draimondi's blog

  • Tue
    Dec 16
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Thu
    Dec 18
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Colonel Bernard Banks on Speaking Freely with Dennis Raimondi

Bernard Banks 

Colonel Bernard Banks is a senior military officier who has served in the U.S. Army for over 25 years.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer for the United States Military Academy at West Point's graduate program in leader development. Colonel Banks holds a PhD from Columbia University in Social-Organizational Psychology.

nick terraforteDr. Nick Terrafranca is the Co-Founder and CEO of NeuroRecovery Technologies, a new, cutting-edge medical technology company focused on the design and development of devices and applications to help restore function & movedean sluyterment in patients with paralysis. Their current technology evolved from collaborative research between The University of California Los Angeles, The California Institute of Technology, and The University of Louisville.

Dean Sluyter is an author and public speaker. He will be discussing his latest book, Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice, and his recent trip to India.

jonathan narducciJonathan Narducci is a producer, director, and cinematographer. His latest documentary film, Love Me, follows a number of American men traveling to the Ukraine to find a wife. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals including: The Toronto Film Festival, The New Orleans Film Festival, and the Catalina Film Festival. Love Me will be released world wide in February 2015


Andy LoRusso, the Singing Chef, is the author of the best selling cookbook, Sing and Cook Italian. Mr. LoRusso is also a recording artist and celebrity chef. He has cooked and performed the world over. www.singingchef.com

Dr. Scott Terry is a licensed therapist and the Director of the Ardent Counseling Center in Chicago, Illionois. Dr. Terry also offers counseling services in Iowa. http://www.ardentcenter.com


Ben Gulley

Ben Gulley is an American operatic tenor. He is a member of the SONY/BMG recording group, the American Tenors. The winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2009 National Council Distict and Regional Competitions, Mr. Gulley recently embarked on his first national solo tour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxE5oR5JwAo           

Parmamahansa Yogananda


Today's guests are filmmakers Peter Rader and Lisa Leeman. Their current film, Awake: the Life of Yogananada, recently opened to rave reviews in theaters nationwide.

"Compelling....enough to make a modern soul look inwards." NY Times. Awake, will be playing at the Orpheum Theater in Fairfield, IA and the Apple Fresh Pond Cinema in Cambridge, MA on Friday November 7.


Ben Woolf

Phil Bolsta

Ben Woolf is an actor currently appearing in the new season of the televison series American Horror Story


Phil Bolsta is the author of the book, Through God's Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. A comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life.


  • Tue
    Oct 21
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Thu
    Oct 23
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Amalie Nash, Des Moines Registor editor. talks with Dennis Raimondi


1pm: Amalie Nash, an award-winning Michigan journalist, is the new editor and vice president for audience engagement for The Des Moines Register and DesMoinesRegister.com

Nash has spent the past three years at the Detroit Free Press as assistant managing editor for metro-state news. For the past 15 months,

Nash also has coordinated the Gannett Michigan network of news sites, which includes six newspapers and one TV station.


Donna Cleveland will be discussing her recent article on suicide written during suicide prevention month and published in Little Village Magazine. The discussion will specifically focus on suicide prevention in the Fairfield. community.http://littlevillagemag.com/suicide-in-fairfield-iowa-town-struggles-with-mental-health-awareness/

Jeff Shipley is running for Iowa State House of Representatives on the Republican ticket. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has recently worked as a legal assistant. http://www.shipleyforiowa.com

Ron Turner is the founder and director of Last Gasp Publishing. Last Gasp is a book and underground comix publisher and distributor, with its headquarters in San Francisco. Notable artists published by Last Gasp include Tim Biskup, Robert Crumb, Richard Corben, and Ron English. www.lastgasp.com

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