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This weekly podcast will cover in detail, people, clubs and activities here in The Villages, Florida. Each show will run 10-30 minutes. Become a Supporter of this show for $3/month. Supporters will have access to all episodes. Our newest Supporters will get a Shout-out during a show. Supporters can help the podcast by purchasing products from Amazon using the links in the Support section.
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The open forum podcast aims to be a space where people with differing views and ideas can come to openly explore those without fear of being demonised, de-platformed or otherwise. It’s the place to hear about anything and everything, from everybody’s favourite virus to economics to climate change to general science & history! Nothing is off limits, so sit back and prepare to open your mind! Evidence to back up the things talked about, where possible, will be posted in the description for eac ...
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From Pittsburgh's punch card days to the sunny expanses of The Villages in Florida, our guest Michael Prascak brings the kind of stories that turn strangers into friends. Settle in as Michael paints a vivid picture of his journey through the worlds of accounting and IT, revealing how a knack for numbers and a passion for woodworking found a harmoni…
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This time I speak with Kym Staton, Award winning film director having started with Films for Change, a way to host, promote and distribute documentaries the globe over. We're going to be discussing the documentary he has made - The Trust Fall - Julian Assange and the implications the Assange trial has for press freedoms, global freedom of speech & …
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Discover how to transform your living space into a voice-controlled haven as we sit down with Peter Bernard, the tech maestro of the Villages. This week, Peter unveils the secrets behind smart home magic, from Ecobee thermostats synced with Alexa, to the merits of having a C-wire and the allure of the Nest alternative. Our chat reveals the inside t…
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Discover the seismic shifts in media over four transformative decades as we sit down with Peter Bernard, a seasoned TV reporter who's seen it all. From the golden age of unbiased journalism embodied by Walter Cronkite to today's opinion-laden newsrooms headlined by figures like Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow, Peter reveals how the narrative has c…
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Get ready to unlock the secrets of a thriving community and optimal brain health in one energizing episode. We're taking you to the heart of The Villages, Florida, where the Enrichment Academy Expo buzzes with life, thanks to the dedication of people like John Rohan and Tweet Coleman. You'll feel the pulse of community engagement, from the beats of…
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They say the best tales come from the heart, and mine is no exception. Settle in as I, Mike Roth, trade the interviewer's mic for the hot seat, with Wayne Richard leading the charge. From my humble beginnings in Far Rockaway to the vibrant pulse of Miami, I unravel the threads of my family tapestry, complete with the legacy of my father's leather b…
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In today's special episode of Open Forum in the Villages, Florida, I have a special guest, Kathleen Gowin. Kathleen is a member of the VPSDDD. That is the new board that's managing the fire district here in Sumter County Unlock the secrets to potentially lower fire district taxes in Sumter County's slice of the Villages, Florida, with board member …
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As Sheila Keane recounts her early years amidst the colorful backdrop of the Caribbean, you'll find yourself transported to the sights and sounds that shaped her formidable spirit. Our conversation with Sheila unfolds an intimate sliver of history, from the Cuban revolution to the sun-soaked shores of St. Lucia, and the spiritual awakening that fol…
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Embrace the transformative journey to self-discovery and healing with Janet Philbin, the insightful clinical social worker and author behind "Show Up for Yourself: A Guide to Inner Awareness and Growth." Our enlightening conversation with Janet unveils the delicate dance between professional therapy and conscious parenting, where authority takes a …
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Uncover the charm and health benefits of Touch Tennis as Mike Dumbropski, a tennis aficionado, paints a vivid picture of this emerging sport in the sunny climes of Florida's Villages. It's a game that promises extended rallies, fun, and accessibility for everyone, regardless of mobility or fitness levels. Our chat with Mike is not just a revelation…
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Unlock the mysteries of the mind with Dr. Craig Curtis as we journey through the latest innovations in Alzheimer's research and the promise of novel treatments that have the power to alter the trajectory of this devastating disease. With America's silver generation growing by the minute, Dr. Curtis enlightens us on a breakthrough blood test that co…
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Every journey has its soundtrack, and my latest chat with Wayne Richard is like a melody weaving through the heartland of America. From Chicago's bustling streets to the serene lifestyle of The Villages, Florida, Wayne's story is a testament to the power of music and its ability to shape our lives. We explore his baseball-filled childhood, his fora…
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Unlock the potential of your voice and ideas as I recount my electrifying journey through PodFest 2024, brimming with the latest podcasting innovations and savvy monetization tactics awaiting your discovery. As the narrative unwinds, you'll glimpse the future of content creation, learn about a pioneering course crafted for audio aficionados eager t…
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Embark on an inspirational journey with Janet and Howard Underwood, who graciously open up about their transformative life experiences and the power of community in The Villages of Florida. Janet's narrative begins with the challenges she faced after losing her sight at 15, and how this profound change led her to conquer Braille and build an impres…
