American Achievers
Episode 21: Steve Bartkowski

Episode 21: Steve Bartkowski

May 23, 2022

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski talks about being selected number one overall in the 1975 NFL Draft, why he began to second-guess his decision to choose football over baseball, how losing his starting job changed him, why a 1980 playoff loss to the Cowboys still haunts him, and the athletic lessons that he has applied to the rest of his life.

Episode 20: Adam Wright

Episode 20: Adam Wright

May 16, 2022

Grammy-nominated songwriter Adam Wright talks about his early musical influences, the impact of his family legacy, the art of writing a country song, and how it feels to hear his work interpreted by artists including Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson.

Episode 19: Charles Bolden Jr.

Episode 19: Charles Bolden Jr.

May 9, 2022
Part 2 of 2: Charles Bolden Jr. talks about the mentor who encouraged him to apply for the astronaut program, how his four Space Shuttle missions affected his perspective, the problematic deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, and his seven-year tenure as NASA Administrator.
 
 
Episode 18: Charles Bolden Jr.

Episode 18: Charles Bolden Jr.

May 2, 2022

Part 1 of 2: Retired General Charles Bolden Jr. talks about navigating around a cultural roadblock to win an appointment to the Naval Academy, the influence of his educator parents, and the lessons he learned as a Marine aviator and test pilot on the way to outer space.

 
Episode 17: Jamil Dada

Episode 17: Jamil Dada

April 25, 2022
Banker and civic leader Jamil Dada talks about his privileged childhood in Pakistan, why he defied his parents to pursue a new life in the United States, the defining life lesson he took from his grandfather, and what he has learned from battling stage four cancer.
 
Episode 16: Tinesha Ross

Episode 16: Tinesha Ross

April 18, 2022

Tinesha Ross talks about the trauma that devastated her childhood, the power of one thoughtless sentence, and the lessons she learned while battling against the odds to make her dream come true, becoming a rocket scientist for United Launch Alliance.

Episode 15: Alana Shepherd

Episode 15: Alana Shepherd

April 11, 2022

Alana Shepherd talks about the catastrophic accident that paralyzed her son and how this personal tragedy became the catalyst to the defining cause of her life, the Shepherd Center, which has treated more than 40,000 people who have sustained spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries since 1975.

Episode 14: Steve Ritchie

Episode 14: Steve Ritchie

April 4, 2022

Retired General Steve Ritchie talks about struggling to hang on during his first year at the Air Force Academy, the deal he made with a superior officer to reach flight school, mastering the F-104 Starfighter and the F-4 Phantom, and his fateful decision to volunteer for a second tour in Vietnam, becoming the only Air Force pilot ace of the war.

Episode 13: Robert Risko

Episode 13: Robert Risko

March 28, 2022

Caricature artist Robert Risko talks about the pivotal day he met Andy Warhol, how LSD altered his perspective, the origins of his widely celebrated retro airbrush style, and how he has endeavored to turn icons into real people in the pages of magazines including VANITY FAIR and THE NEW YORKER.

Episode 12: David Hartman

Episode 12: David Hartman

March 21, 2022

Part 2 of 2: David Hartman talks about why he reinvented himself in middle age by becoming the first host of ABC's upstart program GOOD MORNING AMERICA, the philosophy he employed while interviewing presidents, kings, and movie stars, and the most gut-wrenching experience of his broadcasting career.

 

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