We’re making some changes with Take Back! programming, which has proved to be a great success this past year, thanks to many who have supported it and participated!
We’re moving to a new venue, along with some changes. We’ll make that exciting announcement soon!
Take Back! hosted by yours truly . . . is a one hour political, arts and public affairs program highlighting the thinkers of today, with emphasis on our local heroes, to discuss how to challenge and reshape American ideals and values. The program will introduce artists, intellectuals, comedians, writers, business leaders and more to foster a positive message of change and inspiration. We will get deep, and we will laugh at the absurdity of being human too!
Time to thaw out those minds and get back to thinking, feeling, believing and creating! Let’s talk how to rise to a higher level and become filled with purpose to help change our world around. The next generation is counting on us! – Barbara McVeigh
Education consists mostly of what we unlearn. – Mark Twain
Time for Take Back! The Universe Loves to Laugh!
I ended up in a padded room behind a locked door after listening to a talking blue sea star! It’s true! I also share a political history lesson and a story about my father, a federal criminal, and why my father is my hero today. Life can take you on a crazy journey! The moment you think you have it right, you might learn you don’t! Join us on Take Back! as we talk about values, purpose and get inspired by others who are doing passionate, purpose filled work.
It’s going to be a GREAT year!
My film The Man Behind The White Guitar about Brazilian Guitarist Jose Neto is set to release this year – first in London then Marin County! We are excited!
We’ve got people doing amazing things for all of us and we are excited to learn and share more! If you have suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17 – Be back next week!
ON HOLD- STAY TUNED!
The Marin local and legendary Narada Michael Walden joins Take Back! to share his story and his music. He is a multiplantinum Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer, musician and recording artist. And we are thrilled!
January 31, 12-1pm
Kim Rago of Environmental Forum of Marin joins Take Back! We talk about the environmental mission, leadership and what this nonprofit organization is doing to help us all. Get involved!
February 7, 12-1pm
Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ Music Journalist, joins Take Back! Paul has been covering music for over 30 years and still writes and supports our county’s treasures. We’ll get the history download in this county and hear more about what he is up to these days. It’s a live call-in show!
February 14, 12-1pm
I love you! It’s a special “love” show. When was the last time you told someone you loved him or her? One thing is for sure, we could use more love in this world! Let’s scream it! And Joshua Abrahamsson does just that. Listen to his love- oriented approach to business and life. You might just tell everyone you love them!
February 21, 12-1pm
Lavay Smith is a San Francisco icon, and is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Lavay’s last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. She’s got style, attitude and a strong opinion about the state of the world, too. She joins us by phone from San Francisco and plays at Rancho Nicasio on February 24.
February 28, 12-1pm
Author Jabali Smith joins Take Back! to talk about child slavery and his own devastating childhood story when he was sold into sex trafficking as shared his powerful memoir Slave. Today Jabali has become a leader and healer for others who have been traumatized and he takes a stand for children. He’s the Founder and Executive Director of The Well Child Foundation.
March 7, 12-1pm
A special program in honor of International Women’s Day. To be announced soon.
March 14, 12-1pm
Professor Chase Clow leads interdisciplinary courses in environmental humanities in the undergrad and graduate courses at Dominican UC. She is also an established photographer. Chase shares her deep conviction and ideas about “belonging” as part of her own path of spirituality and our duty to the environment.
March 22, 12-1pm
Kimball Livingston, an editor-at-large for SAIL, has been a leading sailing journalist for more than 25 years and specializes in coverage of sailboat racing, most particularly the America’s Cup. Born in San Francisco at the age of 22, he’s been writing an independent blog, Blue Planet Times, since August 2009. He’s worked in film and earns great respect from many – some call him “Commodore” and others call him “Neptune.” We’ll also talk about where it all got started for him. A throwback to the 60s!
March 29, 12-1pm
April 4, 12-1pm
Celso Alberti, Brazilian Percussionist, Drummer, Producer and Engineer, joins Take Back! to share his rich stories of his powerful music career and performing with top world artists. We’ll hear his favorite tunes, too! What does it take to be an artist today?
April 11, 12-1pm
Omar Carrera of Canal Alliance, a nonprofit organization named as the 2017 California Nonprofit of California, talks about inequalities found in Marin County related to economic and racial segregation, as mentioned in the recent LA Times article.
April 18, 12-1pm
Musician Otis Scarecroe joins Take Back! He’s been playing for years and if you don’t catch him at the Fairfax Roastery on Sunday mornings, you’ll find him sitting on park bench making his music and singing his songs. He’s a legend in the small town of Fairfax.
April 25, 12-1pm
Curtis Reliford of Follow Your Heart Action Network is on a mission to bring love and hope to those in need. He travels the country with the intention to arouse compassion, and spends much time at the Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Join us for a vibrant conversation with this award winning leader about what it takes to give to others and feel truly alive. Get inspired.