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Have you ever considered how a passion for art could beautifully align with the precision of science? Stephanie Steckel, a seasoned orthodontist, joins us to share the captivating story of her career switch from general dentistry to a fulfilling life in orthodontics, spanning over two decades. Her heartfelt dedication not only to her practice but a…
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Get ready to embark on an adventurous ride with car enthusiast and collector, Frank O'Donnell. This episode is studded with powerful stories of how Frank's love for cars shaped his life, from restoring his first car to writing about cars. He lives by his philosophy, "Tempest Fugit Momento Mori," reminding us all to treasure every moment. His infect…
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Is your health a priority? Need solid advice on how to keep your blood sugar levels in check and shed those extra pounds? Look no further! We're bringing you a fascinating discussion with the acclaimed author, William Shang, MD. His book, "The Thin Prediabetic: A Plant-Based Approach," have been great game changers. In our chat, he highlights the c…
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Ready to revolutionize the way you think about weight loss and exercise? We promise you'll gain newfound insight as we chat with Dr. William Shang, sharing his personal journey and profound understanding of insulin resistance and weight management. Hear about the transformative role of exercise, particularly strength training, in boosting basal met…
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Are you ready to time travel through music? Join us on a captivating journey into the world of antique musical instruments with our special guest, Craig Darlak. A proud owner of the 1984 Bruins violino pan organ, Craig gives us a fascinating insight into the making and mechanics of this historical piece. We're also treated to some enchanting organ …
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Today we have with us, I'm excited to say, Elana Freeland - an expert in one of my fave areas having done decades of research in this space to better understand what is happening in the world around us- geoengineering - and if you don't know what that is, you may be familiar with a tiny element of it - chemtrails - and if you're unfamiliar with eit…
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Dino Nocivelli is a partner in the abuse department at leigh day law firm and actively works towards law reforms as it pertains sexual abuse and has appeared in various media outlets such as the BBC, ITV & others as well as IICSA - the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse - CSA- providing expert opinion and testimony. In this episode followi…
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Ever wondered about the secret to a youthful body and mind? We welcome Dr. William Shang on our podcast, an ardent believer in the power of strength training. He takes us on a riveting journey of his personal transformation and how he uncovered the critical role strength training plays in fending off age-related diseases such as sarcopenia. Drawing…
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Are you ready to embark on a sonic journey like no other? Open Forum in the Villages Florida podcast is back for Season 5, and trust us, it's an audio carnival you don't want to miss! From AI announcers to a Villages-centric logo, we've taken significant strides to make our show more enjoyable for you. The most remarkable change? Our episodes will …
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Ever wondered how Pilates and movement can play a crucial role in preventing falls, especially for seniors? Prepare to have your curiosity quenched with this episode's special guest, Ed Yuiska, a retired physical therapist. Now, Ed spends his time teaching fall prevention at La Hacienda and is ready to spill the beans on his unique approach to heal…
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Fasten your seatbelts as we navigate the political landscape with Anthony Sabatini, an impassioned candidate embarking on the race for District 11 in the United States Congress. Brace yourself for an illuminating exchange, where Sabatini unfolds his conservative agenda, his proposals for government reform, and his strategy towards tackling systemic…
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Get ready to be inspired as we sit down with Anthony Pellicano, a man of service with an illustrious career in the US Army and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, who is currently running for Sumter County Sheriff. We take you on a journey of his life, unfolding his experiences, qualifications, and the burning desire to serve his community in a novel ca…
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Get ready for a riveting dialogue with Jim Bodenner, the insightful president of The Villages chapter of the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN). We'll navigate through a multitude of topics, including the hefty cost of long-term care, the significance of insurance, and an innovative concept known as "plan C" - the zero-step home! Additiona…
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Promised to be a fountain of knowledge for all things Medicare, our episode guest, Jim Bodenner, doesn't disappoint. An active member of The Villages, Jim's invaluable insights into Medicare plans will prove essential, whether you're new to the system or just looking to stay updated. We delve into the meaty differences between traditional Medicare …
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Get ready to explore the bustling activities of The Villages, Florida with our guest, Scott Beckner, host of Lanai Gossip Podcast, on this episode. Discover how Scott transitioned from a resident to a podcast host, meticulously chronicling the over 3,800 clubs and activities that lend vibrancy to our community. Hear his fascinating experience with …
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This show was recorded outdoors and has sub-standard audio. However, the content is great. Are you ready for an automotive adventure? Hop in, fasten your seatbelts, and let's hit the road for a journey into the realm of luxury cars and electric golf carts. We've got firsthand insights from die-hard Porsche and Tesla club members as they share their…
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Prepare for some belly laughs as we chat with stand-up comedian and laughter entrepreneur, Alex Soto. He's going to take us on a whirlwind tour of his comedy club, the Joke Joint in Summerfield, Florida. It's not your typical comedy club. Beyond the laughter-inducing performances, the Joke Joint also hosts an eclectic mix of music trivia, karaoke, …
