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Thu September 7, 2023 - Wed December 31, 2025

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CONVERSATIONS! Show Host Chuck Newman

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What Happened on Capitol Hill




To obtain a link for Dr. Richard Miller’s recorded CONVERSATION! please write to [email protected]

Dr. Richard A. Miller, Director, Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research will speak on what current research says about slowing and reversing aging.



Dr. Susan Weiss

Learn everything you should know about coronaviruses, including vaccinations, mutations, antiviral treatments and what we should be doing to protect ourselves from future pandemics.

Dr. Susan Weiss is considered “The Mother of Coronaviruses” and is co-director of Penn’s new Center of Research for Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens.



Dr. Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon

Dr. Isaiah McKinnon, former police officer who became the chief of  the Detroit Police Department and the deputy mayor of Detroit. He was one of the first African American officers in the Detroit police force and was almost killed by racist fellow police officers in an incident that was later covered internationally.




Fred Upton, Debbie Dingell and Ryan Clancy

Ryan Clark of No Labels, and Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-12th CD) and Fred Upton (R-4th CD) of the Problem Solvers’ Caucus  discuss prospects for bipartisan legislation in Congress. Learn how goodwill still exists and how it can be effective with the support of No Labels, even in today’s polarized political climate.



Fems for Dems Julie Campbell-Bode and Lori Goldman

Interview with Julie Campbell-Bode and Lori Goldman of Fems for Dems. Fems for Dems is an awesome citizen activist group that had a major impact in the 2020 election. The New York Times cited them 5 times last year because of their amazing work. Julie and Lori are funny, irreverent and inspiring. Learn from them what you can do to make a difference now and in future elections.



Ethan Kross – Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It

Chuck Newman interviews Award-Winning Psychologist Ethan Kross who released his First Book, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
Ethan Kross, psychologist, professor, and author shares his research on how the conversations people have with themselves impacts their health, performance, decisions and relationships and shape their lives and give them the power to change themselves.   He describes groundbreaking behavioral and brain research with colorful real-world examples.


Ranked Choice Voting-Sarah Woolsey and Kevin Deegan-Krause

Chuck Newman interviews Kevin Deegan Krause and Sue Norman from Ranked Choice Voting, a better way to vote. Ranked Choice Voting diminishes negative campaigning, decreases the likelihood of having to vote for the no ‘lesser of two evils”, encourages diverse candidates for elected office, increases voter turnout and eliminates ‘spoilers.’ Rank MI Vote’s Kevin Deegan Krause and Sue Norman will explain how and why it works and why it should be adopted.


Implementing Restorative Justice – Dulin, Savit, Burton-Harris, Dr.”Ike” McKinnon

Chuck Newman interviews Belinda Dulin, the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris about Implementing Restorative Justice in Washtenaw County. Restorative Justice is a dramatic new approach for resolving crimes that can change offender’s behavior and give comfort to victims.


Thomas Zurbuchen – Inside NASA 

Chuck Newman interviews Thomas Zurbuchen, a distinguished Swiss-American astrophysicist. Dr. Zurbuchen has been the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA since October 2016. He is responsible for the selection of NASA’s missions and their implementation. Get the inside scoop about NASA’s achievements and plans straight from the source!



Sue Shooner – Girls Group 

How retired automobile executive Susan Schooner is helping young women reach their potential—and how that work has helped her find herself.



Jennifer Mendelsohn – Genealogist and Journalist

Chuck Newman interviews Jennifer Mendelsohn, renown genealogist and journalist, who shares fascinating stories of how she finds relatives of holocaust survivors that they didn’t know existed.




Leslie McGraw and William Hampton

Chuck Newman interviews his guests William Hampton, the President of the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP and Leslie McGraw whose uncle was lynched in Tennessee for attempting to help blacks register to vote.




Andrew Nagy

Little did they know that the Nazi’s would soon invade Hungary and how desperate their fight for survival would be. Join Chuck Newman and hear the amazing story of how Andrew Nagy survived WWII in Budapest in significant part due to the heroic efforts of University of Michigan graduate Raul Wallenberg.
He subsequently escaped Communist Hungary and eventually immigrated to the United States where he became a distinguished Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. He still consults for NASA at the age of 89.



Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski

Michigan House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski  talks about  her resolution to create a bipartisan joint select committee to investigate Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection in the U.S. and also discusses the April 2020 storming of the Michigan Capitol during a protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 health orders, which congressional Democrats have argued was a “dress rehearsal” for Jan. 6.



Attorney Mark Brewer

Attorney Mark Brewer speaks to the current status of the redistricting process and what we can do about it. His principal areas of practice include campaign finance and non-profit law. He has been involved in a wide variety of election cases since the 1980s including county, legislative and congressional redistricting, presidential primaries/caucuses, recalls, recounts, ballot access, voter protection on Election Day and the protection of the right to vote a straight party ticket.

The vast majority of the maps submitted to Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to date would result in districts that are more inequitable than the existing gerrymandered districts. Similarly, most of the comments that have been received support these maps.


Ritchie Boy – Guy Stern

Guy Stern escaped Nazi Germany in 1937 and subsequently joined the U.S. army where he served as an interrogator of captured German soldiers. Guy and his life story are amazing. This might be our last best chance to hear what life was like in pre war Germany and WWII from someone who was there.





Kevin Lieberman

Chuck Newman interviews  Michigan Robotics PhD Candidate Kevin Lieberman.  You may have enjoyed listening to Kevin playing a selection of Jewish music emanating from the Baird Carillon at Burton Memorial Tower.  They discuss his studies in human-robot interaction in aerospace, defense, and other complex environments.  He will also inquire about the international presentation on RoboEthics and Rabbis: Being Jewish During the Robot Apocalypse.




Stanton Newman

Interview with Stan Newman live from London. Stan recently found a stash of letters written by his father in 1937 describing his trip to Germany and Eastern Europe. Stan will describe what his father learned and his life as a pilot fighter in North Africa and as a spy in South Africa during WWII.



Joshuah Silverman

Inside story on how Josh Silverman CEO of Etsy took Etsy’s market capitalization from $1.56B in May of 2017 to $27.9B today. Etsy, Inc. is an American e-commerce company focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies.  We will talk about growing up in Ann Arbor and his amazing career.




Yalcin Yanıkoğlu and Bob Chunn

Yalcin Yanıkoğlu and Bob Chunn have been intimately involved in helping create and evaluate proposed maps with their proprietary software. Chuck asked them to evaluate the Independent Redistricting Commissions maps so citizens can knowledgeably comment on them while there is still time.


Interview with host Chuck Newman and author Robert Lefkowitz

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist. The rollicking memoir from the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize that revels in the joy of science and discovery.

The views expressed by Chuck Newman and his guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ann Arbor JCC.

Can’t wait to join the conversation? Please email Noemi Herzig at [email protected] to request the Zoom link.

CONVERSATIONS! is presented by the Jewish Cultural Arts and Education (JCAE) department of the Ann Arbor JCC. For more information on this or other JCAE programs, please contact Noemi Herzig, director of Jewish Cultural Arts and Education, at [email protected].


Thu September 7, 2023
Wed December 31, 2025
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