May 2, 12-1pm
David Herlocker, local legend, retires from Marin County Open Space after many years of service. He joins us to share his stories of leading youth and adults into our wondrous Marin County nature instilling stewardship values and building community. A bon voyage to David. We will miss you!
More to come! Including International Sailor Behan Gifford and more. Stay tuned!
January 10, 12-1pm
World Musician Charles Moselle joins Take Back! And we talk about the power of music! Charles has shared his music passion with many, highlighting the gifts of those who are the most disenfranchised in our society, including the mentally ill, the incarcerated and refugees from war torn countries. Charles often performs with Wobbly World and he’s a Fairfax local! Music heals and transforms!
Moselle and Friends play at Key Tea Saturday night, January 13.
December 13, 2017 – One of my inspirations, eleven year old Kai talks about saving the planet. He has ideas about cars, fossil fuels, electric bikes, affordable housing and more . . . I also talk about SF’s new housing plan. Marin could get inspired!
November 1 – One week before elections! Let’s remember what it took for women to vote, and we’ll talk about the book The Betrayal of the American Dream by Bartlett and Steele to remember why we all must vote. Plus, some good ranting and raving! Let’s wake up and take charge!
October 18 – NPR Correspondent Jason Beaubien joins Take Back! by phone from Washington, D.C. to talk about journalism, integrity and his own path to covering world news. He reports on a range of health issues across the world from mass circumcision drives in Kenya, abortion in El Salvador, poisonous gold mines in Nigeria, drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar and tuberculosis in Tajikistan. His team of reporters at NPR won a Peabody Award in 2015.
October 11 – Denis Ian is a retired teacher of English and social studies who taught for more than three decades in a top-rated school district. “Current educational reforms have warped public education over the last decade,” he says. Ian has been writing articles and online pieces challenging the current reforms and shares his work with state or local groups who need assistance.
October 25 – Phil Arnot, author and WW2 Veteran joins us to talk about nature and WW2 stories. At 93 years old he’s got perspective about what’s happening politically and environmentally.
October 4 – Celebration of President Jimmy Carter’s Birthday October 1 AND Global Habitat Day, as part of the JimmyCarterJamboree2017 events lining up around Marin County!
I’ll talk about the 1979 Crisis of Confidence Speech and the film A Road Not Taken which recently screened in Marin County. I will also give special thanks to the 1980 Olympians who sacrificed their career in the name of peace. We remember and we will honor them! More info soon!
Wed, Sept 13 – KC Turner of KC Turner Presents joins Take Back! We’ll talk about the Bay Area Music Scene and how KC has revolutionized the grassroots “speak easy” music scene, bringing high level music back to the community and supporting powerful musicians, including Peter Case, Jeff Campbell, Quiles and Cloud among many others.
Wed, Sept 20 – Kathleen Russell, Director of Center for Judicial Excellence and Sarah Kerlow, protective mother and MA candidate in human rights education at University of San Fransisco, join Take Back! We’ll talk how family courts nationwide have put children in danger, straight into the hands of abusers. How has the justice system failed these parents and children? And what can we learn about our local family court system?
Wed, Sept 27 – More music! Randall Sequeira of The Dream Farmers from The Wine Country joins us. We’ll talk Jimmy Carter, farming, giving and living the music dream! Randall’s got some good visions and values to share that keep him sharing the good!
AND, Alejandro Palacios of CMCM joins us to talk about the upcoming FREE Latin Film Festival in San Rafael.
August 29 – Michael Stocker, Director of Ocean Conservation Research and Cassie Burdyshaw, Advocacy & Policy Director Turtle Island Restoration Network joins Take Back! to talk about our vital oceans. What’s happening and what can we do? We’ll also talk about Huffman and Pelosi’s recent Town Hall Meeting discussing our ocean sanctuaries that are under attack.
Wed, Sept 6 – Take Back host talks about recent news and actions in and around the country. Hurricanes, fires, heat waves and NO CLIMATE CHANGE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT! Barbara RANTS and then gets inspired! (Not recorded – would never want to record these rants!).
August 22 – Talavera-Ballón, a Peruvian-born painter based in San Francisco, his wife/partner Mariela Talavera-Ballon have a new exhibit at the Community Media Center of Marin called Mujeres Luz with powerful images of immigrants trekking to the United States for work. Gaby Mazariegos is a local Guatemalan immigrant and housecleaner who is coming out with her own story of abuse, child slavery and danger she endured with one goal – to live in the United States and be respected as a human being. And she’s become a stand for others. This show will set the immigration stories straight. Please join us for an emotional, heartfelt and real portrayal of immigrant life in America today. It’s Take Back! time.
