017 – Raped at Age 14, She Became a Right-Wing Extremist – And Later Turned Her Life Around

Summary

When she was 14 years old, Shannon Martinez was raped at a party by two men who took advantage of the fact that she was intoxicated.

Overwhelmed with self-hate and anger, her life spiraled downwards – and she joined a violent right-wing extremist organization, where she would channel her rage and emotions against anyone who was “different”.

Luckily, after several years in this supremacist organization, she was saved by a family who took her in and helped her to deal with her trauma – and showed her that there is a perspective for her beyond violence. [... read more ...]        go to episode

016 – How the “Subway Wizard of New York” Became a Wizard: Devin Person

Summary

In 2014, Devin Person decided to re-invent himself and create for him what he calls the “best possible reality”.

And part of that reality was to become – a Wizard.

In a freak coincidence, after the initial decision to become a Wizard, a side effect of medicine he had to take turned all of his hair white… [... read more ...]        go to episode

015 – He Was Almost a School Shooter: Aaron Stark

Summary

After years of physical and mental abuse in a chaotic and violent home, being bullied at the almost 40 schools he went to in his youth (due to the constant relocations of his drug-addicted parents), and battles with depression and self-harm, Aaron Stark reached a point where he could no longer take it.

He decided to get a gun and do the unspeakable –  take revenge on a world that seemingly had forgotten him.

Luckily, before the unspeakable could happen, Aaron was saved by simple acts of kindness – by a colleague who understood that Aaron needed emotional help and support more than anything else. [... read more ...]        go to episode

014 – The “Curiosity Show” host who inspired millions of kids to try science: Rob Morrison

Summary

The Curiosity Show was – and still is – one of the most loved science shows that ever existed. Hosted by Dr. Rob Morrison and Deane Hutton from Australia, it was syndicated to 14 countries worldwide from 1972-1990 and sparked the interest for science in millions of kids worldwide, myself included.

The famous curiosity show intro still rings in my head, and the fact that the Curiosity Show YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CuriosityShow ) reached 100'000 subscribers in a short time is proof that there are lots of people who still remember the good old days of experimenting in front of your tube TV set, building cardboard yo-yos, watching Rob talk about the “mysterious isochronous curve”, the self-starting siphon, the ames window and more.

I'm really honored by the opportunity to talk to one of my childhood heroes about science, how we can support out kids to spark their interest in experimenting and exploring the world, and about what's wrong with today's education system. [... read more ...]        go to episode

013 – The Day My Son Killed My Daughter: Charity Lee

Summary

It's a situation beyond comprehension for any parent, and it's a situation that raises questions like:

Is it even possible to forgive your own child for taking the life of another one of your children? How do you cope with a situation like this? How do you manage to find hope, to find the strength to continue to live on?

Charity did forgive her son, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison, and visits him on a regular basis. [... read more ...]        go to episode