Category Archives: Guests

Episode 14: Keeping the Queen Mary Afloat with Nicole Nietzel

Today the Doctors speak with architectural historian and preservationist Nicole Nietzel about her work on the Queen Mary. Nicole discusses her love of architectural history and why it is so important to preserve historic sites like the Queen Mary which was at various times a passenger ship, a troop ship, and now a hotel stationed in Long Beach, California.

But first the Doctors discuss why people love ghost stories.

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Extended interview with Nicole coming soon!

Also, we have a new facebook group, Mind Chasers–Come hang out with us!

Upcoming Guest: Anne Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lipton is a board-certified neurologist with specialization in dementia, She has been recognized as one of the best doctors in the U.S., as well as one of the most influential. Her experience includes compassionate clinical care for patients with dementia and their families; speaking to professional and lay audiences; and teaching medical professionals, students, and trainees. She has performed clinical, imaging, laboratory, and pathological research and written numerous papers, chapters, and books pertaining to dementia. She is the lead author of The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers and now speaks and writes full-time. Her accolades include her selection as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor, one of the Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc., and one of the nation’s most influential doctors by USA Today.

Upcoming Guest: Rick Doane, Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services

Rick received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts; and he completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Rick has worked and volunteered in a number of capacities at nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts and around the world. From 2004-2009 he was Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger’s Allocations and Operations Manager; where he helped oversee the annual allocation of over two million dollars in funding to anti-hunger organizations throughout Massachusetts. Service to others has always been a guiding principle in Rick’s life. From 1999 – 2001 he served as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He currently volunteers in a variety of capacities within his local congregation. Rick also serves on a number of nonprofit boards including: The Randolph Community Partnership, Health Imperatives’ Blue Hills Parenting and Healthy Families, Quincy Lions Club, Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex counties’ Emergency Food and Shelter Program; BID Milton Hospital Community Benefits Advisory Board; he is a past board member of The South Shore Charter Public School. In 2011 Rick was named one of South Shore Star’s 40 under 40 emerging leaders. Rick and his wife live in Randolph with their three sons.

Upcoming SPECIAL EPISODE CROSSOVER EPISODE: Something Random Podcast

What happens when bring together two Doctors of Psychology and four Comedic Experts on All Things Random?! Well we are going to find out! Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Angela will be hanging out with Charles, Mikeal, Joel, and Scotty of the Something Random Podcast. The Doctors will analyze the guys, find out what makes them tick…Oh and maybe talk about their new short film “Tick.” And we will get the guys to help us out with Diagnose a Movie! This is going to be a blast!

Upcoming Guest: Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson is the Sound Engineer and Producer of Chasing the Mind. In his real life, he is a software engineer who designs military simulations. For the past 20 years, Kevin has participated in the World Championship Punkin Chunk. Kevin and his fellow teammates (all engineers–go figure) compete in the Torsion Division with Mista Ballista. The team has been featured on the History Channel and the Science Channel. Kevin also is married to Dr. Angela (lucky guy!) so he was only a “little coerced” into being a guest on Chasing the Mind. Tune in to hear Kevin talk…about his passion for launching vegetables and his love of building and destroying things. And hear the story of how his love of catapults was born!

Upcoming Guest: Nicole Nietzel, Architectural Historian

Nicole Nietzel is an architectural historian from Massachusetts. Nicole earned her BA in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University and her MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. The majority of her research projects focus on topics related to tourism such as twentieth-century postcards, Newport, Rhode Island and ocean liners.

Nicole fell in love with studying ocean liners at just seven years old, when a classmate told her about the history of the RMS Titanic (BEFORE the movie came out, for the record!). She continued to expand her study of ocean liners throughout her life, first as a child, then as an academic, and most recently as a professional. Nicole spent ten months scouring the Queen Mary, cataloging her architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, and other furnishings to provide preservation recommendations and an assessment of her current condition. As an ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel located in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary presents a unique and fascinating set of preservation challenges, and her features often blur the lines between architecture and furniture. Nicole met these challenges head on, creating a database of the ship’s features in the majority of the ship’s accessible spaces.

Nicole’s other notable professional experiences from the preservation field include: a research internship working on the Peabody Essex Museum and V&A’s current exhibit Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style; tour guiding at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; analyzing a collection of historic postcards for her masters thesis and various other curatorial and archival related projects. In her free time Nicole enjoys knitting, going for walks, attending concerts, watching too much TV and doing even more historical research.

Upcoming Guest: Michael Schaffer

Michael Schaffer is the Host and Creator of Reasonable Risk Podcast, and the founder of Reason Real Estate.  Michael brings two decades of business and negotiation experience to his roles.

As the host of Reasonable Risk podcast, Michael uses his experience to educate and entertain his listeners while engaging with guests on the premise that thorough evaluation of risks and rewards is the key to better decision making.

In founding Reason Real Estate, Michael designed a company which separates itself from the industry’s traditional MO, by making a clear commitment to putting clients first, and bringing a level of professionalism and client empowerment through strategy.
Prior to entering the residential real estate arena as an investor and then as a broker, Michael was a small-time professional poker player and coach, and cut his teeth in negotiations as a literary agent with top Los Angeles talent agency International Creative Management.

Michael holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Finance from Indiana University. When he isn’t working or podcasting, you’ll probably find him out on his motorcycle, playing bass for his band O’Shag, or playing with his two pug-mix pups.  Michael and his family live in the Denver, Colorado metro area.