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Pioneer Tour, James Pennebaker

The words we use in everyday language can tell you a lot about people. Beyond direct communication, everyday words can provide clues to a person’s mood or mental state. Whether written or spoken, Dr. James Pennebaker has been studying words for decades, helping people recover from trauma, predict potential behavior, and even assess couple compatibility when speed dating! Nelda sits down with Dr. Pennebaker to learn more about this fascinating research and how he uses his work to improve personal lives.


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From Broadway hits like The Prom that show us how to build community and acceptance, to documentary filmmakers that lay bare the unique trauma of 9/11 children. From hometown heroes that give back by supporting foster children, to small town personalities that share their everyday lives; they get us to think or move us to laugh and cry right along with them.

Pioneer Tour, Susan Ramirez

While attending a conference on foster care in 2010, Austin Angels founder Susan Ramirez made a decision to create change in the foster care system. What started as a local movement in Austin Texas quickly became a national non-profit with a focus on improving the foster experience for children and the foster families. Nelda sits down with Susan to discuss what helped her make this decision, and the impact she has seen on the families involved.

Pioneer Tour, Linda Kohanov

Relationships are an important part of being human. We strive for deeper connections with our families and friends, co-workers, or even those we casually meet throughout life. And Linda Kohanov has created an innovative way for people to learn how to communicate more effectively with one another, through working with horses.

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