true stories about extraordinary people
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Matt Pearce of the L.A. Times helped found the newspaper's first union
Generalist, Journalist, Unionist
On set and off, actor Kelley Davis-Johnson is a powerful force
Actor, Storyteller, Laugher
A Marathon, Sobriety, NSFW puppetry: Nothing is a stretch for Rich Binning
Creator, Challenger, Coach
Rogers Hamilton Dies at 86; His Funny, Kind Legacy Will Endure
actor, golfer, sage
Faculty’s Mauricio Lozano is committed to learning (and teaching)
Embracer, Driver, Motivator
After a lifelong kidney illness, a new start for Joel Solomon
Agitator, Activator, Inspirer
Dancing across Paris brings movement, clarity for Erin Robertson
Teacher, Choreographer, Adventurer
Cleantech CEO Jonathan Rhone took a chance class that changed everything
Cleantech entrepreneur, Community builder, Provocateur
Abhi T. confronts the sea with the strength of his will
Optimist, realist, catalyst
A grand identity: actor and yogi Patrick Ryan Heffernan on the journey to become
Thinker. Storyteller. Yogi.
Out of tragedy, Jessica Stephens shines through the darkness of her past
Writer, Quilter, Aspiring accordionist
Rescued by rescue dog Indy, Brian Hampton explains just why he moved to Los Angeles
Creator. Revealer. Comrade.
From a long-sealed envelope, Natalie Cartwright of Finn AI learned an important lesson
Entrepreneur, Founder, Traveler
Advertising creative Brian Pluta directs his attention, and yours, toward what really matters
Writer. Creator. Procrastinator.
Researcher Dean Browell brings his full self to the fore in business and everywhere
Discourser. Observer. Daydreamer.
TV critic Sarah Bunting rode an elevator in a tomato costume with Tiki Barber, & other parables for our time
Gets. It. Done.
Jill Earthy on leadership, staying still, and the many roads to success
Catalyzer. Champion. Collaborator.
Sexpert Adam Maurer works to reduce shame and defend pleasure
Counselor. Queer. Sexpert.
Driven by passion and uncertainty, Shira McDermott makes Flourist personal
Entrepreneur. Mother. Virgo.
Comedian Jeremy Essig on how to start a weeklong riot at the Mall of America
Writer, Composer, Perseverant
For Merideth Schutter, achievement comes in 15-minute increments
Innovator, motivator, change-maker
Broadway actor Freddy Arsenault goes under his own steam, always always always
Watcher, Learner, Doer
Artist and caregiver Ryan Brewer is not interested in suffering
Artist, Maker, Dreamer
Musician Samia Mounts says yes to herself, and also to marriage
Musician, storyteller, oversharer
Sexual health educator Gwenn Barringer would like us to keep talking about HIV
Educator, activist, baker
AI entrepreneur Riad Hartani brings bleeding-edge tech to African countries by building confidence in their youth
Technologist, traveler, entrepreneur
Cait Giddings fought a raccoon on a cross-country bike tour
Writer, parent, goofball
Out of necessity, Ashley Syer founded a law firm; now she can’t imagine life without it
Lawyer, leader, romantic
After spending his life helping others, Im Lynde is ready to turn the lens on himself
Connector, Tasker, Fundraiser
NPR producer Mito Habe-Evans gets at things from her own angle
Filmmaker, journalist, producer
Tracey McVicar has one thing to say to the guy who bullied her: Thank you
Investor, Mentor, Volunteer
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