August 15 – Musician/songwriters Steve Wolf and musician/artist Mason Holcomb share their love of music and life philosophy at Take Back! This musical duo are iconic figures in the small town of Fairfax. What drives them to their art? And whose lives have they touched? http://www.reverbnation.com/stevewolf
August 7 West Virginia resident and runner for State House, Sabrina Shrader, has been inspiring her folks in the coal country with ideas and hope, as they struggle economically and environmentally. We’ll hear the survival stories and what she’s up against. “It’s like living in a war zone. We struggle to meet basic needs daily. Many come up short for just food and water,” she says. Time for Take Back! Audio File Coming Soon!
August 1 – Tamra Peters, community activist and Executive Director of Resilient Neighbhorhoods, has helped establish and educate the public on how to take charge and manage your own carbon footprint. Listen how to curb your energy diet and lose pounds, carbon pounds, fast! Tamra Peters has been working to protect the Earth since Earth Day 1970!
July 18 – Homelessness has become a crisis in the United States. Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and former Associate Professor of Ethics addresses the issue in her book Disrupting Homelessness, An Alternative Christian Approaches.” Her book challenges attempts to solve the problem and shares ideas in which faith based communities can end poverty.
July 25 – Jessica Neafsey is an artist and ecological designer living on the Big Sur coast of California. An ocean and nature lover, her new clothing line ANIMA California embodies affection and reverence for the wildlife we live with, and for the wild life it allows. Learn about the sustainable driven mission of her art and business, an inspiration to us all. http://www.animacalifornia.com
June 13 – Artists have fierce individual visions – so, how do they collaborate? Meet artists Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva as they share how collaborating has expanded their creative efforts. They met in Florence, Italy in 2013 and will be presenting an exhibit of their collaborations entitled Meeting Places. Among their themes: challenges of motherhood, notions of leaving and loss, issues of identity, and the fraught reality of contemporary immigration. MArtist reception at San Francisco Public Library June 15, 5-7pm; Exhibit June 14- Sept 14, 2017. http://www.lyallharris.com/collaborations
June 6 – Richard Pedemonte, organizer of the 40th anniversary of the Fairfax Festival, talks about community, civic responsibility and ongoing vision for the upcoming festival June 10 and 11 that supports artists and an environmental mission. http://www.fairfaxfestival.com
May 30 – Bay Area Muralist Dan Fontes produces murals, paintings, photographs and has created dozens of works of public art throughout Northern California. He recently finished restoring giraffe murals in Oakland he painted over 35 years ago. As a community supporter and music aficionado, he’s got lots to share about the life and business as an artist. We’ll talk about real life giraffe conservation too, as giraffes today are being considered for the endangered species list! http://www.dfontes.com
May 23 – Brazilian Guitarist Jose Neto joins Take Back! Neto released a new CD in April and is the subject of the film The Man Behind The White Guitar, a story about his musical career and his friends and mentors who have inspired him, including Harry Belafonte, Steve Winwood, Narada Michael Walden and Jai Uttal, among others. The film releases this summer, The 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. http://www.joseneto.com
May 16 – Kirtan Master and Singer Jai Uttal joins Take Back! Jai has just released a powerful music CD – “Celebration, meditation, dance of the devas, love song to the universe . . . Jai Uttal’s new album Roots, Rock, Rama! is all of that and more.”
Join us for laughter, music and serious talk with this music living legend!
May 9 Gianna Marino, children’s book author and illustrator, joins Take Back! From corporate artist to one of the most successful independent children’s picture book authors and illustrators today, she’ll talk about what inspires her the most and we’ll hear about upcoming projects!
May 2 Environmental Artist Zach Pine: “My endeavors are in the tradition of social sculpture, in service to nature and to society. Collaboration with other artists, environmentalists, scientists, educators, and parents is key to my work.” We plan to talk dirt in the business of changing life experiences for children today, as a national discourse arises about how we educate our youth in a changing world. Check out Zach’s upcoming event this Saturday! http://naturesculpture.com/
April 25 – Debra Lambrecht, Founder of Caulbridge School, joins Take Back! to talk about her vision and efforts of integrating nature, arts, movement, friendship and academics into an academic groundbreaking model. Also, homeschooling parents Martin T and Marilyn Reyes share what their eight year educational journey has been like with their daughter who enters high school next year.
April 18 – Mariposa De Los Angeles, Executive Director of MarinArtists, joins us to talk about the Inaugural Marin Green Festival (Apr 22-23), her Mexican roots and how activism, art, music and media have served as her path in life.
April 11 – Heirs to our Oceans joins Take Back! We’ll learn how 11 and 14 year old Charlie and Dakota of global organization Heirs to our Oceans are empowering each other and adults to take back their planet, starting big with the oceans! Get inspired! And be humbled!
April 4 – Premier Show! Time for Take Back! The Universe Loves to Laugh!
I ended up in a padded room behind a locked door after listening to a talking blue sea star! It’s true! I also share a history lesson and a story about my father, a federal criminal, and why my father is my hero today. Life can be twisted and crazy!