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  • 01:05

    The Farm

    in News

    On this week’s The Farm radio talk show on the Overthrow Radio Network, host Chris Petherick will be joined by Mike Gravel, former United States Senator from Alaska (January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981.)


    In the first half of the show, Chris and the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate will talk about his recent trip to Iran at the behest of the Iranian government and the nuclear deal being negotiated between the U.S. and the Iranians.


    In the second half, Senator Gravel will discuss his recent business venture that involves using cannabis to treat a variety of illnesses and the personal success he has had using cannabis to treat his own chronic pain.


    Tune in live this Friday morning, May 22, from 11 a.m. to noon ET or download the MP3 in our archives section. See OverthrowRadio.com for more information.

  • 00:30

    An Exploration of Opportunity: Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech

    in Technology

    On Monday, June 22nd, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan will launch the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council with a mission ‘to support women through access to educational forums, networking, mentoring, technical training, resources, scholarships, and more, with a primary focus on professional women currently working with, or interested in working with, these technologies in any industry.


    With a lack of mobile/wireless tech-trained talent available, and universities unable to turn out trained graduates fast enough to meet the demands of Michigan-based firms and branches of national and international firms located here, identifying ways to engage more women in the space as a potential solution to this staffing shortage is an area of focus by a wide variety of regional employer groups, educational institutions, economic development organizations, and non-profits. The Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council will be the resource to pull together the various stakeholders and resources focused on this issue to connect talent, interest and opportunity.


    The launch of the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council will feature an incredible panel of women leaders in the mobile/wireless tech space from a cross-section of industries to address this topic, as well as discuss their own journey's to achieving success in this field. Join host Melissa Birnie and guest, Linda Daichendt, MTAM Exeutive Director, to learn more about the Women in Mobile Tech Advisory Council, what you can expect to learn at the launch event, and what this Council expects to do for women in Michigan to enable them to utilize these technologies for career/business growth.

  • 01:07

    The Farm

    in News

    On this week’s The Farm radio talk show on the Overthrow Radio Network, host Chris Petherick talks with Lenore Skenazy, the author of the popular book Free-Range Kids.


    Chris and Lenore will discuss, among other things, parenting in the modern age of fear. Topics will include recent cases of parents who have been arrested for merely wanting their children to be independent and self-reliant.


    Lenore, who's been called the world’s worst mom for inspiring parents to raise self-sufficient kids, maintains her own website FreeRangeKids, which offers a good reality check on the constant fearmongering put out by the nanny state.


    Check out Lenore’s other sites, Free Range Friend and Lenore Speaks.


    Tune in live this Friday morning, May 8, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST or download the MP3 in our archive section.

  • 00:29

    RF Connect - Setting the Standard in Wireless and Mobile Solutions

    in Technology

    We expect our wireless devices to work everywhere. The thought of not being connected is disappointing to some and terrifying to others. After all, whatever would we do if we couldn’t access social media, email, or call to check on the kids as we walk to the next business meeting? Few people contemplate the reason their wireless device does work in building basements, hospitals, and many other buildings. Thankfully, in these instances, someone saw the need to increase signal strength and paid to have that signal enhanced or rebroadcast. RF Connect, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is the recognized leader in the design, deployment and support of high performance unified wireless systems, mobile solutions and applications. They set the standard in wireless and mobile solutions, design and deployment expertise through partnering with industry leaders across the entire RF spectrum. Join host Melissa Birnie as she talks with Jeff Hipchen (recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine as a “40 under 40” business leader), and currently Executive Vice President of RF Connect, to learn more about RF Connect, their services, and what sets them apart from others in this field.

  • 00:59

    The Farm

    in News

    On this week’s The Farm radio talk show on the Overthrow Radio Network, host Chris Petherick talks with Laurie Cohen Peters and Liz Reitzig, the founders of Farm Food Freedom Coalition (F3C).


    Chris, Laurie and Liz will discuss local food production in the age of industrial farming, including the tragic case of New York farmer Joshua Rockwood, who was recently arrested and hit with a series of absurd charges because, among other things, his livestock’s water was frozen in the middle of winter and he did not heat his barns.


    Laurie is a co-founder of the F3C and is a member of the Rawesome Food Club in Venice, Calif., which was raided in 2012 by California officials because it specialized in unprocessed foods, including raw milk. Liz is co-coordinator of Grassfed on the Hill buying club, which serves the greater Washington, D.C. area and is co-founder of F3C. She has spent the past six years representing small farms and consumers at the state legislature and in the halls of Congress lobbying for fewer restrictions on farmers.

