Monthly Archives: May 2017

Episode 8: Michael A. Wood Jr.

Michael A. Wood Jr. is a former Police Sergeant for the Baltimore Police Department. He was also a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was injured in the line of duty and then became an author. He wrote Promotional Handbook Guide for Police / Law Enforcement and also the fiction novel Eliot. He is the founder of Veterans Stand and serves as the Executive Director.

Episode 7: Anna Arrowsmith

Anna Arrowsmith (aka Anna Span) is a pornographer and a professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began directing pornographic films after graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art with a B.A. Honors in Fine Art (Film & Video) in 1998. She was the 2007/8 and 2008/9 Best Director at the UK Adult Film & TV Awards and was named Indie Porn Pioneer at the Toronto International Porn Festival in 2007. Anna later earned a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. She runs, a site that promotes the rights of sex workers. Anna’s recent book, Rethinking Misogyny: Men’s Perceptions of Female Power in Dating Relationships, challenges common feminist assumptions about men’s and women’s sexual power.

Episode 5: Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli is a university professor, the creator of the enormously popular History on Fire podcast, and the author of several books on philosophy and religion. He’s also a former professional mixed martial arts cage-fighter. Daniele dislikes the culture of academia as much as it dislikes him. He’s an academic outlaw, but as you’ll see, sometimes outlaws win.

Episode 4: Jonathan Carp

I’ve always thought of him as a renegade genius. After serving as a U.S. Army combat medic in Baghdad, Jonathan Carp studied ancient history and political philosophy while working as a nurse and raising a family in Tacoma, Washington. Several years ago I asked him to write the stories of the people he knew who died in Iraq. Those stories broke my heart when I read them then, and they had the same effect when we re-visited them during our interview. Jonathan challenges me, intellectually and emotionally, as much as anyone I know.