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THNX: A Feelgood Podcast

With negativity and dire news surrounding us, it is important to remember the good people who take action to make our world better. THNX is a feelgood podcast that gives people a chance to recognize someone who -- even through a very small interaction -- had a positive and profound impact on their lives.

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Episode 193: Dr. Lindsay Gary
Dr. Lindsay Gary (PhD, MFA, MA, MPA) is a professor-scholar, conceptual diasporArtist, Afrocentric entrepreneur, and cultural curator whose mission is to educate, connect, and empower the African Diaspora. She is an adjunct professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston and of History at Houston Community College, in addition to being the Executive Director of The Re-Education Project, the Artistic and Executive Director of Dance Afrikana LLC, and the CEO of Isegun Enterprises LLC. She authored "The New Red Book: A Guide to 50 of Houston's Black Historical and Cultural Sites" and created and directed the documentary film "Who Yo' People?". Lindsay makes her home in Houston, Texas.
42:26 2/27/24
Episode 192: Edgar Medina
Edgar Medina, originally from Mexico, moved to the United States at age 17 and is now a local artist in Houston, Texas. After a short stint as a Dental Assistant, Edgar began taking art classes and honing the painting skills he began building as a child. His paintings are considered Contemporary Abstracts; they are expressive, full of color, bold, and inspirational. He has brought his creations to cities around the world and has been featured in numerous exhibitions domestically and internationally. Edgar makes his home in Houston, Texas.
54:21 2/20/24
Episode 191: Carla Bisong
Carla C. Bisong founded Bisong Art Gallery in the Historic Warehouse District of Downtown Houston in 2013. After 13 years in the investment banking industry, Carla retired to pursue her dream of being a gallerist fulltime and make an impact in the art community. She and her team of art consultants help individuals and corporations discover meaningful artwork, and each piece has its own story. Carla is also the President of the Houston Art Gallery Association (HAGA) and makes her home in Houston, Texas.
43:59 2/13/24
Episode 190: Ryan Nicodemus
Ryan Nicodemus is a New York Times best selling author, Emmy-nominated Netflix star, international speaker, and small group mentor. After moving around as a child, his family settled in Ohio when he was eight. He handled sales and marketing for a telecommunications company with his childhood friend Joshua Fields Mullburn prior to co-founding The Minimalists. Their website, books, podcast, and documentaries led them to speak at a multitude of venues, tour internationally, and get recognized in innumerable publications. Ryan makes his home in Missoula, Montana.
45:12 2/6/24
Episode 189: John T. Edge
John T. Edge is a writer, commentator, television personality, and, since 1999, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, a Master's Degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Groucher College. He has authored several books about food and received a writing award from the James Beard Foundation. He hosts the SEC Network/ESPN show True South. John T. and his wife Blair, along with their son, live in Oxford, Mississipi.
51:28 1/23/24
Episode 188: Benjamin Berg
Benjamin Berg is the founder and CEO of Berg Hospitality Group. Presently, the group owns and operates twelve restaurants, each based on a unique concept, with plans to open more. After growing up in New York City, he graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned a graduate degree from Cornell University in Hospitality. He started in a premier hotel as a bellman and worked his way up by learning and mastering every facet of hospitality. Before starting his own restaurants, he ran establishments in New York City, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Benjamin makes Houston, Texas his home.
41:29 1/16/24
Episode 187: Judge Franklin Bynum
Judge Franklin Bynum is an attorney who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and completed his studies at the University of Southern California Law School. Upon returning to Texas, he worked as a public defender and was elected to a Harris County Court at Law bench; he was the first democratic socialist to hold such a position in Texas. He has since returned to private practice concentrating on criminal defense. Franklin makes his home in Houston, Texas.
54:22 1/9/24
Episode 186: Roger Street Friedman
Roger Street Friedman is an American musician presently receiving critical acclaim from his latest album Love Hope Trust and the single The Ghosts of Sugarland. He picked up guitar at an early age and began working in the music business but took a twenty-five year sabbatical before he began seriously recording and touring again. He has released four albums as well as numerous singles and EPs. Roger makes his home in Houston, Texas.
51:23 1/2/24
Episode 185: Craig Mitchell
Judge Craig Mitchell earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA, taught school for 9 years, then attended Southwestern University of Law, completing his studies in 1991. In 1994, he joined the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office as a prosecutor, where he founded the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. He also founded the Midnight Mission Running Club in 2001 and the Skid Row Running Club in 2012. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to be a judge in 2005. Presently, he is running for District Attorney of Los Angeles. Craig is married and has three adult children.
36:32 12/19/23
Episode 184: Erin Epley
Erin Epley earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and her law degree from the University of Houston. She has been a State and Federal Prosecutor as well as a Criminal Defense Attorney. Most recently, she worked as a Special Investigator for the Texas House of Representatives on the investigation and subsequent impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Erin makes her home in Houston, Texas.
