NadezhdaPopova: Rising To Her Times

Nadezhda Popova was a true heroine of the Soviet Union – a real-life Luke Skywalker who flew biplanes with canvas wings over enemy territory to drop bombs on the advancing German Army.

She was from Donetsk – that embattled part of eastern Ukraine that is mostly Russian-speaking today and was firmly a part of Stalin’s empire. In Russian, her name was “Nadia.” And, by all accounts, she was all woman.

The women of the...


Avoid Compounding Your Losses

The markets rise and fall. Sometimes the falls are extravagant, harmful affairs that decimate portfolios intended for retirement. Sometimes, and this is been worse, you are in retirement, with 30 percent of your life still to live, and the money starts running out.

How does one prepare for such a situation? We will all be in this place at some point if we should live into retirement, which is the goal. But how do we make it so we...


Step-By-Step Wellness

“Moving Forward: Wellness One Step at a Time” is a free, show that provides information, resources and tips to help individuals make small steps to wellness in their lives.

This show is about being curious and seeing what happens with doing, being or embracing something different. It’s about cultivating possibilities and creating a ripple effect of change. It is about being the change one wants to see.

We provide...


From Belarus | Olga Szwed

Olga Szwed is from Gomel the second-largest city in Belarus.  An extraordinary fashion designer/stylist, she came to America to study at the International Academy of Design and Technology. Aside from designing couture fashion for her own proprietary brands, Olga de la Couture, and her former bridal shop La Belle Reve, Olga is the creative director and designer for Poppy & Bloom, which offers whimsical prints, timeless shapes, and...


Le Yin | Extraordinary Dancer and Teacher

Le Yin is from Nan Chang, China. In 1989, the Beijing Dance Academy auditioned several hundred children in his hometown and he was one of two chosen. Le Yin began his formal training there and continued his training with the Houston Ballet Academy. When he first arrived in Houston, he was only beginning to learn English. Soon he became a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet.

From 2002 until 2007, he was a principal dancer...


Coming to America | Grandpa Joe Vaccarino from Sicily

Fleeing fascism and corruption in Sicily, Grandpa Joe Vaccarino entered the US through Ellis Island. He lived on Mott Street in New York's Little Italy. Back in the day, Grandpa Joe hung out on the street. He played kick-the-can and bocce ball. Eventually, he moved to the Bronx and later to Yonkers. He was a money lender, a spalloni, one of those who moves money.  A man of honor.  La Stessa Cosa. Today, he would simply be called a hedge...


Jesper Vork | Business Intelligence from Denmark to America

Danish born Jesper Vork was with Microsoft before founding Performance Partners Business Intelligence. PPBI is a reseller of Business Intelligence Software from the Australian-based Calumo and TimeXtender, from his native Demark to current users of mainframe computers, such as Fortune 500 companies. “Business Intelligence,” Vork explains, “in my definition, is to help businesses get the information they need and to make the right decisions...


Romania Patent Lawyer Ted Weisz

I was sixteen when I arrived with my parents to New York from Eastern Europe, via Italy. All our possessions filled two suitcases—we were not allowed to bring any money or jewelry with us. (Years later, I went for a vacation with my wife to Italy and the airline lost our luggage. I called up my mother and said to her jokingly, “Here I am again, back to having nothing just like when I was 16.”) 

One of my first memories in the USA...