People Amadon Has Met

Activists

Jesse Jackson

Civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. Amadon interviewed Jesse Jackson in both Chicago and Phoenix at social activist events.

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Patch Adams

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown and a social activist, who believes in treating his patients with love, humor and creativity, apart from the traditional medical services. Amadon interviewed Patch Adams in Chicago at the NATO protests.

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Dennis Banks

Was a Native American activist, teacher, and author. He was a longtime leader and co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM).


Clyde Bellecourt

Is a Native American activist, elder, and organizer noted for co-founding, and now leading the American Indian Movement (AIM).


Chris Hedges

Is an American journalist, Activist, minister, and Princeton University lecturer.

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Kevin Zeese

Lawyer and political activist who organized the 2011 Occupy encampment in Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza.


Abby Martin

Activist & founder of Media Roots


Jeffery Smith

Author, Scientist, & Non-GMO Activist


Xiuhtezcatl

Indigenous environmental activist, hip hop artist and youth director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization.


Sam Childers, AKA "The Machine Gun Preacher"

Has dedicated the last 25 years of his life and resources to rescue children in the war zone of South Sudan. Childers and his wife Lynn founded and operate Angels of East Africa, the Children's Village Orphanage in Nimule, South Sudan, where they currently have more than 700 children in their care. The movie ? The Machine Gun Preacher? was made about him in 2011 staring Gerald Butler.

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Masud Olufani

Multidisciplinary artist, activist, & writer, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a follower of the Bahá'í faith; the host of "America's Most Challenging Issue," a podcast about racism in America; and the co-host of "Retro Report," a PBSprimetime investigative news show that looks at news events through the lens of history.

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Actors & Film Makers

Susan Sarandon

Social and political activist as well as an actress that has received an Academy Award, British Academy Film Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Susan has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards. Amadon interviewed her in New York City during Occupy Wall Street protests.

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Nick Nolte

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee for acting as well as a producer, author and former model.


Ethan Hawke

Actor, writer and director having been nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award.


Matthew McConaughey

Award winning actor, producer and Minister of Culture at The University of Texas at Austin.


Robert Redford

Retired actor, director, producer and businessman who founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978.


Ellen Lewis

Casting Director known for her work on The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and A League of Their Own.


Quinton Aaron

Actor and founder of The Quinton Aaron Foundation that provides hope and encouragement for children who are being bullied.


Andrew Lauren

Producer and actor known for The Spectacular Now, The Squid and the Whale and Conspiracy Theory.


Adrian Grenier

Producer, director, musician, environmentalist and actor best known for playing Vincent Chase in the TV series Entourage.


Renan Ozturk

Turkish-American rock climber, free soloist, mountaineer and visual artist who is best known for climbing the Shark's Fin route on the Himalaya's Meru Peak.


Jimmy Chin

Director, photographer, climber, skier and mountaineer.


Mikki Willis

Producer, director, cinematographer and founder of Elevate; a production company on a mission for socially conscious media.


Luis Gosset Jr.

American Academy Award winning actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant in the 1982 film, An Officer and a Gentleman.


Gael Garcia Bernal

Mexican film actor, director, model and producer.


Gary Farmer

Canadian musician and actor who received three Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male nominations.


Russell Means

Was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people and a prominent member of the American Indian Movement as well as a libertarian political activist, actor, writer and musician.

Business People & Entrepreneurs

Miguel McKelvey

Billionaire businessman as well as the co-founder and chief creative officer of WeWork.


Michael Lohan

Actor and father of Lindsey Lohan. Michael worked with the Long Island Teen Challenge rehabilitation program in New York before starting his own treatment facility in 2010.


Gary Vaynerchuk

Belarusian-American entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality.


Jerry Moyes

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix-based Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the United States. Moyes also is the owner of charter airline Swift Air and controlling owner of SME Steel Contactors Inc.


Patricia Bragg

Businesswoman, author and health consultant serving as the nominal head of Bragg Live Food Products and Books as well as a Chairperson of the Bragg Health Institute.


Judy Wick

Author, activist and entrepreneur who founded Philadelphia's iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the farm to table movement and a model in sustainable business practices.


Ray Dalio

Billionaire investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist as well as the founder of the investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds.

Artists

Alex Grey

Visionary artist, author, teacher and Vajrayana practitioner.


Andrew Gonzalez

Award-winning figurative artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide.


Ora Tamir

Israeli painter and artist with art that is featured in many galleries worldwide.


Max Stossel

Award-winning poet and filmmaker named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year.


Politicians

Bernie Sanders

American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. The longest-serving Independent in congressional history, Bernie was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990.


Jill Stein

American physician, activist and perennial candidate. Jill Stein was the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections and candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

Musicians

Matisyahu

Jewish-American reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer and alternative rock musician.


Mary & Keith Hudson (Katy Perry's Parents)

After starting a church in 1980, the couple became traveling evangelists motivating people to reorder their priorities and to work and live in a dedicated way. Mary wrote for Charism and Christianity Today, later becoming an author of several books. Mary now hosts Arise Women's Conferences nationally and internationally.


Michael Franti

Musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti and Spearhead.


Nahko Bear

Frontman of the six member group, Nahko and Medicine for the People. Nahko has a desire to bridge cultural gaps and also works as a piano teacher and music director.


Boots Riley

Lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club; Boots Riley is a rapper, producer, screenwriter, film director and activist.


Trevor Hall

Singer-songwriter and guitarist, his music is a mix of roots, folk and reggae with his album KALA being debuted at Number 2 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart in 2015.


Mark Murphy and the members of Wookiefoot

A large band as well as non-profit charity organization (BeTheChangeCharities) which has donated over $500,000 to third world relief efforts and other causes. Wookiefoot hosts and headlines their own Global Conscious Gathering called Shangri every September at Harmony Park in Southern Minnesota.


RodStarz

A member of Rebel Diaz which is a political hip hop duo out of the Bronx, NY and Chicago, IL that use their music as an organizing tool to spread knowledge about injustice.


Russell Simmons

Entrepreneur, record producer and author who is the chair and CEO of Rush Communications. Russell Simmons also co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture and Tantris.


Immortal Technique

Peruvian-American hip hop recording artist and activist that uses his lyrics to focus on controversial issues in global politics.


Xavier Rudd

Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that composes songs to incorporate socially conscious themes such as spirituality, humanity, environmentalism and the rights of Indigenous Australians.


Talib Kweli

Hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur and social activist.

Authors

Brigitte Mars

Herbalist, author of 14 books, professor, & natural chef with close to 50 years of experience in her field. Brigitte teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and The School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has taught at Omega Institute; Esalen; Kripalu; Sivananda Yoga Ashram; Arise, Envision and Unify Festivals; and The Mayo Clinic. She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is also a member of the American Herbalist Guild.

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Peter Bigfoot

Survivalist, naturalist, herbalist, and legendary mountain man who lives deep in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona. Peter is founder and director of Reevis Mountain School of Self-Reliance where he passes on his vast body of knowledge to intrepid students from around the world.

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