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Ready to take a deep dive into the world of cyber safety and magic as we navigate through the realities of electric vehicle charging? Buckle up because this episode is packed with insights from our esteemed guests who will widen your horizon on these fascinating topics. Our journey starts at the Enrichment Academy Expo, where we unveil the essentia…
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Ever wondered how the intricate web of local government and public services works? Well, we've got the perfect deep-dive for you! Our guest, Don Wiley, a commissioner in Sumter County, unfolds the dynamic and intricate world of public services, primarily focusing on the Villages Fire Department. He shares the latest updates, including the failed pr…
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Join us on this captivating journey as we sit down with John Kase, esteemed electrical designer and now a vibrant retiree residing in the Villages. John, a beacon of active living, shares with us his transition into retirement and how, from a career spent wiring up the world, he now lights up the stage in the Villages Improv group and even landed a…
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Lace up your shoes and let's hit the track with Bonnie Stein, a fitness writer, walking consultant, and national master of USA track and field race walking award winner. Bonnie graciously shares the tale of her 38-year journey with race walking, from an injury that sidelined her from running to the way this Olympic sport has kept her fit without ca…
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Craig "Sawman" Sawyer is a former Marine, Navy Seal, Air marshal, Agent in Charge for protection details of foreign dignitaries in war zones and has operated in 60 countries. Since 2017 he's gone on to found Veterans for child rescue (www.v4cr.org) - a not for profit working to combat child trafficking and support survivors as well as connecting th…
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Meet Margaret Barton, a spirited resident of The Villages, Florida, whose zest for life is infectious! In our chat with her, we unravel a tapestry of her vibrant experiences, from her involvement in numerous clubs to how she benefits from a free gym membership through Medicare. You'll appreciate her tales from the Improv club, painting a vivid pict…
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Imagine stepping into the world of a seasoned performer who's career has danced on stages across the world - from a nightclub in Barbados to the heart of New York City's theatre district. Join us as we uncover the captivating journey of Alex Santoriello, a leading figure in the performing arts scene in Florida’s The Villages. His story is a vibrant…
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Unveil the world of rural veterinary practice with Dr. Pam Pierceall, a seasoned vet with 37 years of experience in Iowa. With a lion named Buford and a private zoo in her repertoire, Pam walks us through the thrill and satisfaction of her career, right down to her decision to settle in a rural community. Her stories, ranging from performing an MRI…
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Want to protect your hard-earned money from the clutches of fraudsters? We've got banking veteran Dr. Kathleen Gowin spilling the beans on how to guard your financial health. With over four decades of banking experience, she uncovers the latest scams and frauds plaguing the industry and why seniors, especially those in the Villages, are often targe…
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Have you ever pondered the mysteries of femininity and what makes it so irresistible? Join us as we explore this intricate topic with Morgan Wonderly, author of Simply Feminine - Surprising Insights for Men. Drawing from a wellspring of interviews conducted with hundreds of men, Morgan unveils a treasure trove of attributes men find appealing in wo…
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Ready for a road trip? Buckle up and join me, your host, as we journey into the world of Mercedes Benz enthusiasts in central Florida and the villages areas. This episode is a deep dive into the lively M Benz Club's activities, exciting trips, and exclusive member perks, featuring Mercedes aficionado, Bill Goldberg. From guided tours to the Titanic…
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Imagine unraveling the deep-rooted cause of your weight struggles and addressing it with the same love and compassion you would a child in need. Well, Vicki Griffith, the founder of At Breakthrough and author of 'Stucked Up' and 'You Can Be Right About Everything and Still Have Nothing' shows us how to do just that. Vicki shares her journey of over…
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Picture this: you've spent your whole life working hard, and now retirement is on the horizon. But, the financial challenges seem overwhelming and you worry about running out of money. This is where Greg Panjian, an investment advisor with Edward Jones, steps in. Drawing on his experience as a small business owner, Greg has crafted unique strategie…
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Tracey Bettridge is one of the many silenced voices of the vaccine injured. Shortly after having an mRNA booster shot, Tracey unfortunately suffered vaccine induced transverse myelitis as diagnosed by her neurologist and was told it would not have happened had she not taken the shot, a shot that was coerced due to government mandates. Prior to this…
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Ready to improve your golf game and explore the world of podcasting? We're thrilled to have Chuck Formica join us in this episode as we discuss the journey of creating a golf-focused podcast. Chuck, a new resident of The Villages, shares his passion for the sport and the exciting components that he may cover, from physical and mental aspects to tec…
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Can you imagine going from a biochemistry major to a successful salesperson and then diving into the world of improv? Join us this week as we chat with the incredible Norma Robinson, who shares her fascinating career journey and how it led her to the Villages. Discover how she transitioned from teaching to sales, faced her mother's fears, and now e…
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Imagine mastering the ancient art of Tai Chi and reaping its many health benefits, all within the comfort of your own community. Join me as I have an enlightening conversation with martial arts expert and health enthusiast Bob Martin, who shares his 50-year journey practicing, teaching, and living the martial arts lifestyle. From learning Taekwondo…
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