More Than Just Pretty Fish: This Aquarium Is a Force in Ocean Preservation

Ken Peterson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for otters, sharks, a spectacular setting — even appearances in movies such as "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Finding Dory," and TV shows such as "Big Little Lies" and the BBC/PBS series "Big Blue Live." But that’s just the most visible part. The Aquarium is also a powerful force for protecting the oceans through education, advocacy, and the development of young leaders. In this episode of the podcast, Spencer speaks with the Aquarium’s Ken Peterson about the dramatic impact the Aquarium is having in ocean conservation — and the protection of all life on earth.

If We Got the First 5 Years of Life Right, It Would Change Everything

Gabriel Sanchez, Communications Director for First 5 LA.

ON THE PODCAST: If more children got what they need between the ages of 0 and 5, it would mean less crime, less violence, less poverty, and more people having happy, productive lives. Lots of research backs that up. When young children suffer from poor health, neglect, missed learning opportunities, or trauma, they can pay for it for the rest of their lives. So do the rest of us. Many of our biggest social problems originate in troubled childhoods.

In this episode, Spencer talks to Gabriel Sanchez, the Director of Communications for First 5 LA, part of a California-wide organization focused on education, advocacy, and funding in support of the crucial first five years.

We Know How to Reduce Gang Violence — If We're Willing to Act

Jose Arreola, director

ON THE PODCAST: Cities across the United States struggle with gang violence, and the challenge can sometimes seem hopeless. But you may be surprised to learn that we know a lot about how to reduce gang violence — often dramatically. We just have to act on what we know. Our guest this time, José Arreola, is an expert on the subject, from a small but innovative California city: Salinas. The strategy there brings together law enforcement, social service agencies, nonprofits, the faith community, and anyone else who wants to make a difference.

Dastardly Cleverness Podcast Episode 3: "Hope for Democracy," Part 3

Congressman Sam Farr, Supervisor Zach Friend, Adrienne Harris, and Spencer Critchley on stage at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Episode 3 of the Dastardly Cleverness podcast is now live! It's the third and final part of "Is There Hope for Democracy?" our discussion at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. We field great questions from the audience, exploring how people can influence what happens in government and politics — and ultimately, save democracy.

Dastardly Cleverness Podcast Episode 2: More "Hope for Democracy"

Congressman Sam Farr, Supervisor Zach Friend, Adrienne Harris, and Spencer Critchley on stage at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Episode 2 of the Dastardly Cleverness podcast is now live! It's more from "Is There Hope for Democracy?" our fascinating panel discussion at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The conversation resumes with former Congressman Sam Farr describing the anger and misinformation surrounding health care reform, all the panelists addressing whether public servants really want to serve the public, and more.

How to Write Fast & Well, Part 11: Find Your Voice

Singer at microphone

So far in this series, I've been offering tips that can be used right away, by just about anyone who writes. But now we come to something that can require significant time and dedication: finding your voice as a writer. The good news is you can start making progress today.

What is does it mean to have a voice? It's the way people know you're you and no one else -- as if they were speaking with you in person. It matters, because when people can't get a feel for who you are, they're likely to move on to someone more interesting.

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