54:25 12/12/23
Episode 183: Michael Solar
Michael Solar is a trial attorney residing in Houston, Texas and has practiced all over the United States. Prior, Michael served in the United States Army, where he was in the Presidential Guard. He later received his undergraduate and law school degree from the University of Houston, has served three terms as the Port Commissioner, been on various boards, and received numerous honors. At the time of this interview, Michael and his wife Patricia have four adult children and ten grandchildren.
53:34 11/28/23
Episode 182: Mike Engelhart
Judge Mike Engelhart spent his formative years in New Jersey and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Houston. He earned board certification as a trial lawyer, was elected to a District court bench in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, and served as an Administrative Judge for two terms. Mike and his wife Eva have two sons and live in Houston, Texas.
55:53 11/15/23
Episode 181: Devon Anderson
Devon Anderson is best known for her time as the District Attorney of Harris County, Houston, Texas. Prior, she was the Judge of the 177th Judicial District Court and an Assistant District Attorney. After growing up in Waco, Texas, she earned her undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas. She is presently the Director of Justice Forward, an agency that assists participants in the specialty courts of Harris and Fort Bend Counties. Devon makes her home in Houston, Texas and is the mother of two children.
66:12 11/7/23
Episode 180: Chris Morton
Judge Chris Morton currently presides over the 230th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas.  Chris grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a degree in International Business. While attending college, he was also serving in the National Guard. After participating in the work force, Chris moved to Houston and started attending law school at the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he worked at the Harris County District Attorneys’ Office, where he practiced for six years, then worked as a defense attorney for five years before running and being elected Judge. Chris and his family live in Houston, Texas.
53:37 10/31/23
Episode 179: Paul Beebe
Paul Beebe grew up in Houston, Texas and spent his extra time away from schoolwork mastering the guitar. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned a BA in music. Since high school, he has played bass and drums in addition to the guitar for all types of music with a number of bands, including the Beetle, Thunderado, The Light Rock Express, Disco Expressions, The El Orbits, Grand Old Grizzly, and The Allen Oldies Band - fronted by friend of THNX Allen Hill. In 2010, he released his solo record The Grand Prize, and he runs his own recording studio, Beebe Gunn Studios. Paul, his wife, and their three children live in Houston, Texas.
62:32 10/24/23
Episode 178: John Lomax III
John Lomax III harkens from the first family of American Music Folklore. The Lomaxes have been chronicling and preserving American Folk music for over 100 years and five generations. John was born in New York then moved to Houston, Texas; he studied history at the University of Texas and has worked as a journalist, publicist, author, music distributor, and has managed musicians including Kasey Chambers, Steve Earle, and the late Townes Van Zandt. He has donated archival material that has been exhibited in museums and used in documentaries and is the recipient of the Jo Walker Meador International Award awarded by the Country Music Association. John Lomax lll and his wife currently make their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
64:08 10/17/23
Episode 177: Ruth Rios
Ruth Rios is a reading specialist who works with students who are dyslexic. Following obtaining her teaching degree, Ruth earned her Master's Degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Houston. She has been employed with the Katy Independent School District for the last 12 years. Ruth makes her home in Houston, Texas.
33:48 10/10/23
Episode 176: Gilbert Garcia
Gilbert Garcia was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and is one of five children. He earned a BA in Economics from Yale University in 1985, then joined Salomon Brothers, where he became a Vice President, in New York. In 1990, he moved to Houston, Texas to join Cisneros Asset Management Company, where he worked his way up to President, then in 2002 joined Garcia Hamilton and Associates, where he is a Managing Partner. He has been a contributor to CBNC and served on the Treasury Advisory Committee among others. From 2010-2016, he served as the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He is presently running to be the Mayor of Houston, Texas. Gilbert, his wife, and their four children live in Houston, Texas.
54:31 9/26/23
Episode 175: Judge Katherine Thomas
Judge Katherine Thomas, a native Houstonian, became the youngest person elected to serve on a District Court in Texas when she won her election for the 184th District Court. She was also the first person of color to preside over that bench. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Spellman College and her law degree from Howard University. Judge Thomas was an intern for the Obama administration and the Harris County District Attorneys office, then served as a District Attorney in Harris County following her graduation from law school. Katherine still calls Houston, Texas home.
32:55 9/19/23
Episode 174: Pamela Chapman Markle
Pam Chapman Markle is a record-holding ultramarathoner. The first competitive race in which she ran was 100 miles. Among her many accomplishments, which are too extensive to name, she has completed the Badwater 135 mile race, widely considered the world's most difficult footrace, six times; she ran it once with a concussion, and, during her most recent run, with a prosthetic hip. The records she holds are numerous and were earned in regards to age, gender, time, and/or distance. As of the time of this interview, Pam is 67 years old and gearing up for her next race, which is 250 miles. In addition, she works as a nurse anesthesiologist and is a cancer survivor. Pam and her husband Spencer live in San Leon, Texas and are proud parents and grandparents.
35:29 9/12/23
Episode 173: Rose Garcia
Rose Garcia is a USA Today bestselling fantasy author whose stories feature Hispanic characters drawing from her cultural experience. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from St. Mary’s University and South Texas College of Law. She practiced law until she decided to devote her efforts to full time mothering and, with the support of her husband Wade, became a full time author. To date, she has completed ten books. Rose and Wade make their home in Houston, Texas.