  • 00:30

    Mobile Health: Industry Needs & the Resulting Mobile/Wireless Opportunities

    in Technology

    MTAM and Medical Main Street are presenting a Mobile Health (mhealth) Symposium for Mobile/Wireless Technology Professionals on April 23rd.  This event, and mHealth overall, will be the focus for this week's episode. (Information on attending the event can be found at http://dld.bz/d9PXH)


    Join Michigan Mobile Musings host, Melissa Birnie and her guest, Keith Brophy, tech entrepreneur and recently appointed State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. for a special sneak preview before the Symposium. Discussions will include healthcare industry needs and the opportunity those needs create for mobile/wireless tech firms in Michigan. Keith offers a unique insight into mobile health - past, present and future. Prior to his current role at the Michigan Small Business Development Center Keith served as CEO of Ideomed, Inc.; a Spectrum Health technology venture that developed the Abriiz mobile app for smartphones and tablets that is used to manage medical conditions such as diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure, childhood obesity, as well as palliative care. Positions previous to Ideomed, Inc. include President of Business Development at NuSoft Solutions and CEO/co-founder of Sagestone Consulting. Keith began his career at IBM Federal Systems and Systems Integration divisions working on a wide variety of forward looking technologies. If mHealth is an area of interest for you, this is a show you don't want to miss!

  • 00:28

    Business Transactions Transformed by the Internet & Mobile/Wireless Technologies

    in Technology

    The Internet has transformed how consumers and businesses conduct business and make purchases!


    Welcome the 1970’s and the advent of eCommerce. Since then there has been no looking back. Individuals and businesses alike engage in eCommerce transactions daily to buy and/or sell products and services via the Internet, and more recently, using the Internet from their mobile devices. From purchases on eBay and Amazon, to payments processed by PayPal or Square, eCommerce/mCommerce is a global business channel.


    Learn how to leverage eCommerce/mCommerce in your business, and take advantage of the access to your business that mobile technologies provide for your customers. Join Melissa Birnie and Lisa Kosak on Friday, March 20, 2015 as they talk with Grand Rapids based CQL, a national leader in eCommerce technology. Discussions will include: eCommerce/mCommerce; developing an eCommerce platform, accessing eCommerce/mCommerce via mobile devices, evaluating eCommerce/mCommerce vendors, digital/mobile marketing strategies, branding, and more! 

  • 00:30

    Can one mobile app change the movie-going experience?

    in Technology

    Have you had this experience?  You’re sitting in a movie theater, totally engrossed in what will happen next when, along comes that moment when you’ve obviously consumed too much liquid and you just can’t wait any longer … you make your break and dash through the theatre agonizing over what crucial scene you’ll miss. Now, agonize no longer! Enter RunPee - an app helping movie goers worldwide: 1 million downloads, over 500,000 active users, and a favorite app for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Rashida Jones. Join Michigan Mobile Musings’ host Melissa Birnie as she speaks with Dan Florio, CEO of RunPee to learn more about Dan (after studying astronomy, physics, and mathematics in college he dropped out to become a professional massage therapist), the inspiration behind the RunPee app and the journey to create it. Also learn about an upcoming event in Lansing where Dan will be sharing his experiences with a live audience at Startup Grind – Lansing.  

  • 00:31

    Felicia’s Farm

    in Environment

    Sofia Forier-Montes, Manager


    The Felicia Ann Cutler Farm was created to honor the memory of Felicia Ann Cutler. She was dedicated to helping others and her vision was to “feed the people and teach them to feed themselves.” She passed in 2009 but her legacy continues. Felicia’s Farm provides eggs and fresh produce to give a much needed nutritional boost to the homeless and hungry in Tucson. No other nonprofit farm donates all of their produce and very few sources donate protein. Felicia’s Farm donates 100% of the vegetables and eggs produced on the farm to soup kitchens, providing fresh food and protein for those most in need.  I honestly and truly cannot wait to do this interview. This show sponsored by Discount Cab.

  • 00:30

    THE MOBILE EXPLOSION; The Impact for You, Your Business & Michigan's Economy

    in Technology

    Mobile technology is exploding! It’s changing the way we live and the way we run our businesses. But mobile technology is much more than the latest ‘app’ downloaded to your cell phone or tablet; mobile is actually many technologies that are impacting every industry doing business in Michigan. The mobile / wireless industry is one of very few global industries that generate over 1 Trillion dollars in revenue annually, and in Michigan, it’s one of our fastest-growing sectors – but yet the best kept secret in the state. Mobile/wireless technologies have the ability to transform our state’s economy – if we act now!


    Interested in learning what this surge in mobile technology means to you, your business and Michigan’s economy? Please join our host, Melissa Birnie, for a discussion with Linda Daichendt, Executive Director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan.

  • 01:35

    Josh Deel, Barefoot Farm

    in Current Events

    This week Josh Deel, from Barefoot Farms and Permaculture, joins me to talk about the progress of his 100+ acre permaculture farm in Virginia.  Josh was a guest last year when he was just starting up the farm and now we will check in with him to find out what worked, what didn't, what he's learned and what the future holds at Barefoot Farm.