 5

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We speak with experts with a wide range of experience on how to better recognize and prevent those struggling from hurting themselves.

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Tammy Barrett, Dr. Susan Pollack, Janet Shedd

USING CONVERSATION TO DECREASE SUICIDE RISK

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EP 4

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Janet shares the story of how her and her family dealt with the loss their son, who committed suicide. 

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Suicide Awareness Activist

JANET SHEDD

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EP 3

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Ninfa came to America 57 years ago. She brings humanity to the stories of people who are seeking refuge today. 

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Cuban Immigrant

NINFA FLOYD

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EP 2

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Nance, a US Army Veteran and candidate for Midway City Council, discusses gun violence and how we build safer communities together.

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U.S Army Veteran

LOGAN NANCE

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EP 1

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An introduction to the Conversations That Matter Podcast, a platform for social change and issues awareness. 

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Host, Conversations that Matter

RON GRAY

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