36:00 9/5/23
Episode 172: Marlo Blue
Marlo Blue is presently the Program Coordinator at KPFT FM in Houston, Texas and works at the Guy Schwartz Foundation for Houston Original Music, which is responsible for South By Due East, a showcase of Houston Music. She's been at KPFT in various capacities for 16 years, has worked in all aspects of the music business including touring and publishing, and has even acted as voice talent. A native Houstonian, she attended college in Houston and later the American University in London and has since lived in countless international cities. Marlo and musician/archivist Guy Schwartz (THNX: A Feelgood Podcast episode 10) live in Houston with their cats.
39:09 8/22/23
Episode 171: Isaac “Ike” Blackmore
Isaac "Ike" Blackmore grew up in Austin, Texas. After visiting Texas A&M University and falling in love with the Corps, he decided to enroll and enlisted with the National Guard. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the Army as an infantry officer. Following his initial assignment in Alaska, he became an officer in the 75th Ranger Regiment and led a Ranger platoon through two deployments in Afghanistan. The initial recipient of the Warrior National Foundation Scholarship dedicated to special operations veterans, he enrolled at the University of Texas in a dual-degree MBA/JD program. Ike currently lives in Austin, Texas.
38:19 8/15/23
Episode 170: Allison Mathis
Allison Mathis is presently running for judge in the 338th District Court in Harris County, Houston, Texas. She has been a practicing attorney for over ten years and has dedicated the majority of her practice to indigent defense. She has also given back to the legal community by teaching at The Center For Advanced Legal Studies and South Texas College of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Master's in Literature, both from the University of Houston, and attended South Texas College of Law. Allison and her family reside in Houston.
37:43 8/8/23
Episode 169: TC Thompkins (Part 2 of 2)
TC Thompkins, born in Richmond, Virginia, is an artist and music development specialist, music consultant, and author. After serving in the Vietnam War, he attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, got married, had a child, and has lived in Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; and NYC. He's worked at Stax Records, Capital Records, CBS Records/Sony Music, Epic Records, and GR Production (where he discovered Teddy Riley and his "New Jack Swing") and has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross in his over 40 years in the music industry. Thompkins Marketing came about in 1991 and offers a range of services for music, video, and movies. His book, When Radio Was King, details his journey identifying, developing, and launching legendary artists to the top of the charts. TC and his family make Sugar Land, Texas their home.
20:55 8/1/23
Episode 168: TC Thompkins (Part 1 of 2)
TC Thompkins, born in Richmond, Virginia, is an artist and music development specialist, music consultant, and author. After serving in the Vietnam War, he attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, got married, had a child, and has lived in Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; and NYC. He's worked at Stax Records, Capital Records, CBS Records/Sony Music, Epic Records, and GR Production (where he discovered Teddy Riley and his "New Jack Swing") and has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross in his over 40 years in the music industry. Thompkins Marketing came about in 1991 and offers a range of services for music, video, and movies. His book, When Radio Was King, details his journey identifying, developing, and launching legendary artists to the top of the charts. TC and his family make Sugar Land, Texas their home.
36:32 7/26/23
Episode 167: Eric Devlin
Eric Devlin grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University, and attended South Texas College of Law. Despite early aspirations of becoming a personal injury attorney, Eric became a prosecutor, and, in his twelve years doing so, he developed an expertise in digital forensics. In 2013, he opened the Lone Star Forensic Group as well as became a legal consultant on the television shows Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes. He also teaches digital forensics to law enforcement and attorneys and is one of the founders of the Houston Metro Crimes Against Children Taskforce, one of the most productive in the nation. Eric and his family make Houston, Texas their home.
42:46 7/18/23
Episode 166: Annie Strever
Annie Strever was born in Russia, graduated from Novosibirsk University, and later attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With a past in marketing and public relations, she now works as a fine art photographer and art director, specializing in weddings. She acts on the side, is a certified Life Coach, and even has her own podcast, Real People. Annie and her two sons live in Austin, Texas.
47:38 7/11/23
Episode 165: Lauren Piland
Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native who studied advertising at Louisiana State University. She worked for an agency in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for seven years, then became an elementary school teacher. After four years of teaching second grade, she took time off to stay home with her second child. It was during this period of time that she merged her love for teaching children and her experience in marketing to create a series of children books based around the character Blooming Rose, hoping to foster discussion around issues elemenary school children are facing. Lauren and her family live in Houston, Texas.
33:07 6/27/23
Episode 164: Julia Nicholson
Julia Nicholson has survived a major automobile accident that caused catastrophic injuries as well as an abusive marriage that left her unemployed with two small children. With no marketable job skills or education at that point in life, she managed to work, complete her degree, and become a CEO of a $450 Million company. After, she founded an independent consulting business and is now an author and speaker, with one speech even being featured on TEDx. Her book, Move Forward Stronger: A Dynamic Framework to Process Change, Loss and Grief, helps individuals deal with and overcome the worst events in their lives. The proceeds from her book and speeches are donated to charity. Julia is the mother of two small daughters and lives in California.
38:33 6/20/23

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