Produced by Grays Peak Strategies, a conversation about news that impacts the Human Services Community. We will feature some interviews with human service professionals and people from related fields. The music at the beginning and end of each episode is written and performed by Joe Mamlin. (Don't forget to listen to the end... there are often surprises after the credits)
Unlocking the Power of Giving Back
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1:02:19In this world where we tend to wear stress and being busy as a badge of honor, taking time out of work and family life to volunteer easy to overlook the profound impact that volunteering can have on both individuals and communities. From fostering a sense of purpose to building strong social connections, the benefits of volunteering are limitless. That idea that volunteering can be worth the time and effort even if you have a lot of other responsibilities is the focus of this edition of Community Table Talk from News from the Peak. I’m excited for you to hear from our esteemed panel of superpower women, Veronica Riley an owner and founder of her own consulting and training company, Stefanie Jones my best friend and the President and Founder of a successful public relation company, Feed Media, Tricia Harper, a Lead Partner for KPMG, and Janice Neal a lead consultant for Grays Peak Strategies. Join us as we talk to our guests to uncover the transformative power of giving back. Through engaging discussions and inspiring stories we'll delve into the many ways volunteering enriches our lives and strengthens the fabric of our communities.
Discussing Self Service Options with David Kilgore
43:08David Kilgore serves as the Director of the California Department of Child Support Services. At a recent Western Intergovernmental Child Support conference, David participated in a session called “the World Café”. At this session, the audience could choose various tables around the room where a discussion leader would talk to them about an innovative, or sometimes controversial topics related to the Child Support Program. David led the table discussing something he’s been working on in California for quite a while; enhancing Self Service options for people. Of course, this leads to all kinds of other issues, like public awareness of the program, how to address the needs of families in the context of what is required, and how this might lead to a more effective and more successful program overall. So on today’s show, we dig a little deeper into the subject of self service, and explore some really interesting ideas.
Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with Terrance Lafromboise
50:47November marks Native American Heritage Month, an annual observance in the United States dedicated to honoring and celebrating the rich tapestry of Native American cultures, histories, contributions, and achievements. This month provides a valuable opportunity for individuals, both Native and non-Native, to pay tribute to the unique heritage and resilience of Native American communities. In the spirit of this commemoration, we bring you a captivating podcast featuring Terrance "TJ" Lafromboise, MSW-ITR, Piikani – Siiksakaitstiitaapii of the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning, MT. Our engagement with TJ stems from our collaboration on the Iiksook’Ksooksik Project, translating to "Good Future" in Blackfeet. This initiative, funded by a Section 1115 Demonstration grant from the Federal Office of Child Support titled "Charting the Court for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting," holds significance in its mission to empower Native communities.
Fat Bear Week! And Bear Management Resolved
41:42Our fourth episode on Bear Management may be our best yet. Carl Ramm returns to give us an update on his adventures trying to get the resident Alaskan Brown Bears and human visitors at Brooks Camp in Alaska to do what they're supposed to. Along the way, we hear about what it's like to be in the bear management zone, how bear management really is like human management, and what's next for Carl, who is leaving Alaska after some 40 years to live in rural Virginia.
The Story of Trude Forsher
31:46What do Elvis Presley, child support, and our guest James Forsher have in common? (No, he's not the long lost son of Elvis...) They share a connection with pioneering child support researcher Trude Forsher. On today's show, we hear about Trude Forsher's life, her escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, her groundbreaking role as a working mother (including time as Elvis Presley's personal secretary), and how, on top of all of that, she provided a research base that helped set in motion the child support program we know today. This podcast just keeps getting better!
Welcome to Season 3 - Taylor Hagood and Stringbean
1:07:19Taylor Hagood on Stringbean, Persistence, and the Problem of Cutting a New Path Banjo player and comedian David Akeman, known essentially all of his professional life as Stringbean, lived the kind of rags-to-riches story that was supposed to come with a happy ending. On this episode of News from the Peak, we talk to Professor Taylor Hagood about Stringbean and the work—the very real and often quite fragile work—of writing a book about someone who has tended be seen as only important in death. Hagood is as engaging a speaker as he is a writer. A professor of literature at Florida Atlantic University, Hagood has a distinguished career as a scholar of William Faulkner, among other writers, and is a teacher and lecturer of no small renown. Alongside all of that, he somehow finds time to perform magic and sing and play piano and banjo. A skilled visual artist and craftsman, he recently built a banjo that uses the same resonator as the one most closely associated with Stringbean (the Vega #9 Tubaphone) and closely follows it in other elements of its design. That’s the banjo you can hear Hagood play in these three tracks that he very generously recorded for us. You will hear Cripple Creek during the interview and at the end we share two tracks in full —“Hot Corn, Cold Corn” and “Pretty Polly”. All of these are closely associated with Stringbean and Hagood plays them in the clawhammer style that Akeman favored, and on the Banjo he built during the writing of this book.
Title IX - Part 2, an interview with Pam Gagel
40:31(Intro by the host, Maureen Leif) I met Pam back when I was a Deputy District Attorney working on the child support docket. She was Magistrate Gagel back then and she was hearing the child support cases. As she tells the story, we would often go at each other (in jest) because I felt like she could be lenient. In hindsight, she was always right! Pam and my colleague Emily and I would go to dinner when Pam left the bench, and it was always a fun way to connect and talk about our profession lives. From the time that I first met Pam she would talk about her work on a Title IX case Roberts v Colorado State University. You can hear the passion and impact of Title IX in Pam’s voice when I ask her about her experience and what it means to her all these years later. All people, young and old, need to understand and appreciate the hard work, dedication, long hours and sacrifices made to bring Title IX into being. It is about more than just sports and had a broader impact than most people realize.  Roberts https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp/814/1507/1765777/
Title IX - An interview with Hall of Fame Coach, Carol Plodzien
45:46On the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, we had the good fortune to speak with two amazing women who played a roll in the creation and implementation of this important milestone in education and a move toward furthering opportunities for women. On this episode, Part 1 of 2, we welcome Hall of Fame Coach, Carol Plodzien to talk about her experiences as a student athlete and coach before and after Title IX. As a coach to our own Liz Bullard, we hear their recollection of their days as Player and Coach, and the impact that the experiences had on both of them.
The Good Life Camp part 3 - An interview with Dr. Nell Weber
29:44We have had a couple of recent episodes, which you should check out if you haven’t already, on the LCO Good Life Camp. This camp, while an amazing experience on its own, is part of a larger grant we are working on with the LCO Tribal Child Support program. The grant is focused on responsible parenting and economic mobility. The underlying theme of the grant is the idea that by teaching young people about their own culture, we can improve these outcomes for them as they become adults. There is obviously a lot more to it than that… and that’s where our guest comes in. Today we welcome Dr. Nell Weber. Nell is a consultant and researcher with experience in parenting, parental beliefs, early childhood education, literacy, language acquisition, global citizenship, and international education. She earned her Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and now makes her home in Charlottesville, Virginia. We talk about her research on parenting both in the US and internationally, and how that background led her to our project. We discuss the impact of culture in parenting, and why this is such a key component of our project.
It's Fat Bear Week!
43:22Only News from the Peak brings you artist and bear management tech Carl Ramm, who saw many of this year’s contenders in action earlier this year as part of his work at Brooks Camp in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. On this episode, Carl gives us some updates from his season at Brooks Camp, and we talk about Fat Bear Jr, and Fat Bear week, and we learn even more about bears than we thought possible. For more on the competition and to see the brackets and vote, check out https://explore.org/fat-bear-week